Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Rescue Struggling Theater Business From New York City Rent Prices

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Rescue Struggling Theater Business From New York City Rent Prices

Lin-Manuel Miranda is known for being on the Broadway stage, but people are now hailing his recent role in rescuing a struggling bookstore from rising rent prices.
The “Hamilton” star is now one of the four new owners of The Drama Book Shop – a beloved landmark of the New York City theater scene.
Over the course of the last century, the store has peddled hundreds of thousands of scripts, sheet music, plays, and other theater-related goods.
It was even given an honorary Tony award for its services to the stage in 2011.
LOOK: School Installs Vending Machine That Dispenses Free Books to Kids Who Read Due to expensive rent rates, however, The Drama Book Shop was preparing to close its doors – until the masterminds behind “Hamilton” rushed in to help.
Miranda has bought out the bookstore alongside the play’s producer, Jeffrey Seller, the play’s director, Thomas Kail, and the president of the Nederland Organization for live entertainment.
The Drama Book Shop will be closing its doors at its current location later this week, but the “Hamilton” owners will be reopening the store in a cheaper part of town later this year.
“It’s the chronic problem — the rents were just too high, and I’m 84 years old — I just didn’t have the drive to find a new space and make another move,” Seelen told the New York Times.
“Lin-Manuel and Tommy are my white knights.” Hey Patreon peeps, @TheHamilcast made it out to #HamiltonPR!
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Strangers Offer Flood of Support for White Mom Who’s ‘Clueless’ About Styling Black Daughter’s Hair

Strangers Offer Flood of Support for White Mom Who’s ‘Clueless’ About Styling Black Daughter’s Hair

When Stephanie Hollifield first adopted Haley, the mother-of-five from Georgia says that she obsessively sought advice for how to care for the youngster’s hair.
“Her hair seemed perfectly conditioned and styled when I sent her off to daycare a few hours earlier, but it looked different in the picture,” Hollifield wrote on her parenting blog.
I was sure I was missing something simple— that I was making it more difficult than it had to be.” Hollifield then posted the photo to Facebook and asked for help.
I immediately felt supported by my community.
The little girl immediately took to her new stylist and Hollifield started to understand what she had been doing wrong with her daughter’s hair.
I don’t think I had ever seen Haley smile so big.” Hollifield posted a selfie of Hunter and her daughter to Facebook and was even more astonished by the massive social media response.
Thousands of people liked, commented, and shared the photo and dozens of media outlets reached out to her about sharing her story.
“People are hesitant to reach out to someone who may be different.
“The inability to share space with people when it is the slightest bit uncomfortable cements the divide.
Thank you, Monica, for reminding me — and so many others — of the importance of kindness.” Be Sure And Share This Sweet Story Of Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Stephanie Hollifield

Do You Have an Unfulfilled Life? 7 Reasons Why You’re Not Satisfied

Do You Have an Unfulfilled Life? 7 Reasons Why You’re Not Satisfied

Most people feel confused at some point in their life, but if you feel unsatisfied and unhappy about your life on a daily basis, then it’s time to do something about it.
We have all tried to put off something for the next day and we’ve said: “I’ll do it tomorrow.” But if you do this often, then it could turn into a habit.
If you feel like you’re meant for something bigger, but you’re not moving forwards at all, then it’s time to take a look at your day and your time management.
You’ve Lost Touch with Yourself People do different things to feel good about themselves.
If it’s the other way around, then don’t take on more than you can at work.
You Don’t Finish Things Many people have ideas.
You Lack Purpose It’s easy to wake up every morning and go to work.
It’s going to take some time for you to realize it because you can easily live a good life on the outside and still lack purpose.
If you’ve been feeling distant from your own life, then you get the idea.
Take a good look at your life overall and ask yourself these questions.

How to Prune a Quince Tree

How to Prune a Quince Tree

Quince fruits need a lot of sun to ripen (at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day), so choose a sunny spot to plant your quince tree.
2 Remove the fruits in the first and second year.
It may seem wasteful, but picking the fruit on a young quince tree before it ripens gives the branches time to grow strong enough to support a full crop.
[3] After its second year, your quince tree should be strong enough to bear fruit.
[9] Once you’ve removed all the problem branches, you may find additional pruning isn’t necessary, apart from cuts you’ll need to make just to train and shape the tree in the first couple of years.
Avoid cutting further up the branch, unless you want to remove the branch completely.
Cutting the main trunk eliminates center growth and encourages the tree further into the vase shape you’ve created.
Then prune any other branches cutting into the center space down to their origin.
[14] Older branches that aren’t budding or show little growth can be trimmed back completely.
However, if a branch is crossing another or growing up from the center of the tree, remove it.

