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How Tinder Had A Hand in The New Diverse Couple Emoji Selection

Emojis have become crucial in the way we communicate. More and more, these pictographs are used to depict what we’re feeling, what we’re saying, and even who we are. This being the case, it’s of utmost importance that emojis are relevant and inclusive.

Tinder has been a force behind the creation of new interracial couples emojis. They formed a petition with over 50,000 supporters which pushed Unicode to make these emojis a reality this year.

In the Name of Love

Emojis representing people of color and people with disabilities were first released to the public in 2015. In later years, Unicode responded to the call for emojis representing non-heterosexual couples.

It was interesting that this hadn’t been done before, considering how excellent a form of communication and what a statement emojis had come to be.

Making the First Move

Tinder conducted a study that connected online dating with the increase of interracial couples and saw the necessity for improved visibility for its users. They first attempted to make a change in February 2018 when they kicked off the #represent campaign, which successfully petitioned the Unicode Consortium to be more inclusive.

 Tinder’s CMO, Jenny Campbell made a statement, “Tinder advocates for the freedom of people to live how they want to live and love who they want to love.” People from all over the world joined Tinder in their petition, resulting in over 50,000 signatures in order to have all loves represented.

Coupling Celebrated

We’ve had a small taste of what to expect once all 230 emojis are released for public use. They display a wide range of skin tone and gender. The release showed all sorts of couples smiling and holding hands, of all sorts of gender and color combinations. The new emojis are full of happy diversity.

Emojis have become crucial in the way we communicate. More and more, these pictographs are used to depict what we’re feeling, what we’re saying, and even who we are. This being the case, it’s of utmost importance that emojis are relevant and...

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Gloriously & Awkward Photos of Celebrities at Prom Night

Long before the days of red carpets, Oscars, and awards the rich and famous were just like the rest of us.  Take a look at this gallery of teenage nervousness and awkward poses as we delve into the world of celebrity prom photos. Although they may be rich and famous now, the likes of Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, George Clooney and Brad Pitt all when through the terrible teens.

Rhianna

Even Rihanna had to start somewhere!  The super-stylish Bahamian beauty now has her own line of sexy lingerie but back in the day she still had a few lessons to learn.

To be fair, Rihanna could never look bad in anything, but this look couldn’t be further than the fashion queen she is today.

Don’t take off your corsage, there’s more:

Long before the days of red carpets, Oscars, and awards the rich and famous were just like the rest of us.  Take a look at this gallery of teenage nervousness and awkward poses as we delve into the world of celebrity prom photos. Although they may be rich...

Nature & Tech Science

Could the Beetle Be the Key to Creating Biofuels Properly?

For many people, beetles are horrible, disgusting little freaks. Up close and in your line of sight, they are a genuine eyesore that can put you off looking at them. However, the beetle is more than just a hard little eyesore: they might hold the key to creating better biofuels in the future.

This was recently looked into by scientific experts at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab. They have done some research into the beetle, as their diet of dying wood apparently makes an excellent starting point for the creation of biofuels.

The gut of the beetle has closely adapted and adjusted to ensure that it is strong enough to handle plant material, such as cellulose and lignin, without issue. It then transforms these plant materials into necessary things like ethanol, methane and other biofuels which are loaded with energy such as hydrogen.

That diversity is one of the many reasons why it has become a go-to choice for a whole lot of scientists. The assistant adjunct professor of environmental science at UC Berkley, and senior author of the study about beetles, Eoin Brodie, said:

“We brought together a team of experts and used advanced molecular biology tools, together with spectrometry and tiny sensors, to discover that the beetle’s gut is made of up specialized compartments — each with a distinct microbiome — that work together almost like a factory production line, using unique biochemistry to turn the wood into food and fuel,

“The key innovation that nature has provided here is a way to combine biochemical processes that are otherwise incompatible,” he concluded.

