ABC Cancels ‘The Chew,’ Expands ‘GMA’ to Third Hour

ABC Cancels ‘The Chew,’ Expands ‘GMA’ to Third Hour

To make room for an expansion of ‘GMA,’ the network is axing the daytime cooking show.
ABC is expanding Good Morning America to a third hour, the network announced Wednesday.
The third hour of GMA will air at 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m.
ET and is likely to bow in the fall.
To make room for an expansion, the network is canceling daytime cooking show The Chew.
“Over the past six years, Good Morning America has solidified its place as America’s No.
It has also endured the ire of bitter soap opera fans; All My Children and One Life to Live were axed in favor of The Chew and since-canceled talker The Revolution.
And the program was hit by negative headlines late last year when executives parted ways with Mario Batali in the wake of harassment allegations the famed chef.
ABC executives did not reveal when the third hour of GMA will bow, but Chew will continue in production through the end of the season and air as planned until September.
Executives also did not reveal which ABC News talent will helm the new hour.

‘Show Dogs’ to Be Edited Amid Backlash Against “Troubling” Abuse Scene

‘Show Dogs’ to Be Edited Amid Backlash Against “Troubling” Abuse Scene

“Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film.”
Show Dogs is getting an edit after an advocacy group criticized the film for containing a message about sexual assault that is often associated with child abuse.
“Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film Show Dogs that some have deemed not appropriate for children,” the movie’s distributor said Wednesday in a statement.
The pic, which stars Will Arnett, centers on a police dog that must enter into a dog show competition in order to help solve a crime involving a baby panda.
After the release of Show Dogs last Friday, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation criticized the film for a scene that sees the main dog Max be inappropriately grabbed.
He is then told to go to a “zen place” as a way to control his apparent discomfort.
In a statement Tuesday, the group said the scenes “are similar tactics child abusers use when grooming children — telling them to pretend they are somewhere else.” “The company takes these matters very seriously and remains committed to providing quality entertainment for the intended audiences based on the film’s rating,” added Global Road. “We apologize to anybody who feels the original version of Show Dogs sent an inappropriate message.
The revised version of the film will be available for viewing nationwide starting this weekend.”

Machine Learning Crash Course From Google

Machine Learning Crash Course From Google

We’ve been talking a lot about machine learning lately.
People are using it for speech generation and recognition, computer vision, and even classifying radio signals.
Of course, we’ve covered tutorials for TensorFlow before, but this is structured as a 15 hour class with 25 lessons and 40 exercises.
Of course, it is also from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.
Google says the class will answer questions like: How does machine learning differ from traditional programming?
What is loss, and how do I measure it?
How does gradient descent work?
How do I determine whether my model is effective?
How do I represent my data so that a program can learn from it?
How do I build a deep neural network?

This Computer Is As Quiet As The Mouse

This Computer Is As Quiet As The Mouse

It can’t be heard – at all.
Liquid cooling might help make it quieter, but the pump would still be a source of noise.
To completely eliminate noise, you have to get rid of all the rotating / moving parts and use passive cooling.
[Tim]’s computer is built from standard, off-the-shelf parts but what’s interesting for us is the detailed build log.
Every part, from the motherboard onwards, needs to be selected to fit within the mechanical and thermal constraints of the enclosure.
Using an upgrade kit available as an enclosure accessory allows [Tim] to use CPUs rated for a power dissipation of almost 100 W. This not only lets him narrow down his choice of motherboards, but also provides enough overhead for future upgrades.
The GPU gets a similar heat extractor kit in exchange for the fan cooling assembly.
A fanless power supply, selected for its power capacity as well as high-efficiency even under low loads, keeps the computer humming quietly, figuratively.
Of course, performance hinges around “ambient temperature”, so you have to start getting careful when that goes up.
[Tim] spent about A$3000 building this whole system, thanks in part due to high GPU prices because of demand from bitcoin mining.

Is This Why The FBI Massively Overstated The Number Of Phones It Can’t Unlock?

Is This Why The FBI Massively Overstated The Number Of Phones It Can’t Unlock?

FBI director Christopher Wray is likely cursing his number crunchers in Quantico this week, after it emerged figures he’d been using to justify his agency’s drive to get tech companies to help cops access encrypted data was wrong.
In his attempts to explain the problem of encryption causing phone data to “go dark,” Wray had repeatedly claimed the FBI was unable to break the locks of close to 7,800 devices in investigations last year.
An FBI source with close knowledge of the counting error explained to Forbes just what went wrong.
The source was not aware of the contractor’s name.
For instance, if the FBI had broken through the passcode on an Apple iPhone, but there was an app with an extra password within that couldn’t be cracked, the inaccessible software was included as a whole device in the final count.
It doesn’t include those phones kept at local field offices, where investigators may either be waiting on their own staff to break the encryption on the phone or hoping the phone owner lets them in, the source said.
In March, Israeli provider Cellebrite announced it could get into the latest iPhones, right up to the iPhone X, with a passcode-bypass service.
The company, which launched in the aftermath of the FBI’s tussle with Apple over the San Bernardino shooter’s phone, has already sold to various local law enforcement agencies across America, including two federal agencies, most recently to a secretive U.S. Coast Guard hacking unit in a $30,000 deal.
That price matches the cost of the “unlimited” version of GrayKey, which allows for unending iPhone unlocks, compared to 300 for the $15,000 service.
The source told Forbes the FBI was also considering investing in GrayKey for use in Quantico.

