This Computer Mouse Houses A Mouse Computer

This Computer Mouse Houses A Mouse Computer

a mouse computer?
But that’s hardly the point, which was just to do something cool.
Inspiration came from keyboards stuffed with a Raspberry Pi to make a mostly-all-in-one machine; this Rodent of Unusual Size is the next logical step.
With a Pi Zero W and a LiPo battery alongside a mouse mechanism inside the 3D-printed case – alas, no real mouse currently on the market would house everything – the computer sports not only a tiny and nearly-usable LCD display, but also a slide-out Bluetooth keyboard.
The ergonomics of a keyboard at right angles to the display gives us pause, but again, usability is not the point.
And don’t expect much in the performance department – the rig barfs after a few seconds of playing Minecraft.
Still, for all its limitations, this mouse computer has a certain charm.
We always enjoy “just because I can” projects, whether they be a Gameboy ukelele or a fire-breathing animatronic duck.
Such projects are often valuable not for what they produce, but for pushing into areas where no one has gone before.
Thanks to [GregsStack] for the tip, [via golem.de].

Designing A Toilet Roll Holder

Designing A Toilet Roll Holder

Everything needs to be designed, at one point or another.
There are jobs for those who design kitchens, and stadiums, and interplanetary spacecraft.
However, there are also jobs for those who design cutlery, hose fittings, and even toilet roll holders.
[Eric] covers the whole process from start to finish.
In the beginning, a wide variety of concepts are drawn up and explored on paper.
Various ideas are evaluated against each other and whittled down to a small handful.
Then, cardboard models are created and the concepts further refined.
This continues through several further phases until it gets down to the fun part of choosing colours and materials for the final product.
We’ve seen [Eric]’s work before – such as his primer on the value of cardboard in design.
Video after the break.

Long-Range RFID With Feedback

Long-Range RFID With Feedback

Not long ago, we published an article about researchers adding sensor data to passive RFID tags, and a comment from a reader turned our heads to a consumer/maker version which anyone can start using right away.
If you’re catching up, passive RFID technology is behind the key fobs and stickers which don’t need power, just proximity to the reader’s antenna.
This is a much “hackier” version that works with discrete signals instead of analog ones.
It will not however require writing a new library and programming new tags from the ground up just for the user to get started, so there is that trade-off.
Sparkfun offers a UHF reader which can simultaneously monitor 25 of the UHF tags shown in this paper.
To construct one of these enhanced tags, the antenna trace is broken and then routed through a switching device such as a glass-break sensor, temperature limit switch, doorbell, or light sensor.
Whenever continuity is restored the tag will happily send back its pre-programmed data, and the reader will acknowledge that somewhere one of the tags is seeing some activity.
Nothing says this could not be applied to inexpensive RFID readers should you just want a temperature warning for your gecko terrarium or light sensor to your greenhouse‘s sealed controller.
Thank you, [Mike Massen], for your tip on RFID Doing More Than ID.

New Study Finds That One Season of Football Is Enough to Change Young Athlete’s Brains

New Study Finds That One Season of Football Is Enough to Change Young Athlete’s Brains

Since the discovery of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy nearly two decades ago, there’s been growing concern among people who play sports and those who allow their children to play sports.
The more we know, the more worries there are about the long-term effects of the rough play that goes hand-in-hand with football, soccer, hockey, and the like, so parents are wondering whether their kids should be allowed on the field at all.
Though many unanswered questions remain, preliminary findings presented recently by the Radiological Society of North America seem to point toward the concerns being well-founded – the brain scans of youths who played football changed over the course of just one season.
The researchers used MRI methods to study nerve bundles in the brains of 26 young male football players whose average age was 12, and also included 26 young males who did not play football.
Only the nerve fibers in the players brains changed in the before and after scans.
The lead study author, Jeongchul Kim, explains further: More information is needed, but proceed with caution, to say the least.
You only get one brain, and it seems to be it’s not as hard to damage as we’d like to think.

This Dad Created an App That Forces Your Kid to Respond to Your Texts

This Dad Created an App That Forces Your Kid to Respond to Your Texts

Parenting has always been hard.
When children are little, we have to weigh the benefits and potential harm done by screens and set limits accordingly.
As a parent, few things are more frustrating than your kid refusing to respond to your texts.
So, one dad decided to do something about it.
It works by taking over your iPhone when you get a message, not allowing you to ignore it or go back to playing a game or using social media.
It also sounds an alarm, and tells the person who sent the text that it has been read.
In Herbert’s experience, this works out well.
“It is key to discuss with the child that they understand the reason for having it.
It is simply a means of allowing them to carry on using their phone however they want, but giving a means of getting them an important message when you need to.” You’ll probably want to also come to an agreement with your child on when and how you’ll use the app.
They should learn to associated ReplyASAP messages with something important and/or timely.

