Easily Fold Useful Shapes With This Incredible Paper Template Library

Easily Fold Useful Shapes With This Incredible Paper Template Library

Sometimes a resource pops up that is just over-the-top in terms of it’s usefulness.
Template Maker by Maarten van der Velde is one an outstanding example of a resource to bookmark for later use.
Template Maker is a collection of calculators that create various papercraft templates for you, all free.
At first glance, you might expect simple things like various sized boxes and cylinders but as you scroll around and look you’ll find not only are the shape calculators varried, but the level of customization of each is impressive.
Each calculator offers the ability to modify the shape and output a template immediately, then save it to your computer for later use.
You can quickly switch between units of measurement like inches, cm, and mm as well as change aspects of the shape itself, like number of spikes on a star.
There are mostly bold shapes that would be convenient packaging for something else but he has also created some interesting structures meant to hold things inside a box.
I could easily see returning to this page many times in the future to help projects along.
You will also notice that a few of them are marked as premium, and these link off to another page by Maarten van der Velde, where you can pay a small fee for some more advanced templates.

Here’s What It’s Like to Accidentally Expose the Data of 230M People

Here’s What It’s Like to Accidentally Expose the Data of 230M People

But each one enumerated hundreds of details on individuals, ranging from the value of people’s mortgages to the age of their children, as well as other personal information like email addresses, home addresses, and phone numbers.
But first, Hardigree wants to make a point: The Exactis data exposure was no “breach,” he says.
He also says he’s been in contact with the FBI, and claims the agency has been scanning the dark web for the Exactis data and found none.
It was warning him about the threat to his privacy from his own company’s data exposure.
He calls Troia, the researcher who found his exposed data, “not a good guy,” and accuses him of tanking Exactis in order to raise his own profile. “At the end of the day, the door was wide open, and he was leaking data on all these people.”
Hardigree claims that hundreds of small companies possess similar data. “This data is out there, and it always has been out there,” Hardigree says.
While Hardigree at some points defended and downplayed his company’s privacy mishap, at other points in conversation he seemed to acknowledge the example his company has served as a small firm that’s paid the price for a massive data exposure—not a unique one, perhaps, but one among a growing class of small data aggregators that was unlucky enough to have been caught with its firewall down.
All of us need to be responsible for protecting this information.

The world’s first genderless voice assistant is challenging gender stereotypes

The world’s first genderless voice assistant is challenging gender stereotypes

Whether it’s Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or another female voice telling you when to turn right on Google Maps, it’s most commonly an AI ‘woman’ who takes our commands.
With so much female servitude in our smart devices, along with the rapid deployment of AI, it should come as no surprise that technology is hardwiring sexism into our future — but Q, the world’s first genderless voice, hopes to eradicate gender bias in technology.
Created by a group of linguists, technologists, and sound designers, Q hopes to “end gender bias” and encourage “more inclusivity in voice technology.” They recorded the voices of two dozen people who identify as male, female, transgender, or non-binary in search for a voice that typically “does not fit within male or female binaries.” To find this voice, the Q team conducted a test involving over 4,600 people, who were asked to rate the voice on a scale of 1 (male) to 5 (female).
From this experiment, audio researchers were able to define a frequency range which is gender neutral.
They recorded several voices, working on the pitch, the tone and the format filter and finally achieved “Q.” Despite the underrepresentation of women in AI development, it’s no coincidence that almost all voice assistants are given typically female names, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Apple’s Siri.
According to several studies, regardless of the listener’s gender, people typically prefer to hear a male voice when it comes to authority, but prefer a female voice when they need assistance.
While a genderless voice is a step in the right direction towards inclusivity, technology cannot progress and move away from gender bias without diversity in creative and leadership roles.
Gendered voice assistants reinforce deeply ingrained gender biases because the data being used in machine learning training is based upon human behavior — robots are only sexist because the humans they learn from are.
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Google helps South Africa combat fake news ahead of its general election

Google helps South Africa combat fake news ahead of its general election

One might have thought this was an academic question.
Google is deploying some of its vast resources to train political parties, journalists and editors how to spot and fight fake news.
This is part of a $300 million international initiative it announced in March last year that has three objectives.
We can make sure it does not show up on Google search.
Google will have up to nine staff working on their programme in the run-up to the election.
They will be working with sites like Africa Check to allow the public to assess which news is true and which is not.
The party spent R50 million (£2.75 million) on the operation.
The tip of an iceberg Google will train about 100 journalists by the time of the election.
South Africa is by no means the only African country suffering from cyber-attacks.
Russian and Ukrainian firms are said to have targeted several governments and private companies, in search of lucrative contracts.

How to Enable Remaining Battery Time in Windows 10

How to Enable Remaining Battery Time in Windows 10

Windows 10 no longer shows the estimated battery time remaining after the Creators Update.
Your computer is making an informed guess and displaying an estimated battery life in real-time.
By default, both macOS and Windows just show the percent of your laptop’s battery you have left with no guess about how long it will last.
How to Bring Back Battery Time Remaining To bring back the battery time remaining in Windows 10, you just need to make a few edits in the Windows Registry.
In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key.
To do so, right-click the EnergyEstimationDisabled value in the right pane, select “Delete,” and click “Yes” to confirm.
Next, right-click the Power key in the left pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
This hack removes the EnergyEstimationDisabled and UserBatteryDischargeEstimator values and then adds the EnergyEstimationEnabled DWORD we talked about in the previous section.
Running the hack modifies the values of your Windows Registry.
The other hack included disables this feature and reverts everything back to the way it was before, adding EnergyEstimationDisabled and UserBatteryDischargeEstimator values back to your registry and deleting EnergyEstimationEnsabled .