Blowing Rings With Cannons, Fogs, And Lasers

Blowing Rings With Cannons, Fogs, And Lasers

In today’s healthy lifestyle oriented world, blowing smoke rings won’t impress too many people anymore.
Unless of course you are [NightHawkInLight] and blow them with a vortex cannon and add lasers for visual effects.
Although, his initial motivation was to build a device that could shoot lost frisbees out off the trees in his backyard disc golf course, and as avid enthusiast of shooting things through the air using a propane torch, he opted for a vortex cannon to avoid the risk of injuries shooting a projectile may cause.
With safety in mind from the beginning, [NightHawkInLight] chose to build the cannon in ways that won’t expose him or people following his footsteps to any toxic fumes.
The barrel is formed by securing a roll of terrace board and simply pulling it into a cone.
A series of PVC pipes and adapters build the combustion chamber that fits the terrace board barrel on its one end, and the propane torch nozzle on its other end.
For easier aim and stability, he also adds a tripod mount.
Since air vortices are, well, air, and therefore not visible by themselves, they don’t offer the most visual excitement.
[NightHawkInLight] solved this with a fog machine attached to the barrel, and a laser line module, which you can see for yourself in his build video after the break.
In a previous vortex cannon project we could also see a more outdoorsy approach to add visibility to it.

SpaceX’s Next Giant Leap: Second Stage Recovery

SpaceX’s Next Giant Leap: Second Stage Recovery

At best, they have accomplished the same type of partial reusability that the Space Shuttle demonstrated on its first flight all the way back in 1981.
SpaceX has already started experimenting with recovering and reusing the payload fairings of the Falcon 9, and while they haven’t pulled it off yet, they’ll probably get there.
Bringing the second stage back to Earth in one piece might well be the most challenging aspect of developing the Falcon 9.
Different Stages, Different Challenges While the first stage is there to get the payload up, it could be said that the second stage is responsible for moving the payload sideways.
All of these features would have worked together to make the stage capable of the same autonomous propulsive landings the first stage performs.
Consider that the landing legs on the Falcon 9 first stage weigh around 2,000 kg on their own.
From Elon’s Tweets, it looks like SpaceX is looking to revisit the ballute concept, using it to ease the Falcon 9’s second stage journey through the atmosphere.
After performing a de-orbit burn, the second stage could deploy a ballute to help slow and stabilize it as it comes back down from space.
Catch a Falling Star Stage With the second stage at a low enough altitude and speed thanks to the ballute, it could then deploy either a traditional parachute of parafoil to make the final approach towards the recovery point.
As the second stage would likely not have any landing gear or legs due to weight constraints, the landing area would apparently be an inflatable structure of some type that can catch the stage without damaging it.

This ‘Battlefield 5’ Reveal Trailer Has Me More Confused Than Hyped

This ‘Battlefield 5’ Reveal Trailer Has Me More Confused Than Hyped

What on earth is going on with Battlefield 5?
This is also good, though DICE revealing that like it’s some big triumph is just absurd.
The graphics look amazing, though I’m not sure if anything in the reveal trailer (below) was actual gameplay.
The game will undoubtedly look very pretty, though.
The trailer is big and bombastic and crazy.
At one point a soldier tosses a grenade back the way it came and the ‘player’ shoots it in mid-flight, blowing up a low-flying enemy plane in the process.
Is this supposed to be a big, goofy take on WWII?
WWII is fine—it’s a fascinating war and I understand why it makes for a great video game setting—but we just had Call of Duty: WWII last year and Battlefield 1 the year before that.
I think if this was being marketed as a purposefully outlandish or steampunk version of WWII I’d be more excited.
And I’m not sure how to feel about this game at all.

