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    It’s always an exciting moment when a new animation studio debuts its first feature film. It can tell us what the studio is capable of, and what to expect from it going forward. Disney, for instance, has continued to build its legacy off of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Pixar brought us computer-generated animation with Toy Story; and Illumination created a legitimate cultural shift by unleashing little yellow Minions in Despicable Me. Luck, now on Apple TV+, is the first movie from Skydance Animation. Skydance is keen on making a big impact in the animated world, bringing on the likes of eight-time Oscar winner composer Alan Menken and The Incredibles and Ratatouille director Brad Bird to work on future projects. There’s some serious pedigree here, and as the marketing for Luck informs us, the film comes “from the creative visionary behind Toy Story and Cars.” (One of these things is not like the other, but I digress.) Apple TV+ In specific terms, that means that Luck is produced by John Lasseter—the man often credited for being behind some of...
    (CNN)Imagine traveling vast distances through a barren wilderness without access to food or water. That's the challenging reality facing many flying insects in the UK. The country's insect populations are in drastic decline. The results of a recent survey conducted by conservation group Buglife and the Kent Wildlife Trust found that numbers of flying insects in the UK have fallen by nearly 60% in the last 17 years. Approximately 20 bee and wasp species have gone extinct in the last 100 years and half of UK butterfly species are now threatened, according to the charity Butterfly Conservation.Globally, up to 10% of all insect species are threatened with extinction. The devastation is linked to multiple factors, including climate change and the use of pesticides, while huge areas of key habitats have been lost to intensive agriculture and other development, says Jamie Robins, programmes manager at Buglife. Since the 1930s, the UK has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows. This not only affects pollinating insects but also animals that feed on insects, such as birds, hedgehogs and bats. "Although our countryside looks...
    An amphibious, 'shape-shifting' drone has been created that's worthy of its own James Bond film. The 'dual robot' drone, called MEDUSA (Multi-Environment Dual robot for Underwater Sample Acquisition), is able to fly through the air and land on water in order to quickly collect samples for scientific studies. It has a pod tethered to it that can be deployed underwater remotely at hard-to-reach aquatic environments. Engineers at Imperial College London use the drone to measure lake water for signs of microorganisms and algal blooms, which can pose hazards to human health. In the future, it could be used to monitor climate clues like temperature changes in Arctic seas. Professor Mirko Kovac from Imperial's Department of Aeronautics said: 'We have much to learn from the Earth's water: by monitoring ecological parameters we can identify trends and understand the factors affecting water quality and the health of the ecosystem in a changing climate. 'MEDUSA's unique ability to reach difficult places and collect aquatic images, samples and metrics will be invaluable for ecology and aquatic research and could support our understanding of local climate in...
    Police have swooped on four intruders who have tried to smash through security on the Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour. The officers pounced as they raced over barriers to where the parade will be held shortly.  Incredibly two of the protesters - whose cause is not currently known - were able to sit in the middle of the Mall as the marching band approached. Officers hauled them out of the way as the musicians walked by them avoiding them completely.  Thousands of people draped in Union Jack flags, party hats and plastic tiaras are lined the Mall in the warm sunshine to watch the Trooping the Colour.
    The messaging application Slack is fast becoming a hotspot for employees to land new jobs. The platform, owned by Salesforce, was originally designed to help workers interact with each other inside their specific company's digital workplace, but that's not what an increasing number of job hunters are using it for. The digital workspace tool also allows users to start independent channels with other people who aren't necessarily working for the same company. These channels, which are flooded with career tips, advice and potential employers, are often private, and require an invitation in order to join them.  Now, many job-hunters are using these channels instead of going through the traditional online job-application processes of applying to postings on websites and apps, including LinkedIn, Indeed or ZipRecruiter.  'It was nuts,' Clark Barron told the Wall Street Journal.  He added that he was able to find his new role at Nisos - a cyber-intelligence and security company based in D.C. - after joining the Cybersecurity Marketing Society, a Slack group channel founded in March 2020.  Slack, which is an acronym standing for 'Searchable...
    Among Nintendo’s stable of characters Kirby holds a special place. He’s not the most popular. That distinction belongs to Mario (think of the scores of games that bear his name). He’s not as revered as Link who stars in the venerable “Legend of Zelda” series. Still, the puffball has managed to carve a niche. It’s especially notable seeing as how he and Mario both started as side-scrollers and developed their distinct gameplay styles. Whereas the plumber’s adventure focused on platforming, the puffball leaned heavily on power-ups called copy abilities. Kirby’s games don’t expect players to make split-second jumps or navigate platforms to reach a flagpole. His games involve swallowing enemies and absorbing their powers. If the pink protagonist sucks in a swordsman, Kirby comes out wielding a blade. The same goes for bombers and fire hurlers, he adopts their powers as well. Kirby ventures through a more modern setting in “Kirby and the Forgotten Land.” (Nintendo)  LEARNING FROM WHAT WORKS Keeping that identity is important in the puffball’s first 3-D adventure “Kirby and the Forgotten Land.” The developer, HAL...
