Why I wear my life on my skin

Why I wear my life on my skin

Robert Montenegro 03 October, 2014 Why do people quit their jobs?
Surely, there are a ton of factors: money, hours, location, lack of interest, etc.
For Alison McMahon, an HR specialist and the CEO of TwoFold, the biggest reason employees jump ship is that they’re tired of working for lousy bosses.
It’s just too uncomfortable to tell the truth.
Whether that’s true is certainly debatable, though it’s not a stretch to say that an inconsiderate and/or incompetent boss isn’t much of a leader.
If you run an organization or company, your values and actions need to guide and inspire your team.
When you fail to do that, you set the table for poor productivity and turnover.
McMahon offers a few suggestions for those who want to hone their leadership abilities, though it seems that these things are more innate qualities than acquired skills.
For example, actually caring about your workers or not depending wholly on HR thinking they can do your job for you.
And uninspired workers who don’t have a reason to stay won’t stick around for long.

Anonymous $2 Million Gift for Sanctuary Will House 200 Chimps Rescued From Research Facilities

Anonymous $2 Million Gift for Sanctuary Will House 200 Chimps Rescued From Research Facilities

An anonymous $2 million donation from a stranger is providing a new home to over 200 chimpanzees who have been living in research facilities.
The chimps are now one step closer to retirement thanks to the multi-million donation which was made to Chimp Haven, the national chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana.
The gift was made at the end of the year by an anonymous supporter who is committed to supporting Chimp Haven’s “Welcome Them Home” campaign, a concerted effort to build more habitats and expand veterinary care suites to accommodate the chimps’ transitions from research facilities.
Chimp Haven is a private, nonprofit refuge on 200 acres of forested land in Northwest Louisiana.
It’s home to more than 260 chimps already retired from biomedical research.
While federal funds cover a crucial portion of the lifetime care of these government-owned chimps, the organization relies entirely on the generosity of donors to cover the construction necessary to welcome even more retirees into Chimp Haven’s care.
The campaign-driven expansion, which includes new forested habitats and open-air enclosures, will enrich the lives of retirees with new spaces to play, explore and interact.
Additionally, it provides ample space for Chimp Haven to accommodate chimpanzees still waiting for sanctuary retirement.
“It’s very exciting to begin 2019 with such a generous contribution to chimpanzee wellbeing,” said Rana Smith, president and chief executive officer of Chimp Haven.
This national effort is as important as ever, which is why we’re working diligently to expand our habitats and give these chimps the sanctuary retirement they deserve.” Quit Monkeying Around And Share The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Chimp Haven

Wadi Dawkah Frankincense Trees

Wadi Dawkah Frankincense Trees

View all photos Frankincense is one of those words with strong biblical associations and relatively little everyday use.
That is, if you’re not in or from the Arabian Peninsula.
Top Places in Oman See more things to do in Oman » Frankincense is a resin of the region’s Boswellia sacra tree, more commonly referred to as the frankincense tree.
These gnarled trees may not be the most majestic plants on earth, but they are extremely sturdy, and they can be tapped for their aromatic resin.
This natural park of frankincense trees is located in Wadi Dawkah, an important stop along the ancient Frankincense Trail, an incense trade route that’s been used by merchants for many millennia.
Around 5,000 frankincense trees can be found in this desert valley, including some ancient specimen.
Although frankincense trees can reach a height of 26 feet, most trees in Wadi Dawkah are no more than 10 feet high.
Around age 8 to 10, frankincense trees are mature enough to be tapped.
Workers will repeat the tapping process soon after the first harvest, and the second harvest yields the raw material for the production of incense and essential oils.
A mature healthy tree can produce around 7 to 9 pounds (3 to 4 kg) of frankincense a year.

Why Do We Forget?

Why Do We Forget?

Well, that’s my reasoning.
Gizmodo asked various psychologists and neuroscientists, and got answers from a variety of angles.
You can look at how memories are made and stored and how that can fail, what’s going on in the brain physically, and what outside influences make us forget.
Cognitively, there has been a longstanding debate as to whether forgetting is due to (a) the decay of information in the memory stores or (b) interference from competing information at retrieval.
In terms of the interference hypothesis, memory researchers make a distinction between availability (i.e., is the information still in the memory system?)
To illustrate, consider the tip-of-the tongue phenomenon where you know the word is in your mind somewhere, but you just can’t get in the right frame of mind to grab that word.
Or consider the case where you visit your old high school, see your old locker, and suddenly a series of old memories spring back into mind.
From the interference perspective, these old memories were still preserved in some manner and form (albeit ‘buried’ by interference), and they have become accessible once again and able to be utilized for retrieval processes.
There’s a lot more about the science of forgetting in a roundup at Gizmodo.
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12-Year-old Boy Gives Away Thousands of Lunches to the Homeless – and He’ll Soon Have His Own Truck

12-Year-old Boy Gives Away Thousands of Lunches to the Homeless – and He’ll Soon Have His Own Truck

