Nearly 200 Great Barrier Reef coral species also live in the deep sea

Nearly 200 Great Barrier Reef coral species also live in the deep sea

Nearly 200 species of Great Barrier Reef corals have found a second home in the deep ocean.
That’s six times as many species as previously thought to be living in the dark, cold waters off northeastern Australia, researchers report December 11 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Perhaps more important than the number of species cataloged at those depths is the fact that every coral evolutionary family is represented, offering a potential boon for conservation efforts.
“It’s a bit of a good news story, and there aren’t many of those around at the moment.” As climate change makes some ocean waters warmer, corals are experiencing more frequent severe bleaching events than they did just a few decades ago (SN: 2/3/18, p. 16).
Scientists are trying to learn which species might be able to survive, and where, as ocean conditions change.
From 2010 to 2016, Muir and his colleagues sampled 1,263 corals at depths between 30 meters to 125 meters.
That range falls within a region called the mesophotic zone because it receives relatively little sunlight.
From those samples, as well as museum specimens and other data, the team identified 195 coral species living in this zone that were previously known to inhabit only shallow waters.
The finding provides support for the “deep reef refugia” hypothesis, the hotly debated idea that deep ocean corals are somewhat protected from the effects of climate change and could one day help reestablish damaged shallow water reefs (SN Online: 7/19/18).
“We’ve shown that it’s potentially viable because there’s quite a wide range of species down there,” Muir says.

Here’s what was surprising about Kilauea’s 3-month-long eruption

Here’s what was surprising about Kilauea’s 3-month-long eruption

But the scientists studying it haven’t.
By the time it had ended three months later, over 825 million cubic meters of earth had collapsed at the summit.
The volcano also taught scientists a thing or two.
“But groundwater did not play a significant role in driving the explosions this summer.” Instead, the destruction of Kilauea’s crater is what’s called a piston-style caldera collapse, he said.
Life finds a way Under the sea, life moved in around the brand-new land surprisingly quickly.
But alien worlds don’t show evidence of plate tectonics, though they can be volcanically active, German says.
“This is a better analog of what we expect to them to be like,” says German, but “it is what’s least studied.” As of December 5, Kilauea had not erupted for three months, suggesting it’s in what’s called a pause – still active but not spewing lava.
Scientists are tracking ground swelling near the Puu Oo vent, where much of Kilauea’s lava has flowed from during the volcano’s 35-year eruption history.
That inflation is an indication that magma may still be on the move deep below.
History has shown that Mauna Loa can act up during periods when Kilauea sleeps.

How to Ask Your Professor for a Letter of Recommendation Via Email

How to Ask Your Professor for a Letter of Recommendation Via Email

It’s best to ask your professor in person with a written request.
You also need time to review your application materials and write a request for a letter of recommendation.
If your first professor says no, you’ll need time to ask another professor.
[1] Only ask one professor at a time, unless you need multiple recommendation letters.
2 Choose a professor who will give you a good recommendation.
Have they worked with me outside of class?
You’ll need to provide the due date in your request.
Make sure you’re looking at the due date for your letter of recommendation, not for the application as a whole.
If you’re submitting the letter along with your application, you might want the letter early so you can ensure you have all of your application materials to the program or job by the due date.
Communicate this to your professor and give them a specific date when you need the letter.

Jon Jones Officially Cleared For UFC 232 … Off Suspended List

Jon Jones Officially Cleared For UFC 232 … Off Suspended List

Jon Jones is BACK!!
The UFC superstar just got his license to fight in California reinstated — essentially clearing the way for him to fight at UFC 232 on Dec. 29.
TMZ Sports broke the story … Jones tested positive for the banned substance Turinabol (an anabolic steroid) surrounding his fight with Daniel Cormier at the Honda Center in Anaheim in July 2017.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency meted out a 15-month suspension for Jones — and the California State Athletic Commission said it would honor that punishment.
Even though Jon’s upcoming fight against Alexander Gustafsson is set to go down in Vegas, the Nevada State Athletic Commission won’t license him unless he’s clear in California.
Jones also paid his $205,000 fine.
After he was reinstated, Jon had a message to the California State Athletic Commission — “Make sure you guys watch.”
At the hearing, CSAC executive director Andy Foster actually defended Jones — saying, “I do not think Mr. Jones is intentionally a doper.”
He added, “I just don’t believe it.
He fails the one test he knows is coming.”

Study: 50% of people pursuing science careers in academia will drop out after 5 years

Study: 50% of people pursuing science careers in academia will drop out after 5 years

The study tracked the careers of more than 100,000 scientists over 50 years.
The results showed career lifespans are shrinking, and fewer scientists are getting credited as the lead author on scientific papers.
Scientists are still pursuing careers in the private sector, however there are key differences between research conducted in academia and industry.
A new study reveals that half of people pursuing careers in academic science will drop out of their field after just five years.
The study found that the number of scientists who never get credited as a study’s primary author has risen by 35 percentage points since the 1960s, when just 25 percent of scientists never led a published study.
Not publishing can hurt scientists’ chances of gaining secure employment. “Academia isn’t really set up to provide supporting scientists with long-term career opportunities,” Milojević told News at IU Bloomington. “This study doesn’t provide a solution, but it shows that the number of scientists leaving academia isn’t slowing down.”
Academic vs. industry research The study doesn’t suggest fewer people are trying to become professional scientists, but rather that an increasing share are ditching academia for the private sector.
But academic research differs from industry research in a key way.

