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Brave birds run around racetrack to teach us about dinosaurs

In a quest to learn how two-legged dinosaurs moved, scientists watched their descendants — birds — run around on a race track. After all, chickens were once carnivorous dinosaurs that stalked the Earth on giant drumsticks.

For all the movies that show dinosaurs chasing after humans, we don’t actually know much about what a walking or running dinosaur looked like. Footprints and fossils, for example, can’t tell us whether a dino strode or strutted. “They’re static records of an animal or its movement,” says Peter Bishop, a scientist at the Queensland Museum. For movement, he says, “That’s when you’ve got to study animals that are living today.”

Only, there aren’t any dinosaurs wandering around anymore. So Bishop and his colleagues turned...

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/24/17046554/birds-track-non-avian-theropods-locomotion-dinosaurs-running

Yale Collection of Musical Instruments in New Haven, Connecticut

Hurdy Gurdy.

When was the last time you saw (or heard) a hurdy-gurdy, ratchet, sheng, lapa, helicon, erxian, czakan, or cor anglais? Head to the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments and you’ll find those intriguing instruments and more. The eclectic assortment of musical marvels introduces you to an ensemble of historic devices from around the world.

The offbeat collection is replete with a quirky assemblage of Western and and non-Western instruments. It was established in 1900, after the university was gifted a collection of historic keyboards by Morris Steinert. Its stock has since expanded and now contains instruments spanning many different time periods and cultures.

The museum is built around a celebrated core collection of organs, clavichords, harpsichords, spinets, virginals, and pianos from the past three centuries. There are also gorgeous string instruments with looks that rival the beauty of their sounds, a piano small enough to play with your thumbs, colorful bells, and even instruments that date back more than 2,000 years.

Even the building that houses the collection is historic. The Romanesque structure was built in 1895 for a fraternity. The collection moved into the space in 1961. The facilities host the occasional concert, which you can attend—if you’re quick enough to snag a ticket.

Source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/yale-collection-of-musical-instruments

Texas woman defecates in pants to hide drugs during arrest – Yakima Herald-Republic
Texas woman defecates in pants to hide drugs during arrest
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CORSICANA, Texas (AP) — Police say a Texas woman attempted to hide evidence during an arrest by defecating in her pants and using the feces to conceal drugs. Officers in Corsicana, about 55 miles (88 kilometers ) south of Dallas, were investigating a ...

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Ice cream van man jailed after attacking rival with shovel for encroaching on his 'patch'

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Qelik Shiha punches the window of the other van after it arrived at his usual selling spot

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/ice-cream-van-turf-war-west-drayton-qelik-shiha-a8193221.html

People Who Work With Animals Are Sharing Their Cutest Photos, And We Can’t Get Enough

My Local Animal Shelter Posted This Little Purrito

My Local Animal Shelter Posted This Little Purrito

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My Mom Volunteers At A Shelter, She Came In And Found One Of The Puppies Like This

My Mom Volunteers At A Shelter, She Came In And Found One Of The Puppies Like This

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My Local Shelter Posted This Picture! Such A Sweetie Pie!

My Local Shelter Posted This Picture! Such A Sweetie Pie!

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This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At

This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At

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I Volunteer At The Humane Society And This Girl Shook My Hand When I First Met Her! Dogs Are The Best

I Volunteer At The Humane Society And This Girl Shook My Hand When I First Met Her! Dogs Are The Best

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My Daughter Volunteering At Our Local Shelter, Helping Feed The Puppies. She Was Taken Down And Overpowered By Adorableness

My Daughter Volunteering At Our Local Shelter, Helping Feed The Puppies. She Was Taken Down And Overpowered By Adorableness

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A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

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Rescue Shelter Volunteer Caught Taking A Cat Nap

Rescue Shelter Volunteer Caught Taking A Cat Nap

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My Local Humane Society Has A Tough Time Getting Any Work Done Sometimes

My Local Humane Society Has A Tough Time Getting Any Work Done Sometimes

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Volunteering At A Cat Rescue

Volunteering At A Cat Rescue

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I Work At A Shelter… Met The Happiest Pup Yesterday

I Work At A Shelter... Met The Happiest Pup Yesterday

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I Got To Go To An Animal Rescue Today

I Got To Go To An Animal Rescue Today

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Busy Morning, Practising Our Nativity Play At The Shelter

Busy Morning, Practising Our Nativity Play At The Shelter

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Just Started Volunteering At A Wildlife Center, Here Is A Young Raccoon With Two Broken Legs

Just Started Volunteering At A Wildlife Center, Here Is A Young Raccoon With Two Broken Legs

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I Fulfilled One Of My Life Dreams This Summer. I Got To Volunteer With Sloths!

