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

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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...

Earth

Cut & Save: What To Do If You’re Caught In Rising Waters

According to the National Weather Service, flood-related deaths account for the majority of storm hazards.  Out of these flood-related deaths, over half will occur from driving a car into floodwaters.

As the National Weather Service explains on its website, many people do not have any concept of how strong the currents are in a flooding situation.  The deaths occur as drivers’ cars are swept away.

The saddest part is that these deaths are almost always preventable.  Drivers place their lives at risk when they choose to ignore warning signs and drive around barriers blocking flooded roadways.  According to the National Weather Service, it is never safe to walk through flooded areas, or to drive through flooded roadways.

Flooding can occur through a gradual buildup of water, as seen in many hurricanes.  If flooding happens quickly, within three to six hours of rainfall, it is called a flash flood.  Flash floods can occur from thunderstorms with heavy rainfall, broken levees or dams, or mudslides.

The rapid onset of a flash flood is what makes it dangerous.  People can be caught off guard and be unprepared for how quickly their situation becomes dangerous.

Get Ready For Hurricane Season

Flash flooding can occur across the United States, but the time of year can pose bigger risks for some areas. Coastal areas are high risk for flooding, especially during hurricane seasons, but heavy spring and summer rains place the Midwest at risk.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, states that if you live in low-lying areas near water you should always be prepared for a flood situation.

Here are a few tips to prepare in case of flooding, as recommended by the Ready Campaign:

  • Don’t drive across any bridge that spans fast-moving floodwaters. The force of the flood can make the bridge footings under the structure very unstable.
  • It doesn’t take much to sweep away an adult; your car can be swept along by only one foot of moving water while it only takes six inches to knock you off your feet.
  • Get yourself out of danger and move to higher ground if flooding is predicted.
  • Stay in your car if the car is being swept along by moving waters. If the water isn’t moving, abandon the car and seek safety.
  • Don’t park or camp along the banks of streams, creeks or rivers if heavy rainfall is expected. These areas will flood quickly and take a victim by surprise.
  • Never drive or walk through floodwaters, even if they don’t seem to be moving.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®

According to the National Weather Service, flood-related deaths account for the majority of storm hazards.  Out of these flood-related deaths, over half will occur from driving a car into floodwaters.
As the National Weather Service explains on its website...

Earth

Turning CO2 Back Into Coal. Is That Even Possible?

As we know, the world has a bit of a problem with CO2 particles. While useful for things like plants, too much CO2 going into the air is simply going to get trapped. However, this then leads to problems like dirty air and a drop-off in living standards.

Science, though, might be in a position where they could finally overcome this problem. How so? A team of scientists at RMIT University, Australia, have managed to take a CO2 gas and turn it into solid carbon particles.

This would be a solution for helping to combat problems with greenhouse gases. It would be a safe solution, too, and could be the groundbreaking solution that we need to try and overcome the CO2 problem in the air.

Presently, we use a solution that captures carbon and tries to compress the CO2 into a form of a liquid, then injecting it back underground. Engineering issues and the economic cost of production, though, has seen progress halt on this move.

Now, though, it’s likely that, thanks to the work of Dr. Torben Daeneke and co. that this problem could be solved. The much more cost-effective and easily managed system developed down under could be the ideal solution to this problem.

This could become a more sustainable approach, according to Dr. Daeneke, who said: “While we can’t literally turn back time, turning carbon dioxide back into coal and burying it back in the ground is a bit like rewinding the emissions clock.

‘To date, CO2 has only been converted into a solid at extremely high temperatures, making it industrially unviable. By using liquid metals as a catalyst, we’ve shown it’s possible to turn the gas back into carbon at room temperature, in a process that’s efficient and scalable. While more research needs to be done, it’s a crucial first step to delivering solid storage of carbon.’

An important step forward in environmental sustainability

This is a huge step forward and has been a major boon for the science community. Using an electro-chemical technique developed by Dr. Dorna Esrafilzadeh, they are able to take atmospheric CO2 and turn it into a solid form of carbon.

The process itself sounds very interesting and could be an essential step forward in our ability to combat the man-made problems hurting our environment. This could be used in various ways; it could even be turned into electrodes and used in other formats. This is very interesting and could become a breakthrough moment in modern science.

