New Study Finds Human and Rat DNA in Burger Meat Samples...

If you think of quintessentially American food, nothing screams “American pastime” quite like a juicy cheeseburger. According to statistics, Americans eat almost 50 billion burgers per year, breaking down to an average of 4.3 times each month. But new and disturbing research might give us a reason to cut back on our burger obsession. Earlier this month, the food company Clear Labs released a report titled, “The Hamburger Report.” In this report, the researchers found multiple instances where burgers tested positive for rat DNA. And in one sample, the researchers even found that the burger meat tested positive for human DNA. If this information isn’t disturbing enough, the researchers also looked at vegetarian burgers and found that many don’t even contain the main ingredients they claim to. For example, researchers found that one sample of vegetarian burgers labeled “black bean burgers,” didn’t contain a single black bean. What’s worse, meat was found in vegetarian products on more than one occasion. The lab results from The Hamburger Report came from 258 samples of ground meat, frozen burger patties, fast food items and veggie burgers from 22 retailers and 79 brands. “This report provides new insights into the burger product industry to give suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers a representative overview of the supply chain at large and provides insights based on an objective molecular analysis into how we can strengthen the good and improve the bad,” the company wrote on its website. The study used next generation genomic sequencing as well as other third party tests in order to screen the samples for contamination, authenticity, gluten, substitution, and other elements. Clear Labs also says that it hopes to “help the food industry future-proof their supply chains, reduce the risk of costly recalls, and generally improve qualities...

Nokia Phones May Come Back to the Market After Microsoft Sells Feature Phone Assets...

Nokia devices will soon be back on the market. It’s the result of the sale of feature phone assets by Microsoft to a subsidiary of Taiwanese firm Foxconn Technology, and the newly established firm HMD Global, for $350 million. The deal means that Microsoft will transfer all of its feature phone assets, which includes brands, software, services, customer contracts and supply agreements, to Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile to HMD Global. About 4,500 employees will also be transferred or have the chance to join either company. The deal also includes FIH Mobile’s acquisition of Microsoft Mobile Vietnam, the company’s manufacturing facility in Hanoi. The transaction is expected to close later in 2016. Microsoft will continue to develop its Windows 10 Mobile operating system and support its Lumina brand of phones and devices. As phone technology rapidly grows, the smartphone and tablet market is becoming more lucrative from all sides. A full 62% of companies that designed a website specifically for mobile had increased sales, and a phones web browsing capabilities have become much more important. Nokia, once a major consumer brand and still very iconic, has been in a strange place since Microsoft bought it but has had a large role in behind the scenes network and infrastructure work. Nokia Technologies has recently released a virtual reality camera and the digital health-tracking company Withings. CEO Arto Nummela, formerly of Nokia, heads HMD Global, and has a lot of hope for the company’s recent acquisition. “We will be completely focused on creating a unified range of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets, which we know will resonate with consumers,” Nummela...

HP Raises the Bar With New 3D Printers...

Tech industry veterans Hewlett-Packard announced recently at an industry conference the official sales launch of their first ever industrial-grade 3D printers. The company will now begin accepting preorders for both the HP Jet Fusion 3200, set to release in October, as well as the larger 4200 series, which is slated for production sometime next year. The Multi Jet Fusion technology that powers HP’s new printers promises significant leaps and bounds for 3D printing productivity. The company claims that their new models will be able to materialize items ten times faster than the current leading industrial 3D printers, enabling increased production and lower costs for manufacturers as well as shorter wait times for custom projects. The printers are also scaled at about half the cost of other 3D models. The 3200 series is priced at $130,000 while the 4200 is anticipated to be in the low-$200,000 range. While 3D printing — also called additive manufacturing — technologies are a new frontier for Hewlett-Packard, it’s a well established trade for the tech industry. Three-dimensional printed objects have been highly useful and successful for operations that require customizable parts in small quantities, as in aerospace and biomedical fields. Dentists have been using physically-printed crown replacements alongside 3D X-ray technology for ceramic reconstruction since 2009, for example. But HP aims to bring 3D printing out of niche markets and into larger assembly processes. “We see it having an impact that we haven’t seen in 28 years,” 3D printing consultant Terry Wohlers told the Wall Street Journal. The 3D printing business experienced a 17% increase last year, an upward trajectory likely to continue with HP’s imminent entrance. As a symbol of their dedication, HP is even self-manufacturing 66 of the 135 various parts for their printers using their own...

