Archive for July 10th, 2019

Switch Lite Will Be The Only New Nintendo Hardware This Holiday Season – Nintendo Life

July 10th, 2019

Horse euthanized following injury at Wednesday’s chuckwagon races – Calgary Herald

July 10th, 2019

Driver Obrey Motowylo driving for Prism Flow Products has a horse go down during heat 2 during the GMC Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Darren Makowichuk / DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

A horse was euthanized following an injury sustained during the second heat of Wednesday’s chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede.

The horse, belonging to driver Obrey Motowylo, began slowing down on the backstretch of the race and stopped before the final turn.

It was later covered by a tarp and loaded onto a tractor to be transported off the track.

The Stampede said the horse was immediately assessed by a veterinarian, who determined it suffered a fractured left front radius.

“It was determined there was no option for treatment and the horse was euthanized,” the Stampede said in a statement. “This type of injury is known in racing horses.”

It is the second chuckwagon horse death of this year’s Stampede.

Earlier this week, a chuckwagon horse died of “a serious internal medical condition” after falling to the track during Monday’s races.

The horse, belonging to driver Troy Dorchester, fell after going around the second turn on the southeast end of the course.

The Stampede said Tuesday that the 14-year-old horse “required veterinary care due to a serious internal medical condition.” It died as a result of that condition, according to the Stampede.

— With files from Wes Gilbertson
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Want a Happy Relationship? The World’s ‘Most Comprehensive Study’ Says It Comes Down to Just 1 Thing. (Plus: How to Get It If You Don’t Have It) – Inc.

July 10th, 2019

Study after study proves people who have good relationships–especially with their spouse or significant other–are most likely to achieve happiness.

But what if there was a single attribute that could predict whether relationships would be good enough–and whether the people in them would ultimately be happy or frustrated?

Now, a massive research project (described by the university that sponsored it as the “most comprehensive study” of marriage happiness to date) says there is in fact one such single characteristic.

It’s bigger than any of the other things we often think of in relationships–bigger than compatibility, growth, sexual attraction, intelligence, wisdom, or values. The single attribute? Kindness.

Here’s the study–plus what to do if you’re already in a relationship, but it doesn’t seem to have the level of kindness you realize you might be missing.

5 little questions

Writing in the Journal of Research in Personality, Bill Chopik, associate professor of psychology and director of the Close Relationships Lab at Michigan State University, explained how he combed through data on 2,500 long-term married couples (20+ years) to figure this out. 

His data source involved self-reported responses that the couples had given to the following five questions, which were in turn used to evaluate their degree of aptitude in five dimensions:

  1. Extraversion. (“I am outgoing and sociable.”)
  2. Agreeableness. (“I am considerate and kind to almost everyone.”)
  3. Conscientiousness. (“I do a thorough job.”)
  4. Emotional stability. (“I worry a lot.”)
  5. Openness to experience. (“I am original and come up with new ideas.”)

Across the board, Chopik reported, couples who reported higher levels of agreeableness (No. 2) and lower levels of emotional instability (No. 4) also reported being happier with their relationships.

Surprisingly to Chopik and his team, other questions about whether couples had common interests or personalities didn’t have very much effect on happiness at all. (So much for dating apps that promise to find “compatible” matches!)

“People invest a lot in finding someone who’s compatible, but our research says that may not be the ‘end-all, be-all,'” Chopik explained. “Instead, people may want to ask, ‘Are they a nice person?’ ‘Do they have a lot of anxiety?’ Those things matter way more.”

Bids for attention

Good to know, right? And maybe if you’re dating or on the lookout for a partner, you might file away the advice: Agreeableness and stability matter, along with whatever other attributes you find attractive.

But what if you’re already in a marriage or other serious relationship? And what if, when you assess things honestly, you realize that you and your partner aren’t living up to the kindness and agreeableness standard?

This goes beyond the scope of Chopik’s work, but thankfully there are many other sources to take guidance and inspiration from. I’d point immediately to the work of psychologists Julie and John Gottman, for example, a husband-and-wife team who have spent years studying the same question.

The Gottmans argue that personal relationships are made up of an infinite number of small interactions, and that between couples, most interactions can be seen as “bids for attention” that are intended to inspire “micro-behaviors.”

  • Couples “bid for attention” all the time: when they start a conversation, when they lean in for intimacy, and when they propose ideas or ask for opinions.
  • And every such bid for attention is thus an invitation to “turn in,” meaning to respond with warmth and interest, which in practice means active listening and empathy.