A Truly Special Find

This is a landmark discovery and could go some way to making sure that the humble and proud beetle plays a major role in environmental transformation. According to Javier Ceja-Navarro, a Berkeley Lab research scientist and lead author of the study:

“It turns out that the beetle’s gut architecture, such as the length and thickness of its gut walls, has evolved to suit its microbiome so that specific metabolic processes are favored in different gut regions,

“This beetle and its microbes have worked out what scientists around the world are hurrying to optimize – how to efficiently turn woody plant biomass into biofuels and bioproducts,”

The fact that the beetle is such a resilient breeding ground for such biofuels makes it a hugely compelling part of nature. It could help with the production of things like acetate, a major energy source, and could become a valuable learning tool as we try to become more aware of the changes we need to make to help the production of biofuels become a more common part of society.

So, the next time that you see a beetle scurrying around, remember the vast potential that they contain within!

For many people, beetles are horrible, disgusting little freaks. Up close and in your line of sight, they are a genuine eyesore that can put you off looking at them. However, the beetle is more than just a hard little eyesore: they might hold the key to...

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Unique & Funny Wedding Gowns

Whenever you think of weddings, it’s obvious that the first thing to come to mind is the wedding dress. The dress is typically white, elegant, and designed with class and taste.

Dress To Impress?

However, some brides have taken the dress creation to a whole new level, creating extremely unique designs, which some may like a lot and some may find absurd, and completely out of touch with what a wedding dress should look like.

Regardless of what others think, we can all agree these dresses are entertaining to look at!

Whenever you think of weddings, it’s obvious that the first thing to come to mind is the wedding dress. The dress is typically white, elegant, and designed with class and taste.
Dress To Impress?
However, some brides have taken the dress creation to a...

Lifestyle

Hitting the Snooze Button Might Make You More Tired (Sadly)

How often do you wake up in the morning and hear the alarm going off, and just think “Eugh….”?

Every morning? Most mornings? We know how you feel. We all do it to an extent. We do this crazy thing where we set our alarm 30-minutes early, so that we can enjoy half an hour of in/out sleep prior to having to get up.

It’s quite an interesting, if rather odd, tactic. However, sadly, it’s now been shown that this might be pretty bad for us. Why? Because hitting snooze makes it much harder to actually wake up.

Unfortunately, our brains are not able to just wake-up as soon as we open our eyes. Often, it can take as long as an hour before we are actually awake, alert and ready to go. Therefore, when you keep on going to bed and enjoying this little 5-10 minute recesses, you are merely putting yourself back to square one with regards to waking up and feeling good about doing so.

You are reversing any benefits that you get from waking up by going for that quick second nap. However, you might disagree. You feel better, right? That’s the serotonin talking. Your body produces serotonin by going to sleep, but it’s not actually going to help you wake up. You are merely just putting the process back to square one if you do this.

So, the medical advice goes against the ritual that many of us live with. Instead of setting your alarm early and enjoying the pleasure of going back to sleep briefly, set your alarm as late as you can. Then, get up as soon as it goes off. Yes, it’s hard to do, of course. But it’s what is recommended.

What if I can’t do this?

Then you should probably look to go to bed a bit earlier. If you find it too hard to wake up in one sitting when your alarm goes off, you are not suitably rested. That is as clear a sign as there is to show that you are in need of an extra hour or two in bed every night.

Instead of setting your alarm from when you do, set your bedtime alarm for a bit earlier. Then, set your alarm for waking up a bit later.

This should help you to get the sleep that you need. Now, when you wake up, you should be able to resist the temptation to go for another 5-minute sleeping session. Yes, the temptation to do so is real. It merely sets you back, though, and does little for us in terms of improving our quality of life.

So, instead of falling for this old trap, why not make your life a bit easier and start paying more attention to how you sleep?

With a bit of change to when you go to bed and when you get up, you could create a meaningful change to your mind-set. Trust us, the benefits far outweigh the perceived benefits of another 5-minutes in bed!

How often do you wake up in the morning and hear the alarm going off, and just think “Eugh….”?

