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Crusader-Era Shipwreck Discovered on Israeli Coast

Marine archaeologists have discovered a shipwreck in Israel’s Bay of Haifa, dating back to the Crusades, History.com reports. It contained a cache of 30 Italian gold coins, along with ceramics, nautical objects, and other artifacts.

Only fragments of the ship remain, but radiocarbon dating traces its origins back to the mid-11th to mid-13th centuries CE. Soldiers fleeing a pivotal battle that destroyed the historic city of Acre may have once operated the vessel. It may have also belonged to supporting troops sent by King Henry II, the Christian ruler of Cyprus, News.com.au reports.

Acre—which sits on the north end of the Bay…

Ninja Akasaka

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A ninja waitress Brandon Daniel (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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A course served over dry ice is brought to the table in a marble box. Tom Godber (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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A ninja waitress bids guests goodbye. Thomas van de Weerd (CC BY 2.0)
Throwing stars on the walls of Ninja. Brandon Daniel (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Entering through a plain black facade, the restaurant inside is only marked by a…

Tomb of Jesus Re-Opens Following a $4 Million Restoration Project

For Christians, few sites are more sacred than the Holy Edicule, an elaborate stone shrine covering what’s traditionally believed to be the site of Jesus’s burial and resurrection. The ancient landmark sits in the center of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem’s Old City. Time had taken its toll on the shrine, and in 2016, preservationists launched a nearly $4 million restoration project. Now, after nearly a year, The Guardian reports that the refurbished religious site is complete.

Officials unveiled the Holy Edicule in a ceremony on Wednesday, in the presence of religious leaders. “For the first time in over two centuries, this sacred edicule has been restored,” said H.B. Theophilos III, head bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, according to The Jerusalem Post. “This is not only a gift to our Holy Land, but to the whole world.”

Located in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre dates back to the 12th century and sits on 4th-century remains. Millions visit the church—and the…

7 Tips for Eliminating Toxic People From Your Life

We all know how important it is to give our bodies a break from “toxic” food and alcohol, but what about giving ourselves a break from toxic attitudes? “Just like any toxic thing—like food or poison—toxic people are extremely dangerous,” Tara Mackey, author of Cured by Nature and founder of The Organic Life, tells mental_floss in an email. “They distract us from our positive or productive habits. They’ll be the people who discourage you from exercise or make fun of you for wanting to be a better person. They’ll come up with reasons for you to stay in other bad relationships. Toxic people get you stuck in the past and focused on the negative, and in that mentality, you can’t move forward and you can’t succeed. It is impossible for them to share in your joy.”

It’s worth noting that there is a difference between people who are truly toxic to your well-being and people who have a negative outlook because they struggle with depression. It’s important to let friends and family members who suffer from clinical depression know that you love and support them, not cut them out of your life. But interacting with toxic people who constantly cut you down or manipulate you to their own advantage can take a toll on your own mental health. And yet, it can be difficult to distance yourself from them.

“Toxic people can try to cling on—sometimes for years! They can make you feel guilty and because of that, are not always easy to remove from your life,” says Mackey. To help you detox your relationships once and for all, here are her tips for getting rid of harmful personalities.

1. IDENTIFY THE TOXICITY.

The first step of getting rid of something—or someone—toxic is actually recognizing the fact that it’s harming you. “Toxic people are manipulative and often selfish,” says Mackey. “They’re difficult to please and impossible to work with, even when you’re trying to help them. They have a hard time owning their feelings or apologizing, and they will consistently make you prove yourself to them.”

If a relationship is weighing on you constantly or bringing you down significantly more than…

A UK Farmer Noticed a Rabbit Hole in His Field. You’ll Never Guess What He Found Inside

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No, not Wonderland.

Well, not exactly.

Located less than a meter under the ground lies the Caynton Caves, a network of walkways, arches, fonts, and other structurally untouched spaces that are said to have been dug by the Knights Templar in the 17th Century. Historic England, which describes the caves as a “grotto,” disagrees, guessing that they were likely dug in the 18th or possibly 19th century – long after the Templars’ heyday.

Then again, legend (or conspiracy theory, if you prefer) has it that the Templars have never truly dissolved, morphing into the current day Masonic tradition somewhere along…

Bees Delay Flight

BEES ON A PLANE! Flight delayed after “thousands” of insects cling to aircraft https://t.co/6oognJRCRx pic.twitter.com/ozpk7Q8oVB

— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 22, 2017

A flight out of Miami International Airport was delayed yesterday after a swarm of bees decided to attach itself to one of the plane’s wings, either looking for a free ride, or just trying to mess with some foolish humans who thought they knew about flying.

According to Miami News 7, a midday American Airlines flight out of Miami International Airport, headed to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, had to remain grounded…

The Planetary Society Has a Few Tips for the President

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As the CEO of The Planetary Society, Bill Nye has written an open letter to President Trump, highlighting the need for prioritizing space research, and for supporting NASA’s space exploration efforts in particular. Bill Nye offers the president a comprehensive five-point plan for steering NASA’s objectives and orientation during his tenure:

1. Keep Mars as the Goal
Mars became the central objective of NASA’s efforts during the previous administration, and Bill Nye urges a continued focus on the same path. It is also important to insist on Mars because there are voices in the Trump administration that want to divert resources away from the Red Planet and focus on exploration of the moon. A vocal example of this is Newt Gingrich who has advocated “a permanent moon base”. For Bill Nye and The Planetary Society, a diversion of efforts to the moon would mean that a manned mission to Mars might be delayed by a generation.

