Is Building Muscle Possible in Your 40s? (Build Muscle the Batman Way)

Is Building Muscle Possible in Your 40s? (Build Muscle the Batman Way)

Ben Affleck just recently got in bodybuilding-shape for the movie Batman vs. Superman.
What few people know is that Ben Affleck is 45 years old at the moment.
Mainly because he follows these 3 rules: Rule #1: Stick to the basics Ben Affleck doesn’t like working out, that’s where most people begin.
I’m a huge supporter in making your workout and diet sustainable, yet this is much harder if you are 40+ years old.
You have to hold yourself accountable to your workout schedule.
What works with most of my clients is setting a specific workout time in the morning.
Training early in the morning can also help with rule #3.
Rule #3 Enjoy the process Ben Affleck told an interviewer that he noticed that once he went for a workout, other things started to improve in his life.
While we’ve seen in rule #1 that training is usually not that enjoyable, the other effects in your life are absolutely great.
You can build muscles after 40 Ben Affleck is a monster.

How to Upgrade Your Critical Thinking Skills for a Sharper Mind

How to Upgrade Your Critical Thinking Skills for a Sharper Mind

Critical thinking can be explained in a number of ways.
Finally, it is our ability to unravel different strands of significant information through a continuous stream of feedback so that we continuously destroy and create new mental models allowing us to act closer to reality.” – Dr. Jamie Schwandt Critical thinking framework: OODA Loop I use John Boyd’s OODA Loop as a framework for critical thinking.
What was the number I first thought of?” To solve, read the problem backwards.
; and 4) If this assumption proves wrong, will this change your line of thinking about the issue?
Seek out what’s NOT right in front of you (determine what’s missing).
Key questions to ask: What evidence is not being seen for the hypothesis to be true?
Key tools to use: How-to guide: Tools to apply the critical thinker’s OODA Loop Argument deconstruction The UFMCS provides a powerful framework for deconstructing an argument.
Here the argument = problem (or premise) + reasons + conclusion Check to make sure the right problem is identified and examine the point of view of the other person.
List the hypotheses first then the evidence (think deductive reasoning).
Reason backwards by creating a divergent systems diagram with each hypotheses from right to left (to mimic backwards reasoning) Start to converge by preparing a matrix listing the hypotheses across the top with each piece of evidence down the side.

Why Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Unlikely Relationship Makes Perfect Sense

Why Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Unlikely Relationship Makes Perfect Sense

Buh-bye Mac—hello Pete!
After reporting on Monday that Ariana Grande and Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson were dating, a source now tells E!
News that while the romance is recent, the two “have known each other for years.”
The source also added that “No Tears Left to Cry” singer, who hosted SNL back in March 2016, run in the same circles.
Ariana was recently in the city that never sleeps for the 2018 Met Gala, where she stole the show in her or the red carpet in her Michelangelo-inspired gown by Vera Wang on May 7.
The Timing May Be Right: On May 9, E!
News reported that she and her boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, had split after almost two years of dating.
He Makes Her Laugh: As for what the unlikely duo has in common, the insider said, “She loves that Pete makes her laugh and they share a common sense of humor.”
The source added, “They are both happy together and Ariana is in a better place since splitting with Mac.”
Perhaps the two will find solace in each other?

Remembering Philip Roth

Remembering Philip Roth

From the moment I read him, I knew it was going to be O.K.
I had written a book but assumed that no one would read it—and, anyway, I was preoccupied with three older children, a passel of miserable cats, barn spiders in the eaves of the house, and a pot of rice.
I put the lid on the pot and tried to understand what I was reading.
I was reading a letter from Philip Roth.
I read the letter over and over.
I had a letter from Philip Roth.
I never made a list for myself of the books he was reading, because they were so monumental—historical series that required intense and sustained concentration.
Suddenly, Philip pointed out that, when you get to a certain age, people see you and the first thing they say is “You look great!” “I know,” I said.
Triply self-enclosed, even: in Rothian self-regard; in his alter-ego, Zuckerman; in the writing studio, the daily life of which he once compared to being in a hospital emergency room (“and I’m the emergency” goes the famous quote).
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A Fire Pole to the Moon