Every morning? Most mornings? We know how you feel. We all do it to an extent. We do this crazy thing where we set our alarm 30-minutes early, so that we can...

Earth Science

White Dwarf System Gives Glimpse into Our Solar System’s Demise

Ever wonder what our sun will look like in a few billion years? Or what our planet and the entire solar system has in store? Sure, it won’t happen in our lifetime, but because of the planet-like object scientists have discovered orbiting a white dwarf star, we can take a look at what our solar system will look like in about 5 billion years.

It’s been common in the last few decades to find planets beyond our own solar system orbiting stars. Just like our sun, these solar systems have main-sequence stars that get their energy from core nuclear reactions. When these stars run out of fuel, they become red giants.

When our sun begins this process, it will consume Mercury, Venus, and most likely Earth, as well, and expand into the solar system. Once the core collapses, it becomes a white dwarf, too. For those of you who may not know, a white dwarf is an extremely dense, faint star that’s about the size of a planet.

Planets that orbit white dwarfs gradually move closer to the star until they collide, smash, and become floating debris.

Christopher Manser, of the U.K.’s University of Warwick, published a study done with his colleagues in Science. They presented evidence of a small, intact planetary body orbiting the white dwarf SDSS J122859.93+104032.9.

“The gaseous planetary disc around this white dwarf was the first discovered, and is currently still the brightest disc known, making it great for observations,” Manser told Newsweek. “The observations were taken as a pilot test to see if we could detect anything happening on the time it takes material to orbit the white dwarf (roughly hours).”

A Planetesimal

The team was astonished to discover a planetesimal, which is a solid object formed through colliding rocks that have clumped together. The only way it wasn’t torn apart by the white dwarf’s gravitational pulls was because it was 370 miles in diameter and very dense. They’ve surmised that this planetesimal could be the core of one of the solar system’s planets.

“To survive so close to the white dwarf, the body either has to have a large density, or a high internal strength to avoid being ripped apart,” Manser said. “Currently, we cannot distinguish between the two, only that it requires some minimal amount of internal strength and a density around that of iron—if the internal strength is greater, our density estimate can be reduced.”

 Scientists are fascinated to see a glimpse into the destiny of our own solar system. It seems as though the three inner planets will be destroyed while the rest stay intact.

“By studying systems like SDSSJ122859.93+104032.9, we can learn more about the future of the solar system, and the majority of all known exoplanetary systems, which orbit stars that will themselves eventually become white dwarfs,” Manser said. He also mentioned they plan to find more planetesimals like this one.

A professor in University College London’s physics and astronomy department who was not involved in the study, Jay Farihi, said the planetesimal was similar to a “ring moon”—an object orbiting in the disc of rock and dust surrounding the star.

“This likely means the disks or rings around white dwarfs are highly dynamical and changing environments that will continue to do interesting things and elucidate more exoplanetary science,” he said.

“Continued monitoring of these real-time events should give insight into the total masses of the rings, the planetary parent bodies that were disrupted or otherwise destroyed to create the dust and gas, and most of all how they compare to Earth and the terrestrial planets.”

Ever wonder what our sun will look like in a few billion years? Or what our planet and the entire solar system has in store? Sure, it won’t happen in our lifetime, but because of the planet-like object scientists have discovered orbiting a white dwarf star...

Animals Humans Are Awesome

Man Brings Truckloads Of Water To Animals In Drought

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – As we know, the earth has been getting warmer due to the lack of care humans take living on this Earth. The constant exploitation, the cutting down of forest, the pollution of water and many “creative” ways we have found to additionally destroy our Earth.

Having said this, the case is that our actions have also affected nature and the regular chain of life outside of ours.

This video takes place in Kenya. Where global changes have made an impact on animals lives living in the wild. The scarcity of water has become an issue since the Earth is getting warmer. Droughts are more common than ever, leaving animals at an even bigger challenge of finding for water. As if their lives weren’t simple before this.

