From Roofing to Pharmaceuticals: Beware of Online Scam...

Criminal scammers are more prevalent than ever in today’s high tech world. According to CBS Pittsburgh, some scams steal more than just a few bucks from people, and could actually pose a serious threat to Americans. People are ordering more prescription medications online than ever before, but this new innovation is creating more opportunity for criminal con artists. “My drug plan makes it cheaper to order online,” said Roberta, a prescription drug customer who was contacted by what she thought was the Drug Enforcement Administration and accused of illegally buying drugs. Jen Levinson, another online customer who was contacted by an alleged DEA agent, said that she was threatened with a warrant for her arrest if she refused to pay an expensive fine. “Typically, somebody will call an individual representing that they’re a DEA agent,” said DEA special agent John Wilson. “Usually, these people have purchased pharmaceuticals either by telephone or on a website, and they’ll tell the person that it’s illegal to do so and that they need to pay a fine to the government.” It’s important to keep in mind that if there is a government issue, a person will be contacted via U.S. mail and not over the phone. Another type of scam that’s been occurring lately, especially during hurricane season, is the roofing scam. In normal circumstances, a homeowner should have their roof inspected at least once or twice a year, but with all the inclement weather going on across the country, more and more people are in need of increased service. Scammers are trying to take advantage of this by offering roof repair online for relatively inexpensive prices, but charging a lot up front and then never performing any work. Beware of any and all online communication because of...

Uber Takes Ad Campaign to the Skies With Dronevertising...

As if Uber weren’t dominating the highway roads enough already, now it is taking over the skies, too. Recent reports detail how the transportation company has employed a small fleet of drones to advertise its carpooling service, UberPOOL, in heavy-traffic areas of Mexico City. The “dronevertising” campaign uses small banner ads, attached to drones that hover before vehicle drivers who are stuck in deadlock traffic — a frequent occurrence in Mexico City, which is home to more than 8.8 million people and whose economy is on a rapid incline. Mexican exports from local factories have grown 13% since 2012. That population density and heavy industry has produced a notorious smog and air pollution problem in the city, which Uber’s ads were quick to remind people riding solo along the highway. “Driving by yourself? This is why you can never see the volcanoes,” one drone sign read in Spanish. Uber isn’t the first company to use aerial advertising to capture the eyes of an attentive audience — think airplane banners or blimp campaigns — and it’s not the first to try it with drones, either. There are dronevertising-focused companies in Philadelphia and Santa Monica, and some politicians have even used drones on the campaign trail. However, the very close-range ads used in Uber’s latest stunt may not be feasible — or legal — in other parts of the world. “I think particularly flying a drone near a roadway, especially a busy roadway, you run the risk not only of losing control of the drone and the drone hitting a vehicle, but you also might be distracting drivers,” said Lee Mauro, an aviation law attorney in Victoria, British Columbia. “That’s obviously going to be a concern for everybody.” While it’s likely we’ll see more drone advertising...

Babysitter Watched In Horror as Baby Did This In Her Sleep…...

Nine out of 10 respondents in a National Sleep Foundation survey said that a comfortable mattress and pillow set is the single most important factor in getting a good night’s sleep, followed by comfortable sheets and bedding. They didn’t survey this small sleeper, though (not to mention her poor babysitter). Mikaela Long, a social media personality known for her funny Vine videos, was babysitting her niece for the first time when she saw something unusual and disturbing on the baby monitor. this is my 1st time babysitting & idk where i went wrong but my niece is currently asleep on her head do i call the parents or the exorcist pic.twitter.com/bGaTCFSiCz — Mikaela Long (@MikaelaLong) October 9, 2016 The baby was seen doing an Exorcist-style handstand — yes, really — in her sleep. “Do I call the parents or the exorcist?” Long joked to her online followers. The child is not yet a competitive gymnast, but she has shown significant promise in the sport. According to the baby’s mother, this has become a common sleeping position for her daughter. “She’s been quite acrobatic lately,” she said, also adding that her daughter usually ends up in a normal sleep position as the night goes on. While many digital skeptics were quick to claim that the sleeping toddler photo was a hoax, there are a number of similar photos from video baby monitors that have gone viral over the years. While pediatricians say it’s certainly bizarre, it’s also completely possible. Many modern parents are afraid to let babies sleep on their stomach or side, let alone upside down in an advanced yoga pose. In fact, according to Parents.com, “To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, healthy babies should always be put to sleep on...

Study Shows Bright Light Boosts Testosterone in Men With Low Sex Drive...

Italian researchers have recently discovered a treatment for low libido in men. Early morning exposure to bright light, which is widely used to alleviate the symptoms of seasonal depression, has proven to rev up testosterone production and boost sexual function. The study involved 38 male participants who have been diagnosed with problems surrounding sexual arousal. Scientists from the University of Siena found that the participants who were exposed to a specially designed light box for half an hour each morning had increases in testosterone and sexual satisfaction after two weeks. Men who live in the Northern Hemisphere experience an increase in testosterone production during the spring and summer, research shows. When autumn settles in, these men are at their peak in terms of sexual interest and arousal. However, as the days become shorter and the darkness lingers around longer, men in the Northern Hemisphere typically fall into a sexual slump caused by a decrease in testosterone production. “You see the effect of this in reproductive rates, with the month of June showing the highest rate of conception,” said the lead author of the study, Andrea Fagiolini. “The use of the light box really mimics what nature does.” According to Fagiolini, the exposure to bright light in the morning suppresses the production of melatonin, a chemical that shuts down testosterone production. Though scientists are not at the stage where they can recommend the light therapy as a clinical treatment, they do believe that light therapy may offer the same benefits as current medications in the future, but without the negative side effects. Approximately 40% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone. Current treatments include hormone injections, antidepressants, and other medications. Before they can introduce light therapy as a viable treatment option, Professor...

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Navigate City Streets Better Than Ever After Traveling 2 Million Miles...

A new milestone has been reached in the dawning of the self-driving car. On Wednesday, October 5, Google’s autonomous car program hit 2 million miles driven on public roads. By navigating the city streets in four separate states, the self-driving vehicles are gathering a wide array of data, including how to maneuver through construction zones, respond to bicyclists’ hand signals, and interact with pedestrians. “There are miles and then there are miles,” said Dmitri Dolgov, the software lead on Google’s car program. “An even better way to think about it is not just in terms of miles or time, rather it’s the number of interactions that you have with the world and richness and complexity of those interactions.” In just over a year, the program went from 1 million to 2 million miles, and in that time span, the self-driving vehicle industry has changed and expanded dramatically. A number of auto companies have begun development on their own models, including Tesla Motors, General Motors, and Ford Motor Co. Recently, Uber started to test drive its own autonomous cars on the streets of Pittsburgh, and Apple announced its plans to create its own self-driving car. Lyft jumped on board as well, with co-founder John Zimmer announcing that “Autonomous vehicle fleets will quickly become widespread and will account for the majority of Lyft rides within five years.” According to Dolgov, the 2 million miles Google cars have traveled represent a whole 300 years of driving experience. On average, Americans drive their personal cars and trucks about 10,000 miles per year. Google cars are currently hitting about 25,000 miles each week. With so much experience already “under their belts,” it’s no wonder Google’s self-driving cars are already considered to be better drivers than the average human teenager....