Large City in Mozambique Nearly Wiped Out as Cyclone Leaves Vast Destruction

Large City in Mozambique Nearly Wiped Out as Cyclone Leaves Vast Destruction

Zinyange Auntony/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images JOHANNESBURG — A deadly cyclone that struck Mozambique and other countries in southern Africa has nearly obliterated the worst-affected areas, flooding vast stretches of land, destroying roads and dams, and cutting off victims from help.
The cyclone, called Idai, has affected more than 1.5 million people, with a death toll now in the dozens but feared to be far higher.
Mr. Nyusi said the death toll in Mozambique, which stood at 84, could climb to more than 1,000.
He reported seeing floating bodies.
In Malawi, scores died from flash floods that preceded the cyclone.
In Chimanimani, Zimbabwe’s hardest-hit district, residents said they had been left marooned after the area’s infrastructure was destroyed.
Denis Chiwonde, a resident of Chimanimani, said floods had swept away houses, a bank and other buildings.
“Chimanimani is down,” Mr. Chiwonde said.
Christopher Muteweri, the pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chimanimani, said that eight of his congregants had died in the storm, and that some were missing.
Mr. Muteweri said residents had been instructed over the news to evacuate to a local government office and “wait for helicopters there.” At the St. Charles Lwanga School in Chimanimani, falling rock led to the collapse of a dormitory that housed sleeping pupils, said Jackson Muranganwa, a leader of the Catholic parish.

Kevin Feige Calls the First 22 Movies in the MCU “The Infinity Saga,” Says ‘Endgame’ Will Focus on the Original Core Avengers

Kevin Feige Calls the First 22 Movies in the MCU “The Infinity Saga,” Says ‘Endgame’ Will Focus on the Original Core Avengers

So Marvel Studios seemed to directly touch our hearts (because they’re nothing if not crafty) when they revealed that each grouping of films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe belong to a “phase.” And with Phase 3 coming to an end next month with Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has offered up another name over which we can totally obsess: The Infinity Saga, which seems to be the newly-official name for the first 22 films in the MCU.
Yes, we can smell the Blu-ray boxset, too.
The Infinity Saga Speaking with Empire Magazine, Feige dropped the phrase “The Infinity Saga” to refer to the first 22 films, or three phases, of the Marvel Cinematic universe (and big thanks to /Film reader Eddie Woodley for sending us a picture of the page to confirm this detail).
This makes sense for a number of reasons – all of those films are loosely connected by the Infinity Stones and they all culminate in the heroes’ battle over said stones with the evil Thanos.
But we thought, 22 movies in, wouldn’t it be fun to bring some finality to the storyline.” So here’s the big question: does this mean three phases now equal a saga?
But if Feige and Co. really are thinking that far ahead, us nerd-types who enjoy endlessly classifying the things we love are going to have a field day with Phases 4 through 6.
The Snap Also speaking with Empire, Feige revealed that there was a great deal of discussion about where to place the infamous “snap” that decimated the heroes of the Marvel universe at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
End the movie with The Snap.’ It’s the right choice.
Putting it at the end of Infinity War suggests that this is something truly final (even though we know it’s not, of course).
After all, the Infinity Saga has to give these characters, the ones who probably won’t stick around for Phase 4, a final farewell: “People would point out that that Cap wasn’t in Infinity War a whole lot.

Rams, QB Blake Bortles agree to terms on one-year contract

Rams, QB Blake Bortles agree to terms on one-year contract

Los Angeles has a new backup quarterback, as the club agreed to terms with former Jaguar Blake Bortles on a one-year contract.
Bortles conducted a visit with the Rams on Monday, which resulted in the deal.
3 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bortles spent the first five years of his career with Jacksonville, reaching the No.
2 spot in franchise history in both passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Now in Los Angeles, Bortles slots in as an experienced No.
2 signal-caller for the Rams.
Bortles has played in 75 games (starting 73), completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 17,646 yards with 103 touchdowns and an 80.6 career passer rating.
Bortles threw for 35 passing touchdowns back in 2015 as a second-year player, and helped lead the Jaguars to the AFC Championship game in 2017.
Because the Jaguars released Bortles last week when the club signed quarterback Nick Foles, Bortles does not factor into the compensatory pick formula for 2020.
The club also re-signed outside linebacker Dante Fowler to a one-year deal.

There’s a Racial Gap Between Who’s Causing Air Pollution and Who’s Actually Breathing It

There’s a Racial Gap Between Who’s Causing Air Pollution and Who’s Actually Breathing It

Inequality is rampant in our society, even down to the quality of air we breathe.
It’s been common knowledge for a long time that minorities in the U.S. tend to live in neighborhoods that are more polluted than white Americans and that leads to a disparity in health outcomes along racial lines in this country.
A study that was recently published sheds new light on this problem in terms of consumption.
It shows that air pollution in this country is disproportionately caused by white Americans’ consumption of services and goods, but the pollution is disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic Americans.
Anjum Hajat, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington who was not involved in the research, said, “Inequity in exposure to air pollution is well documented, but this study brings in the consumption angle.” The study took six years to complete and was led by professor Jason Hill of the University of Minnesota.
The air pollution metric known as PM2.5 (particulate matter 2.5) is the most relevant way to measure how pollution affects human health.
High levels of PM2.5 are linked to all kinds of health issues like birth defects and diabetes.
This kind of pollution is mostly caused by humans, through burning fossil fuels or through agriculture.
It’s fascinating how the team came to their conclusions!