New Technology Brings Disney Goers All Over the World...

Disneyland and Disney World are the most magical places on earth, and for the 45% of Americans who take a summer vacation, their retreat just got a little bit more high-tech, too. One of Disney’s most popular rides, Soarin’ Over California, is set to be replaced with Soarin’ Around The World. Making its debut in Disneyland in 2001, and in Disney World in 2005, Soarin’ Over California is known for its hang-gliding simulation and smell of fresh orange groves. The film takes viewers on a flight over California landmarks while the seats move in synchronization with the scenes. But now, a new and improved technology will bring riders on an epic journey to six continents. Advanced technology will upgrade this ride in every way. This means that viewers will get even closer to the world’s wildest wonders. Camera equipment was dangled below a helicopter as it flew between rock formations and across varied terrain. A high resolution camera was even attached to a low flying helicopter, bringing viewers up close and personal to the Great Wall of China. This is an unprecedented luxury, as Disney has not been able to film the Great Wall since 1982. Jason Grandt, art director for Walt Disney Engineering says Soarin’ Around the World will focus on human-made monuments. He adds that new cameras with laser projection will make the attraction even more exciting. “The sights you’re going to see are going to be stunning, crystal-clear and unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” Grandt reported to Orlando Sentinel. “Imagineering has sort of created this one-of-kind, unique camera system that delivers the highest resolution film imagery anywhere… We’ve coupled that with a new laser projection system.” Coupled with these new cameras are higher resolution screens and projection systems, a third theater,...

Underrepresentation of Women Bad News for Tech Startups...

Despite the fact that 200,000 new tech jobs were formed in 2016, women are still severely underrepresented in the industry. Startups are popping up all over the country, and in California in particular, but recent studies have shown that the majority of women in tech would rather work anywhere else. Startups have somehow managed to isolate women even more than the tech industry has in the past. A recent study by Women Who Code (WWC) in partnership with Pluralsight reveals that there are several reasons few women are interested in joining the many freshly budding startup companies. One reason is simply that women are not as interested in the benefits that startups are likely to offer employees. Larger companies are more inclined to offer flexible work schedules, while startups usually offer benefits that highlight stock options. WWC CEO Alaina Percival suggests that women value their spare time more and are more “interested in nurturing other aspects of their lives.” Flexible hours relate to the amount of time a person can spend with her family. Percival argues that this is a major reason why women are showing little interest in startup lifestyles. Unfortunately, the United States has no federally mandated maternity leave, so companies that can offer this benefit are more attractive to mothers. Simply put, startups do not always share the same values held by many women in the workforce. Percival finds this troubling, saying, “What we want to do, especially through this report, is let those companies know — because those companies absolutely want to hire the 50,000 technical women from our organization — let them know that these are the kinds of things that women value and if you can put them in place faster, you’re more likely to attract women engineers.”...

How Did European Carmakers Beat Their Emissions Targets?...

This April the European Environment Agency of the European Union announced that automakers there actually came in below the reduced emissions target set by regulators. In 2015, new cars sold in the 28 EU member countries emitted 119.6 grams of CO2 per kilometer on average, a full eight percentage points below the year’s target rate. In total, European carmakers reduced emissions by 3% compared to 2014. The European strategy is two-fold: downsize engines and reduce overall vehicle weight, a process known as lightweighting. Unfortunately, lightweighting has had some unintended consequences. One of the easiest ways for carmakers to reduce weight is by eliminating parts that dampen road noise, which is why so many new cars are far louder than consumers are used to. Unfortunately, many consumers now expect cars to be quiet enough to accommodate cell phone conversations and Bluetooth technology, which isn’t possible if the vehicle interior sounds like a race track. In the 1990s carmakers in the United States began using mass backing, an insulating material bonded to the vehicle’s molded carpet. Mass backing provided sound protection, heat insulation, and a luxury aesthetic. In the era of lightweighting, components like these are quickly flying out the window, along with once standard features like spare tires or acoustic panels. At the 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference, auto industry experts described a lighter car seat as the “holy grail” of lightweighting, and carmakers will seemingly do anything to meet new fuel-economy mandates (ahem, Volkswagen). So far, it looks like these efforts are paying off, at least according to the latest emissions figures from the European Union. Still, the auto industry faces an uphill battle moving forward. In Europe, the target emission for 2021 is just 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer, and the industry may...

