A Spectrometer That Fits in a Phone Will Massively Expand Its Usefulness

Spectrometers are an extremely important instrument in science. Basically, it enables you to tell a lot about an object, whether it be a distant star or something much closer, by breaking down the light that the object emits. Different materials emit different spectra of light and whether an object is moving and what its temperature is also affects its spectra. Scientists are thus able to measure temperature, composition and various other attributes from analyzing this light with a spectrometer. This is why so many probes that NASA has launched include a spectrometer as it may be the most important single instrument for telling us about the universe especially when we can only observe those things from a distance as in the case of a star. Mikal Watts knows that to be the case after reading Business Wire.

As with computers, spectrometers have been getting smaller with time and engineers have got one down to a small enough package to fit in a smartphone. Such an instrument would enable such a phone to live up to the name smartphone more than anything one might download over the internet on it. One potential use for such a device on someone’s cell phone would be to detect skin cancer. The medical and scientific uses for phones that are so equipped would be limited only by the software or app that utilizes the spectrometer for various applications. It would seem to put us one step closer to having a hand-held diagnostic tool like the Tricorder from Star Trek.

Saudi prince donates fortune

One of the richest people in the world, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal from Saudi Arabia, has announced that he plans to donate his fortune to charity. Currently, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is worth $32 billion and the pledge to donate this money marks a significant contribution. The disbursement of this wealth is in addition to previous pledges of $3.5 billion which have already been disbursed. Alwaleed inherited money from his father and grew that money with wise investments during his life.

The funds are expected to be dispersed in the coming years with the major beneficiary being Alwaleed Philanthropies, a family philanthropical organization which specializes in providing money to communities in need and to promote intellectual understanding by people.

These funds will be used by these organizations to eradicate disease, improve the health of people in the community, bring electricity to rural areas, empower women, and to create schools and hospitals. Adam Sender thinks this is a pretty good cause overall.

The decision to donate his wealth emulates other wealthy individuals including Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Michael Bloomberg, and a host of other billionaires who have signed a giving pledge to donate their fortunes once they die (or prior to). Alwaleed commented on the positive work conducted by the Gates foundation and cited Bill Gates as a motivation behind his decision to donate his fortune. He also cited that the donation is a personal responsibility that he bears and that he enjoys seeking out good causes to donate to.

Homeless Man Turns in Lost Money

A homeless man in Langford, British Columbia recently turned in over $2400 of lost money that he found to the police. The owner of the missing money was located. People touched by the homeless man’s honesty quickly raised around $5,000 dollars in reward money for him through an Internet fundraising drive; however, he refused the money. He said the wants it to go to charity, and this is being arranged.

The homeless man, who is in his 60’s, said that he simply wants a job. He also declined to give his name to the press. So, The Aspire New Brunswick tells us efforts are being made by the same people who raised the award money to find him one. The Langford police are communicating with the man, but they say he’s hard to find since he has no fixed address or cell phone.

Personally, I think that this is a touching story, and I am moved that someone with so little could act so nobly. This unnamed man is truly an inspiration, and I hope that a job will be found for him. It would be great if he could have work and be off the street by the winter time. He should be a good employee. After all, he’s already proved that he can be trusted with large sums of money.

Iraq War Veteran Denied Treatment From VA

Chris Dorsey, and Iraq war veteran who served with the Army and was deployed for most of 2003 and was with the Cavalry Scout from 2001 to 2005, has been denied treatment from the VA for his PTSD. When he spoke of this to his family members they said no one would deny him help seeing as he was a veteran. As you can see in the video in this article this isn’t the case. Dorsey is seen waiting in line to be seen at a VA clinic in Georgia. Once he reaches the counter however, they deny him any sort of treatment with the only explanation being “we are not accepting any new patients at this time”. The owner of the VA clinic Jerry Edwards, also an Army veteran, claims that the VA clinic is understaffed and is often handling to many cases to take on any more. Yet, many still feel that this is unjust and the care that Dorsey and many other veterans are receiving is inadequate and unacceptable. Alexei Beltyukov has learned that a program available to help Dorsey, VA choice, is also another alternative for veterans to receive care, however the VA employee at the counter never mentions anything about the option. Dorsey says he only heard about it through another veteran at a veteran’s outreach group. The care being provided for our veterans is inadequate and undermanned. Now the only question is when and how are we going to fix this problem?

