Jason Momoa Buys Matching Rings For Himself And Wife’s Ex-Husband

Jason Momoa Buys Matching Rings For Himself And Wife’s Ex-Husband

Divorce can be ugly, but celebs Jason Momoa, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz have shown that, if you make the effort, it can result in even more love.
To show his appreciation Momoa returned the favor, gifting the musician with two matching beautifully handcrafted skull rings.
The beautiful family has been a constant reminder of what a blended family should be.
The ring set was hand-carved by North California artist Leyroyswoodentattoos.
“They have so much love for each other.
It makes things so easy that my parents are still very close.
The whole family not only gets along but regularly shouts each other out on social media, as seen in this photo of Kravitz supporting Momoa from behind the scenes at SNL.
Bonet and Kravitz got married in 1987 and had their daughter Zoe a year later.
His dreams came true in 2005 when he met Bonet at a jazz club through mutual friends.
We had Guinness and grits, and the rest is history.” Bonet and Momoa now have two kids, daughter Lola Iolani Momoa 11, and son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa 9.

Mom Saves Boy Being Chased By Angry Turkey

Mom Saves Boy Being Chased By Angry Turkey

A Wisconsin mother came to the rescue of a boy being chased down the road by an angry turkey – and it was all caught on video.
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Apache Server at cdnapisec.kaltura.com Port 80 Vanessa Miramontes was sitting in school traffic when she saw the bird in hot pursuit and decided to rescue the terrified boy. “You just saw this kid’s eyes completely bugged out.
It felt like forever, like one of those Baywatch where the kid is running in slow motion down the beach, you could just sense the poor kid’s fear in the vehicle,” Miramontes said.
She felt she had to do something to help before the child ran in front of oncoming traffic to escape.
She veered her vehicle in front of the turkey, which cut off the angry bird off from its prey.
But another vehicle stopped and took the boy safely home.
It turns out the turkey, named Smoke, is known in the community and is even the official “mayor” of Ashwaubenon.
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How to Configure Mail Settings for iPhone and iPad

How to Configure Mail Settings for iPhone and iPad

How to Manage and Add Email Accounts Managing, adding, and removing email accounts on an iPhone or iPad happens in the Settings app instead of the Mail app.
Open Settings app and select “Passwords & Accounts.” Here, you’ll see a list of all of the accounts on your device.
You’ll then see a list of popular account types, as well as an “Other” option for anyone with a specialized setup.
Find and tap the “Mail” option.
Tap the “Preview” option in the “Message List” section.
Again, open the Settings app and tap the “Mail” option.
Next, tap “Swipe Options” to make changes to the actions Mail carries out when you swipe a message.
Select the action you want each gesture to take by tapping on either the “Swipe Left” or “Swipe Right” options.
And do note here that by remote images, we’re talking about images that are inline URLs within a message that point to pictures online (just like in a web page).
Finally, type the signature you would like to use and save your changes by tapping the “Mail” button in the top-left corner.

Plum Brook Station

Plum Brook Station

View all photos The Plum Brook Station is part of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio.
These include the Reverberant Acoustic Test Facility, which is like something from the wildest dreams of Spinal Tap.
The world’s most powerful spacecraft acoustic test chamber, it’s capable of simulating the noise of a spacecraft launch up to 163 decibels, or as loud as the thrust of 20 jet engines.
Then there’s a wind tunnel called the Hypersonic Tunnel facility, which allows NASA to test the aircraft of the future at speeds up to seven times the speed of sound.
The Space Power Facility, meanwhile, is the largest vacuum chamber in the world.
It was also used to shoot some scenes from the 2012 Marvel movie The Avengers.
Despite the undeniably impressive facilities at Plum Brook, the station has its problems.
And considering the cost of maintaining them, this was no small issue.
The B-2 Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility had last been used in 1998, and both the Hypersonic Test Facility and the Cryogenic Components Laboratory hadn’t been used in four years.
NASA also used the Space Power Facility to test its Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

The Church of St. Anne

The Church of St. Anne

View all photos Standing tall above the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, St. Anne’s Church has watched history unfold around it.
The 500-year-old church remains a prime example of Gothic architecture so beautiful, it’s said Napolean Bonaparte fell in love with the cathedral.
The Church of St. Anne was built for Anna, Grand Duchess of Lithuania, and wife to Vytautas the Great.
The church was burned down in 1419 and then rebuilt in brick on the orders of the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Alexander I Jagiellon.
Consecrated back in 1500, the facade seen today is largely unchanged since its reconstruction in the 1400s.
It is unclear exactly who is the genius architect behind St. Anne, although theories point to Michael Enkinger—an architect of a church of the same name in Warsaw— or Benedikt Rejt.
What is clear is that St. Anne is a stunning example of Gothic architecture, using dramatic archways, a symmetrical facade, and ornate pillars.
According to legend, the church is so captivating that Napolean Bonaparte—who spotted the church during the Franco-Russian War in 1812—wished to carry the church home with him to Paris “in the palm of his hand.”

