Author - Emily Smith

Twenty-one years old, with green eyes, pretty good teeth and currently venturing through Philosophy and Literature degree. But all that is semantics.
What’s important to know is that I have a passion for creative writing, reading and travelling and a love for deep ideas, deep people and deep tubs of ice cream.

Celebs Entertainment

Designer Dresses We Wish We Had

Fashion is a powerful thing. It’s almost a language for many people, an outward expression of yourself and what you want to present to the world. And let’s be honest, it’s incredible what a little skin can do to get you noticed.

This list counts down the most scandalous dresses ever worn by celebs which in some cases is where they kick-start their careers. Get ready to drop your jaw…

Rihanna

Riri is another star known for shocking an audience with her risky red-carpet wear, but for the 2017 Met Gala she may not have shown off as much skin as she could have had.

Still, she proved herself a fashion icon with this look:

Putting her own interpretation on the theme of the year Avant gart, she looked like an absolute piece of art with this architectural gown.

Keep reading to see the dresses which stunned the world:

Fashion is a powerful thing. It’s almost a language for many people, an outward expression of yourself and what you want to present to the world. And let’s be honest, it’s incredible what a little skin can do to get you noticed.
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Instagram vs Reality: What These Celebs REALLY Look Like

Scrolling through Instagram, it’s easy to look longingly at the flawless celebs you follow and be filled with jealousy! But we are here to tell you that often it’s a result of filters, photoshop, and plenty of makeup. See for yourself!

Zendaya

Zendaya has quickly risen to be one of the It girls of Hollywood. At only 22 she has starred in some big box office hits like Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Greatest Showman.

She also happens to have one of the most flawless Instagram’s around.

See the true faces of your favorite celebs:

Scrolling through Instagram, it’s easy to look longingly at the flawless celebs you follow and be filled with jealousy! But we are here to tell you that often it’s a result of filters, photoshop, and plenty of makeup. See for...

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A Timeline Of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s Dating History

Leonardo DiCaprio is one talented individual who has had one of the most successful acting careers since way back in 1990.

He has a long list of Award-winning movies on his resume and an even longer list of Victoria Secret model girlfriends. With his Gatsby charm and Romeo romance, there’s no wonder his dating history is richer than anyone in the business! Let’s take a look at all the girls that have been in Leo’s life.

Bridget Hall

The first on the list is Bridget Gall. These two were linked in 1994 and she was the first Victoria Secret model he would date but by no means the last.

The two were young, beautiful, and famous and were spotted out and about several times in New York strolling hand in hand.

See who was the one that got away:

Leonardo DiCaprio is one talented individual who has had one of the most successful acting careers since way back in 1990.
He has a long list of Award-winning movies on his resume and an even longer list of Victoria Secret model girlfriends. With his Gatsby...

City Life

Alibaba And Meituan Racing for The Food Delivery Service Industry

As of late, fast, affordable delivery of food has become a life-changing event for many working people in China, although there are plenty of others who prefer to prepare their own food.  Many people in the working class do not have time to pick up fresh ingredients from their local stores.

This has brought about many startup companies as well as larger companies trying to create home-cooked meals that are easy to prepare and very affordable for those with very busy lifestyles by sending fresh vegetables and meats directly to their doors.

Huge Market Growing

According to the fresh grocery sector in China, there was a total of 4.93 trillion yuan or $730 billion, total sales last year alone.  The growth has steadily grown from 3.37 trillion yuan in 2012 according to the data collected by Euromonitor and Hua Chuang Securities.

Most of these transactions are taking place inside the wet markets and supermarkets.  Online retail has only accounted for 3% of the total sales in 2016 and shows there is plenty of room for growth.

Alibaba and JD.com who are e-commerce leaders have already incorporated groceries to their online shopping malls, along with established markets that are focused on players like Tencent-backed MissFresh, which has raised $1.4 billion to date.

Adding to these numbers, the field has become even more crowded with the entrance of Meituan which is a Tencent-backed food delivery service and hotel booking mega giant that has raised $4.2 billion in the Hong Kong listing last year.

Meituan Maicai is a new app along with Meituan grocery shopping which are both separated from the company’s all-in-one app.  They entered Shanghai in January and then pushed their way into Beijing last week.  This move followed Maicai’s announcement back in mid-2028 to get a strong hold on the market of grocery delivery.

