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A Train chaos: Video shows ‘peacekeepers’ scramble to break up subway brawl

A group of brave “peacekeepers” scrambled to break up a wild fight aboard an A train this week, disturbing footage shows.

The recording captured the chaos inside the northbound train between High Street in Brooklyn and Fulton Street in Manhattan Thursday around 7:30 p.m., showing the alleged victim cornered as his combatant appears to bop him twice.

A woman shrieks, “Stop!” and “Please, please don’t do that!” as the melee begins to break up. A man who tried to intervene is left with a bloodied face, the video shows.

“Unreal how many peacekeepers were on this train. Ppl begging for the violence to stop – stepping in the way,” wrote the Twitter user who posted the video. “As they moved down the subway ppl were screaming, hiding pleading.”

Meanwhile, someone pulled the emergency brake on the train, leaving them “trapped for 5 min,” she added.

It’s unclear what happened to the victim, but the woman said he received help from someone else and “didn’t want to involve the cops.”

The NYPD said it didn’t have a report on the incident.

The MTA didn’t immediately return a message.

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New Zealand bans video game that seems to glorify mass shooting

WELLINGTON – New Zealand’s Chief Censor said on Thursday he had banned a video game that appeared to glorify the mass shooting in Christchurch earlier this year that killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

In an attack broadcast live on Facebook, a lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons targeted Muslims attending prayers in two Christchurch mosques on March 15, killing 51 people and wounding dozens.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, a suspected white supremacist, has been charged with the attack and faces trial next year.

Chief Censor David Shanks said a video game that celebrated the livestream of the mass shooting has been classified as objectionable.

“The creators of this game set out to produce and sell a game designed to place the player in the role of a white supremacist terrorist killer,” Shanks said in a statement.

“In this game, anyone who isn’t a white heterosexual male is a target for simply existing.”

Shanks previously outlawed the livestreamed video of Christchurch attack and a manifesto linked to the alleged shooter.

Earlier this month, the censor board also outlawed a 35-minute long video of another attack by an anti-Semitic gunman who killed two people in Halle, Germany.

A document said to have been shared by the gunman in Germany has now also been banned, Shanks said.

Some game producers appear intent on producing a “family” of white extremist games and have established a revenue stream from it, with customers in New Zealand and around the world able to purchase the games from the producer’s website, Shanks said.

“The games producers will try to dress their work up as satire but this game is no joke. It crosses the line.”

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Tragic video shows monkey carrying and grooming her dead offspring

Heartbreaking video shows how mother monkey carried and groomed her baby for 10 days after it had died and started to mummify and rot

  • WARNING: CONTAINS FOOTAGE SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND UPSETTING
  • The monkey was observed by a student at a game reserve in South Africa 
  • She had been carrying around her stillborn infant for 10 days before they noticed
  • And she still groomed and carried it around despite it beginning to rot
  • Animals including elephants, dolphins, whales and magpies are known to mourn 

Heartbreaking footage has shown a monkey carrying around and caring for the body of its child which was stillborn 10 days earlier.

The vervet monkey, which lives at the Olifants West Game Reserve in South Africa, continued to groom the baby for more than a week after its death.

A student at the Campfire Academy on the reserve, who filmed the mourning creature, said it was ‘very sad’ and ‘distressing’.

By the time people had realised what was going on the body of the young monkey had become stiff and begun to mummify, as is seen in the footage. 

The images show the ability of animals to feel for and to grieve their dead – a trait known to be common among creatures including elephants, whales, dolphins, wolves and even magpies.

The mother monkey carried around its baby, which had been stillborn, for 10 days before students at the game reserve realised what was happening

Tracey Mobley, who is studying at the Campfire Academy, said: ‘It was very sad and empathic.

‘She looked forlorn as if she was grieving and she kept trying to put it into a tree as if encouraging it to move and hold on, it was very distressing to watch.

‘It was just very moving and we had many discussions relating it to when a human gives birth to a still born and just how little time they have with it to mourn.’

Monkeys are known to mourn their dead and have been observed in similar rituals in the past.

A video released in 2017 showed a mother chimpanzee using a stem of grass to clean the teeth of her dead son in a ritual which had never been seen before.

And other creatures have been seen in touching mourning rituals, too.

Scientists at a whale research centre on the San Juan Islands in Washington saw a killer whale propping up its dead newborn to try and keep it near the surface.

Researchers have discovered whales and dolphins hold ‘vigils’ for their dead and may cling onto their offspring’s lifeless bodies for days to stop them being eaten. 

Even magpies have been seen in grieving rituals, gathering around a fallen comrade in what scientists described as funerals, affectionately pecking at the corpse in the same way elephants have been seen to caress their dead with their trunks.

However, monkeys have also been observed eating their dead – researchers in Italy saw a macaque cannibalise the remains of its own baby weeks after it had died. 


The monkey was seen grooming and carrying around its deceased infant.  Tracey Mobley, the student who captured the behaviour on camera, said: ‘She looked forlorn as if she was grieving and she kept trying to put it into a tree as if encouraging it to move and hold on, it was very distressing to watch’

The monkey Miss Mobley saw had given birth to the stillborn infant 10 days before she approached students and they realised what was happening on October 19.     

It’s common for primates to continue to care for dead relatives, Miss Mobley said, but not for such a long period of time.

She added: ‘To start with she clung to it at all times and then gradually started to carry it in her hand and left it from time to time, and then she would carry it in her mouth in order to make full use of all of her limbs like when she would climb trees.

‘To start with, the monkey was still quite floppy with its arms and legs dangling.

‘After a day or so you could see it had become stiff and, towards the end it had become almost mummified and didn’t resemble a monkey at all.

‘The smell was quite powerful and if she left it near to where you were sitting you could quite clearly smell it.’

HOW ANIMALS MOURN THEIR DEAD

Various species have been seen to mourn their dead relatives and to carry out, in some cases, human-like behaviour after a companion has died.

Elephants, for example, are known to visit dead companions and to smell, touch with their trunks, and to repeatedly go to look at a member of their group who has died.

This vervet monkey on a game reserve in South Africa was seen carrying and grooming the body of her stillborn baby for 10 days after it died, by which time it had become stiff and started to rot

Chimpanzees, when faced with a death in their group, have been seen gathering around its corpse and cleaning or grooming the dead body. They may also refuse to visit the place where that ape had died for a few days afterwards. Chimps are also thought to mourn the loss of their mothers for a lifetime, with orphaned animals less social and less active than others.

Magpies have been seen burying the bodies of their dead under twigs and also to affectionately peck the dead body, in what scientists described as a ‘magpie funeral’.

Peccaries, a type of wild pig in the US, have been seen visiting their dead relatives and nuzzling it and sleeping beside it.

Whales and dolphins are also known to grieve their dead family members and scientists have in the past seen the mothers prop up or carry around their dead young and try to keep them afloat so predators don’t eat them.

Source: Smithonsian Magazine 

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A Video Game Helped Motivate This Guy to Lose 50 Pounds

It took a video game for John Martin to realize he was overweight. The 39 year-old lawyer from Hershey, Pennsylvania, had never thought of himself that way—he was 6’1” and certainly not thin (at 218 pounds), but he figured he simply had an average build. A desk job and an hour commute meant a creeping weight gain over the years, but nothing that alarmed him. He didn’t feel sluggish or tired, and though his clothes felt less comfortable than in years past, it wasn’t like he found himself regularly out of breath.

Then came the video game—Wii Fit, to be exact. On a lark, Martin stepped onto the balance board that comes with the Nintendo game. The (admittedly inaccurate) body mass index showed Martin to be borderline obese. Strange as it might sound, for him it was a wakeup call. He’d spent years failing to out-exercise a bad diet, imagining that a few spins on the elliptical machine in his basement balanced out a diet of burgers, fries, beers, and pizza. “Basically, I continued to eat like a teenager well into my 30s,” he says. “It eventually caught up to me.”

The Wii forced him to make a choice. As he saw it, he could resign himself to a “dad bod” and future obesity, or pull himself together for himself, his wife, and his two young children. He wanted to pick the right path while he was still young enough for it to make a difference.

After some trial and error, he settled on using MyFitnessPal to track his food and hit a caloric deficit of 200-300 calories a day. At the beginning he ate whatever he wanted, as long as he didn’t break his calorie count; later on he focused on his macros. “It helps that I’m a very simple person and can eat the same thing every day without getting bored,” he says.

John Martin

His workouts were simple: mostly cardio, on the elliptical for at least an hour every day. With a FitBit and an Apple Watch, he tracked his activity. He didn’t use a trainer, and being able to watch TV at the gym helped motivate him.

He lost 50 pounds in the first eight months, but gained back half of that over the next year. The rebound helped discipline him, leading to more calorie and activity tracking. Now, three years after starting, he’s and 164 pounds—54 less than when he started. People say he looks skinnier now, and now he likes shopping for clothes, but appearance wasn’t his primary motivation. “It’s a nice byproduct, to be sure,”he says, “but I really just want to maintain a healthier lifestyle and feel more comfortable in my own skin.” (He’s told his kids that once he hits 160 pounds, he’ll shave his beard.)

Asked for advice, he offers some straight-forward tips. “Count your calories,” he says. “It’s not easy, but it’s crazy simple.” And don’t get caught up in daily weighing, because fluctuations can be discouraging; instead, look for the right trajectory, week after week. “Once you start seeing those results,” he says, “ it’s a snowball effect that makes you want to keep at it.”

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Incredible video shows a group of octopuses feasting on a giant whale

Grisly underwater video shows a group of octopuses slowly gorging on remains of a giant whale off Monterey coast

  • Researchers discovered octopuses feasting on a whale’s remains at the Davidson Seamount, off California
  • Scientists from Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary found the skeletal remains of whale on the seabed
  • Many octopuses  can be seen in the video, as well as other marine life
  • Shocked researchers can be heard discussing the sight – as octopuses are usually predators, not scavengers 
  • Although there was not much of the whale carcass left to identify, researchers suggested the five meter long beast could be a Rorqual Baleen whale 

An incredible underwater video has shown a huge group of octopuses feeding on the remains of a giant whale off the coast of California. 

Researchers from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary found the skeletal remains of whale on the seabed at the Davidson Seamount. 

The scientists were amazed to find marine life picking over the remains of the giant beast. 

But the presence of the octopuses was especially unusual, as they are usually predators, not scavengers.

The scientists were amazed to find marine life picking over the remains of the giant beast 

The whale carcass was between four and five meters in length, and had been picked clean by the wildlife 

A close up of octopuses devouring of the remains of whale 

All that’s left of a 4-5 meter long whale is the carcass as octopuses and other sea creatures feast on its remains

Numerous octopuses devour the skeletal remains of a whale below Monterey Bay

Although there was not much of left to identify, researchers suggested it could be a Rorqual Baleen whale

‘This is great!’ exclaims one researcher with Ocean Exploration Trust/EVNautilus.

‘Has it been generally known that octopus are scavengers?’ asks another member of the team. 

