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Tamron Hall Reveals She Confronted Harvey Weinstein After Reading About "Horrifying" Claims
 
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The former 'Today' anchor told Huffington Post she's debating how to proceed with her daytime talk show deal with The Weinstein Co. following the publication of New York Times' exposé. The morning after The New York Times dropped the first bombshell investigative report on Harvey Weinstein's decades of sexual misconduct, former Today anchor Tamron Hall wasted no time in confronting him about the allegations. In an interview with Huffington Post, Hall, who has partnered with Weinstein Television for an upcoming daytime talk show announced in July, revealed that she dialed the mogul up at 5 a.m. the day after reading the Times report. Calling the claims "horrifying," she said, "It's a woman's worst nightmare to be in a situation where you believe someone more powerful has control over your life." Hall added that she "immediately thought about the women who have suffered in silence and were paralyzed by fear; fear that I've seen with domestic violence survivors; fear that I've seen when I interviewed women who were raped on their college campuses." Though Weinstein never acted inappropriately with Hall, the news anchor said the Hollywood producer apologized over the phone and told her he was in need of help. Hall also said she is in discussions with her agents to decide the fate of her planned talk show deal with The Weinstein Co., which was signed three months before numerous women came forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape. Weinstein was terminated from his position as co-chairman at his own company on Oct. 8. "In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately," the TWC board said in a statement following the news. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Dog the Bounty Hunter’s Wife Beth Chapman Hospitalized After Tumor Removal
 
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Sending good vibes her way. Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman’s wife, Beth Chapman, was reportedly hospitalized after making it through a 13-hour surgery to remove a malignant, plum-sized tumor from her throat. According to Radar Online, Beth, 69, was readmitted to the hospital over the weekend days after her release. The outlet reports that Beth was expected to recover in a rehab facility for several weeks after her surgery. “It’s very delicate,” Dr. Gabriel Mirkin — who has not treated Beth — told Radar of the procedure she underwent on Sept. 16. “You have to protect the tissue and dissect the nerves. If it was done improperly, she could lose her speech! If things go well, it will still take several months for her to recover.” As previously reported, Beth revealed in an open letter — obtained by Radar earlier this month – that she had stage 2 throat cancer. Despite her diagnosis, she told fans that she is remaining optimistic about her future. "To be certain, I've stared down the devil more than once in my life but I've never faced a real life or death decision. My life has never been easy, and I surely don't expect it to start now," she wrote. "Still, I've never been a victim and I won't let cancer beat me.” According to Beth — the mom of daughters Cecily, 24, Bonnie, 17, and son Garry, 16, with Dog, 64, and son Dominic, 37, from a previous marriage — she is ready to fight cancer with all she’s got for the sake of her family. “I realize the road I am about to travel will be rocky, full of unexpected twists and turns. But I know one thing for sure. A bend in the road is not the end of the road,” she added in her letter. "I will fight every step of the way. My husband and children are counting on me to be there for years to come. I am so very grateful to be surrounded by family and friends who have given me incredible support during this very challenging time.” Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Japanese Princess’s Engagement Revives Debate on Women in Royal Family
 
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TOKYO — A royal engagement typically unleashes breathless headlines and frenzied efforts by the press to learn of the wedding details. All that is happening in Japan, where Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito, will soon be engaged to her college boyfriend. But news of the impending engagement, which broke Tuesday night, is also raising fresh questions about the status of women in the imperial family. Under the Imperial Household Law, which governs the succession of emperors in Japan’s monarchy, the world’s oldest, women are not allowed to reign on the throne. And women born into the royal family must officially leave it once they marry. So when the princess, a 25-year-old doctoral student at International Christian University in Tokyo, marries Kei Komuro, 25, an aspiring lawyer, she will become a commoner, narrowing the prospective pool of heirs to the throne. As Japan considers whether to reform the imperial law to accommodate the current emperor’s request to abdicate before he dies, many Japanese have suggested it is time to revise the 70-year-old law to allow women to ascend to the throne and to allow royal daughters to bear heirs. With so few males left in the imperial family — there are only five, including the current emperor — Japan’s monarchy is facing a looming succession crisis. The public overwhelmingly supports changing the law not only to allow the emperor to give up the throne, but to allow female successors. In a poll by Kyodo News this month, 86 percent of those surveyed said they were in favor of allowing a female to reign. And close to two-thirds said that sons — or daughters — born of royal women should also be allowed to ascend to the throne. Under the current law, even if the princess, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Crown Prince Naruhito, were allowed to remain within the imperial family after she marries, her children — even any sons — would not be in line to the throne. That is because the law requires that the line of succession pass only through the men of the family. On Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet is expected to introduce a one-time bill to allow Emperor Akihito, 83, to give up the throne, opening the way for Prince Naruhito, 57, to take over before his father dies. The legislation, which will need to be approved by the Parliament, does not address the issue of female succession, or the question of whether the children of royal women will be allowed to ascend to the throne. After Prince Naruhito, his immediate successor would be his younger brother, Prince Akishino, 51, since Prince Naruhito’s only child is a daughter, Princess Aiko, 15. Prince Akishino would be followed by his son, Prince Hisahito, 10, the younger brother of Princess Mako. Prince Hisahito is the only boy of his generation in the imperial family. Given how short the line of succession has become, imperial family watchers say that the law should be reformed to allow for more heirs. “Now we all know that an important imperial family member will be lost with the engagement of Princess Mako,” said Isao Tokoro, professor emeritus of legal history at Kyoto Sangyo University and an expert on the imperial family system. “It is urgent that the system should be reformed so that female members can remain in the imperial family. Otherwise, we will lose more and more members from the imperial family.”
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The DNA of ancient Canaanites lives on in modern-day Lebanese, genetic analysis shows
 
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The Canaanites lived at the crossroads of the ancient world. They experienced wars, conquests and occupations for millennia, and as a result evolutionary geneticists expected that their DNA would become substantially mixed with incoming populations. Astonishingly, new genetic analysis shows that scientists were wrong. According to a new study in the American Journal of Human Genetics, today’s Lebanese share a whopping 93% of their DNA with the ancient Canaanites. The study also found that the Bronze Age inhabitants of Sidon, a major Canaanite city-state in modern-day Lebanon, have the same genetic profile as people living 300 to 800 years earlier in present-day Jordan. Later known as Phoenicians, the Canaanites have a murky past. Nearly all of their own records have been destroyed over the centuries, so their history has been mostly pieced together from archaeological records and the writings of other ancient peoples. Archaeologists at the Sidon excavation site have been unearthing ancient Canaanite secrets for the last 19 years in the still-inhabited Lebanese port city. The team has uncovered 160 burials from the Canaanite period alone, said Claude Doumet-Serhal, director of the excavation. They have found people of all ages in these Canaanite burials, she said — children were buried in jars and adults were placed in sand. Aided by new DNA sampling techniques, a team of evolutionary geneticists including Marc Haber and Chris Tyler-Smith from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute stepped in. They sequenced the whole genomes of five individuals found in Sidon who lived about 3,700 years ago. The team then compared the genomes of these ancient Canaanites with those of 99 Lebanese people currently living in the country, along with the previously published genetic information from modern and ancient populations across Europe and Asia. First, they investigated the genetic ancestry of the Canaanites themselves. They found that these Bronze Age inhabitants of Sidon shared about half their DNA with local Neolithic peoples and the other half with Chalcolithic Iranians. Interestingly, this genetic profile is nearly identical to the one evolutionary geneticist Iosif Lazaridis and his team found last year in Bronze Age villagers near ‘Ain Ghazal in modern-day Jordan. This suggests that Canaanite-related ancestry was spread across a wide region during the Bronze Age and was shared between urban societies on the coast and farming societies further inland. This evidence supports the idea that different Levantine cultural groups such as the Moabites, Israelites, and Phoenicians may have had a common genetic background, the authors said. The researchers were also able to determine that the genetic mixing of the Levantine and Iranian peoples happened between 6,600 and 3,550 years ago, a range they would be able to narrow down with more ancient DNA samples from the region.
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A Solar Eclipse Can Blind You (Read This Before Looking at the Sun)
 
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During the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, millions of people will gaze at the sun to see the moon slowly pass in front of it, blocking out the light. But those who aren't careful risk doing some nasty damage to their eyes. You've probably been told that it isn't safe to stare at the sun and that watching a solar eclipse without proper eye protection can make you go blind. That's because the light from the sun is so intense that it can literally burn your eyeballs — even during a solar eclipse, when part of the sun's disk is still visible. Even the tiniest sliver of a crescent sun peeking out from behind the moon emits enough light to scorch your eyes, Ralph Chou, professor emeritus at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada, told Space.com. "I have seen instances where the patient has eventually shown up with crescents burned into the back of the eye, and you can almost tell exactly when they looked." [How to View a Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your Eyes ] Sunlight damages the eyes by triggering a series of chemical reactions in the retina, the light-sensitive part at the back of the eye. Retinas contain two types of photoreceptors: rods that help you see in the dark and cones that produce color vision. When intense solar radiation hits the retinas, it can damage and even destroy those cells, in what doctors call a retinal photochemical injury, or solar retinopathy. Whether looking at the sun will cause this type of injury depends on both how long you look without protection and the sun's position in the sky. Overhead, the sun is brighter and more dangerous to look at than when it is close to the horizon during sunrise or sunset. "You can think of it in the same way as this: Let's suppose you decide to really pig out for dinner, and afterwards you're not feeling very well," Chou said. "Well, [it's the] same thing with all the light hitting the light-sensitive receptors at the back of the eye. They get so much of this light energy coming in that they really can't handle [it]." In severe cases, this type of photochemical damage may also come with thermal injuries, or literal burns, that destroy the rods and cones in the retina. This can happen to people who repeatedly look at the sun without any protection, those who stare at the sun for an extended time, or even those who glance through a telescope or binoculars without solar filters. Not many people look at the sun long enough to be blinded by the light, Chou said, but the risk is certainly exacerbated during a solar eclipse. Under normal circumstances, it's more difficult to look at the sun long enough to incur damage because of something called an aversion reflex. "We learn early on in life we just shouldn't be looking at something that bright, because it is uncomfortable and we can't see anything," Chou said. "The problem when it comes to looking at a partially eclipsed sun is that you are trying to see something that you know is going on that's different, and willpower is an amazing thing to override an aversion reflex." To make matters worse, it's possible to look directly at the sun "with a certain degree of comfort" when the sun is partially covered by the moon, Chou said. Even when the sun is almost completely covered, though, the tiny crescent that remains is still bright enough to burn your retinas. One thing that makes eclipse blindness particularly dangerous is that a person who looks at the sun long enough to incur damage probably won't notice any of the effects until the next morning, Chou said. "Let's say you take a look at the sun in the afternoon. The cells get overloaded, and they're actually still able to function for a little while, but overnight while you're asleep … the cells start lose their function, and then they even start to die depending on exactly how badly they've been affected," he explained. People who wake up to discover their vision has become impaired may look in the mirror to find their face is a featureless blur, Chou said, or they may try to read the newspaper only to find that there are no words on the page. While peripheral vision is usually spared, the center of vision is affected the worst. That's the part of the retina responsible for seeing in high resolution and in color. "Most people, they don't see a black spot," Chou said. "For the most part they have damaged photoreceptors that just aren't capable of doing more than just registering maybe the presence of light but can't really build up enough information for them to be able to see clearly."
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Ric Flair's daughter shares update following WWE legend's hospitalization
 
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Ric Flair's daughter shares update following WWE legend's hospitalization, WWE legend Ric Flair is a fighter in more ways than one. The iconic wrestler's daughter Charlotte thanked fans and friends for the continued support on Tuesday morning after her 68-year-old legendary father was hospitalized and underwent surgery for an unidentified heart-related illness. "We want to THANK everyone for the prayers, texts, calls and support. Our Dad is a FIGHTER and your continued thoughts and prayers MEAN THE WORLD to us," she wrote on behalf of the family. "We will update everyone when we have more information," Charlotte added. His rep told TMZ on Monday that Flair was surrounded by family and resting after an operation, but would not reveal what type of procedure took place. It is unclear what led to the initial hospitalization over the weekend. Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that it was a heart-related issue and the wrestler's condition worsened after his admittance. He was put in a medically-induced coma ahead of the surgery, according to the site. Melinda Morris Zanoni of Flair's management team confirmed that the WWE champ was hospitalized in a tweet on Friday for "routine monitoring," but by Monday she had asked people on Twitter to send "prayers and positive energy" his way. "Are u a Fan/Friend of Ric Flair? If so, we need prayers & positive energy 4 our Living Legend as he is dealing w/some tough medical issues," Zanoni tweeted. Fellow wrestlers offered their prayers and support for the "Nature Boy," including John Cena and Jerry Lawler. Ric Flair's career has spanned over 40 years between the WWE, WCW and TNA. He is a 16-time pro wrestling champion. A 30 for 30 documentary about Flair's career titled "Nature Boy" will air on ESPN on Nov. 7. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Dog the Bounty Hunter's Wife Beth Chapman Is In "Good Spirits" After Cancer Removal Surgery
 