This Questionnaire Could Prevent Thousands of Unnecessary Prostate Cancer Surgeries

This Questionnaire Could Prevent Thousands of Unnecessary Prostate Cancer Surgeries

According to Cancer Research UK, there were over 47,000 new cases of prostate cancer in 2015.
Treatment options include radiotherapy or surgery and can have potentially significant side-effects, including erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
In fact, a recent study carried out in the UK showed that for early prostate cancer (low and intermediate-risk), treatment is no more beneficial in terms of ten-year survival compared to no treatment.
It brings together the latest evidence and mathematical models to give a personalized prognosis, which the researchers say will empower patients as they discuss treatment options with their consultant.
The result is PREDICT Prostate.
It then gives a 10 to 15 year survival estimate.
We hope it will provide a more accurate and objective estimate to help men reach an informed decision in discussion with their consultant.” MORE: ‘Eye-opening’ Dementia Breakthrough Announced Today by USC Researchers The tool could also save health care systems and patients thousands of dollars in medical costs.
In most cases, the clinician overestimated the risk of the patient dying from the cancer, compared to the estimate given by PREDICT, going on to recommended treatment in many cases and overestimate how successful this treatment would be.
When given access to the tool, the clinicians were less likely to recommend treatment in good prognosis cancers.
The tool was developed using data from over 10,000 UK men recorded in the East of England.

Watch: Officer dragged by ATV as 100 drivers illegally take over street

Watch: Officer dragged by ATV as 100 drivers illegally take over street

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Metro Nashville Police Department is looking for the ATV driver who dragged an officer down Broadway on Saturday.
About 100 “dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, and four wheelers” illegally took over the street around 3 p.m. on Saturday, MNPD said. “These individuals were weaving in and out of moving and parked vehicles, endangering motorists and pedestrians, when Sergeant Bourque was struck,” the police department said in a statement.
In a video of the incident, Sgt.
He had been attempting to stop one of the vehicles when he was struck, according to WTVF.
Bourque was treated and released from Vanderbilt Medical Center, according to a tweet from the department.
The 22-year MNPD veteran was not the only person put in danger by the vehicles.
LaShonda Parks-Bailey told WTVF that on Sunday morning, one of the ATVs crashed into her son’s car while they were on their way to church. “He lost control of the four wheeler and it flipped over on my son’s car,” she told the news station.
A black truck pulled up, scooped everything up and they just went up on their day like nothing ever happened.”

Biker Club Pays Respects To The Christchurch Victims By Performing An Emotional Haka Dance

Biker Club Pays Respects To The Christchurch Victims By Performing An Emotional Haka Dance

On March 15, 2019, the world’s been shaken by the heartless terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, when a shooter opened fire on unsuspecting Muslims during Friday Prayer.
The attacks that took place at the Al Noor Mosque and at the Linwood Islamic Centre, and took 50 lives, leaving 50 other injured.
Far-right extremism, white supremacy and Islamophobia are reported to be the main motives of the deadliest mass shooting in modern New Zealand history.
Since the horrific attack on Friday, there have been many discussions raised and a few incidents, like Will Connolly, better known as Egg Boy, cracking an egg on Senator Fraser Anning’s head.
But among hundreds of words and opinions, stand the survivors and families of the victims that have to deal with tremendous loss, and luckily, there are millions of people in the world and support them and condemn not only the attacker’s actions, but also the reasons behind it.
Members of the Mangu Kaha Aotearoa biker club pay a heartwarming tribute to the victims In Christchurch, people have been paying tributes since Friday, leaving notes, flowers and toys near Al Noor mosque.
On Sunday the 17th, a biker gang decided to pay their respects to the victims by performing the Haka, a traditional Māori ceremonial dance.
“We’re here to express our love, sadness that this has happened here in our community.
This is all our community.” one of the members of Mangu Kaha Aotearoa said before the bikers started their rendition of the Haka.
It’s been known in pop culture with such examples as Jason Momoa performing it at the “Aquaman” premiere or his Game of Thrones audition.

A Family Outing

A Family Outing

In 1972, as Charles Duke was training to visit the moon with Apollo 16, he regretted spending so much time away from his wife and sons.
“So just to get the kids excited about what dad was going to do, I said, ‘Would y’all like to go to the moon with me? ‘” he told Business Insider.
“We can take a picture of the family and so the whole family can go to the moon.” “I talked with Dotty and the boys about it and they were delighted about having a picture of the Duke family on the Moon,” he wrote in his autobiography, Moonwalker.
“So one day, Ludy Benjamin, a NASA photographer and good friend, came over to our house in Lago and took a picture of the four of us.
On the back of the picture I wrote, ‘This is the family of astronaut Charles Duke of planet Earth, who landed on the moon on the twentieth of April 1972.’ Then we all signed it and put our thumbprints on the back.” On April 23 Duke and John Young went exploring with the lunar rover in the Descartes Highlands, and he dropped the photo, wrapped in plastic, onto the surface and photographed it with his Hasselblad camera.
He left it there.
“After 43 years, the temperature of the moon every month goes up to 400 degrees [Fahrenheit] in our landing area, and at night it drops almost absolute zero,” he said in 2015.
“Shrink wrap doesn’t turn out too well in those temperatures.
It looked OK when I dropped it, but I never looked at it again and I would imagine it’s all faded out by now.” (Thanks, Bill.)