How tech is changing the real estate game

How tech is changing the real estate game

While technology has been an intrinsic component of real estate since the inception of digitalization, the terms are less often mentioned together when discussing their potential.
Technology and real estate Those surveyed for the report listed cybersecurity, automation and the sharing economy among the most important issues affecting the real estate industry in that year.
The benefits of automation include increased efficiency and speed of work, reduced costs and less need for human intervention.
In real estate, we can see the results of automation in areas such as: AI innovations: reporting and insight-provision tools used by agents and investors; protocols: supporting governance of production and construction processes; and machine learning: identifying and reporting discrepancies without human intervention.
A less positive result of this is that hackers and attackers are constantly on a parallel line of development, and there is a near-constant back and forth between software developers and those seeking to exploit flaws in the code.
Sharing economies most often revolve around service-based industries.
In real estate, however, the best-known organization is probably Airbnb, which has revolutionized the property-renting market as well as investment.
Blockchaining Thinkers The combination of supply chains and manufacturing has seen so much success that it has given rise to the terms “Industry 4.0” and “smart manufacturing.” However, technical innovations within real estate may appear to be incremental so far.
Blockchain and Real Estate Distributed ledger technology (also known as decentralized blockchains) has made great strides since its inception.
The greatest success of distributed ledgers has not been their market caps or asset values, but rather the value they have delivered as a core tool for various industries.

Macron Vowed to Make France a ‘Start-Up Nation.’ Is It Getting There?

Macron Vowed to Make France a ‘Start-Up Nation.’ Is It Getting There?

He has wined and dined the chief executives of the world’s largest tech companies, who in turn have vowed to invest billions in France.
But France continues to lag Britain in tech-related investments and in the business of artificial intelligence.
Symbolic statements, like the opening last year of Station F, a mammoth incubator project in Paris representing France’s start-up ambitions, have also generated buzz.
This month, Mr. Macron announced France would invest €1.5 billion into artificial intelligence research through 2022.
Venture capital fund-raising for start-ups rose to €2.7 billion last year, compared with just €255 million in 2014, according to Dealroom, a research firm.
That is a measure of how challenging it is to create the next Facebook or Google here.
Mr. Macron’s efforts to make France a hub for artificial intelligence research have also been slow to make headway.
ecosystem in Europe, with over 120 firms involved in the technology, compared with 39 in France, according to Asgard Capital, a Berlin-based venture capital firm.
SAP of Germany plans to invest €2 billion in research and development.
“The new image of France,” the company said in a statement, “is attracting foreign investors again.”

‘Significant’ FBI Error Reignites Data Encryption Debate

‘Significant’ FBI Error Reignites Data Encryption Debate

Law enforcement agencies including the FBI have long criticized data encryption as a threat to their ability to fight crime.
For months, FBI officials including director Christopher Wray have said publicly—including to Congress—that in the fiscal year ended September 2017 the agency was locked out of 7,775 cell phones it had the legal authority to access.
Privacy advocates have been skeptical, noting that the FBI’s figure for fiscal year 2016 was 880 inaccessible devices.
“The FBI recently became aware of flaws with the methodology implemented in April 2016, and has determined the previously reported FY 2017 statistics are incorrect,” the statement said, blaming “programming errors” that “resulted in significant over-counting of mobile devices reported” through the databases.
An official elaborated on Wednesday that the false number came from an error that over-counted entries in one of the three databases, resulting in a gradual but consistent swell in the number of devices reported as the months went on.
The FBI discovered the mistake in April and has been reviewing the situation over the last month, but the official wouldn’t say when the agency will release updated statistics.
The latter situation speaks to a point privacy advocates have raised for years in arguing that the FBI overstates the threat that encryption poses to investigations.
The miscounting will further erode trust that the FBI’s “Going Dark” initiative is a good faith effort to protect public safety.
Another recent blow stems from a March Department of Justice Inspector General investigation into the FBI’s extremely public quest in early 2016 to have Apple build a tool to unlock one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters’ iPhones.
Some cases are undoubtedly complicated, but it’s unclear why it has been so difficult for the FBI to offer even a revised scale or range for how many devices the bureau was actually locked out of in fiscal 2017.

Plant Biology is a Gateway

Plant Biology is a Gateway

Too many college students have been subject to teachers’ aids who think they are too clever to be stuck teaching mere underclassmen.
For that reason, [The Thought Emporium] is important because he approaches learning with gusto and is always ready to learn something new himself and teach anyone who wants to learn.
When he released a video about staining and observing plant samples, he avoided the biggest pitfalls often seen in college or high school labs.
Instead of calling out the steps by rote, he walks us through them with useful camera angles and close-ups.
Rather than just pointing at a bottle and saying, “the blue one,” he tells us what is inside and why it is essential.
Instead of telling us precisely what we need to see to get a passing grade, he lets our minds wonder about what we might see and shows us examples that make the experiment seem exciting.
The video can also be seen below the break.
The process of staining can be found in a biology textbook, and some people learn best by reading, but we haven’t read a manual that makes a rudimentary lab seem like the wardrobe to Narnia, so he gets credit for that.
Admittedly, you have to handle a wicked sharp razor, and the chance of failure is never zero.
If a biology lab isn’t in your personal budget, a hackerspace may have one or need one.