How to Digitize Your Old Film Photos

How to Digitize Your Old Film Photos

Photo prints are easier, and cheaper, to digitize but you’ll get better results with the negatives.
If You’ve Got the Photos If you’ve got the photo prints, then things are really simple.
Photoscan is a clever app that removes glare well and is pretty quick to use.
Call the Professionals Scanning and color correcting a big box of photos can be pretty time-consuming.
If you’ve got a lot of images to scan and want to make sure it’s done right, the best thing to do is go with a professional service.
Before going online, however, I’d recommend checking whether your local camera shop offers photo scanning.
If You’ve Got the Negatives or Slides With film negatives or slides, things aren’t as simple as just running them through your document scanner.
The upside is that if you digitize them, the resulting images will most likely be higher quality than if you scanned the original photos.
While the color might not be the best, the Jumbl 22MP Film and Slide Scanner costs just $80.
Go With the Professionals As with scanning photo prints, the best option, if you have a huge collection you want to be digitized, is probably to go with the professionals.

The Best Smart Bulbs For Your Amazon Echo

The Best Smart Bulbs For Your Amazon Echo

If you want to light up your home the smart way (figuratively, and perhaps literally), smart bulbs are a great way to go.
Here are the best options to use with Alexa and the Amazon Echo.
In-wall smart light switches are a good way to control an entire room with just one switch, but not only are smart bulbs easier and quicker to install, you can also control individual bulbs and give them different brightnesses and colors (if applicable).
If you frequently use Alexa and want to control your lights with your voice via an Amazon Echo, here are the smart bulbs to consider.
The bulbs can be expensive, especially if you opt for the color bulbs, but you can grab a starter kit that comes with two soft white bulbs and the hub for $70, which is pretty great.
Hue bulbs also work really well with Alexa and the Amazon Echo (they can even directly connect to the Echo Plus without needing the Hue Bridge hub).
And with Philips Hue, no matter how great the platform is, you need a hub.
These bulbs don’t require a hub, and instead connect directly to your Wi-Fi network.
Furthermore, Eufy devices work with Alexa, so you can link them to your Echo and control the bulbs with your voice—you have much of the same voice capabilities as you do with the Hue bulbs.
Otherwise, it’s best to go with a hub-based option like Philips Hue if you plan on putting smart bulbs everywhere in your house.

Bookmark This Guide to 2019’s Biggest Award Shows

Bookmark This Guide to 2019’s Biggest Award Shows

December is the most wonderful time of year in the entertainment industry.
After all, nothing says “Happy Holidays!”
in Hollywood like a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, or Critics’ Choice Award nomination.
And with audience favorites such as A Star Is Born and Black Panther leading the pack toward Tinsel Town glory, we can’t wait to see who outshines the competition during the Winter award show season.
As in previous years, winners aren’t announced until January and February, so we’ve created a short guide to help keep track of the statuettes given out between now and the 2019 Academy Awards.
Be advised: some of the events listed may not have televised ceremonies, but broadcast information is included where appropriate.
All hours listed are Eastern Standard Time.
76th Golden Globe Awards – Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. on NBC 24th Critics’ Choice Awards – Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. on The CW 30th Producers Guild of America Awards – Jan. 19 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS 71st Director Guild of America Awards – Feb. 2 33rd American Society of Cinematographers Awards – Feb. 9 61st Grammy Awards – Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. on CBS 72nd British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards – Feb. 10 23rd Satellite Awards – Feb. 17 71st Writers Guild of America Awards – Feb. 17 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards – Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. on IFC 91st Academy Awards – Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC Image Source: Getty / ANGELA WEISS / AFP

50 years ago, armadillos hinted that DNA wasn’t destiny

50 years ago, armadillos hinted that DNA wasn’t destiny

64 armadillos threaten a theory — Armadillos come in fours, quadruplet offspring from a single egg, and are endowed with identical genes.
Yet, the quadruplets are often not identical, a fact that calls into question the assumption that genes encased in the nucleus of the cell are the sole determinants of heredity.
— Science News, November 30, 1968 What comes naturally to the nine-banded armadillo, the species that baffled scientists 50 years ago, is rare in other mammals.
Polyembryony, producing many offspring from a single fertilized egg, does result in genetically identical armadillo pups.
But scientists now know that other factors also stir the developmental pot.
For example, epigenetic marks, the chemical tags that control a gene’s activity level, can make identicals look very different.
Though genetically fascinating, armadillos never topped rodents as research subjects — possibly due to their fresh insect diet and long time between litters.
Scientists do use the tanklike creatures to study leprosy, a disease the animals can pick up and pass on to humans (SN: 5/21/11, p. 9).