The Fish in the Stone: Zoë Keating Reads Rita Dove’s Ode to Deep Time

The Fish in the Stone: Zoë Keating Reads Rita Dove’s Ode to Deep Time

Instrumental in this new way of thinking about the age and nature of our planet were the discoveries of a self-taught Victorian fossil hunter named Mary Anning (May 21, 1799–March 9, 1847) — the first person to discover and correctly identify the skeleton of an ichthyosaur, an enormous prehistoric marine reptile.
This eternal question of eternity and the larger questions it unlatches in us is what Pulitzer-winning poet and former United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove explores in her poem “The Fish in the Stone,” found in her Collected Poems: 1974–2004 (public library).
by Rita Dove The fish in the stone would like to fall back into the sea.
He is weary of analysis, the small predictable truths.
He is weary of waiting in the open, his profile stamped by a white light.
In the ocean the silence moves and moves and so much is unnecessary!
Patient, he drifts until the moment comes to cast his skeletal blossom.
He knows why the ant engineers a gangster’s funeral, garish and perfectly amber.
He knows why the scientist in secret delight strokes the fern’s voluptuous braille.
For more highlights from The Universe in Verse, savor James Gleick reading Elizabeth Bishop’s profound poem about the nature of knowledge, astrophysicist Janna Levin reading Maya Angelou’s cosmic clarion call to humanity, Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell reading Walt Whitman, actor and activist America Ferrera reading Denise Levertov, and poet Marie Howe reading her stirring tribute to Stephen Hawking.

Wayne Rooney Visits Trump’s White House … Christmas Party!

Wayne Rooney Visits Trump’s White House … Christmas Party!

Wayne Rooney was happy to spread a little Christmas cheer with Donald Trump … ’cause the soccer legend was 45’s guest of honor at the White House over the weekend!!
It all went down at Trump’s Christmas party Sunday … where Rooney and his wife, Coleen, and their kids hit up 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to enjoy some holiday fun.
A post shared by Matthew Matos (@mattmatosdc) on Dec 9, 2018 at 6:38pm PST Of course … Barron Trump is a HUGE soccer fan and an even bigger Rooney supporter — so the D.C. United superstar’s presence was a big-time gift from Papa Trump.
It’s interesting … many high-profile athletes — from Steph Curry to LeBron James — have turned down trips to Trump’s White House ’cause of their political beliefs.
But … doesn’t seem Wayne minded too much — the forward was reportedly more than happy to check out Trump’s digs for the special holiday!
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Building a Life-Size Bumblebee Transformer

Building a Life-Size Bumblebee Transformer

James Bruton never does anything small, nor seemingly turns down any engineering challenge, however daunting.
The man who made a full-on Iron Man suit, a Boston Dynamics-style openDog robot, a Star Wars BB-8, and an electric Batman skateboard was asked by Paramount Pictures to create a working, life-size VW bug Transformer ahead of the forthcoming Bumblebee movie.
James focused on the rather complex mechanics and electronics of the build while Kyla tackled the beetle car body and Transformer parts (mainly using EVA foam to keep everything as lightweight as possible).
Following through the videos, you can tell that it’s a complex and challenging build.
There are three build videos in the series.
The big reveal is yet to come, but subscribe and hit the alert bell and you’ll be able to see the working(?)
results soon.
After following this series and seeing all of the elements come together, I’m a bit nervous for how this is all going to play out.
As we all know, Transformer physics and engineering have always been a bit dodgey in real-world terms.
Fingers crossed.

How to Back Up Your Mac’s Photo Library to An External Drive

How to Back Up Your Mac’s Photo Library to An External Drive

Storing them in the cloud is nice, but you might also want the peace of mind of having your pictures stored locally.
This guide assumes you’re using the actual “Photos” app on your Mac, the default if you’ve used iCloud Photo Stream or imported from your iPhone.
Do you teach?
Learn more Moving Your Photos Library To understand how this works, it’s important to know how the Photos app catalogs files.
You’ll have to change the location from which the Photos app is reading.
In the image below, I’ve got two Photos libraries, the default one, and a backup library.
While you can access the backup library just by double-clicking it—which will open it in the Photos app—it’s better to switch Photos to use this one by default.
Select “Use as System Photos Library,” which will change the default to the new library.
Back Up Your Drive Automatically With Time Machine Backing up files manually is not the best solution, as you can never predict when your computer will break.
Apple’s built-in Time Machine is the best tool for backing up to an external drive.

Tesla’s Record-Breaking Mega Battery, Installed on a Bet, Saves Australia $40 Million in Its First Year

Tesla’s Record-Breaking Mega Battery, Installed on a Bet, Saves Australia $40 Million in Its First Year

It has been one year since the world’s largest lithium ion battery was switched on in South Australia to combat costly statewide power outages – and this new report shows that it has performed astonishingly well.
The 100-megawatt Hornsdale Power Reserve, which was designed by Tesla, has saved over $40 million AUD in annual maintenance costs to the electrical grid, also known as frequency controlled ancillary services (FCAS).
The report, which was conducted by consultancy firm Aurecon and commissioned by Neoen, the energy company that manages the massive battery, goes on to say that this is a 75% reduction in annual maintenance costs compared to 2016 and 2017.
The data is especially impressive since the battery itself only cost about $66 million.
RELATED: Tesla Restores Power to Puerto Rican Children’s Hospital– And That’s Not All The battery was built in just 54 days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a bet with state legislators, saying that if he was unable to finish the battery in 100 days, he would give it to them for free.
In addition to being a cheaper replacement to the fossil-fuel dependent system that was previously used by the energy market operator, the battery creates zero carbon emissions.
It is also capable of responding to outages in a matter of milliseconds, which could not be achieved by previous backups.
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Scientists Praise 96-Year-old for His Hobby of Saving Dwindling Bluebird Populations