A Fire Pole to the Moon

We can picture what the child was thinking, but to be quite accurate, Munroe first had to go through the reasons we can’t install a fire pole between the earth and the moon.
Then he discarded those reasons in order to answer the question about a fire pole that existed anyway.
If you climb up the pole far enough, Earth’s gravity will take over and start pulling you down.
When you’re hanging onto the pole, there are three forces pulling on you: The Earth’s gravity pulling you toward Earth, the Moon’s gravity pulling you away from Earth, and centrifugal force[6] from the swinging pole pulling you away from Earth.
[7] At first, the combination of the Moon’s gravity and centrifugal force are stronger, pulling you toward the Moon, but as you get closer to the Earth, Earth’s gravity takes over.
Unfortunately for you, space is big, so “pretty close” is still a long way.
As you let gravity take you down to earth, you have to deal with increasing speed, friction, weather, and the movement of the earth.
I hope you brought your parachute.
Munroe’s highly-detailed answer probably won’t be a lot of fun for a 5-year-old dreaming of space travel, but for we nerds who enjoy his xkcd comics, it’s a pretty cool story.
-via Metafilter

ABC Cancels ‘The Chew,’ Expands ‘GMA’ to Third Hour

ABC Cancels ‘The Chew,’ Expands ‘GMA’ to Third Hour

To make room for an expansion of ‘GMA,’ the network is axing the daytime cooking show.
ABC is expanding Good Morning America to a third hour, the network announced Wednesday.
The third hour of GMA will air at 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m.
ET and is likely to bow in the fall.
To make room for an expansion, the network is canceling daytime cooking show The Chew.
“Over the past six years, Good Morning America has solidified its place as America’s No.
It has also endured the ire of bitter soap opera fans; All My Children and One Life to Live were axed in favor of The Chew and since-canceled talker The Revolution.
And the program was hit by negative headlines late last year when executives parted ways with Mario Batali in the wake of harassment allegations the famed chef.
ABC executives did not reveal when the third hour of GMA will bow, but Chew will continue in production through the end of the season and air as planned until September.
Executives also did not reveal which ABC News talent will helm the new hour.

‘Show Dogs’ to Be Edited Amid Backlash Against “Troubling” Abuse Scene

‘Show Dogs’ to Be Edited Amid Backlash Against “Troubling” Abuse Scene

“Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film.”
Show Dogs is getting an edit after an advocacy group criticized the film for containing a message about sexual assault that is often associated with child abuse.
“Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film Show Dogs that some have deemed not appropriate for children,” the movie’s distributor said Wednesday in a statement.
The pic, which stars Will Arnett, centers on a police dog that must enter into a dog show competition in order to help solve a crime involving a baby panda.
After the release of Show Dogs last Friday, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation criticized the film for a scene that sees the main dog Max be inappropriately grabbed.
He is then told to go to a “zen place” as a way to control his apparent discomfort.
In a statement Tuesday, the group said the scenes “are similar tactics child abusers use when grooming children — telling them to pretend they are somewhere else.” “The company takes these matters very seriously and remains committed to providing quality entertainment for the intended audiences based on the film’s rating,” added Global Road. “We apologize to anybody who feels the original version of Show Dogs sent an inappropriate message.
The revised version of the film will be available for viewing nationwide starting this weekend.”

Machine Learning Crash Course From Google

Machine Learning Crash Course From Google

We’ve been talking a lot about machine learning lately.
People are using it for speech generation and recognition, computer vision, and even classifying radio signals.
Of course, we’ve covered tutorials for TensorFlow before, but this is structured as a 15 hour class with 25 lessons and 40 exercises.
Of course, it is also from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.
Google says the class will answer questions like: How does machine learning differ from traditional programming?
What is loss, and how do I measure it?
How does gradient descent work?
How do I determine whether my model is effective?
How do I represent my data so that a program can learn from it?
How do I build a deep neural network?

This Computer Is As Quiet As The Mouse

This Computer Is As Quiet As The Mouse

It can’t be heard – at all.
Liquid cooling might help make it quieter, but the pump would still be a source of noise.
To completely eliminate noise, you have to get rid of all the rotating / moving parts and use passive cooling.
[Tim]’s computer is built from standard, off-the-shelf parts but what’s interesting for us is the detailed build log.
Every part, from the motherboard onwards, needs to be selected to fit within the mechanical and thermal constraints of the enclosure.
Using an upgrade kit available as an enclosure accessory allows [Tim] to use CPUs rated for a power dissipation of almost 100 W. This not only lets him narrow down his choice of motherboards, but also provides enough overhead for future upgrades.
The GPU gets a similar heat extractor kit in exchange for the fan cooling assembly.
A fanless power supply, selected for its power capacity as well as high-efficiency even under low loads, keeps the computer humming quietly, figuratively.
Of course, performance hinges around “ambient temperature”, so you have to start getting careful when that goes up.
[Tim] spent about A$3000 building this whole system, thanks in part due to high GPU prices because of demand from bitcoin mining.

Is This Why The FBI Massively Overstated The Number Of Phones It Can’t Unlock?

