Photo: The Rock Welcomes His Third Daughter

Photo: The Rock Welcomes His Third Daughter

“Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there.”
Our mana.
Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world.
I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there.
Word to the wise gentlemen, it’s critical to be by your lady’s head when she’s delivering, being as supportive as you can.. holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do.
But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer – watch your child being born.
Its a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless.
And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia – like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life.
#3rdDaughter #BlessesAndGratefulMan #ImInTROUBLE Skin to skin.

Woman Invites Officer Who Arrested Her to Her College Graduation

Woman Invites Officer Who Arrested Her to Her College Graduation

Today we reunited Long Beach resident Tiffany Hall, a woman formally caught in a cycle of substance abuse, to the @LBPD Lieutenant who helped turn her life around!
She took the moment to invite him to her graduation 👏🏽🎓 #GoLongBeach pic.twitter.com/sBjZIJbXjv — Long Beach Mayor (@LongBeachMayor) April 18, 2018 It has been five years since Tiffany Hall was caught in a cycle of substance abuse and addiction.
Now, she is about to become a college grad – and she credits her success to the police officer who arrested her.
“But then somewhere, somehow Lt. Foster became a part of my life.
For some reason, he would always take me to jail.” Hall says that whenever Foster was taking her to the station, he would chat with her about her situation and encourage her to make better choices.
WATCH: Deputy’s Act of Kindness Leads Homeless Man to Family He Never Knew He Had “She was a unique personality,” said Foster.
“Lots of humor.
Five years later, the city of Long Beach recently reunited Hall with her old arresting officer – and the meeting was an emotional one.
Upon accepting the invitation, Foster said: “The biggest joy of my professional career is from time-to-time having contact with people who have found their way out of horrible circumstances and into life’s success, things that a lot of us just take for granted for people who have a much rougher life story.” Hall reportedly plans on passing the kindness forward by pursuing a career in social work.
(WATCH the video below) Pass On The Positivity: Click To Share The Story With Your Friends – Photo by Long Beach Mayor

Old Man River

Old Man River

Because of its importance to the region’s Māori people, New Zealand’s Whanganui River is legally a person, with rights, duties, and liabilities, including the right to be represented in court proceedings.
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the river will be recognized as a person “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests.” Gerrard Albert, lead negotiator for the Whanganui iwi (tribe), said, “We have fought to find an approximation in law so that all others can understand that from our perspective treating the river as a living entity is the correct way to approach it, as an indivisible whole, instead of the traditional model for the last 100 years of treating it from a perspective of ownership and management.” In 2011, residents of Ecuador sued the provincial government of Loja on behalf of the Vilcabama River to stop a road-widening project that was forcing rocks and debris into the watershed.
A “rights of nature” provision in Ecuador’s constitution permits people to sue on behalf of an ecosystem.
A judge decided in favor of the river, and the municipality had to cancel the project and rehabilitate the area.

Pluto’s moon Charon gets 12 new names sci-fi and mythology geeks will love

Pluto’s moon Charon gets 12 new names sci-fi and mythology geeks will love

There’s only one organization with the “official” ability to name off-Earth objects and places: The International Astronomical Union (IAU).
What’s popularly known as the Andromeda Galaxy, for example, has two “official” names: M31 and NGC 224.
But before we get to Pluto’s moon, let’s spend a little time “on” ours.
Riccioli’s moon map (Credit: Wikipedia) The original names have been tweaked with designations from modern scientists and space programs, and the dark side of the moon has also been mapped.
Pluto moon names Here’s a list of the new IAU-sanctioned names on Charon.
Dorothy Crater is named for the heroine of L. Frank Baum’s beloved Wizard of Oz book series.
Mandjet Chasma Another mythical boat is honored on Charon.
The Mandjet was the vessel that carried the god Ra —AKA the sun—across the sky each day.
Pirx is a spaceman, and a space detective, traveling between Earth, Earth’s moon, and Mars, though not, it should be noted, out to Pluto.
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Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Hymn to Time”

Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Hymn to Time”

“The moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity,” Kierkegaard wrote in contemplating the paradoxical nature of time half a century before Einstein forever changed our understanding of it.
As relativity saturated the cultural atmosphere, Virginia Woolf was tussling and taffying with time’s confounding elasticity, the psychology of which scientists have since dissected.
We are beings of time and in time — something Jorge Luis Borges spoke to beautifully in his classic 1946 meditation on time: “Time is the substance I am made of.
Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.” That riverine dimension of being is what Ursula K. Le Guin (October 21, 1929–January 22, 2018) explores with spare words and immense splendor of sentiment in “Hymn to Time” from her final poetry collection, Late in the Day (public library) — a poem embodying her conviction that “science describes accurately from outside, poetry describes accurately from inside, [and] both celebrate what they describe.” In this recording created as a warmup for our second annual Universe in Verse, astrophysicist Janna Levin — who has written beautifully about the nature of time herself — brings Le Guin’s poem to life in thirty-five transcendent seconds:
by Ursula K. Le Guin Time says “Let there be” every moment and instantly there is space and the radiance of each bright galaxy.
And the gnats’ flickering dance.
And the seas’ expanse.
And death, and chance.
Time makes room for going and coming home and in time’s womb begins all ending.
Time is being and being time, it is all one thing, the shining, the seeing, the dark abounding.