Art Inspired By Richard III’s Skull Is On Exhibit In London...

Richard III had a long and dramatic life — and even after his death, his remains are experiencing celebrity status. The king’s remains were found during an archaeological excavation in 2012, under a city council parking lot in Leicester at a site that had once been a Medieval friary. After extensive DNA testing, the team at the University of Leicester Archaeological Services announced that they had found King Richard III. Now, a series of portraits based on X-ray images of the king’s skull are set to go on display in London. British artist Alexander De Cadenet, who has created the images, is known for his skull portraits. The X-rays are from the University of Leicester analysis of the royal remains. High quality X-rays, which can be taken as fast as 30 frames per second, were used to create records for extensive scientific analysis. “I am extremely grateful to the University of Leicester for allowing me access to the X-ray scans, without which this creation would not be possible,” said De Cadenet. “His remains have been discussed and analyzed in such scientific detail, I felt he was an extremely appropriate subject to be present as his skull is likely the most recognizable and iconic in the world today.” The first of a six-portrait series will go on display at a gallery in London, from April 14 until April 25. Indeed, Richard III has already stirred the creative minds — a facial reconstruction was commissioned by the Richard III Society, and a large photo-mosaic portrait was revealed on the first anniversary of his discovery. History and literature enthusiasts were aghast — and fascinated — when medical scanners found that the king had died of devastating injuries. Two large wounds were found at the base of his...

‘Terrorist Sounding’ Dog’s Name Leads to Bank Freezing Man’s Online payments...

In the United States, about 26% of people admit to not making their payments on time. There are many reasons why people miss payments, but for Bruce Francis of San Francisco, his reason is more of a rarity after Chase Bank misunderstood the memo line on his check. The Huffington Post reports that Francis was attempting to transfer money from his Chase Bank account to his dog walker’s account, but it was blocked because his dog’s name “sounded like a terrorist network.” Francis’ nine-year-old dog’s name is Dash. Bank officials though that sounded too much like Daesh, the Arabic term for the jihadist militant group and self-described Islamic State. Francis was not too upset about the misunderstanding. “I think anything we can do to stop the terrorists and the funding of terrorists, let’s do it,” Francis told KTVU. “If it means an inconvenience to me and my dog walker, then that’s a price I’m totally willing to pay.” The payment was flagged with the U.S. Treasury Department, and asked Francis to explain what Dash meant. Once Francis explained that Dash is actually his dog’s name, the flag was lifted and his payment was processed. According to the New York Daily News, Chase Bank officials defended the reasoning for originally flagging the email. “If a name on the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list appears on a payment, we are required to review it,” Chase Bank said. “This is an important part of ensuring that crime does not filter through the U.S. banking system. In this instance, the payment was flagged, reviewed and eventually released.” Although a serious issue, Francis found some humor in the misunderstanding. “The idea that my dog is a terrorist is pretty funny,” Francis said. “Seriously, the only thing Dash...

Caught on Camera: Five Guys Burglar Cooks Himself Midnight Snack...

This April an anonymous Washington D.C. man has gone viral for a most unusual crime. On March 18, between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., the suspect stealthily followed a delivery man inside a Five Guys fast food restaurant. The man waited for the delivery man to leave, then proceeded to rummage around the restaurant and treat himself to a free meal. Eventually, the man decided to fire up the grill and cook himself a midnight snack, all the while talking to someone on his cell phone. Finally, he stole some bottled water and made his escape. Footage of the nighttime prowler was captured on the restaurant’s surveillance cameras, and the Metropolitan Police Department released the footage on April 10 via YouTube. According to a statement that accompanied the video, “The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a Burglary II incident which occurred in the 1400 block of Irving Street, NW, on Friday, March 18, 2016… DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.” Presumably, the Case of the Five Guys Crook qualifies as a “serious crime.” Often, the mere presence of CCTV video surveillance is enough to prevent burglaries. Police believe that up to 67% of such crimes could be prevented by video cameras, and most crimes are impulsive crimes of opportunity. The Five Guys incident seems like the perfect example of a crime of opportunity perpetrated by an impulsive burglar, but the brazen nature of the crime suggests he either did not notice or did not care about the...