Federal prosecutors conduct sex crimes investigation into Harvey Weinstein

Federal prosecutors conduct sex crimes investigation into Harvey Weinstein

In a move that increases the likelihood Harvey Weinstein will face criminal charges, federal prosecutors in New York have opened an investigation into whether the disgraced Hollywood producer’s alleged acts of sexual abuse violated federal laws, according to two people familiar with the matter. “Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts,” said his attorneys Blair Berk and Benjamin Brafman in a statement.
The Mann Act is about transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes,” said Laurie Levenson, a Loyola law professor and former federal prosecutor of the early 20th century law. “It is really a reach … it is back to the future.”
Nearly eight months after the New York Times first revealed widespread allegations of sexual abuse against Weinstein, local and federal prosecutors are increasingly in competition to build a case against the once-powerful Hollywood executive, according to two sources familiar with the investigations.
The Journal first revealed the federal investigation Wednesday.
Alleged victims in the Los Angeles County accusations have not been contacted by federal authorities, according to people familiar with those cases.
Atty.
Jackie Lacey’s team has been reviewing two investigations by Beverly Hills police into Weinstein, and three LAPD investigations of the producer, including an Italian actress’ allegation of rape in 2013.
LAPD detectives also have obtained bills showing the woman was a guest at the Beverly Hills hotel where she claims Weinstein attacked her, said the sources, who were not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Daenerys’ Final ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scene Apparently Really Messed With Emilia Clarke

Daenerys’ Final ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scene Apparently Really Messed With Emilia Clarke

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Emilia Clarke hinted that Daenerys’ final Game Of Thrones scene might be a major turning point for the character.
Clarke revealed to Vanity Fair that she’s already filmed her final Game Of Thrones scene.
“It f*cked me up,” she said of her last moment on the show, in no way revealing whether she makes it all the way to the Season 8 finale or not.
But, it seems as if Clarke’s said a lot here, hinting that Daenerys’ final moment might leave a bad taste in your mouth.
As Game Of Thrones gets closer to the end, more and more people are looking for clues that Daenerys will die in the final season.
If Dany does go mad, it’s hard to believe she’ll fare any better than her father, who was killed by the Kingslayer himself, Jaime Lannister.
HBO’s already said that basically, every GOT character is going to die this season, what if some of them are killed by a Khaleesi on a power trip?
Though, what might be even worse for some fans is if Dany dies for her love of Jon Snow.
But, and this may be dark, but maybe the baby will lead her to go mad and even take the child’s life so that it can’t take her throne away.
And Dany killing her own baby would certainly leave a bad taste in many fans’ mouth.

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Unearthing Portugal’s Wine of the Dead, a Relic From the Napoleonic Wars

Unearthing Portugal’s Wine of the Dead, a Relic From the Napoleonic Wars

In the small town of Boticas, Portugal, a centuries-old tradition of making “wine of the dead” lives on.
In 19th-century Portugal, during a time of French invasions, people interred scores of bottles.
In 1807, Napoleon Bonaparte’s army first started the march towards Lisbon.
Despite Portugal’s precarious isolation, and its place on the edge of a continent that bowed to Napoleon’s rule, it had refused to join.
By March 1809, the second invasion was underway, and the French army entered Portugal from the north, hoping to secure the country’s second largest city, Porto.
But Napoleon wasn’t done with Portugal yet.
Things were looking up in the small northern town of Boticas, though.
Winemakers around the world have reached similar conclusions regarding the benefits of wine burial.
And in France, wine tastings can come with a side of spelunking, down into caves where a handful of winemakers have taken to aging their wares.
Were it not for a concerted local effort to protect and promote the wine of the dead, this tale of anti-Napoleonic resistance could very well have stayed underground.

Annual Burning of Benedict Arnold

Annual Burning of Benedict Arnold

In New London, Connecticut, they still hold the grudge to this day, which they demonstrate by burning his two-faced effigy once a year.
Arnold served as a general for the newly formed United States of America and was given control of West Point.
He had a bone to pick with the military as he was passed over for promotions again and again with others taking credit for his accomplishments.
He began a secret plot to turn over West Point to the British in exchange for the rank of brigadier general.
However, the plan was found out.
Arnold fled West Point, but was still accepted into the British army with the rank of brigadier general.
In 1782, one year after the infamous traitor led the burning of New London, the townspeople paraded an effigy of Arnold through the streets and burned it on the anniversary of the brutal attack.
In 2013 the troupe, with very little organization, marched an effigy of Benedict Arnold down to the pier, dressed in colonial garb, and burned it.
As they paraded it through the streets of New London, curious bystanders started following the procession, and the tradition was revived.
Still going strong half a decade later, the event has grown and is now accompanied by live music, a police escort, and the mayor traditionally performing the ceremonial “lighting.” The citizens of New London still rally around, with cries of “traitor” and “Burn him!” Many start at the Shaw House and march all the way to the pier, but the parade still grows as it travels along Bank Street to the Waterfront Park.