Why the U.S. is an anomaly among democracies

Why the U.S. is an anomaly among democracies

Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm.
He is the author of the books Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, Interfaith Leadership and Out of Many Faiths.
Eboo holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.
They thought homogeneity was the core of democracy: one ethnic group, one racial group, and especially one religion.
Then America broke that mold in 1787.
George Washington assured the Jewish people protection in a very famous and beautifully written letter.
Religious diversity?
Turns out it’s as American as apple pie.
The Charles Koch Foundation is committed to understanding what drives intolerance and the best ways to cure it.
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Venilale Tunnels

Venilale Tunnels

In its colonial past, this town was a prime destination for Portuguese settlers wishing to escape the heat.
At the outskirts of Venilale are a set of tunnels that are steeped in World War II history, from when the eastern part of Timor was controlled by Portugal, and the western part by the Dutch.
(In hindsight, this was an obvious miscalculation.)
When Japan attacked, it did so with an unexpected intensity and number of troops.
Those Australian and Dutch troops that managed to survived were forced to retreat to the harsh and mountainous interior of East Timor to join another renegade Australian contingent.
Timorese people either joined the fighters or supported them by other means, and from here, guerrilla warfare was waged against the Japanese occupation.
During the six months that it took Japan to gain control of the island, Japanese forces had to venture further and further inland, and Venilale became a Japanese stronghold.
It was at this time that a set of tunnels was dug out to be used as shelters.
The story may have ended here, but it didn’t.
Timor means East in Tetum, the local language, and Leste means East in Portuguese.

The True Story Behind America’s Most ‘Metal’ Cemetery

The True Story Behind America’s Most ‘Metal’ Cemetery

Atlas Obscura recently collaborated with Caitlin Doughty, the mortician and activist behind Ask a Mortician, to explore the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
The cemetery is unique because of its metal headstones, originally installed as an attempt to blur class distinctions.
Painted grey to resemble traditional granite grave markers, these monuments were deceptive for a time.
Over the past 165 years though, the materials have fallen victim to the elements.
In the video above, Atlas Obscura Senior Editor Ella Morton joins Doughty at the cemetery for a discussion of the origins and consequences of this unusual headstone technique.
The story then continues below, as Doughty goes into more detail about the decay and corrosion that have shaped the cemetery’s metallic headstones.
The surviving monuments are twisted and discolored, each metal reacting in its own way to produce a different weathered appearance.
While the effects of time have warped these grave markers, as Doughty puts it, “there is a beauty in the idea that the elements decay, the same way that a human body, or a community, eventually decays.” Subscribe to our YouTube channel to explore more Atlas Obscura videos.

iCEBreaker, The Open Source Development Board for FPGAs

iCEBreaker, The Open Source Development Board for FPGAs

The Hackaday Superconference is over, which is a shame, but one of the great things about our conference is the people who manage to trek out to Pasadena every year to show us all the cool stuff they’re working on.
One of those people was [Piotr Esden-Tempski], founder of 1 Bit Squared, and he brought some goodies that would soon be launched on a few crowdfunding platforms.
The coolest of these was the iCEBreaker, an FPGA development kit that makes it easy to learn FPGAs with an Open Source toolchain.
The hardware for the iCEBreaker includes the iCE40UP5K fpga with 5280 logic cells,, 120 kbit of dual-port RAM, 1 Mbit of single-port RAM, and a PLL, two SPIs and two I2Cs.
Because the most interesting FPGA applications include sending bits out over pins really, really fast, there’s also 16 Megabytes of SPI Flash that allows you to stream video to a LED matrix.
There are enough logic cells here to synthesize a CPU, too, and already the iCEBreaker can handle the PicoRV32, and some of the RISC-V cores.
Extensibility is through PMOD connectors, and yes, there’s also an HDMI output for your vintage computing projects.
If you’re looking to get into FPGA development, there’s no better time.
Joe Fitz‘s WTFpga workshop from the 2018 Hackaday Superconference has already been converted to this iCEBreaker board, and yes, the seven-segment display and DIP switches are available.
Between this and the Open Source iCE toolchain, you’ve got a complete development system that’s ready to go, fun to play with, and extremely capable.

Basilica of St. John

Basilica of St. John

View all photos The early Christian community in the ancient port city of Ephesus traced its origins to the apostle and evangelist St. John, the so-called Beloved Disciple.
According to church tradition, John wrote his gospel in Ephesus, and, after a period of exile on the island of Patmos during which time he wrote the Book of Revelation, returned there and died.
Ironically, the 6th-century basilica dedicated to St. John, built in Ephesus by the Emperor Justinian, would become one of the wonders of the medieval world.
Built on the supposed site of the saint’s tomb, the church formed part of a building program that included the massive Hagia Sophia in Constantinople and the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna.
The architectural icon of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice copied the design of St. John’s, which like its Venetian counterpart was lined with gold mosaics depicting saints and gospel stories.
Now-lost relics once held in the basilica included a piece of the True Cross that John carried around his neck, a garment worn by the saint made by the Virgin Mary, and the original manuscript of John’s Book of Revelation.
The church’s major attraction was, of course, St. John’s tomb, and its marble encasement is still visible today.
An old story relates that when the saint’s tomb was opened by Constantine, no relics were found, attesting to the saint’s miraculous assumption into heaven.
Another account claimed the saint was sleeping beneath the tomb, and his breath stirred a fine ash, called manna, to form upon the tomb.
This latter tale attracted thousands of pilgrims to the tomb each year on the saint’s feast day, May 8, to collect some of the holy manna for themselves.

