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How Smart Swimsuits Can Help Prevent Your Next Sunburn

A new line of bikinis and towels makes it easier for all of us to avoid one of the worst parts of summer.

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Imagine this: You’re at the beach having fun with friends. There’s sand, surf, perhaps a cooler with some drinks to help you pass the time…. Suddenly you wake up, realize you’d fallen asleep under the hot July sun, and are starting to turn a shade of red usually reserved for crustaceans soaked in butter. You spend the next week hobbling around in excruciating pain, and trying not to be grossed out by the sheets of skin you can now pull off your burnt shoulders.


Not such an implausible scenario, is it? In fact, it’s one which countless people spend their summers building up to, or looking back at with regret—nothing ruins a perfectly good summer vacation like a brutal sunburn. And while sunscreen can be your first, and best, line of defense against the harmful effects of overexposure, it’s only as effective as the person applying it allows it to be. Forget to reapply during a long day in the sun? Tough, pal. That’s all on you.

To help make sure that no one lets sunscreen slip their mind, French beachwear company Spinali Design has come up with a line of high-tech swimsuits and towels that help remind those in or on them when it’s time to reapply. The suits and towels are embedded with a waterproof sensor chip which measures time and duration of exposure to harmful ultra-violet light, and alerts the wearer (or a designated friend) via smartphone app when it’s time to add another layer of sunscreen, or get out of the sun altogether.

Currently the suits are only sold as bikinis, while the towels are advertised as “[b]oth for women and for men.” And while we’re not quite at a point yet where our wearables can actually apply the sunscreen on us themselves, Spinali’s fashion-forward tech innovation offers a glimpse (exciting for some, ominous for others) of what our wearable future might someday look like—a future in which our clothes don’t simply cover nakedness, but help us actively avoid harmful, imperceptible environmental factors before any lasting damage can take place.

Still, for those of us who’d rather not strap on a wearable swimsuit in order to remind us to put on sunblock just yet, there’s always Baz Luhrmann and The Chicago Tribune’s Mary Schmich:

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The problem with American Sign Language (ASL) is that over 500,000 people in the U.S. use it, but the country has over 330 million people.

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Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

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A new CBS News poll found that 70% of Americans between 18 and 29 feel climate change is a crisis or a serious problem, while 58% of Americans over the age of 65 share those beliefs. Additionally, younger generations are more likely to feel like it's their personal responsibility to address climate change, as well as think that transitioning to 100% renewable energy is viable. Overall, 25% of Americans feel that climate change is a "crisis," and 35% feel it is a "serious problem." 10% of Americans said they think climate change is a minor problem, and 16% of Americans feel it is not a problem that worries them.

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