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Dog the Bounty Hunter’s Wife Beth Chapman Hospitalized After Tumor Removal
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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The DNA of ancient Canaanites lives on in modern-day Lebanese, genetic analysis shows
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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Joshua “Bam Bam” Brown, Billy and Ami’s second son, has not been visible on Alaskan Bush People for a while now. Back in Season 6, Bam Bam said goodbye to his family to be live with his girlfriend, Allison Kagan. The couple is said to have been living in a “luxury yacht” and wants to sail to the Bahamas together. According to Radar Online, Bam Bam purchased a 100-feet long boat named Osprey back in November 2016. Sources revealed that the vessel, built in 1986, needed a lot of restoration work. ‘Josh (Bam Bam) and Allison first came to look at the boat in November,” an insider told the online publication. “He told the owner that he was in the production business.” Unfortunately, Bam Bam’s plans to go sailing around the world aboard his love boat was put on hold when Ami Brown was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer early this year. The 34-year-old appeared in the last season of Alaskan Bush People, where he had an emotional reunion with mom Ami and the rest of his family. However, his girlfriend was not included in the show. Interestingly, Allison used to work for Alaskan Bush People as a producer. This is why the Brown family has kept mum about the relationship to avoid additional gossip. But now, Bam Bam is breaking his silence about his lady love, their boat, and plans for the future. Bam Bam just gave a rare update about his love boat on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The reality star confirmed that he has been working on the boat since acquiring it. He also posted several photos of his boat restoration project, which show the couple working on the tiles and ceiling of the vessel. They also gave their “baby girl” a new name: Fathom This. “Celebrating 1 year with our little girl,” Bam Bam tweeted on Nov. 1. “All she needed was a little TLC and a new name.” The Alaskan Bush People star also opened up about his very private relationship with the former TV producer. He revealed that they have recently celebrated their one-year anniversary as a couple. “Since everyone keeps asking, Alli and I have been dating for a year (November 2016). When I visited New York that summer we were still just friends.” Bam Bam narrated that he and Allison got the idea of getting a yacht when they were in Staten Island. He gushed about his girlfriend, who he said had “great artistic vision.” “Alli searched and found the old ferry just before she was going to be sold for scrap! We have been gutting and renovating her ever since. It’s been a blast…Alli has great artistic vision and huge plans for the renovation.” Bam Bam also mentioned that Fathom This is a family project. He’s tapped his dad, Billy Brown, to help them with the boat’s plumbing. He stated that the rest of the Alaskan Bush People family is excited to come aboard and see his finished project. Meanwhile, other members of the Alaskan Bush People family have been recently spotted in Colorado. In the last season of their reality show, Billy announced his plans of abandoning their life in the Alaskan wilderness to settle in a 40-acre ranch in Colorado. However, the move has made fans worried for Ami, who is currently undergoing her second round of chemotherapy. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Elizabeth Baur, Actress on 'Ironside,' Dies at 69
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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‘General Hospital’ Spoilers 2018: Head Writers Reveal What’s Next For JaSam, Dream, Friz, And CarSon
General Hospital spoilers tease eventful happenings for the New Year, and it’s just a taste of what’s coming in 2018. GH Co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Shelly Altman teased the future of romantic couples in the upcoming year. General Hospital faves will have a roller coaster year, the Drew-Jason-Sam love triangle will definitely crank up the heat. On Choices And Second Guessing Altman’s first prediction for the Dream team doesn’t sound positive. According to him, the couple will start off the year with fireworks, and Sam (Kelly Monaco) will start to have doubts about her choice. Sam took Drew’s (Billy Miller) side right away, and she even agreed to take his ring and cast off Jason’s. However, spoilers tease she might have a change of heart next year. Of course, Carly (Laura Wright) will play a huge role in the love triangle. She questioned Sam’s choices, and she will continue to scheme to make Sam realize she belongs with Jason. As Sam struggles if she made the right choice, Jason and Sonny (Maurice Benard) will not rest until they find the person who abducted Jason back in 2012. The search may have been futile, but they might find a useful lead soon. Drew’s memories might also help them figure out what happened, who was behind it, and why. General Hospital spoilers tease this mystery will have tentacles, and this will touch not just the twins but other people in Port Charles. As for Drew, he will be forced to face the facts and “he might dig up something that he doesn’t want to know.” Corinthos Family Drama Carly and Sonny had a rough 2017 but this couple will stay solid in 2018. Since she already feels secured about her marriage, General Hospital spoilers from Soap Opera Digest tease Carly will continue worrying about the people around her. Over the past few weeks, she made it her personal mission to give Jason back everything he lost. Jason already got his identity back, but Carly will work on getting him the rest of his life again, including Sam and his family. Carly always meddled in other people’s problems, and she won’t turn over a new leaf next year. General Hospital spoilers suggest the extended Corinthos family is headed for major drama, and according to Altman, they might need Sonny’s special skills to deal with the issue. Complicated Love Stories Franco and Liz just got engaged, but General Hospital spoilers tease Franco will have doubts about his abilities to make Liz happy. There will be a tough road ahead for Friz, and then there’s Jason. Jason is not happy with Franco’s involvement in Jake’s life. General Hospital spoilers tease there’s bound to be more complications down the road. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Ric Flair's daughter shares update following WWE legend's hospitalization
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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‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Spoilers: Paternity Test Is Wrong, Baby Is Really Bill’s
The Bold and the Beautiful spoilers from this week’s soap magazines reveal that the verdict is in on Steffy Forrester’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) paternity test, and the result says the baby is Liam Spencer’s (Scott Clifton). That’s the best news for Steffy, but Liam finds out she cheated and leaves her anyway. Steffy will be devastated, and Bold rumors tease she’ll be hard hit when she finds out the paternity test might not have been accurate. That means the baby could still be Bill’s, not Liam’s, and that could change everything. Paternity Results Revealed, But Test Is Problematic On Thursday, December 21, the Bold recap from She Knows Soaps reveals that Steffy gave blood since the doc explained that could offer a source of the baby’s DNA in a new type of non-invasive paternity test. To try and match the baby’s DNA, Steffy gave the doc Liam’s toothbrush and some pieces of Bill’s hair. The doctor said the lab told her there was enough genetic material in the three samples to run the test but then told Steffy it would be a few days before the results came back. As Christmas week kicks off, B&B spoilers from Soap Central reveal that Steffy continues to worry about the paternity test results. But then on Thursday, December 28, the doctor calls to let Steffy know that the results are in, and Liam is the dad. But Steffy made a crucial error and didn’t give the doctor all the information that she needed to get accurate results with the paternity test. This twist explains why Bold revealed the DNA results so soon. Rumor has it that the paternity isn’t settled with the first test. DNA Test Complicated By Liam-Bill Family Ties Bold and the Beautiful spoilers tease the problem with the test is that Steffy didn’t tell her doctor that the two potential fathers are related. According to DNATesting.com, DNA test results can be complicated if the father candidates are family. Cousins aren’t a big deal according to the site, and even brothers or fraternal twins won’t confuse the test too much. The two situations where things get tricky are when the dad candidates are identical twins or if they’re father and son – just like with Liam and Bill. With identical twins, DNA is identical, so the test doesn’t help. With a father and son pair, there can be a “false positive,” according to the DNA testing site, and the test run needs to be more in-depth than the standard paternity test. Steffy was embarrassed and didn’t tell her doctor that she slept with her husband’s father, so the doctor didn’t have enough information for an accurate result. Bold spoilers from She Knows Soaps reveal the doctor notices this DNA dilemma that leads to the paternity swap. A Twist In The Baby’s Paternity In 2018 B&B spoilers indicate that Steffy’s happy with the results, at least until Liam discovers the cheating, which happens in the new year. From there, the news of Steffy and Bill Spencer’s (Don Diamont) one-nighter spreads through the families, and Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye) comes gunning for Bill. But there’s a twist looming if the latest Bold and the Beautiful rumors turn out to be true. Once Steffy’s doctor looks at the detailed test results, she notices a pattern. Spoilers reveal Bill is the dad, not Liam. Bold spoilers from Soap Opera Digest for the 2018 preview indicate that the doc will come back to Steffy because of the confusing data in the sample that indicates the potential fathers are linked biologically. Once Steffy confirms to her doc that the men she slept with are father and son, a follow-up test is required. This one might not come out like Steffy hoped. Tune in weekdays to the CBS soap to see Scott Clifton’s son’s debut on B&B and check back often for more The Bold and the Beautiful spoilers. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Niall Horan Speaks Out About Harry Styles Groping Incident After One Direction Half-Reunion