Should You Build Your Own DIY Security System?

Should You Build Your Own DIY Security System?

For example, Nest has a DIY security system bundle that lets you install everything yourself and do your own self-monitoring from the Nest app, but you can also hook up professional monitoring if you want for a monthly fee.
The big question, however, is what the pros and cons are when deciding to go the DIY route, and how it compares to professional systems from the likes of ADT.
For this we’ll compare SimpliSafe, Abode, and ADT, the first two of which are security systems that you purchase up front and install yourself.
All you have to pay is the $99 installation fee up front, and then you’ll pay $36.99 per month for the 24/7 professional monitoring.
Even if we waive ADT’s installation fee and go with the cheapest plan (rather than get Pulse), you’d still come out on top by going with a DIY setup.
A package similar to what you’ll get with ADT and SimpliSafe cost $408 up front, and comes with three door/window sensors, a motion sensor, a keypad, and a keychain remote.
As for the monthly fee, the $30/month plan comes with 24/7 professional monitoring, but if you pay up front for a whole year, you can get it for $20 per month.
With that said, the total cost of Abode over three years would total $1,228—$778 cheaper than ADT and just a bit more than SimpliSafe.
You Can Use a DIY System Without Professional Monitoring A huge plus with SimpliSafe, Abode, and other DIY systems is that you can use them without paying for the monthly professional monitoring fee.
With ADT, you can’t use the system without paying the monthly fee.

Writing and Researching Online- A Chat with Karl Smallwood

Writing and Researching Online- A Chat with Karl Smallwood

In this episode of The Brain Food Show podcast, we interview prolific online writer and researcher Karl Smallwood.
Karl’s written for TodayIFoundOut for over five years now, producing hundreds of articles, including many of the most popular on the website and channel.
Beyond that, he’s also written for such sites as Cracked, Mental_Floss, TopTenz, Biographics, and many others.
In his spare time he also runs the criminally undersubscribed channel FactFiend here, as well as its companion website.
During the interview Karl gives tips on things like how to rapidly become an expert on a given subject you might otherwise start out with little knowledge on, writing online, time management, juggling many writing projects and more.
On another note, if you could do us a huge favor and rate and review this show in whatever podcasting platform you’re using (including hopefully giving us some feedback related to the new format), we would be extremely grateful.
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Study: Scientists identify new ‘twisted knot’ DNA structure in human cells

Study: Scientists identify new ‘twisted knot’ DNA structure in human cells

“This structure has novel features which are of considerable biological interest,” they wrote.
That turned out to be an understatement.
The discovery of the double helix would go on to revolutionize the scientific world, leading to major developments in disease screening and treatment, food production, and forensic science.
Now, scientists have identified another structure of DNA.
In a paper published in Nature Chemistry, researchers from Australia describe the first-ever sighting of a DNA component—called the intercalated motif (i-motif)—within living human cells.
Its shape has been likened to a “twisted knot.” genomicist Marcel Dinger, who co-led the research.
“In the knot structure, C [cytosine] letters on the same strand of DNA bind to each other – so this is very different from a double helix, where ‘letters’ on opposite strands recognise each other, and where Cs bind to Gs [guanines].” To identify the i-motif, which had been previously identified in vitro but never in living cells, the researchers developed antibody fragments dubbed “iMabs” that could recognize and bind to i-motifs in cells.
The researchers added fluorescent dyes to the iMabs to make them easy to spot.
The transient nature of i-motifs, along with the fact that they’re observed near areas of cells that control whether genes get activated, provides clues about their functions.
“It may function as a volume dial in the genome that regulates activity of genes and can impact on the amount of a gene that is expressed in a cell.” Zeraati said it’s important for future research to uncover more about the functions of the i-motif and other DNA structures.

The plastic surgery: 10 ways bodies and brands are taking action

The plastic surgery: 10 ways bodies and brands are taking action

Asda has promised to get rid of all 5p carrier bags by the end of 2018, switch 2.4m plastic straws in its cafes to paper, and introduce reusable drinks cups in its shops and cafes by 2019.
McDonald’s eyes 100 per cent sustainable packaging goal The world’s largest restaurant company has announced that all of its packaging will be made from renewable, recycled or certified sustainable materials by 2025, up from 50 per cent currently.
Clipper has also pledged to make the switch.
While some bags use meltable plastic fibres to heat seal their four corners, Pukka Herbs bags are stitched using compostable organic cotton.
The company has committed to using more sustainable materials in its core products – including its famous bricks – and packaging by 2030.
BBC aims to ditch single-use plastics by 2020 Plastic cups and cutlery will be removed from all BBC sites by the end of 2018, ending the use of around 2m plastic cups by visitors and staff each year, the corporation announced in February.
Plastic cups will be replaced with glasses, and a coffee cup recycling scheme is being trialled in Salford.
The band that ditched plastic for their debut album A band from Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire have decided to ditch ‘soulless’ plastic CDs and instead release their new album as a handcrafted, handbound book of illustrated poetry.
Alongside the music, the group worked with other artists to create photographs and illustrations, spoken word recitals and illustrated lyric books as well as giclée prints and postcards.
“The idea is to make something that really values the efforts of everyone involved, something special that people will love to hold for years to come,” said singer Johnny Powell.

