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Science

Israel Joins Space Club

On Thursday, February 21, Space X launched its 70th completed mission, making company history. At 8:45 EST, Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station successfully sent the Nusantara Satu Mission into the atmosphere, hauling several payloads.

SpaceX is a private space exploration corporation with several spacecraft to its name, including the Nusantara Satu satellite, the Air Force Research Laboratory S5 spacecraft, and the Beresheet lunar spacecraft.

The Indonesian Nusantara Satu satellite has been launched to provide internet access to its citizens.  Israel’s Beresheet is set to make Israel the fourth country to have ever landed on the moon.

Beresheet will take almost two months to reach the moon and will be the first spacecraft from Israel as well as the first privately-owned spacecraft to ever reach the moon.  It will take photos and video for scientific research, explains SpaceX, the owner of the spacecraft.

SpaceX released high-resolution pictures of the launch immediately after it happened.  The test launch had occurred on Monday for Thursday’s planned launch, and a back-up plan of a Friday launch was scheduled in case of complications.

Reusable Rocket

SpaceX is well known for using reusable rockets; in fact, this payload was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket while the first stage rocket had been used to launch Iridium 7 in July of 2018 and SAOCOM 1A in October of 2018. SpaceX successfully recovered first stage booster again after the launch on Thursday night.  The mission makes the 70th one for SpaceX, and the 20th successful launch reusing a booster.

Nusantara Satu was successfully launched to a geosynchronous transfer orbit and was expected to work soon after. SpaceX, still riding high from its successes, is scheduled for another launch in March in its partnership with NASA.  The unmanned test launch will demonstrate the possibility of sending astronauts into space in the future.

 

On Thursday, February 21, Space X launched its 70th completed mission, making company history. At 8:45 EST, Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station successfully sent the Nusantara Satu Mission into the atmosphere, hauling several payloads.

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Fashion

Are These Grass Shoes Set To Change The Industry?

When Nike tend to release a new pair of shoes, they tend to make a big splash in the market. As one of the market leaders and one of the most innovative companies around, they tend to know how to add something new to the market. Their latest product release, though, might be a step too far in the radical direction for some: a pair of shoes covered in grass.

These new golf shoes, made from grass, were recently set out as one of their biggest moves in the 2019 market. While it looks rather odd to begin with, it’s definitely something a little different to the norm. It is, though, definitely an interesting concept: and one that we’re sure plenty of golf fans will probably love putting on their feet.

The price of $149, though, will immediately put quite a lot of people off making the investment in the first place. They are supposed to blend in with whatever grass you happen to be playing on, which is quite an interesting take. Usually, we wear shoes to make sure we don’t blend into the ground too much!

A New Take On Turf

As you might imagine, too, the shoes brought more than their fair share of comical complaints and positive responses. As one user so eloquently put it: “Why would I want to play a gold shoe that makes you look like you are playing out of the rough!”

However, Nike are one of the largest manufacturers around, and have a bit of a habit of being trend-setters. We can probably see these selling pretty well, even if they would definitely not appeal to the average punter. Known for their innovation and desire to break trends, a pair of grass-made shoes might just do that!

Outside of their rather creative look, these shoes are also supposed to be designed to provide high quality comfort when playing golf. They might look a little on the wild side, but it’s fair to say that these must have a market for them – why else would Nike make them unless they’d see that there was an interest in such a release?

When Nike tend to release a new pair of shoes, they tend to make a big splash in the market. As one of the market leaders and one of the most innovative companies around, they tend to know how to add something new to the market. Their latest product release...

Science

How Cold Is It? Watch Water Instantly Freezing

This remarkable video clip of the water contained in a plastic bottle instantly turning into ice when placed outside in the cold weather demands to be seen. And as this chilling clip runs all of nine seconds, we’re going to call this instantaneously icy all-natural clip The Deep Freeze.

The footage herein was recorded and released by 23-year-old Daniel Dück of Germany, while he was taking a break from his work in a supermarket in Euskirchen, a town in Germany’s surprisingly chilly region of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Freeze In 7 Seconds

As can be seen in the clip, young Dück firmly slams a filled water bottle onto a slab of snowy concrete, stirring up and water and setting off a chain reaction wherein the water is transformed into ice in less than seven seconds.

