Jennifer Connelly Joins Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Jennifer Connelly Joins Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

is joining Tom Cruise in Paramount and Skydance’s sequel “Top Gun: Maverick.” “Oblivion” helmer Joe Kosinski is directing the film, a sequel to the 1986 original.
Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first film with the late Don Simpson, will produce with Cruise and Skydance CEO David Ellison.
This latest project will be set in a world of drone technology and will explore the end of the era of dogfighting, with Cruise portraying a flight instructor.
In late May, Cruise posted a photo of himself in front of what appeared to be a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Variety reported on July 3 that “Only the Brave” star Miles Teller had been tapped to play the son of the Goose character and Maverick’s new protege.
Val Kilmer will reprise his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky in the sequel, which is set to be released on July 12, 2019.
The original film was a massive success with more than $350 million in worldwide grosses on a $15 million budget.
Paramount confirmed the casting Friday but gave no details on Connelly’s role.
The part is believed to be that of a single mother who runs a bar near the air base.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

‘Iron Fist’ Season 2 Yellow Mask Revealed

‘Iron Fist’ Season 2 Yellow Mask Revealed

One of the clips included a fight between Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and Davos (Sacha Dhawan) in which both of them were wearing the iconic yellow mask worn by Iron Fist in the comics.
Now, a still of that shot has surfaced on Reddit and can be seen below.
ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis sat in on the panel and describes the clip showing footage of Danny fighting with another heir (Davos).
They will compete for the right to face Shou-Lao the Undying.
In the leaked still above, it Dhawan’s Davos rather than Danny Rand seen wearing the iconic mask.
Season 2 furthers the transformation of Danny​, a character with a fish out of water coming of age story making his way in a harsh new world, battling to work out who he is.
This season, Dann​y​ has promised that with Matt Murdock gone, he will step up and protect his city.
​But a sinister plot twist threatens his very identity ​and he must conquers his villains to protect the town and people he holds close to his heart.
What do you think of the mask, Iron Fist fans?
Let us know in the comments below.

SDCC 2018: ‘Cloak & Dagger’ Panel Recap

SDCC 2018: ‘Cloak & Dagger’ Panel Recap

Jeph Loeb introduces show runner Joe Pokaski and actors Ally Maki, Emma Lahana, Aubrey Joseph, and Olivia Holt.
Loeb asks Pokaski about the relationship between music and the show and he admits that he writes the soundtrack into the script most of the time.
Lahana is asked about the character of O’Reilly. “To be in the Marvel Universe and to be an original character as an Asian-American woman is just a dream come true.”
Loeb admits that you can’t “manufacture chemistry” and he says that the two lead characters hadn’t been cast when they were three days away from the start of shooting.
Joseph mentions that, after reading with Holt, they both knew that they should get the parts.
The actors are first asked what characters from other Marvel TV shows they want to see come to Cloak & Dagger.
Loeb introduces a blooper reel for the fans before tossing back to fan questions. “The stories that you’re seeing, unless otherwise noted, take place before the Thanos snap.
They will continue to take place then until the events of Avengers 4 and we find out what happens.

Sony avoids mentioning James Gunn at Comic-Con presentation

Sony avoids mentioning James Gunn at Comic-Con presentation

SAN DIEGO, CA — Hours after was fired from Walt Disney Studios, Sony remained tight-lipped about him on Friday evening during its San Diego Comic-Con presentation, despite the fact he was supposed to be part of the panel.
On Tuesday, Gunn tweeted out an ominous photo with a symbol and the words “Hall H Friday 6:15 P.M.” Many fans speculated the symbol in the photo was either from Grant Morrison’s comic “Nameless” or a Japanese manga series called “Berserk.” Sony began its presentation with the cast and crew of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and followed with Tom Hardy and the cast of “Venom,” but Gunn was nowhere to be seen.
Walt Disney Studios, which owns Marvel, announced it was cutting ties with Gunn, a vocal critic of President Trump, after a number of his offensive, years-old tweets began circulating among conservative writers and activists earlier in the week.
“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said in a statement.
In one of the more offensive tweets, Gunn wrote: “I’m doing a big Hollywood film adaptation of The Giving Tree with a happy ending – the tree grows back and gives the kid a b—job.” In another, he wrote, “The Expendables was so manly I f—ked the s—t out of the little p—y boy next to me!
“Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo.
He also stressed repeatedly that while he had in fact written the tweets, he did not actually mean them.
Although based on one of Marvel’s less recognizable properties, the movie was a massive financial success, making nearly $775 million at the box office.
Its sequel, released in May of last year, was even more successful, making over $860 million.
Gunn had been working on the script for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

How Jamie Lee Curtis Sort of Saved a Guy’s Life at Comic-Con

How Jamie Lee Curtis Sort of Saved a Guy’s Life at Comic-Con

The San Diego Comic-Con presentation for the new Halloween was surprisingly emotional tonight, owing to its star’s passionate speech and an audience member’s surprising revelation.
“There comes a point where you say, I am not my trauma, the narrative of my life is that I am not a victim,” said Curtis.
And that, weirdly enough, seems to be a bit of a thing in the world today.” Curtis brought up this week’s ESPYs ceremony, where more than 100 survivors of abuse from former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar took the stage together.
“Those women stood there and said, ‘You do not control our narrative anymore.’” That would have been a high note for the panel, but then a crying audience member in a Haddonfield High T-shirt walked up to the mic.
No, it was a literal case of life-saving, as the man went on to recount a mysterious night when his phone wires were cut, he found himself alone in his house with an intruder, and he wondered to himself, “What would Jamie Lee Curtis do?” That’s when he grabbed some nearby knitting needles and ran out of the house.
I’m a victor today instead of a victim, just like those people you were talking about.” Curtis went down into the audience to have a private conversation with the man, and then they took a selfie together.
“The gentleman that spoke earlier?
That kind of emotion is real,” she said.
“These are movies and we love to come to a movie and get scared, it’s exciting … but it all has to be based in a reality and something you can believe in.” Continued Curtis, “Laurie Strode is the greatest part I’ll ever get to play.
The idea that when I’m kissing 60 years old, that when I was 19 years old on the streets of Los Angeles we made this movie … and now 40 years later we’re at Comic-Con announcing a new movie in 2018, it is mind-blowing, and I am privileged.”