Here we have quite the video of these members of the Mwalua Wildlife Trust, a Kenyan founded and run organization that works towards sustainable water solutions for human and wildlife communities in Tsavo East National Park, deliver truckloads of water to all the animals suffering through a drought.

This is one of many examples of how we can help to prevent the further cleansing of wildlife animals. There is something we can all bring to the table and make this planet just a pinch better. This is only an encouragement as every difference begins with a tiny step forward toward the goal.

This video doesn’t really show them in action, however, it does simply show the hopeless animals gathered around the pond in the hopes of drying their thirst. It is a big eye opener to which extent we have come and how much we can actually go wrong by getting our will on this planet. However, we will again state that there is always something that we can do, just like the gentleman in this video.

These guys prove to show that the simplest of doings like bringing water to their front door is something small yet it can have a tremendous impact on their lives. If not anything else, wouldn’t you want to see more of such caring human beings?

What do you think about this video? Make sure you tell us more in the comments down below. If you like what you see, don’t forget to share it with others who might like it as well. It just might be the highlight of their day! Enjoy!

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – As we know, the earth has been getting warmer due to the lack of care humans take living on this Earth. The constant exploitation, the cutting down of forest, the pollution of water and many “creative” ways we have...

Tech News

Alcatraz AI is Building Face ID for Corporate Badges

Ever experience the frustration of heading out of work for lunch and getting back to the office just in time to only realize that you left your badge upstairs on your desk? Now, you’re late and stuck waiting downstairs for one of your co-workers to be gracious enough to bring your badge down to you so that you can get back in.

Meanwhile, your boss is none too happy with you. And perhaps this is your third or fourth strike!

Well, it’s time you met Alcatraz AI, a start-up that wants to replace all the badge readers in your office with a Face ID-like camera system. With Alcatraz, any of the multiple sensors have the capability to identify faces and unlock doors effortlessly.

High-security buildings have made fingerprints and iris scanners a regular commodity, but your everyday business would end up with traffic jams at the door if they started using a fingerprint system. On top of all that, every time a new employee is hired, their biometric information would have to be added to the system.

This process would be tedious, especially for large companies with lots of employees.

Facial Authentication

However, with Alcatraz AI, facial authentication guarantees a quick, painless process. You begin with a badge, like the one you have now, but after you’ve used it a few times, Alcatraz Al has scanned your face enough to form a model. From then on, you can always leave your badge on your desk – or at home, for that matter –, and simple facial recognition will get you in the door.

Alcatraz Al has built custom hardware with three different sensors that include both traditional RGB sensors and infrared sensors for 3D mapping which they would install. Once everything is set and running, companies only need to pay an annual fee to continue using the platform.

Alcatraz AI can even detect tailgating – that is, someone trying to get in somewhere secure by following in an authorized person. It gives customers analytics and real-time notifications.

Overall, the process is much simpler and easier, and the ongoing license cost should be the same as what your company previously used to pay guards. The start-up has raised nearly $6 million already from Hardware Club, Ray Stata, JCI Ventures, Ruvento Ventures, and Hemi Ventures.

Ever experience the frustration of heading out of work for lunch and getting back to the office just in time to only realize that you left your badge upstairs on your desk? Now, you’re late and stuck waiting downstairs for one of your co-workers to be...

Health

What You Need To Know If Your Dog Has Eaten Marijuana

Since the rise of marijuana being legal in various states across the nation, more animals have ingested this weed and ending up in their vet’s office.  According to veterinary clinics, they have seen more cases of animals accidentally ingesting recreational marijuana and approximately 97% are dogs.

It’s not really clear how many of these dogs accidentally consumed weed or whether owners are just concerned if their pet actually did eat marijuana or not. Either way, it’s really important that dog owners know the signs if their pets are in harm’s way from marijuana.

