Monday, November 6, 2017

A 53-year-old woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway has been arrested and charged with driving drunk

Polk County Sheriff’s officials said that someone called 911 about a woman who appeared confused and possibly in danger. When deputies arrived they found Donna Byrne riding her horse in the road. Officers did a sobriety test and said she gave breath samples that registered blood-alcohol level of .161 — twice Florida’s legal limit of .08. She is charged with DUI and animal neglect for endangering and failing to provide proper protection for the horse. Deputies took the horse to the Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility. She was booked into the Polk County Jail. (Yahoo)

 

Twitter employee deactivated Trump’s account on last day at work

President Trump’s Twitter account went dark for a short time last Thursday evening (11/2) when an employee “deactivated” the account on that person’s last day of work. But the company later clarified that the act was perpetrated by a “customer service employee who did this on the employee’s last day.” The account quickly returned to normal after it was down for 11 minutes. Twitter said they were continuing to investigate the mishap and were working to make sure it didn’t happen again. (NY Post)

 

You should take a break — really 

The best stretch of concentrated work time for your brain is 75 to 90 minutes, according to MIT senior lecturer and author Robert Pozen. And then you should step away, he notes: “When people do a task and then take a break for 15 minutes they help their brain consolidate information and retain it better,” he tells Fast Company. Even shorter periods of work time can still benefit from taking breaks — but make sure you’re using it wisely. The goal is disengaging from work thoughts, whether through meditation, talking to a friend, exercising, or even taking a nap. (Fast Company)

 

Denver police have forgotten about people in their custody overnight three times this year

Three Denver police officers have been suspended after three separate incidents this year of arrestees being forgotten in temporary holding cells overnight. Policy requires desk officers to check on people detained in holding cells every 30 minutes and to notify a supervisor if someone has been held there for more than an hour. The holding cells are supposed to be temporary stops for arrestees before they can be transported to the city jail. Yet one woman, in custody for an unpaid traffic ticket, sat in a sparse police department holding cell for nearly 13 hours. Handcuffed to a bench, Victoria Ugalde could not reach the toilet for much of the time and had no option but to urinate on the floor. The desk officer who was supposed to check on Ugalde admitted he failed to notice she was there because he was wrapped up in reading a book, titled “Emotional Intelligence 2.0.” He served a three-day suspension and is back on the job. The seemingly strange scenario played out twice more this year, and the police department is weighing policy changes to prevent it from happening again. (The Denver Channel)

 

Man jailed for repeatedly sending strippers to neighbor’s home

A man in Elkhorn, Nebraska, has been sentenced to four years in prison for sending prostitutes to strip on his neighbor’s front porch dozens of times over a three-year period. Douglas Goldsberry was sentenced Friday (11/3) in Douglas County District Court after pleading no contest in September to pandering. Authorities say Goldsberry hired prostitutes to bare their breasts and strip on his neighbor’s porch while he watched from his house. The family with two small children reported that women had shown up as many as 75 times since 2013, exposing themselves and sometimes kicking the door and yelling for payment. Goldsberry also has been indicted in federal court for possession of child pornography and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. (Omaha World Herald)

 

Want to make robots more likable? Make them a little clumsy

A study conducted by AI researchers in Austria found that robots that make mistakes gain more acceptance and sympathy from humans than those that perform their tasks perfectly, reports The Wall Street Journal. The findings may help AI manufacturers design robots that humans feel comfortable interacting with: While robots that perform without flaws may elicit feelings of resentment, the researchers suggest that a machine that occasionally fumbles or has to repeat itself becomes a machine that’s a little bit “like us.” (The Wall Street Journal)

 

Cancer Statistics and Solvers

It is estimated that 42% of men and 38% of women in the US will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetimes. In recent years, medical researchers have broken extraordinary ground in the search for better detection, treatments, and perhaps even an outright cure. However, there are several different research and development departments working on a few ideas. For example:

  • Startup Grail has raised $1.1 billion from the likes of Amazon and Bristol-Meyers Squibb to develop a big-data powered blood test that can detect cancer in its early stages. (LinkedIn)
  • Researchers from the University of Surrey and Dalian University of Technology have developed a self-regulating nanoparticle that can become hot enough to burn cancer cells but not so hot that it damages healthy tissue. (Tech Crunch)
  • With the help of iridium (the metal in the asteroid that led to the demise of the dinosaurs) and a deadly variant of oxygen, researchers from the University of Warwick and Sun-Yatsen University developed a laser beam treatment that can safely destroy cancer cells. (Phys.org)

 

 

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