‘That’s a great question,’ a colleague replies. ‘I’m sure they’re mostly predators, but why not be opportunistic?’ 

The whale carcass was  between four and five meters in length.

Although there was not much of it left to identify, researchers suggested it could be a  Rorqual Baleen whale, based on the shape of its skull and jaw.

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Fake video showing Donald Trump shooting media and Democrats such as Barack Obama in a ‘fake news church’ is screened at pro-Trump event

A SICKENING video showing "Donald Trump" slaughtering journalists and political rivals was shown to a group of his supporters at one of his golf resorts, it's been reported.

The parody clip was broadcast in a sideroom at the Trump National Doral Miami – which was hosting a three-day conference held by a pro-Trump group called American Priority.

The high-profile event was attended by former White House Press chief Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Donald Trump Jr and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, according to The New York Times.

However, both Sanders and a source close to the president's son told journalists they did not see the disturbing video.

"I was there to speak at a prayer breakfast, where I spoke about unity and bringing the country together," Sanders told the Times.

"I wasn't aware of any video, nor do I support violence of any kind against anyone."

The video is an adapted version of the church massacre scene from the 2014 Brit film 'Kingsman: The Secret Service.'

In it, a fake Trump hits late Senator John McCain in the neck, stabs TV personality Rosie O’Donnell, sets Sen. Bernie Sanders’ on fire and shoots people whose faces are replaced with news logos.

Trump’s face is superimposed onto the body of Colin Firth – who was the star of the original movie.

Other targets include former President Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Adam Schiff who is leading the impeachment inquiry into Trump.


White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a tweet that Trump will see the video shortly and that “based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video.”

The “unauthorised video” was shown last week “in a side room” at an American Priority conference at the  resort, the event’s organiser Alex Phillips, said in a statement.

“This video was not approved, seen, or sanctioned” by the event’s organisers, Phillips said.

The "fake news" setting for the massacre echoes Trump’s familiar refrain about news stories and organisations that he deems unfair.

CNN, The Washington Post, BBC, PBS, NBC and Politico are among the news organisations depicted as victims of the fake Trump’s violent fury.

The video also includes the logo for Trump’s 2020 campaign, but spokesman Tim Murtaugh said the “video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence.”

The White House Correspondents Association issued a statement late Sunday saying it was “horrified” by the content and calling on Trump to offer his condemnation.

“All Americans should condemn this depiction of violence directed toward journalists and the President’s political opponents,” said Jonathan Karl, WHCA president.

“We have previously told the President his rhetoric could incite violence. Now we call on him and everybody associated with this conference to denounce this video and affirm that violence has no place in our society.”

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Wild video shows deer crashing into Long Island hair salon

Next time, make an appointment!

Video shows a deer suddenly bursting through the window of a Long Island hair salon — a wild incident that left at least one client injured.

The antlered buck sent shards of glass flying when it suddenly leaped into the Bea.you.tiful Hair Salon in Lake Ronkonkoma Saturday around 12:30 pm., according to footage posted by the business.

“Oh my God, oh my God,” shrieked a hairdresser who had been snipping a client’s hair.

A woman waiting on a white couch near the window had a mirror knocked out of her hand by the buck and shot up to get out of the animal’s way. She and the hairdresser then hid behind the front desk.

After some scrambling inside the salon, the deer eventually found its way out by crashing through the salon’s glass front door.

But the animal got tangled up in the cord of hair straightener and took the tool with it.

The woman who’d been sitting on the couch was hospitalized with injuries to her head and leg, News 12 Long Island reported.

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What's really going on inside an insect-munching venus flytrap

  • Venus flytraps rarely catch flies, despite their name. Instead, they mostly catch spiders, ants, and other critters that can’t fly.
  • The trap itself is made of modified leaves containing three trigger hairs. When a spider walks by and brushes against these hairs, it sends off an electrical signal.
  • That signal sets off a countdown. If the prey escapes in under 30 seconds, nothing else happens. But if it brushes against another hair, the trap slams shut and the Venus flytrap will begin to digest the insect.
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: When it comes to deadly predators, plants generally don’t come to mind. After all, they’re typically at the bottom of the food chain. But the Carolinas are home to one vicious vegetable: The Venus flytrap.

Using its famous trap, it can catch prey faster than you can blink. But what happens next…inside a Venus flytrap?

Funny thing about Venus flytraps: They don’t usually trap flies. In fact, winged insects only make up 5% of their diet.

Sorenson: We really ought to be calling it the Carolina spider trap. Because it’s only found in a little piece of the Carolinas, and it mostly eats spiders and ants.

Narrator: But regardless of the species, that bug is going to have a bad day. It all starts when the victim wanders into the trap, possibly lured by the bright-red hue or fragrant scent. Or maybe they’re just unlucky.

Sorenson: We think the spiders mostly just blunder.

Narrator: That trap itself looks like an open mouth. It’s made of two pads attached to a hinge.

Sorenson: On each one of those pads there are usually three little trigger hairs in a triangle. And those trigger hairs are very, very sensitive to being disturbed.

Narrator: The first time the spider knocks into a hair, it sets off an electrical signal, sort of like the electrical currents in your brain. That signal starts the countdown.

If the bug escapes within 20 to 30 seconds, nothing else happens. That way, the plant doesn’t waste energy. But if the bug brushes against another hair… SNAP! In just 100 milliseconds — about four times faster than you can blink — the trap slams shut.

Sorenson: The trap rapidly goes from convex to concave on each side, and the long little spikes on the rims of the pads interlock to form kind of a cage.

Narrator: Now, the spider isn’t happy with this turn of events. So, it tries to escape, which is exactly what the plant wants.

The more the spider struggles, the more it knocks into the trigger hairs, the tighter the trap closes. And after an hour or two, the trap locks completely. Cells on the edges of the pads secrete moisture, which glues the edges together to form an airtight seal. Suddenly, that trap isn’t a mouth anymore.

It’s a stomach. Digestive juices flood into the closed compartment, dissolving the spider’s soft organs. And the trap’s lining sucks up that nutrient-rich slushy.

After about a week, all that’s left is an empty husk — the spider’s exoskeleton. Next, the trap opens and the husk tumbles out. The trap’s now ready for its next meal.

But bugs aren’t the only food the trap captures. Just like leaves on other plants, the trap’s surface contains a green pigment that lets it convert the sun’s energy to sugar through a process called photosynthesis. So then, why bother with the bugs?

Well, Venus flytraps live in acidic, waterlogged soil that doesn’t have many nutrients. So instead of slurping up nitrogen and phosphorus through its roots, it needs to borrow some from the bugs. That explains why it shares its home with other hungry carnivorous plants like pitcher plants and sundews.

Which means one thing: North Carolina is not a fun place to be a bug.

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Chicago bares: Video of nude teammate irks Bears coach

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was fired up to win a nationally-televised game against Washington on Monday, but he went too far with his celebration. Cohen disappointed head coach Matt Nagy and put another Bears player in a compromising position after Cohen livestreamed video from the team’s locker room.

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Following the win, Cohen turned on Instagram Live to address his followers. As Cohen was celebrating in the foreground, offensive lineman Kyle Long was getting undressed in the background, completely unaware he was being filmed. For a few moments, Long was completely naked on Cohen’s livestream. Cohen quickly deleted the video, but the damage was done.

On Wednesday, Nagy addressed the issue, saying Cohen made a mistake and would have to learn from it, according to ESPN.

“Without a doubt, it is [a policy going forward],” Nagy said Wednesday. “First of all, it’s a league rule, so that’s that. And I think it’s unfortunate that that happened. Tarik feels bad and is apologetic and embarrassed that it happened.

“I think it’s something that [what] you need to do is you learn from it. It was a mistake and nothing that is malicious at all. But it was a mistake, so let’s make sure that that mistake doesn’t happen again to all of our players.”

Players are prohibited from posting on social media until after postgame interviews. Cohen’s livestream took place before the media was allowed into the team’s locker room. It’s unclear if the NFL will punish Cohen for violating that policy.

It’s not the first time a player has gotten in trouble for livestreaming in the locker room. Antonio Brown drew the ire of Mike Tomlin after livestreaming Tomlin’s victory speech following a Pittsburgh Steelers win in 2017.

Though embarrassing, the Bears are focused on putting the video behind them. If the team can manage a victory against the division-rival Minnesota Vikings in Week 4, expect the team to celebrate, but don’t expect to see any livestreams.

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Video game firms pledge to go green at UN climate summit

UNITED NATIONS — Gaming is going green — and some of the biggest game companies hope players will, too.

The companies behind PlayStation, Xbox, Angry Birds, Minecraft, Twitch and other video games and platforms pledged Monday at the UN to level up efforts to fight climate change and get their throngs of users involved.

The promises range from planting trees to reducing plastic packaging, from making game devices more energy-efficient to incorporating environmental themes into the games themselves.

“I believe games and gamers can be a force for social change and would love to see our global community unite to help our planet to survive and thrive,” Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders.

Ryan said Sony’s plans include outfitting the next-generation PlayStation system with a low-power, suspend-play mode. He said if 1 million players use it, they could save enough electricity to power 1,000 average US homes.

Some games already are set in drowning coastal cities, educate children about wildlife or otherwise address environmental issues. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon anointed the Angry Birds character Red as an “honorary ambassador for green” in 2016.

But the idea of gaming green got new visibility with Monday’s commitments from 21 companies, facilitated by the UN Environment Program and showcased against the backdrop of Monday’s UN climate summit.

With an estimate of more than 2 billion video game players globally, “this is the most powerful mobilization channel in the world,” David Paul, the Marshall Islands’ environment minister, told the gaming CEOs. His low-lying Pacific island homeland faces an existential threat from rising seas as the planet warms.

The “Playing for the Planet” pledges come from an industry that isn’t always seen as nurturing societal good.

Parents and psychologists have fretted for years about games and other digital diversions sucking youths into staring at screens. The UN’s World Health Organization this year recommended no more than an hour of screen time a day for children under 5 and none at all for those under 1.

Gaming company leaders say that not all screen time is of equal value. They believe their products can engage players on such serious issues as climate change.

“We try to provide entertainment with substance,” Clark Stacey, CEO of WildWorks, said in an interview.

Among the initiatives:

  • WildWorks intends to incorporate new materials about habitat restoration and reforestation into its children’s game Animal Jam and to plant a tree for every new Animal Jam player.
  • Microsoft plans to make 825,000 Xbox consoles that are carbon-neutral — or don’t cause any net increases in heat-trapping carbon dioxide — and to promote real-life sustainability activities through its massive-selling game Minecraft.
  • Angry Birds maker Rovio Entertainment is offsetting carbon emissions generated by each of its daily, active players charging one mobile device per day for a year.
  • Game streaming giant Twitch, owned by Amazon, intends to spread sustainability messages through its platform.
  • Google’s upcoming Stadia streaming service is financing research on how people can be inspired to change their behavior through games.

“They’re participatory. They require the player to take action. It’s not just absorbing a message from the outside,” said Erin Hoffman-John, Stadia’s lead designer for research and development.

