Author - Manuel Moreno

Veinticuatro años. Venezolano. Escritor de pasatiempo y amante de la buena vida. Emprendedor y aventurero. Mente de ingeniero y corazón de músico.

Twenty four years old. Venezuelan. Writer of hobby and good life lover. Entrepreneur and adventurer. Engineer's mind and musician's heart.

Cool Stories

An Incredible Jeweled-Dinosaur Discovery In Australia!

Excavators made an incredible find in the outback of Australia of Opal-encrusted Dinosaurs which seems to be a completely new species.

Phil Bell from the University of New England, Australia said they discovered approximately 60 bones from an adult dinosaur which included part of a brain case along with other bones from approximately 3 different animals.

The fossils were initially discovered in an opal mine in New South Wales in the 80s, donated to a museum then dismissed for approximately 30 years. This species has been named “ Fostoria dhimbangunmal”. It seems these dinosaurs date back from the mid-Jurassic period to the late Cretaceous which is approximately 175 million years ago. The Iguanodontian is a clade of herbivorous dinosaurs who were two-legged.

The discovery was published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

What are Opalized Fossils?

Opalized fossils are similar to other fossils accept they are preserved in silica, not rock. Opal forms in cavities of rocks and if a living part, such as a bone, is buried in the sand or clay before turning to stone, the opal can create a fossil replica of the buried object.

Partial skeletons of extinct reptiles have been formed and discovered in other areas of Australia but finding a complete opalized dinosaur skeleton is the rarest in the entire world. Scientists have found single bones or a tooth but to recover dozens of bones from one skeleton is extraordinary.

Originally, it was believed that the fossils came from just one dinosaur but upon further examination, they discovered they had 4 shoulder blades from different sized animals. The team finally identified 4 Fostoria skeletons from juveniles to adults. This clearly revealed these animals came from a herd. The team said this is the first time such a discovery has ever been made in Australia.

Excavators made an incredible find in the outback of Australia of Opal-encrusted Dinosaurs which seems to be a completely new species.

Phil Bell from the University of New England, Australia said they discovered approximately 60 bones from an adult dinosaur...

City Life Science

Women Think Better in Warmer Rooms, Study Suggests

While the study hasn’t been completely conclusive, recent findings have suggested that women think better in warmer rooms while men work better in lower temperatures ones.

Such findings may cause workplaces to think more deeply about their room temperatures and the effect it has on employees’ productivity.

The study occurred in Berlin where 542 students were recruited by researchers to take math, cognition, and verbal tests. Forty percent of the participants were female. First, the tests were taken in a room kept at 61.14 F, but then they were taken in another room at 90.63 F.

Overall, the women performed better on math and verbal tests in the warmer room while the men did better on those tests in the colder room. However, the cognitive tests were unaffected by temperature.

Warmer is better for everyone

“Our findings suggest that gender-mixed workplaces may be able to increase productivity by setting the thermostat higher than current standards,” the authors wrote.

Study co-author Agne Kajackaite, head of the Ethics and Behavioral Economics research group at WZB Berlin Social Science Center, told Newsweek: “There have been many studies showing that women prefer higher indoor temperatures than men. However, nobody looked at the effect of these differences in comfort on performance.

“We show that the battle for the thermostat is not just about comfort. It is much more—in our experiment, women’s cognitive functioning is the best at high temperatures, whereas men’s [is] at low temperatures. Importantly, the positive effect of increased temperatures on women’s performance is much stronger than the negative effect on men.”

Kajackaite continued: “This is just the first study looking at the effects of temperature on cognitive performance by gender. We ran the experiment with a homogeneous sample at a German university. More research looking at different groups—age, educational background, country—and different cognitive tasks is needed.”

Wouter Van Marken Lichtenbelt, a professor of ecological energetics and health at Maastricht University who has also published research on body temperature, told Newsweek that the study was written as if men had an opposite response to that of women, but “there is not one statistically significant effect observed in the data of the men.”

