TIME Mental Health/Psychology

Mental Health Therapy Through Social Networking Could Soon Be a Reality

While still in the development stage, the peer-to-peer technology had "significant benefits"

An experimental social networking platform intent on helping users calm anxiety and reverse symptoms of depression has received positive feedback.

Panoply is a peer-to-peer platform jointly administered by MIT and Northwestern universities that encourages users to “think more flexibly and objectively about the stressful events and thoughts that upset them,” says a paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Researchers found that the network, which is still being studied and has yet to be commercialized, produced “significant benefits, particularly for depressed individuals.”

Panoply works by teaching users a therapeutic tool called cognitive reappraisal, which tries to get people to look at a problematic situation from different perspectives.

When a person is stressed, they write what is causing the problem and their reaction. The “crowd” then responds by a offering a contrasting outlook. Comments are vetted to ensure the original poster is not abused.

The study involved 166 people over a three-week period. Researchers suggested a 25-minute per week minimum interaction to see results.

According to the published paper, the next step is to widen the net and see if the social media platform is as effective over a more diverse audience.

TIME Internet

New Google Doodle Honors Opening of Eiffel Tower

Floriane Marchix—Google New Google Doodle honoring the 126th anniversary of the public opening of the Eiffel Tower

The Parisian centerpiece was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over four decades

Once contemptuously referred to as “a truly tragic street lamp,” the Eiffel Tower of Paris, France, was opened on March 31, 1889, and to celebrate the 126th anniversary a new Google Doodle has been created in its honor.

Construction of the iron lattice structure, named after engineer Gustave Eiffel, began on Jan. 28, 1887. Despite the early protests, the tower was an instant hit, with an estimated 30,000 people climbing its steps in the first weeks — before even an elevator was installed.

Eventually, it grew into a worldwide landmark; as TIME wrote during last year’s 125th anniversary celebrations, “the tower became more than a tower, and more than a symbol of Paris.”

At 1,063 ft. high, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over four decades, until it was surpassed by New York City’s Chrysler Building in 1930.

The Doodle itself features a group of supposedly French painters hanging precariously from the tower as they beautify the Grande Dame of Paris.

TIME Internet

Tom Brady Scares Fans With Waterfall Dive

All of Boston just held its breath

Tom Brady nearly gave Patriots’ fans a collective heart attack on Saturday when he posted a video of himself diving off a cliff.

The Super Bowl MVP posted the vacation footage, in which his wife Gisele Bündchen encourages him as he leaps, to his personal Facebook page. The comments section quickly became a treasure trove of gifs and collective gasps posted by the quarterback’s fans.

Don’t worry. His arm is just fine.

TIME viral

Watch Driving Instructors Get Pranked by a Pro Racer

They think she doesn't know how to drive

Driving tests are supposed to be nerve-racking for new students, but one Malaysian driving school flipped the script and absolutely terrified their rookie instructors.

To prank employees on their first day of work, the school hired Leona Chin, a professional rally-racing driver, to be the unlucky tutors’ first pupil.

Chin, dressed up in a nerdy-looking outfit, spends the first half of the video pretending she’s a hopeless learner. Then, just as instructors are getting frustrated, Chin reveals her true talents—and the reactions are priceless.

“The 3 employees you saw at the end loved it and laughed it off, but the guy in the blue shirt was not too happy. That’s why we didn’t have footage of him smiling,” Izmir Mujab, CEO of the media company behind the video, told TIME.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon’s Mitt Romney Impression on The Tonight Show

It's not too bad

When you think of Saturday Night Live alumni doing impressions of GOP candidates, Jimmy Fallon typically isn’t the first name that comes to mind.

But the Tonight Show host turned in a passable impression of Mitt Romney Wednesday night when the former presidential candidate appeared on Fallon’s show.

The segment’s conceit is a loose one. Romney, 68, is psyching himself up in the mirror before his interview, and Fallon is playing his reflection. Fallon has fun with some of Romney’s mannerisms, including his oddly intoned laugh, and Romney proves a great sport throughout.

Later on, during the actual interview, Romney revealed some details on his upcoming charity boxing match with Evander Holyfield (“It’s gonna be a very quick bout,” Romney joked). Aside from discussing the charity that the fight will benefit, he showed a clip of his 2-year-old grandson Winston “training” him for the fight.

Taking on Holyfield might be kind of easy after standing up to that kind of abuse.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME viral

Watch Four Pranksters Try to Sell Microsoft Products in an Apple Store

"Have you ever tried the Microsoft tablets?"

A surefire way to get fired from an Apple Genius position would be to start recommending Microsoft products to customers. These four guys did just that — good thing they don’t actually work for Apple.

Well known YouTube pranksters NelkFilmz dressed-up in Apple uniforms, walked into a what appears to be an Apple store, and began making unhelpful suggestions to shoppers like “An iPhone? Honestly, like, I wouldn’t get an iPhone.”

Inevitably, managers and staff discovered them — but not before plenty of hilarious awkwardness took place.

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Help This Air Force Vet Find Little Girl He Rescued During Hurricane Katrina

The Twitter hashtag #FindKatrinaKid has gained thousands of responses

Former Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney spent his entire career saving the lives of strangers – but now he’s asking for America’s help in completing one final mission.

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Maroney was there as a para-rescuer – descending from helicopters onto the rooftops of flooded homes and hoisting entire families to safety.