Scientists Praise 96-Year-old for His Hobby of Saving Dwindling Bluebird Populations

The dedication of a 96-year-old citizen scientist has been an unparalleled lifesaver for his home state’s bluebird population.
After seeing a bluebird going in and out of a dead tree on his property, Larson became inspired to start setting up little boxes that could serve as nests for bluebirds.
“I settled on a simple design that [was] easy to build and easy to monitor.
RELATED: Man Postpones Retirement to Save Reefs After He Accidentally Discovers How to Make Coral Grow 40 Times Faster Since bluebirds reside in dead or nearly-dead trees, their population began to decline after the invention of the electric chainsaw in the early 1900s made it easier for homeowners to rid their properties of dead trees.
In addition to having their habitats destroyed, the implementation of pesticides spelled an uncertain future for the bluebirds of Idaho.
But the efforts of Larson have shown us that if we take a moment to understand the needs of a species, the solution will present itself in a practical and obtainable way.
MORE: Swiss Businessman is Contributing $1 Billion Towards Protecting 30% of the Planet Now that he is nearing the age of 97, Larson shows no signs of slowing down.
Additionally, his inspiring story has been turned into the Emmy award-nominated documentary “Bluebird Man.” “Al is a living example of how much one person can achieve when they set their mind on a task.
But he’s also an example of the benefits that a project like this can have for people,” filmmaker Matthew Podolsky told Audubon.
“[Bluebirds] have given meaning to Al’s life, and they are truly the secret to his longevity.” (WATCH the documentary below) – Feature photo by Matthew Podolsky Fly This Inspiring Story Over To Your Friends By Sharing It To Social Media

When Cops Respond to Noise Complaint About Friends Playing New Nintendo Game, They Join in on the Fun

When Cops Respond to Noise Complaint About Friends Playing New Nintendo Game, They Join in on the Fun

Instead of ruining the fun for a couple of friends who were enjoying the new Nintendo video game, two police officers accepted their offer to join in.
Jovante Williams had been playing the newly-released “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate” game at his friend’s apartment in Minneapolis, Minnesota when they heard a knock at the door.
Local police officers had been called to the apartment based on a noise complaint from a neighbor.
Since Williams says that the actual source of the noise was coming from somewhere else in the apartment complex’s hallway, however, the cops left.
The officers returned several more times to make sure that the noise wasn’t too loud, until finally, Williams’s friend told the squad they they were simply drinking beers and playing Smash.
WATCH: Watch the Heartwarming Moment a Man on the Subway Offers to Play Cell Phone Game With Curious Boy When one of the officers asked “what is smash?”, Williams asked them if they wanted to play.
Two of the cops immediately accepted the offer and sat down for a few rounds.
Amidst everyone sharing some good-natured banter, Williams says that he jokingly told one of the cops: “Just don’t fine me if I beat you.” When asked who won the games, Williams replied: “We did.
But they were pretty good [and] one of them was sick with Pikachu.” MORE: Despite Local Racial Tension, Good Samaritan Leaps Into Action to Rescue Cop From Smoking Car Williams posted a video of the exchange to Reddit where it was upvoted thousands of times, much to his delight.
(WATCH the footage below) Serve Up This Fun Story To Your Friends By Sharing It To Social Media – Photo by Jovante M. Williams

New ‘microneedle patch’ could help heart attack patients regrow tissue

New ‘microneedle patch’ could help heart attack patients regrow tissue

The microneedle patch aims to deliver therapeutic cells directly to the damaged tissue.
It hasn’t been tested on humans yet, but the method has shown promising signs in research on animals.
A new ‘microneedle patch’ could someday help people regain healthy heart muscle tissue after suffering a heart attack.
Scientists aim to surgically implant a patch made of plastic and microscopic needles directly onto the heart where it will deliver therapeutic cells to help the organ regenerate healthy tissue.
The microneedles establish channels of communication between the therapeutic cells and the heart tissue, and early research on animals suggests the technique is more effective at delivering regenerative cells to the heart than others methods currently known to scientists.
The injury usually heals within a few weeks, but the healing process replaces once-healthy muscle tissue with scar tissue, which isn’t as effective at pumping blood and oxygen to the heart and throughout the body.
This reduced efficacy can cause heart failure, a life-threatening condition where the heart isn’t able to supply the body’s cells with enough blood.
In a research paper from November, the scientists behind the microneedle patch write that the common techniques used to deliver stromal cells to the heart aren’t very effective; cells either get washed away or delivered too slowly.
It’s also unclear how such a device might affect the heart’s regular activities.
A 2016 study found that nearly 25 percent of heart attack survivors went on to develop heart failure within four years of the attack.

