Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida Stay on target If two-headed sharks look and sound bizarre to you, unfortunately, it’s something you may want to get used to. Not only are they real, but they’re becoming more and more ubiquitous, according to researchers.National Geographic published a piece a couple of days ago on November 5th stating that two-headed sharks are, in fact, real, and there are a whole lot more of them discovered here and there. Many seem to be relegated to embryos or infant sharks, but there have been several recorded instances of adolescent sharks as well.The blue shark seems to be the species most likely to spawn two-headed offspring because female blue sharks can carry up to 50 babies at once. Unfortunately, there’s not much to explain the phenomenon further beyond overfishing being a cause of some genetic abnormalities such as these bizarre two-headed beasts.This isn’t a new trend, however. It seems it can all be tied back to 2008, when a fisherman caught a two-headed blue shark embryo while fishing off the coast of Australia, and the instances sort of spiraled out of control from there. Following that incident, a group of fishermen in Florida in 2013 gutted a Bull shark to find a two-headed shark fetus in its uterus.It seems that the shark population is dwindling down, and that means the gene pool is shrinking as well. This gives way to a higher risk of genetic abnormalities, like one-eyed sharks or the two-headed creatures we’ve been seeing so much of lately.Of course, there are those who say this isn’t a growing trend at all: Dr. Felipe Galván-Magaña, for instance. The rising numbers of two-headed sharks reflect, in his opinion, the fact that there are simply new and more numerous scientific journals to publish these findings in.Whatever the case may be that’s bringing us more of these unfortunate abnormalities; one thing’s for sure: they sure are creepy.
A Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac ArrestParrot ‘Falls in Love’ With Amazon Alexa, Uses It to Order T… Stay on target If you’re an avid Google Home or Amazon Echo user, you should know or already are aware that both of the home assistants can and do record your voice. They’re listening, and they’re definitely keeping track of what’s been said. This isn’t a new concept or anything like that. Your internet history and activity online is recorded every time you visit a site, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the ‘always-listening’ devices in your home are retaining some of that data.That means each time you make a request with your voice the snippets of your request are processed and sent to a server to analyze what you’re asking for and to return results in a manner that’s useful for you. Obviously, the innards of Google Home and Amazon Echo aren’t the end all be all of what’s required to make the devices work, so they’ve got to relay the information to be quick and snappy. Anything you say, however, before commanding Alexa or Google Home is not recorded.But the reason why either device would even listen in the first place has to do with “wake words,” as explained in this Wired article. The process has much to do with buffering data and ensuring the products don’t miss out on a request by being too slow. So by keeping an “ear” out so to speak ensures the machines can do what you need them to as soon as you ask instead of there being a delay. There are security measures in place to keep the information that could be heard in your home out of the hands of hackers, but with any information shared on the internet, there’s the potential that someone could get a hold of your communications.In short, yeah — the assistants do record you, but it’s for a good reason, and you don’t have to worry what’s being done with this communication. It’s all in the name of making these products more helpful. If you’re worried about sharing confidential information they may not be for you.
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Arby’s doesn’t have “the meats” anymore: A startup just unveiled its new lab-grown steak, which it claims is the world’s first ever cell-grown beef product.On Wednesday, Aleph Farms announced that it developed cell-grown minute steak, a new product that’s generated from growing different types of natural beef cells, extracting them painlessly from cows, and nourishing the cells into a full 3D structure that replicates regular meat, according to an Aleph Farms press release.This “meat” innovation isn’t your typical knockoff sirloin: Aleph Farms said the lab-grown steak’s appearance, shape, and texture are similar to conventional beef cuts. The lab-grown steak could be a milestone in cell-cultured meat technology, because it requires less resources than the current beef industry.Aleph Farms’ lab-grown steak is slaughter-free, antibiotic-free, and it doesn’t need land, water, feed, and other factors to raise cattle for meat. Cell-grown meat comes from a few living cow cells, and unlike other beef raising processes, these cells are gently harvested until they grow into a complex that’s similar to beef muscle tissue.However, creating lab-grown steak can be a challenging task. A major barrier with lab-grown steak is getting various cell types to engage with each other and build a complete tissue structure as they would inside a real cow. The right nutrients would also have to be present, because their combination would enable the multicellular matrix to stay strong and not break.Photo Credit: Aleph Farms/YouTubeThankfully though, Aleph Farms is working with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology on a bio-engineering platform to efficiently make lab-grown steak. The company is combining six technologies that allow it to cut down the meat’s production costs, leverage an animal-free growth medium for the cells, and use bioreactors, also known as tanks, to help the cells grow.On a culinary scale, lab-grown steak could be an eco-friendlier cooking option for global eateries. Considering that it has the same look and taste of beef without the negative environmental effects, it could make its way to kitchens worldwide in the future.“For me, it’s a great experience to eat meat that has the look and feel of beef but has been grown without antibiotics and causes no harm to animals or the environment,” Amir Ilan, an Israeli chef, said in the press release. “Aleph Farms meat has high culinary potential – it can be readily incorporated into top-shelf preparations or served in premium-casual restaurants, trendy cafes, bistros, or other eateries.”More on Geek.com:WTF? Wednesday: ‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food MuseumScientists Shine Light on Bacteria That Causes Food PoisoningStudy: College Students Choose Smartphones Over Food Stay on target