Strange Loop Games already has ecological issues at the heart of its simulation game Eco. Players collaborate to build a civilization and confront its impacts on the environment. If they cut down too many trees, for example, they might kill off a species.

“For us, it’s less about telling the player about being green or avoiding climate change than letting them have that experience, letting them face that challenge themselves in a world that they care about,” CEO John Krajewski said in an interview. “And then they can bring that to the real world.”

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NASA's $30 billion Artemis missions will attempt to set up a moon base

  • NASA’s proposed return to the moon by 2024 has been titledArtemis and will cost upwards of $20-$30 billion on top of its current budget.
  • NASA will use its megarocket SLS to send astronauts and payloads up into the moon’s orbit and down the lunar surface.
  • During the mission, NASA will begin building the Lunar gateway — an outpost that will stay in the moon’s orbit and act as a landing pad to and from the moon’s surface.
  • NASA will also use the mission to mine for resources such as water which could potentially be used to make rocket fuel in space.
  • The mission will aim to be a trial run and experiment for deeper space exploration and an important step in landing humans on Mars.
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Following is the transcript of the video.

Narrator: On December 14, 1972, astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt blasted off the moon and headed home.

Astronaut: We’re on our way, Houston!

Narrator: It was the last time any human stepped foot on the lunar surface. But NASA is hoping that’s about to change. This is the new era of space exploration. And it’s even more ambitious than before. In May 2019, NASA officially announced its new project, Artemis.

Dave Mosher: Artemis is NASA’s big plan to go back to the moon by 2024, to land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the moon.

Narrator: The mission was named in homage to Apollo’s twin sister, Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt and the moon. But just because it bears a similar name doesn’t make it an Apollo rerun. Where Apollo astronauts only spent hours or days on the lunar surface, Artemis astronauts will potentially spend weeks there to explore it for resources and investigate the far side of the moon, as well as to test technologies for future deep-space missions. This will give scientists a much better understanding of the solar system, its history, and how to operate in deep space. And that’s the pressing reason for this mission.

Mosher: But it’s also a dry run for going to Mars, which is much father and much harder. The journey, instead of being three days to the moon, is six to nine months. So you need to practice these deep-space operations, and you also need to practice surface operations. The moon is a great place to go for that because it’s so close.

Narrator: But even though it’s close, that doesn’t mean it’s cheap. NASA said it will need $20 billion to $30 billion for the next mission. That’s up to $6 billion annually over the next five years, and that’s on top of its current $20-billion-plus annual budget. Though, for comparison, $30 billion is only about 4% of the US’s annual military budget. Or about three of the Navy’s newest nuclear submarines. Now, a lot of Artemis’ budget will go towards building NASA’s next-generation rocket, the Space Launch System, or SLS.

Mosher: Space Launch System is this gargantuan rocket that will actually take the astronauts into orbit around Earth and a bunch of the equipment they need to go up there, too.

Narrator: Once finished, it will be the most powerful rocket ever made. But things with the SLS haven’t exactly gone to plan.

Mosher: The first rocket was supposed to launch in 2017, and it’s now 2019 and they’re not looking to launch the first one until 2021. So they’re years behind schedule, billions of dollars over budget, and they’re supposed to make one of these every year or two going forward.

Narrator: To top it off, SLS isn’t reusable, like SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy. So that means after each launch, the rocket will be discarded. That’s an estimated $1.5 billion to $3 billion NASA won’t get back for every launch. And that raises the question, why doesn’t it just team up with SpaceX and use the Falcon Heavy?

Mosher: The advantages of SLS is that it’s just bigger, and that’s important if you’re trying to get big space-station modules and lunar landers out into space.

Narrator: Estimates show the Falcon Heavy could launch a payload of about 21,000 kilograms to the moon, whereas NASA says the SLS will lift more than twice that. So, yeah, size definitely matters, but it’s also about…

Mosher: Politics, jobs, and other missions. So, politics, because these people in Congress who pull the purse strings have a lot of districts where NASA centers are located. The second part, jobs, is because there are tens of thousands of people employed to build and maintain and do all the things you need to do to create Space Launch System. And the third part is that NASA is legally bound to use this rocket for some missions, including the Europa Clipper, which is supposed to go out to Jupiter and look for signs of life around one of its icy moons.

Narrator: Now, contrary to old sci-fi films, rockets don’t land on the moon. There’s a series of steps that happen first, including rocket-stage separations and reaching lunar orbit. Now, for Apollo astronauts, they flew their spacecraft into lunar orbit, undocked the lunar lander, and rode it down to the surface. Artemis has bigger plans. Like Apollo, Artemis will fly a spacecraft called Orion towards the moon. But then, instead of orbiting the moon by itself, it will dock at what NASA has dubbed the Gateway.

Mosher: The Gateway is kind of like this orbital outpost for the moon. It’s the place you go to sort of stock up, get everything you need, get your affairs in order.

Narrator: So, it will act as a living space for astronauts going to and from the moon. But it will also house an in-space laboratory and be a port for future deep-space missions, such as a trip to Mars. After two test missions to the moon’s orbit, NASA plans to start building the Gateway in 2022, but astronauts still need a way to and from the lunar surface. That’s where the lunar lander comes in. And this is one part of the mission NASA might not build.

Mosher: Its administrator has said, look, commercial space, like companies like Blue Origin and SpaceX, they’re getting better at this than we are.

Narrator: Whether NASA decides to team up or not is a mystery right now. But if anything is certain, it’s that temporary trips to and from the moon will only be the start. Ultimately, NASA wants a permanent lunar base where astronauts can live and work on the moon.

Mosher: So, after the first landing, in 2024, NASA is hoping to do one, about one a year, through 2028, set up this moon base, and then we’re really talking about something interesting, which is mining the moon for water. Water you can split into hydrogen and oxygen, which are two really important rocket fuels.

Narrator: Right now, humans are limited to how far we can travel in space by the amount of fuel in our rocket tanks at launch. But once you can make rocket fuel in space, then you can travel much farther.

Mosher: They want to set up this lunar base on the surface to mine all the water and make the Gateway this big, go-to destination for refueling and this pit stop for Mars.

Narrator: And then, if they can figure all that out?

Mosher: We’re talking about expanding the reach of the human race throughout the solar system.

Narrator: Sounds great in theory, but in reality, there’s gonna be some tension.

Mosher: The politics of the moon are going to get very weird in the coming decades if we start building permanent human bases there. China wants to go there, NASA wants to go there, SpaceX wants to go there, but international space law basically says you can’t claim any territory in space or on another planet, another body.

Narrator: That’s right, space law. In 1967, the United Nations founded the Outer Space Treaty. Ratified by 109 countries, this first treaty sets boundaries for space travel. There have been four more treaties since, but the last was signed decades ago. So, currently, space law is pretty outdated.

Mosher: The international space law has to catch up to the current times. And we haven’t done that yet.

Narrator: For example, it lacks clarity, especially with regards to mining resources. There is nothing on who would own the resources, whether they would need a license, or how to settle disputes, or even who can approve the mining in the first place. Solving these and other issues will be key to the new era of space exploration envisioned by NASA. If it happens, that is.

Mosher: There isn’t the political willpower, because of that, and we’re really pinched for dollars, with all of the domestic issues and climate change and other major priorities that are happening here on Earth. So whether or not NASA can pull this off remains to be seen.

Narrator: But even if NASA doesn’t, maybe someone else will.

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General Mills is recalling flour due to E. coli concerns, which is one of the reasons raw cookie dough isn't safe to eat

  • It might taste delicious, but eating rawcookie dough really can make you sick. Raw eggs can be contaminated with salmonella and raw flour can contain E. coli.
  • General Mills isrecalling five-pound bags of Gold Medal flour, the latest recall in a number of recent E. coli scares centered on flour. Pillsbury, Aldi, and King Arthur Flour announced flour recalls earlier in 2019.
  • In 2009, Nestlé had to recall 3.6 million packages of its refrigerated cookie dough after nearly 80 people got food poisoning from E. coli lurking in the raw flour.
  • Raw eggs contaminated with salmonella cause 79,000 foodborne illnesses and 30 deaths in the US every year, according to theCenter for Disease Control (CDC).
  • If you can’t go on without eating cookie dough, try some alternatives like edible dough and dessert hummus.
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Licking the spoon is the best part of baking cookies. But it’s a bad idea. Because eating raw cookie dough really can make you sick, and not just because it contains raw eggs.

In 2009, over 77 people across 30 states got food poisoning after eating prepackaged raw cookie dough. Many experienced vomiting and bloody diarrhea, and some had severe kidney damage. In the end, Nestlé had to recall 3.6 million packages of its refrigerated cookie dough. And in 2016, another group got sick after eating raw homemade cookie dough made from General Mills products.

But despite what you’d expect, the culprit wasn’t salmonella in the eggs. It was a shiga toxin-producing E. coli in the flour, the same type that sometimes finds its way into romaine lettuce and hamburger meat. In fact, the CDC estimates it’s responsible for 265,000 illnesses, 3,600 hospitalizations, and 30 deaths in the United States every year.

Now, normally E. coli likes to bunker down in moist places. That’s why scientists were surprised when it turned up in flour. And even today, it’s a mystery as to how the E. coli got there in the first place, or how it survived in the flour’s dry environment. The problem is that the bacteria could have infiltrated the flour during any step of the manufacturing process. It might have snuck onto the wheat from animal poop, or jumped to the flour from a contaminated processing equipment. There’s really no way to know for sure. Now, just to be clear, although flour was the culprit in this case, raw eggs can still be just as dangerous. In fact, the FDA estimates that every year contaminated eggs cause 79,000 food-borne illnesses and 30 deaths in the United States. With that in mind, the CDC warns against eating any raw cookie dough.

But, there’s good news. Although, yes, there’s a risk your cookie dough is contaminated, it’s a pretty minimal one. Many bakers, for example, taste test all the time, no worse for wear. Plus, a study found that over half of college students ate unbaked cookie dough, and they lived to tell the tale.

Even better, the risk is lower today than ever before, at least when it comes to store-bought varieties. Because, after the 2009 outbreak, companies like Nestlé and Pillsbury have started including heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs in their dough. By heating flour to 71 degrees Celsius, you kill off any E. coli. And the pasteurization process heats eggs just enough to kill off bacteria without cooking the egg. Heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs also explain why the sort of cookie dough you find in ice cream is harmless. But if you insist on making your chocolate chip cookies from scratch, there’s a DIY way to sterilize your own ingredients: bake the cookie! It’ll still taste good.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published on February 12, 2019.

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Blue whales have the biggest babies in the world. Here's how other animal babies compare in size.

  • Newbornblue whales weigh 1360 kg — practically the weight of a small car. Thanks to mom’s extremely fatty milk, they put on 90 kg every day.
  • Meanwhile,bat pups may be tiny in comparison, but each one makes up a fourth of their mom’s bodyweight.
  • Humanbabies— at 1/22 of their mother’s size — may seem pretty small in comparison. But we’re actually pretty hefty, especially when you look at newborn kangaroos as small as a jellybean.
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Imagine giving birth to a 1360 kg baby.

