Thursday, September 29, 2016

A type of honey from New Zealand may be able to beat back bacteria, a new study found.

If proven effective, the honey could potentially be used to lower the risk for infections among people using medical devices like catheters. Manuka honey has been used for centuries as a natural remedy, and has been shown in the past to have antibacterial and anti-inflammation effects. Researchers looked at whether the honey could prevent bacteria from building up on surfaces, too. Medical devices that go inside a person can develop biofilms—a layer of bacteria that can attach to surfaces. The problem is that these biofilms can become infection reservoirs, causing health complications. To assess Manuka honey’s potential to lower this risk, the researchers tested its effect on two types of bacteria commonly known to cause UTIs from catheter use:Escherichia coli (E.coli) and Proteus mirabilis. The researchers diluted the honey to different levels and tested its ability to combat bacterial buildup on plastic plates in a laboratory. They found that the honey inhibited the bacteria’s ability to develop into a biofilm, even at the lowest concentration levels. Another bonus for honey, according to the researchers, is that so far, studies suggest bacteria does not develop a resistance to honey. (Time)


Uber for two wheels

In this day and age, if you need someone to give you a ride, use an app called Uber. There’s an Uber for phone repair and someone comes to fix it. Handyman? App. Food? App. Bicycle repair… now there’s an Uber-like app for that, called Velotooler (vello-tooler). Currently in beta testing, Velotooler, connects bike riders with independent bike mechanics. After a consumer requests a mechanic for a specific task, the job goes out to nearby participating mechanics, who can choose whether to accept the job. (Velotooler)


Moonwalk Across Europe

Travis DeRose says seeing an old video of Michael Jackson performing the Moonwalk gave him an idea. So this year DeRose spent a few months on a two-month long trip to Europe. DeRose and his friends visited 13 countries, saw 22 cities, and rode 21 trains… while making sure to moonwalk along the way. (CNN)


It takes more training time to become a barber than a police officer

In North Carolina, California, New Mexico and New York, you can get a badge hundreds of hours sooner than you can use a pair of barber shears. And it’s not just barbering, either. Many trade jobs require more hours of training time to get a license than it takes to get a police badge. Police departments can choose to go beyond their state’s minimum training requirements – and many do. In
  • North Carolina, it takes  1,528 hours to become a licensed barber . The state’s  minimum police training requirement is 620 hours . (Charlotte-Mecklenburg police require another 278 hours of training.)
  • To earn a badge in California, you’ll need at least  664 hours  of academy training. (The state then requires  at least 14 weeks  of field training.) If you want to be a licensed cosmetologist, you’ll need more than that:  1,600 hours .
  • Florida’s minimum training requirement for officers is 770 hours, but the training required to be an interior designer is much longer. Those who complete a 5-year interior design program still need to get 1,760 hours of experience before they can get a license. Those who complete a 2-year interior design program need 7,040 hours of experience.
  • It takes at least 900 hours to become an officer in Massachusetts. To be a licensed refrigeration technician, the state requires 1,000 hours of training if you have less than 4,000 hours of apprenticeship experience. (But we’re not talking about the guy who comes to fix your fridge at home; we’re talking about technicians who work on 10-ton refrigeration equipment.)
  • The minimum training requirement for Michigan police officers is 594 hours. To work with electrical signs, you’ll need 4,000 hours of experience.
  • Louisiana has one of the lowest minimum training requirements for entry-level police, at 360 hours. To be a licensed manicurist, you’ll need 500 hours.



Robocalls Suck

As if auto-dialed, pre-recorded phones calls weren’t bad enough, scammers are blasting out robocalls that use poorly synthesized text-to-talk programs to try to frighten people into thinking they are being sued. That’s why so many Americans just want some easy-to-use way to block these calls from ever reaching our phones in the first place. The End Robocalls campaign by our colleagues at Consumers Union has reached a milestone, gathering some 750,000 names from American consumers who want the phone companies to know they are tired of answering the phone and not knowing if that unfamiliar number is a friend, family member, some other important caller, or a jerk trying to con them out of their money or personal information. And if you think “that’ll never happen to me,” maybe you’re right, but it’s happening to a lot of people, with an estimated $350 million a year lost to telemarketing scams. (Consumerist)


The Wonderful Edible Internet

Internet service provider Mediacom is literally arguing that because Double Stuf Oreos cost more than regular ones, therefore you should pay more for more internet. Yes, really. Mediacom’s comment is in response to the same proceeding that Netflix commented on earlier this month. However, while Netflix actually addressed data and the ways in which their customers use it, Mediacom went for the more… metaphor-driven approach. The letter literally starts out under the header, “You Have to Pay Extra For Double-Stuffed,” and posits that you, the consumer, are out for a walk with $2 in your pocket when you suddenly develop a ferocious craving for Oreo cookies. Got that? Broadband is not only Oreo cookies but also lattes, socks, gas, and your electric and water utilities. The argument Mediacom was trying to make is the same hoary old chestnut we’ve heard from ISPs time and time again: the more you use, the more you pay. (Consumerist)


Boohoo For Yahoo

As you might imagine, Yahoo users are incredibly unhappy with the fact that their data was stolen en masse, and are even less happy with the way the company handled the disclosure. The first lawsuits against Yahoo were entered the day after the news broke, and now a pile of similar, related claims is starting to pile up. In one case, the plaintiff’s lawyers claim Yahoo “intentionally, willfully, recklessly, or negligently” failed to protect its systems and also failed to tell users that their data “was not kept in accordance with applicable, required, and appropriate cyber-security protocols, policies, and procedures,” in violation of the FTC Act and California law. Another complaint says, “[Yahoo’s] misconduct was so bad that it evidently allowed unauthorized and malicious access to plaintiff’s and the class’s personal information on defendant’s computer systems to continue unimpeded for nearly two years.” Legal action takes time, so it will be a while before we know how or if these cases will be consolidated, and if class-action status ends up granted. (USA Today)


Today Is A Good Day Because It’s:

*MAGS Day Link 
*Mutation Day (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)  Link 
*National Biscotti Day

*National Attend Your Grandchild’s Birth Day
*International Coffee Day  Link 
*VFW Day 
*World Heart Day   Link   Link 

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