Trump startled by cozy Barr-Mueller relationship

Trump startled by cozy Barr-Mueller relationship

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump was startled Tuesday as he watched television coverage of his nominee for attorney general describing a warm relationship with the special counsel Robert Mueller in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to three people familiar with the matter.
During the first day of his confirmation hearing, William Barr described telling the President the first time he met him in June 2017 that he was friends with Mueller, referring to him on a first name basis. “I told him how well I knew Bob Mueller and that the Barrs and Muellers were good friends and would be good friends when this was all over,” Barr said.
Later, Trump privately rationalized the relationship between Barr and Mueller as stemming from both having worked in the Washington legal establishment for years, according to one of the people. “I have known Bob Mueller for 30 years,” Barr said Tuesday. “We worked closely together throughout my previous tenure at the Department of Justice under President Bush.
And when he was named special counsel, I said his selection was ‘good news’ and that, knowing him, I had confidence he would handle the matter properly.
Many of the senators’ questions regarded the Mueller probe, which Barr would oversee as attorney general.
Barr pledged to release “as much as I can” of Mueller’s findings to the public, to provide Mueller with the resources and time to finish the job, to not terminate Mueller without good cause and to notify Congress if he denied a major request during the investigation.
He said he would resign “if someone tried to stop a bonafide, lawful investigation to try to cover up wrongdoing.”

Trump Hits Back at Pelosi, Threatening Her Trip to See Troops

Trump Hits Back at Pelosi, Threatening Her Trip to See Troops

Mr. Trump’s decision to upend Ms. Pelosi’s travel plans was a remarkable bit of one-upmanship in an increasingly bitter government shutdown drama in which Mr. Trump and Ms. Pelosi, the newly elected Democratic speaker, are the main antagonists.
The day before, Ms. Pelosi had suggested that the president cancel or delay his State of the Union address this month, citing security concerns amid a prolonged partial shutdown that has forced thousands of federal employees to work without pay.
It came on the 27th day of the shutdown, a day on which there were once again no negotiations between the two sides.
But there was some indication that House Democrats, increasingly concerned that they have not sufficiently countered Mr. Trump’s demands for a wall with ideas of their own, were privately weighing offering their own plan for more effectively securing the border.
Mr. Trump’s decision to revoke Ms. Pelosi’s military transport drew howls of outrage from Democrats and some Republicans, and threw into disarray a long-planned trip by the speaker and senior lawmakers — including the chairmen of the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees — to visit American allies and troops stationed overseas.
Image “We’re not going to allow the president of the United States to tell the Congress it can’t fulfill its oversight responsibilities, it can’t ensure that our troops have what they need whether our government is open or closed,” said Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the chairman of the intelligence panel.
But unlike in other parts of the government, the State Department employees will be paid, at least for work performed in the next pay period.
Military planes are traditionally provided to congressional delegations for foreign trips, which are typically kept secret because of security concerns, particularly when lawmakers are heading to war zones and the delegation includes high-ranking congressional leaders.
The White House has known about the trip since early last week, when it was brought to its attention by the Defense Department, according to White House officials.
A spokesman for Ms. Pelosi, Drew Hammill, noted that Mr. Trump had traveled to Iraq to visit with American forces there during what he referred to as the “Trump Shutdown.” He added that the trip by the congressional delegation had a similar purpose.

What bad choices are left for Theresa May after the devastating Brexit defeat?

What bad choices are left for Theresa May after the devastating Brexit defeat?

At 7pm Tuesday night in London, UK Prime Minister Theresa May lost a 432-202 vote in the House of Commons, on the Brexit deal she had personally negotiated.
118 MPs from her Conservative party voted against her, sending her to the worst defeat of any Prime Minister in Britain’s modern era and the worst rebellion in the history of the Conservative Party.
Second, the defeat was so unequivocal that the current agreement cannot be brought back for another vote.
Though she beat back a vote of no confidence on Wednesday by 19 votes, she won simply because her Brexiteering colleagues who hate her deal fear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn more.
There are now only three possible outcomes: Brexit with a modified deal, a no deal Brexit, or no Brexit.
Tuesday’s vote was the culmination of three poisoned and sulphurous elements; first, the actions of an extremist anti-European wing of the Conservative party, bent on Making Britain Great Again, preferring an atavistic revolution to a realistic future; second, a series of cynical manipulations by David Cameron and other senior Conservative leaders, who traded their party’s tradition of responsible government for tainted electoral success; and third, the Labour Party’s repeated inability to successfully challenge the Conservative Party as a credible and persuasive governing party.
Cameron’s cynical overture to improve his party’s electoral prospects was the original sin of Brexit, and its potentially cataclysmic consequences grew in significance when Labour failed to break Cameron’s fragile hold on power.
Ironically, Jeremy Corbyn may now influence the outcome more than May, as he is not politically beholden as she is to anti-EU forces.
This process has revealed a surprising similarity between the UK and the US, where emotion and ideology have driven some of the most weighty recent policy decisions.
The Conservative Party’s passionate attachment to Brexit is mirrored by the US Republican Party’s absolute commitment to repealing Obamacare.

Cardi B To Be Featured in Pepsi Commercial During Super Bowl 53

Cardi B To Be Featured in Pepsi Commercial During Super Bowl 53

Cardi B is about to join a rarefied group of superstars, including Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Britney Spears … donning Pepsi’s red, white and blue for the company’s Super Bowl ad campaign … TMZ has learned.
Production sources tell us Cardi B is officially locked as this year’s Pepsi celeb spokesperson.
We’re told the ad has already been shot and will air during SB 53.
The Pepsi spot is considered the premiere commercial during the big game, which is watched by hundreds of millions and has a long afterlife.
Cindy Crawford did the honors last year, and her predecessors include Pink, One Direction, Madonna, Mariah Carey and The Spice Girls.
Cardi is also set to put on a show with Bruno Mars in the days leading up to The Super Bowl … the buzz is that it will be the biggest party of the weekend.
As we reported … Cardi was in talks to join Maroon 5 during the halftime show, but negotiations fell apart.
Thing is … even though she won’t be performing on the Super Bowl stage, the Pepsi commercial is a monumental TV moment.

