The Grotto Church of Saint Michael

The Grotto Church of Saint Michael

This incredible, little-known sanctuary is found within an ancient natural cave, on the side of a rocky mountain near Lake Varano.
Like is better-known counterpart in Monte Sant’Angelo, the Santuario Grotta di San Michele, or Grotto Church of Saint Michael (also known as Saint Michael’s Cave), is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel, who features prominently in the sacred cavern.
On the floor of the cave is the main altar, featuring a statue of the Archangel.
Behind the altar there is a natural fountain, a basin filled with rainwater dripping from the ceiling.
The water is said to be blessed and have miraculous healing properties.
The grotto is about 170 feet deep and just 10 to 20 feet tall.
The walls are covered in mosses, small stalagmites and stalactites, and beautiful faded frescoes.
The dark sanctuary evokes a strong feeling of spirituality and mysticism, even among those who may not be looking for it.
It is a uniquely peaceful space that inspires reflection.
Based on ancient artifacts discovered at the site, the cave has been inhabited since the Paleolithic era, and was used by pagan cults until the Middle Ages.

Telegraph Building Belfast Blitz Scars

Telegraph Building Belfast Blitz Scars

Tours of Belfast tend to focus on things like the Titanic and the Troubles, but one building bears hidden scars from another moment in history.
Look out for a plaque on the Telegraph building, and you’ll find lingering damage from the German air raids of 1941.
Belfast was hit hard during World War II.
In the spring of 1941, German planes flying over the city killed around 900 people, injured thousands, and destroyed more than 50,000 homes, churches, and businesses.
Not much remains to be seen from this horrific period.
But the Telegraph building bears remarkable witness to this terrible destruction, and tells an incredible story of civilian resilience.
Somehow—through the terror, despite the damage—the paper continued to publish without delay or interruption.
On April 19, 1941, after hundreds of people had already been killed, and before the bombings were through, the Telegraph published its famous “Carry On, Belfast” message, which concluded by quoting what a local businessman had painted on his destroyed building: “Business as usual.
Now I’ve got a good a good excuse for not doing it.
A small, easily overlooked plaque highlights the building’s scars and honors those who refused to let the bombings stop them from carrying on.

How salamanders can regrow nearly complete tails but lizards can’t

How salamanders can regrow nearly complete tails but lizards can’t

Salamanders and lizards can both regrow their tails, but not to equal perfection.
When a salamander loses its tail, neural stem cells in the creature’s spinal cord can develop into any type of nervous system cell, including nerve cells, or neurons.
But through evolution, lizard neural stem cells “have lost this ability,” says study coauthor Thomas Lozito, a biologist at the University of Pittsburgh.
Lozito and colleagues studied neural stem cells from the axolotl salamander (Ambystoma mexicanum) and from two lizard species — the green anole (Anolis carolinensis) and the mourning gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris).
The team also wondered if the lizard stem cells themselves weren’t capable of developing into neurons or if there was something about the environment of the lizard tail that prevented their regrowth.
So the researchers implanted salamander neural stem cells into five gecko tail stumps.
Scientists know that species’ places on the evolutionary tree have something to do with organisms’ ability to regrow body parts.
“My goal is to make the first mouse that can regenerate its tail,” Lozito says.
“We’re kind of using lizards as a stepping-stone.” In these fluorescence microscopy images, cross sections of original lizard and salamander tails (left) show cartilage (green) and nerve cells (red).
In the regenerated tails (right), the lizard’s is made up mostly of cartilage, while the salamander also has developed new nerve cells.

How to Get a Toddler to Stop Drawing on Walls

How to Get a Toddler to Stop Drawing on Walls

Walls are not for drawing.”
Let the toddler know that they’re not in trouble for scribbling, but that the wall is not the place to do it and now the wall needs to be cleaned off.
Thank your toddler when they help you clean up their scribbles.
Once you’ve told the toddler to stop scribbling on the walls, show them where they’re allowed to write.
It may take some time for your toddler to learn that the walls aren’t for drawing.
[6] For example, if the toddler gets up and goes over to the wall while they have a marker in their hand, say, “You need to come over to your paper.
3 Set up an easel or large pad of paper on a board.
To make it easier for them to draw, put up an easel or prop a sturdy board up against the wall.
If your toddler loves to take markers to the walls, give them a large whiteboard to scribble on.
[8] Remember to keep the markers out of reach when your child has finished drawing on the whiteboard.

Google Goggles Goes to the Grave, Long Live Lens

Google Goggles Goes to the Grave, Long Live Lens

Google Goggles has been around for years, but it hasn’t been updated since 2014.
The new app kills off Goggles entirely, directing users to install Google Lens.
Google Lens is the company’s newest optical search engine that can identify objects, signs, and monuments, and give you information about what you’re seeing.
You can currently use it on newer phones that support it inside the Google Photos app, in the camera, or through Google Assistant.
It’s better in almost every way to Google Goggles.
So it was probably high time that Google killed Goggles.
The Google Goggles app, which is still listed on the Play Store recently received an update that disables the app.
That’s a little odd since Lens isn’t available on every phone, especially if you’re using the Google Goggles app on a very old phone.
Still, the phase out had to happen sometime.
It may as well be over a year after Google launched its replacement.