Niall Horan Speaks Out About Harry Styles Groping Incident After One Direction Half-Reunion, Harry Styles and Niall Horan, half of One Direction, reunited Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl for the “We Can Survive” concert to benefit breast cancer. The Los Angeles crowd got rowdy though, and Harry was reportedly crotch-groped by a fan as he knelt to sing “Kiwi” on the edge of the stage. Niall Horan is quoted in the Daily Mail expressing his shock that a fan grabbed Harry Styles’ manly parts during a concert. “You’ve got one of your favorite stars in front of you and your reaction is to grab them by the n*ts? I think it’s a little bit odd to be honest!” Harry Styles was professional and discrete in his handling of the incident on stage. Styles brushed the offending hand away quickly and kept singing. Then Harry walked back to his microphone stand at center stage. Styles never missed a beat. Harry Style was so discreet that Niall Horan, who was standing on the side of the stage, never even noticed. Further, Niall Horan didn’t know what happened until he saw reports of the incident online. Niall Horan’s comment was quoted by MTV News. “I was actually at that gig – standing side stage – and I didn’t see it myself… but once a video’s there, then it goes viral… and all that kinda good stuff.” Niall Horan didn’t notice because Harry Styles handled the situation so well. Harry reacted for only a split second. Styles grimaced in a quick micro-expression of discomfort or disgust, but it was over quickly as Styles moved on. Niall Horan is in disbelief that anyone would even do such a thing. Harry Styles sent out a request for fans to respect his privacy. Fans started the hashtag #RespectHarry. They too are outraged at the offending fan who touched Harry’s unmentionables. The Harry Styles and Niall Horan partial One Direction reunion should have been the big news of the event. Instead, the focus has been thrust onto the groping incident. These two One Direction singers have not stood together since the tragic loss of Louis Tomlinson’s mother last winter. Harry Styles and Niall Horan still did not perform together, but they did at least stand side by side on stage. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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African-American Reporter Takes Stand After Body-Shaming
A woman's comments that an African-American female news reporter in Dallas "looks ridiculous" in her clothes has sparked outrage on social media. Wednesday morning, a woman on Facebook posted a photo of WFAA Channel 8 News traffic reporter Demetria Obilor wearing a red dress, criticizing the way she looked in her dress. The post has since been taken down. "She's a 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress and looks ridiculous," the post said. The woman also said she would stop watching the news channel. Obilor, 26, has been a traffic reporter at the station for two weeks. She was previously a traffic reporter at KLAS-TV in Las Vegas. She said she wasn’t made aware of the post until Friday when someone posted a screenshot of the post on Twitter. "I'm not a 16/18, but even if I was, for you to try to call out my size like that to hurt me or discriminate against me, I'm not for that," she told NBC News. Having been in the business almost four years, she said she isn’t hurt by the comments and has thick skin. "When you get older and you’re in the news people warn you that, 'Hey, you're going to be under a harsh lens. People are going to critique you, people are going to say mean things about you,'" she said. This isn't the first time Obilor has been attacked over her looks. Over the summer, while a traffic reporter in Las Vegas, she shared a screenshot of an email from a viewer who said her natural hairstyle must be hard to clean and "smell bad." Obilor isn't alone. Rhonda Lee, a former meteorologist in Louisiana was fired for responding to a viewer who said her natural hairstyle didn't "look good on TV." Obilor, whose mother is white and father is Nigerian, said some people must accept that we now live in a time where styles and body types once rarely seen in media are now being embraced. "Black people on TV; there’s nothing wrong with that," she said. "Naturally, curly hair — I don't care if a black woman wants to wear her hair straight or in braids, you don't get to say what's professional and what's not professional based on your white standard of beauty." Obilor said her news colleagues have been supportive of her. NBC News reached out to WFAA Channel 8 News but has not received a response. She has also received support on social media, with people thanking her and telling her she is beautiful. Chance The Rapper retweeted a post about Obilor that has been liked over 100,000 times. Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., thanked Obilor for "speaking out against body shaming." Obilor said she will not allow negativity to hold her back. She said it's time to set a new standard in society and not allow this to happen any longer. "It's not about my unhurt feelings," she said. "It's about what's acceptable in society and how we, as people in the media, we have to make things right." Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Japanese Princess’s Engagement Revives Debate on Women in Royal Family
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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Dog the Bounty Hunter's Wife Beth Chapman Is In "Good Spirits" After Cancer Removal Surgery
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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Ezra Miller Shares That He Was Told By Hollywood That Coming Out Was A Mistake
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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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Talk 21st Wedding Anniversary & How Touring Strengthened Their Marriage
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill obviously know the secret to a long-lasting marriage. ET spoke with the country superstars backstage at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California, during their Soul2Soul World Tour on Saturday, just days ahead of their 21st wedding anniversary. The two tied the knot on Oct. 6, 1996, after meeting earlier that year when Hill opened up for McGraw during his Spontaneous Combustion Tour. According to Hill, no anniversary gift is needed from her handsome husband. "He's good. He doesn't need to get me anything," Hill told ET's Keltie Knight. "Honestly, do you, baby? He's good at giving gifts and making surprises." Hill joked that as long as she doesn't have to exercise with her famously fit husband, it's all good. "That's the best gift ever," Hill cracked. "That's amazing. I get to do that four-hour workout with you? No, thank you. That's my gift -- I don't have to do that workout with you." On a more serious note, McGraw gushed about getting to see his wife perform every night, admitting he's still in awe of her. "For me, it's hearing her sing every night -- that's the best part about [the tour]," McGraw said. "Because she's not out there singing much... To see her up on stage, having a great time and just belting it out? I mean, I always say it: when I'm on stage with her, it's like NASCAR trying to keep up with an Indy car. She's just that good. So, to watch her sing and see what she does is pretty inspiring." "My hot wife, man," he sweetly added. Even so, the two also have a sense of humor about enjoying their private time. "I'm going to go on a man vacation after this is over," McGraw said, responding to Dolly Parton's advice that the secret to her long marriage is not spending too much time together. "I need a girl vacation, actually," Hill added. "I am surrounded by girls, but I love that. We have a great time in my dressing room." Of course, McGraw said he stays clear of that area of the tour! "Yeah, I try to stay out of that dressing room," he noted. "It's all girls in that dressing room." Hill and McGraw are releasing their highly anticipated first joint album in November. For fans who can't get enough of the couple's tour, Showtime is airing behind-the-scenes footage of their tour as well as concert performances, premiering Nov. 17. Clearly, the couple is more in love than ever after more than two decades of marriage and raising three daughters together -- 20-year-old Gracie, 19-year-old Maggie and 15-year-old Audrey. Earlier this month, McGraw wished his wife a happy fiftieth birthday with a romantic Instagram message. "Happy birthday to the most beautiful girl in the world," McGraw wrote. "You are the most remarkable person that has ever been in my life.... Our daughters could not have a better role model. I am truly in love with you more everyday. Can't wait to see what 'the rest of our life' has in store for us." Watch the video below to see their cutest moments throughout the years. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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'The Last Alaskans' Likely Won't Return Following the Death of Beloved Star Bob Harte
It's been more than eight months since the Season 3 finale of The Last Alaskans aired on Discovery, and now fans are anxiously awaiting a Season 4 announcement. Unfortunately, after the death of beloved star Bob Harte, it doesn't look like the show — which documents the few families who have been allowed to remain on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — will continue. Back in July, the show's Facebook page announced Bob's passing. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce Bob Harte has passed away. He was a beloved member of the Discovery family and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time," the post read. Since then, they haven't shared any content on their page. That being said, a network announcement could be made in the coming months. Last year, Discovery revealed The Last Alaskans would be returning for Season 3 just weeks before it's March 22 premiere. "This season, as the Artic Refuge’s final permit holders seek prosperity in a hungry land, a new generation steps into this age-old way of life," the statement read. "Eager young trappers, Tyler and Ashley Selden, and Charlie Jagow fully commit to a life among North America’s most isolated, modern-day pioneers. Aside from the day-to-day challenges, Tyler and Ashley face another surprise this season — welcoming their first child. Meanwhile, Bob Harte faces his mortality and flees the Alaskan winter and after 40 years in the bush, the legendary Heimo Korth yearns to pass the torch to his daughter Krin." According to Newsminer.com, The Last Alaskans is the only one of the Alaskan reality shows that is actually real. Cough, cough, Alaskan Bush People! They refer to the category of Alaskan reality shows as being a "crowded" field and "not too highly regarded," but the producers managed to keep this one authentic. Producer John Jones  told the publication in 2015 that he didn't want to disrespect the cast by turning them into charicatures. "None of the talent wanted to be portrayed in a sort of Kardashian kind of style," he said. "They wanted us to take this seriously, and we assured them that we intended to take this seriously, make this more of an Alaska 360 approach." John added that he and his team conceived of the idea as a break from the usual form of Alaska reality television and American television in general. "Everything gets louder and faster and louder and faster on TV, and to me, this series is sort of turning off the motor and taking out the sail, and that can still be entertaining," he said. "We set out to... embrace the isolation and the cost of isolation  —  embrace the beauty." Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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A Solar Eclipse Can Blind You (Read This Before Looking at the Sun)
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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Is David Cassidy Dead?