Fentanyl Surpasses Heroin As Drug Most Often Involved In Deadly Overdoses

Fentanyl Surpasses Heroin As Drug Most Often Involved In Deadly Overdoses

Fentanyl is now the drug most frequently involved in overdose deaths in the U.S., according to a National Vital Statistics System report published Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By 2016, overdose deaths involving fentanyl had become more common than any other.
Age-adjusted drug overdose deaths attributed to selected opioid drugs, per 100,000 The authors of the report identified drug overdose deaths by looking at the text on death certificates for the years 2011 to 2016.
In cases where a death involved more than one drug (e.g., both heroin and cocaine), they counted the death in all relevant drug categories.
Researchers found that the rate of drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl (or one of its analogs) doubled each year from 2013 to 2016.
Deaths involving heroin have also continued to rise, increasing threefold from 2011 to 2016.
It states that the rate of overdose deaths involving fentanyl had risen to 9 per 100,000 people, compared to 6.2 per 100,000 in 2016.
By 2016, fentanyl was connected to 18,335 such deaths: it was linked to 29 percent of all drug overdose deaths that year.
Sometimes people believe they are taking pure heroin or cocaine, but the drug is laced with fentanyl.
But those practices have been getting better in recent years: The researchers note that their results may have been affected by the improvements in reporting the specific drugs involved in overdose deaths.

Jason Momoa Did the Haka With His Kids at the Aquaman Premiere, and I May Never Recover

Jason Momoa Did the Haka With His Kids at the Aquaman Premiere, and I May Never Recover

← Use Arrows Keys → Jason Momoa’s at it again, folks.
You might like to think you’ve sufficiently recovered from his Saturday Night Live striptease, and nothing can phase you anymore, but you’d better sit down for this.
The 39-year-old actor kicked off the Aquaman Hollywood premiere on Dec. 12 with an intense haka performance with members of the cast, and his kids chanted right alongside him.
Jason’s no stranger to the traditional Maori haka.
He took part in a chant with a group of shirtless fighters (mhmm, you read that right) while filming Aquaman in New Zealand, and even used the haka as part of his Game of Thrones audition.
This performance was extra special, however, because his 11-year-old daughter Lola and 9-year-old son Nakoa-Wolf joined in, as his wife Lisa Bonet cheered them on from the side.
Well that, and he broke his trident clean in half when the haka began.
Watch the full chant in all its glory above, and then keep reading to catch it from different angles — if you dare.
I recommend keeping smelling salts and something soft to land on nearby, just in case.

The left and its national security problem

The left and its national security problem

In a widely watched, widely reported White House sit-down of President Donald Trump with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, it’s not Trump who comes across as out of touch with the American people.
It’s the Democrats.
Schumer thinks by goading Trump into admitting a willingness to shut down the government over border control actually sends a message to the American people of this president’s unbalanced state of politicking.
When Trump tells Schumer, “If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government” and later, “I am proud to shut down the government for border security,” it’s not Schumer who looks good or Trump who looks bad.
It’s Schumer who comes across as a nail-biting politician, a willow in the wind, afraid to take a stand on principle — and Trump who, once again, appears the bold leader unafraid to force the squishy-squashy ruling class to put people over politics for a higher cause.
Democrats, the very Democrats who once voted for tighter border control via the Secure Fence Act of 2006, are now fighting for the opposite side, for the open border advocates of the world.
Certainly not the security needs of a nation.
What’s changed are the political winds.
And Democrats, who rarely stand for principle, are simply being blown by these winds to oppose what they themselves once supported.
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Ex-‘Love & Hip Hop’ Star Benzino

Ex-‘Love & Hip Hop’ Star Benzino


I’ll Be Exonerated!!!
Ex-‘Love & Hip Hop’ star Benzino is not mincing words … he’s adamant racists are behind the serious drug charges he’s facing but vows to fight back.
Benzino wanted to address the story we broke … that cops busted him in Cobb County, GA — in January 2017 — and hit him with a slew of charges: felony possession of THC oil gummies, felony possession of 6 MDMA pills and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of weed.
He’s facing up to 15 years in prison, but Benzino calls the charges trumped up from “one of the most racists counties, not just in Georgia, but in America.”
He still believes cops had no right to raid his penthouse, even though a judge ruled cops legally obtained a search warrant.
In any event, he’s standing his ground.
Benzino says he’s not interested in plea deals, and after he gets his day in court … he’s planning to get some revenge.
Legally speaking, of course.

Did Queen Victoria Really Adopt an Orphaned African Princess?

Did Queen Victoria Really Adopt an Orphaned African Princess?

As with most headlines that pose a question, the answer is “no.”
The story of the African princess refers to Sarah Forbes Bonetta, who was brought to England from the kingdom of Dahomey (now Benin) by Captain Frederick E. Forbes.
King Ghezo welcomed Forbes as a diplomat in 1850, and they exchanged gifts as was the custom.
One of the gifts was a seven-year-old girl.
Forbes was part of the Royal Navy’s antislavery squadron that patrolled and captured slave ships off West Africa.
Though Great Britain had been a prominent force in the transatlantic slave trade, by 1838, under Queen Victoria, parliament had abolished slavery throughout the empire.
It may seem ironic that a man opposed to slavery would accept a human as a gift, which Walter Dean Myers, in his young reader book At Her Majesty’s Request: An African Princess in Victorian England, calls “a present from the King of the blacks to the Queen of the whites.” But as Forbes wrote in his journals, to refuse her would be to sign “her death-warrant.” He believed that, “in consideration of the nature of the service I had performed, the government would consider her as the property of the Crown,” so the government would take responsibility for her care.
From that moment forward, she was known as Sarah Forbes Bonetta.
Sarah was not a princess, and she was not raised by Queen Victoria.
Read about the unique life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta at Mental Floss.

