Uniqueness & Independence

Bahamas shark attack victim shares harrowing story of survival

An experienced diver who survived a shark attack in the Bahamas last week spoke on TODAY Monday about the harrowing moment when he realized the shark had struck him from behind. Jonathan Hernandez, a professional boat captain and fisherman from Florida, was spearfishing with friends off Abaco Island when he found himself in mortal danger from a shark bite. “I ...

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Dow Sets Record Not Seen in over 80 Years

The S&P 500 set a new closing record on Monday, surpassing its all-time high from last month, as investors breathe a sigh of relief and global stocks rally following the trade developments over the weekend. While stocks lost some steam after opening sharply higher, the S&P 500 (SPX) climbed 0.8% to close at 2,964 points. The index also surpassed its ...

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Your July Financial To-Do List

For many people, summer offers the chance to enjoy some down-time and focus on the company of family and friends. But at this halfway point in the year, we recommend consumers also take a few moments to tend to their financial well-being. July is a good month to review your finances for the year so far and prepare for the ...

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A Tool to Help Home Microgrids Stay Off Grid as Long as Possible

Researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) have developed an optimization tool for microgrids that allows homes to stay off grid as long as possible, generally using solar, storage and smart meters. The researchers recently received a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office, based on a grant from the US Department of Energy. The tool aims to optimize the ...

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Biohackers Want To Upgrade Their Brains, Their Bodies And Human Nature

Even if you haven’t heard the term “biohacking” before, you’ve probably encountered some version of it. Maybe you’ve seen Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey extolling the benefits of fasting intermittently and drinking “salt juice” each morning. Maybe you’ve read about former NASA employee Josiah Zayner injecting himself with DNA using the gene-editing technology CRISPR. Maybe you, like me, have a colleague ...

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The Tyranny of Workplace Food-Shamers

The first time someone commented on what I was eating at work, I was a teenager at my first job, manning the front desk at the local courthouse’s law library. On the way out one day, a regular visitor interrupted my fistful of cashews to tell me he loved watching me eat—I did it with such relish. Before I could ...

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Why We Shouldn’t Keep Shame To Ourselves

Within the past few years, the topic of shame has grown increasingly popular, especially as Brené Brown’s TED Talk gains more views. Whether you are a Christian or not, shame is a familiar emotion — it is a common and painful human reaction that everyone feels at some point in their lives. The apostle Paul often encouraged churches to not ...

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We Should All Be Worried About Facial Recognition Boarding Passes

Let’s be honest: Air travel already feels pretty invasive. Between the full-body metal detectors, police dogs sniffing for bombs, and pat-downs by TSA agents, it’s no wonder we all dread going through the airport security line. (By the way, these four letters on your boarding pass will guarantee you a longer wait.) But those measures are not what privacy advocates ...

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To Go or Not To Go to Church?

I grew up a preacher’s kid and was involved in church until my mid-20s. However, as I grew older and, in my mind, wiser, I started to see behind the curtain a bit. And what I saw, I didn’t like. Over time, I stopped attending church. I didn’t like the hypocrisy of seeing people say one thing, yet do another. ...

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