Is David Cassidy Dead? Hoax Reports Spread On Social Media After Music Legend Hospitalized With Organ Failure , News that David Cassidy had died spread across the internet, with misinformation apparently rampant as the music legend entered the hospital in grave condition with organ failure. On Saturday, reports emerged that the former teen idol was hospitalized with multiple organ failure, and appeared to be in his final days. But with few updates on his status, misinformation appeared to take hold with apparently false reports that Cassidy had died. As many fans took to the internet to search for updates on David Cassidy’s health, many encountered a blog claiming that he had passed away at the hospital. The report, which came from a WordPress blog called The Wire Republic Blog, claimed in a short article that Cassidy had passed away. The article had no author listed, and cited no sources for the news of Cassidy’s passing. There were no other sites reporting that David Cassidy had died, but the apparently false report was still spreading across social media, with a number of shares on Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, outlets like NBC News were reporting that Cassidy was no longer in a medically induced coma, and was conscious and surrounded by loved ones. The site appeared to be capitalizing off other reports claiming that Cassidy was on his death bed. The entertainment news site TMZ reported that Cassidy was “near death” and was expected to die if he did not receive a liver transplant soon. Cassidy had seen a sharp decline in health over the past year, announcing earlier in the year that he was suffering dementia and would no longer be able to tour or perform his famous songs. As the false report of David Cassidy’s death took hold, many people took to the internet in confusion about his health, with others leaving message of support for his friends and family members. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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'90 Day Fiancé' Is Scripted and TBH, We Feel Betrayed
90 Day Fakery! TLC's hit reality show, 90 Day Fiancé, revolves around couples who meet abroad, fall in love, and have to decide whether or not their relationship is worth pursuing beyond the border. Unfortunately for fans, it may not be as real as previously thought. This week's episode arguably featured one of the most cringe-worthy scenes in franchise history as David Toborowsy’s bestie, Chris Thieneman, suggested that David’s fiancee, Annie, could give him massages as a way to compensate for Chris offering the couple a place to stay. In the scene, Chris’s pregnant wife, Nikki, looked speechless as Chris suggested the proposition. As a result, Nikki took to one of the show’s Facebook fan pages to explain what really went down. "Yes, the awkward scene of Chris asking for a massage was SCRIPTED," Nikki revealed. "The producer asked him to say it & Chris had to say it more than once because it didn’t come off as natural. We were fed our lines while sitting at the table, which is why no one reacted. WE ALL KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT." She added, "I’m a very outspoken person you’d be a fool to think I just sat there & [allowed] my husband to disrespect me, Annie & our marriage." It's important to note that she is not under contract with TLC or Sharp Entertainment, so she is free to say whatever she likes. Chris chimed into the conversation as well and defended his wife. "There isn’t any other excuse than stupidity," he said. "The first scene the original scene I never asked for massage. Not until Adrienne the director encouraged me to say it in front of the whole cast and crew did I let a little peer pressure set in. Once I knew it was an open request, I didn’t have time to think (which in hindsight I obviously didn’t think at all ). I wanted to be a team player and just went with it. Afterward I even told Nikki, 'I never felt comfortable saying that.' But it was too late then. I was naive to think that since I wasn’t a real cast member that I wouldn’t be singled out. I will own up to my mistake. But as I have said before, we have been nothing but respectful and helpful to Annie." Welp, we feel betrayed. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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JULIET’S LIFE IN DANGER? The Young and the Restless (Y&R) spoilers for the next two weeks reveal Hilary Hamilton (Mishael Morgan) enlists Phyllis Abbott (Gina Tognoni) to help her get the dirt on Jordan Wilde (Darnell Kirkwood). Charlie Ashby (Noah Alexander Gerry) will spot blood on the bench where Juliet (Laur Allen) was sitting. Abby Newman’s (Melissa Ordway) life will be turned upside down with a Newman Enterprises shakeup and the discovery of Zack’s (Ryan Ashton) involvement in the sex ring. It looks like an action-packed few weeks ahead on Young and the Restless. According to Soap Central, Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) will find Jordan and Phyllis in a compromising position. He will lash out and try to chase Jordan away. The Young and the Restless spoilers indicate that Phyllis will kick Billy out again, which sends him into panic mode. He will worry that he will never be able to win her over and their romance could be over. The Young and the Restless spoilers state that Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard) will get drunk with Billy. The duo will get arrested and spend the night in the slammer. Cane will make bail just in time to rush to divorce court the next morning. Cane and Lily (Christel Khalil) are shocked to see Juliet show up for court. The Young and the Restless spoilers suggest Juliet believes Cane needs support but quickly figures out her presence is causing tension. The Young and the Restless spoilers reveal Charlie will find a grim discovery. After Juliet leaves the courthouse, Charlie spots blood in the spot she was sitting. Is that a clue something is wrong with Juliet’s pregnancy? Will she or the baby die? Keep watching Y&R to find out. Abby’s life gets flipped upside down, too. The Young and the Restless spoilers indicate that Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) plans to demote Abby so Victoria (Amelia Heinle) can take her position. To make matters worse for Abby, Victor reveals he intends to announce Victoria’s return to the company at the party celebrating the dating app. The Young and the Restless spoilers tease that Zack’s double life will soon get exposed, possibly at the Newman celebration. When Zack senses he may be in trouble, he will try to run. However, Scott (Daniel Scott) will dash after him and confront him about being the ringleader of the sex ring and setting him up. During the week of November 13, the Newman’s will face a crisis and Victor will have to bring in a few experts to help save their reputation. The Young and the Restless spoilers suggest that Victor worries about how Abby will handle the stress. He knows she will feel like the Newman crisis is all her fault. The Young and the Restless spoilers state that Chelsea Newman (Melissa Claire Egan) will face some drama. It sounds like she was caught up in Hilary’s investigation into Jordan’s past. The Y&R viewers will finally learn how they knew each other before Chelsea moved to Genoa City. Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow) and Chelsea will have a serious chat about a secret she has been keeping. The secret is probably related to Jordan, but it could be anything, at this point. Who do you think will die during the week of November 6? Will Zack get away? The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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‘Alaskan Bush People’ Exclusive: Watch Smiling Ami’s First Appearance In Christmas Special Trailer
There’s no better way to end the hard year for the Browns of the hit reality show Alaskan Bush People but with a heartwarming celebration. In the first glimpse of the show’s Christmas Special, fans are able to see a smile back on Ami’s frailing face as she takes a break from her battle cancer. While no update on her health has been revealed as of yet, the short clip shows the cancer-stricken mom is happy and overwhelmed by the love she would receive from her beloved children’s surprise. The Alaskan Bush People Christmas Special trailer opened with Bear, who recently became active on social media sharing some curious stuff in his daily life, on the frame. While waiting for their mother, he told Rainy that holding the surprise feels like hunting – an activity he misses the most. The Brown children are shown anxiously waiting for Ami to arrive while waiting to reveal their surprise dinner for her. The ambiance is joyful and quite intense because it would be the first time everyone will see Ami on TV since the show’s heartbreaking episode back in August. According to Monsters and Critics, Snowbird revealed what that moment felt for her, saying, “The best thing about this Christmas is that mom gets to spend it with us.” She then turned a bit emotional when she recalled that Ami’s health started looking bad for a while. “Having mom here for this Christmas I think is the best gift that we could ever get. That’s why I want to cherish this Christmas, and I want to show her how much we love her, and how much it means to us that she gets to spend this Christmas with us,” she added. From the looks of it, the Brown kids’ surprise for their mom seemed successful and dad Billy is the happiest person to witness it sharing his thoughts on Ami’s reaction. “It blew me away with what they did. Ami’s look? It was worth everything. When we walked out? It was so cool.” He then told the interview why Christmas means so much to them, saying, “It’s a time of giving and also receiving love, and kind of a combination of the whole year, right there together, and then when that one’s over the new one is in front of you. To us, it’s just a great time.” The Alaskan Bush People Christmas special airs today, December 15, at 10/9c on the Discovery Channel. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Nick Carter Threatening To Sue Rehabbing Brother Aaron Over Lies?