The Best Ebook Readers (That Aren’t Kindles)

The Best Ebook Readers (That Aren’t Kindles)

Kobo Aura H20 ($160) The Kobo Aura H20 is by far the most popular Kindle alternative.
The Kobo Aura H20 can’t open AZW files (Amazon books), but you can use a software like Calibre to convert AZW files to the EPUB format.
This ebook reader has robust font settings, Wi-Fi, a micro USB port, a water-resistant IPX8 rating, which means that it can sit in 2 meters of water for an hour.
The Kobo Forma can’t open AZW files (Amazon books), but you can use a software like Calibre to convert AZW files to the EPUB format.
It has a 7.8″ e-ink touchscreen, an adjustable backlight, a micro USB input, and a battery that should last for a few weeks.
You can use it to borrow books from the library, and you can use the included Kindle app to read books from Amazon.
It’s one of the only ebook readers that comes with a Wacom stylus, and it’s good for writing notes in books or drawing on the go.
You can use it to borrow books from the library, and you can use the included Kindle app to read books from Amazon.
Remember it has access to the Play store, which means you can download the Kindle App on it.
It can open ePub, PDF, and Barnes & Noble files, but it can’t open Amazon e-book files.

Why Your Mornings Are Setting You Up For Failure (And How To Fix It)

Why Your Mornings Are Setting You Up For Failure (And How To Fix It)

Think about your mornings.
Here are some things to consider when starting your morning routine: You don’t have a morning routine You wake up and realize that you’re already running late.
So, if your mornings look anything like the above, it’s time to get your own morning routine going.
While doing the same thing day in and day out can make you feel like you’re stuck in the movie Groundhog Day, your mornings (and the rest of your day) could seriously benefit from a little routine.
You don’t plan ahead of time If you don’t have a plan in place, it’s easy to lose focus.
You’ll know exactly where you need to be and what you need to be doing to make the most of your mornings.
While hitting that snooze button and waking up at the last possible minute may sound appealing at the moment, doing so can leave you with that frantic, rushed feeling that we all know and dread.
That means you most likely won’t have time to stick with the routine you planned out the night before because you’ll simply be too busy reacting.
To be the best version of yourself for work, school or your family, spending time on yourself can work wonders.
You may have to incorporate this new habit slowly and work towards waking up at an earlier time, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Woman Who Helps Rich People Cheat Their Way Into Prestigious Schools Reveals That The Whole System Is Rigged

Woman Who Helps Rich People Cheat Their Way Into Prestigious Schools Reveals That The Whole System Is Rigged

The American Dream has slowly but surely turned into the American Nightmare; the notion that anybody, regardless of wealth, race or social class, can make it to the top has become thoroughly discredited.
Wealthy parents bribing and cheating to ensure their kids into elite schools is nothing new; the upper classes have long since rigged the system in their favor to ensure that the door remains closed to all but their own, often mediocre offspring.
But while the concept of the 1% looking after themselves is well known, it’s not often that a concrete, infuriatingly obvious example of the process actually occurring is made public.
The college admissions scandal has finally shone a light onto this shadowy world of influence and coercion, and it might just open up a whole can of worms.
This case involved “Fifty people, including Hollywood stars, top CEOs, college coaches and test administrators, who allegedly took part in the scheme to cheat on tests and admit students to leading institutions as athletes, regardless of their abilities.” The scandal has rocked the academic world in the U.S, raising questions about whether “qualified students were denied entry to accommodate children of the rich and famous.” Actresses Lauri Loughlin and Felicity Huffman have been implicated in the scheme, although it’s unclear whether their children were aware of it at the time.
One of Loughlin’s daughters, influential Vlogger and social media star Olivia Jade, will not be returning to one of the Universities heavily involved in the scam, the University Of Southern California.
If this kind of bribery and blatant cheating happens in schools it begs the question: where else is corruption occurring?
Who knows what dirty secrets are hiding in the worlds of politics, high finance and the weapons industry, for example?
Writer Jaimie Leigh has done us all a service recently, by penning an eye-opening piece that further exposes the festering injustice that runs deep through American society.
The post, which has already been shared over 30k times, details her experience working for wealthy clients, writing papers and doctoring resumes to ensure that lazy, entitled rich kids get the right ‘personal brand’ for Ivy league universities.

Resurrecting woolly mammoth cells is hard to do

Resurrecting woolly mammoth cells is hard to do

Japanese scientists first extracted nuclei, the DNA-containing compartments of cells, from the muscles of a juvenile woolly mammoth called Yuka, discovered in 2010 in northeast Russia.
None of the mouse-mammoth hybrid cells divided to form new cells, probably because the mammoth DNA was too damaged.
But in most of the frozen mammoth cells, the DNA had crumbled to bits only about 150 base pairs long.
“What they saw was mostly the [mouse] oocyte trying to do something with that DNA.” In fact, he says, there’s no clear evidence that the mammoth proteins were doing anything at all.
Usually during cloning experiments, researchers remove the egg’s chromosomes before putting in the nucleus from a mature cell.
It’s those mouse proteins that probably caused the activity that the researchers noted, Smith says.
Are mouse eggs good for cloning mammoths?
So researchers would probably have better luck using elephant eggs or eggs from species whose development is more like a mammoth’s, Smith says.
The researchers also tried putting frozen elephant nuclei in the mouse eggs.
Or maybe elephant and mammoth cells are prone to DNA breakage when frozen.