15 People Reveal What They’d Ask the Devil for in Exchange for Their Soul.

15 People Reveal What They’d Ask the Devil for in Exchange for Their Soul.

What would you ask for in exchange for your soul?
The ability to read minds?
I don’t think he’ll go for it “For upon my death for him to hand deliver my soul to Heaven.” 3.
They pretty much forced us to tell the borrower to make bad decisions so the interest would go up.
I worked there for like a month and it really felt like I was selling my soul to the devil.
I would absolutely give my soul to the devil so that others don’t have to suffer through those egregious practices and screw their entire lives up over it.” 6.
Soul swap “The soul of my wife.
Stop upvoting or try to get a piece of the soul of my wife.
“The power to make myself whatever I want with my imagination, including a soul.” 13.
Would be happy to have my dog live a little longer.”

‘I’m so happy!’: 3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

‘I’m so happy!’: 3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

Authorities say three people missing since last weekend have been found alive at a nonoperational coal mine in West Virginia.
The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says in a statement the three were located Wednesday inside Elk Run Coal’s Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek.
It says crews are working to bring them to the surface for transportation to a hospital.
The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office has identified them as 25-year-old Kayla Williams of Artie, 31-year-old Erica Treadway of Pax and 21-year-old Cody Beverly of Dorothy.
On Monday, 43-year-old Eddie Williams of Artie walked out of the mine.
It’s unknown whether Kayla and Eddie Williams are related.
Twelve rescuers were set to enter the mine Wednesday through two entrances, guided by others at the surface, according to a statement from the office of West Virginia Gov.
But they have been removing standing water from the mine and pumping in fresh air, and by Wednesday, more access space had been cleared, allowing more rescuers to enter, Justice’s office said.
The underground mine is inactive and sealed, Contura Energy, whose affiliate Elk Run Coal owns the property, told CNN, adding that the person who made it out “was apprehended by law enforcement.”
This is the second trespassing incident at an abandoned mine reported in the last two weeks, Justice said in the statement.

Is Tech Too Easy to Use?

Is Tech Too Easy to Use?

Until then, apps connected to Facebook would regularly ask users if they wanted to publish their latest activity to their feed on the social network.
There is nothing wrong with making things easier, in most cases, and the history of technology is filled with examples of amazing advances brought about by reducing complexity.
After all, the frictionless design of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, which makes it trivially easy to broadcast messages to huge audiences, has been the source of innumerable problems, including foreign influence campaigns, viral misinformation and ethnic violence abroad.
For Facebook, “frictionless sharing” was a thinly veiled cover for the company’s true goal of getting users to post more often, and increasing the amount of data available for ad targeting.
More of these kinds of changes would be welcome, even if they led to a short-term hit to engagement.
Or if YouTube gave users a choice between two videos when their video finished, instead of auto-playing the next recommendation?
Tulerie’s co-founder Merri Smith told me a fascinating story from the company’s early days.
In the beginning, Ms. Smith said, the company invited women to join via a brief Google survey, which it emailed to hundreds of prospective members.
By creating a more complex sign-up, Tulerie had signalled that its service was special and worth the effort.
But there are both philosophical and practical reasons to ask whether certain technologies should be a little less optimized for convenience.

Facebook and ZeniMax settle Oculus VR lawsuit

Facebook and ZeniMax settle Oculus VR lawsuit

Finally bringing their extended legal battle over Oculus virtual reality technologies to a close, Facebook and ZeniMax confirmed today that they have settled their trade secret lawsuit for an undisclosed amount — a result that left them “pleased” and “fully satisfied,” respectively.
First reported by CNBC, the settlement ends over four years of posturing and appeals that ensnared not only the companies but several of their key employees during the earliest days of VR commercialization.
Best known for its game studios Bethesda and id Software, ZeniMax claimed that former employee John Carmack had used copyrighted ZeniMax code to develop the Rift VR headset.
It also said that Oculus founders Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe had misused ZeniMax trade secrets and trademarks in Oculus development and marketing, dragging all of the individuals into the lawsuit along with Oculus’ parent company, Facebook.
Though Carmack, Luckey, Iribe, and Facebook strongly disputed the accusations, ZeniMax won a $500 million jury verdict in February 2017, including damages for copyright infringement, violation of a non-disclosure agreement, and trademark claims.
After a year-long appeal, a judge cut the verdict in half, removing damages for trademark claims and effectively letting Facebook’s employees off the hook.
The remaining $250 million judgment was based on copyright and trade secret violations, and it hung over Facebook for six months until today’s settlement, which came amid another appeal.
Though the terms of the settlement aren’t public, they likely involved Facebook paying ZeniMax a further reduced amount in exchange for concluding the case.
In recent years, ZeniMax’s Bethesda studio has released some of the most popular VR games, including Skyrim VR, Doom VFR, and Fallout 4 VR, all without Carmack’s involvement.
John Carmack, however, has remained at the company.

