FDA Approves First Ever Treatment for Postpartum Depression

FDA Approves First Ever Treatment for Postpartum Depression

For the first time in history, the FDA has approved a treatment specifically for adult women experiencing postpartum depression (PPD).
Now, this newly-approved drug, which is being sold by Sage Therapeutics under the brand name Zulresso, was shown to relieve depressive symptoms within hours of being administered in three different clinical trials – and it continued to show success throughout their 30-day followups.
Though the treatment can only be administered via a 60-hour long IV drip session in a clinical setting, researchers are saying that the historic new treatment promises to help thousands of mothers.
Though the condition is a distinct and readily identified major depressive disorder that can occur during pregnancy and after giving birth, more than half of these cases can go undiagnosed without proper screening.
Symptoms can last for months, sometimes even years after pregnancy, which can have devastating consequences for a woman and for her family, some of which may include significant functional impairment, depressed mood, loss of interest in her newborn, and associated symptoms of depression such as loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, motor challenges, lack of concentration, loss of energy and poor self-esteem.
Additionally, suicide is the leading cause of maternal death following childbirth.
MORE: FDA Grants ‘Breakthrough’ Status to Psilocybin Mushroom Therapy for Untreatable Depression This week’s FDA approval of Zulresso is based on findings from three multi-center, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trials, designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Zulresso in women with moderate and severe PPD, aged between 18 and 45 years who were both 6 months postpartum or less at the time of screening and had onset of symptoms no earlier than the third trimester and no later than the first four weeks following delivery.
A reduction of depressive symptoms was also seen as early as 24 hours, and Zulresso maintained effect through the 30-day follow-up.
“Not only do we believe Zulresso will address an important need for women’s mental health, the impact of PPD is multi-generational, and we look forward to bringing Zulresso to patients in urgent need of a new treatment option.
“We believe Zulresso will be a catalyst in starting a new dialogue emphasizing the importance of women’s mental health, and the importance of diagnosing and treating PPD.” Be Sure And Share The Exciting News With Your Friends On Social Media – File photo by George Ruiz, CC

Herodotus’ mystery vessel turns out to have been real

Herodotus’ mystery vessel turns out to have been real

Herodotus wrote these words in his 450 BCE Historia to describe a kind of ship, called a “baris,” which he claimed to have seen under construction during his travels in Egypt.
In 2000, though, the ancient port of Thonis-Heracleion was discovered at the western mouth of the Nile in an expedition led by maritime archeologist Franck Goddio.
Thus far, his team has found about 70 ships dating from the eighth to the second century BCE, and guess what?
Artist’s concept of Thonis-Heracleion in its heyday.
What Herodotus described was what we were looking at.”
Explains Robinson, “It’s one of those enigmatic pieces. “Then we discovered this form of construction on this particular boat and it absolutely is what Herodotus has been saying,” says Robinson.
Belov reports that a close comparison of the Historia text and the find shows Herodotus’ description matches “exactly to the evidence.”
However, this 27-meter baris is a little longer than Herodotus’, which may explain what few differences are evident, such as the Ship 17’s longer tenons, and the presence of reinforcement frames absent in the historian’s accounting.
Image source: Christoph Gerigk / Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

Yale: White liberals dumb down speech when talking to minorities

Yale: White liberals dumb down speech when talking to minorities

A second study focused on how white people use language in emails to strangers with stereotypically white or black names.
The researchers analyzed the words candidates used along two metrics: competence and warmth.
The results showed Democratic candidates used fewer words related to competence when speaking to minority audiences than they did to mostly white audiences.
Each recipient had been given a stereotypically white or black name — such as “Emily” or “Lakisha” — and the researchers had ranked each word on the list for competence and warmth.
The results showed that participants who self-reported liberal views tended to avoid words that could make them look competent when addressing the black recipients, but not white recipients.
Dupree said she hopes to continue studying how these interactions play out in the workplace, and how this “competence downshift” from seemingly well-intentioned white liberals is perceived by black people. “There’s a lot of research focused on biased individuals and how holding bias, especially implicit bias, can influence social interactions,” Dupree told Yale Insights.
There is a broader need to include them in the conversation.”
The study raises another question worth asking: Would white liberals change their language during interactions with other white people who are — either in reality or perception — of a lower socioeconomic class?
How much of the competence downshift can be explained by bias related to race versus bias related to (perceived or real) socioeconomic class?

Justin Trudeau’s new budget aims to provide all Indigenous people in Canada with access to drinking water and education

Justin Trudeau’s new budget aims to provide all Indigenous people in Canada with access to drinking water and education

That’s cool but this would be a lot easier to do if they didn’t chose to live all the way out in the middle of no where.
Some of these communities are so isolated that getting the appropriate facilities up and running is one thing, but keeping them maintained is an even bigger problem.
If something breaks in the middle of winter with no way of getting to these places to repair them, they could be in deep trouble.
Plus, getting them to STAY in school is an even harder problem with the highest level of drop out in the country.
A good friend of mine went tot he NWT as a teacher for her first position (and they offered her great compensation) but just getting the kids to come in and stay in the class room without them just getting up and leaving was a big challenge.
These kids sadly don’t care about school since they know that there aren’t that many jobs to begin with.