Ultima Thule may be a frankenworld

Ultima Thule may be a frankenworld

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Ultima Thule’s history may be written in the sum of its parts.
New analyses suggest that the tiny space rock formed from rotating clouds of even smaller rocks that collapsed into two individual objects.
NASA’s New Horizons flew by Ultima Thule, officially known as MU69, on January 1 (SN Online: 12/30/18).
The first images that the spacecraft sent back suggested a snowman-shaped world, with a larger lobe that the team dubbed “Ultima” and a slightly smaller bulb called “Thule” (SN: 2/2/19, p. 7).
Moore, of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and his colleagues think that those mounds represent small or medium-sized rocks that organized themselves into a rotating disk before merging, which could explain why Ultima Thule’s lobes are so flat.
“The disk was spinning … and that’s why we have the hamburger shape.” Planetary scientist William McKinnon of Washington University in St. Louis agrees, although he adds that “this has not been proven.” McKinnon also presented computer simulations of the final collision between Ultima and Thule that showed that the two must have been moving at about 2 meters per second when they collided.
That’s about as fast as a person walking into a wall at a brisk pace, McKinnon said.
Before New Horizons, it wasn’t clear if these proto-planets formed from cloud collapse or from small rocks slowly sticking together to form larger rocks.
He and colleagues suggested in a 2010 study that collapsing clouds of small rocks in the Kuiper Belt — the distant zone of cold, primitive space rocks beyond Neptune’s orbit where Ultima Thule lives — could form close pairs of objects.
Other researchers will now have to do new simulations that show that these rotating disks can lead to flat pancakes, he says.

Stress is contagious. Resilience can be too.

Stress is contagious. Resilience can be too.

Stress is contagious, and the higher up in an organization you are the more your stress will be noticed and felt by others.
Kelly McGonigal teaches “Reset your mindset to reduce stress” for Big Think Edge.
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It turns out that mindsets are contagious – and the higher up you are in an organization’s hierarchy, or the more people you are a role model to, the more contagious you are.
While negative mindsets like stress are contagious, so are positive ones like resilience; positive thinking can put you and your team or family on the road to positive outcomes.
Subscribe to Big Think Edge and you’ll learn first-hand from Dr. Kelly McGonigal, health psychologist, Stanford University lecturer and author of “The Upside of Stress”, how to model resilience for your direct reports at work, your children, or the people closest to you in your daily life.
Kelly McGonigal’s lesson “Reset your mindset to reduce stress” is part of Big Think Edge’s Become a better leader learning path.
Great leaders communicate, inspire, and shape the lives of others without unnecessary turmoil or wasted energy.
But the idea that leadership qualities are a birthright rather than the fruits of a long learning process couldn’t be more misguided.
Subscribe to Big Think Edge now to build greater resilience and positively influence the people around you.

5 short podcasts to boost your creativity and success

5 short podcasts to boost your creativity and success

The Slowdown with Tracy K. Smith Smith, a U.S.
Poet Laureate, narrates this podcast, which features poetry readings.
The episodes are mostly just five minutes each.
With more than 60 to choose from, there are a variety of poems to explore, from “Dancing in Buses” to “To My Twenty-Four-Year-Old Self.”
60-Second Science Scientific American’s podcast features insight from science journalists on a variety of concepts, such as “Our Brains Really Remember Some Pop Music” and “Rocking Helps Adults Sleep Too.”
The mini-episodes are up to three minutes long.
If you’re interested in learning brief, useful insights and anecdotes that you can discuss with coworkers or at dinner parties, this is your best bet.
Its mission is to “explore the effect one act can have on a life, to better understand each other and ourselves,” and episodes like “My Dad’s Friendship With Charles Barkley” and “When the Sun Came Out” may just restore your faith in the power of human connections.
Most of the stories featured on the podcast are less than 10 minutes long.
Most of the episodes are around 10 minutes long, and they span a variety of smart, useful topics, like “Learning from Failure.”

Mining the Moon

Mining the Moon

We’ll need habitats, air, food and energy, as well as fuel to power rockets back to Earth and possibly other destinations.
And that’s where the idea of “in-situ resource utilization,” or ISRU, comes in.
Artist’s impression of what lunar in-situ resource utilization might look like.
NASA Anticipation of lunar living is driving engineering and experimental work to determine how to efficiently use lunar materials to support human exploration.
There have even been discussions of eventually mining and shipping back to Earth the helium-3 locked in the lunar regolith.
This is because of the process of differentiation, in which relatively heavy materials sink and lighter materials rise when a planetary body is partially or almost fully molten.
Lunar formation Indeed, the Moon holds a special place in planetary science because it is the only other body in the solar system where human beings have set foot.
From analyses of lunar samples, advanced computer modeling and comparisons with other planets in the solar system, we’ve learned among many other things that colossal impacts could be the rule, not the exception, in the early days of this and other planetary systems.
Artist’s impression of the collision between the proto-Earth and a Mars-sized object.
Pyle The coming decades hold the promise of a new era of lunar exploration, with humans living there for extended periods of time enabled by the extraction and use of the Moon’s natural resources.

Astrophysicist and Author Janna Levin Reads “Berryman” by W.S. Merwin: Superb Advice on How to Stay Sane as an Artist

Astrophysicist and Author Janna Levin Reads “Berryman” by W.S. Merwin: Superb Advice on How to Stay Sane as an Artist

To be an artist is to live suspended above the abyss between recognition and artistic value, never quite knowing whether your art will land on either bank, or straddle both, or be swallowed by the fathomless pit of obscurity.
We never know who will discover it in a year or a generation or a century and be salved by it, saved by it.
“The worthiest poets have remained uncrowned till death has bleached their foreheads to the bone,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, not fully knowing — or perhaps not knowing at all — that she revolutionizing the art of her time.
Walt Whitman nearly perished in obscurity when his visionary Leaves of Grass was first met with scorn and indifference.
Emily Dickinson, virtually unpublished in her lifetime, never lived to see her work transform a century of thought and feeling.
Germaine de Staël captured this elemental pitfall of creative work in her astute observation that “true glory cannot be obtained by a relative celebrity.” In our own culture, obsessed with celebrity and panicked for instant approval, what begins as creative work too often ends up as flotsam on the stream of ego-gratification — the countless counterfeit crowns that come in the form of retweets and likes and best-seller lists, unmoored from any real measure of artistic value and longevity.
How, then, is an artist to live with that sacred, terrifying uncertainty with which all creative work enters the world, and go on making art?
Merwin (September 30, 1927–March 15, 2019) explores in a stunning poem celebrating his mentor, the poet John Berryman, published in Merwin’s 2005 book Migration: New & Selected Poems (public library).
At its heart is the single greatest, most difficult, most beautiful truth about creative work, enfolding a soul-salving piece of advice on how to stay sane as an artist.
Berryman had co-founded Princeton’s creative writing program and was teaching there when Merwin enrolled as a freshman in 1944.