When you inventory your interactions like this, it becomes clear that a lot of us have work to do in our relationships. One Gottman-trained psychologist estimates that happy couples “turn in” 86 percent of the time, while miserably married couples do it about one-third of the time.

I know this sounds simple. It is–although it’s not always easy to do in practice. But it’s a good three-point plan to try to keep top of mind.

  • Step 1: Listen for bids for attention, and try to turn in. Respond to your partner with interest.
  • Step 2: If you can’t turn in–nobody can all the time; otherwise we’d have no time for anything else–make clear that you want to. (“I’m interested to hear, honey, but can we talk about this later?”)
  • Step 3: When you screw up–and you will–and you realize it, apologize for doing so. 

At the end, what do you call someone who pays attention like this, lets you know they care about you, and apologizes when they mess up?

I think we call that person “agreeable” or “kind.”

And just maybe, if Chopik and his team are right, it sounds like we also call them a person in a happy relationship.

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Apple steps in to automatically remove Zoom’s risky software from Macs – The Next Web

July 10th, 2019

A moderate dose of novel form of stress promotes longevity – Science Daily

July 10th, 2019

A newly described form of stress called chromatin architectural defect, or chromatin stress, triggers in cells a response that leads to a longer life. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Methodist Research Institute report in the journal Science Advances that moderate chromatin stress levels set off a stress response in yeast, the tiny laboratory worm C. elegans, the fruit fly and mouse embryonic stem cells, and in yeast and C. elegans the response promotes longevity. The findings suggest that chromatin stress response and the longevity it mediates may be conserved in other organisms, opening the possibility of new ways to intervene in human aging and promote longevity.

“Chromatin stress refers to disruptions in the way DNA is packed within the nucleus of the cell,” said corresponding author Dr. Weiwei Dang, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics and the Huffington Center on Aging and member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor. “One of the factors that influences chromatin structure is proteins called histones.”

In the nucleus of cells, DNA wraps itself around histone proteins forming a ‘beads-on-a-string’ structure called chromatin. Other proteins bind along chromatin and the structure folds further into more complicated configurations. Everything involving DNA would have to deal with this chromatin structure, Dang explained. For example, when a particular gene is expressed, certain enzymes interact with the chromatin structure to negotiate access to the gene and translate it into proteins. When chromatin stress happens, disruption of the chromatin structure can lead to unwanted changes in gene expression, such as expression of genes when they are not supposed to or lack of gene expression when it should occur.

In this study, Dang and his colleagues worked in the lab with the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to investigate how the dosage of histone genes would affect longevity.

They expected that yeast genetically engineered to carry fewer copies of certain histone genes than normal or control yeast would have chromatin changes that would result in the yeast living less than controls.

“Unexpectedly, we found that yeast with fewer copies of histone genes lived longer than the controls,” said first author Ruofan Yu, research assistant in molecular and human genetics in the Dang lab.

Yeast with a moderately low dose of histone genes showed a moderate reduction of histone gene expression and significant chromatin stress. Their response to chromatin disruption was changes in the activation of a number of genes that eventually promoted longevity.

In previous work Dang and colleagues had shown that in aging cells chromatin structure progressively falls apart. Histone alterations, such as a decrease in their protein levels, are a characteristic of the aging process, but the researchers showed that if they compensated for this age-related decrease in histone levels by overexpressing certain histone genes they extended the lifespan of aging yeast cells. In this study they discovered that moderately reducing the number of copies of histone genes in young yeast also promoted longevity.

“We have identified a previously unrecognized and unexpected form of stress that triggers a response that benefits the organism,” Yu said. “The mechanism underlying the chromatin stress response generated by moderate reduction of histone dosage is different from the one triggered by histone overexpression we had previously described, as shown by their different profiles of protein expression responses.”

Dang, Yu and their colleagues found that chromatin stress also occurs in other organisms such as the laboratory worm C. elegans, the fruit fly and mouse embryonic stem cells, and in yeast and C. elegans the chromatin stress response promotes longevity.

“Our findings suggest that the chromatin stress response may also be present in other organisms. If present in humans, it would offer new possibilities to intervene in the aging process,” Dang said.

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Study finds consumption of sugary drinks linked with cancer risk – Malay Mail

July 10th, 2019
According to researchers, the consumption of sugary drinks is linked to a higher risk of developing certain kinds of cancer. — AFP pic
According to researchers, the consumption of sugary drinks is linked to a higher risk of developing certain kinds of cancer. — AFP pic

PARIS, July 11 ― Consumption of sugary drinks such as soda and fruit juice is linked to a higher risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, researchers reported today.

