Random Act Of Kindness Makes Woman’s Year Just Months After Her Accident In The Same Spot

Random Act Of Kindness Makes Woman’s Year Just Months After Her Accident In The Same Spot

A woman found a bouquet of flowers at her local bus stop and said the random act of kindness has “made her year”.
Ruth Clark, 26, who lives in London was heading to work when she spotted the flowers on the bench of her local bus stop with a note attached.
The bouquet had been left by a stranger who simply wanted to brighten someone’s day.
Ruth was in a serious bike accident last summer just down the road from the bus stop. “For almost an hour, five or six total strangers stayed with me until the ambulance arrived,” Ruth recalled.
One person even ran home to grab blankets and pillows to keep me warm, another gave up his yoga mat for me to lie on.
One woman, Camila, came with me to the hospital and stayed with me again for almost an hour until my sister arrived.”
When Ruth read the card attached to the flowers, she couldn’t help but smile and felt compelled to share the random act of kindness on social media. “I haven’t stopped smiling since.
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K9 Unit Retires From Service, Officer Adopts His Favorite Partner

K9 Unit Retires From Service, Officer Adopts His Favorite Partner

Police officer Justin Sizemore wrote a heartwarming post on Facebook about his best friend and partner, Booker, who retired from the force on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. “Bittersweet moment.
My best friend and now former partner, is turning in his badge and will now become my pet.
I couldn’t ask for a better loving companion to be by my side,” Sizemore wrote on Facebook. “I loved going out to that kennel every night before our shift to get you and taking you to work with me.
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see, my ears when I couldn’t hear and my nose when I couldn’t smell.
You made long nights better and I always had you to talk to and count on no matter what.
I love you buddy!
Thank you for you service and all you have done.”
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Water waves can have literally seismic impacts

Water waves can have literally seismic impacts

— The waves on large lakes carry a lot of energy.
Some of that energy can penetrate the bottom and shore of the lake, creating seismic waves.
These can shake the ground for kilometers (miles) around, a new study finds.
Or, scientists might use those waves to quickly tell whether lakes in remote, cloudy regions have frozen over.
Seismic waves triggered by those lake waves can shake the ground up to 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) away.
Seismic tremors are similar to the rolling waves on bodies of water.
Why that should be is a mystery, says Koper.
One notion, he says, would be to map below-ground features near large lakes.
This lets doctors look at the body part from any angle.
Satellite cameras can scan such sites, but they may not get useful images through the clouds.

Stranger On A Train Pays Distraught Woman’s Electric Bill Over The Phone

Stranger On A Train Pays Distraught Woman’s Electric Bill Over The Phone

An act of kindness by a stranger on a train has spurred a young woman to recount his goodwill on social media and the Israeli public has responded with utter joy.
According to a Facebook post by Daniel Danino, a woman on the train was in tears begging the Israel Electric Company to be considerate about her family’s circumstances and reconnect their electricity despite an outstanding debt of nearly $500.
A man sitting nearby overheard the distraught young woman pleading with the electric company and not only offered to pay the bill, but gave the electric company his credit-card information over the phone right there on the train. “Today I suddenly hear a conversation of a young female soldier like me who is on the salary of single-parent soldiers.
They cut off the electricity and she cries hysterically, and suddenly an angel comes from nowhere,” Danino continued. “I get off the train with hope and faith in people.
There are still those who do things for others without expecting anything in return.
I was left with my mouth hanging open, speechless, and full of a sense of pride in being a part of this nation that galvanizes to help others during times of distress.
Friends, share this post, so that it reaches people who know this amazing guy so they can be filled with pride as well.”
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How to Overclock Your Graphics Card for Better Gaming Performance

How to Overclock Your Graphics Card for Better Gaming Performance

A discrete graphics card: PCI-Express-based desktop cards are still the primary means of playing high-end PC games.
A benchmarking tool: You’ll need something that pushes your card to the absolute maximum of its power to test its stability as you overclock.
Step Two: Benchmark Your Stock Configuration In order to see the results of your work, you’ll first need to see where you’re starting from.
Now run one of your benchmark tools.
This is the result of an unstable overclock.
Boost it by 5mV and run the benchmark again—hopefully, you should find that those artifacts and crashes go away, and things are stable again.
Keep repeating this process, bumping 10MHz to the core clock until you see spots or crashing benchmarks, bump up 5mV (milivolts) to the processor, run the benchmark again and see if it becomes stable.
Limit” value in Afterburner, even after extended use.
Once you’ve arrived at a clock speed and voltage that can no longer be sustained—either because temperatures are too high, or because you can’t seem to eliminate crashes and artifacting—back off to your last stable clock and voltage values.
Finishing It Off: Memory Clock, Fan Management, and Profiles With Afterburner, it’s possible to boost the clock speed of your GPU’s memory as well.