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

(KPLC/Gray News) – Two more hypertension medications have been recalled due to a possible process impurity or contaminant in an active pharmaceutical ingredient, according to the FDA.
is recalling 40 lots of Losartan Potassium Tablets, USP, 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg, as well as three repackaged lots of Losartan Potassium Tablets, USP, 50 mg due the detection of trace amounts of N-Nitroso N-Methyl 4-amino butyric acid (NMBA), says the FDA.
NMBA is a potential human carcinogen.
The company has had no reports of adverse events related to this recall.
To see the list of products covered under this new recall, click here.
These recalls are in addition to five other recalls associated with blood pressure medication.
Losartan Potassium Tablets USP and Losartan Potassium/hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP 2.
Losartan Tablets USP 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg 4.
Valsartan Tablets USP See the current recalls here and here.
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How to Hide Spelling and Grammar Errors in a Specific Word Document

How to Hide Spelling and Grammar Errors in a Specific Word Document

If you want to hide spelling and grammar errors in a specific Word document without all of your other documents being affected by the setting change, then you’re in luck.
Microsoft Word, unsurprisingly, has a way to do this.
There is any number of reasons.
Perhaps you like leaving the feature on in most documents but have one where it distracts you.
Or, perhaps you’ve got a boilerplate where you use filler words (like Word’s Lorem Ipsum feature).
Whatever the reason, you can do it in a few simple steps.
Hiding Document-Specific Spelling and Grammar Mistakes With your document open, switch to the “File” tab.
Next, select “Options” from the bottom of the left-hand pane.
The “Word Options” window will now appear.
At the very bottom of the window, tick the “Hide spelling errors in this document only” and “Hide grammar errors in this document only” checkboxes.

People can sense Earth’s magnetic field, brain waves suggest

People can sense Earth’s magnetic field, brain waves suggest

Now, by exposing people to an Earth-strength magnetic field pointed in different directions in the lab, researchers from the United States and Japan have discovered distinct brain wave patterns that occur in response to rotating the field in a certain way.
These findings, reported in a study published online March 18 in eNeuro, offer evidence that people do subconsciously respond to Earth’s magnetic field — although it’s not yet clear exactly why or how our brains use this information.
This new evidence “is one step forward for the magnetoreception field and probably a big step for the human magnetic sense,” he says.
These coils manipulated the magnetic field inside the chamber such that it remained the same strength as Earth’s natural field but could be pointed in any direction.
Sure enough, changes in the magnetic field triggered changes in people’s alpha waves.
Specifically, when the magnetic field pointed toward the floor in front of a participant facing north — the direction that Earth’s magnetic field points in the Northern Hemisphere — swiveling the field counterclockwise from northeast to northwest triggered an average 25 percent dip in the amplitude of alpha waves.
Curiously, people’s brains showed no responses to a rotating magnetic field pointed toward the ceiling — the direction of Earth’s field in the Southern Hemisphere.
“It’s kind of intriguing to think that we have a sense of which we’re not consciously aware,” says Peter Hore, a chemist at the University of Oxford who has studied birds’ internal compasses.
This explanation “seems plausible,” Hore says, but would need to be tested in an experiment with participants from the Southern Hemisphere.
Some people may respond to clockwise rotations, just like some people are left-handed rather than right-handed, or clockwise rotations generate brain activity not captured in the alpha wave signal, she says.

Cristiano Ronaldo Opens Hair Transplant Clinic … Let Me Save Your Dome!

Cristiano Ronaldo Opens Hair Transplant Clinic … Let Me Save Your Dome!

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to save you from BALD SHAME — so he’s opened up a new hair transplant clinic in Spain.
Seriously.
The international soccer superstar has launched Isparya in Madrid — and Monday, the 34-year-old and his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, faced the media to promote the place.
So, why???
Ronaldo says “image” is important to him and he wants to make sure other people have more control over the way they look.
When asked if he has ever had the procedure — or ever would — CR7 replied, “When I think it’s necessary [to have a transplant], of course I’ll do it.”
In other words, Ronaldo claims his current hair is 100% his … for now.
Oh, and Ronaldo says the clinic will also do eyebrow hair transplants too.
Ronaldo isn’t the first athlete to get in the hair business — ex-NFL star Brian Urlacher had a hair procedure done after his football career wrapped up.
Wes Welker also took action … getting a transplant of his own back in 2012.

French Prime Minister bans ‘Yellow Vest’ demonstrations on Champs Elysees amid renewed violent protests

French Prime Minister bans ‘Yellow Vest’ demonstrations on Champs Elysees amid renewed violent protests

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Monday that “Yellow Vest” demonstrations will no longer be allowed in the Champs Elysees after protesters caused chaos in the tourist-heavy area over the weekend.
He also added that Paris police chief Michel Dulpuech will be replaced this week by prefect Didier Lallement.
Saturday marked the 18th straight week of protests held by the “Yellow Vests,” who started the movement which began to demand fuel tax cuts but has since morphed into an expression of general discontent about the disparity between the country’s working and elite classes.
The burning of famed restaurant Fouquet’s on the Avenue Champs Elysees on Saturday was meant to be an attack on the French elite, Reuters reported, citing local papers.
The landmark eatery is located next door to the Louis Vuitton flagship store on a coveted corner in the French capital.
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
An official with the president’s office said that the explosive demonstration on Saturday had prompted Macron to consider banning protesting in the tourist-heavy area.
At least 100 people were arrested as police deployed tear gas and used a water cannon to disperse angry crowds on Saturday, Reuters reported.
Eleven people, including two firefighters, reportedly sustained light injuries there.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lori Loughlin joked of spending ‘all this money’ on Olivia Jade’s education in old video

