Scientists Have 3D-Printed a Heart. Welcome to the Future.

Scientists Have 3D-Printed a Heart. Welcome to the Future.

The lead researchers issued a statement, and it’s easy to read their excitement between the lines.
“This heart is made from human cells and patient-specific biological materials.
People have managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, but not with cells or with blood vessels.
Our results demonstrate the potential of our approach for engineering personalized tissue and organ replacement in the future.” The heart was made from fatty abdominal tissues which were reprogrammed to become pluripotent stem cells – “master cells” with the potential to produce any tissue or cell in the entire body.
Then they made the extracellular matrix – collagen and glycoproteins – into the printing “ink”.
Once it mixed with the master cells, the ensuing slurry first grew into either cardiac or endothelial cells, then into patient-specific, immune-compatible cardiac patches with blood vessels, and then, amazingly, into an entire bioengineered heart.
The heart is not ready for human transplantation, though.
Creating a fully functional human heart would take longer and require more cells – a billion or so – and the printed heart would have to be trained to pump like a real human heart.
The ones they made have the ability to contract but not to work together in a coordinated pumping motion.
What a time to be alive.

How to Mountain Bike Downhill

How to Mountain Bike Downhill

1 Look as far down the trail as you can.
[2] Hesitation could cause you to fall off your bike when going down a steep hill.
4 Drop your weight on the back of the bike when going down a steep hill.
This will prevent you from tipping over the handlebars when going down a steep hill.
5 Learn how to drop on a mountain bike.
Intermediate and advanced tracks may have steep drop-offs, narrow tracks, and obstacles blocking your way.
This will give the biker in front of you enough time to get to the side of the track.
Full suspension downhill bikes have sturdy suspensions that can withstand the bumps and drops from a downhill mountain bike course.
[12] You can purchase or rent a full suspension downhill mountain bike at a bike store.
If you’re planning on mountain biking downhill on advanced trails, you’ll want to purchase a helmet that can protect the front of your face if you go over the handlebars.

Notre-Dame’s Safety Planners Underestimated the Risk, With Devastating Results

Notre-Dame’s Safety Planners Underestimated the Risk, With Devastating Results

The system was based on the assumption that the ancient oak timbers in the cathedral’s attic would burn slowly, leaving ample time to fight a fire, said Benjamin Mouton, the architect who oversaw the fire protections.
That means even a flawless response had a built-in delay of about 20 minutes — from the moment the alarm sounded until firefighters could arrive and climb to the attic with hundreds of pounds of hoses and equipment to begin battling a fire.
It’s absolutely incomprehensible.” But fire safety experts said that Mr. Mouton and his team underestimated the risk — and that the fire response they designed was far too slow to fight a blaze in time.
Once that heavy timber starts to burn, you can’t put it out.
“I managed the issue from beginning to end.” Mr. Prunet, the former firefighter, became fire safety adviser at the Culture Ministry and worked with Mr. Mouton and his team.
Both Mr. Mouton and Mr. Prunet said they had been given a free hand to design the most effective fire protection system.
But the main reason to opt against fire walls, Mr. Mouton said, was because it risked “mutilating” the structure.
Mr. Mouton said he performed a trial of the time it took for a guard to investigate an alert, racing one of his guards to the top of the attic.
There would have been one other solution: A permanent presence of firefighters on site.
“The detection system would have been the same,” he said, “but the response system would have changed.” “Of course it’s the first minutes that count,” he said, pausing.

Tesla and Elon Musk Are Given Week to Reach Accord With S.E.C.

Tesla and Elon Musk Are Given Week to Reach Accord With S.E.C.

Jefferson Siegel for The New York Times Elon Musk has another week to work out his latest dispute with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
A federal judge on Thursday granted a request by the two sides for more time to resolve a fight over whether Mr. Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, had violated an earlier settlement with the commission governing his public statements about the company’s finances.
had asked the court to hold Mr. Musk in contempt for a Twitter post on Feb. 19 in which he said Tesla would produce about 500,000 cars this year.
That was at variance with the company’s guidance a month earlier that the figure would be 360,000 to 400,000.
Mr. Musk’s feud with the S.E.C.
It was later revealed that he was referring to a much more embryonic proposal than he had implied.
In a settlement of that lawsuit, Mr. Musk agreed to step down as chairman and to get a lawyer to review written communications, including posts on Twitter, in which he made material statements about the company.
On Monday, the company plans to outline its efforts to develop self-driving cars in a bid to convince Wall Street analysts that it has a competitive lead in that technology.
On Wednesday, the carmaker will report its first-quarter results.
Tesla’s sales slowed sharply in the first three months of the year.

