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Google turns Android phones into an earthquake detection network

Google is rolling out a feature that not only gives you an early warning about potential earthquakes happening, but also turns your phone into a mini seismometer and makes it part of a network of shockwave-detecting Android devices. “Your Android phone can turn into a mini seismometer, joining millions of other Android phones out there to form the world’s largest earthquake detection network.” When your device senses something, it’ll send a message to Google’s earthquake detection server with rough location information. The server will then gather data from other devices to corroborate and see if an earthquake is happening.

Pinterest expands lipstick Try on feature to over 10,000 shoppable shades

Pinterest announced updates to increase the discoverability of beauty products and tutorials personalized to individual skin tones, styles, and preferences on its platform. The network made its search filter for skin tone ranges available in countries beyond the U.S. including the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Pinterest also refreshed the filter’s design to surface options from search results, and it introduced new shades to its virtual lipstick Try on experience, which lets users preview lipstick shades via augmented reality. The network says Try on covers over 10,000 shoppable shades discoverable across 48 million beauty Pins.

Science News

Dolphin study could lead to strategies for slowing down human aging

In dolphins, four key traits demonstrate how aging shows up in the blood. Scientists took blood samples in 144 dolphins over 25 years to home in on markers that are relevant to human health. The team identified four biomarkers in dolphin blood that help to measure the rate of aging: Hemoglobin, Lymphocytes, Platelets and Alkaline phosphatase. “Based on these indices, we were able to confirm the presence of both slow and accelerated aging dolphins.” Hemoglobin and lymphocytes, for instance, decline with age. The finding “supports that key, non-environmental drivers of aging rate can be identified, and thus, may be targeted to slow aging itself.”

Young nearsighted kids benefit from bifocal contact lenses, study shows

In nearsighted kids, multifocal contact lenses with a heavy dose of added reading power can dramatically slow further progression of myopia. In the three-year clinical trial, a bifocal contact lens prescription with the highest near-work correction slowed nearsightedness progression by 43 percent when compared to single-vision contact lenses. “Kids can still focus their eyes, even though they’re wearing multifocal contact lenses, so it’s like fitting them with normal contact lenses. They adapt much easier than adults.” On average, the three-year eye growth with the high-add bifocals was .23 millimeters less than in kids wearing single-vision lenses.

Business News

Masks may be causing a blow to lipstick sales, but eye makeup sales are booming as Americans find creative ways to use cosmetics

While sales of lipstick are on the decline, demand for products like eye shadow are on the rise as consumers experiment with “above the mask” beauty. Eye makeup sales are up 204% year-over-year for the three-month period ending on June 28. Suddenly how-to guides for bold eyes and tips for how to apply mask makeup are popping up everywhere among beauty influencers on YouTube and TikTok, with the latter amassing more than 53 million views from videos tagged #MaskMakeup. Lipstick, on the other hand, has been an early casualty of the pandemic, with Amazon sales of “lip care and color”  dropping 15% and prices declining by 28%.

Walmart and Instacart partner for same-day U.S. delivery in fight against Amazon’s Whole Foods

Walmart is partnering with Instacart to offer same-day delivery starting in a few U.S. markets, making it the latest major grocery chain to team up with Instacart in its fight against Amazon and Whole Foods. “The new partnership brings thousands of items — from groceries, alcohol and pantry staples to home decor and improvement, personal care, electronics and more — at everyday low prices from Walmart stores to customers’ doors in as fast as an hour.” By offering quick delivery, big chain grocers have a stronger position against Amazon, which offers grocery delivery services Amazon Fresh and Amazon Prime Now.

Miscellaneous News

Singapore crushes massive ivory haul on eve of World Elephant Day

Singapore began destroying nine tonnes of seized ivory, the largest such action globally in recent years, including contraband tusks that came from more than 300 African elephants. The destruction was held on the eve of World Elephant Day, and aims to prevent the items from re-entering the market and disrupt the global supply chain of illegally traded ivory. A spokeswoman for the board said it would take three to five days for all of the ivory — seized between 2014 and 2019 — to be crushed, after which the fragments will be incinerated.

Police arrest 17 after raiding largest cocaine factory ever found in Netherlands

About 100kg of crack cocaine and tens of thousands of litres of chemicals were discovered when detectives raided a former horse riding school. Inside the laboratory, which lies 75 miles (120km) northeast of Amsterdam, they found sleeping quarters and recreational areas. The laboratory was able to produce cocaine with a street value of €4.5m to €6m (£4m to £5.4m) every day. “Given the number of people who worked there, the installation, the size, the furnishings and the equipment, we estimate the production capacity at 150kg to 200kg of cocaine per day.”

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