Ohio Pilots a High Tech School Bus Alert System to Protect School Children...

In Ohio, Department of Transportation officials are trying to figure out how to get drivers to pay more attention to signs on and about school buses. School buses are so ubiquitous across the American educational landscape that they have penetrated our understanding and perception of the primary school experience. Not only that, but they are subject to many safety rules, keeping then heavy, tall, and equipped with emergency exits — and they are notoriously safe. Data shows that just four school-aged children are killed aboard buses every year, as compared with the 490 killed going to and from school in passenger vehicles. The real risk to school children when riding the bus is actually while getting on and off. This is despite the stop sign that indicates to drivers that children are boarding or disembarking; it is illegal to pass a school bus at this time. In advertising, on-site signage can have a value of more than 25 newspaper ads per year, but for school buses, enforced signage has saved children’s lives. Researchers are trying to utilize signs to improve safety even more; they have suggested installing flashing lights on signs in order to get drivers attention by activating proximity sensors to determine when a bus is approaching. The sensors would depend on radio frequency to tell when the bus was approaching and light up a “School Bus Stop Ahead” sign. Other innovations are also coming to the school bus arena, such as a school bus tracking app that has been developed by AppAlert Inc, a startup making school-bus monitoring software. Seed funding for the project has amounted to $900,000 in a round led by Narinder Singh, a U.S. based investor. Trials of the product have been deployed across 20 school in the National...

Apple Not Suing FBI Over Purchased iPhone Hacking Device...

Apple has announced that they are not suing the FBI over the recent iPhone hack, and that they are confident that whatever method officials used to gain access will not be a security threat for the majority of iPhone users in the future. Just last month the Federal Bureau of Investigations revealed that they had been able to gain access to the iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December terrorist attack that killed 14 people. The FBI has admitted to purchasing a “tool” from a third-party that allowed them to hack into the terrorist’s phone. The FBI had pursued legal action in order to force Apple to bypass the phone’s security, but the company refused to cooperate, claiming that to do so would compromise the security of all Apple product users. They argued that creating a “back-door” to access any iPhone’s data would mean creating an easy opportunity for malevolent hackers to commit identity theft. Apple consumers expressed concern that the existence of this tool would put their privacy and security in jeopardy, but FBI director James Comey assured the public that he as a “high degree of confidence that [the creators of the tool] are very good at protecting it, and their motivations align with ours.” Comey also revealed that the purchased tool could only be effective on a “narrow slice of phones,” which do not include the newest Apple models. The concern expressed by the public is easily understood, as web-based security attacks have increased 23% since 2013. Identity theft is a very real problem in the world today, and as iPhones become increasingly multi-purpose and thus contain more of our personal information, the higher the stakes...

The Invention You Didn’t Know You Needed Till Now: The Flying Selfie Stick...

According to Mashable.com, the industry of self-photo taking just took an innovative, if not contradictory, turn. IoT Group, an Australian-based technology company, just began the pre-sale of the ROAM-e, a flying selfie stick. “The selfie stick’s problem is it’s confined by the length of the stick,” Ian Duffell, executive director of the IoT Group, told Mashable Australia. “The thought was, let’s get the thing taking the picture flying with you.” He described the company’s vision as creating a, “selfie stick on steroids.” The fact that, by definition, a selfie was originally designated for pictures one took of themselves aside, the invention could be set to change the way society documents their lives in the digital age. Approximately eight million people fly on planes every day, but now you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to take a flying picture. The device, which basically looks like some sort of camera-equipped drone, can be tethered to a smartphone and programmed for facial recognition to use at distances as far as 82 feet away. The device features a 360-degree camera with live streaming capabilities for up to 20 minutes. Inside, it packs a 5 Megapixel CMOS sensor and a Quad Core ARM Cortex A7 Processor, according to the ROAM-e website. Duffell was quick to point out the difference between this new device and typical drones for critics who might try to classify them as virtually one and the same. “We all know drones fly around and take pictures, but because we’ve tailored it to be portable and in your space, it fits into a different category,” Duffell explained. “We wanted it to be small enough to fit into a bag or pocket. We modeled it on not being bigger than a 600-millilitre water...