The Real Stars of the Internet

The Real Stars of the Internet

Googling “Smith Street Bagels” produces pages of listings, most accompanied by star ratings visible right there in the results, in bright Google orange, from places like Seamless, Yelp and Google itself.
You may know that Seamless and GrubHub are the same company, and notice that they list the same star review, with the same number of reviews, but that would not explain why that rating appears three times in Google’s results, once under each service, and once under an ad.
On Uber, a 4.3-star average might mean a driver is at risk of getting booted from the system, while on Amazon 4.3 stars might be the result of a hard-fought and expensive campaign to climb to the first page of the search results for “Bluetooth headphones.” A two-star restaurant might have mice, or its owner might have just made the news.
Stars: They’re just like us!
For Amazon vendors and sellers, star ratings serve a variety of functions.
Just as the most important context for an Amazon review might not be the online storefront, where a customer sees it, the most important context for that Seamless star average might not be a Google result, or even how it appears in the Seamless app.
Contrary to the star rating as a symbol of the wisdom of the crowd, or the circumvention of critical gatekeepers, Uber’s system seems mostly to empower Uber, as a marketing tool and as a system of control.
Each has taken steps to allow its star reviews to show up in Google Search, through what Google calls a “review snippet.” Stars, it turns out, are a format that Google is eager to vacuum up given the slightest guidance.
A story headlined “HOW TO GET YOUR BUSINESS STAR RATINGS IN GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS” on the website of search engine consultancy Hit Search tells readers: “Have you ever seen one of your competitors with stars and ratings information appear in the search results and wondered how they got them?
Well, these are organic star ratings and here’s a handy little guide to improve your chances of getting these stars next to your listings!” The recommendations work, at least in this case: The link to this article shows up in Google’s search results with a 4.7 star rating, according to itself, rendered in Google orange, the same rating as my bagel place.

‘Malicious software attack’ knocked the Weather Channel off-air for more than an hour

‘Malicious software attack’ knocked the Weather Channel off-air for more than an hour

The FBI is currently investigating a “malicious software attack” that interrupted the Weather Channel’s non-stop 24-hour-a-day coverage.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, an FBI spokesperson said the outage was the result of a ransomware attack.
pic.twitter.com/ovSgrgHxXY — The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) April 18, 2019 “We experienced issues with this morning’s live broadcast following a malicious software attack on the network,” the Weather Channel said in a statement. “We were able to restore live programming quickly through backup mechanisms.
Federal law enforcement is actively investigating the issue.
We apologize for any inconvenience to viewers as we work to resolve the matter.”
Thanks to the rise of cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, anonymously collecting a ransom is quicker and easier than ever before. “We are experiencing technical difficulties with our live broadcast,” the Weather Channel posted around 6:18 a.m. on its morning show’s Facebook page. “We apologize for any inconvenience while we resolve this issue.”
The company announced it was back on-air a little before 8 a.m. that same day.

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Are Valued at $7.25 Billion by Investors

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Are Valued at $7.25 Billion by Investors

SoftBank, Toyota and the Japanese automaker Denso will put $1 billion toward Uber’s effort to develop autonomous cars.
The deal values this unit at $7.25 billion, the company said.
Toyota and Denso’s investment totals $667 million, while SoftBank’s is $333 million.
The investment will help Uber remain at the forefront of that shift, he added.
Uber spent $457 million in 2018 on research and development efforts for self-driving cars, a sum that could make public investors nervous.
(According to Uber’s prospectus, one such recent inspection turned up “problematic” functions in Uber’s software.)
Shortly after the settlement, one of Uber’s self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz.
But Uber has since worked to reform its autonomous unit, pulling its cars from public roads for nine months after the crash and netting a crucial investment from Toyota in August.
“The team at Uber A.T.G.
has made significant progress developing highly robust automated ride-sharing technology,” Rajeev Misra, the chief executive of SoftBank’s Vision Fund, said in a statement.

Potash Evaporation Ponds

Potash Evaporation Ponds

Top Places in Utah See more things to do in Utah » Intrepid Potash, Inc. operates three potash mines in the United States, with one in New Mexico and two in Utah.
The most famous and most photographed of these locations is in Moab, Utah, where the electric blue potash evaporation ponds provide a psychedelic sight in the otherwise reddish desert.
At the Moab mine, miners pump water from the Colorado River deep underground to reach the potash ore, which lies about 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) below the surface.
The water dissolves the soluble potash into a brine, which is then pumped into underground caverns.
The water in the evaporation ponds is dyed bright blue to help it absorb more sunlight and heat.
This reduces the time it takes for the potash to crystallize, at which point in can be removed and processed for use as fertilizer.
As the evaporation process takes place, the ponds change color.
Either way, it’s quite a sight, the ponds creating an otherworldly landscape along the banks of the Colorado River.
The Moab potash mine and evaporation ponds are located about 10 miles southwest of Moab in southeastern Utah.
The ponds are active year-round, but the evaporation process is most intense in the summer, providing a greater range of colors.