The Best Coffee Gear to Start Making a Delicious Brew

The Best Coffee Gear to Start Making a Delicious Brew

If you’re ready to move on from subpar coffee in the morning and want to start making a worthwhile delicious cup of joe, here’s some coffee gear that will help get you started.
An Electric Option: Hamilton Beach 40880 Electric Kettle ($29) If you prefer to skip the stove top and heat up your water the electrical way, the Hamilton Beach 40880 electric kettle is a simple and affordable option that gets the job done.
Wait a minute or two, and you’re left with water that’s perfectly heated to the proper brewing temperature.
Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Coffee Grinder ($82) Once you have your water nice and hot, you need to get your coffee beans ready for brewing.
Take a look at our other guide on budget coffee grinders for some other buying options.
The best part is that using a french press is a fairly foolproof way to brew a delicious cup of coffee—simply dump your grounds in, add water, let it brew for a few minutes, and then push down the plunger to separate the grounds.
You’re then left with great coffee that you can immediately pour into a mug or carafe.
A Paper Filter Option: Clever Coffee Dripper ($23) If you prefer to use paper filters, but still want a french press experience, the Clever Coffee Dripper is the way to go.
One downside to a french press is that it can leave behind “sludge” or “fines” at the bottom of your cup, which is nothing more than the tiny particles of grounded coffee that makes it through the mesh metal filter in your french press.
If you’re in the “don’t” camp, the Clever is a good alternative, as you can still use the same immersion brewing principles as a french press, but you can use a traditional paper filter, which will filter out the fines.

TESS telescope has found eight new planets, six supernovae

TESS telescope has found eight new planets, six supernovae

Picking up where it left off, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has already found eight planets, three of which scientists are very excited about, and six supernovae.
In many ways, TESS is already outperforming Kepler, and researchers expect it to find more than 20,000 exoplanets over its lifespan.
We learned that every star is orbited by at least one planet on average, we learned more about the evolution and fates of planets as they orbit their star, and we even found a number of planets that might support life.
In partnership with SpaceX, NASA launched the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) on April 18th, 2018, to pick up where Kepler left off.
In only its first four months of observing the stars, TESS has found eight confirmed planets and 320 candidates.
Over the course of its two-year mission, NASA expects TESS to find more than 20,000 exoplanets, most of them between 30 and 300 light years away, a hop and a skip away in galactic terms.
As a planet transits in front of a star, the star dims slightly.
By using the data on how much a star dims, the TESS program can extrapolate the size and mass of an exoplanet (hence its name, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite).
What has TESS found?
But the strangest feature of this planet is that there’s another planet in its system, Pi Mensae b, that is 10 times as massive as Jupiter and is swinging around its star in a very eccentric orbit, while Pi Mensae c has a tight, circular orbit.

People Share Their Pics For The #10YearChallenge And Some Are Unrecognizable

People Share Their Pics For The #10YearChallenge And Some Are Unrecognizable

We all like to start the new year with the not-so-humble brag that this year we are going to become the best version of ourselves, so it only made sense that the first internet challenge craze of 2019 followed this theme.
Unless you have been on a social media cleanse you have seen a #10YearChallenge 2009 vs. 2019 post.
The idea is simple, post side-by-side comparison photos of yourself from both years just to prove how strong your glow-up was.
Call it narcissistic if you want but there is no denying that for some people out there, like a fine wine, they only got better with time.
This list shows the best #10YearChallenges from celebrities and regular social media users alike that highlights the most drastic transformations along with those who haven’t seemed to have aged a day.
Scroll down below to check out the fun and don’t forget to upvote your favs!

Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge

View all photos Inspired by the shipwrecks that dot Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, the Shipwreck Lodge sits in one of the country’s most stunning but least visited national parks.
Top Places in Namibia See more things to do in Namibia » Namibia’s Skeleton Coast might not sound like a good place for a holiday.
Portuguese sailors referred to the coast as “The Gates of Hell”.
The climate, too, is not what you’d call hospitable.
Located between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers in Skeleton Coast National Park, the lodge features 10 chalets designed to resemble the shipwrecks that give the region its name.
Designed by Nina Maritz Architects and opened in 2018, the 10 cabins of the 20-bed luxury lodge were in part created to capture the “sense of harshness and desolation that shipwrecked passengers and sailors experienced in earlier times,” according to the architects.
And building these lodges was no easy task.
Being in the middle of nowhere was a logistical challenge, and then there was the incessant coastal wind, which continually blew sand away from the footings.
Even now, frequent maintenance is required to make sure the cabins stay firmly affixed to their supporting poles embedded deep within the sand.
But don’t let all this desolation fool you: the Skeleton Coast certainly has its charms.