Study Finds Discrepancy in Level of Care For Heart Disease in Men and Women...

While men and women complain of having similar symptoms, men’s claims are usually assessed as higher risk and taken more seriously. Discrepancies in treatment of men and women in the medical world might increase women’s risk factor when it comes to heart disease, a new study says, with care levels lagging far behind compared to men. The study was conducted by a research team at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and looked at how doctors both diagnosed and assessed the risks involved with heart disease in more than 10,000 male and female patients. The patients were taken from the Prospective Multicenter Imaging Study for Evaluation of Chest Pain. The patients selected didn’t have a history of having a heart condition but were suspected of having coronary heart disease. Typical initial symptoms of heart disease include chest pain and shortness of breath. When women reported having these symptoms, they did not receive the same level of care that men received. And even when women had more risk factors for heart disease than men, the researchers noted that women were assessed as having a lower level of risk. One of the groups most at-risk for heart disease-related mortality, regardless of gender, is individuals over the age of 65, with 84% dying from the condition. However, this discrepancy in assessment can lead to grave consequences for women. While researches observed that an equal number of men and women complained of chest pain, the pain itself is described differently. Men are more likely to describe it as an ache or burning sensation, whereas women are likely to call it tightness or pressure. “Our findings suggest there might be need for heart-health resources specifically aimed at women because much of what is provided is for men, and there are...

Angry Millennial Crashes Car Into an ATM Because Taco Bell Was Closed...

If there’s one thing that millennials love, it’s Taco Bell. Many a meme has expressed the generation’s love for cheesy gordita crunches, $1 breakfast bowls, and other inexpensive fast-food South-of-the-border delights. But when you deny a millennial their Taco Bell fix, you better watch out. As shown by one Massachusetts man, the consequences can be dangerous — and mildly ridiculous. Late one evening, 33-year-old Derrick C. LaForest approached the Pittsfield, MA Taco Bell drive-thru in his vehicle. When he pulled up to the window and no one answered, he began repeatedly honking his horn. According to a staff member, LaForest “laid on the horn for at least two minutes” before someone went outside and told him that the establishment was closed for the evening. In a fit of rage, LaForest sped through the drive-thru lane, accelerating through the parking lot at dangerously high speeds. Finally, he hit a curb, causing him to lose control of his car. Ultimately, LaForest and his vehicle smashed into a former TD Bank ATM. LaForest’s car was totaled, and Taco Bell employees had to pull his unconscious body from the wreck.. Luckily, the airbag of the car deployed, and there were no lasting injuries save a cut over his eye. According to the Berkshire Eagle, LaForect was arrested after claiming he had “no idea” how he lost control of his car. Ultimately, the thwarted taco lover was arrested on charges of vandalism and reckless driving. He was released on $500 bail. It looks like LaForest might be one of the 75% of Gen Y individuals accounting for all cars purchased by 2020! Let’s hope that by then he learns to control his temper when his beloved fast-food restaurant is closed for the...

New Technology and Consumer Trends Expanding Job Opportunities in Stagnant Agriculture Industry...

