Understanding Math Rather Than Merely Learning It

Understanding Math Rather Than Merely Learning It

They started looking at calculus — a subject that scares a lot of people but is really integral (no pun intended) to a lot of serious science and engineering.
You probably know that Newton and Leibniz struck on the fundamentals of calculus about the same time.
Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron entered the Hackaday prize with a plan to use 3D printed models to help teach concepts for calculus.
Math Intuition I’ve never been a big fan of learning math for math’s sake and a fair number of math classes I’ve had are organized that way.
Algebra is part of the toolkit you can use to answer questions like that.
Calculus is like the algebra of things that change and can answer a wider range of questions.
I’ve often thought that in modern times, teaching the intuition of math might be more important than the mechanics.
You can always ask the computer to do the real work and get the right answer.
[Joan] and [Rich] can help.
Calculus.

Qualcomm vs Apple suit brings iPhone back to Germany, sans Intel

Qualcomm vs Apple suit brings iPhone back to Germany, sans Intel

In one of several court battles around the world, Qualcomm’s win against Apple resulted in some iPhones returning to sale where they’d been banned.
This battle was fought in Germany, where the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 were banned from sale temporarily pending the outcome of a court case.
The versions that’ve returned to sale in Germany did so with a change unique to this country: They’ve created iPhones with only Qualcomm hardware inside where elsewhere in the world they’re also using tech from Intel.
In a court case in Germany, Qualcomm alleged that some iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 models infringed upon several patents.
The patents in question had to do with envelope tracking, allowing the devices to more efficiently send and receive wireless data.
The re-release of several temporarily-banned iPhones in Germany now have Qualcomm hardware where Intel hardware once was.
These new devices are unique in the world, as every other country’s devices contain both Qualcomm and Intel hardware under the hood.
Apple sells iPhones with Intel modems inside 2.
Intel-toting iPhones banned from sale 4.
While the old devices used Intel modem chips, and the new devices use Qualcomm modem chips, both devices have essentially identical functionality for the average iPhone owner.

Is That A Word Clock In Your Pocket?

Is That A Word Clock In Your Pocket?

Even if you aren’t into the tech behind how they work, they have a certain appealing aesthetic.
Now, thanks to [Gordon Williams], these decidedly modern timepieces just got a lot more accessible.
His word clock is not only small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but it’s the easiest-to-build one we’ve ever seen.
If you were ever curious about these gadgets but didn’t want to put in the the time and effort required to build a full scale version, this diminutive take on the idea might be just what Father Time ordered.
The trick is to attach the microcontroller directly to the backside of an 8 x 8 LED matrix.
As demonstrated by [Gordon], the Bluetooth-enabled Espruino MDBT42Q fits neatly between the rows of pins, which need only a gentlest of persuasions to get lined up and soldered into place.
While driving the LEDs directly off of the digital pins of a microcontroller is never recommended, the specifics of this application (only a few of the LEDs on at a time, and not for very long) means he can get away with it.
Of course, that just gets you an array of square LEDs you blink.
To that end, [Gordon] has provided an overlay which you can print on a standard inkjet printer.
While it’s not a perfect effect as the light still comes through the ink, it works well enough to get the point across.

The Emotional Vocal Map

The Emotional Vocal Map

People don’t need words to vocalize emotions.
Wordless sounds will do just fine in many cases.
Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have catalogued these vocalizations that convey emotion.
From these reactions, the team recorded more than 2,000 vocal bursts.
Next, they used Amazon Mechanical Turk, a website that enables you to outsource tasks you can’t relegate to computers, to recruit more than 1,000 people to listen to the recordings.
But when the UC Berkeley team analyzed their results, they found there are at least 24 distinct ways that humans convey meaning without words.
But what’s really fun is to listen to those vocalizations in an interactive map.
Moving your mouse over a colored spot will produce that vocalization, so sweeping across many will fill your speakers with emotional crowd noises.
Have fun, but heed my advice and don’t stay too long in one region without venturing to the others, because some of these vocalizations can make you feel things.
-via Metafilter

This Person Shows How Flawed Anti-Vaxxer Logic Is By Using It In A Post About Choking On Food

This Person Shows How Flawed Anti-Vaxxer Logic Is By Using It In A Post About Choking On Food

If you can’t beat em’ join em.
Anti-vaxxers come up with some pretty ridiculous arguments on the internet so instead of arguing one internet user decided to write a post on their own unpopular view – that food is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
For many anti-vaxxers their talking points include examples of times people developed other serious conditions as a result of the vaccine, so this poster decided to use the same tactic in their analogy.
Image credits: Shutterstock (not the actual photo) She started by telling her own story “I once almost choked to death while eating food” and telling other parents it had caused her to make a very serious decision – “I don’t feed my kids.” The author continued to point out that every parent should be able to decide what to do with their kids but, “I’m just saying, do your own research and decide what you think is best for your kids” and that “If you choose to give your kids potentially deadly food, that’s your problem.” While many found the post a hilarious analogy there is always some truth in comedy.
According to Injury Facts 2017 choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death.
Of the 5,051 people who died from choking in 2015, 2,848 were older than 74.
“Food is often responsible for choking incidents in the elderly.
Living alone, and having dentures or difficulty swallowing can increase risk.
If you see someone clutching their throat, coughing, gagging, wheezing or passed out.” People in the comments shared their own takes on food hazards, pointing out the fact that her argument held that indeed food was more dangerous