Lori Loughlin joked of spending ‘all this money’ on Olivia Jade’s education in old video

YouTuber, influencer…cheater?
Lori Loughlin, mother of Olivia Jade and her sister, Isabella Rose, was charged with bribing their way into USC.
The actress and mother of two is one of the famous faces charged in the college admissions bribery scandal.
In a YouTube video published to daughter Olivia Jade’s YouTube on Dec. 22, 2017, the influencer tries to teach her mom some slang terms.
The line was uttered by Nick Crompton in Jake Paul’s song “It’s Everyday Bro.” “If you would’ve said ‘England is my city,’ ” Loughlin began, “I would say ‘Why did I pay all this money for your education?’ ” The two laughed, and then Olivia Jade, 19, said, “We’re gonna leave it at that.”
More: Lori Loughlin once said ‘I never pushed my kids’; Felicity Huffman asked for ‘hacks’ More: What we know about Olivia Jade, Lori Loughlin’s daughter caught up in admissions scandal Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, 55, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, the couple allegedly agreed in July 2016 to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for getting their two daughters into the University of Southern California as purported crew athletes, even though neither were athletes.
Court papers state Giannulli sent an “action photo” of Jade on an ergometer rowing machine to supplement her profile as a crew coxswain for the L.A. Marina Club.
The profile was submitted to the USC subcommittee for athletic admissions in November 2017, which approved Jade’s conditional USC admission two weeks later.

Sugary drinks linked to increased risk of death, study suggests

Sugary drinks linked to increased risk of death, study suggests

The observational study found adults who consumed more than two sweetened drinks a day had their risk of death increase by 21 percent over adults who drank less than one sweetened drink a month.
For women, their risk increased by 25 percent, while the risk for men was up 12 percent.
The study also found sugary drinks were associated with a 31 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease for both men and women.
Vasanti Malik, lead author of the study and a research scientist in the Department of Nutrition in the Harvard T.H.
Chan School of Public Health, said in an interview with USA TODAY it’s not clear what’s driving the differences in overall risk of death between men and women who consume sweetened drinks. “It could also be something methodological, where women tend to underreport energy intake a little bit more than men.”
The study examined data from two larger health studies, controlling for other dietary factors as well as physical activity and body mass index to determine the impact of sugary drinks.
Researchers also found substituting one sweetened beverage a day with a drink that’s artificially sweetened was associated with a slightly lower risk of death.
In a statement, the American Beverage Association said soft drinks and other beverages with sugar are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet. “The sugar used in our beverages is the same as sugar used in other food products,” the ABA said.

Longtime Firefighter Saved By the Very Device He Lobbied for Months Earlier

Longtime Firefighter Saved By the Very Device He Lobbied for Months Earlier

This 63-year-old firefighter is alive today thanks to a fateful decision he made several months earlier.
Bill Staudt has been a New York City firefighter for the last 36 years, but he only recently had the idea to lobby for a defibrillator in the fire department building.
Upon submitting a request to the department’s management team, the building in Queens was finally equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED) device.
It’s a good thing that he did, too; back in September, only several months after he submitted the request, Staudt suddenly felt a burning sensation in his chest as was walking back to his desk.
RELATED: Boy is Cured of Aggressive Cancer Thanks to Stem Cell Treatment Using Donated Umbilical Cord Next thing he knew, he was in the back of an ambulance.
Staudt had gone into cardiac arrest – and thanks to the recently-equipped AED device in his building, his fellow first responders were able to resuscitate him and bring him to the hospital.
“He’s a subset of patients who have cardiac arrest without known cause,” Dr. JoonHyuk Kim from NewYork-Presbyterian Queens told WLNY.
“When a person has cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting, the survival rate is very low.” Though he now has an implanted defibrillator that will monitor his heart in the future, Staudt is alive thanks to the AED – and doctors hope that Staudt’s survival story serves as a lesson to others on the importance of having a defibrillator in the workplace.
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People can sense Earth’s magnetic field, brain waves suggest

People can sense Earth’s magnetic field, brain waves suggest

Now, by exposing people to an Earth-strength magnetic field pointed in different directions in the lab, researchers from the United States and Japan have discovered distinct brain wave patterns that occur in response to rotating the field in a certain way.
These findings, reported in a study published online March 18 in eNeuro, offer evidence that people do subconsciously respond to Earth’s magnetic field — although it’s not yet clear exactly why or how our brains use this information.
This new evidence “is one step forward for the magnetoreception field and probably a big step for the human magnetic sense,” he says.
These coils manipulated the magnetic field inside the chamber such that it remained the same strength as Earth’s natural field but could be pointed in any direction.
Sure enough, changes in the magnetic field triggered changes in people’s alpha waves.
Specifically, when the magnetic field pointed toward the floor in front of a participant facing north — the direction that Earth’s magnetic field points in the Northern Hemisphere — swiveling the field counterclockwise from northeast to northwest triggered an average 25 percent dip in the amplitude of alpha waves.
Curiously, people’s brains showed no responses to a rotating magnetic field pointed toward the ceiling — the direction of Earth’s field in the Southern Hemisphere.
“It’s kind of intriguing to think that we have a sense of which we’re not consciously aware,” says Peter Hore, a chemist at the University of Oxford who has studied birds’ internal compasses.
This explanation “seems plausible,” Hore says, but would need to be tested in an experiment with participants from the Southern Hemisphere.
Some people may respond to clockwise rotations, just like some people are left-handed rather than right-handed, or clockwise rotations generate brain activity not captured in the alpha wave signal, she says.

