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Snapchat photo filters linked to rise in cosmetic surgery requests

August 13th, 2018 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

The trend, labelled ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’, suggests some people are experiencing a worrying blur between reality and social media. Plastic surgeons are reporting a rise in requests to look ‘filtered.’ Plastic surgeons are reporting that patients are coming to them with selfies of themselves edited using the filters on Snapchat or Instagram and asking to look […]



It’s easy to become obese in America. These 7 charts explain why.

August 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

“In America, the unhealthiest foods are the tastiest foods, the cheapest foods, the largest-portion foods.” It’s no secret that Americans have gotten much, much bigger over the past few decades. The signs are all around us, from XXXL clothing sizes to supersize movie seats and even larger coffins. According to an analysis from the Centers […]



Inside the very big, very controversial business of dog cloning

August 12th, 2018 at 10:47 am » Comments Off

Recently born clones share an incubator. Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics. The surgeon is a showman. Scrubbed in and surrounded by his surgical team, a lavalier […]



The rise of an “Assassination Marketplace” shows the dark side of decentralized networks

August 10th, 2018 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

Right now, there’s an online bidding war over whether or not Donald Trump will die before the year is out. All a would-be assassin has to do is stake a whole bunch of money on “yes” and they’d make a fortune. These not-quite death threats reportedly lodged against the president and other public figures, including […]



Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

July 30th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening to call US Immigration […]



Interesting parental control app requires kids to exercise to earn screen time

July 26th, 2018 at 9:08 am » Comments Off

One of the iOS 12 features to generate a lot of buzz has been Screen Time – a way to monitor app usage and set limits to reduce the amount of time spent staring at your phone. You can use it yourself, of course, but parents can also use it to limit the time their […]



How e-commerce is transforming rural China

July 23rd, 2018 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

JD.com is expanding its consumer base with drone delivery and local recruits who can exploit villages’ tight-knit social networks to drum up business. In isolated regions, JD.com is expanding its reach, creating on-the-ground jobs and testing drone delivery. Will villagers be less tempted to leave for the big city? Xia Canjun was born in 1979, […]



Why are obstacle – course races so popular?

July 20th, 2018 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

As marathon participation declines, more people are signing up for extreme events such as Spartan and Tough Mudder. Completing a marathon has long been the ultimate feather in the cap of an amateur endurance athlete. But the idea of trotting along a boring old paved road for 26.2 miles doesn’t thrill everyone. For the endurance […]



A Chinese university suspended a student’s enrollment because of his dad’s bad social credit score

July 19th, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

A Chinese student had his enrollment at a university suspended because of his father’s bad social credit score. The father, surnamed Rao, had failed to repay a $29,900 loan and was added to a debtor blacklist that prevented a university from accepting his son. State media reported that the incident also caused Rao’s social credit score to […]



Endangered Languages: Why do they face extinction?

July 16th, 2018 at 9:14 am » Comments Off

Portrait of a Warrior Asmat tribe in traditional headdress. By definition, endangered languages are those that are facing extinction in the future. Several languages are not being used and are replaced by languages that are widely spoken in various countries and regions. If the trends are not reversed, the next century will see a few […]



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