Produced in the Nature Communications journal, this groundbreaking study was put together by people from the University of Munster, Nanjing University and the North Carolina State University alongside RMIT and other Australian groups.

While it might be some time until it can be used in a viable circumstance, this could be a genuinely life-changing solution to the problems we face on this planet.

As we know, the world has a bit of a problem with CO2 particles. While useful for things like plants, too much CO2 going into the air is simply going to get trapped. However, this then leads to problems like dirty air and a drop-off in living...

Earth

Second Impact Crater Found Buried Under Ice In Greenland

In November of 2018, scientists revealed that they had discovered a 19-mile wide impact crater below the ice in Northwest Greenland, called the Hiawatha impact crater.  The crater was the first of its kind, found under one of the earth’s continental ice sheets.

Scientists have now uncovered another impact crater underneath a mile of ice about one hundred miles from the Hiawatha crater, according to a study led by NASA glaciologist Joseph MacGregor that was recently released in Geophysical Research Letters.

 Joseph revealed in the study that it has become very rare to find any previously undiscovered impact craters on Earth, much less to find one buried so deeply under the ice.

This particular crater has a diameter of twenty two miles, making it even larger than its neighbor, the Hiawatha.  It’s not certain that this is, in fact, an impact crater but researchers feel confident enough in the site’s shape and geophysical makeup to categorize it as one.

If this crater was made by a falling meteorite, it will be the second of its kind to be found under ice sheets in Greenland or Antarctica.   It will be the 22nd largest impact crater currently known on Earth.

Astro-Geology

Both craters were discovered with the help of MacGregor, who stated that he was excited that new discoveries were still possible after having surveyed the earth at length from space, air and land. Prior to discovering Hiawatha, it had historically been believed that any impact craters in Greenland would have been destroyed by the moving and eroding forces of ice.

When the team discovered Hiawatha, they decided it was possible that more craters may exist under the ice. The scientific team studied the topography of the terrain under the sheets of ice in Greenland and compared them with the ice surfaces in data gathered by satellite.

One hundred and fourteen miles to the southeast of Hiawatha, they discovered a circular pattern and suspected it may have been an impact crater.  MacGregor asked himself if his research and findings could support the idea; having already discovered one crater below the ice was amazing enough, but to find two was unheard of.

Initially, MacGregor considered the idea that the circular area was a collapsed volcano, but he realized that all volcanic activity in Greenland was hundreds of miles from the site.  He was also unable to see any evidence of positive magnetic anomaly that typically accompanies volcanic sites.

In November of 2018, scientists revealed that they had discovered a 19-mile wide impact crater below the ice in Northwest Greenland, called the Hiawatha impact crater.  The crater was the first of its kind, found under one of the earth’s continental ice...

Animals Cool Stories TooCool

Must See: Viral Dramatic Dog Photos

Known for their ability to see things outside of the box, photographers tend to be among the most creative people around. They often see an opportunity to create a very cool picture and take it with both hands. One photographer who has found herself going viral recently, though, is that of Jess Bell.

The Canadian has been around for three years and often gets rave reviews for her work, with her specialty being artistic imagery involving animals.

Desiring to make a big impact with her next shoot, though, Bell decided to get some dogs together that belonged to her friends. The idea was to get the dogs in natural, normal poses – such as catching a Frisbee.

Before they would go for the big jump, though, she would cover the dog with colorful powder and watch as art became nature. The results are pretty incredible, which you can see for yourself below.

The images are pretty incredible, showing just how easy it is to blend together nature with some added color and zest. By picking colors which would immediately create a positive contrast with the dog itself, each shot would show the dogs standing out amid the chromatic explosion of dust all around them.

Jess, a loving dog owner and trainer, decided to go for this approach as it would offer something totally different. It also helped to show just how unique dogs can be: when we see a couple of dogs jumping, we just see two dogs. With the help of this photo shoot, we can see far more than that: we get to see the unique shape and form of each of the dogs come to life in stunning fashion.

An Explosion Of Color

Given her love of dogs and her ability to train them so well, you can rest assured that these creative displays would never hurt or risk the health of the dogs in any way, shape or form.