The Daily Outkick: Monday, March 18, 2019

The Daily Outkick: Monday, March 18, 2019

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Tournament: Duke And The A.C.C.
Biden Announces He’s Running — Then Corrects Himself (Politico) For an instant, Joe Biden was running.
Beto O’Rourke’s Secret Membership In America’s Oldest Hacking Group (Reuters) While a teenager, O’Rourke belonged to the oldest group of computer hackers in U.S. history: the hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow.
Knicks See LeBron James’ Best And Worst In Huge Choke Job (New York Post) LeBron James hasn’t won the season — and couldn’t even win the Garden.
Mental Health Problems Rise Significantly Among Young Americans (Washington Post) The study’s author called social media “the perfect place to be verbally aggressive,” which can contribute to depression and low self-esteem.
The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive and Intense (Wall Street Journal) As more sports leagues opt for digital broadcast options, the whole idea of what it means to watch a game is going to change Will Netflix Keep Streaming Higher With Disney And Apple In The Wings?
(Mercury News) When it comes to the streaming TV industry, one could make an argument that there is Netflix, and there is everyone else.
Why Are There So Many Bats At Spurs Games?
(538) The flying mammals seem to have become season-ticket holders.

CRAWFORD | NCAA did nobody any favors with Louisville vs. Pitino pairing

CRAWFORD | NCAA did nobody any favors with Louisville vs. Pitino pairing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Those of us who have experienced the NCAA’s Mock Selection exercise know how these tournament games with delicious storylines seem to crop up without anyone even trying.
You put all the teams into a computer with the bracketing priorities already programmed in and, voila!, you wind up with a coach facing his former team, or two rivals on a collision course, or whatever.
No doubt, that was the case with Louisville’s NCAA Tournament first-round matchup with Minnesota, which will tip off the entire NCAA Tournament on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in Des Moines, Iowa on CBS.
But everyone else associated with the game — the coaches, the universities, the NCAA itself – are done a disservice by some of the storylines this game is going to drag into the public discussion.
Louisville’s firing of Rick Pitino, whose son, of course, coaches at Minnesota.
Louisville coach Chris Mack has said nothing but nice things about Pitino, called him before taking the job, has gone out of his way to respect what he did here, and said Sunday night that he knows Richard Pitino, though not well.
It’s not good for Mack, who gets the team back to the tournament in his first year and has to deal with this storyline.
I would hope for the Minnesota players, and for our guys, the game becomes about the game.
It’s about our players, it’s about this program.
I believe it’s unfair to Coach Pitino and Coach Mack!

7 essential Eastern philosophy books

7 essential Eastern philosophy books

Over three thousand years ago, the I Ching conceptualized binary code and influenced major asian religions Ram Dass and Herman Hesse synthesized western scientific and philosophic views with traditional eastern religions to inform their teachings.
It’s a slim book and a quick read, but leaves behind new profundities on the nature of being and reality.
Drawing from many different ancient Chinese texts and philosophies already in existence, the philosophy or religion of Confucianism has gone through many iterations.
It shares a similarity with Christianity and the works of Socrates as both these philosophies and religions had the words of their leaders written after their deaths by their devotees.
– Confucius, “The Analects” “The I Ching” has had an immense influence on the world.
The book can be used in a number of ways, and it stands as both the source for Confucianist and Taoist philosophy.
Concepts of the cyclical nature of time and cosmic oneness of the universe are all expressed in this book.
Only the individual can find their own enlightenment. “Words do not express thoughts very well.
– Herman Hesse, “Siddhartha” This is the recounting of a lifetime of experience and spiritual seeking from the man who would begin his journey as Dr. Richard Alpert and transcend into Baba Ram Dass.

Fitbit Charge 3 Review: a Good Fitness Tracker in an Awkward Price Range

Fitbit Charge 3 Review: a Good Fitness Tracker in an Awkward Price Range

So it is with FitBit’s Charge 3, the company’s most powerful model underneath their more elaborate (and expensive) smart watches.
Other than that, this thing is all fitness, all the time.
The Fitness Tracker, Refined The Charge 3 isn’t as tiny as some other fitness trackers in FitBit’s lineup, but it is extremely lightweight with its aluminum enclosure.
And the case and clasp mechanism has been refined since the Charge 2: it not sits more naturally on your wrist, and swapping out bands for something more sporty takes literally seconds.
It’s a good thing there are plenty of cheap third-party options, then: you’re not restricted to FitBit’s expensive first-party options.
Unless you really care about the smaller form factor and longer battery life, the Versa Lite seems like the more capable pick, and the Inspire HR is down there at a much better price.
You can make the argument that the Charge 3 is the tracker for more dedicated fitness enthusiasts…but those enthusiasts will probably want even more capability if they’re searching for a dedicated device, like on-board GPS or support for chest band HR devices.
Onboard GPS and music control would make it much more appealing, but its excellent ergonomics and battery life make up for those shortcomings.
But assuming that FitBit’s apps and tracking are what you’re really after, there are options both above and below the Charge 3’s price that might fit your needs better.
Those who can live without manual workout starts should check the Inspire HR, while those who want more control and don’t mind a watch form factor will want the Versa Lite for just ten bucks more.