Biologists are one step closer to creating snake venom in the lab

Biologists are one step closer to creating snake venom in the lab

SAN DIEGO — Labs growing replicas of snakes’ venom glands may one day replace snake farms.
If scientists can extract venom from the lab-grown glands, that venom might be used to create new drugs and antidotes for bites including from snakes that aren’t currently raised on farms.
Between about 81,000 to 138,000 people die as a result of the bite, and as many as roughly 400,000 may lose limbs or have other disabilities, according to the World Health Organization.
Purified versions of those antibodies can help a bitten person recover, but must be specific to the species of snake that made the bite.
Three postdoctoral researchers in Clevers’ lab wanted to know if they could make organoids — tissues grown from stem cells to have properties of the organs they mimic — from snakes and other nonmammalian species.
The researchers started with Cape coral snakes (Aspidelaps lubricus) that were dissected from eggs just before hatching.
Stem cells taken from the unhatched snakes grew into several different types of organoids, including some that make venom closely resembling the snake’s normal venom, Clevers reported at the meeting.
The organoids have survived in the lab for up to two years so far.
Clevers and colleagues hope to harvest venom from the organoids, which produce more highly concentrated venom than snakes usually make.
“It’s probably going to be easier than milking a snake,” he says.

How to Use Google Lens on the iPhone

How to Use Google Lens on the iPhone

If you’re a fan of Google Lens, you now have another avenue for accessing the feature in iOS, because it’s now included in the Google Search app on the iPhone.
Google Lens is a neat little feature that can identify real-world objects, like signs, buildings, books, plants, and more using your phone’s camera.
It’s available in the Google Photos app, but if you don’t use Google Photos, you can now access Google Lens in the regular Google Search app.
In the Google Search App If you don’t already have the app, you can download it here.
Once you’re up and running, just start by tapping on the Google Lens icon inside of the search bar.
On the next screen, tap “Turn on camera to use Lens” at the bottom.
With the camera up, simply point it at an object that you want to identify or learn more about and tap on it.
In the Google Photos App One big difference between the Google Search app and the Google Photos app as far as Google Lens is concerned, is that you have to snap a photo first, and then open it within Google Photos to launch Google Lens.
If you don’t already have the Google Photos app, you can download it here.
Once the photo is opened, tap on the Google Lens icon down at the bottom.

The Best All-In-One Tool Kits

The Best All-In-One Tool Kits

If you’re just striking out on your own, or you’ve never had to make repairs for yourself before, finding the tools you need can be intimidating.
The Best Small Kit: Cartman 136-piece Tool Set ($21) For those in small homes or just looking for an inexpensive kit to grab for quick jobs, this Cartman package will do nicely.
The package includes a 16-inch tape measure and a utility knife, but is notably missing a hammer—add a solid one and you’re good to go for almost anything.
The Best All-In-One Tool Bag: WorkPro 156-piece Home Repair Tool Set ($60) The tool kits above include molded plastic cases for every single piece, but perhaps you’re hoping to start a more extensive tool collection and need room to grow.
If that’s the case, this WorkPro collection is a great place to start, including a wide selection of basic tools and a thick nylon bag to carry them around.
The Best Power Tool Kit: Black & Decker Drill, Saw, and Work Light Kit ($130) Power tools can get expensive quickly, and one of the more frustrating aspect is getting them, well, power.
It also includes two standardized 20-volt batteries and a charger, which are interchangeable between all four tools (and any other cordless Black and Decker tools you might want to add on later).
When you consider that the price of two of the Black and Decker batteries you get with the kit is $60, the whole thing starts to look like an even better deal.
This toolkit sold by iFixIt (an excellent place to find tech hardware repair guides) covers both angles, including a collection of 64 tiny standard, hex, and torx drivers, precision tweezers and pry bars, spudgers and other opening tools, and even an anti-static bracelet and a magnetic prod to retrieve dropped screws.
Throw in a set of reading glasses for precision work and you’re ready to open any gadget…but you might want to check an iFixIt guide first.

10 Secrets of Your Local Food Sample Demonstrator

10 Secrets of Your Local Food Sample Demonstrator

If you’re like me, you try to time your trips to the grocery store, or places like Sam’s Club or Costco, for when you know there will likely be delicious — and free — food samples available.
But have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the foot sampling enterprise?
Maybe not, once you read what these demonstrators have to say about it might make you stop and think the next time you casually grab a sample.
They’re wise to “sample ninjas” Most of us feel guilty going back for seconds or thirds of free food, but there are those who try to cleverly circumvent the cap on the number of free samples a single customer is supposed to get.
If you think you’re being sneaky, remember…those security cameras are there for a reason.
They probably don’t know where stuff is The sample staffers are often not employed by the store itself, but by the companies who manufacture the actual food product, or by organizations like Club Demonstration Services (CDS) — separate entities that hire sample reps to lure buyers to check out products endorsed by a place like Costco.
The first is for safety reasons, especially if your station has something hot, like a grill, or a choking hazard, like a hotdog, that could intrigue children.
People get to know them and then it’s harder to ignore their smile and pitch.
An acronym helps them find success Food sample demonstrators don’t work on commission, but they can earn bonuses for selling a certain amount of their inventory.
Some people don’t maintain civility where free food is involved Remember, these are people trying to make a living, so don’t just grab the food and run.

