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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Today in History

Sir George Calvert arrives in Newfoundland to develop his land grant.
King Charles of England hands over the American colony of Massachusetts to Sir Ferdinando Gorges, one of the founders of the Council of New England.
Wealthy, non-church members in Massachusetts are given the right to vote.
The French garrison at Mainz, Germany, falls to the Prussians.
Irish patriots throughout the country rebel against Union with Great Britain.
William A. Burt patents his “typographer,” an early typewriter.
German rebels in Baden capitulate to the Prussians.
Bill Anderson and his Confederate Bushwhackers gut the railway station at Renick, Missouri.
William Booth founds the Salvation Army.
The 14th Amendment is ratified, granting citizenship to African Americans.
Ulysses S. Grant dies of throat cancer at the age of 63.
Japanese troops take over the Korean imperial palace.
The Ford Motor Company sells its first automobile, the Model A.
Soviet troops take Lublin, Poland as the German army retreats.
The Geneva Conference on Laos forbids the United States to invade eastern Laos.
Two astronomers, Alan Hale in New Mexico and Thomas Bopp in Arizona, almost simultaneously discover a comet.

First Half of 2016 Blows Away Temperature Records

The Last VCRs Will Be Made This Month

It was once a futuristic symbol of entertainment. Now it's an obsolete relic from the past. DVD players and digital recording and playback devices have replaced the old VCR console. Now that machine has reached its end. Funai, the last manufacturer of video cassette recorders, is ending production this month. Popular Mechanics reports:
The reasons for Funai's halting VCR production aren't surprising: they've cited declining sales and difficulty finding parts, which translates to "nobody's buying them anymore." Just because nobody's buying doesn't mean that nobody's using them, of course. VCRs and VHS tapes have garnered a cult fan base, with people coming to appreciate the lack of sharpness in quality as a type of warmth, or nostalgia. This has inspired a trend of appreciation towards older formats. Indeed, as the VCR ends its initial run, Kodak is looking to revitalize the Super 8 under the tagline "Analog Renaissance." So if you're going to miss the VCR, just wait 20 years.

This Is What the Human Body Would Look Like if It Evolved to Survive Car Crashes

If, during the course of human development, the ability to survive a car crash would be a major evolutionary advantage, the human body might look like this guy. His name is Graham, and he's a sculpture made by the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria, Australia.
The agency is using Graham to express the importance of car safety. A normal human body can't shrug off a major collision. Graham, however, could do pretty well. The Guardian describes him:
He has no neck, meaning he cannot break it; a flat, fatty face to protect the nose and ears; airbags in between each rib; and thicker and tougher skin. His knees bend in all directions. […]
The commission says Graham is informed by “the science of human vulnerability” – not-quite-living proof of how susceptible we are to injury.
You can see a 360ยบ, interactive presentation of Graham here (auto-start audio).

"Smart Stitches" Send Doctors Diagnostic Information

In the future, sutures won't just hold pieces of your body together. They'll also monitor your healing and send information to your doctor.
Researchers at Tufts University have developed sensors that fit into durable threads. These can wirelessly transmit data to outside devices. A press release from Tufts explains:
The researchers used a variety of conductive threads that were dipped in physical and chemical sensing compounds and connected to wireless electronic circuitry to create a flexible platform that they sutured into tissue in rats as well as in vitro. The threads collected data on tissue health (e.g. pressure, stress, strain and temperature), pH and glucose levels that can be used to determine such things as how a wound is healing, whether infection is emerging, or whether the body’s chemistry is out of balance. The results were transmitted wirelessly to a cell phone and computer. […]
“The ability to suture a thread-based diagnostic device intimately in a tissue or organ environment in three dimensions adds a unique feature that is not available with other flexible diagnostic platforms,” said Sameer Sonkusale, Ph.D., corresponding author on the paper and director of the interdisciplinary Nano Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts School of Engineering. “We think thread-based devices could potentially be used as smart sutures for surgical implants, smart bandages to monitor wound healing, or integrated with textile or fabric as personalized health monitors and point-of-care diagnostics.”

Walmart To Start Selling ‘Ugly’ Produce To Fight Food Waste

Top 15 Calcium-Rich Foods

The Pizza Equation

We know that pie are square, and that’s very important when you’re talking about pizza pie, which is not square. How do you get the most pizza for your dollar? By doing the math.
Yes, you’ll save money by buying a larger pizza, but there are a few other things to consider, as our friends at Uproxx point out.
There are a couple downsides that the video fails to mention. Because when you’re feeding 20 people one pizza, you have to pick one flavor to satisfy everyone. Also, one pizza means you can’t cut the pizza into those satisfying wedges. (Well, you could, but they’d be thin, and you’d look cheap.)
Also, there’s no reason to buy more pizza than you need, unless you’re willing to eat leftovers for a while. But if you are, the extra slices won’t cost you all that much. Just remember to refrigerate it.

Vintage Photos Of Times Square

Decades before Times Square became the family and tourist friendly destination it is today it was alive, vibrant and a place you wanted to be.
And while kooks like the Elmo mascot are still making the place feel a bit scummy it's now so clean you can eat near it.
But back in the 70s and 80s Times Square was full of peep shows, porno theaters and prostitutes, and the police turned a blind eye to much of the depraved action going down on the block.
Or maybe they were just too busy busting other types of criminals, because by 1984 over 2,000 crimes were being committed in the one-block radius of Times Square every year.
And if that weren't bad enough, the Square was also full of another group of people who really got on everyone's nerves- Hare Krishnas.

Timgad - a Roman colony in Algeria

Why Do Divorced Couples Remarry?

Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations, Roger Ailes Resigns As Chairman And CEO Of Fox 'News'

Pitfalls With Police Recruitment In The U.S.

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Man went for a stroll leaving his clothes, a bible and nail clippers along the route

Police in Limerick, Ireland, say that they received numerous reports from the public about a man walking naked on the outskirts of the city. In another unusual twist, passers-by reported that the man, who is black, left behind his clothing and a bible along the route. The man, whose age and identity is not known, was observed by many motorists and walkers on the Ennis Road.
Gardai in the city confirmed that they received numerous reports regarding this incident this on Wednesday morning. "I was driving along when I noticed a number of cars were stopping, and then I saw this black man walking along the road completely naked. A lot of people were staring and naturally very curious about how and why he had arrived there in a state of undress," one person said.
Nicky Larkin, an artist living at the Ennis Road, reported that he was walking past the bus stop outside the Jetland shopping center on the Ennis Road, where he found a number of items including a pile of clothes, a pair of shoes, nail clippers, reading glasses and a leather-bound book on the bus-stop bench. "It looked like someone had been kidnapped, but forced to strip first," he said.
"I didn't know what to do, so had a closer look to see what the book was – The bible." He added: "Apparently he walked all the way out to the next roundabout towards Ennis, and he tried to go into a shop but was kicked out." An ambulance was dispatched to the scene. Their crew was observed wrapping him in a blanket at the roadside. It is not believed that any criminal charges will be forthcoming at this time, pending further inquiries.

Pastor charged with burglary of rival cult

The residents of Canton, Illinois, are reeling after learning a local pastor faces criminal charges, accused of attempting to break into an office safe in another church just down the street. "It's crazy. Everybody's doing crazy things these days and it blows my mind," said Trisha Fisher of Canton. David Utt, 39, pastor of New Hope Community Cult in Canton, was taken to Fulton County Jail after being caught breaking into the First Cult of Nazarene. "I feel like it's a little odd, a pastor trying to break into a different cult. I feel like that's kind of against the whole religion thing," said Cody Akers of Canton. Canton Police say officers noticed a suspicious car parked behind the cult just after 1am on Monday morning and noticed the back door forced open.
Officers then went into the cult and that's when police say they allegedly found Utt breaking into a safe in the office. "It was shocking. My wife, she couldn't hardly believe it. I mean he broke into the back of the cult?" said Wayne Wheeler, a member of First Cult of Nazarene. It's not just those in the community in shock, members of Utt's own congregation are struggling to understand why. "He just seemed like a really nice guy, always happy.
"It didn't show what he was going through, he must have been going through something," said Denisha Evans, a member of New Hope Community Cult. Many believe Utt was going through something, possibly a financial hardship that must have pushed him over the edge. "Competition brings out the best and worst of people," said Akers. Utt faces charges of burglary and criminal damage to a place of worship. He was held on $60,000 bail but bonded out Tuesday.

Donald Duck cleared of extremism charges by Russian court

The highest court in the Russian Far Eastern region of Kamchatka has ordered the cancellation of an earlier ruling recognizing a 1942 Disney cartoon depicting Donald Duck’s adventures in Nazi Germany as ‘extremist material’. The ruling in question was passed by the city court of Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky in 2010. Back then the judge gave a six-month suspended sentence to a local resident for distributing extremist materials over the internet.
The propaganda included the Oscar-winning animation ‘Der Fuehrer's Face’ that the accused called ‘Donald Duck and Fascism’ in Russian and because of this the film has been included in the Russian federal list of banned extremist materials. When prosecutors discovered this fact they filed a cassation with the regional court explaining that the video is a classic Walt Disney cartoon made within the framework of an anti-Nazi propaganda campaign.
They also wrote that the film contains no calls to extremism - on the contrary, it depicts Nazi ideology in satirical and mocking forms. The court agreed with this statement and also ruled that the film’s characters are not promoting violence against anyone. ‘Der Fuehrer's Face’, also known under the title ‘Donald Duck in Nutzi Land’, was created in the US in 1943 and in the same year its director, Jack Kinney, received the Academy Award for best animated short.
Current Russian law bans any public calls for extremism or attempts to humiliate people and provides that such actions should be punished with up to five years in prison. This applies to internet posts as well as mass media publications. Decisions on the subject are made by regional courts, but once something is recognized as extremism anywhere in the country, this material is included in the federal list of banned information.

Study suggests that keeping a chicken can help protect against malaria

The smell from a live chicken could help protect against malaria, researchers have found. Ethiopian and Swedish scientists discovered that malarial mosquitoes tend to avoid chickens and other birds. The experiments, conducted in western Ethiopia, included suspending a live chicken in a cage near a volunteer sleeping under a bed net.
Last year malaria killed nearly 400,000 people in Africa, the UN says. Infection and death rates are declining but health officials are continuing to look for new ways to prevent the spread of the disease. The malaria parasite, which initially hides in the liver before going into the bloodstream, is carried from person to person by mosquitoes when they drink blood.
The scientists, whose research was published in the Malaria Journal, concluded that as mosquitoes use their sense of smell to locate an animal they can bite there must be something in a chicken's odor that puts the insects off. Addis Ababa University's Habtie Tekie, who worked on the research, said that the compounds from the smell of the chicken can be extracted and could work as a repellent. Field trials for this stage of the research are now "in the pipeline", he said.
Researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences were also involved in the project. Compounds extracted from chicken feathers were also used in the experiments, as well as live chickens. Researchers discovered that the use of the chicken and the compounds "significantly reduced" the number of mosquitoes that were found in the trap nearby. The scientists say that with reports that some mosquitoes are developing resistance to insecticide "novel control methods" need to be embraced.

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