By using non-toxic color sets, and with ample ventilation, each shot would only produce a stunning image, with no health risk or challenge put to the dogs – and also ensuring that the dogs would never inhale the powder by ensuring it stayed clear of their airwaves.

Part of the inspiration for this shot came from Andrea Zachrau, a specialist in horse photography who used a similar approach to make horses stand out in stunning style. After taking a look at her photos, it’s easy to see where the inspiration would have come from for Jess.

However, she made her shot well and truly her own, with some pretty spectacular results coming along the way. Take a look yourself; if you are a photographer, you might get some pretty outstanding inspiration!

Known for their ability to see things outside of the box, photographers tend to be among the most creative people around. They often see an opportunity to create a very cool picture and take it with both hands. One photographer who has found herself going...

Earth

Scientists’ Response To Presidential Climate Change Tweets

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine wants to clear misconceptions put out by individuals with high influence.

Quick Response

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are looking into a “quick response capability” to confront the misinformation told to the public about climate change.

One recommendation in a report from last month which was aimed at making it easier for experts to communicate climate issues, such as the undoubtedly real problems caused by global warming, effectively, is now the strategy for independent national academies. These academies advise the government on issues of science.

They did not mention President Donald Trump in the report. But the quick-response tactics being considered are aimed at the mischaracterizations of the science of climate done by highly influential people or groups, stated the “Climate Communications Initiative Strategic Plan.”

They can make policies that would make it possible for academics to give a response to issues that pertain to climate within 48 hours.

According to the report, the National Academies might choose to respond quickly in different scenarios, like when a statement that is made to the public contains information about the climate which is scientifically incorrect and may misinform or confuse them.

Also, the National Academies may decide to control the situation by communicating quickly when there appears to be significant potential for misinformation.

This report was formed by an independent advisory committee which the academies formed a year ago to look into communication on climate science.

In a tweet he posted this week, Trump indicated to millions of his that the severe cold spells being experienced in some parts of the country disprove the presence of global warming. “What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you,” he tweeted.

 

 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine wants to clear misconceptions put out by individuals with high influence.

Quick Response
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are looking into a “quick response...

Lifestyle

Helpful Hacks For An Organized Life

Big blow-ups of frustration in life usually happen because of all the little moments. Before the little annoyances that you face every day push you over the edge, take a look at these helpful habits.

Stop scrambling for the keys every single time you need to unlock the door. Quit letting your leftovers burn your tongue. Get yourself some organizational decor and fix your life.

The Key To Organization

This is a small but handy trick to prevent confusion and chaos when it comes to keys. Get some nail polish (you can get a couple of bottles of Essie for about $1 each). You can also use paints that adhere to metal.

Use a different color to paint the tops of each key. All you have to do is remember what color belongs to the car key, house key, etc.

Double-Duty Decor

Certain parts of the house are desperate for organization. The two main culprits are the kitchen and bathroom. Hang shelves up in spaces that are more cluttered than others. Cabinet pantries and spice racks can help hold your clutter in the kitchen.

Use shower caddies to hold your skincare products and soaps instead of spreading them along the edges of your bathtub.

A Magnetic Tip

Placing magnets in calculated positions is a magical little trick. Put magnetized strips to the side of the stove, the fridge, or the kitchen wall, giving yourself a place to keep knives.

Stick some in your workroom to hang nails, screws, and tools. You can use them to organize your tweezers and bobby pins in the bathroom.

Plant Doctor

Are you leaving for a couple of days. Do you forget to water houseplants when you’re at home? Fill a pitcher or a pot with water. Use pieces of string to connect your plants to the container.

This will make the water flow to your plants in a subtle, steady trickle, stopping them from dying of thirst or drinking too much.

Big blow-ups of frustration in life usually happen because of all the little moments. Before the little annoyances that you face every day push you over the edge, take a look at these helpful habits.
Stop scrambling for the keys every single time you need to...

Galleries

Star Tracks: Celebs At Home

You won’t believe how our favorite stars spend their time at home! Whatever you think they do at home, your wrong! Check out stars at home!

Chrissy Teigen

The unchallenged queen of social media Chrissy Teagan posted this cute as pie picture of her kids Luna and Miles enjoying bath time side by side with the caption “Baby Bucket”.

See more stars in their home!

