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Blind man can see: the power of beauty

Opie Huges, who is colorbind and had his life changed by a pair of EnChroma glasses that reverse red-green colorblindness, poses for a family photo with his wife and three children while on vacation at the beach, May 12, 2015 (Credit: Opie Hughes via Facebook)Opie Hughes is a dad that lives in a small town in Pennsylvania. A father of two, Opie is one of 32 million Americans who have some level of colorblindness. Suffering from the red-green type, Hughes has been colorblind all his life…until last week.

With his sister Katherine videoing the moment, Hughes received a life-changing gift from his children. It would only seem appropriate that such a transformational gift would come from his children, who themselves were life changing to him. So as he made his way past the tissue paper, out of the box, out of another box, and finally out of their case, Hughes found a pair of sunglasses. Unbeknownst to him, this was more than a stylish accessory to protect his eyes from UV rays, but rather a portal into a new world of living color and vivid beauty.

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Millennials: why can't they quit porn?

A young man in a white shirt and glasses stares in shock at his computer screen while browsing the internet (Credit: Yeko Photo Studio via Fotolia)It will come as no surprise that this millennial generation has unprecedented access to images of graphic sexuality.  Barely a generation ago, these images were limited to magazines on hidden shelves at convenience stores. But as "digital natives," they now have unlimited porn available at any time, privately accessible, and free.

According to Dr. Ogas, co-author of A Billion Wicked Thoughts, of the one million most popular websites, 42,337 (nearly 5%) are sex-related.  Additionally, Ogas' study found nearly 15% of all Internet searches were for erotic content and the largest porn site on the web registers 4.4 billion page views per month.

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Shortening attention spans, cable news, and goldfish

A fantail goldfish, a double tailed with dorsal fin, swimming among the underwater plant life in an aquarium (Credit: Yasa via Flickr)In 2000, the average person's attention span was 12 seconds. By 2015, that number has dropped to 8.25 seconds. In comparison, a goldfish has an attention span of 9 seconds. So if you are still reading this article, thank you for defying the odds and being a statistical outlier.

Conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, attention span is defined as "the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted." In a world literally constantly revolving and a culture often changing, the human experience is bombarded with a multitude of messages that vie for your attention.

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