Snow Friday morning, heavier storm comes this weekend

Snow Friday morning, heavier storm comes this weekend

A Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Alert remains in effect for both storms.
The first arrives early Friday morning with snow, a wintry mix and rain. “A very weak storm system will move through Southern New England tomorrow morning with spotty light snow and rain.
Lows will range from 15 to 25 degrees Friday night into Saturday.
Saturday during the day looks quiet, but temps may only reach the low-30s. “Snow probably won’t arrive until later in the day (Saturday), roughly between 4pm and 7pm,” DePrest said, adding that it could be heavy at times.
Since it’ll be cold, there could be between 2 to 6 inches of snow on the ground before it changes to sleet and freezing rain by Sunday morning.
Sunday looks to be quite messy.
There could also be just heavy rain.
Regardless of precip type, it will be heavy, from snow, to sleet and/or freezing rain, to a just a cold rain.

Office 365 vs G Suite: Which productivity suite is best for your business?

Office 365 vs G Suite: Which productivity suite is best for your business?

Each suite includes the following features: Business email and shared calendaring services attached to custom domains Online storage, with shared space for collaboration and a large allotment of personal storage space for each user account Productivity apps for creating and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations Corporate communication tools, including messaging, online meetings, and video conferencing A management interface, with advanced features such as compliance and archiving for enterprise customers as well as security features including two-factor authentication Both of these services are underpinned by a robust, highly reliable cloud infrastructure with data centers worldwide.
The web-based tools are identical to those your employees are already familiar with, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets.
The $12-a-month G Suite Business plan, for example, matches most of the cloud- and browser-based features of Office 365 Enterprise E3, which costs $20 a month and includes the full collection of Office desktop apps.
All G Suite plans include: Gmail for Business Video and voice conferencing (Hangouts Meet) Secure messaging (Hangouts Chat) Shared calendars Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides At least 30GB of cloud file storage (Google Drive) Security and administrative controls G Suite Business and Enterprise plans add cloud search, archiving, and eDiscovery options, and the ability to limit user access by geographic regions, among other features.
Table 1: G Suite plans at a glance Plan Price per user/month At a glance G Suite Basic $6 Aimed at very small businesses, this plan includes Gmail with a custom domain along with the web-based Google productivity apps.
Cloud-based services include the following: Exchange Online email hosting with a maximum inbox size of 50 or 100GB Web-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook A minimum of 1TB of OneDrive for Business file storage per user SharePoint Online team sites HD video conferencing Online meetings (Skype Meeting Broadcast or Microsoft Teams live events) Secure messaging and collaboration (Microsoft Teams) Security and administrative controls Business plans include basic customer relation software (Outlook Customer Manager), as well as Microsoft Invoicing, Microsoft Bookings, and MileIQ software.
SharePoint and Microsoft Teams support are included.
Office 365 Business $8.25 This plan is for smaller organizations that use Microsoft Office but don’t need Microsoft’s business email.
It does not include desktop apps.
Office 365 Enterprise E3 $20 This plan includes the same cloud services as the E1 offering, with the addition of Office desktop programs.

Officer’s generosity turns routine traffic stop into act of kindness

Officer’s generosity turns routine traffic stop into act of kindness

A routine traffic stop turned into a moving act of kindness by a Clive couple.
Clive police Officer David Liska pulled Lauren Bruner over on University Avenue because her tags were expired, which usually results in a ticket. “(She was) trying to get caught up.” “She teared up and she talked about depression and a hospital stay, and we have a daughter who had depression, and it just clicked,” Liska said.
He immediately empathized with the stranger and wanted to help, so he called his wife to ask for a favor.
Ellen Liska said she offered to drive Bruner to get new tags.
Liska payed for the tag and one month of car insurance for Burner.
Burner’s mother Michelle posted on Facebook, “The kindness compassion and generosity shown by this Clive officer and his wife has touched our hearts more deeply than they will ever know.” “This job has exposed me to so much hurt in other people’s lives so I’m just generally empathetic by nature,” David Liska said. “There’s nothing really special about us,” he said.

Heads-Up For Sunday, A Super ‘Blood Moon’ Is On The Way

Heads-Up For Sunday, A Super ‘Blood Moon’ Is On The Way

“The Only Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019,” promises NASA.
North and South America will get the best view of the super “blood moon”, as it’s known, but Europeans and Africans will also be able to watch (weather permitting).
Unlike a solar eclipse, when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, a total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth aligns to block the sun’s light from the moon.
About once a month, a full moon is visible when it nears that far point and shines brightly as Earth covers up most of the sun.
ET on Sunday, the moon will start to creep into the part of Earth’s shadow known as the penumbra.
Not much darkening will be visible yet, according to NASA.
As NASA explains, Earth casts a red shadow because of how our atmosphere scatters light.
So what about the “super” part of Sunday’s show in the sky?
That mean that when the moon is at its closest point to Earth – known as the perigee – it can appear up to 17 percent larger than it does at the farthest point in its orbit.
The one in 2024 will be a total solar eclipse visible from Texas to Maine.”