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She's on her way to healing! Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman stepped out for a romantic date night with his wife, Beth Chapman just days after she underwent surgery for a tumor removal, and Beth looked like she was in good health despite her stage 2 throat cancer diagnosis. On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the couple was spotted leaving Craig's in West Hollywood after enjoying dinner together, Us Weekly reported. Beth wore a sheer black dress with black heels and a glittery clutch, and she wore a red and black scarf around her neck to seemingly hide the incision from her surgery. They were also spotted together the next day and she wore a more casual ensemble of a vintage Kiss T-shirt, black jeans, sneakers, and another scarf around her neck. Beth, 49, was smiling and looked to be in good spirits, and it seems like she's recovering well after her recent hospitalization. On Sept. 16, she underwent a 13-hour surgery to remove a malignant, plum-sized tumor from her throat, and according to Radar Online, Beth was readmitted to the hospital over the weekend days after her release. The outlet reports that Beth was expected to recover in a rehab facility for several weeks after her surgery. “It’s very delicate,” Dr. Gabriel Mirkin — who has not treated Beth — told Radar of the procedure she underwent on Sept. 16. “You have to protect the tissue and dissect the nerves. If it was done improperly, she could lose her speech! If things go well, it will still take several months for her to recover.” As previously reported, Beth revealed in an open letter — obtained by Radar earlier this month – that she had stage 2 throat cancer. Despite her diagnosis, she told fans that she is remaining optimistic about her future. "To be certain, I've stared down the devil more than once in my life but I've never faced a real life or death decision. My life has never been easy, and I surely don't expect it to start now," she wrote. "Still, I've never been a victim and I won't let cancer beat me.” According to Beth — the mom of daughters Cecily, 24, Bonnie, 17, and son Garry, 16, with Dog, 64, and son Dominic, 37, from a previous marriage — she is ready to fight cancer with all she’s got for the sake of her family. “I realize the road I am about to travel will be rocky, full of unexpected twists and turns. But I know one thing for sure. A bend in the road is not the end of the road,” she added in her letter. "I will fight every step of the way. My husband and children are counting on me to be there for years to come. I am so very grateful to be surrounded by family and friends who have given me incredible support during this very challenging time.” Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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FBI Investigates Possible Lead in Case of Missing 3-Year-Old North Carolina Girl
 
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It's been two days since Mariah Kay Woods went missing and a possible lead from surveillance footage of a North Carolina WalMart has been released by the FBI. The pictures released by police feature a brown-haired woman carrying and walking with a small, blonde child. The police are looking to identify the woman in order to question her about Mariah's disappearance. "As a result from information provided by the community, law enforcement obtained an image of an adult and child that was taken on Monday morning, November 27th at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the WalMart in Morehead City," the FBI said in a statement. Three-year-old Mariah vanished from her Jacksonville, NC home in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 27 and authorities have been actively searching for the little girl. The girl’s mother, Kristy Woods told police that she last saw her toddler daughter at 11 p.m. the night before when she tucked her into bed. About an hour after that, Woods’ boyfriend reportedly saw Mariah when she came out of her room. Woods’ boyfriend was the last person to see Mariah and she was reported missing at 6 a.m. Monday morning. An Amber Alert has been issued for Mariah and Woods addressed reporters on Monday seeming to believe that her daughter had been abducted. “Please, bring her back ... She's my baby, she's my everything,” she said with tears in her eyes. “Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again. I'd give anything.” Woods also revealed that her daughter has to wear orthopedic leg braces and worries that she won’t be able to walk without them. Woods has two other children, young boys, but calls Mariah her “angel” because the pregnancy came after she got her tubes tied, obviously making it an unexpected pregnancy. “This is my world, this is my angel,” she continued. “She was sent to me for a reason. This is my everything besides my boys, the love that I have for this girl. The bond that I have...is my life. Please, just don't take that.” According to reports, police searched area surrounding the couple’s house but didn’t find the little girl. There was apparently also no sign of forced entry, though the door to the family’s trailer was left unlocked overnight. Though the police found items that could be potentially of interest in the case, there is no clear sign if they have anything to do with the disappearance. “We don’t know what happened. It’s entirely premature to try to determine what happened,” Sheriff Miller said. Mariah is around 30 pounds and is 2-foot-9 and was last seen wearing pink and white underpants. If you have any information about Mariah’s disappearance you can call the County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 455-3113 or call 911. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mariah and her whole family during this difficult time. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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What will we see in Pennsylvania during the solar eclipse of 2017?
 
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Better luck next time, Pennsylvania. In 2024. But, as for the solar eclipse this summer, on Aug. 21, unless you're willing to travel, a partial is all we'll be seeing. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun. The Moon's shadow is cast onto the Earth. However, the full eclipse is visible only across a band of the Earth - the path of totality, which on Aug. 21 will be about 70 miles wide - will track coast to coast, from Oregon in the northwestern corner of the country to South Carolina in the southeast. The rest of the country, including Pennsylvania, and north into Canada and south into South America, will experience a partial eclipse. All of that, particularly areas farther away from the path of totality, will be at the mercy of the weather. Heavy cloud cover could block out the view of the eclipse, particularly if those clouds occur in the moments when the moon is completely blocking out the sun. The event on Aug. 21 will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. since 1979, but that one was visible only in the northwestern corner of the country. The most recent coast-to-coast, total solar eclipse was on June 8, 1918. Pennsylvania will be in better position for the next total solar eclipse, on April 8, 2024. The path of totality for that one will cross the U.S. from Texas to Maine.
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Tanya Tucker Releases Tribute Song for Former Paramour Glen Campbell: ‘Forever Loving You’
 
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Tanya Tucker Releases Tribute Song for Former Paramour Glen Campbell: ‘Forever Loving You’ Glen Campbell and country singer Tanya Tucker had a torrid romance that began around the time of his 1980 divorce from his third wife, Sarah Barg, and spiraled out two years later in a flurry of substance abuse and tabloid headlines. Less than 48 hours after his death at 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Tucker has released a tribute single to him, “Forever Loving You.” A press release accompanying the single reads: “In recent years, groundbreaking country music icon Tanya Tucker has been quietly writing and recording new music while coping with a wave of emotions surrounding Glen Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. While their relationship and breakup made headlines years ago, Tucker channeled her heartfelt feelings for Campbell in a new song titled ‘Forever Loving You.’” A portion of the proceeds from the song Michael Lynn Rogers and Tennesee State Senator Rusty Crowe, will benefit Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, a non-profit organization which provides programs and services for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, as well as funds research towards a cure for Alzheimer’s. Tucker issued a statement on Campbell’s death that reads: “I’m just devastated. Absolutely devastated. It’s been so hard these past several years knowing what he’s been going through. My heart just breaks. Glen and I shared some incredible, precious memories together for a long time. There were some ups and downs and, of course, all the downs were played out in the press. We both got past all that. Forgiveness is a wonderful thing. It’s why I’m releasing “Forever Loving You” in memory of Glen and for all of those who are losing or have lost someone they love. I’ll forever love you, Glen.” Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Clues to a ‘ghost’ species of ancient human found in saliva
 
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In saliva, scientists have found hints that a “ghost” species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today. The research adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that sexual rendezvous between different archaic human species may not have been unusual. Past studies have concluded that the forebears of modern humans in Asia and Europe interbred with other early hominin species, including Neanderthals and Denisovans. The new research is among more recent genetic analyses indicating that ancient Africans also had trysts with other early hominins. “It seems that interbreeding between different early hominin species is not the exception — it’s the norm,” says Omer Gokcumen, PhD, an assistant professor of biological sciences in the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences. “Our research traced the evolution of an important mucin protein called MUC7 that is found in saliva,” he says. “When we looked at the history of the gene that codes for the protein, we see the signature of archaic admixture in modern day Sub-Saharan African populations.” The research was published on July 21 in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution. The study was led by Gokcumen and Stefan Ruhl, DDS, PhD, a professor of oral biology in UB’s School of Dental Medicine. The scientists came upon their findings while researching the purpose and origins of the MUC7 protein, which helps give spit its slimy consistency and binds to microbes, potentially helping to rid the body of disease-causing bacteria. As part of this investigation, the team examined the MUC7 gene in more than 2,500 modern human genomes. The analysis yielded a surprise: A group of genomes from Sub-Saharan Africa had a version of the gene that was wildly different from versions found in other modern humans. The Sub-Saharan variant was so distinctive that Neanderthal and Denisovan MUC7 genes matched more closely with those of other modern humans than the Sub-Saharan outlier did. “Based on our analysis, the most plausible explanation for this extreme variation is archaic introgression — the introduction of genetic material from a ‘ghost’ species of ancient hominins,” Gokcumen says. “This unknown human relative could be a species that has been discovered, such as a subspecies of Homo erectus, or an undiscovered hominin. We call it a ‘ghost’ species because we don’t have the fossils.” Given the rate that genes mutate during the course of evolution, the team calculated that the ancestors of people who carry the Sub-Saharan MUC7 variant interbred with another ancient human species as recently as 150,000 years ago, after the two species’ evolutionary path diverged from each other some 1.5 to 2 million years ago.
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315,000-Year-Old Fossils From Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens
 
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A team of European and Moroccan scientists has found the fossil remains of five individuals they believe are the most ancient modern humans (Homo sapiens) ever found. In a remote area of Morocco called Jebel Irhoud, in what was once a cave, the team found a skull, bones, and teeth of five individuals who lived about 315,000 years ago. The scientists also found fairly sophisticated stone tools and charcoal, indicating the use of fire by this group. The researchers' claim is controversial, however, because anthropologists are still debating exactly what physical features distinguish modern humans from our more primitive ancestors. Archaic forms of humans — other, earlier species of Homo — emerged more than a million years ago. Exactly how and when our species — Homo sapiens — evolved is a mystery. Up to now, the oldest known bones widely recognized as Homo sapiens were from people who lived in East Africa about 200,000 years ago. The new discovery in Morocco would push the date for the emergence of our species back another 100,000 years. Jean-Jacques Hublin directs the department of human evolution at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He led the team that found a skull, bones and stone tools. "This material represents the very root of our species, the oldest Homo sapiens ever found in Africa or elsewhere," he says. It's a big claim, described in detail in Hublin's report Wednesday in the journal Nature. Others in his field are skeptical, among them paleoanthropologist Rick Potts, who runs the human origins program at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. He says some of the skull's features, especially its elongated cranium and the shape of the face, suggest it could be a more primitive ancestor of modern humans. "The new finds from Morocco are a kind of snapshot in that whole process of transition from archaic to us," Potts says. He suspects it's a snapshot from a period just before modern humans evolved. This is a common argument in anthropology — where does a newly discovered fossil, especially one with a mix of ancient and more modern features, fit in the bushy family tree of human ancestry? Chris Stringer, an anthropologist at London's Museum of Natural History, says even if the Moroccan skull is a bit of a mashup of modern and archaic features, it's still one of us. "As evolution happens, as we go back in time," he says, "they are going to look less like modern humans. ... They have faces which are really like bigger version of our faces." Stringer and Hublin suggest that the elongated cranium, or braincase, may have been one of the last things in the human line to evolve to what it looks like now (more globular, as anthropologists describe it), perhaps as the brain grew more connections and became more sophisticated. What is clear, now more than ever, is that humanity's ancestors, and eventually early forms of "us," were popping up all over Africa. They evolved in East Africa, Southern Africa and now, apparently, North Africa. And it's increasingly evident that these ancestors moved all over the continent, swapping tool technology as well as genes. "If there was a 'Garden of Eden'," Hublin says metaphorically, "it's Africa. So the Garden of Eden is the size of Africa." And eventually, after all that evolutionary experimentation on the human form, the current form evolved — somewhere yet to be determined.
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Elizabeth Baur, Actress on 'Ironside,' Dies at 69
 
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She portrayed Officer Fran Belding on the NBC crime series after starring on a CBS Western, 'Lancer.' Elizabeth Baur, who helped Raymond Burr bring the bad guys to justice as Officer Fran Belding on the long-running NBC crime drama Ironside, has died. She was 69. Baur died Sept. 30 in Los Angeles following a lengthy illness, publicist Paul Gendreau announced. On Ironside, which starred Burr as a San Francisco police consultant who solves crimes from his wheelchair, Baur effectively stepped in for Barbara Anderson (as Eve Whitfield), who exited the show after the fourth season. Belding's character was introduced when she helped Robert Ironside and his team nab the gamblers who had murdered her father. Baur went on to appear in 89 episodes over four seasons until the show's conclusion in 1975, then came back for the 1993 telefilm The Return of Ironside. Earlier, Baur starred as Teresa O'Brien, the ward of a rancher (Andrew Duggan), for two seasons on the 1968-1970 CBS Western Lancer. A native of Los Angeles, Baur began her career as a contract player at 20th Century Fox and appeared in the Tony Curtis film The Boston Strangler (1968). She then moved to Universal, where she continued her TV work until exiting the industry to raise her daughter, Lesley Worton, now a producer. Baur also appeared on such shows as Batman, Daniel Boone, Room 222, Emergency!, Police Woman, Fantasy Island and Remington Steele. Survivors also include her husband Steve and a first cousin, Cagney & Lacey star Sharon Gless. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Stassi Schroeder Just Lost a Ton of Weight and Fans Are Getting Worried
 