I Fulfilled One Of My Life Dreams This Summer. I Got To Volunteer With Sloths!

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Girlfriend Said It Was Therapeutic Working At The Humane Society

Girlfriend Said It Was Therapeutic Working At The Humane Society

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A Dog At The Shelter I Work At Is Teaching Me How To Smile

A Dog At The Shelter I Work At Is Teaching Me How To Smile

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This Shelter Takes Dogs Out For ‘Puppuccinos’ To Find Them New Homes

This Shelter Takes Dogs Out For ‘Puppuccinos’ To Find Them New Homes

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This Is ‘Jinkies’. She Came To Our Animal Rescue Facility With Her Brother And Sister. She Has A Genetic Eye Condition Which Makes Her Partially Blind. That Doesn’t Stop Her Though

This Is 'Jinkies'. She Came To Our Animal Rescue Facility With Her Brother And Sister. She Has A Genetic Eye Condition Which Makes Her Partially Blind. That Doesn't Stop Her Though

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This Is What Life Is Like When You Volunteer At An Animal Sanctuary

This Is What Life Is Like When You Volunteer At An Animal Sanctuary

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Working At An Animal Sanctuary

Working At An Animal Sanctuary

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My Friend Who Works At A Shelter Found Them Like This

My Friend Who Works At A Shelter Found Them Like This

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One Of My Local Rescues Posted This Photo Of A Kitten After His First Solid Food Meal

One Of My Local Rescues Posted This Photo Of A Kitten After His First Solid Food Meal

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Found This While Volunteering At An Animal Shelter

Found This While Volunteering At An Animal Shelter

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My Local Shelter Just Posted The Most Miserable Cat In A Costume

My Local Shelter Just Posted The Most Miserable Cat In A Costume

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Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-animal-pictures-shelter-workers/

Teacher In Ghana Teaches ‘MS Word’ On Chalkboard, And You Have To See It From Up Close To Really Appreciate It

A Facebook post by a teacher in Ghana has gone viral and won the hearts of many people, thanks to his unusual and improvised methods of teaching ICT (Information and Communications Technology), without a computer!

Owura Kwadwo, originally from Kumasi, Ghana, spoke to Bored Panda about his experiences teaching ICT in a rural farming community, which lacks basic equipment and resources for the task. “Every teacher has a way of presenting his subject to his students. This is my way,” he told us.

Having studied visual arts he decided to put his skills to good use when teaching the creation of a Word document, by drawing a complete screenshot on the chalkboard for his students to copy and learn from. “I do it to make my students understand what I‘m teaching, he said. “At least to give a picture of what they will see assuming they were behind a computer.” His method seems to work well, as the kids enjoy his classes a lot and are able to learn effectively. “I do make sure they understand everything well before they leave the class.”

The post has provoked heated discussion in Ghana. While most people rightly praise Mr. Kwadwo for his dedication to his students and genius improvisation, there has been outrage as to why he should have to go to these lengths in the first place. Why, in 2018, are schools still without a computer? Mr. Kwadwo himself thinks that things are slowly improving. “The government is helpful and I believe in them, they are trying to make ICT better for the teachers and students,” he said. While in the big cities like Accra and Kumasi this may be happening, progress is clearly slow in coming to rural areas. “We need well-equipped infrastructures and teaching and learning aids, and a government who has education at its heart.”

Since his post went viral, Mr. Kwadwo has received offers of donations for laptops and projectors, which is great news for the kids and the school. Mr. Kwadwo is grateful for any assistance in making a better experience for his students, and also plans to help out other schools in the region. “There are many schools facing this same problem,” he told Bored Panda. “I can also help out and give some of the donations to them, so they can also benefit through teaching ICT.”

Mr. Kwadwo’s efforts and commitment are a good example for teachers in developing countries like Ghana, when sometimes a bit of improvisation is needed to fill the gaps that governments are unable to provide. ICT is a vital subject for the next generation to be proficient in if Ghana is going to compete in the global marketplace, and with teachers like Mr. Kwadwo there to inspire students, things are looking up!

