A Smart Watch Saved His Life with Alert About His Heart Slowing–and Stopping:
An Apple smartwatch saved a man’s life when it alerted him that his heart was beating extremely slowly, and had even stopped 138 times in 48 hours. This story of cardio-coincidence began in April when 54-year-old David Last got a new Apple watch from his wife Sarah for his birthday. Straight away, the watch readings showed David had a resting heart rate as low as 30bpm. Resting heart rates for an adult male are usually between 60-100bpm, dropping down into the 50s for those with extraordinary fitness. David’s wife urged him to see a doctor and he eventually went to see a cardiologist which found that he needed an ECG scan to see what was going on with his heart. After the results were in, he found he received 5 missed urgent calls to come to the hospital immediately. The scans found that he had third-degree heart blockage and was at risk of sudden cardiac death. With this knowledge, he was able to go into the hospital and get fitted with a pacemaker to save his life. The apple watch was a gift from his wife and David says that without it he would not be here so he continues to wear it all of the time as a good luck charm.
Pakistan’s First Female Architect Delivers Bamboo-Built Relief Shelters to Flooded Countryside:
Yasmeen Lari in front of her houses . BBC News – CC 3.0.
Everyone needs a pension project, and for the first-ever female architect in Pakistan, hers has taken on a critical infrastructure need for disaster relief housing. Yasmeen Lari, now 81, is the co-founder of a nonprofit called the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan, which is making bamboo huts for Pakistanis stricken by floods. Spending most of her career designing sleek, modern buildings for skylines, her retirement in 2005 was interrupted by a catastrophic earthquake that saw her helping locals to shelter themselves. Lari has had experience with floods before. In similar circumstances in 2010, she helped organize the building of thousands of these bamboo huts, which along with being progressively upgradable depending on the longevity of the displacement, can also easily be moved around as needs demand. To facilitate the push for widespread adoption of this idea, Lari runs a training center for emergency architecture called Zero-Carbon Campus, where designs of the original bamboo hut have been upgraded with pre-fabricated bamboo panels that can quickly be fastened together with rope. The help of Lari’s team as well as Youtube videos posted by her team on how to build these huts have enabled flood-risk areas to weather the storm, giving hope to Pakistanis around the country.
A Dozen Airlines Team Up for Half-Million Ton Carbon Capture Technology:
Airbus and a partnership of more than a dozen airlines are working together to fund a new carbon capture project. Their hope is that Carbon Engineering’s direct carbon capture technology can provide secure, verifiable carbon removal credits as part of aviation’s need to offset part of its future emissions. The agreement is at this point an early-stage partnership, based on letters of intent, and the airlines have “committed to engaging in negotiations on the possible pre-purchase of verified and durable carbon removal credits starting in 2025 through to 2028”. The group’s partner is Carbon Engineering which has pioneered a direct air carbon capture and storage that can cancel out enterprise-level carbon emissions at scale. At a basic level, their facilities utilize high-powered fans to suck air in, process it, then compress it into liquid and store it in underground geologic reservoirs. This strategy allows more flexibility, making the removal of carbon from the atmosphere possible anywhere at any point in time. The emissions will be stored underground, and many companies have found uses for the captured carbon to create vodka or even fragrances. However, most of the initiatives in the past have stored the carbon deep underground turning it into calcium carbonate rock in order for it to be stored away without consequence.