Mikaela Rakos

Mikaela is a writer and content curator, looking to discover and share the latest news, art, entertainment and more. When not tracking down new content to share with the world, you can find Mikaela spending quality time with her rescue dog.

Zachary Levi and Sesame Street’s Bert Aren’t Happy With How Much You’re Using Social Media [VIDEO]

It’s time to put down your phones, walk away from your computers and get a breath of fresh air. At least that’s what singer-actor Zachary Levi and Sesame Street’s Bert want you to do. The duo takes a stroll through a Central Park in New York City, singing about how great it is to leave behind technology and social media, even for just a day. No Facebook, email, or Dashburst can hold these two back from enjoying the sunny day. Forget your technology because outside is where it’s at. Like they sin

Watch 60 Years of Climate Change in 15 Seconds

If you thought 2013 was an exceptionally hot year, that’s because it was. NASA recently announced that 2013 was the seventh-warmest year on record since 1880, tied with 2006 and 2009. Data shows that all but one of the 10 warmest years in 134 years have occurred in the new millennium, with 2005 and 2010 as the warmest years. These worsening weather patterns and increasingly hot temperatures are further proof of climate change and the need for continued monitoring of the Earth’s surface temperatu

Apple TV Releases New Channel for Reliving The Beatles’ Glory

Just a day and 50 years ago, on February 9, 1964, as much as 60% of the American population tuned in to the Ed Sullivan Show to watch The Beatles perform live for their first major public appearance. Today, Apple TV inspires the population to once again turn on the TV to watch the four revolutionary musicians. Apple TV allows people to access movies, TV shows, sports, music, photos and more on their TVs. Besides allowing movies, music and radio from iTunes play on TVs, it also plays several ind

Iconic Legend and Former Child Star Shirley Temple Dies at 85

Shirley Temple was known for her acting, dancing and singing achievements as a child star in the 1930s. Her optimism and energy served as an endearing distraction during the Great Depression. With her famous curls and charming dimples, Shirley Temple not only captured the hearts of Americans, but also the top box-office hit from 1935 to 1938. Temple is the only child star to record such high sales, edging out adult actors like Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper and more. Templ

The Next Generation of Energy Efficient Refrigerators Could Be Powered by Magnets

In the latest tech news, refrigerators are literally going to run on magnetic power. General Electric (GE) is developing refrigerators that run on magnets, a big change from the original, 100-year-old refrigeration technology still used today. GE’s magnetically-run refrigerator prototype channels a water-based fluid through magnets to bring about a magnetocaloric effect, where the temperature of metal alloys changes depending on the alloys’ proximity to the magnets, according to CNET. The close

TIME Magazine Predicts When You Should Get Married

The word “marriage” can elicit a range of emotions, from excitement and anticipation to sadness to fear. But what if the responsibility of deciding when to marry were removed from your shoulders? Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you view it) TIME Tech created a Web app that tells you the perfect age for you to get married based on the median age of your married Facebook friends. The app analyzes the relationship statuses and ages of your Facebook friends. It defines friends as “ma

The Human Brain Now Registers Emoticons like Real Faces

Today the smiley face emoticon is practically part of our everyday language. Between texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, the emoticon is used by almost everyone, everywhere. So it’s no wonder our brains have adapted to recognize the smiling emoticon as if it were a real face. When numerous students began sending Australian researcher Owen Churches emails that contained “:-)” – the famous smiley face emoticon – he wondered how the human brain reacted to it. To d

The Health Benefits of Gaming [INFOGRAPHIC]

Remember when you were told that playing video games all day was bad for you? Well, recent findings show that gaming for some of the day is actually not as harmful as we once believed. Video games today involve much more physical and mental involvement, helping kids (and adults) take advantage of potential benefits for the brain and body. For starters, video games have become increasingly physically active. In 2011, one in five games released involved physical activities like fitness, dance and

The Impact of Valentine’s Day on the Environment

No matter how Valentine’s Day makes you feel, whether you get warm and fuzzy inside or experience bouts of nausea, one thing is sure about the highly celebrated, somewhat dreaded holiday: it’s pretty bad for the environment. Just how bad V-day is for the environment requires us to take a good, hard look at the numbers: more than 124 million people in the United States celebrate Valentine’s Day. Looking at paper gifts alone, those millions of people buy 36 million heart-shaped boxes and 180 mill

The Newest Sony MP3 Player Is Sold in a Water Bottle

You know that feeling when you buy something new like a phone or an MP3 player, when you’re so excited to open the box and play with your new gadget? With its W Series Walkman, Sony is bringing this feeling of anticipation to an extreme: the waterproof MP3 player is packaged in a bottle of water. Music is one of the best performance enhancers, able to lift you mood, distract you from fatigue and even increase your endurance. Music has become an essential part of working out for many athletes –