According to TechCrunch, Meituan has a plan for taking the grocery delivery market to a much higher level which is very much like the other players in this field.

Users can choose from 1,500 items in stock ranging from yogurt to pork loin. They can fill their in-app shopping carts and pay using their phones.  Then, the company will dispatch their delivery fleets to people’s doors within as little as 30 minutes.

Intricate Infrastructure

The fast delivery is possible using satellites of physical service stations stretching across neighborhoods that serve warehousing, packaging, and delivery purposes.  Placing offline hubs along with customers, allows data-driven internet firms to increase warehouse stocking, based on local user’s preferences.  In other words, those who are living in an upscale area probably eat and shop differently from those in other areas of the city.

Meituan’s incursion into the grocery shopping world has intensified its battle with Alibaba to have control over how people in China eat.  Alibaba’s Hema Supermarket has a similar setup that uses neighborhood stores as warehouses and fulfillment centers to be able to delivery within 30 minutes within a set radius.

For many years now, Meituan’s food delivery has been battling neck and neck with Ele.me which Alibaba purchased last year.  Both Alibaba and Meituan are now focusing on restaurants to get them to sign up for their proprietary software which could give owners more insight into diners and increase customer awareness.

Although Meituan wants to be the “everything” app, it has tried several new initiatives that will lead to public offerings but has been known to put them on hold in a short period of time.  This firm acquired the bike-sharing service Mobike last April but in under a year, they shut it down, due to costs.  They also placed a hold on their much-anticipated ride-hailing business.

Putting it in their word words, Meituarn’s eating business seems to be at the heart of this company.  It seems they are tapping their existing infrastructure by reaching their goals summoning its food delivery drivers to serve groceries during peak hours.  As of last year, the company noted their earnings and the grocery field could leverage its massive user base creating the largest intra-city on-demand delivery network.

As of late, fast, affordable delivery of food has become a life-changing event for many working people in China, although there are plenty of others who prefer to prepare their own food.  Many people in the working class do not have time to pick up fresh...

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The Wackiest Celebrity Baby Names You’ve Ever Heard

There are many perks that come with being the child of a celebrity. There is fame, there is a fortune, and over-the-top birthday celebrations. There are also some negative sides. Unusual baby names can be part and parcel of being a celeb’s kid.

Get ready to find out some of the weirdest and wonderful baby names introduced to us by Hollywood Stars.

Royal Reign

Lil Kim went for this unusual name combo when she was faced with naming her baby girl.

Royal is usually an old-school boy’s name, but she decided to spice it up pairing it with Reign, not to mention that alliteration going on there.

See which other celebrities chose “unique” baby names:

There are many perks that come with being the child of a celebrity. There is fame, there is a fortune, and over-the-top birthday celebrations. There are also some negative sides. Unusual baby names can be part and parcel of being a celeb’s kid.
Get ready to...

Lifestyle

Wrinkle Treatment at Home: 8 Natural Remedies

Many people simply choose Botox as the solution to aging skin, but there are remedies that are much cheaper and all-natural that you can do at home, and most of these treatments involve things you’d find around your house already. There are also common practices that should be avoided. Read on to learn these eight tips on having naturally, wrinkle-free skin.

Essential Oils

Essential oils heal your skin naturally and without irritation; they work best when they are diluted with argon, geranium, jojoba, lavender, pomegranate, rosemary, sandalwood, and clary sage. Applying essential oils to your face help significantly with lessening and protecting from wrinkles.

Be careful what essential oils you apply to your skin, however, as everyone’s genetic makeup is unique and responds differently. Health Line advises that you test some on your wrist, watching what it does over the following 24 hours before you begin applying it regularly to your face. If your wrist shows no sign of irritation, you’re good to go!

Avoid Soap

Companies are always attempting to sell us their latest soap formula, but what few people know is that manufactured soap is actually worsening your skin’s condition. Our skin’s natural barrier is composed of an acid mantle which has a normal pH level of seven.

According to Natural Living Ideas, the alkaline in manufactured soap increases the pH level as it’s regularly used, and the results are detrimental. It’s best if you avoid soap and stick to all-natural methods.

High-Quality Protein Diet

Your body requires protein to grow and maintain the skin’s natural glow and health. Amino acids like L-proline and L-lysine are responsible for the healthy structure of your skin tissues, so without it, your skin will inevitably grow dull, lifeless, and more wrinkled.

