Video Shows Firefighter Catch Child Thrown From 3rd Story Balcony During Apartment Fire

Video Shows Firefighter Catch Child Thrown From 3rd Story Balcony During Apartment Fire

A family of 12, including newborn twins, made it out of a raging apartment fire in Decatur, Georgia. “Failure is not an option, failure is never an option when it comes to protecting family,” Lance Ragland told Fox5.
One by one, Ragland sent his family down a ladder where firefighters caught the children.
Dramatic, HD helmet-camera video captured the moment DeKalb County Fire Captain Scott Stroup caught one of the children thrown to safety by Ragland.
The family lost everything in the fire and are now staying with family until they can get back on their feet.
Ragland says he is just happy none of his children were injured at all in the fire.
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Major gravity experiment recreated aboard a satellite

Major gravity experiment recreated aboard a satellite

The testing confirms a major part Einstein’s theory of gravity.
This experiment was designed to test what’s known as the equivalence principle.
That’s known as “gravitational mass.” Einstein’s equivalence principle holds that this inertial mass is equal to the gravitational mass.
In the satellite experiment, known as MICROSCOPE, the two cylinders’ accelerations did match — at least to within two-trillionths of one percent!
“It’s just great to have a more precise measurement of the equivalence principle,” he says.
What the experiment did The tests used one hollow cylinder made from a platinum alloy.
General relativity predicts that despite their different masses and their being made of different materials, both cylinders should fall at the same rate.
Any violation of the equivalence principle, however, would allow one to fall slightly faster than the other.
If the equivalence principle did not hold up, those electrical forces would have to change over time to keep the cylinders in line.
And that limits how well the scientists can test the equivalence principle.

Speed of universe’s expansion remains elusive

Speed of universe’s expansion remains elusive

After all, the prime mission of the Hubble Space Telescope when it was launched in 1990 was to help determine that expansion rate (known, not coincidentally, as the Hubble constant, named for the astronomer Edwin Hubble).
Since then evidence from Hubble (the telescope) and other research projects has established a reasonably precise answer for the Hubble constant: 73, in the units commonly used for this purpose.
Current knowledge of the universe suggests a way to predict what the Hubble constant ought to be.
Remember that acceleration of the expansion rate?
You just take the recipe of matter, dark matter and dark energy and add some ghostly subatomic particles known as neutrinos.
Combine that with the universe’s mass-energy recipe, and you can calculate how fast the universe is expanding.
“Even if you thought we lived in a void…, you still are basically stuck with the same problem.” Consequently it seems most likely that something is wrong with the matter-energy recipe for the universe (technically, the cosmological standard model) used in making the expansion rate prediction.
Such a change in energy balance would alter how much the universe expands at early times, corrupting the calibrations needed to infer the current expansion rate.
Similarly, in the 1990s the expansion rate implied too young a universe because dark energy was not then known to exist and therefore was not taken into account when calculating the universe’s age.
So the current discrepancy, Riess suggested, might also be a signal of some astronomical unknown, whether a new particle, new interactions of matter and radiation, or a phenomenon even more surprising — something that would really astound a visitor from another universe.

New year, new media diet: 10 highlights from the new issue of Positive News magazine

New year, new media diet: 10 highlights from the new issue of Positive News magazine

Read on for 10 insights into what you’ll get if you order a copy 1.
Russell Brand gets vulnerable He’s known by many for his leather trousers and swaggering bravado but Russell Brand revealed a thoughtful, vulnerable side when we interviewed him for our cover feature.
“It doesn’t feel very easy to me to be alive,” he said, describing his struggles with addiction.
“It doesn’t matter what compliments you throw at me, what sticks is ‘you’re nobody,’ ‘you’re worthless’, ‘you’re scum’.
Order a copy of the latest Positive News magazine (issue 92, first quarter 2018) to discover why.
We visit the shopping centre that’s dedicated to repaired and recycled goods Maybe you buy from charity shops from time to time.
Positive News travels to Sweden to explore this thrifter’s paradise.
After surviving, Ihler decided to dedicate his life to understanding why normal people become terrorists.
The magazine and movement that’s changing the news for good.
Order your copy of Positive News magazine to find out why she believes “impossible is not a fact, it’s an attitude.” Positive News magazine issue 92 is out now.

