This is what life on Earth will be like in the future. Another good reason to move to mars. (AP Photos) Robot sex are right this very instant trending online, so naturally Shine needed to investigate.
What we found is: Yup. People like to fantasize about having sex with robots. But this fact is pulsing now because of a new report published in the very legit, non-pornographic scientific journal Futures.
In a paper called "Robots, Men and Sex Tourism," two researchers from New Zealand's University of Wellington prophesize that robots will replace prostitutes in the next thirty to forty years.
"In 2050, Amsterdam's red light district will all be about android prostitutes who are clean of sexual transmitted infections, not smuggled in from Eastern Europe and forced into slavery, the city council will have direct control over android sex workers controlling prices, hours of operations and sexual services," posit researchers Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars.
Overall, they believe it's a good thing for our society. Paid sex will be more hygienic (depending on a robot pimp's attention to
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This is what life on Earth will be like in the future. Another good reason to move to mars. (AP Photos) Robot sex are right this very instant trending online, so naturally Shine needed to investigate.Read More »from Weird Sex: Robot Sex is in All of Our Futures
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Fri, Apr 20, 2012 11:12 AM EDT
It took $500,000, 16 carats worth of diamonds and a year of planning to make Angelina Jolie's engagement ring, and only days to knock it off. Robert Procop's emerald-cut ring has already be reincarnated by both high and low-end designers. Thanks to the internet and factory-style jewelry making, you don't need Brad or a bank account to try your hand at the look. As of now, Kate's blue sapphire still holds the lead for most reproductions. But by the time you get to the end of this Jolie knock-off slideshow that could have changed.
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(ThinkStock Photos)If you're deciding where to raise your children, you may want to consult with the Center for Disease Control. The agency's new report maps the states with the highest rates of deadly accidents among kids.
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In 2009, the country lost 9,000 to preventable injuries, according to the CDC's Vital Signs report. While accidental deaths among children have dropped by 30 percent nationwide, the U.S. still had one of the worst records in comparison to other high-income countries worldwide.
Overall, motor vehicle crashes remained the number-one cause of death. Suffocation among infants went up over 50 percent and poisoning rates among teens spiked, mainly due to prescription painkillers. "The same drug epidemic we've been describing in our adult population is also now happening with our kids," Dr. Julie Gilchrist, a CDC medical epidemiologist and co-author of the study, told Shine.
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Wed, Apr 18, 2012 6:16 PM EDT
This past weekend, the world's leading bridal gown designers debuted their Spring 2013 collections in New York. Not that you could tell from photos. The offerings from Vera, Oscar and Carolina were more costume closet than Kleinfeld's. Scrolling through the Brides.com runway gallery, it's clear that white is out and red is in. Masks are the new veils and sleeves have a mind of their own. Check out some of the most non-traditional looks on the bridal runway.
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Makeup Artist's Amazing Celebrity Transformations, from Mona Lisa to Angelina. Promise Phan Tells Shine Who's NextBy Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | The Thread – Wed, Apr 18, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Some women spend thousands on surgery to look more like Angelina Jolie. Promise Phan does it in minutes with some lip liner and an eye pencil. She can also transform into Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift or even Michael Jackson on a whim.
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Call her 'the human chameleon,' or as many have dubbed her in recent weeks, 'the Internet's newest beauty guru.' The young video blogger's talent for transforming into celebrities with little more than a blush brush and some eye shadow is changing the way people think about makeup.
Posting under the innocuous username dope2111, Phan has churned out viral YouTube hits using her face as a blank canvas and celebrities as her muses.
A makeup artist's guide to runway-ready skin
"I have drawn portraits ever since I was a little girl," Phan tells Shine. "Now I use makeup instead of a pencil to draw with, and my face instead of paper to draw on."
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 5:57 PM EDT
(ThinkStock Images)It's just fish and rice. What's the worst that could happen? Let's start with salmonella poisoning. Over 100 people in 20 states have reported symptoms (diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever), after eating spicy tuna rolls and sashimi.Read More »from The Dangers of Eating Sushi: A Worst Case Scenario Guide
What you should know about the Salmonella sushi outbreak
Still, my passion for taking risks via lunch is undeterred. I eat sushi in Piven-like quantities, brushing aside the regular threats like some unnecessary green plastic wasabi divider. And despite all the bad press I still subscribe to the belief that my maki combo lunch special is healthier than a Big Mac.
