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Feb 28
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Forget the Carry-On -- Check Mental Health Before Takeoff

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Forget the Carry-On -- Check Mental Health Before Takeoff

It's become a too-regular occurrence to hear stories about airplane passengers engaging in the kind of rants toward crew or others that often result in emergency landings and subsequent arrests of the offenders. Sometimes passengers are forced to deplane and wait until the matter is settled before continuing travel.

And sometimes the passengers have to deplane when the disruptive ranter happens to be one of the pilots, as was the case recently on board a San Francisco-bound flight.

It all started when the pilot showed up for the flight in her street clothes.

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Feb 27
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Is No Job Safe from Artificial Intelligence?

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Is No Job Safe from Artificial Intelligence

As automation continues to encroach on the workplace, employees and supervisors alike understandably turn their attention to tasks, duties, talents, and skills that lie beyond the scope of a robot. "What can I do that the machine can't?" is a familiar refrain. So is, "What can I do that the machine never will?"

Creative and helping vocations would seem to be mostly free of the dominance of artificial intelligence. Especially since every performance and helping encounter is always different from all of the others, no matter how similar the circumstances.

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Feb 26
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Male Contraceptive Could Replace Vasectomies

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Male Contraceptive Could Replace Vasectomies

Male birth control has long been limited to condoms and jellies, both of which provide limited protection. But a new study has found a type of birth control that could allow men to avoid vasectomies without having to wear condoms the rest of their lives.

The results of the research into the new type of contraception were published in Basic and Clinical Andrology, where the team detailed their test on a group of 16 rhesus monkeys. During the test, the contraceptive gel was successful in preventing pregnancy in the test subjects.

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Feb 25
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Lokal Hotel to Bring 'Invisible Service' to Philadelphia

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Lokal Hotel to Bring Invisible Service to Philadelphia

The creators of the 6-unit boutique hotel aim to combine the comfort and freedom of living in The City of Brotherly Love with the thrills associated with visiting it.

The project features a half-dozen apartment-like suites, providing guests with a homey atmosphere for an adventurous stay.

Far as the "invisible service" part goes, the hotel will not have any staff members. Rather, the people who have devised Lokal will strive to predict their guests' needs and then try to meet them in a behind-the-scenes way. And by eliminating some of what hotels are traditionally about, the home-away-from-home locale might succeed in forging a special bond with Philadelphia without lowering the bar on tranquility or service.

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Feb 24
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Trump and the 25th Amendment

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Trump and the 25th Amendment

Talk in the wake of the inauguration and early presidency of Donald Trump has recently turned to options for removing the chief executive from office. Whether this arises from displeasure from one's candidate not having been elected or Trump's policies -- like his so-called Immigration Ban -- doesn't seem to matter at this point.

Opponent of the President simply want him out of office. Already. And that's a tall order, given that the usual route for removing the President from office is impeachment; a conviction requires a two-thirds majority vote in the U.S. Senate -- and Republicans, now the Party of Trump, hold a 52-46-2 edge in that area.

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Feb 23
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

One-Fourth of Adults Have Some Hearing Loss, Study Finds

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One-Fourth of Adults Have Some Hearing Loss, Study Finds

Think you hear everything around you clearly? Think again. A new study found that approximately one-fourth of adults between the ages of 20 and 69 who think they hear well actually have suffered hearing loss. The study, which was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), also found that 24 percent of hearing loss has to do with noisy work environments.

However, it’s important to note that even those who live relatively quiet lives can suffer from hearing loss. According to the CDC, exposure to noises like emergency vehicle sirens, lawnmowers, and music and sporting events can cause permanent hearing loss. Over time, gradual damages add up to marked hearing loss.

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Feb 22
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

A Monk and His $4 Million Meth Problem

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A Monk and His $4 Million Meth Problem

Authorities in Myanmar say that a Buddhist monk was recently arrested after they found more than 4 million methamphetamine pills in his monastery and car. The total haul has a street re-sale value of around $4 million USD.

The initial discovery of the monk's sizable stash was made during a traffic stop as the religious man drove near the border with Bangladesh. Authorities had been provided information that he was transporting illegal cargo.

An officer quoted by NBC News said that the monk had roughly 400,000 meth pills in his car and another 4 million at his monastery -- along with a couple of other items of concern: A grenade and ammunition. The monk also had a few hundred dollars in cash with him in the car.

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