    A widespread culture of isolation and disconnection from our bodies, each other and the planet is negatively impacting the mental and physical health of people in America and beyond—and this was true long before the pandemic. Our relatively new human social structure that is work-obsessed and separated from nature and each other leaves us scant time to connect and relate to each other, and is not aligned with our natural rhythms. This way of living has grave impacts on people’s overall health, as well as the health of the planet. This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Research professor and author Brené Brown wrote about a “crisis of disconnection” in the U.S., in a 2017 article in Fast Company. That same year, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who also held this position under the Obama administration, referred to the problem of loneliness as an “epidemic.” In a 2021 article, psychotherapist Colette Shade detailed the isolating effects of the life structures of capitalism, and researchers have been tracking the health impacts of isolation...
    Kirby has been a mainstay on Nintendo’s roster for years. He may not get the spotlight as Link or Mario, but the pink puffball has his share of amazing titles. Since his introduction with “Kirby’s Dream Land,” players have gone through several platforming adventures, pinball and fighting game spinoffs and an imaginative epic yarn. On the character’s 30th anniversary this year, Nintendo is publishing his 17th mainline game — “Kirby and the Forgotten Land.” The company offered a first look at the project through virtual preview, and the puffball’s first true 3D platformer is shaping up to have the inventiveness of his other forays. Kirby’s adventures starts off with him hanging out on Planet Popstar when suddenly, he’s sucked through a portal to the Forgotten Land, which looks like a postapocalyptic version of our own world. Nintendo showed off the first level of the game and it features several missions that players must uncover. Of course, players can run through the level, defeat the boss and clear the stage. That’s self explanatory, but they’ll miss out on other objectives if...
    An investigation has been launched after a plane's propeller smashed through the side of the aircraft when it was hit by a bird during landing.  Passengers on the Jetstream 41, which was approaching Venetia Mine in South Africa, were left terrified when the bird hit the engine with such a force that the propeller was sent flying through the cabin to the other side of the aisle.   No one was injured in the ordeal as the blade luckily landed in an area of the cabin which was unoccupied.  After tearing through one side of the aircraft, the blade smashed into a passenger window, destroying the window pane on the opposite side of the fuselage.  Photos from inside the aircraft show splinters of wood strewn across the floor.  Fortunately the plane was able to make a safe landing.    Passengers on the Jetstream 41, which was approaching Venetia Mine in South Africa, were left terrified when the bird hit the engine with such a force that the propeller was sent flying through the cabin to the other side of the plane (Pictured:...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- There are tens of thousands of American Indians living in Los Angeles, yet their stories are rarely told.But in an alley tucked away between Skid Row and downtown Los Angeles' bustling Main Street, there's a colorful world of dissent and reclamation.American Indian art is splashed on the walls there - a tribute to voices who've long been silenced.Pamela J. Peters helped bring American Indian artists to Indian Alley. It's also the title of her latest film. In it, she reveals there are more than 70,000 tribal members living in Los Angeles today.Many are descendants of Native peoples who moved from their reservations to urban areas like Los Angeles as part of a government relocation program that started in the early 50s."I think the intent for the relocation program was really to help. The more I learned about it, it was actually a deceitful program that the government wanted to do," Peters said.The relocation program aimed to get Native peoples off their reservations and into urban areas, so the government could then sell tribal land."The United States...
    A married Florida man has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $12.8million from a non-profit at a Florida university and laundering it through an adult website to spend on a life of luxury. Ralph Puglisi, 59, of Palm Harbor, Florida, was found to have made the non-business charges on two company credit cards while working as an accounting manager for the University Medical Service Association - an organization at the University of South Florida that provides staffing and other support for the school's health care endeavors.  Puglisi then used the adult website mygirlfund.com to clean about $11.5million of the stolen money.  Federal prosecutors revealed Puglisi made 22,000 interactions with the site in a 19-page plea agreement he signed in June that was filed last week in US District Court in Tampa, according to Tampa Bay Times. The court documents said Puglisi frequented the profile of a woman on the site believed to be his stepson's fiancée. He reportedly shared the funds with the relative, giving her 40 percent of all the money that passed through the adult site. An Excel spreadsheet on...