Adam Savage Gives A Savage Response To A Guy Who Asked How Long It Takes Chill Coke In Freezer

Adam Savage Gives A Savage Response To A Guy Who Asked How Long It Takes Chill Coke In Freezer

So it’s no surprise that it got people wondering how to do it as fast as possible.
However, not everyone knows that this problem has been solved for us years ago.
In 2006 when somebody asked on MetaFilter how long would he have to wait until freezer chills his can of Coke, the man who is known for testing out his theories responded.
zeoslap asked: “So I just bought a can of Coke from a machine, and it came out hot so how long will it take to chill it in the freezer?
The machine is usually is 35F inside, the display was showing 89F.
If you put water in that ice, it’d be cold (+- 5c) enough to drink in about 4-6 minutes, if you put salt in that water, you’d reduce the chill time to just over 2 minutes.
The fastest possible way is to grab a CO2 fire extinguisher and unload that sucker on the can.
Whatever you do, do NOT bury the can in sand, pour gasoline on the sand and set the sand on fire.
According to him, it would take 20-25 minutes in a freezer for the can to chill.
So Adam went out of his way and explained how to do it around two minutes!

8 Little Know Facts About Funerals That Won’t Let Funeral Businesses Take Advantage Of Your Loss

8 Little Know Facts About Funerals That Won’t Let Funeral Businesses Take Advantage Of Your Loss

There’s still a great deal of taboo around the subject of death in western societies; we struggle at times to come to terms with our own mortality and when a loved one dies, we usually leave it to a funeral home to take care of awkward matters for us.
Understandably, during a difficult period of grieving we want as few issues and inconveniences as possible.
This can end up in a funeral costing far more than it should however, leaving an even greater burden on an already vulnerable and emotional family.
We will all have to deal with death at some point in our lives, so it’s better to be prepared and knowledgeable about the funeral process beforehand isn’t it?
Tumblr user reillymouse recently decided to share her ‘fun funeral facts’ and it really got people talking.
It’s heartbreaking to think that there are unscrupulous businesses out there, taking advantage of people’s grief to squeeze more cash from them.
But such is the nature of capitalism.
Where there is a way to increase profit, there will be some to whom the bottom line is all that matters.
The post got people discussing their own funeral wishes, some of which are hilariously creative.
With an elaborate funeral full of sobbing mourners?

The Secret of Success: 10 Tough Things to Do First

The Secret of Success: 10 Tough Things to Do First

Contrarily, if you do the tough things first, if you eat your ugly frog for breakfast, the other tasks fly by.
Life is loaded with ugly frogs.
His life was not devoted to eating the ugly frogs necessary for good health.
And here is the fun bit: Exercise makes all the other tasks easier and more enjoyable because the body and mind are fully ready to take them on.
As with exercise, the body – and thus the mind – cannot operate well enough to do the tough things ahead, and this enables procrastination.
This in turn allows the ugly frogs in your life to gather and breed.
Repair a Relationship Find someone with whom you have a problem and do a little work to heal things.
Whenever someone turns on a television, I go into another room and read a book.” Books are educational.
Yet people commonly spend on things they don’t need, stuffing older possessions into storage to make room for the new items.
It is merely not spending on things you really do not need.

Morning Briefing: Second-Gen AirPods, Google’s EU Android Solution, and More

Morning Briefing: Second-Gen AirPods, Google’s EU Android Solution, and More

Good morning!
A bunch of stuff happened this morning, with Apple quietly announcing new AirPods, Google’s solution for its EU Android woes, some interesting takes on Google Stadia, and more.
[Review Geek] Google and Android News The big news here is actually from yesterday: Google Stadia.
Google announced Stadia, and it is wild.
[9to5Google] The Verge has some interesting thoughts on what Stadia means for the future of gaming.
[Review Geek] While most details were scant (catalog, internet speed, price), Google told Kotaku that Project Stream—Stadia’s test phase—needed “at least a 25 Mbps connection” to run games at 1080p.
[Kotaku] In other news, Google is going to implement a browser and search ballot in Android devices in the EU.
[9to5Google] Other News NVIDIA is going to make you a great artist, Pandora offers more ways to find music, and more.
[Engadget] Pandora now gives you five options for finding new tunes.
[Engadget] Netflix’s new series “Battle Kitty” is an interactive show for kids.