One of those lucky families had a little girl with them, and after being stranded on the roof of her former home for over a week, she leapt into Maroney’s arms with a heartwarming smile that, for a moment, helped the airman find peace in a seemingly hopeless disaster.

“It had been such a rough week, when she wrapped me up in that hug, I was in la-la land,” Maroney said, according to the Washington Post. “Nothing else existed. I was just loving that hug.”

The moment was immortalized by a military photographer named Veronica Pierce, who snapped the shot after Maroney’s chopper had landed at the New Orleans International Airport, delivering the little girl and her family to safety.

Soon, the image went viral.

“It was everywhere, on Burger King placemats and AT&T phone cards,” Maroney told the Air Force Times, who first broke the story. “A foundation for fallen rescue airmen – That Others May Live Foundation – used it on their brochures.”

But like so many others whom Maroney lifted to safety during those trying weeks, he never caught the girl’s name – or the names of her parents and their other four children.

Maroney retired from active duty a year after the storm in August 2006. He continued serving in the Air Force Reserve – rising to the rank of Master Sgt. – and later went on to fight in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But he never forgot about that little girl – maybe 4 or 5 years old at the time – with the pink shirt and pigtails, whose fearless smile inspired him (and many others) to keep hope.

And now, the man who’s given so much, is asking for something in return: our help in finding her.

After years of circulating the picture online – and even writing a letter for help to Oprah Winfrey that reportedly went unanswered – he decided to turn to social media for help.

Maroney’s story has now gone viral, and the Twitter hashtag #FindKatrinaKid has gained thousands of responses.

As for what the Master Sgt. would do if he ever does reconnect with the mystery girl: “I would love to get another hug and see how she’s doing,” he told the Air Force Times.

“I’d love her to know that there isn’t a day I haven’t thought of her.”

If you know the identity of the little girl in the photo, please contact Air Force Times Managing Editor Richard Sandza at rsandza@militarytimes.com.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME India

India Strikes Down Controversial Law Banning ‘Offensive’ Online Content

Ramesh Lalwani—Getty Images/Moment Open Supreme Court of India

The law, often called draconian, made online content deemed "grossly offensive" punishable by a jail term of up to three years

In a landmark ruling, India’s apex court struck down a law that allowed the government to jail citizens for up to three years for posting “offensive” content on the Internet.

The contentious law, known as section 66A under the 2009 amendment to India’s Information Technology Act, was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

“Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 is struck down in its entirety being violative of Article 19 (1) (a) and not saved under Article 19 (2),” the court said in its judgment, referring to the portion of the Indian constitution that guarantees every citizen the right to free speech and expression.

The court’s decision, in response to a 2012 petition from law student Shreya Singhal, caps a three-year long legal battle and was met with jubilation among proponents of free speech.

“The Internet is so far-reaching and so many people use it that it is very important for us to protect this right today, now,” Singhal told AFP on Tuesday after describing the ruling as a “big victory.”

Successive governments in India have grappled with issues of online censorship and free speech, and Singhal’s petition came after a slew of arrests related to 66A in 2012 — including two young women who criticized the shutdown of India’s financial capital Mumbai over the death of a local politician. Earlier, the New York Times had reported that then telecommunications minister Kapil Sibal had asked websites like Facebook, Google and Yahoo to screen objectionable content and prevent it from being published.

The new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had its fair share of censorship battles, including a recent ban on a controversial British documentary about the infamous 2012 New Delhi rape case. The government also justified section 66A in February, calling greater Internet regulation necessary even after admitting the law was “draconian.”

However, the Supreme Court judges said that “assurances of the government that it will not be misused” was not enough to justify the law, which uses terms like “grossly offensive” and “causing annoyance, inconvenience … enmity, hatred or ill will,” that they deemed too vague and easy to be misconstrued.

The court upheld section 69A of the act, however, which allows the government to block online content, and section 79(3) which makes intermediaries such as YouTube or Facebook liable for not complying with government demands for censorship of content.

TIME 2016 Election

Ted Cruz Doesn’t Own TedCruz.Com

Ted Cruz Announcement
Tom Williams — Roll Call/Getty Images Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during a convocation at Liberty University's Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va., where he announced his candidacy for president on March 23, 2015.

An Obama supporter does

Sen. Ted Cruz may have been the first Republican to declare his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race, but he appears to have missed the boat on purchasing a web domain featuring his own name.

Instead, web users landing at tedcruz.com see only two phrases: “Support President Obama” and “Immigration Reform Now!”

With the .com domain out of the picture, the Texas senator has officially settled with tedcruz.org, instead.


Taylor Swift Reportedly Bought TaylorSwift.Porn Before Someone Else Got There First

Pop singer Taylor Swift at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015.
Mario Anzuoni—Reuters Pop singer Taylor Swift at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015.

Other top names are taking similar precautions before the .adult and .porn domains are released to the public

To prevent misuse of her name and image by opportunistic purveyors of adult content, Taylor Swift’s publicity team reportedly bought TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult before they became available to the public on June 1.

From that date, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will release new top-level domain names to the public, ranging from the innocuous .coffee or .report, to more colorful suffixes like .adult or .sucks. The move is part of a plan, announced in 2011, to make domains more helpful and descriptive, and to make filtering easier.

There are now some 1,300 new domains in the works, forming an alternative to the standard .com, .net or .org. Many are in Arabic, Russian, Mandarin and other languages besides English.

Celebrities like Swift and big brands have been racing to snap up domains in advance of the June 1 release, with Microsoft, for instance, acquiring Office.porn and Office.adult.


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