Berkeley Tool Lending Library

Berkeley Tool Lending Library

You won’t find any shushing librarians at this library.
Instead, you’ll find shelves packed with a medley of tools that will bring any construction project clanging to life.
Its most recent home is attached to the Berkeley Public Library’s South Branch, though the collection has lived elsewhere within the decades since it was founded.
The tool library was established in 1979, thanks to funding from a federal grant.
It was first run out of a portable trailer that stocked about 500 different tools.
Over time, the library continued to grow, expanding into a small assembly of trailers and sheds.
Now its thousands of tools fill a space right next to a more traditional, book-based library.
And thanks to the city’s 1988 property-based library tax, borrowing a tool is free for any Berkeley resident or property owner.
The small hub is packed with rakes, shovels, demolition hammers, wheelbarrows, clippers, ladders, and even cement mixers, making it perfect for those who want to tackle a project but might not have the money or space for tools.
Most states don’t have tool lending libraries at all, but California’s Bay Area now has several, with libraries in Berkeley, Santa Rosa, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Leandro, and Oakland.

Sea Urchins Save Coral Reefs Where Man Unintentionally Almost Strangled Them

Sea Urchins Save Coral Reefs Where Man Unintentionally Almost Strangled Them

After decades of grueling underwater clean-up, a team of scientists have enlisted the help of little sea urchins to roll back a green curtain of invasive algae which has been strangling the beautiful coral reefs of Hawaii for almost 50 years.
He thought the algae would be good to boost the productivity of aquaculture businesses in the area – but the algae proved to be far too productive, and the rampant blooms soon spread far beyond the purposed area, smothering the coral beds at the bottom of the bay.
For years, organized teams of divers would swim down to occasionally cut up the algae and free the coral reefs from the choking undersea plant, but the process was slow, tiring, and expensive.
Now, however, a team of researchers have found a way to step back and let nature take care of things herself.
The scientists at the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources have started lining the algae-cloaked bottom of Kāne’ohe Bay with teams of native urchins; “underwater grazers,” which eat up the algae far faster than humans can cut it away.
LOOK: After Planting a Tree Every Day for 40 Years, Man Has Created Blossoming Forest on Barren Wasteland At first the quarter-grown, spiky young fellows couldn’t make any headway, so with the help of a super vacuum, most of the large suspended blooms were cut away by a team of divers before sucking them up onto their ship.
The removal of the big fronds gave the urchins just the opportunity they needed, and after placing 100,000 of the urchins on the reefs over the course of the last two years, the invasive algae mats were reduced by 85%.
RELATED: World’s Second Largest Coral Reef Has Just Been Removed From Endangered List “With manual removal, you’re spending a lot of time and human hours and effort to take algae off the reef, and there’s no guarantee it won’t come right back,” Kostantinos Stamoulis, a biologist at the University of Hawaii, Mānoa, told National Geographic.
“And in many cases that’s exactly what happens.
With biocontrol, you’re letting nature itself take care of the problem.” With the urchins of Kāne’ohe Bay proving to be such a success in the field of algae munching, the team is looking out for other reefs and other opportunities to utilize them, both in Kāne’ohe Bay and across the rest of Hawaii.

Could community cash stop drivers speeding?

Could community cash stop drivers speeding?

This city in the Netherlands has taken an innovative step to try to dissuade people from speeding The Dutch city of Helmond plans to reward motorists who stick to the speed limit with cash for community projects there.
A ‘speed-meter money box’ was installed in May in Helmond in North Brabant.
For every vehicle passing that observes the 30km/h (19mph) speed limit, €0.10 is added to the total.
Sander Hermsen, a researcher of behaviour change and design at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, told Guardian Cities that the idea had potential to snap drivers out of bad habits.
“Most people don’t consciously speed, they don’t want to endanger other people – it’s just the road sort of invites you to go fast.
Others do it too, so you go with the flow and before you know it you’re going 45km/h.
What you need is some kind of trigger that breaks you out of your routine.” Most people don’t consciously speed, they don’t want to endanger other people The speedometer achieved its fundraising target of €500 to upgrade a local playing field well before the end of its three-week trial, a spokeswoman for the province told the Guardian.
The box, which is mobile, is set to be displayed throughout North Brabant throughout 2018 and 2019, with cities left to decide the fundraising targets and the community projects that will benefit.

The Best Backpacks For College Students

The Best Backpacks For College Students

So, comfort and convenience is a big focus here.
It has one main large compartment that offers an internal 15 inch laptop sleeve for storing your laptop safely.
Its shoulder straps are padded and straight-cut so there’s no issue with them digging into your shoulders if you’re carrying it for a long time.
If you’re in need of a general all-purpose backpack, this is the backpack for you.
Much like the JanSport, it has a main compartment to store mostly anything imaginable, along with an interior sleeve pocket for your laptop.
It’s roomy with plenty of compartments so your laptop is safe in its own sleeve, alongside various other bits and pieces.
Besides the convenient laptop spot, the backpack also offers a roomy main compartment, a secondary pocket with a zipper, an additional front pocket, and two side pockets.
Made from 600D polyester, it’s very durable.
Also included is a secure zippered pocket, a Velcro pocket, and plenty of spaces for pens or other small items.
There’s space for water bottle storage, and a bike-light loop to keep you illuminated too.