Autistic Boy Writes Moving Poem About How Odd He Is For A School Assignment, Leaves Teacher In Tears

Autistic Boy Writes Moving Poem About How Odd He Is For A School Assignment, Leaves Teacher In Tears

Squarespace Visit Site What began as a class assignment has turned into a work worthy of a distinguished author for young Benjamin Giroux, whose raw and emotional poem about life with autism went massively viral and moved thousands of people around the world.
“I am odd, I am new, I wonder if you are too,” Benjamin began, as he set out to try to express what it’s like to live with autism.
I hear voices in the air I see you don’t, and that’s not fair I want to not feel blue I am odd, I am new I pretend that you are too I feel like a boy in outer space I touch the stars and feel out of place I worry what others might think I cry when people laugh, it makes me shrink I am odd, I am new I understand now that so are you I say I, “feel like a castaway” I dream of a day that that’s okay I try to fit in I hope that someday I do I am odd, I am new.
“At first, we felt sad and hurt that he feels isolated, alone, misunderstood and odd at school,” Benjamin’s dad Sonny told Today.com.
It quickly went viral and has been shared nearly 40,000 times, often accompanied by the awareness hashtag #oddtoo.
But the most rewarding part for Benjamin is when he receives letters from people like himself, who have felt empowered and inspired by his beautiful words.
“He’s now in 8th grade and each day is a new day.” “Benjamin hasn’t written much lately.
The anxiety of trying to write something as good as that poem is too much for him.
So he’s changed medium and now enjoys drawing and playing music.” Given that people from all over the world were moved to tears by his poem, expressing their awe and gratitude for giving an insight into the mind of someone on the autism spectrum, it’s definitely understandable that he might feel apprehensive in trying to repeat it.
He has inspired people.

How to Remove Oil Stains from Paper

How to Remove Oil Stains from Paper

Be careful not to use too much of the cleaning solution as you could damage the paper you are cleaning if it gets too wet.
Once the spot is completely dry you can see if the stain was completely removed.
If there is still an oil stain, repeat the process to remove as much of it as possible.
White chalk powder works well to absorb grease and oil.
Take extra care to make sure that the part of the paper with the oil spot is as flat as possible.
[7] It’s important to start working to remove an oil stain from paper as soon as possible so that it doesn’t have time to completely dry and set.
[8] 4 Sandwich the paper between two clean pieces of white paper.
If you knock any of the powder off of the oil stain, lift up the top piece of paper and carefully brush some more of the chalk onto the spot.
[9] You can lay one piece of clean paper next to the paper you are cleaning, slide it carefully over, and then lay another clean sheet on top.
[10] Test the warm iron on a blank piece of paper first to make sure that it does not burn so that you don’t destroy the piece of paper you are trying to save.

Making the Most of Every Opportunity

Making the Most of Every Opportunity

To do so, you need to make the most of every opportunity.
How can you make the most of every opportunity?
The Internet is a land of opportunities but many people take their access to it for granted.
Recognize opportunities when they come.
Besides the opportunities that you have daily, there are opportunities that don’t come every day.
It started when Paul Allen saw a magazine cover about the first microcomputer.
After you decide to use an opportunity, make sure that you execute well.
*** These three tips can help you make the most of every opportunity.
Feel free to share them in the comments.
Join over 10,000 subscribers and get tips on reaching your full potential.

How a Heart-Shaped Candy Box Came to Stand for Love

How a Heart-Shaped Candy Box Came to Stand for Love

Flowers, cards, jewelry, and dinner out are standard romantic gifts, but nothing says Valentine’s Day like assorted chocolates in a heart-shaped box.
Why do we even associate love with a shape that doesn’t much resemble the heart, anyway?
This has not always been the case.
Eric Jager, the author of The Book of the Heart and a medieval literature professor at UCLA, traces the link back to the 13th and 14th centuries.
“[People at that time] thought of our hearts” — the physical ones — “as books of memory, a place where God’s commands are written, and [believed] feelings for the beloved were somehow written on your heart,” he told Time.
But then where did the shape come from?
It’s not, one might note, quite similar to what human hearts look like, although, as cardiologist and medical illustrator Carlos Machado told Time, it isn’t all that different either.
The story of the heart-shaped box of chocolates requires a separate history for the heart, the chocolates, the box, and Valentines day itself.
These varying stories intersected in the mid-1800s, in a tale you can read at Vox.
-via Digg (Image credit: Chrys Omori)

15 Movie References Hiding in Your Favorite Disney Films

15 Movie References Hiding in Your Favorite Disney Films

Even if you’re a Disney fanatic (and I know there are A TON of you out there), chances are you miss a little wink and a nod that’s hidden in some of their movies once in a while.
And there are a whole lot of movie references hidden in Disney films for us to explore.
Take a look at these and see how many you’ve noticed before.
Sid’s carpet has the same pattern as the carpet in the Overlook Hotel from The Shining.
In Hercules, you can see Herc, Phil, and Pegasus during the training montage strike the same pose that Mr. Miyagi does on the beach in The Karate Kid.
In Mulan, when the men in the fireworks tower ask Mushu who he is, he responds the same way that Rambo does in Rambo III.
In Up, Paradise Falls looks nearly identical to the fictional landscape of the 1925 movie The Lost World.
The mannerisms and look of Mr. Big in Zootopia mimic that of the famous Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
Henry Limpet in his fish form from The Incredible Mr. Limpet can be seen in the “Under the Sea” sequence of The Little Mermaid.
The shot where the monsters come out onto the scare floor in Monster’s, Inc. mimics a scene in The Right Stuff.

