Could cellphones cause cancer? The National Toxicology Program, which is funded by the federal government, has released the findings of a new $25 million study, and it’s pretty scary. The peer-reviewed research looked at years of experiments on lab rats, finding an increase occurrence of tumors among those exposed to radiation like the kind emitted by phones.
Fortunately, the increased risk was relatively small, but considering that the tumors formed in the heart and the brain, it’s still concerning. In a statement, the group said,
Given the widespread global usage of mobile communications among users of all ages, even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to [radio-frequency radiation] could have broad implications for public health.
Further research, and possible new safety guidelines for cellphone usage, will be released sometime next year. Discuss
The future is now people. A video has surfaced of a man who appears to be fast asleep sitting in the driver’s seat of his Tesla Model S as it drives in extremely heavy traffic. The only problem is, the car’s “Autopilot” mode isn’t meant to completely take over for a driver. And, sleeping behind the wheel is not something anyone recommends at this point.
The automaker sent a statement about the incident to Motortrend, and they explained that, “Tesla Autopilot is designed to provide a hands-on experience to give drivers more confidence behind the wheel, increase their safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable.” Emphasis here on “hands-on”; in other words, not napping.
They said that the autopilot mode “does not turn a Tesla into an autonomous vehicle and does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility,” adding that drivers are “responsible for remaining alert and present when using Autopilot and must be prepared to take control at all times.”
Completely hands-free self-driving cars could one day greatly reduce traffic, prevent accidents and cut down on carbon emissions, but, for now, it’s a good idea to remain awake if you’re driving down the highway. Discuss
The Chewbacca lady is having quite the week. Not only was she given the songify treatment from The Gregory Brothers, she also visited James Corden, for a very special carpool trip with another well-known Star Wars fan: JJ Abrams.
Texas worship leader Candace Payne became an unlikely Internet star after posting a video to Facebook Live that showed the complete and utter joy resulting from wearing a Chewbacca mask purchased from the Kohl’s department store.
The original clip has been viewed more than 140 million times, making it the most popular video on the Facebook Live platform. It was really only a matter of time before the autotune wizards converted the moment into a pop song.
It’s been a crazy few days for Candace Payne. Last week, she became one of the most famous people on the Internet: Her Facebook Live video, which featured her uncontrollably laughing while wearing a Chewbacca mask, has been viewed more than 137 million times in the last five days. Since then, she’s doneinterviews around the world, and has officially become the creator of the most popular video on the Facebook Live platform.
This Sunday, she visited the Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s Regional Fine Arts event, and said she believes there is a bigger purpose to her unexpected fame. Payne, who is also a worship leader, told the crowd,
When I was 16, I had a vision and dream from the Lord about my future about being used for His glory. I didn’t understand the interpretation of it. I still, to this day, at 37 years old try to figure that dream out. That dream has never left my heart, nor my mind, nor the way that I walk and follow Jesus.
Payne, who is also a worship leader, spoke about the joy of finding the mask and posting the genuinely funny video, and how she hopes she can help others use their platform to bring people closer to God.
She told the congregation of young people to overcome their own creative restlessness by being willing to wait on God:
I know that God has gifted me in many different areas, and sometimes I wake up and feel like I’m a jack of many trades, and a master of none, because I have that creative buzz in me constantly going … [What] I would tell myself at your age is this:
It doesn't matter how talented, how anointed, how gifted, how passionate or how willing you are if you're not fit to do the things that God has called you to do. And that is spiritually fit. The thing that will take you further and further in the Kingdom of God is three things: Diligence. Be diligent in the work of the Lord.
Patience. Have those moments where you stop and wait upon the Lord. Don't rush into ministry or a good opportunity because it looks shiny. Wait for the voice of God to direct you.
And then the third thing, it's the biggest thing. If I could get to my 16-year-old self, is have obedience. When He tells you move, move."
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants conservatives to know he’s heard their concerns surrounding allegations that the site suppresses content because of a political bias. Though, he still acknowledges there is mistrust among conservatives.
He has released a statement, thanking a group of conservative leaders for taking the time “to talk about how we can make sure Facebook continues to be a platform for all ideas across the political spectrum.” The meeting—in which Zuckerberg personally invited more than a dozen conservatives to Facebook headquarters—came following an explosive report in Gizmodo that contractors in charge of selecting “trending” news routinely suppressed stories from conservative sources.
Facebook initially denied the allegations of political bias, but the revelations drew major concerns about how editors were selecting topics to include among stories that many users assumed were organically trending. Leaked guidelines showed that certain topics could even be blacklisted.
Silicon Valley has a reputation for being liberal. But the Facebook community includes more than 1.6 billion people of every background and ideology -- from liberal to conservative and everything in between.
We've built Facebook to be a platform for all ideas. Our community's success depends on everyone feeling comfortable sharing anything they want. It doesn't make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them.
The reality is, conservatives and Republicans have always been an important part of Facebook. Donald Trump has more fans on Facebook than any other presidential candidate. And Fox News drives more interactions on its Facebook page than any other news outlet in the world. It's not even close.
Still, I know many conservatives don't trust that our platform surfaces content without a political bias. I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust. I want to do everything I can to make sure our teams uphold the integrity of our products.
Acknowledging Silicon Valley’s liberal leaning and a distrust among conservatives about how Facebook selects content are interesting admissions. But, the fact that Zuckerberg met with the leaders could be an indication the site will work to end perceptions of bias. Discuss