The End – Part 1

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The night of the fire, Lawrence had been awake for roughly forty-eight hours. This was, in and of itself, not that unusual for him. It would happen every month or so, he’d get caught up in a little research tangent like that: testing and re-testing the information he’d input to make sure possible scenarios played out as close to reality as possible, running calculations, trying to figure out how the world would end.

Well, no. Maybe that description was a tad bit too apocalyptic. What he was actually doing was mapping out evacuation patterns after a major disaster, as a part of his graduate thesis.

This was a fate no less horrifying, according to Reece—one of Lawrence’s housemates. It involved two of the things Reece did his best to avoid: math and harsh realities.

He’d been even more prone to these long stretches of time without sleep as an undergrad, but he was yet to grow out of them entirely. There was simply too much work to do and not enough daylight. Months’ worth of notes spread out around him in disorganized stacks. Lawrence rubbed harshly at his eyes, as though he might wipe away the strain of staring at a screen for nearly two uninterrupted days. Just a few more months of this and he could wash his hands of it.

“You okay in there, man?” Reece said from somewhere in the background, his voice muffled by the bedroom door. He sounded concerned, but not overly so.

“Fine! Just. Working,” Lawrence replied, the interruption abruptly tore away his concentration.

There was a long pause before Reece spoke again. “All right. Well, Jana and me were going to have a movie night. If you wanted to come downstairs and hang out.” There was another long stretch of time—or perhaps it had only felt that way to Lawrence—before he heard Reece giving up and going back down the creaking wooden stairs.

To be continued.

Control – Part 2

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“Was it ever really about blood in the first place?” – Photo from Pinterest

“If I gave you what you wanted, you’d stop seeing me. I wouldn’t be of any use to you.”

Fingers traced his jugular vein. He felt a smile against his hair. “We still talking about your blood?”

“Was it ever really about my blood in the first place?”

Marius buried his face fully into the crook of his neck, mouthing against his pulse point. Adrien gasped at the suddenness. He cradled Marius’s skull, fingers tangling in blond hair.

“Don’t you dare…” Adrien trailed off. A chuckle. Marius’s tongue lavished a particularly sensitive spot.

He was hard. Pathetically and shamefully hard. The body’s natural response to such stimulus. But Adrien thought he was beyond matters of the flesh now.

Flashes of prayer and God and Mother Mary swam to his mind, but all he could think about was Marius’s mouth, dangerously close to an artery. Marius’s hand, slowly moving up his inner thigh.

“Get…get off me, Marius.”

“Hm.” He kissed his cheek. “But you’re hard.”


Marius sighed and slid off the couch. He turned to leave, probably to attend to his most recent bedfellow.

Adrien sliced his finger on a letter opener left on the side table.

Small droplets of crimson stained silver. Adrien risked a glance at his host, the offending weapon still in his hand.

Marius had stopped moving completely. His shoulders were squared, his back tense. His body shook with barely held restraint.


“You really shouldn’t leave sharp things out like that,” said the theocratic scholar. “People get hurt that way.”

The beast was crouching between his feet, snarling. Never had his eyes burned this brightly at the sight of blood. He took Adrien’s wrist with a shaking hand.

No drop of blood was wasted. Marius’s tongue caressed the wound, cleaning it up while urging more out. Teeth grazed against his fingertip.

He could feel a part of himself dripping into Marius. Now he belonged to the vampire. Now the vampire belonged to him.

Slowly, he allowed the digit to leave his mouth. Marius’s pupils were dilated. He licked his lips.

“That wasn’t enough,” he whispered. “There’s no way you couldn’t have known…the way you taste…”

“That’s all you’re getting.” Adrien swallowed thickly. Marius rose up from his haunches.

He was gone when Adrien blinked.

Heart-Shaped – Part 2

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Her grandmother stares down at the piles of mostly sepia-toned photographs for a moment. A few older color photos stick out in the sea of brown and beige, and her grandmother picks up one of these to present to her.

