Five Easy Ways to Improve Wikipedia Content

Wikipedia is constantly being updated in real-time by real people all over the world, making it a relevant source of free information to the public. Who can add or edit? Anyone. Wikipedia encourages “Find something that can be improved…and then fix it. Edit an article and help make Wikipedia the best source of information on the Internet!” Even the best articles may need more references or new insights.

Although a user account is not necessary, it is more beneficial. Logged-in users are able to create pages, edit, and upload media without their IP address being visible. Also, you must have a free account to have changes recognized within the Wikipedia community.

There are many ways to contribute to Wikipedia, and even ways (Get Your Wiki) to get others to help you out with new Wiki page creation. Below are five easy ways to improve content.

Fix common mistakes

Look for repeated words, bad punctuation, typos and misspellings. Rephrase material to improve grammar or context. Correct inaccuracies, ensuring the rest of the content remains intact.

Geo-coordinates

Add relevant latitude and longitude to articles.

Uncategorized articles

Help categorize people by year of birth or death. Categorize articles by month.

Unreferenced articles

Articles should have at least one reference or source. Show information is verifiable by referencing reliable sources. Do a search online for sources and add citations. RefToolbar 2.0 is turned on by default which adds citing capability to the editing toolbar.

Single editor

Review articles by new editors. Add your point of view to make the article more balanced and provide references to make it verifiable. Research and print resources to find references and cite them. If you think the content looks like it should be combined with another, make that suggestion. If it looks like it could be split into a sub-article, split it to make a new article. Wikipedia recommends, “If you think an article needs to be rewritten or changed substantially, go ahead and do so, but it is best to leave a comment about why you made the changes on the article’s talk page.”

Wikipedia recommends, “If you think an article needs to be rewritten or changed substantially, go ahead and do so, but it is best to leave a comment about why you made the changes on the article’s talk page.”

Before clicking the Save button, enter a line or two summarizing changes in the field below the edit box. Press the “Show preview” button to see how the edited page looks. If you’re satisfied with your edits, press the “Save page” button.

Ready to try? Experiment with editing by using the sandbox tool or start the Wikipedia Tutorial to learn more.

Be Careful When Using Smartphone Apps for a Medical Use

 

Innovators and entrepreneurs are finding new ways to use smartphones all the time. Their expansion capabilities, due to an ever increasing breadth of apps, seems endless at times. There are even some burgeoning medical uses for the little gadgets. There is one app being developed to help people monitor their sleep patterns and another that people can use to track chronic conditions with virtual health coaches. It is especially important, however, that apps used in the medical field actually be accurate in terms of what they claim they can do and in how they are used. There is an app available from Apple and Google that claims to enable people to take their own blood pressure with their smartphone alone.

There is no accepted medical practice of taking blood pressure that does not involve the use of a blood pressure cuff stated the article from experts. According to Brad Reifler, it would be one thing if the app was marketed as “for entertainment purposes only” but it at least started out claiming to be an accurate way of measuring blood pressure. Patients who rely on this app for taking these readings are putting their lives at risk as their doctors prescribe treatment regimens based on accurate information regarding their conditions. It is unclear whether the FDA plans to step in about such apps, but some health care professionals are beginning to make the case that they should.

Technological Advancement Is Threatening Networks and Cable Companies

 

The big three television networks have a lot to worry about. They have already lost market share over the past couple decades with the rise of cable TV and all the additional channels it brought viewers. Now the continuing evolution of technology and services that utilize it are threatening those cable companies as well as the major networks. As reported on bgr.com, every year, more people in that coveted by advertisers age group of 18 to 34 are “cutting the cord.” With companies like Netflix and other online content streaming services, young people like Brad Reifler are finding they really don’t need to pay a cable bill each month. The decline in broadcast television viewership took a dramatic decline in the last quarter of 2014.