Teens Playing Basketball Stop And Kneel During Funeral Procession

Teens Playing Basketball Stop And Kneel During Funeral Procession

A photo of a group of teenagers taking a knee as a funeral procession passed by their pickup basketball game on Friday is restoring many people’s faith in humanity.
Lynn Bienvenu of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was attending the funeral of her cousin when she passed by Franklinton Junior High School and noticed something that touched her heart.
Lynn snapped a quick photo and posted it on her Facebook page. “While attending a family funeral the procession passed a group of young boys shooting hoops,” Lynn wrote about the photo. “Take a look closely.
They took a knee not out of disrespect but honor.
They was not an adult insight to tell them to stop playing.
This meant a great deal to our family.
May God bless each one as I feel they will achieve greatness.”
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Woman Flies Around the World to Adopt 4 Orphans With Same Genetic Disorder As Her

Woman Flies Around the World to Adopt 4 Orphans With Same Genetic Disorder As Her

Instead, she adopted and saved four other kids who suffer from the same disorder.
Smith was diagnosed at birth with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a condition that can lead to seizures, developmental disabilities, and mental and physical disorders if it is not treated properly.
Her parents discovered that they could keep the condition in check by keeping their daughter on a restrictive low-protein diet.
When they started talking about having kids, however, the odds were not in their favor.
“I didn’t want to potentially go through all that headache and heartache and stress when there are kids who need a family out there,” said Smith, according to TODAY.
“We loved the idea of giving a home to a kid with PKU because we know how to take care of it.
When I told my husband about [these little boys], he said, ‘Are we going to China?’” In May 2015, Kristi and Matt brought home their two new adoptive sons, Andrew and Luke.
Andrew and Luke were smart, curious, and energetic youngsters.
A boy named Ben, who had not been as nurtured as Andrew and Luke, was 13 years old at the time.
Once he turned 14, he would be considered “unadoptable” and turned out onto the streets.

Finding a Muse in the Supernatural

Finding a Muse in the Supernatural

With Goldfield, Tonopah, and Fish Lake Valley on the itinerary for days three and four of their journey from Las Vegas to Reno on “The Fellowship of Highway 95”—a week-long artistic collaboration on Nevada’s “Free-Range Art Highway”, organized by Atlas Obscura and TravelNevada—the collage artist Francesca Berrini and the photographer Lindsey Rickert were heading deep into “ghost country,” as Berinni described it in the day’s travel journal.
Rickert snapped an off-kilter photograph and collected a handful of snow from the ground.
For Berrini and Rickert, a pleasant chat with the owner of a local antique shop soon slid into sordid tales from the town’s past.
“The town and the folks we talked with were all optimistic about the possibilities of sharing the past with future visitors.” After stopping by the cemetery in Tonopah just before nightfall, the two artists settled in at the Mizpah Hotel.
It’s said that not even the renovations could exorcise “The Lady in Red.” The alleged ghost of a prostitute murdered by a jealous lover, the Lady in Red is purported to haunt the hotel’s fifth floor.
After a luxurious evening at the Mizpah, the duo woke up refreshed and ready for an adventure out to Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs, a large open-air bath fed by a thermal spring and surrounded by mountainous scenery.
“Day four brought a lesson I have learned time and time again: it’s never a good road trip without some sort of car problem,” Rickert wrote in the day’s travel journal.
The living organisms they encountered in the area were stranger than anything they’d seen the previous day.
Amid flocks of predatory birds, the women saw unusually large, brightly-colored fish swimming in the ponds near the bath.
Read about the final days of Berrini and Rickert’s journey along Highway 95 here.

Cutting, Pasting, and Rearranging Reality in Las Vegas

Cutting, Pasting, and Rearranging Reality in Las Vegas

Together, the elements combine to create, as the collage artist Francesca Berrini and the photographer Lindsey Rickert describe it, “an impossible postcard.” Assembled by Berrini using original photography shot by Rickert and found ephemera, Vacation Delirium depicts the beginning of their journey on “The Fellowship of Highway 95.” Developed with TravelNevada, the state’s tourism board, the Fellowship offered two artists the chance to collaborate and create a body of work on a week-long trip up what’s known as Nevada’s “Free-Range Art Highway.” Over 400 teams applied, and Berrini and Rickert were chosen as our winners.
Las Vegas was the perfect muse for the first day of Berrini and Rickert’s journey.
When it opened in 1941, El Rancho Vegas was the first casino on what is now known as the Las Vegas Strip.
Ever since, entrepreneurs and industrialists have designed Las Vegas resorts and casinos to appeal to popular tastes of the time.
Berrini and Rickert’s Vacation Delirium captures the freewheeling, shape-shifting essence of Las Vegas better than any straightforward photograph could.
Later on, they made their way to Seven Magic Mountains and the Neon Museum.
Ugo Rondidone’s Seven Magic Mountains is located about 10 miles south of Las Vegas.
But the artwork’s immense popularity has led organizers and the artist to consider extending Seven Magic Mountains’ stay.
Single letters, once part of massive signs, towered over her.
“The hustle and bustle opened into the vast Mojave Desert landscape,” Berrini wrote in the first day’s travel journal.