“Look at this one. Your uncle Calvin,” she hums, as Mira takes a moment to examine it. A man in his early-to-mid-twenties with pitch-dark slicked back hair, leaned up against a Chevy pick-up truck. The truck has reddish brown rust starting to form around the tire rims, but otherwise looks like it’s just been washed. Mira had heard the name—Calvin—before, but only in the sort of hushed half-whisper that mom’s half of her family reserved for its members that didn’t come around anymore. Mira has never seen him before, only recognizes him as a relative with her grandmother’s introduction. She wants to ask why she’s never met him, but something stops her.

“Dark hair,” she mumbles. The rest of her mother’s relatives, at least all that she’d ever met, were blond.

Her grandmother doesn’t respond, instead she continues going through the box and announcing what every image depicts. A sort of pattern starts to emerge, the shoe-box holds onto all the memories that her grandmother doesn’t want in the scrapbooks on her shelves. Calvin is far from the only estranged relative in the bunch.

As they’re nearing the end of the box, and just a few moments after her mother texts her and lets her know she’ll be back soon, Mira notices a mangled black and white photograph. Mira pulls it from the pile—the image is of her Grandmother at about her age standing next to a man. A jagged heart-shape has been cut out of the photograph where the man’s head and shoulders should be, leaving him unrecognizable.

“Who’s this?” she asks.

To be continued. 

Control – Part 1

“You’re jealous.”

Adrien scoffed. Rain beat down outside. The fireplace set everything in a shadowy, ethereal light.

The only human allowed in Marius’s covenant settled himself on the couch. The juice box of the night waddled upstairs. Her pretty, long blonde hair following behind her like a bridal train. All sweet and virginal. Walking without protest into a den of snapping teeth.

Adrien thumbed at his prayer beads. “Jealous? She’s going to be consumed and broken down. If you don’t kill her, you’ll just dump her somewhere and she won’t remember a thing.”

But there was an intimacy and intricacy in the feeding. The skin would break cleanly under the teeth. Piping hot blood would spill out directly from the source, coating the throat of the feeder.

Any conviction the meal possessed melted away. In that instant, they were not in control of their own bodies—they belonged to the leech feeding from them.

Adrien would be lying if he said he hadn’t thought about letting Marius drink from him. The idea of Marius’s teeth in his neck while his hands wandered elsewhere. The idea of nourishing him, of being the sole point of his attention.

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“Isn’t self-sacrifice one of your kinks?” – Photo from Pinterest

It did things to him it really shouldn’t.

“I wouldn’t have to, if you’d give me what I want.”

Adrien cut his eyes, “You’re disgusting.”

“Isn’t self-sacrifice one of your kinks?” And suddenly Marius was too close. And he was holding Adrien’s face with gentle reverence.

It was a trap of course. Marius was slippery.

Adrien was food to him. Plain and simple. A luxury food, a virgin sacrifice. He would do what he could to get it.

Those cerulean blue eyes were piercing through him, begging him to look up. It was a game now, to see if Adrien would allow himself to be hypnotized.

“Just a taste of your red, baby boy,” A soft whisper in his ear, trying to lull him into a false sense of security, “That’s all I want.”

A surge of heat ran through Adrien’s body. The feeling of hot breath ghosting over his skin sent every nerve alight. It petrified him. Lust was a powerful emotion. One that ruined lives and leveled cities to their knees. It stole the air from his lungs.

To be continued. 

All Hallows

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Our first time, our parents pick

From four to ten we decide on

who every we choose to be

Then the lull of being cool sets in and we spend years not trying

When we become adults everything is sexy, even the simplest are sexy

No more mom to make them, no more dad to take us out

We never know how much will miss it till it’s too late

From treats at the door becomes beer and jungle juice

From trading candy with friends to making out in the corner

From the innocent princess to sexy police officer

What has Halloween become for college kids?

Doomsday Clock is Now Closer to Midnight

Not even the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan moved the Doomsday Clock to the point where it is currently at now.

The recent update to the clock, photo from CNN
The recent update to the clock, photo from CNN

On Thursday, January 25, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the “Doomsday Clock” 30 seconds closer to midnight/catastrophe. The clock is now two minutes to midnight. The Bulletin moved the clock ahead due to increasing worries over recent nuclear tensions and the continuing worries in climate change.