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Breakups are always hard, but new photos of Stassi Schroeder are making her fans worry that she's handling hers in a dangerous way. The Vanderpump Rules star is looking scary skinny all of a sudden one month after splitting from Patrick Meagher. She stepped out at the Los Angeles premiere of Flatliners with stick-thin legs, super-sharp collarbones, and bony shoulders. Fans may be concerned, but her ex-boyfriend Jax Taylor thinks Stassi is doing better than ever. "She's good, I mean I know she's going back and forth with Patrick and I don't hang out with Stassi a lot, but when I do she seems like she's okay," he told In Touch exclusively. "I think Stassi is such an independent person and she's very driven, she's motivated, and she's got such a successful podcast." As a matter of fact, Jax thinks she's wayyy better off without Patrick. "I don't think Patrick was the one because he just didn't support her, didn't motivate her," he explained. "It was a constant struggle to get him to film. He just didn't have her back, and I think in a relationship you should have your girlfriend's back. I think she will find somebody someday, I just think right now she's doing really well with everything else, from what I see." Jax believes that Stassi is now focusing on "what she really wants," so fans don't need to worry about her. Luckily, she does have a lot of support from fans as well. While some are saying she looks like a "toothpick" others are telling her she "looks amazing," and is totally "glowing." As long as she's healthy, we're happy for her! Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Ezra Miller Shares That He Was Told By Hollywood That Coming Out Was A Mistake
 
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Ezra Miller Shares That He Was Told By Hollywood That Coming Out Was A Mistake , In 2012, Ezra Miller came out as queer during an interview with Out Magazine. Since coming out, he has dated women and kissed men, and while he is very open about his sexuality, it seems that not everyone is as happy with his coming out. In fact, according to Miller, there have been plenty of people in and out of Hollywood who have told him that it was a mistake for him to come out. During an interview with ShortList, Ezra Miller was asked about being “the first queer actor to play a superhero” and if that puts him under a lot of pressure or even if he feels as if he is more observed than perhaps a straight actor would be. While the actor apparently shook his head when asked about this, he ended up saying that he does not feel pressure because, “pressure would only come from a dam, or a block. And when I came out I took the block away, removed the dam.” However, while Ezra Miller may not feel any pressure from being out, he did share that when he did the original interview with Out Magazine, he was told by plenty of people that he was making a big mistake. Although the actor would not share who told him that coming out was a bad idea, he did say that it was people both within the industry and outside of it, especially people he had never before spoken to. According to the Telegraph, Ezra Miller was told that there is a “reason so many gay, queer, gender-fluid people in Hollywood conceal their sexual identity, or their gender identity in their public image.” The actor was told that by coming out to the world he was limiting his chances to be a leading man and get the big roles in Hollywood. Although the actor does not seem to regret his decision to come out as queer, he did share that it can be really hard to hear that one has “made a mistake.” He said it is especially difficult when he knows that he did not make a mistake, even if there have been some doubts because of all of the discussions with people who think he made the wrong choice. However, no matter what people have to say about his coming out, Ezra Miller knows that it is “rubbish” and that he is living his life the way he wants to. While some people in Hollywood may feel that coming out will damage one’s ability to get leading roles, at least for Ezra Miller it seems that telling the world he is queer has not hurt his ability to work. Instead, he has been a part of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and is now a part of the DCEU as Barry Allen/The Flash in the upcoming Justice League movie. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Is Peggy Sulahian Fired From Due To Alleged Homophobia, Which She Denies?
 
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Is Peggy Sulahian Fired From ‘Real Housewives Of Orange County’ Due To Alleged Homophobia, Which She Denies? Peggy Sulahian was just added to the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County earlier this year, but has her time on the Bravo TV reality series already come to an end? According to a new report, Peggy Sulahian has been creating storylines and prompting “fake fights” with her co-stars, including Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge, in an effort to keep herself on the show as rumors continue to accuse the mother of three of being homophobic. “At this point everyone is just over Peggy’s bulls**t,” a Bravo network employee said during an interview with Radar Online on October 19. “Her and Diko are just so hungry for fame it’s ridiculous.” Peggy Sulahian and Diko Sulahian share three kids, including Giovanna, 19; Gianelle, 17; and son Koko, 9. As fans of The Real Housewives of Orange County will recall, Peggy Sulahian was put on blast by her brother, Pol Atteu, who claimed she was homophobic shortly after she was added to the cast. As he explained to Radar Online months ago, Sulahian is “extremely homophobic.” However, according to Peggy Sulahian, the allegations against her are completely false. Following Pol Atteu’s allegations against his sister, Lisa Vanderpump, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, spoke out against Peggy Sulahian for her reportedly “disgusting” behavior, telling Radar Online that an attack on the gay community is something she takes personally. In addition to Pol Atteu’s statements about his sister allegedly being homophobic, he also revealed to Radar Online that she had reportedly banned him and his fiancé from their father’s funeral and claimed she’s kept him from having a relationship with her three children. Pol Atteu went on to reveal that the Real Housewives of Orange County star reportedly refused to tell him that their father was dying, which stripped him from the opportunity to say his goodbyes. As for his father’s thoughts on his homosexuality, Atteu said his father accepted him completely. To see more of Peggy Sulahian and her co-stars, including Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Lydia McLaughlin, Meghan King Edmonds, and Kelly Dodd, tune into new episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 on Monday nights at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Sprint CEO Talks Up Potential Merger With T-Mobile Again
 
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Sprint Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Claure on Tuesday once again talked up a possible merger with T-Mobile. In an interview with CNBC, the top executive of the Overland Park, Kansas-based company reiterated how everyone from the firm’s parent SoftBank to T-Mobile’s owner Deutsche Telekom and CEO John Legere publicly touted the benefits of a potential tie-up, adding that those stances haven’t changed in recent weeks. On the contrary, Claure confirmed that Sprint and T-Mobile have held consolidation talks in the last few months and are planning to discuss the matter further in the near future. Sprint’s most senior executive recently asserted that the fourth largest mobile service provider in the United States is also considering other potential mergers and may opt to consolidate with another entity, though some industry watchers remain skeptical about that stance, adding that Claure may simply be trying to provide Sprint and SoftBank with more leverage in the upcoming deal. While both wireless carriers are said to be fit for a merger, the possibility that they consolidate with each other is much more realistic than any other scenario, numerous analysts believe. If Sprint decides against a tie-up with T-Mobile, the company will almost certainly have to look outside of the wireless segment for a potential partner and would likely turn to the cable industry in its hypothetical search. While Sprint has been racking up debt in recent years and underperformed compared to T-Mobile, the wireless carrier’s spectrum portfolio still makes it an attractive merger and acquisition target for many companies. The possibility of T-Mobile and Sprint merging was revived in late 2016 following Donald Trump’s win in the latest iteration of the U.S. presidential election, with the new Republican administration being much more open towards major consolidations in the wireless industry compared to the opposing Democratic party. It’s still unclear whether SoftBank will be buying T-Mobile or if Deutsche Telekom opts to acquire Sprint in the near future if the deal between the two materializes, and the same goes for the fate of Claure and Legere, as one of them would likely have to step down after the merger. More details on the matter are expected to follow in the coming months.
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Cassini Snaps Saturn's Strange Polar Vortex During Daring Dive
 
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Cassini Snaps Saturn's Strange Polar Vortex During Daring Dive,The bizarre vortex spinning at Saturn's north pole takes center stage in a newly released photo by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The probe snapped the photo on April 26, the same day it began its "Grand Finale" phase of daring dives between Saturn's cloud tops and the planet's innermost rings. "Although the pole is still bathed in sunlight at present, northern summer solstice on Saturn occurred on May 24, 2017, bringing the maximum solar illumination to the north polar region," NASA officials wrote in a description of the photo, which was released Monday (Aug. 28). "Now the sun begins its slow descent in the northern sky, which eventually will plunge the north pole into Earth years of darkness." [See More Photos of Saturn's Bizarre Hexagon Storms] It takes Saturn about 29 Earth years to orbit the sun, so seasons on the gas giant and its many moons each last more than seven Earth years. Cassini was about 166,000 miles (267,000 kilometers) from Saturn when it took the picture, NASA officials said. Saturn's north polar vortex sits at the center of a 20,000-mile-wide (32,000 km) hexagonal jet stream whose winds travel at about 200 mph (320 km/h). The vortex photo is too zoomed-in to show Saturn's hexagon, which resembles nothing else known in the solar system. Cassini's Grand Finale is drawing to a close. On Sept. 15, the probe — which is nearly out of fuel — will end its life by plunging intentionally into Saturn's thick atmosphere. This suicide maneuver is designed to ensure that Cassini never contaminates the potentially life-supporting Saturn moons Titan and Enceladus with microbes from Earth, NASA officials have said. Cassini launched in October 1997 and arrived in the Saturn system in July 2004. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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12,000 Tons of Food Waste Saved This Forest — and Could Help Us Save the Planet
 
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12,000 Tons of Food Waste Saved This Forest — and Could Help Us Save the Planet Orange Peels, Green Forests Twenty years ago, orange juice producer Del Oro discarded 12,000 metric tons of orange peels and pulp onto a portion of a deforested Costa Rican national park. Today, that same area looks like an entirely different ecosystem: lush with greenery, including old-growth trees. The transformation was accidental, yet that makes it no less astonishing. The forest throughout the entire area regenerated, sequestering massive amounts of carbon in the process. It also happened without any financial investment, proving just how dramatic the use of agricultural waste can be. “I was totally floored,” Princeton University researcher and lead author Timothy Treuer told Popular Science. “The area that received the orange peels was divided from the [area that did not receive the peels] by a single track dirt road, but the two areas looked like completely different ecosystems.” Treuer described one side of the road as a pasture “with a few scattered scraggly trees,” and the other as “an overgrown jungle, so lush it required a machete to move through. Once I was done picking my jaw up off the ground, I realized that I was looking at something truly special. It blew my mind.” A Happy Agricultural Accident The transformation happened during the 1990s, when orange juice manufacturer Del Oro made a deal with Costa Rica’s Área de Conservación Guanacaste, a national park. Del Oro had 12,000 metric tons of peels and pulp — about 1,000 truckloads — that they needed to dispose of. The manufacturer was about to start production on a waste facility along the northern border of the park. University of Pennsylvania  ecologists and park technical advisors Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs instead offered Del Oro a trade: if the company would donate a portion of its forested land to the park, it could dump the orange waste on degraded land. The company extracted the orange acids and oils, which have valuable commercial uses, and left the agricultural waste behind. Just one year later, after the orange waste was already dumped, TicoFruit, a competitor of Del Oro, sued to stop the project. Their legal theory was that Del Oro had “defiled a national park.” The dumping was stopped after the Costa Rican Supreme Court found in favor of TicoFruit, and over the years to come, the land was all but forgotten. The researchers decided to check back in on the site in 2013 — and it took them two trips there to find it, thanks to the lush vegetation. Treuer told Popular Science, “It didn’t help that the six foot long sign with bright yellow lettering marking the site was so overgrown with vines that we literally didn’t find it until years later, after dozens and dozens of site visits.” The research team went to work trying to figure out how and why they orange peels had such a dramatic effect on the soil. They found a significant difference between the soil where the orange peels were dumped and pasture soil just 100 yards away. The orange peel land had more tree biomass, richer soil, a larger forest canopy closure, and a greater variety of tree species, including two species commonly associated with old-growth forests. So, why were orange peels able to affect such an amazing change? “That’s the million dollar question that we don’t yet have the answer to,” Treuer told Popular Science. “I strongly suspect that it was some synergy between suppression of the invasive grass and rejuvenation of heavily degraded soils.” Win-win-win Blueprints Agricultural waste has a notable impact on climate change, and one that has long been concerning to scientists. Food waste in landfills generates methane, a greenhouse gas, as it decomposes. As such, new strategies for using the waste are essential. Ideally, if the waste can be used to create new products, food producers and whoever uses the waste can strive toward win-win situations. However, in this case what was really achieved was even better, according to the researchers: the growth of new trees and vegetation actually sequestered carbon in the soil and the plants themselves, making the food waste into a carbon sink. The researchers hope that the serendipitous accident in this case will inspire action and collaboration between agribusiness and the environmental community. “We live in a paradoxical world where nutrient starved degraded lands and nutrient-rich waste streams occur simultaneously,” Treuer said to Popular Science. “Resolving that paradox means profits for private industry, more resources for conservation areas, and potentially gigatonnes of climate change-causing gases getting sucked out of the atmosphere. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Don’t believe this insane ’15 days of darkness’ rumor that NASA has already debunked
 
