Medicaid expansion may help shrink health gaps between black and white babies

Medicaid expansion may help shrink health gaps between black and white babies

Black babies in the United States are twice as likely as white infants to be born at low birth weight, and 1.5 times as likely to be born prematurely.
But states that expanded Medicaid health care coverage as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act may be shrinking that racial health gap, a study finds.
Researchers analyzed birth certificate data in 18 states plus Washington, D.C., that had expanded Medicaid coverage to include more low-income citizens from 2014 to 2016, and in 17 states that did not.
The team compared health outcomes of about 15.6 million babies born from 2011 to 2016 of all ethnicities across four categories: very preterm (born before 37 weeks), preterm (before 32 weeks), very low birth weight and low birth weight.
For instance, for low birth rate babies, black babies fared better so the gap between black and white infants decreased 7.7 percent for expansion states, but increased 4 percent in nonexpansion states, the team reports April 23 in JAMA.
The new research shows that improved access to health care translates to thousands of black lives saved or transformed, says pediatrician Consuelo Beck-Sagué of Florida International University in Miami, who was not part of the study.
Earlier, some low-income women given state health care while pregnant lost that coverage 60 days after giving birth.
By “providing women with continual health insurance, rather than giving them insurance for their [delivery] and then taking that insurance away, … you create healthier mothers and healthier babies,” says study coauthor Mick Tilford, a health economist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
The fact that Medicaid has been expanded unevenly around the country allowed researchers to compare different outcomes for new moms and their babies, says pediatric researcher Howard Bauchner, the editor-in-chief of JAMA who cowrote an editor’s note published alongside the study.
Beck-Sagué says the new research helps explain her previous work with colleague Chintan Bhatt, also of Florida International University, which showed a 14.5 percent reduction in black infant mortality between 2014 to 2016 — lowering the number of deaths from almost 12 to 10 for every 1,000 births in Medicaid expansion states.

Men Notice Elderly Woman Eating Alone, Invite Her To Join Them

Men Notice Elderly Woman Eating Alone, Invite Her To Join Them

A man from Lincoln, Alabama, shared a wonderful story on Facebook after he and his friends noticed an elderly woman who was eating alone in a restaurant.
This is what Jamario Howard wrote.
My exact thoughts was ‘dang I’d hate to have to eat alone’.
So after thinking about it a minute I walked over to her and asked if I could sit with her.
The point in this is always be kind and be nice to people.
This woman changed my outlook on life and how I look at other people.
And people I can’t stress this enough.
GO SEE YOUR MOM AND YOUR GRANDPARENTS.
They miss you!!”
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Kamala Harris joins Elizabeth Warren in advocating for President Trump’s impeachment

Kamala Harris joins Elizabeth Warren in advocating for President Trump’s impeachment

The California Democrat said she supports impeachment proceedings during a CNN town hall event on Monday.
But while she would be happy to defeat him at the ballot box, Harris said the evidence from the report “tells us that this president and his administration engaged in obstruction of justice.”
Harris cautioned that the process “doesn’t end there,” however.
She said the Democratic majority in the House would likely be able to impeach Trump, but she did not think that enough Republicans would join Democrats to secure the two-thirds majority needed in the Senate that would remove Trump from office.
That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States,” she said.
Warren repeated that call Monday during a CNN town hall.
Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders called for Congress to “do a hard investigation” to “get to the truth” and determine whether or not Trump obstructed justice.
GOP Sen. Mitt Romney: ‘I am sickened’ over Trump’s conduct revealed in Mueller report Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar also called for further hearings on Mueller’s findings in the House and Senate during a town hall on Monday.
She said Mueller’s report included “very disturbing things that would lead you to believe there’s obstruction of justice” but “impeachment proceedings are up to the House.”
She said that if the House votes to impeach Trump, as a member of the Senate she would become a juror, “so I am not going to predispose things.”

How to Use Text to Columns Like an Excel Pro

How to Use Text to Columns Like an Excel Pro

Excel’s Text to Columns feature splits text in a cell into multiple columns.
Text to Columns with Delimited Text For the first example, we will use Text to Columns with delimited data.
Next, select the range of cells containing the names and then click Data > Text to Columns This opens a wizard in which you’ll perform three steps.
In the “Data Preview” area, click where you want to insert the break and then click “Next.” In the final step, type cell B2 (=$B$2) in the Destination box and then click “Finish.” The invoice numbers are successfully separated into columns B and C. The original data remains in column A.
First, we’re going to select the range of cells containing the dates to convert and then click Data > Text to Columns.
On the first page of the wizard, we’ll leave it as delimited and on the second step, we’ll remove all the delimiter options because we don’t actually want split any content.
On the final page, select the Date option and use the list to specify the date format of the data you have received.
Converting International Number Formats In addition to being a tool for converting different date formats, Text to Columns can also convert international number formats.
On the final step of the wizard, this time we’re going to choose the “General” option and then click the “Advanced” button.
In the settings window that opens, enter the character you want to use in the Thousand separator and Decimal separator boxes provided.