Is This Why The FBI Massively Overstated The Number Of Phones It Can’t Unlock?

FBI director Christopher Wray is likely cursing his number crunchers in Quantico this week, after it emerged figures he’d been using to justify his agency’s drive to get tech companies to help cops access encrypted data was wrong.
In his attempts to explain the problem of encryption causing phone data to “go dark,” Wray had repeatedly claimed the FBI was unable to break the locks of close to 7,800 devices in investigations last year.
An FBI source with close knowledge of the counting error explained to Forbes just what went wrong.
The source was not aware of the contractor’s name.
For instance, if the FBI had broken through the passcode on an Apple iPhone, but there was an app with an extra password within that couldn’t be cracked, the inaccessible software was included as a whole device in the final count.
It doesn’t include those phones kept at local field offices, where investigators may either be waiting on their own staff to break the encryption on the phone or hoping the phone owner lets them in, the source said.
In March, Israeli provider Cellebrite announced it could get into the latest iPhones, right up to the iPhone X, with a passcode-bypass service.
The company, which launched in the aftermath of the FBI’s tussle with Apple over the San Bernardino shooter’s phone, has already sold to various local law enforcement agencies across America, including two federal agencies, most recently to a secretive U.S. Coast Guard hacking unit in a $30,000 deal.
That price matches the cost of the “unlimited” version of GrayKey, which allows for unending iPhone unlocks, compared to 300 for the $15,000 service.
The source told Forbes the FBI was also considering investing in GrayKey for use in Quantico.

Federal prosecutors conduct sex crimes investigation into Harvey Weinstein

Federal prosecutors conduct sex crimes investigation into Harvey Weinstein

In a move that increases the likelihood Harvey Weinstein will face criminal charges, federal prosecutors in New York have opened an investigation into whether the disgraced Hollywood producer’s alleged acts of sexual abuse violated federal laws, according to two people familiar with the matter. “Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts,” said his attorneys Blair Berk and Benjamin Brafman in a statement.
The Mann Act is about transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes,” said Laurie Levenson, a Loyola law professor and former federal prosecutor of the early 20th century law. “It is really a reach … it is back to the future.”
Nearly eight months after the New York Times first revealed widespread allegations of sexual abuse against Weinstein, local and federal prosecutors are increasingly in competition to build a case against the once-powerful Hollywood executive, according to two sources familiar with the investigations.
The Journal first revealed the federal investigation Wednesday.
Alleged victims in the Los Angeles County accusations have not been contacted by federal authorities, according to people familiar with those cases.
Atty.
Jackie Lacey’s team has been reviewing two investigations by Beverly Hills police into Weinstein, and three LAPD investigations of the producer, including an Italian actress’ allegation of rape in 2013.
LAPD detectives also have obtained bills showing the woman was a guest at the Beverly Hills hotel where she claims Weinstein attacked her, said the sources, who were not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Daenerys’ Final ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scene Apparently Really Messed With Emilia Clarke

Daenerys’ Final ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scene Apparently Really Messed With Emilia Clarke

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Emilia Clarke hinted that Daenerys’ final Game Of Thrones scene might be a major turning point for the character.
Clarke revealed to Vanity Fair that she’s already filmed her final Game Of Thrones scene.
“It f*cked me up,” she said of her last moment on the show, in no way revealing whether she makes it all the way to the Season 8 finale or not.
But, it seems as if Clarke’s said a lot here, hinting that Daenerys’ final moment might leave a bad taste in your mouth.
As Game Of Thrones gets closer to the end, more and more people are looking for clues that Daenerys will die in the final season.
If Dany does go mad, it’s hard to believe she’ll fare any better than her father, who was killed by the Kingslayer himself, Jaime Lannister.
HBO’s already said that basically, every GOT character is going to die this season, what if some of them are killed by a Khaleesi on a power trip?
Though, what might be even worse for some fans is if Dany dies for her love of Jon Snow.
But, and this may be dark, but maybe the baby will lead her to go mad and even take the child’s life so that it can’t take her throne away.
And Dany killing her own baby would certainly leave a bad taste in many fans’ mouth.

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Unearthing Portugal’s Wine of the Dead, a Relic From the Napoleonic Wars

Unearthing Portugal’s Wine of the Dead, a Relic From the Napoleonic Wars

In the small town of Boticas, Portugal, a centuries-old tradition of making “wine of the dead” lives on.
In 19th-century Portugal, during a time of French invasions, people interred scores of bottles.
In 1807, Napoleon Bonaparte’s army first started the march towards Lisbon.
Despite Portugal’s precarious isolation, and its place on the edge of a continent that bowed to Napoleon’s rule, it had refused to join.
By March 1809, the second invasion was underway, and the French army entered Portugal from the north, hoping to secure the country’s second largest city, Porto.
But Napoleon wasn’t done with Portugal yet.
Things were looking up in the small northern town of Boticas, though.
Winemakers around the world have reached similar conclusions regarding the benefits of wine burial.
And in France, wine tastings can come with a side of spelunking, down into caves where a handful of winemakers have taken to aging their wares.
Were it not for a concerted local effort to protect and promote the wine of the dead, this tale of anti-Napoleonic resistance could very well have stayed underground.