N.F.L. Playoff Predictions: Conference Championship Picks

N.F.L. Playoff Predictions: Conference Championship Picks

So after all those yards and touchdowns, it comes down to the top four offenses battling to reach the Super Bowl.
Four elite quarterbacks, four teams with terrific running games and four head coaches who seem more than capable of getting the most out of their players.
Here are our predictions for how the conference championships will sort out, both in terms of who will win and who will win against the spread.
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints 3:05 p.m., Fox Somehow the Week 9 showdown between Los Angeles and New Orleans did not receive the hype or the praise of the Rams’ thrilling win against Kansas City in Week 11, but it was not for a lack of excitement or importance.
On top of that, Los Angeles has gotten a boost in the last three games from Anderson, a running back who never quite reached his potential in Denver, and spent this season on three teams.
And the New Orleans defense does a terrific job of stopping the run.
In what should be a fantastic game between evenly matched teams, the deciding factor could be which overmatched secondary performs better.
There will be a lot of yardage regardless, but if Talib can limit Thomas, the opportunity is there for the Rams to come away with a road upset and their first trip to the Super Bowl since the 2001 season.
Pick to win: Rams Pick against the spread: Rams +3.5
When the Patriots and Chiefs met in Week 6, Mahomes had about as much success as a visiting young starter could expect in New England, throwing for 352 yards and four touchdowns.

Prince Philip, 97, Unhurt in Traffic Accident Near Royal Estate

Prince Philip, 97, Unhurt in Traffic Accident Near Royal Estate

Sam Russell/Press Association, via Associated Press LONDON — Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, escaped unhurt from a car accident near the royal family’s retreat in Sandringham, north of London, on Thursday.
The prince, 97, was driving an S.U.V.
near the estate when he was involved in an accident with another vehicle, a spokeswoman at Buckingham Palace said.
She confirmed that the queen was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
The driver suffered cuts and the passenger sustained an arm injury, the police said.
Photos from the scene showed one vehicle in a ditch and one turned on its side, its windshield cracked.
Saying it was “force policy to breath-test drivers involved in collisions,” the police said that the drivers were breath-tested and “provided negative readings.” The Archbishop of York tweeted a prayer for Prince Philip.
Prince Philip officially retired from his public duties in the autumn of 2017 and stopped all official engagements, but he has kept busy in the time since.
In 2016, when he was 94, Prince Philip drove President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth when they visited Windsor Castle.
He did choose to give up flying when he was 76.

Can the keto diet help treat depression? Here’s what the science says so far

Can the keto diet help treat depression? Here’s what the science says so far

Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called “brain fog,” though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
The keto diet can clearly help people lose weight: When you drastically reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat, your body eventually enters a state of ketosis and starts burning fat instead of carbs for fuel, resulting in weight loss.
I’ve gone from waking up with dread and fighting suicidal thoughts off and on most days, to feeling energetic, positive, and only a rare, passing, suicidal thought.
​Why would the keto diet help depression?
A sugar-heavy diet (e.g. one high in carbs) is known to increase inflammation in the body.
Inflammation is linked to (at least some forms of) depression, with studies showing that: People experience more symptoms of depression and anxiety when given proinflammatory cytokines.
GABA is made from glutamate, which is the brain’s major excitatory neurotransmitter.
What’s interesting is that, for reasons that aren’t fully understood, ketosis seems to encourage the increased production of GABA, reducing neurotoxicity, clearing up that brain fog and (at least potentially) alleviating conditions like anxiety and depression.
And still others might experience problems during the transition stemming from the symptoms of the very conditions they’re trying to manage with the diet.

What Happened to Dead Bodies After Big Battles Throughout History?

What Happened to Dead Bodies After Big Battles Throughout History?

That caveat out of the way, on the more definitive front, it’s noted that the ancient Greeks made an effort to respect the usual burial customs of the dead after a battle and collecting the bodies of the fallen wasn’t uncommon.
With the exception of the Spartans, most ancient Greek societies also made efforts to bury their dead near the city they hailed from if time allowed it, though for the sake of practicality, mass graves or the like were sometimes utilised instead.
As noted, an exception to this are the Spartans who often buried fallen soldiers on the battlefield they were killed.
As you might expect from this, the Romans made a conscious effort to recover the bodies of those who died and, if time allowed it, would bury or cremate them individually.
If this wasn’t possible, the bodies of soldiers killed in battle would be collected and given a mass cremation or burial.
My hat and my hair were full of bloodstained snow, and as I rolled my haggard eyes I must have been horrible to see.
However, there are accounts of battles where thousands of bodies were simply left to the elements.
On this desolate spot lay thirty thousand half-devoured corpses… It should also be noted here that beyond any possessions the bodies may have had on them before being stripped, the bodies themselves were also of value.
For example, human scavengers would come through and rob the dead of their teeth, which would then be used to make dentures.
Tasked with finding and burying every fallen American soldier, the Quartermaster Graves Registration Service have been hailed as some of the unsung heroes of the War due to the general lack of recognition they’ve received since it ended.