Simple Ultrasound Machine Shows The Skeleton Lurking Inside Us All

Simple Ultrasound Machine Shows The Skeleton Lurking Inside Us All

That first glimpse of a child in the womb as a black and white image on a screen is a thrilling moment for any parent-to-be, made possible by several hundred thousand dollars worth of precision medical instrumentation.
This ultrasound machine cobbled together from eBay parts and modules is not that machine by a long shot, but it’s still a very cool project that actually gives a peek inside the skin.
The ultrasound transducer used by [stoppi71] in this build has an unusual source: a commercial paint-thickness meter.
Cue the jokes about watching paint dry, but coatings measurement is serious stuff.
The sender needs a 100V pulse at about 5 MHz, so [stoppi71] had some fun with a boost converter and a 74121 Schmitt-trigger one-shot driving a MOSFET to switch the high voltage.
On the receive side, the faint echo is sent through a three-stage amp using AD811 op amps before going through an LM7171 op amp acting as a rectifier and peak detector.
Echos are sent to an Arduino Due for display on a 320×480 LCD.
The resolution isn’t great, but the video below shows that it’s enough to see reflections from the skin of [stoppi71]’s forearm and from the bones within.
That project got further refined and entered into the “Best Product” category in the 2018 Hackaday Prize.
We like that because focusing on turning projects into products is what this year’s Hackaday Prize is all about.

Byte Sized Pieces Help The KiCad Go Down

Byte Sized Pieces Help The KiCad Go Down

It’s no surprise that we here at Hackaday are big fans of Fritzing KiCad.
But to a beginner (or a seasoned veteran!)
Since then the premier “Getting to Blinky” video series has become an easy recommendation for anyone looking to get started with Libre EDA.
After a bit of a hiatus [Chris] is back with bite sized videos exploring every corner of the KiCad-o-verse.
The original Getting to Blinky series is a set of 10 videos up to 30 minutes long that walks through everything from setting up the the KiCad interface through soldering together some perfect purple PCBs.
They’re exhaustive in coverage and a great learning resource, but it’s mentally and logistically difficult to sit down and watch hours of content.
Lately [Chris] has taken a new tack by producing shorter 5 to 10 minute snapshots of individual KiCad features and capabilities.
We’ve enjoyed the ensuing wave of learning in our Youtube recommendations ever since!
Head on down to the channel and find something to learn.
Make sure to send [Chris] tips on content you want him to produce!

The Week in Tech: Do You Prefer Free Speech, or a Perfectly Clean Internet?

The Week in Tech: Do You Prefer Free Speech, or a Perfectly Clean Internet?

Facebook, YouTube and other Big Tech companies say malign content will have to be policed automatically, because it’s too big a job for humans.
In a profile by my colleague Daisuke Wakabayashi, YouTube’s chief executive, Susan Wojcicki, said borderline content — material that is potentially harmful but does not break rules — was particularly hard to police.
Rasmus Nielsen, a professor of political communication at Oxford University who studies misinformation, said, “The problem will never be solved, if solving it means getting rid of all the bad stuff, because we can’t agree on what the bad stuff is.” Accept that, and a hard question follows.
The settlement includes a multiyear agreement for Qualcomm to supply chips to Apple, and an undisclosed one-time payment to Qualcomm from Apple.
That left some unpalatable options: ■ Go with Intel, its 4G supplier.
Less so for Intel, perhaps: Just hours after the settlement was announced, the company said it would no longer work on 5G smartphone chips, citing “no clear path to profitability.” The gamer with 45,000 years of experience Last weekend, OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research organization, gave one of its algorithms a tough challenge: It had to play the strategy video game Dota 2 against a team of the world’s most proficient human players.
The 45,000 years of experience took 10 months to acquire on thousands of powerful computer processors, and the algorithms would need other training to master a new skill.
Executives fired for misconduct are finding it relatively easy to get new jobs, reports BuzzFeed News.
■ Apple’s gaming service has a big budget.
Jack Ma said that working from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., six days a week, was a “huge blessing.”

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Gas Station

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Gas Station

View all photos If you’ve ever watched a vintage horror film involving a cannibalistic chainsaw-wielding murder and thought, That’s my ideal dining experience, Bastrop, Texas, has the spot for you.
The original gas-station-cum-barbecue-joint featured in the cult classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is now a weekend destination, complete with four rustic cabins (with one shared bathroom), a campsite, and, of course, plenty of smoked and sauced meats.
The lodge’s phone number may be 512-321-SAWS, but don’t worry: A sign out front reassures visitors that “We Slaughter Barbecue,” rather than, say, people.
The station has been a pilgrimage destination for horror buffs since the film’s 1974 release.
A few years ago, one Massacre aficionado took his love for the franchise one step further.
Roy Rose, an Ohio businessman, purchased the station, added food, lodging, and a replica of the film’s green vintage van, and opened in 2016.
True lovers of this cult classic can purchase a piece of cinematic history at the site’s brick-and-mortar and online gift shop.
For $90, fans can acquire an eight-inch plank taken from the original Gas Station awning, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Fans pinched for cash can shell out $30 for an autographed photo of Caroline Williams, star of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, holding a chainsaw.
If autographed photos and authentic awnings aren’t enough “chainsaw love” for you, take a trip to Texas and book yourself a night at the original.