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Don’t believe this insane ’15 days of darkness’ rumor that NASA has already debunked,Ah, the internet. It’s given us complete freedom to communicate with basically whoever we want and provides a wealth of information to anyone who takes the time to search. Unfortunately, it also facilitates the spread of absolutely ridiculous rumors that have no basis in reality, and a particularly asinine claim that the entire Earth is about to be shrouded in darkness for over two weeks just keeps giving NASA grief. It’s time for a quick reality check. The claim, which has been circulating on fake news sites since as far back as 2015, goes something like this: NASA “confirms” that a curious celestial event is about to take place that will cause our entire planet to fall into darkness for roughly 15 days. The rumor even goes so far as to allege that NASA has provided the white house with a 1,000-page document explaining exactly what is about to happen. NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness between November 15 and November 29, 2015. The event, according to NASA, hasn’t occurred in over 1 Million years. Astronomers from NASA have indicated that the world will remain in complete darkness starting on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3 a.m. and will end on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. According to officials, the “November Black Out” event will be caused by another astronomical event between Venus and Jupiter. Charles Bolden, who was appointed to head of NASA by President Obama, issued a 1000 page document explaining the event to the White House. It is, of course, complete nonsense, and if you’re even vaguely familiar with the movements of the planets around the Sun you already know that. Still, the newest rehash of the rumor, which has been modified to include November 15th-29th as the days in which the Earth will be affected, is already starting to make the rounds on fake news sites and conspiracy forums. NASA hasn’t officially addressed this most recent version of the claim — most likely because it’s so utterly absurd and impossible that it’s not worth their breath, and it’s been debunked many times already — but if you happen to see an easily-fooled friend or gullible relative spreading this kind of trash, just pull them back down to Earth and explain how silly the whole thing really is. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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California has an official state dinosaur
 
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California already has a state flower (the poppy), a state reptile (the desert tortoise) and even a state fossil (the saber-toothed cat). As of this weekend, it also has a state dinosaur. Meet Augustynolophus morrisi. Like all hadrosaurs, which are duck-billed dinosaurs, he was a vegetarian and was one of the few species of dinosaur to chew his food. The herbivorous reptile was last seen around California in anywhere from 100 to 66 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period. He's back thanks, in part, to former law student Misha Tsukerman, who in 2016 reached out to paleontologists seeking nominations for the state dinosaur. Assemblymember Richard H. Bloom of Santa Monica introduced AB 1540, which was co-authored by Anna Caballero of central California and Reggie Jones-Sawyer of South L.A. Augustynolophus was a fairly large dinosaur, standing about 10 feet tall and running 30 feet long from its head to the tip of its tail. Scientists don't know much about Augustynolophus. There are only two known fossil specimens of the species — and both were found in California. Bones from Augustynolophus morrisi were first discovered in 1939 in the Moreno Formation, located in the Panoche Hills of western Fresno County. The second was found a few years later in nearby San Benito County. You can see these fossils at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, where they're currently on display in the Dinosaur Hall. The dinosaur was alive during the late Cretaceous period, which ended when a catastrophic extinction wiped out dinosaurs, along with most of the planet's animal and plant life. Scientists think an asteroid struck Earth — and Augustynolophus morrisi might have been around to see it.‭ ‬ The dinosaur gets its name from Gretchen Augustyn, matriarch of a family that has supported the Los Angeles County Museum, and from paleontologist William Morris. No word on whether we can expect to see California's state dinosaur in the official state fabric, denim. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Simone Biles Will Resume Full-Time Training In November
 
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Earlier this week, USA Gymnastics announced its team for the upcoming world championships in Montreal. The four-person squad—made up of current national champion Ragan Smith, 2016 Olympic alternate Ashton Locklear, Morgan Hurd, and Jade Carey—is the first U.S. world championship gymnastics team without Simone Biles since 2011. Biles took a year off from training and competition following her Olympic wins and was not in contention to make this year’s squad. But the 2018 world championship team might be a different story. Biles returned to the gym in August to start conditioning in order to get back into “gymnastics shape.” In a recent interview with Denver’s CBS 4, the three-time world all-around champion said that she planned to resume full-time training by this November, which could put her on track, barring any injuries or other setbacks, for the 2018 elite gymnastics season. It’s unclear who will be coaching Biles as she attempts to return to form. Her longtime coach Aimee Boorman left Texas for a job in Florida after Biles’s Olympic victories. Biles won’t be following her former coach and mentor to Sarasota since her family has built a magnificent gymnastics facility in Spring, Texas for her train in. (I imagine that part of the business plan behind World Champions Centre is to have the record-breaking gymnast onsite to attract students, not training on the other side of the Gulf of Mexico.) Biles isn’t the only 2016 Olympic gold medalist who’s resumed training recently. Russian and 2016 bars champion Aliya Mustafina just returned to Round Lake, the national team training center, a few months after giving birth to a baby girl. Mustafina is expected to return to competition in April of 2018. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Selena Gomez Too Skinny? Experts Say Singer Lost At Least 30 Pounds
 
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Selena Gomez Too Skinny? Experts Say Singer Lost At Least 30 Pounds, Selena Gomez stepped out in New York City on Wednesday, Oct. 18, looking skinnier than ever. The 25-year-old singer wore a blue summer dress by a French fashion designer, the same one she was seen wearing in September. But fans didn’t mind the recycled ensemble; rather, they focused on how Selena got shockingly thinner in a span of but one month. When one compares Selena Gomez’s recent photos wearing the same blue dress to the ones taken last month, it is indeed obvious that the singer did lose some weight. The dress looked tighter and fit her body better when she first wore it in September. According to Radar Online, experts claim that she dropped at least 30 pounds in one month. “Selena Gomez has lost approximately 30 pounds from September 15 until now,” an L.A.-based nutritionist told the online magazine. “Given that it is only a month’s time, that is incredibly alarming, regardless of her kidney transplant. In fact, kidney transplants tend to make patients gain weight, very rarely lose it.” On Sept. 14, Selena revealed, to the surprise of her fans, that she has undergone a kidney transplant as part of her long battle against Lupus. She stated that she needed to do this for her “overall health.” The “Hands to Myself” singer received a kidney from her best friend, Francia Raisa. Since then, Selena has been busy with her career. She shot a new campaign for the fitness brand, Puma, and is currently working on a Woody Allen film opposite Timothee Chalamet. Experts are alarmed that her hectic schedule, coupled with a likely desire to shed some pounds, is proving too much for the young star. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, it is rumored that Selena is currently obsessing over losing weight. Insiders revealed that her friends are worried about her health, as she is barely eating solids these days. Additionally, she’s been excessively exercising to the point of exhaustion due to lack of nutrition. Selena’s desire to drop pounds is likely coming from her autoimmune disease. According to Kidney.org,Lupus patients usually gain weight when their kidneys have been affected, due to the fact that the fluid in their body cannot be easily flushed out. Health experts state that prior to a kidney transplant, the patient is advised to undergo a strict diet in preparation for the operation. After, patients usually gain a few pounds because they are allowed to eat more. “It may be that Selena was aware of this and has maintained a strict diet and workout regimen. However, there is a danger in going too far,” a fitness expert stated. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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‘Little People, Big World’ Family Spends Christmas With Matt Roloff
 
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‘Little People, Big World’ Family Spends Christmas With Matt Roloff, It’s certainly the most wonderful time of the year for Matt Roloff, who was happy to spend Christmas with his children and grandbabies. The Little People, Big World star missed Thanksgiving celebrations with his family last month, but he made sure to be home for Christmas. Matt posted a wonderful family photo on his social media accounts, accompanied by a lengthy but heartfelt caption. Although he did not mention why, the 56-year-old LPBW patriarch shared that he really wasn’t feeling the Christmas spirit these past few years. But everything turned around this year because of the birth of his two grandchildren?7-month-old little Jackson, and 3-month-old baby Ember?who he calls “the biggest blessing one little man can ever have.” “Our Christmas has been amazing so far,” Matt Roloff shared. “After being a bit out of the full Christmas spirit the past few years, this Christmas brought on a full new meaning with the Roloff family expansion of our two new precious gifts of life.” In the picture, the proud grandpa is seen seated at the center, with baby Jackson on his lap. He is surrounded by his two eldest children, Zach and Jeremy, and their wives Tori and Audrey. Jeremy and Audrey’s baby Ember is being carried by Matt’s girlfriend, Caryn Chandler. Matt Roloff also detailed his holiday festivities, starting with a “lively family celebration” at his home a few nights ago. He excitedly revealed that this was all filmed and may be included in the upcoming new season of Little People, Big World. On Christmas morning, Zach’s and Jeremy’s families came to his house so the babies could open their gifts./ “How fun to celebrate Christ’s birth for the very first time with these two bundles of pure joy. I am truly blessed!” He also stated that he received greetings from his two other children, Molly and Jacob. Molly now lives in Spokane, Washington, with her husband Joel. Jacob is currently traveling in Iceland with his girlfriend Isabel. Many LPBW fans commented on Matt’s post and asked why Amy Roloff wasn’t part of his family celebrations. After all, Matt and Amy still live at the Roloff Farms despite their divorce. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Spoiler Alert! Are '90 Day Fiancé' stars David and Annie Married?
 
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Surprise! 90 Day Fiancé stars David Toborowsky, 49, and his 24-year-old Thai fiancée, Annie, have tied the knot! Reality Blurb is reporting that the duo got hitched on Nov. 1 in David's hometown of Louisville, KY. Starcasm also states that the bride posted a photo with David's mom wearing a veil — further fueling confirmation of a wedding. Just days later, David rocked a ring on his left hand when he snapped a pic with 90 Day Fiancé: Tell All special host, Shaun Robinson. If you look closely, you'll notice he's most definitely wearing a band! David revealed that he hit rock bottom about three years ago. Weighing 350 pounds, he split from his wife of 21 years, lost his job, his house, and his cars and was "absolutely destitute," he revealed in a recent clip of the show. He also suffered a stroke and said, "My life was in a place I don't wish on my worst enemy." After hitting the "restart button," David lost a significant amount of weight, packed his bags, and headed to Thailand for a vacation, where he met his "true love," Annie at a karaoke bar. "She is 24 years old, but the mindset she puts me in or makes me feel is I don't feel like a 48-year-old," says David about their relationship last year. "She’s an amazing woman who makes me feel like I already hit the lottery." In a separate clip, Annie added, "I come from a very, very poor village. I feel very comfortable with him. I mean, yeah, he's good I think… makes me happy." Convincing! After only dating for 10 days, the couple got engaged. I guess love at first sight really does exist — congrats on the happy couple! Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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TINY ULTIMATE NEXUS CAMPER EASILY TRANSFORMS INTO A ROOMY OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE
 
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An Australian company called Ultimate Campers is proving that when it comes to designing camping trailers, size really doesn't matter. To the casual observer, the company's new Ultimate Nexus appears to be a camper of diminutive stature but in reality, the trailer transforms into a surprisingly large living space with a few unexpected amenities hidden within. If you put a ruler to the Ultimate Nexus, you'll find that it's just 13.7 feet in length, 6.5 feet wide, and just shy of 6 feet tall. However, the design team at Ultimate managed to squeeze quite a bit of functionality into that tiny space, giving overlanders and car campers an attractive option for their outdoor adventures. For instance, the Nexus' pop-up tent opens to reveal a roomy, well-ventilated sleeping space that includes a king-size bed -- something you wouldn't expect to find in a trailer this small. The interior of the Nexus is accessed via a small, folding staircase located at the back of the trailer. Inside, campers find a U-shaped leather lounge area, as well as a cooking galley which comes complete with a two-burner stove, a small fridge, and a fold-out dinner table. Hot and cold water is drawn from the built-in 110-liter water tank and is fed not only to the kitchen sink but the trailer's forward shower system, as well. Warmth is provided via a gas heating system, while a 160-watt solar panel, coupled with two 100Ah lithium batteries, generates electrical power even when living off the grid. Ultimate Campers built the Nexus from the ground up specifically for off-road adventures. The camper not only features large 20-inch tires to roll over rough terrain but it also boasts 22 inches of ground clearance. Ultimate even equipped the trailer with heavy duty 4x4 shock absorbers, an independent trailing arm suspension, and long-travel coil springs to provide stability when driving on rough roads or in places where roads don't exist at all. While the Nexus might be small in size, its price tag is anything but. The camper starts at roughly $58,400, although additional options such as exterior canvas awnings, a porta-potty, wireless reverse cameras, or a laser projector add additional expenses to the total cost. Those with the cash to spare can enquire with Ultimate using this online form. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Celebrate Eid al-Adha Together with Their Mothers
 
