Miami Ice Cream Shop Brings in New Technology to Spice Up Their Frozen Treats...

Approximately 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and other frozen dessert products are produced in the U.s. annually, but few of them are made like the treats in one Miami ice cream shop. At F27, there are no pre-packaged paper cartons filled with frozen treats. Instead, customers are presented with a combination of science and art as their orders are made in front of them with liquid nitrogen. “Several years ago, we were given an assignment to come up with a new business or improve a business that already existed,” said Carlouis de Palma, owner of the experimental ice cream parlor. “I’ve always been interested in finding innovative ways to create a better product, and in St. Maarten, where I’m from, ice cream is an art. This is what led me to liquid nitrogen.” After an order is placed at the counter, custom-designed machines inject liquid nitrogen into a vanilla base and freeze the product in less than 60 seconds, which eliminates the formation of large crystals and enhances the smooth, creamy texture. Customers can create their frozen confection by choosing any combination of flavors and toppings, or sticking to the ice cream parlor’s menu of custom creations. More and more customers are coming from all areas to try these creative concoctions, but not all are likely coming to see the liquid nitrogen do its work. Given the recent, intense heat, some likely just want to cool off. Florida officially tops the nation in the number of metro areas expected to see a dangerous combination of heat and humidity, according to a report released by Climate Central. “Heat is already the number one weather-related killer in the U.S. It’s not floods or hurricane or tornadoes,” said Alyson Kenward, an author of the report and...

NASA Selects 5 Aerospace Companies For Mars Orbital Study...

NASA recently announced that is has chosen five aerospace companies to begin four-month long studies for a potential mission to Mars. The chosen companies are The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Orbital ATK, and Space Systems/Loral. The companies are located throughout the U.S. in Colorado, California, and Virginia. According to Aerospace Technology, the mission will “continue with key capabilities including telecommunications and global high-resolution imaging in support of NASA’s journey to Mars.” “We’re excited to continue planning for the next decade of Mars exploration,” said Geoffrey Yoder, associate administrator for NASA. Considering that three out of every four trips are for leisure purposes, if NASA succeeds with its goal to establish life on Mars, it could become a trending vacation destination. Through research and the studies performed by the five chosen companies, NASA hopes to confirm whether a new Mars orbiter will provide communications and imaging capabilities or not. As of yet, they do not have access to such capabilities. Along with optical communications, there is also a possibility for the implementation of other scientific instruments to be assessed on the planet. Through the use of solar electric propulsion, the orbiter concept studies will help provide versatility in launch, mission, and orbit capabilities. These capabilities will allow for future missions to occur. Six months ago, a report was published stating recommendations for science objectives for a Mars orbiter. The report was published by the Mars Exploration Programme Analysis Group, an organization working with NASA that’s made up of members of the Mars research community. Its members offer input on the likelihood of reaching the intended objectives. The Mars Exploration Programme is being managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). No further details have been released by NASA, nor the...

Senior Centers Struggle To Talk the Birds and the Bees...

The television channels with an older audience (think Fox News, CNN, and TV Land) usually run commercials targeted to the nation’s growing senior population. And that often means commercial after commercial for prescription drugs like Cialis, Viagra, and other — ahem — male enhancement drugs. The truth is, as more seniors begin to live in retirement communities and senior centers, many older Americans are rediscovering their love life. Seniors in the City This summer, The Houston Chronicle profiled a speed dating program designed for seniors. It’s a chance for retirees looking for love to get together and find companionship, and sometimes more. While most Americans might not want to think about their grandma going out on dates with gentlemen callers, human beings are social animals, and we don’t stop craving intimacy after a certain age. “You’ll hear a family say, ‘But we fill grandma’s time,'” Kelley Kelch, leader of the Older Adult Ministry at Oak Hills Presbyterian Church, told The Houston Chronicle. “That’s great. But no one wants to talk about the other needs grandma might have.” In addition to speed dating, many seniors are even showing up on dating apps usually associated with younger generations, like Tinder and OKCupid. Celebrity Jane Fonda summed up the new attitude perfectly in an interview with an Italian talk show this July. “I’m 77,” she said. “If I never have sex again it will be sad.” Many senior centers are taking an open approach to geriatric sexuality, offering sexual education classes designed to educate seniors about safe sex, sexually transmitted diseases, and other sexual health issues. However, other senior communities are ignoring these issues, often at their own risk. While the nation’s college students grapple with controversial conversations about consent, the issue of consent takes on new...

Civic Launches New Free Service Aimed at Stopping Identity Theft Before it Happens...

The average consumer owns approximately three credit cards, but every consumer, average or not, is at the same risk for identity theft. For this reason, tech startup Civic has launched a new service aimed at avoiding identity theft before it ever happens. The fresh, new company is aiming to overtake similar protection services such as LifeLock by focusing on a broader market than just credit monitoring. At the same time, it will allow customers to respond to fraud alerts in real-time in order to prevent attempts before they even occur. Currently, most credit companies and protection services only offer monitoring services, which alert customers to fraudulent activity after the fact. This opens up a slew of opportunities for fraud to continually occur and continually bring frustration to customers. However, Civic is planning to change that by alerting users in real-time via push notifications on a smartphone, texts, or emails when their Social Security Number or credit information is being used. Unlike current monitoring services, this will allow a customer to immediately deny any transaction that looks suspicious. However, this technology may not stem the tide of fraud crimes committed right away. It’s estimated that nearly 6 million fraud and cyber crimes were committed last year, which provides a concerning figure for the public. “Together, these offences are similar in magnitude to the existing headline figures covering all other crime survey offences,” John Flatley, of the ONS, said. “However, it would be wrong to conclude that actual crime levels have doubled, since the survey previously did not cover these offences.” According to the data published in the ONS survey, online consumers are more likely to be a victim of fraud than any other type of crime. Thankfully, Civic’s program has arrived at a time when...

Robot Lawyers Could Make Going to Court a Thing of the Past...

Lawyers in Australia will have some big competition on their hands with the release of a new, innovative artificial intelligence platform. The robot will be used in legal situations like divorce, custody, employment, and debt disputes. According to ABC News Australia, using Dutch technology, National Legal Aid and RMIT University are showcasing their robot to change how court proceedings are done. The new technology could save both time and money, problems that often discourage people from pursuing legal matters. Although about 11% of custody disputes are resolved during mediation, divorces in the future can be resolved using the Internet thanks to this new technology. Similar to eBay’s online dispute resolution service, the new technology can mediate divorces, tenancy disputes, and matters of debt. In situations regarding custody, for example, the system will inquire about the age of the children involved in order to consider their developmental needs. Not only can it remember who you are, but it can also provide proposals based on previously gathered information on past resolutions when divorcing. The Dutch technology has already been purchased in both the UK and Canada. Canada uses it for debt and tenancy issues, while the Netherlands has a system in place incorporating it into family law disputes. “But the key to this is, unlike traditional modes of legal service delivery where the client’s in the back seat and the lawyer’s driving the car, here people are empowered to experience the controls themselves,” said Bevan Warner of Victoria Legal Aid in Australia. “If we think outside the square and embrace online dispute resolution, it means that access to justice becomes a real thing for many, many Australians that miss out at the moment. I saw examples of that in the UK. They’re thinking about courts as...