Wei Luo, a Ph.D. student at Maastricht University working with van Marken Lichtenbelt, confessed that the methods used were not wholly sufficient as the order of the different tests was fixed and the participants could have simply been tired. “This makes comparison between tests difficult,” said LuoHe.

The paper also lacked any information concerning participants’ clothes or the length of the tests, said van Marken Lichtenbelt, and this information could have had a significant impact on the results.

However, the results still strongly suggest that offices would be more productive if they slightly increased their room temperatures, agreed Van Marken Lichtenbelt, who also did a study in 2015 that found that exposures to temperatures outside our comfort zone could affect things like diabetes and obesity.

While the study hasn’t been completely conclusive, recent findings have suggested that women think better in warmer rooms while men work better in lower temperatures ones.

Such findings may cause workplaces to think more deeply about their room...

Animals

Thorny Devil Lizard Walks Using Hypnotic Movements

We feel like we don’t show you enough videos of lizards and sometimes they can be fascinating animals, and they also have a lot of skills. Just check out this thorny devil lizard and his smart way crossing the road.

A thorny devil crosses a quiet road in the Tanami Desert, NT. Like chameleons, these unique lizards walk with a rocking motion to simulate spiky debris blowing in the wind. Amazing, isn’t it?

Lizards are little reptiles that have a long tail, eyelids, and for the most part, have four legs with five toes on each foot. They can vary in color and also in size. Most lizards love to eat creepy little crawlies like this guy, and that is the reason they are called insectivores.

Lizards are also very significant because they help to control the bug populace. The lizards that eat little creatures and also birds are called carnivores. A couple of lizards eat plants, and they are called herbivores.

Lizards are a group of animals which we haven’t share a common ancestor of millions of years which is really fascinating for some people.

They are brilliant creatures, and the level of interaction with them is different from the interaction with dogs and cats, and that is why a lot of people consider having a lizard as a pet.

Why did the lizard cross the road?

The thorny devil, or also knows as the mountain devil, they are covered in spikes and can puff themselves to appear more prominent, and yes they are known for their funny walk.

The thorny lizard’s unique gait involves strolling, stopping often, and rocking back and forth. This characteristic delayed, unsteady movement appears very slow.

Probably, their jerky movements and constant freezing in place help conceal them if a predator spots them out in the open.

Crossing the road can be really dangerous for them, because of their camouflage they get run over really often. The thorny devil is a lizard that has to stay still for a long period in order to camouflage itself, which results in some of these creatures getting run over.

They are also very vulnerable due to natural loss and disturbance. That’s why there is an organization who help these animals because even though they are called devils, they are actually harmless and they say that they are lovely animals.

People did no justice for this animal by giving such a harsh name to such a non-dangerous animal!

We feel like we don’t show you enough videos of lizards and sometimes they can be fascinating animals, and they also have a lot of skills. Just check out this thorny devil lizard and his smart way crossing the road.

A thorny devil crosses a quiet road in...

Earth

Atlantic Set to Shrink Due to ‘Peeling’ Tectonic Plate?

As we move into an era of the climate change emergency where terrifying news comes out daily, another fine (read: horrifying) example of this has been laid bare. New stories come out all the time that show us just where the problems of the planet are starting from, and it’s often in the most important, foundational areas.

Scientists have recently revealed that a tectonic planet that is ‘peeling apart’ could lead to a significant shrinking of the Atlantic. As you might imagine, this is not a good thing.

With new stories breaking all the time, it’s hard to keep up with what new ways this environmental apocalypse is going to play out. Indeed, according to the Instituto Dom Luiz at the University of Lisbon, and their scientist Joao Duarte, we could be about to see something horrifying take place.

Indeed, he has found a location around 155-miles from Cape St. Vincent, Portugal, that is “peeling” apart.

Previously Unknown Process

This process was previously unknown and was previously only something that was found to have taken place underneath continents. This is quite a big thing, despite the peeling area being somewhat flat. This location, the Horseshoe Abyssal Plain, is peeling, and it’s not a good thing.