The world’s first vertical forest for low-income housing is coming to the Netherlands

The world’s first vertical forest for low-income housing is coming to the Netherlands

Stefano Boeri has designed and built vertical forests across the world.
He hopes his latest project will prove it’s possible to combine solutions to the challenges of climate change and housing shortages It will be an urban home to 125 trees and 5,200 plants, as well as flats on 19 storeys.
Planned for the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, the latest project by architect Stefano Boeri is a bid to prove that the twin challenges of climate change and a lack of affordable housing could be tackled alongside each other through innovative architecture.
The Trudo Vertical Forest is thought to be the first vertical forest on a social housing project in the world.
Following schemes in Milan, Nanjing, Lausanne, Paris and after a global call to action for architects, planners and housing companies to embrace urban forestry, Boeri has published plans for the building in the city in the south of the Netherlands.
Urban forestry is not only necessary to improve the environment of the world’s cities but also an opportunity to improve the living conditions of less fortunate city dwellers “Urban forestry is not only necessary to improve the environment of the world’s cities but also an opportunity to improve the living conditions of less fortunate city dwellers,” said Boeri.
The building, commissioned by housing body Sint-Trudo, will include 125 ‘affordable’ social housing units as well as ‘hundreds of trees and plants’ in a variety of species.
It is hoped that the biodiverse environment will help curb urban pollution and provide homes for a range of animals and insects.
Images: Stefano Boeri Architetti The magazine and movement that’s changing the news for good.

Man Gives The Boots Off His Feet To A Homeless Man On The Subway

Man Gives The Boots Off His Feet To A Homeless Man On The Subway

A woman in Chicago riding the subway home last Friday evening witnessed an act of kindness that brought tears to her eyes.
I don’t know how many pairs of socks he’s wearing in an attempt to keep his feet warm but there is blood seeping through,” Jessical Bell wrote on Facebook. “There’s another man on the other side of the doors; he’s younger, carrying a satchel and a suitcase, also minding his own business.
He’s wearing a pair of big black snow boots.
They look new; they look expensive; they’re built for a Chicago winter.
Credit: Jessica Bell / Facebook “The young man puts on a spare pair of shoes from the suitcase.
They would have fit the old man just as well, but they were not what this old man needed.
He tells the old man to try and clean his feet and to make sure he changes into the new socks as soon as he can and then the young man gets off at 87th.
Those of us who are close enough to see and hear the exchange are floored.
The shoes off his feet.

Weird new dino looked more like a duck

Weird new dino looked more like a duck

Andrea Cau and his colleagues studied the fossil.
The researchers wanted to study H. escuilliei in three dimensions.
Its posture probably looked like that of short-tailed water birds, the scientists say, such as ducks.
Such traits, the researchers report, suggest the animal spent much of its time in the water.
They described their findings December 6 in Nature.
Today’s birds are closely related to extinct dinos.
Actually, birds are considered living dinosaurs.
That’s why scientists sometimes call birds “avian dinosaurs.” Extinct dinos are “non-avian dinosaurs.” But although lots of birds split their time between water and land, H. escuilliei is the only non-avian dinosaur scientists have found that likely did so, too.
H. escuilliei belonged to a diverse group of two-legged animals called theropods.
This group also include today’s birds.

The Curious Case of Giant Concrete Arrows That Stretched from New York to California

The Curious Case of Giant Concrete Arrows That Stretched from New York to California

When the U.S. Post Office introduced airmail service in 1920, the mail could only be flown during daylight hours, when pilots could see where they were going.
The pilots who transported the mail navigated by following roads, rivers, railroad tracks, and prominent landmarks as they made their way across the country.
At that rate, it took about three and a half days to get mail from New York City to San Francisco, only a day less than sending it entirely by rail, and at much greater risk and expense.
If airmail service was going to survive, it was going to have to get much faster, and that meant flying at night.
But the other eastbound plane made it all the way to Hazelhurst Field in New York, delivering the mail just 33 hours and 20 minutes after it left San Francisco.
That’s about 65 hours faster than sending the mail by train.
That made the light beacons obsolete, and the system was dismantled in the 1940s.
But many still survive to this day, the only physical reminders of the days when pilots could fly all the way across the country by sight without getting lost in the dark.
This article is reprinted with permission from Uncle John’s OLD FAITHFUL 30th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.
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How to save the rainforest: build a health centre

How to save the rainforest: build a health centre

In a few hours, patients would start to queue at the clinic, and Wayunisih and Puteri would be first in line.
By the end of 2017, they hope to be back to 20 hectares of reforested land.
As the husband and wife turned to leave, Develas told them about the non-cash payment options.
“One of the trees in the forest will come from my patient!” While many of the ASRI staff are locals, the five doctors and dentist came from much larger cities.
Wan turned 40 this year, and for the first time in 21 years, he is without a chainsaw.
It occurred to me that Wan must have cut down ironwood trees.
“‘Still Hot’ is a good name,” I said as Wan walked me out of his cafe.
“You do things that you think help people, but in the end it may not.” Ex-loggers have left their chainsaws with ASRI in exchange for farms, fish ponds and cafes Wayunisih sat in Dr Ratnasari’s room at the clinic.
“Can you give Puteri glasses to help her see better?” asked Wayunisih.
Outside, trees and seedlings of shades of green, yellow and brown swayed in the breeze, trees and seedlings that a husband and wife may have watered to pay for his dentures.