Liam Hannon may only be 12 years old, but he is already making a big difference in Massachusetts.
Liam is the founder and operator of “Liam’s Lunches of Love,” an organization dedicated to handing out meals to the homeless people of Cambridge.
Over the course of the last year, Liam has handed out over 2,000 lunches to the homeless population in his neighborhood – an act of kindness that hasn’t gone unnoticed by his community.
“In this time when there seems to be so much negativity, maybe you have to turn to a 12-year-old to lead the way,” Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern told WBZ-TV.
“Liam gives me hope for the future of Cambridge, the country and the world.” RELATED: China’s ‘Ice Boy’ Has New Home–and New Hope–After Viral Photo Sparked Flood of Donations On each paper bag, Liam writes a handwritten message, often accompanied by an encouraging little doodle.
Other people from across the US have contributed to Liam’s mission by sending him their own illustrated lunch bags as well.
“It’s like a way to give people joy, maybe spark something in them that can change them,” Liam told the news outlet.
Liam’s father Scott created a GoFundMe to raise money for his son’s organization back in April, and it has amassed over $44,000 – money that Liam will use to purchase a food truck, so he can more easily travel across Boston and give away his free lunches to the homeless population.
(WATCH the video below or our international viewers can watch the clip on the CBS News website) – Photo by Scott Hannon Be Sure And Pass On This Positive Story To Your Friends On Social Media

The Much Disliked Motion Smoothing Technique

The Much Disliked Motion Smoothing Technique

When I watch a film for the first time, I wouldn’t usually pay attention to how the film was done and simply focus on what was happening in the story.
Of course, if something was poorly executed, I would not find it entertaining or enjoyable despite the story.
For filmmakers, there is a certain pet peeve that they just don’t like.
It’s called motion smoothing or motion interpolation.
Motion smoothing can make sense for sports, which can move quickly and get blurry on your TV set.
Most films, however, are traditionally shot at 24 frames-per-second and motion blur naturally occurs.
Artificially increasing the frame rate and removing motion blur removes the filmic, dreamlike essence from films, giving them a hyperreal quality.
This can also be done to TV shows and I have seen video clips of some of my favorite shows being played on 60 frames-per-second (fps) which does enhance certain parts of the visual but loses its raw quality, in my opinion.
But it all depends on the preferences of each person.
(Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

How to Get Newborns to Sleep

How to Get Newborns to Sleep

Your baby may have trouble falling asleep if they are hungry, so make sure to feed your baby before you put them down for a nap or bedtime.
If your baby is crying despite making sure they are comfortable enough for sleep, they may be seeking comfort and affection from you.
Pick up your baby, soothe them, check their diaper, and feed them if they are still hungry.
Then, try putting your baby back in bed once they seem drowsy and ready to fall asleep again.
The best time to put your baby down for a nap or for bed is when they are showing signs that they are sleepy.
Change your baby’s diaper, feed your baby, and then put them into their crib or bassinet while they are sleepy, but still awake.
Newborns sleep for up to 19 hours per day.
Instead, allow your newborn to nap as often as they want during the day.
[12] Tip: Sleep as often as you can while your newborn sleeps!
Singing to your baby or playing them some soothing music is another great way to help them settle in for the night or a nap.

See an Entire Northern Ireland Village Knitted Out of Wool

See an Entire Northern Ireland Village Knitted Out of Wool

It’s become even more so since the local crochet club took on a project of recreating the entire village in miniature, with stunning accuracy.
All in crocheted or knitted yarn.
Local resident May Aitcheson started the club six years ago.
Now, it has 30-odd members, most of whom are retired.
“I didn’t realize it would keep going the way it’s done,” she told the BBC.
In May of last year the members got together to begin work on the mammoth model of their village.
They headed out first with cameras, and then began to craft the houses and other buildings, with six women in particular doing much of the work.
The scene includes people, animals, garden plants, and other accessories.
It has become so large that moving it out of Memorial Orange Hall is more trouble than anyone wants to tackle.
But the incredible project has drawn worldwide attention to Cloughmills.

15 Really Good Podcasts to Keep You Motivated and Reach Your Goals

15 Really Good Podcasts to Keep You Motivated and Reach Your Goals

Here is a list of 15 really good podcasts that you must have on your playlist to stay motivated and reach your goals: 1.
The podcast features conversations with guests from various walks of life.
Exploring topics ranging from inspirational leadership to self-awareness, this 18-minute talk show promises to make you think, question and introspect, while offering fresh approaches and solutions to old problems.
Make listening to The Gary Vee Audio Experience part of your daily routine and you are bound to see a positive change in your perspective.
Through this highly inspiring podcast, Brendon shares his life mantra, what keeps him going and how we can all shape the extraordinary life we wish to lead.
This show is all about finding the right direction in life and has the power to inspire people to take action.
Hosted by writer and entrepreneur, Jonathan Fields, this podcast aims to share stories of experts and everyday people meant to inspire listeners.
The Daily Boost The Daily Boost has generated over 26 million downloads, making it the most popular daily motivation program.
Optimal Living Daily Wish you had the time to read and soak up motivational content from some of the best blogs but don’t?
It is hosted by Justin Malik who offers daily readings covering topics such as minimalism, productivity, life-hacking techniques and more.