Pano Logic FGPA Hacking Just Got Easier

Pano Logic FGPA Hacking Just Got Easier

When Pano Logic went out of business in 2012, their line of unique FPGA-based thin clients suddenly became a burden that IT departments didn’t want anything to do with.
New and used units flooded the second-hand market, and for a while you could pick these interesting gadgets up for not much more than the cost of shipping.
Thanks to considerable interest from the hacking community the prices for these boxes have climbed a bit on eBay, but they’re still a great way to get your feet wet with FPGA hacking.
Especially now, as Pano Logic fanatic [Skip Hansen] has figured out how to flash a new firmware on them without having to crack open the case and break out the JTAG or SPI programmer.
For the seasoned hardware hacker that might not seem like a big deal, but if you’re new to the game or just more interested in the software side of the equation, this trick makes things considerably more accessible.
Even if you aren’t interested in fiddling with the orphaned products of a defunct Bay Area startup, the write-up is a fascinating look at practical software reverse engineering.
As it turns out, [Skip] didn’t create this new firmware update tool from scratch.
He then wrote his own tool in C which will patch the update tool with a user-supplied firmware image.
Still, he says the downloads for the Pano Logic updater are still floating around on the tubes out there for you to find, so he’s not distributing anyone’s code but his own in this project.
With support for USB and SDRAM added by [Wenting Zhang] while getting his FPGA GBA emulator running on the hardware, it seems there’s never been a better time to get on the Pano Logic train.

Printing on Wood, With An Inkjet

Printing on Wood, With An Inkjet

As a little experiment in desktop printing, because you can make a desk out of wood, [BlueFlower] modified a standard inkjet printer to print on wood.
This is not an electronics mod by any means; this is still a printer that’s plugged into a USB port, does all the fancy printer firmware stuff, tells you to refill the yellow ink cartridge when you only want to print black, and all the other things that inkjet printer firmware will do.
This is a mechanical mod.
By taking apart the belts and rails and mounting them to a new frame, [BlueFlower] was able to open up the printer so a moving bed holding a board could be moved through the mechanics.
While the printer itself looks a little janky, you can’t argue with results.
The prints look good, and should hold up well with a bit of finish.
There’s a height adjustment for different thicknesses of stock, and if you’re exceptionally clever, you might be able to put a six-foot-long board through this thing.
You can check out a video of this direct to wood printer in action below.

The 8 Most Eye-Opening Money Attractions in the U.S.

The 8 Most Eye-Opening Money Attractions in the U.S.

Some of my most memorable vacations have centered around money — and didn’t require spending much of it at all.
The Forgotten Dollar Bills (and Coins)) 2.
U.S. Treasury The main building of U.S. Treasury is the third oldest building in Washington, D.C. and has been renovated to preserve its impressive Greek Revival architecture.
Highlights include: New York Stock Exchange: On the corner of Wall Street and Broad Street Federal Hall National Memorial: On the corner of Wall Street and Broad Street Museum of American Finance: Located at 48 Wall Street You can take self-guided tours on foot, or there are other tour options available for free or under $40.
The Chicago Board of Trade building was once the tallest building in Chicago.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing If you want to see where money comes from, this is the stop for you!
Learn about the production process for paper currency and watch millions of dollars being printed on the floor of the production facility at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C.
Tour the gold vault for free and learn about the Federal Reserve System as you tour the Federal Reserve Bank.
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Visit the Learning Center and Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland for interactive exhibits and activities.
Admission and tours are free.

Behold, the face of a Neolithic dog

Behold, the face of a Neolithic dog

Finalist: Practera – Nikki James Practera’s mission is to create a world where everyone can learn through experience.
Today’s workplaces are increasingly dynamic and diverse, however, costly and time-consuming experiential learning is not always able to offer the right opportunities at scale.
Many students graduate without developing the essential skills for their chosen career.
Practera’s team of educators and technologists see this problem as an opportunity to transform the educational experience landscape, through a CPL pedagogical framework and opportunities to apply students’ strengths through active feedback.
Thank you to our judges!
Our expert judges are Lorna Davis, Dan Rosensweig, and Stuart Yasgur.
Lorna has now joined B-Lab, the non-for-profit that supports the B Corporation movement on an assignment to support the journey of large multi nationals on the path to using business as a force of good.
As Chairman and CEO of Chegg, Dan commits the company to fulfilling its mission of putting students first and helping them save time, save money and get smarter.
Stuart Yasgur leads Ashoka’s Social Financial Services globally.
Again, thank you to our incredible expert judges.

Big Cats in Britain?

Big Cats in Britain?