Annual Burning of Benedict Arnold

Annual Burning of Benedict Arnold

In New London, Connecticut, they still hold the grudge to this day, which they demonstrate by burning his two-faced effigy once a year.
Arnold served as a general for the newly formed United States of America and was given control of West Point.
He had a bone to pick with the military as he was passed over for promotions again and again with others taking credit for his accomplishments.
He began a secret plot to turn over West Point to the British in exchange for the rank of brigadier general.
However, the plan was found out.
Arnold fled West Point, but was still accepted into the British army with the rank of brigadier general.
In 1782, one year after the infamous traitor led the burning of New London, the townspeople paraded an effigy of Arnold through the streets and burned it on the anniversary of the brutal attack.
In 2013 the troupe, with very little organization, marched an effigy of Benedict Arnold down to the pier, dressed in colonial garb, and burned it.
As they paraded it through the streets of New London, curious bystanders started following the procession, and the tradition was revived.
Still going strong half a decade later, the event has grown and is now accompanied by live music, a police escort, and the mayor traditionally performing the ceremonial “lighting.” The citizens of New London still rally around, with cries of “traitor” and “Burn him!” Many start at the Shaw House and march all the way to the pier, but the parade still grows as it travels along Bank Street to the Waterfront Park.

A Milanese cafè entirely designed by the American director Wes Anderson.

A Milanese cafè entirely designed by the American director Wes Anderson.

Inspired by the classic bars of Milan in the 1950s and ’60s, the Bar Luce cafè is entirely designed by the American director Wes Anderson, in that very unique Wes Andersonian way.
When Fondazione Prada in Milan was opened, the director was invited to design a coffee bar inside the building.
Based on strong pastel colors, vintage wallpaper patterns, and quirky details, every square inch exudes the whimsical atmosphere of a Wes Anderson film.
The furniture and decor is also an homage to the typical midcentury Milanese cafè design, while the ceiling recalls the vaulted glass roof of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.
Anderson has said the place was conceived as a bar where he would want to spend his afternoon, and where writers can go to be inspired.
Despite his well-known maniacal sense of symmetry, the place is designed asymmetrical to be “lived” by the visitors in any space and any point of view, without a dominant perspective.
There are some references to Anderson’s movies, too, such as the Steve Zissou and Castello Cavalcanti pinball machines.

Black Garlic

Black Garlic

Garlic growers have to find creative ways to preserve their harvest.
Despite appearances, the yield isn’t spoiled.
This fermented, savory iteration is simply called “black garlic.” By placing garlic in particular conditions, farmers induce the Maillard reaction—a chemical process responsible for the umami taste of seared meat.
The bulb’s innards take on a sticky, jellied texture.
As the enzymes that impart its characteristic sharpness break down, the garlic also develops sweet, savory, and earthy qualities.
Tasters liken the flavor to deep, caramelized, aged balsamic.
The shadowy ingredient has a long history as a health food in Korea.
Italian restaurants also feature the savory bulb in spreads, in dressings, or as an accoutrement for meat and seafood.
At-home chefs can create their own black garlic, too.
Setting the rice cooker to “warm” will create an optimal environment, as long as you’re willing to wait for a couple weeks.

Tree Grate Museum

Tree Grate Museum

When the Seattle Transit Tunnel was developed in the late 1980s, the Metropolitan Transit Authority partnered with an artist to help bring the infrastructure project to life, quite literally.
Five different varieties of trees—Oak, Ginko, Linden, Zelkova and Maple—were planted on the city streets along the five transit stations where the tunnel runs underground.
The trees pay homage to Seattle’s lush landscape, but the true gems are the beautiful cast-iron tree grates installed on the ground around each trunk.
At the foot of each of the trees is a custom-designed tree grate, each created by a different artist.
That is paired with an informational plaque listing the tree species, artist name, and marking the location along the tunnel route.
The Tree Grate Museum is a cluster of all five trees, grates, and markers, planted together in one spot—a small grove at the Convention Place Station on the block between 9th Avenue and Pike Street.
It functions as a sort of key that explains the expansive artwork that stretches through downtown.