Tiny shark lived with huge T.Rex SUE

Tiny shark lived with huge T.Rex SUE

Recently discovered small shark teeth tell a tale about the world she lived in.
Wisely, scientists from the Field Museum in Chicago where SUE’s remains are on display today, held on to the rock she was found in.
Sieving through this sediment, they discovered tooth fossils that belonged to a small shark and published about it in a new study.
About a decade later, Terry “Bucky” Gates joined my lab and began a project to screen the sediments to look for microvertebrate fossils – teeth, scales, and bones of small animals – to build a better picture of what lived in the environment with SUE.
Karen Nordquist, a steadfast Field Museum volunteer for three decades, the last half of which she has spent peering through a microscope meticulously picking tiny fossils out of screen-washed sediments, recovered two dozen tiny, millimeter sized teeth that turned out to be a new species of carpet shark ResearchGate: What do the teeth look like?
ResearchGate: What did the shark look like?
ResearchGate: What was the shark doing there?
ResearchGate: What does the shark tell us about SUE and her habitat?
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Investors’ Best Option: Keep Faith in U.S. Stocks

Investors’ Best Option: Keep Faith in U.S. Stocks

But this might be a riskier gamble than they realize, because unlike the U.S., these regions don’t hold their fate in their own hands.
Over the past decade, equity markets across the world have increasingly moved in lockstep with Chinese stocks and Chinese economic data, as China has become more important to a growing number of countries.
China is now the main trading partner not just for Indonesia and Thailand, but also for Brazil, Chile and South Africa.
Even Europe has become mostly a play on China, thanks to Germany’s prowess in exporting to the Asian giant.
Now, only the U.S. acts as something of a buffer against moves in Chinese stocks.
It’s true that the U.S. and China are now narrowing their differences on trade, which could ultimately provide some support for the Chinese economy.
And Beijing has already launched stimulus policies to bolster car sales and bank lending.
Yet China’s economy is unable to expand at the breakneck growth rates of yesteryear, regardless of trade relations with the U.S. Efforts to reduce old debts mean that officials are reluctant to unleash fiscal and credit stimulus to the same extent as they did after crises in 2008 and 2014.
Stocks in Hong Kong and Shanghai were so oversold last summer that they’ve outperformed other markets in recent months, but those in Frankfurt or São Paulo are likely more vulnerable to China’s structural slowdown than most investors realize.
They wouldn’t escape a U.S. recession, either: A slowdown in American demand would hurt Europe—which faces political constraints to boosting growth at home—while a rush for safety by investors around the world concerned about global growth would push up the U.S. dollar, hurting most emerging economies.

12 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

12 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

What we want to do with this article is to give you the hard skills you’ll need to reduce that anxiety so you can move up that corporate ladder, make more money or have career instead of just a “job”.
So how about you start your own side business (don’t compete with your company), but let’s say you enjoy golf.
This is definitely a hard skill that requires education.
But if the tech world and computers are your thing you can make cloud computing a lucrative career.
Amazon is probably the best known company to use data mining.
Data Management All companies today deal with a ton of data!
However, just like the old fashion filing cabinet, data management on a computer is only good if it’s well organized.
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Marketing Skills While marketing a companies products or services has always been a highly sought after skill.
We know that not everyone is cut out to be a cloud computing expert, but we also know that working on and having good scheduling skills will make you a much more desirable candidate for the position!

Will Your Customers Buy From You Tomorrow?

Will Your Customers Buy From You Tomorrow?

Start Building Relationship with Customers and The Money Will Come More than ever, business people must consider the potential long-term relationship rather than the short-term sale.
You may think you’re selling widgets, but what they’re really buying is a way to make their lives a bit easier.
Building long-lasting, satisfying customer relationships is not new, but electronic messaging and the Internet have introduced a brand-new spin.
Not such an easy task, given that many websites are built by techies who have little knowledge of what customers want and how they behave.
Another evolving technology that will soon find a place in business is instant messaging where customers have real-time instant access to businesses they patronize.
Strategies for Relationship Building What’s the formula that blends relationship building and technology?
Relationship-oriented websites offer: • Opportunities and incentives for visitors to register contact information • Interactive touch-points where visitors can contact the site owner with feedback • Useful content about products, services, trends, ‘how-to’ articles • Subscription invitations to regular e-newsletters or e-zines with pertinent information Websites that cultivate relationships with visitors involve the same kind of give-and-take that occurs in face-to-face meetings and phone conversations.
These sites are information-dense, have less of a ‘Buy Now!’ emphasis, and invite dialog with visitors, usually in the form of an email.
Find out what your site visitors are looking for when they visit your site.
Add content to meet these needs.