Creating Art to Capture Memories Before They Fade

Creating Art to Capture Memories Before They Fade

Thanks for Visiting by Francesca Berrini and Lindsey Rickert combines imagery of a sunset over Fernley, a polaroid found at Seven Magic Mountains, and pictures of signage outside Rhyolite to create an old-fashioned post card in homage to the Silver State.
Francesca Berrini/Lindsey Rickert Time was top of mind as Francesca Berrini and Lindsey Rickert began the final days of their journey on “The Fellowship of Highway 95,” a week-long artistic adventure from Las Vegas to Reno up Nevada’s “Free-Range Art Highway” organized by Atlas Obscura and TravelNevada.
But before the trip was done, they had several more stops to make.
It’s clear that Cecil holds a privileged place in the town of Hawthorne’s lore.
Chatting with locals, the artists learned that it’s a tradition to take marshmallows down to Walker Lake’s shores with the hopes of coaxing the creature from the waters’ depths.
“We may not have spotted Cecil…but he has definitely still inspired our work,” Rickert wrote in day five’s travel journal.
Nevada’s official state fossil is the ichthyosaur, and it holds the largest concentration of these creatures ever discovered.
“At times it feels like we have been on the road for a month and others, it seems like just yesterday,” Rickert wrote the same day.
Arriving in Fernley near the end of the trip, Rickert snapped a picture of a fiery sunset.
In what is perhaps the most ambitious artwork to come out of their endeavor, Berrini juxtaposes a photo of herself, shot by Rickert from a distance, with what appears to be a map of Nevada and Highway 95’s route through the state.

Is Bossing Around Alexa Teaching Your Kid To Be Rude?

Is Bossing Around Alexa Teaching Your Kid To Be Rude?

Voice assistants don’t deal well long sentences: you have to get to the point, with no niceties whatsoever, or there’s a good chance you won’t be understood.
Ken Gordon, writing for The Altantic, is concerned about this as a parent: My wife and I have expended much time and energy ensuring that when [our son] Ari speaks, he does so respectfully and intelligently.
But he can speak to Alexa without any consideration at all.
“Please” or “thank you” are never involved.
In fact, polite words would just get in the way.
It’s easy to write this off as silly, if only because kids are perfectly capable of telling the difference between a human person and a robot voice box.
But there’s a point buried here somewhere: we really are getting used to saying what we want, without niceties, and expecting it to materialize.
It’s not a stretch to imagine that affecting how we interact with other humans on some level.

Good News in History, April 23

Good News in History, April 23

420 years ago today, on the occasion of Shakespeare’s 33rd birthday, an acclaimed honor was bestowed on the young playwright when Queen Elizabeth I attended the Globe theater to see his play, The Merry Wives of Windsor.
(1597) MORE Good News on this Day: After graduating from the Law College of Howard University (Phi Beta Kappa), the first black woman lawyer in the United States, Charlotte E. Ray, was admitted to the Washington, DC bar association (1872) Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league baseball home runs (1954) The Rolling Stones‘ album Sticky Fingers was released (1971) The Ramones released their debut album.
which included the well-known track, Blitzkrieg Bop, igniting the punk rock era from Queens, NYC.
(1976) Eritreans voted overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a UN-monitored referendum (1993) The French National Assembly voted 331-225 to approve marriage equality, making France the 14th country to legalize gay marriage (2013) And, on this day 12 years ago, the first video was uploaded to YouTube.
Entitled ‘Me at the zoo‘, the short clip was posted by co-founder Jawed Karim, a programmer, who partnered with two of his former PayPal co-workers, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, to create the company.
Just 19 months later, YouTube was bought by Google for $1.65 billion.
(2005) – Photo, Rego Korosi, CC

Uranus smells like rotten eggs

Uranus smells like rotten eggs

Uranus’ upper clouds are made of hydrogen sulfide — the same molecule that gives rotten eggs their noxious odor.
“At the risk of schoolboy sniggers, if you were there, flying through the clouds of Uranus, yes, you’d get this pungent, rather disastrous smell,” says planetary scientist Leigh Fletcher of the University of Leicester in England.
Using a spectrograph on the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, Fletcher and his colleagues detected the chemical fingerprint of hydrogen sulfide at the top of the planet’s clouds, the team reports April 23 in Nature Astronomy.
That wasn’t a complete surprise: Observations from the 1990s showed hints of hydrogen sulfide lurking deeper in Uranus’ atmosphere.
The clouds aren’t just smelly — they can help nail down details of the early solar system.
Uranus’ hydrogen sulfide clouds set it apart from the gas giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, whose cloud tops are mostly ammonia.
So it’s more likely that frozen hydrogen sulfide ice crystals would have been abundant in the further reaches of the early solar system, where the crystals could have glommed onto newly forming planets.
That suggests that ice giants Uranus and Neptune were born farther from the sun than Jupiter and Saturn.
“This tells you the gas giants and the ice giants formed in a slightly different way,” Fletcher says.
He and other planetary scientists want to send a spacecraft to the ice giants — the first since the Voyager spacecraft visited in the 1980s — to find out more (SN: 2/20/16, p. 24).