How Much Money Should You Spend on a Camera?

How Much Money Should You Spend on a Camera?

If you’re buying your second camera, then you probably already have some lenses and other gear.
If this is your first camera, then you’ll also need to factor into your budget the cost of buying everything else.
How Much Camera Do You Need?
Even decade old cameras are great, so we’ll definitely be considering second-hand camera options.
If the light is good, you’ll be hard pressed to tell the difference between the photos you get from a D3500, and a much more expensive model like the D500.
I started out with a $100, five-year-old camera.
Whether you’re just buying a camera, or need to buy a camera, lens, and potentially more.
You also have the option to go with a slightly cheaper camera, like a new D3500, and buy some very good lenses.
If you’ve got this kind of money to drop, you probably know how you want to spend it, though.
If you do have more money—or are more serious about your photography—there are good options at every price point between there and $1000.

Joy Vs Happiness: What’s the Difference and Can We Achieve Both?

Joy Vs Happiness: What’s the Difference and Can We Achieve Both?

What do you want most in life?
But why don’t we ever answer – to live a joyful life?
Or to be joyful.
Joy is an emotion.
Happiness – also an emotion – is usually accompanied with an attachment to an idea, a destination or experience.
Your vision is a destination, and the destination is the key to understanding your happy place and how to continue forward with that vision in mind.
Gratitude is a way of seeing the joy in the little things.
These are also things we have control over.
On the other hand, break-ups or death of a loved one are deep and profound moments when we realize that as humans we can only control so much of an outcome.
You Can Still Feel Joy and Not Be Happy You can still feel joy in an unhappy place.

7 Simple Exercises For Improving Your Posture

7 Simple Exercises For Improving Your Posture

If the way you’re holding yourself isn’t quite how you want it to be, here are seven exercises to improve your posture.
Do this for about 10 seconds, then repeat 3-5 times before switching to your left side.
A good deal of back pain is actually due to bunched up muscles in the chest.
Plank Place your forearms on the floor with your body aligned in a straight line to where you are balanced on your toes.
Repeat 3-5 times to help release the tension that builds in the neck, shoulders, and upper back with bad posture.
You can easily do this exercise while at work to help alleviate some of the tension in your upper body.
It targets the lower core muscles and can help loosen up tension which builds up while sitting.
Then, raise your shoulders up in a shrug motion, hold it for a few seconds, then lower your shoulders back into a neutral position.
This exercise can help build up the muscle in your shoulders, chest, and upper back, allowing you to more naturally have better posture.
By doing these various posture-strengthening exercises, you can start enjoying better posture.

Luke Walton Lawyer Claims Innocence ‘Accuser Is An Opportunist’

Luke Walton Lawyer Claims Innocence ‘Accuser Is An Opportunist’

Luke Walton has lawyered up in his sexual battery case — and now the NBA coach and his attorney are blasting his accuser as a lying “opportunist.”
TMZ Sports broke the story … sports reporter Kelli Tennant is suing the Sacramento Kings head coach claiming he sexually assaulted her back when he was an assistant with the Golden State Warriors.
Now, Walton has hired attorney Mark Baute, who issued a fiery statement slamming Tennant’s allegations. “Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Baute said. “The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, & her claim is not credible.
We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”
In the suit, Tennant says Walton tried to force himself on her in a Santa Monica hotel room — but she was able to escape.
The Warriors say they had no knowledge of the alleged incident during Walton’s employment.
Same with the Lakers and the Kings.
We spoke with Shannon Sharpe about the situation — and reiterated the importance of withholding judgment until we hear both sides.

Man Lands Job After Officer Gives Him Ride To Interview Instead Of Ticket

Man Lands Job After Officer Gives Him Ride To Interview Instead Of Ticket

A young man man in Cahokia, Illinois, starts a new job this week and he has a police officer to thank for getting him to his interview.
Baldwin also did not have a valid driver’s license.
But, he told Gemoules he had a job interview and didn’t have any other way of getting there.
Instead of giving him tickets, Gemoules drove him to his interview — and he got the job!
Francella Jackson, assistant to Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., posted the story to Facebook. “On behalf of Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., I would like to thank Officer Gemoules for showing compassion and being a great example of how community oriented policing actually works,” Jackson wrote.
Gemoules said he could tell Baldwin really needed the job. “He was polite when I pulled him over and he seemed like a good young man, so I wanted to give him a chance,” Gemoules told KSDK.
This will be Baldwin’s second job in addition to the job he already has at a McDonald’s.
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Why Can’t You Use a TV as a Monitor?