Migos’ Offset Arrested on Felony Gun Charges

Migos’ Offset Arrested on Felony Gun Charges

Migos’ Offset was arrested on a pair of felony weapons charges after the rapper’s vehicle was pulled over Friday outside Atlanta.
Scott Garfitt/REX/Shutterstock Migos’ Offset was arrested on a pair of felony weapons charges Friday after the rapper’s vehicle was pulled over outside Atlanta.
TMZ first reported that Offset, born Kiari Cephus, was stopped by the Atlanta Police Airport Division for illegally tinted windows; a search of the SUV recovered at least one gun – a felony since Cephus is a convicted felon on probation – and marijuana.
Cephus was booked into Clayton County Jail at 6:42 pm EST and charged with two felonies, possession of a weapon during a crime and possession of a firearm by a felon, as well as misdemeanors for improper lane change and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, jail records confirmed.
A representative for Migos did not respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.
At press time, Cephus remained behind bars as bail had not been set.
Cephus’ probation stems from a 2015 incident where all three members of Migos were charged with felony possession of a schedule II narcotic and carrying a loaded gun on school property following a concert at Georgia Southern University.
TMZ added that Cephus’ wife Cardi B and their newborn daughter Kulture were not in the SUV at the time of his arrest Friday.

A Super Simple ESP8266 IOT Motion Sensor

A Super Simple ESP8266 IOT Motion Sensor

For literally a couple of dollars you can get a decently powerful Wi-Fi enabled microcontroller that has enough free digital pins to do some useful work.
As a perfect example, take a look at this stupendously simple Internet-connected motion detector that [Eric William] has come up with.
With just a Wemos D1 Mini, a standard PIR sensor, and some open source code, you can create a practical self-contained motion sensor module that can be placed anywhere you want to keep an eye on.
It only takes three wires to get the electronics connected, but [Eric] has still gone ahead and provided a wiring diagram so there’s no confusion for young players.
Add a 3D printed enclosure from Thingiverse and the hardware component of this project is done.
All that’s left to do is put this IoT motion sensor to work by mounting it in the area to be monitored.
Once the PIR sensor sees something moving, the ESP8266 will trigger IFTTT; what happens after that is up to you and your imagination.
In the video after the break, you can see an example usage that pops up a notification on your mobile device to let you know something is afoot.
With its low cost and connectivity options, the ESP8266 is really the perfect platform for remote sensing applications.
Though to give credit where credit’s due, this still isn’t the simplest motion sensor build we’ve seen.

Intel And Micron Call It Quits On Bleeding Edge Memory Development Collaboration

Intel And Micron Call It Quits On Bleeding Edge Memory Development Collaboration

Intel and Micron have been collaborating for years on various memory technologies, including NAND flash memory and the bleeding-edge 3D Xpoint memory currently used on Intel’s Optane-branded products.
A few months back, the companies jointly announced that their collaboration on NAND flash memory had come to an end, but that they would continue to work on 3D Xpoint memory, which many believe could have a major impact on PC and server architectures moving forward.
3D Xpoint is an interesting technology because it offers many of the benefits of both DRAM and NAND flash memory.
3D Xpoint is a non-volatile memory type, which can offer significantly better performance than NAND flash memory, but at access time closer to DRAM.
3D XPoint is also more durable than traditional NAND flash memory (i.e. it has better endurance), but with similar capability to scale in density.
A large pool of 3D Xpoint, for example, could replace both the DRAM and legacy storage hardware in a system and offer massive performance gains – if the system was architected to fully exploit the benefits of the technology.
When it was initially announced publicly in 2015, Intel and Micron claimed that 3D XPoint was 1000x faster than NAND, with 1000x the endurance, and 10x the density potential of DRAM.
The two companies have continued working on the technology, and are close to wrapping the development of the second generation, but the collaborative relationship will be coming to an end in 2019, when they’re projected to be done.
In two separate press releases, both Intel and Micron stated that 3D Xpoint technology development beyond the second generation of the technology will be performed independently.
By developing 3D XPoint technology independently, Micron can better optimize the technology for our product roadmap while maximizing the benefits for our customers and shareholders.” The two companies will continue to manufacture memory based on 3D XPoint technology at the Intel-Micron Flash Technologies (IMFT) facility in Lehi, Utah, however.

