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How to Prevent Dog Bites

Although dogs are able to smell chemicals at a very low concentration, there is no evidence to support that dogs can actually smell fear. The common phrase "My dog only bites because he can smell fear", is often used by owners to explain the violent reaction the stranger receives from the dog. It is proven that dogs attack moving objects with predatory aggression; therefore, to prevent aggression, children are often told to stand straight and still as they encounter a dog because the dog will most likely ignore them. Surprisingly, confidence is more dangerous than fear, if a stranger were to look a confident aggressive dog in the eye it is more likely to bite. Knowing this information can promote safety to people who encounter random dogs regularly.
Source- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/science/can-dogs-smell-fear.html?
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The Dirtiest Item in Your House

When it comes to washing your dishes, you would assume that the cleanest thing would be the sponge; however, it's dirtier than the toilet seat. Markus Egert, a microbiologist at Furtwangen University, detected 362 different bacterial species in the 14 investigated sponges. So that means, "one square centimeter of sponge tissue contains seven or eight times more bacteria than the number of human beings living on earth. Two square centimeters of sponge tissue contain as many bacteria as the number of human beings that ever have lived on earth so far." Most of the bacteria are killed, but the dominant germs are pathogens that can infect humans when they are sick, young, or have a weak immune system. Thus, using the sponge may not kill all of the germs, but washing the dishes again in another way would prevent the pathogens.
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2235650/The-kitchen-sponge-200-000-times-dirtier-toilet-seat--lead-PARALYSIS.html


Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Pig Organ Transplants


New experiments reported in the journal Science may make it possible to transplant livers, hearts, and other organs from pigs into humans. Researchers have edited the DNA of pig cells to remove viruses hidden in their genes that can cause diseases in humans. These viruses, known as retroviruses, can spread to human cells and once affected, the cells can infect others. In order to prevent the spread of the virus, scientists use a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR to snip the genetic material needed to develop into an embryo. Each cell is slipped into an egg, giving it the genetic material needed to develop into an embryo. The embryos are then implanted into pigs and are able to grow into piglets. The embryos are then implanted into pigs and are able to grow into piglets. Once they are born, their organs are successfully transplanted into other animals. This technique may be used in the future to transplant pig organs into patients who are in need.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/health/gene-editing
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This $18 Key Could Protect You From Hackers

Hacking is a major problem on the internet, and the many people that use it seek protection from hackers, but many security methods are not very protective at all. However, Yubikey, created by Yubico, has a promising solution; it connects to a USB port of a computer and tells services like Gmail that the person logging in is not an intruder. Once plugged into a computer, it authenticates the person's identity and automatically creates a one-time-use password to log into an account, and data can not be intercepted in transit because it's a physical key. It takes just minutes to set up with services like Facebook and Google, which have an option to add it under Security Settings. Phishing, a common way for hackers to gain people's personal information by sending a malicious email pretending to be a trustworthy service, is one example of a cyber attack attempt that Yubikey works great at protecting people from. Yubikey is a great step forward in making the internet a safer place, and perhaps in the future, more promising security methods will also be available for people to use.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/06/technology/gadgets/yubikey-security-key/index.html


Too Focused on Protein

Adults are recommended to have a daily intake of 46 grams of protein for women and 56 grams for men. Most adults eat about double the recommended amount of protein, with some hoping to give themselves more energy while avoiding sugar, carbohydrates and steering towards high protein foods that are usually only necessary for athletes. Not only can protein be found in meat but also beans, legumes, nuts, broccoli and whole grains. For everyday people to be consuming this high of an amount of protein, it can lead to long term risks or kidney damage. It is also important for people to be able to identify high protein foods and monitor their consumption of the food to keep their bodies healthy. Source-https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/28/well/eat/how-much-protein-do-we-need.html
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New Smart Windows That Save Money

Researchers have developed a new, cheaper smart window, that is more durable and can dim in less than a minute. This is an updated version of a car window that typically takes about twenty minutes to dim. Moreover, this new window can save money,not only on heating and cooling, but also by eliminating the need for blinds. The windows are made of glass plates coated with a thin film of indium tin oxide, and are outlined with a liquid mixture of copper and another metal -either lead or silver. When charged with electrical current, the mixture spreads over the glass surface, blocking up to 95% of the passing light and it takes less than a minute for the window to become transparent again, allowing 80% of the light to pass through in the process. This new, updated version of a tinted window is not only economically viable, but also extremely effective in its purpose.
Source: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/watch-window-turn-itself-black-less-minute


A Change in Batteries

New alkaline batteries are cheaper and safer than the lithium-ion batteries we have today. The new battery is safer in that it is not prone to combustion that is regularly seen in lithium-ion batteries. The Massachusetts tech company, Ionic Materials, said that “prototypes of a rechargeable alkaline battery right now to have up to 400 recharge cycles.” Another positive outcome of this new battery is that it does not rely on cobalt which is mined in Africa and is accused of using child labor while leaving toxic waste behind. One downfall to this invention is that it cannot be recharged causing them to be inefficient in computers, smart phones or other electric vehicles. Although these new alkaline batteries would be heavier, they are safer, cheaper, and good for the environment.
Source-https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/technology/
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New Smart Windows That Save Money

Researchers have developed a new, cheaper smart window, that is more durable and can dim in less than a minute. This is an updated version of a car window that typically takes about twenty minutes to dim. Moreover, this new window can save money,not only on heating and cooling, but also by eliminating the need for blinds. The windows are made of glass plates coated with a thin film of indium tin oxide, and are outlined with a liquid mixture of copper and another metal -either lead or silver. When charged with electrical current, the mixture spreads over the glass surface, blocking up to 95% of the passing light and it takes less than a minute for the window to become transparent again, allowing 80% of the light to pass through in the process. This new, updated version of a tinted window is not only economically viable, but also extremely effective in its purpose.
Source: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/watch-window-turn-itself-black-less-minute


Encoding Information into DNA

DNA stores genetic information, which encodes for protein synthesis, hormone secretion, cell activity, excretion, and everything else imaginable; it is the blueprint of human bodies. Recently, the famous motion picture of a galloping horse filmed in 1878 by Eadweard Muybridge was encoded in the DNA of a living cell. Dr. George Church, a geneticist at Harvard, and Seth Shipman, a geneticist as well, assigned each black-and-white pixel to a DNA code for each shade of gray using only four molecules: adenosine, guanine, thymine, and cytosine. The implications are endless, with one being that we can observe individual cells and the neurons of the brain. Many people underestimate how much data DNA can store in a small space; DNA will never become obsolete like floppy disks and ancient flash drives because it has been here for quite some time and information from them can be retrieved even if it was made millions of years ago. Although this may seem like a small and slow step, it’s important to remember that recently, in addition to the high expenses, people thought it would take years to sequence the genome.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/science/film-clip-stored-in-dna.html?ribbon-ad-idx=4&rref=science&module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Science&action=swipe&region=FixedRight&pgtype=article


Possible Ocean On Early Venus

Scientific evidence shows that if Venus had the right amount of cloud cover, carbon dioxide and water, in its early stages of formation, it might have had an ocean. This finding indicates that life might have existed on the planet. Venus's slow rotation could have led to the buildup of continual cloud cover, allowing for temperatures as low as 15 degrees Celsius, around 715 million years ago. Such temperatures, way cooler than Venus's present 460 degrees Celsius, could have made it possible for the planet to have had a shallow ocean. This data can be used to find extraterrestrial life elsewhere. Therefore, though Venus is an uninhabitable planet now, this new information reliably indicates that it might have harbored life in the past.
Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/evidence-mounts-ocean-early-venus


New Sunscreen made from DNA

According to a recent study published in the journal, Science Reports, it shows that a DNA-based sunscreen would not only be able to protect the skin from ultraviolet light, but would also become more protective the longer you are exposed to the sun's rays. Scientists know that sunlight causes cancer because it alters DNA found in our cells, but they wondered what would occur if they exposed a thin sheet of DNA film to ultraviolet light. They took a solution of salmon DNA, smeared it on a glass, and took it out to dry to make the film. Then, the researchers exposed the film to UV light to see how much radiation would pass through. Using a spectrophotometer, an instrument to measure the intensity of light in the spectrum, the team discovered that the film stopped 90% of the UVB light from crossing through, and it allowed less light to pass through the longer it was exposed to the sun. The sunscreen can revolutionize the way we protect our skin against the harms of solar radiation.
Source: http://www.popsci.com/dna-sunscreen


Virtual Reality Therapy

Dr. Dawn Jewell, a psychologist, is treating a patient that was a victim of a car crash through virtual reality by using exposure therapy to revisit the site of the crash. This is made possible by a service called Limbix which is provided through daydream view on the new Google headset. During this process, the patient will be able to describe to their psychologist their thoughts and feelings on the topic. People can face their problems through this new technology by virtually experiencing situations that may trigger their fears or addictions. This technology has been developing for the past two decades using research and clinical trials to further advance virtual reality. Using these new advancements, the patients will be engaged emotionally, forcing them to face these traumas and practice real life experiences in a safe environment; However, this technology is far from perfect at the moment.
Source-https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/30/technology/

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Editing Human Embryos to Correct Diseases

Researchers are beginning to use a gene editing tool to modify the genomes of human embryos in order to correct genetic defects. Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats, or CRISPR for short, allows scientists to cut and rework small pieces of DNA at certain areas in a strand to modify it. Although this piece of technology can prevent inherited diseases, the research has generated a lot of controversies. For example, one potential concern is that changes made in the DNA of these embryos can be later passed down from generation to generation, which can impact the genetic makeup of humans in erratic ways. Also, some may use this technique to manipulate DNA to enhance certain human characteristics, instead of using it to prevent diseases. However, with further research, CRISPR has the potential of preventing diseases such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, hemophilia, and mitochondrial diseases which can save many lives.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/27/health/crispr-human-embryos-genome-editing-bn/index.html http://time.com/4876606/crispr-gene-editing-human-embryos/


Mission To Mars Is Farther Away Than We Thought

Though Earth is our natural home, increasing population and man's never-ending colonization of its resources has made it inevitable to look for other places and planets to inhabit. For many years, Mars was considered the most suitable candidate in the Solar System for human habitation, not just due to proximity, but also because it was the only planet that had the optimum temperature to sustain human life. NASA has been telling people, the world over, that the first mission to Mars will be launched in the year, 2030. However now, NASA has admitted that it does not possess enough funds to put humans on Mars. Though this does not mean that the mission to Mars is cancelled forever, it does mean that the mission is delayed till NASA receives enough funds to support the Mars mission. The delay of the Mars mission has opened doors for another moon mission, however that too will be expensive; either way, mission to Mars is farther away than we thought.
Source: http://nypost.com/2017/07/14/nasa-admits-they-dont-have-the-money-to-get-to-mars/


Ticks Are Spreading Rapidly

The tick population is growing at a rapid rate due to the expansion of wooded areas and the increase of mice and deer. These ticks can carry diseases from their original location along with pathogens from their new locations spreading several types of diseases to different regions. The Powassan virus is a rare virus that can be passed in just 15 minutes and can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. Another pathogen being passed from ticks can cause the human immune system to have an allergic reaction to red meat. This illness is called the alpha-gal syndrome. Something as little as walking in your garden barefoot can lead to getting bit by a tick. It is very important for people to take precautions towards these ticks and their diseases because it affects humans more than we realize.
Source-https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/health/ticks-disease-united-states.html?
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Slug-Inspired Glue Patches Hearts

A newly discovered adhesive can stick to wet surfaces, including hearts, without rupturing when stretched or deformed. Jianyu Li, a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University's Wyss Institute, and his colleagues applied the durable adhesive to a beating pig's heart and found that the glue worked better than any other surgical glue. The glue was inspired from Arion subfuscus, a species of slug that is capable of excreting a sticky slime that adheres to wet surfaces. A newly discovered adhesive can stick to wet surfaces, including hearts, without rupturing when stretched or deformed. This motivated Li and his colleagues to create an artificial version of the slime that can of close skin wounds and fix beating hearts. Continued investigation of this slug-inspired glue can significantly improve the success rates of many surgeries.
Source: https://www.livescience.com/59959-slug-slime-glue-patches-pig-hearts.html


Nike Looks to Sell 3-D Shoes

Nike has plans to create and mass-produce sneakers by using 3-D printers. The printer, the Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution, can produce sneakers 10 times faster than regular productions at half the cost. The Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution is the world's first production-ready 3-D printer. There is not enough information regarding what Nike will 3-D print, but Nike will most likely use it for custom or on-demand items. There are other companies that are using the same printer like BMW and Johnson&Johnson. Once Nike starts creating 3-D printed shoes, the trend of printed shoes will become popular.
Source:http://www.complex.com/sneakers/2016/05/hp-3-d-printer-jet-fusion-nike


Google AI Teaches Itself To Walk, Run, and Jump

Google has created its own artificial intelligence program that can teach itself to walk. Though Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been on the rise for the past few years, yet there have only been few successful attempts at creating a program that can teach itself. Despite running throughout the course with its arms flailing out and body completely unstable, Google's artificial intelligence program was impressive. The program ran on four and two legs, gradually learning how to run through every course it was given. Although the program experienced some failures while running throughout its courses, it always learned from its mistakes. If Google's artificial intelligence program could learn how to walk, all by itself, in just a matter of days, who knows what the future of artificial intelligence is going to be?
Source: http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/17/beware-googles-ai-is-so-smart-it-just-taught-itself-to-walk-without-any-human-help-6786514/