This Embroidery Artist Uses Thread Instead Of Paint To Create Amazing Landscape Scenes (New Pics)

This Embroidery Artist Uses Thread Instead Of Paint To Create Amazing Landscape Scenes (New Pics)

We previously introduced you to Russian embroidery artist Vera Shimunia’s dreamy, miniature nature landscapes and since then her presentations have only become more stunning.
With a growing Instagram follower count of over 200k people, it’s easy to see her talent and imagination have not peaked. “I just decided to try.
And when I made my first embroidered piece the boy I liked (he has great taste and he is in art community) wrote me: ‘you did this??
So cool’ and I decided to continue,” Shimunia told Bored Panda.
And I thought – why not.”
With vibrant blues, whimsical pinks and deep purples, each piece transports you to a world Shimunia has created, inspired by nature and music.
The intricate detailing depending on the difficulty takes anywhere from three days to a month, “I am thinking about future embroidery, I am preparing the necessary materials. “Sometimes the picture in my head does not coincide with what I made, then I cut off treads and try again.”
Over time this young visionary’s work has continued to evolve as is evident on her page.

Radical theory says our Universe sits on an inflating bubble in an extra dimension

Radical theory says our Universe sits on an inflating bubble in an extra dimension

A new paper uses string theory to propose a new model of the Universe.
The researchers think our Universe may be riding a bubble expanded by dark energy.
All matter in the Universe may exist in strings that reach into another dimension.
Our Universe may be having itself quite a great time it seems.
Cosmologists from Uppsala University came up with a new model that proposes the Universe may be riding on an ever-expanding bubble in an extra dimension.
In particular, according to this theory, published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers offer a novel explanation for how the Universe may be getting bigger.
Dark energy would be the inflating force in this bubble, the existence of which is supported by string theory, claim the scientists.
Perhaps even more excitingly – there could be more bubbles than just the one with our Universe on it.
Each one of those carrying another Universe. ‘In this context, the cosmology we see as 4D observers is not due to vacuum energy, but rather arises as an effective description on a dynamical object embedded in a higher dimensional space,’ the researchers explain.

Now That the Chromecast Audio Is Dead, Google Needs to Refresh the Google Home

Now That the Chromecast Audio Is Dead, Google Needs to Refresh the Google Home

Upgrade the Speaker The Google Home has never really been the better speaker when compared to the Echo, and Amazon has since refreshed the Echo with an even better speaker.
Google needs to do the same.
Don’t get us wrong—the Google Home still sounds pretty good, especially compared to the Home Mini and even the Home Hub, but when comparing it side-by-side to the 2nd-generation Echo, the Home is outclassed.
Plus, a lot of us don’t need the best audio quality possible, but rather just a Google Home that at least competes with Echo speaker.
Add an Audio Jack Even if Google actually does refresh the Google Home and tacks on a better speaker, the simple addition of an audio out jack would still be a hit feature, and all of the Echoes already have them.
Plus, an audio jack is needed more than ever now with the Chromecast Audio out of the picture—Google needs to provide some sort of alternative to pushing music to external speakers, and only supporting Bluetooth speakers doesn’t really count.
If Nothing Else: Add an Audio Jack to the Chromecast If you have a regular Chromecast connected to your television, you can use it similarly to the Chromecast Audio and beam music to it.
With Chromecast Audio gone, Google could possibly merge it into its regular Chromecast and include an audio jack along with the HDMI connection.
With the addition of the port on the Chromecast, you could use it as a regular Chromecast on your TV or stereo receiver with HDMI inputs or as a Chromecast Audio, depending on your needs—a much more versatile device.
No matter how you cut it, however, Google needs to refresh the Home and Chromecast lineup.

Three Ways to Improve Your Smarthome

Three Ways to Improve Your Smarthome

Furthermore, these products can do a lot more than you might think from first glance.
Let’s go over a few cool ways you can improve your smarthome experience.
Automating Devices Using your phone to control things like the thermostat and your lights is pretty cool, especially when you can do it while you’re away from home.
In an ideal smarthome, everything is automated—devices control themselves based on some parameters that you’ve set up ahead of time.
RELATED: Forget Voice Control, Automation Is the Real Smarthome Superpower You can even automate stuff in your house without spending a lot of money on actual smarthome devices—things like outlet timers, remote outlet switches, and light socket motion sensors are incredibly affordable but can provide you with a great glimpse into the smarthome world.
For example, instead of having to manually control your lights, thermostat, and other devices individually, you can initiate a single command and have everything happen at once.
With these services, you can link together smarthome devices that you wouldn’t normally be able to link together and have them work together to do certain things with a single command, like blinking your lights when your Alexa timer goes off or turning on the lights when your Wi-Fi cam detects motion.
With IFTTT, for example, you can have your smart thermostat automatically shut off when the outside temperature reaches a certain point.
RELATED: How to Automatically Turn Off Your Nest Thermostat When It’s Cool Outside Similarly, you could have a porch light automatically turn on and off based on when the sun sets and rises.
In the end, there are a lot more ways to control smarthome devices than you might think—they’re not just devices that you can control from your phone, but rather control a different number of ways.