Why Can’t You Use a TV as a Monitor?

You can usually use a TV with your computer, but they’re made for a different market and aren’t the same as monitors.
TVs will often include multiple HDMI inputs for plugging in all your devices to one screen, whereas monitors are usually meant for using one device at a time.
With both TVs and monitors, devices (like your computer or cable box) send pictures to the display many times per second.
This is generally referred to as the panel’s input lag.
After the image is processed, it’s sent out to the actual LCD panel (or whatever else your device uses).
This is referred to as the panel’s response time, which is often confused with input lag.
The input lag doesn’t matter much for TVs, since all the content is prerecorded, and you’re not providing any input.
Response time doesn’t matter too much either since you’ll almost always be consuming 24 or 30 FPS content, which gives the manufacturer much more room to “cheap out” on something you’d never really notice.
Even if you’re not playing games, input lag and response time have an impact on your experience.
TVs Are Made For Tuning Into TV Most TVs will have digital tuners you can use to tune into over-the-air TV with an antenna or even, perhaps, basic cable with a coaxial cable.

Secrets of Effective Parenting: Disciplining Without Shouting

Secrets of Effective Parenting: Disciplining Without Shouting

Parents have a difficult time raising up our children.
Oftentimes, they tend to let anger and frustration get the best of them, and then they channel that anger and frustration to their very own kids.
This leads the parents to shout at their kids and say hurtful words to them.
This heavily affects the children mentally and emotionally, as some researches would say.
This makes them more aggressive, and these children would have violent tendencies in the future.
In other words, shouting is bad.
So is there an alternative to shouting?
Readers of Goats and Soda, NPR’s blog focused on health and “all sorts of development around the world”, submit over 300 tips and tricks on how to discipline the kids without having to shout at them.
Some of these tips are busting out the “Woofie”, giving the kids “The Look”, and going into “Grandma Mode.” Why don’t you give it a look?
(Image Credit: Malaka Gharib/ NPR)

ZAGG Slim Book Go for iPad (9.7-inch) Review: About as Versatile as an iPad Laptop Case Can Be

ZAGG Slim Book Go for iPad (9.7-inch) Review: About as Versatile as an iPad Laptop Case Can Be

If you’re looking for a way to get more out of your iPad by turning it into a makeshift laptop, look no further than the $99 ZAGG Slim Book Go.
The Slim Book Go is two parts: the keyboard and a case.
The case also has a handy, versatile, and intelligently-designed kickstand so using it with the keyboard—either connected or separately—is easy.
I don’t use the Pencil, but I can see how this would be a killer feature for anyone who does and likes to keep it close at hand.
But, you know, with your iPad.
I type a lot of words every single day, and I could easily switch between my regular keyboard, laptop keyboard, and the Slim Book Go with minimal effort.
If you position it right, it’s stable enough to type on, though it still suffers the same issue that most detachable products like this—with such a flimsy hinge (where the keyboard connects to the case, not the kickstand hinge), it just doesn’t have the structural rigidity needed to make for a great experience.
But honestly, if you’re typing on your iPad for eight hours a day, seven days a week, we probably need to talk about your device usage habits and not really focus on your keyboard’s battery life.
Conclusion: A Versatile Product with a Lot to Like There’s a lot to like about the Slim Book Go: it’s versatile, functional, and adds a lot of value to your tablet.
If you find yourself banging out lots of words on your iPad every day, this is an excellent option to add a keyboard that works in both a laptop-esque form factor or as a separate accessory.

How Often Does Google Update Chrome?

How Often Does Google Update Chrome?

Google updates Chrome regularly with new features, security updates, and more.
Major Stable Versions Every Six Weeks Chrome is developed in the open and anyone can install the unstable versions.
Sometimes releases come in four weeks, other times in eight.
This also shows you when the current stable version became stable, as well as information about the unstable versions of Chrome being tested in the Beta and Dev channels.
Chrome OS Also Updates Every Six Weeks Like the major browser releases, Chrome OS is updated roughly every six weeks.
While the version numbers and features generally mirror that of their browser counterpart, Chrome OS releases usually happen a week after the browser update.
How Chrome Update Channels Work There are four branches of Chrome development: Canary, Dev, Beta, and Stable.
After two more weeks in the beta channel, a feature freeze is put in place—that means all features destined for the stable channel should be code-complete.
For the remaining four weeks of the beta stage, new builds are released weekly up until the stable release.
That’s why different users get updates at different times.