But big cats have been spotted in the UK for decades, sometimes seen as cougars or lynx.
Where might these cats have come from?
One theory suggests they were released by their owners in the months leading up to the 1976 Dangerous Wild Animals Act.
Exotic animals had been sold in Harrods; cheetahs could occasionally be seen being walked in Hyde Park.
Given the choice of acquiring a costly licence or relinquishing their pets to animal sanctuaries, at least some owners chose a third option: sending cats out into the wild.
In 2000, Leslie Maiden, a lion tamer known as One-Eyed Nick, told the Birmingham Post he’d released a panther and a puma in Derbyshire some 25 years before.
“At first I was a bit worried about how they would get on,” he said.
“But I went up to the moors a few weeks later and saw bones of sheep and pheasants, so I think they adapted pretty well.” That was forty years ago, so the theory requires that these freed big cats managed to not only survive unseen, but also find mates of their own species and reproduce undetected for generations.
There are other theories that hold almost as much water.
Read about the continuing big cat sightings in Britain at the Guardian.

Windows Updates Are Breaking PCs With These Antivirus Programs

Windows Updates Are Breaking PCs With These Antivirus Programs

On April 9, Microsoft issued a Windows patch that broke PCs with certain antivirus programs installed.
This affects PCs running Windows 7, 8.1, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2—not Windows 10, this time.
After the update is installed, you won’t be able to log into Windows if you have affected antivirus software on your system.
This problem affects PCs with Sophos, Avira, Arcabit, Avast, and McAfee antivirus software.
To protect users, Microsoft has added a block to this update that prevents it from being installed on PCs with affected antivirus software.
If your PC did install the update before Microsoft put a block on it, you’ll likely need to install an update for your antivirus software to fix the problem.
This change is causing problems with some antivirus software.
Of course, not all antivirus software is affected.
We like Windows Defender (that’s Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7) and Malwarebytes.
Thanks to Ars Technica and PCWorld for shining the spotlight on this.

Hackaday Podcast Ep 015: Going Low Frequency, Robotic Machines, Disk Usage For Budgets, And Cellphones Versus Weather

Hackaday Podcast Ep 015: Going Low Frequency, Robotic Machines, Disk Usage For Budgets, And Cellphones Versus Weather

Hackaday Editors Mike Szczys and Elliot Williams discuss the highlights of the great hacks from the past week.
On this episode we discuss wireless charging from scratch, Etch-A-Sketch selfies, the robot arm you really should build yourself, bicycle tires and steel nuts for anti-slip footwear, and bending the piezo-electric effect to act as a VLF antenna.
Plus we delve into articles you can’t miss about 5G and robot firefighting.
Take a look at the links below if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!
Direct download (62.8 MB) Places to follow Hackaday podcasts: Episode 015 Show Notes: New This Week: Mike was at Cyphercon 4.0 last week.
The badge had a paper tape reader, and he interviewed Trenton Ivey about the Capture the Flag going on at the con.
Next Week Is KiCon: Come For The Talks, Stay For The Parties Anool Mahidharia and Kerry Scharfglass will be doing talks.
Interesting Hacks of the Week: Quick Hacks: Can’t-Miss Articles: Interview: Mike caught up with Trenton Ivey to talk about what a Capture the Flag (CTF) is all about and how the CTF for Cyphercon was designed.
You can still check out the scoreboard — the social view is really neat but you may need to scroll your mouse wheel to get the graph to render.

A USB -C Soldering Iron For Weller Tips

A USB -C Soldering Iron For Weller Tips

There was a time when a decent temperature controlled soldering iron took the form of the iron itself and a box of electronics, but now it’s just as likely to be a miniaturised affair with the temperature controller built into a slim and lightweight handle.
Irons such as the Miniware TS series have become firm favourites, displacing a traditional soldering station for many.
[Thomas.lepi] has combined the best of both worlds, with a TS-style microprocessor-driven handle driving the familiar Weller RT elements.
Its interface is very simple, but through its USB power socket a serial port provides opportunities for adjustment.
Providing control is an STM32F042G6U6 ARM Cortex M0 microcontroller, with USB power control coming from an STUSB4500QTR .
If you are used to irons such as the Miniware TS100 then this one with its smartly 3D-printed case will be very straightforward to use.
Whether or not the ready availability of the TS100 or its USB-C sibling would remove the need to build this iron is up to you, but then again that’s hardly the point.
The Weller tips are some of the better ones of their type, so perhaps that might make this project worth a second look.

Notre Dame Cathedral bees survive devastating fire: ‘Our Lady’s bees are still alive’

Notre Dame Cathedral bees survive devastating fire: ‘Our Lady’s bees are still alive’

Hundreds of thousands of bees that lived on the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris have survived the devastating fire that erupted earlier this week, French beekeepers confirmed.
The approximately 180,000 bees were apparently intoxicated by the smoke of the flames, Notre Dame beekeeper Nicolas Geant told The Associated Press Friday.
I am so relieved,” he said.
“Instead of killing them, the CO2 (from smoke) makes them drunk, puts them to sleep,” he explained.
“Our bees at Notre Dame Cathedral are still alive,” the post said in French.
Our Lady’s bees are still alive!” The day before, the company had posted a satellite picture of the hives that were still intact on the sacristy roof but said the fate of the bees was unknown at the time.
The three beehives were installed in 2013 on the roof of the sacristy at the south end of the cathedral.
The sacristy, which is made of stone, sits lower than the cathedral’s main roof — made of wood — which burned and collapsed along with the spire during the fire on Monday.
Even though smoke is harmless to bees — and is often used by beekeepers to sedate the colony to access their hives — excessive heat can kill them by melting the wax that protects the hives.
“I saw how big the flames were, so I immediately thought it was going to kill the bees.

