Scary Future Reality Revealed

Science and science fiction have just collided and become scary reality according to research in the Computer Science Department at Texas Tech University.

While hackers are becoming more and more proficient at hacking into technological systems, some are looking at EEG (electroencephalograms) authentication as user passwords.

However, research is proving that while this method is highly effective in maintaining high security, brain waves show more than just a user’s identity.  It also reveals non-authentication-centric information about the user.

In other words, it gives up medical, behavioral, and emotional information about the user as well.

http://today.ttu.edu/posts/2016/09/brain-waves

Elections and Stress

Franklin D. Roosevelt may have thought the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, but then again, he never experienced election stress the way we do these days.

Alice Walton in Forbes magazine has a handful of strategies she says will help voters deal with some of the stress the upcoming election is creating.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2016/10/15/6-strategies-to-cope-with-the-strange-stress-of-the-election/

The Five-Second Rule Is A Hoax

If your parents didn’t buy into the “five-second rule” about food falling on the floor, picking it up, and eating it, then your parents did right by you.  Researchers at Rutgers University have debunked the “five-second rule” in a recent study.

The results of the study were published in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal, “Applied and Environmental Microbiology” just last month.

While it’s true that some surfaces have lower bacteria transfer rates than others, no surfaces had a zero bacteria transfer rate at any point.

Maybe it’s time to phone mom and dad up and thank them for not believing in that “five-second rule” your friends told you about growing up.

http://aem.asm.org/content/early/2016/08/15/AEM.01838-16.full.pdf

Teal Pumpkin Project for Hallowe’en

Next weekend, little ghouls and ghosts will be making the rounds, and if you’re like most people, you want to make sure each and every one of them has a great time trick-or-treating.

This Hallowe’en, should you see teal pumpkins, you can thank a group of mothers from East Tennessee for the Teal Pumpkin Project initiative they started in 2014.

Last year, all 50 states in the U.S. as well as 14 other countries participated by painting a pumpkin teal, then setting it out on their front porches to let trick-or-treaters know that their houses were providing non-candy treats as well as traditional fare.

The initiative began as an effort to make Hallowe’en more inclusive for treat-or-treaters with special dietary needs or medical conditions that are exacerbated by certain ingredients.

Learn more about this project by visiting TealPumpkinProject.org.

Or just click on the link below to …

Have a more inclusive Halloween thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project