One good wave creates another

One good wave creates another

— The waves on large lakes carry a lot of energy.
Some of that energy can penetrate the bottom and shore of the lake, creating seismic waves.
These can shake the ground for kilometers (miles) around, a new study finds.
Or, scientists might use those waves to quickly tell whether lakes in remote, cloudy regions have frozen over.
Seismic waves triggered by those lake waves can shake the ground up to 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) away.
Seismic tremors are similar to the rolling waves on bodies of water.
Why that should be is a mystery, says Koper.
One notion, he says, would be to map below-ground features near large lakes.
This lets doctors look at the body part from any angle.
Satellite cameras can scan such sites, but they may not get useful images through the clouds.

Explainer: Seismic waves come in different ‘flavors’

Explainer: Seismic waves come in different ‘flavors’

Earthquakes and underground explosions can release a lot of energy.
Other waves travel just like ocean waves, where they make the material they pass through move up and down compared to the direction the wave is traveling.
And while some of these waves travel deep within the planet, still others move only along the surface.
They also study how a quake’s energy spreads through Earth’s crust, as well as the deeper layers of our planet.
That’s one big difference between them and the other types of seismic waves, which typically travel only through solids (such as rock).
Whatever method is used, it gives scientists only an estimate of how far from a seismometer the earthquake’s source happens to be.
But using only one seismometer, there is no way to tell in which direction the source was.
But scientists don’t just use these waves to map earthquakes.
Still more flavors of seismic waves At first, all of a quake’s energy travels from its source deep within the planet as P waves and S waves.
But when that energy reaches the surface, it now can spread as either of two different types of waves.

See a 360-degree visualization of the center of the Milky Way

See a 360-degree visualization of the center of the Milky Way

OXON HILL, Md.
— Ever wonder what it would be like to sit at the center of the Milky Way and watch the galaxy swirl by?
A video debuted in a January 10 news conference at the American Astronomical Society Meeting provides a glimpse.
The 360-degree-simulation, made with data from several telescopes, including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, puts viewers at Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole that lurks in the galaxy’s center.
The video depicts about 25 stars (shown in white) that churn through the galaxy’s center over about 500 years.
The stars, known as Wolf-Rayet stars, emit winds of gas, shown in red.
As blobs of gas near the supermassive black hole, they are stretched and deformed by the intense gravity — before finally being captured inside.
It’s quite a view — but one you’d never want to experience in real life: The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole has about 4 million times the mass of the sun.
Since nothing can escape from inside a black hole, you’d never be able to share what you saw — even if you survived the crushing weight of the behemoth’s gravity.

Your Travel Rewards Points Were Stolen. Now What?

Your Travel Rewards Points Were Stolen. Now What?

A few years ago, I logged on to the website of an airline mileage program to book a flight, only to find that my miles were gone.
In a time when two-factor authentication and complex passwords are required to conduct so many transactions, it’s unusual that many airlines and points programs still allow you to book with rewards simply by giving your membership number over the phone.
Booking online does require passwords, but with so many large-scale data breaches happening recently, many of our passwords have been compromised.
(See also: Stop Making These 8 Risky Password Mistakes) Monitor your mileage accounts I use AwardWallet to keep track of how many miles I have in the dozen or so points accounts that I maintain for my family.
So if a hacker used my frequent flyer miles to book a flight, I’d get an alert right away.
(See also: 4 Best Tools for Tracking Your Rewards Miles) Guard those account numbers Most credit card companies have stopped printing your card number on every bill, but awards programs haven’t gotten so guarded yet.
You can ask your points programs to stop sending you junk mail, and you can also consider getting a locking mailbox to prevent this and other forms of identity fraud.
(See also: 18 Surprising Ways Your Identity Can Be Stolen) Don’t log onto your points account on a public Wi-Fi connection Most of us know not to use online banking while sitting in the airport, but we might not think twice about checking our mileage totals.
Contact the program immediately if you suspect a problem If you aren’t able to log onto your account, you might have just forgotten your password — or someone might have changed it.
(See also: Don’t Panic: Do This If Your Identity Gets Stolen)

What to Do if You’re Laid Off Before You Retire

What to Do if You’re Laid Off Before You Retire

If not, what jobs are out there for people your age?
Do you even want to work full-time anyway?
Everyone’s situation is different, but there are options for older people who find themselves laid off before their planned retirement.
But it’s entirely possible to find a new position, and there are companies that will value the experience and knowledge of an older worker.
Adjust your budget The good news about being laid off when you are older is that your living expenses are generally lower.
But you’ll still need to reduce your spending if you find yourself without a job.
You may find yourself retired early, but those few years may not make much of a difference.
(See also: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Start Claiming Your Social Security Benefits) Identify passive income sources If you are unable to find a new job or unsure if you want to return to the workforce, it may be time to get creative in how you make money.
Some of these sources may be able to continue to bring you income even after you retire for good.
There’s obviously some risk in starting a business, but you may be at a point in your life where you have some money saved and relatively low living expenses.

