Hannah's Headlines- 7/24/2017

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First Woman Applies To Become Navy SEAL

Two women are the first women to enlist as candidates to join the Navy's special operations teams – one of those women hopes to become an elite Navy SEAL and the other wants to join the Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman program.

Don’t get too excited, yet. Candidates still have to undergo extensive training and physical testing before they can succeed – and only about a fifth to a quarter of candidates make it through SEAL training.

They've all been men, but the positions were opened up to women in early 2016. No women had applied until now. "That's a three-week block of instruction," says Naval Special Warfare Center Deputy Commander Capt. Christian Dunbar. "Then the [prospective SEAL officer] will compete like everyone else, 160 [applicants] for only 100 spots.”

Source: Military.com


New System Can Translate Food Pics Into Recipes

Have you ever eaten a dish and instantly wished you had the recipe? Well, a recently developed system may soon make that happen, simply by snapping a picture of your food.

In case you missed it, researchers at MIT have developed a neural network called Pic2Recipe that will be to food what  Shazam is for music. You take a picture, and it work backwards to develop a recipe for it. The researchers developed a database, “Recipe1M” from millions of recipes and millions of pictures on sites, and were able to train the network to “find patterns and make connections between the food images and the corresponding ingredients and recipes."

As for how well it works, it seems there’s still some work that needs to be done. The MIT team calls it a work in progress because it does well with baked goods. However, it's not up to snuff when “identifying more ambiguous foods, like sushi rolls and smoothies.” There’s also a bit of confusion when there are multiple recipes for the one dish. 

Source: MIT News


Today is national tequila day and national cousins day


Company Wants To Microchip Their Employees-A Wisconsin company is offering to put microchip implants into employees.

Three Square Market says more than 50 employees are signed on for the voluntary program that starts this month. They'll have a device the size of a gain of rice implanted in between the thumb and index finger. The company makes software for office breakroom machines and says the microchip can be used to buy snacks in the breakroom, open doors or log on to computers.

Each chip costs $300 and the company is picking up the tab.Source: KSTP


Bush’s Is Recalling Some Beans-Bush's Best is issuing a voluntary recall for some cans of baked beans that might have defective seams.

The recall covers certain batches of Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans. If the seams are defective harmful bacteria could find a way to grow inside. The 28-ounce cans all have an expiration date of June 2019 and the company recommends tossing them even if they look and smell okay. The recall covers the whole country. Source: WRAL


Coffee Infused Sheets Are A Thing

Coffee infused bed sheets? But don’t we want to relax when we get in bed, not be kept up?? Turns out, coffee might be the answer. The Australian bedding company Ettitude created a successful Kickstarter campaign last month for their coffee yarn-made bedding. Why coffee?

The coffee in the sheets actually helps keep moisture and weird smells out. Not only that, but they’re totally recycling by using coffee grounds that would normally be thrown away. The sheets are available in fun colors like mocha, latte, and strawberry frappe. But alas, the sheets don’t actually smell like coffee, but maybe you can get a coffee candle or something to put next to your bed?

Source: Huffington Post


Too Much Driving Can Affect Your Brain

Traffic can make anyone’s commute a nightmare, and now it turns out all those long hours in the car can be bad for your health too. A study out of England, which could easily translate here, suggests that driving more than two hours a day can increase the aging process of the brain.

The five-year study looked at over half a million Britons between the ages of 37 and 73. Of those drivers, 93,000 were behind the wheel more than two or three hours a day and the study found those drivers already had lower brain power to begin with, but in addition, their IQ scores decreased faster than those who didn’t drive, or did less driving.

"We know that regularly driving for more than two or three hours a day is bad for your heart,” Kishan Bakrania, a medical epidemiologist at the University of Leicester, explains. “This research suggests it is bad for your brain too, perhaps because your mind is less active in those hours.” As for a possible other reason for the negative effects, Bakrania notes, “Driving causes stress and fatigue, with studies showing the links between them and cognitive decline.”

Source: The Sunday Times


How Far Have You Gone To Keep A Bad Report Card From You’re Parents?

A 10-year-old boy, apparently with high expectations of himself, has been found in Switzerland after running away from his home in northern Germany for fear of telling his parents about what he considered a bad mark in his school report.The local newspaper quoted German federal police as saying that the child had been afraid of showing his marks to his parents even though the worst grade on the school report was a "3" - a solid "C" in international terms.

  • How did you go about hiding a bad grade from your parents?
  • How far did you get when you "ran away from home"?

Link: http://www.dw.com/en/boy-runs-off-to-switzerland-over-bad-mark-on-his-school-report/

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