Duarte, a lead researcher on a study that was given to the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Australia, has been involved in this research for some time. They found that an earthquake that had taken place off Portugal sometime in 1755, which played a role in the destruction of the city of Lisbon at the time, could be involved in this happening. It’s also linked to a 1969 earthquake that took place near Lisbon, too.

According to Duarte, speaking to Fox News: “The 20 upper kilometers [12.4 miles] of the plate is made of soft rocks that are light and the bottom is dense and heavy (because the plate is very old, more than 100 million years),

“This causes this lower part to detach from the upper part and sink in the mantle by the pull of gravity,” he added, noting that the process is aided by the infiltration of water that softens the upper part of the plate.

This could be caused by a subduction zone – when a tectonic plate falls beneath another. Duarte explained, saying: “We know that there are some margins of continents that do not have subduction zones, such as the margins of the Atlantic, and some margins of continents that have subduction zones, such as the margins of the Pacific (the ring of fire),

“But we do not understand yet very well how they form.

“This situation here may correspond to a rare example in which one subduction zone is just starting. And for that one of the plates has to slowly start peeling down, which is what we see (both in our observations/imaging and with some computational models with which we managed to reproduce the process).”

In terms of a potential shrinking of the ocean, Duarte said that: “It makes sense that a new supercontinent will form in the future as the result of the closing of the Atlantic,”

So, I think it would be safe to say that, for the near future, we should probably watch this new environmental change take place with crossed fingers. In generations to come, this could have a pretty significant role to play in how the world is shaped.

As we move into an era of the climate change emergency where terrifying news comes out daily, another fine (read: horrifying) example of this has been laid bare. New stories come out all the time that show us just where the problems of the planet are starting...

Inspiring Stories Science

Utah Non-profit DNA Testing Lab to ‘Revolutionize Cold Cases’

The Utah Cold Case Coalition, a non-profit in Utah, just signed a lease for lab space in an office building in the city of Murray where they plan to build a DNA testing lab that will completely transform how cold cases are handled. The non-profit was first formed to bring attention to the cold case murder of six-year-old Rose Tapia in 1995, and it wholly relies on volunteer staff.

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, its co-founder Karra Porter, a defense attorney, said, “This is going to revolutionize cold cases across the United States. We saw this need and it was too big to ignore.”

An estimated 103,780 of the murders that have occurred in America between 1996 and 2016 remain unsolved, said a report by the U.S. Department of Justice. In the state of Utah, The Utah Department of Public Safety website has recorded about 400 cold cases that run the gamut from missing persons to murders to unidentified bodies.

Crowd Funding

Porter hopes to begin by helping solve Utah’s cold case and moving from there to help police all over the country. The coalition launched a GoFundMe page with a beginning goal of $81,000 and hopes to raise a total of $200,000 for DNA lab equipment.

The GoFundMe page says: “Despite being staffed by volunteers, we’re one of the most creative and aggressive cold case organizations in the U.S. We began in Utah, but are now contacted by families and law enforcement throughout the country.  Early on, we learned how much evidence has not undergone DNA testing due to its high cost.  We’re doing something about it.”

Francine Bardole pointed out to the Tribune that the department has an enormous backlog of untested DNA, rape kids, and more and that DNA testing could take anywhere from 8 to 18 months. According to a police investigator in the Utah city of West Jordan, a DNA lab would help immensely to lessen the time and cost it takes to deal with cold cases.

“The price can be overwhelming,” Bardole said, adding that going to a private lab can cost about $6,000.

She asked, “How many departments can afford to pay, on one case, $6,000?”

The Utah legislature passed a law last year that required law enforcement agencies to enter cold cases or any cases that go unsolved for at least three years into the database.

The Utah Cold Case Coalition, a non-profit in Utah, just signed a lease for lab space in an office building in the city of Murray where they plan to build a DNA testing lab that will completely transform how cold cases are handled. The non-profit was first...

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Children Have Water Fight With Vancouver Police for Charity

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – Vancouver British Columbia, Canada has one very special day each year. Variety-The Children’s Charity puts on an amazing fundraiser. This day includes some pirate-themed fun for everyone involved.