Daily Deals: Galaxy S10+ for $850, iPhone X for $640, Xbox One S for $170, and More

Daily Deals: Galaxy S10+ for $850, iPhone X for $640, Xbox One S for $170, and More

Wednesdays are the worst.
It’s the middle of the week, and there’s no end in sight.
You probably didn’t plan on buying a phone today, but if you’ve had your eyes on the Galaxy S10+, the Galaxy 9, or the iPhone X, then now’s the time to hunt down your wallet.
For whatever reason, eBay and B&H are running killer deals on the two most popular premium cellphones.
Hey, I ain’t complaining.
Some carriers still sell these phones for $1000, and the Galaxy S10+ is a brand new phone.
If you aren’t interested in a new phone, then there’s a good chance that you’re interested in a $170 Xbox One S with 1TB of internal storage.
This is one of the best Xbox deals that we’ve seen, and eBay only has about 20 more units, so don’t wait too long to make your purchase.
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Vivienne Ming: Build Purpose to Prepare for the Unknown

Vivienne Ming: Build Purpose to Prepare for the Unknown

The cofounder of Socos Labs says developing purpose won’t necessarily help you predict the future, but it will certainly make that future feel richer.
When we set the theme for our 2019 conference — The Creative Future — we imagined a future where creative skills are more pervasive and prized, and how that might reshape the world around us.
In my work and my research, I find myself repeatedly returning to purpose, or more specifically, the psychological construct of strength of purpose.
Strength of purpose takes time and commitment to develop.
I’ve learned that my life is best when it’s not about me.
Why will purpose be so important in the future?
Qualities like strength of purpose—along with resilience or self-assessment—have always driven positive life outcomes, not because they fit into a specific science fiction narrative, but because they are the answer to a very simple question: How do I build a person for the unknown?
As a matter of both my personal experience and the rich research literature on purpose, we understand one big paradox: Purpose by is defined by sacrifice.
Every time I’ve turned down “Chief Scientist” or similar job at a brand name companies I’ve left behind money, prestige, and power (and it hasn’t always been an easy decision).
Perhaps it sounds sound exhausting or naive, but imagine a society of people capable of constructing their own purpose.

The Joy Of Properly Designed Embedded Systems

The Joy Of Properly Designed Embedded Systems

That escalated into controlling these machines, followed by the idea to monitor motion in meeting rooms, and finally to also control the AC units.
Reverse-Engineering Devices to Control Them And then came scope creep — the coffee machine controllers would control the building’s air conditioning.
These requirements meant that we just had to reverse-engineer the entirety of the air conditioning system, figure out a location to mount the new hardware in each room, interface with the air conditioning system, write and expand backend services to support the new functionality, update the firmware on the ESP8266 nodes to do all of the new things, develop custom hardware where needed, and integrate everything into a package that even the average software developer could use in terms of end-user controls.
But when that’s not possible, start making break-out boards.
What Worked and What Didn’t With the hardware more or less finished, it got installed over the course of a few weeks on the first three FCUs and the section’s AC mode switch.
During development of the base node board, back when it was a simple temperature monitor, I had decided to have an I2C header on the board, just in case we needed it.
It allowed for the easy extension of this hardware to fully control the FCUs before we even knew how they even worked or what we would need.
This mean that trying out new firmware images was relatively easy, not requiring one to take down the ceiling-based nodes, or fishing the nodes from behind the coffee machines every time an update was available.
I would also have started on the integration test for the software, using a virtual hardware platform and building.
The BMaC project is still in flux.

Internet-Famous ‘Crying Kid’ Proudly Agrees to Resuscitate His Notoriety for Charity Instead of Financial Gain

Internet-Famous ‘Crying Kid’ Proudly Agrees to Resuscitate His Notoriety for Charity Instead of Financial Gain

It’s been two years since John Phillips’s heartbroken face became an internet sensation – but rather than being ashamed of his online notoriety, the compassionate teenager is now proudly using his fame for charity.
John is a passionate fan of the Northwestern Wildcats basketball team.
At the pinnacle of the game’s devastating conclusion, several news outlets captured footage of John throwing up his arms in emotion and tearfully yelling over the defeat.
The clip of his “What-Just-Happened Wail” reaction went viral, earning him the “Northwestern Kid” nickname.
Now 14 years old, he says that he has been approached by dozens of people on the street asking for selfies and autographs.
The good-natured teenager also says that he has been happy to be so synonymous with his favorite team – and he was recently given the chance to take advantage of the online fame.
According to a @_phil_thompson story, #NorthwesternKid is John Phillips, son of #Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips #marchmadness pic.twitter.com/4hLUs0PkQ9 — Paul M. Banks (@PaulMBanks) March 19, 2017 With basketball fans now revving up for this year’s “March Madness” tournament, Pizza Hut approached John’s family and asked for permission to use the iconic photo of his face for their tournament ad campaign.
MORE: Rather Than Hiding Treasures in a Trophy Room, NBA Legend is ‘Selling It All’ for Underprivileged Kids His family was “not interested in exploiting John’s notoriety for personal gain,” so they left the decision up to him.
Upon researching Pizza Hut’s charity programs, John realized that he could use his celebrity status to help raise money and awareness for two different causes: providing books to children in need and donating surplus food supplies to the hungry.
“I see those pictures and that video and I’m reminded of who I truly am at the center because that’s a raw version of me, no sugar-coating, and it reminds me to not shy away from it or my passions: my love of sports, Northwestern and my family,’’ he added.