Watch Free TV Online Right Now With Xumo.TV

Watch Free TV Online Right Now With Xumo.TV

Xumo.TV brings the channel surfing experience to cord cutters, with content from The History Channel, MSNBC, Fox Sports, and more.
And it’s free.
Cord cutting is all about choice, and the more choice you have the better.
Xumo.TV isn’t going to replace a cable subscription, but it’s a good thing to have around when you just want to put something on in the background.
There are channels with content from traditional media companies, yes, but also channels with things like cat videos and skateboarding tricks.
There’s a lot of stuff here, and once you put something on it will keep going, which is perfect when you just want something on in the background.
You can watch online right now or there are apps for smartphones, Roku, Apple TV, and various smart TVs.
Sadly the service is US-only as of this writing, though support for Canada is coming soon according to the official FAQ.
If you like this idea be sure to also check out Pluto.tv, which brings channel surfing to cord cutters.
Enjoy!

15 Easy Recipes for Kids That Don’t Require an Oven

15 Easy Recipes for Kids That Don’t Require an Oven

What better way to do that than involve them in the kitchen making some fun and easy treats together?
And they’re so easy to make!
Here are 15 easy recipes for kids to try this summer 1.
You can use these molds over and over again every year, trying different flavors and combinations.
These are a perfect mid-afternoon refresher when things have been hot and wild in the summer sun.
These cookie dough bites are made with a base of chickpeas for a low-glycemic treat.
Get the recipe by Terita Heath-Wlaz on Super Healthy Kids 7.
The vegan caramel is so easy to whip up.
Healthy Snickers Ice Cream Bites These look – and taste – so decadent that you wouldn’t believe how healthy these little bites are!
Kids might like wearing an apron to feel like a chef, and it will help keep clothes at least somewhat clean.

Girl Finds Unexpected Pictures On Her Phone After Passing Out, Turns Out Her BF Did Her Skin Care Routine

Girl Finds Unexpected Pictures On Her Phone After Passing Out, Turns Out Her BF Did Her Skin Care Routine

Or better yet, husband material?
It came in the form of a skin-care routine.
And he didn’t cheat his way through it.
Sagario did toner, moisturizer, eye cream.
He even put Cuticle conditioner on her toenails.
“The next day I woke up with my face feeling fresh and smooth like a baby’s butt,” Silverio told BuzzFeed News.
“When I checked my phone, I saw pictures of him doing my skin care while I was passed out.” The best part?
He took selfies with his sleeping beauty while going through it.
Scroll down to check them out.
This Shanika Silverio and her boyfriend Sagario They’re both pilots in the Philippines, so that makes them pretty much the definition of relationship goals Recently, Silverio fell asleep in the car after a night out that included a “few drinks” Her boyfriend, Sagario, took her to bed and went the extra mile, ensuring her skin would be glowing the next morning The best part?

14 Ways to Find Good Friends No Matter What Your Age

14 Ways to Find Good Friends No Matter What Your Age

[1] Just remember, many times you will find yourself nervous and anxious before meeting people, but once you’re talking away you will calm down and begin to enjoy the experience.
Opportunism Now, to meeting people!
Get talking to people when you arrive, find someone you have something in common with, and then offer to connect on Facebook.
It can be difficult to meet new people and think of conversation.
Wherever you volunteer, there will be other volunteers, too, making it a fun way to get to meet new people.
Join (or even start) a book or film club You can find plenty of these already set up on the likes of Meetup.
Late night classes If you want to learn something new, and meet a batch of new people whilst you’re at it, then here’s a rewarding option.
It’s an easy conversation starter, as most people can talk for hours about the various quirks of their four-legged friend.
If you’re suffering from anxiety and unsure about getting out and about in your local city or town, then games can be a fun way of starting the step towards bigger things.
Start a blog, chat to people online, read some of the ADAA guide if you’re nervous, and maybe reconnect with an old friend you have not seen for a while.

The Best Alternative Window Managers for macOS

The Best Alternative Window Managers for macOS

It would be nice if Apple added features like window snapping and keyboard shortcuts for placement, but until that happens, we’ll have to rely on third-party applications.
This is all really nice, but BetterTouchTool also lets you design custom touchpad gestures or keyboard shortcuts for arranging windows even more quickly, and to a number of other specifications.
Spectacle (Free): Arrange Your Windows With Quick Keyboard Shortcuts Spectacle is the only free option on this list, and it’s also the simplest.
There’ are no drag-and-drop features; instead, you can rearrange your Mac’s windows with a keyboard shortcut or by using the menu bar.
Divvy ($14): Arrange Windows However You Want on the Fly Most the applications we’ve outlined so far let you snap windows into place in a pre-set number of positions.
Mosaic ($13): Endless Tweaking If none of these applications work quite how you want Mosaic is probably the app for you.
Then, when you drag windows, you’ll see a popup that lets you quickly arrange things just the way you want.
Just drag your window to the icon that represents your custom position and it’ll snap into place.
You can also set up custom keyboard shortcuts for positions.
HazeOver ($4): Dim All Inactive Windows HazeOver isn’t a window manager, per se, but we thought it warranted a mention here.