Sharpies and Glue Sticks Fight the Gummy Metal Machining Blues

Sharpies and Glue Sticks Fight the Gummy Metal Machining Blues

“Gummy” might not be an adjective that springs to mind when describing metals, but anyone who has had the flutes of a drill bit or end mill jammed with aluminum will tell you that certain metals do indeed behave in unhelpful ways.
But a new research paper seeks to shed light on the gummy metal phenomenon, and may just have machinists stocking up on office supplies.
It’s a bit counterintuitive that harder metals like steel are often easier to cut than softer metals; especially aluminum but also copper, nickel alloys, and some stainless steel alloys.
But it happens, and [Srinivasan Chandrasekar] and his colleagues at Purdue University wanted to find out why, and what can be done about it.
So the first job was to get up close and personal with the interface between a cutting tool and metal stock, to observe the dynamics of cutting.
https://hackadaycom.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/video1.mp4 Source: American Physical Society.
Will Sharpies and glue sticks enter the book of old machinist’s tricks like gauge-block wringing?
Only time will tell.
Let us know what you find in the comments.
[via Phys.org] Thanks to [Qes], [Rob], and [Erin] for the near-simultaneous tips on this one.

Android Circuit: New Galaxy S10 Leaks, Expensive Note 9 Revealed, Google’s Massive Pixel 2 Mistake

Android Circuit: New Galaxy S10 Leaks, Expensive Note 9 Revealed, Google’s Massive Pixel 2 Mistake

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the three new Galaxy S10 handsets, the expensive price of the Note 9, camera problems on the Pixel 2 confirmed, OnePlus 6 camera reviewed, the latest OxygenOS updates, HMD Global announcing the Nokia X5, and how modern Android works on low-end hardware.
Meet Your Three Galaxy S10 Handsets As more details come out around Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 family, it’s becoming clear that the South Korean company is working on three models; the regular S10, the S10+, and a budget version of the flagship handset with minor feature changes.
As such it is hard to see Samsung not pushing the $950 Galaxy Note 8 launch price beyond $1,000 for the Galaxy Note 9 launch Stateside.
Pixel 2’s Serious Camera Problem Confirmed Google has acknowledged that there is a serious hardware problem with the Pixel 2’s camera.
Paul Monckton reports: If your phone is affected, and you take photos, then the problem will be painfully obvious.
OnePlus has also updated the various open betas of OxygenOS for the older handsets, including the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, and 5T.
Joe Maring has details of the changes: Google Lens comes to the OnePlus 5/5T… First off, this Open Beta adds a shortcut to Google Lens right in the main OnePlus Camera app.
The Nokia X5 continues the use of Nokia design cues, updated to allow the 5.9 inch screen to take up more of the front of the device thanks to a notched screen.
It’s a slimmed-down version of Android announced last year that Google claims takes up less space than the full version of its operating system and runs faster on low-end smartphones, and comes bundled with lite versions of most of Google’s own apps.
Android Circuit rounds up the news from the Android world every weekend here on Forbes.

How Financial Products Drive Today’s Art World

How Financial Products Drive Today’s Art World

It is why art funds were all the rage in the early 2000s, and why new variations continue to emerge.
At the same time, entrepreneurs are trying to iron out the archaic inefficiencies of the art world with new types of financial products, particularly the secure ledgers of blockchain.
According to Ms. Bracegirdle, blockchain’s decentralized record-keeping could create a “more welcoming art ecosystem” in which collectors and professionals routinely verify the authenticity, provenance and ownership of artworks on an industrywide registry securely situated in the cloud.
“We just need to educate people.” As the Christie’s event progressed, a clearer picture emerged of what blockchain could and could not (yet) do for the art world.
Blockchain’s proof-of-ownership technology, combined with blockchain-based cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, have resulted in the “invention of scarcity” and a stronger market for digital art, he said.
For other art and technology experts, “tokenization” — using the value of an artwork to underpin tradable digital tokens — is the way forward.
“Blockchain represents a huge opportunity for the size of the market,” said Niccolò Filippo Veneri Savoia, founder of Look Lateral, a start-up looking to generate cryptocurrency trading in fractions of artworks.
But that’s what we have in the recently and very discreetly introduced UTA Brant Fine Art Fund, devised by the seasoned New York collector Peter Brant and the United Talent Agency in Los Angeles.
It has a target hold period of five to seven years, the prospectus says, and the minimum investment is $1 million.
Mr. Brant declined to comment on the fund, as did the United Talent Agency, citing Securities and Exchange Commission guidance regarding private offerings.

Facebook just suspended another analytics company

Facebook just suspended another analytics company

Yeah, it’s happened again.
Crimson Hexagon, which bills itself as having “instant access to the world’s largest volume of unstructured text and images across social, online public, and enterprise-held data sources,” apparently gathered and analyzed public Facebook data on behalf of clients.
At issue for Facebook, reports the Journal, is whether or not Crimson Hexagon’s government contracts are in violation of Facebook policy.
“Facebook has a responsibility to help protect people’s information,” Facebook vice president for product partnerships Ime Archibong told the Journal, “which is one of the reasons why we have tightened” access to user data.
Over at Crimson Hexagon, meanwhile, chief technology officer Chris Bingham insisted in a statement to the Journal that his company wasn’t doing anything untoward and that it was looking to regain its access to public Facebook data shortly.
Image: LLUIS GENE/getty Crimson Hexagon, of course, is not the first company to get in hot water for its use of Facebook user data.
Unlike Cambridge Analytica, however, this potential abuse doesn’t involve a potentially shady researcher selling data.
Rather, it was Crimson Hexagon taking public data from Facebook in a way that — as far as we can tell now — Facebook was designed to facilitate.
In other words, Facebook was OK with what Crimson Hexagon was grabbing, just potentially not who it was sharing it with.
There’s no clawing back user data that’s long since been spread around the digital universe — perhaps something to keep in mind the next time you consider hitting that “Post” button.

