Crystals Make It Possible For Humans To Breathe Underwater


(PCM) A group of Danish scientists have made a breakthrough by creating crystals that will allow humans to breathe underwater without the assistance of an oxygen tank. They even say that these new absorption crystals could even be used to help individuals suffering from certain respiratory aliments that require the use of heavy oxygen tanks.

The crystalline material discovered by the scientists has the ability to pull oxygen out of both water and air. It can then bind to and store oxygen in high concentrations. The crystals can also control the release time and amount of oxygen depending on the needs of each individual user. It could basically turn people into their very own version of the superhero Aquaman! Just think of the possibilities.

Scientists from the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Sydney, Professor Christine McKenzie and Jonas Sundberg, showed that approximately 10 liters of microscopic crystal grains, could be enough to completely suck the oxygen out of a room. The scientists say “A few grains contain enough oxygen for one breath, and as the material can absorb oxygen from the water around the diver and supply the diver with it, the diver will not need to bring more than these few grains.” The crystals use the element cobalt which is then bound in an organic molecule. 

The material has a sponge like effect with oxygen. Once the oxygen has been absorbed by the crystals a bit of heat or low oxygen pressure causes it to be released. The scientists are also looking into whether or not light could have any effect on the crystals as well. 

There has been no additional information released about how the crystals would actually work on human test subjects, however there is certainly a lot of promise with this amazing discovery. 


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First Official Trailer of Upcoming Biopic ‘Steve Jobs’

Based on this trailer alone, I’m guessing the people at Apple can’t be happy.  ‘Steve Jobs‘ is a dramatized account of events surrounding the Apple co-founder’s launch of a number of iconic products, beginning with the iMac in 1998. Although many at execs at Apple are probably concerned over the public opinion this film may cause, this highly controversial biopic focusing on the technology giant, will in all likely hood have a 0% effect on Apple or their consumers. Still there is no denying that this movie has some serious talent behind it.

Directed by Danny Boyle, best known for his Academy Award in Directing for Slumdog Millionaire, and written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin. Boyle has assembled an all-star cast including Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, and Seth Rogen, among many others.  CHECK OUT THE FIRST OFFICIAL TRAILER RIGHT HERE!

It’s no secret screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has very little love for “Silicon Valley”, and the trailer is packed with jabs at Mr. Jobs. The film is based on a book of the same title, written by Walter Isaacson and transitioned for the big screen by Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin earned his Academy Award for a similar project, The Social Network, which unapologetically tell the story of Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. After seeing this trailer, that is pretty much what I would  like this project to reflect.

Wether you agree with the angle the film is taking or not, there is no denying this is a well cut trailer. The music, the pacing, the cuts; this is one of the best edited trailers I have seen in awhile. I base that on the fact that I had very little interest in this film and now after viewing the trailer I find myself quite intrigued. What exactly made him such an @sshole?

Personally I could care less about the accuracy, I just want to see a good film. There are elements of this trailer that remind me of The Social Network combined with a slight Wolf of Wall Street vibe. Granted this film does not include the director from either film, but it does share some common elements. Both films are biopics based on books adopted for the screen by Aaron Sorkin. Also according to IMDB,

David Fincher was originally attached to direct, but was dropped from the film by Sony after his demands – a $10,000,000 salary and full creative control of the project – could not be met by the studio. Fincher wanted Christian Bale to play the lead role. After his departure, Danny Boyle signed on to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio was approached about the title role. Ultimately, however, DiCaprio passed on the project and Christian Bale was offered it instead. However, Bale also declined the role, feeling he was not right for the part after which Michael Fassbender entered to star in the film.

At the end of the day, the old mantra holds true; “Any publicity, is good publicity”. This is the third movie focusing on the life of Steve Jobs, and there has yet to be any correlation between the films and Apple stock. Realistically nothing about this film will prevent me from leaving the theater, using my iPhone and coming home to type my review on iMac. Thoughts?

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July 3 in Pop Culture History

03July 3 in Pop Culture History
1819 – The Bank of Savings in New York City, an early savings bank in the United States, opened. Many think it was the oldest, but the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society, was headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. PSFS was founded in December 4, 1816.

1852 – Congress established the United States’ 2nd mint in San Francisco.

1884 – Dow Jones and Company published its first stock average. The company was founded by three reporters: Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser.

1952 – The Constitution of Puerto Rico was approved by the Congress of the United States.

1969 – Rolling Stone member Brian Jones dies in an accidental drowning (aged 27)

1969 – Lulu the elephant went off script on live BBC television’s ‘Blue Peter,’ making the first on-air animal “blooper” we could find.

1971 – Doors frontman Jim Morrison died of an accidental drug overdose (aged 27)

1985 – Back to the Future was released, featuring the now famous 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 time machine/automobile

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Bubble Wrap Will Soon Lose Its’ Satisfying “Pop!”


(PCM) We were really hoping that this story wasn’t true, but it appears that there are going to be some major changes coming to our beloved Bubble Wrap. Seriously, who doesn’t love popping Bubble Wrap? It is delightfully therapeutic in an odd way.