Anonymous Woman Just Gave $100 to Every Teacher in Her District So They Could Buy School Supplies

Anonymous Woman Just Gave $100 to Every Teacher in Her District So They Could Buy School Supplies

An anonymous donor has just gifted a $100 bill to every teacher in a Kentucky school district.
When the teachers of Pendleton County Schools showed up for the opening day of the school year earlier this week, they were surprised to learn that a woman had given them all cash donations to buy school supplies.
With 143 teachers in the school district, the donation totaled up to $14,300 – and the educators were understandably blown away by the compassionate gesture.
RELATED: When Tribe Objects to Auction of Sacred Pipe, Anonymous Buyer Pays Double So it Can Be Returned Karen Delaney of the Pendleton County Education Foundation says that the woman had phoned in the donation and expressed her desire to thank the teachers for all they do.
“She (the donor) said, ‘I just want to do something to show teachers that there are people out there that,’ this is a quote, ‘that have their back, and support them in what they do every day for students, and then recognize that they give so much more than they are compensated,’” said Delaney, according to WLWT.
Pass On The Positive Story And Share The Good News With Your Friends – Photo by Pendleton County Schools

Maker Pro: Building School Makerspaces With Bit Space

Maker Pro: Building School Makerspaces With Bit Space

Over the past few years I’ve talked with many groups about making and education.
There is always a big question of how making fits into the classroom.
Bit Space has built maker spaces in schools of all kinds, from k-12 public schools to the multi-million dollar space in U of C Lab School.
Tell me a little about Bit Space.
Bit Space is a company in Chicago which operates multiple youth only maker labs, where we run programming such as summer camps and after school programs.
What is a makerspace really?
At Bit Space, curriculum comes first and the resources follow.
Do you have any tips for schools that can’t afford to hire someone like you but want to do something small?
We do all of this making stuff in the service of teaching design.
Make your maker lab about the design process first and “making” things second, and you’ll quickly find that you don’t need a lot of expensive stuff.

Cheese found in an Egyptian tomb is at least 3,200 years old

Cheese found in an Egyptian tomb is at least 3,200 years old

What may be the oldest known solid cheese has been found in an ancient Egyptian tomb.
Made from a mixture of cow milk and either sheep or goat milk, the cheese filled a broken clay jar unearthed from a 13th century B.C.
tomb for Ptahmes, the mayor of the ancient city of Memphis, researchers report online July 25 in Analytical Chemistry.
Chemist Enrico Greco, who did the work while at the University of Catania in Italy, and colleagues used mass spectrometry to analyze the antique cheese — now a white, soapy lump weighing “several hundred grams.” Besides milk and whey proteins, the cheese contained remnants of bacteria that cause an infection called brucellosis, adding to evidence that ancient Egyptians may have grappled with the disease, Greco says.
Cheese making predates the new find by thousands of years, but preserved cheese is hard to come by (SN: 1/26/13, p. 16).
Archaeologists found older curds draped around the necks of Bronze Age mummies in China, a different group of researchers reported in 2014 in the Journal of Archaeological Science.
“There are other samples of dairy products in the literature, but not solid cheeses in the strict sense,” Greco says.
He says he did not sniff the cheese, but given its degraded state it is unlikely to have an odor, pleasant or not.

America Actually Voted on the Most Fabulous Public Restrooms – Take a Look At These Photos

America Actually Voted on the Most Fabulous Public Restrooms – Take a Look At These Photos

While the average public bathroom might not seem like the height of architecture or design, these fancy watering closets are setting a new standard for restrooms everywhere.
“The America’s Best Restroom contest invites the country to come together and vote for the worthiest facility.” The top 10 restrooms in this year’s America’s Best Restroom contest include: After guests exit the women’s restrooms at Chicago’s trendy Mexican restaurant, Barrio, it’s common to hear the phrase: “Did you check out the bathroom?
Dream Hollywood Hotel – Hollywood, CA The Dream Hollywood Hotel’s rooftop has a restroom that takes guests to new heights.
With floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Observatory, these facilities allow visitors to gaze out at the city and take a postcard-worthy photo.
Sleek subway tiles, long oval mirrors and golden globe lights surround a large granite island with deep sinks and modern faucets.
Located in its children’s garden area, the structure is built directly into the hill side to maintain a cool temperature and offer visitors a hill that showcases a perfect view of the gardens.
Inspired by the vibrant Mexican color palette, the restrooms at MI VIDA restaurant transport guests into a colorful, stylish and Instagram-worthy world.
A thick layer of glitter coats the walls, floor and ceiling, creating a 360-degree sparkly, colorful and exceptional restroom experience that no guest could forget.
The 10 finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.
The restroom that receives the most votes from America will be awarded $2,500 in facility services or restroom cleaning from Cintas to help maintain their award-winning restroom.

Aretha Franklin ‘worked for me,’ claims Trump. Did she?

Aretha Franklin ‘worked for me,’ claims Trump. Did she?