The Symptoms Owners Should Recognize If Their Dog Eats Marijuana:

Whether your dog inhales second-hand smoke from marijuana or grabs a marijuana brownie off the counter, you need to know the signs.  To ensure your dog stays healthy and safe, no food laced with marijuana should be anywhere near them and you should not smoke the substance in the same room or even the same house.

The Symptoms Your Dog Will Show:

  • Breathing problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lethargy
  • Abnormal heartbeats
  • Loss of balance
  • The loss of restraint for urinating

What Should I Do If My Dog Has Consumed Marijuana?

Contact your vet as soon as possible.  Your vet will try to induce vomiting to remove anything eaten.  If your dog is really lethargic, the THC from the marijuana is already in their bloodstream, you should try to induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide.

Your vet will probably keep your dog for a short period of time and watch for seizures and give them fluids to try and clear out their system much faster.  Seizures can happen if your dog has consumed a large amount of the drug.  At this point, it’s a matter of just watching and waiting.

This is not just for dogs who have consumed marijuana.  If your dog has consumed something else, but you don’t know what, get your dog to your vet as quickly as possible.

Will Weed Kill My Dog?

The chances are slim unless they consumed a very large amount.  Recent studies have shown that a dog’s reaction to cannabis in legalized states, 2 out of 125 have died. The most common ingestion is cannabis butter extract which is extremely toxic to dogs. Your vet will probably ask several questions to determine if your dog consumed weed or some other substance such as chocolate.  If your dog is getting on in years, is sick or really small, you should be very aware what your pet consumes.

Can I Give Marijuana To My Dog For Pain Relief?

You should never, ever give your dog anything that has THC! Cannabidiol (CBD) might be an option which is a compound found in the flowers of cannabis. CBD has been used for thousands of years for curing many disorders.  THC, on the other, hand, causes the effect of feeling high.

Because CBD is not psychoactive, it can possibly help your dog with certain discomforts associated with inflammation, anxiety, chronic pain, etc.

The bottom line, unless recommended by your vet, keep anything toxic, such as marijuana, away from your dog and definitely bring your pet to your vet as quickly as possible.  If you consume recreational marijuana, it’s really important you make sure all consumed items are kept far away from your pets.

The makeup of your dog’s brain and nervous system are not just like yours.  You could cause a great deal of harm and in some cases, could cost them their lives.  Your pets rely on you for protection so do the right thing by them, just like children.  Take good care of your dog so you can both have many wonderful years together!

Since the rise of marijuana being legal in various states across the nation, more animals have ingested this weed and ending up in their vet’s office.  According to veterinary clinics, they have seen more cases of animals accidentally ingesting...

Cool Stories

Hilarious Flight Attendant Performs Rap For Passengers

The airports and airplanes have become part of our day to day because thanks to airplanes we can travel long distances in a short period of time. Everyone who has traveled by plane knows that unusual things happen in airports and on planes, but people who travel constantly say that the trip is boring and routine, but this time it turned out to be the opposite.

The truth is that a flight attendant had the passengers have fun while she did Rap following the safety instructions. This stewardess really has talent!

A man named Robert Stratton was waiting for his Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to leave for Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 23, when suddenly a stewardess, named Adele, went into action and started doing some Rap.

Robert said that at the beginning, Adele asked all the passengers to accompany her to do some music, after that she began to venture into a Rap with some of the safety instructions before starting the flight. Adele in her Rap said important things like “make sure your belts are tight because we will be very far from the ground very soon”.

Robert said he had never had such a fun flight before and said that all passengers on board enjoyed the rap of Adele, as it was really fun.

Being A Flight Attendant

Some flight attendants say that their work is not easy since some passengers turn out to be rude and annoying, but there are always educated people who make the work of the assistants easier and more pleasant.

To be a flight attendant it is necessary to go through hard training, besides that some minimum and maximum age requirements must be met, and they must also master several languages, but the most important thing is that they must have good health and resistance to be able to swim and run in extreme cases.