    Hi Everyone,    Today will feature showers around. Tomorrow spotty showers. But my headline is temperatures in the low 80’s. Temperatures a few degrees below average. And, spoiler alert, temps will only get to the  mid 80’’s through this work week. And right now the weekend numbers look to be no higher than the upper 80’s. Great weather news to start a mid-month Monday. And in a few day’s we will be 2/3’s of the way through Summer. Lots of time left for some enjoyable times in the land of pleasant living. READ MORE: Maryland Coronavirus State Of Emergency Ends As Cases Spike   Today you will be hearing about Tropical Storm Fred making landfall in the Florida panhandle. Not a huge storm, but a pretty good punch none the less. But Fred will quickly lose energy, move North through the southern states, then out to our West mid-week. Some showers and a couple of thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday. Then Fred’s remnants exit North. READ MORE: Man Shot, Killed Outside West Baltimore Hospital, Police Say    No blistering sun. No stifling...
    Erin Long; Yusuke Yamaguma; Pro Image Photography; Skye Gould/Insider Every college athlete in America can now profit from endorsement deals. Endorsement agencies have been waiting for this change, which opens a big market of new clients.   Several big deals have already been signed on the first day of legalization. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. For the first time in college sports history, athletes can make money from their name, image, and likeness (NIL). The NCAA put an interim policy in place on Wednesday that grants athletes in all 50 states the right to sign and profit from endorsement deals.  A handful of athletes have already signed lucrative endorsement deals on the first day of the policy going into effect. University of Miami quarterback D'Eriq King and defensive end Bubba Bolden each signed their own $20,000 endorsement deals with Florida moving company College Hunks.—Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) July 1, 2021Not only did King and Bolden sign their deals, but they did so through a NIL-based platform called Dreamfield that they co-founded, according to Andrea Adelson of ESPN....
    One half of Earth is cooling faster than the other, researchers have discovered.  The side of the planet which contains the Pacific Ocean is losing heat at a more rapid rate than the half which contains Africa, Europe and Asia.  Scientists believe the discrepancy is because the Pacific hemisphere has been covered with more ocean than the other half for the last 400 million years and land is a better insulator than water.  Scroll down for video  Pictured, total mantle heat loss (oceanic + continental + hotspots) and its distribution between the hemispheres over 400million years  Scientists from the University of Oslo split the globe in half down the 60 degree longitude line, not the Prime Meridian.  Their divide goes through the Atlantic Ocean and South America.  Two datasets were combined for the research, one looked at the amount of heat from Earth's interior which was flowing through the crust and the other tracked the movement of continents over millions of years.   The first revealed oceanic crust is a worse insulator than continental crust and, as a result of...
    The new Land Rover Defender is on the offense. (Land Rover) The first vehicle to carry the name in the U.S. since 1997 is a thoroughly modern machine that’s very different than recent retro reboots like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the upcoming Ford Bronco. Unlike the original Defender, which was a body-on-frame truck with solid axles that was sold in other countries through 2016, the new one features an aluminum unibody and fully independent suspension. That doesn’t mean it’s gone soft, even if its standard air springs are. The midsize premium SUV was engineered for extreme off-road duty. (Note: We tested a 2020 model due to its late availability, but the 2021 version is identical.) (Land Rover) It’s launching as the four-door Defender 110, while a two-door Defender 90 will follow later this year. In the old days, the numbers indicated the lengths of the wheelbases, but the new versions are each a good bit longer. The previous Defender was a body-on-frame truck. (Land Rover) The Defender borrows its flared fenders, a bulging hood, round headlights -- now...
    Evangelist Franklin Graham and his family bring the Bible to life in Fox Nation's "Return to the Holy Land", exploring the early days of Jesus Christ and offering viewers a unique glimpse of the sights and sounds of the country that is home to some of the most significant events in Christianity. "There's something special about experiencing the Bible in the land of the Bible," Graham says.  The three-part devotional, released on Fox Nation in time for the holidays, features Graham, his wife, and his adult children as they take turns reading the scripture aloud on their cross-country journey, which includes stops at the Sea of Galilee, Jericho, and Jerusalem.  "This is amazing, this is where Jesus was when he touched people's lives and transformed them, and changed them forever," says Graham's daughter-in-law.  (Israel Antiquities Authority) The visit "makes me want to dig deeper into the scriptures, and it makes me want to go home and study more," says Graham's wife, Jane Austin.  Graham, who has visited the Holy Land more than 30 times since his youth, guided his family through some of his favorite spots,...
    The monoliths that have recently appeared in Utah (L), Romania (C), and California (R). The Utah highway patrol/Facebook/Ziar Piatra Neamt/Courtesy of Nic Mattson/Atascadero News On November 18, during a routine wildlife survey, state biologists discovered a strange metal monolith in a remote part of Utah.  Almost immediately, the monolith became a global sensation, spawning countless memes and even inspiring the creation of copycat monoliths in Romania and California. In the quest to find out exactly what the monolith is, the most common explanation wasn’t aliens or conspiracy, but instead that it was a work of art. Though the monolith has commonly been described as a work of Land Art, the best way to understand it is through the lens of Net Art, a way of making art specifically on and for the internet. Net Artists have long embraced ambiguity and mystery, and through works like David Horvitz’s “Mood Disorder” and the collectively produced Tumblr blog “The Jogging,” we can understand how the very impossibility of finding meaning in the monolith is what makes it so fascinating.   Visit...