Found: A Rare Tiny Deer in Vietnam

Found: A Rare Tiny Deer in Vietnam

In 1994, scientists researching in Vietnam first documented the elusive large-antlered muntjac in the semi-evergreen Vu Quang Nature Reserve, in the province of Ha Tinh.
The creature’s shoulder height measures roughly 26 inches, it weighs roughly 66 to 110 pounds, and lives around the Annamite Mountains that border Laos.
For years, the tiny deer has been drastically absent because of illegal wire-snare hunting.
So, when the researchers from Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and WWF-Vietnam caught a photo of a male and female muntjac, there was much to celebrate.
To honor the occasion, they plan to enhance camera-trapping efforts.
The last record of the muntjacs wandering the Annamite region was in the 2000, which worried many scientists and conservationists.
The fear was that the critically endangered mammal was close to extinction, but the rediscovery is small win for those who want to witness the deer’s stride in Vu Quang Nature Reserve.
“Finding these rare and beautiful species gives new hope for Vietnam’s precious biodiversity treasures,” said researcher Nguyen Van Thanh in a statement.

First Look: Matt Groening’s Netflix series ‘Disenchantment’ carries ‘Simpsons’ DNA

First Look: Matt Groening’s Netflix series ‘Disenchantment’ carries ‘Simpsons’ DNA

On Tuesday, Netflix announced that has ordered a new animated comedy series from Matt Groening, the creator of ‘The Simpsons’.
Well, he’s had a lot of practice on the last one with Moe Szyslak.
Netflix Wednesday announced it will release 10 episodes of Disenchantment, Groening’s adult animated comedy-fantasy series, on Aug. 17.
Those big, round eyes ought to be a pretty good hint of their DNA connection to The Simpsons, which recently set a record for most episodes of a primetime scripted series.
Disenchantment will take viewers “to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon, Luci,” according to the announcement. “Hard-drinking young princess” underlines the adult nature of the cartoon series.
More: ‘The Simpsons’ exclusive: Matt Groening (mostly) remembers the show’s record 636 episodes Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson will provide the voice of Bean.
The rest of the voice cast, which features veterans of The Simpsons and Groening’s Futurama, includes Nat Faxon, Eric Andre, John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery.
Rough Draft Studios (Futurama) will provide the animation and Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama — sense a pattern?)
will serve as executive producers.

Matt Groening Netflix Series ‘Disenchantment’ Sets Premiere Date

Matt Groening Netflix Series ‘Disenchantment’ Sets Premiere Date

Netflix has set the official premiere date for the upcoming Matt Groening adult animated comedy fantasy series “Disenchantment.” The first 10 episodes will debut on Aug. 17.
The series takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland.
It follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci.
Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.
The series will feature the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson as Bean, Nat Faxon as Elfo, and Eric Andre as Luci.
Animation is being done by Rough Draft Studios, the same studio did the animation for Groening’s “Futurama.” Netflix also released several first look images from the show, which can be viewed below.
“Disenchantment” is produced by The ULULU Company for Netflix, with Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein serving as executive producers.
Groening is of course best known for creating “The Simpsons,” which recently wrapped its 29th season on Fox.
The series broke the record for the longest-running primetime television series in April with its 636th episode, beating previous record holder “Gunsmoke.” “The Simpsons” has already been renewed for a 30th season.
Groening also created the popular animated series “Futurama,” which ran for four seasons on Fox from 1999-2003 before being revived at Comedy Central for three more seasons starting in 2009.

What Does Mark Hamill Think Of ‘Solo’? The Actor’s Review Came With Its Own Dorky Hashtag

What Does Mark Hamill Think Of ‘Solo’? The Actor’s Review Came With Its Own Dorky Hashtag

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out on May 25, and while many critics have already published their reviews for the film, everyone is still waiting to hear the thoughts of one particular original Star Wars actor. “NO SPOILERS until everyone’s seen it, but I can’t wait to see it AGAIN,” Hamill tweeted about the movie, adding a thumbs-up emoji and the hashtag #SoHighFromSolo.
Just based on that tweet alone, you can consider Solo officially Hamill-approved.
The actor’s blessing means a lot, as many Star Wars fans have been apprehensive about Solo in the lead-up to the film’s release and likely will breathe a sigh of relief knowing Hamill’s a fan.
After all, the actor probably knows more about the franchise than anyone else besides George Lucas.
In 2017, he expressed his doubts about Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, for instance, although he later retracted his doubts by saying that The Last Jedi was an “all-time GREAT” movie. “It really has tarnished my ability to enjoy it to its fullest…
Even though Hamill might not have been particularly excited about the future of Star Wars as a whole, it seems that he has been excited about Solo for a while now.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hamill responded to the backlash that the Solo trailer first received.
Even if it doesn’t include Star Wars’ original cast members, at least the actors who played Luke Skywalker and the original Han Solo have sung praises for the new movie.