Why we should stop ignoring the life stories of minerals

Why we should stop ignoring the life stories of minerals

But when scientists classify the minerals that make up rocks, they leave out the details of how those minerals formed.
But diamonds can form elsewhere in the universe, as well.
Tiny diamonds, for instance, form in meteorites crashing to Earth from space.
Both of these rocks are diamonds.
Stories minerals could tell Right now, every mineral has a “species.” Diamond is one species, for example.
But a rock’s species doesn’t tell you anything about how the minerals in it formed.
Maybe the name of a mineral could say more.
In Hazen’s system, a mineral would still have its species — diamond, for example.
Rust indicates there was oxygen present when the iron formed.
These kinds of details tell scientists more about the world in which the mineral formed.

Mother Shares A Story How She Got Called To A Principal’s Office Because Her Daughter Took ‘Revenge’ On Her Bully

Mother Shares A Story How She Got Called To A Principal’s Office Because Her Daughter Took ‘Revenge’ On Her Bully

And while there are plenty of prevention programs out there to help tackle the issue, it might give parents a false sense of security that whatever happens in school is ‘not their problem’ and that teachers and school staff will prevent any trouble.
Turns out, the girl tried to hide away the situation and it only came to light when her friend’s mother informed the mom.
One mother recently shared her daughter’s ‘petty revenge’ story online Following an incident at school where she was summoned by a principal, the mom posted this story: “Today I got a call from the school my 9 year old attends asking to please come up to the school because my daughter was in trouble for vandalising another child’s property.
Once he was finished, I turned to my daughter to hear her side of the story.
This year the friendship went belly up when I discovered this girl was trying to extort her friends including my daughter into buying her expensive items on a kids game with threats, backstabbing my daughter and threatening anyone who dared play with her at lunch so she was completely isolated.
My daughter put the pieces of the charm in her jewellery box as a reminder of what fake friends can do to you.
Anyway apparently this girl kept demanding the necklace every day hassling her so my daughter hatched a plan.
Apparently the girl went red and stormed off to the teacher to say that my daughter had destroyed her necklace and my daughter was sent to the office.
My niece and nephew are quite proud and planning to take my daughter out for ice cream this weekend to celebrate her standing up for herself.” “My daughter would try and play with other girls only to be told she wasn’t allowed to.
They apparently employ “the High 5” technique to fight bullying (which has steps – ignore, be friendly, put up your hand and say “Stop it!

Mother Asks The Internet How To Stop Her Son From Getting Vaccinated, Instead Of Giving An Answer They Shut Her Down

Mother Asks The Internet How To Stop Her Son From Getting Vaccinated, Instead Of Giving An Answer They Shut Her Down

Teenager Ethan Lindenberger, from Ohio, made headlines this month as one of the witnesses testifying before The US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions pleading the need for vaccines, after the story of his anti-vaxx mom made waves across the internet.
Lindenberger first posted about his mom to r/nostupidquestions on Reddit asking if he could get vaccinated without parental consent.
Needless to say, people were triggered by the question and used it to highlight the misinformation and harm of the anti-vaxxer movement.
Well, Lindenberger’s mom is not alone.
A woman turned to the internet for vaccine advice, but unlike the Ohio teen, this anti-vaxx mom was searching for ways on how to stop her almost-legal son from getting immunized once he became of age.
Instead of advice, the woman got some pretty brutal responses In an attempt to squelch the anti-vaxx internet women like this have created, Facebook has decided it will no longer permit advertisements that include false information on vaccines along with removing targeting options such as “vaccine controversies.” Anti-vaccine propaganda has had such far-reaching influence that measles outbreaks have surged around the globe.
The World Health Organization has named the anti-vaxx movement as ‘vaccine hesitancy’ – “the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines,” and lists it as one of the top threats to global health for 2019.
The most widely spread and disproven hoax about vaccines is that there is a link between the measles vaccine and autism.
Facebook is not the only platform to tackle this issue, in 2017 Pinterest, explicitly banned the “promotion of false cures for terminal or chronic illnesses and anti-vaccination advice.”

Kindergartner’s Mom Finds His School Photos And They’re Hilarious

Kindergartner’s Mom Finds His School Photos And They’re Hilarious

No matter how much parents prep their kids before they get their school picture taken, the end result really depends on the child.
They can untuck their shirts, mess up their hair, or, in Andrew’s case, start roaring.
His loving mom, Stronajai Miles, remembers school pictures being a serious affair, so when she stumbled across her son’s photos, she expected something a little more traditional.
“He loves to make people laugh and smile and he LOVES the camera!
He enjoys making videos on the tablet and he is always camera-ready when it’s time for a picture!” “He has taken photos in pre-kindergarten and he has taken fall photos which were actually done by Lifetouch School Photography as well and they came out ‘perfect,’ they had him posing traditionally and smiling normally.” This time, however, was different.
“I was doing my normal routine, checking his bag and getting his clothes together for the upcoming week,” Stronajai told Bored Panda.
“I was totally shocked!
But as she was investigating the situation, the pictures started going viral.
People were thanking Andrew for making their day and all of the positive responses started changing Stronajai mind.
“They opened my eyes to see that everything doesn’t need to be cookie cutter.