I Tossed Powder On Some Dogs, And The Result Turned Out Amazing (13 Images)

I Tossed Powder On Some Dogs, And The Result Turned Out Amazing (13 Images)

My name is Jess Bell.
I’m a Canadian photographer with a flair for capturing unique and artistic images of animals in action.
I recently organized some of my very talented dog-owning friends (and their exceptional pups of course) to participate in colored powder photo shoots in order to experiment with a new technique I wanted to try out.
The results are bright, crisp and dynamic!
These photos are turning heads all over the internet.
I had a great deal of fun deciding what color to use on what dog.
I took into account each dog’s personality and appearance and chose a color that I thought would either contrast strongly or match closely with their fur.
The photos freeze these split-second moments in time and allow us to appreciate our pets as tremendous athletes as well as companions.
The pure joy that these dogs clearly feel when asked to run agility or catch a disc is palpable.
I hope you like these shots as much as I do, and share them with your friends.

Over 1 Billion Login Credentials Leaked, Here’s How to See if You Were Compromised

Over 1 Billion Login Credentials Leaked, Here’s How to See if You Were Compromised

Good morning!
A whole slew of usernames and plaintext passwords were leaked for a number of different sites—at 772 million and 21 million respectively, it’s the largest data leak in history.
This collection of email address and passwords—dubbed “Collection #1”—groups together several smaller breaches into a larger master file of sorts.
That means your information could’ve been compromised multiple times—the same email address with different passwords.
Collection #1 was obtained by Have I Been Pwned owner Troy Hunt, which he then cleaned up, uploaded to the service, and penned a detailed blog post about.
For those who may not be familiar with the service, Have I Been Pwned is an excellent resource to find out whether your data has been compromised in any existing breach to date.
So, to find out if your email or passwords have been compromised with the Collection #1 leak—or any other before it—head over to Have I Been Pwned, enter your email address, and brace yourself for the results.
You can also subscribe to email alerts so in the future you’ll know if your email address has been compromised as soon as the data is available.
This also serves as a good reminder to use strong, unique passwords on all sites you visit.
A good way to do this is by letting a password manager do all the heavy lifting for you—a good one will generate a strong password and remember it for you.

The Best Google Docs Add-Ons

The Best Google Docs Add-Ons

They are a third-party app that you install to Google Docs to gain additional features.
Here’s how to install them and some of our favorites.
Start Download Ad Microsoft™ 64/32 Bit Driver… download.driversupport.com Learn more Installing an Add-On To get an add-on, open a new or existing file in Google Docs, click “Add-ons,” and then click “Get add-ons.” You can browse the list of all add-ons, use the drop-down menu to sort by category or search using the search bar.
Make sure you fully understand the permissions and trust the developer before installing any add-on.
Click “Allow.” After you’ve installed an add-on, click on “Add-ons”, point to the one you want to use, and then click either “Start” or “Show.” This launches the add-on or docks the sidebar to your window.
This add-on is free for the first five sent fax pages, which is perfect for anyone that only needs to send a few faxes.
Search & Navigate is 100% free.
EasyBib is free to use, but if you want a bit extra, they offer a pro account that offers plagiarism checks, grammar and punctuation suggestions, and even more styles and sources.
Translate Plus is a translation add-on built right inside Google Docs so you don’t have to go back and forth between browser tabs.
You must sign up for a free account with LucidCharts to start using this add-on.

Grandmother Spends Entire Year Cleaning Trash Off 52 Beaches

Grandmother Spends Entire Year Cleaning Trash Off 52 Beaches

A woman has spent an entire year cleaning trash off of 52 British beaches after making a New Year’s resolution to clean one sandy bay each week.
Pat Smith / Photo credit: SWNS.com Pat Smith, 70, spent all of 2018 on Devon and Cornwall’s beaches – armed with trash bags, rubber gloves and a litter picker. “Doing 52 beach cleans in 2018 was my New Year’s Resolution and it’s finally done,” Smith said.
But she has no intention of stopping now. “I won’t stop as our beaches need me.”
Pat Smith / Photo credit: SWNS.com Smith, who also runs a bed and breakfast, hopes that her efforts will help people become more aware of their plastic consumption and recycling habits. “A lot of the rubbish I have picked up consists of everyday items.
These things are used by all of us and it is shocking to find them polluting our beautiful beaches,” Smith said. “I’m driven to try and protect our living planet for my children and grandchildren and I will continue to do everything in my power to achieve that.”
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ADHD Summer Camp Can Improve Social Skills of Special Kids