Amazon’s Homegrown Chips Threaten Silicon Valley Giant Intel

Amazon’s Homegrown Chips Threaten Silicon Valley Giant Intel

Andy Jassy, chief executive officer of Amazon’s cloud computing service.
Late last month, the company, based in Seattle, revealed that it had spent the last few years building a new chip for use inside the millions of servers in its data centers around the world.
Intel has struggled to keep up with recent technology trends, from the increasing use of mobile devices to artificial intelligence, as influence over chip designs has been shifting to Amazon, Apple and Google, which already dominate much of the rest of the tech industry.
Amazon’s new chip arrives as market forces are rapidly undercutting chip makers and their $412 billion in yearly sales.
Online operations like Amazon and Google have grown so large, they can save significant money by making chips tailored to their needs rather than buying them from longtime suppliers.
The homegrown chip also gives Amazon bargaining power with Intel, which hasn’t had much competition in the server market in recent years.
The internet company will still buy from Intel because it would be difficult to build all the chips it needed on its own.
— the centerpiece of a computer’s operations — is the sort of chip that Intel has made for decades to run personal computers and servers.
In a recent blog post, James Hamilton, vice president and distinguished engineer inside Amazon’s cloud computing arm, said the company would continue building new chips for artificial intelligence and other specialized tasks.
It was 98.6 percent until its longtime competitor, AMD, which had stayed on the sidelines of the server business for about a decade, recently re-entered the market.

High-Tech Degrees and the Price of an Avocado

High-Tech Degrees and the Price of an Avocado

On Monday, New York City posted online the 253-page proposal it submitted, along with New York State, to Amazon in March.
But more than 200 cities put in initial bids for the project, and 20 of them provided Amazon with more information when they made Amazon’s shortlist.
What did Amazon ask for?
The unique information in the first round of submissions was the details on available real estate sites and incentive programs, said Richard Florida, a professor at the University of Toronto.
What new information was in the second proposal?
New York’s second response included dozens of pages of detailed information on outcomes from the city’s educational institutions that, the document says, is not all publicly available.
Most of it — but the company got the city and state to pull it all together.
New York’s response includes at least 140 footnotes documenting data sources that show how much information was publicly available.
As Mr. Parilla said, “It’s like why do the work when somebody else can do it?” How is that information valuable?
Mr. Sedo, the Amazon spokesman, said the company had already used information gleaned from the first round as it looks to future growth.

Wearable technologies in esports bring opportunities — and challenges

Wearable technologies in esports bring opportunities — and challenges

In recent years, athletes in traditional sports leagues such as Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Football League have started utilizing wearable technologies capable of tracking previously unavailable biometric data.
Helping pros track cognitive performance HUMM has developed Edge, a new wearable headband for esports professionals.
Though the use of wearable technology like Edge offers benefits for esports professionals, teams, and leagues, it is not without its drawbacks.
Unlike athletes in traditional sports whose practice time is implicitly capped due to physical limitations, esports professionals conceivably can practice forever given that their sport does not require the same physical exertion.
Improving player wellness is a win-win situation for players and the esports teams, as healthier, well-rested players can be expected to perform better.
Privacy concerns The emergence of wearable technologies in traditional sports leagues has been a net positive, but the intensely personal nature of the data that these technologies track also has led to privacy concerns.
Thus, when using wearable technologies, esports teams must consider the privacy concerns of their players.
For example, if a team in a traditional sports league has data suggesting that players are not fully exerting themselves in practice or are especially prone to a long-term injury, they might use this data in an attempt to drive down the player’s value.
If used correctly, wearable technologies can improve player performance and prolong careers, benefiting the industry as a whole.
Industry attention and investment in wearable technology and related analytics will result in increased partnerships between emerging technology companies and esports teams and leagues and disruption to the way esports athletes train and perform.

A Pi Cluster to Hang in Your Stocking with Care

A Pi Cluster to Hang in Your Stocking with Care

It’s that time of year again, with the holidays fast approaching friends and family will be hounding you about what trinkets and shiny baubles they can pretend to surprise you with.
Unfortunately there’s no person harder to shop for than the maker or hacker: if we want it, we’ve probably already built the thing.
Or at least gotten it out of somebody else’s trash.
But if they absolutely, positively, simply have to buy you something that’s commercially made, then you could do worse than pointing them to this very slick Raspberry Pi cluster backplane from [miniNodes].
The Compute Module is perfectly suited for clustering applications like this due to its much smaller size compared to the full-size Raspberry Pi, but we don’t see it get used that often because it needs to be jacked into an appropriate SODIMM connector.
This makes it effectively useless for prototyping and quickly thrown together hacks (I.E. everything most people use the Pi for), and really only suitable for finished products and industrial applications.
It’s really the line in the sand between playing around with the Pi and putting it to real work.
[miniNodes] calls their handy little device the Carrier Board, and beyond the obvious five SODIMM slots for the Pis to live in, there’s also an integrated gigabit switch with an uplink port to get them all connected to the network.
The board doesn’t come cheap at $259 USD, plus the five Pi Compute Modules which will set you back another $150.
But for the ticket price you’ll have a 20 core ARM cluster with 5 GB of RAM and 20 GB of flash storage in a 200 x 100 millimeter (8 x 4 inch) footprint, with an energy consumption of under 20 watts when running at wide open throttle.