House of horrors case: Turpin parents sentenced to life in prison for torturing children

House of horrors case: Turpin parents sentenced to life in prison for torturing children

David and Louise Turpin, the California parents who beat, starved and held 12 of their children captive inside their home, were sentenced Friday to life in prison. “My parents took my whole life from me, now I’m taking my life back,” one of the couple’s daughters said.
The girl, who officers initially thought was a child because she was so emaciated, told police that her brothers and sisters were being held by her parents and some of them were chained, investigators said. “I love both of my parents so much,” a statement read in court from another daughter said.
I love my children so much,” she said. “I want them to know that mom and dad are going to be ok.” David Turpin was so emotional, he had his lawyer read parts of his statement.
There were times the family was all out together, like the trips to Las Vegas where the Turpins renewed their vows.
Only one of the children — a son — was allowed to leave the home to attend classes at a community college but was always accompanied by his mother.
Despite the horrific torture authorities said the children endured, some of them told the courtroom Friday about how much they loved their parents and said they did their best to raise them.
I believe with all my heart that our parents tried their best to raise all 13 of us and they wanted to give us a good life.”

Johnny Depp Allegedly Tried to Get Amber Heard Fired From Aquaman

Johnny Depp Allegedly Tried to Get Amber Heard Fired From Aquaman

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp.
Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Johnny Depp has been on a lawsuit tear.
“Sources familiar with the deposition requests say Tsujihara will be asked to testify under oath about whether or not he played a role in ‘blacklisting’ Heard at Warner Bros.,” says The Hollywood Reporter.
Depp, who stars as Grindelwald in the WB tentpole Fantastic Beasts series, allegedly asked Tsujihara in 2017 to kick Heard out of Aquaman.
Of course, Heard had already played Mera in 2016’s Justice League, so things would have seemed amiss if Tsujihara had caved.
In her December 2018 op-ed for the Washington Post, Heard wrote that friends warned her of blacklisting if she went public with her abuse allegations.
I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me,” she wrote.
“Questions arose as to whether I would be able to keep my role of Mera in the movies Justice League and Aquaman.” According to the THR, Warner Bros. is not the only studio where Heard faced blacklisting, but it’s the only studio whose executive was served a deposition notice.
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Ask Yourself These Four Questions Before You Switch Off and Unplug

Ask Yourself These Four Questions Before You Switch Off and Unplug

Many proponents of digital detoxing would tell us that there are several benefits to switching off our phones and our laptops for a time to take a break.
Unplugging can definitely give us the breathing space we need to recollect ourselves, to pause and reflect on the information overload we receive online.
Whatever your tech-related problem, someone will tell you that the solution is to simply unplug.
In this respect, the off-switch resembles nothing so much as the humble leech, long used as a go-to treatment for a mind-boggling assortment of maladies.
But a general or blanket unplugging may not bear as much results.
Rather it would be best to ask yourself why you should unplug and what you will gain from it instead of simply doing it without thinking about the effects it will have on you no matter how short or long a time you spend offline.
But we’re well within our rights to ask for a more precise diagnosis before submitting to the surgical removal of our devices, particularly since the relationship between digital causes and human effects is still so murky.
Inevitably, in a world that is increasingly getting hyper-connected and digital, one way or another we need to adapt to the changing social, economic, and cultural landscape.
And as the majority consumes and is consumed within the system, perhaps there are better ways of dealing with our issues directly associated with the technoscape, instead of just doing away with the internet altogether.
These four questions will help us navigate living in this reality of increased online presence and its ubiquity in our daily lives.

Retrotechtacular: Transputer

Retrotechtacular: Transputer

It mentions among the fascinating array of computer artifacts on display a single box that could be found in the corner of a room alongside their Cray-1 supercomputer.
This was a Transputer development system, and though its architecture is almost forgotten today there was a time when this British-developed microprocessor family had a real prospect of representing the future of computing.
So what on earth was the Transputer, why was it special, and why don’t we have one on every desk in 2019?
Inmos, based in Bristol, were a — no, make that the — British semiconductor company, in the days when governments saw such things as a home-grown semiconductor manufacturing capability to be of strategic importance.
They made microcomputer peripheral chips, RAM chips, and video chips (the workaday silicon of 1980s computing) but their exciting project was the Transputer.
A network of Transputer processors would share a web of serial interconnects arranged in a crosspoint formation, allowing multiple of them to connect with each other independently and without collisions.
It was the first to feature such an architecture, and at the time was seen as the Next Big Thing.
Today both Inmos and the Transputer are footnotes in the history of computing.
That Transputer development system at Bletchley is to be part of a restoration project giving the museum an exhibition of Inmos history.
Xmos are another Bristol-based semiconductor company that specialise in CPUs for demanding audio applications, and since their founders include former key Inmos employees their cores are heavily influenced by the Transputer.