‘An Elegant Defense’ explores the immune system’s softer side

‘An Elegant Defense’ explores the immune system’s softer side

Slice your finger, and immune cells rush in to destroy rogue pathogens.
But it’s misleading to think of the immune system as solely a war machine.
(This often-overlooked peacekeeping role is what allows the microbiome, the collection of microorganisms that live in and on the body, to thrive.)
In An Elegant Defense, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel argues that it is this ability — to differentiate friend from foe (or neutral party) and act accordingly — that makes the immune system so powerful and so elegant.
“It is a system precisely and delicately tailored to stay in balance, keep the peace and do as little damage as possible to us and our surroundings,” he writes.
An Elegant Defense offers a sweeping overview of immunology’s history, from Élie Metchnikoff’s observations in the 1800s of immune cells swarming splinters in starfish larvae to recent discoveries underpinning cancer immunotherapy.
Richtel explains all of this science through the stories of four individuals deeply affected by their immune systems.
Richtel’s childhood friend Jason Greenstein is battling a stubborn form of Hodgkin’s disease that seems to be invisible to his immune response.
Richtel, who covers science and technology for the New York Times, once joked that the paper’s writing will always remain “dry and lifeless.” But that’s not Richtel’s style.
But it’s when Richtel delves into the lives of Bob, Linda, Merredith and especially Jason that the writing shines.

Nobody Wanted Microsoft’s Doomed Sets Feature (We Just Wanted Tabs)

Nobody Wanted Microsoft’s Doomed Sets Feature (We Just Wanted Tabs)

Sets was doomed from the start because Microsoft turned it into a complicated mess that no one wanted and few Windows users could understand.
Sets was all about what Microsoft—not customers—wanted.
Microsoft’s last response to this issue was nine months ago when a Microsoft engineer named Ryan P wrote Sets was vanishing for the time being “to continue making it great.” He promised, “Sets will return in a future [Work In Progress] flight.” At some point between then and now, Sets was canceled.
That’s a shame, because—as we can see in the Feedback Hub—no one was asking for a complicated feature with a built-in browser engine.
Sets Inserted Edge and Bing Into Every App Sets was really complicated.
You could mix and match tabs from different applications—a window could contain a File Explorer tab, a Command Prompt tab, a Notepad tab, and a tab from some third-party Windows application.
Clicking the “+” button on the tab bar in any application’s window opened a Microsoft Edge browser tab with the New Tab page.
RELATED: How to Disable the Articles on Microsoft Edge’s Start and New Tab Pages Sets Was Complicated and Unstable Sets was looking like the biggest change to the Windows desktop interface since Microsoft removed the Start button and wouldn’t let you boot to the desktop back in Windows 8.
Microsoft promised users that “it will return.” Microsoft’s official Windows account even uploaded a YouTube video explaining how it works.
If you’re a Windows desktop application developer, you might have been waiting for the release of Sets to implement tabs in your application.

How Social Media Seriously Harms Your Mental Health

How Social Media Seriously Harms Your Mental Health

Various studies have shown social media to be a leading cause of depression and all sorts of emotional trauma all over the world, among other negative effects.
We’ll be discussing some of the reasons why social media is bad for mental health.
Many times, we get intimidated by the seemingly perfect pictures that people upload on social media or by their so-called perfect dates and relationships.
By making the world connected, social media has led to several people judging their lives and happiness by other people’s standard.
This feeling is accompanied by social anxiety and low mood.
9% were more likely to be unhappy than those who had good sleeping habits.
This means that they are more likely to be affected negatively when they see models or even colleagues with “perfect bodies” on social media.
According to a scientist, receiving likes, wonderful comments, and earning followers on social media release dopamine into our brains.
Psychologists have stated that the more time we try making our social media experiences perfect, the more we lose the ability and the time to enjoy and be happy about experiences in other parts of our lives.
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Desert kangaroo rats ninja-kick attacking rattlesnakes

Desert kangaroo rats ninja-kick attacking rattlesnakes

You know them as desert kangaroo rats.
But a pair of new studies finds that these rodents can bust out complex moves to avoid deadly rattlesnake bites.
Clashes between these rodents and rattlers happen at lightning speed.
Researchers weren’t sure how the rats dodged death.
Now, high-speed cameras offer the first detailed look at their tricks.
The findings were published online March 27 in the journals Functional Ecology and the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
Clark and his team had seen snakes ambush rats in the wild.
Even when snakes landed a bite, some rats kicked off their foes.
She is also a behavioral ecologist at San Diego State University.
Desert kangaroo rats are “clearly pushing the envelope” of reaction time among vertebrates, Clark says.