How to Decrease Aquarium Algae Naturally

How to Decrease Aquarium Algae Naturally

Although fish need food to survive, too much leads to high ammonia and phosphate levels in your tank.
4 Add live plants to your aquarium to decrease brown and green algae.
If algae levels aren’t changing, add more plants!
5 Decrease your tank’s light exposure to prevent green algae growth.
If decreasing light exposure isn’t working, trying decreasing the intensity of your lights.
6 Introduce algae-eating fish, shrimp, and snails into your aquarium.
Purchase a test kit for phosphate from a local aquarium.
Shake the tube and match the water color to the provided chart to determine the phosphate levels.
[7] Add poly filters or a carbon-phosphate remover to the tank to decrease phosphate levels.
Match the color of the water to the testing kit’s chart to determine nitrate levels.

Wall Street Journal: Transportation Department inspector general investigating FAA’s approval of Boeing 737 Max

Wall Street Journal: Transportation Department inspector general investigating FAA’s approval of Boeing 737 Max

Washington (CNN)The Transportation Department’s Inspector General has opened an investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of Boeing’s 737 Max planes, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
The Journal’s report of the inspector general’s probe comes after the 737 Max planes were grounded for an indefinite period globally last week in the wake of two deadly accidents involving the aircraft model.
The investigation will be focused on an automatic safety system implicated in the October crash involving Lion Air in Indonesia, the Journal reported, citing a government official.
It is unknown if the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed a week ago will play any role in this investigation or not.
CNN has reached out to the Transportation Department and the agency’s inspector general’s office for comment.
The agency said in a statement, however, that its “aircraft certification processes are well established and have consistently produced safe aircraft designs.”
Both crashes, which occurred five months apart, remain under investigation by the Indonesia and Ethiopia governments, respectively, with the assistance of the US and Boeing.
A preliminary report of the Lion Air crash also showed that the pilots fought with the automatic safety system, known as the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), for control of the jet.
The company plans to have the update mandated no later than April.
CNN’s Ellie Kaufman, Greg Wallace and Chris Isidore contributed to this report.

MSU’s Matt McQuaid told Kyle Ahrens: ‘I’m about to go off.’ Then he did

MSU’s Matt McQuaid told Kyle Ahrens: ‘I’m about to go off.’ Then he did

Michigan State rallied in the 2nd half en route to its 6th Big Ten tournament title and third win this season over Michigan, 65-60, March 17, 2019. ” said Ahrens.
2 seed in NCAA tournament, will face Bradley ] To say that the senior shooting guard from Texas kept his promise doesn’t capture what he did for MSU in the Big Ten tournament title game against Michigan on Sunday at the United Center.
It was one of many deep-rooted connections that played out in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.
Perhaps that explains why Tom Izzo was crying when McQuaid hit his final 3-pointer and the game was still in doubt. “Coach wants this so bad for his players, so bad for Michigan State.”
How else do you explain a share of the Big Ten title in the regular season without a single, surefire pro? “Coach better let you not practice tomorrow.”
Finally, McQuaid came back over as his buddy was getting wheeled off, and promised him the rest of the night was for him.
Think of McQuaid’s jump shot, of him backpedaling, of him pointing toward the bench, toward the crowd, toward Ahrens’ family.

The Importance of Staying Balanced

The Importance of Staying Balanced

To live a full life, there is an important principle you need to remember.
The principle is stay balanced.
There are five aspects of life that you need to keep balanced: Work Health Learning Social Spiritual Unfortunately, many people have what I call “unbalanced success”: they have tremendous success in one or two aspects of their lives but at the expense of the other aspects.
That’s why it’s important that you make a deliberate effort to stay balanced.
They don’t have enough time to be with their family and friends, to grow spiritually, or to exercise and rest.
The belief is that having more money will make me happier.
This belief causes them to spend so much time at work at the expense of the other aspects of their lives.
Living that way will not make you happy.
You need to attack the belief that having more money will make you happier.
By living a balanced life with contentment, you have achieved what many people try to achieve: living a full and happy life.

Art and the Nocturnal Imagination: Painter, Poet, and Philosopher Etel Adnan on Dreaming and Creativity

Art and the Nocturnal Imagination: Painter, Poet, and Philosopher Etel Adnan on Dreaming and Creativity

Nietzsche saw dreams as an evolutionary time machine for the human mind.
Dostoyevsky discovered the meaning of life in one.
Mendeleev invented his periodic table in another.
Neil Gaiman dreamt his way to a philosophical parable of identity.
We are born dreaming.
As we go through life, dream-sleep plays plays a major role in regulating our negative emotions.
When we dream, we are our most essential and sovereign selves — our shadows the starkest, our creativity the wildest, and all of it, crucially, ours alone.
We build and unravel entire worlds, answering to no one but ourselves — and even that, only hazily.
For some people they never stop spilling: the visionaries, the hobos, and all those who speak to themselves, aloud, in the big cities.
Something of the process of dreams recurs… but with a special kind of violence: a painting is like a territory.