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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Celebrate Eid al-Adha Together with Their Mothers Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are celebrating one of the holiest Muslim holidays with their families. Gigi's mother Yolanda Hadid posted on her Instagram page a photo of the three with Zayn's mother Trisha Malik, writing, "Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating......." Trisha posted the same pic on her own page, writing, "Eid Mubarak to everyone... #BlessedDay." Gigi and Zayn, who have been dating for more than a year and a half, have not posting their own messages. Gigi's and model sister Bella Hadid's father and Yolanda's ex-husband Mohamed Hadid, a Palestinian-American real estate developer, also shared a holiday greeting on Instagram Friday. "Happy Eid," he wrote. "From my family to yours. #hadidfamily." Gigi and Bella have rarely spoken about their religious upbringing. In an interview with PORTER magazine earlier this year, Bella said their father "was always religious, and he always prayed with us," adding, "I am proud to be a Muslim." Zayn told the London Evening Standard earlier this summer, "I'm not currently practicing but I was raised in the Islamic faith, so it will always be with me, and I identify a lot with the culture. But I'm just me. I don't want to be defined by my religion or my cultural background." Eid al-Adha is celebrated at the end of an annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, and marks Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to God. The holiday is marked by prayers, gifts and family meals. The most devout believers celebrate the Feast of the Sacrifice; animals are slaughtered and their meat is shared by family members and also distributed to other relatives, friends and the poor. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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IBM wants you to encrypt everything with its new mainframe
 
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IBM wants businesses to use its new z14 mainframe to encrypt pretty much everything -- an approach to security it calls pervasive encryption. Encrypting everything, and restricting access to the keys, is one way to reduce the risk and impact of data breaches. It can reduce the threat surface by 92 percent, according to research commissioned by IBM. To make such pervasive encryption viable, the z14 has four times as much silicon devoted to cryptographic accelerators as its predecessor, the z13, giving it seven times the cryptographic performance. That allows it to encrypt up to 12 billion transactions per day, according to IBM. For other workloads, running under either z/OS or Linux, the z14 has 35 percent more capacity than the z13, the company said. That's possible because the z14 has three times the memory (up to 32 terabytes) and three times faster input-output than its predecessor, and a significant reduction in SAN latency when using zHyperLink. As well as the hardware changes, the mainframe range has undergone a discrete change of name: Instead of the awkwardly capitalized z Systems, it's now called IBM Z. The x86 systems that IBM Z is up against typically don't have the processing power to encrypt everything, all the time: They take a piecemeal approach, encrypting a password here, a credit card number there, with the result that plenty of personal information is there for the taking, if only hackers can find their way in. In contrast, the z14 can encrypt every file -- or data set in IBM Z parlance -- and restrict who can access the keys, said Mike Jordan, distinguished engineer with IBM z Systems Security: Privileged users such as storage administrators, for example, will be able to move or copy files to do their job, but won't be able to decrypt them. "We can eliminate those classes of users from risk if their IDs get hacked or attacked," he said. Applications that do need to decrypt the data will run under a special user ID that can access the decryption key -- but such user IDs typically cannot be used to log in to the system, making it harder for hackers to both grab a file and decrypt it. Even where a business is running development, test and production environments on the same machine, there is cryptographic separation between the environments, Jordan said. If hackers were to take over the test environment, say, and access its encryption keys they would still not be able to decrypt production data. The key management system meets Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Level 4 requirements, where the industry norm is only Level 2, IBM said. All that makes it harder for hackers to get in. IBM commissioned research firm Solitaire Interglobal to study the impact of pervasive encryption on businesses. Drawing on 21 years' worth of data about security incidents, the researchers concluded that, "Of the breaches and incursions analyzed, they could reduce the threat surface by 92 percent by having pervasive encryption on IBM Z," said Nick Sardino, IBM's program director for offering management, z Systems Growth Initiatives.
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Total solar eclipse to span US for 1st time since 1918
 
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Cape Canaveral, Fla. — This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes this one so special — at least for Americans — is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States. The path of totality on Aug. 21 — where day briefly becomes night — will pass over Oregon, continuing through the heartland all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. Those on the outskirts — all the way into Canada, Central America and even the upper part of South America — will be treated to a partial eclipse. The last time a total solar eclipse swept the whole width of the U.S. was in 1918. No tickets are required for this Monday matinee, just special eclipse glasses so you don’t ruin your eyes. Here are some eclipse tidbits as you get ready to feast your protected eyes on perhaps the greatest of all cosmic spectacles. When the moon passes between Earth and the sun, and scores a bull’s eye by completely blotting out the sunlight, that’s a total solar eclipse. The moon casts a shadow on our planet. Dead center is where sky gazers get the full treatment. In this case, the total eclipse will last up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds in places. A partial eclipse will be visible along the periphery. Clouds could always spoil the view, though, so be ready to split for somewhere with clear skies, if necessary. The path of totality — meaning total darkness — will begin near Lincoln City, Oregon, as the lunar shadow makes its way into the U.S. This path will be 60 miles to 70 miles wide; the closer to the center, the longer the totality. Totality will cross from Oregon into Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and, finally, South Carolina.The eclipse will last longest near Carbondale, Illinois: approximately two minutes and 40 seconds. The biggest cities in the path include Nashville; Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina; Salem, Oregon; Casper, Wyoming; and just barely within, Kansas City, Missouri.
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Boy finds 1.2 million-year-old fossil while playing outside
 
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(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) — A piece of history has been found thanks to a boy stumbling upon a rare, 1.2 million-year-old animal fossil. In November 2016, Jude Sparks, now 10, was on an outing with his family near their New Mexico home when he tripped over what he thought was a cow skull. Now, researchers at New Mexico State University are preserving the discovery, which was identified as a Stegomastodon — a mastodon-like or elephant-like animal. “I imagined through my own mind of being 9 years old and finding something like that and how incredible it would be,” dad Kyle Sparks. “Like most kids, he had this really strong phase, maybe 5 or 6 years old, where he’d be reading every dinosaur and fossil book you can imagine. He’s ecstatic about it.” Sparks, a father of three, said he left what to do with the fossil up to Jude, who decided he wanted to call an expert. Sparks reached to Peter Houde, a professor at New Mexico State University, who had experience with the same type of fossil in the past. The next day, Houde came out to see the remains for himself. “I was real excited,” Houde told ABC News. “I really like to encourage people to be aware. It was really fortuitous that this particular family did what they did. Had they tried to dig up something themselves, it really takes a great deal of technical know-how without destroying the specimen in the process. They were really responsible to try to get in touch with somebody. “It is great for the community because now everybody can appreciate it,” he added. Houde said the university was granted permission from the landowner where the fossil was found to perform an extrication in late May. Prior, Houde confirmed the fossil to be that of a Stegomastodon. Houde extricated the remains of the species with his fellow faculty members and a geologist. Houde said one of the tusks is missing from the animal, suggesting that there could be more skeleton near the site where Jude found the skull. He hopes to return to the site with geologists for an additional search, he added. Jude and his family have been invited to visit the fossil as researchers preserve it at the university, his father said.
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Irma intensifies to an ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 5 hurricane on its track toward the U.S.
 
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Irma intensifies to an ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 5 hurricane on its track toward the U.S.,Hurricane Irma strengthened overnight to a dangerous Category 5 as it barrels toward the Greater Antilles and Southern Florida. It’s likely that Hurricane Irma will affect the U.S. coast — potentially making a direct landfall — this weekend. Tuesday morning, NOAA Hurricane Hunters found the storm’s maximum wind speeds are 175 mph. It now ranks among the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Forecasts suggest it will reach southern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Hurricane warnings have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles, including Puerto Rico. The National Hurricane Center called Hurricane Irma an “extremely dangerous” storm on Tuesday morning. “Preparations should be rushed to completion in the hurricane warning area,” the forecasters wrote in their 8 a.m. update. Devastating winds, a major storm surge and flash floods are all likely in the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico in the next 48 hours. Over the weekend, the forecast track for this potentially devastating hurricane shifted south and west. It seems likely now that the storm will affect or strike the U.S. coast early next week, although meteorologists don’t know exactly where. Florida and the Gulf Coast continue to be at risk. The East Coast, including the Carolinas and the Delmarva Peninsula, are also potential candidates for landfall — or, at the very least, heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding. At 8 a.m., Tuesday, Irma was located about 280 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving to the west at 14 mph, the hurricane center said. Unfortunately, Irma remains in a favorable environment for strengthening, with warm sea surface temperatures and favorable upper-level winds allowing the storm to stay very strong in the coming days. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will strengthen even more — to 180 mph — making it the second-strongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic Ocean, behind Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Late Sunday afternoon, Hurricane Hunters began regular flights into Irma, providing extremely valuable data that has improved forecasts. The immediate track of Irma through the middle of the week is not much of a question at this point; an area of high pressure is firmly in place over the central Atlantic, preventing Irma from recurving and escaping out to sea. That high won’t move much over the next several days, steering Irma due west into the Leeward Islands by midweek. Both the American and European models have started to show more consistency in a forecast track for Irma that increases the chances of impacts on the U.S. coast. Irma will probably continue to be suppressed by the strong Atlantic high pressure beyond Wednesday, keeping the storm at major hurricane status and on a trajectory that places the storm in close proximity to Florida by next weekend. Forecasts beyond the five-day mark are still full of uncertainties, but the trend in both the American and European ensemble members is concerning. It remains difficult to pinpoint if and where Irma will make landfall in the U.S., but Florida is becoming the likely target. There is strong agreement in Irma’s path through Friday, at which point Irma will probably be a major hurricane located just to the south of the Bahamas. The National Hurricane center is forecasting tropical storm conditions to begin affecting Florida by Friday evening. All of the usual hazards are at play here; strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous storm surge. Storm surge may become the largest concern over the next few days, given the amount of time that Irma is spending over open water combined with the low lying topography of southern Florida. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Bringing Up Bates Stars Erin & Chad Paine Are Expecting a Baby Girl
 
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There’s another Bates baby on the way! Bringing Up Bates stars Erin and Chad Paine are expecting their third child, a girl, they confirm to PEOPLE exclusively. Erin, 26, is due in April 2018, and the couple have already chosen a name for their little one: Everly Hope. “We are overjoyed to be adding baby Everly Hope to our family this April,” Erin tells PEOPLE. “She is already loved and adored so much. Our hands are full with two little ones-the giggles, slobbery kisses, and yes, the diapers! We know it will be quite an adventure, and we are definitely anticipating her arrival. We are grateful, so very grateful.” The Paines said they stumbled upon the name “Everly” in a baby book and “fell in love with it. “Chad has always loved the name ‘Hope,’ so he picked the middle name,” Erin says. Baby Everly will join their son Carson, 2, and daughter Brooklyn, 14 months. “I think I am most excited about seeing the siblings together. Carson and Brooklyn have such a special bond with each other, and I know it will only grow stronger when Everly comes,” Erin says. “Carson has been the best big brother to little Brooklyn, and of course, there are lots of dolls in the house, so he is usually rocking one to sleep or feeding it a bottle,” she adds. “When I told him I was going to have a baby soon, his face just completely lit up, and I think every single day since he has told me how he can’t wait to ‘hold the baby, and kiss the baby, and hug the baby!’ It’s the hottest topic of conversation around our house! Brooklyn is just 1, so I don’t think she understands what is happening yet, but she is very gentle and sweet with babies, so I’m confident she will just love her to pieces.” The second-eldest of Gil and Kelly Jo Bates’ 19 children, Erin married Chad, 30, in November 2013. The road to parenthood was bumpy for the Paines, who went through several miscarriages due to Erin’s blood-clotting issue before Carson came along. “I think I will always have a certain level of fear during pregnancy, since I have had miscarriages in the past, but I know I have a great doctor who reassures me we are doing everything to keep baby and mom safe and healthy through this,” Erin says. “I am so grateful for the love and support from Chad as well. I’ve been pampered.” In July, Brooklyn was hospitalized for emergency surgery on her finger, and Erin says her daughter has “recovered well.” “Most people would never even notice the scar,” she says. “I am so thankful for the wonderful team at Children’s Hospital who gave her excellent care, and so thankful God answered our prayers.” Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017: GOOGLE SIMULATOR LETS YOU SEE WHAT THE ECLIPSE
 
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On August 21, people across the U.S. will see day turn to night as a total solar eclipse passes over North America. The last time the path of a total solar eclipse passed across the country from coast to coast was 1918, so this year’s event is, as expected, generating considerable excitement. For those eagerly anticipating the eclipse, Google and scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have created a simulator that allows you to watch what will happen to the sun where you live on the day. The simulator is part of the Eclipse Megamovie Project and can be accessed here. Users can enter their ZIP code or the name of their town or city to see an animation of the sun’s light being blocked out by the moon—including what time to watch. The simulator also shows the sky darkening for those who are directly in the path of the eclipse. Dan Sevin, who is leading the project at Berkeley, said in a statement: “There are lots of online animations of the 2017 eclipse, but you can’t use them like ours to get a sense of the full experience, including your surroundings. Our simulation is closer to what one might experience in a planetarium show.” The team also says people can use their tool to work out where to get the best “total solar eclipse experience.” Jay Pasachoff, eclipse advisor on the Megamovie project, said: “If you are off to the side—even just a little bit where the Sun is not 100 percent covered by the Moon—it is like being in the parking lot of the stadium during the Super Bowl but not really inside seeing the game.” The total solar eclipse will move across the country over the course of the day. It will encompass a band that is about 72 miles wide. The states covered by the eclipse are Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Eclipse Megamovie Project aims to get more than 1,000 amateur astronomers and photographers to document the event. They are asking people to submit their images so they can be “stitched together” into a film documenting the path of the eclipse. “While no one on the ground will see the total eclipse for more than two minutes and 40 seconds, depending on how close they are to the center of the path of totality, the images collected by the Megamovie’s volunteer team will be turned into a 90-minute eclipse movie unlike anything seen before,” UC Berkeley said in a statement. Hugh Hudson, an astronomer at the university, was one of the people who first proposed the project. He said the movie produced will be an important tool for scientific research. Images taken just before and after the eclipse will help astronomers map the geography of the sun, including providing a refined estimate of its actual size. “The movie is a tool for scientific exploration,” he said. “We’ll be collecting this level of data for the first time, from millions of observers, and it will be a valuable archive…we don’t know what we’ll see or what we’ll learn.”
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Jennifer Hudson Speaks Out After Being Eliminated On ‘The Voice’ Amid ‘Rigged’ Allegations
 
