Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I Can See Clearly Now

If you are someone who spends most of their workday staring at a screen and then about 40% of their leisure time doing the same thing, you might want to invest in some glasses. A company called Felix Gray makes glasses to help to ease the eyestrain of Internet users everywhere. Their lenses are designed to filter out blue light, reduce glare, and increase magnification to make those hours you spend working a bit more bearable. The computer glasses retail for $75-$95. Have a further look at the company’s website, if you’re interested in purchasing a pair for yourself. (Felix Gray)

 

After Traffic Stop, Cop Drives Man More Than 100 Miles To Join Family Grieving Over Death of His Teenage Sister

After finding out his teenage sister had been killed in a car accident over the weekend, the man said he wanted to be with his mother as soon as he could. Without a vehicle, he said that he convinced someone he knew to drive, and jumped in the man’s car just after 3 a.m. Sunday in Indiana. He wrote in a Facebook post that they were speeding through Ohio, bound for Detroit, when the lights flashed behind them. He wrote that he knew he was going to jail due to a warrant he had previously. When the Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant pulled them over, the driver was arrested, and the car was towed.

In the man’s own words via facebook pose, “I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He REACHES OVER AND BEGAN PRAYING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY. He offered to bring me 100 miles further to Detroit because they towed the vehicle. Everybody knows how much I dislike Cops but I am truly Greatful (sic) for this Guy. He gave me hope”. True to his word, the Trooper drove the man more than 100 miles to a Detroit coffee shop where he could meet his cousin. Ross and his family said they are so grateful for the Officer’s generosity, and that the sergeant has even promised to attend the funeral. (Inside Edition)

 

China has officially begun using the world’s largest telescope

The project, along with the recent launch of China’s second space station, demonstrates the country’s rising astronomical ambitions and its pursuit of international scientific prestige. The launch happened last Sunday as hundreds of astronomers and enthusiasts attended to watch the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST. Researchers said FAST would search for gravitational waves, detect radio emissions from stars and galaxies and listen for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life. The telescope measuring 500 meters in diameter is nestled in a lush green karst landscape in southern Guizhou province. Construction took five years and cost $180 million. Its size surpasses that of the 300-meter Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. (Phys.org)

 

60% Of Brides Announce Engagement On Social Media Within 24 Hours

A new survey says 60% of brides announce the engagement on social media within 24 hours of becoming engaged. In all, 86% of brides said they announced their engagement on social media within the first week. The survey gathered responses from 1,192 U.S. respondents aged 18 and older (99 percent female and 1 percent male) who had been married less than one year or are currently engaged. Once engaged, 62 percent of brides said they increased their social media use, with seven out of 10 saying they used social media for wedding planning “more than anything else.” FYI: the top three social sites used during wedding planning were Pinterest (89 percent of respondents), Instagram (38 percent) and Facebook (38 percent). (The Knot)

 

Meet the 26-year-old airline captain and her 19-year-old co-pilot

A British woman has become one of the world’s youngest commercial airline captains at the age of 26. Kate McWilliams began flying at age 13. She joined the airline easyJet as a first officer in May 2011. She recently rose to the rank of captain after passing the airline’s command course. An easyJet spokeswoman believes McWilliams is the world’s youngest commercial airline captain. Of the 130,000 airline pilots worldwide, just 450 are female captains according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, and McWilliams has urged more women to join her ranks. (CNN)

 

Driver caught using mannequin to drive in carpool lane

A California driver has been cited for using a mannequin — not the required human being — to drive in the carpool lane. The Brea police found the mannequin Wednesday inside a truck on the congested 57 freeway. The truck veered out of the carpool lane close to an officer’s motorcycle. As the officer attempted to warn the driver to be careful, he noticed the passenger wasn’t a passenger. Police say the driver acknowledged using the mannequin in the carpool lane for some time. The driver told police that he would now accept that he needs to sit in traffic like everyone else. California requires that a vehicle have a minimum of two people for carpool lanes. Driving alone requires a fine of at least $481. (Yahoo)

 

New research extends Earth’s temperature record back 2 million years

A new study extends global average surface temperature records back to 2 million years ago, further back in time than any previous climate research. The research suggests that global warming from human emissions of greenhouse gases will cause far more warming, up to 9 degrees Celsius, or 16.2 degrees Fahrenheit, during the next several millennia than previously expected. The study uses nearly five dozen ocean sediment cores to develop a record of Earth’s global average surface temperature dating back to 2 million years. The study’s author, Carolyn Snyder, a scholar at Stanford University and an official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, used these sediment cores to create more than 20,000 climate reconstructions from specific points in the ocean. In the long-term, our planet will see its global average surface temperature increase by up to 9 degrees Celsius if greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were to double, which they are currently on course to do. The study found that if all greenhouse gas emissions were to cease today, the climate would still warm by about 5 degrees Celsius, or 9 degrees Fahrenheit, during the next several centuries.  (Mashable)

 

Making Today Count Because It’s:

*Banned Websites Awareness Day   Link   (Last Wednesday)
*Fish Tank Floorshow Night
*National Drink Beer Day   Link  
*National Good Neighbor Day   (Used to be on 4th Sunday)

*International Right To Know Day  Link  
*World Rabies Day
*National Women’s Health & Fitness Day  (Last Wednesday)

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