NASA’s Cassini Data Show Saturn’s Rings Relatively New

NASA’s Cassini Data Show Saturn’s Rings Relatively New

In fact, the rings may have formed much later than the planet itself, according to a new analysis of gravity science data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.
The findings indicate that Saturn’s rings formed between 10 million and 100 million years ago.
The conclusions of the research – gleaned from measurements collected during the final, ultra-close orbits Cassini performed in 2017 as the spacecraft neared the end of its mission – are the best answer yet to a longstanding question in solar system science.
To figure out the age of the rings, scientists needed to measure something else: the mass of the rings, or how much material they hold. “And with this work, Cassini fulfills a fundamental goal of its mission: not only to determine the mass of the rings, but to use the information to refine models and determine the age of the rings.”
With a better calculation of ring mass, scientists were better able to estimate the rings’ age.
Rotating Layers Go Deep From Cassini’s super-close vantage point, immersed in Saturn’s gravity field, the spacecraft relayed measurements that led scientists to another surprising discovery.
It’s long been known that Saturn’s equatorial atmosphere rotates around the planet faster than its inner layers and core.
But the new findings show that Saturn’s layers start rotating in synchrony much deeper into the planet – at least 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) in.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Natural Light Beer Wants to Apologize for the Hangovers by Paying Off Millions in Student Loan Debt

Natural Light Beer Wants to Apologize for the Hangovers by Paying Off Millions in Student Loan Debt

The Natural Light beer brand from Anheuser-Busch recently announced that they would be giving away $10 million over the course of the next ten years to eliminate student debt in America.
The initiative is part of the company’s College Debt Relief Program which they launched last year as part of a part of their commitment “to helping graduates remember college for the good times, not the burden of debt that follows.” In 2018, the company divvied up $1 million between 25 college students who applied for the donations by submitting videos about why they decided to go to college.
This year, they will kick off the initiative by dividing another $1 million between 70 students who submit similar videos about their college inspiration.
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If You Move to Maine, the State Will Pay Part of Them for You “Last year, the College Debt Relief Program had a major impact on the Natty community, both financially and emotionally.
But, student debt in America continues to rise, so we’re coming back with an even stronger commitment that will make an impact well beyond 2019,” said Daniel Blake, Senior Director of Value Brands, Anheuser-Busch.
“We’re making a pledge to give back $10,000,000 over the next decade to help out even more deserving individuals and shine a brighter light on the issue of college debt.” Additionally, Natural Light will be advertising for the program by airing a 60-second Super Bowl ad in five American cities with the highest rates of student loan debt.
If you would like to apply for a portion of the donation, you can submit a video of your own to the Natural Light website.
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50 Times People Asked To Cover Up Their Scars And Birthmarks, And Tattoo Artists Nailed It

50 Times People Asked To Cover Up Their Scars And Birthmarks, And Tattoo Artists Nailed It

“Chicks dig scars,” is something I often heard growing up, and strangely enough, this weird generalization helped me to accept and embrace the scar I had foolishly gotten myself above my right eye.
But dated stereotypes can’t come to the rescue for everyone, and some people have scars that affect not only their self-esteem about their appearance but bring back genuinely traumatic memories every time they see them.
Others are born with birthmarks no one asked for.
Being devilishly difficult things to erase sometimes, often the best way to take back control of your body image is by incorporating your marks into something positive, something that you chose yourself.
Tattoo artists are incredibly talented and creative people who can often relish the extra challenge of working with a scar or a birthmark to create something truly unique.
This list compiled by Bored Panda is full of beautiful, funny and downright genius ways that tattoos have transformed old wounds and marks, and healed some of the mental scars that came with them.
Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Lao National Museum

Lao National Museum

View all photos Laos is known for its UNESCO-landmarked temples in Luang Prabang and the lush jungles located just across the Mekong from Thailand.
Few realize it’s also the most heavily bombed country per capita in the world.
Between 1964 and 1973, the United States army dropped 2 million tons of cluster bombs over Laos in a covert attempt by the CIA to wrest power from the Pathet Lao party aligned with the Viet Cong.
That’s the equivalent a planeload of bombs dropped every 8 minutes, around the clock for nine years.
Visitors to the Lao National Museum, housed in the former French governor’s mansion, are quickly hurtled through the early history of Laos via a small exhibit of dinosaur bones and a St. Patrick’s Day green diorama of the Plain of Jars to arrive at the museum’s true focus: the Lao Revolution of the 1970s.
You’ll see photos of entire classrooms of children being taught in underground caves to avoid the bombs, though there are photos of broken children and broken buddhas, too.
Many Americans are familiar with photos of college students in the 1970s protesting the draft.
Here, you’ll see arresting images of Lao holding “U.S., go home” signs and burning effigies of Henry Kissinger; not the type of thing you find in most American history books.
Central to the museum’s narrative is the larger-than-life Comrade Kaysone Phomvihane, the revolutionary leader of the Pathet Lao and first prime minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
The permanent exhibit ends with a display of unexploded American bombs and prosthetic limbs used by those unlucky enough to have come across one.

What are Office Intelligent Services and Should You Turn Them Off?

What are Office Intelligent Services and Should You Turn Them Off?

Microsoft’s core Office 365 client apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook—all contain a setting that lets you enable “Office Intelligent Services.” So, what are these, why are they turned on, and should you turn them off?
If you have an Office 365 subscription then in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook there is a section in File > Options > General called “Office intelligent services.” (If you’ve just purchased Office as a stand-alone set of apps without an O365 subscription then this section won’t be available to you.)
Turning it on in any app will turn it on in every app, and likewise turning it off in any app will turn it off in every app.
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This is an OIS feature that is only available for O365 users who have the “Enable Services” checkbox switched on.
Other OIS features include a data visualization tool for Excel, a PowerPoint design helper, a “smart lookup” tool to help you find information about a subject, and the ability to dictate text rather than typing it.
There are quite a few other services as well, and Microsoft regularly adds more.
Why Are Office Intelligent Services Switched On, and Should You Turn Them Off?
But don’t worry!
However, OIS features are useful and Microsoft’s privacy statement is a pretty comprehensive document, so you might want to read it and make an informed decision before turning OIS off (or indeed turning it on).