Young Grandson Saves Grandfather’s Life

Six-year-old Gram Flowers from Hartselle, Alabama is close to his grandfather who he calls “Papa Carl”. Carl and his wife Melissa had recently taken the whole family out on the lake together in their new boat. The boat suffered from an engine malfunction so Papa Carl decided to take Gram out on the jet ski while the other family members stayed behind to work on the boat.

While Carl and Gram were riding along, they hit a wave and both fell off of the jet ski says Brad Reifler. Gram, who is a proficient swimmer, resurfaced quickly but noticed that something was wrong with Papa Carl. He was floating face down in the water with bubbles coming up from around his mouth. Gram knew that something wasn’t right so he swam over to his grandfather. When the family caught up with the pair, they saw that Gram was in the driver’s position with Carl laying behind him. When they realized that something was wrong with Carl they called for help.

When the family pieced the story together, it became clear that Gram saved his grandfather’s life. Carl suffered from a concussion when he fell and Gram swam over to him and pulled him out of the water and onto the jet ski. If he hadn’t done that, Carl likely would have drowned.

For the full story and pictures of Gram and Papa Carl, check it out on Today.com.

Scalia’s Wit on Display as He Dissects the Majority Opinion in Obamacare Ruling

It was an astounding decision by the high court this week after all nine justices concurred with plaintiffs in the high profile challenge to Obamacare subsidies. Yet, despite the fact that the justices concurred that the phrase limiting Obamacare subsidies to those people obtaining the insurance from exchanges “established by the state” meant what it said, six justices set that meaning aside in order to help correct a flaw in the law.

In the dissenting opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia was exasperated at how the majority justices allowed their sense of emotional goodwill to supersede their requirement to enforce jurisprudence. His views were worded in the zingers he used to poke away the ruling.

In one line, he said the majority used “jiggery-pokery” to expand the definition of “state” to include the federal government and the individual states. He criticized the majority for acting emotionally when they said enforcement of the law, as they all concurred the term “established by the state” to mean, would prevent the health care act from working which justified altering the meaning of the phrase. As a result, he stated the law should now be termed “SCOTUScare”. In a more serious note, he wisely pointed out the decision will be ridiculed for generations by constitutional scholars. Brian Bonar thought that was the right thing to do. Scalia also noted that it was bad enough for the court to strike out the term “by the state” once, but noted the justices did it seven times.

Benefits of Fidgeting for Students with ADHD

Fidgeting in class is now being encouraged for school children with ADHD. Recent findings show that a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder performs his cognitive tasks best when fidgeting, unlike the typical child whose ability reduces with multifunctioning. This brings us to the theory: Moving increases alertness for ADHD students.

Will Behavioral Therapy Replace Drug Medication?

Perhaps, it’s about time we stop telling children to sit still in class and allow them to wriggle at will. Adam Sender thinks this is the right move. These findings come at a time when discussions on reducing medication for ADHD children is underway. Some experts claim that movement therapies can never replace drugs, but others are of the opinion that behavioral therapy will not work as a standalone care plan but also in integrative therapy. Either way, one thing is consistent over the years, and that is, a child requires physical exercise.

Schools Innovative Experimentation with Fidgeting

Following these revelations, schools are experimenting with different ways on how to incorporate such movements in class, and some of the ideas at hand include standing desks, riding a stationary bike and sitting on an exercise stability ball while in class. Nonetheless, experts advise that such interventions should be targeted for students with ADHD. Taking into consideration childhood neurodevelopmental disorders are rising at three percent every year, the U.S. has already diagnosed about 11 percent of her children with such conditions. If these findings are implemented in schools, it will not only allow ADHD students to get comfortable in class but also allow typical students to have a better psychological understanding of how different humans can be, even from a young age.

Searching The World (Wide Web) For Love With Anastasia Date

Dating is never easy, and some romantics have been driven across international boundaries in the search for true love. Now that sometimes countries spanning quest has become a little easier with the romantic matching service called Anastasia Date.