The president of the group, Rachel Bronson said “This is the closest the Clock has ever been to doomsday, and as close as it was in 1953, at the height of the Cold War.”

In 1953, the hydrogen bomb was tested for the first time by the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Scientists are blaming multiple threats that include dangerous political rhetoric to the potential of a nuclear threat as for the reason to move the clock forward.

In a statement released by the Bulletin, “In 2017, world leaders failed to respond effectively to the looming threats of nuclear war and climate change, making the world security situation more dangerous than it was a year ago and  dangerous as it has been since World War II.

As the statement continued, “The greatest risks last year arose in the nuclear realm. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program appeared to make remarkable progress in 2017, increasing risks for itself, other countries in the region and the United States.”

The closer the clock gets to midnight, the closer it is estimated that a global disaster will occur.  The Bulletin will actual skip years that they feel that the clock doesn’t need a update. In 1991, the collapse of the Soviet Union moved the clock back to 17 minutes to midnight and the clock stayed like that until 1995.

The Bulletin founded by the University of Chicago scientists in 1945, that same group helped design the first nuclear weapons in the Manhattan Project. The clock was created in 1947 using the imagery of apocalypse/midnight and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion/countdown to zero to convey threats to humans and the Earth.

In recent years, global warming has been added to the concerns of the Bulletin and since 1991, the clock has dropped every few years excluding 2010 which only gained one minute.

The 2018 flu epidemic has intensified

It is just one of those years where the flu just wants to kick our rears and send us to our beds or to the hospital. This epidemic while not as bad as the one in 1918, is currently the worse one since 2009’s swine flu.

A medicine that can treat the flu but is to expensive for long treatment; photo from
A medicine that can treat the flu but is to expensive for long treatment; photo from

Multiple schools across the nation have canceled school because how bad the flu has affected children this year. Since October 1st, there has been 37 flu-related deaths in children, confirmed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 40 states and Puerto Rico are currently experiencing high activity of influenza- like illness, this number is according to the recent report from the CDC.

One of the known medicines to treat the flu, Tamiflu is running low while families across the nation try to fight away the sickness. Walgreens, one of the nation’s top drugstore chains has had to deal with a sudden surge in demand for Tamiflu and they are out of the medicine is some versions. They do expect to have a new shipment in the next few days.

According to ABC News’ chief medical expert, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Tamiflu is some what effective in treating the flu but actually is more effective when used to prevent the flu. Ashton did say that it is “not feasible” to take the medicine from October to May, the length of the flu season.

And she is right, the drug over a five day period will cost you over $100 and in just one month for prevention will hit your wallet very hard at a cost of $600.

Of course the cheapest way to prevent the flu is to get your annual flu shot but there is some people who will refuse to get the shot or people who shouldn’t get the shot like people who are severely allergic to eggs.

For more information about how to treat the flu or to prevent it, go to the CDC’s website or look at the information channels that are all over the campus here at Radford.

PSA: Don’t eat Tide Pods

You would think that the title up above would be enough to stop someone from eating a “Tide Pod” but no… Just because your favorite YouTuber attempted the challenge doesn’t mean you should and here’s why.


Tide Pods are more or less, laundry detergent in a convenient pod that you throw in your laundry machine. Chemicals like polyvinyl alcohol (you will find this in your glue), Denatonium benzoate (this chemical will burn every tissue in your body), Fatty acid salts (soap), Alcoholethoxy sulfate, Disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonate (long word here, which means its not something to eat), and Mannanase.

If you can’t pronounce most of these words or all of them, maybe you should think twice before eating them. As a old saying goes “If you can’t say a word that’s in your food, maybe you shouldn’t eat it.”

Without the challenge, Tide Pods are still a major problem. Over 10,000 people were hospitalized last year and since 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed them as a “serious health threat” to children under the age of 5 and adults with dementia.  In 2015, the companies selling the laundry pods added a coated chemical that made the pods “taste nasty” before someone bit into them and made the outside container without showing the pods.

These changes have not worked and actually the number rose to a peak of 12,594 in 2015 before dropping back down to 10,570. The pod still looks like a piece of candy to the young child or adult with dementia. In 2018, in just 25 days (date of the article) over 37 teens have eaten the pods with half of them being intentional.