Strange Signals 11 Light Years Away from Earth

On May 12, the Arecibo Observatory, known for searching for signals from aliens, picked up strange signals coming from the direction of a red dwarf star, about 2,800 times dimmer than the sun, known as Ross 128. Abel Méndez, an astrobiologist at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, said the signal was observed for 10 minutes, during which the signal was “almost periodic.” Méndez said that it is unlikely for the signals to be a sign of extraterrestrial intelligence; instead he considers the possibility of the signals coming from something humans put in space. Méndez also added that some communication satellites transmit the same type of frequencies observed, but a blog post from July 12 about the mystery of Ross 128 wrote “we have never seen satellites emit bursts like that” and called the signals “very peculiar.” Another possibility is a stellar flare, which includes outbursts of energy from a star’s surface that travel at the speed of light, emit powerful radio signals, and can disrupt communications and satellites on Earth. However, the SETI Institute confirmed that the group is aware of the signals and will use its “Allen Telescope Array in California to investigate further; perhaps one day we’ll discover that we are indeed not alone.
Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/ross-128-red-dwarf-radio-signals-mystery-2017-7


C.T.E. in 110 N.F.L. Players

Neuropathologist, Dr. Ann McKeechronic, studied the brains of 202 football players. 111 of them being NFL athletes and 110 of them having chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E, is caused by repetitive impacts to the head causing symptoms that can continue even after the impacts have stopped. The brain disease can only be diagnosed after death, so to prevent this earlier, Jeff Miller, the N.F.L.’s senior vice president for health and safety, is trying to promote a safer version of the sport called flag football. The linemen, more than any other position, take the most number of blows. On average, the linemen are hit 62 times in one game and each one came with an average force on the player’s head equivalent to a car being driven into a brick wall at 30 m.p.h. Of 202 brains tested, 87 percent tested positive for C.T.E proving that football is a major problem in this sense. There are many things to still be discovered about C.T.E as the article asks a series of questions, "Who gets it, who doesn’t, and why? Can anything be done to stop the degeneration once it begins? How many blows to the head, and at what levels, must occur for C.T.E. to take hold?"
Source- https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/25/sports/football/nfl-cte.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news


Tattoo-like Sensor Developed by Scientists

Scientists have developed a new body sensor that has the ability to monitor body temperature and muscle activity. This new sensor is very thin and people cannot even feel the existence of the devices on the skin, according to Professor Takao Someya of the University of Tokyo. The current sensors irritate the skin causing redness and itching while the new sensor can be applied similarly to temporary tattoos: by dampening the patch with water and applying it onto the skin. It also allows the skin to breathe, preventing irritation, by molding and adapting into the skin. This breakthrough may soon be used to control prosthetics by electric muscle signals and monitor patients to see their progress.
Source-https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/health/breathable-
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Five Future Transportation Technologies that Might Actually Happen

Our technology, including transportation, is advancing very rapidly, which could mean a completely revolutionized technological world in the future. The five future transportation technologies are as follows: a hyperloop, maglev trains, autonomous vehicles, smart cars, and urban transport pods. Maglev trains, which use magnets as its source of acceleration, are already in use in Shanghai and Japan and can reach speeds of up to 310 mph, while hyperloops, which are trains in an airless tube, will be able to reach speeds of 800 mph. Autonomous cars, meaning hands-off driving, are also going to be the future – Ford has announced a project called “Traffic Jam Assist,” and Cadillac is working on something called “Super Cruise,” which will integrate autonomous technology. Smart cars, on the other hand, have already been around for many years, but smart car technology could develop into a standard for all cars, and could eventually turn into urban transport pods, which would be autonomous with the idea that a passenger could tell it where to go via a touchscreen on the windshield. Transportation technology is changing so rapidly that in a few decades, our world could be completely redesigned and unrecognizable from now.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/11/27/five-future-transportation-technologies-that-will-actually-happen.html


RED Announces First Holographic Phone Ever to be Made

Most of us use our smartphones on a daily basis, whether it would be for calling, texting, playing games or music, and the like.Red, a company best known for creating high-end professional cameras, has created "Hydrogen One," the first holographic phone ever to be created. While very little information has been released about the new phone, the company did say that the new holographic phone comes in aluminum ($1,195) and titanium ($1,595) and preorder is available now. Hydrogen One has impressed many people with their proposed new tech, still, there were many skeptics and disbelievers when the new phone was announced due to the fact that many analysts believe that such a breakthrough won't make such a big change to the phone industry. If this new holographic phone is possible, it will no doubt be a massive breakthrough in the smartphone industry.
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40527740


Here's What's Wrong with Schools Teaching Subjects

School is a place for learning, but not everyone is as enthusiastic as other people may be, and there could be a reason for that. To explain how schools aren’t doing enough to explain to students why they’re learning the subject rather than just teaching it, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, said "You just sort of get dumped into math. Why are you learning that? It seems like, 'Why am I being asked to do these strange problems?' Our brain has evolved to discard information that it thinks has irrelevance." Musk suggested that schools focus their teaching around solving a specific problem, such as building a satellite or taking apart an engine: in this way, students will have to learn and master subjects like math and physics in order to get on the path to solve the problem. Musk says it’s very powerful to try to solve a problem because it establishes relevance and excites students about what they’re working on, thus causing the knowledge to stick with them. Musk’s goal of getting to Mars and making humanity a multi-planetary species drove him to learn about and become an expert in rockets in order to be able to achieve his goals. If schools started following this procedure of teaching, students may not only become more enthusiastic about learning, but may also just do much better academically.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/19/technology/future/elon-musk-dc/index.html


Eating Better Can Allow You to Live Longer

A new study shows how your diet can have a huge impact on your lifespan. Even people who make small and healthier changes in their diet can live a longer period of time. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a 20 percent increase in people's diet quality caused them to decrease their risk of death by 8 to 17 percent. The study also showed that when participants worsened their diet quality over the study period, their chances of dying in the 12-year period increased by 6 to 2 percent. Furthermore, consuming healthier food such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, grains, and fish can significantly reduce one's chances of getting certain chronic diseases. Having a healthier diet can decrease one's risk of having high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke. As we can see, a healthier lifestyle can significantly increase our lifespans.
Source: https://www.livescience.com/59783-small-diet-changes-linked-with-longer-life.html


NASA is Creating Drones to Operate in Space

NASA is working on inventing robots to explore other planets and asteroids. The agency is investigating ways to explore outer space using a craft that can fly to places that rovers typically can't reach while using cold-gas jets that can move the craft through the thin atmosphere found in space. They are currently testing if the drone can fly autonomously or if someone back on Earth must operate it. This new drone would work similarly to rovers by collecting samples using a variety of tools, but unlike rovers, they would be able to access places like the inside of Martian volcanoes which are impossible for rovers to reach. These drones can scout volcanic craters to determine its safety for the astronauts wanting to set up a base for further investigation. This new technological breakthrough can significantly advance our knowledge of outer space.
source: https://qz.com/469334/nasa-is-working-on-drones-that-can-fly-in-space/


How Tomatoes Can Prevent Skin Cancer

Most people think that a simple way to prevent skin cancer is to always wear sunscreen when going out. However, in a recent study, including mice, has shown how your diet can play a key role in your chances of developing this disease. According to this study, male mice who consumed a diet of 10 percent red tomato powder over 35 weeks saw their risk of skin cancer decrease by 50 percent as opposed to mice who didn't consume dehydrated tomatoes. The results are shown as such because tomatoes contain carotenoids which can protect the skin from UV light damage and reduce one's chances of developing skin cancer tumors. This new discovery has the potential of saving many people from acquiring this disease.
Source: http://health.usnews.com/wellness/health-buzz/articles/2017-07-14/why-tomatoes-might-be-a-key-to-preventing-skin-cancer


Drones Can Help Fix Our Endangered Forests

Forests, today, are depleting at a much faster rate than humans can replant. Burning down so many trees are quickly deteriorating the environment by contributing to the rapidly increasing rate of climate change. Dr. Susan Graham, an engineer, is helping to solve this crisis by creating technology to fight the obstacle of deforestation. She has recently invented drones that can plant trees at a much faster rate than humans can. First, the drones search an area of land, looking for an ideal place to plant the trees. After the location is found, the drone shoots seeds into the ground at a speed of one seed per second, meaning the drone can plant about 100,000 trees per day. Their efficiency and fast speed have the potential of saving the environment from the effects of deforestation.
Source:https://www.nbcnews.com/mach


A Bright Future with Our Sun

The sun is a vital part of our lives, and studying it has brought many revelations. Though the sun may seem special at first, it is a “solar-type” star and functions like many other stars. Many stars follow a cycle, which depend on luminosity, or the brightness of the star, and rotation, or how long it takes for a point on the star to circle completely around it. Our sun has an eleven-year cycle during which the magnetic poles flip. Learning about the sun’s cycle can help us predict its activity and the effect it has on the earth. Part of the sun’s cycle involves solar minimums and solar maximums, which dictates the activity on the sun; during the solar maximum, a time for high activity, the surface is covered with sunspots. These sunspots are dark and are phenomena that can erupt to affect satellites and even power grids on Earth. Although much has yet to have been discovered, the future is looking bright.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/science/sun-cycles-solar-maximum-minimum-corona.html


Airbus Working on Delivering Cheap Internet to the Entire World

The internet is something that many rely on; many use it do almost everything in their daily lives, but it isn’t available to billions of people. This could change: Airbus and a company called “OneWeb” are working on the first of 900 satellites that could one day deliver cheap internet to the entire world by orbiting Earth. Airbus will produce the first 10 satellites, expected to cost under $1.1 million each, in Toulouse, France; the rest will be produced at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. OneWeb plans to start sending satellites into orbit around March 2018, with one launch every 21 days from a space center in French Guiana; the satellites will orbit at a close distance of about 750 miles high to speed up the delivery of the signal. OneWeb expects to cover the entire globe by 2020, but instead of individual directly receiving the internet, they plan to sell capacity to providers such as AT&T and Verizon. Airbus and OneWeb are not alone in this project - other tech and aerospace companies are racing each other to complete this project, and, if successful, the new technology can bring internet access to billions of people who currently lack it.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/28/technology/airbus-oneweb-internet-satellites/index.html


Aurora Borealis to Put on Light Show this Sunday

This phenomenon has always been famed for beautiful, natural neon colored lights that fill the sky. These magnificent lights are actually the result of a geomagnetic storm, caused by coronal mass ejections from our sun. Originally named after the Roman goddess of dawn, these lights happen when electrons and protons that have been electrically charged in our magnetic fields are impacted by neutral atoms. This Sunday, the lights have expanded and can now be seen "as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state." These lights will be visible between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Sunday. They can also be seen again the next day between 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. If these lights are happening near you, take the time to look up and see these lights created by the sun.


New Trash Compactors to Decrease Rat Population

A plan to decrease the rats population will use $32 million Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan to eliminate at least 70% of the rat population by replacing the city’s trash cans. The areas set to have these rat-proof trash compactors and steel cans include Chinatown, the East Village, the Lower East Side in Manhattan, the Grand Concourse area of the Bronx, and the Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant areas. Rats are a menace to the health and well-being of those who live in the city. Because of them, a rare disease was transferred to three people, one of which is dead; the others are severely ill. With these new trash receptacles come a legislation that would regulate the hours that garbage could be left on the curb and increase fines for illegal dumping. The new trash compacters will be installed in September.
Sources: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/07/12/nyc-rat-reduction-plan/
https://www.usnews.com/news/news/articles/2017-07-12/nyc-launches-32-million-plan-to-reduce-rat-population
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/nyc-launches-32-million-plan-reduce-rat-population-48593011


A Bright Future with Our Sun

The sun is a vital part of our lives, and studying it has brought many revelations. Though the sun may seem special at first, it is a “solar-type” star and functions like many other stars. Many stars follow a cycle, which depend on luminosity, the brightness of the star, and rotation, how long it takes for a point on the star to circle completely around it; together, the two make up the star’s Rossby number. Our sun has an eleven-year cycle during which the magnetic poles flip. The solar minimum is when activity is low and the solar maximum is when activity is high. Learning about the sun’s cycle can help us predict its activity and the effect it has on the earth. During the solar maximum, the surface is covered with sunspots. These sunspots are dark and are phenomena that can erupt to affect satellites and even power grids on Earth. Although much has yet to have been discovered, the future is looking bright.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/science/sun-cycles-solar-maximum-minimum-corona.html


Problem: Plastic, Cause: Humans

Plastic has been a problem in the oceans for a long time, but lately, it has gotten worse. Captain Charles Moore is the founder of a non-profit organization, Algalita Marine Research, and he and his team have been searching for “garbage patches.” These large accumulations of debris have been documented in the North Pacific, but are now found in the South Pacific, Arctic, and Mediterranean. Captain Moore transports groups of scientists to these patches are located where they study the debris and hope to learn more about how it affects marine life. Lanternfish, which are an essential part of many animals’ diets, are ingesting plastic, and this may trigger a domino effect all the way to the top of the food chain. The surface of the problem seems to be the waste accumulating in the ocean, but the roots of the problem lead to us, humans.
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40584629