In a flurry of angry St Patrick’s Day tweets, Trump bashes GM, John McCain, and SNL

In a flurry of angry St Patrick’s Day tweets, Trump bashes GM, John McCain, and SNL

President Donald Trump spent the early part of his St. Patrick’s Day on Twitter, taking aim at the late Sen. John McCain, Fox News, “Saturday Night Live,” and GM.
Trump started the morning by slamming “Saturday Night Live” for its repeated jokes about his presidency, even calling for federal regulation of the comedy show in a pair of tweets.
Trump started the morning by slamming “Saturday Night Live” for its repeated jokes about his presidency, even calling for federal regulation of the comedy show in a pair of tweets.
Trump lamented that “SNL” and other late-night shows “can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side.’
Like an advertisement without consequences.”
Read more:Meghan McCain swiped at Trump after he attacked her late father for the second day in a row: ‘No one will ever love you the way they loved my father’ Trump’s feed wasn’t without some St. Patrick’s Day cheer, as he shared a picture of him receiving shamrocks from Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
Trump in part mentioned a conspiratorial idea that the “Radical Left Democrats” are working together to “silence a majority of our country” by affecting conservative media. “We’re not commenting on internal scheduling matters,” a Fox News spokesperson told INSIDER.
Read more:Trump commands Fox News to air Jeanine Pirro’s show after the network skipped an episode following comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s hijab The president then continued his tear by calling out United Auto Workers Local 1112 President David Green to “get his act together and produce,” Trump wrote that General Motors “let our Country down” by shutting down the Lordstown plant, where it made the Chevy Cruze. “I want action on Lordstown fast.

NCAA tournament 2019 bracket help: Four smartest first-round upset picks of March Madness

NCAA tournament 2019 bracket help: Four smartest first-round upset picks of March Madness

But the smartest picks aren’t just making Duke your national champion — you know, since everyone is probably picking Duke.
Every year, there’s a handful of them that nobody saw coming (ahem, No.
1 Virginia last year).
11 seed Belmont over Temple and No.
That’s because what started off as a season with national title expectations for the preseason No.
Vasa Pusica (17.8 ppg, 4.2 apg) can shoot the lights out, draining seven three-pointers in that CAA title game while helping Northeastern rank in the top-20 nationally in shooting percentage beyond the arc and top-25 in triples averaged per game.
He followed that up with a 36-point performance in Murray’s upset of Belmont in the title game.
Murray State, on the other hand, feeds off Morant’s contagious selflessness as much as his scoring.
Stith (16.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Ahmad Caver (16.5 ppg, 5.6 apg), and that tandem gives this team a good chance of knocking off a Purdue team that was probably over-seeded as a No.
3 seed and just lost to two of their last three games to Minnesota.

Justin & Hailey Bieber Flaunt Their Beach Bods for St. Patrick’s Day

Justin & Hailey Bieber Flaunt Their Beach Bods for St. Patrick’s Day

No Green for St.
Patty’s?!!
Justin and Hailey Bieber were pressing their luck Sunday, ’cause they opted not to wear any green to the beach in honor of St. Patrick’s Day … tsk, tsk.
The couple hit Laguna Beach with their pup in tow, where, at first, Hailey was wearing a checkered flannel while JB went bare-chested … showing off his tats in blue and grey trunks.
Hailey eventually lost the shirt and revealed her killer beach bod in a pink bikini.
They got in the water too … and then got hopped right back out.
Chilly much?
Clearly, they look great.
But again … no obvious shades of green that we can see here.
They coulda easily gotten nipped by some overzealous kids — and there was at least one little girl nearby.

Podcast Episode 241: A Case of Scientific Self-Deception

Podcast Episode 241: A Case of Scientific Self-Deception

In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll tell the story of N-rays, a cautionary tale of self-deception.
Intro: In the 1960s, two dolphins at Hawaii’s Sea Life Park were inadvertently switched and performed each other’s acts.
Franz Bibfeldt is an invisible scholar at the University of Chicago divinity school.
Robert W. Wood, “The n-Rays,” Nature 70:1822 (1904), 530-531.
Mary Jo Nye, “N-Rays: An Episode in the History and Psychology of Science,” Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences 11:1 (1980), 125-156.
Robert T. Lagemann, “New Light on Old rays: N Rays,” American Journal of Physics 45:281 (1977), 281-284.
“Blondlot and Prof. Wood on the N-Rays,” Scientific American 91:25 (Dec. 17, 1904), 426.
J.J. Stewart, “The N-Rays of Blondlot,” Knowledge & Scientific News 2:10 (September 1905), 218-219.
J.R. Whitehead, “Radioactivity and Radiation,” Electrical World and Engineer 43:7, 310.
Wikipedia, “1904 Summer Olympics” (accessed March 7, 2019).