Warnings On Steroids – Static Code Analysis Tools

Warnings On Steroids – Static Code Analysis Tools

Compiler Warnings Recap But let’s first take a step back again to compiler warnings.
To be fair though, why should it understand that, its primary job is to generate a machine-readable executable from our source code?
Static Code Analysis Tools Static code analysis involves inspecting our program just by analyzing its source code, without ever executing it.
But before you start to groan and think “drop the compiler warnings already and move on”, there’s more to clang than its compiler infrastructure, such as its own static code analyzer.
1 $ scan-build clang -o foo foo.c The analyzer doesn’t necessarily require clang as compiler, so this will work as well: 1 $ scan-build gcc -o foo foo.c Or then you just run make: 12345 $ scan-build make…scan-build: n bugs foundscan-build: Run ‘scan-view /tmp/scan-build-xyz’ to examine bug reports.$ While you can’t simply pass a list of source files to scan-build, but rather need to perform an actual build, it has the advantage that the compilation and analysis are done at the same time.
The other way around, each tool has a different focus, so some issues might not even be considered.
1234 $ splint foo.c…Finished checking — 3 code warnings$ splint is a quite complex tool with plenty of flags to enable and disable checks, and control its behavior.
cppcheck also lets you write your own rules, and reports its finding either as custom formattable text, or as XML, and offers integration to most common IDEs.
Unlike compiler warnings, getting rid of each and every warning from code analysis tools might not be the most rewarding process, especially when so many are false positives.
Of course, static code analysis has by design the limitation that actual data and its meaning is neither considered nor checked.

My Oscilloscope Uses Fire

My Oscilloscope Uses Fire

[Luke Guigliano] and [Will Peterson] built one of these tubes — known as a Rubens’ tube — and will show you how you can, too.
Just in case a flame oscilloscope isn’t enough to attract your interest, they are driving the thing with a theremin for extra nerd points.
The results are surprising, especially with the short flames.
The tube has many gas jets along the length and with a sound source, the height of the flames correspond to the air pressure from the sound inside the tube.
They used a #42 drill bit to create the gas jet holes an inch apart although they mention if they did it again they’d go smaller and space them closer.
They mention, though, that you could probably build it without welding.
Total cost?
You can extend the idea of a Rubens’ tube to a square — we hate to call it a Rubens’ cube.
Or you can shrink it down to a single point.
The invention of the Rubens’ tube is an example of that, although there were many other ways people made up for not having oscilloscopes.

Intel Announces Faster Processor Patched for Meltdown and Spectre

Intel Announces Faster Processor Patched for Meltdown and Spectre

Intel just announced their new Sunny Cove Architecture that comes with a lot of new bells and whistles.
The Intel processor line-up has been based off the Skylake architecture since 2015, so the new architecture is a fresh breath for the world’s largest chip maker.
They’ve been in the limelight this year with hardware vulnerabilities exposed, known as Spectre and Meltdown.
The new designs have of course been patched against those weaknesses.
The new architecture (said to be part of the Ice Lake-U CPU) comes with a lot of new promises such as faster core, 5 allocation units and upgrades to the L1 and L2 caches.
Another significant change is the support for 52-bits of physical space and 57 bits of linear address support.
Today’s x64 CPUs can only use bit 0 to bit 47 for an address space spanning 256TB.
The additional bits mean a bump to a whooping 4 PB of physical memory and 128 PB of virtual address space.
The new offering was demoed under the company’s 10nm process which incidentally is the same as the previously launched Cannon Lake.
The new processors are due in the second half of 2019 and are being heavily marketed as a boon for the Cryptography and Artificial Intelligence Industries.

Cyborg, Or Leafy Sensor Array?

Cyborg, Or Leafy Sensor Array?

Some plants react quickly enough for our senses to notice, such as a Venus flytrap or mimosa pudica.
Most of the time, we need time-lapse photography at a minimum to notice while more exotic sensors can measure things like microscopic pores opening and closing.
As with any sensor reading, those measurements can be turned into action through a little trick we call automation.
[Harpreet Sareen] and [Pattie Maes] at MIT brought these two ideas together in a way which we haven’t seen before where a plant has taken the driver’s seat in a project called Elowan.
Details are sparse but the concept is easy enough to grasp.
We are not sure if this qualifies as a full-fledged cyborg or if this is a case of a robot using biological sensors.
Maybe it all depends on which angle you present this mixture of plant and machine.
Perhaps it is truly is the symbiotic relationship that the project claims it to be.
The robot would not receive any instructions without the plant and the plant would receive sub-optimal light without the robot.
What other ways could plants be integrated into robotics to make it a bona fide cyborg?