How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

What is a Mission Statement?
We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.” In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.
Mission Statement VS.
Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.
Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.” After all, that did check off all the boxes: What we do?
Compare that mission statement to this one: “We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant.
To Hold Management Accountable By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see.
So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.
Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company.

Here’s When a Dark Theme Can Save Battery Power

Here’s When a Dark Theme Can Save Battery Power

On some devices, they can even save battery power.
Devices With OLED Displays Only You’ve probably heard of OLED displays, especially if you’ve been on the market for a new TV in the last year or so.
This makes the display thinner, but the main draw is that black pixels don’t get lit up at all.
The result is higher contrast in your favorite films, inky blacks throughout any interface, and battery savings when you’re using a dark theme on your laptop or cell phone.
When a Dark Theme Can Save Battery Power on Your Laptop OLED laptops are starting to appear, with some newer models just announced at CES 2019.
You won’t get the battery savings benefits if your laptop isn’t using an OLED display, and you could find the dark theme may harm your battery life—in theory, at least.
Of course, if you’re looking to save battery power, there are plenty of ways to increase your Windows laptop’s battery life.
You could even use Windows 10’s battery saver mode.
Whether you’re on Android or using an iPhone, there are plenty of other ways to save battery life.
Some TVs Use OLED Panels, Too You don’t need to worry about battery life on your TV—and most of the time it will be displaying TV shows, movies, or video games, anyway.

The Three Things Google Stadia Needs to Conquer the Gaming Industry

The Three Things Google Stadia Needs to Conquer the Gaming Industry

Yesterday Google announced its long-anticipated streaming game platform, Stadia.
Another good move: announcing Stadia at the yearly Game Developer Conference, instead of at the upcoming Google I/O show or E3.
Which is a nice segue into… The Price is Right One of the biggest omissions of Google’s Stadia reveal was the pricing model.
Sony’s PlayStation Now works on this method, and it costs $20 a month.
Google The third option is that Google will blend these two models, charging a small fee for access to Stadia and additional costs for games.
And game developers and publishers can keep their high launch prices.
Google’s never been good at marketing its products directly to consumers.
Not only because gaming is hugely dependent upon marketing, but because Stadia isn’t a product that’s easy to boil down into a 30-second TV spot (or indeed, a 5-second YouTube pre-roll ad).
And it highlights one of the tools Google will lean heavily upon in its initial push: YouTube.
If Google doesn’t manage to blow everyone away, Stadia could still emerge as a much-needed competitor to the current big players.

Apple Announces New AirPods and Wireless Charging Case

Apple Announces New AirPods and Wireless Charging Case

And now to continue that onslaught of updated hardware, it just released the second generation of AirPods, and to go with them (or your originals), a wireless charging case.
Airpods with Better Battery and Hey Siri We think the AirPods are great for convenience, especially if you’re an iPhone or iPad user.
Well, two out of three ain’t bad, and Apple delivered.
Apple claims the new AirPods will connect to your devices even faster, and the battery will last longer.
The second generation AirPods should provide an extra hour of talk time (the company calls this a 50% improvement), and switching between devices should be twice as fast as the original AirPods.
Probably by accident.
A New Wireless Charging Case Adds Even More Convenience Wireless charging is one of those features that you can live without until you have it.
The good news is Apple released a wireless charging case for AirPods along with the hardware update.
You can buy the wireless case separately for $79 if you already have AirPods.
If you’re in the market new AirPods you can either buy the new hardware today with a standard case for $159, or with the wireless charging case for $199.

Jordan Peterson on Joe Rogan: The gender paradox and the importance of competition

Jordan Peterson on Joe Rogan: The gender paradox and the importance of competition

On another episode, Peterson discusses the development of character through competition.
In the above clip, he discusses the “gender paradox” in depth, which he defines thus: “As societies become more gender-equal in their social and political policies, men and women become more different in certain aspects, rather than more similar.”
Societies are better off economically the more equal rights are emphasized, yet Peterson points to the Nordic research.
Joe Rogan – Jordan Peterson on the Importance of Competition In this clip, Peterson points out that the world is “functioning unbelievably well, even though it has its problems.”
But Peterson is right.
Here Peterson dives into liberal notions of an equal playing field, opening the discussion of competition.
Every child receiving a trophy for playing is a terrible way to teach them about life.
Peterson then contemplates the idea that “it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”
A good coach, however, teaches the star how to make his teammates better.
And you never want to compromise your ability to do well at life for the sake of winning a single game.”

