Instagram Begins Hiding Likes in Select Countries

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Friday, July 19, 2019 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Instagram is officially starting tests to hide the number of likes on users' images in select countries including Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. Instagram first began testing this new feature in Canada in May. According to CNN, an Instagram spokesperson said, "We are testing this because we want your followers to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get." Likes can be closely tied to self esteem issues for many younger people who use Instagram, and they can also impact the businesses of Instagram influencers and celebrities who sell ads on the platform. Instagram says users will still be able to see likes on their own posts, but the number will be hidden from everyone else. Head over to CNN for the full story.

Can Google Glass Help Autistic Children Navigate Emotions?

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:57 AM In an article published earlier this week, The New York Times took a look at how Google Glass might have a second life as a device that helps autistic children practice eye contact and navigate others' emotions. A clinical trial conducted by Catalin Voss, a Ph.D. student, and Dennis Wall, a Stanford professor with specialization in autism research, found that autistic children who used their software for Google Glass "showed a significant gain on the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, a standard tool for tracking the behavior of those on the autism spectrum," according to The Times. The trial was conducted over two years and included 71 children with various forms of autism. For the full story on how Google Glass can help children with autism, head over to The New York Times

Musician Grimes Claims She Underwent "Experimental" Eye Surgery

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:41 AM In a brand new campaign with Adidas, musician Grimes opened up about the "experimental" eye surgery claims to have recently undergone. The musician claims she participated in an operation which "eliminated all blue light from my vision through an experimental surgery that removes the top film of my eyeball and replaces it with an orange ultra-flex polymer that my friend and I made in the lab this past winter as a means to cure seasonal depression." As Business Insider reported, it's not clear how much of Grimes' statement is satire and how much of it is real, however, there is no publicly available research to support her claims regarding the surgery. For a much safer bet, blue light glasses will probably do the trick.

Just 20 Minutes in Nature Can Seriously Lower Stress Levels

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 12:07 PM Last week, VMail reported that spending two hours outside a week can lead to better health overall. According to a new study in Frontiers in Psychology and reported by Harvard Health, spending 20 minutes outside each day can help reduce stress overall, and help us get to that two hour a week benchmark. According to the research, 36 people spent 10 minutes or longer, three days a week for eight weeks, in an outdoor place where they could interact with nature. The people were instructed not to exercise beforehand and to avoid things like phone calls, social media, conversations, and reading. At the end of the study, researchers found that spending at least 20 to 30 minutes in a nature setting was associated to the largest drop in cortisol levels. Head over to Harvard Health for the full story on how getting outside can help you relax.

Making Amazon Prime Day Work for You

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Friday, July 12, 2019 1:02 PM NEW YORK—Amazon Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and it reaches far beyond just Amazon itself. According to Stackla, other businesses that run discounts and sales to coincide with Prime Day see a 40% increase in sales on average. That means leveraging Amazon Prime Day can be a great idea for any business owner, big or small, no matter what they sell. This year, Prime Day is a two-day event, running from July 15-16, so there's still time to get involved. Get the full story from Stackla to learn how to make Prime Day work for you and your business. 

Staying Prepared Through Hurricane Season

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Friday, July 12, 2019 9:52 AM NEW YORK⁠—As hurricane season kicks into high gear, millions of people around the world are preparing their homes for potentially life-altering storms. In addition to the standard hurricane prep, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently issued a reminder to Americans who use dialysis or other electrical powered medical equipment. For many people, inquiring about early treatments, packing extra medication and eyeglasses, charging medical equipment ahead of time, and taking care to throw out medication that could have been water damaged can save lives. For the full story on how to prepare medically for hurricane season, visit HHS.gov.

Skull Found In Greek Cave May Be the Oldest Outside Africa

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Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:30 PM According to AFP News Agency, a 210,000-year-old skull found in Greece has been identified as the oldest human remains outside of Africa. The skull is one of two that were discovered in a Greek cave in the 1970s, AFP reports. Scientists were able to use computer modelling and uranium dating to re-examine the two skulls recently. Until now, Homo sapiens were thought to have first arrived in Europe only around 50,000 years ago. However, this discovery may push back the date of human arrival in Europe, and change the way we understand the development and migrations of the human species. For the full story, visit AFP news.