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson Face The Beast in First ‘Glass’ Trailer — Watch Now

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson Face The Beast in First ‘Glass’ Trailer — Watch Now

It’s the sequel nearly two decades in the making: Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s eagerly awaited follow-up to both 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split.
The writer-director — along with cast members Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson and Anya Taylor-Joy — dropped by the illustrious Hall H at Comic-Con on Friday to debut the first trailer for the comic-book thriller.
The trailer centers around Paulson’s Dr. Ellie Staple, a psychiatrist who specializes in delusions of grandeur as she meets these supposed superheroes.
Paulson shot in an abandoned mental hospital — “Creepy, creepy, creepy,” Jackson said — and called it the “coldest place that I’ve ever been in my life.” “It was, like, a mile to the bathroom.
We would sit in this place between takes without heat,” the actress said with a laugh from the stage, though she noted it was a good distraction from working across from some of the most “iconic” characters in movie history. “But pulling the stockings down for the peeing was not my favorite day, kids!”
Watch the trailer now: Glass, which hits theaters on Jan. 18, 2019, is billed as the “culmination” of Shyamalan’s trilogy.
Here is the movie’s official synopsis: “From UNBREAKABLE, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass.
Joining from SPLIT are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Jon Schnepp, ‘Metalocalypse’ Director, Dies at 51

Jon Schnepp, ‘Metalocalypse’ Director, Dies at 51

The filmmaker’s death came one week after he suffered a stroke. “It is with a broken heart the Schnepp family and I must announce the passing of our beloved Jon Schnepp, who died peacefully on July 19, 2018,” Payne wrote on Twitter.
She elaborated, “He had a blood clot removed from his left carotid artery, but the bleeding could not be stopped.
Irreparable and catastrophic damage was caused to both hemispheres and all brain activity ceased.
His sister Deborah and I had to make the difficult decision to take him off of life support.
Payne concluded by letting her followers know that she and Schnepp’s family “appreciate your love and support, and, most importantly, your understanding of our privacy at this time as we grieve.”
https://t.co/2qg7a9LcJG pic.twitter.com/hBfW7l7A5M — Holly Payne @TDOSLWH (@hollykpayne) July 20, 2018 Schnepp suffered the stroke on July 12, according to a statement released by Payne and his family last week.
A GoFundMe page was created for Schnepp’s medical bills, which has since raised more than $100,000 of its $150,000 goal. “If you can, please help Holly with the massive, life-crushing medical bills?
If you can, please help Holly with the massive, life-crushing medical bills?

Pemmican

Pemmican

Beginning more than 5,000 years ago, Native Americans made pemmican by hunting and processing bison into an energy bar that was so rich in nutrients, it could sustain hunters for months on end.
Traditional pemmican had one ingredient: bison (though other meats such as caribou or moose could also be used).
But that doesn’t mean it was easy to make.
Skilled butchers and cooks would spend days creating its most coveted form, known as “sweet pemmican.” To extract the sweeter and most nutritious fats from the animal, butchers had to separate the meat from the skeleton, crack the bones, then boil them to collect the marrow and grease within.
Meanwhile, the choicest cuts of meat were dried and pounded into a fine powder that the butchers deposited into a sack of sewn bison hide.
Sometimes, saskatoon berries, cherries, currants, or blueberries were added for flavor.
After pouring rendered fat into the sack, pemmican-makers would leave the mixture to solidify so that it could be cut into slices.
The resulting product kept for months (or, as some claimed, years), contained as much as 3,500 calories per pound, and was so packed with protein and fat that it became the primary sustenance of early fur traders and settlers in the Northern Great Plains.
Unfortunately, the resulting massive trade in pemmican also led to a decrease in quality and wasteful butchering practices, which contributed to the near-extinction of North American bison in the 19th century.
Today, pemmican and pemmican-like substances are still considered “survival foods,” and are often made with venison, elk, or beef mixed with lard.

Man is Determined to Thank Grieving Homeless ‘Angel’ Who Cared for His Lost Dog

Man is Determined to Thank Grieving Homeless ‘Angel’ Who Cared for His Lost Dog

Rick Darge was frantic over the disappearance of his dog Maya – so when a homeless “angel” ensured the pup’s safe return, Darge became determined to thank him properly.
Mel, who is a 9-month-old rat terrier mix, ran away from Darge’s office in East Hollywood, California earlier this month, and it didn’t take long for her to make some friends amongst some homeless men named James and Andy.
So when Andy found Maya wandering the city streets, he decided to try and cheer his friend by presenting the dog as a gift.
RELATED: Businessman is So Moved By Homeless Man’s Story, He Offers Him a Job On the Spot “This man loves dogs and as soon as he got Maya, he fell in love,” says Darge.
“[But] after a few hours, James pulled Maya’s harness off and noticed her dog tag with her name and my number on it.
They coordinated a meetup, and true to his word, James brought Maya back to Darge in perfect health.
This was a redemption day for him to do the right thing.
To be the hero.
I felt it.
“He needed the money but didn’t want to make it about that.

