Ladies and gentlemen, the future is finally back.
Nike first announced its upcoming self-lacing sneaker in March, and Wired reported on the shoes’ jaw-dropping capabilities in the video above in October. But now we have even more information on the seemingly magical HyperAdapt 1.0, which will be available for purchase Dec. 1.
Before you Marty McFly to your local Nike store for a pair of your own, be forewarned: You won’t be able to get your hands on a pair without a hefty wad of cash ― $720 ― and an appointment.
The super cool sneaks contain a sensor that automatically starts the self-lacing mechanism when you insert your feet, plus two buttons to loosen or tighten the laces to the wearer’s desire. The lacing system works off a rechargeable battery and the shoes boast an LED light to display how much battery is left.
As Wired explains in the video above, the sneakers are said to be ideal in an athletic event like a marathon or basketball game, when every second spent tying and re-tying shoes is crucial. Or, you know, when you want to impress your friends.
In a statement released last week, Nike revealed that the shoe will initially be available at two locations in New York City’s Soho neighborhood starting Dec. 1: the Nike store and the Nike+ Clubhouse.
“Consumers can learn about and trial the product at a retail price of $720,” the statement reads.
Those wishing to book an appointment can visit the Nike website or the Nike+ app. A spokeswoman for the brand told The Huffington Post that more information will become available later next week, and all new developments will be posted to the Nike news site. The brand also stated that “a small group of NIKE+ app users” will have early access to the shoes on Nov. 28, before a wider release in two colorways later in December.
At $720, we’ll stick to tying our sneakers the old fashioned way for now. But they arepretty darn epic.
When you’re a Woman of the Year, you’ve got to go big or go home.
Gwen Stefani pulled out all the stops Monday night at Glamour’s Women of the Year party in a jaw-dropping Marchesa gown with a peplum, larger-than-life full skirt and a bare midriff created by criss-crossing halter straps.
Stefani was named “The Icon” for decades of showing “how to summon strengththrough self-expression,” the magazine wrote, and was joined by a slew of notable attendees at the bash in Los Angeles.
Fellow recipient Simone Biles looked gorgeous in a blue and black fitted dress, while Tracee Ellis Ross wowed in red metallics. Vogue editor Anna Wintour even took off her sunglasses for the occasion.
Check out the many noteworthy looks and attendees at Glamour’s Women of the Year awards below.
Traumatic events may affect the brains of boys and girls differently, a new study finds.
Among boys in the study, a brain area called the anterior circular sulcus was larger among those who had symptoms of a trauma, compared with a control group of boys who did not have any trauma symptoms. But among girls in the study, this brain region was smaller among those who had trauma symptoms.
The region is associated with emotional awareness and empathy, the researchers said.
The scientists said they were surprised to see that “the boys and girls were so clearly on different ends of the spectrum,” said Megan Klabunde, the lead author of the study and a psychologist and neuroscience researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine. [10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Brain]
The researchers compared the size of this brain region in the boys in the control group with that of the girls in the control group, finding that the region was of approximately similar size in both groups.
A potential explanation for these results is that “exposure to traumatic stress may impact brain development rates” differently in boys than in girls, the researchers said. However, because the study was conducted at a single point in time, it’s not possible to know whether there is a cause-and-effect relationship — in either girls or boys — between trauma and the size of this brain region, the investigators said.
In the study, the researchers scanned the brains of 59 children ages 9 to 17, using a type of scan called structural magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI). There were 29 children total in the control group, and there were 30 children in the group that had symptoms of trauma, such as mood changes, and mentally re-living their traumatic events. These children had experienced a traumatic event more than 6 months prior to the start of the study.
The researchers compared the size of the anterior circular sulcus, located within a brain region called the insula, which plays a role in people’s emotions, awareness and empathy.
However, “the insula doesn’t work in isolation,” Klabunde told Live Science. Rather, this region is connected to other parts of the brain, which are also involved in emotion processing and empathy, she said.
Previous studies have shown that about 8 percent of girls and 2 percent of boys develop post-traumatic stress disorder sometime during their lifetime. Girls, in general, are more likely to develop the condition than boys are.