Brooklyn DA drops charges against mom in viral video whose baby was yanked away from her

Brooklyn DA drops charges against mom in viral video whose baby was yanked away from her

The two-and-a-half minute video shows a group of NYPD officers yanking Jazmine Headley’s 1-year-old son from her arms as she tries to fight them off as she sits on the floor of a Human Resources Administration SNAP center in Downtown Brooklyn Friday.
(Handout) The Brooklyn District Attorney on Tuesday dropped all charges against the mom caught on viral video showing cops yanking her baby from her grasp inside a Brooklyn social welfare office.
“Like everyone who watched the arrest of Jazmine Headly, I was horrified by the violence depicted in the video and immediately opened an investigation into this case,” Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.
The two-and-a-half minute video shows a group of NYPD officers yanking Headley’s 1-year-old son from her arms as she tries to fight them off while sitting on the floor of a HRA SNAP center in Downtown Brooklyn Friday.
“I applaud the DA’s decision to do so.
She should be reunited with her child as soon as possible.” Headley went to the SNAP center run by HRA because her childcare benefits were cut off suddenly, according to her legal team.
She took a day off from work and since she had no way to pay for day care, brought her son with her.
The NYPD said they were called to the center just before 1 p.m. “due to (Headley’s) disorderly conduct towards others, and for obstructing the hallway.” Headley then refused repeated orders to leave the area, police said.
The two HRA officers involved in the takedown have been sidelined as the incident is reviewed, city officials said.
NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday he was “disturbed” by the video.

From The Gift Guide: 8 Perfect Gifts To Learn With

From The Gift Guide: 8 Perfect Gifts To Learn With

If your goal is to give the gift of knowledge this year, we’ve got the perfect selection for you.
We looked through the plethora of awesome gifts in this years guide and selected the ones that stand out as perfect items to inspire learning.
Here is our selection, to make your holiday a smarter one.
This starter kit gives you everything you need to start observing science in the microscopic world.
What better way to learn about how computers work than to build one?
The Piper Kids Computer Kit takes you through the process of building an actual computer out of a Raspberry Pi.
The kids will love the included missions, digging deep into the intuitive Droid Inventor Training App to learn how to control and manage their droid, though there were a few dropouts related to poor cell coverage.
As with all littleBits kits, everything is interchangeable and you can keep adding more parts from the ecosystem to extend your droid’s abilities.
It used to be that if you wanted to learn how to code a robot, you also had to learn how to build a robot, but robots like Wonder Workshop’s Dash are making it easier than ever for young makers to start coding right out of the box.
Many of us makers started out cobbling together radios as children.

The PlayStation Classic Gets Hacked for Easy USB-Based Game ROMs

The PlayStation Classic Gets Hacked for Easy USB-Based Game ROMs

Sony’s PlayStation Classic mini-console has only twenty games pre-loaded, and there’s no built-in mechanism for adding more.
But the system also uses a popular open-source PlayStation emulator to run its ROMs, so an unofficial expansion was more or less inevitable.
Only a week after the gadget’s official release, modders have cracked the rather basic software wide open, enabling it to boot PS1 ROMs off of a USB drive plugged into one of the controller ports.
In fact, “cracked” might not be the right word, since the PlayStation Classic is remarkably insecure and doesn’t seem to do any verification of software running on an external drive.
A GitHub developer has already made a tool that allows users to load up PlayStation ROMs on a USB drive with the correct file structure, inserting them into the console’s own game browser.
The process is a little finicky, but it’s essentially just running a single PC application and checking to see that files are stored and labeled correctly.
At the moment permanent modification of the console’s built-in storage isn’t quite so easy, but that might not be practical anyway.
PlayStation ROMs are much larger than those of the NES and SNES, whose mini editions were also quickly hacked and expanded.
But for all those players saddened by the exclusion of that one PlayStation title they loved, there’s now a documented process for getting said game on the Classic.
More extensive ROM support for other consoles might come later since the PlayStation Classic definitely has enough power to handle 8- and 16-bit emulators.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Has 10GB of RAM, Faster Charging, and a $699 Price Tag

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Has 10GB of RAM, Faster Charging, and a $699 Price Tag

The OnePlus 6T is already one of the best phones you can buy for the money, but if you want just a little bit more from your phone, the McLaren Edition might be the one for you.
Specs, baby.
Where the standard 6T comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the McLaren bumps the RAM to a massive 10 gigabytes and it comes stock with 256GB.
Beyond that, it also bumps the charging speed (over the including wired charger, that is) with Warp Charge 30.
It also doesn’t add some more high-end features, like wireless charging.
But I digress.
The McLaren Edition 6T will set you back $699, which is about $70 more than a regular 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The extra money does get you faster charging and an extra 2GB of RAM, which may be worth it to some.
And if you’re still having a hard time justifying the cost, just look at what other manufacturers offer for this price tag—we can almost guarantee it won’t be 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Still, it’s up to you whether it’s worth buying over the regular 6T, which is the bigger question in my mind.

Catch a ‘shooting star’ this month — and most others

Catch a ‘shooting star’ this month — and most others

In fact, they’re only bits of space rock burning up in Earth’s atmosphere.
This month’s Geminid (JEM-in-id) meteor shower will briefly send streaks of light across the heavens after dark.
The night of December 13 (into the 14th) should offer peak viewing.
The Geminids tend to be the most dramatic and colorful meteor showers of the year.
Fireballs are extremely bright meteors that penetrate lower into the earth’s atmosphere.
The Geminids tie with the Perseid meteor shower for producing the most fireballs.
But a show as good as this year’s Geminids only comes once every few years.
The hours around midnight are the best for viewing.
Shooting stars will eventually streak across the sky.
At any given time, it can detect between two and 10 more shooting stars than a person would see in a dark sky.