You won’t believe how our favorite stars spend their time at home! Whatever you think they do at home, your wrong! Check out stars at home!
Chrissy Teigen

The unchallenged queen of social media Chrissy Teagan posted this cute as pie picture of her kids...

Earth

Help! Antarctica Losing Six Times More Ice Every Year

Were you to even be a minimal user of social media, you would find that the #10yearchallenge was in full swing: people posting photos of themselves 10 years ago until now. However, some people used it to make a more pertinent point – with some climate activists using it to post pictures of rapidly degrading parts of the world.

If these images resonated with you, then this might also do so: according to NASA, Antarctica is losing roughly six times more ice every single year than it was in 1979.

That’s a hell of a lot of work and ‘progress’ for a few short decades. The levels at which we are seeing ice melting should worry us all, yet little is done to try and combat the issue. These new numbers from NASA, though, should be the wake-up call that we need.

Thanks to a new study put together in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, we now know that the ice mass loss in Antarctica is accelerating at a pace we can barely keep track of.

Naturally, this is not a good thing. It’s going to cause a huge amount of issues and is only likely to get worse. This is according to Eric Rignot, the lead author on the study, who works for the University of California as well as the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who said: “That’s just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak,

“As the Antarctic ice sheet continues to melt away, we expect multi-meter sea level rise from Antarctica in the coming centuries.”

If that does not make you think that we need to act now, you have to look around to work out what the next step is.

An Assessment Which Requires Action

As the largest assessment of its kind across Antarctic ice mass this is going to provide us with a case study of what has to change. The team used all manner of imagery from NASA aircraft as well as useful satellite data collected by numerous groups.

With around 40 billion tons of ice lost per year from 1979-1990, today we see around 252 billion tons wiped off the Antarctic. That means that we are seeing, roughly, a 280% increase on the amount of ice that was lost from 1979-2001. In 16 years, we’ve done so much incredible damage.

Rignot continued, adding: “The Wilkes Land sector of East Antarctica has, overall, always been an important participant in the mass loss, even as far back as the 1980s, as our research has shown,

“This region is probably more sensitive to climate [change] than has traditionally been assumed, and that’s important to know, because it holds even more ice than West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula together.”

Is the prognosis good, though? Not according to Rignot: “As climate warming and ozone depletion send more ocean heat toward those sectors, they will continue to contribute to sea level rise from Antarctica in decades to come.” He concluded.

This is a worrying development and one which should require urgent action – worldwide. We’re beginning to see more and more information come out with regards to the severity of the climate change impact. We might not be able to stop this, but we could mitigate it: we need to act as soon as possible, though, or stories like this will become increasingly commonplace.

Were you to even be a minimal user of social media, you would find that the #10yearchallenge was in full swing: people posting photos of themselves 10 years ago until now. However, some people used it to make a more pertinent point – with some climate...

Science

Scary: First Set of Edited Human Embryos Soon In Japan

The reports coming from Japan indicate that the government will soon allow human genes to be edited. This is following the receipt of guidelines which define how the process must be done. According to these guidelines which were released by representatives from Japan’s health and science ministries, scientists must adhere to the recommendations. We know about the invention of the sophisticated tools that can be used for gene editing.

Now, it is time to use these tools. There are many uncertainties about the expected outcome of gene editing. The curiosity has put pressure on the regulatory committees and scientists to make an attempt at editing human genes with the tools.

One of the tools that can be used to edit human genes is the CRISPR Cas9. It was developed for use in modifying the DNA in the human embryo. This has been the focus of on-going studies on human embryos for many years.

The center where a majority of these studies are done is located within the Hokkaido University in Sapporo. One of the foremost scientists involved in this process is Tetsuya Ishii, a bioethicist attached to the university.

Earlier, Japan had propagated a neutral opinion about editing human genes. However, there has been a review of this position. The authorities are now interested in pushing forward research in this direction.

It has however been noted that when all permissions to proceed with this experiment have been granted, there will be some restrictions. The scientists in charge of the project will not be allowed to manipulate the human embryos to stimulate or achieve reproduction. These restrictions will not be legally binding.

The main objective of this project is to modify genes in the human embryo to find ways through which genetic mutations can be prevented. This means a long list of diseases can be prevented if the project is successful.

