Author - Assaf Aricha

Animals Inspiring Stories

Stranded for 28 Days, EMT Keeps Hope Alive for Missing Dog

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

It’s something that we would not wish on our worst enemy. The total lack of knowledge of where you are can be utterly mind-numbing. However, for some of us, being stranded is so challenging due to the isolation from those that we love.

Take the story of one man who adopted a ‘therapy dog’ which pulled him out of a deep, lasting depression. On a camping trip, though, an incident took place that separated man from his best friend – 28 days later, the dog was still missing.

Justin Scott had a pretty impressive job, working as an EMT. Through that job, he became used to stepping up to the plate and save others. Such a job, though, takes an obvious toll on our well-being and our happiness. Sadly, Justin lost a very close friend when he was called in to try to save him.

Unable to snap out of the depression, he was introduced to a new friend: Shelby. He was brought in to help Justin try and find a bit of emotional peace.

Camping Trip Fright

On a camping trip together, everything was going good: lots of fun to be had. However, just as can happen when going on a camping trip, something went wrong that separated the inseparable duo.

Alongside his wife and his two children on a trip to the Sierra Mountains, a noise from the forest spooked poor Shelby. Freaked out, she made for the forest and vanished. As the hours turned into days, things looked bleak: but not for Justin.

Justin, after all, is an expert in surviving and getting through tough and challenging moments in life. He wasn’t about to give up on someone so important to him. Reaching out to A Way Home For Animals, a non-profit that helps with finding lost dogs, they began to work together to try and find poor Shelby.

Posters, interviews with locals and looking around the woods led to little information. However, they did find something interesting: camera footage that showed Shelby at camp!

By setting up a series of humane traps to capture Shelby safely, Shelby soon walked into one of the cages set up by AWHFA expert Babs Fry. 28 days later, the dog was finally home, reunited with her family and her beloved Justin. The shots of Justin emotionally hugging away with his dog, with his family visibly emotional alongside him, is one that will live us for a long time.

An expert in saving others, now our brave EMT can enjoy being saved by someone else for a change. Welcome back home, Shelby!

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

It’s something that we would not wish on our worst enemy. The total lack of knowledge of where you are can...

City Life

Google Maps Will Tell You About Speed Traps

Who hasn’t been rolling along, not paying much attention to your speeds, and seen the familiar blue lights or the flash of a speed trap camera?  Now you’ve got a speeding ticket, complete with fines and points on your license.  While posted speeds are law, we frequently treat them like suggestions and pay the price.

Google has decided to give the average driver a hand with its new feature; it displays the speed limit of any road you are on as well as just how fast you are traveling.  These guides will be shown on the lower left side of your Google map app.

Want more?  Google has devised a way of warning drivers audibly that they are approaching a speed trap, giving them time to tap the brakes and slow down before they see the flashing lights behind them.

The Google feature isn’t a new concept, but it was provided exclusively to certain locales, such as Rio De Janeiro and the San Francisco Bay areas, who have enjoyed the tech for a year.

Available In These Countries:

Mashable has researched a claim first leaked by the Android Police and can confirm that speed limit and speed traveled alerts will be available in Denmark, the US, and the UK.  Speed camera alerting will be available for drivers in India, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, the US, Mexico, and the UK.

Google has historically had to rely on drivers to send speed trap alerts, but this new Maps offering will allow drivers to see them in real time while using the app.

Waze is a popular mapping app that offers speed trap alerts, making it more user-friendly than Google maps. Google took over Waze in 2013, buying the company for around $1 billion USD.   Users wished that Google maps had the feature, but for nearly five years, they didn’t seem inclined to incorporate the upgrade.

These alerts will not only save drivers from costly speeding mistakes but will also keep the roads safer for everyone.

Who hasn’t been rolling along, not paying much attention to your speeds, and seen the familiar blue lights or the flash of a speed trap camera?  Now you’ve got a speeding ticket, complete with fines and points on your license.  While posted speeds are...

Health

Sharks Could Be The Secret Of Winning Cancer

Scientists mapping great white shark DNA have stumbled across something unexpected and exciting; a mutation that can be the key for fighting cancers and age-related diseases.

Scientists working at Nova Southeastern University in Florida in the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Research Center have, for the first time, mapped out the DNA of these magnificent apex predators.

Along the way, the discovered some abnormalities in their genetic code that appears to help sharks fight illnesses, like cancers. Unstable genes in humans can cause illness, but sharks have a hard-wearing genetic structure that has contributed to their evolutionary success.

Nature’s Way To Stabilize Genes

Co-leader of the study, Dr. Mahmood Shivji, states, “Genome instability is a very important issue in many serious human diseases. Now we find that nature has developed clever strategies to maintain the stability of genomes in these large-bodied, long-lived sharks.”

While scientists admit that there is still much to be learned about these marvels of evolution, such as clarification on exactly how the research can be used to fight illness and cancer and help with the treatments of wounds in humans.