Mnemonic

Mnemonic

Que j’aime à faire apprendre un nombre utile aux sages!
Immortel Archimède, artiste ingénieur, Qui de ton jugement peut priser la valeur?
Pour moi, ton problème eut de pareils avantages.
Jadis, mystérieux, un problème bloquait Tout l’admirable procédé, l’œuvre grandiose Que Pythagore découvrit aux anciens Grecs.
Ô quadrature!
vieux tourment du philosophe!
Insoluble rondeur, trop longtemps vous avez Défié Pythagore et ses imitateurs.
Comment intégrer l’espace plan circulaire?
Old philosopher’s torment Unsolvable roundness, for too long you have Defied Pythagoras and his imitators.
New invention: Archimedes will inscribe Inside a hexagon; will appreciate its area Function of a ray.

An ‘interstellar immigrant’ asteroid is going 30,000mph in the wrong direction

An ‘interstellar immigrant’ asteroid is going 30,000mph in the wrong direction

Now, there are millions of asteroids that circle Jupiter and most of them are in two huge clusters.
Best part?
and decided to stick around, but wanted to do so in its own way.
Via the NYT, take a look at the orbit here: Pretty neat!
Each rotation around the sun takes about 11.6 years, and due to Jupiter’s own immense gravitational pull, the orbit is stable.
It narrowly avoids a collision with its gravity host by moving in an oval-shaped orbit in the wrong direction around the sun, and therefore barely missing the two clusters of asteroids that already follow Jupiter.
BZ is about 3km, or just under 2 miles long, roughly the size of New York’s Central Park.
Given that the one that killed the dinosaurs was 9 miles long (and just so happened to hit the part of the Earth that could create such damage, the 13% or so of the crust that could create that much soot to cover the atmosphere and create an ice age), we shouldn’t have too much to worry about.
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As CO2 increases, rice loses B vitamins and other nutrients

As CO2 increases, rice loses B vitamins and other nutrients

By the end of this century, rice may not deliver the same B vitamin levels that it does today.
Protein and certain minerals will dwindle, too, new data suggest.
Testing higher carbon dioxide concentrations in experimental rice paddies in China predicts losses in four vitamins — B1, B2, B5 and B9 — an international team reports May 23 in Science Advances.
Adding results from similar experiments in Japan, the researchers also note an average 10.3 percent decline in protein, an 8 percent fall in iron and a 5.1 percent fall in zinc, supporting previous studies of rice and other crops.
(SN: 4/1/17, p. 28).
In experimental setups nicknamed FACE (free-air CO₂ enrichment) in China’s Yangtze River delta and near the Japanese city of Tsukuba, researchers grew a total of 18 varieties of rice.
The nine rice varieties from China, from three years’ crops and analyzed in their unrefined brown form, differed in degree of vitamin loss.
On average, B1 levels (thiamine) declined 17.1 percent; B2 levels (riboflavin), 16.6 percent; B5 (pantothenic acid), 12.7 percent; and B9 (folate), 30.3 percent.
Such declines in rice nutrients could hit economically strapped populations in Asia the hardest.
(The other is Madagascar.)

7 Common History Myths

7 Common History Myths

At no point in their history did Vikings wear horned helmets.
By today’s standards, this would be a short man; however, at the time, the average height was 5’7″.
More than likely, though, what solidified the myth of Napoleon’s less-than-stellar stature was the British portrayal of Napoleon in propaganda.
Some actually think he discovered that the world was round?
But world history is not solely the history of Western Europe.
Additionally, Columbus never even claimed to discover a new continent.
Salem Witches were burned at the stake Another commonly distributed myth is that the accused witches in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690s were burned at the stake.
This is not true – though the legend has roots in true events that were concurrently taking place in Europe.
The Great Chicago Fire was caused by a cow Legend has it that Catherine O’Leary was milking her cows in her barn one night, when one of them kicked over a lantern and started the Great Chicago Fire.
Suffice it say, the fire did begin in her barn, but her cow didn’t start it.