More pointedly, even if she had worked for him, some asked, what was the relevance of that fact on the day of her death?
In 2015, her performance of “Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center Honors brought the nation’s first black president to tears.
“Though I’m certain there was none.” “Her great allegiance was to the Democratic Party,” Ritz said.
A highlight of the weekend, according to Bego’s biography, was Franklin’s performance of “Freeway of Love,” the Grammy Award-winning hit released as the first single from “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” “In an automotive motif, the dancers wore assembly-line jumpsuits, and rolled car tires across the stage, while Aretha sang,” Bego wrote.
“When the three-day engagement was over, Aretha hopped aboard her luxury bus, and headed back on the freeway to Detroit.” In the following decades, Franklin made several appearances at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, the Jersey Shore newspaper reported.
During a 2012 performance, she asked the audience, “It’s party time.
Franklin’s presence in the city of pleasures on the Jersey Shore predated her gigs at Trump’s casinos — predated even the rise of the first casino in Atlantic City in 1978.
Michael Jackson appeared with Trump at the 1990 opening of his Taj Mahal casino.
“It’s a big day for me,” he added.
In 2010, Franklin checked in at the Trump International Hotel in New York while she negotiated with Rhino Records executives over a possible record deal, according to Ritz’s biography of the artist.

Self-Taught Nigerian Photographer Photographs People With Unique Beauty, And Her Photos Are Breaking The Internet

Self-Taught Nigerian Photographer Photographs People With Unique Beauty, And Her Photos Are Breaking The Internet

Her name is Bisola Mofeoluwa Bamuyiwa, owner of her own photography company BMB studio in Lagos, Nigeria.
With a talent like hers you would think she had studied photography all her life, but in fact, her only degree is in Project Management Technology from the Lagos State University.
In high-school she bought her first camera, documenting school parties, and began her professional career in 2012.
What Bamuyiwa’s talent shows is that it takes a lot more than lessons to be an artist, you have to have a creative eye and boy she does.
The photographer travels across Nigeria and Africa capturing the faces of the most exquisitely diverse people you’ve ever seen.
She told Bored Panda she is very selective when choosing her models and picks them based on the theme she wants to create: “Most times I look for the weakness and make it strong and inspirational.”
While her work traditionally falls under the ‘lifestyle, portrait and wedding” categories, she has found another name for what she is – a beauty photographer.
This perspective is something she hopes is passed on to her viewers, “I want people to see how I envision life in everything I photograph and give someone hope,” she said.
As for Bamuyiwa’s newfound fame, she told us she has been pleasantly shocked at the positive responses: “I am very surprised because I have handled a camera for many years and I never saw this coming too soon to me and I’m eternally grateful and willing to do more and better.”
and don’t forget to upvote your favs.

Man Sings To Cancer Patients On The Anniversary Of His Mother’s Death

Man Sings To Cancer Patients On The Anniversary Of His Mother’s Death

A local musician stopped by the John B. Amos Cancer Center in Columbus, GA., on the anniversary of his mother’s death to spread a little joy to cancer patients.
Ryan Alexander is a local musician whose mom died from cancer.
He said to cope with the loss, he would drink often.
But he decided to make a change and do something that would make his mother proud, which consists of using his God-given ability to sing.
Alexander visited the Cancer Center on August 15, the anniversary of his mother’s death, to perform for current patients. “I think she’d be really really proud that I found my calling and my dream, with something that no matter what I’m doing, it’s something that I can run to that makes me happy.
So I decided to do my best to honor her on the anniversary of her death which is today,” he told WTVM.
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Which Game Console Is Best For The Budget-Conscious?

Which Game Console Is Best For The Budget-Conscious?

Buying a console is more expensive than just the basic bundle package.
Xbox One S: $365-$505 First Party Controllers: $45 Third Party Controllers: $25 Subscription: $40/year Controller Charging Station: $30 Between all of Microsoft and Sony’s offerings, the Xbox One S is by far the cheapest and, in fact, the only one you can get for under $400 when all is said and done.
It’s even comparable in price to the Nintendo Switch.
Xbox One X: $615-$705 First Party Controllers: $45 Third Party Controllers: $25 Subscription: $40/year Controller Charging Station: $30 Ironically enough, Microsoft’s more powerful console is on the complete opposite side of the price spectrum from the One S. The Xbox One X—which, at least on a technical level, is capable of the best 4K gaming graphics—starts at a whopping $500 for 1TB.
For a single controller, Xbox Live Gold subscription, and a charging station, you’ll be paying $615.
While the Xbox One X has access to the same huge library of backwards compatible Xbox 360 games, if you want to get the most out of your fancy new 4K gaming console, you’ll probably find yourself spending an extra $30-60 per game.
To get everything we recommend with a single controller, the PS4 Pro will cost you around $510.
Like the Slim, three extra controllers (for a total of four) costs about $135, for a total package of $600 with the console, subscription, and charging station.
Nintendo Switch: $350-$440 Console: $300 First Party Controllers: $70 Third Party Controllers: None Yet ($25 in September) Subscription: $20/year The Nintendo Switch is among the cheapest consoles you can buy, but it still has some expenses.
That gets you another two controllers, so it’s still cheaper overall than buying two controllers for other consoles.