The makers of Tide Pods, Proctor & Gamble have release statements and even had NFL Tight End for the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski do a video telling teens not to eat the pods.

Well people, we have reached a point in our lives where we need to go back in time to the laundry detergent in the bottle and to forget these pods for good. (Maybe when people start to grow-up, we can have nice things). Well if not because of the teens, maybe stop selling them to look like candy. No need for them to look more appetizing than actual candy.

The Numbers behind the Super Bowl

Super Bowl LII is officially set for February 4 between the AFC Champions, the New England Patriots and the NFC Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles however it’s not all about football but it’s all about the commercials.

Official Super Bowl Logo, photo from
Official Super Bowl Logo, photo from

While the die-hard football fans will be ignoring the commercials, the common fan or that one person who enjoys the $5 million (yes, they cost that much and more.) commercials. Here’s the behind the numbers on the commercials and the “Big Game” itself.

$7.7 million and Gone in 30 Seconds

This year’s cost for a 30 second commercial in the Super Bowl this year is $7.7 million dollars. To put that figure in retrospect, The average player in the NBA barely makes over $5 million a yearwhile the average players in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and MLS make less than that amount in a year. If your company wants a minute long commercial, prepare to add another $5 million to the original amount for a grand total of $10 million. Now that’s a lot of dough but the amount of viewers watching the Super Bowl, it’s all worth it

The World is Watching

The 1st Super Bowl in 1967 had over 51 million viewers and it has only grown since.  Last year’s Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons had an average of 111.3 million viewers while a grand total of 172 million Americans watched the game at one point. That’s more Americans that watch the game than Americans who had voted in the 2016 election (137.5 million).

FOOD… and partying 

We all love food right? Well just like Christmas and Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl has a case to being a holiday. During last year’s Super Bowl festivities, it was projected that Americans would eat 1.33 billion Chicken Wings, and spend $1.2 billion on beer and alcohol ( for fans to celebrate their team’s win or to drown out their emotions after their team loses). Domino’s last year sold 11 million slices of pizza and they said the Super Bowl is their 3rd-busiest day of the year (only behind Halloween and New Year’s Eve). Now that’s a lot of food and dough (PIZZA DOUGH).

“Sick Day”

The most important number here is over 16 million. That’s how many estimated people who are going to miss work the day after the Super Bowl.  That doesn’t even count how many students would missing from school (from Pre-K to College.)  Just last year, Heinz, the ketchup makers gave their salaried workers the day off following the Big Game, noting that the U.S. would lose over $1 billion in “productivity losses.” Maybe one day, we will see the day after the Super Bowl added as a national holiday but until then, don’t miss class just because of one game.

There are so many numbers behind the Super Bowl that the game itself over shadows everything in your life. On February 4th just like many, I will be watching the big game and to the two teams, may the best team win.






Artificial Intelligence that Can Find Cancer in Seconds

We have seen the wonders that artificial intelligence can do in software development, and now Japanese researchers have unveiled an AI that can find cancer in less than one second.

The AI that is being used to find the cancer has been demonstrated in a colonoscopy. The system was revealed during the United European Gastroenterology Week in Barcelona, Spain.

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The ribbon for colon cancer awareness; photo from

The system uses a magnified view of a colorectal polyp to study features and to compare it with over 30,000 endocytoscopic images. The AI learns more about the pictures by using them in studies.

The researchers said they were able to test the polyp and predict the pathology with a 86% accuracy. Out of 300 polyps, the AI was able to find cancer in 258 polyps.

Dr. Yuichi Mori, one of the researchers (and the study lead) from Showa University in Yokohama, Japan, was impressed with the results of the test.

“The most remarkable breakthrough with this system is that artificial intelligence enables real-time optical biopsy of colorectal polyps during a colonoscopy, regardless of the endoscopists’ skill set,” Mori said.

Now he wants to develop and work on a broader study aimed to creating a system that can find cancer automatically.

In a growing world of technology, artificial intelligence leads the way. The advances that AI can accomplish in so little time as led to people like Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook discussing the many benefits that can have.