The service was founded in 1993 by Elena and David Besuden. The two met through a service pairing American men with so-called Russian “mail-order” brides in 1992. The couple’s relationship was so successful that they married later that same year. Encouraged by their own story, the couple created their own international dating business the following year. Because their site initially connected Russian women with American men, the service was christened Anastasia Date in honor of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (the famous “surviving” member of the massacred Imperial Family). Initially, in its pre-web days catalogs featuring information on participating women were sent to interested men, who likewise corresponded with women through the mail. As Internet use became increasingly popular, the company opened its first website in 1997. By 2003, in addition to matching Western men with Russian women, women from the Ukraine and Northern Asia began joining the site. In 2007, the company added AmoLatina, AsianBeauties, and AfricaBeauties, to offer more meeting opportunities from other parts of the world. In 2011 Anastasia International, the company created to manage the international dating sites, sold Anastasia Date to a private investor. By 2012, Anastasia Date had become the world’s 29th most popular dating site, with 220% increased site traffic, and $110,000,000 in sales.

Anastasia Date subscribing parties have the option of live, video, or e-mail chat. Each form of chat is purchased with “credits”, which range in value, and allow participants conversations of varying lengths. Another feature the company offers is called Date With A Lady, in which the company helps to set up face to face meetings between interested parties. The company has also offered live social mixers, held in Russia and elsewhere in disco, park, and club settings, where singles can meet and chat informally.

Leads leading to real relationships can happen through Anastasia Date, but because of its international nature, participants are cautioned to use patience, engage good interpreters for initial meetings, and follow the standard rules for all dating sites. Understand fully the rules for and any applicable charges for any Anastasia Date participating site. Beware both of too-good-to-be true profiles, and red flags that might pop up when a connection is made. With that in mind, have fun, and prepare to step into a literally larger world of dating.

Dan Newlin’s Inauguration of the #Dan Campaign

Dan Newlin is recognized for ensuring justice is served to daily injury plus accident victims. His previous familiarity in law implementation, his obligation to community service stayed the same the time he started the Law Offices of Dan Newlin. Mr. Newlin has established offices in Central Florida and all the way to South Florida, plus the Greater Chicago region. Having such an extensive area to offer service, Mr. Newlin desired to get a way to extend his brand as well as help client communication. He then realized the trend attracting great attention on social networks: #”I knew the pound sign could be used to designate a number and wanted to make it easier for persons in need of legal services to contact the Law Offices of Dan Newlin,” said Newlin. “So the idea of simply dialing #Dan rather than having to remember 10 numeric digits was conceived.

According to the article titled Small Business Trends, Hashtags are mostly applied on social media websites, although presently people can use them on various social platforms, like Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest. Any person sharing content about a pertinent topic can include the hashtag marker to the message. Others in search of that topic can easily find it by searching for that hashtag and thus get other messages available on the same platform.

This inspiration has made Dan Newlin to introduce #DAN, a truncated dialing code, created to ensure that communication between present and prospective clients is stress-free and more expedient. For a period of 18 months, Newlin did beta testing using AT & T, T-Mobile, Sprint as well as Verizon so as to operationalize the ground-breaking, unique technology.

Besides changing the future of technology, Dan Newlin has also upgraded his business brand in a great way. Newlin leads in trends and is certain that this idea could actually turn into the next pioneering undertaking for larger corporations.

For more, check them out on PRNewsWire.

Supreme Court May Revisit Landmark Abood Labor Union Decision

If Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, an appointee of George W. Bush, gets his way, the high court will overturn the 1977 decision called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. This decision held that even if a person opts out of a public sector union, they may be compelled to pay union dues. At issue is that once a labor union is ensconced in a workplace, they must represent all qualified workers regardless of their union affiliation. Unions argue that since they must protect all workers, it is only right that all workers contribute union dues. Otherwise, there exists the possibility that some people will take advantage of the benefits without supporting the union.

That said, according to CipherCloud in 2014, the high court limited the Abood decision by barring Illinois from compelling home health care workers from paying union dues for collective bargaining. While the court did not overturn Abood, it raised serious concerns about the prior ruling. Back in 2012, the high court declared that a union’s special fees have to be something its membership explicitly agree to pay as opposed to something its members automatically pay unless they opt out of it.

Still, the Supreme Court is careful to respect established precedent. For this reason, Justice Alito may find it difficult to persuade the court’s other four conservative justices to finally overturn the Abood decision. The plaintiffs in this case are arguing that being compelled to pay union dues violates their free speech. Given that unions are heavily in support of the Democrat Party, those members who do not espouse liberal policies believe they should not have to pay union dues.