If 100 college students were asked if they’d like to have a career in agriculture, it’s likely that only a select few would say “yes.” However, recent advances in technology have broadened the horizon for agricultural jobs, and more students are now looking to enter this “growing” industry. According to local Michigan news affiliate WILX, Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is providing hundreds of students with the opportunity to follow their dreams of becoming a dietitian, pesticide applicator, or any other farm-related job imaginable. While most people would not assume that dietitians require a deep understanding of agriculture, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Deborah Walker, a sophomore at MSU who is studying to become a dietitian, decided to enter the prestigious agriculture program because “food management kind of goes back to what’s being grown.” Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean and Director of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU, agrees with her student. She believes that more college freshmen would show an interest in the program if they knew the wide array of job opportunities that can come from an education in farming. “Yes it starts in the field,” said Millenbah. “That’s an important part of what we do, but it concludes [with] things like food scientists and dietitians and foresters. [Students] perceive, when you use the words food and agriculture, hard dirty work and that’s a part of it.” Another reason that many students choose not to pursue a career in agriculture is the common misconception that agriculture has become obsolete. While employment of farmers and other agricultural managers is projected to decline 2% in the next decade, this does not affect ancillary careers such as dietitian or forester, which are still in high demand. “We...

String of Propane Related Explosions Continues This Week as Two Separate Trucks Crash and Explode...

In what can only be described as the latest in an inexplicable uptick in propane-related incidents across America, an 18-wheeler carrying massive quantities of the volatile gas rolled over this afternoon in Calloway Co., KY, shortly before bursting into flames, reports local news station KFVS12. Police were forced to close the 5000 block of Murray-Paris Road and evacuate several homes in the area. People are reportedly still being asked to avoid the area until it has been deemed safe by authorities and emergency responders. The incident is only the latest in a string of propane-related fires or explosions which have bedeviled the country over the past few months. This has Americans understandably concerned, as over eight million homes are powered by the gas. People want to know if they’re running their homes on something potentially unsafe. Just last week, firefighters and police responded to the scene of another propane truck crash in Callaway, MN, where a tanker truck collided with a freight train and caught fire. The crash and explosion caused the train to derail, according to the Star Tribune. The driver of the truck, Biya Abdella Buta, 31, was not injured in the crash. However, the two-member crew of the Canadian Pacific freight train both suffered minor injuries. Fire from the crash and the threat of additional explosions prompted authorities to temporarily evacuate the area. Authorities are looking into potential criminal charges for the driver, who, Twin Cities reports apparently displayed negligence in the leadup to the crash. Onboard video from the train recovered last Friday proves that the crew aboard the train sounded the horn and did everything in their power to alert the truck driver and slow down the train. Over the weekend, Gov. Mark Dayton traveled to Callaway to view...

Michigan High School Tech Students Develop New Locker Mechanism for Sixth-Grader With Cerebral Palsy...

It’s amazing what people can do with a little time, innovation, and a commitment to wanting to make the world a little better for someone else. Sometimes those people aren’t even old enough to buy lottery tickets yet. That’s the case in a recent school project that could revolutionize school lockers for kids with cerebral palsy. According to MLive.com, a team of eight seniors from Grand Rapids’ Kent Career Technical Center’s Engineering and Architectural Design class spent about five months working on a class project that doubled as a community service activity as well. Brin DeVries, an 11-year-old sixth-grader from nearby Excel Charter Academy, has always navigated the school hallways by wheelchair due to her cerebral palsy condition and was even given a custom locker in order to allow her to access it by herself, as she lacks the motor skills necessary to maneuver a traditional combination lock. Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability found in children and affects approximately one in 323 kids in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, even the custom lock the school had originally gave her was a bit inadequate, too. It would typically take her multiple tries to successfully get through the three-step process, which had a 10-second timer, on the magnetic locker with a modified key. By combining the three actions into one all-inclusive, turn-key solution, the senior students were able to give DeVries even more freedom and peace of mind not having to worry about constantly running late for class. “It certainly gives me more independence,” said DeVries, who said the old lock was frustrating. “A simple design on a computer turned into something that could help me. It’s pretty amazing!” The high school students from the vocational...

Cat Feces Might Cause Trigger a Rage Disorder in Humans...