‘American Idol’ recap: Katy Perry thinks this dental hygienist ‘could win the whole thing’

‘American Idol’ recap: Katy Perry thinks this dental hygienist ‘could win the whole thing’

(Photo: Nicole Rivelli, ABC) Like many “American Idol” hopefuls, Ashley Hess got a late start in music.
The ebullient 27-year-old from Fremont, California, says she settled on a stable job as a dental hygienist, but eventually worked up the courage to pursue her singing passion and move to Nashville.
According to the “Idol” judges, she made the right call. “She could win the whole thing,” Katy Perry said after Hess’ warm, crystalline take on Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why.” “You could win this whole competition!
Wake up!”
Co-judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie were equally ecstatic during Hess’ performances, gathering around the piano as she played and smiling as she gained confidence. “Can I snap you out of your delusional state of mind?”
Richie said. “You could knock this out of the ballpark.”

He had countless hit records. You never heard of him.

He had countless hit records. You never heard of him.

Many records by 1960s and 1970s artists were secretly recorded by session musicians and singers.
These unheralded performers were some of the most talented artists ever.
Blaine was one of a handful of behind-the-scenes musicians and singers responsible for much of that era’s most popular music.
Technology and the secret stars Until Les Paul’s introduction of overdubbing in 1948, recording was a pretty straight-ahead process: Talented musicians and vocalists were captured performing live by a handful of mics in a great-sounding studio room, and a lot of magic was captured.
With overdubbing, a recording was made on one machine, and that recording was copied to a second machine while someone played or sang along.
During playback, as with overdubbing, everything sounded as if it had been performed at the same time, but since each performance didn’t have to be copied, its original audio quality was preserved.
With buyers clamoring for new music, record companies didn’t want to wait around for such acts to fall from the sky, so — using multi-track technology — a new business model emerged: Incredibly talented players, singers, and songwriters secretly churned out hit after hit for “stars” the public fell in love with.
Pepper* was recorded.
Image source Josephinus P. Riley Secret bands Blaine played with a group of Los Angeles studio musicians known later on as the “Wrecking Crew.”
The drummer’s autobiography is Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew.

Dark Mode Is Slowly Taking Over Our Screens

Dark Mode Is Slowly Taking Over Our Screens

Dark mode is a light-on-dark colour scheme that is slowly making its way into our daily technology.
In dark mode, the text becomes white and the page becomes dark.
One thing is for sure.
This new addition to most technologies is rapidly growing in popularity and has a huge number of internet users crowing in jubilation!
First, the device uses less light and so consumes less battery or electricity.
And, even more crucially, dark mode cuts the amount of light flooding into your peepers, reducing eye strain and perhaps making it easier for you to get to sleep.
Regarding the latter claim, scientific evidence leaves a lot of questions unresolved.
According to Silas Brown, a partially-sighted computer scientist from the University of Cambridge, looking at dark backgrounds does reduce video glare and eye fatigue.
Yet there is contrasting evidence that if you are reading large amounts of text, black on a white background is easier on the eye.
Image Credits: Wired

‘Scientifically, the Right Year’ to Implement Green New Deal ‘Was Yesterday,’ 2020 Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Says

‘Scientifically, the Right Year’ to Implement Green New Deal ‘Was Yesterday,’ 2020 Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Says

2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has said that the United States is already lagging behind in addressing the threat of climate change, arguing in support of a what has become known as the Green New Deal.
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, appeared on Fox News Sunday for an interview with host Chris Wallace to discuss his presidential campaign, which recently reached the 65,000 donor threshold to guarantee a spot in the first Democratic primary debate.
During the interview, Wallace questioned the 37-year-old mayor about climate change and the Green New Deal, a proposal to deal with issues both ecological and financial, which has been backed by the majority of Democratic candidates who have announced their 2020 ambitions.
Explaining what the Green New Deal would entail, Buttigieg said “it’s a handful of pages laying out a goal for us to cut carbon emissions, before they lead to changes that really destroy our economy and any prospect for people in my generation to do well.” “I’m thinking about what the world’s going to look like in 2054, when I get to the current age of the current president,” Buttigieg, who if elected would become the youngest president ever, said.
“And if we don’t act aggressively and immediately on climate, it’s not going to be a pretty picture.” Explaining that the U.S. must rapidly curb carbon emissions, Buttigieg said “the bottom line is, scientifically, the right year to do that was yesterday.” “We’ve got to do this,” he added.
The resolution sets ambitious goals to cut carbon emissions across the economy, from electricity generation to the agriculture sector.
NASA’s most recent report on climate change revealed that 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record, and that nine of the warmest years have occurred since 2005.
There’s no question about those trends existing however we slice it, and our understanding of why those trends are occurring is also robust,” Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, said with the reports release.
Otherwise, the risk of severe droughts, extreme heat, floods and widespread poverty is expected to increase significantly.
“That 500-year flood came after what we were told was a 1,000-year rainfall, causing flash floods in the city.” “To me climate change isn’t something that’s happening over in the Arctic, or in coastal cities or the Pacific islands, it’s also something that’s happening right here in the American Midwest and it’s only going to accelerate,” he warned.