How to Insert Hyperlinks in Images in Gmail

How to Insert Hyperlinks in Images in Gmail

Though it’s no secret that you can add hyperlinks to text, Gmail also lets you add hyperlinks to images in the body of the email.
Once selected, the “New Message” window will appear.
When you’ve filled out the email address (1) and subject (2), and typed the body of your message (3), go ahead and place the cursor where you want to insert your image (4).
Click the “Insert Photo” icon at the bottom of the window.
After you select the image, but before you insert it, make sure to select the “Inline” option at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Highlight the image by clicking and dragging your cursor over it.
Note: You must highlight the image this way instead of just clicking to select it if you want to insert a hyperlink.
Next, select the “Insert Link” icon at the bottom of the window.
Go ahead and select the image again.
If you inserted the hyperlink properly, you’ll see a “Go to link” message followed by the destination URL.

Police Officer Helps Boy With Autism Find Missing Teddy Bear

Police Officer Helps Boy With Autism Find Missing Teddy Bear

Losing a teddy bear might not be an emergency for most kids, but it was for this 12-year-old boy with Autism.
Ryan Paul of Woodbridge, NJ, was so upset that his teddy bear named Freddy went missing while he was playing in his bedroom, that he called 911 for help. “I said Ryan, did you call 911?,” said Ryan’s father Robert Paul, “and he said ‘yes’, and I said why?
And he said, ‘Teddy bear rescue.'”
A few minutes later, Officer Khari Manzini arrived to help solve the case of the missing teddy bear. “We found the teddy bear, the teddy bear was okay,” Officer Manzini told ABC 7. “He was in safe hands, no injuries, nothing like that.”
Manzini had received special training in autism recognition and response, and says it comes in handy in situations like this.
Ryan is happy that Freddy is back where he belongs and was also very excited to get some photos with a police officer.
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Facebook Halts Ad Targeting Cited in Bias Complaints

Facebook Halts Ad Targeting Cited in Bias Complaints

Joe Raedle/Getty Images After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their messages only to people of a certain race, gender or age group.
The company said that anyone advertising housing, jobs or credit — three areas where federal law prohibits discrimination in ads — would no longer have the option of explicitly aiming ads at people on the basis of those characteristics.
Facebook has been criticized for a data breach late last year, compromising the accounts of millions of users.
Ms. Sandberg did not directly respond when asked whether Facebook would make its targeting algorithms more transparent to aid this effort.
Now, some of Facebook’s efforts to appease critics who complain of discriminatory practices may further chip away at the model.
In the interview, Ms. Sandberg conceded that the changes could make advertising on Facebook less efficient for some customers who had used the targeting practices “in a very fair and nondiscriminatory way,” but added, “We believe that that was a cost well worth bearing.” Under the new approach, Facebook will require advertisers in the areas of housing, employment and credit to use a separate portal that will not include gender or age as targeting options.
The company has generally allowed advertisers seeking to reach members of a race or religion to aim at such affinity groups.
The company will continue to allow advertisers in other areas to deliver ads on the basis of age, gender or any affinity groups.
While it is illegal under federal law to publish a discriminatory housing ad, the law typically holds only employers and employment agencies, and not passive ad publishers, culpable for discriminatory job ads.
Those segments would no longer be available for targeting by housing, employment and credit ads once Facebook carries out the proposed changes.

How to be a better boss, according to Google

How to be a better boss, according to Google

Developed by Kenneth Blanchard and Paul Hersey, situational leadership claims that as a manager you need to adjust your leadership style according to the needs of your team.
Silva’s a big believer in giving workers space to fail and learn from their mistakes and incorporates flexible leadership into her own management style.
“Implementing a flexible leadership style, which enables team members to learn, to be challenged, and to feel supported along the way, can be beneficial to every company,” explained Silva.
Wherever you are in your career, you’ve gone through this cycle several times yourself so it shouldn’t be too difficult to relate to the needs and expectations associated with each of them.
So, let’s dive in to find out what level of support you need to give at each learning stage: 1.
Unconscious incompetence At this stage, the employee is completely new to their role.
They don’t have the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their tasks, but they’re enthusiastic about the job (maybe even a little bit over-optimistic about their abilities).
Unconscious competence This is the last stage of learning.
If you’ve successfully guided your employee through all learning stages, you’re doing amazing.
And that’s because once your employee gets really good at their jobs, things are going to feel too comfortable and eventually just plain boring leaving them unmotivated.

Venabili is the Delightful Keyboard You Can’t Buy

Venabili is the Delightful Keyboard You Can’t Buy

If you code or write a lot, you live or die with your keyboard.
The site continues: “Venabili is a 40% mechanical, programmable, ergonomic and hackable computer keyboard.
Where do you buy one?
You don’t.
You can also modify the SVG source file if you prefer to change the physical layout.
Configuring the keyboard with layers and macros is easy for hackers, but not exactly user-friendly.
You modify a C file and recompile and flash the firmware in the keyboard.
You can get all the details regarding construction and configuration in the build guide.
We’ve seen 3D printers used to modify mechanical switches.
If you want to read more about the BluePill, we’ve done that, too.

Ask Hackaday: How Do You Draw Schematics?

Ask Hackaday: How Do You Draw Schematics?