The Terrifying Phenomenon of Spider Rain

The Terrifying Phenomenon of Spider Rain

Worryingly described by entomologists and arachnologists as a “not uncommon” occurrence in certain parts of the globe, spider rain can see anywhere from a few thousand to several million spiders tumble from the sky in a given area, seemingly out of nowhere.
This is thanks to a rather interesting behaviour exhibited by spiders known as ballooning, which essentially involves an individual spider climbing to a high point and then firing strands of silk into the air, with the result being the spider being carried away by the wind, sometimes for many hundreds of miles.
Arachnologists are quick to point out that countless spiders are probably flying around over head at any particular time and that they usually land without much fanfare and go about their way.
In regards to the latter, on rare occasions certain weather patterns can see the millions of spiders floating through the air at any given time being thrown to Earth simultaneously at the same location.
As an example of the former flood trigger phenomenon, in Pakistan following devastating floods throughout the country in 2010, millions of spiders noped out of there in a hurry via mass ballooning.
As New South Wales resident Keith Basterfield states, “They fly through the sky and then we see these falls of spiderwebs that look almost as if it’s snowing.” (You can see something of this effect here in a video shot in Texas.)
Luckily for arachnophobes, mass ballooning is a behaviour near exclusively observed in smaller species of spider or ones that were born very recently, as larger spiders are simply too heavy to be carried along by typical winds.
Thus, for the most part, spider rain is harmless (to humans).
However, the phenomenon can potentially damage crops when millions of spiders all land in the same location, with their subsequent webs cutting the plants off from enough sunlight.
(See a picture of this here.)

Rising CO2 in lakes could keep water fleas from raising their spiky defenses

Rising CO2 in lakes could keep water fleas from raising their spiky defenses

And too much CO2 in the water may leave water fleas, an important part of many lake food webs, too sleepy to fend off predators.
But researchers found data from 1981 to 2015 on four reservoirs in Germany, allowing the scientists to calculate how much CO2 levels had risen and how much pH levels, measuring acidity in the water, had dropped, the scientists report online January 11 in Current Biology.
Rising CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere has also increased levels of the gas dissolved in the oceans, making them more acidic (SN: 5/27/17, p. 11).
Studies show that ocean acidification alters the behaviors of marine species (SN Online: 2/2/17).
For pH, the overall average value dropped from 8.13 to 7.82.
In the lab, the team examined the effect that high CO2 had on the behavior of two species of water fleas, or pinhead-sized lake dwellers also known as Daphnia.
But the water fleas’ sense of danger seemed to be dulled in waters with high CO2 levels.
The team tested the critters in waters containing both chemical predator cues and CO2 at partial pressures of 2,000, 11,000 and 16,000 microatmospheres.
Both species were less defensive at 11,000 and 16,000 microatmospheres (considered worst-case scenario values for many lakes) — displaying fewer neck spikes or developing smaller crests.
If anything, the effect seems to be highly variable.” But studies such as this that show long-term trends in CO2 levels are an important part of solving the puzzle, Hasler says.

iOS 11.2.2 Benchmarked: It Probably Won’t Slow Down Your iPhone Much

iOS 11.2.2 Benchmarked: It Probably Won’t Slow Down Your iPhone Much

We ran benchmarks on our own phones, however, and could not replicate Mughal’s results.
Even one of the users cited by Forbes noted that after running the benchmark again, his numbers showed no performance decrease.
What We Found In short, we found that none of our phones slowed down nearly as much as Mughal’s iPhone 6.
The only way we can truly know how much this update affects a given phone is with before-and-after benchmarks.
iPhone 6s On the year-old iPhone 6s we tested (which does not have a new battery), we saw a similar performance hit to the estimations we made on the iPhone 6: Single-Core Score: 2000 before update and 1788 after—a 10.4% reduction in performance Multi-Core Score: 3744 before update and 3166 after—a 17.5% reduction in performance Full Results: Results for the iPhone 6s before the update and after the update Other iPhone 6s scores we looked at did not show as much of a hit, so it’s possible that others may see even better performance than us.
Single-Core Score: 4240 before update and 4255 after—a 0.35% increase in performance Multi-Core Score: 10,300 before update and 10,254 after—a 0.5% reduction in performance Full Results: Results for the iPhone 6s before the update and after the update iPhone 8 Plus Our iPhone 8 Plus also showed a negligible change in performance.
Single-Core Score: 4243 before update and 4246 after—a 0.07% increase in performance Multi-Core Score: 10,438 before update and 10,232 after—a 1.7% reduction in performance Full Results: Results for the iPhone 6s before the update and after the update We have not yet had a chance to test an iPhone 6 or iPhone 7, but we will update this post when we do.
How to Test Your iPhone Of course, the best way to find out how your phone will perform is to run benchmarks yourself.
You’ll get a results screen like this: Update your iPhone to 11.2.2, and then run the same benchmark again.
Also, if you find that your iPhone shows much lower benchmark scores than you expect (or has just been feeling slow in general), you may be able to speed up your iPhone by replacing the battery.