How (and Why) You Should Be Cleaning Your Phone and Other Electronics

How (and Why) You Should Be Cleaning Your Phone and Other Electronics

Here’s how (and why) you should be cleaning and sanitizing your phone and other devices around your house.
Your phone is just one place where tons of germs are living rent-free.
Contrary to what you may believe, your toilet is probably cleaner than your phone and other devices, and that’s mostly thanks to our constant paranoia of the bathroom being such a germ-invested hellscape, that we tend to clean it more often than other areas or things around the house.
Here’s what I found: As you can see, bacteria from my phone screen grew just as much nasty as from the inside of my toilet bowl.
But, you also probably don’t think twice about swiping your finger on your phone all day long.
How to Clean Your Phone & Other Devices There’s not a whole lot to it when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing your devices, but phones, in particular, can be tricky.
You have to be careful with the screen at least.
On other devices around your home, like keyboards, mice, TV remotes, and more, you can be a bit more aggressive and use isopropyl alcohol or any household cleaning agent (Clorox wipes, cleaning spray, etc.
Don’t Sweat It Too Much At the end of the day, even if your phone is as dirty as a toilet bowl, whatever doesn’t kill you, right?
It’s easy to get paranoid about germs.

Facebook Upgrades Two Factor Authentication: Here’s How to Set It Up

Facebook Upgrades Two Factor Authentication: Here’s How to Set It Up

Facebook has had two-factor authentication for a long time, but it used to be called Login Approvals.
Here’s how to setup 2FA for Facebook using Authy or your favorite authenticator app.
Not sure what Two-Factor authentication is?
Basically, whenever you try to login to your account from a new device, Facebook (or whatever site you are trying to log in to) will send you a text message to your phone with a code to enter, making sure that it’s really you.
It’s definitely a good idea to setup more security on your Facebook account.
If it’s the first time you’ve enabled two-factor, you may as well just do the SMS text message option and use the code.
It’s simple and easy.
Here’s how to do it: Go to Settings -> Account Settings Click on “Security and Login” Scroll down a little and click on “Use two-factor authentication” Follow the prompts to either enter a code from a text message or an authentication app.
Once you’re all done enabling two-factor, the next time you login to your Facebook account from a new device, you’re going to be required to enter the code.
On the same page you’ll also find some recovery codes that would be useful if you don’t have access to your phone while you’re traveling.

The little-known fruit tastes like peanut M&Ms.

The little-known fruit tastes like peanut M&Ms.

The large Celtis occidentalis tree produces tiny, dark red berries that live up to the claim that fruits are nature’s candy.
These are commonly known as hackberries.
Hackberries are native to North America and were used extensively by Native Americans as a source of food and medicine.
They are high in calories, protein, and sugars, so they make a great trail snack that can be gathered directly from the tree during a hike.
The only catch is that these trees can are quite tall.
To access the berries, you’ll have to hope some branches are low enough to be in reach or knock them off with a stick.
They have a sweet, dry pulp and a crispy shell enclosing a hard, edible seed at their center.
They don’t melt in your hand or your mouth, but each bite offers a delicious, candy-like taste along with a satisfying crunch.
The pulp is very sweet, with a flavor similar to dates and black tea.
Native Americans got around this problem by pounding the berries into a paste or powder that they then stirred into porridge or used to season meat.

A science fiction-inspired apartment building designed by a famous Spanish architect.

A science fiction-inspired apartment building designed by a famous Spanish architect.

Designed by famous Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, Walden 7 is located on the same lot as Bofill’s firm, La Fabrica, which he built inside an abandoned cement factory.
The building is composed of 18 towers forming a curve, which are connected by a complex network of bridges and walkways.
The result is a vertical labyrinth with seven interconnecting interior courtyards.
There are two swimming pools on top of the 14-story building.
With a few exceptions, each apartment looks out onto both the exterior and one of the interior courtyards.
The building was named after a utopian community from the 1940s sci-fi novel Walden Two, and the public spaces and airy apartments were geared towards creating a similarly utopian living environment.
The façade was originally covered with small ceramic tiles, but the tiles kept falling and eventually became a hazard for pedestrians.
In 1995, a refurbishing of the building removed the tiles, and the façade was painted instead.

Fleets of self-driving taxis could be choreographed to cut traffic

Fleets of self-driving taxis could be choreographed to cut traffic

Self-driving taxis that use an algorithm to work together like a well-oiled machine could someday cut down on city traffic.
Researchers have created a computer program that can continually analyze incoming ride-hailing requests sent from a smartphone app and plot the most efficient course for each car in a self-driving fleet to take (SN Online: 11/21/17).
Unlike standard taxis, which pick up customers spotted on the side of the road, this algorithm assigns cars to customers based on traffic conditions as well as the pickup and drop-off locations of all ride requests.
Moe Vazifeh, a physicist at MIT, and colleagues tested this algorithm by feeding it information on more than 150 million cab rides taken in New York City in 2011.
The program, described online May 23 in Nature, was able to choreograph routes to pick up more than 90 percent of customers within five minutes of their ride requests.
That’s not as immediate as flagging down a taxi.
But the algorithm’s method required only about 5,400 cabs on the street at once, on average, compared with the average 7,700 cabs cruising the city at any given time in 2011.
By serving customers using far fewer cars, such precision-guided fleets of self-driving vehicles could help curb traffic pollution and congestion (SN: 9/30/17, p. 18).