In addition, researchers say, the information they have uncovered can help conserve threatened species of sharks.

Overfishing has contributed widely to the decline of several species of shark, and the hope is that decoding the genome of the white shark will help scientists find a way to reverse the endangered members of the shark family.

Genetic conservationist from NSU, Steven O’Brien, is excited for the possibilities, explaining, “The genome data will be a great asset for understanding white shark population dynamics to better conserve this amazing species that has captured the imagination of so many.”

Scientists mapping great white shark DNA have stumbled across something unexpected and exciting; a mutation that can be the key for fighting cancers and age-related diseases.

Scientists working at Nova Southeastern University in Florida in the Save Our Seas...

Earth

Beekeepers Are Buzzing About AI

Artificial Intelligence is a technology that promises to solve many problems, but it doesn’t seem likely that it would help preserve our honeybee population.  As unexpected as it seems, though, AI can be used to protect bees from the Varroa mite and will help beekeepers keep their hives healthy and safe for the declining honey bee population.

The Varroa mite is a tiny bloodsucking parasite that feeds on bees, both adult and young.  It will weaken the colony, resulting in deformed and weakened generations of bees.  While the parasite is not a direct cause of death for the bees, their presence will eventually lead to a complete collapse of the colony.

The mites are so tiny that they will escape detection by the naked eye.  Only a millimeter in length, the colony can be affected for a very long time before the devastating results of the infestation are noticed.

Historically, beekeepers have had to carefully pick through the leavings of the hive, collected in a flat pan under the hive itself, to find the bodies of the tiny terrors if they wanted to stop the infestation.  Beekeepers try to meticulously comb through hive dirt and waste to find Varroa mites, and it is easy to miss the tiny creatures and not realize there is a problem.

This Is Where AI Comes In

AI is far superior to the naked eye in picking up undetectable data in a noisy background, like finding dead Varroa mites in piles of hive dirt, and in fact, students in Switzerland have invented ApiZoom to do just that.

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne students have been working on ApiZoom, programming it to detect and identify the tiny mites in pictures.  Beekeepers feed the data to the application by uploading photos to the EPFL site via smart device.

The students started testing the application in 2017 and have a 90% success rate.  The ApiZoom model has been trained to thousands of images, and the success rate is similar to humans performing the same task.

On the heels of this success, according to project member Alain Bugnon, the students are planning on widely distributing the app as soon as possible.  The application will be unrolled in two phases, first a web application to be followed by a smartphone application.

By combining the findings of these two approaches, it will be possible to evaluate the degree of infestation in individual hives as well as hives across a region.  In addition, the app will be able to identify any possible mutations of the mites and any beekeeper practices that might unintentionally encourage an infestation.

An appropriate infestation response can be coordinated using the data collected from ApiZoom. Alain Bugnon is planning on releasing ApiZoom as its own company, which will speed the production and release of the software to beekeepers.

Artificial Intelligence is a technology that promises to solve many problems, but it doesn’t seem likely that it would help preserve our honeybee population.  As unexpected as it seems, though, AI can be used to protect bees from the Varroa mite and will...

Health

DIY: Junk Food Makeovers

Ding Dongs, Cheez-its, and Doritos. For most adults today, these items of junk food were a major part of their school lunchboxes and vending machine experiences. Unfortunately, these snacks are packed with fat, preservatives, salt, and other chemicals.

Those who loved them as children, walk by them as adults, but this doesn’t mean that though have to. You can stop ignoring your cravings because now, we have healthy versions of five of your favorite childhood snacks!

Ding Dongs

If you have a kitchen and a bit of spare time you can make homemade dingdongs. Using oiled and floured cupcake pans, bake chocolate cake batter. Make sure that you are not using a liner or filling each section too high.

Once this is done, you can either slice each cake in half, spreading ice cream between its layers, or pipe some frosting cream into the center of each cake. Spread chocolate ganache over the treat. The are endless variations of this treat. You could use gluten-free or organic ingredients and different flavors of filling.

Cheez-Its

It would always be satisfying to hear that thud the bag of Cheez-its makes when it hits the bottom of the vending machine. Recreating the salty, crisp, cheesy snack is actually not that hard. Recipes to mimic this snack are readily available online. There are even keto-friendly options that are baked with cheddar cheese, sea salt, and almond flour. You can munch away guilt-free.

Doritos

Doritos are usually a very easy snack to make healthier. Start with small corn tortillas cut into triangular pieces. Lightly spray olive oil on the triangles, and place your favorite toppings on them, baking to a crisp. You can season with cajun powder, cheddar cheese, and parmesan and garlic. There are also recipes for seasonings that are similar to traditional flavors of Doritos available online

Fruit Roll-ups

Making healthy fruit roll-ups is actually surprisingly easy. Start by choosing three cups of your favorite blueberries, mangoes, strawberries, or any other fruit, adding sweetener to taste. Puree the fruits and spread the mixture on parchment paper in a thin layer. Heat your oven to 150 degrees, and bake them until they are dried. Cut the sheets into smaller pieces and roll them up – just like your lunchbox snack.