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Jennifer Hudson is speaking out after being eliminated from The Voice after all three members of Team Jennifer were sent home from the competition. Hudson, who joined the U.S. version of the show for the first time this year after serving as a coach on the U.K. version, admitted that she didn’t know what happened after being taken out of the running to win the Season 13 this week shortly after fans accused the show of being “rigged.” Jennifer took to Instagram to share her frustrations over no longer being able to be crowned the winner during The Voice’s Season 13 finale next week as she posted a photo of herself with former contestants Davon Fleming and Noah Mac prior to their eliminations. The third member of Team JHud, Shi’Ann Jones, was eliminated last week. Sharing the photo on December 13, Hudson captioned the snap by revealing her disappointment and encouraging her acts not to give up on their careers. “I don’t know what happened [y’all]…” the “Spotlight” singer wrote of losing her final two acts. “Boss lady don’t know what to say about that.” “One thing I do know if they keep at it, it has no choice but to give in!” Jennifer then added, encouraging Noah and Davon to keep on singing and not give up on their dreams after being sent home during the semi-finals on Tuesday night. Notably, Hudson knows a thing or two about carving out a stellar music career despite a setback. The star only made it to seventh place on Season 3 of American Idol back in 2004 before she was shockingly sent home during the public vote. “I’m so proud of [you] both,” the mom of one then continued in the caption of her photo, “and to have had [you] on team jhud! @nbcthevoice.” Fans then responded with mixed reactions in the comments section. Some praised the duo for doing their best in the competition, while others slammed the NBC talent search and the voting system after seeing Team Jennifer’s Davon and Noah eliminated. “This is why The Voice will never produce a Carrie [Underwood], a JHud, a Kelly [Clarkson], etc.,” Instagram user @_ka_Lei said of the music superstars produced by American Idol in its heyday. “For some reason the ‘right’ people don’t make it. Noah was robbed.” “After this result I am DONE watching The Voice,” another disappointed fan hit back in the comments section of JHud’s snap with her team. “The best artists always go home… These 2 were the BEST there is and yet they’re both gone. Ridiculous.” But it wasn’t just in the comments section of Jennifer’s photo where fans lashed out after Hudson’s acts were sent home. Following the December 12 semi-final, a number of viewers hit out at the NBC series and claimed that the voting system was somehow “rigged.” A number of Twitter users posted screenshots of the support Noah, in particular, was getting on the social media site, claiming that by the sheer number of retweets and uses of the hashtag #VoiceSaveNoah during the live instant save that he should have gone through to the finale. But despite the intense backlash over the results, viewers also showered Hudson with praise after she gave a stunning performance of her new single, “Burden Down,” on The Voice stage. Jennifer appeared emotional as she sang to the crowd and even looked ready to break down in tears as she turned away from the cameras as the song ended. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Research at Kennedy Space Center to produce sonic booms
 
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A NASA aircraft darting over the edge of the Space Coast at supersonic speeds in August is expected to create window-rattling sonic booms for aeronautical research, according to the agency. Teams from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California and Langley Research Center in Virginia are expected to converge on Kennedy Space Center to better understand how low-altitude atmospheric turbulence affects sonic booms. Beginning August 21, a NASA-operated F/A-18 Hornet will take off from KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility and vault to an altitude of 32,000 feet just off the coast of Cape Canaveral before racing to Mach 1, the speed of sound, to produce sonic booms. A TG-14 motorized glider equipped with dozens of microphones will deploy to a lower altitude, cut its engines to reduce ambient noise, and record the sonic booms for review by researchers. "Our goal is to get data on 33 sonic booms," said Matt Kamlet, a public affairs officer with the Armstrong Flight Research Center, also noting that testing should end on August 31 depending on weather conditions. That likely means two to three flights per day. While sonic booms generate immense amounts of energy, residents in the north part of Brevard County need not worry - the shockwaves associated with breaking the sound barrier aren't dangerous. "We have carefully planned our flights so that there is little chance that people in larger communities such as Titusville to the west, or Cocoa Beach to the south, will be disturbed," said Ed Haering, SonicBAT's principal investigator, in a news release. "Residents might hear a distant sound similar to a rumble of thunder. If the actual winds at the time of our tests are much different from predicted, they might hear a boom sound like those heard when the space shuttle landed." "At the altitudes we are flying, sonic booms from aircraft have never been dangerous to people, animals or buildings, but they can be startling," he said. The experiment, named Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence, or SonicBAT, will collect data for researchers to understand and develop future quiet supersonic aircraft, "which will produce a soft thump in place of the louder sonic boom," NASA said. The first SonicBAT tests were conducted in dry climates, but the upcoming flights at KSC will collect data over the Space Coast's more humid airspace. "We know that humidity can make sonic booms louder, so we need to test some place wetter, and Kennedy fits that bill," Haering said. Sonic booms are aptly named - the sound energy generated by aircraft crossing the speed-of-sound threshold is much like an explosion. Space Coast residents who have been around for returning space shuttles, or more recently, landings of SpaceX Falcon 9 first stages at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, are familiar with the experience. The Federal Aviation Administration currently prohibits supersonic flight over land, but the research could help change that if crossing the threshold becomes a quieter experience. If so, supersonic flight over the United States could someday make its way to the commercial sector.
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Ronnie Magro Thinks Ex Sammi Sweetheart Is the Next 'Jersey Shore' Star to Wed
 
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Ronnie Magro Thinks Ex Sammi Sweetheart Is the Next 'Jersey Shore' Star to Wed, Could she be Mrs. Sweetheart soon? During an exclusive interview with In Touch, Jersey Shore alum Ronnie Magro revealed which one of his MTV co-stars he thinks will be next to walk down the aisle — and fans were stunned to hear him say it could be his ex-girlfriend, Sammi Giancola! "I feel like everyone is married on Jersey Shore. Basically all the girls are married besides Sam then it's [DJ] Pauly [D], me, Mike ["The Situation" Sorrentino], and Vinny [Guadagnino] aren't married," he said during a Facebook Live with In Touch on Wednesday. "Sam will probably be married next. She was always looking for that husband and wanted to be a mom and a wife and stuff like that. I hear that she's really happy so I'm pretty sure that she would be next." In Touch exclusively revealed back in April that Sam is now in a relationship with Christian Biscardi, and we've heard from Jenni "JWOWW" Farley that he received the seal of approval from their cast mates. Ronnie also shared that he is in a long-term, low-profile relationship at the moment, though tying the knot is not in his immediate future. "I'm kind of focusing on getting my life together and getting to the next step in my life and what I want to do," he shared. "I want to have myself together before I make a family or start a marriage." When it comes to the "next steps," it's possible that includes a Dancing With the Stars stint for one of our favorite guidos. While nothing has been confirmed as of yet, Ronnie is anxious to embark on this opportunity. "It's a lot different from Jersey Shore and Famously Single," he explained. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Huge Asteroid 'Florence' Zooms Past Earth in Record-Breaking Flyby
 
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Huge Asteroid 'Florence' Zooms Past Earth in Record-Breaking Flyby,At 8:06 a.m. EDT (1206 GMT) today, the roughly 2.7-mile-wide (4.4 kilometers) asteroid 3122 Florence came within a mere 4.4 million miles (7 million km) of Earth — just 18 times the distance from our planet to the moon. "Nothing this big has passed this close to Earth since we've been tracking," Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told Space.com. "This is a once-in-40-year-event kind of thing." Only 10 or so asteroids as big as Florence exist in near-Earth space, Chodas said. There was never any chance of the space rock hitting us on this encounter, and astronomers have mapped out Florence's orbit well enough to know that it poses no threat to Earth for the next few centuries at least, he stressed. (But if something as big as Florence did hit us, it would be very bad: Scientists regard any impactor at least 0.6 miles, or 1 km, across as a potential civilization-ender.) Florence was discovered by astronomer Schelte "Bobby" Bus in 1981 at Australia's Siding Spring Observatory. The space rock loops around the sun every 2.35 years on an elliptical path, getting as close to our star as 1 astronomical unit (AU) and as far away as 2.5 AU. (One AU is the average Earth-sun distance — about 93 million miles, or 150 million km.) Astronomers have also determined that Florence is a superfast spinner, completing one rotation every 2.4 hours. "If it were spinning any faster, it would fly apart," Chodas said. "What often happens is, asteroids that are spinning this quickly rearrange into the shape of a top, where they have kind of a bulge at the equator." But that's just an inference in Florence's case; the asteroid's shape isn't known for certain. Indeed, not much about Florence is. For example, astronomers don't know if the space rock has a moon. And the 2.7-mile size estimate, which is based on infrared observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NEOWISE mission, is just that — an estimate. It could change once researchers get some better observations, Chodas said. Which brings us back to today's flyby. Florence has come close enough on this encounter — eight times closer to Earth than it's ever been since its 1981 discovery, Chodas said — to be pinged by radar, and scientists are taking full advantage of the opportunity. They've been using powerful facilities such as NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico to get the first-ever good looks at Florence. The radar images should reveal Florence's true size and shape. They may even achieve 10-foot (3 meters) resolution, allowing surface features such as boulders and craters to be spotted, Chodas said. Optical telescopes around the world have been trained on Florence as well, gathering other types of data that will further flesh out researchers' understanding of the asteroid, he added. [In Photos: Potentially Dangerous Asteroids] This flyby is like a space mission to an asteroid, "but the asteroid is coming to us," Chodas said. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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'Bringing Up Bates' Star Tori Bates Announces Her Engagement — See Her Ring!
 
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The day was a dream come true for Tori and Bobby, who were first introduced by mutual friends back in 2015. They’ve been courting for nearly a year, and even remained long distance while Bobby was in school. “We’ve been looking forward to this day for so long and it’s finally here — we’re engaged! The day could not have been more magical, and the moments we shared will never be forgotten,” the newly engaged stars gushed to People. “It feels like a dream and our hearts are overflowing with excitement. Thank you for all of your love and support.” Tori and Bobby will get their own special episode of her family’s TV show — which will air on Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. on UP TV. We can’t wait for the wedding planning to begin! Congrats, you two! Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Some Pretty Cool Science Is Gonna Happen During The Eclipse
 
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On Aug. 21, mid-morning Pacific time, the town of Salem, Oregon, will slip into shadow. The moon will slowly and inexorably slide in front of the sun, and our star’s light will slowly grow dimmer. Filtered through foliage, sunlight will appear on the ground as a smattering of crescents. As more of the sun’s disk disappears, ripples of light and darkness called “shadow bands” will wiggle across the ground, the way sunlight seems to shimmy on the bottom of a swimming pool. They are a harbinger of the coming total eclipse. Birds will hasten back to roosts. Then, at 10:15 a.m., in one of the most unusual coincidences in all of celestial mechanics, the moon will completely block the sun’s disk. In the final seconds, a dazzling ray of light, known as the diamond ring, will remain: It is sunlight filtering through valleys on the moon. Insects will thrum and chirp as if it’s dusk. The temperature will drop. At once, the Oregon landscape will be drained of color. Only the sun’s atmosphere, called the corona, will be visible, appearing as a ghostly wreath of light licked by flames of pink and red. Only during totality can you see these tendrils, which reach Earth and affect our daily lives as much as any part of our star. The sky will seem to dance, four other planets will emerge from their daytime hiding spots behind the sun’s glare, and millions of Americans will experience their first total solar eclipse. Jay Pasachoff will experience his 34th. He is an astronomy professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts — and the man who may have seen more eclipses than any human in history. For his first, he was a freshman at Harvard who lucked into a seat on a Northeast Airlines jet flying over Boston in 1959. For the Aug. 21 eclipse, he will be in Salem, probably behind his 500mm Nikon lens, photographing the corona once more. “There is something primal about being outside when, over a period of less than an hour, it gets dark, the light gets very eerie, the colors change. You know that something strange is going on,” Pasachoff said recently. “Then, abruptly, it gets 10,000 times darker in the last minute. You look in the sky, and there’s this strange stuff going on. There’s a diamond ring surrounding this dark hole in the sky. Everybody who sees it is overwhelmed.” The eclipse will be a moment of immense national interest. For astronomers like Pasachoff, it will also be a moment of immensely important science. This will be the first total eclipse to cross the continental United States since 1918, and the first to touch any part of the U.S. since 1979. Its “path of totality” — the narrow zone where the moon completely blocks the sun and casts a shadow over the land — will make landfall exclusively within the United States. This is the first eclipse to do so since 1776. Millions of people live in the path of totality; Americans in every state, including Alaska and Hawaii, will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. All the while, scientists who study eclipses will be buzzing around their equipment to take the measure of the sun, its atmosphere and its interaction with our own atmosphere. An event that could inspire a unique sense of cosmic communion will also answer burning questions about how our star works and how it affects us. “Think about being able to do all these experiments on the ground, from airplanes, from balloons, with citizen scientists. It’s pretty breathtaking,” said Lika Guhathakurta, an astrophysicist at NASA. Guhathakurta will shepherd dozens of scientific projects on Aug. 21, including polarized images of the corona, which help scientists measure its temperature; measurements of Earth’s ionosphere — the charged layer of the atmosphere that gives us auroras; spatial disturbances in the atmosphere caused by heat changes; and a whole lot more. (You can get involved, too. With an app called GLOBE Observer and a thermometer, you can collect data during the eclipse and submit it to NASA. And Google and the University of California, Berkeley, are asking for video and images, which they’ll stitch together into an “Eclipse Megamovie.”) Other scientists will be studying animals — creatures as small as grasshoppers and as big as hippos have been documented reacting to eclipses — and us, too. Humans are sure to have a wide range of responses, as we have since time immemorial.
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Chris Cornell's Wife Recounts The Final Moments Before His Death
 