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter reportedly has sent his brother Aaron Carter with a stern legal letter before he went to rehab. According to The Blast, the brothers got into a feud after Nick, 37, told Aaron, 29, he would only help him financially and with his career if he got cleaned up and went to rehab. The Blast quotes a source as saying, “Aaron responded by lashing out and spreading lies about Nick.” Aaron reportedly blabbed details about Nick and their family business—and Nick responded by getting his legal team to send Aaron a legal letter “warning his bro to zip it up or else.” Aaron apparently has gone quiet after receiving the letter. Sources have told the online publication that despite the problems between them, Nick loves his brother and really wants to help him. Neither Nick nor Aaron has commented on the article. As Radar readers know, Aaron went to rehab on Friday. Aaron’s spokesman Steve Honig said, “Aaron has decided to enter a facility to improve his health and work on his overall wellness. He is going to do this privately and focus all his attention on being the best person and performer possible. He is grateful for the support and love from his fans and looks forward to coming back stronger than ever before.” Aaron has been in deep trouble lately. As Radar reported, someone called 911 on the solo singer earlier this month and during the call, an unidentified woman was heard in the audio describing Carter’s erratic behavior, saying he was high on computer duster. “He’s on the verge of death,” the caller claimed. Police rushed to Aaron’s Florida home, the St. Petersburg Police Department PIO told Radar, on a “welfare check.” But he was found to NOT be in need of assistance, the PIO said. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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New AI system can predict Alzheimer's 10 years in advance
New AI system can predict Alzheimer's 10 years in advance Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately identify signs of Alzheimer's disease almost 10 years before clinical symptoms appear. Researchers from University of Bari in Italy developed a machine-learning algorithm to discern structural changes in the brain caused by Alzheimer's disease. Using MRI scans, the system detected early signs with 84 per cent accuracy by identifying changes in how regions of the brain are connected. They trained the algorithm using 67 MRI scans, 38 of which were from people who had Alzheimer's and 29 from healthy controls, the 'New Scientist' reported. The idea was to teach the algorithm to correctly classify and discriminate between diseased and healthy brains, researchers said. The team then tested the algorithm on a second set of scans from 148 subjects. Of these, 52 were healthy, 48 had Alzheimer's disease and 48 had mild cognitive impairment (MCI) but were known to have developed Alzheimer's disease 2.5 to nine years later. The system distinguished between a healthy brain and one with Alzheimer's with an accuracy of 86 per cent. Crucially, it could also tell the difference between healthy brains and those with MCI with an accuracy of 84 per cent. This shows that the algorithm could identify changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer's almost a decade before clinical symptoms appear. "Nowadays, cerebrospinal fluid analyses and brain imaging using radioactive tracers can tell us to what extent the brain is covered with plaques and tangles, and are able to predict relatively accurately who is at high risk of developing Alzheimer's 10 years later," La Rocca said. In contrast, the new technique can distinguish with similar accuracy between brains that are normal and the brains of people with MCI who will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease in about a decade but using a simpler, cheaper and non-invasive technique. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Tanya Tucker Releases Tribute Song for Former Paramour Glen Campbell: ‘Forever Loving You’
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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Is Peggy Sulahian Fired From Due To Alleged Homophobia, Which She Denies?
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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It’s been over two years since Miranda Lambert’s marriage to Blake Shelton ended, but the split still impacts the “Mama’s Broken Heart” singer. In a new explosive interview, Lambert reportedly opens up about how the divorce changed her life, and she doesn’t hold anything back. The Hollywood Gossip says that an insider claims Shelton’s behavior during the break-up “hurt her badly and profoundly changed her outlook on life.” He literally took all her stuff and put it outside of their house. As if that wasn’t hurtful enough, the media painted Lambert as the villain during the split, and many of their friends in the industry sided with Shelton. According to Shelton’s current girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, they started to bond when she shared with him how her marriage fell apart, which included her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale cheating on her with a nanny. Shelton revealed that he had been through the same thing, implying Lambert cheated on him. Shelton apparently “blindsided” Lambert with the divorce, and she put all of the emotions she felt into her platinum album The Weight of These Wings. In an interview with Billboard, Lambert said the album was about her relationship with Shelton, and it helped her “find happiness again.” Lambert wrote over 70 songs about her four-year marriage and the split because she felt she needed to get her side of the story out. She wanted to take away any mystery from the situation and “feel it all.” Lambert has since moved on and just celebrated two years with boyfriend Anderson East. Wedding rumors have followed the couple recently, with some reports saying the couple plans to elope as soon as this winter. A source at Us Weekly says the two are perfect together since they both like to play music, drink, and have fun. Of course, Shelton has been dating Stefani for the past two years, and his new song, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” which is all about marriage, leads many to believe that the two will be headed down the aisle soon. On top of that, Stefani is reportedly going through IVF treatments so the couple can have a baby. In Touch says Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are competing to see who gets married first. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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12,000 Tons of Food Waste Saved This Forest — and Could Help Us Save the Planet
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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Selena Gomez Too Skinny? Experts Say Singer Lost At Least 30 Pounds
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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Don’t believe this insane ’15 days of darkness’ rumor that NASA has already debunked
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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JPL proposes exploring Venus with a clockwork rover
JPL proposes exploring Venus with a clockwork rover,NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) proposes taking a page out of a Swiss watchmaker’s handbook to design a long-lived rover to explore Venus’ surface. Utilizing centuries-old mechanical computing concepts, but with a modern upgrade, engineers at JPL hope to design a rover capable of exploring the unforgiving Venusian terrain and returning data to Earth. Though Venus has been called Earth’s sister due to the similarities in size and mass between the two, humanity knows comparatively little about the planet itself. Indeed, the Soviet Venera and Vega programs of the 1970s and 1980s have provided the only surface-based investigations of Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor. While the landers returned valuable data, they operated for no more than a couple hours before succumbing to the intense heat and pressure of Venus’ atmosphere. With an average surface temperature of 864 degrees Fahrenheit (462 degrees Celsius) – hot enough to melt lead – and an atmospheric pressure more than 90 times that of Earth’s, even modern hardware would have difficulty operating for very long. With the hellish surface conditions being a major hurdle to overcome, scientists have had to be content with observations from above the cloud tops. Although technology has made great strides since the Soviet landers, heat is just as deadly to modern electronics as it was in the 1980s. Faced with the difficulty of designing hardware to operate on Venus’ surface, conventional wisdom seemed to dictate one of two paths: developing a cooling system that would work in such extreme conditions, or designing high-temperature electronics. With a cooling system costing billions of dollars to develop, and heat-tolerant hardware exceeding the design tolerances of a rover, neither seemed a viable path for some designers. Enter Jonathan Sauder, a mechatronics engineer at JPL and brainchild behind the Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments (AREE) program. Sauder believes mechanical computing is the key to designing a long-lasting Venusian rover. “Venus is too inhospitable for kind of complex control systems you have on a Mars rover,” Sauder stated in a release issued by JPL. “But with a fully mechanical rover, you might be able to survive as long as a year.” Mechanically driven devices have been around for centuries. Some, like the Antikythera mechanism, were used to compute astronomical events. Others were designed as works of art. Though seemingly less-advanced than electronic devices, mechanical computers have the advantage of being able to operate under conditions that would cripple their modern counterparts. “When you think of something as extreme as Venus, you want to think really out there,” stated Evan Hilgemann, a JPL engineer working on high-temperature designs for AREE, in the same release. RIGHT IMAGE: A look inside the AREE rover (next to an astronaut for scale). Wind would be channeled through the rover’s body for primary power. Rotating targets on top could be “pinged” by radar, sending data as Morse code. (Click to enlarge) Image & Caption Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech Not only would the rover operate under mechanical guidance, but its communication system would be similarly basic. Utilizing a mechanism that would re-orient radar-reflective panels, the rover could communicate with an orbiting spacecraft. Far overhead, the spacecraft would beam down a radar signal that would bounce off the rover’s reflective panels. These panels could be oriented in a fashion to allow for simple communication between the two explorers, thus enabling the relaying of data back to Earth. The program is now in its second phase of development, with engineers determining which components of the concept should be refined and further advanced. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Fitbit Announces Diabetes-Focused Partnership With Dexcom