How to Check if a Photo is Stolen

How to Check if a Photo is Stolen

This is completely illegal and happens to me all the time here at How-To Geek.
Check for Copyright Data The simplest way to check if an image is being used without permission is to check if there’s any embedded copyright metadata.
You can see that—shockingly—I’m the copyright holder for the image I’m using as an example.
If the copyright data doesn’t line up with the page where it’s posted, then there’s a good chance it’s being used without permission.
With all that said, I do find it funny that when my photos are taken from How-To Geek and end up on other sites, the copyright information is often left embedded.
Use Reverse Image Search The other good way to find out if a photo has been stolen is to use a reverse image search and a bit of detective work.
On the Google Images page click the little camera icon in the search bar.
If we didn’t already know this, we’d need to go through each site and check things like: Which article was posted first; it’s not a perfect test, but it’s one of the best.
If there is a color version or other less edited version, it’s probably the original.
I tested Google’s reverse image search to see how it did at detecting some simple edits and, to be honest, it blew me away.

A galaxy 11.3 billion light-years away appears filled with dark matter

A galaxy 11.3 billion light-years away appears filled with dark matter

A distant galaxy appears filled with dark matter.
The outermost stars in the Cosmic Seagull, a galaxy 11.3 billion light-years away, race too fast to be propelled by the gravity of the galaxy’s gas and stars alone.
“In our nearby universe, you see these halos of dark matter around galaxies like ours,” Motta says.
“So we should expect that in the past, that halo was there, too.” Motta and her colleagues used radio telescopes at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to measure the speed of gas across the Cosmic Seagull’s disk, from the center out to about 9,800 light-years.
They found that the galaxy’s stars speed up as they get farther from the galaxy’s center.
That’s a strange setup for most orbiting objects — when planets orbit a star, for instance, the most distant planets move slowest.
The Cosmic Seagull galaxy lies behind the Bullet Cluster of galaxies, whose regular matter (red, depicting X-rays emitted by hot gas) seems separate from its dark matter (blue, inferred by distortion of galaxies in the background).
The Bullet Cluster’s mass magnified the Seagull’s image and let astronomers observe the smaller galaxy in detail.
“It makes a lot of sense for others to examine galaxies at these [distances] in different ways.” Motta and her colleagues were able to probe dark matter in the most distant galaxy yet, thanks to a massive galactic train wreck called the Bullet Cluster that acted as a huge cosmic telescope.
Furthermore, the observations don’t cover the entire galactic disk, so the stars may be slower farther out than the team can see.

How to Install the Same Printer Twice (With Different Settings) on Windows

How to Install the Same Printer Twice (With Different Settings) on Windows

You can install the same printer more than once in Windows, and each has its own settings.
Find the Port and Driver of Your Printer To manually install the printer a second time, you must know the port and driver the printer is using.
You can close the printer properties window by clicking “Cancel.” Install a Copy of the Printer You now have all the information you need to install the printer a second time.
This creates a new virtual device in Windows, one that points at the same physical printer but has its own printing preferences.
You can select the printer and click the “Preferences” button or right-click it and select “Printing Preferences” to assign different preferences to each device, and Windows will remember the settings separately.
For example, to see the secondary printer in the Devices and Settings window, right-click the physical printer and you’ll see options for each installed printer device.
In the Windows 10 Settings interface, click the “Manage” button for a printer and you’ll be able to switch between the printer profiles you’ve installed to change settings for each.
You can manage these devices a bit more easily by pressing Windows + R to open the Run dialog, copy-pasting the following line into it, and pressing Enter: shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\0\::{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} This opens the old Printer management window, which shows every printer device you’ve installed separately.
From here, you can rename them, delete them, change their preferences, or add more printers and they’ll all appear as separate devices.
If you find you don’t need the secondary printer and it’s cluttering up your list of installed printers, just head to that hidden Printers window via the secret command, right-click the secondary printer you installed, and click “Delete” to remove it from your system.

New tech helps deaf-blind people ‘watch’ TV

New tech helps deaf-blind people ‘watch’ TV

Deaf people can’t hear.
Blind people can’t see.
Roughly 45,000 to 50,000 deaf-blind people live in the United States, according to the National Center on Deaf-Blindness in Monmouth, Ore. By that center’s count, almost 10,000 of them are under age 22.
The idea for the system grew out of previous work by García Crespo’s group.
The team had already worked on making audiovisual materials accessible to people with either vision or hearing disabilities.
The new system converts TV signals to data that a Braille line can use.
That is what we do.” First, a computer program, or app, pulls out the subtitles and visual descriptions from the broadcast signal.
The Dicapta Foundation in Winter Springs, Fla., has been working with García Crespo’s team and others to make that happen.
Technologies to assist people with disabilities “are fantastic and give deaf-blind people access to digital info and communication,” Bapin says.
Inventing new technologies to boost their accessibility takes work, as García Crespo’s team has learned.

Famous Cryptids: Are They Real?

Famous Cryptids: Are They Real?

Whether it’s the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot or the Chupacabra, there’s little evidence to prove whether these famous cryptids do or do not exist.
Let’s get know some cultural cryptids: The Invisible Elves According to one survey, more than half of all Icelanders believe in the existence of elves.
The legendary Huldufólk or invisible elves are nearly indistinguishable from humans.
The Jersey Devil In the early 18th century, so the story goes, a mother of 12 learned she was pregnant with her 13th child.
Her wish came true 9 months later when she gave birth to a beast that would become known as the Jersey Devil.
Don’t believe in the Jersey Devil?
Other Cultural Cryptids Probably the most famous cryptid, the Loch Ness Monster, is a giant sea monster.
Believed to live in Scotland’s Loch Ness, it first appeared in 1933 after several sighting and photographs.
People believe it resembles a large dinosaur.
Belief in the paranormal goes far beyond the existence of cryptids.

