A Look At The Top Tailgating Universities In the United States
Oct16

A Look At The Top Tailgating Universities In the United States

From the pickled herring consumption of the St. Olaf College Oles to the Midnight Yell heard on Texas A and M’s campus, tailgating traditions are a big part of the American college experience. Business Insider recently released its list of the 50 Best College Tailgates In America. The list was comprised of Scott Backstrom’s rankings of the best college tailgates throughout the country where fans come together to eat, drink, and have fun before losing their minds at a football game. Backstrom, creator of the famed TailgateMaster.com, earned his nickname “Tailgate Master” by knowing just what it takes for a school to have a successful pregame party — and it’s a little more than having just one or two weird traditions. Here are some of the factors that Backstrom takes a look at when determining which schools make the list of the best college tailgates. Grilling and eating According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 79.1 million Americans reported grilling at some point in 2016. A tailgate isn’t complete without the smell of grilled meats present. Because of the importance of grilling, a big Texas school like Texas Christian University (TCU) cracks the top 10, coming in at number eight on the list. “The rise of tailgating among the Horned Frogs is something that we hope continues,” Backstrom said. “Huge smokers, grills, and fan vehicles are common. This tailgate is full of purple tents and a cornucopia of food choices.” Entertainment space A lot of tailgaters go just for the tailgate and head home when the game starts (hopefully to watch the game). A good tailgate has plenty of food and drinks but also has fun activities. West Virginia University, coming in at 24, makes the top 25 because of its large tailgating space and plenty of fun abound. “Make your way through the blue and gold lots for a little piece of tailgating heaven,” Backstrom added. Fan camaraderie Tailgating isn’t just about drinking and eating — it’s about showing support for the team and school. A good tailgate should be filled with plenty of positive energy and a sea of color supporting the team. You can certainly expect to see plenty of that at the number 10 tailgating school on this list: Clemson University. “Super friendly fans make this one of the best Saturday games you will ever enjoy,” said...

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Soil’s Carbon Emissions Causing Much More Damage Than Scientists Thought
Oct12

Soil’s Carbon Emissions Causing Much More Damage Than Scientists Thought

Not too many people think of soil as being dangerous to the earth. Thanks to a 26-year study, however, soil’s carbon emissions could trigger disastrous global temperature rises. Soil is typically evaluated based on two features: fertility and texture. Now, it seems carbon evaluations are a necessity as well. According to The Guardian, warming soils are releasing much more carbon into the earth’s atmosphere than scientists originally thought, which might cause a damaging feedback mechanism that increases global temperatures and carbon emissions. The study, published in a report in the peer-review journal, Science, is one of the largest of its kind. Researchers took a look at plots of soil in areas of Massachusetts for 26 years and experimented with heating some of those plots with underground cables. Within the first 10 years of the experiments, there was a strong increase in the carbon emissions from the heated soil plots. From 1991 (when the experiment began), the soil plots lost roughly 17% of the carbon it was storing. “If these findings hold more widely across major terrestrial ecosystems, then a much greater portion of the global soil carbon store could be vulnerable to decomposition and release of carbon dioxide under global warming than previously thought,” said Daniel Metcalfe, of Sweden’s Lund University. Another study published in two overlapping papers in Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, and Global Change Biology, it’s emphasized that more research is needed to determine how soil, if managed properly, can actually help fight global warming. “Many people think of the soil as just dirt,” said Susan Crow, an ecology professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) and co-author of both papers. “But caring for the land by maintaining or rebuilding organic matter, rich in carbon and essential for the life of soil, is a win-win for building resilience in our landscapes and communities through protection of food security, reduced erosion and water pollution, and improved drought tolerance.” Only 1% of the earth’s water is actually sustainable for drinking, but if the carbon emissions continue to increase so much, that could mean disastrous results for the rest of the water supply and for the entire global population. One way to help better control the carbon emissions coming from soil is to use high quality equipment when working with soil. Tungsten carbide, for example, comes in over a dozen different grades that can all be sued for various applications, including to bring durability to soil planter scrapers. According to Tri-State Neighbor, some planters and drills provider opener scrapers to keep soil buildup but that can affect the planting depth and accuracy of...

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7 Tips to Help You Avoid Foreclosure
Oct12