5 Times People Who Don’t Exist Were Nominated for an Oscar

5 Times People Who Don’t Exist Were Nominated for an Oscar

Below are 5 “people” who were nominated for Hollywood’s top award despite not actually being, you know.
Real.
The screenplay was nominated (Amadeus won), but the writer was upset with rewrites and refused credit for the film.
Vazak was not a person at all, but a Hungarian sheep dog.
Dalton Trumbo used pseudonyms to write after being blacklisted during the McCarthy Era, and two of them won Academy Awards.
RODERICK JAYNES – FARGO (1996) and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) Jaynes has edited all of the Coen brothers’ movies and was nominated for two Oscars and as one of Entertainment Weekly’s Smartest People in Hollywood.
Nathan E. Douglas is a name that was invented to cover for the blacklisted Nedrick Young after he refused to divulge names in front of Congress.
He did receive credit eventually, but not until after his death.
When he came down with wicked writer’s block, he created a fictional brother, Donald, to help write the movie.
This year’s Academy Awards air February 24th, 2019.

Universal Music Group Sued

Universal Music Group Sued

The production company behind a Drake documentary is suing Universal Music Group for ratting them out, and getting the project yanked from streaming platforms.
Symettrica Entertainment rips UMG in the lawsuit, saying the music co. fired off notices to remove all the Drake music and video clips the documentary entitled, “Drake: Re-writing the Rules.”
Obviously, that would create a major hole in a Drake documentary … if it were devoid of his image and music.
According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Universal’s power move “has nothing to do with purported ‘copyright infringement,’ and everything to do with placating its artist Drake by attempting to suppress any commentary or criticism of Drake.”
The unauthorized doc was released on Vevo in November, and then hit Netflix, iTunes and Amazon on January 16.
Symettrica says it got UMG’s notice the next day and, 2 days later, all the digital platforms caved … saying they had no choice but to pull the documentary.
Symettrica insists its use of the Drake clips was fair use, and says it’s lost a ton of money because UMG shut them down.
Symettrica wants the court to declare their use of the Drizzy clips is kosher.
It’s also suing UMG for damages.
Drake is NOT being sued.

China’s Landing Site on the Far Side of the Moon Now Has a Name

China’s Landing Site on the Far Side of the Moon Now Has a Name

(Image: © CNSA) The lunar home of China’s Chang’e-4 lander, which landed on the far side of the moon Jan. 3, now has a name: Statio Tianhe.
Statio means a post or station in Latin and is also used in the formal name for the Apollo 11 landing site, Statio Tranquillitatis; Tianhe is an ancient Chinese name for the Milky Way sky river that is used in a folk tale called “The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl.”
The location is near the previously named Von Kármán Crater.
One is a mountain now called Mons Tai, after a mountain in China’s Shandong province just south of Beijing.
[Chang’e 4’s Photos from the Moon’s Far Side!]
The other three newly named far-side features are all craters, now known as Zhinyu, Hegu and Tianjin, all of which honor Chinese constellations.
The first two relate back to the same tale from which Tianhe comes: Zhinyu is the name of a fairy in the story, and Hegu includes the star Altair, which in China carries the name of the tale’s cowherd.
When the sun rises again over their neighborhood, they should power back up and resume their scientific explorations of the far side of the moon.
Have a news tip, correction or comment?
Let us know at community@space.com.

Ex-NBA Star Yao Ming Is Spending His Retirement Saving Sharks

Ex-NBA Star Yao Ming Is Spending His Retirement Saving Sharks

If you thought Yao Ming only cared about scoring points and blocking shots, well, you might be surprised to learn that his love for animals has set him on a totally different path, post-retirement.
In his home country of China, thousands of sharks were being caught, relieved of their fins, and then left in the ocean to die in order to meet the voracious, and increasing, demand for shark fin soup.
In the past few decades, the traditional soup has become something of a status symbol, and as demand grew along with the Chinese middle class, China became by far the largest and most significant market for shark fin.
While you might be inclined to say that fewer sharks in the sea might not be a bad thing, hold up: depleting the ocean of predators can cause all kinds of imbalances that can upset a delicate ecosystem – similar to what happened in the Yellowstone area when the wolves disappeared.
Now, 1 in 4 species of shark are endangered.
Ming, through his alliance with the conservation nonprofit WildAid, believed in the power of knowledge and so sought to educate the Chinese public about what their desire for soup is costing sharks.
They started with the slogan, “When the buying stops, the killing can too,” and their work has inspired near unanimous support for a ban on shark fin soup.
Part of the reason could be that, until recently, many Chinese weren’t even aware that shark fin was in the soup, since the Mandarin translation of the dish is “fish wing soup.” Now that they know, though, the Chinese are taking action; the number of sharks killed for their fins is down 50%, the government has banned the soup at state dinners, and 91% of citizens support an outright ban on shark fin consumption in the country.
Luckily for animals everywhere, Ming isn’t stopping with sharks – he’s now working with WildAid in Africa, hoping to have a similar effect on rhino and elephant poaching.
If you want to know more, you can check out Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming on Animal Planet, or check out WildAid’s website to find out more – and maybe throw your own support behind the animals while you’re at it.

