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Month: July 2014

Detroit Tries to Deter Bed Bugs, Citizens Growing Impatient
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Detroit Tries to Deter Bed Bugs, Citizens Growing Impatient

Whats really bugging Detroit bus riders these days isn't the fact that the buses are old and beat, that they don't run on time, that the transit system is understaffed, but it is now the fact that they have to share their buses with other passengers -- bed bugs.These tiny bugs don't pay a single cent to ride the public buses in the city, but instead hitch free rides on unsuspecting victims via clothes, bags, and other accessories. Recently, the nation has been swept off its feet by an overwhelming amount of reported bed bug infestations, which are normally centered in urban areas because of a larger population size, apartment living, and increased access to get mobile. Detroit Councilwoman Brenda Jones was itching to address the situation during a recent meeting. She explained she had b...
Its A Trap: New Invention Sizzles Bed Bugs
Business

Its A Trap: New Invention Sizzles Bed Bugs

There are worse things to worry about than sparkly teenage bloodsucking vampires, such as bloodsucking bed bugs found within said books.A rogue bed bug was recently found in a Las Vegas-Clark County library center. Luckily, the finder was able to capture the pest using a piece of tape, but questions arose as to how many more were nestled away within the nearly 18,000 books that circulate through the service center. Instead of asking how many there are left, a few University of Nevada Las Vegas students believe they have the answer to the bigger problem of how to get rid of them: Solar-powered book drop. Undergraduate engineering students Jack Cheney, Nicole Ramos, and Vachara Maneeraj created this brilliant piece of technology that is capable of roasting bed bugs to death. It is well...
One Year After Lac-Megantic Crash, Lawsuits Rage On
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One Year After Lac-Megantic Crash, Lawsuits Rage On

A year after one of the worst railway disasters in North American history, the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec is still struggling to rebuild what they lost. Last July, a Maine-owned oil train derailed in Lac-Megantic killing 47 people and setting off a chain of explosions that devastated the town overnight. The accident occurred when the crew and engineer left the train to sleep for the night, failing to set sufficient brakes and allowing the train to roll into the town and derail. Construction equipment is still scattered throughout the town, digging out oil-seeped pavement and soil where the public library, post office and restaurants once stood. The fenced-off disaster area still has a long way to go before new roads and buildings will be opened up, and the environmental cleanup of the...
Would You Let Your Wedding Photographer Use a Drone?
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Would You Let Your Wedding Photographer Use a Drone?

Every couple wants their wedding pictures to be completely unique -- one of a kind -- with some even going so far as to have a Tyrannosaurus Rex photoshopped in. Now, Iowa-based Picture Perfect Portrait and Design has literally made the sky the limit for wedding photography by offering drone photography. The idea came to Dale Stierman, photographer and owner of Picture Perfect Portrait and Design when he saw drones being used for real estate. "I thought it was a great idea and just knew there was an angle for wedding photography," Stierman said to The Huffington Post. "There are endless possibilities for camera angles that no other photographer can get." However, it's not easy. Stierman says that he can't shoot an entire wedding with his drone, but he can use it for about 30 minut...
Syracuse Student Creates Turn Signal App to Increase Bike Safety
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Syracuse Student Creates Turn Signal App to Increase Bike Safety

A mechanical engineering grad student at Syracuse University has invented a safer way to navigate a bike. 23-year-old Jeremy Mingtao Wu received his undergraduate degree in automotive technology in China and is currently studying at the L.C. Smith College of Engineering. After studying automotive safety history in his undergraduate program, he realized that advances in bike safety were negligible compared to seat belts, air bags and impact-absorbing bumpers for cars. In fact, in the last century, Wu says that the only device developed to make bikers safer was the helmet. Wu's hoping to change that with a new app for smartphones called Bikerules. Bikerules will link user smartphones to a blinker system on their bicycle's handlebars. Cyclists enter their destination into the navi...
Revel Systems’ Mobile Point-of-Sale Introduces Yelp Dashboard to Increase Customer Engagement
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Revel Systems’ Mobile Point-of-Sale Introduces Yelp Dashboard to Increase Customer Engagement