Scientists Left Behind

Scientists Left Behind

What I want to discuss is, however, something only partly in line with the interesting topics of Hank’s book.
It is something that I see happening around these days, and which I ache for: the dumbing down of our decision making in science.
It so happens that the plan of building a “Future Circular Collider” (FCC), a new large particle collider, is coming up for discussion as one of the main projects in the forthcoming meetings of the European Strategy for Particle Physics process, a completely open, widespread initiative aimed at discussing among experts the future enterprises in this area of fundamental science, and at agreeing on which are the most proficuous and motivated ways to move forward in the investigation of Nature.
The FCC is an ambitious project, and it is more or less at the edge of our reach with the currently available technology.
But to be fair, these “scientists left behind” are only one component in a larger pool of opposers.
We recently saw an epitome of this situation with the debate on the alleged nocuous nature of vaccines, which took place in social media like Facebook or Twitter.
The choice is yours: whether to collect your knowledge base by the equivalent of the National Enquirer, choosing the self-fulfilling road of entertaining, emotional, dumbed down, populist arguments; or whether instead to do the extra work of trying to understand the hard science and the arcane reasons behind the stand that credited scientists are taking on the matter.
In 2016 Dorigo published the book “Anomaly!
Collider physics and the quest for new phenomena at Fermilab”.
Tommaso Dorigo is an experimental particle physicist, who works for the INFN at the University of Padova, and collaborates with the CMS experiment…

Why Antarctica’s sea ice cover is so low (and no, it’s not just about climate change)

Why Antarctica’s sea ice cover is so low (and no, it’s not just about climate change)

Sea ice cover in Antarctica shrank rapidly to a record low in late 2016 and has remained well below average.
However, in late 2016 Antarctic sea ice dramatically and rapidly melted reaching a record low.
Finally, we wanted to know whether human-induced climate change contributed to these record lows.
Hunting for clues Sea ice cover around Antarctica varies a lot from one year or decade to the next.
This caused the ocean surface to warm up, promoting less sea ice cover.
Taken together, the evidence we present supports the idea that the rapid Antarctic sea ice decline in late 2016 was largely due to natural climate variability.
The current state of Antarctic sea ice Since then, sea ice has remained mostly well below average in association with warmer upper ocean temperatures around Antarctica.
The combination of record tropical sea surface temperatures and weakened westerly winds in 2016 warmed the entire upper 600m of water in most regions of the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.
Antarctic sea ice extent is seeing a record low start to the New Year.
This is because the rainfall and ocean temperature records seen in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean that led to the initial sea ice decline in 2016 likely have some climate change contribution.

Someone Built A $200 Million Village Of Disney-Like Castles, Realizes His Mistake When It’s Too Late

Someone Built A $200 Million Village Of Disney-Like Castles, Realizes His Mistake When It’s Too Late

Hundreds of faux chateaux being built for wealthy Gulf investors have just got their new residents.
Ghosts.
The Burj Al Babas project in Turkey’s northern Bolu province began in 2014, but its developer, the Sarot Group, has failed to come up with the required amount of money for finishing it.
The Sarot Group was recently slapped with a court-ordered bankruptcy ruling over the Burj Al Babas’ $27 million debt.
The project was designed to include 732 chateau-style villas, swimming pools, Turkish baths, health and beauty centers, a shopping center and a mosque, according to its website.
And even though customers from Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia have bought around 350 of the 587 villas built, it’s not enough.
“We couldn’t get about 7.5 million dollars receivables for the villas we have sold to Gulf countries,” Hurriyet newspaper quoted Sarot Group Chairman Mehmet Emin Yerdelen.
“We applied for bankruptcy protection but the court ruled for bankruptcy.
We will appeal the ruling.” Image credits: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images The court also ordered the group to stop all construction immediately, but Yerdelen remains hopeful.
“The project is valued at $200 million,” he said.

New ways to image and control nerve cells could unlock brain mysteries

New ways to image and control nerve cells could unlock brain mysteries

Using laser light, ballooning tissue and innovative genetic tricks, scientists are starting to force brains to give up their secrets.
By mixing and matching powerful advances in microscopy and cell biology, researchers have imaged intricate details of individual nerve cells in fruit flies and mice, and even controlled small groups of nerve cells in living mice.
“Without this kind of technology, we were only able to look at the soup level,” in which diverse nerve cells, or neurons, are grouped and analyzed together, she says.
But the new studies show that nerve cells can be studied individually.
The gel preserves the tissue’s structure while also expanding it.
Turning the powerful lattice light sheet microscope on expanded fruit fly brains and sections of mice brains revealed features of individual nerve cells, the researchers report in the Jan. 18 Science.
With advances in microscopy and improvements to a protein that responds to laser stimulation, the researchers were able to monitor individual nerve cells’ behavior and activate them at will, changing the mice’s eating behavior.
So Deisseroth’s team used genetic tricks to identify single nerve cells that are active as a mouse does a certain behavior — in this case, licking high-calorie water or interacting with another mouse.
But when the team stimulated the social nerve cells, licking decreased, results that hint that social interactions can curb eating behavior.
“Most of the mouse brain is deep and difficult to probe,” Deisseroth says.