Others , such as Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, feel that the government should have say and control over the AI’s building process. Musk feels that AI should only be used to prevent global disasters.

Artificial Intelligence has so much potential and value to the medical world that Musk’s beliefs are far from universal, and only time can tell what freedoms and restrictions will be placed on such advancements by the governments of tomorrow.

Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Discussion Ends

A few weeks ago, a previous article on Whim mentioned the potential merger of the No. 3 and 4 wireless cell phone providers: T-Mobile and Sprint. Now, however, the talks for a merger have quietly ended.

Both companies said in a joint statement that “they were unable to find mutually agreeable terms.”

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Sprint and T-Mobile have discussed a merger for years now, but after news reports came out saying that Sprint’s parent company Softbank called off talks with T-Mobile, the end was coming to any potential merger.

Sprint’s stock dropped 11% before closing at $6.34 while T-Mobile’s stock went down 5%.

Originally, talks between the two companies were halted due the strict regulations imposed by the Obama administration in 2014. Those regulations were lifted by the Trump administration which allow for Sprint and T-Mobile to resume talks.

T-Mobile currently has over 70 million subscribers while Sprint has over 54 million subscribers. The merger between the two would had created the second biggest wireless carrier in the nation behind only AT&T which has over 134.5 million subscribers.

John Legere, the CEO and president of T-Mobile’s operations in the U.S. said “The prospect of combining with Sprint has been compelling for a variety of reason, including the potential to create significant benefits for consumers and value for shareholders.”

“However, we have been clear all along that a deal with anyone will have to result in superior long-term value for T-Mobile’s shareholders,” said Legere, his reasoning on why the merger failed.

Marcelo Claure, Sprint’s president and CEO said in a statement “We have agreed that it is best to move forward on our own.”

Both companies are moving forward with their heads up high and respect for each other even through the talks have ended. The two sides did not rule out a merger in future if things do change.




Microtransactions in NBA2K have gotten ridiculous

When you have to pay virtual coins just to get a haircut… a haircut in a game. Then we have a problem with a company that used to be revolutionary.

Virtual Concepts better known as 2K is a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive.They used to be that high-risk company that released top video games at low prices, games like ESPN NFL 2K5 that nearly put Electronic Arts’ Madden series out of business.

These guys that were so popular are now criticized for every move they make with their NBA2K series and rightfully so with NBA2K18.

The game itself is one big advertisement that promotes everything from cereal, chips, soda, and shoes. You can’t even play MyCareer without running into your “best friend” B-Fresh eating Reese’s Puffs in your house.

Your "best friend" in NBA2K18; photo from
Your “best friend” in NBA2K18; photo from

The advertisements effect the online game modes as 2K won’t blur out the background billboards of the advertisements as that would mean they would lose money. The ads get so bad that you can’t even skip cutscenes this year on MyCareer just because you see a box of cereal.

That doesn’t begin to explain the amount of microtransactions in the game this year. Players are use to having microtransactions to upgrade their players and those who didn’t buy the coins would “grin” for them.

In order to get a decent amount of “VC”(the name for the currency in the game) you would have to spend $20 for 75,000 VC and that’s not the highest amount you can get. If you spend $100, you will get 450,000 VC.

Now, we have to buy our haircuts and tattoos on our virtual players with the fact that its even harder to grin for the in game currency (you earn 1,000 VC per NBA game played, it takes over 10,000 VC just to upgrade your player).

The amount you pay for this game (which is $60) is the main reason why microtransactions should NOT be in this game. It’s totally reasonable for an app to have microtransactions as their game is usually free and if not free, it’s between 99 cents and $3.

However, when you shell out $60 of your own money, you expect to be able to compete with everyone and have a goodtime. Now, 2K excepts you to buy the game with the same gameplay as the year’s pervious game, just with a few polished details.

The game has been out for over six weeks and due to online issues, patches to fix the game (some think 2K released a “beta’ but that’s another story) and SO MANY ADS… The game is just not fun anymore.

It’s a good thing Assassin’s Creed Origins and Fortnite are alternatives to 2K and at least they won’t be begging you to spend money on virtual currency.



Why did the president’s Twitter get taken down?

