Philadelphia Chef Gets Hand Crushed By Pasta Machine, Undergoes Emergency Surgery

May 22, 17 Philadelphia Chef Gets Hand Crushed By Pasta Machine, Undergoes Emergency Surgery

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Approximately 35% of on-the-job injuries are caused by machine accidents each year, but this was no ordinary machine accident — Joe Cicala, popular Philadephia-based chef, caught his hand in a pasta sheeter while making Mother’s Day dinner at Le Virtu, the Philadelphia Italian restaurant where he works. Cicala had been experimenting with a new pasta recipe. but the dough turned out a bit too sticky to be fed easily into the pasta machine. He then put his hand into the machine, attempting to force the dough through the sheeter, but the machine ended up crushing his fingers. “So, like an idiot, I reached in and tried to force it through the machine,” Cicala told Billy Penn. “And then I just heard a crunch. Like a handful of popcorn exploded. It was so gross.” Luckily, Cicala managed to shut the machine off. He tried to remove his fingers, but to no avail — they were completely stuck in between the rollers. And since he was in the basement of the restaurant, nobody heard his pleas for help. Cicala says he was eventually able to nudge his iPhone off table near him. An estimated 50% of mobile phone owners use their phone as their primary internet source, but Cicala used his to activate Siri to call for help. About 30 agonizing minutes later, the paramedics arrived, but none of their equipment — not even their hydraulic separator — could free Cicala from the unrelenting machine. Emergency room visits now number approximately 110 million annually, and Cicala had to make one himself so that surgeons could reattach the nerves and tendons of his fingers. He had broken every single bone in his hand. Cicala posted a picture of his pain killers on Facebook, expressing gratitude for the emergency services. “I almost lost my hand last night in the pasta sheeter at Le Virtu. Thanks the the first responders and the outstanding trauma hand surgeons at Jefferson Hospital everything is reattached with minimal nerve damage,” he wrote. “Follow...

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iPhone Technicians Can Tear Apart Your Phone In 10 Minutes

Screws may not be something of great interest to many people, but there is a multitude of options that make them a pretty fascinating topic. Screws that are on such a small scale that you can’t use conventional tools to work on them, screws that have washers and other components built in, and much more. If you’ve ever taken apart an old smartphone, whether that be because it’s broken and you’re curious, or simply because you’re technically minded, you know that they’re full of tiny screws. In fact, there are 21 tiny screws inside of the Apple iPhone 6S which hold it together. These little micro screws were designed specifically to work with small and fragile products like the internals of your phone. Cell phone repair technicians have special tools that allow them to work with these small products, and allow them to take them apart with relative ease. Obviously, your standard screwdriver would not be enough to do it. Thankfully, unless you’re a technician yourself, you won’t have to try and tinker with these tools. But what about other small-scale projects that you might be working on? What can you do about those? What options do you have that you can work with? There are a lot of options that you can pick from. If you need a washer, get an SEMS screw. They are small screws that can come with those annoying little components. No frustration included. Micro screws are the obvious choice for small electronics, but a SEMS screw, which comes in many sizes, is also a viable choice. And if you end up getting your screw stuck, or stripping it, there are ways to handle that too. Most technicians are probably familiar with many of the ways to handle stripped screws without damaging anything inside, and can probably do it in minutes, like the repair technician in the video linked far above. For the rest of us? These tips can help. So the next time you’re looking at your phone,...

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Studies Suggest Ride-Sharing Reduces Drunk Driving, But Causation is Hard to Prove

Apr 14, 17 Studies Suggest Ride-Sharing Reduces Drunk Driving, But Causation is Hard to Prove