Young galaxies are flat, but old ones are more blobby

Young galaxies are flat, but old ones are more blobby

It’s hard to keep trim when you’re an old galaxy.
Galaxies with younger stars are more squashed into flatter shapes, while galaxies with older stars are more blobby, says astronomer Jesse van de Sande of the University of Sydney.
“We’ve known for a long time that shape and age are linked in very extreme galaxies, very flat ones and very round ones,” he says.
“This is the first time we’ve shown it’s true for all kinds of galaxies — all shapes, all ages, all masses.” Van de Sande and his colleagues used observations of 843 galaxies from the SAMI Galaxy Survey to discover the relationship.
In a highly elliptical galaxy, such as a giant spiral like the Milky Way, the stars have ordered motion, like cars around a racetrack.
In a more blobby galaxy with low ellipticity, the stars move more randomly, like a swarm of bees.
The colors of a galaxy’s stars indicated their average age.
The younger the stars, the less random their motions, and the flatter a galaxy’s shape.
The fact that one number, the randomness of the stars’ motions, “captures the essence of a galaxy’s shape, and that this number moves in lockstep with the galaxy’s age, was surprising,” van de Sande says.
It’s not clear yet if galaxies start out as pretty spirals and grow more blobby over time, or if the older ones were blobby all along.

How To Automatically Add Citations And Bibliographies To Microsoft Word

How To Automatically Add Citations And Bibliographies To Microsoft Word

Note: the techniques we’re going to cover here should work for Microsoft Word 2007 and later.
Creating Sources and Adding Citations To Your Text When you’re working on any Word document, place your cursor where you want the citation to be placed.
In the Create Source window that appears, you can enter all of the relevant information for just about any source.
So, pick the type of source, fill out the fields, give your source a tag name (typically a shortened version of the title), and then click “OK” to finish the source.
Word adds a citation for your new source to your document.
And, the next time you need to cite that particular source, simply click that “Insert Citation” button again.
By default, Word uses the APA style for citations, but you can change that by picking another option from the “Style” dropdown right next to the “Insert Citation” button.
Creating Your Bibliography When your document is finished, you’ll want to add a bibliography that lists all your sources.
Word adds all the works you cited in your document to the bibliography, in the correct order and format for the writing style you’ve set up.
Click a source on the left side of the window, and then click “Copy” to apply it to the current document.

Your T-Mobile Service Probably Got Better Last Week

Your T-Mobile Service Probably Got Better Last Week

If you’re on T-Mobile—or a smaller network that uses it, like MetroPCS or Google’s Project Fi—your cell service might’ve gotten a lot better over the last week or two.
T-Mobile announced over the weekend that it has upgraded towers in hundreds of sites with mid- and low-band frequencies.
The benefits of this is technical, but the important bit is that lower frequencies allow cell signal to reach farther and penetrate buildings better.
That means whether you’re in the city or the country, there will be fewer dead spots and more coverage area.
Verizon in particular has had a lot of coverage in low frequency ranges but after winning a license to use low frequency spectrum at an FCC auction last year, T-Mobile is catching up.
Of course you don’t care about spectrum auctions or cell signal frequencies.
What you really want to know is “Does this affect me?” Well, if the absolutely massive list of cities that have been upgraded is any indication, then the answer is probably yes.
T-Mobile executive Neville Ray tweeted a gargantuan list of 260 cities that have been upgraded with mid-range frequencies and 223 cities upgraded with low frequencies.
You can read the entire list at the source link below.
The company says they have even more to come so if your city (somehow) isn’t on this list then just sit tight.

Baked Bean Museum of Excellence

Baked Bean Museum of Excellence

The Baked Bean Museum of Excellence is a museum dedicated to baked beans, owned and operated by a bean-obsessed superhero called Captain Beany.
And yes, it is as eccentric as it sounds.
The man formerly known as Barry Kirk once worked in the computer department of the British Petroleum chemical plant in the village of Baglan in Neath Port Talbot.
Then, in September 1986, one sublime event changed his life: Kirk sat naked in a bathtub full of baked beans for 100 hours, setting a new world record.
It was a beautiful moment.
Not stopping there, he started painting his face and (now completely bald) head orange, and began wearing a golden cape, pants, gloves and boots.
Ever since, Captain Beany has been involved in a whole range of strange events, raising money for various charities including Sport Relief, Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation.
He has run marathons, pushed a can of beans along a beach with his nose, bathed in a bath of tomato soup, climbed a mountain, and had 60 baked beans tattooed on his head.
In 2009, Captain Beany transformed his third-floor, two-bedroom council flat into the world’s only museum dedicated to baked beans: The Baked Bean Museum of Excellence.
Well done, Captain Beany.

