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Bad news for TV binge watchers
Bad news for TV binge watchers
January 30, 2015

Sometimes, all we want to do is sit in our bed and watch hours on end of Gilmore Girls and House of Cards. But according to a new study, this behavior could be a sign - or a result - of a bigger problem, at least for millenials.

Binge-watching TV shows is associated with loneliness, depression, and the inability to catch - and stop - ourselves from engaging in this extreme viewing behavior, new research suggests. Binge-watching is defined as "watching between two to six episodes of the same TV show in one sitting."

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, is based on survey responses from 316 people ages 18 to 29, who were asked about their TV-viewing behaviors, the types of shows they watched, and their loneliness, depression, and ability to self-regulate.

The researchers found that people who binge-watched TV reported higher levels of loneliness and depression, as well as less self-control, compared with people who didn't binge-watch TV. Loneliness, depression, and the deficiency in self-regulation were also found to be predictors of binge-watching behavior.

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PA Man Reappointed To County Board Despite Dying In 2012
PA Man Reappointed To County Board Despite Dying In 2012
January 30, 2015

Officials in western Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how a man who's been dead for more than two years wound up being reappointed to a county industrial authority board.

Fayette County officials said Wednesday it seemed they never tried checking in with Larry Markwood before reappointing him. He died in August 2012.

County commissioners say they conducted interviews with candidates and received letters from members who want to be reappointed or leave the board, but Markwood slipped through the cracks.

The industrial authority hadn't met since 2010, so attendance records would have been of no use.

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Rare white dolphin photographed in California
Rare white dolphin photographed in California
January 30, 2015

Members of a California whale watching group captured photos of a rare white Risso's dolphin swimming in the Monterey Bay area.

Monterey Bay Whale Watch members Melissa Galieti and Daniel Bianchetta captured photos Jan. 25 when the all-white dolphin was spotted swimming with some of its dark-gray brethren in the bay area.

Galieti, a marine biologist who also captured a short video of the dolphin, said group members aren't sure whether the dolphin is a true albino.

"If it has blue eyes, it would be leucisitic, and not have a complete loss of pigmentation," Galieti told ABC News. "Whereas red eyes would determine it to be albino."

Group members said the young dolphin is likely the same white dolphin spotted in the area in August of last year.

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Amazon Just Made a Profit for the First Time in 6 Months
Amazon Just Made a Profit for the First Time in 6 Months
January 30, 2015

The fourth quarter earnings report for Amazon is in, and it's caught analysts by surprise.
Amazon reported earnings per share of 45 cents, handily beating expectations of 18 cents, on revenues of $29.33 billion, up 15% but missing expectations of $29.68 billion. The company turned a profit of $214 million, a slight decline from the same quarter a year ago but a stark reversal from last quarter.

What you need to know: The Internet retailer spooked investors last quarter by missing expectations on both earnings and revenue and offering bleak guidance for the quarter. We're seeing a shift here, and it's nearly all upside: the company's shares were up more than 10% in after-hours trading.

As for guidance, Amazon expects net revenue for its fiscal first quarter 2015 to be between $20.9 billion and $22.9 billion-growth between 6% and 16% compared with the same quarter in 2014-and operating income to be between $50 million and a loss of $450 million. The figure includes about $450 million for stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets.

The big number: 53%-the increase in paid membership, worldwide, for Amazon's Prime service that combines delivery of physical goods and digital media. The company sunk billions into Prime's shipping component and another billion into its Instant Video component.

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More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants
More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants
January 29, 2015

Organ transplants have saved more than 2 million years of life in the United States over 25 years, new research shows.

But less than half of the people who needed a transplant in that time period got one, according to a report published in the Jan. 28 online edition of the journal JAMA Surgery.

"The critical shortage of donors continues to hamper this field: only 47.9 percent of patients on the waiting list during the 25-year study period underwent a transplant. The need is increasing: therefore, organ donation must increase," Dr. Abbas Rana, of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues wrote.

The researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 530,000 people who received organ transplants between 1987 and 2012, and of almost 580,000 people who were placed on a waiting list but never received a transplant.

During that time, transplants saved about 2.2 million years of life, with an average of slightly more than four years of life saved for every person who received an organ transplant, the study authors pointed out in a journal news release.

