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6 Instagrammers You Should Be Following

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With the big news that Instagram is finally available, as of today, for the Android platform, it's time to look at some accounts you want to be following once you get on, or if you're one of the 15 million+ people using the social photo sharing service already. While the big accounts continue to be @zooeydeschanel, @taylorswift, @justinbieber, @ryanseacrest and @npr, these lesser-known IG-ers are my favorites.

1. @kellyoxford

A blogger since the '90s, Kelly is a mother of three from Calgary who became famous for her amazingly funny Tweets and is now penning scripts for Hollywood. As if that weren't enough, she's got a great eye and is always posting fantastic photos on IG.

2. @yoyoha

Josh Hara is a cartoonist who recently landed an Associate Creative Director position at Resource Interactive (a digital marketing firm in Columbus, OH) based on his Tweets, which garnered local and national attention. On IG, he likes to document his kids and has a wonderful eye for it, as you see below.

3. @smethanie

Another mom with serious nerd-creds, Smethanie is a budding IG-er who loves to, er, shoot about her gamer addiction. So follow her for that, and also: she loves Five Guys and that's just reason enough right there.

4. @bexfinch

Bex is an amazing photographer living in the Bay area. Once you start following her, you'll be checking your phone 10 times a day just to see if she's uploaded something new.

5. @lunchyprices

And speaking of gorgeous photos, though she isn't a "pro" like Bex, @lunchyprices is really doing amazing things with the camera. A mom raising kids in the Colorado area, she loves to shoot in the great outdoors, as well as at home. Follower her now or else!

6. @twaggies

I'd be remiss if I didn't plug my own account, Twaggies... because everyone needs a break from all the photos once in a while, right? We take funny tweets that would otherwise disappear into the bleak, black void of the ether and illustrate them for posterity. They fit nicely on IG, too!


Follow an IG account we need to know about? Tell us in the comments below!

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AI Algorithm Tells You the Ingredients in Your Meal Based on a Picture
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Your food photography habit could soon be good for more than just updating your Instagram. As Gizmodo reports, a new AI algorithm is trained to analyze food photos and match them with a list of ingredients and recipes.

The tool was developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). To build it, they compiled information from sites like All Recipes and Food.com into a database dubbed Recipe1M, according to their paper. With more than a million annotated recipes at its disposal, a neural network then sifted through each one, learning about which ingredients are associated with which types of images along the way.

The result is Pic2Recipe, an algorithm that can deduce key details about a food item just by looking at its picture. Show it a picture of a cookie, for example, and it will tell you it likely contains sugar, butter, eggs, and flour. It will also recommend recipes for something similar pulled from the Recipe1M database.

Pic2Recipe is still a work in progress. While it has had success with simple recipes, more complicated items—like smoothies or sushi rolls, for example—seem to confuse the system. Overall, it suggests recipes with an accuracy rate of about 65 percent.

Researchers see their creation being used as a recipe search engine or as a tool for situations where nutritional information is lacking. “If you know what ingredients went into a dish but not the amount, you can take a photo, enter the ingredients, and run the model to find a similar recipe with known quantities, and then use that information to approximate your own meal,” lead author Nick Hynes told MIT News.

Before taking the project any further, the team plans to present its work at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference in Honolulu later this month.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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UV Photos Show the Areas We Miss When Applying Sunscreen
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Sunscreen only works if you're actually wearing it. And it's too easy to go through the motions of putting on sunscreen while still leaving large amounts of skin unprotected. Even if you're applying the recommended shot glass of sunscreen before you head out into the world, parts of your skin may still be exposed to harmful rays. Just check out these UV images taken by researchers at the University of Liverpool, spotted by the UK's Metro.

The black-and-white images were taken with a UV camera so that any part of the skin covered by UV-blocking sunscreen would appear dark. Skin without sunscreen on it, by contrast, remains visible. The 57 volunteers in the study—which was recently presented at the British Association of Dermatologists' Annual Conference—were instructed to apply sunscreen to their face as usual.

A black-and-white UV photo of a woman’s blotchy sunscreen application

Some volunteers were more thorough than others, but as a whole, the group ended up missing a median of 9.5 percent of their faces. Men with beards tended to miss a lot of their faces, you might notice in the photos, and people seemed to have trouble with covering the full area around their mouth. However, the main problems occurred around the eyes. Many people missed their eyelids, and more than three-quarters of the group missed the medial canthal region, or the area between the bridge of the nose and the inner corner of the eye.

A UV photo of a man shows white patches of bare skin underneath dark-looking sunscreen.

The finding is significant because the area around the eyes are particularly susceptible to skin cancer. According to the abstract presented at the conference, 5 to 10 percent of skin cancers occur on the eyelids.

Knowing this doesn't necessarily help, though. When the participants were brought back for a second visit, the researchers gave them new instructions that included data on cancer risks for eyelids, the results barely changed. People put slightly more sunscreen on around their eyelids (they missed a median 7.7 percent instead of 13.5 percent of the area) but almost everyone still missed their medial canthal area.

A woman turns her face to show sunscreen coverage in a UV image.

It's not a surprising finding, considering the fact that no one wants to get sunscreen in their eyes. Sunscreen manufacturers recommend that you keep it out of your eyes, and if it does run, you'll end up in tears. So it's not particularly useful to tell people they should be coating their eyelids in Coppertone.

To keep your face super smooth and reduce your likelihood of sun damage, then, the message is clear. Better get some shades, unless you've got a UV-blocking eyeshadow on hand. Better yet, get yourself a hat, too.

[h/t Metro]

All images by Kareem Hassanin, courtesy Kevin Hamill

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