Open Culture
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What do you imagine when you hear the phrasecat piano”? Some kind of whimsical furry beast with black and white keys for teeth, maybe? A relative of My Neighbor Totoro ’s cat bus ? Or maybe you picture a piano that contains several caged cats who shriek along an entire scale when keys are pressed that slam sharpened nails into their tails. If this is your answer, you might find people slowly backing away from you at times, or gently suggesting you get some psychiatric help. But then, imagine that such a perverse oddity was in use by psychiatrists, like the 18th-century German physician Johann Christian Reil, who—reports David McNamee at The Guardian —“wrote that the device was intended to shake mental patients who had lost the ability to focus out of a ‘fixed state’ and into ‘conscious awareness.’” So long, meds. See you, meditation and mandala coloring books….
Voice Of America
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Catherine Cortez Masto, who was elected Nevada's first female U.S. senator in November. Republican opponents echoed the arguments made a century ago when women were fighting for the right to vote and for equal protections: that the amendment would disrupt the culture of the American family and compel women to the front lines of combat. Some, including Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, have said they are concerned the amendment could have ramifications such as reversing U.S. Supreme Court decisions that the right to an abortion does not carry an entitlement to have it publicly funded. Sen. Pat Spearman, a Democrat who sponsored the measure, said it's about ensuring equal rights and that many of the arguments opposing it are misogynistic. Women's organizations held watch parties across the country to stream the state Senate's final vote.
Den of Geek
an hour
He’s directing and taking the lead role of Poirot in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express . Michael Green has penned the screenplay, and the cast includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Dame Judi Dench and seemingly half of RADA. Expect a release towards the end of 2017. 31. The Greatest Showman On Earth Founder of the Barnum Bailey Circus, politician and all-round showman PT Barnum's getting his own movie, which stars Hugh Jackman as the 19th century impresario. Bill Condon co-wrote this one, and he's the bloke who brought us the magnificent Gods And Monsters - one reason why we're looking forward to this musical biopic. That, and the sight of Hugh Jackman singing and waving his arms in front of an elephant, of course. 30. It They all float down here. We have to admit, we were more in a lather when Cary Fukunaga was involved in this new, big-screen telling of Stephen King's It , but the story's such a magnetic one that we're looking forward to the new treatment anyway.
Nottingham Evening Post
an hour
If you insist on a traditional, cuckoo-clock version of Hansel and Gretel, complete with fairy folk, gingerbread witch's cottage, and angels descending into an otherwise very spooky forest - then you'd better stay away from Opera North latest production of Englebert Humperdinck's famous opera.But if you like trying something new, if you are prepared to see an 1890s favourite given an ingenious, high-voltage 21st century makeover, then this could be for you.These children live on a down-at-heel...
The Week
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Credits Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Alt Text John Cridland Report calls for state pension age to increase and for government to end triple lock protection One-Minute Read Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:21am See related State pension age could rise above life expectancy in poorer areas People in their twenties are being warned they could have to wait until they are at least 70 to claim their state pension. Two influential reports this morning have called for an acceleration in the increases to the minimum age above which Britons are able to retire and for it to reach 70 by the middle of the century. The changes, if adopted by the government, would mean "nearly six million people aged under-45 face the date they receive their state pension [being] pushed back a year", says Sky News . In addition, for anyone aged 30 or under, the pension age could jump from the current 65 to 70 or above.
BBC Parliament
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century, the UK has never had security of food supply. The result which relied on imports. What then will WTO tariffs of up to 40% do for the price of Ford -- food for hard-working families that are already being squeezed by Government policies. The gentleman raises an important point. Where we do have genuinely.
Politico
3 hours
South China Morning Post
3 hours
In the world of drinks, a shrub has nothing to do with gardening. The word is believed to come from Arabic, where a sharab is a drink that is offered to guests. Hindu Indians had sharbat herb or flower-flavoured syrups that were diluted with water. There are two types of drinks called the shrub. In 17th- and 18th-century England a shrub consisted of rum or brandy mixed with sugar and fruit juice or rinds. The drink could be found in most pubs until it lost popularity towards the end of...
Japan Times
4 hours
Dezeen
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The Guardian - Network Front
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James Cleverly, who had known the officer for 25 years, led MPstributes to policeman who died trying to protect them The bravery of murdered PC Keith Palmer was hailed by colleagues, friends and the many MPs whom he was charged with protecting. “Heartbrokenformer army comrade James Cleverly, a Conservative MP, paid tribute to the “lovely man” he had known for a quarter of a century. Continue reading...