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Following news that Chris Cornell reportedly had fresh track marks in his arm when he was found dead on May 17, comes his wife Vicky Cornell's account of his last few minutes alive. TMZ reports that Vicky told friends and family she last spoke to Chris thirty minutes before he was found dead in his hotel room. She said that right before she called her husband that night, the lights were flickering on and off in her house. Apparently Chris could control the lights from his cell phone. When Vicky called, she asked the 52-year-old if he had been manipulating the lighting, but he denied it, saying he had only done so an hour earlier. Vicky immediately sensed something was off because he had been onstage an hour ago. She became more worried when Chris began slurring his words. He reportedly was angry at his crew, saying, "They f***ed up again. They had three days to fix my in-ears and I was getting static. I couldn't hear." He also complained "I blew my voice. I blew my voice," before changing the subject and sounding nonsensical. Vicky became alarmed and said, "I need to know what you took tonight. You don't sound right, sweetheart." He replied, "I was really angry and I just took two Ativan. I'm really pissed and I had to calm myself down." Vicky replied to that with, "I need to know what you took. It doesn't sound like two Ativan. It sounds like you took something else. You need to tell me now what you took. I forgive you." At this point, Chris' attitude changed and he became "cocky and aggressive," which reminded Vicky of the time he was on Oxycontin fourteen years ago and almost died. When Chris changed the subject again and sounded more incoherent, Vicky immediately phoned his bodyguard to check up on him. She says she had never done that during their fourteen years together. Vicky told the bodyguard to knock down the door if he had to. The bodyguard was able to knock down the first door but not the second, at which point Vicky contacted the hotel to get them to open the second door. She was screaming that he was having a heart attack. She was also still on the phone with the bodyguard when he finally knocked down the second door and found Chris' body. It took thirty minutes from the time she talked to Chris to the moment the bodyguard found him. As for reports of fresh track marks on Chris' arm, Vicky disputes that, saying she never saw him use needles, and that only a few days before, he was in New York with her and there were no marks on him.
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Ancient human cousin found in South Africa is surprisingly young
 
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Two years ago, scientists announced the discovery of a puzzling new species of early human: Homo naledi. The 15 partial skeletons were uncovered deep inside a cave in South Africa — and featured human-like hands and feet, but surprisingly small brains the size of a gorilla's (a third the size of modern human's). The discovery of H. naledi, however, lacked one key piece of information: the age of the bones. Now, the team of researchers who uncovered H. naledi announced the fossils are between 236,000 and 335,000 years old, according to National Geographic. If the dates are confirmed, that means H. naledi is much younger than its primitive features suggest, and they may have lived around the same time our own species — Homo sapiens — was evolving. The discovery, published today in the journal eLife, is likely to be controversial, because it could mean that the stone tools uncovered in South Africa from the time — called the Middle Stone Age — weren’t made by modern humans. Today’s research is controversial for another reason: the researchers describe the discovery of a second cave chamber, where a bunch of other H. naledi remains were found. That may confirm one contested hypothesis first put forward in 2015: that H. naledi used the Rising Star cave to bury its dead. That’s a very complex and modern behavior, and some scientists believe that such primitive humans couldn’t have performed it. The first cave chamber, called Dinaledi, was discovered in 2013. It contained over 1,500 specimens of H. naledi — the largest single paleoanthropological find of its type in Africa. The chamber is deep underground, and could be accessed only by a team of female scientist-climbers specially selected to fit through a narrow, vertical shaft that was just eight inches wide at points. The second chamber, called Lesedi, is also similarly hard to reach, and contains remains from about 130 specimens, including one adult skeleton that’s very well preserved. Both chambers only contain H. naledi remains (although some animal remains were found inside Lesedi). That suggests H. naledi used to site to bury its dead. And the discovery of the second chamber bolsters that hypothesis, according to the research team led by University of the Witwatersrand paleoanthropologist Lee Berger. “What are the chances that you have some natural phenomenon that has left accumulations of multiple bodies, adults and juveniles, in two far-separated parts of the cave, in very similar depositional circumstances — and we found both of them?” John Hawks, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who’s part of the research team, told National Geographic. “It’s very difficult to believe that this is some kind of coincidence.” But some disagree, saying that the bodies could have been deposited in the caves naturally — maybe they were washed there by floods. There are no artifacts in the cave, so it’s hard to interpret the meaning of the remains, Alison Brooks, a paleoanthropologist at George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution who wasn’t involved in the research, told The Washington Post. To date the H. naledi remains found in the first cave chamber, the researchers used six different dating techniques, each tried independently by two labs to confirm the results, according to The Washington Post. (The remains in the new cave chamber haven’t been dated yet.) The team analyzed the H. naledi teeth, the layers of calcite deposited through time on the bones, and the cave’s radioactivity — and determined the fossils date to between 236,000 and 335,000 years ago. That’s much younger than the team previously thought: H. naledi shares some features with early members of our genus that lived nearly 2 million years ago, so the researchers thought the H. naledi fossils would be around the same age. Today’s finding, however, dispels that, and could mean that H. naledi was a lingering lineage that arose about 2 million years ago, and stuck around at a time when a bunch of other early human ancestors roamed the planet. In fact, during the Middle Stone Age, there were Neanderthals, Denisovans, and Homo erectus, as well as other hominins. How H. naledi fits into the human family tree isn’t clear yet. Could it be that H. naledi, not H. erectus, is our most immediate ancestor? It’s impossible to tell for now, but what’s clear is that the H. naledi discovery paints a much more complicated picture. And more research is needed before conclusions are reached. “The past was a lot more complicated than we gave it credit for and our ancestors were a lot more resilient and lot more varied than we give them credit for,” Susan Anton, a paleoanthropologist at New York University who was not involved in the study, told The Washington Post. “We're not the pinnacle of everything that happened in the past. We just happen to be the thing that survived.”
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Angelina Jolie Pauses Divorce With Plans to Reconcile With Brad Pitt
 
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Angelina Jolie is hoping to work things out with Brad Pitt, and has paused their dramatic divorce. Well, this is a twist we never saw coming! More than a year after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made headlines for their bombshell divorce, things have come to a full stop — and now Life & Style is reporting that it’s because she has desires to reconcile with her estranged husband and the father of their six children. However, Brad isn’t interested. A source tells Life & Style that there are “a million reasons” why he won’t get back together with his estranged spouse. As In Touch recently reported, he’s just hoping to get the divorce done with — once and for all. As insider previously explained, “In hopes of getting Angie to sign off on the divorce, Brad started throwing huge financial settlement offers at her lawyer. But so far, she’s refused any offer that’s been sent her way. “Angie has rejected every single monetary settlement offer,” the insider said. Instead, she’s pushed back on his efforts to gain custody of their children, Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 9. Brad has already been through a lot in the divorce — he not only survived a child abuse investigation (he was cleared of charges), but he also publicly admitted his struggle with substance abuse. As such, he feels he has nothing to lose — and wants to move on with his life. “He isn’t trying to buy Angie off and couldn’t care less about how he is perceived in the public eye when they do come to an eventual settlement,” the insider said. “Brad’s motivation is first and foremost the kids. Giving Angie a substantial chunk of his fortune will give the kids the quality of life they are used to with no changes.” Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Global Climate Change: 2017 Second Warmest Year Since 1880
 
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Climate change is real and it’s happening now. The data published Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) highlighted the first half of 2017 was the second warmest in 138 years. The global average temperature recorded between January and June was 1.48 Fahrenheit degrees above the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees. Besides, the global average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was the third highest for the month of June compared to the temperature records dating back to 1880. There is a reason to worry as June 2017 marks the 41st consecutive June and the 390th consecutive month with temperatures at least nominally above the 20th century average, according to the NOAA. Among the different continents, Africa had its warmest June on record this year. However, the global average temperature in 2017 was lesser as compared to 2016 — when the temperature was 1.93 degree Fahrenheit above the 20th century average — after the end of El Nino event last year, which is defined as an unusual ocean current that happens along the western America every two to ten years, according to Cambridge dictionary. In January, NASA and NOAA published a joint analysis that underlined 2016 was the warmest year on record. According to the report, researchers “estimated the natural El Niño warming in the tropical Pacific increased the annual global temperature anomaly for 2016 by 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit (0.12 degrees Celsius).” “Not only was 2016 the warmest year on record, but eight of the 12 months that make up the year — from January through September, with the exception of June — were the warmest on record for those respective months. October, November, and December of 2016 were the second warmest of those months on record – in all three cases, behind records set in 2015,” read the report. The severe changes in weather conditions due to El Nino event also led to the surge in the death of sea creatures, according to researchers, a report published in May 2016, by science news website Phys.org highlighted. Meanwhile, in a graphical representation posted on Twitter, NASA scientist Gavin Schmidt on Wednesday referred to the change in the monthly temperature distribution since the 19th century. NOAA has previously highlighted its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index has increased by 40 percent from 1990 to 2016, primarily due to the rising carbon dioxide levels. The index tracks the warming influence of long-lived greenhouse gases. As per the scientific agency, the five greenhouse gases that have accounted for about 96 percent increased climate warming since 1750 are: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and two chlorofluorocarbons.
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Magnetic Tape Data Storage Breakthrough Will Make Your Hard Drive Seem Tiny
 
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Magnetic Tape Data Storage Breakthrough Will Make Your Hard Drive Seem Tiny The amount of data you can squeeze onto a hard drive continues to grow by leaps and bounds, with Seagate announcing a 60TB SSD late last year. But thanks to IBM and Sony, tape might still reign supreme when you need to archive massive amounts of data, as the companies have jointly developed a new kind of tape that can reportedly hold 201-gigabits, or roughly 25GB, per square inch. That might not seem impressive given you can buy tiny microSD cards that are capable of holding 256GB of movies, photos, and music. But when you fill a cartridge with over a kilometer of this new tape, you can store 330TB of data in less space than a hard drive takes up. Accessing that data is no where near as instantaneous as it is with SSDs or even hard drives, but for companies that need to hold onto years worth of data ‘just in case,’ tape cartridges can be a more affordable long-term solution. Unlike the platters in computer hard drives that feature ultra-thin layers of various metals to store tiny magnetic charges, tape needs to be able to flex, bend, and be wound onto a spool. As a result, it’s usually covered in a thin layer of iron oxide or chromium particles which are magnetized or de-magnetized by a machine to create individual bits of data—aka the ones and zeroes that make digital communications possible. So how did the researchers manage to squeeze even more data onto a piece of tape that looks similar to what you’d find in an old VHS cassette tape? As a paper recently published in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics reveals, the team at Sony developed a new type of magnetic layer that’s applied to the tape using a technique called sputter deposition, which uses a vapor instead of a liquid to lay down tiny magnetic particles that are just a few nanometers in size. Older techniques of creating magnetic tape produced particles that could be hundreds of nanometers in size, but the smaller you can make those particles, the more of them can be squeezed into a given space, allowing you to store more data. Setup Timeout Error: Setup took longer than 30 seconds to complete. Sony also developed a new lubricant layer which ensures the tape runs through the machinery used to read and write data as smoothly as possible, reducing friction and wear and tear, and extending the life of the storage medium. Having a tape jam on your cassette player can result in a few seconds of garbled music, but when you’re storing data a mechanical mishap like that can be catastrophic. At the same time, IBM’s researchers developed a new read head just 48-nanometers in size that was capable of accurately reading the minuscule magnetic particles on Sony’s new tape, as well as new servo technology allowing for precise control of the tape as it flows through the machine. Accuracy and precision have to be improved as the magnetic particles holding the data get smaller and smaller. Existing hardware won’t be compatible with the new tape cartridges, so, don’t throw out your current backup solutions just yet. This new technology still only exists in the R&D laboratories of IBM and Sony, and it will likely be a few years before it becomes commercially available. But once it goes into production, it should extend the usefulness and value of tape cartridges for at least another decade. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Why the 2017 total eclipse is a repeat of 1963
 