The Best Smarthome Products That Are Rental Friendly

The Best Smarthome Products That Are Rental Friendly

There are still quite a few gadgets you can get to smarten up your rental.
Not all smart home devices require modifications to your home itself.
Voice Assistant: Amazon Echo ($50-100) or Google Home ($50-130) Nothing’s quite as cool as controlling your smart home gadgets with your voice.
Lights: Philips Hue ($69 for Basic Starter Kit) Smart lights are one of the coolest ways to trick out your smart home without spending a fortune.
You’ll need a Starter Kit ($69) that comes with a hub, but once you have that, you can add new bulbs to virtually any existing socket in your house and immediately control it from your phone or with your voice assistant.
This little device plugs into your existing electrical outlet, connects to Wi-Fi, and can be controlled from your phone, voice assistant, or even by an automated schedule.
Keep in mind, the Smart Plug can only turn a device on and off.
You can also control the Nest Thermostat from Alexa or Google Assistant with simple voice commands.
If you want to adjust the temperature, switch between heating and air, or just find out what the temperature is currently set to, you can do so from your phone or by talking to your smart speaker.
The August Smart Lock lets you lock and unlock your door with your phone or even a voice command.

Online kits could double STI testing among young people

Online kits could double STI testing among young people

Offering e-STI kits in parallel with existing sexual health services could improve testing rates, suggests new research Visiting a GUM clinic can range from an inconvenience to an ordeal, depending on your tolerance for stripping off in front of strangers, stirrups and swabs.
STIs remain a major problem in England, where 420,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2016, though this was a 4 per cent decline compared to 2015.
They are particularly prevalent among 15 to 24-year-olds, nearly half of whom say they do not always use a condom with a new partner.
Good journalism can be about good things too.
Kits are posted out along with information about sexual health and instructions to return samples by post.
People then receive their results via text message.
In a study of 2,000 young people from two south London boroughs, researchers found that offering the service nearly doubled the uptake of STI testing.
The findings are “very encouraging” said co-author Dr Paula Baraitser from King’s College London.
“The results are very helpful to those of us who are developing new strategies to increase access to sexual health services,” she told Positive News.
Baraitser added that she was pleased to see more people getting tested across the board, including among vulnerable groups.

How to Choose Which GPU a Game Uses on Windows 10

How to Choose Which GPU a Game Uses on Windows 10

Windows 10 now lets you select which GPU a game or other application uses right from the Settings app.
Previously, you had to use manufacturer-specific tools like the NVIDIA Control Panel or AMD Catalyst Control Center to control this.
If you don’t see the Graphics Settings option, you haven’t installed the update yet.
RELATED: Everything New in Windows 10’s April 2018 Update, Available Now How to Assign an Application to a GPU To assign an application to a GPU, head to Settings > System > Display.
To select a game or traditional desktop application with an .exe file, select “Classic app” in the box, click the “Browse” button, and then locate the .exe file on your system.
If you want to select a new-style Universal app, select “Universal App” in the box, select the application from the list, and then click the “Add” button.
Select the application you’ve added, and then click the “Options” button.
Select whichever GPU you want.
If you just have a single GPU in your system, you’ll see the same GPU’s name under both the “Power saving GPU” and “High performance GPU” options.
Click “Save” when you’re done.

PassProtect Tells You If Your Password Is Compromised

PassProtect Tells You If Your Password Is Compromised

A compromised password can’t protect you.
PassProtect is a Chrome extension that notifies you whenever a password you enter is exposed, giving you the chance to change it.
Data breaches happen all the time, and the result is usually a bunch of usernames and password floating around the web.
Attackers use these lists to access accounts, so it’s important to change your passwords after a breach.
Most users can’t keep track of it all, however.
Which is where PassProtect come in.
Using data from Have I Been Pwned, Troy Hunt’s database of compromised passwords, PassProtect lets you know when a password you use was part of a recent breach.
This tool alone can’t protect you if you’re re-using passwords at multiple sites, which is why you should use a password manager.
These help you randomly generate a password for every site, then store the passwords in a way that is easy to access.
It’s worth noting that 1Password, one of the best password managers on the market, already compares passwords with Have I Been Pwned, so there’s no need to install PassProtect if that’s your password manager.

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