The moon’s craters suggest Earth hasn’t erased lots of past impacts

The moon’s craters suggest Earth hasn’t erased lots of past impacts

A new look at the moon’s craters suggests the Earth and moon both suffered a sharp increase in impacts around 290 million years ago, and Earth has kept its biggest scars.
Geologists long assumed that erosion and tectonic activity had erased Earth’s craters so thoroughly that “you couldn’t say anything about the craters on Earth at all,” says planetary scientist Rebecca Ghent (SN: 12/22/18, p. 40).
Ghent realized in 2014 that the youngest craters on the moon were surrounded by large rocks, debris excavated by the impact that formed the crater (SN: 4/14/18, p. 32).
Older craters, by contrast, were surrounded by rocks that had been beaten down to dust over time, so they didn’t glow as brightly at night.
INCOMING IMPACTS Planetary scientists figured out the ages of more than 100 craters on the moon, which revealed that there was a sharp uptick in impacts 290 million years ago.
Most lunar scientists assumed that, after an early turbulent period of extreme bombardment more than 3 billion years ago, the moon’s impact rate has been mostly constant.
The jump in the impact rate could have been caused by a smash-up in the asteroid belt sending debris toward the inner solar system, says coauthor William Bottke, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.
“We don’t see fewer craters because of erosion,” he says.
While the moon’s craters date back billions of years, Earth has almost no preserved craters older than about 650 million years.
“Their method is interesting and new.” Geologists Thomas Kenkmann and Stefan Hergarten of the University of Freiburg in Germany are more skeptical.

8 Takeaways for Apple, Google and Others from Recent Mobile App Stats

8 Takeaways for Apple, Google and Others from Recent Mobile App Stats

Consumers are now spending over $100 billion annually via app stores run by Apple (AAPL – Get Report) , Alphabet/Google (GOOGL – Get Report) and others, but the rate of growth has slowed a bit.
Spending on App Stores Is Now Growing at a High-Teens Percentage App Annie estimates that total spending on transactions handled by the iOS App Store, Google Play and Chinese Android app stores run by the likes of Tencent (TCEHY) and Baidu (BIDU – Get Report) rose about 17% in 2018 to $101 billion.
Games Still Account for the Lion’s Share of Spending on App Stores App Annie believes spending on games within app stores rose 13% last year and accounted for 74% of total spending, in spite of accounting for just 35% of downloads.
The firm believes spending on mobile gaming surpassed non-mobile gaming spending in 2016, and expects mobile games to claim a 60% share of game spend in 2019.
The firm previously estimated that Chinese App Store spending had surpassed U.S. App Store spending in 2016, that $27.7 billion had been cumulatively spent via China’s App Store through 2017 and that the average Chinese iPhone user used 41 iOS apps per month in 2017 (and had installed 103).
Spending on Subscriptions Is Taking Off App Annie believes non-gaming apps accounted for 26% of app store spending last year, up from 18% in 2016.
Subscription purchases made within apps — particularly for video and dating services — are believed to be driving much of this growth.
Time Spent on Apps Continues to Grow — Especially in Emerging Markets Excluding Chinese consumers and iOS users (two demographics for which this kind of data-collection is tougher), App Annie believes time spent on mobile apps rose 50% from 2016 to 2018.
WhatsApp is now Facebook’s most popular app, according to App Annie.
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“Did You Know The Human Body Is Full Of Evolutionary Leftovers That No Longer Serve A Purpose?”

“Did You Know The Human Body Is Full Of Evolutionary Leftovers That No Longer Serve A Purpose?”

If Charles Darwin was alive, he’d be the most active 209-year-old Twitter follower Dorsa Amir.
Dorsa, a devoted evolutionary anthropologist, regularly shares fascinating scientific content, and her latest posts are no exception.
She revealed that “evolutionary leftovers” still exist in some of our bodies despite no longer having any present purpose, and the research quickly went viral.
“My interests and my research are all rooted in a deep curiosity about who we are as a species,” Dorsa told Bored Panda.
“I think we are remarkable organisms for many reasons.
One of the most interesting features of our story is that we are primates that evolved for millennia for a life of foraging, just living out in the wild, and incredibly in the last 10,000 years or so we’ve gone from that world to a world of supermarkets and spaceships.
It’s stranger than science fiction.
If it doesn’t, then it just kind of tags along for the ride longer than it’s useful.
Given that there doesn’t appear to be active selection against these traits, I don’t think they’re going away any time soon.
Continue scrolling to learn about its signatures and tell us what you think in the comments!

This prophetic 1997 Jeff Bezos interview explains the genius behind Amazon

This prophetic 1997 Jeff Bezos interview explains the genius behind Amazon

Bezos explains why books, in particular, make for a perfect item to sell on the internet.
After making a list of 20 different products to sell online, he picked books as the best one to orient the business around.
Why books?
He compared books to music, the number two best item for the web.
But at that same time, there were 3 million books “active in the book space” in different languages, with more than 1.5 million in English alone.
These “almost in time” titles would be available within a day.
Amazon also made a deal with another 20,000 publishers to have access to 1.1 million titles, which would take a couple of weeks to get.
His secret – doing something “new and innovative,” creating an online business the likes of which did not exist, that “actually has real value for the customer”.
In the first year, all growth for Amazon was fueled by word of mouth and media exposure – not ads.
Check out the full interview here: Jeff Bezos 1997 Interview This is an interview with Jeff Bezos – the founder of Amazon in 1997.