Being right on the Pacific Coast there are many boating enthusiasts around the Vancouver area and this special day brings out huge numbers of volunteers. Boat owners volunteer their time and boats to give these children that would normally not be able to enjoy boating due to financial, mobility or other challenges a day of pirate-themed fun in Vancouver.

On June 9, 2018, over 500 kids with special needs participated in the annual Boat for Hope fundraiser hosted by Variety – The Children’s Charity and outboard motor company Evinrude.

Brent who did most of the video recording this day had the opportunity to be involved as a “good“ pirate aboard his buddy GOLDTOOTH’s family yacht. Everyone boarded at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club near downtown Vancouver.

Goldtooth’s parents Harvey and Maggy have been involved with and donating the use of their boat for this incredible event for more than 20 years. Goldtooth aka Andy is also on the board of directors of the Boat for Hope. Goldtooth also makes appearances on television during the TV telethon which shows his great commitment to these kids year after year.

After getting all the kids and family on board, Goldtooth gave his boating safety speech and highlighted this was going to be FUN! “Protect my treasure“ he stated and the crew of pirates was given their ammunition of water guns and water buckets.

Brent and his wife Elsa made sure the pirate’s water guns were always full so they could fend off the bad pirates with their best efforts. Fending off the Vancouver Police Force, Coast Guard and Search & Rescue made for a great effort by the good pirates.

Boat for Hope had already raised over $40,000 this year at the time of the event, by holding fundraising events across the province. Boat for Hope not only creates an incredible and interactive experience for children with special needs but also raises funds to provide health care support directly to children throughout British Columbia.

Brent and Elsa mentioned, “ this day was so much fun, we surely hope to be back next year”. What an amazing and fun event for everyone, not just the kids!

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – Vancouver British Columbia, Canada has one very special day each year. Variety-The Children’s Charity puts on an amazing fundraiser. This day includes some pirate-themed fun for everyone involved.

Being right on the Pacific...

Health Tech News

Advancement of AI Opens Health Data Privacy to Attack

A new study led by professor Anil Aswani of the Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Department (IEOR) in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley has revealed that what we’ve seen as exciting advances in artificial intelligence may be just the opposite.

He and his team discovered that the advances open the door for more and new threats to the privacy of health data. In the midst of current AI developments, current laws and regulations are no longer enough to keep our health statuses private. You can view all of their research on JAMA Network Open.

Aswani’s study, partially funded by UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, proved that artificial intelligence can identify individuals through tracking and learning daily patterns in step data (like that collected by activity trackers, smartwatches, and smartphones) and then correlating it to demographic data.

After gathering two years’ worth of data encompassing over 15,000 Americans, he concluded that the privacy standards associated with 1996’s HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) legislation require dire change.

We Need to Look at That

“We wanted to use NHANES (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) to look at privacy questions because this data is representative of the diverse population in the U.S.,” Aswani says.

“The results point out a major problem. If you strip all the identifying information, it doesn’t protect you as much as you’d think. Someone else can come back and put it all back together if they have the right kind of information.”

“In principle, you could imagine Facebook gathering step data from the app on your smartphone, then buying health care data from another company and matching the two,” he explains. “Now they would have health care data that’s matched to names, and they could either start selling advertising based on that or they could sell the data to others.”

The problem is not with the advancements and devices themselves but with how one can misuse these devices for their own personal gain.

“I’m not saying we should abandon these devices,” he says. “But we need to be very careful about how we are using this data. We need to protect the information. If we can do that, it’s a net positive.”

From this study covering step data, Aswani suggests that more than just the specific area of research could be affected. “HIPAA regulations make your health care private, but they don’t cover as much as you think,” he says.

“Many groups, like tech companies, are not covered by HIPAA, and only very specific pieces of information are not allowed to be shared by current HIPAA rules. There are companies buying health data. It’s supposed to be anonymous data, but their whole business model is to find a way to attach names to this data and sell it.”

As AI advance, information is easier to retrieve, and employers, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, and others could begin to use it in illegal and unethical ways.