Argument over Aretha Franklin movie casting ends in shooting: witnesses

Argument over Aretha Franklin movie casting ends in shooting: witnesses

An apparent argument over which actress might play late singer Aretha Franklin in a movie escalated into a shooting outside a Virginia barbershop Thursday, witnesses said.
Witnesses told WTKR-TV that Michael Hatton, 44, was arguing with 47-year-old Tony Lundy over whether actress Halle Berry should play the “Queen of Soul,” who died Thursday, in a biographical film.
The verbal altercation turned physical, and Hatton drew a firearm and shot Lundy at least once, Suffolk Police said.
Witnesses told WVEC-TV the two men wrestled and punched on the floor before Hatton used his gun.
“The way [Hatton’s] arm was elevated I was assuming he was shooting over his head, but when I walked out there I saw Tony bleeding, and then I saw him fall down on the ground and I said, ‘Oh man, he’s dead,’” witness Harvey Clark told the station.
Instead, Lundy was hospitalized in critical condition; Hatton was treated for injuries at a hospital before being moved to the Western Tidewater Regional Jail, where he was being held without bond, police said.
Hatton was arrested and faces multiple charges, including: aggravated malicious wounding; shoot, cut, stab or wound in the commission of a felony; use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; and discharging a firearm in public with injury, police said.
Police said they were unable to substantiate any claims witnesses made to local media as the investigation was ongoing.
Entertainment Weekly reported in 2011 that Aretha Franklin wanted Halle Berry to play her in a potential movie based on her life.
However, Billboard reported earlier this year that Franklin had preferred Jennifer Hudson for the role.

Why Nobody Sang the Beatles Like Aretha

Why Nobody Sang the Beatles Like Aretha

Nobody ever sang the Beatles like Aretha.
When Aretha sang any song, even a Beatle song, she claimed it as her own — and the Beatles knew it.
(Needless to say, she did.)
As Paul McCartney said in his statement on her death, “Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years.” Like anyone else who loved music, the Beatles worshipped Aretha for her fearless spirit.
And whenever she sang a Beatles song, she summed up the best in their music as well as hers.
But she hears an even sadder story in the song than Paul McCartney did.
One of the Queen’s most brilliant and heartbreaking performances.
“Let It Be” (1970) Aretha’s “Let It Be” came out in January 1970—two months before the Beatles released their version as a single.
Paul McCartney sent a demo to Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records in hopes she’d record her own version of a song that could have been written for her.
“The Fool on the Hill” (1969/2007) Aretha demoed “The Fool on the Hill” for her 1970 album This Girl’s In Love With You, but it never saw the light of day until it came out on the 2007 outtakes compilation, Rare and Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul.

What Is This Thing? The Internet Solves A Fatal Hit-And-Run Case With The Help Of Just One Photo

What Is This Thing? The Internet Solves A Fatal Hit-And-Run Case With The Help Of Just One Photo

We all love the classic sleuthing tales of Sherlock Holmes, but what if he had had the internet?
He probably would have been able to solve crimes in half the time.
It didn’t take long for the internet to do its thing.
Reddit user and former Maryland state inspector, JeffsNuts, identified the headlamp as a bezel from a 1988 Chevrolet Silverado truck.
A few days later his knowledge paid off and Batiste posted a Twitter update, saying: “WSP detectives made an arrest today for Thursday’s fatal bicyclist hit and run in Eatonville.
Reddit users identified a photographed broken car part as a mid 1980’s Chevy truck headlight assembly.
Local anonymous tip confirms and led to the arrest of a driver of a 1986 Chevy K-10.” People were in awe of how the former inspector had managed to solve the case from just one photo, so he nonchalantly wrote: “Anyhow, I’ve done a s**t-ton of headlamp adjustments, so right away I knew what that notch in the plastic was for.
I first checked 1988 Ram 1500 trucks and by chance, there was a picture of a mid 80’s Chevy truck.” Praise flew around Twitter and Reddit for Jeff, with one user saying: “doubtless there’s a family out there that’s grateful for your work bringing closure to this.” Scroll down below to see how the whole story played out on the internet and share your thoughts in the comments!
A Washington State Trooper decided to ask Twitter for help solving a fatal hit-and-run The main clue was a mysterious car part The tweet ended up on the sub-Reddit thread ‘What is this thing’ and one user quickly responded Explaining everything about the part in detail And identifying it..
Thanks to Jeff’s tip, they were able to make an arrest a few days later Image credits: wspd1pio

Agitato

Agitato

Harry Truman’s daughter Margaret was a classically trained vocalist, and in 1950 Washington Post music critic Paul Hume drew Truman’s ire with a negative review.
She is flat a good deal of the time.
And still cannot sing with anything approaching professional finish.” Truman wrote to him: Mr. Hume: I’ve just read your lousy review of Margaret’s concert.
I’ve come to the conclusion that you are an ‘eight ulcer man on four ulcer pay.’ It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man [Hume was 34] who wishes he could have been successful.
When you write such poppy-cock as was in the back section of the paper you work for it shows conclusively that you’re off the beam and at least four of your ulcers are at work.
Some day I hope to meet you.
When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!
[Columnist Westbrook] Pegler, a gutter snipe, is a gentleman alongside you.
I hope you’ll accept that statement as a worse insult than a reflection on your ancestry.
William Banning of New Canaan, Connecticut, enclosed a Purple Heart with his letter: Mr. Truman: As you have been directly responsible for the loss of our son’s life in Korea, you might just as well keep this emblem on display in your trophy room, as a memory of one of your historic deeds.