Police Officer Saves Toddler’s Life On His First Day On The Job

Police Officer Saves Toddler’s Life On His First Day On The Job

Hobart Police Officer Richard Mayer was dining at a fast food restaurant in Merrillville, Indiana, during his first day on the job when a mother rushed to his table for help.
Melanie Hasse and her daughter, Charlotte, were just a few tables away from Officer Mayer and his colleagues eating lunch when Charlotte started to choke on an apple. “I looked over and she started gagging.
I could see something kind of in the back of her throat, mistakenly reached in to try to grab it out, I think that pushed it back into her throat,” Hasse recalled.
Mayer rushed into action with another officer.
Together they flipped the toddler over and began slapping her on the back. “I grabbed her and Officer Ramos to my right flipped her over, we did back slaps on her and got food dislodged from her throat right away,” Mayer said.
Mayer revealed saving the toddler was his first act as a paid police officer.
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Escaping narwhals can freeze and flee at the same time

Escaping narwhals can freeze and flee at the same time

At the same time, their heart rates and breathing slowed, as if they were trying to hide.
That helps pump more blood, oxygen and nutrients to working muscles.
Their main food is deep-dwelling ocean fish.
During their main feeding season, these whales can dive 800 to 1,500 meters (2,400 to 4,500 feet) below the Arctic sea ice for 25 minutes at a time.
To conserve oxygen while foraging for food, they can slow their body functions.
During these escape dives, they wanted to know what happens to the whales’ bodies.
During escape dives, Williams explains, “the heart rates were going down to levels of three and four beats per minute!” And they stayed “at that level for 10 minutes at a time.” Her team observed the narwhals making multiple dives in the hours following their escapes.
This new study highlights how the behavior of these whales makes them especially vulnerable to interactions with people, Laidre says.
biology The study of living things.
sea An ocean (or region that is part of an ocean).

Tiny scales in ancient lagoon may be the first fossil evidence of the moth-butterfly line

Tiny scales in ancient lagoon may be the first fossil evidence of the moth-butterfly line

That raises the question of whether the drinking-straw mouthparts evolved long before the flower nectar many drink today.
The microscopic ridged scales date from roughly 200 million years ago, around the time of one of Earth’s less famous mass extinctions, says fossil-pollen specialist Bas van de Schootbrugge of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
During an unrelated study of ocean oxygen during this dire time, he and his colleagues pulled up cores of sediment in northern Germany near Braunschweig from what had once been a huge lagoon.
In the sediment lay mere dots of insect scales.
Comparing the ridges and inner structure of the scales with those from modern insects suggests the fossils came from the evolutionary branch of insects that today gives us moths and butterflies with nectar-sipping mouthparts.
Yet the early existence of distinctive scales might mean this moth-butterfly drinking organ, a proboscis, evolved before the explosion of the classic flowering plants that offer nectar for pollination, van de Schootbrugge and colleagues propose January 10 in Science Advances.
The land already had plants: ferns, mosses and their relatives growing under trees that formed just-about naked seeds, without cushy protective ovaries and other floral coddling.
As the Triassic Period ended and the Jurassic dawned, volcanic eruptions on the straining land spewed greenhouse gases and toxins that changed the atmosphere and climate.
In the times of the ancient scales, generally hot and dry conditions might have favored mouthparts specialized for drinking whatever liquids were to be found, the researchers propose.
A big question, though, is when early moths might have evolved such a drinking convenience.

Students Surprise Teacher With Two Kittens After Her Cat Dies

Students Surprise Teacher With Two Kittens After Her Cat Dies

But Andrews’ tears of sadness turned to those of joy when her students surprised her with two adorable kittens.
They then hand over the kittens, and Andrews’ reaction is priceless.
Part 1 Surprising Mrs. Andrews Part 1 pic.twitter.com/F7qXKuAkDu — Ashlei (@AshleiMahan) May 6, 2016 “I cried pretty much every period that next day at school,” Andrews told the Huffington Post. “I thought something was afoot, however, when only half of my class was in my room second period the next day when the tardy bell rang.”
Others brought in homemade cupcakes and balloons. “I was smiling so big by then because I could feel the love of the class,” Andrews said. “But then, Rachel walked in holding two precious kittens.”
Andrews said she initially thought the kittens belonged to Rachel. “Then she held them out to me and said they were mine.
Part 2 We surprised our teacher with kittens because her cat passed away yesterday