These experiments have been stalled for many years due to uncertainties based on ethics. There have been criticisms that the editing of genes in the human embryo is unethical. There are also concerns that secret experiments can be done to use these tools to modify human DNA. The authorities have therefore stressed that the tools should only be used for medical research.

The concept of editing genes in the human embryo is forbidden in many countries.

What we know is the publication of reports for studies that have only discussed the possibilities and advantages of this process. In countries such as China and the United States, scientists are permitted to explore these areas only through privately funded research projects. However, these projects are closely monitored by the authorities in these countries.

According to the reports from Japan, we will be able to view the guidelines that have been released publicly. These documents are scheduled to be released in the coming months. It is expected that there will be a public debate and some review to adjust different areas of this report.

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The reports coming from Japan indicate that the government will soon allow human genes to be edited. This is following the receipt of guidelines which define how the process must be done. According to these guidelines which were released by representatives...

Celebs

No Parole For John Lennon’s Killer

It is the tenth time the killer of John Lennon will be denied parole. His ‘debt’ has not been paid in full. After hearing his plea for a parole consideration, the board concluded and was quoted to have stated that releasing Mark David Chapman “would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of the society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.”

Mark Chapman had indeed neglected the legal consequences by willfully pulling the trigger of the gun that killed John Lennon. Now 63 years old, he is still paying for the crime he committed, the public has commended the board for rejecting his application for parole while other groups have criticized the parole rejection as unfair.

Chapman was convicted for the murder of John Lennon and was given a life sentence. He has been incarcerated at the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York. John would have been 78 years this year if not for the unfortunate event that led to his untimely death.

In its denial decision, the parole board stated that Chapman has consciously planned and executed the murder of the famous John Lennon because he wanted to gain a ruthless reputation. The board also noted that he had consciously chosen to assassinate a popular figure without regard to the pain and anguish his family and fans from all over the world would suffer.

The parole board is of the opinion that setting Chapman free would only send a message that such as act could be condoned or pardoned over time and in the process undermine the seriousness of such crimes.

The next parole hearing for Chapman is scheduled for August 2020. However, the public outcry for him to remain behind bars cannot be overlooked. Over the years, the impact of the loss and suffering Chapman caused millions of fans all over the world remains ‘fresh in their memories. Chapman confirms that he still receives letters from anonymous fans of John Lennon condemning his act many years ago and he wishes he had made different choices at that time. However, the deed was done, and now, it is so difficult to forget.

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It is the tenth time the killer of John Lennon will be denied parole. His ‘debt’ has not been paid in full. After hearing his plea for a parole consideration, the board concluded and was quoted to have stated that releasing Mark David Chapman “would be...

Entertainment

The First AHS: Apocalypse Teaser Will Give You Nightmares

American Horror Story: Apocalypse’s first teaser is finally here and, of course, it’s really creepy. If you have a problem with imagery of blood,  fetuses, skulls, scorpions, bugs…and basically everything associated with horror, then you may want to go watch something else.

There’s no shot of any specific cast member but the season’s theme, the end of the world, you know, the apocalypse, is front and center.

Executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall teased a few more details at the TCA press tour last Friday (via Variety), revealing that the eighth season “begins with the end of the world and then our world begins.” So Apocalypse is essentially a Ryan Murphy fantasy of what happens after doomsday, and as Sarah Paulson confirmed, that subtitle reflects “the apocalypse in the truest sense of the word.”

The season will be a crossover between Season 1′ Murder House and Season 3′ Coven. In the new season, Paulson’s Cordelia will still be the Supreme, as she was at the end of Season 3, but she teased that it won’t last for long. She’ll also be playing Billie Dead Howard from Murder House (and Roanoke), in addition to a mystery third character.

The most exciting news for fans is that Jessica Lange will finally return to AHS after leaving the show following Season 4’s Freak Show. She’ll reprise her Constance Langdon from Murder House, likely alongside her now-grown grandson Michael, aka the Antichrist, to be played by Cody Fern. AHS: Apocalypse premieres on FX on September 12.

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse’s first teaser is finally here and, of course, it’s really creepy. If you have a problem with imagery of blood,  fetuses, skulls, scorpions, bugs…and basically everything associated with horror, then you may...