But after a little research, I take it all back.
Put to the Morgan Spurlock 30-day test, raw fish, seaweed and rice might be just as bad as a pink slime burger. First there's the fact that a spicy tuna roll, one of the more affordable and snack-able sushi menu items, averages more calories than a Big Mac, so says the Daily Plate. This is news to me, but at least sushi it isn't low-grade
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Vitality – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 1:19 PM EDT
The billionaire with wife number five. (Foto © AP)If you had almost five billion dollars, what would you do? For Karl Wlaschek, the answer is marry a lot.Read More »from 94-year-old Billionaire Marries for Fifth Time. To Be Old, Rich and in Love
Forbes is reporting via Vienna News that Austrian retail tycoon Wlaschek will wed for the fifth time at the ripe old age of 94. His bride-to-be, girlfriend Friederike 'Ricki' Schenk, won't reveal her age, but is likely a good three decades behind her groom. That means Wlaschek, a self-made mogul, has defied stereotypes by proposing to a woman who's closer to his age than the average Hef-to-twin-sisters ratio.
Read: the female self-made billionaire everyone's talking about
Still, the billionaire with the prolific marriage history is a plot-line we've seen over and over again. Revlon honcho Ron Perelman wed number five two years ago, shortly after the ink dried on his brutal divorce from actress Ellen Barkin. Larry Ellison and T. Boone Pickens are up to number four and the night is still young.
Five-timer Wlaschek earned his $4.7 billion dollar bank account by founding Billa, a
It's been ten years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved Botox for use on wrinkles. Between now and April 15, 2002 a lot has happened. High-profile lawsuits, medical breakthroughs, tragedies, controversies, reality TV segments and a generation of celebrities suspended in their mid-thirties.
Hollywood royalty may have been the first to jump on the wrinkle-filler trend but it was years before they actually admitted it. For years their M.O. was "Deny Deny Deny", but as the rest of the country has caught up with the trend, stars are finally letting their guard down, if not their forehead skin. Here are the true confessions of the celebrity Botox bunch.
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Apr 12, 2012 6:49 PM EDT
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Before and after pictures of a tiny closet turned baby nursery. (via hitherandthither.net) If you live in a 550 square foot studio apartment, you're not deciding what room to turn into a nursery, you're deciding if you really need a kitchen. New parents Ashley and Aron had this dilemma as they awaited the birth of their baby Hudson in the confines of their one-room New York City micro-apartment.
That's when creativity kicked in. First they converted Aron's closet, all six square feet of it, into Hudson's makeshift room. Next they found a mini-crib, perfect for tiny spaces. The Bloom Alma Urban Crib is about the size of a large basinet, but with the frame and bars of a crib. It can comfortably accommodate a child up to one years old and fits neatly into any made-over closet area. (The family plans to move to a bigger space by Hudson's first birthday.)
To add a little magic to the former storage space, they papered the wall behind the crib with a white and green animal farm pattern. A bright yellow mobile gave the space a burst of color, without overwhelming the tiny
Betty White is a genius. The 90-year-old comedienne took NBC and the Internet by storm by using bawdy humor to turn an elderly female stereotype on its head. But lately, I'm not sure if her impact is doing women of a certain age any favors.
In a new campaign for Kraft Mac & Cheese, titled "Two Old Birds", Frankie, 87, and Dottie, 86, are starring in video spots and tweeting on behalf of the brand. So far they've tweeted befuddled messages about internet trends ("just learned about planking. anybody know what it means") and griped about Facebook ("Too much information!")
They've also been grappling with basic concepts of a wired world: "I don't have one of those things here that have you connect to a computer...you mean the Wi-Fi? Wee-fi?"
While Frankie and Dottie are certainly "lovable" as the Kraft campaign has described them, the term is a little condescending for two people who've lived through multiple wars, the women's rights movement and childbirth, to say the least.
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