Benjamin Franklin’s Secret Rendezvous at Notre Dame

Benjamin Franklin’s Secret Rendezvous at Notre Dame

Benjamin Franklin was never president, but he held many other important jobs, including that of minister to France during the Revolutionary War.
Franklin was in Paris in 1778, when he received a letter from a stranger supposedly named Charles de Weissenstein that proposed a clandestine meeting at Notre Dame cathedral to arrange for ending the war.
Weissenstein made it clear that King George would never allow the Americans to be free of the British Empire, but might accede to some colonial demands, which Franklin could convey to him in a very suspicious cloak-and-dagger fashion.
The instructions for dropping off the document were very explicit, and might remind you of a poorly-written spy novel.
“If the Iron Gates above mentioned happen to be shut, you will find him in the aisle of the right hand on going in, on the same side (if I mistake not) where the huge statue of St. Christopher is.
For your more certain guidance, I have desired him to stick a rose, either in his hat, which he will hold in his hand up to his face, or else in the buttonhole of his waistcoat, either of which will be remarkable enough, with the other circumstances.” From the snarky response Franklin wrote, you might imagine that he first had a big laugh at the very idea.
Read the whole story of Ben Franklin’s brush with a spy at Plodding Through the Presidents.
-via Strange Company

Illumination

Illumination

When electricity first became widely available, it was hailed as marvel, more valuable even than a human servant.
In a 1914 manual on using electricity in the home, Maud Lancaster wrote: [I]t is always at hand; always willing to do its allotted task and do it perfectly silently, swiftly and without mess; never wants a day off, never answers back, is never laid up, never asks for a rise; in fact it is often willing to work for less money; never gives notice and does not mind working overtime; it has no prejudices and is prepared to undertake any duties for which it is adapted; it costs nothing when it is not actually doing useful work.
First, though, people had to learn to use it.
In 1884, electrical engineer Rookes Crompton wrote, “At the recent Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition, a couple from the country asked the price of an incandescent lamp at one of the stalls, and being supplied with it for 5s., expended a box of matches in trying to light it, and then declared the whole thing was a swindle.”

How to Make a Thank You Card

How to Make a Thank You Card

2 Create a collage from magazine cut-outs to make a unique design.
This is a great way to make a really personalized card for someone.
Use colored cardstock to cut out shapes for balloons or arches for a rainbow, or use markers or colored pencils to draw them onto the card.
Use stamps or calligraphy to write “thank you” on the front of the card.
You can:[5] Use a simple design, like a paint chip with a flower stamped or drawn on it, to decorate the card; Use gold or silver markers to make your message a little more sparkly; Stamp the card with homemade stamps, like from cut pieces of fruits or vegetables, or store-bought ones.
7 Craft a rustic card with twine and brown craft paper.
For example, include the person’s name on the front of the card, add a cut-out flower or some other design, or create lines across the top half of the card by gluing down strands of twine.
Cut out several different sizes of colored paper, like a large square, a medium-sized square, and a small circle, then paste them on top of each other on the front of the card so that they create multiple borders.
You can create a pattern or border out of buttons or gems, or use them to accent a design already on the card.
Use one color of ribbon, or use multiple colors and patterns depending on what you have available.

Find new inspiration with these time-tested approaches to creativity

Find new inspiration with these time-tested approaches to creativity

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How To Fund Your Holiday of A Lifetime

How To Fund Your Holiday of A Lifetime

We all have a place in the world that we want to visit more than anywhere else.
Usually, it’s a far-flung place, steeped in history and a culture that is the complete opposite to our own.
There are many ways in which you can fund the ultimate getaway- from innovative ways to make money to playing the lottery and crossing your fingers.
Find The Best Value Credit Card Credit cards are the most common way of funding a huge trip.
There are tons of great cards out there that’ll help to cut the cost of your travels.
And paying on a 0% card makes good sense if you plan on paying the card off within the period the card is offering it.
You’ll find some great no interest credit cards on the market, perfect for high-value payments.
It’s well worth exploring if you’re planning on paying with a credit card.
It gives you the chance to pay your holiday back at a reasonable rate.
This will then give you a clear idea of when you can take your holiday.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it’s time to investigate Trump for impeachment

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it’s time to investigate Trump for impeachment