Husband Was Poisoning Her

Husband Was Poisoning Her

Cops Investigated Anonymous Claim Cops paid Wendy Williams a visit to check on her after a random caller alleged her husband, Kevin Hunter, was poisoning the talk show host.
According to the police report … the outrageous call, made back in January, came from someone claiming to work for Williams’ production company.
The report says 2 officers went to Williams’ New Jersey residence and were greeted by Hunter, who was hesitant to let them in for the welfare check because he said Wendy was sick and recovering from a health problem.
Cops say they explained to Hunter they were required to speak with Williams due to the anonymous call.
When he allowed them to enter, they found Williams in bed “with the blanket covering from neck to toe.”
As for the health problem she had — Wendy told cops she was recovering from a broken shoulder.
An officer eventually asked her if there was any truth to the anonymous tip she was being poisoned, and Wendy responded with something like … “Well, I’m very popular.”
The cops left after Wendy told them once more she was okay.
As we reported … Williams filed for divorce from Hunter this month amid cheating rumors, and just weeks after she returned to her show and announced she was living in a sober home and getting treatment for addiction.
Kevin — who was also an executive producer — has now left the show in wake of the divorce filing.

Malaria vaccine pilot launched in Malawi

Malaria vaccine pilot launched in Malawi

The country is the first of three in Africa in which the vaccine, known as RTS,S, will be made available to children up to 2 years of age; Ghana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks.
Most of these deaths are in Africa, where more than 250 000 children die from the disease every year.
The vaccine is a complementary malaria control tool – to be added to the core package of WHO-recommended measures for malaria prevention, including the routine use of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying with insecticides, and the timely use of malaria testing and treatment.
A model public-private partnership The WHO-coordinated pilot programme is a collaborative effort with ministries of health in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi and a range of in-country and international partners, including PATH, a non-profit organization, and GSK, the vaccine developer and manufacturer, which is donating up to 10 million vaccine doses for this pilot.
A vaccine for malaria is among many innovations needed to bring an end to this disease, and we proudly stand with all countries and our many partners in progressing towards a malaria-free world.” The malaria vaccine pilot aims to reach about 360,000 children per year across the three countries.
Ministries of health will determine where the vaccine will be given; they will focus on areas with moderate-to-high malaria transmission, where the vaccine can have the greatest impact.
These pilots will be crucial to determine the part this vaccine could play in reducing the burden this disease continues to place on the world’s poorest countries.” Lelio Marmora, Executive Director of Unitaid “The malaria vaccine is an exciting innovation that complements the global health community’s efforts to end the malaria epidemic.
Proven results: In Phase 3 trials conducted in Africa, between 2009 and 2014, children receiving 4 doses of RTS,S experienced significant reductions in malaria and malaria-related complications, in comparison to those who did not receive RTS,S.
The vaccine prevented 4 in 10 cases of clinical malaria; 3 in 10 cases of severe malaria; and 6 in 10 cases of severe malaria anaemia, the most common reason children die from malaria.
Child vaccination schedule: In selected areas in the three countries, the vaccine will be given in 4 doses: 3 doses between 5 and 9 months of age and the fourth dose provided around the 2nd birthday.

The Ancestor of Modern Motorized Scooter

The Ancestor of Modern Motorized Scooter

Given the booming popularity of rideshare electric scooter in many U.S. cities, you’d be forgiven if you think that motorized kick scooter is a relatively new invention.
In actuality, they’ve been around for over a century: The Online Bike Museum explains that the Autoped, the first mass-produced motorized scooter ride in the U.S., was “[e]ssentially an enlarged child’s scooter with an engine mounted over the front wheel.” Though some reports claimed it could reach speeds of 35 miles per hour, the steering column operated the clutch and brake, which the museum noted made the ride “unsteady” when it pushed 20 mph.
Later, a battery-operated version of the Autoped was made available when the Everready Battery Company bought the outfit.
The concept of the scooter stretches back at least a century before to 1817 and Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun of Germany.
After he debuted his early two-wheeled, human-powered ride, the velocipede concept was quickly spun off into bicycles, tricycles and kick scooters.
Give or take a few decades, the transportation was being motorized, too, with rear treadle drives popping up in Scotland around the 1840s, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Come the turn of the 19th century, battery-powered machines were also entering into the fold; Ogden Bolton Jr. was issued a U.S. patent for his battery-powered bicycle in 1895.
But why didn’t the motorized scooter of the early 19th century become popular?
The Smithsonian has the story behind the rise and fall of the world’s first motor scooter.
(Image Credits: National Museum of American History)