    Strong, gusty Santa Ana winds expected to develop Sunday night will raise fire weather concerns on land and potentially some big waves off the Southern California coast, the National Weather Service said. The prospect of the strongest, most widespread Santa Ana winds so far this season have led to the issuance of red flag fire warnings, most of which take effect in the early hours of Monday morning. Super-dry air will drive relative humidity down to the single digits, causing critical fire conditions late Sunday night through Tuesday. Fuels are extremely dry after months with virtually zero rain, so any new fires that start will grow rapidly and exhibit extreme fire behavior. High-wind warnings and advisories, as well as fire weather watches, go into effect Sunday and Monday. Because of cold air associated with this event, the Antelope Valley could see its first freeze of the season in the early hours of Monday.Cool Santa Anas such as this one usually produce stronger winds and affect more of the coastal waters. Forecasters predict a 50% to 60% chance of gale-force...
    “The food industry stopped at taste for too long,” says Sara Brito, co-founder and president of the Good Food Media Network. She believes that every bite of food is a product of an interconnected system: While taste is important, the land, plants and animals, farmers and fishermen, purveyors, chefs and restaurant workers must also be compensated and considered. Brito hopes to support this shift in perspective through the nonprofit’s annual Good Food 100 Restaurants List and Industry Impact Report. The 2020 list, released on September 21, seeks to make the purchasing practices of participating chefs and restaurants transparent and recognizes their commitment to buying good food and sourcing sustainably. This year, 131 restaurants from around the country participated, and 38 of them are located in Colorado. The list will be a platform for conversation during the Good Food Media Network’s virtual seminar series: Eat.Drink.Think. “It’s really hard to live by your ideals as a chef,” Brito explains, pointing to how COVID-19 has demonstrated just how tight restaurant margins are. Those that “maintain that dedication, both in terms of time and...
    Barra do Garças, Brazil (CNN)They are the two nations that can't seem to bend the Covid-19 curve to save their own lives: the US and Brazil. But while Americans complain about the lack of testing (rightly so), they need only look one country down on the list to see ... it could be so much worse. As the virus tears through big city favelas and remote rainforest communities at the official rate of a quarter-million people per week, Brazil is providing 80% fewer tests per capita than the United States. Virologists from Brazil's major universities worry that the numbers of infections could be 12 to 16 times higher. There is no telling how grim things might get for Brazilians left largely unprotected by their President, Jair Bolsonaro. But while Bolsonaro's pandemic management influences immediate life and death for Brazilians, the far-right populist sometimes known as "Tropical Trump" also manages protection of the Amazon. And in the middle of a man-made climate crisis, earth scientists say this gives him an undue -- and scary -- influence over all of Life as...
    (CBS4) – A landmark public land and conservation bill, sponsored by Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, could be on President Trump’s desk by August. The Great American Outdoors Act passed the Senate last week and the House is expected to take it up before its summer recess. “I’m proud to have worked closely with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this historic conservation bill,” Sen. Cory Gardner (R) said. Photo of Gunnison river taken by Paul Chenault of Hotchkiss. The bipartisan bill is hailed as the most significant conservation bill in more than 50 years. It permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation fund and guarantees the $900 Million the fund is allocated per year; a first since Congress created the program in 1965. Because the fund has not been legislatively protected, for decades funds have been diverted from their intended purpose. The current bill would secure full permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation fund. Seventy percent of the fund’s contents will go to the National Parks Service, another 15% to the U.S. Forest Service,...
    Motorists have captured the terrifying moment a tornado hovered through the Chinese countryside, appearing to approach their cars. The giant column of wind struck the suburbs of Xilinhot city in north-eastern China's Inner Mongolia on Wednesday afternoon, according to China's weather authority. One video released by the Chinese National Meteorological Center (NMC) on Twitter-like Weibo shows one motorist filming the giant column of wind from a fair distance.  A driver records the giant spinning column of wind from afar in Xilinhot, north-eastern China The cyclone formed at around 2:30pm near the New Vehicle Administration Station of Xilinhot RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Chinese doctor is slashed a dozen times by a knife-wielding... China completes test run of self-developed maglev train... Woman, 55, nearly dies after her brain vessel burst when she... Chinese citizen journalist sending coronavirus reports from... Share this article Share In the 28-second clip, the man behind the camera yelled 'look at that tornado' at another driver who was also recording the dramatic phenomenon. The second...
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