In a series of tweets on Thursday after the report was released, the first-term Democrat said she would sign on to an impeachment resolution introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and called on Congress to investigate potential obstruction of justice by the president.
But the report squarely puts this on our doorstep.” Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President.
https://t.co/CgPZJiULOL — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 18, 2019 Many know I take no pleasure in discussions of impeachment.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 18, 2019 Tlaib, who in January made headlines for declaring, “We’re going to impeach that motherfucker!” at a celebration after being sworn into Congress, in March put forth a resolution calling on the House Judiciary Committee to probe whether Trump committed impeachable offenses.
At the time, just one other Democrat — Rep. Al Green (D-TX) — signed on.
Impeachment is part of our constitutional responsibility.
We have an obligation to investigate whether the President committed impeachable offenses, including: -Obstruction of justice -Violating the Emoluments Clause -Collusion -Abuse of power https://t.co/Sq907gs7eF — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 18, 2019 “In times of great consequence, let’s be clear,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) tweeted.
Democrats are advancing carefully on what to do next There is no strict agreement among Democrats on what to following the Mueller report, including when it comes to impeachment.
As Vox’s Ella Nilsen noted, Nadler said on Thursday that it was too early to talk impeachment, but he didn’t rule it out, either.
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Beyoncé brings it home: why concert films are big again

Beyoncé brings it home: why concert films are big again

This is the climax of Coachella 2018, and for the next two hours of Netflix’s Homecoming we are ringside for a career-defining performance from pop’s biggest star.
Once the preserve of rock music’s biggest names – such as the Rolling Stones (Gimme Shelter), Pink Floyd (Live from Pompeii) and Led Zeppelin (Song Remains The Same) – concert films have evolved in the streaming era, providing a valued income source for artists and an easy win for the streaming giants.
That follows Taylor Swift’s Reputation, which came out on New Year’s Day, and the December 2018 release of Bruce Springsteen’s Springsteen on Broadway.
The author and music industry expert Eamonn Forde says the resurgence of interest in concert films has been fuelled – in part – by streaming services’ need for content without the financial burden of drama.
“[With concert films] Netflix are just going to an existing concert.
If you compare that to a 90-minute episode of original drama, the overheads are really low.” Forde sees concert films as being similar to standup specials, which Netflix has invested heavily in, not only in that they are cheap to produce but also that they make sense for acts who want to squeeze more cash out of touring, which has notoriously narrow profit margins.
“The overheads for a tour are quite high – you don’t really make profit on a tour until the last 10% or 15% of ticket sales,” he said.
For critic and author Hanif Abdurraqib, the fact artists are given creative control over concert films – Beyoncé is named as executive producer and music director on Homecoming – makes them more attractive.
Homecoming has a particular focus on the singer’s love of America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and in particular their marching bands and musical heritage.
“How often do we black women get to perform not just music, but also blackness, in white spaces?” asked author Candice Carty-Williams when writing about Homecoming for the Guardian.

How to Calculate Percentage Change with Pivot Tables in Excel

How to Calculate Percentage Change with Pivot Tables in Excel

To do all this, we’re first going to format our range of values as a table in Excel and we’re then going to create a Pivot Table to make and display our percentage change calculations.
To format a range as a table, select the range of cells and click Insert > Table.
This table has been named “Sales.” You can also change the style of the table here if you want.
Create a PivotTable to Display Percentage Change Now let’s get on with creating the PivotTable.
From within the new table, click Insert > PivotTable.
In this example, only Years and Months are selected.
The PivotTable now looks like this: Create the Percentage Change Column Right-click on a value in the second column, point to “Show Values,” and then click the “% Difference from” option.
This means that the current month value is always compared to the previous months (Order Date field) value.
The PivotTable now shows both the values and the percentage change.
In the Type column, change the list option to say “Number” instead of Percentage.

Daily Deals: A $220 Xbox One S with 2 Games, an $880 iPad Pro, a $280 Surface 3 Tablet, and More

Daily Deals: A $220 Xbox One S with 2 Games, an $880 iPad Pro, a $280 Surface 3 Tablet, and More

It’s the end of the week, and Easter is right around the corner.
Now’s a great time to buy yourself a springtime gift.
Right now, the internet’s full of crazy deals and discounts.
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What Creative Visionaries Do That Most People Overlook

What Creative Visionaries Do That Most People Overlook

We keep thinking that visionaries have the ability to see the future.
While Montoya was referring to the word “inconceivable,” he may as well have added another word to the list: “visionary.” As a society, we adore creative visionaries.
In this influencer-obsessed era, we’ve reached Peak Visionary, creating idols out of people whom we believe can see the future.
While researching for my book, Break the Wheel, I stumbled on a psychological issue which causes most of us to base our thinking on the past instead of the present.
When you routinely course-correct as you acquire new information, you shape your thinking and thus your work to the present moment.
If we adopt this idea of being “vaguely right” instead of “precisely wrong,” just as Munger later did, we might see visionaries for what they truly are: Investigators.
Today, I’d challenge each of us to rethink the absolutism proliferating around the business world.
Seeing the world as it really is—today, right now—can help us make better decisions in our work.
They’re more focused on developing the self-awareness and situational awareness they need to see the world as it really is—then act accordingly.
Jay Acunzo is the author of the book Break the Wheel: Question Best Practices, Trust Your Intuition, Do Your Best Work.

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