A New Step Towards Finding a Cure for Cancer

Two recent studies have shown how cancer vaccinations can help cancer patients become tumor free. The purpose of these vaccinations is to help the immune system attack the cancer cells found within the patient's body to eliminate the tumor. In both studies, researchers tested the vaccines on patients who suffered from a deadly skin cancer known as melanoma. Both studies resulted in a majority of patients having their tumors completely eliminated after being given the vaccine. The vaccine is successful by allowing the immune system to recognize the cancer cells as harmful to the body. Afterward, the immune system can produce T cells and other defenders to attack the cancerous cells, helping to eliminate the tumor. Further research in cancer vaccines can mean the key to curing this deadly disease facing humanity.
Source: https://www.livescience.com/59696-cancer-vaccines-help-patients-become-tumor-free.html


The Complex Diet of a Vegetarian/Vegan

When it comes to a vegan or vegetarian diet, many choose two different ways of eating, either the plant diet index(PDI), the healthful plant-based diet(hPDI), or the unhealthy plant-based diet(uPDI). In Ambika Satija's case, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, she created an experiment of people who have a PDI or an hPDI. From the data compiled from both diets, hPDI had a reduced risk of heart disease and attacks compared to PDI and uPDI. People who ate the hPDI diet digested more foods like whole grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables, but less of sugar foods, potatoes, animal fat, and meat. People shouldn't call themselves vegetarians or vegans when they eat junk foods like sugary beverages, french fries, and fake fried chicken. Thus, individuals must choose wisely of what is eaten and drunken to sustain a healthy vegetarian/vegan diet.
Source:http://www.popsci.com/vegetarian-vegan-not-always-healthy


Moon Express Coming Soon

Moon Express is hoping to be the first commercial company to land on the Moon and win the $20 million XPrize. Not only that, Moon Express also has plans for building a robotic outpost on the Moon by 2020. Moon Express is assembling three different robots for three different missions: the first, "Lunar Scout" will launch this year and it will dispatch a small telescope and a laser range finder to achieve the prize of $20 million, the second, called "Lunar Outpost" will inspect the frozen water and minerals in and on the Moon, the third robot, “Harvest Moon", will extract samples of the Moon and will be used for scientific purposes. Like many other experiences with space equipment, the price of materials is expensive so the company is hoping to receive federal funding for the project. However, if Moon Express does not receive the necessary funding, then there will be cost overruns and delays. With some hard work and a little bit of luck, Moon Express will achieve the goal of winning the XPrize competition and going into space.
Source: http://www.popsci.com/moon-express-lunar-outpost


Ravens: Terrifyingly Smart

When it comes to thinking of ravens, many are either terrified or annoyed by these birds. However, these "terrifying" birds are a lot smarter than we thought. Ravens can solve puzzles, use animals to their disposal, and communicate with each other. Two scientists at Lund University, in Sweden, examined the behavior of some ravens and found an incredible discovery. In the experiment, the ravens had the choice of a tiny food crumb or a tool, they would rather use the tool to open a container of more food. When it comes down to it, these ravens should not be feared, but should be admired for their intelligence.


A New Step Towards Finding a Cure for Cancer

Two recent studies have shown how cancer vaccinations can help cancer patients become tumor free. The purpose of these vaccinations is to help the immune system attack the cancer cells found within the patient's body to eliminate the tumor. In both studies, researchers tested the vaccines on patients who suffered from a deadly skin cancer known as melanoma. Both studies resulted in a majority of patients having their tumors completely eliminated after being given the vaccine. The vaccine is successful by allowing the immune system to recognize the cancer cells as harmful to the body. Afterward, the immune system can produce T cells and other defenders to attack the cancerous cells, helping to eliminate the tumor. Further research in cancer vaccines can mean the key to curing this deadly disease facing humanity.
Source: https://www.livescience.com/59696-cancer-vaccines-help-patients-become-tumor-free.html


Searching for Other Earth-Like Planets

NASA's Kepler telescope has been discovering Earth-like planets, which are possibly capable of supporting life as we know it, ever since it was first launched on March 7, 2009, in a quest to answer humanity's ultimate question: "Are we alone?". A list has been released with 4,034 new planets that scientists are 90% sure orbit other stars. Many of these planets are astonishingly similar to Earth, varying just slightly in size and orbit distance, such as KOI 7711 (KOI for Kepler Object of Interest); this planet in particular is just 30% wider than Earth, and occupies an orbit which matches almost exactly one year. Newly released data is setting up a foundation for NASA to design a new telescope, which will be capable of discerning the images of planets orbiting other stars; such a telescope is expected to be a reality around the time period of 2030. 219 new planets have become candidates, ten of them in the habitable zone of their stars. The habitable zone is known as the Goldilocks zone: the zone around a sun where the temperature is just right for water to exist in its liquid form, which is essential for intelligent life to exist. Over the years, the Kepler team has discovered that nature likes to make planets in two ways: rocky like Earth and gaseous like Neptune. Rocky planets can get up to one and a half times the size of Earth and gaseous planets become twice the size of Earth. All this data being provided to the Kepler team is bringing humanity one step closer each time in potentially encountering our first neighbors.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/science/kepler-planets-earth-like-census.html?


Scientists Discover Why Coral Shines Bright in the Dark Ocean

Scientists recently discovered the method behind the fluorescent glow of the coral that lay deep in the ocean where little light can reach. The proteins in the coral absorb as much light as they can to shine bright colors of red and orange. The algae, that live in the coral's tissue, then use this light for photosynthesis, providing food and energy for the coral in exchange for shelter. Scientists are dwelling on the idea that this adaptation can be helpful for when shallow reefs are in danger from the heat. On the other hand, scientists are concerned that shallow reef coral may not be able to adapt to the lack of light in that environment. This discovery can benefit many species of shallow-water corals in the future with further testing and research.
Source: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/science/coral-fluorescence-deep-sea.html


The Question of Immortality's Morality

We, as humans, have always wanted to live longer. With many ways to live longer and life expectancy already varies greatly, but we won’t become immortal. There are many ethical reasons that humans shouldn’t live longer than regular expectancy. One concern is that if there is a method to live longer, not everyone can have the money to pay for either the procedure or medicine. Another example is, lifespan extension can change the way of political, social change, inheritance, and other important factors of life. In conclusion, if we are able to live longer, there will be many complications for humans all over the world.
Source: http://www.popsci.com/ethics-living-longer


Avoiding Cancer by Putting Sunscreen on Your Eyelids

A majority of sunscreen bottles contain warnings that tell people to avoid putting sunscreen on areas near their eyes. However, dermatologists have conducted research that shows that following these instructions puts people at a higher risk of cancer. The regions covered in the warnings are the site of a significant amount of skin cancers; 10% of these cancers begin in the eyelids. In spite of the study, most people still stray away from applying sunscreen around their eyes; an alternative for them would be to wear sunglasses. Experts believe that the sunscreen products are causing too much concern; sunbathers should cover themselves head-to-toe with at least a factor 30 sun cream or sunscreen.
Source:https://www.google.com/amp/www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/06/put-sunscreen-eyelids-avoid-cancer-expert-warning/amp/


Increasing International Airport Security

Rather than banning devices such as laptops and tablets, the U.S. decided to boost the amount of security in international flights. This means incoming travelers will be subject to a screening process, which will more than likely lead to delays. The reasons for the placements of these new measures are past terrorist attacks and the safety of the public. The U.S. has already banned electronics in a ban that affected flights from eight different major Muslim countries, but adjudicated on not banning them on other international flights. Raising aviation security will hopefully create a more secure environment.
Source: http://time.com/money/4838041/laptop-ban-airport-screenings-us-flights/?xid=homepage


The Return of Patrick Nyarko Brings Back D.C. United Offense

Patrick Nyarko is ranked one of the most powerful attackers in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the past decade. Though he hasn't been considered a spot on the end-of-year all-league team, Nyarko claims he is working for his team, not himself. Due to a concussion last season, Nyarko remained in the sidelines for six matches. As a result, United averaged at most one goal per game. Last week when United had a 2-1 win over Atlanta, Nyarko was the one who scored the game-winning point. His attitude and determination makes him a great player for MLS and his teammates.
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/29/patrick-nyarkos-return-from-injury-sparks-dc-unite/


United Nations Project World Population to be 9.8B by 2050

By July of 2017, the world's approximate population will be over 7.5 billion, however by 2050, the population is expected to be at 9.8 billion. The United Nations has released a report stating that the world's population will increase by over 2 billion people in the next thirty years. Although global fertility rates have decreased in the last few years, still, approximately 83 million people have continued to increase the world's population every year. The two most populated countries in the world, China and India, will switch places as top populace holders with India, currently having 1.3 Billion, overtaking China having a population of 1.4 billion. The United States is currently the third most-populous country and will lose its position to Nigeria by 2050. With many third world nations increasing their populations and the push for first world nations to decrease theirs, the near future may have a great disparity of first and third world nations which could have serious repercussions for advanced civilizations.
Source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/22/533935054/u-n-says-world-s-population-will-reach-9-8-billion-by-2050


Broccoli Sprouts Maybe a New Cure to Diabetes

Scientists have found out that with the help of broccoli, patients with type 2 diabetes can control their sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is a very common disease. In fact, there are 29.1 million people alone in the U.S. who have the disease. There may be many more patients who are not diagnosed. Even with the extreme number of cases, many cannot take the drug used to fight type 2 diabetes, metformin, because of the possibility of kidney damage. While running tests on mice, scientists have found that sulforaphane, a substance found in broccoli, worked best in rejecting genes with too much glucose. After giving a dose of sulforaphane to obese patients daily, the scientists found that it reduced glucose by 10 percent. The key to curing diabetes may just be in a simple vegetable.
Sources: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-06-26-broccoli-sprouts-discovered-to-be-a-secret-weapon-against-diabetes.html


Engineering with Replicas to Save Real Dams

Michael Johnson, Utah State University hydraulics engineering professor, and other engineers created the Oroville Dam replica. Michael Johnson created this dam replica to examine one of two channels that run the width of the spillway to allow air into the water to prevent bubble formations that can damage the concrete spillway of the real dam. These new channels, called aerators, cost $300 million to reconstruct and will be applied by November when the winter rains and snow come to increase the water's volume in the dam. The simulation of the 100-foot (30-meter) long replica, that took 40 days to build, begins with a crew member opening a large valve that sends water down a chute modeled after the spillway and crashing into blocks that disperse and send waves to a replica of the river. With the help of the simulation, hydrologists can calculate the velocity of the water and track down how much air is going into the water, which can lead to the complete testing of the aerators. By utilizing this new type of technology, there will be fewer floods, evacuations, and less anxiety about the disastrous effects of inefficient dams.
Sources: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/26/engineers-use-replica-to-pinpoint-california-dam-r/


Olive Oil to Alzheimer Patients' Rescue

Alzheimer's disease cases are rising and the disease is the most occurring form of dementia in the U.S. This type of dementia can influence someone’s thought, language, and memory. With no cure for this disease, scientists are trying to find out ways to prevent and cure Alzheimer's. In this study, scientists tested two groups of mice: one group with olive oil in their diet and the other group without. After 9-12 months, there was a significant difference in the mice's memory that had olive oil in their diet, and they had better spatial memory and learning ability. Olive oil can lower inflammation of the brain and starts a process in which debris and toxins are removed from the brain. The debris and toxins can be the cause of Alzheimer's disease and without the autophagy process, people over 60 are more likely to get Alzheimer's. With the help of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) many people will be able to prevent Alzheimer's.
Source:https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/06/21/extra-virgin-olive-oil-staves-off-alzheimers-preserves-memory-new-study-shows/415279001/


Pheonix to Cancel Flights Due to Heat

This summer, much of the Phoenix region will rise up to temperatures of 120 degrees. This estimation is just two degrees lower than the hottest recorded temperature in Phoenix since 1990. Due to this extreme heat, many flights departing for Phoenix Sky Harbor will be postponed and canceled. Airlines have stated that these air crafts can only work under the temperature of 118 degrees. If the temperatures are too hot, then the air gets thinner, thus needing more speed for the planes to take off. Not only is Phoenix expecting high temperatures, but Las Vegas is also expecting temperatures of 177 degrees, which is going to tie their hottest record; this may affect their airlines as well.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-extreme-hot-weather-20170620-story.html


The Health Ranger Takes on the EPA

The ever-vigilant, health conscious Mike Adams, AKA the Health Ranger, has pronounced that he will single-handedly assure that the U.S.'s water supply will be tested for its contaminants. Adams and his associates have processed over six hundred water samples in the last year, and in 2017, an additional 364 which have tested positive for heavy metals. Such heavy metals as copper, arsenic, and lead, along with aluminum, with its possible neurotoxic detrimental effects, have been found in the water samples violating the EPA's water quality limits. Allegedly, the EPA routinely covers up such scientific evidence, refusing to tell the American people of the toxins in their drinking water. In the testing, CWC Labs donated all of the lab time and materials for the water tests to be evaluated and the results to be produced to expose the U.S.'s toxic water supplies. The site, Natural News, has stated that "(it) is willing to take over the nationwide testing of the water supply from the incompetent EPA... in terms of testing the national water supply" continuing with " I’m going to announce an offer to President Trump, explaining that we will test the entire national water supply and publish all the results for just $1 per year...handling up to 5,000 water samples per year for the American people"
Sources: http://naturalsciencejournal.org/ICP-MS-Analysis-364-Municipal-Water-Samples.html