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Why the 2017 total eclipse is a repeat of 1963 Western science worships cycles. And to some there's no clearer indication of our obsession than the approaching total eclipse on August 21. DW talks to eclipses chaser and astronomer Professor Anthony Aveni. DW: Your book "In the Shadow of the Moon" is as much about the science of total solar eclipses as it is about the people who study or like to observe them. And you have yourself made a career out of observing eclipses from diverse places on Earth. So would it be fair to call you an "eclipse chaser"? Anthony Aveni: Well I wouldn't classify myself among the eclipse chasers like Jay Pasachoff, my astronomy colleague from Williams College who has seen many more total eclipses than I have [Ed.: Pasachoff has witnessed 65 solar eclipses and 33 total eclipses]. I have chased down eight of them. I've done some eclipses on cruise ships and some over land, but my interest is in natural phenomena, and particularly people's reactions to natural phenomena. But I would say I was an eclipse chaser, yes. So how does that start? What fascinated you early on for you to want to make a life of this? What fascinated me and led me into cultural astronomy, a field I helped develop, is that I think we have a problem in Western culture in thinking everybody reacts to nature the same as we do. I get very interesting questions from people, such as "Why, if the Maya were so smart about timing movements in the heavens, didn't they know the world was round? How come they didn't know the Earth orbits the sun or that we're part of a spiral galaxy?" And my answer is that we only know those things because of the way we, in our Western understanding of nature, which descends from the Babylonians, the Greeks and through the Renaissance, have come to raise those kinds of questions. Circular orbits, for example, come from the Greeks who worshipped the circle, so we still have this divine attachment to the circle. When we deal with the Inca and the Maya, Hinduism and other cultures that were out of contact with the West for a long time, we see a very different perspective on nature. We see a world which is vibrant with life, of which we are a part. And we in the West don't consider ourselves to be part of the universe. We have us and it. There is nature, which seems to operate on its own, from rocks to stars to galaxies, and then there is us and we probe nature with the idea of trying to control it. You write about the science of eclipses, and that's interesting. But I'm also interested in this idea that there's a disconnection between people and nature. And you describe how people on these cruises you've been on seem more interested in taking photos, in recording an eclipse event than actually experiencing it. Yes, and I remember there were many times on these eclipse cruises and doing lectures, I would hear the snaps of the camera shutters, thousands and thousands of clicks, without the people paying attention to what they were looking at. And what I think is especially interesting is that even though we know what causes an eclipse we still are enthralled by what we see. We abandon our scientific, positivistic attitude about how we know there are equations that explain all this, and there is this contact with the sublime. That's why I entitle my book "In the Shadow of the Moon." Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Dutch mobility startup aims for self-driving car deployment by 2018
 
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Amber, a mobility startup, has an ambitious plan to deploy self-driving cars in Dutch cities by mid-2018. The team, a spin-out of the Eindhoven University of Technology, is building a ride-sharing platform that will use student drivers to start, before switching to autonomous vehicles. It uses a predictive analytics platform that calculates where the next fare will be, lowering wait times. If one of Amber’s taxis is not available, the app calls a regular cab. As the app gets smarter and Amber adds more drivers, it expects wait times to decrease. Cameras, radar, and other sensors are always collecting data, during the daytime with the drivers, and throughout the night in self-driving mode. Amber has received approval to test its self-driving system on roads in Eindhoven and Helmond, and other cities should come soon, as Netherlands is one of the more forward thinking European countries on autonomous vehicles. “Other companies working at self-driving technology have trouble testing because they always need an engineer behind the wheel,” said Amber CEO Steven Nelemans to GreenBeat. “Our cars are driving during the day with normal drivers to accumulate data. And at night they accumulate even more data in the self-driving mode. We can learn much faster.” Amber plans to launch its first car in 2021, the Amber One, designed with modular components that can be easily replaced. The car, we assume, will have all of the usual self-driving hardware, like Lidar sensors and high-powered graphics processors. The BMW i3 is the current car of choice. The startup is looking to raise $70 million, which would fund the next few years, as Amber starts to deploy self-driving cars throughout the day. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Toward a smart graphene membrane to desalinate water
 
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Toward a smart graphene membrane to desalinate water, An international team of researchers, including scientists from Shinshu University (Japan) and the director of Penn State’s ATOMIC Center, has developed a graphene-based coating for desalination membranes that is more robust and scalable than current nanofiltration membrane technologies. The result could be a sturdy and practical membrane for clean water solutions as well as protein separation, wastewater treatment and pharmaceutical and food industry applications. “Our dream is to create a smart membrane that combines high flow rates, high efficiency, long lifetime, self-healing and eliminates bio and inorganic fouling in order to provide clean water solutions for the many parts of the world where clean water is scarce,” says Mauricio Terrones, professor of physics, chemistry and materials science and engineering, Penn State. “This work is taking us in that direction.” The hybrid membrane the team developed uses a simple spray-on technology to coat a mixture of graphene oxide and few-layered graphene in solution onto a backbone support membrane of polysulfone modified with polyvinyl alcohol. The support membrane increased the robustness of the hybrid membrane, which was able to stand up to intense cross-flow, high pressure and chlorine exposure. Even in early stages of development, the membrane rejects 85 percent of salt, adequate for agricultural purposes though not for drinking, and 96 percent of dye molecules. Highly polluting dyes from textile manufacturing is commonly discharged into rivers in some areas of the world. Chlorine is generally used to mitigate biofouling in membranes, but chlorine rapidly degrades the performance of current polymer membranes. The addition of few-layer graphene makes the new membrane highly resistant to chlorine. Graphene is known to have high mechanical strength, and porous graphene is predicted to have 100 percent salt rejection, making it a potentially ideal material for desalination membranes. However, there are many challenges with scaling up graphene to industrial quantities including controlling defects and the need for complex transfer techniques required to handle the two-dimensional material. The current work attempts to overcome the scalability issues and provide an inexpensive, high quality membrane at manufacturing scale. The work was performed in the Global Aqua Innovation Center and the Institute of Carbon Science and Technology at Shinshu University, Nagano, Japan, where Terrones is also a Distinguished Invited Professor. The team includes researchers Aaron Morelos-Gomez, Josue Ortiz-Medina and Rodolfo Cruz-Silva, former Ph.D. students of Terrones. Morelos-Gomez is lead author on a paper published online on August 28 in Nature Nanotechnology describing their work titled “Effective NaCL and dye rejection of hybrid graphene oxide/graphene layered membranes.” The Japanese researchers, Hiroyuki Muramatsu, Takumi Araki, Tomoyuki Fukuyo, Syogo Tejima, Kenji Takeuchi, and Takuya Hayashi, were also led by Professor Morinobu Endo. First author Aaron Morelos-Gomez says, “Our membrane overcomes the water solubility of graphene oxide by using polyvinyl alcohol as an adhesive making it resistant against strong water flow and high pressures. By mixing graphene oxide with graphene we could also improve significantly its chemical resistance” Professor Morinobu Endo concludes that “This is the first step towards more effective and smart membranes that could self-adapt depending on their environment.” This work was supported by the Center of Innovation Program, Global Aqua Innovation Center for Improving Living Standards and Water Sustainability, from the Japan Science and Technology Agency. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Celebrities Are Showing Their Support After a Young Boy's Anti-Bullying Plea Goes Viral
 
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On Dec. 8, Kimberly Jones, a mom from Knoxville, TN, posted a video of her son Keaton breaking down as he explains how he's being bullied at school. In the heart-wrenching clip — which is just over one minute long — the young boy asks, "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What's the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them. It's not okay." In her post on Facebook, Jones revealed the video was filmed after Keaton asked her to "pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch." When she asks, "What did they say to you?," Keaton responds, "They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends." When she questions what they do to him at lunch, he replies, "Poured milk on me and put ham down my clothes. Threw bread at me." He concludes the video by saying, "I don't like that they do it to me and I for sure don't like that they do it to other people because it's not okay. People that are different don't need to be criticized about it. It's not their fault. If you are made fun of, just don't let it bother you. Stay strong I guess. It's hard. But it'll probably get better one day." His message has since gone viral with more than 17 million views, inspiring a ton of celebrities such as Cardi B to reach out with a message of their own. As well wishes continued to pour in, Jones shared her gratitude on Facebook. "Friends, overwhelmed is the understatement of the world right now. I love each of you for what you are doing, but there is literally no way I can respond or even read all of the messages," she wrote. "I'm humbled by the voice my boy has been given, but he's still just a little boy, & he's a little boy who desperately wants acceptance, that I have to try to find a way to navigate him through the difference in true acceptance & attention. I know God has His hand in this, & I trust that the right things will happen in the right time." We're with you, Keaton! Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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LG WILL ENABLE THE FM RADIO ON ITS FUTURE SMARTPHONES VIA NEXTRADIO PARTNERSHIP
 
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LG WILL ENABLE THE FM RADIO ON ITS FUTURE SMARTPHONES VIA NEXTRADIO PARTNERSHIP Smartphones are pretty impressive little devices, but there is one feature that has evaded them over the years -- FM radio. Of course, that is not because of a lack of hardware -- in fact, all smartphones actually have FM radios built right into them, but not too many manufacturers actually enable them. LG is changing that, through a partnership with NextRadio. The company announced that NextRadio will become a native platform on some of LG's top phones in North and South America. With NextRadio, users will be able to listen to any local radio station, as they would any other radio -- which is not just convenient, it is a way for those without streaming services to still experience new music without having to download MP3s. With the partnership, not only will LG phones have their FM chips enabled, but phones will come pre-installed with the NextRadio app. “We are proud and excited to partner with one of the world’s leading smartphone providers to continue our mission of connecting and exposing users to a fully immersive radio experience,” Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio, said in a statement. “This alliance will give millions of consumers the opportunity to receive real over-the-air FM radio through their phone.” It is certainly interesting that LG is interested in bringing the radio to its smartphones. Many consider broadcast radio, in general, to be a dying medium, especially with the rise of music streaming and even internet radio. Many will consider it a nice addition to the smartphone, though some might not like the idea of an extra app coming pre-installed on their phone. So why do phones have FM radio chips in the first place? It's actually included in the chipset of most smartphones. Qualcomm, for example, bakes FM functionality into its LTE modems. While manufacturers can activate the chips, as LG seems to be doing now, the decision often rests on the shoulders of the carrier. The reason most phones do not have those chips enabled is the fact that carriers have no incentive to activate them -- they make money from customers streaming and using up their data. On top of that, many manufacturers have their own music streaming services, so they also do not have any incentive to enable the chip. It will be interesting to see if the demand for FM radios grows but in the meantime, if you really want that functionality, you will soon be able to get an LG phone with it. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Facebook Shuts Down AI System After Bots Create Language Humans Can't Understand
 
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Days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) was limited, the social media company has reportedly shut down one of its AI systems because "things got out of hand." The AI bots created their own language, from the scratch and without human input, forcing Facebook to shut down the AI system. The AI bots' step of creating and communicating with the new language defied the provided codes. According to a report in Tech Times on Sunday, "The AI did not start shutting down computers worldwide or something of the sort, but it stopped using English and started using a language that it created." Initially the AI agents used English to converse with each other but they later created a new language that only AI systems could understand, thus, defying their purpose. This led Facebook researchers to shut down the AI systems and then force them to speak to each other only in English. In June, researchers from the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) found that while they were busy trying to improve chatbots, the "dialogue agents" were creating their own language. Soon, the bots began to deviate from the scripted norms and started communicating in an entirely new language which they created without human input, media reports said. Using machine learning algorithms, the "dialogue agents" were left to converse freely in an attempt to strengthen their conversational skills. The researchers also found these bots to be "incredibly crafty negotiators". "After learning to negotiate, the bots relied on machine learning and advanced strategies in an attempt to improve the outcome of these negotiations," the report said. "Over time, the bots became quite skilled at it and even began feigning interest in one item in order to 'sacrifice' it at a later stage in the negotiation as a faux compromise," it added. Although this appears to be a huge leap for AI, several experts including Professor Stephen Hawking have raised fears that humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, could be superseded by AI. Others like Tesla's Elon Musk, philanthropist Bill Gates, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have also expressed their concerns about where the AI technology was heading. As mentioned above, this incident took place just days after a verbal spat between Facebook CEO and Musk who exchanged harsh words over a debate on the future of AI. "I've talked to Mark about this (AI). His understanding of the subject is limited," Musk tweeted last week.
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