“Ideally, what I’d like to see from this are new regulations or rules that protect health data,” he says. “But there is actually a big push to even weaken the regulations right now. For instance, the rule-making group for HIPAA has requested comments on increasing data sharing.

The risk is that if people are not aware of what’s happening, the rules we have will be weakened. And the fact is the risks of us losing control of our privacy when it comes to health care are actually increasing and not decreasing.”

A new study led by professor Anil Aswani of the Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Department (IEOR) in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley has revealed that what we’ve seen as exciting advances in artificial intelligence may be just...

Lifestyle

Are Shipping Containers Really A Good Material For Constructing A Home?

If you are a huge fan of these home buying channels such as HGTV’s House Hunters, you have probably seen a few episodes featuring the newest trend of tiny houses.  These tiny houses have become the rage because they are low in maintenance, affordable, come in a wide range of décor options, and many other pluses even if the houses are really, really small in size.

Are You Ready For Shipping Container Homes?

Well, it seems there is a new trend emerging, people constructing homes from upcycled shipping containers!  That said, this might not be exactly what you think.  You probably think that shipping containers would make for a very unstable, rather cheap looking home.  In reality, they are quite the opposite. These homes look sleek, modern, and come with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a really spacious kitchen.  These tiny homes also have an outside deck that’s perfect for entertaining.

You Might Be Surprised How Big They Really Are:

Contrary to popular rumor, these tiny homes are not really that small.  You will discover plenty of space to make yourself feel right at home.  You will discover plenty of storage space as most owners store items under the sofa or under the floorboards.  These homes have windows and bright light so you will never feel claustrophobic.

They Are Eco-friendly:

If eco-friendly is important to you and you are on board to save the planet, you are in luck.  These tiny homes are great places to call home.  The shipping container home runs on solar energy and is a wonderful eco-friendly alternative to the traditional tiny home.  You might just discover that these homes will offer you more possibilities than you would think.

You Can Add Some Exciting Features:

These shipping container homes are deliberately designed for entertaining.  Even though inside the home is somewhat crowded, your rooftop patio is a major selling point. Invite your friends over on a summer’s evening and have a great time while building wonderful memories.  You know what that they say, quality over quantity.  Well, these homes might just become the most popular spot in town!

So Very Affordable:

Let’s face it, the housing market is super expensive and it’s really difficult to find a home that is within your budget.  Tiny homes are constructed from shipping containers and are very affordable.  These homes usually run between $50,000 and $100, 000, depending on the extra features and size.  You will be able to do most of the interior decorating yourself, matching your specific taste.  How about a sliding barn door as an entry into your bath?

Before saying nix to tiny homes, why not look around and see what you think before saying thumbs down?

If you are a huge fan of these home buying channels such as HGTV’s House Hunters, you have probably seen a few episodes featuring the newest trend of tiny houses.  These tiny houses have become the rage because they are low in maintenance, affordable...

Tech News

Apple Introduces Its Own Credit Card

Apple Inc. is driven to do more and more to create more users and to make its users happier. The company is continually advancing and introducing newer technology, and now they’ve announced they’ll be releasing their very own credit card in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard.

Integrating the Apple Card will be especially useful for those who have already made it a habit to use the Wallet app and Apple Pay. According to Tim Cook, Apple CEO, Apple Pay will reach 10 billion transactions this year and will be available in over 40 countries by the year’s end.

Over 70 percent of American businesses accept Apple Pay, and more are being added to that number daily while countries like Australia are already at 99 percent acceptance.

Signing up for the Apple Card is simple; all you have to do is sign up from your iPhone, and within a few minutes, you’ll be able to use it with Apple Pay. You’ll have complete control over the card from your Wallet app.

If you want to see you credit card bill, your recent transactions, or keep track of your spending, you just tap the card, and all the information is at your fingertips. You can even see where you spent the money. When you tap a transaction, the location shows up in a miniature Apple Map.

Go Titanium

You’ll also get a hard, titanium card along with the virtual one with a laser-etched name, but there’s no card number, no CVV code, no expiration date, and no signature on the card. All of that information can only be found on the Wallet app, and each device will have a different credit card number.