Ariana Grande, The Avett Brothers stop the show to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

Ariana Grande, The Avett Brothers stop the show to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

Various artists sing ‘Respect,’ the song written by Otis Redding and popularized by Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at age 76.
On Thursday night, following the news of Aretha Franklin’s death at age 76, musicians across the country honored the legendary singer with covers of her greatest hits.
Ariana Grande and The Roots The “God is a Woman” singer performed an emotional rendition of “Natural Woman” with the Roots in honor of the late legend on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Dressed in all black, Grande kept her composure as she belted out Franklin’s hit song to open the show Thursday.
Host Jimmy Fallon thanked Grande for her performance on Twitter: “I know it’s a big night for Ariana – but this is what great people do when they know we need them to be there for us.”
Grande stopped by the “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to promote her new album “Sweetener,” but took time to remember Franklin after the news of her passing.
“She goes, ‘Hi, um it’s Aretha,’” Grande remembered.
“I was like, ‘Franklin?
to the Queen Aretha Franklin.”
More: What we know about her funeral and memorial

Phish Cancel Curveball Festival Scheduled for This Weekend

Phish Cancel Curveball Festival Scheduled for This Weekend

Phish has canceled their Curveball Festival due to “unsafe water conditions.”
REX/Shutterstock Phish have been forced to cancel their three-day festival, Curveball, Variety reports.
The sold-out event was scheduled for this weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York.
Fans who are already onsite are allowed to camp overnight, but the grounds will be closed by noon on Friday, according to the band’s statement.
The area has experienced severe storms over the past week.
“The four of us are writing this from directly behind the stage at Watkins Glen.
We were about to walk onstage only moments ago for our traditional soundcheck jam for Curveball when we were told the heartbreaking news that due to the unsafe water conditions in the Village of Watkins Glen, our beloved festival is being canceled,” the band wrote in a statement.
“We are still in shock.
The entire site is already set up and ready to go after literally months of work by our beloved hardworking crew, many of whom have been here for weeks,” Phish continued.
Phish will be releasing live compilations culled from their massive 2017 tour run in New York City.

When a Marketer Invents a Comic- The Story of Garfield

When a Marketer Invents a Comic- The Story of Garfield

While the latter point may seem subjective, according to Garfield creator Jim Davis, the point of Garfield was never for the comic to be hilariously funny, but rather be relatable and, with that accomplished, serve as a vehicle to sell Garfield merchandise.
As Davis himself stated in a 1982 interview with the Washington Post, Garfield was nothing more than “a conscious effort to come up with a good, marketable character.” As to why he chose an animal, well, to quote him again, “Snoopy is very popular in licensing.
He simply couldn’t understand why nobody else found gnats as funny as him- and yes, unlike Garfield, Gnorm Gnat was supposed to be very funny.
And in homage to his grandfather, James Garfield Davis, he named the cat after him.
Less than two years later it could be found across the world in over 800.
For example, in the late 1980s and early 1990s Garfield suction cup plush toys became hugely successful to the point of almost achieving fad status.
As for running out of ideas, well, the comic was designed to be repetitive as a positive feature of it.
According to Davis in a Mental_Floss interview, “[Schulz] was instrumental in getting Garfield to stand up and walk on two feet for the first time.
I was working on Garfield’s first special at Bill Melendez’s studio in L.A., and Sparky [Schulz] was in the next room working on one of his specials.
Garfield, he looks awkward.” He said, “That’s because you gave him these little cat feet.” He told me what he did with Snoopy’s.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Box Office Looks Bright: How an Unconventional Comedy Was Built to Succeed

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Box Office Looks Bright: How an Unconventional Comedy Was Built to Succeed

That film wound up with $44 million and a $177 million total.
Warner Bros. That’s why “Crazy Rich Asians” with its atypical characters looks riskier than it is.
There are nearly 4 million Chinese-Americans, with Asians overall making up eight percent of the country.
Because women are another underserved audience (even if they are the majority population, and not a minority), some of the biggest comedy successes in recent years — “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Bad Moms” — have worked because they boasted female appeal.
The Zeitgeist Boosts “Crazy Rich Asians,” Along with its Originality Comedy is supposed to make fun and take risks as an outlet for societal pressures and a way to defy norms.
But because the $125-million movie under-performed in the U.S. (around $130 million) and grossed even less overseas, with additional marketing costs it was a flop.
“Crazy Rich Asians” cost $30-million before marketing.
That often is seen by studios as a risky level for a film.
Release schedules are littered with films in that range with an equal marketing spend and scant foreign appeal that gross around $30 million after opening wide.
The real lesson: question the conservative business models that studios use for making decisions about what movies to make, often abetted by a lack of representation (in this case, Asian-Americans) in key roles.

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