Here We Go Again: 127 Million Accounts Stolen From 8 More Websites

Here We Go Again: 127 Million Accounts Stolen From 8 More Websites

Several days ago, a hacker put 617 million accounts from 16 different websites for sale on the dark web.
Now, the same hacker is offering 127 million more records from another eight websites.
As TechCrunch reports, the eight new websites are: Houzz (57 million), YouNow (40 million), Ixigo (18 million), Stronghold Kingdoms (5 million), Roll20 (4 million), Ge.tt (1.8 million), PetFlow (1 million), Coinmama (450,000) The hacker is selling all the data together for about $14,500 worth of Bitcoin.
Anyone who has that much cash can buy it.
If you have an account on any of these websites—or any of the other websites that have been compromised—you’ll want to change your password right now.
The same is true if you used a password on one of these websites and reused it elsewhere.
That’s why you shouldn’t reuse passwords across multiple websites.
We recommend using a password manager to remember all those strong, unique passwords for you.
RELATED: Change Your Passwords: 617 Million Accounts Were Stolen Across 16 Different Sites

Here’s What’s up with People Who Love Popping Other People’s Pimples

Here’s What’s up with People Who Love Popping Other People’s Pimples

We all know at least one person who loves popping pimples or blackheads, who watches the videos on YouTube or can’t tear their eyes away from Dr. Pimple Popper on TLC.
If you’ve been (un?
You not only relieve the physical pressure of the blockage, there’s a pleasant mental effect as well from the release of dopamine.” Dopamine, of course, makes your brain happy.
And, it turns out, we get the same rush from popping other people’s pimples as we do from popping our own.
If someone is on a first or second date, I don’t think you’re going in for a pimple pop.” That said, it could mean your partner feels the need to “fix” you, which is never a good thing.
“When we feel like we have ostensive control, we can find temporary relief from whatever we’re experiencing.” So keep an eye out – your partner might try to convince you they’re picking at your skin to do you a favor, but actually, it’s probably more about them and their own issues.
I want more of this.’ Ok, great, that’s a healthy response.
But if the partner’s feedback is a little more hesitant or ‘I don’t know how much I like this,’ and yet the other partner is still going for it, I don’t think it’s, at least on a psychological level, helping their partner.
It’s an urge.” Altering the behavior can be difficult since, like any habit acquired over time, it requires time and reprogramming.
That said, watching the videos seems to help some people achieve the same emotional response as doing it themselves, so maybe stop giving your partner a hard time for binging them when they’re feeling stressed.

Researchers Discover Your Eye Color May Make You More Susceptible to Seasonal Affective Disorder

Researchers Discover Your Eye Color May Make You More Susceptible to Seasonal Affective Disorder

Sucks.
And if you’re unlucky enough to have brown eyes, you might be especially likely to get the blues in the winter, according to a new study.
SAD is a recognized form of clinical depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects approximately 10 million Americans.
To some folks, SAD only seems natural – who wouldn’t be depressed when they never see the sun and can’t leave their homes without the air hurting their face?
Other experts are skeptical that SAD even exists.
Regardless of where you stand on the matter, SAD is a recognized form of clinical depression.
The difference is likely due to the eye’s ability to absorb light, researchers explained.
Thus, they release less melatonin in the winter than people with dark eyes.
Also, people with blue eyes and light skin are able to produce more vitamin D with less sunlight.

Mary Owens: Abraham Lincoln’s Accidental Fiancee

Mary Owens: Abraham Lincoln’s Accidental Fiancee

In 1833, Abraham Lincoln was a 24-year-old postmaster in New Salem, Illinois.
His friend Elizabeth Abell introduced him to her sister, Mary Owens, who was visiting from Kentucky.
Afterward, he remarked to Abell that if Owens were to return to Illinois, he’d marry her.
It was most likely a throwaway line, but Abell told Owens, and she paid another visit to New Salem in 1836, considering herself therefore engaged.
By then, Lincoln was not at all on board with the idea of marrying her.
I knew she was called an ‘old maid,’ and I felt no doubt of the truth of at least half of the appellation.
But now, when I beheld her, I could not for my life avoid thinking of my mother.
And this, not from withered features, for her skin was too full of fat to permit its contracting in to wrinkles; but from her want of teeth, weather-beaten appearance in general, and from a kind of notion that ran in my head, that nothing could have commenced at the size of infancy, and reached her present bulk in less than thirty-five or forty years; and, in short, I was not all pleased with her.” To be clear, Owens was the same age as Lincoln.
Instead, he corresponded with her about the dire circumstances she would find herself in if they married.
His ruse worked so well that Lincoln himself suffered from the way the relationship ended.

How to Clean a Hydration Bladder

How to Clean a Hydration Bladder

1 Make a sanitizing solution from baking soda, bleach, and water.
[1] 2 Purchase hydration bladder cleaning tabs.
Though hot water can help with sanitation, it can harm the bladder materials, so use warm water only.
[5] If you are using hydration bladder cleaning tabs or denture tabs, consult the packaging to find out how long to let the solution set.
Once the bladder is filled with cleaning solution and soaking, you can turn your attention to the tube and bite valve.
[7] 5 Fill the tube with cleaning solution.
7 Empty the bladder and tube of all cleaning solution.
[9] 9 Scrub the inside surface of the bladder with a bottle cleaning brush.
You can purchase hydration bladder tube cleaner brushes to make this step really easy.
[11] 11 Rinse the hydration bladder with water inside and out.

How Do the Insanely Wealthy Actually Pay for Something Worth Hundreds of Millions of Dollars?

