Former Olympic skater Tara Lipinski not seen her gold medal in 15 years

Olympic gold figure skater Tara Lipinski has not seen her treasured medal in 15 years. But she isn’t concerned, as she knows precisely where it is.

Olympic gold figure skater Tara Lipinski has not seen her treasured medal in 15 years. But she isn’t concerned, as she knows precisely where it is.

Lipinski struck Olympic gold when she was only 15 years old skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Now, 35, Lipinski says she hasn’t seen the medal in 15 years. While it isn’t in her hands, she told PEOPLE Now that she knows it’s in great hands.

“It goes to museums or exhibits and then if I ever wanted it back I can, and it has security to make sure nothing happens to it,” she explained.

“Kristi Yamaguchi had hers set up, and she was an idol of mine and I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, this is incredible,” Lipinski told PEOPLE. “For me, if a young skater passes by and gets to see that I’m sure that would mean a lot.”

The Olympic champion went on to explain that while she cherishes her medal, she really doesn’t need it in her possession because of how it can inspire the next generation of Olympians.

Amazon adds another Prime member benefit

Woot! announced that it will offer free shipping on purchases from its site for Amazon Prime members.

Eight years after Amazon purchased the daily deals site Woot!, it is turning the site into yet another perk for Prime members. On Thursday (February22) Woot! announced that it will offer free shipping on purchases from its site for Amazon Prime members.

Woot! was founded in 2004 and, in 2010, Amazon purchased it for $110 million. At the time, the site had gained popularity for its gimmick of “one deal per day,” which drove engagement, traffic and, of course sales, as quantities were very limited.

Since the Amazon acquisition, Woot! Moved away from the one-deal-a-day format, and now offers a variety of special deals, including several limited-time offers across different categories such as electronics, home goods, computers, etc.

Amazon wanting to acquire Woot makes sense, given that roughly a third of Woot!’s traffic comes from Amazon.com, according to data from SimilarWeb, which also claims the site saw 16.8 million visits in January, 2018.

This is not the first time Amazon has brought one of its subsidiaries into the Prime membership program. In September 2016, Amazon added free audiobooks and podcasts from Audible to its list of Prime perks, and various upgrades and special features for gamers when it launched Twitch Prime.

Study suggests eating yogurt could lower your risk of heart attack and stroke

A recent study suggests eating yogurt could lower your risk of heart attack and stroke

Eating yogurt could lower your risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a recent study published by the American Journal of Hypertension.  In addition to offering a slew of digestive benefits, the study found that men who eat at least two servings of yogurt per week has a 21 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and risk among women dropped by 17 percent.

A team of scientists at Boston University’s School of Medicine studied more than 740,000 individuals who had previously been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Using health questionnaires administered over the last 30 years, the scientists measured yogurt intake and weighed it against heart-related health issues such as heart attack or stroke.

In a press release, one of the study’s authors revealed that the team behind the report had initially wanted to see if fermented dairy products could aid poor cardiovascular health. “The study shows a correlation between yogurt and heart health—so it’s not yet clear whether eating yogurt actually reduces risk, or that overall healthier people tend to eat more yogurt, so more research will have to be done,” the statement said.

Nevertheless, additional recent studies have found that probiotics and dairy foods offer a variety of health benefits.  The super-food “kefir” (a fermented milk product) has been shown to significantly boost gastrointestinal health. And recent scientific research has found heart-healthy benefits from eating small amounts of cheese every day.

Popularity of electric cars could make ocean water safe to drink

Turning the world’s oceans into econ-friendly lithium mines may help conversion to electric cars.

An abundant supply of lithium batteries will be required if electric cars are ever going to take over. And, this creates a problem, since conventional mines only have so much lithium available. There may, however, be a unique solution to this problem: turning the world’s oceans into eco-friendly lithium mines.

Scientists have, in fact, outlined a ‘desalination’ technique that would use metal-organic frameworks (sponge-like structures with very high surface areas) with sub-nanometer pores to catch lithium ions– while purifying ocean water at the same time. The approach mimics the tendency of cell membranes to selectively dehydrate and carry ions, leaving the lithium behind while producing water that is safe to drink.