Fudge Striped Cookies

If you have circular cookie cutters and a favorite recipe for sugar cookies, you can use them to make homemade fudge striped cookies. Get some melted baker’s chocolate and once you have baked your cookies, dip the bottoms into the chocolate. Once that is dry, you can put stripes on the tops. Since you are controlling what goes in both the chocolate and the cookies, you can make sure that they are as healthy as you want.

Ding Dongs, Cheez-its, and Doritos. For most adults today, these items of junk food were a major part of their school lunchboxes and vending machine experiences. Unfortunately, these snacks are packed with fat, preservatives, salt, and other chemicals.
Those...

Nature & Tech

Biggest Ocean Clean Up Operation Is a Go

The Ocean Cleanup Concert has eventually become a reality to all who visualized it. The Ocean Cleanup program is designed to clean up the 11.8 trillion bits of trash which are hovering on the great Pacific Garbage Patch.

To that effect, Ocean Cleanup has deployed  $20 million systems for its accomplishment. A Forbes piece enlightens us on how ocean cleanup proposes to reuse and recycle ocean plastics; it is essential to check it out.

Floating Boom Scheme was invented by the Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization founded in 2013 by an 18-year-old Dutch inventor known as Boyan Slat.

The system was stationed on Saturday from San Fransisco Bay and is presumed to experience several weeks of experimentation before it could be hauled or introduced into operation. The mission of this Floating Boom System is to reveal an ‘’high-level technology” which will ride the world’s oceans of plastic.

The Floating Boom system has been considered to clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the space of five years with the aid of dozens of more Booms. The team estimates that each Boom will confine up to 150,000 pounds of plastic in a year as they swim by the currents between Hawaii and California.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a whirl of trash built from an ocean Gyre in the Central North Pacific, and the whirlpool of debris spotted in the mid-1980s extends between California and Hawaii.

The vast Pacific Garbage is enormous that it can be detectable from space through covers and satellites. It comprises almost 1.8 trillion pieces of debris and 1.6 million square kilometers.

Typically, debris is settled and confined within a rotating ocean current known as a Gyre, and this often restricts the frequency of the refuse patch which is very profitable when building a system to obtain plastic.

The Floating Boom Operation will be pulled out 1,400 miles to the trash patch and begin accumulating trash after it might have undergone testing; this will occur around mid-October.

The Floating Boom regularly flows along with the local current thereby producing a U-shaped structure. Once the Boom swims, it accumulates sediment in the U-shaped system which has 10 feet of netting below it to obtain fewer particles of plastic. As soon as the boom is full, a vessel will reach the Boom and collect the plastic, convey it to the land for sorting and recycling.

The 10 feet netting is not thick enough, and the idea behind this is that the boom is meant to gather trash and not fish. Nevertheless, this continues to be evident in the open ocean.

Although the technology has not been proven in the open ocean yet, the team still has goals and ideas and are closest to finding an answer to cleaning up the Garbage Patch. From research, no other organization has a deployable system that will effectively clean up the refuse patch on this scale.

The group comprises of heavy hitters in the tech industry like Marc Benioff who is the chief executive of salesforce.com and Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal.

Hopefully, sustained experimentation and deployment of the other booms to the company will further perfect the system, increase its productivity and make it less disruptive to ocean ecosystems.

The Ocean Cleanup Concert has eventually become a reality to all who visualized it. The Ocean Cleanup program is designed to clean up the 11.8 trillion bits of trash which are hovering on the great Pacific Garbage Patch.
To that effect, Ocean Cleanup has...

editorial

Celebrities at Their Grooviest Moments

In a world where on most days there is more bad news than good, we get nostalgic for a simpler time, with people we admired and looked up to as role models catching our attention and making us believe in the power of magic, glamor, and elegance.

From young, vulnerable up and coming musicians who had no idea they could ever be iconic stars to starlets who were still hoping for a big break, take a look at some photos that will touch your heart and your mind, and make you believe in magic again.

Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson meeting at the LA forum – 1980’s.

Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson formed a partnership in the 1980’s to work on three demos.  “There Must be More to Life than This” features vocals from both Freddie and Michael; Freddie released the song on the Queen album, Queen Forever.

While the song was written in the Hot Space sessions, it wasn’t finished.  Freddie Mercury would go on to release his own version as a solo work on his 1985 debut, Mr. Bad.  The other songs were “Victory,” which was later used as an album cover by the Jacksons, and “State of Shock,” which had Rolling Stones undertones.

In a world where on most days there is more bad news than good, we get nostalgic for a simpler time, with people we admired and looked up to as role models catching our attention and making us believe in the power of magic, glamor, and elegance.

From young...