What You Should Know About Swimming and Your Eyes

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:26 PM Whether you enjoy a leisurely dip in a hotel pool or compete in the Olympic 200 meter freestyle, you may be familiar with the stinging, burning and redness of “swimmer’s eye.” While swimming is a great form of exercise and a relaxing way to cool down, it can be hard on your eyes. A thin layer of tears called the tear film coats the surface of our eyes. This tear film keeps our eyes moist, smooth and clear. Chlorine and other chemicals used to keep pool water clean can wash away the moist layer of tear film, leaving eyes uncomfortable and red. Read about 5 ways to keep your eyes healthy while swimming in this feature from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The Big Number: 2 Hours a Week Outdoors Suggested for Better Health

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:00 AM If you’re looking for simple steps to a healthier mind and body, consider taking those steps outdoors. New research finds that people who spend at least two hours a week in a natural environment—like parks, beaches, woodlands or urban green spaces—are more likely to have better physical health and psychological well-being than those who do not venture into the great outdoors. The findings, which included 59 percent improved odds for overall good health and 23 percent better odds of psychological well-being, were based on data from a nationally representative sample of 19,806 British adults, published in the journal Scientific Reports. Click here to read the full report in The Washington Post.

USWNT Brings Home Gold, But Their Fight Has Just Begun

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Monday, July 8, 2019 9:39 AM On Sunday, The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team defeated The Netherlands 2 - 0 to win their second consecutive, and fourth total, Women's World Cup. With this win, The United States has won more Women's World Cups than any other nation. As the USWNT stood on the pitch to take photos with their trophy, one particular chant rung out through the stadium: "Equal pay! Equal pay!"

Chess Piece Found in Drawer Worth Nearly $1 Million

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:11 AM In 1831, 93 chess pieces, mostly carved from walrus ivory, were discovered on Scotland's remote Isle of Lewis. The chess pieces have been shrouded in mystery since their discovery, with most historians believing that they were carved between the late 12th and early 13th centuries in Norway. The chess set was missing five pieces when it was discovered⁠—but it turns out, one of the missing pieces had been sitting in a family home for decades.  

A Warm Weather Reminder About Kids, Pets, and Hot Cars

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:08 PM With weather warming up quickly in the Northern Hemisphere, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is issuing an important reminder not to leave children or pets in hot cars, even just for a minute. According to HHS.gov, temperatures inside a car can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes; so if it's 90 degrees outside, the interior of a car could reach well over 100 degrees in a short period of time. Leaving a window cracked or open will not be enough to combat this drastic rise in temperature. Head over to the CDC website to learn more about how to spot heat-related illnesses in children, as well as travel tips for travelling with kids and pets in hot weather. 

How Can You Attract New Customers to Your Retail Business?

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Monday, July 1, 2019 4:41 PM Gaining new customers is one of the most challenging aspects of retail. There are many different marketing strategies out there that you can use to attract new people to your business, but some are going to be more effective for you than others. Here are some of the top retail marketing strategies you can implement to bring in new customers and grow your business.

The 4 Ways Jony Ive Changed Apple, and With It, the Way We Feel About Tech

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Sunday, June 30, 2019 12:42 PM After Steve Jobs, there is no one more associated with the iconic design of Apple products than Jony Ive. Last week, however, Apple announced that the long-time design chief would be leaving to start his own firm, called LoveFrom. While the company said that Ive would continue to consult on future products, and that Apple would be LoveFrom's first customer, the news shocked the tech industry, and even sent Apple's stock falling over $9 billion in after-market trading. It's hard to overstate the influence that Ive has had on the design of Apple product, but even more importantly, the way technology products are designed. Here are four ways Ive's design changed both Apple, and as a result, the way we all feel about technology.

#National Sunglasses Day

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 4:28 PM Yesterday was #National Sunglasses Day and IMDb wants to know “What’s your favorite pair of iconic sunglasses from movies and TV? Click here for a look at some famous sunwear worn by stars on the big screen (films) and the little screen (TV). The commemorative holiday, which has garnered support and promotions from organizations, companies, practitioners and optical suppliers across the eyewear and eyecare industry, reminds consumers that wearing sunglasses is not only fashionable, but also a health necessity to protect the eyes from long- and short-term damage from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Click here to read more about it.