That’s practically the weight of a small car. But it’s the typical size of a newborn blue whale. The biggest baby in the animal kingdom.

When they nurse, calves put on 90 kg. Every. Single. Day. Thanks to their mom’s extremely rich milk, which contains over 10 times more fat than cow milk. So calves can grow to the size of a Boeing 757 by adulthood.

Sounds like a pretty cushy start to life, especially when compared to other hefty newborns.

On dry land, elephants win the biggest baby award, though “winning,” is a relative term. They give birth to a 105 kg calf, which first has to gestate in the mom’s womb for nearly two years!

More than twice as long as a human pregnancy!

Close behind elephants are giraffes. They drop a 75 kg calf on average. Literally. Mom gives birth standing up, so the baby falls almost 2 meters to the hard ground.

But it turns out, that tumble is pretty important. The impact breaks open the amniotic sac, allowing them to take their first breath of air. Next in line is the white rhino. Although not quite as long a pregnancy as an elephant babies still gestate for 15-16 months. Once they’re finally born, calves weigh 40-64 kg — roughly the size of an adult St Bernard.

But here’s the thing: If you’re about to give birth, you’re not actually worried about your kid’s size. You’re worried about their size compared to you. And shingleback lizards have it bad.

Really bad. Unlike most reptiles, they give birth to live young. Usually, twins that total a third of their body weight. That’s like a human giving birth to a seven-year-old.

Meanwhile, bats usually have just one baby at a time. But that one pup is huge! A fourth of their mother’s body weight. That’s equivalent to a human infant the size of a 16 kg cocker spaniel.

Meanwhile, horse foals usually are a tenth of their mother’s size. That’s a bowling-ball sized baby in human-terms.

Speaking of humans, our newborns weigh about 3.5kg on average, or 1/22 of mom’s size. That might not sound like much, but we’re actually pretty big. After all, tiger cubs weigh only 1/120th of their mother’s size. And a red kangaroo baby is a minuscule 1/100,000 of mom’s bodyweight!

That’s right. A newborn joey can be as small as a single grain of rice and won’t be ready to venture from the pouch for over a year. But the world’s smallest babies are a story for another time.

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Vaping is linked to lung injuries that have claimed 6 lives. Here's what we know about how bad vaping is for public health.

  • Health officials have reportedsix deaths and at least450 cases of lung injury connected tovaping.
  • Patients withvaping-associated lung injury display a wide array of respiratory symptoms, including coughing and chest pain.
  • Doctors still don’t know what’s behind the surge in vaping-related lung injuries. They suspect it’s notnicotine orTHC, but other chemicals like vitamin E acetate that might be present in the vape device.
  • People who vape are exposed to other serious health risks, beyond lung injury, doctors say. For example, nicotine, which can be present in high concentrations in e-cigarettes, is linked to brain development issues.
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Student used Fortnite video game to obtain naked photos of children

Student used Fortnite video game to obtain private photos of children which he planned to use to blackmail them

    Police in Dubai arrested a college student who blackmailed 10 children with naked photos he coaxed from them while playing the Fortnite video game. 

    A concerned mother notified the police after her son told her that a man asked him for private pictures in the chat room on Fortnite. 

    ‘The 25-year-old college student was luring the children with increasing amount on their wallets and points in the game to get their private pictures,’ Brigadier Jamal Al Jallaf Director of Criminal Investigation department in Dubai Police, told Gulf News. 

    Police in Dubai arrested a 25-year-old accused of collecting over 200 pictures of minors through the messaging room on the Fortnite video game

    Police arrested the man in front of his family and said that he could get no less than five years in prison

    ‘We arrested him and found about 200 pictures of ten children which he was planning to use them in [a] blackmail scam.’

    Reports say that the 25-year-old traded pictures for in game money, known as V-Bucks, which would enable the kids to get higher scores. 

    V-Bucks, or Vinderbucks, are usually purchased in blocks of 1,000 for £7.99.

    Other ways to earn them are by completing daily challenges and earning in game rewards. 

    They can be used to purchase items in the store such as weapons and other customisations.  

    The police arrested the student in front of his family and Al Jallaf said the accused could face no less than five years imprisonment and a fine of no less than £55,000. 

     

     

     

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    Aerial video captures dive-boat engulfed in flames before sinking off Southern California coast

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    The U.S. Coast Guard released aerial footage Tuesday of the early morning boat fire that left 34 dead after likely being trapped while sleeping below deck anchored off the Southern California coast on Labor Day.

    FIRE BLOCKED ESCAPE FOR 34 ON BOAT OFF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST, INVESTIGATORS SAY

    The video was taken by a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.  The crew was responding to the Conception boat fire off Santa Cruz Island early Monday.  The video shows billowing clouds of white smoke and flames engulfing the 75-foot vessel. The boat appears to tip backward as it begins to sink.

    Rescue boats can also be seen making their way toward the boat, according to the footage posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles. A total of 39 people were aboard the Conception. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Tuesday that the fire spread rapidly and flames blocked both exits of the lower deck, where passengers and one crew member were sleeping in tight quarters.

    Five people—the captain and four crewmembers— are known to have survived the fire. They were awake on the upper decks, jumped overboard and steered an inflatable lifeboat toward another ship anchored nearby.

    The boat, owned by Santa Barbara’s Truth Aquatics, was chartered by Santa Cruz’s Worldwide Diving Adventures to lead a three-day diving excursion off the Channel Islands.

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    Rescuers suspended their search for additional survivors Tuesday evening.

    The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into what caused the fire and if there were safety measures, such as fire extinguishers, on board. The agency will interview survivors, first responders and the companies involved in the diving trip, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    A preliminary report could be released within 10 days of the incident.

    Fox News’ Frank Miles and Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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    Justin Bieber posts a video of him performing at Beverly Hills church

    Justin Bieber admits he is going through a ‘hard season’ as he thanks wife Hailey for her support and shares clip of himself singing at church

    Justin Bieber has candidly admitted that he is going through a ‘hard time’ during a heartfelt Instagram post where he thanked wife Hailey for her support.

    Alongside the caption, Bieber shared a video of himself performing at his Beverly Hills church for the first time, while revealing his recent struggles.

    The 25-year-old posted a video of him singing the 2007 Marvin Sapp song Never Would’ve Made it at Churchome in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night. 

    Sang at church last night. God is pulling me through a hard season. Having trust in Jesus at your worst times is the absolute hardest. But he is faithful to complete what he started. I also want to thank my wife for being such a huge support in my life through this season.. it says in the bible count it ALL JOY when you face trials of various kinds. Sounds insane considering when u face trials u feel terrible. But if we are grateful and worship god for what we do have in that season there is so much power in that… whatever pain you are going through just keep telling yourself THIS WONT LAST! Love you guys we in this together

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    Bieber’s video: Justin Bieber shared a heartfelt video on Instagram of him performing at his Beverly Hills church for the first time, while also sharing a heartfelt message about his faith

    Redemption: The 25 year old posted a video of him singing the 2007 Marvin Sapp song Never Would’ve Made it at Churchome in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night

    The soulful rendition of the song was captured by several audience members in attendance at the church as Bieber reflected on his troubles and how church has helped him. 

    ‘Sang at church last night. God is pulling me through a hard season. Having trust in Jesus at your worst times is the absolute hardest,’ Bieber began.

    ‘But he is faithful to complete what he started. I also want to thank my wife for being such a huge support in my life through this season.. it says in the bible count it ALL JOY when you face trials of various kinds,’ he added.

    ‘Sounds insane considering when u face trials u feel terrible. But if we are grateful and worship god for what we do have in that season there is so much power in that… whatever pain you are going through just keep telling yourself THIS WONT LAST!’ he added.

    Bieber’s song: ‘Sang at church last night. God is pulling me through a hard season. Having trust in Jesus at your worst times is the absolute hardest,’ Bieber began

    The singer concluded his heartfelt message with, ‘Love you guys we in this together.’

    Bieber was also caught coming out of E Baldi in Beverly Hills, where he revealed to TMZ that he would like to perform at Kanye West’s Sunday Service.

    He also elaborated on why he performed at Churchome, the first time he’s ever sang at the church after going there to worship for the past few years. 

    Sunday service: Bieber was also caught coming out of E Baldi in Beverly Hills, where he revealed to TMZ that he would like to perform at Kanye West’s Sunday Service

    Worship: He also elaborated on why he performed at Churchome, the first time he’s ever sang at the church after going there to worship for the past few years

    ‘My whole message at church the other day was there’s power in your weakness,’ Bieber began.

    ‘So, like, when you feel weak… there are so many people in this world that are struggling, but when you step out, when you’re feeling weak you actually… there’s just power in weakness,’ he added.

    ‘When you fight through that season, usually you get to the other side and it gets better,’ Bieber added, before taking off in his Lamborghini Urus driven by one of his security personnel.

    Message: ‘So, like, when you feel weak… there are so many people in this world that are struggling, but when you step out, when you’re feeling weak you actually… there’s just power in weakness,’ he added.

    Bieber said it took him so long to perform in church because he doesn’t want his faith to seem like a ‘show.’

    Bieber was so immersed in the performance that he even went off-script a few times during the performance in Beverly Hills.

    It seems he’ll be taking on a bigger role at the church from here on out which could lead to more performances. 

    Performance: Bieber said it took him so long to perform in church because he doesn’t want his faith to seem like a ‘show’

     

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    Video reveals the moment an adder slithers out its amniotic sac

    Skin-crawling footage reveals the moment an adder slithers out its amniotic sac and takes its first breath

    • Footage reveals the moment a snake escapes from its amniotic sac after birth  
    • Video was taken near Guildford in Surrey and shows the snake writhing around 
    • it then breaks the outer layer and emerges onto the land with its first breaths  

    This video shows the rare moment a newborn adder breaks free from its amniotic sac and takes its very first breath.

    The baby reptile was born still inside the translucent sac and can be seen wriggling around inside before finally emerging.

    It was caught on camera by photographer Dominic Greves who was amazed to see the sight after watching its mother slither away. 

    Dominic Greves, 44, took the footage near Guildford in Surrey which shows the snake emerging from its amniotic sac.

    HOW ARE ADDERS BORN?  

    Male adders search for females in the summer and scour by looking for pheromones. 

    This can cause conflict between different males.   

    The males raise their bodies and intertwine with each other. 

    Black or European adders are ovoviviparous.

    This means the eggs are fertilised and incubate inside the mother and she gives birth to live young. 

    The gestation period is three to four months. 

    Adders typically give birth to about 12 babies, which are independent soon after birth.

    The young snake eventually used its head to break free and followed its mum to safety in leafy heather nearby.

    Mr Greves, 44, said: ‘We saw an adult female adder lying in the heather which moved away after it was spotted.

    ‘Soon afterwards one of our group spotted a baby adder writhing around in a transparent sac where the female had been lying.

    ‘After a couple of minutes the baby adder pushed its way through the sac membrane and slithered off into the heather.’