So, given the importance of the schematic for design and communication, you’d think choosing a tool to draw them would be an easy task.
There are dozens of choices, from dedicated schematic drawing programs to using the schematic-capture facilities of simulation or PCB design tools, or even old-fashioned pencil-and-paper and its modern equivalents.
Old-school: Drafting The simplest approach is just to take up pen and paper and get to it.
The downside is that you’re basically starting from scratch, although some packages may have electronics symbol libraries you can leverage (xfig does, but I don’t like their look).
One disadvantage of either approach is that you can’t generate netlists to import into simulation or PCB layout tools, but if you’re not going to use either one, this doesn’t matter.
Dedicated Schematic Capture Programs Stepping up from general-purpose drawing tools, we come to packages dedicated to schematic drawing.
Every other tool category I’ve considered has a secondary use — for example, time spent learning Inkscape to draw schematics could be leveraged to use the program for any number of purposes.
The biggest disadvantage I have found is that symbols from different libraries may be drawn in a different style or at a different scale, making for an ugly schematic output.
I haven’t explored this space very well, although I’m certainly aware of circuitlab, which is the preferred tool for schematics on Electronics.StackExchange, and the Falstad circuit simulator, which sees occasional use on hackaday.io.
Maybe I’ve missed exactly what I’m looking for?

Here’s how to attend TNW2019 and a 1-day course with a discount

Here’s how to attend TNW2019 and a 1-day course with a discount

If you’re looking to take the next step in your career, learning new skills is essential.
At TNW Conference on May 9 and 10 in Amsterdam, you can find two days of knowledge sharing with the biggest names in tech – but if you want an extra learning experience, we have just the thing.
With our Growth Pass, we’ve partnered with Growth Tribe to offer you a great discount on the ultimate experience to develop your skills.
You’ll receive a full ticket to TNW Conference as well as a one-day growth hacking course by Growth Tribe.
These tickets are worth €1,399 together, but we’re offering them for just €1,099.
Growth Tribe is Europe’s fastest growing training company, which focuses on adult education and digital re-skilling.
The 1-Day Growth Hacking Crash Course will help you rapidly scale your business.
At the end of it, you’ll have everything you need to be a growth hacker.
After these three days, you’ll leave with applicable tips and tricks to implement in your career.
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Nvidia’s Latest AI Software Transforms Doodles Into Photorealistic Landscapes

Nvidia’s Latest AI Software Transforms Doodles Into Photorealistic Landscapes

Meet AI GauGAN, named for the post-impressionist painter, an interactive app that can turn your “rough doodles into photorealistic masterpieces with breathtaking ease.” Have you been in an art class, attempting to re-create a photo of a cascading waterfall only to end up with a kindergarten-level rendering?
Well, GauGAN can transform your piece in a matter of seconds.
“The tool leverages generative adversarial networks, or GANs,” writes NVIDIA, “to convert segmentation maps into lifelike images.” This technology may sound like just a fun art tool but the researchers write it could be a powerful tool in many creative fields.
Technology like this, the company writes, could be highly useful for architects, urban planners, landscape designers, and even game developers.
The user draws a segmentation map, then manipulates the scene, labeling segments of the image with words like ‘sky’ or ‘snow.’ The AI is trained with millions of images and is able to then fill in the elements the user has labeled in a hyperrealistic form.
If the user changes the label say from ‘snow’ to ‘sea’ the entire image will transform.
“And then the neural network is able to fill in all of the detail and texture, and the reflections, shadows and colors, based on what it has learned about real images.” While this AI lacks a full understanding of the physical world, the GANS still produce life-like results thanks to a two-part system – the generator and the discriminator.
The generator first creates the image and then passes it to the discriminator, who has been trained on real images.
The discriminator then coaches the generator on how to create a more realistic image, pixel-by-pixel.
Watch GauGAN in action here People couldn’t believe how realistic the images were

Men in Nursing: The Challenges of Men in a Female-Dominated Profession

Men in Nursing: The Challenges of Men in a Female-Dominated Profession

For men in nursing, this rewarding career choice can often be strewn with challenges and obstacles.
How This is Changing – Fortunately for male nurses, there are more and more companies and websites dedicated to having at least a selection of male nurse scrubs.
Although there is nothing wrong with a male nurse having a female nurse role model, there may be things that a male nurse can’t comfortably address with a female like they would a male.
Male nurses go into this field because they care about their patients and their outcomes.
How This is Changing – People’s role expectations are slowly starting to evolve as more male nurses take on roles throughout the hospital.
This means that male nurses used to have to conform and learn the female communication style because they took a career in a female-dominated industry.
How This is Changing – Hospitals and medical facilities are starting to shift their communication styles to be more professional between colleagues.
However, they seem to have a big problem with male nurses, and this is why hospitals barred male nurses from obstetrics for many, many years.
How This is Changing – While this is still an ongoing issue, male nurses are no longer barred from labor and delivery.
This means that there isn’t a shortage of jobs available, and the demand continues to rise.