Rivers Legally Receiving "Personhood"

In the fight against water pollution, New Zealand, Ecuador and India are substantially leaping ahead to save their rivers. Although not the same rights as humans, these countries assigned legal aspects to the rivers, similar to what corporations have, for the nations and overseers to legally sue any entity, person, corporation, and/or nation who pollute the rivers. In New Zealand, the Whanganui River has been legally recognized to protect from pollution and for the relationship held between it and the Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. In Ecuador, the Constitution states that nature must be respected for its right to exist, maintain itself, and regenerate its life cycles, structures, functions and evolutionary processes and that anyone can demand Ecuadorian authorities enforce these rights. The high court of Uttarakhand, in India, ruled that the Ganga and Yamuna rivers have the same legal rights as a person. By assigning legal rights to nature as a legal entity, the appointed guardians of the rivers can enter and enforce regulations to protect the rivers from pollution. So, as many mythological stories tell that nature transforms to man, in these cases, at least legally, the rivers have in fact gained "Personhood".
Sources: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rivers-get-human-rights-they-can-sue-to-protect-themselves/ https://theconversation.com/three-rivers-are-now-legally-people-but-thats-just-the-start-of-looking-after-them-74983?sa=pg1&sq=river+personhood&sr=2


Russia Threatens to Target Jets

Russia Threatens to Target American Jets Russia has threatened that any target operating above the Russian and Syrian airspace. The Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, and American warplanes launched an attack to retake a town called Ja'Din. After the attack concluded, a Syrian fighter jet launched airstrikes on SDF troops which led an American warplane to take it out.That was the first air-to-air engagement between the US and Russia since 1999. In Moscow, Russian officials applied the necessary adjustments in the Syria war policy because of the shoot-down of a Syrian military aircraft by a US fighter. In conclusion, the Russians will try to stay cautious with the Americans attacking ISIS.
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/19/russia-cuts-communications-us-syria-threatens-targ/


Coconut Oil May Not Be as Good as First Thought

Many people have used coconut oil as a "healthy" alternative to other unhealthy oils. However, coconut oil is much worse than other oils. A new study by the American Heart Association showed the ruse that coconut oil was healthy was a mistake. It turns out, 82 percent of fat in coconut oil is saturated fat. Some studies showed that coconut oil increases bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol. This can be the cause of cardiovascular disease, so it is better to stick with oils that have lower saturated fats. So, coconut oil would be better for you if you put it on your skin rather than in your body. Sources:
www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/coconut-oil-not-healthy_us_5947d509e4b06bb7d27498d4


Amazon to Buy Whole Foods for 13.7 billion dollars

Amazon Leads Whole Foods Into the On-demand Grocery System Amazon announced the second generation of its Dash Wand, an Alexa-enabled home barcode scanner that can add your grocery items to your AmazonFresh cart. The company's way to improve the Dash Wand was by announcing their $13.7 billion deal to buy the Whole Foods Grocery chain, which includes 461 stores across the US, Canada, and the UK. Whole Foods stores are accessible to many Americans because it is usually an hour's drive to the store, which makes Amazon's on-demand grocery delivery easier. Amazon created this second-generation tool because interacting with the Alexa or Echo device can be as easy as saying "Honey, we need eggs." The order will arrive to its destination in a matter of an hour or so, completely fresh, organic, and straight off the shelves of the nearest Whole Foods store. With the new technology being created, buying groceries will be easier and faster. br>Source:http://www.popsci.com/amazon-buys-whole-foods-dash-wand Edited by Michael Morrow


The History of Father's day

People from all around the world will be celebrating Father's day today, a day of celebration and honoring your fathers. What you probably didn't know about this holiday is that it came from the inspiration of Mother's Days. Fifty- eight years before Father's day was made official by President Richard Nixon, Mother's day was made official by President Woodrow Wilson. One woman, Sonara Smart Dodd was raised by a widower and tried to create an equivalent to Mother's day for male parents. Her attempt for supporting a father's day caught on and Washington State celebrated the nation’s first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. The new holiday began to slowly spread and President Wilson the day was honored by President Wilson with a special acknowledgement. Now, only in the United States there are 70 million fathers and Americans spend more than a billion dollars a year for Father's day gifts.
Source: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day


The Complex Diet of a Vegetarian/Vegan

When it comes to a vegan or vegetarian diet, many choose two different ways of eating, either the plant diet index(PDI), the healthful plant-based diet(hPDI), or the unhealthy plant-based diet(uPDI). In Ambika Satija's case, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, she created an experiment of people who have a PDI or an hPDI. From the data compiled from both diets, hPDI had a reduced risk of heart disease and attacks compared to PDI and uPDI. People who ate the hPDI diet digested more foods like whole grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables, but less of sugar foods, potatoes, animal fat, and meat. People shouldn't call themselves vegetarians or vegans when they eat junk foods like sugary beverages, french fries, and fake fried chicken. Thus, individuals must choose wisely of what is eaten and drunken to sustain a healthy vegetarian/vegan diet.
Source:http://www.popsci.com/vegetarian-vegan-not-always-healthy


Jailed U.S. College Student Released from North Korean Prison in a Vegetative State

A 22-year-old college student named Otto Warmbier attempted to steal a propaganda sign from a North Korean hotel and has been released to return home with significant brain damage. Warmbier may have also been forced to confess to his crime, where he said that he took the sign as a trophy and that he wanted to “harm the work ethic and motivation of the Korean people.” This serious crime in North Korea resulted in Mr. Warmbier’s imprisonment and sentence of 15 year’s hard labor. However, although the sentence was 15 years, the student is being evacuated from the country after 17 months of imprisonment after seemingly suffering a heart attack which led to his brain loss. North Korean sources said Otto Warmbier was given a sleeping pill due to botulism, a form of food poisoning, and has been in a coma ever since, however, upon medical analysis in the U.S., his system had no signs of botulism. The father of the victim of North Korea said, "There's no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son and the way they have treated so many others," and that " They lure Americans and then they take them hostage and then they do things to them — and that is what happened to my son."; these statements tell us all we need to know if planning to visit North Korea.


Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4607730/Otto-Warmbier-SEVERE-neurological-injury.html#ixzz4k6j1JG8z
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4607730/Otto-Warmbier-SEVERE-neurological-injury.html



Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-4026http:// www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-north-korea-student-otto-warmbier-20170613-story.html4468


An Egg a Day Keeps you Big in Many A Way

According to Gaston, from "Beauty and the Beast", as a child, he ate four dozen eggs every morning to get large. However, just eating one egg a day can do the same. Eggs are high in protein, vitamin B12, riboflavin, choline, and other vitamins and minerals. A team of public health researchers from the United States and Ecuador tested this in an impoverished country like Ecuador. The group gathered up mother-infant pairs, separating one group with eggs and the other without eggs. After the six-month process, the kids who ate eggs were much taller and larger than the ones that didn't eat eggs. Therefore, if this experiment worked on children, then having an egg-based diet will have many health benefits for adults as well.
Source: http://www.popsci.com/eggs-help-babies-grow


Netflix Crushes Cable by Millions

In the challenge of whether a customer likes expensive prechosen programs, or cheap choose-it -yourself entertainment, Netflix is quickly becoming the champion.Over the last six years, the online streaming provider has been gaining on cable TV providers and now Netflix has toppled Cable TV with millions of more subscribers. In the beginning of 2017, cable tv had fourty-eight million subscribers while Netflix advanced to fifty-nine million, the first time the online streaming company has overtaken cable since its inception in the US. The fact that users would rather pay Netflix's lower prices of between $7.99 - $11.99 to cable TV's $24.00 to sometimes more than $200.00 for the works, and $85.00 for the average pricing. Clearly, with millions of subscribers choosing Netflix, Cable TV will have to alter its pricing or go the way of Blockbuster.


Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4608624/Netflix-millions-subscribers-cable.html
https://www.netflix.com/signup/planform


Drones to the Heart's Rescue

Heart attacks, or cardiac arrests, are the number one killer worldwide, but a new study might put drones to use to change those numbers. In the U.S., approximately 350,000 people and more than 6 million people each year die due to heart attacks. Without proper treatment , a person suffering a heart attack can die within minutes which is the fate of over ninety percent of people who suffer one outside of a hospital. Recent trials have begun deploying drones to the scene of numerous heart attack simulations. The drones carrying a defibrillator arrived to the location after five minutes of its launch, seventeen minutes faster than an average ambulance. Technology and the people who find uses for it have once again put their collective brains together and come up with a plus for most all of humanity.
Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4600370/Drones-carrying-defibrillators-aid-heart-emergencies.html


Nike to Cut 2% of its Total Workforce

The world’s largest sporting goods brand is reorganizing their company, which also means that they have to fire 2% of their workers. In order to keep up with their customers and continue to surpass competition, Nike has to change the way they produce and sell sneakers. Their goal for this is to increase the sales made right to the customers, rather than with retail partners. With about 70,000 employees worldwide, Nike will have to fire 1,400 employees, leaving 1,400 people without jobs. As another result from their reorganization, Nike will decrease the amount of styles of shoes they have and will focus more on franchises and categories that have the most potential. Using new technology, Nike will cut the time it takes to make the products by half. Nike is keeping up with the times and is doing the best it can to continue being the world's largest sporting goods brand.
Source: https://qz.com/1006961/nike-is-cutting-2-of-its-global-workforce-and-reorganizing-its-manufacturing/


Dry Drowning Danger

Last week, a Texas family lost their four-year-old due to an extremely rare fatality. The boy was playing in the water when a wave knocked him over. After a few days, the child developed diarrhea, vomiting, and a pain in his should; unfortunately, within a few days he stopped breathing and died. The condition that the child had was called “pulmonary edema,” resulting from fluid build-up in the lungs, thus making it harder for oxygen to come into the body. There are two different types of atypical drownings: dry drowning, which occurs immediately or shortly after the water inhalation incident, and secondary drowning, which can occur between one and 24 hours after the incident. The symptoms from secondary or dry drowning are: troubled breathing, coughing, sleepiness, drop in energy level, chest pain, and vomiting. Parents can avoid dry drowning by teaching their kids about water safety, taking their kids to swimming lessons, and watching their children very closely.
Source:

http://www.popsci.com/secondary-and-dry-drowning

Can Astronauts Bake Bread in Space?

A new experiment will test whether fresh bread can be baked in space. Using a micro gravity oven and special dough, crumb-less bread can be baked in space for the first time in history. In 2018, the experiment is slated to launch to the International Space Station to test the bread. Not only is the task of baking bread in space a feat, but the bread must not have any crumbs. In space, crumbs could cause major problems in they got into the electrical system, as well as cause a health risk if inhaled. So, the bread must not have any crumbs, but must also be pleasurable to the consumers. This would be a huge step up because former astronauts did not have the luxury of freshly baked bread in space. Instead, they had to use tortillas as their bread when making sandwiches or burgers. If successful, the space bread can also be sold to the people of Earth as a new product!
Source: https://www.seeker.com/space/bake-in-space-experiment-aims-to-make-crumb-free-bread-on-iss


Puerto Rico Votes for Statehood in the U.S.