The Man With 15,000 Pieces of Chopstick-Wrapper Origami

The Man With 15,000 Pieces of Chopstick-Wrapper Origami

Creating a chopstick stand is common; folding the paper wrapper into a crane is a bit more advanced.
“My interest in collecting started when I was studying at university and working part-time at a restaurant,” says Tatsumi, who is now 27.
As a “poor, hungry student,” he found clearing tables tedious.
He started keeping an eye out for chopstick wrapper origami and picking them off tabletops.
Soon, it became a passion.
Tipping isn’t a common practice in Japan, but Tatsumi came to consider the tiny works of art as a symbol of appreciation from diners.
He called the project Japanese Tip, and traveled around Japan collecting chopstick-wrapper origami from restaurants.
Yet in a year and a half, he collected 13,000 pieces.
While he is currently working in an aged-care facility in Kyoto, Tatsumi has started exhibiting the collection in Japan, with pieces pinned against white walls like so many colorful butterflies.
So there’s plenty of time to practice your chopstick-wrapper origami skills if Japanese Tip comes to a city near you.

How to Love Your Melting Pot Heritage and Embrace the Power of Diversity

How to Love Your Melting Pot Heritage and Embrace the Power of Diversity

The Lesson: Having a diverse background is not something that should hold you back in today’s society – in fact, it’s an advantage that should propel you forward.
Rebeca Hwang talks about the importance and significance of having a diverse background and all of the benefits that it brings to your personal identity.
Notable Excerpt: “Now, today my identity quest is no longer to find my tribe.
It’s more about allowing myself to embrace all of the possible permutations of myself and cultivating diversity within me and not just around me.
My boys now are three years and five months old today, and they were already born with three nationalities and four languages.
I should mention now that my husband is actually from Denmark – just in case I don’t have enough culture shocks in my life, I decided to marry a Danish guy.” The Guest: Rebeca Hwang is a co-founder and managing director of Rivet Ventures, which is a company that invests in solutions for women and empowers their choices.
(LISTEN to the inspiring talk below – or read the transcript here)

Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory

Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory

Located on a small island in the Mississippi River is a laboratory renowned for its world-class research facilities and the high quality of its outputs.
Though many civil and hydraulic engineers know of it, unacquainted visitors to Minneapolis will likely see it from across the river and assume it’s part of the nearby hydroelectric power station.
The Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) started life as a dedicated hydraulic engineering laboratory.
It made use of the hydraulic head provided by the Saint Anthony Falls to amass the large volumes of flowing water it needs to drive its experiments.
SAFL was inaugurated in 1938 and was designed and later headed by Lorenz G. Straub, who was famous for his work on water flow in concrete pipes.
Straub was in charge from the lab’s inauguration up until his death in 1963.
He was also associated with some of the world’s largest water resources and hydropower developments.
Since Straub’s death, SAFL has broadened its activities and currently does important work in environmental sciences, water power, and fluid dynamics.
Its staff have also started a research interest in wind power.

Accident-Prone Koala Rescued For Third Time After Getting Stuck In Fence

Accident-Prone Koala Rescued For Third Time After Getting Stuck In Fence

We’ve all had bad days here and there, but this poor koala seems to have had more than a few.
A South Australia koala had to be saved by Fauna Rescue of South Australia volunteers for the third time when he was found stuck in a fence at the SA Power Networks’ Happy Valley substation.
The “large male adult” koala (yes, that’s actually what he’s been referred to as ― not to be confused with “large adult sons”) was rescued from the fence on Tuesday shortly after 8:30 a.m.
It wasn’t a great start to the day for this curious 🐨 who got his head stuck in a fence at our Happy Valley substation.
pic.twitter.com/a6wX60AH6c — SA Power Networks (@SAPowerNetworks) July 19, 2018 Fauna Rescue volunteer Sally Selwood told Adelaide Now that it looked “like he’s crawled under the fence to go somewhere, as they do, and then sat up as he was under the fence and got his head caught.” “But he didn’t have the brains to bob back down again to get out.” OK, Sally.
Or maybe he just wanted to see his volunteer friends again —specially when you consider that Selwood also told the publication that the koala was “quite calm” and that he’s “known” to them.
Many on social media have empathized with the koala’s plight: Previously, the koala ran into trouble when he was found at the bottom of a tree in January 2016.
He was “not very responsive” and subsequently spent a week with Fauna Rescue until he was well enough to be released back into the wild.
In an unlucky twist of fate, Fauna Rescue had to care for him again in November 2016 after he was hit by a car.
Here’s hoping he has many more accident-free adventures in the future!

English Teacher Gets Letter from White House, Makes Corrections Before Sending It Back

English Teacher Gets Letter from White House, Makes Corrections Before Sending It Back

Yvonne Mason is a retired English teacher who has spent a rather sizable chunk of her life correcting people’s writing.
Recently, however, she found her correction work going viral when she posted her marked-up version of a letter from the White House, signed by President Donald Trump himself.
“If it had been written in middle school, I’d give it a C or C-plus,” she said in an interview with The Greenville.
“If it had been written in high school, I’d give it a D.” The teacher, who recently retired after 17 years working in South Carolina schools, received the letter in response to one she’d sent with her concerns about school safety following the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
In her Facebook post with the photo of the letter, Yvonne wrote, “Got a letter from Mr. Trump.
Will be returning it tomorrow.” Here’s a slightly more enlarged version for those of you who are really curious: Among the issues she had with the letter were things like redundancies, improper capitalization, and a general lack of specificity.
She says she was very tempted to put a grade on it, but decided to hold back.
“When you get letters from the highest level of government, you expect them to be at least mechanically correct,” she says.
Although she acknowledges that the letter was likely written by a staffer, it still doesn’t reflect well on the government as a whole.
Interestingly, a recent report claims that staffers assigned to write various correspondences (including Twitter) on behalf of the President deliberately insert errors into their writing to make it seem like it was composed by the President himself.