Guy Writes Five-Step Guide To Self-Love And It Might Inspire You

Guy Writes Five-Step Guide To Self-Love And It Might Inspire You

Self-care is important.
As much as we should take time to be mindful and loving towards others it is also essential we show ourselves the same amount of appreciation.
Yes, a nice spa day to pamper is part of self-care but so are positive affirmations to remind yourself that you are fantastic inside and out.
We all have flaws and sometimes it can be more difficult to see all the wonderful things we have to offer, which can lead to a self-deprecating attitude.
Fortunately, you are not alone.
Someone on the internet needed some advice on how they could ‘recycle’ some of that negative energy into a more positive outlook and received the perfect guide.
A Twitter user wrote an inspirational tweet on turning negative thoughts into self-love Which prompted one Tumblr user to ask for positivity tips And someone responded with a five-step guide Self-confidence is not only about self-love but also confidence in your abilities and judgment.
Higher self-confidence leads to more energy, motivation, and happiness, which will overall make you a more successful person in all areas of your life.
This concept is called Bandura’s Self-Efficacy Theory.
The theory states that one’s beliefs in their likelihood of success can actually positively control and influence the outcome of events.

Artist Imagines 13 Soda Drinks As Cartoon Characters

Artist Imagines 13 Soda Drinks As Cartoon Characters

CocaCola, Sprite, Fanta, we know our favorite sodas by their taste but what would they be like if they were a little more… human?
Maybe we’d like to go grab a drink with them?
Maybe they’d be so obnoxious, we couldn’t resist slapping them?
“I came to the conclusion that people react better to things that they are already familiar with, for example, pre-existing characters, logos, and so on.
So, I’ve decided to put my own twist on famous soft drink brands to make them even more unique.” “Each of the artworks took me about two hours to complete and since I have 14 of them, I’ve spent about 28 hours on this project.” And the artist put a lot of careful consideration into each of the illustrations.
“While developing my characters, I mostly focused on two elements: the aesthetics of the logo itself and the taste of the soda.
“I like Barq’s Root Beer the most.
I would definitely want to be friends with that guy.” For those of you who don’t know, Barq’s is an American soft drink.
Owned by the Barq family but bottled by the Coca-Cola Company, it was known as Barq’s Famous Olde Tyme Root Beer until 2012.
People had a lot to say about their favorite drinks

Daily News Roundup: New iPads, Window Defender for Chrome, and More Android Stuff

Daily News Roundup: New iPads, Window Defender for Chrome, and More Android Stuff

A lot happened over the weekend, but the biggest news to start your March 18th, 2019 morning came from Apple with a couple of new iPads.
Microsoft is working on a Windows Defender extension for Chrome and Firefox.
[Windows Blog] Google and Android News As always, a lot has already happened with Google since Friday.
With the recent release of the Android Q beta for Pixel devices, new features are pretty constant right now.
[Android Police] New Google Play requirements are going to require all icons to be rounded rectangles moving forward.
[XDA Developers] Samsung announced an event to announce a new phone.
Or phones.
Android Q might get them everywhere.
[Engadget] Google could be working an Android fork for feature phones.
[Liliputing] Other News You know, the other stuff.

Daily Deals: iPad Pro for $750, Cheap Desktop Accessories, Discounted Games, and More

Daily Deals: iPad Pro for $750, Cheap Desktop Accessories, Discounted Games, and More

It’s hard to have the Monday blues when there are great deals abound.
If you’ve had your eyes on a new iPad, a curved monitor, or some smart plugs, then now’s the time to pull out your wallet.
Right now, there are some killer deals on Amazon, Best Buy B&H, and Rakuten.
Grab these great computer deals.
Samsung 32″ Refurbished Curved Desktop Monitor, $180 ($70 off) [Amazon] iPad Pro 12.9″, $750 ($400 off) [B&H] Get $400-$500 off MacBooks [Best Buy] Samsung M2070W All-In-One Laser Printer, $50 ($80 off) [Office Depot] Corsair K70 Mechanical Keyboard, $99 ($70 off) [Amazon] Lenovo IdeaPad 720, $580 ($100 off with coupon code LEN100) [Rakuten] Microsoft Surface Pro, $600 ($360 off) [Best Buy] Team Group L5 1TB SSD, $99 ($50 off) [Newegg] Video Games and Board Games Who knew that games would be so cheap this week?
Far Cry New Dawn – PS4, $20 ($20 off) [Amazon] Civilization IV – Nintendo Switch, $45 ($15 off) [Amazon] Call of Duty: WWII Valor Collection, $30 ($130 off) [Best Buy – Xbox One, PS4] Catan Histories: Merchants of Europe, $15 ($40 off) [Amazon] The Internet of Things Today’s a great day to grab some smart plugs, or a pair of Chromecast Ultras.
TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch 3-Pack, $57 ($48 off) [B&H] TP-Link Wi-Fi power strip, $55 ($25 off when you clip the on-screen coupon) [B&H] Google Chromecast Ultra 2-Pack, $48 ($22 off) [Facebook] Everything Else Need a new wall charger or a Samsung stylus?
Grab these great deals.
Samsung S-Pen, $15 ($15 off) [B&H] Anker Quick Charge 6-Port USB Wall Charger, $23 ($11 off with coupon code ANKERPB6) [Amazon] Anker 2-Port USB Wall Charger, $8 ($5 off with coupon code ANKERP22) [Amazon] Rakuten Takes 15% Sitewide (Use Coupon Code SAVE15) [Rakuten] All good deals die young.
If you see a deal that strikes your fancy, scoop it up before it’s too late!