Fitbit Announces Diabetes-Focused Partnership With Dexcom,Fitbit has announced a new strategic partnership with Dexcom that will see them jointly develop new features. Dexcom is known for its glucose monitoring devices for people with diabetes, while Fitbit is known for its various fitness-focused wearables. Now, thanks to a new partnership by the two, the companies will be bringing the data collected by Dexcom’s devices to various Fitbit products, therefore giving users a better insight into their health condition. To kick the partnership off, Fitbit has confirmed that the first product to benefit from Dexcom’s data will be the recently- announced Fitbit Iconic. By doing this, owners of the device will eventually have access to both their recent activities and their glucose levels through the fitness device as well as within an app on their smartphone, be it Android or iOS. In addition to this, users will also be able to connect with people through Fitbit’s Community, where they will be permitted to share their experiences and ask for tips or help from others. It’s important to note that the features will not bring constant glucose monitoring to the Iconic smartwatch, instead, users will need to connect a Dexcom device to Fitbit’s app, but having the data on the smartwatch alongside other fitness-related information should prove helpful to many. New features will not be available to Iconic owners immediately, though, with the features currently in development, but the companies have confirmed that they targeting an early 2018 release. Nonetheless, considering the World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 400 million people living with diabetes, demand for the device could experience a sudden surge once the new health features are released. Fitbit has stated that they are focused on introducing more “health-focused tools,” with the new partnership being just one example of this, suggesting that the Iconic or other Fitbit devices could receive even more health-related features over time. This new partnership is a clear sign of Fitbit’s hopes to move away from fitness-only devices and into the health-related market, similar to the plans of the original Jawbone. Both Dexcom and Fitbit have confirmed that they will be actively working together to develop new features that could benefit people diagnosed with diabetes. For now, though, it’s the case of a waiting game for anybody interested in the upcoming features, but investors in the company appear to be pretty impressed, with shares up 13 percent – their highest level since January. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Shannon Beador allegedly “broke down” during filming on The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 reunion after sharing the news of her impending divorce from husband David. According to a new report, Shannon Beador revealed that she and David had decided to end their 17-year marriage to her Bravo TV co-stars during filming on the reunion special after months of rumors claiming they were on the verge of a split. “Shannon broke down during the reunion show filming and apologized to her cast mates for defending David so adamantly,” an insider close to the show revealed to Radar Online on October 27. Throughout The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12, Shannon Beador opened up about her marital problems to her co-stars, including Tamra Judge, and during a recent episode of the show, she admitted she was miserable and feeling disconnected from David. At the same time, Beador vehemently denied that her husband was ever abusive towards her, despite news of his 2003 assault arrest. “Everyone forgave her and feels for her,” the source explained. On the show, Tamra Judge, Vicki Gunvalson and Kelly Dodd were all seen talking about the marital troubles between Shannon Beador and her husband, but upon her divorce announcement, the women rallied around her and showed their support for her situation. The Real Housewives of Orange County cast was also said to be “proud” of Shannon Beador. Radar Online‘s insider went on to reveal that Shannon Beador was reportedly “a mess” during the reunion taping and said she was feeling “very ashamed and raw.” On Friday, October 27, Shannon Beador confirmed the news of her split publicly with a statement to The Daily Dish. In her statement, Shannon Beador revealed she and David had made the difficult decision to separate after 17 years of marriage and told her fans and followers that they remained committed to co-parenting their three daughters, Adeline, Sophia, and Stella. She also said that she hoped her audience would allow her and David some privacy as they embark on “this transitional time.” To see more of Shannon Beador, David Beador, and their co-stars, including Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Meghan King Edmonds, Lydia McLaughlin, Kelly Dodd, and Peggy Sulahian, 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
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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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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Astrophysicists map out the light energy contained within the Milky Way
An all-sky image of the Milky Way, as observed by the Planck Space Observatory in infrared. The data contained in this image were used in this research and were essential in calculating the distribution of the light energy of our galaxy. Credit: ESA / HFI / LFI consortia. For the first time, a team of scientists have calculated the distribution of all light energy contained within the Milky Way, which will provide new insight into the make-up of our galaxy and how stars in spiral galaxies such as ours form. The study is published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. This research, conducted by astrophysicists at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), in collaboration with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany and from the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy, also shows how the stellar photons, or stellar light, within the Milky Way control the production of the highest energy photons in the Universe, the gamma-rays. This was made possible using a novel method involving computer calculations that track the destiny of all photons in the galaxy, including the photons that are emitted by interstellar dust, as heat radiation. Previous attempts to derive the distribution of all light in the Milky Way based on star counts have failed to account for the all-sky images of the Milky Way, including recent images provided by the European Space Agency's Planck Space Observatory, which map out heat radiation or infrared light. Lead author Prof Cristina Popescu from the University of Central Lancashire, said: "We have not only determined the distribution of light energy in the Milky Way, but also made predictions for the stellar and interstellar dust content of the Milky Way." By tracking all stellar photons and making predictions for how the Milky Way should appear in ultraviolet, visual and heat radiation, scientists have been able to calculate a complete picture of how stellar light is distributed throughout our Galaxy. An understanding of these processes is a crucial step towards gaining a complete picture of our Galaxy and its history. The modelling of the distribution of light in the Milky Way follows on from previous research that Prof Popescu and Dr Richard Tuffs from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics conducted on modelling the stellar light from other galaxies, where the observer has an outside view. Commenting on the research, Dr Tuffs, one of the co-authors of the paper, said: "It has to be noted that looking at galaxies from outside is a much easier task than looking from inside, as in the case of our Galaxy." Scientists have also been able to show how the stellar light within our Galaxy affects the production of gamma-ray photons through interactions with cosmic rays. Cosmic rays are high-energy electrons and protons that control star and planet formation and the processes governing galactic evolution. They promote chemical reactions in interstellar space, leading to the formation of complex and ultimately life-critical molecules. Dr Tuffs added: "Working backwards through the chain of interactions and propagations, one can work out the original source of the cosmic rays." The research, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, was strongly interdisciplinary, bringing together optical and infrared astrophysics and astro-particle physics. Prof Popescu notes: "We had developed some of our computational programs before this research started, in the context of modelling spiral galaxies, and we need to thank the UK's Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC) for their support in the development of these codes. This research would also not have been possible without the support of the Leverhulme Trust, which is greatly acknowledged."