The number of years of life saved by type of organ transplant were: kidney, 1.3 million years; liver, more than 460,000; heart, almost 270,000; lung, close to 65,000; pancreas-kidney, almost 80,000; pancreas, just under 15,000; and intestine, about 4,500.

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'Brand Killer' Glasses Are Ad Blockers For Your Eyes
'Brand Killer' Glasses Are Ad Blockers For Your Eyes
January 29, 2015

Finally, a way to defeat Dr. Zizmor and his ubiquitous skin-care ads: a pair of high-tech glasses that recognizes advertising around you, and blurs it out like explicit material on the TV.

The "Brand Killer" specs are the prototype of University of Pennsylvania students, who built it for a recent hack week on an alleged budget of $80. "What if we lived in a world where consumers were blind to the excesses of corporate branding?" they write on their project site. "Brand Killer is a custom built head mounted display which uses openCV image processing to recognize and block brands and logos from the user's point of view in real time."

In its current state, the product looks like a hunk of electrical innards ripped from a dashboard; people on the street might think its users were hit in the head by falling airplane debris. (PSFK reports the makers might scale it down in the future.) But the important thing is, it works: The device scans the environment for logos stored in a database and quickly blots them with opaque smudges. In billboard-rich environments like Times Square, the result might be like walking with Vaseline smeared over one's eyes. Still, the idea will no doubt appeal to folks who can't stand constantly being pandered to.

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Study of Retirees Links Youth Football to Brain Problems
Study of Retirees Links Youth Football to Brain Problems
January 29, 2015

A new study of N.F.L. retirees found that those who began playing tackle football when they were younger than 12 years old had a higher risk of developing memory and thinking problems later in life.

The study, published in the medical journal Neurology by researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine, was based on tests given to 42 former N.F.L. players, ages 41 to 65, who had experienced cognitive problems for at least six months. Half the players started playing tackle football before age 12, and the other half began at 12 or older.

Those former N.F.L. players who started playing before 12 years old performed "significantly worse" on every test measure after accounting for the total number of years played and the age of the players when they took the tests. Those players recalled fewer words from a list they had learned 15 minutes earlier, and their mental flexibility was diminished compared with players who began playing tackle football at 12 or older.

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Firefighters rescue cows from frozen pond
Firefighters rescue cows from frozen pond
January 29, 2015

A Colorado fire department said two firefighters carefully navigated a frozen pond to rescue two cows that unwittingly took the Polar Bear Plunge.

The Fountain Fire Department tweeted pictures Tuesday afternoon showing a pair of orange-clad firefighters tethered to the shore of the pond off Squirrel Creek Road while reaching for the cows, which apparently fell through the ice while walking over the frozen pond.

The department said the cows are doing well after warming up from their frosty dip.

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McDonald's CEO out as burger chain's struggles worsen
McDonald's CEO out as burger chain's struggles worsen
January 29, 2015

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson finally ran out of time to fix the restaurant chain's deepening problems.

The company said on Wednesday said Thompson would step down as CEO and board member on March 1, and be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, its chief brand officer who is responsible for fixing the fast-food operator's marketing and menu. A longtime McDonald's veteran, Easterbrook earlier in his career held big jobs including president of McDonald's Europe.

The move comes a week after McDonald's, the world's biggest restaurant company, reported fourth-quarter and full-year results that made 2014 the first with a decline in same-store sales in a dozen years. It was also the fifth straight quarter of declining same-store sales in the United States, where it has lost many customers because of an overly complicated menu and changing tastes, and a defections to fast casual chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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This Website Will Turn Your Tweets Into Beautiful, Ridiculous Poems
This Website Will Turn Your Tweets Into Beautiful, Ridiculous Poems
January 29, 2015

Some people already seem to think tweeting is an art form - and a new website wants to take your 140-character quips and turn them into real, bona fide poetry.

This wonderful tool, called Poetweet, will simply scan your tweets and turn them into one of three poetic forms: either a sonnet, a rondel or an indriso. All you do is plug in your Twitter handle, choose the form you prefer and then sit back and wait for magical, poetic glory to emerge.

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