It appears that due to cut down on production costs, Bubble Wrap will now be losing it’s satisfying popping sound! We are horrified! Sealed Air Corp., the makers of Bubble Wrap, have announced that they will be changing their entire design in effort to save some bucks. The classic Bubble Wrap has been in existence since 1960, but according to Sealed Air Corp,  the shipping rates are now too high because Bubble Wrap takes up too much space.

The company has now designed iBubble Wrap which will be delivered to retailers in flat sheets that they will then have to inflate themselves. Here’s where it gets worse … the air pockets in each sheet will now be connected, so if you got to squeeze one, the air will just travel to another pocket and its’ bye-bye popping sound.

Many have already begun slamming Sealed Air Corp on social media in light of the change, as many feel that Bubble Wrap is just too iconic of a product to change this drastically. Many feel that Bubble Wrap is used for way more than just packing material, as it can be a great stress reliever and provide hours of entertainment to folks young and old.

To help ease the minds of Bubble Wrap enthusiasts, Sealed Air Corp let them know that traditional Bubble Wrap wasn’t going way completely, but they were only just expanding their family of products. That is certainly some good news at least, especially for a product that even has it’s own holiday, National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is celebrated on January 26 and its’ Facebook page has over 2 million likes.   

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There’s a New Transporter in the First Teaser Trailer for The Transporter Refueled

TheTransporterRefueled_Poster(PCM) EuropaCorp and Relativity Media debuted the new two-minute-and-thirty-second teaser trailer for The Transporter Refueled via Fandango, starring Ed Skrein in the role previously held by Jason Statham.

The teaser is as action-packed as you’d expect the trailer for the fourth installment in the Transporter series to be and includes harrowing car stunts, bank robberies, kidnapping, and lots of fighting.

Frank Martin (played by newcomer Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life – or so he thinks – transporting classified packages for questionable people.

When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century.

Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. 

From the producers of Lucy and the Taken trilogy, The Transporter Refueled is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers.

The Transporter Refueled, directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions) and written by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Accepted, Exodus: Gods and Kings), stars Ed Skrein (Ill Manners, The Sweeney), Ray Stevenson (Divergent, The Book of Eli), Loan Chabanol (Fading Gigolo), Radivoje Bukvic (Taken, A Good Day to Die Hard), Gabriella Wright (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Anatole Taubman (Quantum of Solace, Taken) and Tatiana Pajkovic.

The Transporter Refueled opens in theaters nationwide September 4, 2015.

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This is Jacobi Oscar Kafer, by Ginger Fish

This is Jacobi Oscar Kafer.
BY: Ginger Fish

Jacob1I stopped for coffee & to go the bathroom at a Starbucks in the Venice, CA area, & this gentleman walked up to my cycle today to spray windex on it, & clean it. My first reaction was “Stay away from the bike” then I stopped myself; he looked broken & mentally & physically worn from the sun, so I turned to him and said “Go ahead and clean it, I’m gonna run into Starbucks for coffee, & when I come out I’ll give you $10″.

I’ve been meaning to clean my bike but I just haven’t found the time to do it. The Starbucks was busy & I wondered when I came back out if he would still be there. When I returned, he was working up, down, & all around the bike. I’ve had my bike detailed at my local Harley dealership & it costs around $150 for them to do the same job this gentleman is doing right now for a fifteenth of the cost.

I finished my coffee & told him I didn’t want to take up anymore of his time today. I reached into my pocket & pulled out all of the spare bills I had that totaled a whopping $36 & handed them to him. I said I wished I had more to give him, & the expression of respect and joy that built up inside of him was immeasurable.

As I bent down to unlock my Helmet, and after I had put it on my head, I reached into my saddle bag to organize a few things I was carrying, and as I did this, he starting working feverishly scrubbing my helmet clean right as I knelt there wearing it. I thanked him for a job well done & went on my way. I got about a half mile away when I decided to turn around.

I found Jacobi in the corner of the parking lot crying with his head held down as tears ran down the bridge of his nose, as if to say I’ve had enough of the struggle & humiliation today. I asked him if could please take a photo of him with my cycle so I could remember him & this job he has done so well. Again he filled with great joy and gratitude for the little bit of respect I bestowed upon him.

He stood proud and strong with an inherent sense of satisfaction & pride for his ability to bring happiness to another person & to contribute to something that brought someone else so much joy today. I was homeless for about a year around 1990 & 1991, so I understand some of what this man has to endure on a day to day basis. As I thanked him again & began to exit, more tears started streaming down his face.

I said to him “please don’t cry” “I have an old friend named Jacobi, & now I have a new friend named Jacobi”. I saw my own feelings of self worth and pride shining through Jacobi as if he was my own child. Never take for granted a helping hand. Even if it’s from someone whom you truly feel doesn’t have a helping hand to give. We are all one.

Sincerely, Ginger

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