The alteration of the water from liquid to solid form begins at the top of the bottle and quickly works its way down to the bottom and resembling a fog moving vertically across a rainy sky. The yield is a silvery, solid mass of bottled ice! Can somebody say “Ice, Ice, Baby”???

The image of the lightning-fast freezing effect immediately calls to mind hyper-real scenes of elemental altering one sees in comic books and superhero movies. But upon a few chilling glimpses of the clip, one comes away surmising that the powers of Iceman Bobby Drake of the X-Men and Jack Frost, both of Marvel Comics, as well as Lucius Best aka Frozone of Disney’s The Incredibles franchise, pale in comparison to Mother Nature’s omnipotence when it comes to all things concerning weather and climate change.

We can’t even imagine so effective an image of water and ice coming from the pen of Robert Frost, whose moniker and atmospheric, nature-filled writings speak for themselves.

As the chill of winter makes its way across the United States, NOW is the time to dip into the icy depths of this elemental video clip, which can only inspire those in an appropriate climate to commence their own experiments in this positively primal, atmospheric forum.

If the climate is right, here’s what you should be doing: take a bottle, fill it with water, head outside, slam that baby onto the ground and then enjoy what you’re seeing. Oh, and keep warm while you’re doing it—and definitely make sure there’s a mug full of steaming hot cocoa (or maybe something a little stronger) waiting for you indoors—so it’s not your liquids that freeze over!

This remarkable video clip of the water contained in a plastic bottle instantly turning into ice when placed outside in the cold weather demands to be seen. And as this chilling clip runs all of nine seconds, we’re going to call this instantaneously icy...

Lifestyle

Read This: Recycling 101

I want to applaud you if you are one of the very special people who place your empty plastic containers in a recycling bin because you have just become an important part of the recycling process. This bottle will become something new and will continue to over and over again!

Sadly, approximately 70% of people will toss recyclable items in the trash bin. Very few people place recyclable items in their proper recycling bins as they should.  If you don’t recycle, it’s time to understand the process and what becomes of these plastic bottles.

Items that are placed in recyclable bins are picked up, sorted, and then ground into plastic flakes.  The flakes are then sorted by types and separated before being washed and dried.  These flakes are used to make so many things including clothing, carpet, cups, trays, fibers, bottles, and so many other items.

Not only are recycled items good for the environment but saves on energy as well.  One of the most overabundant items found in the trash is water bottles that thousands of people consume every day.

Recycling Saves Energy

According to the International Bottled Water Association, turning these old bottles into new ones will use 84% less energy. If everyone understood what an important role they play when they recycle items, they might look at the process in a new light.

The IBWA has launched a program “Put It In The Bin” which is a partner-friendly initiative focusing on educating people about how valuable it is to put recyclables in their proper bins so they can be made into something new and wonderful!

We all have busy lives and recycling isn’t always convenient or we just forget to recycle but it really is very important.  Take a look at these very easy steps that will help you make recycling a part of your life, every day.

The Bin Location:

It will be so much easier to recycle if you place the bin next to your trash can.  It will be a reminder that throwing your plastic bottle in the recycle bin is just as easy as throwing it in the trash.

The Caps:

Once you have finished your bottled beverage or water, put the cap back on the bottle and recycle.  Both the bottle and the cap are made from plastics that are in high-demand by recycling facilities.

Bring Items Hone:

If you’re away from home and can’t locate a bin, bring them home and place them in the recyclable bin next to your trash.  Have a bag available in your car to empty used bottles in and then bring them home to your recyclable bin.

More than 90% of Americans have access to a curbside bin or a drop-off center.  Set an alarm on your phone so you will remember to bring the recycling bin out to the curb on the day they pick up.

Buy Recyclables:

Buy items made from recycled materials to support the ongoing effort to recycle these items later on.

While there are many things that can be recycled, bottled water is the most common at a rate of 53.9%.  One plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to power a 60-watt bulb for 6 hours.

According to Recycle Across America, 5 recycled plastic bottles provide enough fiber to produce one square foot of carpet!   The possibilities are endless and all it takes is one small choice to recycle!

I want to applaud you if you are one of the very special people who place your empty plastic containers in a recycling bin because you have just become an important part of the recycling process. This bottle will become something new and will continue to over...

editorial

Valentines Special: Funny Cake Mishaps

Cakes have always played a huge part in all sorts of celebrations from birthdays to weddings and any other special event, like this Valentines Day. Cakes are always the chosen dessert for all kinds of parties and always takes center stage when presented at the special event. See how people celebrate with their loved ones.