Shallow ice sheets discovered on Mars could aid future astronauts

Shallow ice sheets discovered on Mars could aid future astronauts

The newly discovered exposure of ice on steep banks suggests that the Red Planet’s ice sheets are buried by just a meter or two of soil, researchers report in Science January 12.
“What’s new and exciting here is that these ice sheets start quite shallowly,” says planetary scientist Colin Dundas of the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Ariz. That could be good news for future astronauts hoping to use that water to drink, or to create oxygen to breathe or make fuel for returning spacecraft (SN: 1/20/18, p. 22).
Dundas and his colleagues used the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite to observe eight regions where steep slopes called scarps seem to reveal ice.
In 2008, the Phoenix Mars lander revealed ice in regions close to the planet’s north pole (SN Online: 6/20/08).
But these scarps were closer to the equator, at latitudes of about 55° north or south.
High-resolution images showed that the ice is organized into thin layers.
Dundas says these layers probably originated as snowfall millions of years ago, when the north pole pointed in a different direction.
“It’s essentially giving a cross section through recent history,” Dundas says.
The researchers also saw large boulders that appear to have emerged from the ice, suggesting that erosion is making the ice sheets retreat by about a few millimeters every year.
“It’s not necessarily that these specific sites are where you would go,” Dundas says, but they’re useful for learning more about where ice may be found.

Not all strep infections are alike and it may have nothing to do with you

Not all strep infections are alike and it may have nothing to do with you

One person infected with strep bacteria might get a painful sore throat; another might face a life-threatening blood infection.
But bacteria have exceptionally large amounts of genetic variation, even between members of the same species.
Scientists are still trying to figure out how that genetic diversity affects the way microbes interact with the immune system.
Streptococcus bacteria can cause strep throat, as well as a host of more serious illnesses (SN: 10/4/14, p. 22).
Different strains of the same species provoked wildly different immune responses in blood samples collected from the same patient, the researchers first showed.
(T cells and B cells are the two main weapons of the adaptive immune response, which enables the body to build long-lasting immunity against a particular pathogen.)
In tests of strains missing some of their extra genes, though, the T cells didn’t respond as strongly as they did to a matching strain that contained the extra genes.
This finding suggests that the variation in immune response across strains was coming, at least in part, from differences in these supplementary genes.
“Currently when a patient comes to the hospital with an infection, we don’t define the strain of the species” for common infections like strep and staph, says Sela, an immunologist.
But more research needs to be done to link the strain-to-strain variation in immune response to the accessory genome, he says, as this study looked at only a few extra genes, not the entire accessory genome.

6 Fun Educational Toys and Apps To Teach Your Kids Coding

6 Fun Educational Toys and Apps To Teach Your Kids Coding

It’s all far more hands-on now with plenty of educational toys and tools out there to ensure your child understands the basics at the youngest age possible.
Through a series of colored coding blocks, kids can place them down on a wooden board to tell Cubetto where to go.
You can buy additional world maps and educational story books to keep the fun moving forward.
Dash Robot ($125) Dash is the kind of robot that you might have dreamed of having as a child—and thanks to advances in tech, now your kid can have the toy you dreamed of.
Kids can learn to program robots, build apps or games, and even mod Minecraft.
Microduino ($199+) Microduino has taken a hefty dose of inspiration from the joy of Lego building blocks, and given it a 21st century spin.
Kano‘s computer kit bundles incorporate teaching your kids the basics of assembling a Raspberry Pi, while also providing plenty of coding projects too.
It’s worth upgrading to the $250 package, however, as you also gain a 10.1″ HD screen, speaker, wireless keyboard, sound sensor, and battery.
As a form of all in one service, Kano is pretty great for kids 8 and above.
It’ll educate them on how computers work, teach them how to make their own, and, of course, it’ll show them how to make their own games and apps.

UK’s first vending machine for homeless people launches

UK’s first vending machine for homeless people launches

Installed in Nottingham in December, it contains water, food, hygiene items and books, and can be accessed by homeless people around the clock via key cards It looks like an ordinary vending machine, but this one doesn’t only stock crisps, chocolate and sweets.
The machine is a project by charity Action Hunger, whose team hopes to install more across the UK in 2018 before expanding to Europe and the US.
It is thought to be the first vending machine of its kind in the UK.
The machine has been accessed 1,410 times in the past fortnight.
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In Nottingham, Action Hunger has partnered with a day centre for homeless people, The Friary, whose staff will give out the key cards to rough sleepers they know.
“An important distinction is that Action Hunger is not seeking to supplant the incredible efforts of existing charities for the homeless that exist,” said founder, Huzaifah Khaled.
It’s an innovative way in which food and provisions can be made available, out of hours, to people in need.” Key cards are programmed to allow people to access up to three items per day, which Khaled explained has been designed to prevent total dependency on the machines: “We want our low-cost solution to complement other services that are available as engagement with professionals and local support services is instrumental to breaking the cycle of homelessness, and getting these men and women off the streets for good.” It’s really making a difference in their lives and it’s heartwarming to see our service being used exactly as designed Much of the food in the machine is sourced from redistribution charity FareShare.
Action Hunger is also developing partnerships with supermarkets.
Images: Action Hunger Our world is beautiful.