After Hawaii joined the United States 58 years ago, the island of Puerto Rico looked to join as the 51st state. Now, due to an enormous debt of $120 billion and the inability to pay it, Puerto Rico is considering joining the U.S. However, some rival parties on the island are boycotting this decision and refuse to take part. Governor Ricardo Rossello supports Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state. As part of his campaign, he promises referendum if elected. Rosello argues that joining the United States would help the island with its debt crisis. Thus, due to debt, Puerto Rico is in favor of joining the United States as the fifty first state in the United States of America.
Sources: http://whqr.org/post/puerto-rico-votes-statehood-though-congress-will-make-final-call#stream/0 http://thehill.com/homenews/news/337347-puerto-rico-votes-in-favor-of-statehood


The Super Speed Boat

China has created a new amphibious armored car that is the fastest in the world. The North China Institute of Vehicle Research has built a 4x4 armored fighting vehicle (AFV) that can reach the speed of 31 mph. The casing of the AFV has a v-shaped hull, which helps let the car reach the speed of 31 mph and gives a good protection from impoverished explosive devices (IEDs). This armored car, about 5.5 tons without armor or weapons, is lightweight, which made the car go so fast. It can also deploy Chinese hovercrafts, like the Type 726 and the Type 071, on its landing platform dock. In conclusion, the Chinese have created this boat to an amazing significance, which makes the American armored car look terrible.
Source: http://www.popsci.com/china-building-worlds-fastest-amphibious-fighting-vehicle


The Classics are Back Again, Again

Throughout the ages, the two oldest methods of education, the Socratic method and the great books, have in some way always been with us in education, but through programs at universities known as the Great Books programs, are resurging to stimulate minds once again. Some universities that have a form of the program are Columbia, Boston College, the University of Texas at Austin and Kentucky State and others without the program as an excellent curriculum for getting a classical liberal arts education. Schools such as these around the U.S. are continuing the tradition of implementing programs where students read the great books and have a dialectical mode of inquiry, the Socratic Method, to examine their lives, the ideas that shaped them, and the purpose of existence. Students who participated in these programs read a lot of books and became great proponents of the great books education one student stating, “Great books has been one of the most valuable experiences in my life. It provided me with the opportunity to read some of the greatest books ever written, as well as to explore the way that other peoples’ experiences intersected with the important lessons of whatever book we were reading.” In Boston College's great books class students can participate in the program and receive credit as a dual theology/philosophy requirement during their freshmen year while at Kentucky State University students are taking intensive classical education courses, including Greek or Latin linguistics. By studying the classics through the Great Books programs students begin questioning the ideas and common knowledge so many of us just live; they begin to think critically and thereby help the betterment of mankind.
Source: https://studybreaks.com/2017/06/07/great-books-program/


Shrinking Brain but Big Mental Surge

A new study published in Journal of Neuroscience helps to explain the extent and intensity of changes in behavior and mental ability that take place between childhood and adolescence. Long have scientists known that the volume of the brain's gray matter decreases during adolescence, but mental performance improves dramatically from childhood to young adulthood. Speech, sight, hearing, memory, emotions, decision-making and self-control, are some of the mental and physical actions that the gray matter of the brain control or regulate. The study finds that the gray matter becomes more dense to compensate the shrinking of it during adolescence. Girls have lower brain volume, but their gray matter is denser while boys have more brain volume, this denser amount may be the reason why both boys and girls have similar mental skills abilities. One of the conclusions the researchers have come to is that this may be why adolescents have a change in the way they deal with themselves and others.
Sources: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/06/06/Teen-mental-ability-surges-during-adolescence-while-brain-shrinks/4531496781734/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ts&utm_medium=13


Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to be Drained

After 80 ducklings in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool were found dead, the National Park Service decided to drain the largest reflecting pool in Washington D.C. The cause of the deaths is a parasite found in the pool. These parasites grow in the snails that live in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. People who come in contact with the parasite will start to get cercarial dermatitis. This uncomfortable skin condition is not contagious and is not serious enough to require medical treatment, but is dangerous to local ducklings. In order to get rid of these unhealthy parasites, the National Park Service will have to drain the pool. Fortunately, the pool with be filled by Friday and everything will be as it was.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/health/dead-ducks-lincoln-memorial-trnd/index.html


Oh! Rats!

Rats in NYC schools are a troubling concern for not only the frightened students, but for health concerns of the parents, teachers, and administration. For months two NYC schools, P.S./I.S. 217 and its neighboring preschool have been dealing with a rat infestation. Some of the residents in the vicinity of the schools say the cause of the infestation is that P.S./I.S. 217 leave its garbage outside for long periods of time without any protective containers, just the clear bags. The preschool's administration stated that the rats cross over the school yard to its school and makes the infestation spread. The most recent initiative taken by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is to offer a rodent educational class to the local residents, an act most likely not the most prudent response by the people affected by the rat infestation. If anything, it would seem that the schools need to invest in some dumpsters to limit the rats' access to a food supply.
Source: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/06/05/roosevelt-island-school-rats/


Practice, Practice, Practice for a Better SAT Score

The College Board, a company that states its mission is to "help...students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success and a marketing company have teamed up to create a video on how students who practice for their SATs can improve greatly. For anyone who hopes to take, or has taken the SAT, knows, the better the SAT score, the more likely for the student to get into a good college. As a result, for decades, test preparation companies have been teaching students the best ways to prepare for the SAT, and practice like crazy for it. More recently, the online study website, Khan Academy, has teamed up with the College Board to allow access to free SAT studies through lessons, tips and tricks, and free practice tests. A recent advertisement campaign for the College Board has focused on as with sports, music, and other extracurricular activity, students know that regular practice is the only way to get better and that on 20 hours of free online SAT practice can improve a students score by an average of 115 points. So, the old adage "practice makes perfect" is once again proven to be true, even in the computer age.
Sources: https://thebutlerbros.com/work/better-takes-practice/ https://www.collegeboard.org/about https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/302261/practice-matters-even-for-the-sat.html


Mind Riot

Evergreen State College, a small, public liberal arts institution, planned its annual "Day of Absence", but with a twist to it: white people are told to leave the campus. The "Day of Absence" is a "symbolic" act based on the Douglas Turner Ward play in which all black people of a Southern town don't show up one morning. Unfortunately, this was reversed and the non-white students wanted all white students, staff, and faculty to leave the premises of the college. One teacher, Prof.Weinstein, objected in an email to all staff and faculty saying,"On a college campus, one's right to speak -or to be- must never be based on skin color." A month later, student mobs formed on the campus chanting "Black Power","Racist", and demanded the teacher resign. A college is an institution of higher learning, not a cauldron of racism, hate, and discord; these types of demonstrations are meant for the streets and political rallies.
Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-campus-mob-came-for-meand-you-professor-could-be-next-1496187482


DNA Changing Properties of Tea

Throughout the ages tea has been the most consumed beverage of all people in the world, now science is proving what people of the past knew; tea is good for you. The journal Human Molecular Genetics published a study that drinking tea causes epigenetic changes, changes in gene function. The study involving more than 3,000 people focused on a gene signaling tool called DNA methylation which switches genes in a non-functioning position and is suppresses tumor growth and inflammation. The study shows that DNA methylation was triggered in women who drank tea especially with the genes that involve estrogen metabolism and cancer. Besides these possible findings, tea is known to have benefits stemming from antioxidant properties to clean the body of toxins and flavonoids to help lower heart attack and stroke. Before grabbing a cold soft drink filled with sugar, boil up some water, steep a pinch of tea, add a bit of honey, and stick it in the fridge, then drink it 30 minutes later, costs less money and may be healthier in the long run.


Sources: https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/drinking-tea-can-cause-genetic-changes-body-165856256.html


Mexico Sending over Illegal Immigrants and Illegal Toxic Waste

For decades, Mexican toxic waste has poured over the border to California without the Mexican government taking responsibility and actions to stop its flow. Outdated Mexican wastewater plants have been unable to process hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater over the years resulting from heavy winter rains and other over-flooding events. These sewage floods pick up chemical pollutants, poisonous salts, and heavy metals and flow into the Tijuana River, cross the border and leave the inundated areas with toxic sludge and surrounding areas. Not only does it destroy the environment, but Border Patrol agents and Navy SEAL teams who patrol and exercise in the area are becoming infected with rashes and fear further illnesses in the future such as genetic abnormalities and cancer. An additional problem caused by the toxic levels of the land are that these areas become danger zones where U.S. personnel are off limits to which opens up routes for illegal immigrants and smugglers to cross into the U.S. Mexico needs to clean up its act environmentally and politically in order to be a good neighbor and until then, the U.S. must do whatever it takes to ensure our nation's security.
Sources: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/29/border-patrol-agents-infected-navy-seals-change-tr/


NASA to the Sun

The exploration of the Sun announced by NASA is a big step into understanding the star of our solar system and helps to learn how to improve equipment. The spacecraft is called the Parker Solar Probe, named after an astrophysicist Eugene Parker, who helped discover phenomena about the sun and developed theories too. The probe will travel into the Corona, or outer layer of the Sun, and will be exposed to extreme temperatures. If this succeeds, scientists will be able to observe the surface of the Sun closely. Observing the Sun up-close and personal helps scientists understand things about gases and magnetic fields at high temperatures rather than making similar simulations on Earth. This mission will also help expand knowledge on space weather and how the Sun gets radiations to build up that can potentially interfere with satellites and penetrate Earth’s protective shield. The high temperatures are a big obstacle and hopefully, the Parker Solar Probe will be able to stand the heat.
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/05/31/nasa-announces-historic-mission-send-probe-touch-sun-live/


U.S. President and Vietnamese Prime Minister Talk Trade

After successful trade talks, U.S. President Donald Trump announced trade deals between the U.S. and its former Vietnam War enemy. The Communist nation of Vietnam has the intention of increasing trade with the U.S. to protect its own economy from the growing threat of the Chinese economy, another Communist nation. Trump administration officials want to ensure that whatever trade deals come about that these deals will lessen the disparity of the trade deficit which is approximately thirty-two billion dollars. Some of the purchases the Prime Minister wants are power plants from General Electric and jet engines made by a GE affiliate all within the billions of dollars. With careful attention to trade specifics, hopefully, these erstwhile enemies can form a friendship that will benefit both nations.
Source: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/05/31/Trump-talks-trade-with-Vietnam-PM-Phuc-boasts-of-deals-worth-billions/4871496272362/


New Research Tells why Colossal Giants Came to Be in the Oceans

Whales are the largest animals in the world to have ever existed and it took millions of years to get that way. These beautiful behemoths came to be their gargantuan sizes very recently in geological time– only within the past 4.5 million years – due to climate change. Whales started as land mammals, but over some millions of years, they adapted to their environment, developed fins, and soon, relatively speaking in evolutionary terms, were marine mammals.They also learned how to filter-feed, which allows them to consume large amounts of zooplankton and krill in one big gulp. At the same time, runoff from glaciers and seasonal upwelling cycles brought nutrients, which allowed populations of zooplankton and krill to grow essentially providing an excess of food for whales to feed on and grow. This just goes to show that evolution and adaptation are something to be worth noting over the course of millions of years.
Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/science/whales-evolution-oceans.html http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/284/1855/20170546


More Organic Coffee for Less Liver Cancer

Coffee drinkers around the world may want to increase their daily intake for coffee's life-saving properties. 26 studies with a total of more than 2.25 million participants have possible results that drinking organic coffee may decrease the likelihood liver cancer will develop. Health experts at the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. pooled the data from 26 separate studies. The studies' alleged results were that participants who consumed an increasing amount of cups of coffee per day had a correlating decrease in their chances of getting the disease. However, the study did not report the fact that over drinking, as with anything, could have other ill-effects. Still, with moderation, and taking into account your bed time, coffee lovers might just be able to add a couple of more cups to their morning drinking ritual.
Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-05-31-save-your-liver-by-drinking-organic-coffee.html


Don't Sleep and Drive

Students in America are infamously known to sleep very late, pull all-nighters, and complain about their sleep schedules.Not only does sleepiness diminish their well-being, but it also increases their chances of being at risk and injury, such as driving in the morning. One-quarter of sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds reported that they have driven while being very sleepy, and had a hard time their eyes open. Driving after sleeping for four to five hours puts you at the same risk as driving with a legal alcohol limit. The reason why teens sleep later is that they don’t get sleepy until much later on in the night, and this is all because of biology. Students also do better on tests and do well in classes given in the afternoon than in the morning. It’s important that schools take into account the biological makeup of the average teenager and start acknowledging it.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/well/family/the-science-of-adolescent-sleep.html?rref= collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fwell&action=click&contentCollection=well&region=
stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=10&pgtype=sectionfront


New Italian Law Demands Vaccinations for Students

A mandate that includes taking 12 vaccinations a year for students will soon become a law in Italy.Italian students that do not take these vaccines and have no proof of taking them will no longer be able to attend state-funded schools. Starting this September, all students, including nursery school students will be required to take these vaccines. Although 92.2 of Italy’s children have been vaccinated, the case of measles during 2017 ha been five times higher than in 2016. Opposing statistics show that past measles outbreaks had been a result of vaccinations and that some vaccinations do not work, but worse is a possible link between vaccinations and autism. Therefore, a new law will be created in Italy as it was in Australia; students even as low as nursery school will be forced to get vaccines in order to attend school.
Sources: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-05-24-mandatory-vaccinations-will-become-law-for-schoolchildren-in-italy.html


Trump Helps Homeless Woman for 8 Years

For eight years, a black homeless woman had lived in Trump Tower with Trump's generosity. The woman had been treated spectacularly, had three meals a day, had her own room, and got fresh flowers every week. Unfortunately, all of the mainstream media make trump into a racist bigot; they don't include the good deeds that Trump had done. The homeless woman is very displeased with the way that the media is not telling the truth of Trump's good deeds. She also said that if trump evicted her, she would be on the streets homeless, or dead. The homeless woman concludes that Trump is not the bad person many think he is, he's a wonderful man.
Sources: http://www.naturalnews.com/2016-12-13-trump-allowed-black-homeless-woman-to-live-in-trump-tower-for-8-years-rent-free.html


Choose Better Sunscreen For Safer Skin

During the sunny summer days, customers often have the problem of choosing the safest sunscreen that will protect their skin. Some sunscreens do not do as they are advertised and others contain ingredients that you’d rather not put on your skin. The safest bet on your skin would be to purchase sunscreens that block UVA and UVB rays, the rays that cause skin cancer.A SPF of 30 in sunscreen is recommended by The American Academy of Dermatology because it blocks 97% of UVB rays.Spray–on sunscreens have become popular over that past summers, but these sunscreens offer even less protection that the conventional sunscreen creams. This lack of protection is a result of people applying less spray-on sunscreen than when using the traditional creams. Protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun by choosing the right sunscreen.
Sources: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/23/health/sunscreen-consumer-guidelines/


Basketball Fans Feeling Played

In this season of the NBA playoffs, fans have been complaining about the lack of entertainment: too many blowouts, boring series, and no new winners. Then there was a third consecutive NBA Finals match up between the Cavaliers and the Warriors, which everyone had already predicted, seeing as they have six of the top 20 players. However, people are not looking forward to watching Cavs-Warrior play-offs for the third consecutive time. Fans argue that competition was way better in the time of Michael Jordan, his team winning 6 straight NBA titles. Since we can't do anything to change the fate of these two teams, those watching the game will have to wait and be optimistic on the level of entertainment basketball players and teams will give fans in the future.
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/22/lebron-james-vs-kevin-durant-yes-please/


T-shirts! They're Alive!