    The adder is the UK’s only venomous snake and can live for up to 15 years.

    They are protected by law in Great Britain and it’s illegal to intentionally kill or injure them. 

    Females incubate their eggs internally and give birth to live young- some still enclosed in an amniotic sac.

    Mr Greeves, who took the photos and video on heath land near Guildford in Surrey, added: ‘No-one in our group of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation volunteers had ever witnessed this before.

    ‘I can’t find any videos showing the same behaviour on the web, certainly not taken in the wild.

    ‘I’m a regular conservation volunteer based in Surrey. I’ve been photographing British wildlife for the last 10 years.’

     

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    Grim video shows podiatrist tackling fungal toenails so long they stretch right over patient’s feet – The Sun

    WE all know the importance of personal hygiene, yet our feet can often get overlooked.

    They don't just help us get around each day, they're the foundation of our bodies and they can take a bit of a beating.

    But this grim video shows one person who clearly was neglecting theirs – especially their toes.

    Tackling these trotters was no easy feat, yet it was one that podiatrist Dr Binh Nguyen was happy to take on.

    The patient turned up to Healthy Feet Podiatry in Tampa, Florida, in March, with fungal nails that were so long that they stretched over the width of their feet.

    As the nails had been neglected for years, the toenails had not only curled over on themselves but also built up on top of each other.

    I feel huge sense of relief and joy in helping patients like this

    Using heavy duty nail cutters, the 33-year-old doc painstakingly and carefully cut and chiselled through the thick layers of skin.

    It took more than 25 minutes to get them somewhere near a healthy pedicure.

    Dr Nguyen said: “I feel huge sense of relief and joy in helping patients like this.

    “Some patients don’t feel the process, but others, especially those with thick toenails do feel a bit of pain to the pressure applied.

    “The longer and thicker the nails, the longer the process takes.”

    How to prevent nail infection

    Fungal infections love warm, damp conditions so you want to avoid your feet becoming sweaty and warm.

    Do:

    • treat athlete's foot ASAP to avoid it spreading to the nails
    • keep your feet clean and dry
    • wear clean socks every day
    • wear flipflops in communal showers
    • throw out old shoes

    Don't

    • wear shoes that make your feet hot and sweaty
    • share towels
    • wear other people's shoes
    • share nail clippers

    Source: NHS

    Dr Nguyen's no stranger to looking at unsightly feet and has started sharing videos of his work on YouTube.

    His channel has a whopping 162,000 subscribers and one of his most popular videos has been watched more than 2million times.

    Fungal nail infections aren't uncommon but they are often easily preventable.

    They develop when your feet are constantly warm and damp. You're more likely to get an infection if you wear trainers for a long time and have hot, sweaty feet.

    You can also get infections in your fingernails.

    It's really important that if you have diabetes, you see a foot specialist as any kind of foot injury can lead to complications.

    Usually, a pharmacist can help you but if you have severe nail issues like the woman in this video, then a podiatrist is your best bet.


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    Man tries and fails on video to catch a rabbit with his bare hands

    Bunny flop! Hilarious moment man creeps up on a rabbit and tries to catch it with his bare hands – only to land face down in a muddy field

    • Danny Rush, 48, from Teesside was captured on camera trying to grab a small grey rabbit with his bare hands 
    • Rush was travelling with his son Harrison, 10, and friend Ben Kitchingman, 27, when he spotted the wild animal 
    • He is filmed leaping out of the car and sneaking up on the rabbit before taking a lunge and belly flopping into mud as the bunny hops away 

    A man brought to life his very own Bugs Bunny moment as he tried to catch a wild rabbit with his bare hands but failed miserably and belly flopped into mud.

    Danny Rush, 48, from Teesside was out ratting last week with his son Harrison, 10, and friend Ben Kitchingman when the trio drove across a farmer’s field.

    After spotting a tiny grey rabbit hidden in the grass, Danny excitedly shouted for his pal to stop the van and jumped out – leaving the others baffled at what was going on.

    Danny spots the rabbit and excitedly shouted for his pal to stop the van and jumps out

    Ready to pounce: Rush’s son Harrison, 10, looks on wondering what is going to happen next

    Hilarious footage shows the dad-of-one comically tip-toe across the grass as if he is Bugs’ Bunny’s iconic nemesis Elmer Fudd.

    Danny then leaps for the bunny with arms outstretched but lands face first in the muddy grass as the rabbit makes a swift and easy getaway – in a scene worthy of Looney Tunes.

    Ben, 27, and Harrison erupt in laughter at the Rush’s stunt and joked that he ’caused an earthquake’ when he landed with a thud in the mud. 

    ‘Peter Griffin lookalike’ Rush springs into action to try and catch the wild rabbit 

    Rush ends up landing belly up as the rabbit hops away. He was left wet through because the grass was muddy

    Ben, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, said: ‘Danny’s always messing about and doing daft stuff. He was wet through because all the grass was muddy.

    ‘We’d been out ratting with our terriers on a farm and as we were driving down the track, he saw a rabbit squatting down and hidden in the grass.

    ‘I was still rolling the van down the track and he pointed over. I didn’t have a clue what he was doing.

    Danny Rush, 48, along with son Harrison, 10 who ‘couldn’t stop laughing’ at his father’s belly flop. The duo are seen during a ratting trip earlier this month

    Rush’s friend Ben Kitchingman, 27, with Rush’s son, Harrison, pictured at an earlier rabbit hunting trip

    ‘He shouted ‘stop! Stop!’ For a laugh he tried to sneak up and grab it.

    ‘When he missed, it was his little lad Harrison who was laughing.

    ‘I joked that the rabbit was lucky to survive after the ‘earthquake’.

    ‘He looks like Peter Griffin off Family Guy. He’s not very agile.

    ‘It was very funny. We’ve had so many laughs and jokes about it.’

     

     

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    Elon Musk's multibillion-dollar Starship rocket could one day take people to the moon and Mars

    • Space X is testing the concepts and ideas behindStarShip, its next big rocket,in south Texas.
    • The multibillion-dollar project includes aprototype rocket called the Starhopper to test the enormous new rapper engines that will be propelling future spacecraft.
    • The Starhopperwill launch for the last time in South Texas on Monday around 6 p.m. ET.
    • With the StarShip,Elon Musk’s company plans to send people around the moon and to the mars surface within the next ten years.
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    Elon Musk’s company SpaceX is working on a multibillion-dollar rocket called the “Starship” that could one day take people to the moon, Mars, and launch thousands of satellites into orbit. Tech Insider Senior Correspondent Dave Mosher explains everything we know so far about the project.

    Following is a transcript of the video.

    Dave: This spring, SpaceX launched a squat, kind of ugly looking, but shiny little rocket, and it’s called the Starhopper. And this is the very beginning, the first physical representation of the entire future of the company. This is the rocket that SpaceX is staking its future on.

    The core reason that SpaceX is doing this is because of a dream that Elon Musk shared back in the early 2000s at the founding of SpaceX. He wanted to send a little plant to Mars and have it grow there to inspire people about space travel. He thinks we need to back up the human race to Mars, start a colony there, an Earth 2.0, and this Starship is key to all of that.

    He wants to use it to transport 100 people and 150 tons of cargo to the red planet at a time, and he thinks by 2050, we can build a sustainable colony on Mars. So SpaceX is testing the concepts and the engines behind this Starship in south Texas, and they’re starting to get this little tiny version of it called the Starhopper hopping off the ground to prove that the engines and the whole concept works.

    Basically, the idea is will this thing blow up or not? And so far it hasn’t blown up. We were down there for the very first hop of this vehicle, and it was one of the loudest things I’ve ever heard, but it did not blow up. And since then, SpaceX has done another hop, and they’re gonna take these hops of this vehicle higher and higher to about 3 miles up. The engines that SpaceX is using are brand new. They’re called Raptor engines. These things are enormous. They’re about the size of a small delivery truck in which a controlled bomb goes off, basically.

    After these hop tests are done and SpaceX proves that the system won’t explode on a whim, they’re gonna put these Raptor engines on an even bigger vehicle, which Musk has called the orbital version, and that’s gonna go into orbit around Earth. And the key thing with that test is not only showing that it can get into orbit but that it can come back.

    When a spacecraft comes back to Earth, it’s entering the atmosphere at some point at 25 times the speed of sound. That plows through the atmosphere and builds up all this gas into superheated levels that can vaporize steel. So SpaceX needs to prove that this vehicle will not destroy itself when it comes back to Earth because if it does, then they can’t safely launch people on it. That’s what you need a shield for. You need to protect the vehicle from burning itself up when it either comes back to Earth or is entering the very thin atmosphere of Mars.

    There are a few critiques of steel, and one of them is that it’s just so heavy. It’s dense. If you try to use too much of it, your spacecraft gets bogged down, and you can’t launch as much payload into space. So you have to be really creative about how you build your spacecraft. SpaceX is getting around this problem by trying to go after a fuel-tank structure, the internal structure, these little ribs and slats and things to support the larger structure so that it doesn’t fall in on itself. That way they can make the metal really thin but also take advantage of its cheapness and also strength.

    This vehicle isn’t using what SpaceX has typically used for its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets: That’s RP-1. It’s a form of kerosene. It’s similar to the stuff that goes into jets. It smells like jet fuel. They also use liquid oxygen. The new Starship, and specifically the Starhopper, which just launched, is using liquid methane and liquid oxygen. Methane is important because SpaceX wants to be able to manufacture its fuel on another planet, and specifically Mars, and they can do that, in theory, with the thin atmosphere that Mars has. They can take the carbon dioxide, they can take water out of the ground, and they can take sunlight and use energy to combine those two and form methane on the surface of Mars, refuel Starship, and go back home to Earth.

    The first things that SpaceX hopes to do with a full-scale, fully operational Starship is to show that it works. They want to get this thing into orbit, and then following that, they want to start sending the first missions to Mars. These would be robots, equipment to help scout out the surface and also set up a plant to generate methane and oxygen to fuel a future mission to come back to Earth. The first crude mission, though, is going to be with a Japanese artist and fashion billionaire called Yusaku Maezawa.

    He is going to load up one of these Starships with a crew full of artists and maybe a couple astronauts just for safety and go around the moon to show that the system works. He’s willing to put his life on the line for that, and Musk has even teased that he might go himself. Right now, SpaceX is targeting 2023 or thereabouts to launch this crude moon mission. But by 2024, the company wants to take advantage of a planetary alignment, which happens once every two years with Mars and Earth, to sort of close the gap between the planets and launch the first crude mission to Mars, land there, and put boots on the ground.

    There’s another really important use for this vehicle. They’re gonna try to launch 12,000 satellites. That is twice as many as are currently in space right now, and I think three or four times as many as are currently operational, to build up a global network of satellite high-speed, low-latency internet, so many times faster than you could get today from a commercial provider. But to do that, they’re gonna need to launch a ton of these Starlink satellites at once, and Starship could be the vehicle because it’s so big and fully reusable to do that at low cost for SpaceX. We can’t think of Starship just as a rocket to launch people to Mars.