The concept of extracting lithium from ocean water is not new. However, this technique would be much more efficient and environmentally friendly. It doesn’t require pumping water of using harmful or inefficient chemicals. Instead of tearing up the landscape to find mineral deposits, battery makers would just have to deploy enough filters into the water to recover lithium from the waste water.

Scientists say this method warrants considerably more study before it is ready for real-world use. However, its implications are already clear. If this desalination approach reaches sufficient scale, the world would have much more lithium available for electric vehicles, phones and other battery-based devices. It would also reduce the environmental impact of these devices and make lithium mining safer overall.

Fed-Ex admits to storing sensitive data on unsecured server

Fed-Ex admits to having stored clients’ sensitive data on an unsecured server.

To be sure, there have been numerous stories of security and data breaches lately. Uber tried to cover up their story but eventually had to answer to Congress. Equifax’s initial response to its massive data exposure  created a security issue of its own. Federal employees were found stealing data from the department of Homeland Security. And now, FedEx has been affected.  The carrier’s customer records — including passports, driver’s licenses and other security IDs — have been exposed, according to security researchers at Kromtech, the company that owns MacKeeper software security systems.

FedEx purchased Bongo International Shipping in 2014, rebranded it as FedEx Crossborder, and then shut it down in 2017.. The exposed data was reportedly stored on an unsecured Amazon S3 virtual server that belonged to Bongo, and contained records from a period of 2009 – 20012, according to Kromtech.  While, upon discovery, the exposed server was removed from public access, the records have still been available for a significant period of time.

In a statement to the press, FedEx said,”we can confirm that some archived Bongo International account information located on a server hosted by a third-party, public cloud provider is secure. The data was part of a service that was discontinued after our acquisition of Bongo. We have found no indication that any information has been misappropriated and will continue our investigation.”

 

 

 

 

Chinese smartphones still not considered secure for U.S. customers

Chinese smartphones made by Huawei and ZTE still not considered secure for use in U.S.

Things aren’t looking good for Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and ZTE after top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI, and Defense Intelligence Agency testified  that they posed a security threat to U.S. customers.

The problems go  back to 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee cited both smartphone makers as potential security risks due to  close ties to the Chinese government. The following year, they were barred from selling product to the U.S. government, according to Tech Crunch.

FBI Director Chris Wray brought up these concerns at a Tuesday Feb. 13 hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. “We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks.,” he said.

Huawei has since issued a response, accusing the government of “inhibiting [its] business in the U.S. market” and adding, “Huawei is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide and poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities.”

Huawei CEO Richard Yu voiced the same sentiment last month in his keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show. “We’ve won the trust of the Chinese carriers,” he said. “We’ve also won spots on all of the European carriers.”

Those remarks followed the sudden collapse of a deal with AT&T, “seemingly at the behest of the same lawmakers warning against purchasing the company’s hardware,” Tech Crunch reported.  The collapse was a big blow for Huawei, given that a majority of U.S. phone purchases still go through carriers.”

Woman pleads guilty to kidnapping a baby and raising her as her own

In a plea deal with prosecutors, a South Carolina woman pleads guilty to abducting a baby from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital 20 year ago and raising her as her own.

Almost 20 years after she walked into a Florida hospital posing as a nurse– and walked out with a newborn baby, Gloria Williams stood in a courtroom yesterday (February 12) , admitting that she acted alone in the 1998 abduction of the baby she raised as her own in South Carolina.

As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Williams entered guilty pleas to charges of felony kidnapping and interference of custody in the 4th Judicial Circuit Court in Jacksonville, Florida.

The 52-year-old Walterboro, South Carolina woman, told Judge Marianne Aho she was solely responsible for the July 10, 1998, kidnapping of the infant– born Kamiyah Mobley– at University Medical Center in Jacksonville

“Mrs. Williams, are you entering a plea of guilty also because you are, in fact, guilty?” Aho asked the defendant.

Williams replied, “Yes, ma’am.”

Her plea came on the same day her trial was set to begin. Under an agreement with prosecutors, Williams faces a sentence of anywhere zero to 22 years in prison when Aho decides her punishment in May.

Protecting your family from the flu

A pediatrician shares tips on how to prevent your family from getting the flu.