The Influence of Physical Causes Upon the Moral Faculty: How Founding Father Benjamin Rush Revolutionized Our Understanding of Mental Health

The Influence of Physical Causes Upon the Moral Faculty: How Founding Father Benjamin Rush Revolutionized Our Understanding of Mental Health

He had graduated from what is now Princeton sixteen years earlier and had been a practicing physician for seven years.
He knew it, and he was content to pay the price.
[…] As I consider virtue and vice to consist in action, and not in opinion, and as this action has its seat in the will, and not in the conscience, I shall confine my inquiries chiefly to the influence of physical causes upon that moral power of the mind, which is connected with volition, although many of these causes act likewise upon the conscience, as I shall show hereafter.
The state of the moral faculty is visible in actions, which affect the well-being of society.
Noting that medicine has already identified a physical basis of such mental faculties as memory, judgment, and imagination, Rush argues that morality, too, has physical correlates.
Among the various physical habits and faculties he considers essential to moral development, he includes two rather Buddhist concepts: solitude and silence.
How wonderful is the action of the mind upon the body!
Of the body upon the mind!
And if the history of mankind does not furnish similar instances of the versatility and perfection of our species in virtue, it is because the moral faculty has been the subject of less culture and fewer experiments than the body, and the intellectual powers of the mind.
Two decades after delivering his visionary speech, he would watch his eldest child descend into mental illness — a devastation that would inspire him to compose the first American book on “diseases of the mind.” In his superb biography, Fried writes: Through it all, Benjamin Rush contended openly and engagingly with the same challenge he had put to the new nation: how to be a man of science, a man of liberty, and a man of faith — all while striving to be a good friend, husband, and father of nine children.

Fitbit Will Let Users Share Data with All of Us, A Crowdsourced Medicine Research Project

Fitbit Will Let Users Share Data with All of Us, A Crowdsourced Medicine Research Project

Fitbit is one of the leading fitness wearable manufacturers on the planet, and now it’s going to let users share their data with the All of Us research program.
It’s all opt-in and “strict safeguards” are used to protect privacy.
This marks the first time a fitness company has opted to contribute to the goal of All of Us.
Fitbit users who wish to participate can sign up for All of Us, then choose to sync their Fitbit data to the program.
That data includes physical activity, heart rate, and sleep patterns.
The cool thing here is that Fitbit device isn’t even required to participate—just a Fitbit account.
This will help All of Us gather more data from users who already participate in the program.
But on a more personal note, the goal of All of Us (which I hadn’t heard of before today) is exciting to me because I’m the father of a chronically ill child.
The research being done here could ultimately mean a longer life for him and many others who live with a chronic illness.
More participants and more data are very small things that lead to very big results.

B-Movie Heaven!

B-Movie Heaven!

One of my favorite websites is badmovies.org, a site dedicated to the discussion and mockery of b-movies.
Reviews of these films, complete with clips, stills, sounds, and hilarious commentary are to be found therein, along with a lot of other germane film information.
Try it and you’ll be hooked even as I was.
Although the U.S. production of movies intended as second features largely ceased by the end of the 1950s, the term B movie continues to be used in its broader sense to this day.
Most B movies represent a particular genre—the Western was a Golden Age B movie staple, while low-budget science-fiction and horror films became more popular in the 1950s.
Early B movies were often part of series in which the star repeatedly played the same character.
Almost always shorter than the top-billed films they were paired with, many had running times of 70 minutes or less.
The owner of the site referenced is a film enthusiast, a very patient man, and possessed of a keen wit.
His commentary is priceless, as seen in the following example, this concerning 1957’s Attack of the Crab Monsters, a B-movie if ever there was one (and available on YouTube): I’ve spent hours looking through this site, just to see what has been said about old films with which I am familiar, and I am impressed.
Give it a look to see if your old favorites are covered.

Could Pets Be a Key to the Obesity Crisis?

Could Pets Be a Key to the Obesity Crisis?

Our pets are also becoming more obese.
But obesity is rising in dogs and cats even when they don’t overeat or under-exercise.
Research on pet obesity is uncovering several potential answers, like genetic links, the quality of our food, and even the use of antibiotics.
The good news is that animals could help us disentangle those environmental factors, too.
Factory farm animals are traditionally fattened with antibiotics that transform their gut so they need less food to gain weight.
If antibiotics fatten animals, could they be doing the same to humans?
The microbiome describes the genomes of the vast colonies of micro-organisms – bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, all 100 trillion of them – living in your digestive system.
An imbalance in the microbiome possibly leads to not only obesity, but irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Read about other research findings on obesity in people and their pets at BBC Future.
(Image credit: Tripp)

Distant volcano could turn Americans’ lunar eclipse dark red

Distant volcano could turn Americans’ lunar eclipse dark red

People have to be on the night side of Earth to catch the dark shadow fall over the moon’s face.
It also turns the moon red.
That, plus a generally dry and clear night sky in winter, could make this the best viewing opportunity in years.
The January total lunar eclipse will be special for another reason: its color.
This plume of ash and more towered to 16.1 kilometers (10 miles), according to an analysis of data collected by the Japanese weather satellite Himawari-8.
From Indonesia, it takes about two weeks for this high-altitude air pollution to make one round-the-world trek.
So by mid-January, all the aerosols were fully mixed within the Southern Hemisphere’s upper atmosphere.
That means sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere during totality will stream through more of the Southern Hemisphere’s, where all of that volcanic pollution is still hanging out.
That’s a year after Tambora’s 1815 eruption.
And those tiny droplets effectively scatter light, which can make the moon’s apparent change in color even more dramatic.

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