Kicks Off Ye’s Sunday Service

Kicks Off Ye’s Sunday Service

With a Morning Prayer Kanye West’s weekly “Sunday Service” just had a special guest stop by to lift everyone up in God’s name — it was the big dog himself … Mr. DMX.
X delivered a “morning prayer” Sunday ahead of what has become an outdoor concert of sorts Ye has held every weekend for the past couple months.
Check it out … you can tell the rapper has had some practice delivering the good word.
He sounds like a seasoned preacher.
He touches on a few things here — accepting Jesus, blessings, opening doors that were once closed, being highly favored by God, shooting down the devil, etc.
It clearly resonated with the crowd, ’cause they were cheering him on as he kept going.
X is definitely the right guy to deliver a sermon like this too.
Aside from being openly religious, he’s been through A LOT of ups and downs in his life, especially lately with his tax evasion case.
BTW … when the music kicked in, it had just about everyone singing and dancing, including young North, who was shaking what her mama, Kim K, gave her … in full diva mode.
Kanye’s church endeavor has certainly taken off since January, when he was holding these weekly choir meetups indoors and with significantly fewer people.

Tropical Cyclone Leaves Ruin Across Mozambique, Malawi And Zimbabwe

Tropical Cyclone Leaves Ruin Across Mozambique, Malawi And Zimbabwe

A powerful cyclone that tore through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe this past week has destroyed roads, bridges and homes and left more than 200 people dead and tens of thousands displaced.
About 1.5 million people in total have been affected by Cyclone Idai’s torrential rains and winds that have reached speeds of up to 200 kilometers, or 124 miles, per hour, according to the United Nations.
The tropical cyclone made landfall Thursday near the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique, which lost electricity and communications in the storm.
The U.N. reported last week that 122 people had died in Mozambique and Malawi prior to Cyclone Idai’s landfall as a result of flooding caused by the tropical cyclone’s weather system.
At least 48 more died after the storm made landfall, the U.N. said citing unverified media reports.
Joshua Sacco, a member of parliament in Zimbabwe, told local media that officials did not have an accurate count of the missing, indicating that death toll reports could increase.
Pictures and video on social media showed roofs torn off buildings and extensive flooding strong enough to sweep along a large car. “The immediate needs for people is shelter … because most people have been displaced,” he said.
One hotel in Chimanimani, a mountainous area near the eastern border that was hit particularly hard by the cyclone, is sheltering more than 300 people whose homes have been destroyed, an employee told Mafundikwa.
By Sunday, the winds and rain had eased and visibility had improved, allowing Zimbabwe’s air force to ferry some of the injured for medical care, the country’s Ministry of Information reported.

‘Trash Tag’ Challenge Has the Whole Internet Cleaning up Trash in Their Local Parks

‘Trash Tag’ Challenge Has the Whole Internet Cleaning up Trash in Their Local Parks

A lot of viral challenges are entertaining, but few of them actually add anything of value to the world.
The #trashtag challenge, though, has teens nationwide cleaning up nearby parks, trails and other outdoor areas.
The trend started with Facebook user Byron Román.
“Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens,” he wrote.
“Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance, then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it.” The since-deleted post was shared 314,000 times, and, surprisingly, people actually took Byron up on the challenge.
Some people have even made the challenge into a family effort.
There’s now an Instagram page just for the challenge, @trashtagchallenge.
If you ever get overwhelmed by the news and need a cheerful pick-me-up, that page will do the job!
Insider reports that the hashtag dates all the way back to 2015, when a contest called the Trashtag Project challenged people to post photos of themselves cleaning up litter for a chance to win free outdoor gear from UCO.
Now, though, #trashtag is just the most wholesome viral challenge ever on the internet.

Why humans struggled to make ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds until farming came along

Why humans struggled to make ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds until farming came along

How a change in diet changed everything F and V are labiodentals, which means to make their sounds you have to raise your lower lip to your top teeth.
Decades ago, the linguist Charles Hockett pointed out that societies with softer foods had more labiodentals in their languages than societies that were still hunting and gathering.
He hypothesized that the shift to farming might have allowed for this, as softer foods require smaller lower jaws than hard foods do.
In a society with softer, processed foods, such as grains, an overbite as an adult becomes possible and eventually the standard.
This, more than anything, makes a language that uses labiodentals practical.
Three skulls showing the evolution of the adult overbite.
The scientists used biomechanical simulations to learn how much easier it is to pronounce labiodentals with a slight overbite than with perfectly even teeth.
The authors also reviewed data on the languages of hunter-gather societies and found they only used labiodentals about a quarter as much as languages used by agricultural communities.
Skulls of humans from both before and after the agrarian revolution were examined again and an increase in the number of overbites as the availability of softer foods improved was found.
Co-author Steven Moran explained that the results show that our idea of humans being able to make the same sounds since we started speaking is now up for debate: “The set of speech sounds we use has not necessarily remained stable since the emergence of our species, but rather the immense diversity of speech sounds that we find today is the product of a complex interplay of factors involving biological change and cultural evolution.”