A Milanese cafè entirely designed by the American director Wes Anderson.

A Milanese cafè entirely designed by the American director Wes Anderson.

Inspired by the classic bars of Milan in the 1950s and ’60s, the Bar Luce cafè is entirely designed by the American director Wes Anderson, in that very unique Wes Andersonian way.
When Fondazione Prada in Milan was opened, the director was invited to design a coffee bar inside the building.
Based on strong pastel colors, vintage wallpaper patterns, and quirky details, every square inch exudes the whimsical atmosphere of a Wes Anderson film.
The furniture and decor is also an homage to the typical midcentury Milanese cafè design, while the ceiling recalls the vaulted glass roof of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.
Anderson has said the place was conceived as a bar where he would want to spend his afternoon, and where writers can go to be inspired.
Despite his well-known maniacal sense of symmetry, the place is designed asymmetrical to be “lived” by the visitors in any space and any point of view, without a dominant perspective.
There are some references to Anderson’s movies, too, such as the Steve Zissou and Castello Cavalcanti pinball machines.

Black Garlic

Black Garlic

Garlic growers have to find creative ways to preserve their harvest.
Despite appearances, the yield isn’t spoiled.
This fermented, savory iteration is simply called “black garlic.” By placing garlic in particular conditions, farmers induce the Maillard reaction—a chemical process responsible for the umami taste of seared meat.
The bulb’s innards take on a sticky, jellied texture.
As the enzymes that impart its characteristic sharpness break down, the garlic also develops sweet, savory, and earthy qualities.
Tasters liken the flavor to deep, caramelized, aged balsamic.
The shadowy ingredient has a long history as a health food in Korea.
Italian restaurants also feature the savory bulb in spreads, in dressings, or as an accoutrement for meat and seafood.
At-home chefs can create their own black garlic, too.
Setting the rice cooker to “warm” will create an optimal environment, as long as you’re willing to wait for a couple weeks.

Tree Grate Museum

Tree Grate Museum

When the Seattle Transit Tunnel was developed in the late 1980s, the Metropolitan Transit Authority partnered with an artist to help bring the infrastructure project to life, quite literally.
Five different varieties of trees—Oak, Ginko, Linden, Zelkova and Maple—were planted on the city streets along the five transit stations where the tunnel runs underground.
The trees pay homage to Seattle’s lush landscape, but the true gems are the beautiful cast-iron tree grates installed on the ground around each trunk.
At the foot of each of the trees is a custom-designed tree grate, each created by a different artist.
That is paired with an informational plaque listing the tree species, artist name, and marking the location along the tunnel route.
The Tree Grate Museum is a cluster of all five trees, grates, and markers, planted together in one spot—a small grove at the Convention Place Station on the block between 9th Avenue and Pike Street.
It functions as a sort of key that explains the expansive artwork that stretches through downtown.

Found: A Rare Tiny Deer in Vietnam

Found: A Rare Tiny Deer in Vietnam

In 1994, scientists researching in Vietnam first documented the elusive large-antlered muntjac in the semi-evergreen Vu Quang Nature Reserve, in the province of Ha Tinh.
The creature’s shoulder height measures roughly 26 inches, it weighs roughly 66 to 110 pounds, and lives around the Annamite Mountains that border Laos.
For years, the tiny deer has been drastically absent because of illegal wire-snare hunting.
So, when the researchers from Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and WWF-Vietnam caught a photo of a male and female muntjac, there was much to celebrate.
To honor the occasion, they plan to enhance camera-trapping efforts.
The last record of the muntjacs wandering the Annamite region was in the 2000, which worried many scientists and conservationists.
The fear was that the critically endangered mammal was close to extinction, but the rediscovery is small win for those who want to witness the deer’s stride in Vu Quang Nature Reserve.
“Finding these rare and beautiful species gives new hope for Vietnam’s precious biodiversity treasures,” said researcher Nguyen Van Thanh in a statement.

First Look: Matt Groening’s Netflix series ‘Disenchantment’ carries ‘Simpsons’ DNA

First Look: Matt Groening’s Netflix series ‘Disenchantment’ carries ‘Simpsons’ DNA

On Tuesday, Netflix announced that has ordered a new animated comedy series from Matt Groening, the creator of ‘The Simpsons’.
Well, he’s had a lot of practice on the last one with Moe Szyslak.
Netflix Wednesday announced it will release 10 episodes of Disenchantment, Groening’s adult animated comedy-fantasy series, on Aug. 17.
Those big, round eyes ought to be a pretty good hint of their DNA connection to The Simpsons, which recently set a record for most episodes of a primetime scripted series.
Disenchantment will take viewers “to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon, Luci,” according to the announcement. “Hard-drinking young princess” underlines the adult nature of the cartoon series.
More: ‘The Simpsons’ exclusive: Matt Groening (mostly) remembers the show’s record 636 episodes Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson will provide the voice of Bean.
The rest of the voice cast, which features veterans of The Simpsons and Groening’s Futurama, includes Nat Faxon, Eric Andre, John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery.
Rough Draft Studios (Futurama) will provide the animation and Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama — sense a pattern?)
will serve as executive producers.