Woman Quits Successful City Career So She Can Live in the Woods With Over 100 Rescued Animals

Woman Quits Successful City Career So She Can Live in the Woods With Over 100 Rescued Animals

Written by Dobi Finley Daria Pushkareva was a successful photographer living in Russia’s capital city of Moscow when she decided to leave the bustling city life behind – which is why she now lives in the woods with over 100 rescued animals.
As a child growing up in Russia, Pushkareva had always dreamed of rescuing dogs and opening up her own dog shelter.
Though she ended up leading a robust career as an elite wedding photographer in Moscow, she always felt a desire to leave everything behind in search of something more.
Pushkareva’s first rescue was a one-eyed, flea-covered puppy from the local animal control.
LOOK: India Gets Its First Ever Hospital for Abused Elephants – and They’ve Already Treated Dozens Her rescue efforts kept snowballing until one day when Pushkareva finally decided to follow through on her dream and buy a country house in a forest 100 miles from Moscow.
People from all over have contacted Pushkareva and asked her to take in rescued and unwanted dogs, many of which either have behavioral issues, special needs, or disabilities – but if they had not been taken in by the Russian couple, then they would most likely have been euthanized.
They now devote their entire lives to taking care of their rescued animals.
They mostly spend their days making sure that all the dogs have been fed; giving the animals their medication; and keeping all of the living spaces clean and tidy.
WATCH: 170 Foxes Are Rescued From Fur Farm and Given New Home at a Buddhist Monastery Since the Russian couple mostly lives off of the grid, they use solar panels and a generator for electricity – and thanks to a little help from their friends, they also now have running water and indoor plumbing.
The animal rescuers says that even though taking care of 100 critters can be exhausting, Pushkareva now feels more fulfilled than ever – and she hopes that her work will help to show people that even disabled dogs can live long and happy lives.

Hitchhiking to the Moon for Fun and Profit

Hitchhiking to the Moon for Fun and Profit

While the satellite was the primary payload for the mission, as is common on the Falcon 9, the rocket had a couple of stowaways.
These secondary payloads are generally experiments or spacecraft which are too small or light to warrant a rocket of their own such as CubeSats.
Further, let’s say that the orbits are nicely concentric, that is, the orbit we’re looking to transition into is essentially the same as our current orbit, just at a higher altitude from our starting position.
The other important thing to understand is how changes in velocity effect the orbit.
The spacecraft then drifts along this temporary transfer orbit until it reaches the apoapsis, where it fires the engine again to perform what’s often called a “circulation burn”.
This maneuver raises the periapsis to that of the target, completing the vehicle’s transition into the new orbit.
So to minimize the time spent in transit to and from the Moon, the Apollo spacecraft transferred from low Earth orbit (LEO) directly into the orbit of the Moon.
Once the spacecraft was in the proper position, they performed the Trans-Lunar Injection (TLI) maneuver, an engine burn that increased their velocity enough that their orbit would intercept that of the Moon.
Each burn will not only raise the apoapsis a bit higher, but will also increase the orbital period (how long it takes to complete one orbit).
If that is the truly the case, these “economy” flights to the Moon may start to become more common.

How to Change the Default Search Engine in Safari on iPhone or iPad

How to Change the Default Search Engine in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Safari uses Google as its default search engine out of the box, but it’s not the only option.
You can choose other search engines like Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo if you prefer them.
Changing the Default Search Engine in Safari on iPhone and iPad To get started, open the Settings app and tap “Safari.” Next, under the “Search” heading, tap “Search Engine.” Finally, select the search engine that you would like to use as your default when inside Safari.
To select a search engine, tap it.
You can choose either Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.
Apple won’t let you choose other search engines as your default.
The only way you’ll get more options here is if Apple adds them in a future version of the iOS operating system.
There is, however, a caveat to consider here.
This setting will only change the default search engine that is used when searching from within Safari.
It’s not ideal, but Google pays a considerable amount of money to Apple every year to make this the situation we have to live with, unfortunately.

Apple Announces Updated iPad Air and New iPad Mini

Apple Announces Updated iPad Air and New iPad Mini

In a surprising move, Apple quietly released new iPad models, sending out press releases and forgoing fanfare.
The iPad Mini needed a refresh and finally has one, and the iPad Pro 10.5 is gone, replaced by the new iPad Air.
The iPad Mini Update Was Long Overdue Apple last updated the iPad Mini just under four years ago.
Today’s update takes care of all of that, with just a slight painful cost.
Additionally, the display is brighter and picks up Trutone, and the front-facing camera now shoots at 7 megapixels.
Finally, Apple added Pencil support to the Mini, which should make this iPad great for taking notes when traveling.
For $549 you can increase that storage to 256 GB, and if you can afford it, that’s probably the best option to pick.
Next up is the iPad Air, and the first thing you should know is it effectively replaces the iPad Pro 10.5 inch.
If you’re wondering what the Pro 10.5 had that the Air doesn’t, it’s Promotion Technology and a better camera.
it gives you most of the features of a Pro for a more palatable price.

Meet India’s starry dwarf frog — a species with no close relatives

Meet India’s starry dwarf frog — a species with no close relatives

Palaniswamy Vijayakumar and his colleagues first spotted the new species one night in 2010 while surveying frogs and reptiles roughly 1,300 meters up in India’s Western Ghats mountain range.
The frog hardly stood out — its brown back, orange belly and starlike spots acted as camouflage against the dark hues and water droplets on the forest floor.
And at only 2 to 2.9 centimeters long, “it can sit on your thumb,” says Vijayakumar, a biogeographer at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Dubbed the starry dwarf frog by the team, the frog didn’t seem special among the dozens of other possibly new species discovered on the trip.
But analysis of its DNA, anatomy and geographic distribution told a different story.
The frog represents the sole known species of a lineage dating back 57 million to 76 million years ago, the researchers report March 12 in PeerJ.
That’s around when the Indian subcontinent was merging with Asia after breaking away from Madagascar.
“I had no clue I was holding onto a 50-million-year-old lineage,” Vijayakumar says.
“It’s a unique, old lineage without any close relatives” known to science, he says.
The team called the frog Astrobatrachus kurichiyana — with a genus name that includes “astro” for the frog’s bluish-white starlike dots, and species name that refers to the indigenous Kurichiyan people in the southern state of Kerala where the frog was found.

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