What To Do If Your Smartphone Is Hot

What To Do If Your Smartphone Is Hot

Instead, to keep them working within acceptable temperatures, smartphone manufacturers count on passive cooling methods and the fact that most people don’t do too many super intensive tasks with their phones.
If it does start to get hot, your phone might turn off some features—like the camera flash—and limit processing power until things return to normal.
That said, it’s still possible for your smartphone to get hot; maybe even too hot.
Don’t use it or charge it.
But if there’s any appearance of swelling or the phone starts to feel like a hot plate, don’t take any chances.
If the Phone Is Charging… When you charge your phone, it should generate a small amount of heat.
Don’t leave your phone exposed to the sun when you’re outside.
If you’re constantly hitting problems because your phone can’t run the apps you want it to, you probably need to upgrade.
Well, over the few days after you upgraded your phone (when you weren’t using it), that’s when it went through all those all photos and tagged them.
For a few days afterwards, background tasks may cause your phone to run hot and use a bit more battery.

Five Ways to Free Up Space on Your Android Device

Five Ways to Free Up Space on Your Android Device

Android phones and tablets can fill up quickly as you download apps, add media files like music and movies, and cache data for use offline.
For example, when you open the “Photos & Videos” option, it doesn’t just show you which pictures and videos are taking up space on your phone, but any associated apps, as well—like photo or video editors.
Android 7.0 Nougat and Below Once you’re in the Storage menu in any version of Android below Oreo, just tap an option to see exactly what’s using up space and delete it.
Tap downloads to view your downloads list where you can remove files and tap cached data to clear the data of all installed apps.
You can see how much space an app is using for those data files and remove the cached data for an individual app by tapping it in the Apps list, accessible by tapping Apps on the storage pane or by tapping Apps on the main Settings screen.
Add an SD Card and Move Data There Many Android devices still ship with microSD card slots, although they are becoming less and less common.
If your device already has an SD card, this is a good option if you want more storage.
After installing the SD card, format it as portable or internal storage (if your phone has Android 6.0 Marshmallow), then connect your device to your computer and move your music, media, and other files to the SD card’s free space.
Move Apps to the SD Card Depending on your phone and version of Android, you can also move apps to the SD card to free up space.
However you do this, you can then use the Photos app on your device to remove the copies of photos stored on your device itself, potentially freeing up gigabytes of space.

Trump’s accidental moment of truth

Trump’s accidental moment of truth

There is a reason bipartisan government is so hard these days.
It’s not because “both parties” are intransigent or because “both parties” have moved to the “extremes.” It’s because what were once widely seen as moderate, common-sense solutions are pushed off the table by a far right that defines compromise as acquiescence to its agenda.
And since I don’t get to say it often, I want to thank President Trump for making this abundantly clear during the unexpectedly televised part of his meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday.
They have grown up entirely as Americans.
Temporarily, the “build a wall” president was transformed into a champion of what he called a “bill of love.” Trump’s excursion into the politics of charity was prompted when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked if he would support a “clean DACA bill.” By this she meant legislation that would maintain President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program without funding a border wall or making any other concessions to immigration hard-liners.
“Yeah, I would like to do it,” he said.
At 7:16 p.m. on Tuesday, the president retreated on Twitter: “As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval.” Of course, if he had been “very clear,” he wouldn’t have needed to send that tweet.
Well, the other Trump seemed to want to do just that.
And the GOP’s nativist wing was aghast that he might dare consider regularizing the status of immigrants here illegally, something that Americans, according to the polls, overwhelmingly accept must happen at some point.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program is a genuinely bipartisan achievement that, at low cost, gets health care to 9 million young Americans.

Hundreds Of People Welcome 8-Year-Old Back To School After 15-Month Battle With Cancer

Hundreds Of People Welcome 8-Year-Old Back To School After 15-Month Battle With Cancer

An 8-year-old girl’s first day back at school after a 15-month absence for cancer treatments was a day she will never forget.
Teachers, police officers, classmates and their parents waited outside of Merrymount Elementary School in Quincy, Massachusetts, for the third-grader’s arrival holding signs of welcome and encouragement.
Bridget Kelley was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia in September of 2016.
She spent 88 days in the Boston Children’s hospital undergoing chemotherapy and surgeries. “She had to live in isolation,” Bridget’s mother Megan said. “We couldn’t have anybody in the house.
Megan thought the welcome party would be too much for her little girl who spent so much time alone, but instead, Bridget embraced the crowd and and raised her arms in victory. “We had anxiety about sending her back to school because we were so trained to avoid germs, but it was also such a relief,” Megan told Today. “It’s like we’re finally on the upswing now that she’s allowed to come back.” The heartwarming scene was organized by one of Bridget’s classmates, who originally invited 50 people, but that number grew to more than 150.
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The Secret Behind Instagram’s Success

The Secret Behind Instagram’s Success

Their database is a milieu of many technologies, their own take on popular relational database management systems that now powers the largest image-based social network in the world.
The list includes: Keeping it simple Using available resources Choosing verified and popular solutions These criteria made the database creation and management process a lot easier than most people thought.
Most of Instagram’s hosting needs are taken care of by Facebook ever since the big buy in 2012.
That is when a handful of engineers at Facebook bridged the gap between the data management processes of Instagram and Facebook.
From data collection to data security, the team used to rely on third-party solutions than creating their own RDBMS.
Application servers: Simplicity has always been the beauty According to a recent post from the Instagram engineering team, their application servers run Django with PostgreSQL.
Their server stacks further include Cassandra, which we all know is a plinth for all Facebook products.
It also powers their session’s system and related app systems regularly.
The very need for an application that can work across multiple platforms brings the need for simple yet powerful RDBMS stacks and simple servers.
The minimalism of the entire setup, including the data infrastructure at the Instagram back-end, makes it a great app for every device and every operating system.