Every transaction gives you an instant 2 percent cash back, and with Apple purchases, it’s 3 percent! Physical transactions, however, are only eligible for 1 percent cash back. The cash back is credited to your account daily instead of at the end of the month.

All of your private information is guaranteed to be secure; in fact, Apple won’t even be able to see what you bought, where you bought it, or what you paid for it. Goldman Sachs agrees not to sell your data for advertising or marketing.

What makes this card even more unique than it already is is that you will have no late fees, no annual fees, no international fees, and no over-limit fees. You can easily set up a monthly plan to pay off your balance if you aren’t able to, and customer support is always at your fingertips via text messages through the Messages app.

Apple says the card will be available to customers in the U.S. this summer.

Apple Inc. is driven to do more and more to create more users and to make its users happier. The company is continually advancing and introducing newer technology, and now they’ve announced they’ll be releasing their very own credit card in partnership...

Inspiring Stories

Man “Leaves” the World a Better Place

In a world where most people don’t give the environment a second thought, Jadav Payeng has made bettering the world his mission in life.  Jadav has committed himself to improve his island’s ecosystem every day.  Because of Jadav, his island has turned from a near-wasteland to a tropical paradise.

A Teen’s Observation

At age 16, Jadav decided that he needed to plant a new tree every day along the coast of Majuli Island. His decision was based on a sad observation.

Jadav witnessed a group of snakes who had been killed after being swept along the Brahmaputra River. It wasn’t the journey that had killed the reptiles, it was the fact that they had no shade once they washed ashore. The snakes had died in the scorching sun. It didn’t take long for Payeng to realize that the snakes’ fate could easily be shared by humans on the island.  He vowed to plant a tree every day.

His accomplishment is amazing.  The coast is now home to a lush, thriving forest.

Tropical Paradise

A Payeng grew, he became a vegetable farmer with the same unwavering dedication to plant his trees daily.  His desire was to keep the island healthy and safe for everyone, and everything, on it. His dream soon became a lush forest.

His mission has never wavered during the past 40 years and his accomplishment spread farther than he dreamed.  China’s sandy landscape took root with seeds carried along the river.  Closer to home, Majuli’s forested area grew larger than Central Park.

Grateful Ecosystem

By the year 2000, Payeng’s Mulay Forest was home to many of Majuli Island’s native species, including Bengal tigers, elephants, rhinos, monkeys, and the snakes that were behind the entire project.

Paying continues to plant his trees in the forest, unconcerned with his safety now that the wildlife has claimed the forest as their own.  He claims he never feels threatened because the forest is his biggest home, and he still wakes early every day to visit his forest.

Majuli’s native islanders have reaped the benefits of Payeng’s lofty vision.  Because of his forest, the inner island has been kept safe from floods.  The forest provides herbs and foods to feed the island’s population. And through it all, the Mulay Forest is a beautiful reminder of how even one man can make a difference in his own world.

In a world where most people don’t give the environment a second thought, Jadav Payeng has made bettering the world his mission in life.  Jadav has committed himself to improve his island’s ecosystem every day.  Because of Jadav, his island has turned...

Cool Stories

Check it out: The Roosevelt New Orleans Vintage Contest

If honest with ourselves, many of us have lifted items from hotels we have stayed in. Whether it’s a wonderfully plush bathrobe, an ashtray from the bar, or silverware from an in-room dinner. It’s not so much the idea of stealing something, it’s about having a souvenir from your stay at a 5-star hotel.

Well the Roosevelt New Orleans, which is a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, anyone who turns in the most unique item taken from the hotel will actually be rewarded.

Between now and July 1, 2019, they will be given 7 free nights in their Presidential Suite, free private dinners cooked by the executive chef, and luxurious spa treatments! Considering rooms go for $1,500 per night, this package is worth well over $15,000!

Considering the Roosevelt’s rich history, you will have plenty of time to return something unique before July 1st! Originally opened in 1893, it was called the Grunewald Hotel on Canal Street. The hotel was named after its owner, Louis Grunewald who was a successful Bavarian businessman.