This Instagram Artist Draws ‘Accurate’ Celebrity Portraits That Are So Bad He Gains 167,000+ Followers

This Instagram Artist Draws ‘Accurate’ Celebrity Portraits That Are So Bad He Gains 167,000+ Followers

If you are a huge fan of Drake or Nicki Minaj, these portraits might make you mad. “I’ve been drawing since I was zero years old,” Ballpoint Papi aka Tw1tterPicasso wrote on his Instagram page, and his skills are indisputable as he is the mastermind behind these unique pieces of art.
The real name of the master troll is Corey and he’s from Australia.
His style might look childlike at first glance and in a way, it is.
Ballpoint Papi uses simple pens on any piece of paper he finds to create his simplistic yet hilarious caricatures of hip-hop artists, athletes, and other pop personalities.
The hilarious artist has almost 170k followers. “The best thing about this whole thing is when people tell me how they’re struggling with life and come to my page to laugh,” he told XXL Mag. “I get a lot of people hating on my drawings as well, but as long as my page can make people having a hard time happy then it doesn’t matter to me.”
Take a look at his masterpieces below and let us know what you think.

Meet The Hero Who Stopped The Waffle House Shooter

Meet The Hero Who Stopped The Waffle House Shooter

A 29-year-old man saved numerous lives during a Waffle House shooting near Nashville, Tennessee, early Sunday morning.
When he realized it was gunshots, he bolted toward the restrooms.
That’s when he saw the gunman.
Shaw decided to rush him.
Shaw managed to wrestle the gun away from the shooter and then tossed it over the Waffle House counter.
He was taken to the hospital at about 4 a.m. Sunday morning and released at 7:30 a.m. Shaw told the media he doesn’t feel like a hero.
I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”
In an interview with WSMV, Shaw broke down thinking about the four people he couldn’t save and apologized to their families.
His first step in giving back to the families was creating a GoFundMe page to assist the victims of the shooting.
Within hours, he reached his goal.

The Best Podcast Clients for Android

The Best Podcast Clients for Android

There’s no shortage of podcast apps in the Play Store, so finding a good one can be a challenge—especially if you’re shelling out a few bucks for it.
The Best for Everyone: Pocket Casts ($4) Whether you’re a podcast newcomer or a veteran listener, Pocket Casts is the top choice across the board.
Its playback settings are highly customizable, with options to change skip settings by the second, increase the playback speeds for faster listening, and automatically remove silence.
Sure, it’ll set you back $4, but it’s well worth it—especially if you spend a lot of time listening to podcasts.
It’s missing some of the more advanced features that make Pocket Casts so good—like variable playback speed, for example.
Download: Google Play Music The Best Free Option: Podcast Addict If you’re looking for full features and no dollars, then Podcast Addict is your huckleberry.
The free version is supported by ads, so there is a trade-off there.
But if you’re cool with ads, Podcast Addict is a very powerful, fully featured podcast client.
Pretty much everything else you’d want from a podcast client is also along for the ride here—automatic downloads, podcast management, Chromecast support, and the like.
That makes it a dollar cheaper than Pocket Casts if you do decide to pay for it.

YouTube TV Review: Finally, Live Television Is Tolerable In the 21st Century

YouTube TV Review: Finally, Live Television Is Tolerable In the 21st Century

Meanwhile, if you were born after the year 2000, all you’ve ever known is a world with YouTube and Netflix.
Channel Surfing Is Way Easier In the Future I’ll admit, I’m not a huge channel surfer.
Scrolling through the list of available channels has a certain charm that browsing Netflix doesn’t.
You can pause live TV and rewind past moments you’ve watched (though you can’t scroll back to moments you haven’t watched yet in this session.
The number of available channels varies based on where you live, but generally there are around 60 available channels, not including regional sports channels.
DVR is a feature that lets you record live TV as it airs so you can watch it later, but in an era dominated by Netflix and Hulu, why do you need to “record” anything?
You can only get access to the older episodes that a network has decided to make available.
If you add a show to your library you’ll still record any future episodes (which you can keep for up to nine months in your unlimited storage space), but in general you won’t have to wait for a rerun to catch an episode that aired just last night.
If you record shows as they air, you can skip past the ads in the episodes you recorded.
However, if you’re watching the backlog of shows that were already available before you started recording, there will be unskippable ads, not unlike the ones that some YouTube videos have in the middle.

How to Stop Ubuntu From Collecting Data About Your PC

How to Stop Ubuntu From Collecting Data About Your PC

Ubuntu 18.04 collects data about your PC’s hardware and software, which packages you have installed, and application crash reports, sending them all to Ubuntu’s servers.
How to Opt Out of System Information Reports After you install Ubuntu 18.04 and boot up, you’ll see the “Welcome to Ubuntu” window.
Select the “No, don’t send system info” option to opt out of this data collection.
According to its documentation, information about your PC is sent only once per Ubuntu version.
So, if you’ve already agreed to report information about your PC, your data has already been sent.
If you already opted out after installing Ubuntu, there’s no need for this—but this will allow you to opt out if you already sent your data to Ubuntu’s servers.
In the Terminal window, type the following command, and then press Enter: ubuntu-report -f send no Ubuntu sends a simple report saying that your PC has opted out.
That’s all the information it contains and, as the data is publicly available, anyone will be able to see how many Ubuntu users have opted out.
This tool reports to Ubuntu which software packages you have installed on your system.
How to Opt Out of Automatic Bug Reports Ubuntu has long had an “Apport” tool that automatically notices application crashes and generates crash reports.