For Valentines

Grammar and spelling is the country’s biggest threat. Actually, it’s the biggest threat to a working relationship. I mean, if you wanted your valentine to think you’re huge, you could have sent her a picture.

Close enough

Ok, this was designed by someone who wanted his/her partner to know how they felt on Valentines Day. This person obviously does not mince words or offer any pleasant messages. Why the decorator chose to say “I Tolerate You” is beyond us, but you have to laugh!  All in all, the cake is nicely designed in suppressed anger.

Cakes have always played a huge part in all sorts of celebrations from birthdays to weddings and any other special event, like this Valentines Day. Cakes are always the chosen dessert for all kinds of parties and always takes center stage when presented at...

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Dos & Don’ts When Buying A Valentines Present Online

Online shopping for Valentines usually ends up with me buying for myself… the problem is that I don’t always get what I paid for. So before shopping online, you should go over these online shopping mishaps

Bejeweled Mess

“Fool’s gold” is a term that would definitely apply in this young lady’s case. What seemed to be a regal tease ended up being a patched-together fail. Even Cinderella’s homemade gown was more appealing than this one!

The fit and cut of the dress are not appealing at all. Most of the time, you can get away with a few alterations to make a dress better, but in this case, it’s better off being saved for Halloween.

Trash The Dress

Talk about bodycon dresses – I’m not sure this man was meaning to follow the Kardashian’s trend. Or maybe this gentleman will take the opportunity to show off his time in the gym, trimming, toning, and building his muscles.

However, I think he meant to do so with a tank top rather than a skintight dress.

On the bright side, he could totally rock the look and flaunt what he’s got! Maybe another candidate for Halloween?

Click next to see more hilarious online shopping fails:

Online shopping for Valentines usually ends up with me buying for myself… the problem is that I don’t always get what I paid for. So before shopping online, you should go over these online shopping mishaps
Bejeweled Mess

“Fool’s gold” is a...

Inspiring Stories

DNA Technology Brings Family Together After 52 Years

For those who grow up without full knowledge of who their parents are, the wait can be anguishing. You will often find many kernels of truth and half-truth along the way. This does make it hard to work out how close you are to finding out the truth: and it also makes it increasingly easy to find out you have been wrong.

The search can go on for years – sometimes decades. For Karen Leslie, though, the reunion with her daughter would take a whopping 52 years!

Karen was just 21 at the time when she met her husband, Dick when they fell pregnant with their daughter in 1967. Kicked out of her home for getting pregnant in this manner, she was unable to have the child due to affordability and thus made the gut-wrenching decision to have the child and then give her away to an adoption agency.

The hope was that she would one day see her again: and now, she can say that she has.

KGTV, a news outlet based in San Diego, ran a report on the meeting recently. They found that the Ancestry DNA program had connected Dicks’ daughters from a previous marriage to a woman who went by the name of Erin Chatterton. Chatterton was identified as a ‘sibling’ thanks to the service, so the investigation got underway.

When Dick reached out to his daughters, Lisa and Lori, he asked Lisa if she knew who this could be – no information was forthcoming, though. Two stepbrothers did exist from marriage with Karen later on in life, but these were not the siblings. Speaking to KGTV, Lori said that “Erin didn’t want anything from anybody,” and that “All she wanted was to found out who her parents were.”

The Investigation Continues

Agreeing to take the DNA test herself, Karen then found the answer she had been hoping for all of her life: Erin was indeed her long-lost daughter. They spent some time texting back and forth, planning to meet up in person at San Diego Airport. Karen said of the opportunity: “Everything is for a reason, and this is the reason and the right time,”

For Erin, the story was equally heartfelt, who was heard saying: “We’ve never met, how do you love someone you’ve never met? You can love someone you never met, she gave me life.”

It’s a truly special story, but one that we imagine is not too unique at the moment. Tools such as Ancestry have brought together many households since it became so popular. Now, you could find it much easier to locate someone who you never knew existed in your family tree: just be warned, as some families are finding out more information than they had bargained for!

For those who grow up without full knowledge of who their parents are, the wait can be anguishing. You will often find many kernels of truth and half-truth along the way. This does make it hard to work out how close you are to finding out the truth: and it...