7 Tips to Help You Avoid Foreclosure

Facing foreclosure can be a scary time. Sometimes missing payments is unavoidable, but to avoid losing your home, there are certain actions you should be taking. Not sure where to start? Fortunately, this article takes a look at a few of the steps you can take to ensure the best outcome of your financial situation. Ensure you receive the proper loan in the first place. One of the reasons homeowners lose their homes is because they were given an unaffordable loan in the first place. Make sure you fully understand the terms of your loan and can actually afford it. Get rid of luxuries. If you’re struggling to make payments, getting rid of things like cable and other unnecessary subscriptions will help you come up with some extra cash. Making sacrifices will show servicers you’re really making an effort to make ends meet. Get a detailed record of your expenses. Keep all pay stubs, tax returns, receipts for large purchases, and benefit statements. You’ll need to show an accounting of your expenses to the bank. Do your research and look into various mortgage workouts. If you qualify, refinancing into a longer mortgage with a lower rate would be the best option. Unfortunately, some people may not be able to afford the fees required to do this. You could also consider a loan modification, in which a lender lowers the interest rate and lengthens the payment schedule. Make sure your home is worth saving. If you have extra mortgages and home equity lines of credit, restructering your mortgage might make your payments more than your home is actually worth. If you owe more than your home is worth, it may be time to consider selling. This is an option that would allow you to salvage your credit and allow you to move on with your life without being evicted from your home. Consult an expert. Consulting a housing expert or a lawyer will ensure you take the necessary steps to avoid losing your home. They work with thousands of homeowners every year to reduce the all too common situation of foreclosures. In fact, in 2013, one in every 96 homes reported at least one foreclosure filing. The job of a housing expert or a lawyer is to do everything they can to help a homeowner choose the best option for their personal housing situation. Put your home on the market as soon as possible. If you do decide selling is the best option for you, find a credible real estate agent to help you sell your home as quickly as possible. The sooner you sell your home, the less damage...

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Male Stars And Botox: Beckham Denies It, Sanders Tears Down Stereotypes
Oct09

Male Stars And Botox: Beckham Denies It, Sanders Tears Down Stereotypes

David Beckham is known for his skills on the soccer field, his marriage with Posh Spice herself, and, most of all, his classic good looks. So, when a fan accused him of getting Botox, he reaffirmed that his youthful glow was au naturel. Refinery29 reports that the former footballer was attending wife Victoria Beckham’s fashion show during New York City Fashion week when he was photographed in his usual dapper form. British Vogue shared the photo on Instagram, and one fan decided to comment on his skin: “Botox looks good on David!” Instagram user @stasdoeshair wrote in the comment section. And Beckham wasted no time posting a response: “I don’t agree with Botox miss @stasdoeshair but I’ll take it as a compliment.” Having been voted “Sexiest Man Alive” by People in 2015, the 42-year-old star is apparently committed to avoiding cosmetic surgery. Not that there is anything wrong with Botox. In fact, another retired sports star is endorsing the product, which remains the most popular procedure for women over 35. BET reports that ex-NFL player Deion Sanders is tearing down any negative connotations and masculine stereotypes by speaking out about his experience with Botox. “Fifty is the new 21,” Deion said in a statement, according to BET. “I feel young, I feel very energetic, I feel like taking on the world. I feel like challenging people to work out, to live right, to eat healthy, to make the proper decisions in life. I really feel good. I am in a really good place in life.” He also told BET that he is proud to pioneer the end of the Botox stigma and will even be serving as a Botox Cosmetic “There are a lot of things that I have been the forerunner of,” he said. “So, I had never played football and baseball in the same day, so I did that. So, I don’t mind being a leader when it comes to this because it really helps. I feel like I look good, and I feel...

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Widely Criticized AI Study Claims To Predict Sexual Orientation
Oct02

Widely Criticized AI Study Claims To Predict Sexual Orientation

A new study out of Stanford University suggests that artificial intelligence (AI) can accurately determine someone’s sexual orientation based on their face. CNBC reports that the machine intelligence analyzed dating profile photos. The AI was able to distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual men 81% of the time and 74% among women. By contrast, humans were able to guess correctly 61% of the time for men and 54% for women. According to the study, gay men and women usually had “gender-atypical” facial features. CNBC reports that the researchers suggest that sexual orientation is largely determined by hormones at birth and that female sexuality exists on a more fluid spectrum. There is no doubt that rends in technology have drive our modern digital landscape. About 82% of companies report saving money by switching to cloud computing, virtual reality is creeping into multiple industries, and artificial intelligence has also shown some promise. But many LQBTQA+ advocates say that this use of AI will surely breed discrimination and harm to queer individuals. “Imagine for a moment the potential consequences if this flawed research were used to support a brutal regime’s efforts to identify and/or persecute people they believed to be gay,” Ashland Johnson, director of public education and research for Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement, according to The Guardian . “Stanford should distance itself from such junk science rather than lending its name and credibility to research that is dangerously flawed and leaves the world – and this case, millions of people’s lives – worse and less safe than before.” Michal Kosinski, co-author of the study and Standford professor, said in a statement to The Guardian that is is his role to release the research, without taking opinions into consideration. “One of my obligations as a scientist is that if I know something that can potentially protect people from falling prey to such risks, I should publish it,” he said. “Rejecting the results because you don’t agree with them on an ideological level…you might be harming the very people that you care about.” Advocacy groups and critics also pointed out that the study did not use a diverse pool of subjects, since most of the profiles belonged to white people. According to The Guardian, the researchers also received criticism for only considering the photos that people chose to display on dating profiles. In response to these comments, Kosinski said that he hopes that another researcher picks up the study and proves it incorrect. “I hope that someone will go and fail to replicate this study,” he said in a statement to The Guardian. “I would be the happiest person in the world if I was...

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