Clues Kylie Jenner Isn’t In Labor, Despite The Internet’s Insistence Otherwise

Clues Kylie Jenner Isn’t In Labor, Despite The Internet’s Insistence Otherwise

On Friday, rumors spread that the youngest Kardashian-Jenner sibling was in the hospital.
Yet clues that Kylie is not in labor may have been there all along — or in the very least, there are plenty of clear signs now.
TMZ’s Report To The Contrary It’s unclear who exactly their sources are, but this is the biggest sign.
Anyway, Woods posted Instagrams from a photoshoot on Friday afternoon, and you know she would be at the hospital in a heartbeat if Kylie actually was there.
Instead, this is one he actually posted on Friday night.
It’s likely West would also be at the hospital, if Kylie was.
It’s Business As Usual For Kris Jenner Momager Kris Jenner was posting about Kylie on Instagram on Friday — but not in the way you’d think.
Same goes for Kylie’s boyfriend, who’s reportedly the father of the rumored baby-to-be.
While there are hints galore that Kylie is pregnant, until she confirms it, it’s still simply a rumor.
And one thing is for sure, the latest rumors about her being in labor at the moment just don’t seem true.

Ashley Judd calls James Franco’s sexual misconduct allegation response ‘terrific’

Ashley Judd calls James Franco’s sexual misconduct allegation response ‘terrific’

James Franco’s responses to his sexual misconduct allegations have not gone unnoticed by Ashley Judd.
In an interview clip with HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur Friday, the actress and vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement praised Franco for being accountable for his actions.
“I think that what James said is terrific,” Judd told the BBC journalist.
I mean, we’ve all operated with a certain amount of tone deafness, and I like the culpability, and we have to have restorative justice.” Judd continued, adding the importance of men and women coming together. “This is about men and women being all together and having a more equitable and just workplace, home life, social spaces.
Franco addressed the allegations against him during an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Tuesday. “I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done,” Franco said.
So, I don’t want to shut them down in any way.
It’s, I think, a good thing, and I support it.”
The following day, the Los Angeles Times published a bombshell report in which five women accused him of sexually exploitative behavior.

Katie Couric breaks silence about Matt Lauer scandal: ‘The whole thing has been very painful for me’

Katie Couric breaks silence about Matt Lauer scandal: ‘The whole thing has been very painful for me’

Disgraced former “Today” show host Matt Lauer’s longtime colleague Katie Couric has broken her silence about Lauer’s firing in late November from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” “The whole thing has been very painful for me,” Couric told People magazine in an interview published Saturday. “The accounts I’ve read and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it’s completely unacceptable that any woman at the Today show experienced this kind of treatment.”
Lauer said in statement immediately following his firing, “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions.
To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.
As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”
He continued, “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.
In fact, a joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship.
I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very difficult situation.” Couric acknowledged Lauer’s firing in an Instagram post in November, writing, “It’s incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I’m ready to.
Thanks for your interest.”

Mark Wahlberg Donates His All the Money in the World Reshoot Money to Time’s Up

Mark Wahlberg Donates His All the Money in the World Reshoot Money to Time’s Up

After drawing fire for reportedly negotiating a $1.5 million payday for participating in reshoots for All the Money in the World while his costar Michelle Williams worked for a per diem totaling less than $1,000, Mark Wahlberg has announced he’s donating the money to the Time’s Up legal defense fund in Williams’ name, Variety reports.
The reshoots were necessary to replace disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, and while Williams agreed to work for nothing in order to save the film, Wahlberg got paid.
Now, in an attempt to set things right after becoming a go-to example of the gender pay gap in Hollywood, Wahlberg is donating his paycheck to Time’s Up, Hollywood’s institutional response to the post-Weinstein era.
Wahlberg explained his thinking in a statement: Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation.
I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.
In addition to Wahlberg’s donation, WME—arguably the worst actor here for favoring the interests of one client over another—is donating $500,000.
My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted.
If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice.
Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME, and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment.
Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours.

Taylor Swift Warned By Cops Beware of Gun-Seeking ‘Boyfriend’

Taylor Swift Warned By Cops Beware of Gun-Seeking ‘Boyfriend’

Taylor Swift could have another obsessed fan on her hands — because a 58-year-old man is claiming he’s her boyfriend and needs a gun to protect her … this according to cops.
Law enforcement sources in New Hampshire tell TMZ … a guy was at the station for voluntary questioning on an unrelated case when he bragged he was the singer’s BF.
What’s more … cops say he went as far as showing them texts with a “Taylor Swift” as the recipient.
We’re told cops got suspicious when he started asking how many states he can drive through with a concealed carry weapons permit.
He also told them he wanted a gun to protect Taylor in Africa.
It’s unclear why he thinks Taylor will be in Africa.
As for why cops didn’t detain him right then and there … they say someone simply saying they want a gun to protect someone is not a crime.
That said … cops tell us they’re trying to contact Taylor’s team to warn her.
Another random dude showed up to her Rhode Island steps, back in July, trying to marry her.
We’ve reached out to Taylor’s team, so far no word back.