Top Tips In Buying A Car With Your Significant Other

Top Tips In Buying A Car With Your Significant Other

To avoid that, one of the best things you can do is to compromise.
This sounds simple but it’s important not to overlook the little things when talking about buying a car with your partner.
Being upfront about the little things will ensure they don’t turn into big things as you’re getting closer to making a decision.
Make a budget Probably the most important factor when buying a car with your SO is making a budget.
Ask your partner where they see themselves in 5 or 10 years.
If you’re thinking of getting a dog in the near future, then you’ll need to factor that into your decision when picking out a model.
Make a plan It’s extremely important to talk to your partner about what he expects after you’ve bought the car.
It’s important to talk about these things before you buy a car to determine what kind you really need.
If you’ll be buying a one car family, this tip can help avoid arguments in the future.
See Also: What Science Says About The Car You Drive David Fournier is a business analyst since 2010 and is also involved in the launching of several startups for over 3 years.

Man-in-the-Middle Jog Pendant: Two Parts Make Easier Dev Work

Man-in-the-Middle Jog Pendant: Two Parts Make Easier Dev Work

In a project, repetitive tasks that break the flow of development work are incredibly tiresome and even simple automation can make a world of difference.
[Simon Merrett] ran into exactly this while testing different stepper motors in a strain-wave gear project.
The system that drives the motor accepts G-Code, but he got fed up with the overhead needed just to make a stepper rotate for a bit on demand.
His solution?
A grbl man-in-the-middle jog pendant that consists of not much more than a rotary encoder and an Arduino Nano.
The unit dutifully passes through any commands received from a host controller, but if the encoder knob is turned it sends custom G-Code allowing [Simon] to dial in a bit acceleration-controlled motor rotation on demand.
A brief demo video is below, which gives an idea of how much easier it is to focus on the nuts-and-bolts end of hardware when some simple motor movement is just a knob twist away.
[Simon]’s jog pendant moves a single motor which is exactly what he needs to ease development of his 3D printed strain-wave gear using a timing belt, but it could be programmed with any G-Code at all.
Speaking of DIY jog pendants for CNC machines, don’t forget this wireless one made from an Atari 2600 joystick that jogs a plasma cutter in X and Y, and zeroes it with a push of the button.

Your credit score — and why it matters

Your credit score — and why it matters

What is a credit score?
Every month, your creditors — the companies to which you owe money — send info about your recent activity to a variety of credit reporting agencies (commonly referred to as credit bureaus).
Your Credit Score While your credit report collects info about your debt history, your credit score is a single number that summarizes all of that data.
But Credit Sesame does not use a FICO score.
Sometimes all it takes is a single missed payment to knock more than 100 points off your credit score and put you in a lender’s high-risk category.” A high credit score will get you the best interest rates on credit cards and loans, including mortgages.
Your credit score tracks 22 pieces of information from five broad categories: Payment history (35% of your FICO score): Do you pay your bills on time?
Of that credit, how much are you using?
The less of your available credit you use, the better your score.
(About 17% of the U.S. has a score below 580, for example, while 19.9% have scores above 800.)
Don’t close old accounts.

Hot on the trail of Antarctic meteorites

Hot on the trail of Antarctic meteorites

Meteorites are rocks from space that have crash-landed on Earth.
Many meteorites are old.
No Earth rocks are that old.
A research group called the Antarctic Search for Meteorites, or ANSMET, coordinates these expeditions.
Is it a meteorite?
This one is indeed a meteorite.
That ratio can tell scientists where the space rock came from.
He and his colleagues are studying a meteorite chip from Corrigan’s collection.
Finding amino acids in an extraterrestrial object could suggest that at least some of the ingredients for life exist beyond Earth.
“We think these amino acids are from Mars.” But Glavin and his team wanted to be sure.

Protein helps old blood age the brains of young mice

Protein helps old blood age the brains of young mice

Old blood can prematurely age the brains of young mice, and scientists may now be closer to understanding how.
A protein located in the cells that form a barrier between the brain and blood could be partly to blame, experiments on mice suggest.
If something similar happens in humans, scientists say, methods for countering the protein may hold promise for treating age-related brain decline.
As mice and humans age, levels of that protein circulating in the blood rise, Alzheimer researcher Tony Wyss-Coray at Stanford University and colleagues found.
After injecting young mice behind an eye with plasma from old mice, the team discovered that VCAM1 levels also rose in certain parts of the blood-brain barrier, a mesh of tightly woven cells that protect the brain from harmful factors in the blood.
The young mice showed signs of brain deterioration as well, including inflammation and decreased birthrates of new nerve cells.
Plasma from young mice had no such effects.
Plasma from old mice didn’t have a strong effect when injected into young mice genetically engineered to lack VCAM1 in certain blood-brain barrier cells.
Nor did it affect mice treated with antibodies that blocked the activity of VCAM1.
Those antibodies also seemed to help the brains of older mice that had aged naturally, the team found.