Matt Groening Netflix Series ‘Disenchantment’ Sets Premiere Date

Matt Groening Netflix Series ‘Disenchantment’ Sets Premiere Date

Netflix has set the official premiere date for the upcoming Matt Groening adult animated comedy fantasy series “Disenchantment.” The first 10 episodes will debut on Aug. 17.
The series takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland.
It follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci.
Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.
The series will feature the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson as Bean, Nat Faxon as Elfo, and Eric Andre as Luci.
Animation is being done by Rough Draft Studios, the same studio did the animation for Groening’s “Futurama.” Netflix also released several first look images from the show, which can be viewed below.
“Disenchantment” is produced by The ULULU Company for Netflix, with Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein serving as executive producers.
Groening is of course best known for creating “The Simpsons,” which recently wrapped its 29th season on Fox.
The series broke the record for the longest-running primetime television series in April with its 636th episode, beating previous record holder “Gunsmoke.” “The Simpsons” has already been renewed for a 30th season.
Groening also created the popular animated series “Futurama,” which ran for four seasons on Fox from 1999-2003 before being revived at Comedy Central for three more seasons starting in 2009.

What Does Mark Hamill Think Of ‘Solo’? The Actor’s Review Came With Its Own Dorky Hashtag

What Does Mark Hamill Think Of ‘Solo’? The Actor’s Review Came With Its Own Dorky Hashtag

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out on May 25, and while many critics have already published their reviews for the film, everyone is still waiting to hear the thoughts of one particular original Star Wars actor. “NO SPOILERS until everyone’s seen it, but I can’t wait to see it AGAIN,” Hamill tweeted about the movie, adding a thumbs-up emoji and the hashtag #SoHighFromSolo.
Just based on that tweet alone, you can consider Solo officially Hamill-approved.
The actor’s blessing means a lot, as many Star Wars fans have been apprehensive about Solo in the lead-up to the film’s release and likely will breathe a sigh of relief knowing Hamill’s a fan.
After all, the actor probably knows more about the franchise than anyone else besides George Lucas.
In 2017, he expressed his doubts about Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, for instance, although he later retracted his doubts by saying that The Last Jedi was an “all-time GREAT” movie. “It really has tarnished my ability to enjoy it to its fullest…
Even though Hamill might not have been particularly excited about the future of Star Wars as a whole, it seems that he has been excited about Solo for a while now.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hamill responded to the backlash that the Solo trailer first received.
Even if it doesn’t include Star Wars’ original cast members, at least the actors who played Luke Skywalker and the original Han Solo have sung praises for the new movie.

Mnemonic

Mnemonic

Que j’aime à faire apprendre un nombre utile aux sages!
Immortel Archimède, artiste ingénieur, Qui de ton jugement peut priser la valeur?
Pour moi, ton problème eut de pareils avantages.
Jadis, mystérieux, un problème bloquait Tout l’admirable procédé, l’œuvre grandiose Que Pythagore découvrit aux anciens Grecs.
Ô quadrature!
vieux tourment du philosophe!
Insoluble rondeur, trop longtemps vous avez Défié Pythagore et ses imitateurs.
Comment intégrer l’espace plan circulaire?
Old philosopher’s torment Unsolvable roundness, for too long you have Defied Pythagoras and his imitators.
New invention: Archimedes will inscribe Inside a hexagon; will appreciate its area Function of a ray.

An ‘interstellar immigrant’ asteroid is going 30,000mph in the wrong direction

An ‘interstellar immigrant’ asteroid is going 30,000mph in the wrong direction

Now, there are millions of asteroids that circle Jupiter and most of them are in two huge clusters.
Best part?
and decided to stick around, but wanted to do so in its own way.
Via the NYT, take a look at the orbit here: Pretty neat!
Each rotation around the sun takes about 11.6 years, and due to Jupiter’s own immense gravitational pull, the orbit is stable.
It narrowly avoids a collision with its gravity host by moving in an oval-shaped orbit in the wrong direction around the sun, and therefore barely missing the two clusters of asteroids that already follow Jupiter.
BZ is about 3km, or just under 2 miles long, roughly the size of New York’s Central Park.
Given that the one that killed the dinosaurs was 9 miles long (and just so happened to hit the part of the Earth that could create such damage, the 13% or so of the crust that could create that much soot to cover the atmosphere and create an ice age), we shouldn’t have too much to worry about.
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As CO2 increases, rice loses B vitamins and other nutrients