ADHD Summer Camp Can Improve Social Skills of Special Kids

Great summer camps offer all of this to many children, including some with ADHD.
Kids feel good about being more able to take care of themselves.
Staff An ADHD summer camp has well-trained staff who understand how to best approach their campers effectively.
An ADHD camp, such as Talisman Summer Camp in Zirconia, N.C., will spend at least twice as long training staff as a typical camp.
Schedules are full, rules are short and clear, and there are more staff to guide the way.
Activities are pre-processed to be sure everyone understands what is happening.
Options are offered frequently to run off extra energy, even if that is at mealtime or bedtime.
Acceptance One of the best things about an ADHD summer camp is that your camper is understood and celebrated.
They feel like they fit in because many campers share the qualities that usually stand out for your child.
That way, they can relax and have a great time at camp.

No Computers in the Classroom? No Problem: Teacher in Ghana Draws Out a Microsoft Word on the Blackboard

No Computers in the Classroom? No Problem: Teacher in Ghana Draws Out a Microsoft Word on the Blackboard

Richard Appiah Akoto (aka “Owura Kwadwo Hottish” on Facebook), a teacher in Ghana, didn’t let the lack of computers in the classroom stop him from teaching his students.
As old tech is better than no tech, Akoto decided to draw the features of a Microsoft Word window on a blackboard using multi-colored chalk.
When Akoto posted photos of this on Facebook, the post went viral.
NPR’s Malaka Gharib has the story and interview with Akoto: Why didn’t you just teach them on a computer?
There is no computer and I had no choice but to draw for them.
What else do you teach besides Microsoft Word?
When your students actually see a real computer are they able to take what you’ve learned from the chalkboard and apply it to real life?
Yes, but not with ease.
[Teaching with a real computer] would be easier for them.
(Image: Richard Appiah Akoto/Facebook)

How Long Have Dogs Been Helping Us Hunt?

How Long Have Dogs Been Helping Us Hunt?

It is believed that dogs started to become domesticated around 14,000 years ago.
People found dogs to be useful in all sorts of ways, and soon put them to work.
Evidence unearthed in Jordan shows that dogs (that were still close to their wolf ancestors) helped human hunt animals almost 12,000 years ago.
The study, by archaeologists from the University of Copenhagen and University College London, looks at animal bones found in a Neolithic settlement known as Shubayqa 6, established 11,500 years ago, in the Black Desert of northeast Jordan.
The bones suggest that the site’s residents were using their dogs to help them hunt, a finding that can help clarify the murky origins of dog domestication.
It hasn’t been clear, the researchers write in a release, whether that process was deliberate or accidental, but this new evidence of canine-assisted hunting implies that these Stone Age humans were highly dependent indeed on their dogs.
The clues come from bones of prey, including bones that had been digested.
Read about the research at Atlas Obscura.
(Image credit: Rama)

Overdose deaths tied to antianxiety drugs like Xanax continue to rise

Overdose deaths tied to antianxiety drugs like Xanax continue to rise

As public health officials tackle opioid addiction and overdoses, another class of prescription drugs has been contributing to a growing number of deaths across the United States.
The drugs are also highly addictive and can be fatal, especially when combined with alcohol or opioids.
In the latest sign of the drug’s impact, the number of overdose deaths involving “benzos” rose from 0.54 per 100,000 in 1999 to 5.02 per 100,000 in 2017 among women aged 30 to 64, researchers report January 11 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Overall, there were 10,684 overdose deaths involving benzodiazepines in the United States in 2016, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
In 1999, the total was 1,135.
Benzos and opioids are often prescribed together, and opioids contribute to 75 percent of overdose deaths involving benzos.
The quantity of benzos acquired more than tripled over the same time.
Benzodiazepines work by enhancing the activity of a chemical messenger in the brain that has a calming effect.
But with daily, long-term use the brain adapts to the drugs.
“It’s really easy to get people on these drugs, and hard to get them off again.” Many of those who take the drugs aren’t using them properly, according to a study published online in Psychiatric Services in 2018.