How Do the Insanely Wealthy Actually Pay for Something Worth Hundreds of Millions of Dollars?

But let’s imagine for a moment that a super-rich person didn’t have such a card or for whatever reason wanted to buy something worth millions of dollars not with a credit card, but cash.
So let’s now talk about how the uber-wealthy actually go about paying for things worth millions upon millions of dollars.
If your imagination isn’t all that great, according to one executive at Amex asked about the more bizarre requests the company has fulfilled on behalf of customers holding their Centurion card, he noted they had a card holder once call up and ask for a handful of sand from the Dead Sea be delivered to their address in London.
So in the case of billionaires and the like, since any theoretical limit put in place would exceed the value of almost any item available for purchase on Earth, it’s easier to just say the card has no limit, even though the bank would almost certainly query such an individual trying to charge a billion dollars to their card unless they got pre-approval for the transaction.
In the event a billionaire, for whatever reason, decided that they instead wanted to pay for something worth millions of dollars out of pocket rather than putting it on a credit card, they could just as easily also pay using a debit card or a personal check.
According to Forbes, the process of cashing the check went ahead mostly like any other, with the exception of the bank calling Hamm to make sure the check was genuine before depositing the money into his ex-wife’s account.
If a customer does call ahead to their bank with a request to withdraw an especially large amount of money, providing they have the money in their account and can prove who they are over the phone, there really shouldn’t be any issues in getting money within a reasonable time frame, though understandably the more money you request, the longer it will take to be delivered either to the bank or your home.
Along with the obvious issues of security and practicality when it comes to accepting payment for something worth millions of dollars in cash, especially large cash deposits often come with a lot of additional scrutiny from both banks and the respective government of the country you’re making them in.
Business and individuals who are “only ever paid large amounts by credit card, debit card or cheque” on the other hand aren’t required to do this and as a result, many UK businesses will simply not accept cash payments in excess of this amount.
It’s worth noting that your bank would still report the withdrawal of the cash to pay the auction house to the IRS who in turn would probably be very curious about where exactly the money went come tax season.

Windows 10 Will Finally Offer Easy Access to Linux Files

Windows 10 Will Finally Offer Easy Access to Linux Files

Windows 10’s April 2019 Update brings a long-awaited feature: Support for easily accessing, viewing, and even modifying Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) files from File Explorer or via the command line.
Modifying files here would break things.
Microsoft’s Craig Loewen explains how it works: Rather than accessing these files directly, Windows runs a Plan 9 server as part of the WSL software in the background.
You can open a File Explorer window directly in the current directory from within a Linux shell environment.
Just type the following command into the Bash shell: explorer.exe .
You can work with files normally from here.
But, for now, you can also type following path into an Explorer window to access a Linux distribution’s files: \\wsl$\\ In other words, if you’re running Ubuntu’s Bash shell, you’d type: \\wsl$\Ubuntu\ This also works from the command line, of course.
Windows Subsystem for Linux users have wanted this feature for a long time.
Back in 2016, Microsoft’s Rich Turner wrote that he had to warn people not to access their Linux files in File Explorer at least two or three times per day.
Now, there’s finally a way to work with these files without the risk of breaking something.

Strato Lizzie, the Mascot Cat of the TWA Pilots at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport

Strato Lizzie, the Mascot Cat of the TWA Pilots at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport

Before Homeland Security, before discount airlines, before even World War II, commercial flying was very different from what we know today.
A passenger without a ticket or even identification could be tolerated occasionally, especially if she had fur and whiskers.
And that is the story of Strato Lizzie, born in 1940, just a year after LaGuardia Field was opened.
According to the story, an American Airlines pilot found her as a kitten behind an ash can in an alleyway and turned her over to W.P.
Spencer, a Civil Aeronautics Authority pilot.
Therefore, I am giving it a ride to New York and back.” Strato Lizzie on her flight to LaGuardia AirfieldHere’s Strato Lizzie as a kitten on one of her first flights from Kansas City to New York with pilot Bronson White.
Poor Strato Lizzie was tossed around like a hot potato for a while, traveling from New York to Chicago and then back to Los Angeles.
Finally, when she was about six months old, the pretty kitty was adopted by the TWA pilots at LaGuardia.
Read her story at The Hatching Cat.
-via Strange Company

Gunman opens fire in Illinois building, multiple people hurt

Gunman opens fire in Illinois building, multiple people hurt

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire in an industrial building in Aurora, Illinois on Friday, city and law enforcement officials said, and local and national media reported that at least several people were wounded by gunfire before a suspect was taken into custody. “We have an active shooter incident at 641 Archer Av.
Please avoid the area,” the Aurora Police Department said in a tweet at about 2:20 p.m. central time, adding that additional details would be forthcoming.
The city of Aurora later tweeted about 40 minutes later that a suspect had been arrested. “EMERGENCY UPDATE | 3 p.m.
Witness John Probst told CNN in an interview that he saw the gunman, a co-worker, running down an aisle of the manufacturing facility with a pistol equipped with a laser sight.
Probst told the network that he saw people bleeding.
West Aurora School District 129 said on Twitter that all students in the district were being held in a “soft lockdown” on direction of the county sheriff. “The President has been briefed and is monitoring the ongoing situation in Aurora, IL,” Sarah Sanders said in a written statement.
(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago, Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee and Steve Gorman and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Leslie Adler and James Dalgleish)