Researchers from MIT have created a shirt that vents itself automatically in response to sweat and gives out a nice aroma. Wen Wang, a bio-engineer and former scientist at MIT's Media Lab, experimented with two structures, latex and bacteria (B subtilis). The two layered shirt, bacteria in the inside and latex on the outside, can absorb moisture and relax, which creates a little ventilation flap. Unfortunately, Wang hasn't found a way to wash the clothes without killing the bacteria. On the other hand, Wen said that there is no reason to wash the clothes because the bacteria will "eat" the remains and give out a redolent smell. Until Wen can figure out how to clean the shirts without killing the little fellas inside, the possibility of a self-cleaning shirt may still be a bit away.
Sources: http://www.popsci.com/bacteria-on-this-wearable-allow-it-to-open-vents-automatically-when-you-sweat



The World's First Robot Policeman

The first operational "robot cop" was revealed in Dubai as part of the United Arab Emirates' planned robot police force. The robot, 5ft 5in tall and weighing 100kg, can speak six different languages and can read facial expressions. This new officer of the law also comes with a built-in tablet so people can pay fines or report crimes. Now the robot is tech eye-candy at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference, but the robot will go into the real world of law enforcement and do what it's programmed to do; it will fight crime, keep the city safe, and improve happiness. A high ranking officer said, "The launch of the world's first operational Robocop is a significant milestone for the Emirates and a step towards realizing Dubai's vision to be a global leader in smart cities technology adoption." Surely, Robocop is a milestone for the Emirate in Dubai, but with robots on the verge of eliminating many jobs in areas such as taxis, trucking, agriculture, and many other industries, robots may be more of a problem than they are worth.
Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/worlds-first-operational-robocop-hits-10474646?service=responsive


The Deadliest Fat We Eat

The movement of a single hydrogen atom from one side of a molecule to the other can create a potentially deadly substance when continuously absorbed into the body. The transformed ingredient is called Trans Fatty Acid(trans fats), which causes heart attacks, strokes, and sudden cardiac deaths. About 30,000 to 100,000 Americans die from excessive amounts of trans fats. A study in some New York counties that ban Trans Fats shows in contrast to counties that do not have the ban that death rates and medical costs decrease when Trans Fats are not taken into the body. Based on the limited evidence, getting rid of trans fats in human diet may help people live longer and healthier.
Sources:

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/well/the-worst-fat-in-the-food-supply.html

Watch Out: Parasite in Swimming Pools

A nasty diarrhea causing parasite is spreading in a place you’ll probably be this summer, the public swimming pool. This parasitic infection named Cryptosporidium, also called Crypto, can be found not only in pools, but water-parks as well. Some of the symptoms of the parasitic infection are watery diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting and dehydration for up to three weeks. People who don’t shower before entering the pool or recently had diarrhea can risk spreading this parasite since the chlorine levels in most pools are not enough to kill this parasite as it does others. During a crypto outbreak in Milwaukee in 1993 where more than 400,000 people got acute, watery diarrhea from contaminated municipal water supplies, one hundred and four people died. Even with the severity of the parasite, crypto can be killed if contaminated pools are closed and decontaminated with several hours of “hyper chlorination.” So, the next time you’re at a pool this summer, be careful not to swallow any pool water.
Sources: http://www.businessinsider.com/cryptosporidium-parasite-swimming-pools-2017-5 http://www.coreonehealth.com/common-parasites-and-bacteria#3


The Show Will Not Go On

The world famous Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been putting on thrilling and amazing shows for almost a century and a half, but its time has come to an end. As a result of diminishing ticket sales, high operating costs, and animal rights' protests the circus will be unable to continue circus goers with their shows. A community of circus employees, numbering close to 500, that had been living and traveling together on the train will be separated, creating uncertainty in their future occupations. Although many people will be unhappy with the closing, animal abuse protesters rejoice with this victory. Many acts during the performances resulted in injured animals and angry protesters. Concluding 146 years in the business, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed down after performing their last show on May 21, 2017.
Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/us/ringling-brothers-circus-set-to-go-dark-after-146-year-run.html?_r=0 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39995384


Win The Home Mortgage Payment Game

Most home owners pay their home mortgages according to the payment plan set up when originally signing to buy the house. Mortgage borrowers who buy homes with low interest rates can use the savings that those with higher rates have to pay off their loans quicker. When a borrower overpays their mortgage they can pay it off quicker because the borrower is paying off the interest on the loan which usually is the first few years of the loan's term. However, if a borrower needs to check with their bank to know how much extra to pay each month because some bank have a maximum limit which when hit, they charge penalties. In order to make a dent in your mortgage, it is not necessary to pay too much, even a little extra a month will pay off in the long run. It all boils down to who wants to keep more of their hard earned cash and who wants the banks to get it.
Sources:

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-4526754/Stamp-mortgage-debt.html#ixzz4hmmdWtfK


Possible Man-Made Bubble Around The Earth

Earth Radio waves might have accidentally formed a protective bubble around our planet which could be protecting us from space weather. The Navy uses Very Low Frequency radio waves, VLF for short, to send messages to submarines and sometimes these radio waves reach space A new finding from the Van Allen Probes, two robotic spacecraft being used to study the Van Allen radiation belts that surround Earth, show that these long wavelengths may be forming a bubble protecting our planet's atmosphere. A radiation belt is a zone of energetic charged particles, most of which originate from the solar wind that is captured by and held around a planet by that planet's magnetic field. During a major geomagnetic storm in 2015, these belts surprisingly didn't come any closer to the earth than the plasmasphere, and the radio signals stopped at the same area where the electron particles stopped passing through, thus hinting that something else might be affecting which may just be this man-made bubble. The U.S. Air Force is planning on testing the strength of VLF waves from space pollution and storms, and learn more about Earth's new "bubble". Unlike with most of man's by-products, it would seem, at least for now, that this one may be helping our planet fight off the terrors of space.
Sources: http://www.popsci.com/radio-wave-shield-space-weather#page-2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Allen_Probes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Allen_radiation_belt


Fungi Eats Plastic, Then We Eat It

Most of us have learned in science class not to waste or just toss plastic because it is a nonbiodegradable material that never breaks down. Professor of molecular biochemistry Scott Strobel at Yale University and a group of students on the university's annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory discovered a plastic-eating fungi found in Amazon. This newly found fungi, Pestalotiopsis microspora, eats common plastic such as bottles, containers, bags, and many other plastic made products thereby potentially solving the problem of over filled landfills. The research was published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology which started a craze of how fungi can break down plastic and not retain toxicity that eventually got Katharina Unger to think if the fungi were edible. Unger and a partner researched and created a process in which edible mushrooms would be the result, along with a few recipes one with mango and carrots another with chocolate and yogurt. Still, with this great new discovery, we should continue to implement the 3 Rs of reduce, reuse, and recycle as well as make sure the research is all in before eating something potentially dangerous.
Sources: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/320986 https://www.wired.com/2014/12/mini-farm-produces-food-plastic-eating-mushrooms/


Walmart To Lead Companies in Carbon Reduction Emissions With Project Gigaton

The mega superchain store is working within their operations and with its suppliers to significantly reduce greenhouse gases by a gigaton, one billion tons. Walmart has researched and designed a sceince-based plan to reduce emissions and will provide a toolkit to its suppliers, mostly in manufacturing, materials, and product usage, which will be their guide to implementing and fulfilling this new initiative. The focus of their climate efforts will be in the operations that supply their products such as agriculture, energy, packaging, waste, and others. By implementing these changes, the corporation will be enacting the equivalent of taking off 211 million passenger vehicles from the streets in America per year. Walmart and other organization representatives hope Walmart's lead will be an example for other companies to follow suit and work to decrease greenhouse gases. All it takes is one to take the lead and the rest will follow, in this case, can Walmart and its plan appeal enough for the other corporations to take the lead.
Sources: news.walmart.com/2017/04/19/walmart-launches-project-gigaton-to-reduce-emissions-in-companys-supply-chain


Drones To Warn About Tornadoes

The weather technology that we have now can only give tornado prone area residents 13 minutes to prepare before a tornado strikes. However, mechanical engineer Jamey Jacob would like to extend the time to more than an hour. Jamey and his team have created an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which can withstand rain, hail, and wind up to 120 mph, to collect data from violent tornadoes. These stormproof UAVs, will give weather forecasters better views of the developing storms and provide important information about the creation of tornadoes. On the other hand, Jamey's drones aren't ready to fly at a moment's notice; it takes four hours to prepare the drone, computers, and weather tools. In the long run, weather drones will predict the tornadoes and hopefully people can prepare for tornadoes before they come.
Sources: http://www.popsci.com/how- drone-swarms-could-make- tornado-predictions-better


Bye Bye Wheelchairs and Walkers, Hello Exo-suit

Throughout our existence, we humans have crept, crawled, stood, walked, ran, limped, hobbled, and wheeled our way from here to there, now, with the exo-suit, we can move around with the flexing of muscles. A new exoskeleton, allows people with difficulty walking, to walk again and the most important aspect of the machine is that it prevents falls from happening. The suit is able to do this by using adaptive mechanisms that activate only when it senses that the wearer is about to fall while walking. The exoskeleton works on an algorithm that picks up on subtle muscular changes from the body movement, which predicts if any elderly or paralyzed person is about to fall. Unfortunately, before something like this can be put to use, there must be more tests on elderly or paralyzed subjects to understand how elders fall. Continued research with a larger sample of participants will be able to show if this exoskeleton suit will be used for the people who need it.
Source: http://www.popsci.com/elderly-exoskeleton


Classified Unmanned U.S. Air Force Space Plane Returns

Questions concerning the US Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane's existence have been brought to the public's attention. On May7th, the unmanned X-37B landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida after 2 years in orbit. Before landing, the space craft created a sonic boom, which informed local civilians about X-37B and made it difficult for the Air Force to deny the craft’s existence. However, the US Air Force officials refuse to reveal to the public about the “missions” of the space plane; even the craft’s budget is a secret. The X-37B is another one of the US Air Force’s many secrets and speculations about the craft’s purpose cannot be determined yet, given the information provided at the moment.
Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/us-world/index.ssf/2017/05/x-37b.html


Dad Proves Body Transformation Possible After Hitting 40s

A British father of three, Ben Jackson, underwent a rigorous body and life-changing transformation. The 45 year old, proves that within a 12-week period his simple methods can not only work for him, but for many others. By eliminating foods with carbohydrates, chocolate bars, energy drinks and alcohol, and replacing them with healthy foods such as chicken, fish, eggs, and shakes, Ben was able to lose the fat. Along with his change in food choices, Ben exercised in a gym 5 times a week. As a result of his lifestyle change, he got rid of his extra pounds and noticed an increase in energy levels, along with improvement in both his physical and mental states. Ben's effort goes to show that when there's the will, there's the way.
Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4507164/Proof-totally-transform-body-forties.html#ixzz4hDEkUmun 

NASA Back On Track To Space Exploration

New moon mission will be a year long endeavor which will provide vital research data for NASA's goal of reaching Mars in the 2030s. During the Humans To Mars summit held in Washington DC, NASA laid out its four stage plan. The plan includes; Stage 1: lunar trips, construction of the Deep Space Gateway staging area, and the beginning of the assembly of the Deep Space Transport. Stage 2: Complete the Deep Space Transport, and conduct yearlong Mars simulation mission. Stages 3 & 4: Begin sustained crew to Martian system and surface of Mars. The first and biggest leap will be in the creation of allow for construction of a habitat which will provide a staging area for the journey. In 2027, astronauts will spend 12 months on the space station simulating the circumstances for research in preparation of a 1,000-day mission to the Mars system and back. With this new vision of NASA's, it would seem as if the U.S. is back on track with JFK's vision once again.
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4492410/Nasa-unveils-yearlong-mission-moon.html


Tesla's Solar Roofing Tiles Available For Houses

The genius futurist Elon Musk once again has stunned the global community by creating 'invisible' roofing tiles for homes which is currently on sale in the U.S. only. The pricing of the tiles are $21.85 per square foot, significantly higher than the average cost of below $4.00 per square foot. Unlike the tiles long-used cousin, solar panels, these glass tiles look like a traditional roof, and come in slate and terracotta styles. The roofing tiles contain photovoltaic cells and are invisible from the street. To state the positives of the tiles, Musk said, 'The goal is to have solar roofs that look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation, and actually have a total cost that is less than the price of a normal roof plus electricity,' Musk said. With heavyweight Elon Musk behind these roofing tiles, it looks like people will be installing them not only to be hip and environmentally friendly, but also to buy a Tesla that can be recharged from the roof.
Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4492916/Tesla-s-invisible-solar-tiles-sale-TODAY.html#ixzz4gqBlAUFY


