TwoHeaded Sharks Are Freaky And Researchers Are Seeing More

first_img 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.last_img read more

Google Home and Amazon Echo Do Record You And Heres Why

first_img 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.last_img read more