Stop Buying Inkjet Printers and Buy a Laser Printer Instead

Stop Buying Inkjet Printers and Buy a Laser Printer Instead

For example, you can get a great quality Brother laser printer for well under $100, which is a steal considering that’s just a one-time purchase for something that you’ll own for years.
Plus, toner cartridges are a better value overall when it comes to cost per page.
This Brother toner cartridge is a bit more expensive at $54, but it will print up to 2,600 pages, which comes out to an impressive $0.02 per page.
So you may be paying more for toner cartridges, but you’ll be buying them much less often than you would with regular ink cartridges.
Laser Printers Print Way Faster Speed may not be of the essence for you most of the time, but more often than not, you just want to quickly print off a document and have it ready to go in as little time as possible.
This HP OfficeJet inkjet printer can print out up to 8.5 pages per minute.
This makes the laser printer almost four times faster than its inkjet brethren.
There’s Very Little Reason to Own an Inkjet Printer For most people, an inkjet printer is overkill.
Unless you regularly need to print out good-looking color photos or documents, a laser printer can get the job done just as well.
And even then, you probably don’t print that much, so a single toner cartridge can potentially last you several years, whereas ink cartridges will eventually expire and dry up on you.

Everything You Need For The Ultimate Mobile Office

Everything You Need For The Ultimate Mobile Office

Your laptop is… less so.
For Comfy Input: A Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard Laptops are much better than they used to be in terms of keyboards and touchpads, but you just can’t beat a real mouse and keyboard combo.
For your mouse, we recommend Logitech’s excellent Triathlon M720.
(Handy if you’re also bringing a tablet along!)
The switches feel better than any laptop or travel keyboard, and it comes with backlighting and multi-device pairing.
For More Work Space: A USB-Powered Monitor If you’ve been spoiled by a dual- or triple-screen monitor setup at home or at work, getting things done on just one screen can feel stifling.
Its 1600×900 resolution won’t tax your laptop’s integrated graphics, and the A-style USB 3.0 cable works with most modern machines without an adapter.
For Easy Viewing: A Tablet Kickstand If you’re travelling with a tablet, or you’d just like a more comfortable way to view your phone for extended periods of time, this Anker stand is an excellent inclusion in your work bag.
Need a battery pack big enough to recharge your laptop, too?
If you don’t already have a laptop bag you like, we have plenty of recommendations for both premium and budget options.

Don’t Downgrade From Windows 10 to Windows 8.1

Don’t Downgrade From Windows 10 to Windows 8.1

You can install a replacement program like Classic Shell or Start Menu 8, but that comes with its own issues.
RELATED: How to Make the Windows 10 Start Menu Look More Like Windows 7 Full-Screen Apps Were a Pain Another forgotten “feature” of Windows 8.1 was its push for full-screen apps.
This was true even for apps where it wasn’t necessary—like the calculator app.
Microsoft finally solved the problem in Windows 10 by dumping the Start Screen and putting the emphasis back on the desktop.
While we have complained about the unnecessary features Microsoft has added, security has been a top priority.
Usually, as End of Service hits, other programs stop support for those versions of Windows.
So you will be left with vulnerabilities in your OS and your installed software.
Microsoft could do the work, but frankly, it doesn’t want to as that would require additional testing.
But without updates, running Windows 8.1 on new hardware means you are running without extended support now instead of in 2023.
You can take a risk on cheap keys, but you might end up with a key that isn’t valid and won’t stay activated.

Amoebas are crafty, shape-shifting engineers

Amoebas are crafty, shape-shifting engineers

It was enough for her and Lahr to begin a detailed study of the species.
Like bacteria, amoebas have just one cell.
He found a similar species in a bog.
Those bacteria then divide to make more bacteria.
These cells are also Dicty amoebas.
To find out, Brock’s team let amoeba slugs form in the lab.
Hess and Brock study naked amoebas.
Payne thinks shells might protect a bog’s amoebas during these droughts.
Bog amoebas eat these bacteria.
That’s partly why researchers such as Payne find these organisms so intriguing.

How To Keep Mold Out of Your Basement

How To Keep Mold Out of Your Basement

One of the best places for the mold to grow is the basement.
Moisture, high humidity, darkness, and lack of UV light allow mold to thrive.
So, how do you remove mold from the basement?
And most basements have got them all.
Mold Spores Mold doesn’t appear out of anywhere.
Warmth Mold hates cold temperatures, just like people do.
Oxygen Mold needs air to grow.
Battling Mold Spores In The Air Mold spores are so minuscule that you have no way of knowing whether you are carrying them around with you.
Mold spores don’t grow into mold unless you offer them favorable conditions to do so.
One of the best weapons to deal with mold spores in the air is by using a specifically designed air purifier for mold spores with a HEPA filter.