10 Link Building Strategies That Deliver

10 Link Building Strategies That Deliver

Reach out to sites linking those resources.
Reach out to the sites that link to these resources.
The other great part is that Google detects the topics of your content, which can improve your site’s ranking.
This is why infographics are not rare among websites.
Then, approach sites who are interested in your content and offer to write a guest post with your infographic.
They will send targeted traffic to your website directly.
You want to compliment them on their content, offer to send out your product, and ask them to mention your page.
They tend to send traffic your way long after you have published them and generate views every day.
Make sure to provide a link back to your blog at the end of your videos, making it easy to find more of your content or more in-depth information.
We created a free backlink checker and now it’s one of the most linked content: All you have to do is make sure the product/tool is: Good quality Includes links to your page Provides information about your page Explains why you give away ‘free’ stuff We hope these link building strategies made it to your list.

The Best Free Screenshot Apps for Windows

The Best Free Screenshot Apps for Windows

Windows 10 itself has quite a few built-in screenshot tools, and there are some excellent free options out there if you want more features.
Here are all the best ones screen capture utilities.
The Best Tool You Already Have: Windows Itself While this article is largely about third-party screenshot tools, we really should mention all the screenshot tools built into Windows itself.
You can also press the PrtScn key on any version of Windows to save a copy of your screen (or Alt+PrtScn for just the active window) to your clipboard.
The Preferences window includes a variety of options, including a screenshot delay if you need time to set up screenshots after initiating them.
Greenshot is completely free and is an open-source application.
The Best for Annotations and Editing: PicPick PicPick’s interface is the opposite of Greenshot’s.
If you just want a screenshot tool to get out of your way and let you share screenshots or work with them in your preferred image editor, Greenshot is superior.
If you want a screenshot program to give you simple editing and annotation tools, PicPick is the best.
The Best for Power Users: ShareX ShareX isn’t for people looking for a simple screenshot tool.

Informed wisdom trumps rigid rules when it comes to medical evidence

Informed wisdom trumps rigid rules when it comes to medical evidence

Everybody agrees that medical treatments should be based on sound evidence.
Still, meta-analysis is often a part of what some people consider to be the best way of evaluating medical evidence: the systematic review.
A systematic review entails using “a predetermined structured method to search, screen, select, appraise and summarize study findings to answer a narrowly focused research question,” physician and health care researcher Trisha Greenhalgh of the University of Oxford and colleagues write in a new paper.
“Using an exhaustive search methodology, the reviewer extracts all possibly relevant primary studies, and then limits the dataset using explicit inclusion and exclusion criteria.” Systematic reviews are highly focused; while hundreds or thousands of studies are initially identified, most are culled out so only a few are reviewed thoroughly with respect to the evidence they provide on a specific medical issue.
Sounds good, right?
A systematic review might be fine for answering “a very specific question about how to treat a particular disease in a particular target group,” Greenhalgh and colleagues write.
Some are systematic in their own way.
But a key difference is that the standard systematic review focuses on process (search strategies, exclusion criteria, mathematical method) while narrative reviews emphasize thinking and interpretation.
Ranking systematic reviews superior to narrative reviews “elevates the mechanistic processes of exhaustive search, wide exclusion and mathematical averaging over the thoughtful, in-depth, critically reflective processes of engagement with ideas,” Greenhalgh and collaborators assert.
In some cases, a systematic review may be the right approach to a specific question.

Plastic taints most bottled water, study finds

Plastic taints most bottled water, study finds

Tiny plastic bits contaminate bottled water sold around the world, a new study finds.
Researchers tested more than 250 bottles of water.
Mason and her team tested the water on behalf of Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism group based in the United States.
Tiny bits of plastic have turned up in rivers, lakes and oceans.
Other microplastic beads go in some toothpastes and skin-care products.
The most common type of plastic that Mason and her team found in bottled water was polypropylene (Pah-lee-PROH-puh-leen).
So how do they get into bottled water?
And earlier studies had found plastic bits could come out in tap water.
The new study is the first to find microplastics in bottled water, its authors say.
In fact, Mason notes, her team found at least twice as many particles in bottled water as earlier tests had found in tap water.

Go Fast and Break Things: The Difference Between Reversible and Irreversible Decisions

Go Fast and Break Things: The Difference Between Reversible and Irreversible Decisions

We often think that collecting as much information as possible will help us make the best decisions.
If a decision is reversible, we can make it fast and without perfect information.
Bezos used this heuristic to make the decision to found Amazon.
He would still have learned a lot and would not regret trying.
The decision was reversible, so he took a risk.
Reversible decisions don’t need to be made the same way as irreversible decisions.
This heuristic explains why start-ups making quick decisions have an advantage over incumbents.
Going through a reversible door gives us information: we know what’s on the other side.
Once you understand that reversible decisions are in fact reversible you can start to see them as opportunities to increase the pace of your learning.
At a corporate level, allowing employees to make and learn from reversible decisions helps you move at the pace of a start-up.