Owura Kwadwo from Kumasi, Ghana, has to improvise when teaching ICT to kids without access to computers

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When teaching Microsoft Word, he draws a complete screenshot on the chalkboard for his students to copy and learn from

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Mr. Kwadwo studied visual arts and he puts his skills to good use

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“I do it to make my students understand what I‘m teaching. At least to give a picture of what they will see if they were behind a computer,” he told Bored Panda

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Sadly, “there are many schools facing this same problem”

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His Facebook post has captured the hearts of many people, impressed with his commitment and dedication to his students

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Since his post went viral, Mr. Kwadwo has received offers of donations for laptops and projectors!

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Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/teacher-draws-computer-screen-chalkboard-owura-kwadwo-hottish-ghana/

Someone Criticizes Ryan Reynolds For Promoting R-Rated Movie To Kids Battling Cancer And His Response Is Epic

During the filming of the sequel to the hit movie Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds and the crew decided to invite some kids with pretty serious medical conditions on set to meet their heroes. “One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jackass is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set,” he wrote on Instagram. “Deadpool kicked Cancer in the taint, but these kids do it for real every day.”

Nice move right? Not everyone thought so. “Guys Deadpool is an R-rated movie and those kids are watching it… I think something is wrong here,” was the response of one fan. Fair enough, that’s their opinion and they are entitled to it. I don’t necessarily agree, but I wouldn’t consider it a ‘troll’ either.

Clearly this commenter was in the minority and was quickly shut down, with Reynolds himself delivering his own comeback. “Yup. Deadpool is Rated R,” he said. “If my kid went through a fraction of the s–t these kids deal with daily, I think they can watch whatever they like. That’s just my .02 cents.”

Nice reply! These are some special kids going through some seriously tough circumstances. Perhaps a day on set with a movie-star might be just what they need, so why not focus on the positives? Scroll down to see Ryan and the kids on set, and let us know what you think in the comments!

If you didn’t know it already, Ryan Reynolds is not a guy you can mess with online

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Recently he posted a series of pictures of himself as Deadpool with children from the Make-A-Wish foundation

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He was very glad to have fans come to visit and clearly, the kids enjoyed it as well

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Of course, the internet is full of negative people and Reynolds received this comment

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Soon after, though, he delivered an amazing response

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Way to go, Reynolds!

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Here’s what people thought about the whole ordeal

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Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/ryan-reynolds-make-a-wish-troll-reply/

FaceTime chat ‘saves woman’s life’

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Woman notices her sister is suffering from a stroke while they spoke on a FaceTime call.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43125658

uTorrent bugs let websites control your computer and steal your downloads
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Enlarge / A screenshot of one of the uTorrent PoC exploits in action. (credit: Google Project Zero)

Two versions of uTorrent, one of the Internet's most widely used BitTorrent apps, are vulnerable to a host of easy-to-exploit vulnerabilities that allow attackers to execute code, access downloaded files, and snoop on download histories, a Google Project Zero researcher said. uTorrent developers are in the process of rolling out fixes for both the uTorrent desktop app for Windows and the newer uTorrent Web product.

The vulnerabilities, according to Project Zero, make it possible for any website a user visits to control key functions in both the uTorrent desktop app for Windows and in uTorrent Web, an alternative to desktop BitTorrent apps that uses a web interface and is controlled by a browser. The biggest threat is posed by malicious sites that could exploit the flaw to download malicious code into the Windows startup folder, where it will be automatically run the next time the computer boots up. Any site a user visits can also access downloaded files and browse download histories.

In an e-mail sent late Tuesday afternoon, Dave Rees, VP of Engineering at BitTorrent, the developer of the uTorrent apps, said the flaw has been fixed in a beta release of the uTorrent Windows desktop app, but has not yet been delivered to users who already have the production version of the app installed. The fixed version, uTorrent/BitTorrent 3.5.3.44352, is available here for download and will be automatically pushed out to users in the coming days. In a separate e-mail sent Tuesday evening, Rees said uTorrent Web had also been patched. "We highly encourage all uTorrent Web customers to update to the latest available build 0.12.0.502 available on our website and also via the in-application update notification," he wrote.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1263289

Facebook admits SMS notifications sent using two-factor number was caused by bug

Facebook this evening clarified the situation around SMS notifications sent using the company’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system, admitting that the messages were indeed caused by a bug. In a blog post penned by Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, the company says the error led it to “send non-security-related SMS notifications to these phone numbers.”

Facebook uses the automated number 362-65, or “FBOOK,” as its two-factor authentication number, which is a secure way of confirming a user’s identity by sending a numeric code to a secondary device like a mobile phone. That same number ended up sending users Facebook notifications without their consent. When users would attempt to get the SMS notifications to stop, the...

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/16/17022162/facebook-two-factor-authentication-sms-notifications-security-bug

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