Human diet causing ‘catastrophic’ damage to planet: study

Human diet causing ‘catastrophic’ damage to planet: study

The way humanity produces and eats food must radically change to avoid millions of deaths and “catastrophic” damage to the planet, according to a landmark study published Thursday.
The key to both goals is a dramatic shift in the global diet—roughly half as much sugar and red meat, and twice as many vegetables, fruits and nuts, a consortium of three dozen researchers concluded in The Lancet, a medical journal. “We are in a catastrophic situation,” co-author Tim Lang, a professor at the University of London and policy lead for the EAT-Lancet Commission that compiled the 50-page study, told AFP. “To have any chance of feeding 10 billion people in 2050 within planetary boundaries”—the limits on Earth’s capacity to absorb human activity—”we must adopt a healthy diet, slash food waste, and invest in technologies that reduce environmental impacts,” said co-author Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research.
The cornerstone of “the great food transformation” called for in the study is a template human diet of about 2500 calories per day. “We are not saying everyone has to eat in the same way,” Lang said by phone.
The diet allows for about seven grammes (a quarter of an ounce) of red meat per day, and up to 14.
Beef is the main culprit. “On the food side, the equivalent is grain-fed beef.”
Push back At the same time, the diet calls for a more than 100 percent increase in legumes such as peas and lentils, along with vegetables, fruits and nuts.

Gates: World’s youngest are being saved by global health funds

Gates: World’s youngest are being saved by global health funds

Global health funds play a key role in improving the world’s health — with the deaths of children under 5 dropping by more than 50% over the past couple decades when investment strengthened, Melinda and Bill Gates told a press conference Wednesday.
A child born today is half as likely to die before the age of five, compared to if she was born in 2000. “That’s been fixed now,” she said.
There’s been progress on the challenge of producing vaccines faster, particularly for the deadly Ebola and MERS viruses, via public-private coalitions like CEPI, Bill said.
He added that they are learning more about vaccines through pharma’s interest in immunotherapy for cancer patients.
To be sure: Melinda and Bill didn’t only discuss the rosy news.
The world is nowhere near ready to address a pandemic. “There’s still a lot of work needed to be done,” Bill said, especially in deciding what the rules would be and how cooperation would work in terms of a global emergency.
The bottom line: There is a clear delineation in improved results after 2000, when “the world started investing more in global health, and in particular global health institutions,” Melinda said.
Both said it will be key that governments and private institutions continue investing in these funds for the next couple decades.

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Cast All Making the Same Money for Season 2 Start

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Cast All Making the Same Money for Season 2 Start

… To Start Season 2 Sources familiar with the contacts for all 12 stars in season 2 of “Celebrity Big Brother” tell us each of them will rake in $100k … just for entering the house.
The winner can walk away with an additional $250k.
In other words, Anthony Scaramucci isn’t more important than Dina Lohan this year … at least not from the jump, money-wise.
Our production sources also tell us the houseguests had been sequestered in separate hotel rooms for 4 days prior to entering the house Wednesday.
We’re told CBS brass didn’t want anyone in the cast knowing who else was set to appear until the premiere.
Other celebs set to appear on ‘CBB’ include Natalie Eva Marie, Ryan Lochte, Joey Lawrence, Kato Kaelin, Lolo Jones, Tom Green, Kandi Burruss, Tamar Braxton, Jonathan Bennett and Ricky Williams.
Side note … the American version of ‘CBB’ doesn’t pay nearly as much as its U.K. counterpart.
Just look at what Speidi made, not to mention Ray J.
Big difference.

Liberty Science Center invites you to see the blood moon

Liberty Science Center invites you to see the blood moon

The Liberty Science center is inviting visitors to celebrate the coming of the blood moon on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m.
While the LSC’s exhibitions will be open all day, the festivities for the blood moon won’t begin until 6 p.m.
Visitors are free to join in at any time during the day and night.
Educators that will answer any questions about this natural occurrence.
An eclipse-themed show will also take place in the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium with shows at 6:20, 7:10, 7:50, 8:30, 9:10, 9:50, and 10:30 p.m. A Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon laser show will follow the show at 11:10 p.m. Lunar themed cocktails will also be served.
The moon can only take on it’s blood red appearance during the occurrence of a total lunar eclipse, which is when the Earth, its sun, and moon are aligned in a straight line, causing the Earth to block direct sunlight from reaching the moons surface.
The last time an eclipse had this effect on the moon was in 2015.
Other activities for the night include the make-your-own crater adventure, face painting, and the astronaut glove challenge where participants attempt to perform simple tasks while wearing an astronauts glove.
The LCS’s Lunar Mania event is open to all ages.
Tickets can be purchased at lsc.org.

What Happened to Dead Bodies After Big Battles Throughout History?

What Happened to Dead Bodies After Big Battles Throughout History?

