Smart Necklace Can Track Blood Sugar Through Sweat

Jewelry of the future may be used not only as a fashion accessory, but also to monitor aspects of a person’s health, thanks to new research from The Ohio State University. Researchers there have developed a device that can be worn around the neck to monitor a person’s glucose levels from sweat excreted when he or she exercises, they said. It could one day be used as a way to help people with diabetes to keep track of their blood sugar without painful pin pricks, they said. The so-called “smart necklace” includes a typical clasp and pendant, but also features a battery-free, wireless biochemical sensor that researchers used to measure test subjects’ blood sugar through their perspiration, they said.

“Sweat actually contains hundreds of biomarkers that can reveal very important information about our health status,” Jinghua Li, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Ohio State, stated in an article in Ohio State News. “The next generation of biosensors will be so highly bio-intuitive and non-invasive that we’ll be able to detect key information contained in a person’s body fluids.”

Indeed, scientists are finding human perspiration a useful natural component for novel wearable-device design. A research team from Penn State University already has used sweat to measure glucose with the development of a non-invasive patch-like sensor made with a nickel-gold alloy.

Meanwhile, engineers at the University of California (UC) San Diego developed a wearable microgrid that harvests energy from various renewable sources—including perspiration—to power small electronic devices.

Smart Necklace Design

While the smart necklace designed by the Ohio State team doesn’t use sweat to power the device, it does work without a battery by using a resonance circuit, which reflects radio frequency signals sent out by an external reader system for power, researchers said. The sensor is made

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Gucci and TAG Heuer Are Now Accepting ApeCoin at Boutiques Across the US

Gucci is going bananas for ApeCoin.

The Italian fashion house will now accept Bored Ape Yacht Club’s token ApeCoin (APE) for all in-store purchases in select boutiques across the US, according to a tweet shared on Tuesday. Gucci actually started accepting a range of cryptocurrencies back in May, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin and Shiba Inu, but it is the first luxury brand to embrace ApeCoin as a form of payment.

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It seems it won’t be the last, though. Following Gucci’s tweet, TAG Heuer tweeted it too was welcoming the ape. Not only has the Swiss watchmaker integrated Bored Ape’s NFTs into the design of its Calibre E4, but it will also now allow clients in the US to buy watches using APE.

The payments are made possible through partnerships with BitPay. It’s a payment processor that enables businesses to accept cryptocurrency as payment. “We added ApeCoin and Euro Coin because customers of our luxury merchant partners asked for it,” BitPay CEO Stephen Pair said in a statement. “They asked, and we delivered.”

Quite the Web3 pioneer, Gucci has already launched Gucci Town in the Metaverse and worked with SuperRare on an NFT collection. It’s not alone, however. Tiffany & Co., Balenciaga, Lamborghini and Rémy Martin are all using NFTs in various projects. Avenue Foch even sold the world’s most expensive bottle of Champagne with an NFT attached to it. More restaurants and wineries are accepting cryptocurrencies. You can even buy a penthouse or a yacht with bitcoin.

Gucci is the first major brand to accept ApeCoin as payment. - Credit: NurPhoto / GettyImages

Gucci is the first major brand to accept ApeCoin as payment. – Credit: NurPhoto / GettyImages

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Despite the hype of crypto, it seems most people may not actually be using it. A report from the Federal Reserve released in May stated that

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19 Teen Clothing Stores to Shop Online for the Trendiest Wardrobe

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That coming-of-age period for a teenager marks the perfect time to experiment with their personal styles. But, a new generation means a new bout of trends. These days, social media like TikTok dictates what the average teen fills their wardrobe with, including fashion trends that span Y2K, Coastal Grandmother, cottage core or too-cool-for-school graphic tees and joggers (that, in most parents’ opinions, look like pajamas).

Luckily, there are plenty of teen clothing stores online to choose from to find the most up-to-date (read: coolest) clothing and accessories. And since there’s a chance mom and dad are shopping, we made sure to include a number of pieces that make great gifts for teen girls and gifts for teen boys.


Who doesn’t love a graphic tee? H&M has lots of them, plus plenty of styles and sizes to choose from. It’s one of the best places to stock up on runway-inspired pieces at a wallet-friendly price.


This boho boutique offers the cutest everyday things, including frilly dresses with tassels galore. Plus, Francesca’s is stocked full with matching accessories and cool gifts at a not-so-terrible price.

Urban Outfitters

Even the hard-to-please fashionista or fashionisto will find something that’s worth their paycheck. With fashions for everyone, Urban Outfitters remains one of the trendiest one-stop shops out there, especially if your teen is into colorful dresses, scrunchies, low-rise jeans and graphic tees.


Let Lulus be there for all their homecomings, proms, graduations and vacations — the online retailer offers dresses upon dresses, plus the cutest shoes to match. No matter their fashion sense, there’s styles for everyone, including western, maximalism, boho and beyond.

Abercrombie & Fitch

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New ingredients, higher prices: Reformulating beauty in the supply crisis

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British hairstylist and eponymous brand founder Josh Wood’s weekly team meetings used to revolve around brand vision, growth strategy and creative projects. However, over the past year, the agenda has been mired in a supply chain quagmire from factory closures, shipping delays and raw materials shortages.

The cost of cardboard and paper increased 75 per cent in two years, while general freight went up 30 per cent, says Wood. Components sourced from China doubled in price. Longer lead times require bigger upfront financial investments to manage the situation, Wood adds. “On all fronts, we’ve been thwarted.”

These problems are rippling through the industry. Hair care brand Fable & Mane is also grappling with “significant” increases in cost of raw materials and long delays in product development and manufacturing lead times, says Akash Mehta, the brand’s founder and chief executive, noting that even securing small quantities for sampling purposes has been challenging for manufacturing partners. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s beauty brand Rose Inc had to push back a mascara launch and is mitigating its project maps and lead times because of supply chain setbacks, says Caroline Hadfield, the company’s president and CEO.

Global sourcing challenges have prompted brands to rethink their ingredients, operations, processes and pricing — any way that can help to mitigate the bite to their bottom line. Some brands have had to go as far as to reformulate products to skirt around shortages, a process that keeps products in stock but can take a lot of effort to execute. More changes are likely in store. The challenges are “serious” and unlikely to abate until the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024, says Audrey Depraeter-Montacel, global beauty lead at Accenture.

Doubled and tripled lead times for Fable

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