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science
Feb 19, 2019
Nowadays, the belief that the Earth is flat is gaining a lot of followers and conspiracy theorists around the world. According to a survey during a flat earth conference, most followers said that they were influenced by videos on YouTube that show evidence of this theory, and some analysts believe that the algorithm used by the website might favor this videos over others by continuously recommending them to people who watch videos about conspiracy theories in different areas. Experts believe that the site shouldn't encourage this type of content because even though it isn't harmful, it spreads misinformation among users.
science
Feb 19, 2019
By 2025, China could test a solar power station in space, which will harness solar power more efficiently because it will be orbiting above any terrestrial weather condition that might interfere with capturing the solar energy, and it will be able to send clean energy to Earth, making China a frontrunner in renewable energy and space technology. The developers are planning to include solar arrays in space to capture the sunlight and beam the electricity down to Earth to a specific laser-like machine. The country expects to launch a more powerful facility with a greater capacity by 2050.
entertainment
Feb 19, 2019
Jennifer Aniston just received an idle birthday present from Mother Nature. After having a star-studded birthday party, the 50-year-old actress kept the celebrations going, and took a bunch of her closest friends on a trip to Cabo. However, the festivity spirit was met with a problem that forced the flight to emergency land. The private jet reportedly had to turn around after reaching Mexican airspace and ended up landing in California as a safety precaution. The inconvenience lasted for hours as the plane needed to burn off the almost full tank they had before taking off again. Although the inconvenience might have ruined the fun for a day, the celebrities are now safe and sound enjoying the beach.
health
Feb 19, 2019
A new study suggests that mortality rates are lower in those American communities where there are more primary care physicians compared to those with fewer doctors. The study shows that each increase of 10 doctors per every 100,000 people was associated with an increase of 51.5 days in life expectancy. The researchers suggest that having a great supply of primary care physicians in a community increases the chances that people with diseases like cancer, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular diseases will get a timely diagnose before it's too late. However, the number of these professionals is declining, which makes the researchers highlight the need to attract more medical students to the field of primary care.
health
Feb 19, 2019
New research shows that almost half of women and a quarter of men leave their jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math after starting a family. The study shows that 23% of men and 43% of women leave their jobs when they become parents, which contributes to the great deficit of STEM professionals in the U.S. Researchers believe that an important factor is how the scientific community has made these people, especially women, feel that parenthood and STEM fields don't go together, pushing many women to find jobs that are more suitable for family life such as management or marketing. Another factor is that many companies offer lousy leave policy for new parents, pushing people to quit their jobs.
business
Feb 19, 2019
After a video surfaced of an American Airlines flight attendant singing the song "big spender" and dancing to a gentleman during a private party, the union that represents the attendants has demanded an investigation into the skit for considering it sexist. The Airline has said that the incident happened during a party at a private residence and that they didn't have anything to do with the agenda. The union has stated that flight attendants have faced over half a century of abuse and sexual harassment and that such incidents hurt the image of the profession. A recent survey revealed that 68% of flight attendants have been sexually harassed.
business
Feb 19, 2019
Last year, global automakers saw declining sales in the Chinese market as the country entered an economic slow down after decades of uninterrupted growth. Sales of passenger cars declined by 18% this January compared to last year, sales started dropping in July and have been in decline for 7 consecutive months. Annual car sales have reached their lowest point in more than 20 years, and some of the world's biggest automakers are seeing the consequences of the slowdown. GM has reported a decline in sales of 10%, and Ford has said that sales have dropped by nearly a third, but perhaps the most worrying is that the slow down doesn't seem to have an end in sight.
entertainment
Feb 19, 2019
After Jussie Smollett attack investigation resulted in two persons of interests being questioned by investigators, many believed that would be it. However, it seems many things have changed regarding the investigation, including the trajectory of it. The Chicago police department revealed the interviews resulted in a change in the investigation that many speculate now focuses on the actor staging the attack. The Empire star's legal team has issued several statements assuring that couldn't be further from the truth and that they will continue to cooperate with the investigation in representation of the actor. TMZ began reporting over the weekend that a grand jury will be chosen to hear the case.
health
Feb 19, 2019
Sanquan Food Co Ltd, one of the biggest frozen food firms in the country, has issued a recall for its pork dumplings after some media reports stated that some of the meat had tested positive for the virus. Dumplings are a staple food in China and are part of the Lunar New Year celebration; the company said in a statement that it has recalled all of the tainted food and is cooperating with authorities to find the source of the virus. The highly contagious virus has spread through 25 provinces and regions in China since last August, though it's harmless to humans, it is extremely infectious and incurable for pigs.
health
Feb 19, 2019
Interval training is a type of exercise that combines short bursts of intense physical activity with short rest periods, and a new study suggests that this type of training may have slightly better results than traditional training. The researchers state that the reason for the effectiveness of this exercise is that the short periods of physical activity make the muscles burn more fat in the next 24 hours after the training session. The researchers added that one of the essential aspects of exercise is how the body reacts to the activity in the hours and days after exercising.
entertainment
Feb 19, 2019
More Marvel's series have been canceled. Netflix has released a statement announcing Marvel's Jessica Jones and The Punisher cancellation. The shows debuted in 2015 and in 2017 and followed the main characters as they applied their own version of justice trying to defend the innocent. In the statement, the streaming giant thanked showrunners Steve Lightfood and Melissa Rosenberg, as well as the stars Jon Bernthal and Krysten Ritter, cast and crew. The series were the second and sixth original Netflix series from the Marvel universe, and the only ones remaining after Netflix canceled Marvel's Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.
health
Feb 19, 2019
New research shows that using the drug in adolescence increased the risk of suffering from depression in adulthood by 37%. The researchers were unable to prove whether cannabis use causes depression but confirmed there is a strong link between the two, adding that a developing brain is very vulnerable to the effects of the drug. Previous research has suggested that cannabis affects the levels of serotonin in the brain that influence mood as well as the part of the brain that rules over emotional thinking. The researchers stated that parents who think the use of cannabis is a normal part of growing up should be careful about teens using cannabis since their brains are still developing.
tech
Feb 19, 2019
Sales of spinning disc players sales are declining in the entertainment device market now that streaming devices are gaining popularity, and according to reports, the use of disc players decreased by 10% in one year. Samsung announced that they would stop producing its Blu-ray models in the US market, but their existing products would still be on sale outside the US. Samsung isn't the first company to quit the Blu-ray business, Oppo made the same decision last year, and it is expected that more companies will give up on it too.
entertainment
Feb 19, 2019
The 2019 Writers Guild Awards split up between L.A and New York and awarded many big writers for their work on TV, movies, radio, videogames, and digital media. The writers for The Americans snatched the award for Drama Series, while those behind The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel were awarded with the Best Comedy Series; for episodic awards, 'Homeland' and 'Barry' came out on top. HBO took home the award of Best New Series for 'Barry,' while 'Castle Rock' and 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' were honored for Original Long Form and Adapted Long Form. Comedy Talk Series was awarded to 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,' while Sketch Series was given to 'Nathan For You.'
science
Feb 19, 2019
During an excavation in the Jinju Formation in South Korea, scientists found ten new spider fossils from the Mesozoic era. The research team was surprised by the findings because spiders don't fossilize as easily as bones or other skeletons, so this was already a unique discovery. Later, the researchers were even more impressed when, during the analysis of the sample, they saw that the spider's eyes still reflected light. This rare event was caused by the type of dark rock where they were found which maintained the eye structure so well-preserved, allowing scientists to evidence their functions even after millions of years.
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