Selena Gomez’s Mom Mandy Teefey Breaks Silence On Justin Bieber Reconciliation Rumors

Selena Gomez’s Mom Mandy Teefey Breaks Silence On Justin Bieber Reconciliation Rumors

Selena Gomez’s mom, Mandy Teefey, recently opened up about her daughter and Justin Bieber’s reconciliation.
Teefey also weighed in on her relationship with Gomez and said that her daughter is now an adult and can make her own decisions.
When asked if she was worried that Gomez and Bieber’s reunion could affect her health, Teefey said that her daughter knows what’s at stake.
I do not control her the way it has been portrayed.
We lost family time because the only time we saw her, we talked business.
It was no longer fun for any of us, like it was when she was younger and we had to be with her because she was a minor,” she added.
But it was later on revealed that Teefey’s hospitalization had nothing to do with the “Despacito” singer.
“It’s been a stressful time for Mandy and she made the decision herself to go to the hospital and make sure everything was okay.
Justin knows Selena’s family is not happy about her dating him.
Mandy Teefey understands that Selena Gomez is an adult and can make her own life decisions.

Dog Missing For 5 Days In Maine Is Found Alive In Snowbank

Dog Missing For 5 Days In Maine Is Found Alive In Snowbank

Sophie, a 13-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, had been missing for five days when she was found Jan. 9 buried in a snowbank.
Please share…” The public post was shared more than two thousand times.
People the Silvers didn’t even know were looking for Sophie.
But as the bitterly cold nights went on, Albert said they were quickly losing hope.
Sophie / Credit: News Center Maine Miraculously, five days after Sophie’s disappearance, she was found, completely buried in the snow in the yard of a camp the Silvers had already checked.
Her head was just barely poking out.
It took some plowing to get to her, but Sophie was not only alive, Sophie was in good health.
A vet check showed she had lost five pounds, but otherwise had no frostbite or serious injuries.
Albert updated concerned individuals who had been sharing the missing dog’s story: “EXCITING UPDATE!!
Yup it’s a miracle.

James Franco Universities Where He Taught … No Sexual Misconduct Complaints

James Franco Universities Where He Taught … No Sexual Misconduct Complaints

James Franco is facing 4 sexual misconduct complaints from some of his former acting students at Studio 4 and Playhouse West, so we decided to call around and see if anyone lodged complaints at the various schools where the actor taught, and it turns out there were none.
Franco taught classes at NYU in 2011 and 2012 … an NYU administration source tells TMZ there were neither formal nor informal complaints against him.
We also checked with USC, where Franco taught various classes from 2013 and 2015 and a rep for the school tells us … no complaints.
And we contacted UCLA, where Franco taught from 2012 to 2017.
No one from the school would give us an official comment, but sources at the school who would have received such complaints tell us none were lodged.
The fact that no complaints were filed does not mean nothing ever happened.
As we’ve reported, Franco has maintained he has done nothing wrong.

Chris Matthews apologizes for making joke about ‘Bill Cosby pill’

Chris Matthews apologizes for making joke about ‘Bill Cosby pill’

MSNBC host Chris Matthews apologized Friday after video footage surfaced showing him making a racy joke prior to an interview with Hillary Clinton.
Matthews can be seen snickering on the video, which was recorded prior to an interview with Clinton on January 5, 2016.
MSNBC declined to comment. “This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines,” Matthews.
A spokesperson for Clinton did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but aides to the former Democratic presidential candidate expressed revulsion and bewilderment over the footage.
Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign’s communication director and a longtime Democratic operative, said watching the Matthews tape “makes me feel ill.” “As person who set up this interview and assured HRC & team I believed Chris would be fair, this makes me feel ill. Also watch the interview.
As I recall he got pretty angry with her after she challenged him during foreign policy section,” Palmieri tweeted.
Now,” tweeted Tim Hogan, a former Clinton campaign spokesperson.
But his long tenure at the cable news network has not been without controversy, and the always-wired Matthews has been prone to making inappropriate remarks.
A spokesperson for the network said that Matthews was formally reprimanded at the time.