Yankees To Extend Luis Severino

Yankees To Extend Luis Severino

In all, Severino can earn up to $52.25MM if the option is exercised.
It’s a well-earned contract for the Dominican-born righty, who to this point in his career has turned in a 3.51 ERA in 518 innings of work.
Severino had been arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super Two player, meaning he was already controlled for those four seasons.
However, the new contract arrangement affords the team with control over what would have been the right-hander’s first season of free agency.
So while the Phillies gained control over an additional two seasons of Nola (in exchange for an additional $5MM in guarantees), the Yankees are buying out just one free-agent year.
It’s also quite possible that with at least $4.4MM (and potentially as much as $5.25MM) already banked, Severino could’ve handily topped $40MM in total earnings over the course of his four arbitration seasons.
As shown in MLBTR’s Extension Tracker, Gio Gonzalez’s now seven-year-old extension with the Nationals (five years, $42MM and two club options) still stands out as the largest contract ever signed by a pitcher with between two and three years of service time.
Of course, both Gonzalez and Kluber agreed to five-year guarantees with multiple club options as part of those contracts, whereas Severino only surrendered five years of control in total.
Historical context aside, Severino’s contract will push the Yankees’ 2019 payroll to just north of $202MM and come with a $10MM hit on their luxury tax payroll, which is calculated by contracts’ average annual value as opposed to their year-to-year salaries.
Looking beyond the current season, the Yankees now have nearly $146MM committed to the 2020 payroll and more than $161MM on their 2020 luxury ledger.

Antonio Brown reportedly plans to meet with Art Rooney II in Florida

Antonio Brown reportedly plans to meet with Art Rooney II in Florida

Antonio Brown not only is ready to break his silence with the Steelers, he will meet with president Art Rooney II in Florida, according to a report.
Rooney, during a planned weekend trip to his second home on Florida’s east coast, according to a source, was hoping to meet with Brown, who lives in the Miami area.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported that Brown had no plans to meet with Rooney but later wrote that he will meet with Rooney, “showing respect to the man in charge,” according to his sources.
A development: #Steelers WR Antonio Brown will now meet with owner Art Rooney II, showing respect to the man in charge, sources say.
Rosenhaus has been communicating with the Steelers.
Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years…time to move on and forward……….✌🏽 #NewDemands pic.twitter.com/fbIoFNdqK4 — Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019 The Steelers have made no decision on what to do with Brown, whether to trade him or try to reconcile the situation and bring him back.
Brown has three years left on his contract.
Rooney and club officials plan to have meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the situation and action they might take, and hope to involve Rosenhaus and even Brown.
NFL teams cannot officially trade players until March 13, but could have a trade in principle before then and merely execute it on that date.
They would have to trade Brown by March 17 if they want to avoid a $2.5 million roster bonus due him.

For Some Women Enduring Repeated Miscarriages, Simple Surgical Solution Has 90% Success

For Some Women Enduring Repeated Miscarriages, Simple Surgical Solution Has 90% Success

This simple procedure has had a dramatic impact on women who have had to repeatedly suffer the heartbreak of miscarriage.
Many miscarriages and premature births are caused by weakened cervixes.
The surgical solution is a simple but effective operation called a cervical cerclage procedure – or a cervical stitch.
The procedure works by sewing a number of stitches – also known as a “suture” – into and around the cervix in order to strengthen it against the physical stresses of early pregnancy.
The suture is then removed prior to birth, once the risk of a miscarriage has passed; and the surgery doesn’t even leave a scar.
For the women who elect to have the surgery, about 90% of them are finally able to carry their baby full term.
“It provides a lot of hope for these women as they have a really good shot at achieving pregnancy that will last.” The medical procedure was recently made available through the Baptist Medical Group in Memphis, Tennessee, and it has already become a saving grace for women facing possible miscarriage.
MORE: Woman Makes Drug-free Patches That Treat Nausea, Cramps, Vertigo, Hangovers – And Even Car Sick Pets Mother-to-be Andranika Arnett, says she is finally hopeful about her pregnancy after she opted to have the procedure in October.
“Since I have had this surgery, nothing can keep me down,” Arnett told the news outlet.
“Nothing is stressing me out.

U.S. Ski Industry is Uniting Behind a List of Climate Change Actions to Save the Slopes

U.S. Ski Industry is Uniting Behind a List of Climate Change Actions to Save the Slopes

Some of the biggest outdoor recreational groups have recently announced that they are forming a new coalition that will take action against climate change in order to save ski slopes from rising temperatures.
Climate change is a threat to the outdoor recreation industry and the $887 billion it contributes annually to the U.S. economy.
The industry’s businesses, customers and the nearly 150 million Americans who participate in outdoor activities each year are dependent on a stable climate and have a vested interest in being part of climate solutions.
The Outdoor Business Climate Partnership is the first-ever broad collaboration among these trade groups.
The coalition will join forces to support the passage of comprehensive, bipartisan climate legislation in Congress, the adoption of market-based policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and decarbonization of the grid through state and utility level initiatives.
The alliance was formed by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), Snowsports Industries America (SIA) and the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) at the start of February as a means of providing leadership on advocacy and inspire meaningful action on climate change across the outdoor business sector.
RELATED: World’s Largest Shipping Company is Ditching Fossil Fuels and Challenging Their Competitors to Do the Same “Over the last decade, we’ve led the way in developing tool sets to reduce the environmental impacts of the products we sell,” said Amy Roberts, OIA Executive Director.
“These efforts have been adopted by major retailers and brands in the outdoor industry.
MORE: Massive Company That Sells Your Favorite Cookies and Crackers Cuts Ties With Palm Oil Firms That Destroy Forests SIA’s President, Nick Sargent said: “As three associations representing outdoor retailers, brands, suppliers, and resorts across the country, we share a common desire to see progress on climate and are joining hands to amplify our impact.
This kind of bold collaboration and commitment is what’s needed now if we’re going to effectively tackle this urgent issue.” Kelly Pawlak, NSAA President and CEO, added: “An ‘all hands on deck’ approach is essential in meeting a challenge as significant as climate change, and together we‘ll have a stronger voice to drive change inside and outside of the outdoor recreation industry.” Be Sure And Share The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Robinseed, CC