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

The 85 Percent Rule

The 85 Percent Rule

You could say I wanted to be perfectly average.
Wilson and his colleagues derive the number from experiments in machine learning.
Under loose assumptions, they show that the optimal error rate for training a broad class of deep learning algorithms is 15 percent.
They show that this number is also in line with previous work on learning in humans and animals.
The implications of the 85 percent rule in the classroom are straightforward.
If you’re a teacher, your tests should be difficult enough that the average score is 85 percent.
If you’re a student, the optimal level of challenge is about a B or a B+ average.
Outside the classroom, the implications of the 85 percent rule are similar.
Otherwise, you’re not being challenged at the right level to consistently improve in picking up your new language.
(Image credit: Mikael Kristenson/Unsplash)

This rediscovered Bolivian frog species survived deadly chytrid fungus

This rediscovered Bolivian frog species survived deadly chytrid fungus

Save for one “lonely” survivor in captivity, the Sehuencas water frog hadn’t been seen in the wild since 2008.
That’s when its numbers collapsed, primarily due to chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease that has devastated frog populations worldwide.
“It’s just incredible,” says herpetologist Robin Moore, communications director at Global Wildlife Conservation in Austin, Texas.
With no current way to get rid of the lethal chytrid fungus in the wild, scientists are keen to study the survivors, Moore says.
The five Sehuencas water frogs (Telmatobius yuracare) were found in their native habitat: the Bolivian mountain cloud forests, where the climate is moist and cool — and ideal for chytrid to grow.
“It could be that this small population has immunity” or genetic resistance, Moore says.
“It could be an environmental factor,” such as an unusually warm microclimate.
It could also just be nature’s luck.
In December 2018, for example, researchers announced they had rediscovered Ecuador’s marsupial horned frog, more than 10 years after the species disappeared.
These newly found frogs raise hopes that more populations exist in the wild, and also offer researchers a chance to help the species recover.

Wealth inequality is literally killing us. The economy should work for everyone.

Wealth inequality is literally killing us. The economy should work for everyone.

She co-founded its current incarnation with Barbara Ehrenreich.
She is also the author of four previous acclaimed books, Branded, Republic of Outsiders, Hothouse Kids, and the poetry book Monetized.
Her most recent book is Squeezed.
Economic hardship is linked to physical and psychological illness, resulting in added healthcare expenses people can’t afford.
The gig economy – think Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Handy – is marketed as a ‘be your own boss’ revolution, but it can be dehumanizing and dangerous; every worker is disposable.
The cooperative business model can help reverse wealth inequality.
The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience “fat phobia.
Frank Jacobs 31 October, 2018 Paul Ratner 16 January, 2019 Henry Dunant’s work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.

LG will launch a phone with a second screen attachment

LG will launch a phone with a second screen attachment

LG’s next smartphone may have you seeing double.
The attachment, which the person describes as a sort of case with a screen, could potentially double the total screen size of the device.
While the company is mulling the G8 name, it’s unclear whether the multiple-screen phone will carry the name of its flagship line.
There was some confusion over LG launching a foldable smartphone thanks to a report by Korean-language outlet Naver.
But this phone won’t fold.
It’s unclear how the gimmick will work, but it’s certainly different at a time when the company could use different.
While Apple, Huawei and Samsung dominate high-end phone sales and OnePlus and other Chinese makers hit more budget-conscious consumers, LG is caught in the awkward middle.
So the G8 needs to make a splash.
Samsung believes it’s solved some of those concerns.
Update, 4:55 p.m.: To clarify that LG is launching multiple phones at MWC, and that this phone may not be the G8.

Sundance Law Enforcement Utilizing Sexual Assault Hotline Again This Year

Sundance Law Enforcement Utilizing Sexual Assault Hotline Again This Year

Deemed Success Amid Weinstein Scandal Cops in Park City — site of the annual Sundance Film Festival — will be utilizing a hotline to combat sexual assault again this year … after it was established in 2018 in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Park City PD and the Utah Attorney General’s Office are reopening the “code of conduct” hotline, and spreading the word for festival attendees to utilize it and report any signs of sexual misconduct.
We’re told the AG’s Office is staffing the phone lines while cops will handle any investigations.
Park City officers also held a meeting with hotel managers and event security staff last week to go over proper protocols and reinforce their motto — “if you see something, say something.”
Our sources say flyers will also be put up around busy Sundance spots to promote the hotline and the importance of reporting sexual assault and other crimes during the film fest.
Weinstein was also sued in December by a woman claiming he sexually assaulted her at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City in 2013 after meeting her at Sundance.
We’re told the hotline was deemed a successful and effective tool in curbing incidents of sexual misconduct last year.
It also reportedly led to an investigation of an alleged incident from the ’90s.
Sundance 2019 kicks off Thursday, January 24.
The hotline number is 801-834-1944.