As CO2 increases, rice loses B vitamins and other nutrients

By the end of this century, rice may not deliver the same B vitamin levels that it does today.
Protein and certain minerals will dwindle, too, new data suggest.
Testing higher carbon dioxide concentrations in experimental rice paddies in China predicts losses in four vitamins — B1, B2, B5 and B9 — an international team reports May 23 in Science Advances.
Adding results from similar experiments in Japan, the researchers also note an average 10.3 percent decline in protein, an 8 percent fall in iron and a 5.1 percent fall in zinc, supporting previous studies of rice and other crops.
(SN: 4/1/17, p. 28).
In experimental setups nicknamed FACE (free-air CO₂ enrichment) in China’s Yangtze River delta and near the Japanese city of Tsukuba, researchers grew a total of 18 varieties of rice.
The nine rice varieties from China, from three years’ crops and analyzed in their unrefined brown form, differed in degree of vitamin loss.
On average, B1 levels (thiamine) declined 17.1 percent; B2 levels (riboflavin), 16.6 percent; B5 (pantothenic acid), 12.7 percent; and B9 (folate), 30.3 percent.
Such declines in rice nutrients could hit economically strapped populations in Asia the hardest.
(The other is Madagascar.)

7 Common History Myths

7 Common History Myths

At no point in their history did Vikings wear horned helmets.
By today’s standards, this would be a short man; however, at the time, the average height was 5’7″.
More than likely, though, what solidified the myth of Napoleon’s less-than-stellar stature was the British portrayal of Napoleon in propaganda.
Some actually think he discovered that the world was round?
But world history is not solely the history of Western Europe.
Additionally, Columbus never even claimed to discover a new continent.
Salem Witches were burned at the stake Another commonly distributed myth is that the accused witches in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690s were burned at the stake.
This is not true – though the legend has roots in true events that were concurrently taking place in Europe.
The Great Chicago Fire was caused by a cow Legend has it that Catherine O’Leary was milking her cows in her barn one night, when one of them kicked over a lantern and started the Great Chicago Fire.
Suffice it say, the fire did begin in her barn, but her cow didn’t start it.

How (and Why) You Should Be Cleaning Your Phone and Other Electronics

How (and Why) You Should Be Cleaning Your Phone and Other Electronics

Here’s how (and why) you should be cleaning and sanitizing your phone and other devices around your house.
Your phone is just one place where tons of germs are living rent-free.
Contrary to what you may believe, your toilet is probably cleaner than your phone and other devices, and that’s mostly thanks to our constant paranoia of the bathroom being such a germ-invested hellscape, that we tend to clean it more often than other areas or things around the house.
Here’s what I found: As you can see, bacteria from my phone screen grew just as much nasty as from the inside of my toilet bowl.
But, you also probably don’t think twice about swiping your finger on your phone all day long.
How to Clean Your Phone & Other Devices There’s not a whole lot to it when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing your devices, but phones, in particular, can be tricky.
You have to be careful with the screen at least.
On other devices around your home, like keyboards, mice, TV remotes, and more, you can be a bit more aggressive and use isopropyl alcohol or any household cleaning agent (Clorox wipes, cleaning spray, etc.
Don’t Sweat It Too Much At the end of the day, even if your phone is as dirty as a toilet bowl, whatever doesn’t kill you, right?
It’s easy to get paranoid about germs.

Facebook Upgrades Two Factor Authentication: Here’s How to Set It Up

Facebook Upgrades Two Factor Authentication: Here’s How to Set It Up

Facebook has had two-factor authentication for a long time, but it used to be called Login Approvals.
Here’s how to setup 2FA for Facebook using Authy or your favorite authenticator app.
Not sure what Two-Factor authentication is?
Basically, whenever you try to login to your account from a new device, Facebook (or whatever site you are trying to log in to) will send you a text message to your phone with a code to enter, making sure that it’s really you.
It’s definitely a good idea to setup more security on your Facebook account.
If it’s the first time you’ve enabled two-factor, you may as well just do the SMS text message option and use the code.
It’s simple and easy.
Here’s how to do it: Go to Settings -> Account Settings Click on “Security and Login” Scroll down a little and click on “Use two-factor authentication” Follow the prompts to either enter a code from a text message or an authentication app.
Once you’re all done enabling two-factor, the next time you login to your Facebook account from a new device, you’re going to be required to enter the code.
On the same page you’ll also find some recovery codes that would be useful if you don’t have access to your phone while you’re traveling.

The little-known fruit tastes like peanut M&Ms.

The little-known fruit tastes like peanut M&Ms.

