Headlines- 5/25/2018

Researchers Will Use DNA To Find The Loch Ness Monster - A global team of scientists is setting out to prove once and for all whether or not the Loch Ness monster really existed.

Next month they will search the depths of Scotland's Loch Ness and use environmental DNA experiments to try to figure out whether "Nessie" was ever there. The use of eDNA is already used for monitoring other marine life, as when any creature makes its way through its environment it leaves behind tiny bits of DNA.

The team will collect skin and scale samples, while looking a micro organisms in the water. The team is confident they’ll also find genetic codes for other creatures.

There have been many attempts over the years to confirm the creature's existence, the most recent being two years ago. During that search a monster was found but it turned out to be a replica that sank almost 50 years ago after being used in the film "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Source: BBC

A 14-Year-Old Is Graduating From College - A 14-year-old girl is a college grad. NBC Connecticut reports that Aurora Dziadul [[ JETT-ul ]] picked up an associate degree from Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson Thursday.

She says she plans on having her bachelors at age 16, before she's old enough to drive. Her next stop after that is to get a law degree and PhD in Psychology.

Dziadul, who enrolled at Quinebug at age 11, is the commencement speaker with a three-point-nine-eight GPA.Source: NBC Connecticut


Men Are Better at Directions, Claims Study

If you think men are better at navigating directions, you may be right, according to a study published in Memory & Cognition.

Lead researcher Alexander Boone found that when "navigating in known environments, men prefer to take shortcuts to reach their destination more quickly, while women tend to use routes they know." Boone concluded that that men were "significantly" more efficient than women at reaching their destinations.

The results came after two experiments. The first tested 68 people on how well they were able to complete a computerized maze after learning it for a bit. Participants were also queried on their methodologies for navigation, their implied belief about their ability to handle directions and how often they play video games.

The second experiment used different versions of the maze—one with background landmarks and one without. While the men routinely took shortcuts to reach their targets faster, on average, than women, who were more prone to following learned routes.

The study importantly notes that some women were just as efficient and effective as the top male participants. "Overall, our research indicates that the sex difference in navigation efficiency is large, and is partly related to navigation strategy," said Boone.

Link: https://www.menshealth.com/trending-news/a20887900/men-better-at-directions-study/

Wedding Planners: Cut This From Your Wedding To Save

It’s almost June, which means a lot of folks will be getting hitched in the coming weeks, with brides and grooms shelling out big bucks to make their big day special. It’s no secret that weddings are incredibly expensive, but there are some ways couples can save some dough, without taking away from their big day.

Wedding planners have opened up to Huffington Post about some simple things couples can cut from their wedding to save money, and with all of them, it’s doubtful your guests will even notice or care.

Things to cut include: 

  • Wedding Favors – The cost of little trinkets like picture frames or chocolates can certainly add up, and most of the time guests wind up leaving them behind anyway. As one wedding planner noted, “No one cares about a pen or a shot glass with your wedding date carved into it.” 
  • Live cocktail hour music – While yes you may want live music for your reception, at the cocktail hour the music is basically just background noise, so planners suggest skipping it. As one points out, “Your guests are chatting and drinking and will never notice if you have piped in music of any style instead of a live performer.” 
  • Desserts – Yes, you’ll need something sweet to end the night, but there’s no reason to go overboard. One wedding planner suggests just getting a cake so there’s enough for everyone to have a piece, while another way to save is to get a small decorative cake to cut, and then in the back have a sheet cake of the same flavor to serve to guests. 
  • Paper Invitations – While some folks would never think of not sending out big fancy wedding invitations, they can be expensive, so one wedding planner suggests using paperless evites instead. According to one wedding planner most people don’t really care about the invitations, they just want the information. And if you have some guests that aren’t tech savvy, you can print out a small batch of paper invitations to send to them.
  • Transportation - Sure everyone loves a party bus to get them from the church to the reception, but if you can’t afford it, there’s nothing saying you have to provide it. Thanks to ride share options, guests who don’t want to drive themselves have plenty of options for getting from one place to another. 
  • Upgrading rentals – Most venues include the cost of tables, chairs and linens, and if you want to save money there’s no reason to pay for extra upgrades. Sure they may not be exactly what you want but they’ll be good enough and you won’t be shelling out a lot of extra dough. 

Source: Huffington Post



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