Can Some ‘Depression’ Be Good For You? An Enlightened Look at the Possibility

Can Some ‘Depression’ Be Good For You? An Enlightened Look at the Possibility

By Dr. Neel Burton, Psychiatrist at Oxford University Most people think of depression as a mental disorder, that is, a biological illness of the brain.
Many of the most creative and insightful people in society suffer or suffered from depression or a state that may have been diagnosed as depression.
In traditional societies human distress is more likely to be seen as an indicator of the need to address important life problems rather than as a mental disorder requiring professional treatment, and for this reason the diagnosis of depression is correspondingly less common.
But thinking of unhappiness in terms of an illness or chemical imbalance can be counterproductive, as it can prevent us from identifying and addressing the important psychological or life problems that are at the root of our distress.
All this is not to say that the concept of depression as a mental disorder is bogus, but only that the diagnosis of depression has been over-extended to include far more than just depression the mental disorder.
For this reason especially, the concept of depression as a mental disorder has been charged with being little more than a socially constructed dustbin for all manner of human suffering.
In other words, the depressive position may have evolved as a signal that something is seriously wrong and needs working through and changing or, at least, processing and understanding.
To quote Marcel Proust, who himself suffered from depression, ‘Happiness is good for the body, but it is grief which develops the strengths of the mind.’ CHECK OUT: What It’s Like For a Woman With Depression to Build an Upbeat Multi-Million Dollar Company You see, people in the depressive position are often stigmatized as ‘failures’ or ‘losers’.
In other words, if these people are in the depressive position, it is because their world was simply not good enough for them.
So rather than being failures or losers, they are just the opposite: they are ambitious, they are truthful, and they are courageous.

eBay Seller Touches a Mother’s Heart After Learning Their Family Lost Everything in the Wildfires

eBay Seller Touches a Mother’s Heart After Learning Their Family Lost Everything in the Wildfires

A beautiful stranger reached out and touched the life of Aimee Child Gray who had recently lost her entire home in a deadly California wildfire.
Aimee’s daughter was just about to turn 2 when the firestorm hit two months before Christmas.
Shortly after the fire, Aimee was searching on eBay hoping to replace the mini muffin baking set she’d bought before the fire—a special Christmas gift she found at the local consignment sale for her daughter’s Christmas.
“I was so excited to find a replacement for the one we lost and in the comment box to the seller I wrote her a little note telling her how much it meant to me to have a replacement after everything we lost.
Upon receiving the mini cupcake baking set from her, I opened up the shipping box and was shocked.” “It was filled with tons of other stuff: piping bags, sprinkles, numerous cute muffin tin liners, a book with different cupcake recipes and ways to decorate them—AND a crisp $100 bill.” MORE: Volleyball Team Devastated by Fire Shows Up Without Equipment, But Opponents Have New Uniforms, Supplies and Gift Cards Waiting “After all that, she sent the sweetest, heartfelt letter telling us how sorry she was to hear about the fires in California and she hoped that her package would bring us joy.” Last week, Aimee’s family was finally getting ready to move into a new house after the fire.
It still puts a smile on her face to remember what that ‘sweet and thoughtful lady’ did.
“I still get teary-eyed when I think about her generosity and thoughtfulness,” Aimee told GNN.
“So many wonderful things happened to us after the fire with pure strangers showing how much they cared and what compassion truly means.” SPREAD the LOVE on Social Media…

Thousands flee Midwest flooding triggered by ‘bomb cyclone’ – and more rain is coming

Thousands flee Midwest flooding triggered by ‘bomb cyclone’ – and more rain is coming

Officials in eastern Nebraska are still evacuating communities around rivers that are spilling their banks in the wake of heavy rains and massive snow melt.
And some areas must brace for more rain Tuesday, forecasters said.
The governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency.
The Missouri River between Omaha and Kansas City could remain at or near record levels through most of this week as runoff from flooded streams and rivers flows downstream, AccuWeather said.
Base officials finally called off a furious sandbagging effort, saying the water was rising too fast to be stopped.
More than 2,000 Iowans have fled their homes since heavy rains triggered flooding last week. “Fast moving water was approaching the town of Thurman,” the National Weather Service warned Sunday.
“It’s flowing fast and it’s open country – there’s nothing there to slow it down.” Aleido Rojas Galan, 55, died after he and two other men tried to drive around a “road closed” barricade, Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope said Saturday.
Galan was flown to a Nebraska where he died.
Parts of Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin were also facing flooding.

20 Bangin’ New Skills You Can Learn to Master Just by Watching These YouTube Videos

20 Bangin’ New Skills You Can Learn to Master Just by Watching These YouTube Videos

How to get stains out of carpets and upholstery If you’ve got kids or pets or are a human who eats on the sofa, well, this is for all of us.
How to tie a tie I had to do this when I worked at a fancy restaurant (ugh), but kids with school uniforms and grown men who are going on first job interviews or to dances might be in the dark as well!
How to play guitar You know you’ve wanted to give it a go since you were a teenager.
How to whistle with your fingers This comes in handy when you want to call your dog, catch a cab, or totally impress a room of teenagers.
Fact.
Four minutes, people.
Come on… you know you quit your lessons as a kid because you didn’t want to practice.
Basic CPR Any skill that could save a life is a skill worth learning.
My great-grandfather used to say you should learn something new every day.
Let’s make him proud, fam.

6 Riddles to Kick off Your Day the Right Way

6 Riddles to Kick off Your Day the Right Way

Or, if you’re reading at night, finish things off with some flair – either way, these 6 riddles are going to make your day/night!
The animals on the ark.
Neither straight nor crooked.
A lady’s fingers never tell.
Old money.
On one of them, a pear tree, there are pears.
After a strong wind blew, there were neither pears on the tree nor on the ground.
How many animals of each species did Moses take with him on the ark?
As I went across a bridge I met a man with a load of wood that was neither straight nor crooked.
What word describes a woman who does not have all of her fingers on one hand?

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