The denser your skin, the more strength it has to protect itself from wearing down, and keeping protein in your diet makes your skin thicker and stronger.

Banana Mask

This remedy is cheap and simple as bananas possess natural oils and vitamins that help your skin to hydrate itself. Mash up a banana, cover your face with the paste, and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off to lessen the appearance of wrinkles.

Massage

Stress is one of the largest causes of wrinkles, so if you are aware of when you are feeling stressed, simply massage your skin by pressing your fingers against the wrinkled area and moving them in gentle, circular motions.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, like protein, is excellent for increasing collagen levels. Apply the gel from its leaves every day and you’ll see significant improvement on wrinkles in 90 days.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin C has been proven to improve skin elasticity which prevents it from sagging. Tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, and oranges are some fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C. The recommended daily dosage for men is 90 mg while women should take 75 mg. If you are a smoker, you would need to increase that by 35 mg a day.

Egg Whites

Finally, the thin membrane you find between an egg white and its shell is full of collagen, as well, and as we know already, collagens are excellent for the strength and durability of your skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles.

Many people simply choose Botox as the solution to aging skin, but there are remedies that are much cheaper and all-natural that you can do at home, and most of these treatments involve things you’d find around your house already. There are also common...

Celebs interesting

Jackson Kids – The Unspoken Victims

It’s safe to say that the majority of the world are familiar with (or heard of) the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Micheal spent his life in the public eye, from the day Jackson 5 kick-started his music career, at age 13.

During the chaos of his career, he also became a father to three children; Michael Joseph, Paris and Prince Michael.

There is no denying that the late artist went through his fair share of adversities before he passed away. However, with the focus mainly being on Michael, it was easy to forget that his three children were attempting to lead normal lives in the process and were going through their own difficulties…

So who are these Jackson children? How did they cope with their bizarre situation? where are they now? Each child has their own story filled with events and experiences that might shock you. 

It’s safe to say that the majority of the world are familiar with (or heard of) the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Micheal spent his life in the public eye, from the day Jackson 5 kick-started his music career, at age 13.

During the chaos of his career...

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Brutal Breakups – Cringe!

This list is from some straight up savages who broke up with their loved ones in the most brutal, and sometimes the most hilarious ways.

Poor Paul

Poor Paul will probably never show his face again after this sign was put up for everyone to see. Not just that, but he is even getting the poor dog taken away from him!

The only way we could justify this level of savagery is if Paul deserved it. Though it’s hard to think of how one can deserve to be publicly lambasted like this.

See more epic ways people ended relationships:

This list is from some straight up savages who broke up with their loved ones in the most brutal, and sometimes the most hilarious ways.
Poor Paul

Poor Paul will probably never show his face again after this sign was put up for everyone to see. Not just...

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Bizarre Spinning Ice Disk In Middle Of City

Along the banks of Maine’s Presumpscot River, surprised spectators snapped pictures of a spinning circle of ice. The strange phenomenon is being called the Westbrook Ice Disk.

The spinning ice disk is estimated to measure just over 90 meters in diameter, and reminds the residents of Westbrook, Maine of a floating moon.  Estimated at just past 90 meters in diameter, officials aren’t entirely sure exactly when the disk formed, but based on reports from onlookers, it seems to have formed overnight or during the wee morning hours of Monday, January 14.

The disk has been compared to everything from the moon, on the city’s social media pages, to alien calling cards.  Doug Bertlesman explained to the Portland Press, “It kind of looks like a crop circle.  It’s pretty wild to look at.”

Slow Whirlpool

This isn’t the first spinning ice disk to be seen in Maine, and the phenomenon happens more frequently than you’d think.  It happens when a block of ice is swept along a flowing river, bashing up against the banks as it is swirled in the current.  This area of the Presumpscot River has a circular current, which results in a naturally forming whirlpool.

According to drone footage, the disk was spinning very slowly in a counter clockwise direction.  The Press Herald interviewed some of the onlookers.  Rob Mitchell, Westbrook resident, claims that several ducks had settled on the spinning disk, calling it a “big duck-go-round.”

As can be imagined, social media lit up with the phenomenon.  Comments have been humorous: “The aliens have stationed a large rotating disk of ice in the middle of the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine.”