How to Wrap a Round Gift

How to Wrap a Round Gift

3 Pull the wrapping paper to the top of the object.
With one hand, reach across your gift and pull the long side of the wrapping paper towards you, bending it up and over the top.
Holding the edge of the wrapping paper against the top of the gift in one hand.
1 Place the object in the center of your wrapping paper.
2 Fold the long sides of the paper over the object and tape them in place.
3 Make triangular folds at one end of the gift.
Hold it in place while you do the same with the other end.
Making sure that the gift is still center in the paper tube, carefully fold the top edge of the paper over one of the flat sides.
Once all the creases are completed, take a small piece of tape and place it right over the center of the flat end, where all of the creases point to.
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The Parker Solar Probe takes its first up-close look at the sun

The Parker Solar Probe takes its first up-close look at the sun

Now the probe is sending data back from its close solar encounter, scientists reported December 12 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington, D.C. “What we are looking at now is completely brand new,” solar physicist Nour Raouafi of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md., said at a news conference.
“Nobody looked at this before.” Parker launched August 12 (SN Online: 8/12/18) and will make 24 close passes by the sun over the next seven years, eventually going to within about 6 million kilometers of the sun’s surface (SN: 7/21/18, p. 12).
The spacecraft made its first close flyby November 6, swooping to within roughly 24 million kilometers of the solar surface.
That’s about twice as close to the sun as the previous closest spacecraft, the Helios spacecraft in the 1970s.
After the probe emerged from behind the sun, the Parker team got its first up-close look at the wispy outer solar atmosphere, called the corona.
One of the first images from Parker’s camera shows unprecedented detail in a solar streamer, a filament of plasma in the corona.
The team hopes that Parker’s data will help solve the mystery of why the corona is about 300 times as hot as the sun’s surface (SN Online: 8/20/17).
Only about one-fifth of the data recorded during Parker’s initial flyby will reach scientists before the sun gets between Earth and the spacecraft again.
The rest of the data will be downlinked next year, between March and May.
“If you ask any scientist in the team or even outside what to expect, I think the answer would be, we don’t really know,” Raouafi said.

One Cat’s Obsession With Hunting Birds Leads to Invention That Has Saved Hundreds of Thousands

One Cat’s Obsession With Hunting Birds Leads to Invention That Has Saved Hundreds of Thousands

LISTEN to this story from our podcast, told by The Good News Guru (GNN Founder) on Friday’s radio broadcast with Ellen K on KOST-103.5 — Or, READ the story below… (Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes – or for Androids, on Podbean) Cats kill a staggering number of birds in the U.S. every year—estimated to be in the billions—but one feline’s affinity for hunting them has inadvertently led to the salvation of hundreds of thousands of other feathered prey.
“I was so disgusted, I literally said out loud, ‘I’m going to stop you, George.’” As she pondered how to curb George’s hunting habits, she recalled reading an article about how birds notice bright colors.
So she grabbed some rainbow fabric and sewed up a bright collar that he could wear around his neck as an early warning system for the birds.
RELATED: Taxi Driver Saves His Marriage By Inventing Anti-Snore Pillow That He Dreamt Up in His Sleep A week went by and Brennan did not find a single bird on her living room floor in Duxbury, Vermont.
She waited a few more weeks to judge the collar’s efficacy, and after one month knew her little invention actually worked.
She also knew that she wasn’t the only pet owner who was tired of finding dead birds on their doorstep, so Brennan launched a website called “Birds Be Safe” and crafted 500 colorful collars to sell online to her fellow cat lovers.
LOOK: A Genius Invention is Saving Thousands of Animals From Drowning in Backyard Pools For the next six years, the 60-year-old birder sold the quick-release collars from her home to hundreds of customers describing similar success with the product.
Then in 2015, an ornithologist and St. Lawrence University professor named S.K.
She now has a manufacturer creating the collars and says that she has orders coming in from Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa, Iceland, and all fifty of the United States.
“Can you believe I went from George being in trouble all the time, for catching birds, to this?’” Brennan said.

‘A rare sight’: Astronaut snaps incredible photo of 5 spaceships

‘A rare sight’: Astronaut snaps incredible photo of 5 spaceships

The spacecraft belong to Russia and two private American aerospace companies.
Alexander Gerst, an astronaut for the German European Space Agency and current commander of the International Space Station (ISS), tweeted photos on Monday of a rare sight: four spacecraft viewed at once from the ISS cupola.
Something even rarer: there were actually two more out of sight, a total of six spacecraft simultaneously docked to the ISS.
Overall there are 6 spacecraft docked to the International… https://t.co/2iGXUdP7cV — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) 1544461257.0 Gerst also posted other striking photos taken from the ISS, where he and five other astronauts are conducting experiments to learn more about how the brain and muscles behave in space, the inner workings of atomic processes in low Earth orbit, and the use of robotics aboard the station.
A mysterious hole in a Russian spacecraft Also on Monday, two Russian cosmonauts conducted a seven-hour spacewalk to investigate a mysterious 2-millimeter-wide hole in one of Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft that’s currently docked to the ISS.
Experts had initially suggested the hole was caused by a micrometeoroid.
However, Russian officials later said the puncture appeared to have been drilled.
We don’t reject any theories.”
Russian media suggested, without evidence, that a NASA astronaut could have drilled the hole in an act of sabotage.
The cause of the hole remains unclear, though the cosmonauts took samples of the hole on Monday and Russian officials plan to investigate the matter when the spacecraft returns to Earth later this month.

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