Meghan Markle Flashback: Photo Of Actress’ First Wedding Dress Resurfaces

Meghan Markle Flashback: Photo Of Actress’ First Wedding Dress Resurfaces

A photo of Meghan Markle’s first wedding dress has resurfaced.
Now that Markle’s royal wedding with Prince Harry is fast approaching, many are wondering what she will wear on her big day.
As her fans speculate what the “Suits” star’s wedding gown will look like, a photo of her first wedding dress has made rounds online.
Elle shared a snap of what Markle wore when she walked down the aisle in 2011 and married Trevor Engelson.
She added that she wants a “classic and simple” wedding gown. “I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.
Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty.
It is expected that the designer will keep the information as a secret the same as Kate Middleton’s.
However, someone leaked three sketches of the wedding dress designs that Inbal Dror sent to the royal family to TMZ.
A photo of Meghan Markle’s first wedding dress has resurfaced.

How to Live a Fulfilled Life Financially

How to Live a Fulfilled Life Financially

Here is the definition given by the book: being frugal means having a high joy-to-stuff ratio.
It’s not about finding the cheapest stuff out there to buy.
If you get a lot of enjoyment from something you own, you are being frugal.
In the case of books, will you read the books?
In the case of clothing, will you wear them often?
Before buying a book, I ask myself: will I actually read this book?
Sell or Donate Unused Items Just because you own something, it doesn’t mean that you must find ways to enjoy it.
Rent or Borrow Something Whenever Possible The book states that you don’t need to own something to enjoy it.
So, instead of buying an item you want, find other ways to enjoy it Can you borrow it?
Look for Things That Are Durable The longer you can use an item, the more joy you can get out of it.

Report: Paige Won’t Wrestle Anymore For WWE After She Got Hurt From A Kick To The Back

Report: Paige Won’t Wrestle Anymore For WWE After She Got Hurt From A Kick To The Back

Saraya-Jade Bevis, who performs under the name Paige, will no longer wrestle for WWE after she suffered an actual injury during a Dec. 28 show in New York, according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com.
YouTube user SVRdude had video of the injury.
During a tag-team match at Nassau Coliseum, Paige had trouble getting up after Sasha Banks kicked her in the back.
She shook her arms to try and regain feeling and stumbled on the mat for a bit before the referee motioned to get her medical help.
Johnson reported that she was stretchered out of the ring, but walked out on her own several minutes later.
The 25-year-old has a history of neck problems.
Paige was suspended twice in 2016 for violating WWE’s wellness policy.
After her second suspension was announced on Oct. 10 of that year, her father Ricky Knight (real name Patrick Bevis) defended her and said she was taking painkillers for a “long term neck injury.” Paige revealed that she had neck surgery on Oct. 19, 2016.
Though Paige’s in-ring career might be finished, Johnson believes WWE might use her in other roles: While Paige will not be allowed to wrestle going forward by the company, we are told that she is extremely well liked by management, so one would think she would remain with the company in some capacity.
She was featured on reality series Total Divas, so that’s a possible vehicle for her, as are WWE Studios feature films.

Doreen Tracey, an original Disney Mouseketeer, dies at 74

Doreen Tracey, an original Disney Mouseketeer, dies at 74

NEW YORK – Doreen Tracey, a former child star who played one of the original cute-as-a-button Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s, has died, according to Disney publicist Howard Green.
Tracey died from pneumonia Wednesday at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, Calif., following a two-year battle with cancer.
and touring with the Mouseketeers.
She later served as a publicist to musician Frank Zappa and worked at Warner Bros.
One was designed for children in the pre-dinner hour.
It flourished for two seasons, then was reduced to a half-hour for two more.
Tracey stayed for its four-year run.
(Photo: DISNEY) The black-and-white series was syndicated in 1962-65.
The 1990s version of The Mickey Mouse Club launched the careers of singers Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and actors Keri Russell and Ryan Gosling.
Still, she often appeared at Mickey Mouse Club reunion shows at Disneyland and at Disney conventions, last celebrating the show’s 60th anniversary in 2015.

Big Little Lies Season 2 Isn’t Coming Until 2019

Big Little Lies Season 2 Isn’t Coming Until 2019

A sincere apology to everyone who enjoyed HBO’s journey to Monterey, California, last year in Big Little Lies—because the drama’s second season will not be airing anytime soon.
In fact, the series is not returning until next year.
To be clear, 2018 will be far from a barren wasteland for HBO—Silicon Valley will return, as will Insecure, Ballers, and Westworld.
But none of those series bring in even close to the viewership numbers that HBO enjoys with Game of Thrones, and the return of Big Little Lies or True Detective would have helped soften that blow.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys dismissed doomsayers in a Friday interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “Everyone wrote last year about how we’d be in trouble without Game of Thrones [at the Emmys] and we did just fine.
This is an old story because every year, ‘Oh, my God!
What is HBO going to do?
!’ Last year, that was it—we were going to die at the Emmys without Game of Thrones.” Coming this year to HBO will be the return of several comedies, including Silicon Valley, Ballers, Insecure, Divorce, Crashing, and Veep—which will ring in its final season—as well as the new family drama Here and Now, the Bill Hader vehicle Barry, and the political drama Succession.
HBO will also premiere several original movies, including an adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 starring Michael Shannon and Michael B. Jordan.
A trip back to Monterey might not be possible this year, but for disappointed Big Little Lies fans, at least there’s no shortage of backup destinations.