Cool Stories

People Cutting Soap – An Oddly Satisfying Trend

You may be thinking that the only reason for getting a bar of soap is to shower; surprisingly, there’s more. Bar soaps have generated a lot of social media buzz. A new trend called “soap cutting” has been introduced by social media users on Instagram and YouTube.

Here, users make videos of themselves while they cut a bar of soap. This sounds crazy, but as with every other trend, there is a purpose for this.

Introducing ASMR Videos

Recently, Instagram and YouTube users have introduced a new trend known as ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos. These videos are aimed at helping viewers relax their senses, and helps to gently put them to sleep.

The trend features videos of someone eating crunchy foods, carving candles, playing with sticky slime, ruining their makeup, scooping ice cream, and cutting a large piece of bar soap.

ASMR Soap Queen

These videos bring with them a feeling that is unusual but pleasing. Different users try to be more engaging by using soaps of different colors. And considering the large audience that ASMR is getting, and the popularity that it has gained, it doesn’t seem like something that would go away anytime soon.

A Full-Time Job

Quite a number of users have turned this trend to an opportunity to earn some cash; and for some, it has become a full-time job. Nazish, known on Instagram as @asmr.crackle, has gained about 80,000 followers from her very excellent soap cutting videos. She also uploads soap cutting videos on YouTube and gets paid per video.

ASMR Crackle

However, it doesn’t seem like Nazish would stop her soap cutting soon. She makes videos on a daily basis. In as much as more people keep buying into the trend, she’ll keep cutting several bars of soap. “My account is a personal form of art therapy to relieve my own anxiety and insomnia,” she went on to say that is was another form of white noise.

As stated earlier, ASMR comes in different forms, and there’s one for everyone. You may like watching someone eat food, cut soap, or play with slime. There’s a wide range of over 11 million ASMR videos to select from.

Viewers of these videos described their experiences, and claim that they bring about a tingling feeling on their scalp and spine, coupled with an almost trancelike state of relaxation.”

You may be thinking that the only reason for getting a bar of soap is to shower; surprisingly, there’s more. Bar soaps have generated a lot of social media buzz. A new trend called “soap cutting” has been introduced by social media users on Instagram...

Inspiring Stories

Hope: Bambi Changes Homeless Man’s Life

After reading a story like this one, I wouldn’t be surprised if we all started making it a practice to pick through the trash for treasures. Apparently, you never know what you can find – and how much it’s worth! But the good luck of one Canadian homeless man is actually quite heart-warming.

Just Worth $20

Adam Gillian isn’t your average homeless man. In order to pay for food, he makes a practice of dumpster diving for valuable things to sell to Curiosity Inc., an antique store where he resides in Edmonton, Canada. In his search one day, he came across a picture of a scene from the Bambi movie.

Just to see if it was worth anything, he brought it to Alexander Archbold, the owner of Curiosity Inc. Alexander bought it from him for $20, and Adam was happy enough with the profit.

Worth More Than $20

However, Adam had no idea the value of what he had found – and neither did Archbold, at first! The picture turned out to be an original drawing from the Bambi movie, an extremely rare find.

It was so rare that the value of the picture was over $3,000! Now, Archbold could have kept all of this to himself, but instead, he began a search for Adam Gillian to give him the $1,700.35 – the total after fees – that he owed him.

Why So Sympathetic?

Going above and beyond to find success in his search, Archbold finally found Adam after making a YouTube video to record his hunt. Archbold shared the exciting news with Adam over lunch.

However, Archbold wasn’t finished yet. The antique store owner had himself experience homelessness at a young age and felt that he needed to do more to help Adam get off the streets. In a great act of kindness, Archbold began a GoFundMe page for this unique homeless man, spurred by their unique story.

After reading a story like this one, I wouldn’t be surprised if we all started making it a practice to pick through the trash for treasures. Apparently, you never know what you can find – and how much it’s worth! But the good luck of one Canadian...

Inspiring Stories

Hero Groom Ditches Wedding To Fight Fire

When your big wedding day comes around, it’s only natural that you want to enjoy yourself. With so much stress – and so much investment – on the build-up, just enjoying your big day is the goal. However, for some people, the work never stops.

You might find that you spend way too much of your wedding policing guests and asking people – as politely as you can – to stop messing up everything.

Frustrating? You bet. For one groom, though, it’s a little different. When you choose to marry someone who is in a job as impressive as being a firefighter, you are agreeing to certain concessions.