How an obscure sexually transmitted parasite tangoes with the immune system

How an obscure sexually transmitted parasite tangoes with the immune system

In 2016, the parasite was responsible for about 156 million worldwide cases of the sexually transmitted infection called trichomoniasis in men and women.
The surprise came when Mercer, Johnson and colleagues learned how neutrophils fight the parasite.
Since Mercer’s work, scientists have discovered neutrophils gnawing cancer cells to death, too.
Phagocytosis Degranulation NETosis Trogocytosis Neutrophils swallow an invader whole.
Sources: C. Rosales/Frontiers in Physiology 2018; F. Mercer et al/PLOS Biology 2018 T. vaginalis doesn’t take this nibbling without a fight, of course.
He reported in 2013 in Sexually Transmitted Infections that lactobacilli make it harder for T. vaginalis to stick to the cells that line the vagina.
The diverse microbiome seems to make the vagina more hospitable to unwanted pathogens like T. vaginalis and to make the parasite better able to survive drug treatments.
In fact, in lab dishes containing vaginal and cervical cells alongside beneficial lactobacilli and bacteria associated with vaginal infections, T. vaginalis diminishes the numbers of certain lactobacilli by more than 99 percent.
Dessì can’t be sure that the same happens in a human infection, but he suspects M. hominis would make symptoms worse.
Mercer thinks that M. hominis might help trigger the kind of immune response that remembers T. vaginalis and fights it off next time.

46 Embroidery Tattoos By Brazilian Artist Duda Lozano

46 Embroidery Tattoos By Brazilian Artist Duda Lozano

“Long ago, I had worked with logos and embroidered shirts, and the inspiration to create tattoos came afterwards,” Lozano told Tattoo Life. “I started my tattoo artist career in 2002, welding my mentor’s needles.
The biggest difficulty was finding quality materials.
My mentor was my friend, Claudio Botta, and he has taught me all about tattoos and the machines behind them.”
Lozano said there are no secrets to this technique.
One just has to really understand light and shadow which are very important for creating a realistic design.
His works have already earned Lozano global recognition. “I have received invitations to international conventions in Italy, Croatia, and Spain.
I was also invited as a guest to various events in France, Germany, Colombia, Mexico, and other places.
I have to prepare my passport!”

Before Jell-O, Colorful Gelatin Desserts Were Haute Cuisine

Before Jell-O, Colorful Gelatin Desserts Were Haute Cuisine

They seem quite lowbrow now, an example of of very processed food put together as a craft of sorts.
Napoleon was a fan, and his chef Marie-Antoine Carême made artful creations from gelatin to impress guests.
Carême later went on to cook for the kings of Russia and England.
But Carême’s love for gelatin and use of it in high-end cuisine was hardly a culinary aberration.
From the early Renaissance through the early-20th century, gelatin “salads” and desserts were prestigious dishes and the provenance of master chefs.
“Today, people who want to parade their wealth buy a Porsche,” argues Carolyn Wyman, author of Jell-O: A Biography.
“In pre-industrial days, they would instead serve their guests fancy molded ice cream or gelatin desserts.” The contrast between modern American and historic views of gelatin is striking.
So why exactly was it such a valued food for so long?
And how did it fall from grace?
The answer is the same as many other examples of conspicuous consumption -the pre-industrial gelatin desserts were difficult to make, and therefore costly.

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Survey finds teens unaware they are vaping nicotine

Survey finds teens unaware they are vaping nicotine

As e-cigarette use soars in high schools across America, new research shows many people don’t understand the amount of addictive nicotine they’re inhaling with every puff.
In a new survey, many teens said they regularly used e-cigarettes, but swore they only vaped nicotine-free products.
However, urine tests for a “marker” of nicotine use came up positive 40 percent of the time in this same group of vapers, the researchers reported. “Many of our participants were unaware of the nicotine content of the e-cigarette products they were using,” concluded a team led by Dr. Rachel Boykan, a pediatrics researcher at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. That could mean even more lifelong nicotine addictions arising in the young, including many who already believe vaping to be “harmless” compared to traditional smoking, experts said.
But the new study “shows that many of the participating youth were unaware of the nicotine content in their vaping devices,” Folan said.
But do young people even understand the addictive dangers of nicotine-laden vaping products such as Juul vape “pods”?
To find out, the Stony Brook team first had 517 people, aged 12 to 21, complete questionnaires about their use of e-cigarettes, traditional cigarettes and marijuana.
In this subgroup, about four of every 10 people who said they vaped non-nicotine products only were found to have markers for nicotine in their urine. “The risk for addiction is clear,” said Dr. Len Horovitz, a lung health specialist who wasn’t involved in the new study.
He works in pulmonary care at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