The large Celtis occidentalis tree produces tiny, dark red berries that live up to the claim that fruits are nature’s candy.
These are commonly known as hackberries.
Hackberries are native to North America and were used extensively by Native Americans as a source of food and medicine.
They are high in calories, protein, and sugars, so they make a great trail snack that can be gathered directly from the tree during a hike.
The only catch is that these trees can are quite tall.
To access the berries, you’ll have to hope some branches are low enough to be in reach or knock them off with a stick.
They have a sweet, dry pulp and a crispy shell enclosing a hard, edible seed at their center.
They don’t melt in your hand or your mouth, but each bite offers a delicious, candy-like taste along with a satisfying crunch.
The pulp is very sweet, with a flavor similar to dates and black tea.
Native Americans got around this problem by pounding the berries into a paste or powder that they then stirred into porridge or used to season meat.

A science fiction-inspired apartment building designed by a famous Spanish architect.

A science fiction-inspired apartment building designed by a famous Spanish architect.

Designed by famous Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, Walden 7 is located on the same lot as Bofill’s firm, La Fabrica, which he built inside an abandoned cement factory.
The building is composed of 18 towers forming a curve, which are connected by a complex network of bridges and walkways.
The result is a vertical labyrinth with seven interconnecting interior courtyards.
There are two swimming pools on top of the 14-story building.
With a few exceptions, each apartment looks out onto both the exterior and one of the interior courtyards.
The building was named after a utopian community from the 1940s sci-fi novel Walden Two, and the public spaces and airy apartments were geared towards creating a similarly utopian living environment.
The façade was originally covered with small ceramic tiles, but the tiles kept falling and eventually became a hazard for pedestrians.
In 1995, a refurbishing of the building removed the tiles, and the façade was painted instead.

Fleets of self-driving taxis could be choreographed to cut traffic

Fleets of self-driving taxis could be choreographed to cut traffic

Self-driving taxis that use an algorithm to work together like a well-oiled machine could someday cut down on city traffic.
Researchers have created a computer program that can continually analyze incoming ride-hailing requests sent from a smartphone app and plot the most efficient course for each car in a self-driving fleet to take (SN Online: 11/21/17).
Unlike standard taxis, which pick up customers spotted on the side of the road, this algorithm assigns cars to customers based on traffic conditions as well as the pickup and drop-off locations of all ride requests.
Moe Vazifeh, a physicist at MIT, and colleagues tested this algorithm by feeding it information on more than 150 million cab rides taken in New York City in 2011.
The program, described online May 23 in Nature, was able to choreograph routes to pick up more than 90 percent of customers within five minutes of their ride requests.
That’s not as immediate as flagging down a taxi.
But the algorithm’s method required only about 5,400 cabs on the street at once, on average, compared with the average 7,700 cabs cruising the city at any given time in 2011.
By serving customers using far fewer cars, such precision-guided fleets of self-driving vehicles could help curb traffic pollution and congestion (SN: 9/30/17, p. 18).

The Best Smarthome Products That Are Rental Friendly

The Best Smarthome Products That Are Rental Friendly

There are still quite a few gadgets you can get to smarten up your rental.
Not all smart home devices require modifications to your home itself.
Voice Assistant: Amazon Echo ($50-100) or Google Home ($50-130) Nothing’s quite as cool as controlling your smart home gadgets with your voice.
Lights: Philips Hue ($69 for Basic Starter Kit) Smart lights are one of the coolest ways to trick out your smart home without spending a fortune.
You’ll need a Starter Kit ($69) that comes with a hub, but once you have that, you can add new bulbs to virtually any existing socket in your house and immediately control it from your phone or with your voice assistant.
This little device plugs into your existing electrical outlet, connects to Wi-Fi, and can be controlled from your phone, voice assistant, or even by an automated schedule.
Keep in mind, the Smart Plug can only turn a device on and off.
You can also control the Nest Thermostat from Alexa or Google Assistant with simple voice commands.
If you want to adjust the temperature, switch between heating and air, or just find out what the temperature is currently set to, you can do so from your phone or by talking to your smart speaker.
The August Smart Lock lets you lock and unlock your door with your phone or even a voice command.

Online kits could double STI testing among young people

Online kits could double STI testing among young people

Offering e-STI kits in parallel with existing sexual health services could improve testing rates, suggests new research Visiting a GUM clinic can range from an inconvenience to an ordeal, depending on your tolerance for stripping off in front of strangers, stirrups and swabs.
STIs remain a major problem in England, where 420,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2016, though this was a 4 per cent decline compared to 2015.
They are particularly prevalent among 15 to 24-year-olds, nearly half of whom say they do not always use a condom with a new partner.
Good journalism can be about good things too.
Kits are posted out along with information about sexual health and instructions to return samples by post.
People then receive their results via text message.
In a study of 2,000 young people from two south London boroughs, researchers found that offering the service nearly doubled the uptake of STI testing.
The findings are “very encouraging” said co-author Dr Paula Baraitser from King’s College London.
“The results are very helpful to those of us who are developing new strategies to increase access to sexual health services,” she told Positive News.
Baraitser added that she was pleased to see more people getting tested across the board, including among vulnerable groups.

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