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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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See What Patty Hearst's Life Is Like Today: The Former 'Criminal' Has Come a Long Way
Few kidnappings are as infamous — or controversial — as Patty Hearst's. In 1974, when she was a 19-year-old sophomore at UC Berkley, the granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst (aka the influence behind Citizen Kane) was taken from her apartment by a deadly domestic terrorist group that called itself the Symbionese Liberation Army, or SLA. What followed was one of the most bizarre crime sagas in American history, so it certainly doesn't come as a surprise that more than 20 years later, people are still trying to wrap their head around what happened. Today, Patty Hearst lives a much different life than the one she did in her early 20s. But nevertheless, she's still just as fascinating. When Patty was abducted, she was beaten unconscious and dragged from the apartment she shared with her fiancé at the time. When her kidnappers were eventually caught, they admitted to choosing her as they felt her family's influence could help bring awareness to their radical ideas — and also, her apartment happened to be close to their hide-out. Part of the reason the now 63-year-old's kidnapping was so controversial was because Patty appeared to join forces with the SLA within months of being abducted. Two months after being taken, she appeared on a security camera robbing a bank with a machine gun in her hand. Two people were shot and wounded during the robbery, and not long after that, she robbed another store, again with a gun. The heiress also was involved in making explosives in an attempt to kill policemen. In 1975, she was arrested and declared a "common criminal" by a judge. “The impact of the photographs of Patty Hearst with the machine gun were in some ways even bigger than the kidnapping itself because it established, or so it appeared, that Patty Hearst had gone over to the other side," said Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst. Despite her claims that she was brainwashed, Patty wound up being convicted of bank robbery and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. However, when President Jimmy Carter was in office, he commuted her sentence and she served less than two years in jail. When Bill Clinton was in office, he pardoned the crime altogether. After leaving prison, Patty, by the doing of her father, was surrounded by about a dozen bodyguards at all times. In 1979, she married one of them, Bernard Shaw, and before he died, the couple had two children together, Gillian Hearst Simonds and Lydia Hearst-Shaw. Today, Patty is living a much more quiet life than she has in the past. She's gotten involved in many charities and is most prominently involved with ones involving children with AIDS. She's a big dog lover, and in 2015 her shih tzu (Rocket) won the "Toy" category at the Westminster Dog Show. In March of this year, she was linked to socialite, Jamie Figg. A source close to the couple told Page Six, "[Jamie] is very social, they’ve been friends. This was friendship blossoming into something more. Her friends are all very happy for her. She’s once again found happiness." Happiness and a quiet life: Sounds exactly like what Patty needs. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Sean Murray Hints Mark Harmon’s Current Condition Amidst Co-Star’s Alleged Health Crisis
NCIS’ Season 15: Sean Murray Hints Mark Harmon’s Current Condition Amidst Co-Star’s Alleged Health Crisis, Although it’s clear as day that Mark Harmon is still very much a part of NCIS Season 15, talks about him taking a break to focus on his alleged health crisis never really stopped. Now, Sean Murray seemingly shares a glimpse of the Hollywood A-list actor’s condition in a recent interview. NCIS Season 15 successfully returned to the small screen with its action-packed premiere, titled “House Divided.” The very first episode of the latest installment of the action police procedural television series showed Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) being locked up in Paraguay. Based on their appearances, the special agents have definitely endured a really tough time during their stay in the rebel prison. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Sean Murray talked about the dynamic of his and Mark Harmon’s characters. The 39-year-old actor shared that although Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Timothy McGee have always had a “father-son relationship,” the NCIS Season 15 premiere episode led them to be on the same page and rely on each other a lot in order to survive. When asked about his fight scene with Mark Harmon, Sean Murray revealed that even though there were scenes that were filmed with the help of stuntmen, they did some of the stunts themselves. “Mark and I put our heads together and said, ‘You know what, let’s just go for it. Let’s just start wrestling. Try and get some punches in the stomach, around the shoulders. Let’s just wrestle and grapple.’ That’s what we did and went for it and improvised a lot of it.” Sean Murray’s revelation seemingly slammed all whispers and speculations that Mark Harmon is too weak to reprise his iconic role. Rumor has it that the 66-year-old actor is dealing with some health issues, which is why he never addressed anything about his current condition. However, Mark Harmon has already noted before that he still keeps himself fit and active despite his age. After suffering a shoulder injury, the NCIS Season 15 actor shared that he turned to Pilates. In fact, he revealed that doing the popular physical fitness system is “twice as hard” than the usual exercise regimen that he did when he was younger. Most people may not know, but Mark Harmon actually started his career as an athlete, so being fit is almost second nature to the NCIS Season 15 actor. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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GM expands car rental service for gig economy workers
GM expands car rental service for gig economy workers With Uber's money-losing car lease program apparently ending, GM is rushing in to fill the void with Maven Gig. The automaker announced that it's expanding from its current San Diego and San Francisco locations to other cities across the US. Starting today, you'll be able to rent vehicles like the Chevy Bolt EV and Cruze in Los Angeles, and by fall of 2017, grab one in Boston, Phoenix and Washington, DC. Baltimore and Detroit will follow soon after. Pricing starts at $189 a week for the Cruze and runs up to $229 for the Bolt EV (plus taxes). That sounds like a lot (over $1,000 per month for the Bolt), but the price does include unlimited miles, commercial-use insurance and maintenance. That covers most of the expenses required, except gas, and you can walk away if you no longer need it. Considering that drivers earn around $14.50 per hour with Uber on average (about $580 per week), however, that doesn't leave a lot at the end. Chevy says the Bolt EV is the most popular ride for Maven Gig renters, and it will be available in the new cities, with 20 available in Boston to start with. "We are committed to bringing Bolt EVs to all Maven Gig markets," says GM's Rachel Bhattacharya. "Drivers want the Bolt EV because of cost savings as well as helping with energy and environmental goals." Indeed, since electricity is a lot cheaper than gas, the Bolt may be the cheapest way to do ride-sharing. The only problem is the 238 mile range, which could limit the number of hours drivers work -- a typical taxi drives about 250-300 miles per day in New York City, for instance (70,000 miles per year). Chevy points out that the cars can be used for hauling restaurant or grocery deliveries as well as passengers. As such, it recently teamed with HopSkipDrive, a ride service for when parents can't drive their kids themselves, as well as GrubHub, Instacart and Roadie. GM is bullish on the gig economy, but Uber, for one, has seen recently drivers leaving in droves, according to analytics outfit Apptopia -- in part due to lower rates of pay. If they're using GM's Maven Gig rental service, however, they'll at least be able to make a clean break. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Spoiler Alert! Are '90 Day Fiancé' stars David and Annie Married?