In addition to all that, they must also have a good charisma to be able to talk and socialize with people on the plane without any problem or difficulty. The truth is that, despite all this, there are always flight attendants who are in charge of surprising the passengers with their incredible singing or dancing skills, although this is not necessary, it becomes a useful tool to keep the passengers happy.

We must always remember where we come from and we must bear in mind that no job is easy, each one requires an effort that we do not normally perceive, for that reason it is very important to respect people regardless of their jobs.

Music is considered the universal language and Adele knows it very well, for that reason she used her Rap to keep passengers safe and happy while dictating the necessary safety instructions before starting the trip. Adele is the best Flight Attendant in the world!

The airports and airplanes have become part of our day to day because thanks to airplanes we can travel long distances in a short period of time. Everyone who has traveled by plane knows that unusual things happen in airports and on planes, but people who...

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Why Does Queen Elizabeth Wear Gloves?

Over the many years that Queen Elizabeth has occupied the throne, there are a few things that stand out when it comes to her attire such as a bright colored coat, her matching hat, always a huge brooch, and lastly, her perfect gloves!  She has also been known to wear many different sunglasses in many different colors including blue, yellow, and fuchsia.

Back to the question about the gloves.  Actually, there is a really good reason, the queen must shake a lot of hands during the course of a day.  She is constantly exposed to germs so her gloves protect her!

Ever since her honeymoon in 1947, the glove manufacturer Cornelia James has kept the queen in a large supply of gloves.  Genevieve James, the current director, and daughter of Cornelia told Good Housekeeping, the gloves may serve a practical purpose but have also become her trademark over the years.

In 1947, the royal couturier Norman Hartnell, who designed the queen’s wedding dress, ordered a suitcase of James’ gloves.  James was well-known for his gloves coming in a multitude of colors as well as traditional shades which the queen loves.

Family Business

In 1979, manufacturer Cornelia James received her Royal Warrant as the official glove manufacturer to Queen Elizabeth.  After Cornelia’s death in 1999, her daughter took over the business.  It’s estimated that since that time, the company has made around 60 to 70 pairs of gloves for the queen.  Genevieve said that she can tell the difference between her creations and those of her mother’s.

Unlike your standard glove, the queen’s gloves are made from pure cotton with a suede-brushed finish. Another favored style of gloves uses a lighter Swiss jersey.  The gloves are from the Francesca or Regina collection and the length is customized for the sleeves to reach 5 inches from the base of her thumb to her arm.  This allows the gloves to reach beyond the cuff of her coat and keeps her wrists covered.

The queen has been known to keep at least 2 or 3 gloves with her at all times.  The queen is also known to be thrifty, she is likely to get her gloves washed and/or repaired due to the cost of £110 per pair. The queen has been known to keep her gloves for 40 years.  The royal family has always wanted to appear as economical, not wasting money.

It’s believed the British people are in favor of their economic spending, seeing the family in a much more favorable light. I’m sure we would all love to have these incredible gloves to add to our fashion statement, but for now, let’s just say “God Save The Queen”!

Over the many years that Queen Elizabeth has occupied the throne, there are a few things that stand out when it comes to her attire such as a bright colored coat, her matching hat, always a huge brooch, and lastly, her perfect gloves!  She has also been...

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He’s Only 23 And Already A Grandfather

Tommy Connolly was just a regular guy enjoying life in his early 20s. A full-time student, a part-time real-estate agent, and a gifted athlete, the Australian native would soon have his promising life turned upside down upon receiving a Facebook message from someone in his past.

Grandpa? Me?

This simple message sent to his social media account would alter his life in ways he never thought imaginable.

In a matter of months, he would become one of the youngest grandparents in the world. Along the way, he would encounter challenges he never expected to face. Tommy’s life-changing story will stun you.

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Tommy Connolly was just a regular guy enjoying life in his early 20s. A full-time student, a part-time real-estate agent, and a gifted athlete, the Australian native would soon have his promising life turned upside down upon receiving a Facebook message from...