    It is going to be the future rocket for SpaceX and possibly the world. It’ll launch the next generation of satellite internet. It could launch people to Mars, of course. It could also launch next-generation telescopes, and it could also launch NASA astronauts to the moon, as well as landing craft and any number of things that people want to get up that are big, and they want to do it cheaply.

    If SpaceX can get government support, perhaps from NASA or the Department of Defense, to develop Starship, it’s gonna go a long way into helping SpaceX get to the point where this system becomes a reality because right now they’re relying on a Japanese billionaire and some of their own venture capital funding to fund this entire development project, which they estimate to be between $2 and $10 billion to complete. Some critics say, however, that $10 billion is even a low limit. It may cost as much as $20 billion to develop this system. So if SpaceX can get outside support, it can get government funding, it’s gonna help make this thing a reality.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published on June 5, 2019.

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    Shocking video reveals the moment a monkey smashes its glass cage

    No monkey business here! Shocking video captures the moment a Colombian white-faced capuchin uses a sharpened stone to smash its glass cage in China

    • Zhengzhou Zoo’s  resident Colombian white-faced capuchin used the rock 
    • It repeatedly raised the object above its head and used it to hit the glass wall  
    • One hit succeeds in shattering the glass as the pane shatters completely 
    • The animal scampered away immediately and the glass will be replaced   

    Footage of a monkey in a glass enclosure in China reveals the moment the primate desperately smashed a pane with a sharpened rock in an attempt to escape.

    The animals are exceptionally intelligent and it is unknown what triggered the animal’s distress, besides being in captivity. 

    Viewed more than 17 million times on social media the video shows the unsettling moment which happened at the Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China’s Henan Province on 20th August. 

    The footage shows the zoo’s resident Colombian white-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus) standing near the glass wall holding the big rock with both hands

    The animals are exceptionally intelligent and it is unknown what triggered the animal’s distress, besides being in captivity. Viewed more than 17 million times on social media the video shows the unsettling moment it cracked on impact (pictured)

    The footage shows the zoo’s resident Colombian white-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus) standing near the glass wall holding the big rock with both hands.

    Onlookers watched on shocked as the the monkey battered the enclosure’s glass boundary.

    As the animal progresses in its desperate bid for freedom the cracking glass alarms the diminutive creature.  

    Tourist Mr Wang recalled: ‘The monkey was sharpening the stone, then it started hitting it on the glass.

    ‘The monkey scared itself away, but it came back to take another look and even touched it.’

    Zhengzhou Zoo staff member Tian Shuliao told local media: ‘This monkey is unlike other monkeys. This one knows how to use tools to break walnuts.

    ‘When we feed walnuts to other monkeys, they only know to bite it.

    ‘But it had never hit the glass before though. This is the first time. It’s toughened glass, so it would never have got out.

    ‘After it happened, we picked up all the rocks and took away all its ‘weapons’.’

    Tian said the glass would be replaced and that they would increase patrols to ensure no animals attempt to escape.

    Tourist Mr Wang recalled: ‘The monkey was sharpening the stone, then it started hitting it on the glass’

    Onlookers watched on shocked as the the monkey battered the enclosure’s glass boundary. As the animal progresses in its desperate bid for freedom the cracking glass alarms the diminutive creature (pictured)

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    Kelly Ripa shares baby photo of daughter Lola as she heads to college: ‘Daddy’s sobbing’

    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are like every parent right now – crying as they watch their children grow up too fast.

    The famous couple is sending their daughter Lola off to college at New York University this fall, and mom (and dad) are a little emotional.

    The “Live with Kelly and Ryan” host shared a throwback photo of Lola on Instagram of her and her actor husband looking down at their newborn daughter.

    “#tbt (Throwback Thursday) 2001 from your Christening to college. In the blink of an eye. I’m not crying. You’re crying ?(actually Daddy’s sobbing) ?,” Ripa captioned the post.

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    Lola, 18, is the middle child of Ripa and Consuelos’ children. They also share two sons, Michael, 22, and Joaquin, 16.

    Ripa recently shared a photo of Lola looking oh-so-grown-up in a prom dress, which apparently she altered without her parents’ permission.

    “That’s the prom dress that we had made, and then she had altered behind our back, when we weren’t (looking),” said Ripa as a guest on the “Jerry O'” show hosted by Jerry O’Connell. “So, that’s why, you know, the girls are fully on display.”

    The dress was form-fitting and emerald green with thigh-high slit and deep-v neckline.

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    The mom of three also joked that it took her 20 hours to get that photo. 

    “I was like, ‘Please just give Mommy one, one photo. Just one.’”

    Oh, kids. They drive us crazy, but then the second they are gone we miss them like crazy.

    Contributing: Erin Jenson

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    • Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos detail cringeworthy way they ‘ruined’ daughter’s birthday

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    Michael Bublé video about kids growing up has parents in tears: ‘I love you forever now’

    Canadian singer Michael Buble has parents everywhere sobbing over his music video for "Forever Now." (Photo: ABRAHAM CARO MARIN/AP)

    Sometimes it’s the simplest moments that bring us to tears about how quickly our kids grow up — a tiny baby sock, an empty crib, a child’s bedroom.

    And the Michael Bublé video for his song “Forever Now” has parents everywhere sobbing.

    The music video was published on YouTube March 1, but as droves of parents send their kids back to school or off to college, it has resurfaced all over social media.

    The video opens to an empty bedroom. Slowly, it fills with moving boxes, then a crib, a chair, a dresser — a beautiful little nursery.

    Then the lyrics begin:

    “I just met you, seems like yesterday. You opened up your eyes and I recognized your face. You know that you’re the one that we’ve been waiting for; we’re going to keep you safe.”

    OK, we’re already crying.

    “First time I held you in my arms, I knew I’d love you all the way.”

    WAHHHHHHH.

    As the video continues, the bedroom changes: the crib leaves for a big kid bed, toys appear and disappear, a desk arrives for homework, a laundry basket for chores. Then toward the end of the video, the moving boxes return and the room is empty once again.

    “I love you forever now.”

    The final scene is another nursery, decked out in pink.

    We’re not sure what that means, but we can hardly see it through our watery eyes at this point.

    Thanks for the ugly cry, Michael Bublé.

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    Gareth Gates shares video singing about heartbreak following split

    Newly-single Gareth Gates croons over heartbreak in poignant video following his split from ex-fiancée Faye Brookes… following her girls’ night out after moving out of their flat

    Gareth Gates has uploaded a video of himself singing about heartbreak just days after his split from fiancée Faye Brookes.

    The singer, 35, shared a video where he can be seen performing a rendition of Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up on Twitter and captioned the video with a broken heart emoji. 

    Gareth looked sombre in the video as he sang with many of the former Pop Idol star’s fans sending him well wishes.

    Breakup: Gareth Gates has uploaded a video of himself singing about heartbreak just days after his split from fiancée Faye Brookes, 31

    One user wrote: ‘This is a bit emotional isn’t it .. but a relationship that keeps breaking ain’t worth fighting for.. hope you find where you want to be and find happiness.’

    Another said: ‘You have such a beautiful voice. I hope you’re doing okay by the way. Just try and focus on your lovely family and that gorgeous voice.’

    Gareth’s video comes after Faye, 31, was seen for the first time since moving out of the flat she shared with Gareth.

    The Coronation Street star appeared to be in high spirits as she headed to the Eden club in Manchester with her pals, as it was also revealed her ex-fiancé reportedly ‘liked’ a snap of Love Island beauty Belle Hassan.

    Cover: The singer shared a video where he can be seen performing a rendition of Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up on Twitter and captioned the video with a broken heart emoji

    On Friday, Faye revealed she was moving out of the flat she shared with Gareth just days after it was reported the couple had called off their engagement. 

    Faye cut a stylish figure as she sported a chic white mini dress with leather sock boots, and carried her essentials in a see-through perspex handbag.

    The soap beauty styled her glossy brunette tresses into loose curls, as she giddily arrived at the club with her friends.

    Reaction: Many of Gareth’s fans sent their well wishes after Gareth posted the sombre video 

    Despite her recent heartache, Faye giggled along with her friends as prepared for a fun-filled evening, just days after reports that she had split from Gareth.

    The outing comes as it was also revealed that Gareth reportedly ‘liked’ a sexy picture of Love Island star Belle Hassan on Instagram. 

    The former Pop Idol star is also said to have followed a string of Love Island beauties. 

    Out and about: Faye was seen for the first time since moving out of the flat she shared with Gareth as she enjoyed a night out on Friday

    Giddy: The Coronation Street star appeared to be in high spirits as she headed to the Eden club in Manchester with her pals

    Lovely: Faye cut a stylish figure as she sported a chic white mini dress with leather sock boots, and carried her essentials in a see-through perspex handbag

    Beaming: Despite her recent heartache, the star appeared to be in the mood to party, after moving out of the flat she shared with Gareth

    Flawless: Faye proudly showed off her endless pins as she headed out for the night with her friends

    Giddy: The soap beauty moved out of the flat she shared with Gareth just days after they called off their engagement

    Belle, who is dating fellow Love Island star Anton Danyluk, recently shared a sultry snap of herself siting on the edge of a bathtub.

    The blonde beauty, 21, donned a form-fitting black and leopard print drinks which showcased her ample assets.

    And according to The Sun Online, it looks as though Gareth may be ready to move on from Faye, 31, after joining 83,000 other followers in liking the snap.

    The publication reports that he followed other show beauties including Maura Higgins and series three star Olivia Attwood.

    Moving on? The outing comes as it was also revealed that ex Gareth reportedly ‘liked’ a sexy picture of Love Island star Belle Hassan on Instagram

    Big fan: Belle, who is dating fellow Love Island star Anton Danyluk, recently shared a sultry snap of herself siting on the edge of a bathtub

    Showing an interest: The former Pop Idol star, 35, is also said to have followed a string of Love Island beauties

    However, it’s not known whether Gareth had actually been following the reality stars prior to his split with Faye.

    Gareth became engaged to Coronation Street actress Faye in January this year, but the pair called off their engagement this week after struggling to make things work.

    Faye has since moved out of the flat she shared with West End star.

    The actress took to her Instagram Stories and shared a photo of a moving van that was taking her possessions from the couple’s abode just days after they split up.  

    The Coronation Street star also shared an inspiring message with her followers that read: ‘Maybe a happy ending doesn’t involve a guy. Maybe it’s you, on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over.

    Fresh start: Actress Faye has moved out of the home she shared with ex fiancé Gareth

    ‘Freeing yourself up for something better in the future. Maybe the happy ending is just moving on.’  

    Faye’s move comes after a source told The Sun that the break up ‘has been really upsetting for both parties,’ and the actress was left shocked by Gareth asking her to return her four carat diamond engagement ring.

    ‘Gareth asked Faye to hand the ring over after they broke up’, the insider added that the actress was ‘surprised but gave it back to him without a fuss.’

    Reports on Wednesday suggested ‘controlling’ Gareth has been accused of banning Faye from speaking to her friends about their relationship, according to the publication.