Another comment draws a startling conclusion: “Circles and ice? Do we really have to spell it out for you? Mother Nature is a hockey fan.”

The residents of Westbrook, Maine had good reason to predict the end of the world; the phenomenon came in the same week that the moon turned blood red in a “super blood wolf moon” alongside a lunar eclipse.

Along the banks of Maine’s Presumpscot River, surprised spectators snapped pictures of a spinning circle of ice. The strange phenomenon is being called the Westbrook Ice Disk.

The spinning ice disk is estimated to measure just over 90 meters in diameter...

Tech News

Could Two-Handed Robots Make Ecommerce Faster?

Ever since the rise of the internet as our main source of buying and selling, the speed in which we can get goods has been incredible. Every year, it feels simpler and faster to just do all of your shopping online, as it can often be delivered to you so fast and so easy. eCommerce, then, looks set to change the way in which we shop for at least a generation to come.

However, with the rise of machine learning and AI, we could be about to see another quantum leap: starting with ambidextrous robots (ambidextrous= using both hands equally well).

Massive warehouses are needed to help fulfill the incredible orders being taken online, which obviously means trying to get staff to help manage said orders. However, it looks like we’re moving towards trying to automate the whole experience instead, with the use of ambidextrous robots.

This became clear from a UC Berkeley paper which was produced in mid-January, in the Science Robots journal.

Engineers at UC Berkeley have been using decades of progress so far to come up with new algorithms that could help to compute robot pick points, allowing robots to work with a large variety of objects without having to undergo the training that they would need to normally.

The postdoctoral researcher on this project, Jeff Mahler, who is also the lead author, said: “Any single gripper cannot handle all objects,

“For example, a suction cup cannot create a seal on porous objects such as clothing, and parallel-jaw grippers may not be able to reach both sides of some tools and toys. ‘Ambidextrous’ robots offer greater diversity.”

How Might This Change eCommerce?

At the moment, the robots used in the majority of fulfillment centers will be using the standard suction cup session mentioned above. This can limit the range and style of objects that it could actually pick up and work with, which would drastically limit their usage in a warehouse environment.

With ambidextrous robots, though, this would not be quite the case. This would make them compatible with more than one gripper type, allowing for much easier for the robot to decide which gripper is most likely to succeed when picking up any given item.

This would help to ensure that, by using a reward function, ensuring that fulfillment could be much faster and far less rigid in what it can and cannot pick up.

The researchers managed to train functions for using a parallel-jaw gripper and then a suction cup gripper to a two-armed robot. The result was that it could take on 25 objects never seen before with around 300 picks in an hour, with around 95% reliability: that’s incredible.

While this might not be commonplace yet just in every warehouse, it’s definitely something that we can expect to arrive in the next few years – with massive, positive results for the already in-demand eCommerce industry.

Ever since the rise of the internet as our main source of buying and selling, the speed in which we can get goods has been incredible. Every year, it feels simpler and faster to just do all of your shopping online, as it can often be delivered to you so fast...

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Real Life Relationships of Game of Thrones Stars

They might be big stars on screen, but you’d be surprised to find out that their love life is far from it. Let’s check out their off-screen partners!

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

Of course, we must start with these two. It is all the more endearing since they started out as a couple on the show itself! We all remember the love-hate relationship between Jon Snow and the witty Ygritte. The couple’s chemistry on the show was so strong you could almost feel it through the screen! And indeed, it moved off-screen!

They might be big stars on screen, but you’d be surprised to find out that their love life is far from it. Let’s check out their off-screen partners!
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
Of course, we must start with these two. It is all the more...

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Celebrities With Weird Insurance Policies

Most of us have some form of insurance when it comes to our most prized possessions, whether it be our homes, our jewelry, or our cars. Celebrities also insure their most prized possessions, but it works a little differently. From Kim Kardashian’s backside to Charlize Theron’s legs, they make sure the body parts that get them famous are insured, sometimes for millions!

Julia Roberts

Her smile has won over millions of hearts, Julia Roberts is one of the most vivacious and talented women on the Hollywood scene and it largely has to do with her cheeky grin.

See why a “million-dollar smile” wasn’t enough for Julia:

Most of us have some form of insurance when it comes to our most prized possessions, whether it be our homes, our jewelry, or our cars. Celebrities also insure their most prized possessions, but it works a little differently. From Kim Kardashian’s backside...