Scunthorpe Telegraph
4 hours
THERE is one thing you cannot argue about when it comes to Paddy Madden and that is his consistency. Madden's goal was his 50th league goal for Scunthorpe, which followed hot on the heels of his 100th career goal which he notched at Sheffield United last month.In addition his strike against the U's was his third in three games and his 11th of the season.But the statistics for those goals keep on coming.It is the fourth straight season Madden has hit double figures and made it 69 goals in League...
China Daily
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BBC News - Top Stories
4 hours
Voice Of America
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Woot
4 hours
What's the last thing that's NOT connected to the Internet? Cookware! Your TV? Internet-ready. Your wall clock? Internet-ready. Your washer? Your fridge? Your beehive? Your doorbell? Your water cooler? Your coffee maker? Your dog collar? Your sunglasses? The can of pumpkin pie mix you bought at the local farmer's market? ALL OF THESE AND MORE connect to the Internet now that we are in the 21st Century! But cookware? Cookware is still just what it always was: a tool that stands alone. Add food, apply elbow grease, follow recipe, eat. That's just how they worked back when "e-" wasn't a prefix. You don't have to worry that your pans are going to post your secrets to Facebook or that you'll get spam-tweets to your saucepan. You can just enjoy living IRL for a small amount of time, and enjoy the fruit of your labors. And then, as you eat, you can surf the web. It's about balance, you know?
The Iran Project
4 hours
ISNA| Davoud Ghahrdar: The lavish Golestan Palace is a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. The walled Palace, one of the oldest groups of buildings in Teheran, became the seat of government of the Qajar family, which came into power in 1779 and made Teheran the capital of the country. Built around a garden featuring pools as well as planted areas, the Palace’s most characteristic features and rich ornaments date from the 19th century. It became a centre of Qajari arts and architecture of which it is an outstanding example and has remained a source of inspiration for Iranian artists and architects to this day. It represents a new style incorporating traditional Persian arts and crafts and elements of 18th century architecture and technology.
Voice Of America
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6 degrees Fahrenheit (less than 1 degree Celsius). That's a few degrees above the 20th-century average. And February was downright hot in some places — nearly 12,000 local warm records were set or tied, including a 99-degree (37-degree Celsius) reading in Oklahoma. Meanwhile, snow was sparse in many places. Chicago, which has often had 1 foot (0.3 meter) or more in February, was virtually snowless last month. The temperate weather meant dog owners didn't need warm coats and protective booties for their pooches. Hope Saidel, co-owner of the retailer Golly Gear in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, had half the normal amount of sales during January. 'Devastating' drop "When we heard the 10-day forecast was going to be up in the 60s [Fahrenheit], we thought, 'This is not going to be good,' " Saidel says. "It was devastating." Saidel quickly changed her strategy to focus on warm-weather items like leashes, harnesses and bicycle baskets that can carry small dogs, and moved the coats and booties away from the front of the store.
Voice Of America
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21stCenturyWire
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21st Century Wire says... Earlier today a knife attacker was shot by armed police after a car mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and charged the gates of parliament, in what police are treating as a terrorist incident. Police have now confirmed that five people have now died as a result of Wednesday’s attack and 40 people have been injured. A London air ambulance landed inside Parliament Square shortly after the incident... 23:37 GMT Latest updates Five people are dead, including a police officer and the alleged attacker Several others have catastrophic injuries after a car reportedly mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge and tried to mow people down A woman was treated after falling from bridge into the River Thames A police officer is dead after being stabbed inside Parliament grounds The alleged assailant is dead after being shot by armed police At least 40 people have been injured Police are treating the incident as terrorism Police believe there was only one attacker, although early reports suggested a secondary assailant Downing Street says May will chair a COBRA emergency meeting tonight after the attack on UK parliament Five people have died, including one woman, the alleged attacker and a police officer.
Ars Technica
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Enlarge / The evolution of the vortex over femtoseconds. (credit: Spektor et. al.) The late 20th and early 21st century have seen a revolution in the study of light. Far from the old days of seeing things dimly through microscopes, we are now in the position to freeze light, use it to make materials transparent, and watch it spiral around on a gold surface. Watching light do its thing is very difficult. This sounds a bit silly, as we observe the world through the effects of light. But what we actually see is an average effect. Light, shade, colors, and texture all come to us via the intensity of light, provided by lots of individual photons. We are in no position to see the femtosecond flickering of the field that averages to our spectacular view of the world. All the interesting stuff we see is related to the amplitude and phase of the light field, though.
The Event Chronicle
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BoingBoing
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ScienceDaily
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