    Leaving: The actress took to her Instagram Stories and shared a photo of a moving van that was taking her possessions from the couple’s flat just days after they split up

    The singer also apparently wanted to manage Faye’s acting career after she recently left her role as Kate Connor on Coronation Street.

    Gareth was allegedly worried that if Faye discussed their break-up with anyone they may potentially sell the story in order to profit from the situation.

    A source said: ‘Gareth convinced her people just wanted to make money out of her and not to trust them. Even those with the best of intentions are scared to offer advice in case it backfires’.

    Message: The Coronation Street star also shared an inspiring message with her followers that read: ‘Maybe a happy ending doesn’t involve a guy’

    However the insider added that Faye’s pals are afraid to say anything about Gareth in case they get back together in a few weeks, which they suspect may happen.|

    It has also been reported that Gareth wanted to push Faye’s career in the right direction and had many ideas for her future project after Corrie.

    Last year it was reported that Faye and Gareth split when the singer’s reportedly ‘very controlling’ behaviour led to a series of furious rows.

    The couple allegedly had volatile arguments over the soap star choosing to hit the town with her Corrie co-stars without her love, according to The Sun.

    Split: Faye moving out of their home comes after a source told The Sun that the break up ‘has been really upsetting for both parties,’ (pictured in 2016) 

    Further claims suggested the Pop Idol star struggled with boredom at times when he didn’t share the same jam-packed schedule as his actress girlfriend.

    An insider told the publication: ‘At certain points in their relationship Gareth was very controlling. A lot of Faye’s co-stars on Coronation Street have been concerned for her in the lead up to their split and are pleased she has been able to move on now.

    ‘He wasn’t always happy with Faye going on nights out with her friends from work without him which inevitably led to arguments between them.

    ‘Gareth doesn’t always have a busy schedule like Faye and can get bored when he’s left to his own devices and it’s during this time he would feel the need to call her phone more often.’

    MailOnline has approached Gareth Gates’ and Faye Brookes’ representatives for further comment.

    Relationship: Reports on Wednesday suggested ‘controlling’ Gareth has been accused of banning Faye from speaking to her friends about their relationship (pictured in 2018) 

    A source close to Faye and the singer claimed that although the pair want to remain friends, they couldn’t make their relationship work.

    An insider told Manchester Evening News: ‘Faye and Gareth are both extremely sad about their relationship ending.

    ‘They still care very much about each other and want to remain friends, but the wedding has been called off.

    ‘They tried to make it work but sadly it’s not meant to be.’

    Although Faye recently quit her role in Coronation Street, she is said to have thrown herself into work in a bid to help with the heartbreak.

    Future: A source close to Faye and the singer claimed that although the pair want to remain friends, they couldn’t make their relationship work (pictured in 2018) 

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    ‘Zombie’ snail taken over by parasitic worm to mimic caterpillar so birds eat it

    The video – uploaded to Twitter by computational biologist Mike Inouye – shows the green and red worm inside the dead snail’s eyestalks and body.

    Its red, green and white body runs through the snail and creates a distracting pattern – known as aggressive mimicry – in a bid to attract birds.

    The “dance” makes the snail’s motor functions and eyestalks look like a caterpillar – a snack of choice for hungry birds.

    Once it has been eaten, the worm will then reproduce in the bird’s stomach and will eventually spread by the bird’s faeces.

    Bizarrely, infected snails are up to three times as active as their non-zombified peers.

    The snail will not only survive this attack but will regenerate any lost tentacles and eyespots and regain the ability to reproduce.

    Within 24 hours of being uploaded to Twitter, a whopping 890,000 people have watched the clip.

    Mike labelled the horrifying creature a “zombie snail” before going on to explain the process.

    Another said: “It’s a natural parasite just doing its job. Though unappealing to us, they are important to the ecosystem.”

    “Possibly the grossest thing I’ve ever seen. Nature can be pretty soulless & wretched,” a fifth viewer added.

    It’s not the first time a “zombie” creature has been filmed.

    Only weeks ago a raw piece of chicken appeared to come back to life on a diner’s plate.

    Days after a fly was filmed holding its decapitated head.

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    Yes, I Let My Kid Play Video Games & I'm Proud of It

    “Mom, can I play with the tablet?” This used to be a question that would have me fraught with anxiety. I knew the lure of playing games on a device was strong for my seven-year-old son. I would usually respond haltingly that it was ok and set a timer on the stove for 20-30 minutes. My son would quickly run to our bedroom — where the tablet is kept so that we can limit access — and pick up playing a video game like an old pro.

    I used to worry about this screen time, and how mesmerized he got by these games. It also unnerved me that he would sometimes take unflattering pictures of me with that tablet when I wasn’t looking. It was safe to say that the tablet and I were enemies until one day when he asked me an unusual question: “Mom, where is Barcelona?”

    I wasn’t sure where this sudden interest was coming from, but we went to check our world map placemat and I pointed out the city to him. The next day he had another question: “Mom, what country is this flag from?”

    I looked up to the TV, where he had been watching YouTube videos of other people playing video games (sigh) to see a black, yellow and red striped flag next to the cartoon player. We did a quick online search. “Belgium!” he exclaimed. Then we looked that up on the map, too.

    It didn’t take long for me to put it together that Subway Surfers was to blame  — I mean, thank? — for my son’s sudden interest in world geography.

    The location of the game, where a runner bounding across the tops of subway cars tries to escape the police changes daily and my son was curious about where in the world his player was running. Ok, so maybe the part about dodging the police is not exactly parent-approved viewing, but I was thrilled when he suggested we go to the library and get an atlas.

    I know that not all video games are going to spur an interest like this. And I’m certainly not advocating that we start letting kids play Grand Theft Auto in the classroom. But seeing my son’s sudden real-world passion spring from his digital activities made me realize, sheepishly, that video games are not all just gratuitous, wasteful time-sucks. On the contrary; they made my little guy curious about the world around him and have quite possibly provided him with what could be a lifelong interest in travel and different cultures (and, yes, flags).

    For my daughter (my son’s twin sister) video games hold a different, but equally significant meaning. She has an autism spectrum disorder, and the way she learns at her school is through positive reinforcement. Her preferred item as a reward for the hard work she does? More often than not, it’s a chance to play a game on the tablet. Some of the educational video games she plays have taught or allowed her to practice skills such as number and letter identification, matching, tracing and recognizing sizes, shapes, and even emotions. But she also likes to play Fruit Ninja, a game that has very little, if any, educational value — but it allows her to participate in a something that her peers also play and enjoy.

    When things go wrong, video games are an easy scapegoat. They’re supposedly “what’s wrong with our youth.” But what if, instead of blanket-statement viewing all of these games as detriments to our kids’ educations, we instead viewed them as a springboard for kids to connect with the world around them? I know that’s been the case for my kids, at least. That and, you know, also sometimes watching funny cat videos.

    So while I’ll still keep setting that stove timer when my son asks to play his games, I no longer worry that his brain is being eaten away by screen time. In fact, I have a newfound appreciation for his ability to find a meaningful takeaway from what seemed — to me — like mindless entertainment. And whether his success with and learning from video games is because of the values my husband and I tried to instill in him, or just the fact that he’s a smart little guy, I’m not sure. But I know that there’s a place for video games in his life as long as we stay vigilant about limitations and boundaries.

    And as for my daughter, while I want her interests to broaden beyond the screen and more towards interacting with people, I can see the value in her tablet time, too. Standing in a Dave & Busters for a kid’s birthday party, I watched as she jumped up and down in front of the tablet screen, slicing and dicing watermelons and pineapples like a boss. And when another child stood next to her watching her play the game, I smiled.

    Yes, my kids play video games, and I couldn’t be prouder of them. I just wish they would stop taking pictures of my butt when I’m cooking.

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    Slow-motion video reveals how MAGGOTS leap in the air

    Slow-motion video reveals how MAGGOTS ‘catapult themselves to safety’ by turning their bodies into an improvised spring

    • Scientists at the University of Lincoln caught video footage of the larva in action  
    • Creatures press down on the rear portion of its body, forming an improvised limb
    • The leaps can range from 49 to 121mm – up to 40 times the length of the maggot 

    Scientists have discovered maggots can avoid predators by turning their bodies into an improved spring and launching themselves into the air.

    Researchers at the University of Lincoln found maggots can press down on the rear portion of their body and then leaping several inches into the air. 

    They even caught footage of the impressive manoeuvre, which is 28 times more efficient than crawling over the same distance. 

    Taking flight: Researchers at the University of Lincoln observed how each maggot can press down on the rear portion of its body, forming an improvised limb that presses on the ground to propel the creature into the air

    HOW DO MAGGOTS JUMP? 

    The method they use involves planting one end of their body on the ground and sliding the opposite portion of the body until both ends meet. 

    Next the upper portion of the maggot compresses the lower portion until a kink forms midway along the body, producing an improvised leg, which swells as the maggot continues pushing. 

    Then, as the temporary leg gives a final push on the ground, the front end of the body detaches to propel the maggot into the air.

    Dr Mike Wise at Roanoke College, a co-author of the study, said: ‘If their galls are damaged in nature, they need to scoot to have a chance at survival. 

    ‘But these Asphondylia maggots don’t simply wriggle away: they catapult themselves to safety, which is quite a feat for an animal with no legs. It borders on the fantastical.’

    The scientists spent spent three years examining the larvae and developing a suitable technique to capture the feat of locomotion. 

    The 3mm long Asphondylia maggots only perform their power leaps for a brief period each August; so the team filmed non-stop for the few days they were available in order to capture the take-offs. 

    The leaps can range from 1.9 – 4.7 inches (49 to 121mm) – up to 40 times the length of the larvae themselves.

    Dr Gregory Sutton, Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln, then calculated the amount of energy that the insects use to leap instead of crawling. 

    He said: ‘Crawling is a massive 28.75 times more costly in terms of energy used. For this reason, leaping out of danger really is a no brainer for gall midge maggots.

    ‘The method they use involves planting one end of their body on the ground and sliding the opposite portion of the body until both ends meet. 

    ‘Next the upper portion of the maggot compresses the lower portion until a kink forms midway along the body, producing an improvised leg, which swells as the maggot continues pushing. 

    ‘Then, as the temporary leg gives a final push on the ground, the front end of the body detaches to propel the maggot into the air.’

    On closer inspection, the researchers also discovered that the maggots are covered in microscopic hairs. 

    The team suspects that the hairs are so minute that they are able to squash up close enough to an opposing surface to latch on with molecular forces, attaching the two ends of the looped maggot together while it applies pressure to the ground in preparation for take-off.

    The paper, titled Adhesive latching and legless leaping in small, worm-like insect larvae is published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.  

    HOW DO MAGGOTS TREAT INFECTED TISSUE?

    Maggots can be applied to infected tissue to feast on the bacteria and dead cells in chronic wounds. As well as cleaning the injury, the larvae also boost its chances of healing.