Most flights to Albany airport delayed, cancelled

Most flights to Albany airport delayed, cancelled

COLONIE — The winter storm that has stretched from Illinois to Maine has caused many flights in and out of Albany International Airport to be cancelled Sunday.
All flights leaving Albany airport Sunday morning or afternoon have been marked as either delayed or cancelled.
However, there were a few late afternoon and evening flights still scheduled as “on-time.”
Check on the status of flights here.
Airports already had been struggling in recent days with flight delays as the federal shutdown has lead to more security personnel not showing up for work.
Terminals at airports across the country are being closed as there are fewer screeners and runway workers to handle incoming and outgoing flights.
Snow and sleet from the storm will subside by Sunday afternoon in the Capital Region.
But then there will be dangerous wind chills as the storm moves out east Sunday night into Monday.
Read more: See more storm-related closings and delays here.

Huge Supercomputers Still Exist. Here’s What They’re Being Used for Today

Huge Supercomputers Still Exist. Here’s What They’re Being Used for Today

As Moore’s Law (an old observation stating that computing power doubles roughly every two years) pushes our computing hardware further, the complexity of the problems being solved increases as well.
It’s the combination of all of them that makes computing so efficient.
Not every task can be parallelized so easily, so you won’t be using a supercomputer to run your games at a million frames per second.
The fastest one currently is IBM’s Summit, which can reach over 200 PetaFLOPS, a million times faster than “Giga” most people are used to.
It’s theorized that in order to run full weather modelling, we’ll need a computer that measures its speed in ZettaFLOPS—another two tiers up from PetaFLOPS and around 5000 times faster than IBM’s Summit.
The upfront cost for buying or building all of that hardware is high enough, but the real kicker is the power bill.
So while there’s theoretically no limit to how many buildings full of computers you could hook together, we only build supercomputers big enough to solve current problems.
So it’s easy to make the comparison to the past, and theorize about the future.
Lately, Moore’s law has been slowing down as we reach the limits of how small we can make transistors, so CPUs aren’t getting much faster.
They are getting smaller and more power efficient, which pushes CPU performance in the direction of more cores per chip for desktops and more powerful overall for mobile devices.

Front Door Camera Sends Automatic Alerts By Text

Front Door Camera Sends Automatic Alerts By Text

In these turbulent times, journalists fearmonger and honest citizens fear for the safety of their homes and themselves.
There’s a wide array of options on the market, but short of watching hours of logged video, they’re not always super useful.
Adding some smarts can really help – as [Peter Quinn] has done.
For this project, [Peter] decided on a JeVois smart camera.
More than just a USB webcam, it also packs a quad-core processor running machine vision algorithms.
This allows object recognition and other tasks to be run on the camera itself.
In this setup, [Peter] configured the JeVois camera to detect people.
When a human is detected upon the doorstep, the camera sends a message to the connected Raspberry Pi over serial.
The Raspberry Pi then captures a JPEG still from the camera over the USB connection, and, using Twilio, sends a notification to [Peter]’s phone.
It’s a well-integrated system that automatically photographs visitors to [Peter]’s home, requiring little to no interaction from the user.

Good News in History, January 21

Good News in History, January 21

51 years ago today, Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower’.
Sitting in on the session at Olympic Studios in London, just six months after Dylan’s original recording, were Brian Jones from the Rolling Stones and Dave Mason from Traffic.
The single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience peaked at No.20 on the US charts and was ranked 47th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
WATCH him perform it live… (1968) MORE Good News on this Date: The Kiwanis club was formed in Detroit as a networking group for young professional businessmen; today, the group has 606,000 members in 96 nations who also dedicate themselves to serving children and improving the world (1915) Albania declared itself a republic (1925) Operatic tenor Placido Domingo, one of the famous trio known as “The Three Tenors,” turns 78 today (1941) U.S. President Jimmy Carter pardoned nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada (1977) Pope John Paul II began his first visit to Cuba (1998) A 72-year-old hardware store was inundated with customers when a grassroots “cash mob” delivered a boost to the local family-owned Ohio business (2012) The Women’s March for civil rights drew more than a million marchers in D.C. and around the U.S. (2017) 33 years ago today, the first National Hugging Day was celebrated, founded by a minister and social services worker in Michigan.
The Hugging Day website name “Most Huggable in 2006” Jana Doolittle of Clio, Michigan, a third grade teacher at Carter Elementary who asks her class daily “Does anyone need a hug today?” (Watch the popular Free Hugs music video) And Happy Birthday to the smart, and sporty actress Geena Davis, who turns 63 today.
The actress, most known for her role in Thelma and Louise and A League of Their Own, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Accidental Tourist in 1988.
The Mensa member who has campaigned for more and better women’s roles in children’s programming also fronts the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Davis was one of 300 women who vied for a semifinals berth in the US Olympic archery team and placed 24th just two years after being introduced to the sport.
In 2007 she was honored for her work on gender in the media, receiving the Hollywood Hero award – WATCH that video, here.
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How some insects fling their pee

How some insects fling their pee

Some sap-sucking insects can “make it rain.” Known as sharpshooters, they fling droplets of pee while feeding on plant juices.
The insects use tiny structures that catapult these wastes at high accelerations.
Take glassy-winged sharpshooters.
That rain of pee got Bhamla and his colleagues hooked on studying how the insects release this waste.
The researchers took high-speed video of two sharpshooter species — the glassy-winged and blue-green types.
Tiny hairs at the end of the stylus increase its flinging power, Bhamla suggests.
That’s much like the sling found at the end of certain types of catapults.
It’s not clear why sharpshooters fling their pee.
The scientists reported their findings in a video published online in the American Physical Society’s Gallery of Fluid Motion.
gravity The force that attracts anything with mass, or bulk, toward any other thing with mass.