Build Solidarity, Tackle Exclusion, and Redefine Success: 10 Ways to Use Design for Good

Build Solidarity, Tackle Exclusion, and Redefine Success: 10 Ways to Use Design for Good

“I’d like to see the places that house the people who are most vulnerable designed with as much aesthetic sensitivity as the places that house the people who have tons of resources,” says Lee.
The Center for Civic Design brings the elegant solutions of design to the complex needs of voting.
Your clients demand your creativity and hard work.
But you, and only you, are the one who makes room for fulfillment.
If you’re in the room where it happens, influence what happens for good.
Naresh Ramchandani and the Pentagram team at Do the Green Thing believe creatives can have a powerful positive influence on their corporate clients.
Use the access of being in the room to expand a corporation’s idea of what success means.
To design for all, inclusive designer Marie van Driessche advises colleagues to make sure their products include multiple options for how to engage.
Find how people were being excluded from Automattic’s product, and then design for them.
“And then you faint in the subway and you remember that you’re human.” Emily Ludolph writes about business, history, and culture.

Breakthrough Starshot’s incredible plan to laser-propel spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

Breakthrough Starshot’s incredible plan to laser-propel spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

The Breakthrough Starshot initiative was co-founded by Stephen Hawking.
The goal of Starshot is to send tiny “StarChip” spacecraft to explore neighboring star systems.
Imagine paper-thin nano-spacecraft being propelled through space at 134 million mph by super-powerful lasers, brighter than the sun.
What the scientists, lead by Peter Klupar, the engineering director of the Breakthrough Foundation and the Starshot initiative, figured out after much experimentation and studies is that the best way to send an object to another star is by building a giant laser.
It happens to be the second-closest star system to Earth.
The project is certainly not without its challenges.
They plan to launch more improved models that include cameras next year.
Credit: Breakthrough Starshot One of the project’s big goals is to build a 1-gigawatt laser station in the Sierra Nevada mountains and send starchips past planets like Mars, asteroids and other space bodies that aren’t as far away from us.
These spaceships would travel at about 1% of the speed of light.
Such an endeavor would cost around $1 billion to make real but the facility could make frequent exploration of deep space quite cost-effective moving forward.

A new way to turn saltwater fresh can kill germs and avoid gunk buildup

A new way to turn saltwater fresh can kill germs and avoid gunk buildup

Instead, a lid of light-absorbing material rests above a partially filled basin of water, absorbing sunlight and radiating that energy to the liquid below.
That evaporates the water to create pure vapor, which can be condensed into freshwater to help meet the demands of a world where billions of people lack safe drinking water (SN: 8/18/18, p. 14).
This setup marks an improvement over other sun-powered desalination devices, where sunshine-absorbing materials float atop the saltwater (SN: 8/20/16, p. 22).
In those devices, salt and other contaminants left behind during evaporation can degrade the material’s ability to soak up sunlight.
Having water in contact with the material also prevents the material from getting hotter than about 100° Celsius or producing steam above that temperature.
Heat spreads from the sunlight-absorbing layer to the aluminum, from which thermal energy radiates to the water below.
When the water temperature hits about 100° C, vapor is produced.
Under a lamp that mimics natural sunlight in the lab, the device evaporated 100 grams of saltwater without any salt collecting on the underside of the lid.
A device measuring 1 square meter could generate 2.5 liters of freshwater per day in sunny regions such as the southeastern United States, and at least half that in shadier regions such as New England, Cooper estimates.
Reverse osmosis, which runs on electricity, “is an energy-hungry technology,” says Qiaoqiang Gan, an engineer at the University at Buffalo in New York not involved in the work.

The list of extreme weather caused by human-driven climate change grows

The list of extreme weather caused by human-driven climate change grows

WASHINGTON – A months-long heat wave that scorched the Tasman Sea beginning in November of 2017 is the latest example of an extreme event that would not have happened without human-caused climate change.
Climate change also increased the likelihood of 15 other extreme weather events in 2017, from droughts in East Africa and the U.S. northern Plains states to floods in Bangladesh, China and South America, scientists reported December 10 at a news conference at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting.
The findings mark the second year in a row — and only the second time — that scientists contributing to this special issue have definitively linked human-caused climate change with specific extreme weather events (SN: 1/20/18, p. 6).
To the editors of the special issue, this latest tally is representative of the new normal in which the world finds itself.
“We are in a world that is warmer than it was in the 20th century, and we keep moving away from that baseline….” “Nature is unfolding itself in front of our eyes,” added Hoerling, a research meteorologist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo. Several marine heat waves have struck the Tasman Sea, located between Australia and New Zealand, in the last decade, including a severe heat wave during the Southern Hemisphere summer of 2015 to 2016.
But the 2017–2018 event extended across a much broader area, encompassing the entire sea.
That marine heat wave, which the researchers found could not have happened in a preindustrial climate, also may have contributed to a drought in East Africa that caused food shortages for millions of people in the Horn of Africa, including 6 million in Somalia alone.
“Any given extreme event might occur, but the severity of the events, that’s really what has changed.
Legal liability The new issue highlights how the field of climate attribution science overall has crossed a critical threshold when it comes to liability, Lindene Patton, a strategic advisor at the Earth & Water Law Group in Washington, D.C., who specializes in climate attribution, said at the news conference.
Perfection is not required; you just need to know if it’s more likely than not.” The threat of liability may not be the ideal way to achieve more environment-friendly policies — but there is a precedent for it, she noted.