County Sheriff Offered A Salary Increase If She Reopens An Unsafe Jail, She Hands In This Resignation Letter Instead

County Sheriff Offered A Salary Increase If She Reopens An Unsafe Jail, She Hands In This Resignation Letter Instead

In a world where even the word ‘politics’ sounds dirty, an act of someone prioritizing their moral values over instant personal gain deserves respect.
Pay our respects.
Nowata County’s sheriff and undersheriff, as well as half of their deputies have resigned over pressure to reopen a hazardous jail.
Detailing multiple unresolved problems at the lockup, she expressed her concerns over carbon monoxide leaks and exposed electrical wires at the facility.
According to Barnett and Undersheriff Mark Kirschner, they quit because Nowata County Associate District Judge Carl Gibson pressured them to reopen the jail nearly three weeks after inmates were evacuated from it.
“I believe in doing the right thing, and I am not going to stand down from doing the right thing,” Barnett said.
“I will not sweep these things under the carpet.” Barnett was elected sheriff in November 2018 after her predecessor, Kenny Freeman, was arrested on embezzlement charges.
Barnett claimed that Gibson offered to increase her salary to $75,000 if the inmates were returned to county jail despite the issues.
“I do feel like he tried to bribe me last Thursday,” she said, adding that her salary as an elected official is set by law.
“I looked straight at the judge and asked him, ‘Are you compromising my integrity?’ The judge never responded.

How to Pack Your Electronics for Air Travel

How to Pack Your Electronics for Air Travel

But just this year, the US government banned lithium-ion batteries from checked bags.
So, just how are you supposed to pack that laptop?
If you plan to bring a bunch of large electronics on your next vacation, you need to be able to organize them in your carry-on bag.
Otherwise, your flight will be an even bigger annoyance.
And the dark, messy cargo area of an airplane is probably the last place where you want to start a fire.
Respect the Ban, Even if it Isn’t Enforced Remember how I told you that lithium-ion batteries are banned from the cargo area of passenger flights?
According to the FAA, devices containing lithium-ion batteries “should be kept in carry-on baggage.” But if you ignore the ban and pack these electronics in checked baggage, then “they should be turned completely off, protected from accidental activation and packed, so they are protected from damage.” So, you can technically pack your bags however you’d like.
How to Make the Most of Carry-On You’ll have to bring all of your electronics through carry-on, but there’s a chance that you don’t need to use all of them mid-flight.
A backpack, under seat bag, attaché, or electronics organizer should work just fine.
Again, under seat bags, attaches, and electronics organizers make the difference here.

Fevers can have some cool benefits

Fevers can have some cool benefits

A new study in mice shows that it helps immune cells more quickly reach and attack harmful germs.
His team studied how immune cells travel from a blood vessel to the site of an infection.
So Chen’s group used cells from mice to study how fever might work in people.
They found that fever’s heat boosts two molecules that help T cells get from blood vessels into lymph nodes.
As body temps climb, T cells make more Hsp90 molecules.
The researchers first showed in a lab dish how feverish heat causes Hsp90 to bind to alpha-4 integrin.
Chen’s group infected mice with a germ that makes their stomach and intestines sick.
In one group of animals, the researchers prevented αlpha-4 integrin and Hsp90 from sticking together.
Many animals raise their body temperature to help fight infections.
So it’s likely that people use the same molecules as mice.

How DNA From a 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Maryland and Sierra Leone

How DNA From a 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Maryland and Sierra Leone

Maryland Route 178, also known as Generals Highway, is an eight-mile thoroughfare loosely connecting Baltimore and Annapolis.
Before it had exits for shopping malls, the historic road was used by George Washington for his journey from New York to Annapolis, which was the capital of the United States for parts of 1783 and 1784.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, nearby Chesapeake Bay was a major port for the trade of enslaved people recently brought from Africa.
Recently, scientists studying the area for clues into the lives of Africans living in Maryland at the time made a relatively minor discovery—a tobacco pipe—that held extraordinary evidence of the life of an enslaved woman 200 years ago.
Schablitsky and her team tested the tobacco pipe stem for human DNA, and found direct evidence that it belonged to a woman.
“Since the Belvoir quarter supported a large kitchen and fireplace, it is probably the cook—an enslaved woman—[who] lived in that space,” Schablitsky says.
Historical documents show that ships from the London Company transported African people from Sierra Leone directly to the Chesapeake Bay.
The origin of the pipe’s owner may not be a surprise, but the discovery is still pivotal—in part because tobacco pipes are so commonly found at archaeological sites.
“This new application of DNA in archaeology allows us the potential to begin to assign ancestry to specific sites,” says Schablitsky.
Over the course of the excavation, Schablitsky and her colleagues have been working alongside known descendants of those who lived on the property.