The Orange-in of the Mafia

The Orange-in of the Mafia

An article at The Journal of Economic History traces the rise of the Mafia to the production of lemons and oranges in Sicily.
While citrus fruits were always popular, their importance was boosted exponentially when they were revealed to be both a preventative and a cure for scurvy, which was a plague among long-distance sailors.
In this article, we argue that the mafia arose as a response to an exogenous shock in the demand for oranges and lemons, following Lind’s discovery in the late eighteenth century that citrus fruits cured scurvy.
More specifically, we claim that mafia appeared in locations where producers made high profits from citrus production for overseas export.
Operating in an environment with a weak rule of law, the mafia protected citrus production from predation and acted as intermediaries between producers and exporters.
Using original data from a parliamentary inquiry in 1881–1886 on Sicilian towns, the Damiani Inquiry, we show that mafia presence is strongly related to the production of oranges and lemons.
The results hold when different data sources and several controls are employed.
Is this why there are so many oranges in The Godfather?
You can read the entire paper here.
-via Metafilter

Nougats – Good Grief, What’s Happened To The Cat?!

Nougats – Good Grief, What’s Happened To The Cat?!

Dustin never cared much for peanuts, but he does enjoy a candy bar chock full of nougat so that’s why he’s a big fan of 3 Musketeers, which may be fated after all.
For you see his strange pet from the upside down seems to enjoy 3 Musketeers as much as he does, so the two of them hit it off right from the start, and as the thing he named Dart grew into an adult the candy bars became a bargaining chip for his very life.
But enough of that dark and morbid stuff, let’s just bask in the innocent joy of a boy and his purring monster enjoying a candy bar together like pals…*sigh* Add some delightfully geeky flavor to your wardrobe by bringing home this Nougats t-shirt by Zerobriant, it’s a fun new take on an old classic!
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Kylie Jenner Taking Time Out of the Spotlight to ‘Recharge’ During Pregnancy, Source Says (Exclusive)

Kylie Jenner Taking Time Out of the Spotlight to ‘Recharge’ During Pregnancy, Source Says (Exclusive)

Mommy ‘Me’ Time!
Kylie Jenner has been noticeably MIA for the last few months.
The 20-year-old cosmetics queen is taking some well-deserved time to herself before the arrival of her first child, a source tells ET.
“[Kylie’s] worked hard her entire life, and being a mother will be a lot of work, so now is a chance for her to recharge,” the source says.
Fans have been keen to know why the reality star hasn’t been featured on the family’s show Keeping Up With the Kardashians in recent weeks and why she was missing from the family’s Christmas card.
Jenner hasn’t confirmed her pregnancy news yet, as her sisters, Kim and Khloe Kardashian await the arrivals of their own children.
The Kylie Cosmetics mogul is set to make a rare appearance in this coming week’s two-night Kardashian event.
In a trailer for the episodes, Jenner FaceTimes in for a big announcement, which is presumably the moment the Khloe reveals her pregnancy to her family.
Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West, are preparing for the arrival of their third child via surrogate.
Watch the clip below for exclusive details on the baby’s arrival!

New York divests from fossil fuels and files climate lawsuit against major polluters

New York divests from fossil fuels and files climate lawsuit against major polluters

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announces that the city will divest from fossil fuels and has filed a lawsuit against five major fossil fuel companies, including BP and Royal Dutch Shell, for climate damages The city of New York plans to divest $5bn (£3.7bn) from fossil fuels and sue some of the world’s most powerful oil companies for their contribution towards climate change.
New York’s announcement brings the total number of global divestment commitments to 810 institutions representing more than $6tn (£4.5tn) in assets.
In 2012 Superstorm Sandy became the second-costliest storm to date at more than $65bn (£48.2bn) in damages.
We’re bringing the fight against climate change straight to the fossil fuel companies that knew about its effects and intentionally misled the public to protect their profits “New York City is standing up for future generations by becoming the first major city in the US to divest our pension funds from fossil fuels,” said mayor de Blasio.
With its communities exceptionally vulnerable to a rising sea, the city is showing the spirit for which it’s famous: it’s not pretending that working with the fossil fuel companies will somehow save the day, but instead standing up to them, in the financial markets and in court,” said Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, a global movement that aims to inspire the world to tackle the climate crisis.
The message of today’s historic announcement is unmistakable: investing in fossil fuel companies is a high-risk, bad bet Naomi Klein, author and activist, said: “Emanating from the financial capital of the world, the message of today’s historic announcement is unmistakable: investing in fossil fuel companies is a high-risk, bad bet.
New York City is now leading cities and states to not only divest from fossil fuel companies but also insist that the corporations that profit from destabilising our shared planet pay for the mess they knowingly created.
“As of today, the entire fossil fuel sector finds itself under a cloud of huge potential court-imposed costs, as well as the growing global momentum of investor flight.
That means no matter how many oil and coal leases the Trump administration hands out, the economics of new drilling will make less and less sense.
This is very good news.” The magazine and movement that’s changing the news for good.