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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IBM wants you to encrypt everything with its new mainframe
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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Kevin Feige Teases Black Panther Sequel and Spinoff Possibilities
Director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther is expected to cross the $1 billion mark at the box office this weekend, making it the fifth Marvel Studios movie to reach that benchmark. Led by Chadwick Boseman in the titular role, it will be the 33rd film in history to accomplish that feat. Fans of the film will get to see more of Wakanda and its citizens in Avengers: Infinity War (in theaters Apr. 27). Its success is a relief for Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who took a risk by including the fictional African nation in the finale of the spring blockbuster. "That's the grand Marvel Studios/MCU tradition of just being all in, right? All in on stuff we believe in, before the audience tells us what they think. You've heard us talk ad nauseam about the fact that we were in production on Avengers before either Thor or Captain America was released," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "Same thing with the whole third act of Infinity War being in Wakanda." Fans are clamoring for a Black Panther sequel, but Feige insists the studio hasn't planned anything beyond the last film in the current MCU: 2020's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. "It's a testament to the 8,000-plus characters in Marvel Comics," he says of having options. "We still haven't made or developed every character we saw when we flipped through a comic and went, 'This would be cool. This would be a good story.' We're not ready to talk about what those are, but like the ones we've made in the first three phases, they're ones that are either just great concepts for a film, great characters with great supporting characters, like Panther." Feige says the studio wants to "continue" to create movies with "new locations and lands that have cultural significance all their own," and to "tell stories that represent the world as it is, that represent people who perhaps haven't seen themselves portrayed in this light in the past." The characters seen in Black Panther offer a lot of "potential" for sequels and spinoffs, he adds. "It's a balance between leaving people wanting more and then giving them too much, but I would watch a movie about any of those characters you just named. I think Shuri's astounding, and you'll see much more of her in our universe. Okoye, I think I'd watch three action films just Okoye. I'm not saying we're doing that, but I'm saying that we're intrigued by them. Frankly, as I've said before, finishing these first 22 movies is really all we're thinking about at this point." Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Beth Chapman's Bestie Shannon Tweed Simmons Helped Her Get Through Her Cancer Battle
That's what friends are for! Beth Chapman was in for the fight of her life back in August when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer, but she was able to beat the disease with her husband Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman and her bestie Shannon Tweed Simmons by her side! The Dog the Bounty Hunter alum took to Instagram days ahead of her return to TV on the A&E special Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives to share a sweet message to her pal for being their for her during her time of need. "As I approach the Monday night special on [A&E], I can't help but think of [Shannon]," the 50-year-old wrote on Instagram. "I could not have made it through this ordeal without her. She went to every [doctor] appointment. I may not have had surgery without her! She stayed by my side every minute of every day. I will always be grateful for her friendship and constant love and support. Proverbs 17:17 'A friend loves at all times and a sister is born of adversity.' Thank you, Shannon, I love you." So sweet! Fans really got a closer look at the bond that Beth has with Shannon — who is married to KISS rocker Gene Simmons — during the two-hour special. Shannon really was by Beth's side the entire time, she even waited in the hospital while Beth underwent a 13-year cancer removal surgery. Shannon also helped her pal throughout the recovery process, and she sweetly comforted her after Beth freaked out when first saw her incision scar. But thankfully the surgery was successful and Beth healed just fine — and she exclusively revealed to In Touch that she is currently cancer-free! "I had a doctor's appointment just recently where they went in and checked and did another scope down my throat, and the doctor said that it looks like I'm in good condition now," she revealed. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Amy Roloff Sparks Rumors That She's Moving off of the Roloff Family's Farm
What would Little People, Big World be without Amy Roloff? Fans were extremely concerned that the Roloff family matriarch would be leaving the hit TLC series now that she's getting more and more serious with her boyfriend Chris Marek — and panic really started to set in after rumors began swirling which hinted at her moving off of Roloff Farms. It was really sweet of Amy to personally respond to her fans on Facebook! Her response comes just days after she penned an emotional message to all of the guests who showed up to the family's farm during their busiest time of the year — pumpkin season — and she gushed over her loving fans. "Thank you all! You make the time and all the work worth it. We had a blast sharing our family farm with you," she captioned a series of photos shared via the carousel feature on Instagram. "You keep me humble, thankful and feet planted on the ground by hearing your stories and meeting so many of you." As for her relationship with Chris, it seems like things are still going strong — despite all the hate that the couple receives on social media. Chris is the first man that Amy has gotten serious with since she filed for divorce from her ex-husband Matt Roloff back in 2015. Amy's fans seem to wish that Amy and Matt could have saved their 27-year-long marriage and many have made it clear that they don't trust Chris' intentions and they think that he's just using her for his 15 minutes of fame. "Big mistake, believe me, Amy [you] can do better [than] him, he's just in it for the game [and] getting his face out there," one fan commented — but Amy defended her man. "Try not to make quick assumptions about anyone from what you see on an edited show," she wrote back. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Ronnie Magro Thinks Ex Sammi Sweetheart Is the Next 'Jersey Shore' Star to Wed
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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Miranda Lambert On Blake Shelton Divorce: ‘This Is Something That Will Scar Her Forever’
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have already moved on with their respective partners Anderson East and Gwen Stefani, but it seems that the 34-year-old songstress is still hurting inside. According to a new report, the “Vice” hitmaker is haunted by her ex-husband’s unexpected divorce filing more than two years ago. “The cold-blooded way Blake blindsided Miranda with divorce, drove her out of his life, and then shoved his romance with Gwen in her face is something that will scar her forever,” an insider told Life & Style. Lambert tried to keep away from the spotlight after her highly-publicized divorce from Shelton. She instead let her songs reveal the truth about her relationship with the 41-year-old country superstar. The blonde singer launched her new album The Weight of These Wings last year and this gave her fans a chance to find out the cause of their split. “If you want to hear my side of the story or my opinion of what happened, it’s all on there. There’s no mystery anymore — take from it what you will,” she told Billboard. Some of her songs talk about heartbreaks including “Ugly Lights,” “Runnin’ Just in Case,” and “Keeper of the Flame.” According to a source, Miranda Lambert is ready to slam Blake Shelton even more with her upcoming songs like how her ex-husband didn’t work hard to save their marriage. His relocation from Oklahoma to Los Angeles to be a coach on The Voice allegedly contributed to their split. Their source claimed that Miranda will write lyrics about how Blake became distant. They allegedly used to laugh at Hollywood and its many posers, but now she thinks that his actions were all a lie as he embraced his new career. A separate source added that there will be some songs that will upset Gwen too like how she and the Pistol Annies member are complete opposites. During an interview with Cosmopolitan, Miranda Lambert revealed that she was caught off guard with her divorce from Blake Shelton. The songstress met the “God Gave Me You” hitmaker when she was only 21. They were together for 10 years and were married for four years, but the divorce was so quick that she is still processing everything and figuring out what happened. Miranda admitted that marriage is a tough business and they both gave it their best college try. She also proclaimed before that divorce is not an option because she was taught that if she gave it her everything, then it will work out. Unfortunately, that’s not how it ended up for her and Blake; and her perception on marriage has also changed so fans may probably not see a wedding happening soon for her and Anderson. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Hubble Spots Farthest-Ever Incoming Active Comet
A new image reveals a distant newcomer to our solar system: the farthest active comet ever spotted, heading toward the sun for the first time. The Hubble Space Telescope captured a view of Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), called K2 for short, as it came in from out beyond Saturn's orbit, 1.5 billion miles from the sun. As it approaches the sun and the temperature rises from minus 440 degrees Fahrenheit, the comet is developing a fluffy cloud of dust, called a coma, which surrounds its frozen body. While the comet's nucleus appears to be just 12 miles across, the coma stretches 10 times Earth's diameter. According to a statement from NASA, K2 likely began its journey in the spherical Oort Cloud surrounding the solar system, which hosts hundreds of billions of comets and stretches almost a light-year across. Because it's the comet's first trip into the solar system, its composition could reflect conditions in the early system, before planets formed. The comet's fuzzy halo likely comes from substances such as oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide turning from solid to gas as the comet approaches the sun's warmth for the first time. "I think these volatiles are spread all through K2, and in the beginning billions of years ago, they were probably all through every comet presently in the Oort Cloud," David Jewitt, lead author on the study and a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in the statement. "But the volatiles on the surface are the ones that absorb the heat from the sun, so, in a sense, the comet is shedding its outer skin." "Most comets are discovered much closer to the sun, near Jupiter's orbit, so by the time we see them, these surface volatiles have already been baked off," he added. "That's why I think K2 is the most primitive comet we've seen." Most comets' comas come from evaporating water and ice, but K2 is too far from the sun for that process to have begun. Researchers first spotted K2 in May 2017 with data from the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS). The new Hubble view let Jewitt's team measure the size of K2's nucleus and confirm that it hasn't yet developed a comet's signature tail. They also spotted K2 in earlier images, gathered in 2013 by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) in Hawaii; at the time, nobody had noticed the incredibly faint object, according to the statement, but Jewitt's team was able to identify the comet and its growing coma of material. "We think the comet has been continuously active for at least four years," Jewitt said. "In the CFHT data, K2 had a coma already at 2 billion miles from the sun, when it was between the orbits of Uranus and Neptune. It was already active, and I think it has been continuously active coming in." "As it approaches the sun, it's getting warmer and warmer, and the activity is ramping up," he added. Over the next five years, the comet will travel closer to the sun, allowing researchers to follow its journey — it will approach closest to the sun in 2022, just outside Mars' orbit. "We will be able to monitor for the first time the developing activity of a comet falling in from the Oort Cloud over an extraordinary range of distances," Jewitt said. "It should become more and more active as it nears the sun and presumably will form a tail." Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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Ancient human cousin found in South Africa is surprisingly young
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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Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water
Graphene-oxide membranes have attracted considerable attention as promising candidates for new filtration technologies. Now the much sought-after development of making membranes capable of sieving common salts has been achieved. New research demonstrates the real-world potential of providing clean drinking water for millions of people who struggle to access adequate clean water sources. The new findings from a group of scientists at The University of Manchester were published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Previously graphene-oxide membranes have shown exciting potential for gas separation and water filtration. Graphene-oxide membranes developed at the National Graphene Institute have already demonstrated the potential of filtering out small nanoparticles, organic molecules, and even large salts. Until now, however, they couldn't be used for sieving common salts used in desalination technologies, which require even smaller sieves. Previous research at The University of Manchester found that if immersed in water, graphene-oxide membranes become slightly swollen and smaller salts flow through the membrane along with water, but larger ions or molecules are blocked. The Manchester-based group have now further developed these graphene membranes and found a strategy to avoid the swelling of the membrane when exposed to water. The pore size in the membrane can be precisely controlled which can sieve common salts out of salty water and make it safe to drink. As the effects of climate change continue to reduce modern city's water supplies, wealthy modern countries are also investing in desalination technologies. Following the severe floods in California major wealthy cities are also looking increasingly to alternative water solutions. When the common salts are dissolved in water, they always form a 'shell' of water molecules around the salts molecules. This allows the tiny capillaries of the graphene-oxide membranes to block the salt from flowing along with the water. Water molecules are able to pass through the membrane barrier and flow anomalously fast which is ideal for application of these membranes for desalination. Professor Rahul Nair, at The University of Manchester said: "Realisation of scalable membranes with uniform pore size down to atomic scale is a significant step forward and will open new possibilities for improving the efficiency of desalination technology. "This is the first clear-cut experiment in this regime. We also demonstrate that there are realistic possibilities to scale up the described approach and mass produce graphene-based membranes with required sieve sizes." Mr. Jijo Abraham and Dr. Vasu Siddeswara Kalangi were the joint-lead authors on the research paper: "The developed membranes are not only useful for desalination, but the atomic scale tunability of the pore size also opens new opportunity to fabricate membranes with on-demand filtration capable of filtering out ions according to their sizes." said Mr. Abraham. By 2025 the UN expects that 14% of the world's population will encounter water scarcity. This technology has the potential to revolutionise water filtration across the world, in particular in countries which cannot afford large scale desalination plants. It is hoped that graphene-oxide membrane systems can be built on smaller scales making this technology accessible to countries which do not have the financial infrastructure to fund large plants without compromising the yield of fresh water produced.