Santa Claus Melts Hearts By Getting Down on One Knee to Thank WWII Veteran for His Service

Santa Claus Melts Hearts By Getting Down on One Knee to Thank WWII Veteran for His Service

A heartwarming photo that is being shared across social media proves that even Saint Nicholas is humbled in the presence of US veterans.
Gina Wilbur had been sitting on a bench at the Concord Mall in Wilmington, Delaware last week when Santa Claus was greeting kids at his workshop.
Though there were many kids who still wanted to sit on his lap, he briefly stepped away from his chair so he could walk over to 93-year-old Bob Smiley, a World War II veteran who was sitting nearby.
As Wilbur looked on in astonishment, Santa got down on one knee and earnestly thanked Smiley for his service.
WATCH: 48 Years After Reading the Christmas Card That Got Him Through the Vietnam War, He Finally Got to Meet the Sender “I hear Santa telling the gentleman, in a soft voice, of others he knew who served,” said Wilbur in a Facebook post.
“He shakes his hand with genuine gratefulness thanking him for his service and returns to the children.
Best moment of my day.” Wilbur quickly snapped a photo of the heartwarming moment and posted it to social media where it was later shared thousands of times.
WTXF later managed to reunite Santa and Smiley and introduce them to Wilbur so they could discuss the emotional encounter in person.
LOOK: 86-year-old With Dementia Snuggles Up to Mall Santa – and Makes Everybody Cry Smiley, who has 10 children, 26 grandchildren, and over 26 great-grandchildren, says that he is always appreciative of when people thank him for his service.
“I thank them for thinking about us.” (WATCH the news coverage below) Be Sure And Share This Heartwarming Story With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Gina Wilbur

The 7 Best Robot Toys For Kids This Christmas

The 7 Best Robot Toys For Kids This Christmas

This Christmas is the perfect time for you to buy your kids a robot toy for them to enjoy and maybe learn a few things from.
Here’s a look at some of the best robot toys out there for kids of all ages.
That’s thanks to cute robotic toys like Dimple the Wireless Remote Control Robot Puppy.
Your toddler can drop him without much issue, while your older child can teach him basic commands.
Best For Voice Activation: Wonder Workshop Dash ($120) Wonder Workshop’s Dash is a lot like Codey Rocky but with a few neat extra features.
He’ll also happily watch Star Wars films with you, and react accordingly.
Best For The Cute Factor: UBTECH JIMU Unicornbot ($120) Robots are often cute but, well, they look like robots.
Once constructed, it’s possible to use the unicorn’s many sensors to program him to do many things.
Best For Advanced Robotics: Sphero ($150) If your child is a little older, they’ll be less fussed about how cute the robot is and more interested in what it can do.
It might not be cute, but it’s certainly powerful.

How to Find Your Blind Spots in Life and Turn Them Into Strengths

How to Find Your Blind Spots in Life and Turn Them Into Strengths

Just as your eyes have these permanent blind spots, you also have blind spots throughout your life.
So how to find your blind spot?
You need to learn how to discover your blind spots.
Also, think about the things you don’t experience fulfillment on.
[2] It does, however, mean you are more creative in comparison with the other categories the CSF tool explores.
Gain feedback from qualified sources and set goals for comebacks from your setbacks If you’re an employee, feedback from anonymous peer 360° surveys can be particularly helpful here.
If you are brave enough, you might even invite suggestions from your colleagues as to what changes they feel you could make.
That bubbly new hire turns out to get on well with everyone in the office, but nothing actually gets done well if it gets done at all!
They can see often see how blind spots can affect you before you can recognize the blind spot even exists!
Get away from familiar patterns and actively step out of your comfort zone You can start by looking at some of your patterns and consider gently tweaking the dynamics.

Guy Proposes With 16 Dogs And The Girl’s Reaction Is Priceless

Guy Proposes With 16 Dogs And The Girl’s Reaction Is Priceless

How do you propose to a dog lover?
If you thought about putting a leash on them instead of a ring, you were wrong and have serious problems.
Image credits: lastamp Maurice got Laura’s friend Rebecca Yale to meet her for lunch on a trip to Los Angeles.
Little did Laura know, she was the client.
Laura and Maurice have been dating for over 4 years.
“[In the book,] there’s an assortment of dogs and weird dog-related events.
It was all incredibly meaningful and we then celebrated with both of our families at a restaurant after.” By the way, remember Laura’s friend Rebecca?
So, I was covering the intersection of tech and culture at Time magazine, and in 2014 that meant dating apps!
“I must have seen Maurice and swiped right to say hello — but then un-downloaded the app on my phone once my story was done because I was in a (not-so-great) relationship at the time with someone who… treated me not-so-great-ly.
Suffice it to say, we didn’t work out.” “Months later, when I was ready to date again, I re-downloaded the app and up came a really old message from Maurice.

The Plot of Constance Wu’s Next Rom-Com Will Actually Make You Stop and Ask, “What, Now?!”

The Plot of Constance Wu’s Next Rom-Com Will Actually Make You Stop and Ask, “What, Now?!”