There would have been celebrations around the world for some people—crying and smiling—and then it’s all over in just 11 minutes. President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter was taken down in that span and brought back up.

But why was it taken down in the first place?

On Thursday night near 7 p.m. eastern time, a Twitter employee who was working their last day for the company in the customer support area, took down the 45th president and media personality’s personal Twitter.

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This would had the screen you would gotten if you looked up the president’s Twitter during the 11 minutes it was down; photo from

Twitter said in a statement “Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee.” Twitter also noted that this was the employee’s last day with the company.

The president has been targeted multiple times on Wikipedia, changing his public information. The attacks got so bad, Wikipedia decided to limit his page to only high-rank employees.

Due to the numerous times Trump’s comments on Twitter have led to people calling for the suspension of the account, it comes as little surprise that one particularly daring soon-to-be ex-employee would find themselves tempted.

However, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended the president’s use of Twitter back in May of 2017 by saying, “I believe it’s really important to hear directly from our leadership.”

Trump did not make a statement but did suggest on his restored Twitter page that “the word must finally be getting out – and having an impact.”

Just last month, President Trump became the most followed world leader passing Pope Francis of the Catholic Church with over 42 million Twitter followers.

Twitter is conducting a full internal investigation into how the employee got access, as well as how to prevent future attacks on the president’s page.




Does younger blood help Alzheimer’s patents

Can some “fresh” blood from a younger person reverse the damage of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers are currently trying to answer the question but they did find, the treatments are safe.

The team of researchers at Stanford University in California found that the infusions of plasma from healthy young men didn’t hurt the 18 Alzheimer’s patents who got the treatment.

A few of the patents did seem to do little better with their everyday skills but their memory did not improve.

This does not mean that blood transfusions are the cure to Alzheimer’s Disease, the researcher stated. However, future testing is possible.

The difference between a normal brain and an Alzheimer's brain; photo from
The difference between a normal brain and an Alzheimer’s brain; photo from

“This does show it’s worth going forward with more tests,” said Dr. Sharon Sha, the lead researcher.

“We need to do the next steps to understand what is in the young plasma,” Sha said.

Plasma is the liquid part of blood without the red cells and immune cells.

The research was based off another research also done at Stanford, in the lab of Tony Wyss-Coray. He found by infusing young human plasma into old mice, the blood would perk them up.

This work made national headlines and launched a company, Alkahest. They are working on developing young human plasma into treatments for aging-related diseases. They have plans to move forward with clinical trials as they currently have 40 volunteers for next year.

The test done this year only had 18 people volunteer for the plasma transfusions.

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and the number is expected to grow in the next few decades. There’s no cure and the treatments have looked promising but have ultimately failed when in the big trial.

Joe McCracken, the vice president for development at Alkahest says the company is working to figure out what is in the plasma that might just affect aging and disease but they will not use whole plasma.



A history of Daylight Savings Time

November 5th is Daylight Savings Time, and yes, you get to catch up on your sleep as clocks move back one hour—but that’s not the only thing Daylight Savings Time does.

Ben Franklin had proposed the idea centuries before it was implemented . This was after Franklin woke up at 6 a.m. and saw the morning sun. He repeated this for three days and found the same result.

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Franklin’s idea for Daylight Savings was to save money and with this, expensive candle use would be cut down with free light from the sun but it wasn’t until 1895 before the idea was heard from again.

George Hudson from New Zealand saw the idea as a way to have more after-work sunshine to do things. His proposal was to have a two hour shift but again this didn’t happen

Seven years later, William Willett, a builder from Britain thought of the idea while riding his horse. He would take his idea to Parliament where he had support from Winston Churchill but the British Parliament rejected the idea.

Willett would argue for the idea until his death in 1915, he’s now known as the great-great grandfather of Chris Martin, frontman  of Coldplay.

A year after Willett’s death and two years into World War I, the idea was brought up by the German government. They needed to save energy, and with that Daylight Savings Time was utilized. Soon after, every country that was fighting in WWI followed suit and with just moving back the clocks, energy was being saved.

After WWI, the idea was dropped and picked up again during World War II.