Groupon Glitch: Mistakenly Says Alexander Hamilton Was a U.S. President

The U.S. $10 bill currently features Alexander Hamilton, our first Secretary of Treasury, but was Hamilton more than that? According to an accident on Groupon’s part, the coupon website company mistakenly claimed that Hamilton was a former U.S. President. In light of the patriotic holiday, Groupon attempted to honor the country’s former leaders by offering customers an online deal. They chose to give $10 off a total of $40 on local purchases, to honor Alexander Hamilton and “commemorate a man hi

How Sochi Does Social [INFOGRAPHIC]

We’re in the height of the 2014 Winter Olympics during the most social time of our generation, the digital age. So it’s no surprise that one of the most spectacular global sports events would be trending, but just how social is Sochi? Analyzing the social media of the Sochi Winter Olympics, preliminary results show that this year’s Olympics are less social than the Summer Olympics in 2012. The trending hashtag #London2012 was tweeted more, totaling 3 million tweets in the first 5 days versus 2.

Chipotle Releases Mini Comedy Series about Industrial Farming on Hulu

Chipotle earned its good name by promoting sustainable food and production practices. Now Chipotle takes things one step further with the comedic Farmed and Dangerous, a Hulu miniseries illuminating the perils of industrial farming while poking fun at the big corporations who use it. The four episode-season features several stars, including Ray Wise, as well as farm animals with bizarre qualities from multiple limb mutations to spontaneous combustion. The online miniseries is a strategic move f

Feed Your Addiction: House of Cards Season 2

What better way to start your week than with the newly released House of Cards Season 2? The new season of the wildly popular political drama became available for streaming on Netflix on Friday. Directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Season 1 was for a period of time the most-streamed content in the U.S. and in 40 countries around the world. The initial season also brought Netflix its first primetime Emmy nomination in online-only television content. It’s no wonder

What Olympic Winter Sport Should You Play? [FLOWCHART]

Now that you’ve decided to be a Winter Olympics champion, which sport should you play? There’s a multitude of options, but once you pick one and work at it, the outcome is unforgettable: you, standing on top of the podium, gleaming medal around your neck, national anthem blasting in the air. Getting to that point, though, takes time, hard work and dedication. It’s imperative that you choose the optimal sport that fits your skills so you can bring home the gold. This Olympic winter sports guide

How to Blog, as Taught by Coca-Cola [INFOGRAPHIC]

A little over a year ago, Coca-Cola decided to revamp its website to become a major content source where people could get information and news from blog posts, videos and more. The rise of content marketing inspired the company to shift focus and create the new Coca-Cola Journey website. A transformation of this caliber required a thorough and effective strategy for generating a successful final product. Coca-Cola’s Director of Digital Communications and Social Media Ashley Callahan gives us an

Body Odor Could Be The Next Thing We Use for Identification

There is no doubt we’ve all encountered someone with a less than pleasant body odor. Well, that distinct smell, while just a nuisance today, may soon become your means of identification. Scientists are discovering that human scent is not only unique to each person but also constant enough over time to have an 85% identification accuracy rate. Researchers at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in Spain are creating a system to use scent to verify a person’s identity. When it comes to identific

The High Cost of Multitasking [INFOGRAPHIC]

At any given point in time you can find people working on a project, texting, liking posts on Facebook and engaging in a dozen other things simultaneously. We live in an overly connected, overly stimulating world where doing one thing at a time just doesn’t cut it. Our lives are ripe with temptation, from our smartphones to our tablets to the great World Wide Web. People even check their cell phones an average of 150 times per day! So it might be hard, perhaps even life-changing, for people to a

Scientists Now Able to Track Whales From Space

Although they are the largest mammals on the planet, you can’t see whales from space. Not until now, that is. Scientists have discovered that they can keep track of whales by using images taken from space with the DigitalGlobe’s Worldview-2 platform. The system uses exceptionally high resolution satellite pictures and image-processing software that scientists can use to recognize whales on or near the surface of the ocean. The system is automated and can identify something as small as 50 centim

Can Twitter Detect HIV Outbreaks?

A new study has shown a link between HIV outbreaks and real-time social media platforms like Twitter. UCLA researchers published the study in Preventive Medicine journal, finding a connection between geographic outbreaks of HIV in the U.S. and tweets heavily focused on drugs and sexually risky behavior. From May through December 2012, researchers collected 550 million tweets and looked for terms related to drugs and sexual behavior, including “get high” and “sex.” The researchers then generated
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