Warning: These Images Can Alter Your Vision for Months

Warning: These Images Can Alter Your Vision for Months

Reader beware: stare at these images a little too long and you might find your vision being altered for the next few days, sometimes even months.
Don’t worry too much, though – the damage isn’t permanent and the main side effect is seeing colors slightly differently.
Named after Celeste McCollough Howard, the psychologist who first discovered this phenomenon, the McCollough effect was first investigated in 1975.
Researchers showed participants two different striped patterns in either red or green.
After carefully staring at each image for three minutes straight, participants were asked to then stare at a new grid of black and white stripes.
This is where things got weird, as participants reported seeing a pinkish hue to the monochrome images.
Some participants reported the effect was still in full force five days later, while others said they experienced a weakened version of the effect up to three months later.
Scientists have yet to fully understand why this happens, but believe it may have something to do with the brain trying to “color-correct” an image.
Another theory is that the effect is a kind of withdrawal caused by the absence of color.
Apparently, the trick to restoring your vision to normal faster is to look at the images of both red and green grids, but with the image turned counter-clockwise by 90 degrees.

Solve These 5 Riddles and Call Yourself a Genius for the Day

Solve These 5 Riddles and Call Yourself a Genius for the Day

If the turkey was in an even box, you are guaranteed to find it on one of those first three days.
What number should the man have replied to the guard’s “ten?” Answer: Three.
This unfair coin does not land on each side 50 percent of the time, but how could you use this coin to simulate the 50/50 odds of a fair coin flip?
They have an even number of animals and split them, but the brother who gets the goat wants to be compensated by the brother who has all lambs – how much is the goat worth?
Answer: $2 First, the brothers could not have started with a number of cows that would sell for a dollar amount that is cleanly divisible by 10, or else they would have no money left over for the goat.
And finally, the final number of animals must be even, we know the brothers must have an amount of money that allows them to buy an odd number of lambs.
If you plug any of the numbers in that work for the riddle, you will find that the goat must have cost $6 (the number in the ones place).
This is the answer to the riddle, the brother who gets the goat will always be owed $2.
Answer: Adam wins, 7-3 The key to solving this riddle is that Adam played scissors six times.
Because there were no ties, that means Eve didn’t play scissors in any of those six games.

This unique zoo is the only place in the world where you can see all 15 species of crane.

This unique zoo is the only place in the world where you can see all 15 species of crane.

The International Crane Foundation is so much more than a unique zoo tucked away in the waterpark capital of the world.
It’s the only place in the world where you can see all 15 species of crane, 11 of which are facing extinction.
The International Crane Foundation was founded in 1973 by Cornell Department of Ornithology graduates George Archibald and Ronald Sauey.
Now, the organization works in more than 50 countries to save the cranes and the places they inhabit while also helping the communities affiliated with the birds thrive.
At their Wisconsin headquarters, you can see the North American whooping crane, of which there are little more than 700 left in the world (both captive and wild).
Here, members of the foundation practice captive breeding and reintroduce whooping cranes into the wild to help save this majestic bird species.
While there, you can also wander by the various other live crane exhibits to get an up-close look at the birds.
There’s also a visitor center, breeding facilities, and a research library.
Additionally, you can hike the trails within the 250 acres of restored prairie, and, if you are bird watcher, catch sight of many more bird species than the cranes.

7 Things You Think Are True, But Actually Aren’t

7 Things You Think Are True, But Actually Aren’t

Myth 1: Eating carrots improves your eyesight.
You could just eat carrots and have super-vision – seems like a pretty good deal to me.
But eating mega-doses of Vitamin A does not make your vision improve beyond normal.
Photo Credit: Pixabay I mean, there are no easy words that rhyme with orange or silver, but that’s not the myth, now is it?
Silver actually only has one true rhyme in English, and that is the rare word chilver, which the OED defines as ‘a ewe-lamb’.
Like I said, no easy words.
But because Taft was definitely the largest US president ever (he weighed in at 350 lbs.
Myth #5: You can sink all the way under in quicksand.
Twice as dense, in fact.
Myth #6: Your brain doesn’t start getting old until you do.

How to Link or Embed an Excel Worksheet in a PowerPoint Presentation

How to Link or Embed an Excel Worksheet in a PowerPoint Presentation

The first is by simply copying that data from the spreadsheet, and then pasting it into the target document.
The difference comes in how these two options treat their connection to that original Excel spreadsheet: If you link an Excel worksheet in a presentation, the target presentation and the original Excel sheet maintain a connection.
One advantage of linking a document (other than maintaining the connection) is that it keeps your PowerPoint presentation’s file size down, because the data is mostly still stored in the Excel sheet and only displayed in PowerPoint.
For example, if you’re distributing that presentation to people who might not have access to the original Excel sheet, or if the presentation needs to show that Excel sheet at a specific point in time (rather than getting updated), embedding (and breaking the connection to the original sheet) makes more sense.
How to Link or Embed an Excel Worksheet in Microsoft PowerPoint Linking or embedding an Excel worksheet into a PowerPoint presentation is actually pretty straightforward, and the process for doing either is almost identical.
And it’s here where you’ll find the only functional different in the processes of linking or embedding a file.
If you want to link your spreadsheet, choose the “Paste Link” option instead.
And you’ll see your Excel sheet (or the cells you selected) in your PowerPoint presentation.
If you linked the Excel data, you can’t edit it directly in PowerPoint, but you can double-click anywhere on it to open the original spreadsheet file.
If you embedded the Excel data, you can edit it directly in PowerPoint.