The researchers noted that their study had a relatively small number of participants. In addition, the research did not specifically study the impact of factors such as the time since the trauma, the age of the participant when the trauma first occurred, the severity of the trauma and other potential stressors that may also affect changes in the brain.
Future studies may shed light on how trauma affects other brain structures related to empathy, and whether these effects also show gender differences, the researchers said.
Additionally, further research may also help scientists determine whether these physical differences in the brain in turn lead to behavioral differences between boys and girls, the scientists said. Such research could help psychiatrists develop gender-specific treatments for boys and girls who have suffered traumatic events, the researchers said.
The number of U.S. adolescents and young adults with untreateddepression may be on the rise, a recent study suggests.
For youth ages 12 to 17, the prevalence of depression increased from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014, the study found. Among adults aged 18 to 25, the prevalence climbed from 8.8 percent to 9.6 percent during the study period.
But there hasn’t been much change in the proportion of teens and young adults seeking mental health treatment, the study also found.
“We already know that teens have much more depression than is currently being recognized or treated,” said Dr. Anne Glowinski, a child psychiatry researcher at Washington University in St. Louis who wrote an editorial accompanying the study.
“What this study adds is that rates of youth depression have significantly increased in the last decade and that the proportion of recognized/treated young people appears unchanged despite efforts to encourage pediatricians to focus on suicide prevention which includes more recognition and treatment of youth depression,” Glowinski added by email.
Each year, about 1 in 11 teens and young adults suffers at least one episode of majordepression, researchers report in Pediatrics.
To examine trends over time in the prevalence of depression and mental health treatment, researchers examined nationally representative survey data from more than 172,000 teens and almost 179,000 young adults.
Among other things, researchers asked participants if they had experienced a variety of symptoms that can point to depression, whether they had experienced an episode of major depression in the past year, and if they had seen a doctor or other health professional about these symptoms.
They also assessed whether the participants received treatments such as counseling or prescription medication.
Compared to teens who didn’t report a major depressive episode, those who did were more likely to be older, not in school, unemployed, in households with single parents or no parents, and have substance abuse issues.
Among young adults, those with depression were more likely to be female, black and have a substance abuse issue.
One limitation of the study is that researchers relied on young people to accurately recall and report any symptoms of depression or treatments for the condition, the authors note. The study didn’t include medical records and researchers couldn’t verify whether clinicians diagnosed depression in individual participants who reported symptoms or said they received treatment.
Even so, the findings suggest a growing number of teens and young adults havedepression and don’t receive treatment, the authors conclude.
This suggests there’s room for parents, pediatricians and school and college counseling services to step up efforts to identify and help youth with mental health problems, the authors argue.
“Many children do not tell their parents about their depressive symptoms, they may not even recognize them as such,” said lead study author Dr. Ramin Mojtabai, a public health researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
“Parents should be alert to changes in academic or social functioning of their children and to other manifestations of depression such as social withdrawal, long periods of sadness, frequent crying spells, anger outbursts and irritability, suicidal ideations or gestures, significant changes in appetite and weight, and significant changes in energy level,” Mojtabai added by email.
Note to celebrities everywhere: do not say shady things in front of Andy Cohen. He will write about it in his book and you will become a walking “Plead the Fifth” game for the rest of eternity.
In his new book Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries, the late-night host spills all the tea about the rumored feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, i.e. current the Hatfields and McCoys of pop music.
Cohen apparently had the gall to approach Swift on her own turf at this year’s Met Gala, where Perry was also in attendance. When Cohen spotted Katy across the room, he encouraged the “1989” singer to sit down next to her frenemy and work things out. And he lived to tell the tale.
“Why I felt I needed to get involved I will never know (maybe I was auditioning for her squad?) but I innocently said exactly the wrong thing to her, which was, ‘Your friend Katy is sitting in the corner and there’s plenty of room around her,’” he wrote, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Swift has apparently been furiously studying the doctrine of Mariah Carey and replied, “Katy who?”
“I said, ‘Perry,’ at which point she clearly let me know that she’s the exact opposite of her friend,” Cohen continued.
According to the “Watch What Happens Live” host, Taylor asked him not to relay this delightful exchange to the millions of people watching his show ― neither Perry or Swift have ever been guests ― but she didn’t mention anything about including it in his book.
So without further ado …