2. Orbit Mars First
This point has emerged from earlier work at The Planetary Society, such as workshops on solving problems of inhabiting Mars, which have found that orbital engagement should precede a full landing on the Red Planet. This was the original strategy for the moon landing, where Apollo VIII orbited the moon and Apollo XI landed on it. The Planetary Society has suggested that in an orbital-first strategy, humans can be stationed in Mars’ orbit by 2033, and thereafter landed on the Mars surface by 2039.

3. Expand NASA’s Scientific Programs
Bill Nye draws attention to the ‘jobs’ element of NASA’s contribution, pointing out that there are tens of thousands of high-skilled jobs in engineering, manufacturing, and the pure sciences, that exist specifically thanks to NASA’s scientific programs. The report recommends that “at least 30 percent of NASA’s total budget be committed to its Science Mission Directorate,” and that we don’t forget two things: our curiosity and safety. A budget commitment to the science mission “will help humanity better understand its origins, protect us from solar storms, search for life beyond Earth, as well as understand our changing climate,” says the report. NASA’s acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, has already stated that because of Trump’s proposed budget, the agency “will not pursue the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).” Here’s why that matters. Trump signed the ‘NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017’ on March 21, which seems to favor stability over progress, leaving…

How to Create and Use Symbolic Links (aka Symlinks) on a Mac

Symbolic links, also known as symlinks, are special files that point to files or directories in other locations on your system. You can think of them like advanced aliases and here’s how to use them in MacOS.

Symbolic links are similar to aliases, except they work in every application on your Mac—including in the Terminal. They’re particularly useful when apps don’t want to work correctly with a regular alias. On macOS, you create symbolic links in the Terminal using the ln utility. You can’t create them in the Finder. Symbolic links in macOS work similarly to symbolic links in Linux, because both are Unix-like operating systems. Symbolic links in Windows work a bit differently.

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What Are Symbolic Links?

In macOS, you can create regular aliases in the Finder. Aliases point at files or folders, but they’re more like simple shortcuts.

A symbolic link is a more advanced type of alias that works in every application on the system, including command-line utilities in the terminal. A symbolic link you create appears to apps to be the same as the original file or folder it’s pointing at—even though it’s just a link.

For example, let’s say you have a program that needs its files stored at /Library/Program. But you want to store those files somewhere else on the system—for example, in /Volumes/Program. You can move the Program directory to /Volumes/Program, and then create a symbolic link at /Library/Program pointing to /Volumes/Program. The program will try to access its folder at /Library/Program, and the operating system will redirect it to /Volumes/Program.

This is entirely transparent to the macOS operating system and the applications you use. If you browse to the /Library/Program directory in the Finder or any other application, it will appear to contain the files inside /Volumes/Program.

In addition to symbolic links, which are sometimes called “soft links”, you can instead create “hard links”. A symbolic or soft link points to a path in the file system. For example, let’s say you have a symbolic—or soft—link from /Users/example pointing to /opt/example. If you move the file at /opt/example, the link at /Users/example will be broken. However, if you create a hard link, it will actually point to the underlying inode on the file system. So, if you created a hard link from /Users/example pointing to /opt/example and later moved /opt/example, the link at /Users/example would still point to the file, no matter where you moved it. The hard link works at a lower level.

You should generally use standard symbolic…

How to Use Smarthome Door Sensors Around Metal

Open/close sensors, like those included with the Samsung SmartThings kit, are great for automating certain actions whenever doors or windows are opened. But if you’re having trouble getting them to work well, it might be because the metal on the door or window is causing issues with the magnet system that’s used on the sensors. Here’s how you can get around that.

The workaround is quite simple, although it doesn’t look the prettiest and doesn’t quite blend in. But it at least works. The sensor basically needs to be at least a few inches away from the nearest piece of metal to prevent interference.

First, try to mount the sensor normally to see if it works first. Even if a door does include some metal, it still may work just fine. It’s mostly doors that are heavily made out of metal (like garage doors) where you’ll usually come across problems. If you do, though, this trick should help.

The image above shows what the final product looks like—a door sensor mounted to the top of my garage door that’s a few inches away from the nearest piece of magnetic metal. Setting this up is pretty simple, but requires a bit of creativity.

What You’ll Need

To do this, you’ll need a couple of tools and materials, including:

The aluminum flashing (shown above) will come in an L-shape when you buy it, but it’s pliable enough that you can bend it all into a flat piece using light taps with a hammer. It’s one of the reasons we’re using aluminum for this: it’s very soft and can bend easily to your will, allowing for the most customizability. It’s also non-magnetic, so it won’t interfere with the sensor.

Step One: Mount the Sensor

We’ll start by mounting the larger sensor portion off to the side by a few inches from the door (or above). In this guide, I’m doing this with my…

Here’s What the Minimum Wage Really Adds Up to in Your State

Is the minimum wage in your state enough to cover the cost of living?

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It’s true. Here’s a chart from WageAdvocates.com based on the numbers from MIT’s Living Wage Calculator:

Yes, the folks at Wage Advocates have a clear agenda. They spend almost all of their time protecting and defending wage-earners. One would expect them to have an opinion on the matter.

For those who aren’t as into charts, in 2016, these were the 21 states that still used the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 per hour. That ends up being about $15k a year before taxes. The number alongside each state is what wage workers actually need to make in order to afford its cost of living:

  • Alabama: $10.17
  • Georgia: $10.69
  • Idaho: $9.59
  • Indiana: $9.74
  • Iowa: $9.93
  • Kansas: $9.83
  • Kentucky: $9.71
  • Louisiana: $10.47
  • Mississippi: $9.95
  • New Hampshire: $11.43
  • North Carolina: $10.53
  • North Dakota: $9.79
  • Oklahoma:…