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On 12 October, an asteroid will pass by Earth at an astronomical stone’s throw from the surface of Earth, whizzing past us at a distance of as little as 4,200 miles. And NASA is using this opportunity to test out some of its planetary defense systems. 2012 TC4 is a small asteroid, measuring between 30 and 10 feet wide. This is just a little bigger than the Chelyabinsk meteor that impacted over Russia in February 2013. During this close approach, there is no risk to the planet: “We know the orbit of 2012 TC4 well enough to be certain that it won’t hit Earth,” Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, explained earlier this month. The asteroid, however, presents NASA with an opportunity to test out some of the systems it has in place for protecting the planet from dangerous Near Earth Objects. “Scientists have always appreciated knowing when an asteroid will make a close approach to and safely pass the Earth because they can make preparations to collect data to characterize and learn as much as possible about it,” Michael Kelley, who led the observations of 2012 TC4, said in a statement. “This time we are adding in another layer of effort, using this asteroid fly-by to test the worldwide asteroid detection and tracking network, assessing our capability to work together in response to finding a potential real asteroid threat.” Planetary defense systems currently used by NASA focus on observations and monitoring via a network of observatories. Testing their capabilities on an asteroid that is coming so close to Earth means scientists can refine their techniques and better understand the strengths and limitations of their capabilities. At present, the size of 2012 TC4—and the distance it will pass Earth—is poorly constrained. While the closest distance it will come to us is 4,200 miles, it could be up to 170,000 miles, which is about two-thirds of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Vishnu Reddy, from the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, said: “This effort will exercise the entire system, to include the initial and follow-up observations, precise orbit determination, and international communications.” Scientists plan to use telescopes to establish the asteroid’s trajectory. “This is the perfect target for such an exercise because while we know the orbit of 2012 TC4 well enough to be absolutely certain it will not impact Earth, we haven’t established its exact path just yet,” Chodas said. “It will be incumbent upon the observatories to get a fix on the asteroid as it approaches, and work together to obtain follow-up observations [that] make more refined asteroid orbit determinations possible.” As well as observation networks for monitoring asteroids, NASA is also working on developing more direct approaches to planetary defense, including deflection. In June, the space agency announced its first asteroid deflection mission—Double Asteroid Redirection (DART) had entered the next phase of design. This plan involves hitting the asteroid to shift its orbit, pushing it out of Earth’s path. The first target for DART is a binary asteroid (an asteroid with two bodies) that has a distant approach to Earth in 2022 and 2024. NASA will hit one of the bodies to see how much it veered off course compared to the other body in the system. “DART is a critical step in demonstrating we can protect our planet from a future asteroid impact,” said Andy Cheng, co-leader on the mission. “Since we don’t know that much about their internal structure or composition, we need to perform this experiment on a real asteroid. With DART, we can show how to protect Earth from an asteroid strike with a kinetic impactor by knocking the hazardous object into a different flight path that would not threaten the planet.”
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Research at Kennedy Space Center to produce sonic booms
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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Sinead O'Connor: Annie Lennox calls for support for singer following 'distressing' video
Sinead O'Connor: Annie Lennox calls for support for singer following 'distressing' video Annie Lennox has called for support for Sinead O’Connor after the singer posted a video revealing she has wanted to kill herself for the past two years. Fears have grown for the Irish songwriter since she posted a 12-minute video on her Facebook page tearfully explaining she has been “fighting for her life” and living in a Travelodge motel in New Jersey. O’Connor, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, said she had felt alone since losing custody of her 13-year-old son and revealed she is suffering from three mental illnesses but has been left isolated. The 50-year-old, who had a worldwide hit with “Nothing Compares 2 U” in 1990, said her doctor and psychiatrist were the only thing “keeping her alive”. Fellow singer Lennox said she had been distressed by O’Connor’s video and questioned why the singer did not have close friends or family to help her when she was in such a difficult vulnerable position. “I just watched this truly distressing call for help by Sinead O'Connor, from a motel room in New Jersey, where she says there's no one there to help her, with the exception of a psychiatrist and a doctor,” the Scottish four-time Grammy-winning artist said in a post on her Facebook page. “I realise that Sinead has some serious mental health issues, but she appears to be completely out on a limb and I'm concerned for her safety,” she continued. “Are there no close friends or family who could be with her to give her some loving support? It's terrible to see her in such a vulnerable state.” O'Connor, who lost her mother when she was just 19, claimed she is being treated “like s***” by family members who are refusing to take care of her. She added: “It’s like a witch hunt: they are pointing the finger saying ‘see, see this is why'." “I’m fighting and fighting and fighting like all the millions of people. “If it was just for me I’d be gone. Straight away back to my mum ... because I’ve walked this earth alone for two years now as punishment for being mentally f**king ill and getting angry that no one would f***ing take care of me.” The singer, who has been married four times, is mother to four children from four different relationships and became a grandma for the first time in 2015. After the singer lost custody of her youngest child, she made suicide threats, telling Ireland’s Child and Family Agency they would have “a dead celebrity on their hands” if they refused to overturn their decision. “I’m all by myself, there’s absolutely nobody in my life,” she told viewers. “I’m now living in a Travelodge motel in the arse-end of New Jersey. “[No one] except my doctor, my psychiatrist – who is the sweetest man on earth who says I’m his hero – and that’s about the only f**king thing keeping me alive at the moment. The fact that I’m his bloody hero ... and that’s kind of pathetic.” O'Connor said she had spent the last two years “wandering the world alone” after having a public argument with her family. “If it was just for me I'd be gone. Straight away back to my mum... because I've walked this earth alone for two years now as punishment for being mentally f****** ill and getting angry that no one would f****** take care of me,” she said. “I'm a 5ft 4in little f****** woman wandering the world for two years by myself.” The musician, who has recorded ten solo albums, has opened up about her struggles with suicidal thoughts in the past and has posted distressing videos on Facebook. In 2007 she told Oprah Winfrey she had been diagnosed with bipolar and tried to kill herself on her 33rd birthday. In her recent video, she said she hoped that opening up about her mental health problems would help others in similarly vulnerable positions. She said she planned to get through and survive her latest crisis. “I hope that this video is somehow helpful,” she said. “I know that I’m just one of millions and millions of people in the world that suffer like I do that don’t necessarily have the resources that I have.” O’Connor sparked a police investigation and desperate search last June after she disappeared from a suburb of Chicago after going on a bike ride with friends. Alarm bells were raised about her well-being but she was found safe in the end. Visit : https://abancommercials.com
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