Tuesday, September 19, 2017

RSPCA called to rescue lizard that turns out to be a sock

An RSPCA officer was called to an address in Coventry by the family, scared by a “lizard” under the bed. The officer, Vic Hurr, said she approached the reptile “cautiously” at the house on Goring Road, unable to identify its breed. On closer inspection, Ms Hurr realised it was not a lizard, but a dirty sock. “It was around seven inches long and about two inches wide. “It was protruding from the edge of the bed and it wasn’t moving at all. I got out my torch to see better and that’s when I realised it wasn’t a lizard at all, it was a pink stripy sock,” Ms Hurr said. An RSPCA spokesperson said the family was “quite mortified” at having called the service to the rescue. (BBC)

 

Snoozin’ On The Job

Facebook appears to be adding a new option that lets you temporarily “snooze” a friend’s posts from appearing in your news feed. So instead of permanently unfollowing that person and never seeing whatever they’re sharing on Facebook, you can choose to just mute them for 24 hours, an entire week, or 30 days. The feature also applies to groups and pages. To access snooze, click on the three horizontal dots to the right of the name of whatever friend / page / group you’ve had enough of. It’s being paired together with the unfollow option. (Tech Crunch)

 

You may not get a big raise next year

According to a survey from consulting firm Aon Hewitt, they found that businesses plan to keep their raise budgets fairly flat next year, while shifting increased amounts of it toward performance-based pay — meaning only top performers would see significantly bigger paychecks. Companies plan to allot an average 12.5% of payroll toward incentive and bonus pay in 2018, but employees will need to work even harder if they want a piece of the pie: 15% of those firms that plan to change their pay structure said they will set more competitive targets. Companies are focused on retaining top workers, as low unemployment rates increase competition for talent. (Wall Street Journal

 

Still reeling from Irma, the Caribbean braces for another hurricane

Hurricane Maria became an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm Monday as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Irma-battered St. Thomas braces for Hurricane Maria The storm was on a path that would take it near many of the islands already wrecked by Hurricane Irma and then on toward Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Maria could hit Puerto Rico as early as tomorrow. Maria has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the center said in its 5 p.m yesterday (9/18). advisory. It was centered about 45 miles east-southeast of Dominica, 35 miles east of Martinique and heading west-northwest at 9 mph. Hurricane warnings were issued for Puerto Rico, Culebra, Vieques, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique. A tropical storm warning was issued for Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, St. Lucia and Anguilla. ( NBC News )

 

Are suburbs the new cities? 

Big cities experienced massive population growth in the early 2000s, with many US metropolises outpacing their suburban counterparts. But thanks to high cost of living and other factors, that trend has started to reverse course. It’s not that the ‘urban revival’ is ending, suggests Bloomberg’s Noah Smith: Suburbs are just starting to look more like cities. “These trends don’t just represent people’s moving decisions — they also represent changes in the places themselves,” Smith writes. As Americans leave dense urban areas like New York or San Francisco, they create new hubs, which could ultimately mean economic opportunities aren’t as clustered around a few key regions. (NY Times)

 

Alexa may soon get to know you on a whole new level

Boston-based emotional AI startup Affectiva has developed technology that can detect a person’s mood based on the way they are speaking — using vocal changes such as volume and speed to recognize emotions like anger or humor. Such technology could help make AI assistants more emotionally aware, and it could even be used in cars to identify and defuse road rage incidents. And as chatbot software gets increasingly, and remarkably, more human, a robot may eventually be your new best friend. (Digital Trends)

 

The world needs more doctors 

The US could be short over 100,000 physicians by 2030; in Uganda, 17 mothers die per day due to lack of access. Education startup Tiber Health thinks it’s found a way to fill the gap — and it doesn’t involve replacing doctors with robots or complicated AI. Instead, the company’s developed technology-based teaching methods, allowing its Puerto Rico-based testing school to train more students than the average program. So far results have been promising, with both board exam pass rates and residency matching on the rise. Tiber has plans to expand, teaming up with ten universities by the end of the year. (AAMC News)

 

 

It’s Two-some Tuesday…. It offers us:

*Get Ready Day  (Third Tuesday)
*Talk Like A Pirate Day 
*National Butterscotch Pudding Day
*National IT Professionals Day  (Third Tuesday) 
*National Rehabilitation Day
*National String Cheese Day 

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