Spaceships could use blinking dead stars to chart their way

Spaceships could use blinking dead stars to chart their way

OXON HILL, Md.
— Future spacecraft could navigate by the light of dead stars.
Using only the timing of radiation bursts from pulsating stellar corpses, an experiment on the International Space Station was able to pinpoint its location in space in a first-ever demonstration.
Known as pulsars, the dead stars emit beams of radiation that sweep past Earth at regular intervals, like the rotating beams from a lighthouse.
Those radiation blips could allow a spaceship to find its location in space (SN: 12/18/10, p. 11).
It’s similar to how GPS uses the timing of satellite signals to determine the position of your cell phone – and it would mean spacecraft would no longer have to rely on radio telescope communications to find their coordinates.
That system becomes less accurate the further a spaceship gets from Earth.
SEXTANT used an array of 52 X-ray telescopes to measure the signals from five pulsars.
By analyzing those signals, the researchers were able to locate SEXTANT’s position to within 10 kilometers as it orbited Earth on the space station, astronomer Keith Gendreau of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., reported.
Far from Earth, pulsar navigation could improve upon the position estimates made using radio telescopes.

Best memes of the week (34 Photos)

Best memes of the week (34 Photos)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 #11 Never heard of this horror before, so if you’re sceptical like I was :
JUSTIN SCHMIDT IS an entomologist, and has accordingly been stung by a lot of bugs.
So he invented something called the Schmidt sting pain index (named after some guy called Schmidt, apparently), which ranks the pain of insect stings from one to four.
Down at one is something like the fire ant, which is so named for a reason, while up at four is the bullet ant, which is so called for a very, very good reason.
Joining the bullet ant at four is a critter that lives right here in the southwestern US: the tarantula hawk.
It’s actually a kind of solitary wasp with a sting whose resulting pain only lasts three minutes, but it’s so fiercely electric that it could only be described as totally unacceptable.
“There are some vivid descriptions of people getting stung by these things,” says invertebrate biologist Ben Hutchins of Texas Parks and Wildlife, “and their recommendation—and this was actually in a peer-reviewed journal—was to just lie down and start screaming, because few if any people could maintain verbal and physical coordination after getting stung by one of these things.
You’re likely to just run off and hurt yourself.
So just lie down and start yelling.”

Delight in this dude’s terribly embarrassing photo

Delight in this dude’s terribly embarrassing photo

Embarrassing photos happen to everyone and it’s best to embrace ’em, share ’em, and go viral on the internet.
New Yorker Mike Tague attended a friend’s wedding with his boyfriend, Andrew Mercier, and while sitting at their table, the photographer snapped a candid photo of the couple.
The photo is lovely until you notice one thing in the way — a glass that turned Tague’s face into something out of a fun house.
Sure, Tague looks like a hybrid between a shrunken head and James Van Der Beek, but that didn’t stop him from sharing the photo on the internet.
The image has since brought joy to the masses living in an otherwise cruel world.
pic.twitter.com/Fc041Bofkk — Mike T (@majtague) November 11, 2017 Tague told Mashable, “My first reaction was ‘This is so ugly that I hope nobody ever sees it.’
But then I thought that my friends and family would really enjoy seeing a messed up, ugly, crazy version of my face in such a nice setting.
And the contrast with Andrew really helped make it funny, at least to me.”
Thank you, Mr. Tague — we all needed this.
We vote yes for the profile picture.

This Ancient Mnemonic Technique Builds a Palace of Memory

This Ancient Mnemonic Technique Builds a Palace of Memory

There is a continuous record dating back at least 40,000 years for Australian Aboriginal cultures.
At each sacred location along these paths, elders would sing, dance or tell a story, all making the information associated with the location more memorable.
Research with the Native American Navajo people, for example, shows that they memorise a classification of more than 700 insects along with identification, habitats and behaviour.
A fully initiated indigenous elder would be able to relate stories equivalent to a field guide for all the birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and hundreds of insects within their environment.
Physical memory devices, though, are less often included in this list.
At each location, a song or story, dance or ceremony is performed that will always be associated with that particular location, physically and in memory.
Rock art and decorated posts are also familiar aids to indigenous memory, but far less known is the range of portable memory devices.
Inspired by my success with the lukasa, I have also created songlines for more than a kilometre around my home.
I have a location on my walk for each of the 244 countries and dependent territories in the world.
These memory techniques are far older than our Western civilisation, and they are far more effective than the crude rote techniques that replaced them.