This story is really just one of the inexorable advancement of technology altering industries. The horse and buggy manufacturers were no doubt upset when these confounded horse-less carriages, that we call cars, came on to the scene over a century ago. Cable was a new thing back in the 1980′s. Today, the new media related technological kid on the block is the streaming of content over the internet. As mobile internet capabilities get faster and more ubiquitous, many more of us will not even need that cable or satellite bill for our internet anymore. It would be ironic if the then new industry of cable TV that threatened the existence of the established broadcast networks now has its existence threatened as seems to be the case. Even giant cable conglomerates will find they are not immune to the relentless march of technology.

Are Your Genetically Inclined to be Accident Prone?

 

A sprained ankles last month, bruised ribs the month before that and now you’re walking with a limp because you slammed your little toe into the wall when you got up for a glass of water last night.
If you find yourself constantly in a state of physical repair because you’ve injured a body part, you’re labeled as being accident prone, and that might not be you’re fault. You may have inherited the tendency.
Professional athletes deal with injuries all the time, it’s part and parcel of their chosen profession says AnastasiaDate. But for those who are not professionals in the sports field and seem to have more than their fair share of injuries, blame your genes. Even some professional athletes that find themselves sitting on the bench nursing an injury more often than their teammates may also be able to blame their genes.
New research has discovered that being injury-prone is part of your genetic makeup. Those who are prone to more than their fair share of injuries may have inherited a genetic makeup that doesn’t allow the body to produce enough collagen. Collagen is a major component of ligaments and tendons, and is a form of protein in muscles and body tissue. Collagen also maintains the elasticity in the skin structure. If the body doesn’t produce enough collagen, muscles, bones, tissues are weaker and take longer to repair themselves.

A Han Solo Film Is Coming

 

A lot of rumors circulate in fan circles regarding upcoming films noted Brad Reifler. At times, those rumors are way off the mark. Then, there are those instances in which a rumor is correct. For quite a while, rumors have circulated regarding a Han Solo spinoff film that would follow the release of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens feature reported Reuters. Looks like this rumor is true. In fact, Disney is seriously thinking about casting Taron Egerton in the role of a young Solo. Apparently the rumors about the film taking place before the events of the first Star Wars film were true, too.

Perhaps we should take a slight step back from all this Han Solo rumor mongering. Disney has not confirmed anything about the project. No official word about the series being in development has ever emerged from the Burbank studios. So, why should we take such assessments serious? The info is being reported in the U.K. tabloid The Sun. Likely, a very legitimate source is providing leaks to the newspaper. The Sun might like to hype things a bit, but it is doubtful the paper would run with information that was not vetted.

Besides, the secret surrounding the production of a Han Solo film (along with a seemingly cancelled idea for a Boba Fett film) was not so secret. Rumors started flying as soon as Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a go project.

Looks like we are all going to finally discover the whole story behind the Han Solo/Jabba the Hut falling out. And it only took 40 years.

Blind Boy Makes Changes to Bank Notes

A 13-year-old boy from New South Wales has successfully campaigned for a change in bank notes with the Reserve Bank of Australia. Connor McLeod is blind and has been so since birth due to a congenital disorder. Over Christmas time he received several bank notes as gifts, but he had a hard time telling which denominations they were. People at Rocket Fuel have learned that’s when he decided to lobby for a change.

Connor is able to tell the difference between coins, which is useful, however using coins all his life, is not practical. Connor started a petition that would allow blind people to tell the difference between notes. He got 57,000 signatures on that petition. Last November Connor met with representatives from the Reserve Bank of Australia who were impressed with how Connor presented himself and his cause. Thanks to Connor’s hard work, the Reserve Bank of Australia will now be printing a tactile feature on their notes.

According to the story on ABC News Australia, Connor is not alone in his frustrations. An advocacy group for blind people called Vision Australia has released a statement saying that nearly 50% of blind people have reported that they feel they may have been shortchanged or given the wrong change during purchases because they can’t feel the difference between notes.

A New ALIEN Film Is In The Works

Incredibly surprising news has arisen for Paul Mathieson just in time for the excitement burst on the science-fiction movie front. Neill Blomkamp really is going to make a new ALIEN film. A while back, the director leaked concept art for a new ALIEN movie and told fans not to make too much of it. Essentially, he was just dreaming about the project. Looks like that dream is becoming a reality and the director will be helming a new ALIEN film.