Holy Island Boat Sheds

Holy Island Boat Sheds

The sight of an upside-down boat is usually a cause for alarm, as it typically signals a seafaring adventure gone terribly wrong.
But on this English island, the upturned vessels are actually a sign of recycling ingenuity.
Fishing is a key part of life on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (commonly known as the Holy Island).
In the past, when old herring boats became too battered and worn to safely sail the seas, the fishermen had a clever way of putting the unusable vessels to work.
Rather than hauling the boats to a junkyard, they flipped them over to transform them into storage sheds.
People on the Holy Island have been keeping their fishing equipment in the topsy-turvy boats for more than a century.
The sheds are covered with a layer of tar, which keeps them largely waterproof though still subject to decay.
The ones dotting the shore around the harbor look pretty worse for the wear and stand in contrast to the more intact examples up near the castle.
But even the sheds near the castle weren’t completely saved from destruction.
Arsonists set a couple ablaze back in 2005, though they have since been repaired.

World’s Fair Wisconsin Pavilion

World’s Fair Wisconsin Pavilion

Neillsville, Wisconsin is a long way from Flushing Meadows, New York, but the entrance to the Wisconsin Pavilion that stood at the 1964 New York World’s Fair continues to welcome visitors to the Midwest five decades later.
A relic of midcentury Modernist-style architecture, the yellow, tepee-shaped Rotunda is an odd sight for out-of-towners rolling down Highway 10.
The strange shape symbolizes the state’s native history, and mosaic scenes of Native Americans decorate the surrounding walls.
The glass tent is topped with a tall spire with giant blue and gold letters spelling out “Wisconsin.” During the two-year run of the New York World’s Fair from 1964 to 1965, the state of Wisconsin’s exhibit saw some 13 million visitors.
Aside from the yellow Rotunda, it featured what was then the world’s largest block of cheese, over 17 tons of Wisconsin cheddar.
Originally slated for demolition after the fair, the pavilion was purchased for $5,000 and shipped back to Wisconsin, arriving in the small town of Neillsville in 1966.
The vintage relic has been home to the WCCN radio station ever since, and also includes a store selling local Wisconsin products like jam, honey, and of course, cheese.
If that wasn’t enough, Chatty Belle, the world’s largest talking cow, has been welcoming visitors for almost as long as the station has been broadcasting from this site.
The 16-foot-tall, 20-foot-long fiberglass model cow will happily provide visitors with a history of the pavilion for just 25 cents.

Stephen Hawking’s Mother on Her Son’s Singular Genius and How We Expand the Boundaries of Human Knowledge

Stephen Hawking’s Mother on Her Son’s Singular Genius and How We Expand the Boundaries of Human Knowledge

“Every man or woman who is sane, every man or woman who has the feeling of being a person in the world, and for whom the world means something, every happy person, is in infinite debt to a woman,” the pioneering psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott wrote in his manifesto for the mother’s contribution to society.
Among these culture-shifting mothers is Isobel Hawking, mother of the great physicist Stephen Hawking (January 8, 1942–March 14, 2018) — a formidable mind whose work revolutionized our understanding of the universe and whose far-reaching legacy inspires poems.
The second oldest of seven children in a family of modest means, Isobel was among the few women to attend university in the 1930s.
Less than a decade after the esteemed institution had begun granting degrees to women, her parents strained their finances to send her to Oxford, where Isobel studied philosophy, economics, and politics.
It was in Oxford that she gave birth to Stephen in 1942 as air raids terrorized London nightly — in exchange for the British promise not to bomb the famed university towns Heidelberg and Göttingen, Germany had abstained from bombing Cambridge and Oxford.
Nine months pregnant, Isobel journeyed to her formative intellectual grounds to deliver her son in safety.
On one of her walks through town just before giving birth, she bought an astronomical atlas from the local bookshop — a purchase she would come to consider a sort of omen as her son ascended into astrophysical celebrity.
In her ninety-eight years, Isobel saw her son outlive by decades the ALS prognosis he had been given in his youth and steer the course of modern science with his defiant genius.
From the fortunate platform of her tenth decade, she reflects on her son’s singular gift in a sentiment quoted in Kitty Ferguson’s excellent biography, Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind (public library): Not all the things Stephen says probably are to be taken as gospel truth.
Complement with poet Marie Howe’s sublime tribute to Stephen Hawking, this 150-second animated adaptation of his search for a theory of everything, and the lovely children’s book about time travel that he co-wrote with his daughter, then revisit astrophysicist Janna Levin — one of the world’s foremost authorities on black holes, the subject of Hawking’s most seminal work — on the human element in the scientific climb toward truth.

When Cop With Cancer Refuses to Stop Working, Dozens of City Workers Donate Their Sick Days

When Cop With Cancer Refuses to Stop Working, Dozens of City Workers Donate Their Sick Days

Editor’s Note: this town was previously featured on GNN as one of the finalists for the Top 10 Nicest Places in America competition from Reader’s Digest.
Cancer is not going to keep this dedicated police officer from doing the job he loves – and his community is not about to let his job keep him from getting cancer treatments, either.
Chris Kudla was diagnosed with a rare form of stage four kidney cancer back in November 2017, the day before his 46th birthday.
It was also eight months after he had started working for the Riverside Police Department in Illinois.
Despite having to attend doctor’s appointments and chemotherapy sessions twice a month, Kudla told his police chief that he did not want to stop working – and the chief told him that they would try to make it work.
RELATED: Farmers Stay Silent During Auction So Young Man Can Win the Bid on His Long-Lost Family Farm The primary problem was that Kudla had not worked at the police department long enough to accumulate enough sick days for his treatment.
So as a means of helping their police brother, the other officers at the department donated all of their sick days to Kudla.
Then, municipality workers, local civil servants, and city staff members all joined together in donating their sick days to Kudla.
Over the course of seven months, it has raised $41,000.
“Everybody without hesitation stepped up to help out,” Kudla told CBS News.