Rom-com enthusiasts, bow down to your new queen: Constance Wu.
After starring in this Summer’s biggest romantic hit, Crazy Rich Asians, the Fresh Off the Boat actress is reportedly doubling down on the genre, according to new rumors about her next film role.
In an as-yet-unnamed romantic comedy directed by GLOW star Kimmy Gatewood and executive produced by Elizabeth Banks, Wu would play a “charmingly chaotic woman who has to get her life together when she becomes pregnant with two babies from two different men.”
Um, say what now?!
Yes, apparently Wu’s character, if she does sign onto the film, will live out one of my actual nightmares when she endures a double pregnancy (though I’m sure her journey will be far less traumatizing).
Savion Einstein wrote the screenplay about this case of “superfecundation,” which is apparently a very, very rare condition that could, hypothetically, result in such a scenario.
A release date, movie title, and casting news are still under wraps, but we can’t wait to see how this develops (much like two fetuses from two separate .
.
I’m going to just stop right there.)
Image Source: Everett Collection

Man dies after being pulled from Castleton pond trying to save dog

Man dies after being pulled from Castleton pond trying to save dog

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Two Indianapolis men risked their own lives to save a stranger, after that man’s dog fell into an iced-over retention pond.
Scott Filchak was leaving the complex when he saw the man in distress. “I see a dog in the water and the man on the ice, so I throw (my car) into park and just run out there and he falls in,” Filchak said. “I slide onto the ice.
The guy was moving a lot and he was asking for help, so the only thing I thought was to jump in and try to help, but the ice was so thin,” Baoch said.
Ficlchak said he tried to swim to the man, but he was up against the ice and couldn’t “feel my legs doing anything…I thought if I go under, I could grab him and pull him out, but knew if I went in over my head, I probably wasn’t going to come back.”
Baoch said he and Filchak did everything they could to help before firefighters arrived with apartment workers assisting. “I threw it and (the victim) said ‘I’m drowning!
The man’s dog made it out of the water and to shore on its own.
Both Baoch and Filchak were checked by medics at the scene and went to a nearby hospital on their own for further evaluation.

Comedy Queen Carol Burnett Will Receive a Very Special Golden Globe Award

Comedy Queen Carol Burnett Will Receive a Very Special Golden Globe Award

It’s only fitting that the inaugural winner of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s brand new Carol Burnett Award is Carol Burnett herself.
The comedy veteran, actress, singer, and writer has been keeping the world entertained for seven decades now, but she’s perhaps best known for her groundbreaking work on her CBS variety show, The Carol Burnett Show (she was the first woman to host such a program, FYI).
Now she’ll be honored for her contributions to television with a special new award at the 2019 Golden Globes ceremony when it takes place on Jan. 6. “For more than 50 years, comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett has been breaking barriers while making us laugh,” said HFPA President Meher Tatna. “She was the first woman to host a variety sketch show, The Carol Burnett Show.
She was also the first woman to win both the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and Kennedy Center Honors.
And now we add another first to her running list: the first recipient — and namesake — of the new Golden Globe top honor for achievement in television, the Carol Burnett Award.
We are profoundly grateful for her contributions to the entertainment industry and honored to celebrate her legacy forever at the Golden Globes.”
The Carol Burnett Award will function as the TV version of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which honors an individual for notable achievements in film (past Cecil B. DeMille honorees include Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, and more).
Now let’s all prepare ourselves for what’s sure to be a memorable acceptance speech!

Three Moms Come To The Rescue Of Mother Flying By Herself With 2 Kids

Three Moms Come To The Rescue Of Mother Flying By Herself With 2 Kids

Becca Kinsley was flying alone with her 2-year-old and 5-year-old when everything started going wrong.
She was on the verge of tears when three women came to her rescue.
Becca, who lives in Dallas, TX, shared the incredible experience on her Facebook page.
Credit: Becca Kinsey / Facebook “So I thought it was a good idea to fly by myself with a 2 yr old and a 5 year old 😐 we were standing in line in security, on the verge of tears because Wyatt was screaming and James was exhausted.
Out of the blue, one mom stops the line for security and says ‘here, jump in front of me!
Wyatt fell asleep and I was trying to carry everyone’s carry-on when another mom jumps out of her place in line and says ‘hand me everything, I’ve got it’.
When I said thank you to both of them they said ‘don’t you worry, we’re going to make sure you get on that flight.’
The second woman takes evvvverything and helps me get it through security and, on top of all that, she grabs all of it and walks us to the gate to make sure we get on the flight.
To top it all off, Wyatt starts to scream at take off before he finally falls back to sleep.
After about 45 min, this angel 👇🏼 comes to the back and says ‘you look like you need a break’ and holds Wyatt for the rest of the flight AND walks him all the way to baggage claim, hands him to blake, hugs me and says ‘merry Christmas!!'”

How to Be Influential and Gain Respect at Work

How to Be Influential and Gain Respect at Work

Writing about the importance of having a well rounded life and how communication in the workplace and personal relationships plays a large role in your happinness Read full profile We all want to be respected at work.
It’s also important to be able to be influential at work as well from time to time.
In this article we will look at how to be influential and gain respect at work.
In this article, we will look into how to be influential and gain respect at work.
Someone who is trying to influence you into buying something.
Let’s look at how to be influential at work and gain others respect.
People are much more willing to be influenced by you if they like you.
The key thing to know is how things really work in your office or company.
Both of those people earned my respect because they were there for me and my success was important to them.
And the ability to be influential at work will help you gain respect as well.

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