Can You Be Successful Without College?

Can You Be Successful Without College?

What does your college degree say about you?
In reality, our college degree does not define our worth, skills or even our success in our careers.
With the cost of college on the rise, many are beginning to wonder whether finding success even without college is possible.
It shows a much higher rate of value increase in some non-degree jobs than those traditional advanced degrees.
And to understand the impacts of education and at what cost, we must understand the sum of its parts from family ideals to what we consider “success” — in other words, the American Dream.
That said, the traditional American dream leaves very little to the imagination and seems only possible through a very specific set of successes, putting it at odds with real-life American families.
Unfortunately, these luxuries become more sparse as basic living expenses grow.
Rent skyrockets beyond inflation while the average apartment size shrinks — about 8% over the last decade.
Another alternative career path exists though — that of non-degree certificates.
In 2016, total college enrollment included 5.28 million students — 999,000 of them graduating with an associates degree, and 939,000 walking away with a non-degree certificate.

Chiefs lose overtime thriller to Patriots 37-31

Chiefs lose overtime thriller to Patriots 37-31

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — For the New England Patriots, Sunday’s AFC Championship Game was business as usual.
There was a lot of speculation this week on how loud Arrowhead Stadium would be throughout the game.
After falling behind 17-7, Kansas City would score on another passing touchdown early in the fourth, bringing the Chiefs back within one score for the first time since the first quarter.
Following a three-and-out drive by the Kansas City offense, New England took over on the 28-yard line just a score away from booking a trip to Atlanta.
Then, in a moment of poetic justice, the Chiefs struck back with the very play that picked apart their defense in the first half.
Chiefs lead 21-17 with just under eight minutes remaining.
Damien Williams returned the favor, bouncing through the line to score on a 2-yard run and put the Chiefs back in front, 28-24 with two minutes to play.
Mahomes and the Chiefs offense would work down to the 21-yard line, setting up a 39-yard field goal for Harrison Butker.
As teams huddled for the overtime coin toss, Patriots receiver Matthew Slater sent an raucous “WE WANT THE BALL.” into the referee’s microphone and watched as the announcement bounced through the stands.
Brady and the New England offense dissected the Chiefs defense with surgical precision, completing three passes of 10 or more yards and using just eight minutes before punching the ball into the endzone.

Israel confirms attacking Iranian forces in Syria

Israel confirms attacking Iranian forces in Syria

JERUSALEM — In an extraordinary statement, the Israeli military confirmed early Monday that it attacked Iranian military targets in Syria.
That followed a rare Israeli daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. “We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory,” the military statement said. “We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory.”
The Russian military said four Syrian troops were among those killed.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the Iranian missile attack that prompted the strong Israeli response was “premeditated.”
Iranian forces in Syria fired the mid-range surface-to-surface missile toward Israel from the Damascus area — a missile that had been smuggled into Syria specifically for that purpose, he said.
Conricus declined to further identify the type of missile, but said it hadn’t been used in any of the internal fighting of the civil war and had “no business” being in Syria.
It previously typically offered only general warnings against allowing Iran to establish a military foothold in Syria and refrained from commenting directly for fear of triggering a reaction and being drawn into the deadly fighting.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently confirmed that Israel has struck hundreds of targets in Syria linked to Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group, including a weapons facility two weeks ago.

Something Else Instead of Planet Nine Could Be Hiding in The Outer Solar System

Something Else Instead of Planet Nine Could Be Hiding in The Outer Solar System

A hypothesis for Planet Nine was first announced in a 2016 study.
Astronomers studying a dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt noticed that several TNOs were “detached” from the strong gravitational influence of the Solar System’s gas giants, and had weird looping orbits that were different from the rest of the Kuiper Belt.
But its evasiveness is prompting scientists to seek alternative explanations. “We thought, rather than allowing for a ninth planet, and then worry about its formation and unusual orbit, why not simply account for the gravity of small objects constituting a disk beyond the orbit of Neptune and see what it does for us?”
The researchers created a computer model of the detached TNOs, as well as the planets of the Solar System (and their gravity), and a huge disc of debris past Neptune’s orbit.
By applying tweaks to elements such as the mass, eccentricity and orientation of the disc, the researchers were able to recreate the clustered looping orbits of the detached TNOs. “If you remove Planet Nine from the model, and instead allow for lots of small objects scattered across a wide area, collective attractions between those objects could just as easily account for the eccentric orbits we see in some TNOs,” Sefilian said.
This solves a problem that scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder had when they first floated the collective gravity hypothesis last year.
Although their calculations were able to account for the gravitational effect on the detached TNOs, they couldn’t explain why their orbits were all tilting the same way.
And there’s still another problem with both models: in order to produce the observed effect, the Kuiper Belt needs a collective gravity of at least a few Earth masses.