26+ Incredible Transformations From ‘My 600-Lb Life’ That We Can’t Believe Show The Same People

26+ Incredible Transformations From ‘My 600-Lb Life’ That We Can’t Believe Show The Same People

It’s easy to find an excuse for skipping a workout or cheating on your diet but ignore your health too much and it will seriously deteriorate.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get back into shape after a minor or a major slip up.
My 600-lb Life is a reality TV series that focuses on morbidly obese people and their attempts to change.
Some of the transformations on the TLC show are so incredible, you probably won’t believe the before & after pictures show the same participants.
My 600-lb Life was meant to be a five-part miniseries involving four morbidly obese patients, but because of its popularity, new episodes were filmed.
Each person who appears on the show weighs around 600 pounds (270 kg) at the beginning and tries to reduce the numbers to a healthy level.
The determined stars of the programme have shredded 161, 424, and more excess pounds.
They prove that it doesn’t matter how big your goals are if you have the right mindset.
As corny as it sounds, nothing is impossible.
Scroll down to collect your daily dose of motivation and upvote your favorite pics.

Man Grows A Garden To Keep Promise For His Late Wife, Gets Heartwarming Help From A “Plant Fairy”

Man Grows A Garden To Keep Promise For His Late Wife, Gets Heartwarming Help From A “Plant Fairy”

People grieve in different ways after losing a loved one.
A man from South Texas had an extraordinary relationship with his lovely wife.
Heartbroken and desperate, this man decided to fulfill his wife’s dream and plant a beautiful garden in her honor.
As is turns out, gardening is not that easy.
He learned a lot through trial and error, but things started to really pick up when he met a few gardeners and landscapers.
But one particular stranger stands out in this inspiring story.
Passing through the man’s house he couldn’t help but notice the new succulent garden emerging, and the stranger offered to give some plants to the new gardener.
It turns out that the stranger’s son was the director of a botanical garden and he had sadly passed away, so the grieving stranger was trying to clear out his son’s greenhouse.
A special friendship, between two men who have lost their loved ones, thus began.
More info: webmaster3000 A man from South Texas had an extraordinary relationship with his lovely wife During their happy 7 year long relationship they kept dreaming about planting a garden together Unfortunately, their dreams about the future were crushed after his wife passed away So he decided to fulfill his wife’s dream and plant a beautiful garden in her honor It turns out that gardening is not so easy It took him hours of google search to get through the preparation of the lawn and planting his first plant Things started to really pick up when he met a few gardeners and landscapers They gave him valuable advice on how to deal with the soil he was working with After some time, his new garden began to gain attention A stranger passing through the man’s house couldn’t help but notice the new succulent garden emerging This stranger offered to give some plants to the new gardener A special friendship between two men who have lost their loved ones has begun The stranger would leave his son’s plants at night and the gardener would find them in the morning The widower started calling the stranger his ‘Plant Fairy’ as he would constantly wake up with beautiful plants left for him in the garden Over the course of a year, he learned a lot, met some kindhearted people and most importantly, began to feel better

How to Vacation in Greece for $300 or Less

How to Vacation in Greece for $300 or Less

Of course, a visit to Greece wouldn’t be complete without time spent in the ancient city of Athens, where you’ll find big city night life along with historical relics around every corner.
There are frequent sales for flights to Athens and other Greek destinations, but they are typically short-lived and only available from bigger cities.
(See also: 7 Ways to Save on a European Getaway With Kids) Getting to Greece with airline miles Since nearly all major airlines with frequent flyer programs fly into Greece, you have many options when it comes to racking up miles.
A third option to consider is United Airlines.
Your best hotel options depend on where you want to stay, but here are some of the hotels you could book with the right hotel rewards programs.
If you sign up for a credit card that offers a bank rewards program, you could book any hotel you want through the card’s travel portal.
During a November 2016 stay in Athens, I booked the 360 Degrees Hotel Athens for less than 9,000 credit card points per night.
You can also use statement credits to pay for ferries to the Greek Islands.
Greece for less than $300?
If you cover your flights with airline miles, pay for hotels with hotel points and flexible travel points, and use flexible travel credit to cover the rest, the Greece trip of your dreams could be yours for $300 or less.

7 Ways to Compare Stock Market Investments

7 Ways to Compare Stock Market Investments

Sector and industry If you don’t know a lot about a stock investment at first, it helps to learn what the company does to make its money.
A company’s market capitalization, or market cap, refers to the value of all outstanding shares (which is its stock price multiplied by the total number of shares outstanding).
And there are small-cap and even micro-cap stocks, comprising smaller companies.
Generally speaking, large-cap stocks offer solid, steady growth potential for shareholders.
Understanding the unique characteristics of stocks in each asset class can help you make comparisons between investments and find stocks that make sense for your financial goals.
There are ways to make money off that volatility, but for most investors, it’s best to see steadier, consistent returns.
Earnings, and earnings per share Companies make money.
When companies make more money than they spend, that’s usually a good thing for everyone, including investors.
When comparing two companies in the same industry, it can help to examine earnings to see which may be doing better financially.
Dividends and dividend yields Many companies choose to distribute earnings to shareholders on a quarterly basis.

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