With the flu season breaking records, everyone is scrambling to keep the virus at bay. Pediatricians especially are seeing huge traffic in their offices as the number of children who have died from the flu continues to rise. “This year is pretty bad,” Dr. Shilpa Patel, a pediatrician in Rockleigh, New Jersey says. “Parents are panicking.”

Beyond getting a flu shot, here are Patel’s most important tips for families and kids:

–Keep sick kids home

“Don’t send them to school,” Patel urged. “They infect everybody else and we really don’t want the parents to be doing that. So keep them home if they’re sick, and go to your pediatrician rather than clogging up the emergency rooms.”

Kids can generally go back to school if they’ve had 24 hours without a fever, vomiting or diarrhea, she notes. But use your instinct: If you think your child doesn’t look right, stay home or take them to the doctor.

–Go to the doctor

With so many casualties from the flu this year, many parents want to take their kids to the doctor at the first sign of a cough or cold. “That’s fine,” Dr. Patel says, “because a lot of times, I just say to the parents, ‘Look, if you’re worried, just bring them in, let me listen to the hearts and lungs and make sure there’s no infection.’ That’s the biggest thing that you’re worried about with flu,” she says.

–Teach kids to cough and sneeze properly

Patel tells kids to pull their shirt out and sneeze or cough into it to prevent the virus from spreading. And, If anybody else is coughing or sneezing, also pull your shirt out, cover your face and walk the other way, she advises.

–Tell Kids not to touch their eyes, noses or mouths whever possible

–Don’t kiss anyone of the face

Instead, kiss the back of the head, especially when it comes to newborns and younger babies. “If you are going to be sick, you’re contagious three days before you get your cold symptoms,” Patel warns.

–Disinfect

To prevent spreading germs, Patel says to “Lysol everything — any surface in the house a child may have touched.” Frequent hand-washing—particularly after touching things like faucets handles, doorknobs, etc. is also very important.

–Watch your child’s reaction to a fever

If you give your child a medication like Tylenol or Motrin, and the fever calms down, he or she should perk up and begin to act normal again, Patel says. If the fever has come down, but your child is lethargic and not moving, he or she needs to be seen by a doctor immediately, Patel says.

 

 

Influenza killing up to 4,000 Americans a week

Record-high levels of deadly influenza cases are ravaging the country, and experts still aren’t entirely sure why.

The Flu is Killing Up to 4,000 Americans a Week.

The number of cases of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, taking a devastating toll on a vulnerable population that hasn’t had a chance to develop any defenses to it.

This an unexpected phenomenon that public health experts themselves are still trying to understand.

“The levels of influenza-like illnesses being reported now are as high as the peak of the swine flu epidemic in 2009, and exceed the last severe seasonal flu outbreak in 2003 when a new strain started circulating,” said Anne Schuchat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s acting director. Swine flu, which swept the globe in 2009 and 2010, sickened 60.8 million Americans, hospitalized 274,304 and killed 12,469, according to CDC data. Deaths from the current outbreak will likely far outstrip those of the 2009-2010 season, the CDC predicts.

“This is a difficult season, and we can’t predict how much longer the severe season will last,” she said. “I wish there was better news, but everything we are looking at is bad news.”

White workers out-earn minorities in tech industry, according to Hired, Inc.

White workers remain highest paid in technology industry, one study reveals.

When it comes to pay, rates race discrimination appears to be alive and week, according to a recent data review by technology industry career marketplace Hired, Inc.

In the technology sector, white people make an average of $136,000 a year, roughly $6,000 more than black people with the same level of expertise, according to Hired’s data. Additionally, white technology workers ask for more money. Hired’s data is based on its marketplace of over 69,000 people and 10,000 companies.

“The racial gap may be partially a result of black and hispanic tech workers undervaluing their skills, which is symptom of being underpaid in previous roles,” Hired CEO Mehul Patel said in a blog post. “Black and hispanic candidates on the Hired platform set their preferred salaries lowest ($124K). Ultimately though, Hispanic candidates are offered $1K more than their black counterparts. For comparison, white tech workers ask for an average of $130K and Asian tech workers ask for an average of $127K.”

It also turns out people who identify as multiracial receive less than people who identify as one race.