You Know That Bad Feeling in Your Gut? Listening to It May Have Saved These 15 People’s Lives

You Know That Bad Feeling in Your Gut? Listening to It May Have Saved These 15 People’s Lives

We saw that house had some lights on in backyard but kind of quiet for a party.
It ended up being a fake party.
He gave off this weird vibe.
When I was in middle school and around 14 years old I was returning home.
Anyways he gave off this weird vibe.
I know mostly everyone who lives in my neighborhood and I couldn’t recall him.
Last moment I decided I wasn’t going to go inside the hallway, i turned around and went to a store where I waited for my mom to come.
A few weeks after there were some news about an 11 year old girl from my school who was raped in the building right behind mine 2 days after the incident.
My daughter was a year and a half at the time.
It was so quiet, there was no way to hear it outside of the room.

The Finger Pillory

The Finger Pillory

Here’s a forgotten punishment.
In the 17th century, in return for a minor offense such as not attending to a sermon, a wrongdoer might be required to place his finger into an L-shaped hole over which a block was fastened to keep the knuckle bent.
“[T]he finger was confined, and it will easily be seen that it could not be withdrawn until the pillory was opened,” writes William Andrews in Medieval Punishments (1898).
“If the offender were held long in this posture, the punishment must have been extremely painful.” In his 1686 history of Staffordshire, Robert Plot recalls a “finger-Stocks” “made for punishment of the disorders, that sometimes attend feasting at Christmas time.” Into this “the Lord of misrule, used formerly to put the fingers of all such persons as committed misdemeanors, or broke such rules, as by consent were agreed on for the time of keeping Christmas, among servants and others of promiscuous quality.”

How to Pin a YouTube Comment to the Top

How to Pin a YouTube Comment to the Top

As a YouTube creator, you can pin a comment to the top of your YouTube video’s “Comments” section.
1 2 Navigate to the “Comments” section.
Alternatively, navigate to the Creator Studio and select “Comments” from there or use the www.youtube.com/comments link.
Then, click on a comment which you want to pin in your video.
3 Click on the menu ⋮ icon.
You need to move the mouse cursor over the comment to see it.
4 5 6 Finished.
Your viewers will see this comment at the top of the watch page with the “Pinned by” text and your channel name.
Ask a Question Can you answer these readers’ questions?
If the comment is on a video uploaded to someone else’s channel, clicking the ⋮ icon will not give you the Pin option.

How to Make a Moving Bubble Chart, Based on a Dataset

How to Make a Moving Bubble Chart, Based on a Dataset

Colliding nodes show independence between points, and as a whole, you see patterns in movement when multiple nodes shift to different spots on the screen.
It might not be the most visually efficient way to see the data, but there’s an organic nature to it that makes the moving bubbles visually satisfying.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make something like the latter.
This is an updated version of the previous moving bubble chart tutorial.
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The tutorials are very helpful to move from “Oooo, cool!”

Brain Scans Identify 4 Different Types of Depression

Brain Scans Identify 4 Different Types of Depression

If you’ve faced depression or struggled to help a loved one through a diagnosis and treatment plan, you know how frustrating it can be to try to get out in front of symptoms.
Well scientists now think they might have a new clue, and it lies in the fact that everyone’s brains act and respond differently to depression and its treatment protocols.
Unlike physical ailments, mental illnesses can’t be diagnosed by physical signs.
Doctors rely instead on patients’ behaviors and feelings (as relayed to them), and since many illnesses can generate similar or identical symptoms – and the same illness can manifest different symptoms depending on the patient – the path to finding a treatment regimen that works can be long and winding.
Scientists believe that they’ve now found neurological evidence – physical evidence – that there are four subtypes of what we call depression, which could someday assist doctors in selecting the right treatment from the get-go.
The research was published in Nature Medicine, and co-author Conor Liston talked about the findings in Scientific American: These are preliminary findings, but the authors and others are hopeful they at the very least prove that depression “is not just one biological thing,” which might encourage doctors to try and try again until they find what works.

Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant Is Here, and It Already Has Thousands Of Reservations

Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant Is Here, and It Already Has Thousands Of Reservations

You can now dine at a fully underwater restaurant in Norway — provided you have around $430 and are willing to wait several months.
Under takes the idea of local food to the next level!
“Just on the other side of our iconic window – the ocean is bursting with fresh delicacies from the sea, so the journey from the kitchen to the plate is minimal,” Chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard explained.
Under is a story of contrasts; the contrast between the landscape and the sea; above and below.
By focusing on the coexistence of life on land and in the ocean, Under proposes a new way of understanding our relationship to our surroundings – above the surface, under the water, and alongside the life of the sea.
“In this building, you may find yourself under water, over the seabed, between land and sea.
This will offer you new perspectives and ways of seeing the world, both beyond and beneath the waterline,” explained Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, the lead architect behind the project.
The structure is designed to fully integrate into its marine environment over time, as the roughness of the concrete shell will function as an artificial reef, welcoming limpets and kelp to inhabit it.
With the thick concrete walls lying against the craggy shoreline, the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions.
📷@ivarkvaal and @matografen @underlindesnes A post shared by Snøhetta (@snohetta) on Mar 20, 2019 at 12:10am PDT The restaurant offers a prix-fixe menu only, and it shifts with the seasons.

Bodybuilders Are Drinking Breast Milk Because They Claim It Helps Them Build Muscle

Bodybuilders Are Drinking Breast Milk Because They Claim It Helps Them Build Muscle

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just spit it out: Moms are selling their extra breast milk to bodybuilders, who swear it helps their performance.
The idea is that breast milk is all-natural, unlike many powdered supplements and vitamins.
It’s designed to help babies grow, so it’s packed full of calories and nutrients — aka exactly what bodybuilders are looking for.
Who knew bodybuilders and infants had so much in common?!
Many bodybuilders swear by the practice, and it does make some sense…in theory.
“Breast milk is designed to rapidly grow a human baby, so maybe people think a similar effect will happen to fully grown humans?” If you’re a new mom with dollar signs in your eyes right now, hold your horses.
There is no evidence that breast milk provides the same benefits for adults that it does for babies.
Also, it’s not the smartest idea from a consumer’s perspective.
It’s no simple matter to safely obtain enough high-quality breast milk for a grown man!
Plus it can be very expensive.

The Marketer’s Guide to Creative Visualization

The Marketer’s Guide to Creative Visualization

For this purpose, creative visualization tools are available.
Creative visualization of that data makes it easier on the brain to process.
Using these visuals to see where the leads are in a pipelined project may help you improve your marketing strategy without having to spend several hours figuring it out.
Helps Uncover Trends and Patterns As marketers, we know that opportunity is present on every trending aspect of the project.
Marketing charts, graphs, and maps, andallow the marketing team to quickly change and adapt to the evolving trends of their leads.
They can then present this visual data to the sales teams who can work on future leads from those sources exclusively.
On the other hand, marketing visuals also show where the marketing strategies and campaigns are not effective,and where the leads are weak.
A lot of the organizations have credible and crude data that the audience needs to see.
If you can use creative visualization tools and techniques to visually present the data, then the audience is much likely to believe it.
You can use infographics, charts, maps, and graphs to appeal to the audience’s mind while still presenting them with the valuable data you collected.

Powering Web Applications with Data Visualizations

Powering Web Applications with Data Visualizations

With web applications and other data visualization tools, users can connect to online computer software.
Powering your web applications with data-driven visualizations–especially interactive data–can work wonders for your online product.
What Is Data Visualization?
It also helps you analyze crucial parts of the data and identify trends.
Often, designers and developers overlook and underestimate data visualization and see it as just pretty pictures.
Overall, graph visualizations can help you pick out trends in your data set.
With graph visualizations in web applications, you can easily fit all of your data sets into a compact graph such as a map or scatter plot.
Interactive graph visualizations aid in providing insight into the people using them.
Web applications can use interactive graphs and node-link systems to display dynamic and interactive information about the graph network.
When you find these tools in one web application, they can be beneficial for the business.

Data Graphics Presentation: A Step-By-Step Guide

Data Graphics Presentation: A Step-By-Step Guide

Data graphics allow people to present their data in a visually vibrant and interactive format.
Step 1: Gather Your Data and Compile It The first step is to collect all your data and then compile it for your graphic presentation.
You can organize this information with the use of a database or in the form of an Excel spreadsheet.
Before making the actual infographic, graph, map, bar chart or other data graphics visualization element, however, it is important to know about the data.
For example, you were asked to create the data visualization and were provided with the data that needs to be represented.
If the data was provided in the form of a database, ask the provider what each relationship represents.
Keep only the necessary statistical information.
Step 4: Choose a Data Graphic Representation Tool The most important step is to choose a suitable tool for making an impressive infographic.
Also, remember to use labels and images to make your infographic as readable and as visually appealing as possible.
Several data graphic representation tools often ask for payment or a monthly subscription to remove their logo from the infographic.

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