This Jolly King Has Lived in His Sandcastle for the Last 22 Years

This Jolly King Has Lived in His Sandcastle for the Last 22 Years

Marcio Matolias, also known as “King Marcio”, has lived in an elaborate sandcastle of his own creation for the last 22 years.
His castle is located on the gorgeous beaches of Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Due to the nature of his home, he lives rent-free – which is handy, considering the city’s average price of rent is higher than the average income.
Marcio makes money by selling books from inside his sandcastle and accepting donations from tourists who take pictures of his home.
When he’s not working on his sandy abode, he says he enjoys playing beach golf and reading.
WATCH: Man Brings Telescope to the Street and Invites People to Look at the Moon –Their Reactions Will Bring You to Tears Marcio cooks his food using a simple portable stove and he pays to take showers at the firehouse across the street.
Though the weather will often tear down his sandcastle, he says that he enjoys the temporary nature of his home because it keeps him from being too possessive or materialistic.
The Brazilian man says that he dreams about one day owning his own artist’s studio, but for now, he’s content to continue being king of his little castle.
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Seven Kittens Left In The Woods To Die Get A Second Chance Thanks To This Hero Husky

Seven Kittens Left In The Woods To Die Get A Second Chance Thanks To This Hero Husky

Not only is she dedicated to helping owner Whitney Braley with her disability, she also has a knack for rescuing other animals in need and caring for them.
Two years ago I had my first bottle baby kitten that was found in a ditch, and Banner raised her.
That particular cat still lives with us but she’s fostered at least ten different liters of kittens over the years.
A sealed cardboard box in the woods, with 7 newborn kittens inside barely a day old and freezing to death.
“I got her spayed around 1.5 years old, but she’s very maternal,” Whitney told Bored Panda.
I don’t want them to die.” “I’m so happy that now because of Banner, these kittens will go on to live their lives with loving families.
She also has her own Instagram and Facebook Pages, with thousands of followers.
Check them out for updates on the kittens’ progress!
Meet Banner, the 3-year-old Husky with a heart of gold The service dog alerted her owner Whitney of something strange in the woods recently Banner lead Whitney from the house to a quiet spot where they found a sealed cardboard box Inside was a heartbreaking sight: seven abandoned kittens, barely a day old “Someone must have just put them into a cardboard box, closed the lid tight and left them there to die” “They probably thought that no one would ever discover them.
It’s so cruel and heartless” Since that moment, Banner hasn’t left the kittens’ side and has adopted them as if they were her own “Now I will find the kittens appropriate homes, that will love them forever” “I’m so happy that now because of Banner, these kittens will go on to live their lives with loving families”

The truth…and nothing but the truth (53 Photos)

The truth…and nothing but the truth (53 Photos)

Happy Freaking FRIDAY!!!
Weeeeee!
Okay, so for anyone wanting to know about yesterday I met with my doctors and went over some more information and had a scan done and I am awaiting the results of the scan before any treatments start.
So that’s pretty much all the news I have right now, wish I had more.
Wishing all of you that today is as good as it can be for you.
Cherish this day my friends and cherish and appreciate those in your life.
Let those you love know you love them and care about them.
Today is all we got so keep your head up, put on a smile and give it all you got.
Spread some love and smiles, you never know who’s life you just might save with your smile and kindness.
Love y’all.

How to Soften Hard Water Naturally

How to Soften Hard Water Naturally

Other contaminants can be removed with filters.
For better water throughout your household, consider installing an ion exchange system.
If your water contains a lot of minerals, especially calcium, you can remedy the unpleasant taste by boiling the water before drinking.
This sediment is made up of insoluble minerals, which can’t be boiled away.
Pouring it back and forth between 2 clean containers for a few minutes will restore oxygen to the water, improving its taste.
[5] 4 Remove impurities with a drinking water filter.
Purchase these kinds of softeners at hardware stores and home centers.
[9] Home ion exchangers are ideal for hard water rated medium to very hard.
You may want to run a hard water test first to note the kinds of minerals in your water.
Some softening systems may be better at removing certain contaminants than others.

Green man to be left on at pedestrian crossings in a bid to get Londoners walking

Green man to be left on at pedestrian crossings in a bid to get Londoners walking

Pedestrian crossings in key locations in London will be re-programmed so the green man shows most of the time.
Could it encourage Londoners to walk more?
Walkers in busy parts of London will get right of way over traffic in an attempt to encourage people to make more journeys on foot.
Pedestrian crossings in 10 key locations will be re-programmed so that the green man shows for the majority of the time as part of a bid to make London “the world’s most walkable city”.
The measure is mentioned in London’s first Walking Action Plan, which targets an extra million walking trips each day by 2024.
It was released this week by Mayor Sadiq Khan and London’s first ever walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman.
Under an approach called ‘green man authority’, traffic lights in 10 new areas of the city will show a green signal for pedestrians continuously, until vehicles are detected.
Discover the good news that matters.
Transport for London (TfL) – which has responsibility for all traffic signals in the capital – say the new hotspots have been selected as they offer a chance to “significantly benefit pedestrians”.
Some people believe it could slow down traffic, including buses, and even make congestion worse.

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