Did You Recognize This 13 Reasons Why Star in True Detective?

Did You Recognize This 13 Reasons Why Star in True Detective?

No, we’re not referring to Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.
We’re actually talking about one of our favorite breakout stars, Brandon Flynn.
Our beloved reformed bad boy from 13 Reasons Why has been popping up in the third season of the crime show, and we think there’s a possibility he might be around for a few more episodes.
Flynn plays Ryan Peters, a teenage boy who hangs with a troublesome crowd.
While Flynn is only listed in the first two episodes of True Detective on IMDB, we wouldn’t be surprised if this was just a way to keep audiences guessing.
Flynn’s True Detective casting was announced back in February 2018, along with Michael Graziadei (Good Girls Revolt), who plays creepy Uncle Dan.
The Miami native has been relatively quiet about his new role, other than an Instagram post. “‘Touch darkness and darkness touches you back…’ ready to join True Detective Season 3 🙌 📸” he wrote.
According to Flynn’s Instagram, and IMDB, we can definitely expect Justin Foley to return for season three, so we have plenty more Flynn to look forward to.
Since then, he’s starred in short film Binge, and a movie called Looks That Kill, which is in post-production, according to IMDB.

The Way Mexican Airline Just Trolled Americans Will Crack You Up

The Way Mexican Airline Just Trolled Americans Will Crack You Up

While debates rage on over the border wall, AeroMexico wants Americans to know that your DNA doesn’t care what your politics are.
In a hilarious new ad, the airline features interviews with residents of Wharton, Texas, offering them ‘DNA Discounts’ based on their percentage of Mexican heritage.
The well-meaning troll on the arguably bigoted citizens is not meant to embarrass but educate.
Featuring statistics, history of immigration between Mexico and the U.S, and of course the promise of flight deals, the video is a lighthearted attempt to show that when you look at it we all have common ground.
The video begins by pointing out that while our friends south of the border come to America for travel, Mexico falls low on their tourism destination list.
When asked what the reasons why the residents had no interest in visiting the neighbors, only 300 miles south, the answers showed a common theme.
Image credits: Aeromexico Touching on the history of immigration between the U.S and Mexico they proved that these Texans were not only close in proximity but in their DNA as well.
Watch the full ad below to see the clever marketing strategy they came up with People agreed the marketing strategy was brilliat

IT training: The most effective options for upskilling IT staff

IT training: The most effective options for upskilling IT staff

Training and development programs offer win-win advantages for employees and employers alike.
They provide means for IT pros seeking to keep their skills sharp, and help CIOs address skills gaps, while improving employee engagement and retention.
According to a recent CTA survey, technical and high-skills training is viewed as a very important tool for employee retention at 80 percent of the 293 organizations responding.
Moreover, 74 percent remarked that professional development programs to hone soft skills are very important to their employees, with another 44 percent seeing tuition reimbursement programs as vital for hiring and retaining top talent in the coming years.
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Training and development programs take on various forms, enabling organizations to decide the formats that best fit the needs of their IT staff, as well as their available budgets.
Certifications, internal training, external training, conferences and events were all noted in the CTA Future of Work survey as being important for IT departments.
And while larger organizations often have bigger budgets for IT training and development, smaller organizations can also take advantage of low-cost (or free) courses, certifications and events to help technical staff stay current on hard and soft skills.

There are three models of Samsung Galaxy S10 and a photo of all three apparently leaked

There are three models of Samsung Galaxy S10 and a photo of all three apparently leaked

Samsung is supposed to lift the veil off of its next-gen Galaxy S10 smartphone on Feb. 20 at an Unpacked event.
Unfortunately, the internet got there first.
There are three models in all, and they’re encased in see-through plastic cases in the allegedly leaked image.
The leak comes by way of Evan Blass, who has a good track record of sharing stuff like this ahead of formal reveals.
Samsung Galaxy S10E, S10, and S10+ (L to R), encased pic.twitter.com/Pk2gpXkXxn — Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 19, 2019 There’s obviously not a whole lot to be gleaned from this photo.
The three smartphones all appear to be different sizes, but it’s hard to tell anything beyond that without additional reference imagery.
If you look closely at the image, you can see the rear-mounted dual-lens camera as well as a front-facing single-lens camera.
Finally, the S10+ features the three-lens setup on the back as well as a dual-lens setup in front.
The only feature on the backs the devices in this leaked image is the camera array.
The Galaxy S9’s fingerprint sensor is built into the back of the phone, just below the camera lens.