Cats are known for their famously grumpy attitude, but a new study suggests that people with cats might actually be more prone to bouts of rage due to toxoplasmosis, an illness that’s actually caused by a parasite found in both cat feces and raw meat. According to lead researcher of the study Dr. Emil Coccaro, people who are diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder (IED) are more than twice as likely to carry Toxoplasmosa gondii, the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis. “If you’ve got someone with aggression problems, you might check them for toxoplasmosis,” said Coccaro, chair of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago. “People who blow up have a real problem. It’s not just a character problem or bad behavior. There’s something underneath that’s driving it.” However, Coccaro’s study was not a clinical trial. This means that the results don’t establish a direct cause and effect link. According to UPI.com, IED is a disorder that involves recurring, impulsive outbursts of anger that can manifest in both physical and verbal aggression. The disorder affects as many as 16 million Americans and, according to the study, is more common that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia combined. “They’ve got a short trigger, and when they’re threatened by something, they blow up,” Coccaro said. And Coccaro and fellow researchers believe that toxoplasmosis might be linked to some cases of IED. For the most part, toxoplamosis is a harmless infection. For those with weakened immune systems, toxoplasmosis can cause damage to the brain eyes or other organs. Yet previous research shows that even otherwise healthy carriers may experience a change due to the disease. Previous studies have found that those with toxoplasmosis are linked to an increased risks of impulsiveness and aggressiveness, as well as suicide and suicidal...

Liam, The New Apple Robot, Can Take Apart an iPhone 6 in 11 Seconds...

Meet Liam — the new Apple robot. He is designed to take apart old iPhones and harvest from them valuable, reusable materials. Liam was unveiled in response to heavy criticism that Apple products are too difficult to recycle. The prototype will be used to deconstruct the iPhone 6, recovering materials like aluminum, copper, tin, tungsten, cobalt, gold, and silver. Apple has expressed plans to modify and expand the system to process other devices. Liam is actually 29 separate robotic modules, working together at a single site near Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. He started to operate at full capacity last month and is able to take apart one iPhone 6 every 11 seconds. Although Liam could deconstruct a couple million iPhones each year, that is only a small fraction of the number of iPhones in use. In 2015 alone, Apple sold more than 231 million iPhones. When it comes to waste disposal, new innovations in technology tend to change the name of the game. For instance, cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP), a non invasive sewer rehabilitation technology, has the same lifespan as that of a brand new pipe. Liam, however, serves as a vital new addition to the field of electronic waste recycling. Electronics recycling has been a long neglected issue. Millions of electronics are produced every year, and yet less than a sixth of global e-waste is properly recycled or made available for reuse, according to a United Nations University report. Gary Cook, a Greenpeace IT analyst, told Reuters, “If it’s easy for a robot, that’s great. But making it easier for a human, who will be doing most of this, is part of the solution.” While Apple may be ahead of the game when it comes to green initiatives — the company received a perfect...

Rage Yoga Quickly Becoming One of the Most Popular Variations of the Ancient Exercise...

Most gyms have a secluded yoga room so that loud noises cannot penetrate its walls to distract the people inside. Now, a new type of yoga is flipping this idea on its head, encouraging loud music and aggressive behavior to help relieve stress. According to Pop Sugar, Rage Yoga is extremely popular in Canada, and it may be coming to the U.S. very soon. A variation of traditional yoga, Rage Yoga allows participants to vent frustrations by cursing, making rude gestures, and doing whatever else they want to feel better inside. Lindsay Istace, the founder of Rage Yoga, started to play around with the traditional rules of yoga when she grew tired of her normal exercise routine. She describes Rage Yoga as “a practice involving stretching, positional exercises and bad humor, with the goal of attaining good health and to become as zen as f**k. More than just a practice, Rage Yoga is an attitude.” While the new exercise is loosely based on Vinyasa Yoga, an aggressive form of traditional yoga, there are some key differences between the two methods. For example, Istace encourages participants to release their frustrations on their own accord, whether it be through screaming, using swear words, or blaring loud metal music. Over 15 million Americans practiced yoga as of 2015, and most practice a traditional form of yoga known as Hatha. However, several distinct yoga variations have become quite popular over the past decade, including “hot yoga” and “curvy yoga.” When Istace realized that yoga was not a “one size fits all” exercise, she decided to develop a routine that reflected her unique personality. As Bustle recently reported, the young entrepreneur stumbled upon “Rage Yoga” following a tough breakup with her ex-boyfriend. “My [yoga] practice is what got me...