In 1923, the hotel was renamed the Roosevelt and became well-known for its Blue room and The Sazerac Bar located off from the lobby where many legendary musicians performed including Cab Calloway, Jack Benny, Louis Armstrong, and Ray Charles.

In 1965, the hotel became a Fairmont until the basement was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, closing in 2005. The current owners bought the property in 2007, refurbished and remodeled everything bringing it back to its glory days and was reborn as the Roosevelt in 2009.

Tod Chambers, the General Manager, said they restored everything from the lavish décor to the original logo from the famous Sazerac Bar. They are accepting all items from any time period in the hotel’s history for their Historic Giveback Contest in July.

Vintage Blue-Room Items

They want to celebrate the hotel’s entire history and will place all items returned on display in the lobby. They will also return these items to their owners, if they want them, after the ceremony in July.

To date, they have received Grunewald plates, stemware, faded menus, and, believe it or not, a full tablecloth! Other returned items include giant brass room keys, bud vases, and one former guest turned in an album recorded in the Blue Room by Jan Garber in 1959. Even though the album is too scratched up to play, they are looking into avenues to have it digitally reproduced.

Wendy Tannehill, who turned in the old album and some old glassware, said they heard about the contest. Her parents and grandparents always visited The Roosevelt to listen to the bands playing there. Her husband and she found other memorabilia from the hotel on eBay. It seems her family has been in love with the Roosevelt for a very long time!

Chambers said that swiping things of sentimental value was actually a crime of endearing passion! There’s something in knowing they have an item that reminded them of the Roosevelt in their own homes. He said there are an estimated 700 glasses, with the Sazerac Bar logo, that were “borrowed” from the bar during the holiday season alone.

So many of these returned items will give everyone a chance to recapture a little bit of history and have some fun along the way. They are receiving other items every week and expect to see many more before July!

Anyone who has items from this famous hotel stowed away, you might want to consider turning them in for a chance at winning the contest! On top of that, all items will be returned to you!

If honest with ourselves, many of us have lifted items from hotels we have stayed in. Whether it’s a wonderfully plush bathrobe, an ashtray from the bar, or silverware from an in-room dinner. It’s not so much the idea of stealing something...

Tech News

U.S. Senators To Limit Facial Recognition Data

This week, Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced their Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act which is aimed at commercial users of Facial Recognition technology.

Your face can be the most important part of your personal identity. It distinguishes you from everyone else on the planet. It can unlock your smartphone and grant you access to your bank account. It is commonly used by law enforcement to accurately and successfully identify a wanted person in a crowd or even match a simple image with a database of known criminals.

The whole concept kind of conjures up the image of an Orwellian “Big Brother” creeping across the country.

Increasingly, people are becoming concerned about how their data is being collected and used, including data that is being collected through facial recognition technology. A message to the press, Senator Blunt said that we need guardrails to ensure that this technology will continue to develop but must implement responsibly.

If this bill passes, it will require companies to notify customers when facial recognition technology is being used. This could manifest in something similar to “CCTB in Operation” signage. This bill would also restrict the redistribution or dissemination of data to third-parties without the express consent from the end user.

Get Consumer Consent

This bill requires that in order for consumers to give consent they must be informed before commercial parties can collect and share all data collected through facial recognition (Blunt). All parties would have to meet data security, minimization, and retention standards set down by the Federal Trade Commission and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Keep in mind, facial recognition is nothing new. It’s been a large part of security and surveillance applications for decades. That said, its use in a commercial application while on the rise, many consumers remain unaware that “Big Brother” technology is often hidden in plain sight!

Both Senators believe their bill will make sure people are given information and, more importantly, control over how their data is used and shared with companies that are using facial recognition technology. This legislation is an important move toward protecting privacy and empowering consumers. Blunt encourages all his colleagues to support this bill.

This week, Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced their Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act which is aimed at commercial users of Facial Recognition technology.

Your face can be the most important part of your personal identity. It...