Moon Mining Could Work Using the Right Approach

Moon Mining Could Work Using the Right Approach

More and more people regard the Moon as a viable source of natural resources.
With no ecology to speak of, there are no worries about environmental harm.
All we need is the right combination of vision, wealth, technology and political willpower A recent report titled “Commercial Lunar Propellant Architecture: A Collaborative Study of Lunar Propellant Production” provides details on what we need and what should happen next.
Past scientific missions have given evidence that sunless regions near.
the lunar poles contain water ice.
Electrolysis can spilt this into oxygen for life support and hydrogen for rocket fuel.
On top of all that, the Moon’s lower gravity Past science missions to the moon have provided direct evidence that sun-shy regions near the lunar poles are repositories of water ice.
Once validated via ground truth, this resource could also be split into hydrogen and oxygen via electrolysis.
The oxygen could then be used for life support, and hydrogen and oxygen can be combusted for rocket propulsion.
On top of all that, the Moon’s lower gravity makes it easier to launch material back to Earth.

La Casa de los Azulejos

La Casa de los Azulejos

View all photos The complex decoration of La Casa de los Azulejos, or the House of Tiles, is a lasting record of Mexican art and history.
The building’s facade is covered in blue, white, and yellow tile; its interior features a mural by famed Mexican painter José Clemente Orozco; and its glass-ceilinged atrium contains stone pillars, murals, and a fountain.
These lushly decorated walls have witnessed a microcosm of Mexican history, housing noblemen and workers’ organizations before evolving into the most beautiful branch of a chain restaurant.
There are competing legends about its famous tiles, which appeared around 1735.
One holds that the tiling was the result of a dispute between a father and his son, who partied too much.
According to the story, when the young man’s father told him he was good for nothing, he cleaned up his act, grew his fortune, and covered his family house with tiles to prove to his papa that he was at least good for making beautiful buildings.
An alternate explanation holds that a countess was inspired by the buildings in Puebla and covered her family mansion with the region’s traditional tiles.
In the late 19th century, the building left aristocratic family hands and became the Jockey Club, home to elite intellectuals, and then the workers’ organization Casa del Obrero Mundial, or World Worker’s House.
In 1917, capitalism prevailed, and the building was bought by Sanborns, a budding restaurant and retail chain founded by two brothers from California.
Among the other architectural marvels of Mexico City’s Centro Histórico, La Casa de los Azulejos remains a storied meeting place for the tourists, locals, and intellectuals.

“I Thought I Was Going Mad:” Pensioner Catches A Mouse That Kept Cleaning His Shed With A Trail Cam

“I Thought I Was Going Mad:” Pensioner Catches A Mouse That Kept Cleaning His Shed With A Trail Cam

Just who was this fastidious phantom, this organized apparition?
Baffled but determined to solve the mystery, Mr. Mckears decided to empty out the tub and scatter its contents around.
He was astonished to find that sure enough, everything was back in its place the next morning.
Something was definitely afoot.
Mr. Holbrook is a keen wildlife photographer, so he has experience in tracking down mystery visitors.
“The heaviest thing was the plastic attachment at the end of a hosepipe – and the chain of an electric drill.
I didn’t know what it was at first.
“I’ve been calling him Metal Mickey but some people have been saying he’s just mouse proud,” he joked.
I thought I have to see this for myself.” It seems that the mouse goes on-shift from around midnight to 2.30am – and has been doing its cleaning duties every night for about a month now.
“I’ve seen a mouse moving objects to make a nest but never metal objects.

In a first, a fossilized egg is found preserved inside an ancient bird

In a first, a fossilized egg is found preserved inside an ancient bird

About 110 million years ago, a sparrow-sized bird died with her egg still inside her body.
The fossil was unearthed 11 years ago in northwestern China.
In 2018, paleontologists led by Alida Bailleul of the Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins in Beijing took a closer look, and noticed something odd: The bird had a strange sheet of tissue between her pubic bones.
Examining a piece of the tissue under a microscope, Bailleul found that it was from an egg.
The bird, a newly identified species, was named Avimaia schweitzerae in honor of paleontologist Mary Schweitzer’s work on fossilized soft tissues (SN: 12/24/16, p. 15).
Further analyses revealed more surprises.
The mother bird’s skeleton contains traces of medullary bone, a calcium-bearing tissue that aids in eggshell formation (SN: 4/16/16, p. 16).
It’s the strongest evidence yet that ancient birds produced this tissue during reproduction.
The spheres, thought to protect embryos from microbial infections, have never before been seen in any fossilized eggs.
In fact, the researchers suggest, the unlaid egg may have ultimately killed the mother.

17 of the Best Responses to the #Trashtag Challenge

17 of the Best Responses to the #Trashtag Challenge

Internet challenges can go either way – the Tide Pod challenge wasn’t humanity’s best moment, but the ice bucket challenged raised millions of dollars for ALS research.
This latest trend, #trashtag challenge, is definitely falling into the “score one for humanity” column.
The goal is to save the planet, one bag of garbage at a time, and with 1.3 billion tons of household waste being generated every year, it’s far past due.
The challenge is simple: take a before photo of an area littered with trash and put it next to an after photo of the same area once you’ve cleaned it up.
The hashtag blew up after a Reddit user posted a screenshot of someone who had completed the challenge with the caption “Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens.
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 here.”

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