    Although it may make you feel a little queasy, this ancient therapy has actually been used since Biblical times but fell out of favour when antibiotics were discovered.

    Maggots were also used during the American Civil War to prevent gangrene.

    And in the French trenches of WW1, doctors noticed how wounds with maggots in them were less likely to become infected and healed faster, with soldiers therefore being less at risk of dying from their injuries.

    Due to the antibiotic-resistance crisis, interest in the creepy-crawlies has resurfaced. 

    Maggots do not directly eat damaged tissue but instead release saliva that contains enzymes that break down bacteria and dead cells.

    These enzymes also increase the production of chemicals in the immune system that help to kill bacteria.  

    The FDA approved medical-grade maggots as a ‘medical device’ in 2004 for chronic or non-healing wounds. The NHS also offers maggot therapy for gangrene.

    These larvae are specially bred in a lab using eggs that have been treated to remove bacteria. Without this treatment, the maggots may actually introduce infections to the wound.

    The maggots are then placed on the injured site and covered with gauze.

    Although the larvae are just as effective when loose, covering them with a dressing reduces a patient’s anxiety that the worm-like creatures may be crawling all over them.

    The maggots are typically left on for between two and four days, or until they stop eating or become adult flies.

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    Dramatic video shows trio trying to rob armored truck

    Dramatic surveillance video shows a trio of brazen robbers who tried to knock off an armored truck in Philadelphia – but dropped the bags of cash when a guard opened fire at them.

    A red SUV is seen pulling up behind the Garda truck moments after it stopped outside a PNC Bank near the University of Pennsylvania about 10 a.m. Thursday, according to ABC News.

    Two robbers — one armed with an assault rifle and the other with several handguns – grabbed the cash-filled bags from the back of the truck, but dropped them when the guard blasted away.

    It was unclear if the robbers returned fire, but a bullet blew out the back window of their SUV.

    One man jumped into the SUV as it sped off, while the other fled on foot, police said. Authorities are now searching for both armed suspects and the getaway driver.

    “We both dove for cover. She went one way, I went the other,” a bystander, along with her sister, told local ABC affiliate WPVI.

    “I couldn’t find her and that was very terrifying, very terrifying. There was a lot of bystanders at that point in time and people were running,” the bystander said.

    No bystanders were injured and police planned to search area hospitals to see if any of the suspects were hit.

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    3 athletic trainers debunk 17 exercise myths that do more harm than good

    • Business Insider asked three professionalathletic trainers to debunk 17 of the most common exercise myths.
    • They explain thatcrunches don’t give you abs, that women won’t get bulky if theyweightlift, and thatcardio isn’t the best way to lose weight.
    • Perhaps the biggest myth of all is that there’s just one way to workout. Anything that gets you moving that you can also sustain over the long term, they said, will help you reach your fitness goals.
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    Following is a transcript of the video.

    Sean Kuechenmeister: One of the most common myths that I hear is that, if unused, muscle tissue converts into fat. It’s really important to say that muscle tissue has muscle cells and fat tissue has fat cells. They are not interchangeable. By no means is it chemically or physically possible for muscle tissue to convert over to fat and vice versa, fat into muscle.

    Narrator: That’s…

    Kuechenmeister: Sean Kuechenmeister, I’m a clinical athletic trainer at the New York Sports Science Lab in Staten Island, New York.

    Narrator: And he’s one of three athletic trainers we brought into our studios.

    Janeil Mason: My name’s Janeil Mason.

    Andy Stern: My name is Andy Stern.

    Narrator: To debunk 17 of the most common exercise myths.

    Kuechenmeister: It really depends on your goals. Training fasted in the morning is more conducive to losing fat. Because when you wake up, you’re in a fasted state.

    Narrator: And that means…

    Kuechenmeister: Your body is basically consuming itself. So it’s looking at fat storage. It’s looking at muscle storage. That’s the time where, if your goal is to lose weight and just slim down, lean down, that’s the best time to optimize that window for training.

    Narrator: But…

    Kuechenmeister: In terms of effectiveness of training in general, I don’t think it really matters. You just need to make sure that, if you are training at night, you are not fatiguing yourself throughout the day.

    So, when most people think stretching, they’re thinking static stretching. You achieve a certain position, you hold that position, and your goal is to increase your range of motion. The problem with that is, you can end up really loose. And if you follow that type of stretching with something explosive or something ballistic or something strength-based, you now have a loose tissue, or you have a lax joint, and you’re not gonna be able to produce as much force and you could also potentially lead yourself to being injured because you’re not as stable.

    Stern: So, one of my favorite is when it’s the holidays, right, and you have that aunt or uncle that’s just like, “Yeah, I’m just trying to lose it, like, right here,” and they start pinching the lower abdomen. I’m like, “Oh, great, you can’t spot-reduce the part that you want.” And in good news, it doesn’t go the other way either. It’s not like, when I eat a cheeseburger, it’s going to go right to my right hip.

    Narrator: And if you are trying to lower your body fat, cardio isn’t the best way to do it.

    Kuechenmeister: Cardio doesn’t burn fat. Cardio burns calories. So if your goal is to lose weight, you want to be in a caloric deficit. So as a part of getting into that caloric deficit, doing cardiovascular exercises is helpful. But if you’re not eating a diet or if you’re not monitoring your caloric intake on top of that and making sure that you are in that deficit, no amount of cardio that you do, you can’t outrun a bad diet.

    Narrator: And, in fact, doing to much cardio can actually be a bad thing.

    Kuechenmeister: If all you’re doing is cardio with the goal of losing weight, you can start to burn into that muscle tissue. So if you’re burning into your lean muscle tissue now, you could actually be slowing down your metabolism, you could be decreasing your bone density, and you could be making yourself weaker. Well, that’s why I think this myth is potentially the most dangerous and damaging one for the general population.

    Narrator: But it may not be as common as the belief that…

    Kuechenmeister: I love this one. One myth I hear all the time is that muscle weighs more than fat. A pound of bricks weighs the same as a pound of feathers. So it’s not that muscle weighs more than fat, it’s that muscle is more dense than fat. So in terms of you building muscle, you can add weight on the scale. The scale isn’t necessarily the best indicator of progress when we’re trying to develop our physique. And oftentimes, at first, you can add muscle and the scale will reflect that you’re heavier. But over time, understanding that for all the lean muscle you have, you’re increasing your resting calories burned per day. That’s long-term sustainable change in your body as opposed to just doing cardio sessions and going into caloric deficit and starving yourself.

    Narrator: Of course, building muscle isn’t just for men.

    Mason: Women think that they’ll bulk up if they start working out. And if that’s the look you’re going for, I think that’s great. ‘Cause you’re doing something that you want to do. But if you are working out for general wellness and health, I don’t want you to be afraid to lift heavy weights. You’re not going to get bulky, by nature.

    Narrator: And, in fact, weight lifting is especially important for women.

    Mason: As we age, we become more prone to getting osteoporosis. So we definitely need to be doing resistance training, where our muscles are feeling that stimulation so that the bones nearby can remain strong.

    Narrator: And whether you’re a man or a women, you don’t actually need weights at all to build strength.

    Stern: I mean, the myth being that you have to go to the gym to be doing strength training is crazy. All right? Your body is a weight. So, body-weight exercises have been around forever, and they’re so important. To be able to push up your body, or crunch, or squat, or pull up.

    Narrator: And if it’s a six pack you’re after, the muscles themselves aren’t even that important.

    Mason: Getting a six pack is not about doing tons of crunches. A lot of it has to do with your nutrition.

    Narrator: And Stern agrees.

    Stern: Abs are made in the kitchen. The abs are a muscle. If you’re gonna target the muscle by doing crunches, leg lifts, bicycle crunches, oblique twists, you’re essentially building the muscle. So think of it as, you’re building the engine of the car, and then the outside is your body fat. And how do you show off the inside of the car? You’ve got to reduce that body fat.

    Kuechenmeister: So, “Sweating a lot means you got a really great workout” is something I hear all the time. Unfortunately, that’s not true, either. Some people are just naturally more prone to sweating. Some people just have underactive sweat glands. So it means that you’re healthy in your filtration system, but it doesn’t necessarily reflect the effectiveness of your workout.

    Narrator: But if you do sweat a lot, how should you replenish?

    Kuechenmeister: I would not say that most commercial sports drinks are the most efficient way of rehydrating following a workout.

    Narrator: But plain water isn’t going to cut it, either.

    Kuechenmeister: If you are just consuming water, too, that’s also not the most effective way of hydrating because hydration is not just water. There’s also trace minerals that act as electrolytes, which help with nerve conduction, they help with brain function, they help with muscular contraction.

    Narrator: So, if you’re looking for the best way to rehydrate post-workout?

    Kuechenmeister: It could be very beneficial to add just a dab of pink Himalayan sea salt to water. The pink Himalayan sea salt has over 60 trace minerals, all of which are found naturally in human sweat. So when you consider something like a Gatorade or a Powerade, they may have four or five different electrolytes in their blend. So they’re falling drastically short in terms of overall hydration when it comes to all the minerals in your body.

    Narrator: And after a workout, you should also eat protein immediately, right? If you already have a protein-rich diet, you don’t need to worry so much about downing a protein shake right after your workout.

    Kuechenmeister: Now, what you are gonna be depleted of, though, especially if you’re doing anaerobic exercise, you’re gonna be depleted of glycogen. Glycogen is the immediate form of energy for muscle contraction. And that comes in way of simple carbohydrates and sugars. So post-training, it’s important to replenish that glycogen.

    Narrator: But even if you’re fueling muscles with a proper diet, they still need time off.

    Stern: Hashtag #NoDaysOff. The old myth that we should not take a day off is an extreme. There’s a huge value in letting the muscle repair itself. Right? So every time you do, let’s go back to the bicep curl, if I’m doing a bicep curl, a small tear is gonna happen in my bicep, so the body is going to repair itself. Because, again, it’s a machine, and it knows how to survive. And if I continue to do it, I don’t have a window of opportunity for the body, the soldiers to jump in and be like, “All right, lets fix this tear,” because it’s just constantly being worn. So it needs some of that downtime to heal itself.

    Narrator: Especially if you’re sore.

    Kuechenmeister: That’s a myth, for sure. Soreness is the breakdown of muscle tissue. It’s the chemicals released during that breakdown. It’s not an indicator of, “Oh, I’m getting stronger” or, “Oh, I’m getting weaker.” But if your soreness persists for longer than 72 hours, that could be a sign that you’re underrecovering or overtraining. One month is not enough to undo a lifetime of bad habits. So, it’s important to start slow, find the things that you enjoy, find the physical activities that make you feel good, make that a daily habit.

    Narrator: And there’s no one-size-fits-all approach.

    Mason: There’s not one type of movement that you should be doing that is better than the other. So if you enjoy dancing, go out and dance. Go out dancing three times a week or do a dance cardio class or something that gets you moving. If you like to jump on trampolines, do that. I think the best movement for anyone to do is something they enjoy. Because the only way that you’re gonna stick to your workout being a lifestyle for you is for you to be doing something you enjoy.

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