Huawei Said to Be Under U.S. Investigation in Trade-Secrets Case

Huawei Said to Be Under U.S. Investigation in Trade-Secrets Case

Eric Gaillard/Reuters WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Seattle are investigating Huawei, the Chinese technology giant, on allegations of intellectual property theft, according to two people familiar with the case.
The criminal investigation is related to a civil suit between Huawei, one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment and smartphone makers, and the telecom provider T-Mobile, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because they were discussing an active investigation.
The criminal inquiry is looking at some of the same issues as the civil case, according to one of the people with knowledge of the investigation.
The inquiry in Seattle is unrelated to the federal government’s efforts to extradite Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, who was arrested in Canada at the request of the United States in early December.
She has been living under surveillance in Canada while the authorities decide whether she will be extradited to the United States.
Separately, Huawei last week fired an employee who was arrested in Poland and charged with spying for the Chinese government.
The charges in Seattle had hung over Huawei for much of last year, as various other crises were unfolding for the company.
But the United States has long eyed the company with suspicion.
Pressure on the company has risen sharply over the last year.
The T-Mobile lawsuit was not the first time Huawei had been accused of stealing intellectual property.

Good News in History, January 17

Good News in History, January 17

Happy Birthday to America’s beloved comedic actress Betty White who turns 97 years old today.
The sassy senior and avid animal lover is spending her birthday at home with close friends for a casual buffet dinner and singing show tunes with a professional pianist.
Most remembered for her television roles in Mary Tyler Moore, The Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland, she won 7 Emmy awards—and, at 88 years old, an eighth Emmy for her hosting of Saturday Night Live.
WATCH her 2018 Emmy Awards acceptance speech… (1922) She’s also the author of two memoirs, If You Ask Me, and Here We Go Again: My Life In Television.
MORE Good News on this Date: Statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston (1706) James Cook became the first to cross the Antarctic Circle (1773) 100 years ago today, Simón Bolívar proclaimed Colombia to be a Republic (1819) 35 years ago today, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the private use of home VCR’s to tape TV programs did not violate federal copyright laws (1984) Israel handed over its military headquarters in the West Bank city of Hebron to the Palestinians, ending 30 years of occupation there (1997)

PostmarketOS Turns 600 Days Old

PostmarketOS Turns 600 Days Old

PostmarketOS’ overarching goal remains a 10 year life-cycle for smartphones.
Today, we’ll concern ourselves with the progress the PostmarketOS team has made.
PostmarketOS now boots on a total of 112 different devices.
We’re excited to see the PostmarketOS project making progress.
With the widespread move to mobile devices, users lose control over their computing devices.
PostmarketOS gives us the ability to run code that we can read and modify on these devices.
It’s no small feat though.
Supporting the wide variety of custom hardware in mobile devices requires a lot of effort.
While it may be a while before PostmarketOS is your daily driver, the project is well suited to building task-specific devices that require connectivity, a touch screen, and a battery.
We bet a lot of Hackaday readers have a junk drawer phone that could become a project with the help of PostmarketOS.

Microsoft Pledges $500 Million for Affordable Housing in Seattle Area

Microsoft Pledges $500 Million for Affordable Housing in Seattle Area

Ruth Fremson/The New York Times SEATTLE — The Seattle area, home to both Microsoft and Amazon, is a potent symbol of the affordable housing crisis that has followed the explosive growth of tech hubs.
Microsoft’s move comes less than a year after Amazon successfully pushed to block a new tax in Seattle that would have made large businesses pay a per-employee tax to fund homeless services and the construction of affordable housing.
The debate about the rapid growth of the tech industry and the inequality that often follows has spilled across the country, particularly as Amazon, with billions of taxpayer subsidies, announced plans to build major campuses in Long Island City, Queens, and Arlington, Va., that would employ a total of at least 50,000 people.
Others plan to build housing for their own employees.
“It is a supply problem, a market failure.” Microsoft plans to lend $225 million at subsidized rates to preserve and build middle-income housing in six cities near its Redmond headquarters.
It will put an additional $250 million into low-income housing across the region.
The company plans to invest the money within three years, and expects most of it to go to Seattle’s suburbs.
The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that if the $500 million were put into one project, it would create only about 1,000 units, so instead Microsoft will most likely put smaller amounts in many projects to help build “tens of thousands of units.” The initial reaction to the company’s announcement was positive.
“There is almost no level of housing that isn’t direly needed,” said Claudia Balducci, a member of the King County Council who helps lead the Regional Affordable Housing Task Force.
“This is where Microsoft is going to be, and the region needs to work,” Ms. Balducci said.

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