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Despite a recent wave of bad press, ride-hailing platform Uber has managed to retain its good reputation, especially in terms of reducing drunk driving accidents. But while a number of studies have suggested cities that have Uber have decreased alcohol-related crashes, researchers may need to be more careful when determining causation from correlation. While many Americans are staunchly against drunk driving, every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash. It would only make sense that if intoxicated individuals have easier access to a safe ride home, they’d be more inclined to take it instead of getting behind the wheel. One recent independent study found that in four of New York City’s boroughs, alcohol-related car crashes reduced by 25 to 35% since Uber became available for residents in 2011. That amounts to around 40 fewer collisions in those boroughs every month. Another report from Temple University in 2015 found that Uber’s presence correlated with a reduction of motor vehicle-related homicides in the state of California. A study found that in California locations where Uber was made available, the number of alcohol-related accidents decreased by 6.5% every month among younger drivers. And a separate report from West Carolina University suggests that Uber’s availability led to fatal accident rate reductions nationwide. Uber’s own 2015 report stated that Uber ridership spiked during times when drunk driving accidents are most likely to happen. For instance, Independence Day weekend is considered to be the deadliest time of year: on average, 400 accident fatalities occur during that period, and 41% of all accident fatalities are caused by drivers with BAC levels above .08. However, that doesn’t mean that Uber is responsible for reducing drunk driving accidents. After studying 100 highly populated counties across the U.S., one report found no definitive correlation between Uber’s rollouts in those areas and the number of fatal traffic accidents. Experts stress that there are additional variables to consider, and while Uber’s availability may be a contributing factor, correlation does not equate to causation....

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While Understaffed, National Park Service Offers Free Admission April 16-24

Apr 07, 17 While Understaffed, National Park Service Offers Free Admission April 16-24

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In celebration of its 101st anniversary, the National Park Service will be offering free entrance during National Park Week from April 16-24. Visitors can cure their spring fever by enjoying any of the nation’s 417 national parks. Forbes reports that the establishment of the national parks started with the Act of March 1, 1872 and the opening of Yellowstone. From there, the government commissioned national monuments throughout the western region of the country. The National Park Service now has parks in the continental United States as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and Saipan, according to Forbes. Fee free days at the parks cater to all outdoor lovers around the country. Much like 47% of adult campers who report enjoying camping simply for the joy of the activity itself, those seeking beautiful sights and fresh air can revel in the nation’s natural wonders without worrying about cost. For these campers, however, fees still apply. This year’s National Park Week follows a particularly popular year for the Park Service. National Parks Conservation Association reports that the parks saw a record-breaking 331 million visitors in 2016, showing a 13% visitor increase over the last two years. “Today’s report shows that our national parks are more popular than ever,” Theresa Pierno, President and CEO of National Parks Conservation said in a statement. “From the shores of Acadia to the peaks of Rocky Mountain and hallowed ground at Gettysburg, our national parks are dynamic places that visitors from around the world visit to have once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and as these numbers show, national parks are only becoming more popular.” This increase in visitation, however, comes with a drop in staff and funding, placing significant strain on park resources. She cited a $12 billion maintenance backlog. “But this popularity also means more stress on the staff charged with protecting our national parks. Greeting park visitors, giving tours, maintaining historic buildings, monitoring iconic wildlife and rescuing lost hikers require the dedicated efforts of tens of...

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Wells in Maine Contaminated With Arsenic; Scientists Urge Residents to Take Action

Apr 06, 17 Wells in Maine Contaminated With Arsenic; Scientists Urge Residents to Take Action

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In Augusta, Maine, concerns are being raised about potential contamination in tap water. Scientists shared their research last week at the Maine Sustainability and Water Conference held by Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. Scientists are encouraging residents to test their water for invisible pollutants such as lead and arsenic. Their goal isn’t to frighten people, but rather to educate them about the potential dangers of contaminated tap water. “The major problem is that Maine has a high reliance on wells, but very few people test their wells,” said Anna Farrell of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor. “And knowing what to do with that information once you get it is also not known.” Arsenic is a toxic chemical that is naturally found in Maine’s bedrock and soil. According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It dissolves into the drinking water through the ground or as runoff, eventually making its way into the private wells that more than half of Maine residents solely rely on for drinking water. About 90% of our freshwater supplies lie underground, but less than 27% of the water Americans use comes from underground sources, which illustrates the underutilization of groundwater. But considering that an estimated 10% of wells in Maine have elevated levels of arsenic, perhaps those numbers are too high. Drinking arsenic-contaminated water can lead to the development of health issues such as skin damage, stomach pain, nausea, circulation problems, and tingling in the hands and feet. Long term exposure can increase the risk of developing cancers of the skin, bladder, and lungs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In children, arsenic exposure can cause low birth weights and affect brain development. Ultimately, the Maine CDC highly recommends testing tap water every three to five years for arsenic, lead, uranium, radon, and fluoride levels. Tests are available at laboratories across the state and generally cost no more than $100. If high levels of arsenic are detected, the Maine CDC...

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