LIGO will be getting a quantum upgrade

LIGO will be getting a quantum upgrade

LIGO’s current tally of 11 gravitational wave events could be surpassed in a single week, LIGO researchers said in a news conference at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Starting up in 2024, the revved up detector, known as Advanced LIGO Plus, will seek to wrangle a quantum rule, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, to improve the machine’s ability to detect ripples in spacetime.
In LIGO, this translates to a give-and-take in the light scientists monitor to detect gravitational waves.
Due to quantum mechanics, that light fluctuates in two ways: in its phase, the timing of the light wave; and in its amplitude, which determines the light’s intensity.
“That’s exciting, but it comes with a penalty,” physicist Michael Zucker of Caltech and MIT LIGO Laboratory said in the news conference.
Fluctuations in the power of the light are increased, which makes measuring lower frequency gravitational waves more difficult.
“It doesn’t excuse you from Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.” But in Advanced LIGO Plus, scientists will use a system that will make the best of both worlds, squeezing the light one way for lower frequency ripples and another for higher frequency signals, to improve the machine’s performance overall.
“That is another step in complexity,” says physicist Hartmut Grote of Cardiff University in Wales.
Grote helped pioneer light squeezing techniques in a smaller gravitational wave detector called GEO 600, located near Hannover, Germany.
Another detector in India, called LIGO-India, is also expected to turn on at around the same time as Advanced LIGO Plus, and will employ the same quantum techniques.

How to Total Rows and Columns in Microsoft Word

How to Total Rows and Columns in Microsoft Word

If you need to total values in a Word table, you can do so without breaking out the calculator or entering the data into Excel and then copying it back.
Let’s say you have a table something like the following.
You have the units sold and the per unit cost, and you want to multiply those to get a total.
To do this, type the following into the “Formula” field to multiply the values in the two cells to the left of the current cell:
Click “OK” to accept the settings and insert the formula into the cell.
The result of the formula displays in the cell.
Say, for example, that we wanted to add all the values in the “Total” column to figure out our total overall sales.
Place your insertion point in an empty cell at the bottom of the “Total” column (insert an extra row if you need to).
Select an appropriate Number format and click “OK.” The total of all the values in the “Total” column displays in the cell.
Note: If you add new rows or columns of values to a table in Word, the formulas you’ve got in place will not automatically update.

5 of the worst keto diet side effects

5 of the worst keto diet side effects

In addition to weight loss, there are a few well-known side effects of the keto diet, some of which can be unpleasant.
​Constipation What’s likely to happen when you cut out common sources of fiber from your diet?
A 2015 study involving children on the keto diet showed that regular constipation was extremely common among participants, affecting about 65 percent of them.
​Muscle loss Some research suggests that the keto diet can lead to the loss of lean body mass, which includes muscle protein. “Muscle loss on the ketogenic diet is an ongoing area of research,” Clark told Everyday Health.
Note that lean body mass contains water, glycogen, and muscle protein, by definition.
It is hard to say with certainty that LBM loss implies greater “dry” muscle protein loss.
The ‘keto flu’ One of the most immediate side effects of the keto diet is the “keto flu,” a suite of symptoms that many experience in the first couple weeks after entering ketosis.
Kidney damage Some people inflict damage on their kidneys when they switch to the kidney diet because they eat too much meat and don’t drink enough water.
Of course, a responsible keto diet plan need not result in damage to the kidneys.

Readers marvel at AI, space missions and wombat poop

Readers marvel at AI, space missions and wombat poop

Artificial intelligence followed fauna, diagnosed disease, mapped the moon and more in 2018, Maria Temming reported in “Artificial intelligence is mastering a wider variety of jobs than ever before” (SN: 12/22/18 & 1/5/19, p. 25).
Online reader greg found the term “artificial intelligence” misleading.
“Certainly AI algorithms don’t think like humans do,” she says.
“But you also might be conflating two different levels of artificial intelligence.” Artificial narrow intelligence is the AI that exists now.
“An A-list AI example would be AlphaGo, which is extremely good at the hardest board game ever, but nothing else,” Temming says.
The second kind of AI is artificial general intelligence.
We’re not there yet.” 2019: A space odyssey In “2018 was a busy year in space” (SN: 12/22/18 & 1/5/19, p. 32), Lisa Grossman reported on missions that started exploring the cosmos in 2018 and others that were winding down.
Reader Leslie Hruby suggested that Science News’ 2019 space missions recap include coverage of New Horizons’ flyby of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule.
“One exciting finding is that the space rock is shaped like a snowman,” she says.
Pooetry Wombats’ elastic intestines help the marsupials form cubelike scat, Laurel Hamers reported in “Wombats are the only animals whose poop is a cube.