After the war, the idea again was abandoned. However in the 1960’s, Daylight Savings Time was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, helping the country though the Energy Crisis in the 1970’s.

In today’s age, Daylight Savings is no longer useful in the United States and doesn’t save energy. However, some areas around the world need the change to  survive.

Just relish in the fact that on November 3, you get to have that extra hour of sleep but only to lose it in March of next year.

Flip Phones are coming back

Once, there was a time when everyone had a flip phone.—that is, until Steve Jobs and Apple changed the world with the iPhone. In recent years, however, smartphones are more and more becoming the same thing: a device with a unbelievable camera and tons of features you will most likely never use.

Now, ZTE wants to change nnthat, and they have competition from Samsung for title of first flip smartphone.

The Axon M which is basically two 1080p screens combined to make one phone was introduced on October 17.

Aton M, photo from
Aton M, photo from

Chief Executive of ZTE, Lixin Cheng felt there was a problem with current crop of phones on the market. “Screen sizes simply can’t keep up with everthing users want to use their phones for,” he said.

The screens can be used in a number of different ways. The user can use the screens as just one big screen or the user can have two apps running at the same time on two different screens.

ZTE has broken barriers in the smartphone business before. They were the first company to introduce an all glass design, 3D touch and dual front-facing cameras.

All these features however were popularized by the two top dogs of the industry, Apple and Samsung.

Samsung recently had released and flip phone with a touch screen but will plan to make a smartphone with a foldable display.

The ZTE Aton M will only be an AT&T exclusive phone and prices will start at $725.


Permanent Marker Peels Off Glass

If you want to show a magic trick to your friends, you’ll need some glass, a permanent marker, water, and a whole lot of patience.

When the glass with permanent ink is slowly dipped into water, the writing lifts off the glass, staying intact in the water while it floats.

Scientists were curious on how and why this happens but now they have an idea: physics.

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The surface tension from the water (which could considered as one of natures strongest forces) breaks the seal between the ink and glass.

Emilie Dressaire, a mechanical engineer at New York University said this about the phenomenon: “I think it’s amazing, the fact that they can actually peel off this layer of Sharpie with just water.”

Researchers stumbled upon this by accident in the lab as their labels would peel off the glass microscope. “It was just a funny observation,” said Sepideh Khodaparast, a mechanical engineer at the Imperial College in London, England.

The researcher first recorded this process with thin films of ink from permanent markers. Then they used plastic polystyrene, this can be produced more precisely than can ink films.

This technique works, but you will have to move the glass very slowly into the water because if the water rises too fast, the wedge will fail instead of peeling away.

If you could pull this trick, then you could be the talk among your friends.


Creating the perfect password

News nowadays has at least one big hacker scandal a year that involves millions of Americans losing tons of money because their passwords weren’t strong enough. Here’s some ways to protect your accounts from hackers.

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1. Passwords without Public Information

It’s easier for hackers to get into your accounts if they know you personally. Stuff like your birthday, name, and the name of your pet should be left out of the password. Hackers guess the average person’s nearly 73% of the time. Make your password to withstand nearly 100 tries.

2. Throw a Hail Mary and Make it Long

The newest guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology suggests that your passwords should be 64 characters. If you are like me, that’s WAY TOO LONG but creating a sentence that you could remember or using words that you like, you will reach the 64 character mark and make it a nightmare for hackers.

3. Don’t Change Your Password Unless you Have To

NIST used to recommend you to change your password every three months but Paul Grassi at NIST, told the Institute “Expiration isn’t a motivator to create a new password but to shift one character so you can remember the password.”

If you have a strong enough password, there’s no reason for you to change it, unless you go to Radford University and in that case, you have to change your password every six months. Maybe it’s time to change the school’s policy.

4 & 5. Get Creative with characters and Use Two-Factor Identification

If making your passwords a sentences, you can easily add characters like !,$. and % into them without problem.

Use a two-factor identification—which is basically two passwords, your regular password and one that is sent your phone. This is in the form of messages, emails, and special apps.  Two factor also lets you know when a password is changed or entered on a new device. You have to verify that’s you attempting to gain access with another password.

With these tips, you will be one step closer to protecting yourself and your information from hacking attempts every year.