Ricky Martin marries partner Jwan Yosef 8 years after coming out as gay

Ricky Martin marries partner Jwan Yosef 8 years after coming out as gay

Ricky Martin has officially married his partner Jwan Yosef.
Speaking on the red carpet for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the Puerto Rican singer revealed the couple had tied the knot in a secret ceremony.
“He’s my husband.
While the wedding itself was a low-key affair, Ricky admits he will still go ahead with the full party later in 2018.
“We’re doing a heavy party in a couple of months,” he explained.
While husband-to-be Jwan grew up in Sweden, he was born in Syria, where many of his family still live.
“We’re a modern family, and I think people need to see, and I want to normalise the beauty of our family.
“For many years, a lot of people told me that my feelings were evil.
What you’re feeling is not godly, that I’m not a good person if I’m feeling this.
He wasn’t that proud a few years ago, but now he is proud.” The family revealed the interior of their home in LA to Architectural Digest magazine.

Woman Performs Surgery On Monarch Butterfly With Broken Wing, Next Day It Surprises Her In The Coolest Way

Woman Performs Surgery On Monarch Butterfly With Broken Wing, Next Day It Surprises Her In The Coolest Way

Depending what time of year they’re born, Monarch butterflies can live from 2 weeks to about 5 months, but this guy’s time was threatened to be cut ever shorter.
Romy McCloskey committed to raising these creatures some time ago, and after one of them came into this world with a wing defect, she knew something had to be done.
McCloskey turned her home into an operating room and used common household items to perform a wing transplant.
“I am a professional costume designer and master hand embroiderer,” she said.
She compared their wings to human nails or hair: “They do not have pain receptors.” Scroll down to check out how the surgery went!
“The patient: this 3-day-old little boy was born with torn upper and lower wings.
Let’s see how we can help!” “The operating room and supplies: towel, wire hanger, contact cement, toothpick, cotton swab, scissors, tweezers, talc powder, extra butterfly wing” “Securing the butterfly and cutting the damaged parts away.
Don’t worry it doesn’t hurt them.
With a little patience and a steady hand, I fit the new wings to my little guy” “The black lines do not match completely and it is missing the black dot (male marking) on the lower right wing, but with luck, he will fly” “FLIGHT DAY!
After a day of rest and filling his belly with homemade nectar, it is time to see if he will fly” “With a quick lap around the yard and a little rest on a bush, he was off!

Unbabel raises $23 million from Microsoft, Salesforce, others to grow its machine-human translation platform

Unbabel raises $23 million from Microsoft, Salesforce, others to grow its machine-human translation platform

Unbabel, a machine translation platform that uses humans to verify translated content, has raised $23 million in a series B round of funding from Microsoft Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Samsung Next, Scale Venture Partners, Notion Capital, Caixa Capital, and Funders Club.
Founded in 2013, Unbabel’s technology merges neural machine translation, natural language processing (NLP), and quality estimation algorithms to automate translations between more than 70 language combinations.
Feeding into this is a global army of 55,000 human linguists who, while not necessarily professionally qualified translators, are vetted before acceptance onto the program.
The system works in a sort of loop whereby the machines translate the text, humans refine it, machines check it over again, and then it “repeats until the translation is spot on,” according to a company spokesperson, while the system also works in real time.
Unbabel claims this is what makes it “far more accurate” than other machine translation technologies, such as Google Translate.
Unbabel can be integrated with many content management systems, marketing tools, and CRM software, including WordPress, Salesforce, Zendesk, and MailChimp.
It also boasts a number of big-name clients, including Facebook’s Oculus, Pinterest, Rovio, and Buzzfeed.
In terms of use cases — well, customer service is clearly a major selling point of the technology, with the likes of Oculus and Pinterest using Unbabel to power their global customer service through live chat and email.
Travel search engine Skyscanner, which was acquired by China’s Ctrip for $1.7 billion, said that it managed to accelerate its global growth through managing customer enquiries in 28 languages, across 60 million users, with a support team of just 10.
Today’s funding news comes just a few months after Unbabel announced a new video-focused service for the B2B realm that can transcribe and translate video and audio content while returning searchable, time-stamped text across dozens of languages.

Meltdown Code Proves Concept

Meltdown Code Proves Concept

If you’ve read about Meltdown, you might have thought, “how likely is that to actually happen?” You can more easily judge for yourself by looking at the code available on GitHub.
For example a slow CPU, a CPU without out-of-order execution, or an imprecise high-resolution timer.
This is apparently especially problematic in virtual machines.
There are five tests, including one that just reads ordinary memory that you can read anyway.
This is a test to show that the library is working.
After that, another demo — which requires root — dumps out the kernel address space mapping, which is normally secret and changes on each boot.
Because of the nature of the hack, it is possible to not read data correctly every time.
There is also a pair of programs that stuffs a human-readable string into memory and then the second program finds it.
Finally, a program that just dumps random memory finishes out the demos.
We’ve been talking a lot about Meltdown in the Hackaday secret bunker.

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