Will Sigourney Weaver be in the new film? She is appearing in Blomkamp’s current project CHAPPIE. Casting Weaver in the film would surely be a smart move since we have not seen her in any of the various other ALIEN VS. PREDATOR film projects.

The film is a “go” as Fox has finalized the deal with the director. What the plot of the film will be remains a mystery. There probably is not even a script yet.

No one should be surprised that a new ALIEN movie is being made. The franchise always was a money maker. The new PROMETHEUS movies are, basically, ALIEN sequels and they do well at the box office. Why not resurrect the original?

Another Incomprehensible Feat of Science in the Form of a One Atom Thick Transistor

 

Engineers and scientists keep pushing the limits of the possible in the area of the miniaturization of computing power. Computer chips have been getting smaller and faster for decades now. A breakthrough has been made recently in the form of the production of a silicon transistor that is one atom thick. According to Facebook,  this is so extremely thin that some have even proclaimed this as the first two dimensional transistor despite the fact that this is not technically true.

It is nearly impossible for a lay-person to comprehend how anyone could manufacture something that is one atom thick says Fersen Lambranho. Clearly, innovative processes are being utilized that are nothing like conventional manufacturing. So much of what cutting edge science and engineering are accomplishing today seems like science fiction. Few of us know how the technologies we use on a daily basis actually work. With so much specialized knowledge needed to make and service the tools and machines we are increasingly dependent upon, our society is more interdependent than ever. It remains to be seen if that is a good thing or if it is something that makes society more vulnerable to any potential future disruptions. These could include wars or mass illnesses or anything else that wipes out massive populations and perhaps whole economic and technological skill sets that others depend on to produce the miracles of technology in our daily lives that we take for granted.

Sony and Marvel Studios Collaborate to Bring Spider-man to Marvel Films 

 

Marvel and Sony have finally reached a deal that will partner Spider-man with the rest of the Marvel universe in film, according to a statement Tuesday morning. Spider-man will join the ranks of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk in a soon-to-be specified movie. He will also take to the big screen once again in 2017 in a film produced by Marvel Studios in conjunction with Sony Pictures, according to the statement.

Marvel Studios is a subsidiary of Disney, and the collaboration between Sony and Disney seemed unlikely for many years. The two production companies have battled for a piece of the movie revenue industry for years, and the growing focus on family-friendly movies has made the battle even more obvious.

What is known to Zeca Oliveira is that comic book-based movies have been hits in theaters with viewers of all ages. Now that Sony is working with Marvel, the possibilities are endless. There are currently seven comic book movies slated for production on Marvel’s schedule. Many will be pushed back to make room for Sony’s next Spider-man flick.

While both companies remain hush about what movie Spider-man will first appear in, experts seem to agree Spidey will likely make his cinematic debut in Marvel’s upcoming Captain America flick. It makes the most sense as Spider-man plays a pivotal role in the comic telling of the saga between Captain America and Iron Man, which will be detailed in the film.

Less Sleep Equals More Drinking During Teenage Years

 

No doubt, being a teen is difficult. Things are changing inside and outside of the body during the teen years that make for awkward moments and poor use of judgment. With raging hormones coursing through the teenage veins and the rush of adrenaline that seems to never end, many teen don’t sleep the recommended 7-9 hours each night.
Those extra waking hours are not spent studying or at choir practice. Those hours are often spent drinking. A few of the hours may even be spent drinking and driving.
Maria Wong, a psychologist from the Idaho State University, recently conducted a study on 6,500 teenagers. Those teens who participated in the study that had sleep deprivation issues like Sultan Alhokair were at an increased risk of drinking, drinking and driving and ultimately becoming addicted to alcohol. The alcoholics of tomorrow are the sleep deprived teens of today.
Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on the thinking process of anyone, regardless of what age group. However, teens are at the greatest risk of making life-altering choices while sleep deprived, the main one being to drink and drive.