Kendyl Salcito

Stories by Kendyl Salcito

  • Hard of Seeing

    Call it the contact lens of hearing aids. Researchers at Otologics, a Boulder, Colorado, firm, have come up with a hearing aid that is surgically implanted behind the ear, out of sight. The device consists of a microphone that picks up sound and transmits it to a piston implanted in the middle ear, which transfers the vibrations to the tiny bones of the inner ear. The device doesn't offer better hearing—it reproduces a narrower range of frequencies than conventional hearing aids, and users did slightly worse in word-comprehension tests. But subjects reported that the sound was more "natural." The device, which is available in Europe and in clinical trials in the United States, works in the shower or the pool and doesn't have to be taken off before bed. But the battery must be recharged nightly, via a transmitter strapped to the user's head, for 60 minutes or more. The implant requires general anesthesia and must be replaced in five to 20 years.The price: $19,000 (surgery included).
  • Long Sweater-Coats for Fall

    When Coco Chanel decided to branch out from selling hats in her Paris boutique, she turned straight to sweaters. They're versatile and comfortable, and women can't seem to have too many. Since then, knits have become a Chanel mainstay.This season, they're hotter than ever. Belted, buttoned, zipped or tied, these knits can be worn as coats, dresses or in place of a blazer around the office. Chanel's current collection includes two sweater dresses, both elegantly subdued: a plum wool-jersey jacket and a stunningly sexy cashmere variation on the little black dress ($3,351 and $2,758; chanel.com).The world's largest cashmere manufacturer, Loro Piana, offers a wealth of sweater dresses and jackets, often pairing them. Its wool minidress and coat combine comfort and couture, in the true spirit of sweater chic ($1,595 and $2,500; loropiana.com).Other top designers are using some of the finest wools available to go bold and quirky. Stella McCartney makes her sweater-coats playful and...
  • Powerful As Dung

    ENERGYIsrael just bought into one of the crappiest ideas around, and it's paying off. A few years ago, amid a nationwide effort to clean up manure, which emits methane (a greenhouse gas), the Minister of Environment told 55 farmers in Hefer Valley to bury the dung from their 12,000 dairy cows. So the Hefer farmers teamed up with a water-purification company to create a power plant fueled by dung. Their recipe: mix the dung with water, then stir and heat, releasing methane that turns turbines. The plant, about 50 kilometers north of Tel Aviv, went live on July 31. It processes 272 metric tons of manure a day and produces 1.6 megawatts of electricity, which is mainly funneled into Israel's power grid. Full capacity, expected by the year-end, will be 2.4 megawatts. That's less than half a percent of Israel's electricity capacity, but suppliers of the technology insist that methane from manure could eventually be a cheaper energy source than fossil fuels.
  • Democrats to Court Gay Voters at Forum

    In a crowded primary field, every vote counts. So it’s probably not surprising that six of the eight Democratic presidential contenders for 2008 plan to participate in the first debate devoted entirely to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues on Aug. 9 in Los Angeles. (Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd declined to attend, citing scheduling conflicts) Still, the event’s sponsors, the Human Rights Campaign and Viacom’s Logo cable TV network, are touting the event as an historic opportunity for the gay community to raise its issues on a national stage. The forum, moderated by Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg News, will run from 9-11 p.m. ET on Logo and Logo.com. (The sponsors say they invited GOP candidates to participate in their own gay debate, but that none signed on.)While gay and lesbian voters have largely been a reliable voting bloc for Democrats at least since the ‘80s, some activists say their community is taken for granted by the party. Privately, political strategists...
  • Q&A: Are America's Bridges Safe?

    One report says more than a quarter of them have deficiencies—or worse. A civil engineer takes the problem apart.
  • FitFlops: Do They Really Sex Up Your Legs?

    Forget the iPhone and Harry Potter. Turns out the slickest summer marketing hit may just be a pair of flip- flops.  They don’t look like much, but it’s what they promise—a tighter butt and trimmer legs—that’s hitting the buzz spot.The cushy-soled shoes, dubbed FitFlops, have been selling out faster than most stores can stock them. One mass e-mail blast from the developers was enough to move 4,000 pairs in three hours when the product launched in Britain in May. In a London shoe store—where the waiting list ran into the thousands—things got so heated one woman shoved another off a chair in a bid to get the last pair in stock. (“That was a bit extreme,” storeowner Anthony Stiefel told NEWSWEEK.) The FitFlop craze hit the U.S. a month later, with similar force. The first shipment sold out in weeks, the second in days. After a segment on “Good Morning America,” the shoe’s Web site promptly got 57,000 hits. America Online repeatedly listed the $45 FitFlops as one of its top search terms;...
  • Q&A: 'Monster Pig' Hunter Tells His Story

    Last month, an 11-year-old Alabama boy made headlines across the globe when he felled a giant hog on a hunting reserve. Photos swept the Internet, and Jamison Stone’s trophy was dubbed Monster Pig and Hogzilla II (the original Hogzilla, killed in Georgia in 1994, weighed about 1,000 pounds). But animal-rights activists, hunting purists and even a few Photoshop aficionados began voicing doubts about the story, suggesting the photograph was a hoax or that the big pig was less wild, huge and terrifying than its nicknames implied. In fact, the hog was very real and very big, but it wasn’t feral, as the hunter originally believed. NEWSWEEK’s Kendyl Salcito caught up with Jamison and his father, now in their 14th minute of fame. Excerpts: ...