Vomiting, Nausea, and Fever with Your Sushi

Well known by the medical community, disregarded by the sushi loving hipsters, eating sushi may lead to parasitic infections of the stomach. The parasitic infestation is known as herring worm disease, also known as anisakiasis is found in many but not all raw fish. In one case, a person ingested a parasitic worm that caused him stomach pains and after an examination it was found that white larvae were burrowing into an area of swollen and inflamed gut lining. In some cases, the parasite can cause severe reactions including erratic heartbeat and respiratory failure. When eating food, sometimes it may be best to think about how you eat it, not just following popular trends.
Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4497896/Parasitic-worm-hiding-sushi.html#ixzz4guOBqdxv 

The 15-minute Hack That Increases School Grades

As experience tells most of us, a short amount of focused time can outweigh, in productivity and results, time that is spent without purposeful reflection. Patricia Chen, a Stanford researcher, says students who spend 15 minutes focusing on 'study strategy' can out perform students who routinely attend to their studies. Ms. Chen created a survey that helps students think about how they will perform by asking them questions about performance, prefered grades and scores, resources used to study, and more. The students who answered the survey outperformed other students by 1/3 of a letter grade. The students who did the answer the questions on the survey twice performed twice as well as the students that answered the survey only one time. As seen by this research, the brain is an phenomenal learning machine that when tweaked, can reach better and higher results
Sources: Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4491452/15-minute-study-help-child-A.html#ixzz4gkFjmAgi


Readers Speak Out on South Korea’s New Leader

The outcome of the South Korean presidential election sparked a great deal of controversy. It turns out that most citizens elected Moon Jae-in, hoping to see the country fix both the political and social divisions that had significantly increased during the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye. Many people expressed their concerns on the what seems to be permanent economic corruption and the burdensome threat from North Korea. One citizen expects Mr. Moon to bring peace with the North, clean up the major corruption of the family-owned corporations, and find ways to strengthen the society by addressing social inequalities and fighting social exclusion. Others declare that the reason they voted for Moon Jae-in is due to his belief in the Sunshine Policy, a policy that emphasized peaceful cooperation in short-term working together until the reunification of both Koreas which some claim was a major part of financing the nuclear capability of North Korea that currently threatens the South. If their new president manages to find solutions to all these obstacles, then South Korea may be able to slowly regain its status from its recent corruption scandals.
Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/world/asia/south-korean-
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American Oil to Help or Hinder America's People

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a pipeline in North Dakota which transports crude oil from domestic wells to American consumers. With this pipeline, thousands of new jobs will be created not only in the states where the pipeline crosses, but also to the processing plants. TransCanada the company that owns the pipeline says that the pipeline would create 20,000 direct jobs, but also create 118,000 additional jobs that support the pipeline and its workers throughout the states the pipeline runs. However, the State Dept. disagreed with the number lowering it to 42,000 new jobs during construction, and 160 jobs to maintain the pipeline. Once the pipeline is operational on June 1st, the pluses are that it will create $1.37 billion, generate $55 million in property taxes, which will be given to the North Dakota, and lower the price of oil. Possible negative aspects are, as protestors argue, that the completing of the pipeline would destroy ancestral lands, threaten the water supply, and increase the pollution of land if oil spills, such as the one that happened in April, continue to happen. Though the positives and negatives are debateable, the fact that the U.S. needs cheaper energy is one that exists and have strong economic concerns.
Sources: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/who-benefits-from-the-keystone-xl-pipeline-and-dakota-access-pipeline-pros-cons/ http://hotair.com/archives/2017/05/11/dakota-access-pipeline-will-filled-sunday-protesters-still-hope-stop/ https://daplpipelinefacts.com/ http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/dakota-access-pipeline-leaked-84-gallons-oil-april-47328687


Research Shows Possible Diet Soda and Stroke/Dementia Link

Along with the multitude of other health problems that soda causes, soda's alternative, diet soda, seems to have problems of its own. New research suggests that the drink may cause stroke and dementia. Individuals who drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage a day allegedly had almost three times the risk of developing stroke or dementia than those who drank less. The stroke's cause is when blood vessels in the brain become obstructed and Alzheimer’s disease dementia sets in, diet soda may have a connection with this obstruction. Though the research's theory sounds damning for diet soda, the percentage of people who might develop these conditions are low, three percent for stroke and five percent for dementia. The obvious logical idea that comes to mind is to drink diet soda, or even soda, with moderation.
Sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/21/study-links-diet-soda-to-higher-risk-of-stroke-dementia/?utm_term=.d288a020ef21


More Yoga for a Better School life

Yoga and meditation make students calmer not only in their minds, but their bodies as well. new yoga and meditation for kids is is very different than it is for adults because it's play-based and children see these games and activities as fun. Studies have shown that the possible benefits are stress reduction, emotional regulation, improved mental, and physical health. Together with such studies, teachers who practice yoga in the classroom believe it helps students learn better and relax, it can help kids who like to fidget as well. By practicing such yoga the idea is to improve youth' s behavior by positively influencing emotions and regulating them. If by effecting students' brains through yoga and meditation helps their physical, mental, and and emotional states, then perhaps more yoga and meditation would be helpful to the world.
Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4762597/ http://www.gazettextra.com/20170502/ watch_yoga_part_of_daily_routine_for_harmony_first_graders http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/10/health/yoga-in-schools/


Trump's Border Policies are Slowing Illegal Immigrants

Over the last few decades, millions of illegal immigrants have crossed the southern U.S. border, yet with President Trump's enforcement of the border, the flow is at an all time low. The amount of illegal immigrants crossing over the border is down 76% since the newly elected President took office. Families with children, which has always been a dangerous and treacherous journey has dropped more than previous years. The number of those being apprehended, according to border patrol and government statistics released on Tuesday, is the lowest in decades for the month of April that number being 11,129. At one point in a one month period during the last decade, the amount of illegals crossing over the border was approximated at 700,000. With Mr. Trump's promise of quick deportations and expansion of holding facilities, the fear of being sent back to their nations of origin is too big to risk the chance. Though America has always been a country accepting legal immigrants to our land, those who break the law to get here must decrease for the sake of the citizens currently here; nearly most of the world's 7+ billion people would like to come, that's far too much for any nation to accept. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/9/illegal-immigration-southwest-border-down-70-pct/



France Continues on Socialist Path

France has decided to stay on its socialistic trajectory with its rejection of Marine Le Pen and election of Emmanuel Macron. Macron had 66.1 percent to LePen's 34.99 percent, with 100% of the votes being counted.Even worse, Macron crushed Le Pen in Paris with 89.7 percent, his strongest area of support in the nation. During the campaign Le Pen labeled him as a socialist while Macron characterized her as an extremist. In a criticizing statement associating Macron with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Le Pen said, "In any case," she said, "France will be run by a woman -- me or Madame Merkel." Perhaps one contributing factor to Le Pen's massive defeat is that approximately a quarter of French people abstained in the second round of the election. With the defeat of Le Pen, many of France's nationalists fear a continuation of the socialist policies and negative effects of them on their country
Sources:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/french-election-results-analysis/ http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/05/07/France-decisively-elects-centrist-Emmanuel-Macron-president/3291494159553/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=20 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/05/04/Le-Pen-Macron-bring-out-the-barbs-in-French-presidential-debate/9771493878190/?st_rec=3291494159553


Happy Teachers' Day

May 9th is the day set aside to appreciate those special people who teach us throughout our school years, teachers! National Teachers' Day was pronounced on this day by Congress in 1953 which officially made the Tuesday of the first full week of May the day to honor teachers. However, the dialog began a decade earlier in 1944 when an Arkansas teacher initiated talks with political leaders to assign a day nationally for teachers. Though the day is one to revere teachers by their students, as with any "special day" in this time and age, commercialism has begun to take hold as companies are increasing their marketing efforts to sell to both teachers and students by offering discounts. Yet, sometimes teachers just like the traditional displays of appreciation such as an apple on their desk, a student made bookmark, or a letter that shows how much they do appreciate their teachers. So, on this special day only for educators all around the nation, show how much you appreciate them by saying it out loud, " Thank you teachers!"
Sources:
https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=28

http://heavy.com/social/2017/05/teacher-appreciation-day-2017-quotes-gift-ideas/


Clean Teeth For a Lifetime

Personal dental care is second nature to most people, brushing and flossing their teeth two or even three times a day. However, scientists say that the way people brush and floss their teeth does not help with cavity prevention. Philippe Hujoel, a dentist and professor of oral health, said that the best way to prevent cavities is to avoid sugar and simple carbohydrates. Hujoel also said, the best way to floss is softly, not snapping or yanking the dental floss into position with such force that it snaps against your gums. This causes soreness and constantly flossing your teeth improperly will create a "black interproximal triangle" which is when food gets trapped and holes become permanent and irreversible. For brushing, Hujoel suggests to brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing fluoride slowly and in circles to get rid of unwanted plaque and food particles. By following the professor's suggestions, people can keep their oral hygiene squeaky clean.
Sources: http://www.popsci.com/scientifically-brush-and-floss-teeth



Obamacare Repealed, Obamacare Lite Installed

For years Republicans have sworn to repeal Obamacare, the healthcare system installed by former President Barack Obama, today the House of Representatives have done part of the job, now, to fully repeal it, the Senate must follow suit. While many of the supporters of the bill, known as the American Health Care Act, were unsure of its passing, the majority of the House of Representatives, Republicans, passed it. President Donald Trump confidently said, "We are going to get this passed through the Senate. I am so confident. ... This is a great plan. I actually think it will get even better. Make no mistake, this is a repeal and a replace of Obamacare." Though every Democrat in the House opposed the bill, the Republicans were able to squeak it through with a vote count of 217 to 213; 20 Republicans voted with the Democrats. Now, the uphill battle for getting the Senate to vote for the bill is next with the gap between Republican and Democratic members much smaller, a difference of only four seats. For the sake of the nation and us the citizens, let us all hope that what they passed is what is necessary for all Americans to have the health care we all need. For the sake of the nation and us the citizens, let us all hope that what they passed is what is necessary for all Americans to have the health care we all need.


Source: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/04/republican-obamacare-replacement-bill-wins-enough-votes-to-pass-house.html
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/05/04/Trump-so-confident-Senate-will-pass-AHCA-after-slim-win-in-House/4821493913394/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ls&utm_medium=1


Self Repairing Clothes

Scientists at University of Freiburg have created self repairing clothes that can 'shed their skin' when damaged. In a demonstration, a scientist scratched the material and submerged it in water, which then percolated into the cut and dissolved the polymer. The cloth consists of 3 layers that are a water-repellent film, water-soluble polymer, and silicon. Initiating the self-repairing capabilities is easy enough, just drop it in water, then the damaged layer peels off leaving the undamaged surface visible. The benefits of such clothing would mean that parents wouldn't have to buy new clothes everytime their kid fell and ripped them and the next time Superman or Thor fight an evil alien, they wouldn't have to send out for a new uniform from Reed Richards.


Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4471200/Self-cleaning-material-mimcs-snake-skin-damaged.html#ixzz4g7vk8h1G


Pope to Appear in New Movie

The Roman Catholic Church's patriarch, Pope Francis, may be the head of the church, but will also be doing a little moonlighting in an upcoming movie. We mostly know him as being a populist, a dealmaker, hard-working, focused, and a role model to some. Therefore, it’s impressive to know that Pope Francis will be starring in the movie “Beyond the Sun.” This movie was originally his idea, since he believed it would help spread awareness about Jesus’ message to children. The profit that will be made from this movie will be donated to two charities, El Almendro and Los Hogares de Cristo, that are of significant importance to the Pope. By applying his generosity and selflessness to real world problems, Pope Francis is taking a step further in purveying the 12 chief disciple of Jesus Christ.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/pope-francis-independent-film-sun -article-1.3139440


The House of Representative Vote to Repeal an Replace Obamacare

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with the Republicans American Health Care Act, or the AHCA.Republicans, who have the majority of the votes in the House will be voting to pass the bill although many of them fought to keep aspects of Obamacare to allow people with pre-existing conditions to be covered by insurance companies. However, a breakthrough in the form of an amendment that provides $8 billion over five years helping people with pre-existing conditions in states granted a waiver from Obamacare's protections. The waivers allow states to opt out of Obamacare standards setting minimum benefits that health plans must offer. They also allow states to opt out of the community rating requirement that prevents insurers from charging different prices based on a client's health status or age. Insurance companies would be required to cover older people and individuals with pre-existing conditions, but be able to charge them more with the waivers. Though some are calling it "Obamacare lite", in order for the nation to have some working health care system, compromise may be the only way to satisfiy all concerned parties, especially us.
Source: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/05/03/House-to-vote-Thursday-on-bill-to-replace-Affordable-Care-Act/3181493806165/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=4


"Boozing" Is the Reason Behind Brad Pitt's Divorce From Angelina Jolie

Though much has been speculated of the two A-List actors' divorce, Brad Pitt has revealed that the true reason was due to the devastating effects of alcohol on him. The divorce was of his own decision from his inability to stop drinking. Pitt's cesesion from alcohol is contributed to his recent and ongoing therapy which he praises as being a positive effect in his life. But as with any addiction problem and its end, he stated that "he" didn't want to live that way because drinking had become a problem for him. Since his decision, he and his former wife have been working on limiting their court suits for the sake of the children. As seen by an American super-star and billions of others, alcohol can be a destructive substance that ruins lives; don't start it, then you'll never have to quit it.
Source:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/3468112/brad-pitt-reveals-dramatic-weight-loss-as-he-poses-on-three-gq-covers-in-first-photoshoot-since-divorcing-angelina-jolie/

The New No-No: Trashing Electronics

So many of us just toss our electronics into the trash, but with so many millions, even billions of people doing this, the ramifications could harsh for the environment and its inhabitants. This trash, known as e-waste , can include everything from cell phones all the various smart devices, computers and their accessories, CDs, cords and plugs, gaming consoles, and perhaps the worst, batteries. Batteries, as well as the other e-waste, allow seepage of heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and other toxic materials into the soil which eventually can affect our drinking water and soil for food. By recycling electronics we can help in the conservation of natural resources and the reduction of energy needed to produce new electronic equipment, plus we can save valuable resources such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. In an effort to help in such conservation efforts, more and more large companies, such as Staples and Best Buy, are accepting the e-waste, still, we can help in the efforts by practicing one or more of the 3 R’s: refurbish, reuse, and recycle them. Whether we do the job ourselves or allow the big corporations to lend a hand, taking care of e-waste is an important action we must participate in to protect our lives and the lives of those who come after us.
Source:

https://modernize.com/home-ideas/32442/how-to-recycle-e-waste?v2


Flying Suit Makes Iron Man A Reality

Richard Browning has just made the reality of an Iron Man armor that much closer. His engineering marvel is a suit that has miniature jet engines attached to an exoskeleton. The suit is controlled by moving the arms and the display in his helmet updates him on fuel consumption. The suit is capable of speeds of up to 200 mph, reachng thousands of feet in altitude, and maintain sustained flight for about 10 min. Browning has created a company, Gravity, and is working on an updated version called Daedalus. Looks like Stan Lee's ideas on super and augmented humans might have been more prophetic than sci fi after all.
Sources:
https://www.google.com/amp/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/39441825 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/28/british-military-interested-iron-man-flying-suit/



Blockchain's Greatness Being Realized

Blockchain, the technology that allows the crypto currency Bitcoin to exist, could have many more posible applications, one being in the energy industry. The blockchain technology can manage the producer of energy, the user of the energy, the middlemen, the amount being used, the billing, and so much more. As a result, the energy industry is interested in its usage to not only apply the mentioned reasons, but to upgrade for the future to integrate alternative energy production such as solar, wind, and others. At some point in the future, it would allow energy companies to trade business amongst themselves at a specific time of day and allow for the usage of personal consumers to trade the energy they produce from solar with companies and/or individuals. Two other areas where blockchain might be applicable are in switching power suppliers easily and without the hassle as well as being the tech that can find problems in the networks and repair them. Blockchain is new, unproven, and uncertain, but the potential for egalitarian economic parity is the upside.
https://hbr.org/2017/03/how-utilities-are-using-blockchain-to-modernize-the-grid


How China is Battling Against Drones

During a soccer match in China, a trespassing drone entered the stadium, the authorities’ response was to blast it with a drone-jamming gun. In the case of the city of Wuhan, where the drone trespassed, the jammers are called “guns”, because they shoot radio waves, and also because they look like an assault rifle. Each jammer costs approximately $19,000, and can jam control signals up to a kilometer away. Many other countries have built similar jammers to defend themselves from drone attacks. For example, the Battelle Drone Defender—an American jamming rifle—is used by allied forces in Iraq to shut down the ISIS terrorists’ quadcopters; which are used for surveillance and grenade attacks. Drone technology is and will be a threat. As a result, the only way to stop threats is to create weapons such as this jamming rifle.


http://www.popsci.com/chinas-new-anti-drone-weapons-jammers-and-lasers


Trump out of NAFTA

The Trump administration could possibly pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA for short. Basically, NAFTA eliminates tariffs and allows for the free flow of goods and services between Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. Since both nations border the U.S., it would only make sense for the agreement or some form of it to continue to exist, thus leading some to speculate whether Trump's initiative could only be to make the agreement more favorable to U.S. interests. Last week, the President said on NAFTA, “It's been very, very bad for our companies and for our workers, and we’re going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA once and for all," President Trump expressed his views on last year's $63 billion deficit with Mexico and a need for change in the disparity. The primary goal of NAFTA is tariffs being lifted on the majority of goods produced by the nations and that the future gradual elimination of most remaining barriers to cross-border investment and to the movement of goods and services among the three countries. If one country can produce products cheaper than another, and that country exports more of such products than the other does, then it only makes sense that there is an unfair trade disparity between the nations, thus causing such a deficits. Sources:
https://www.cbp.gov/trade/nafta
https://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2017/04/26/nafta-report-sends-peso-reeling/
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/26/white-house-nafta-withdraw-trump-237632


First Americans Claim Sparks Controversy

According to popular historic views, the earliest date recorded for humans arriving in America is 25,000 years ago. However, unearthed bones and the conclusions they derived suggest that this estimation might be about 100,000 years . At a site in California, scientists discovered stone tools and broken remains of a mastodon, likely to be the doings of a human. Researchers used uranium-thorium dating and found the bones to date 130,000 years back. Some experts, however, don’t fully align themselves with the conclusions and believe that humans might not have been the reason behind the broken bones. This is a debatable subject since scientists would have to use some generalizations to come to a conclusion on the bone remains of the extinct relative of mammoths and elephants.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39710311


Trump to Kill the Border Tax Plan

President Donald Trump may have decided to discontinue the idea of the border adjustment tax on imports in order to focus on the White House’s new tax plan. Some fear that the border taxes would cause financial problems for retailers by increasing prices. In an interview, Trump said that the border tax could increase job opportunities in the U.S. by producing the same product, but the opposition to his plan disagreed with this statement. Though somewhat uncertain of the Republican proposed border tax itself at times, it might be a possibility later in the future. The effort of the Republicans to repeal the act failed, but the President could use this to help him create a more competitive economy. (Source: NY Times)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/us/politics/orrin-hatch-trump-tax-cuts-deficit-economy.html?_r=0



Merkel's Party Beaten back to Third Place

Resulting in German disapproval of Angela Merkel's policies of an “open Germany”, recent elections in a north-eastern German state results have proven poorly for the Chancellor's party. Germany's centre-left party Social Democratic Party's (SPD) took 30% of the vote, the Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party took just under 21% of the vote behind and The German chancellor's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party was backed by only 19% of voters. The state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania is Chancellor Merkel's home state showing that even her own constituency is against her recent immigration policies. The recent arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants without documents on top of the 1.1 million last year seem to be the most significant reason for the CDU's losses. For whatever the reasons may be, Merkel is currently at a five-year low for her approval ratings. Still, Merkel's statement on the loss tells her views on the loss, “We took nothing away from people here. We are still achieving our big goal of maintaining and improving the quality of life in Germany.” Source: BBC World News


Crippling Cost of Killing the U.S.

The National Academy of science, Engineering, and Medicine will be publishing a new report on Thursday, 9/22/16 which will devastatingly report the negative numbers on how much immigrants, mostly illegal, cost the U.S. taxpayer. The academy's report is comprised of eight different scenarios and all of them have the government at a loss in varying amounts. These costs are primarily from the benefits paid out by both the federal, state and localities. The worst case scenario has the costs at the shocking amount of $296 Billion and the low end at $43 Billion. Some of the better scenarios have the federal government making more due to the taxes paid by the immigrants, but in every scenario for state and localities, they lose. Were we to split the difference between the high and low figures, $156 Billion is still too high to be losing as a nation.


Eat It Raw

Raw food has what the body needs for the body to reach optimal health. As a result of health benefits, people eat a raw food diet which includes fruits, berries, vegetables, nuts, seeds and herbs unprocessed and in its original state. Raw food proponents believe that this diet retains the enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients of the food. Of the 38 diets evaluated in this study, raw food ranked 3rd. Though most of the people who adhere to the raw food diet are vegans, some choose to include certain raw animal products in their diet. By and by, most people agree that consuming a plant based diet is more healthy than the alternative. Source: U.S. News & World Report


The U.S. Dollar Reigns Supreme

Though foreign-exchange markets and spot trading are down relative to last year's, the U.S. Dollar has still maintained its dominance among the currencies. Most of the top currencies trading against the U.S. Dollar lost market share. China doubled its market share thus making it the 8th most traded currency. The bulk of most other currencies trading was against the U.S. Dollar. Likewise, U.S. Interest-rate derivatives trading has also dominated other nation's. To conclude, the U.S. Foreign-exchange, spot trading, and interest-rate derivatives have traded better than other currencies and markets. Source: U.S. Business Insider


Liberal Harry Potter Writer Against Far-Left Politician

J.K Rowling has vehemently spoken against UK’s Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to dissuade him from bringing his far-left views and policies to the forefront of British politics. Corbyn's socialist views include renationalizing the railroad system and energy companies, abolishing tuition for British universities, and imposing rent controls for housing. The last time the Labour party brought such challenging policies to the mainstream, the Conservatives were able to defeat the Labour Party. However, in recent years the Labour party has gained ground with the formation of the New Labour Party and election of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to Prime Ministers due to their more centrist views and denunciation of the left's views. Rowling's fight is to keep the far-left views out of the limelight that would jeopardize welfare state and UK’s center-left party. Basically, Rowling is attempting to prevent a major loss of the liberal left by halting the far-left's rise. Source: Vox World


The UK and the US, Together Again

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom met with Donald Trump as his first international dignitary meeting as the President. Trump gave her a warm handshake and even held her hand at the White House. Both leaders posed for photo ops in front of a bust of Churchill removed from the oval office during the Obama presidency, but replaced by Trump. Although they may not hold the same political beliefs, Trump said, he wants to ensure “'lasting support to this most special relationship”. On the flipside, she did warn Trump to be wary of Vladimir Putin and called NATO 'the cornerstone of the West's defense'. When all was said and done, both leaders confidently agreed to try to work together and maybe even start something of a Reagan-Thatcher relationship.


Tesla Model S Remote Hack Attack

A Chinese company has found vulnerabilities in the Tesla Model S software that allow the company's hackers to take control of the car. The hackers were able to gain control of the door locks, braking system, control display, wind shield wipers, trunk, sun roof, and folding side mirrors to name a few. Although the hacker's attack was focused on the Model S, they say it would be possible for other Tesla models to be controlled in a similar way. The attack could only happen if the Tesla web browser was in use and the car was close to a WIFI hot spot. Tesla has reported that they are working on patches to fix the problem and that owners should install the latest software version to prevent such attacks. For all the high tech drivers out there, this should be enough data to err on the side of caution and at the very least update the car's software whenever new versions or patches are released. Source: Car and Bike (NDTV)


With a Sense of Irony, It Is Suggested Mexico Wants to Build its Own Wall

A U.S./ Mexico border town newspaper, El Manana, is suggesting that a border wall between Mexico and Central America be built to stop the flow of Central American refugees from entering into Mexico. Primarily these people are from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras fleeing from the rampant terror and killings they face from gangs. The newspaper reasons that when a Central American illegal immigrant is caught crossing into the U.S., then is deported back to Mexico, that individual often turns to crime to support themselves. In an unlikely hint of praise for Presidential candidate Trump, the newspaper suggests that Trump's idea to build a wall is good, for Mexico. Along with the call for a wall, El Manana suggests for checkpoints to verify proper immigration documents to be checked be installed. Looks like at least one news source in Mexico agrees with Trump's wall idea. Source: Daily Mail (U.K.)


Donald Trump Wins The U.S. Presidency

Stunning America and the world, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton for the Presidency of the U.S.. Invigorating “middle America”, Trump was able to unite conservatives, the Christian right, the silent majority, and many others into a grass roots campaign who felt Trump would “Make America Great Again.” President-Elect Trump pledged to unite a nation deeply divided promising to be a "president for all Americans … Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division," the President-Elect continued to a crowd of rejoicing supporters. Early in the morning Hillary Clinton called to congratulate him as well as President Barack Obama. Key to the President-Elect’s victory was his campaign promises, which brought hope to many Americans, to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, temporarily ban Muslims from countries with high terrorist risk from entering the country, and eliminate certain free trade deals. Without a doubt from all Americans, a new day has dawned on the United States of America.


McDonald's Math

A little bit of logical reasoning and a lot of math, a McDonald’s math puzzle plays with your mind, and maybe even your stomach. The equation is based on three sums provided of McDonald’s food items; the burger, fries, and a beverage. The brain twister originated on a Facebook page out of the Philippines. One of the reasons so many failed to get the correct answer was that they mistook the number of items in the final sum. While others failed to remember to do the order of operations ( PEMDAS )multiplication before addition. For those who got it correct, you’re a genius, for the rest of us, back to 3rd grade.


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