Get 2 years of IPVanish on sale for 66% off during this limited VPN sale

Get 2 years of IPVanish on sale for 66% off during this limited VPN sale

Did you know Jan. 28 is international Data Privacy Day?
IPVanish is one of the best VPNs and can keep you safe from online hackers, scammers, and patent trolls looking to squeeze you out of money.
During the sale, IPVanish is only $99 for a two-year subscription that’s billed biennially.
Considering a typical year of IPVanish is $79.99, that’s a great deal.
Plus, it works out to only $4.12 per month — or less than half of your Netflix subscription.
What can IPVanish do for you?
Well, it’s a great way to hide your internet browsing history, keep your IP address safe, secure, and out of sight, and gain some peace of mind that you’re not being tracked or followed by the seedy underbelly of the internet.
The VPN keeps all your personal data and information private, while keeping your identity on the down low.
Surf the web feeling confident that everything flowing into and out of your laptop or mobile device is encrypted.
You can also get unrestricted internet access anywhere in the world with IPVanish, so you’ll never have to worry about internet censorship again whether you’re at home, work, or at school.

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

More often, stellar smithereens make their way to Earth and the moon and then peacefully settle, remaining for eternity, or at least until scientists dig them up.
Dark matter, if it exists, is probably in the latter category.
Some researchers are pondering how these cosmic events affect Earth — even whether they have altered the course of evolution.
One event took place roughly 2.6 million years ago, and another sometime between 6.5 million and 8.7 million years ago, researchers say.
In the new paper, he describes how a supernova would produce a shower of subatomic particles called muons that could damage DNA, leading to widespread mutations in organisms, and even the extinction of species.
“They are in a sweet spot for affecting ground-based life.” Melott hypothesized that a supernova around 2.6 million years ago would have increased the flow of muons streaming through the atmosphere several hundred times over.
Yet most theories blame the die-offs on widespread climate changes, not on direct mutations.
As for Melott’s hypothesis that the single supernova 2.6 million years ago led directly to extinctions, he points to a few lines of evidence.
“These muons would really not leave any trace,” Melott said.
Even if muon showers and iron-60 from dying stars cannot be directly linked to extinctions, their presence demonstrates a profound truth: Earth, and everything on it, is a part of the universe, not apart from it.

This Homeless Woman Explained Why People Should Stop Donating To The Salvation Army

This Homeless Woman Explained Why People Should Stop Donating To The Salvation Army

According to their 2017 financial report, The Salvation Army–USA received over $2 billion from direct public support that year.
Heather Snow, a homeless woman who had been living in one of their facilities, however, said nobody should donate a single penny to them ever again.
She shared an emotional twitter rant about the ‘abusive’ experience she and other women were having in one of Salvation Army’s centers in Portland, saying the sole purpose of the organization is to make a profit (in 2017, it reported a surplus of $622M).
The thread ignited a discussion where others responded that one rotten apple doesn’t mean the entire tree is bad.
Scroll down to read the debate and leave your opinion in the comments!
She also posted this picture of locks on the fridges Salvation Army responded to her thread The 30-day exclusion Heather has received for “disrespecting” the staff and Salvation Army programs Some people said they’ve experienced something similar While others defended the organization

For $40, Appz helps you win at Instagram without lifting a finger

For $40, Appz helps you win at Instagram without lifting a finger

Follow any major brand, and you’ll likely see its outlets posting around the clock on social media.
Your business or organization may not need to stay that active on Facebook or Instagram, but you also may not be posting nearly as often as you should to increase your chances of appearing to your most likely customers.
Since you probably don’t want to stay tethered to posting 24/7/365, enlisting services like the Appz are practically a must.
Right now, TNW Deals is knocking over 90 percent off the price of a lifetime Appz subscription, cutting your cost to only $39.99.
Appz is like having a fixated Instagram addict working on your account all day every day.
Install it as a Google Chrome extension and enter some of your account’s key interests, related users, and crucial hashtags, then Appz handles much of the rest.
All that interaction is logged and your social stats are constantly tracked in Appz’ intuitive dashboard, so you can always see how you’re doing at a glance.
Appz will immediately start boosting your Instagram audience, even if you do no other posting.
A lifetime of Appz access routinely costs about $1,000 per account, but with this discount, you can get Appz on any Instagram account for only $39.99.
Heavy Instagram users can also take advantage of increased deals on 5-account ($149.99) and 10-account ($199.00) plans.

Facebook now lets you create petitions for social causes

Facebook now lets you create petitions for social causes

In the past few years, Facebook’s been concentrating on community-based features like Candidate Info and Town Hall to increase users’ engagement with local government and politics.
In its latest move, it’ll roll out a petition feature you can use to create a campaign that other folks can support.
TechCrunch, which got a sneak peek of the feature from the company, says that Facebook is aiming to focus this feature around local causes and on bringing them to the attention of government bodies in charge of them.
You can create an Action with a title and description, and tag the relevant authority or agency that can act on it.
Instead, you’ll either have to share the cause with your followers and post a comment or report it.
With a new Facebook feature comes new concerns, the first being post moderation.
While the example of a Community Action posted by Facebook shows causes like build a performing arts center and putting crosswalks near a library, it’s safe to assume that loads of people will use this opportunity to try spreading misinformation or incite violence.
Next, it’s possible that some users will choose to ‘support’ Actions only to post offensive comments in the discussion thread.
But it’ll surely face a more challenging scenario once the feature is available to a larger user set.
In this regard, Facebook has a natural advantage of a larger user base and ease of use – people can support a cause with just the click of a button on their news feed.

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