Restaurants and businesses that use Revel Systems' iPad point-of-sale (POS) platform will now be able to tell what their customers really think. According to a July 2 Wall Street Journal MarketWatch article, Revel Systems recently added a Yelp and Foursquare dashboard to its iPad POS interface that will notify the merchant whenever a customer "checks in" via Foursquare or Facebook or writes a review on Yelp. The article says these push notifications will allow small businesses and local restaurants to better gauge customers' experiences and provide feedback and improvements in real-time. And because it's easy for small business owners to overlook what is said about their business on social media, the Yelp dashboard will help them see reviews as soon as they are posted so improv...
Botox Claims to Treat Patient Depression
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Botox Claims to Treat Patient Depression

Forget smoothing forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow's feet, Botox is now a multi-purpose drug that is quickly helping patients with various health ailments. For Vivian Cooke, massage therapy, physical therapy, and aqua therapy just didn't make the cut when it came to solving her depression, yet Botox almost immediately relieved her of her symptoms. She receives an injection of the drug several times a year between her eyebrows. "This is an alternative for me that has proven to be, almost immediately, giving the result that I want, and that is to feel happier and not be depressed," Cooke said. From 2012 to 2013, the number of Botox procedures in the United States rose nearly 8%, mostly due to the fact that the procedure is relatively painless, has little to no side effects, a...
Private School in Nepal Focuses on Teaching Strong Values, Not Just Teaching Textbooks
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Private School in Nepal Focuses on Teaching Strong Values, Not Just Teaching Textbooks

Now, more so than ever before, it's becoming important for young students to attend schools that reinforce positive values, such as high self-worth and a sense of community responsibility. Why do these programs matter? Not because students are unable to learn about self-worth and community value on their own. In fact, many students do. But when these lessons aren't monitored, they often encourage negative values. They encourage young girls to be critical of their bodies, and they reinforce the idea in young men that masculinity is easily defined and is more important than anything else. This learning trend doesn't just occur in the U.S.; a recent online article published by Worldcrunch.com makes it clear that a strong education, which specifically reinforces positive values, is proven to m...
Fake Clothing Donation Bins in Big Cities are Hurting Charities, Say Non-Profits
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Fake Clothing Donation Bins in Big Cities are Hurting Charities, Say Non-Profits

The New York Times reported recently that there's a significant increase in clothing donation bins being placed on city streetsacross the United States -- but the vast majority of those bins are actually illegal and not tied to charity. One New Yorker, Kyiesha Kelly, reported seeing employees of Narciso Recycling Company dump one of these bins onto a nearby sidewalk in front of a community late at night. When Kelly confronted the workers and told them to move the bin, they pretended to not understand her and left abruptly. It turns out that this was just one of thousands of these bins placed illegally and bearing a message that said, "Through Your Donations We Provide Money to Charities & Give Employees Occupation." But many of these companies, like Narciso Recycling, aren'...
Kimpton Hotels, Others Begin Offering Customer Loyalty Points for Sharing Photos on Social Media
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Kimpton Hotels, Others Begin Offering Customer Loyalty Points for Sharing Photos on Social Media

You know how people like to share photos of their vacations to wherever on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? According to a new report from USA Today, they might not be doing that to show off and make you feel like your life is terrible. A recent program aimed at generating free press on social media platforms among multiple hotels could be to blame. Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants has launched a new program, the Kimpton Karma Rewards program, to reward their guests and potential customers for sharing positive news relating to their business on the world's most popular social media platforms. Social media statuses, reviews, tweets and pictures of their hotel rooms -- any of these actions will earn customers points towards discounts, complimentary stays and meals, and more. Kimpton joins ...