The consumption of sugary drinks has exploded worldwide in recent decades and the high-calorie beverages have already been associated with a elevated risk of obesity ― itself recognised as a leading cancer risk factor.

A team of researchers in France wanted to assess the associations between heightened consumption of sugar drinks and the risks of overall cancer, as well as several cancer types, including breast, prostate and bowel cancers.

They surveyed more than 100,000 adults, with an average of age of 42, 79 per cent of whom were women.

The participants, who were followed for a maximum of nine years, completed at least two 24-hour online validated dietary questionnaires, calculating their daily consumption of sugar and artificially sweetened beverages as well as 100 per cent fruit juices.

Researchers measured the daily intakes of sugary drinks against those of diet beverages and compared them to cancer cases in participants’ medical records during the follow-up period.

They found that just a 100ml increase per day of sugary drinks was associated with an 18 per cent increased risk of cancer, and with a 22 per cent increase in breast cancer.

Both sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juices saw a similar higher risk association.

During a follow-up, researchers found 2,193 cases of cancer were diagnosed, the average age at diagnosis being 59 years.

Authors of the study, which appeared in the BMJ medical journal, stressed their work was based on observation and so could not establish the cause of cancer prognoses.

But the sample size was large and they adjusted for a number of other influential factors.

Its authors suggested that, based on their findings, taxing sugary products could have a significant impact on cancer rates.

“This large, well-designed study adds to the existing evidence that consumption of sugary drinks may be associated with increased risk of some cancers,” Graham Wheeler, senior statistician of the Cancer Research UK said of the study. ― AFP


Celebration Of Life for Beth Chapman open to the public in Colorado – KKTV 11 News

July 10th, 2019

AURORA, Colo. (KKTV) – The public is invited to attend the Celebration Of Life Services for reality TV star Beth Chapman, according to a post on the Facebook account Duane “Dog” Chapman.

Beth recently passed away following a lengthy fight with cancer.

The service is being held on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Heritage Christian Center at 14401 E. Exposition Avenue in Aurora.

The Chapman family is known for their bounty hunting and bail bonds business, which was featured on the hit A&E show, “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” The series took place in Hawaii and in Colorado, where Duane Chapman is from and the couple still owns a home.


Taylor Swift Shakes Off Scooter Braun Drama at Prime Day Concert – E! NEWS

July 10th, 2019
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Taylor Swift is shaking off the recent drama with Scooter Braun to deliver the most amazing live concert. 

In honor of Amazon Prime Day, the singer is taking part in a star-studded concert that is streaming live across the globe. Hundreds of thousands of Amazon Prime members tuned in to Prime Video to watch the “Love Story” singer perform her hit songs “You Need to Calm Down” and “ME!” T-Swift and her dancers pranced and sang in shiny purple ensembles.

Dua LipaBecky G and SZA also took to the stage for performances that amped up the crowd ahead of Swift’s grand finale. And comedian Jane Lynch was the hostess who had people laughing all night.

Taylor’s energetic performance was a positive sign that she is not letting her recent feud with Scooter get to her. In her initial statement on the matter she shared that she was “sad and grossed out” by Braun purchasing her masters. 

Of course, Braun and her former label owner, Scott Borchetta, have defended their actions. But the 29-year-old artist has plenty of people backing her in this debacle. HalseyCara Delevigne and Brendon Urie have all spoken out to express their support for their famous friend.

And a source previously told E! News, “Taylor doesn’t care if she has enemies and if all of Scooter’s friends support him. She knows what his intentions are and why he did this. She has her friends who will stand by and support her, too. She feels very strongly about this, and standing up to Scooter.”

It’s the clear the artist is a force to be reckoned with. On Wednesday, Forbes released it’s list of highest-paid entertainers in the world, with Swift earning the top spot. According to the magazine, she earned around $185 million in the past year alone.

No wonder she’s so Fearless!

Don’t miss E! News every weeknight at 7, only on E!


Windows 10 preview tests password-free sign-ins – Engadget

July 10th, 2019

DOH: Visitor to Hawaii Island contracts 6th confirmed case of rat lungworm disease – Hawaii News Now

July 10th, 2019

“Washing fresh fruits and vegetables carefully no matter where they come from is an important step to preventing rat lungworm disease,” said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist. “Thoroughly inspecting and rinsing produce under clean, running water is the most effective way to remove pests and other contaminants.”