Trio of dead stars upholds a key part of Einstein’s theory of gravity

Trio of dead stars upholds a key part of Einstein’s theory of gravity

That agreement limits theories that predict Einstein’s theory, general relativity, should fail at some level.
According to the strong equivalence principle, not only do different materials fall at the same rate, but so does the energy bound up in gravitational fields.
“We’re asking, ‘How does gravity fall?’” says astronomer Anne Archibald of the University of Amsterdam, who presented the preliminary result at the meeting.
If the strong equivalence principle were violated, an object with an intense gravitational field would fall with a different acceleration than one with a weaker field.
To test this theory, scientists measured the timing of signals from a pulsar — a spinning, ultradense collapsed star that emits beams of electromagnetic radiation that sweep past Earth at regular intervals.
The pulsar orbits with a type of burnt-out star called a white dwarf.
If the strong equivalence principle holds, the paired-up pulsar and white dwarf should both fall at the same rate in the gravitational field of the second white dwarf.
But if the pulsar, with its intense gravitational field, fell faster toward the outermost white dwarf than its nearby companion, the pulsar’s orbit would be pulled toward the outermost white dwarf, tracing a path in the shape of a rotating ellipse.
So if J0337+1715’s orbit were rotating, signals received on Earth would undergo regular changes in their timing as a result.
Adjustments to general relativity that attempt to combine these theories tend to result in a violation of the strong equivalence principle, says physicist Clifford Will of the University of Florida in Gainesville, who was not involved with the research.

Pollution is endangering the future of astronomy

Pollution is endangering the future of astronomy

Three sources of pollution — space debris, radio interference and light pollution — already are particularly worrisome.
In the next two decades, as many as 20,000 satellites could be launched into low Earth orbit, LEDs will become the dominant source of artificial light, and fifth-generation mobile networks will fill radio frequencies, speakers warned during the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
“We’re going to double our catalog [of debris] over the next 20 years.” Aerospace company Boeing, for instance, has proposed launching a global network of nearly 3,000 satellites.
But they emit a broad spectrum of light, including blue-rich light, which is particularly bad for astronomy.
Blue-rich light scatters more easily than light with longer wavelengths, like yellow, which worsens sky glow and makes it tougher to see stars.
For astronomers who observe the universe through radio waves generated by stars and galaxies, interference from an Earth-based source can easily drown out any far-off signal.
As more and more space on the spectrum is gobbled up by new technology such as 5G mobile networks, radio astronomers will have to grapple with more potential interference.
For instance, radar on driverless cars could affect radio astronomy operations up to 100 kilometers away, said Harvey Liszt, a radio astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Va.
Flagstaff, Ariz., is adopting LED lights, but they are what’s called narrow-band amber LEDs, which limit sky glow because they resemble the yellow, low-pressure sodium lights astronomers prefer.
We even have a company called Dark Sky Brewing.” For now, many astronomers hope that such down-to-earth solutions to pollution will work.

Why we need to have difficult conversations

Why we need to have difficult conversations

Editor Lucy Purdy introduces the new issue of Positive News magazine, which includes a candid interview with Russell Brand about addiction.
It also features an interview with a terrorism survivor, portraits of young conservationists, and a look at the case for optimism in the face of climate change Addiction is a sliding scale, says Russell Brand, and we’re all on it.
Does this matter?
Brand sets the example – he knows his famous ego can wreak havoc, but his willingness to be vulnerable warrants respect.
What would make a human being decide to kill?
In an interview in the new issue of Positive News magazine, he explains why he chose to see the terrorist who attacked him as a fellow human being, and to try to understand what drove his actions.
The magazine and movement that’s changing the news for good.
And with sexual harassment having recently risen (long overdue) to the forefront of public conversation, there is also a need to ask uncomfortable questions here.
If that’s so, what’s a healthy way to deal with that, he asks?
Ihler suggests simply talking to people who are different from us as a good place to start.

Woman Performs Surgery On Injured Butterfly And Saves Its Life

Woman Performs Surgery On Injured Butterfly And Saves Its Life

Romy McCloskey has a good reason to cherish butterflies more than most people.
Before her mother passed away, she said, “Romy, don’t worry.
So when Romy found a Monarch butterfly with an injured wing, she took it upon herself to save its life by turning her home office into an insect operating room.
Towel, scissors, tweezers, talc, contact cement, toothpick and my sweet girl who died earlier last week (for wings.)
It’s like trimming hair or nails.
The damaged pieces of wings.
He’s finished!
You can see that the black lines in is upper right wing don’t match up 100%.
Flight day!
A quick rest, and then he was off!

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