Brain discoveries open doors to new treatments

Brain discoveries open doors to new treatments

For centuries, scientists have strived to figure out the workings of the human brain, but that blob of matter tucked inside a bony shell long resisted efforts to divine its secrets.
Techniques invented in the early 1900s, including angiography and electroencephalography, made it possible to examine some characteristics of the brain without invading the skull.
But it wasn’t until the 1970s, with the development of functional PET and MRI scanning, that it became possible to see the brain in action.
Two stories in this issue illuminate just how far we’ve come in being able to explore and influence the brain in this extraordinary era of neuroscience innovation.
Rather than deliver a whole-brain zap, which is used in electroconvulsive therapy for severe depression, these experiments are testing whether nudging parts of the brain with electrodes could work better than current treatments.
“It’s one of those things that sounds a little bit like science fiction, but they’re actually doing it,” Sanders told me.
“What if we could have this really precise, gentler, kinder approach that worked?” A second story by Sanders looks at recent discoveries about the cerebellum, a brain structure that had been thought to be involved only in movement.
Now scientists say that the cerebellum plays a role in many of the things that make us human, including memory, language and social relationships.
And often the innovation comes from combining methods.
In January, Sanders wrote about researchers affiliated with Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus who managed to zoom in on the structure of just one nerve cell at a time by combining a laser lattice light-sheet microscope with a technique called expansion microscopy, which enlarges tiny tissue samples to reveal individual structures.

Why you can’t recognize when you’re wrong

Why you can’t recognize when you’re wrong

Not only does everyone have personal experience with how difficult it can be to change people’s minds, but there’s also empirical research showing why this is the case.
Specifically, radicals have less metacognitive sensitivity than moderates.
A radical experiment First, the researchers developed a model of “radicalism.”
Based on this construct of radicalism, the researchers took a new sample, measured their radicalism, and presented them with a straightforward task.
When their confidence ratings were lower, they would be more likely to have selected the wrong answer.
But radicals?
When the new evidence confirmed their answer, radicals rated their confidence in their answer as higher, just like moderates did.
When the new evidence showed that they had selected incorrectly, radicals still had higher confidence ratings in their wrong answer than moderates.
Can we become better at metacognition?
It seems that simply being aware of the concept of metacognition can improve one’s metacognitive ability.

Chimp gestures and human language are underpinned by same mathematical principles

Chimp gestures and human language are underpinned by same mathematical principles

Zipf’s law of abbreviation and Menzerath’s law seem to govern not just human speech but chimpanzee gestures.
Fifty-eight individual chimp gestures were catalogued in a new study.
Two laws in particular have gained wide acceptance: Zipf’s law of abbreviation and Menzerath’s law.
A study just published by the Royal Society on February 13 reveals that the gestural language of chimps at play is also based on these two maxims, a finding that implies that these two laws may have a role to play outside human language.
One of the study’s authors, Raphaela Heesen, tells New Scientist, “Primate gestural communication is, of course, very different to human language, but our results show that these two systems are underpinned by the same mathematical principles.”
Zipf’s and Menzerath’s laws Here’s what the two laws state in respect to language.
Zip’s law of abbreviation: Linguist George Kingsley Zipf found that the length of words is inversely proportional to the frequency with which they’re used.
Menzerath’s law: German phonetician Paul Menzerath discovered that in his native language, the longer the word, the shorter the syllable.
Photo credit: Tonirichsag1411 on Shutterstock The study of chimps’ gestures For the new study, whose primary investigator is primate expert Stuart Semple, researchers analyzed videos of 58 “social play” gestures used more than 2137 times by chimps living in Uganda’s’ Budongo Forest.
The same type of grouping was necessary to reveal the impact of Menzerath’s law.

Derek Shepherd’s Fourth Sister, Kate, Is Joining Grey’s Anatomy — Here’s Who’s Playing Her!

Derek Shepherd’s Fourth Sister, Kate, Is Joining Grey’s Anatomy — Here’s Who’s Playing Her!

Even though it feels like we’re constantly saying goodbye to cast members on Grey’s Anatomy, at least the show keeps finding ways of bringing new and exciting characters on board.
Case in point: Derek Shepherd’s fourth sister, Kathleen Shepherd, who will be joining the long-running ABC medical drama before you know it!
We’ve known about the arrival of Kathleen (aka Kate) since early February, but now we also know who’s going to be playing her: Amy Acker.
Deadline reports that the Gifted actress has signed on for a guest-starring role in the upcoming Amelia-centric episode.
If you don’t watch Fox’s The Gifted, then you likely recognize Acker from her roles in shows like Person of Interest, MacGyver, and Suits.
Although the exact date for the episode that she’s going to appear in has yet to be announced, there are a few other details regarding Kathleen’s arrival to obsess over in the meantime.
As a reminder, her existence was first mentioned way back in season three, and since then, we’ve met the other members of the Shepherd clan: Amelia (Caterina Scorsone), Liz (Neve Campbell), and Nancy (Embeth Davidtz).
Like the rest of her family, Kathleen is also a doctor (she’s a psychiatrist, to be specific).
Sadly, there aren’t that many other details about the new character just yet, but hopefully more information about her — and why she’s visiting Seattle — will start rolling in once ABC shares the date of the Amelia-focused episode.
Image Source: Getty / John Lamparski

SUBMIT AN ARTICLE

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US To Submit An Article. 

Subscribe





More from Around the Web

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news from our network of site partners.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest