At least 58 were killed and over 500 injured in a Las Vegas attack Sunday night, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Police confirmed that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music concert, from a hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where he was apprehended and died. Authorities believe there are no other shooters and have located another person of interest, Marilou Danley. Police shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and temporarily stopped flights going in and out of nearby McCarran International Airport. (AP News)
The Next Great Catastrophe?
A “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic” is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, with powerful links between a lack of rest and conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, according to UC Berkeley sleep science expert Matthew Walker. Despite such grave warnings, the pressures of everyday life and work make it particularly difficult to carve out enough time for rest. Many experts suggested that it may be time to revisit our priorities. “One solution to the overactive mind is to look honestly at why you strive so hard to fit in so much and for what,” writes Edinburgh-based leadership coach Juliette Lee. “We need a radical change in perception of what matters most in our lives.” (The Guardian)
To solve our future energy challenges, we might want to look to the sea
Researchers at Japan’s Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have developed turbines that can use the sea’s currents to generate renewable electric power. The team estimates that its turbines, if placed on just 1% of mainland Japan’s shoreline, could generate some 10 gigawatts of power — that’s 10 nuclear power plants’ worth of energy. Such technology could end up saving billions: Over the next decade, the US could spend up to $360 billion a year responding to the fallout of extreme weather events and health issues tied to the use of fossil fuels. (Quartz)
Antibiotics, we’ve had a good run
For the past 90 years, since the discovery of penicillin, we have been fortunate enough to have a powerful antidote to all manner of pernicious infections. Those days are coming to a close. Antibiotics are losing their punch, as bacteria craftily transform faster than medical researchers can respond. The CDC has declared that we have officially entered the post-antibiotic era. So, what do we do now? Focus on containing the most resistant infections, develop ever more antibiotics, continue to search for new infection-fighting methods (bioelectricity, metals, acids, and even shark skin may be put to use), and, well, hope for the best. (Wired)
Blogger turns skin removed in designer vagina surgery into necklace
Controversial blogger Tracy Kiss has taken up-cycling to a whole new level by using her own labia as jewelry. Tracy, from London had surgery to remove excess skin from her labia after suffering 29 years of painful problems, and decided to use it, not lose it. Tracy explained to Metro how she first realized something was wrong after feeling a burning sensation down below after exercising. Her doctor diagnosed a cyst caused by friction because of the excess skin on her labia and she was advised to have it removed. After the operation, Tracy asked her surgeon if she could keep the skin and proudly displayed it at home in a jar full of surgical fluid. After the unneeded flesh has been sitting in it’s jar for some months, it turned from pink to grey and Tracy started to look into ways of preserving it which would be more attractive. In a video on her blog, Tracy shows the steps it took to make two wrinkly, slug-like bits of her own flesh, into a glittery pendant she’s clearly proud to wear. (NY Post)
How often should you have sex with your partner?
Though people are quick to compare themselves against others, there is no magic number when it comes to how often you should have sex with your partner, according to a professor at the University of Southern California, and co-coordinator of marriage and family therapy program. A 40-year study that surveyed more than 30,000 Americans, found in 2015 that couples who have sex once a week are the happiest. Researchers say couples need to understand how often each person needs to have sex to be fulfilled in the relationship. The primary problem for many couples is not the frequency of sex, but how they talk about it. Particularly for couples with children or stressful jobs, sometimes the idea of having sex is too much to bear, but having sex can have positive effects on your life. Researchers say that sex does several things for people:
- Sex releases endorphins that make you feel good and increase the feeling of closeness with your partner.
- Sex can clear the mind. For example, if you have a “noisy brain,” sex reallocates your blood flow to your genitals and can help clear your thoughts.
But while sex intellectually makes sense, when you’re really tired it’s hard to follow through, she said. If one person is exhausted, couples should have a conversation about it. Conversations about sex can be awkward, so it’s important to be aware of your partners needs. (USA Today)
Sex Robot Molested At Electronics Festival, Creators Say
The man behind an “intelligent” sex robot named “Samantha” says the kinky creation needs to be repaired thanks to “barbarians” at a tech industry festival. Engineer Sergi Santos, of Barcelona, Spain, wanted to show off Samantha at the Arts Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, last week. The randy robot is programmed with artificial intelligence so that she responds to gentle seduction. Samantha seemingly gets more aroused the more she’s “romanced.” That didn’t happen at the festival. Instead, “Samantha” was molested and seriously damaged by attendees. “The people mounted Samantha’s breasts, her legs and arms. Two fingers were broken. She was heavily soiled. Even though Samantha’s breasts and some other body parts were badly damaged by the sex-crazed Austrian horde, the AI software in the robot still worked perfectly. That gave the inventor cause for hope. “Samantha can endure a lot, she will pull through,” he said. (Huffington Post)