So, when one groom decided to bail on the wedding that he’d spent so long planning, there was a natural shock. When you find out why he chose to do so, however, it becomes a little easier to accept.

Running away with someone else? unforgivable. Too drunk on the stag do and forget to turn up? Disgraceful. Gong away to fight a fire? Yeah … hard to argue against.

Jeremy Bourasa was to marry the love of his life, Krista, in their September 1st wedding in Minnesota. However, despite some problems on the run-up to the wedding, they managed to get everything prepared and properly.

Even though stuff like wedding venues letting them down, they managed to secure their venue at a place Jeremy loves: the St. Paul Park Fire Station.

They were worried a fire call might come in during the wedding but were told that others would deal with it. Despite doing everything they could to keep the wedding moving forward and with everything going to plan, a major call came in during the wedding photos.

A Major Incident

Sadly, the fire was totally out of control: they needed more brave firefighters to contain it. Krista could see he was desperate to help, not to let his friends and comrades down. So, she said: “I just looked over at Jeremy and I could just see it in his eyes. He felt so torn. And I said, ‘Go ahead and go, babe. They need you.’

“I’ve got the rest of my life with him. They needed him for that moment.” She said when speaking to KARE11.

It’s a truly amazing video, and shows his commitment to being a hero for his community.

As the couple had endured major familial tragedy due to fire, which had claimed the life of their nephew two years prior, it was plain to see that Jeremy was not willing to let anyone else suffer without trying his hardest to stop it.

Job done – and what a job. Well done to both of them – Jeremy and Krista, we salute you and wish the happiest of marriages together!

When your big wedding day comes around, it’s only natural that you want to enjoy yourself. With so much stress – and so much investment – on the build-up, just enjoying your big day is the goal. However, for some people, the work never stops.

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editorial

The “It Girl” When You Were Born

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at Hollywood’s favorite leading ladies and the moment the world knew they were destined for greatness. Get ready to be dazzled!

1960: Janet Leigh

While her professional career officially began in 1947. It was when she appears in the hit film ‘Psycho’ that Janet Leigh became a star in her own right. It has it all. Who could forget the shower scene when Leigh’s character, Marion Crane was gruesomely murdered. It was the scene that earned a Golden Globe and Academy nomination, and a special space in everyone’s hearts.

1961: Audrey Hepburn

To this day girls worship Audrey Hepburn’s style and grace and guys daydream about her. The icon was a ballet dancer, an actress, a fashion icon and a humanitarian. She was always a gem but when she appeared in her black Givenchy dress for her 1961 role in ‘Breakfast at Tiffanies’ it established her status as Hollywood queen.

She has had such an effect on pop culture that her legacy still sends streams of girls to Tiffanies today!

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at Hollywood’s favorite leading ladies and the moment the world knew they were destined for greatness. Get ready to be dazzled!
1960: Janet Leigh

While her professional career officially began in 1947. It...

editorial

Celebrity Siblings You Hardly Hear About

Sure, being friends or family with famous people might come with perks, but it also has its downside, just ask these celeb siblings who have had to live under the shadow of their more famous family member their whole lives! From Eminem to Steph Currey, find out about the celebs who you had no idea had siblings of their own!

The Pitt We Don’t Hear About

One of the most recognizable faces of Hollywood, Brad Pitt is the epitome of fame in Hollywood circles, which is the total opposite of his brother Doug Pitt who prefers to stay as out of the media as possible.

He lives in his home state of Missouri and is very used to being asked about his famous brother, although it can get tiresome.

“I appreciate the interest [in Brad]. I understand why people want to ask about him,” he told NOVA FM. “But I’ve answered the same question for 25 years. And so, you do go a little bit on autopilot… Again, I appreciate the interest. I’m really proud of him.”

This Wizard Has A Brother

Hermione Granger…AKA Emma Watson is one of everyone’s favorite wizards. After starring in the Harry Potter films Watson has made a huge name for herself with her talented acting abilities. But she isn’t the only one of her family who is genetically blessed.

Meet her brother, Alex Watson. Alex is a model who has done campaigns for Burberry. He also starred as an extra in one of the Harry Potter films. You get extra points if you know which one.

This next one might come as a complete surprise.

Sure, being friends or family with famous people might come with perks, but it also has its downside, just ask these celeb siblings who have had to live under the shadow of their more famous family member their whole lives! From Eminem to Steph Currey, find...