Weather phenomenon on Sebago Lake causes bizarre “waves of snowballs”

About a month ago, Stone Point Studio of Maine posted an amazing video to their YouTube page of a rare weather phenomenon taking place on Sebago Lake: The video, which has roughly 183,000 views on the studio’s Facebook page and 17,000 views on their YouTube page, has also been shared widely …

Weather phenomenon on Sebago Lake causes bizarre “waves of snowballs”

About a month ago, Stone Point Studio of Maine posted an amazing video to their YouTube page of a rare weather phenomenon taking place on Sebago Lake: The video, which has roughly 183,000 views on the studio’s Facebook page and 17,000 views on their YouTube page, has also been shared widely …

Avast SafeZone Browser Lets Attackers Access Your Filesystem

An anonymous reader writes: Just two days after Comodo’s Chromodo browser was publicly shamed by Google Project Zero security researcher Tavis Ormandy, it’s now Avast’s turn to be publicly scorned for failing to provide a “secure” browser for its users. Called SafeZone, and also known as Avastium, Avast’s custom browser is offered as a bundled download for all who purchase or upgrade to a paid version of Avast Antivirus 2016. This poor excuse of a browser was allowing attackers to access files on the user’s filesystem just by clicking on malicious links. The browser wouldn’t even have to be opened, and the malicious link could be clicked in “any” browser.

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Boy ordered to take off Princess Elsa costume during his school’s Disney day

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A California middle school is facing backlash after a 13-year-old student was ordered to remove his Princess Elsa costume during a Disney dress-up day

Austin Lacey, an eighth-grader at Ethan Chase Middle School in Riverside County, was among many students who came to school in costume for a Disney-themed spirit day Thursday, and decided to dress up in a sparkly blue gown and blonde braided wig to emulate Frozen‘s Princess Elsa.

“I wore it for fun because I’m just one of those people,” Lacey told KTLA. “I like to go all out.”

Other students liked the costume, too, Lacey said, and asked to take selfies with him Read more…

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Upside down wine glass lets you look even less sober

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The image of fancy people drinking from regular wine glasses has become such a cliche. Defy convention and look like you’re too drunk to hold a glass properly with the upside-down wine glass.

The novelty glass comes from gadget shop Red5, which dreams of a world in which people don’t conform to mainstream drinking vessels. While similar in appearance to your standard wine glass, a quick examination reveals that the rim is sealed off while the foot contains an opening you can drink from.

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“We don’t mean to be rude but we bet that your glass cupboard is pretty boring,” the product description politely explains. “Lots of standard glasses in the standard shape that you would expect to find in any home. The Upside Down Wine Glass is a revolution in glass design and will literally turn the world upside down.” Read more…

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Researchers say Zika virus could be spread through kissing

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian researchers said Friday that they had found the “active” presence of the Zika virus in saliva and urine samples, raising the possibility that the infection could be spread through kissing and other contact involving bodily fluids.

Until now, Zika was believed to be mostly transmitted by mosquitoes, although in some cases it is suspected of having moved from one person to another through sexual intercourse or a blood transfusion. Researchers said the latest discovery meant extra care was needed, especially in contacts with pregnant women, given the possible link of the virus to a sharp increase here in reports of the birth defect microcephaly.

Scientists at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil’s leading medical research institution, said in a statement that they had observed for the first time “the destruction or modification of cells provoked by Zika, which proved viral activity.”

The discovery, they said, amounts to “new paradigms for the understanding of transmission routes of the Zika virus.”

“It was already known that the virus could be present in urine and saliva. This is the first time that we showed that the virus is active – in other words, with the potential to provoke infection,” Myrna Bonaldo, a researcher and one of the team leaders, said in the statement.

Infectious-disease specialists said the discovery should not take the focus away from the battle to control the mosquito that carries the virus.

Brazil is in the midst of a Zika epidemic that the government blames for potentially thousands of cases of microcephaly, a rare congenital disorder that causes babies to be born with small heads and possible brain damage. Friday’s news comes at the beginning of the annual Carnival festivities here and across the Americas, when revelers often kiss strangers in the streets and casually engage in other forms of intimate contact.

The World Heath Organization has issued a global public health emergency over Zika and its suspected link to complications in newborns but has not scientifically confirmed a definite connection between Zika and microcephaly.

Doctors cautioned that the results released Friday are preliminary and said more testing was needed to determine Zika’s ability to spread by contact such as kissing.

Peter Hotez, dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, said that the finding is interesting but that scientists do not know yet whether the virus actually can be transmitted through saliva or urine. Getting that answer could alter our understanding of the ways in which the disease spreads, he said.

“That’s the big question,” Hotez said.

Impeachment: Why the LePage Attempt Failed

Maine just experienced the nation’s latest try at impeaching the executive head of government. The matter went nowhere, because the move looked too much like politics. Federal and state governments have shown just how hard it is to remove a chief executive. Few governors have been impeached and fewer yet …

Impeachment: Why the LePage Attempt Failed

Maine just experienced the nation’s latest try at impeaching the executive head of government. The matter went nowhere, because the move looked too much like politics. Federal and state governments have shown just how hard it is to remove a chief executive. Few governors have been impeached and fewer yet …

Providence-Maine college hockey summary

Providence 1, Maine 0 (OT) First period — No scoring. Second period — No scoring. Third period — No scoring. Overtime — 1. PC, Saracino 9 (Pinho), 2:13. Shots on goal: PC 11-20-18-2 — 51; Maine 4-5-9-1 — 19 Goaltenders: PC, Ellis (19 shots-19 saves); Maine, Morris (51-50) High percentage …

Providence-Maine college hockey summary

Providence 1, Maine 0 (OT) First period — No scoring. Second period — No scoring. Third period — No scoring. Overtime — 1. PC, Saracino 9 (Pinho), 2:13. Shots on goal: PC 11-20-18-2 — 51; Maine 4-5-9-1 — 19 Goaltenders: PC, Ellis (19 shots-19 saves); Maine, Morris (51-50) High percentage …