The Rarest Type Of Beef In The World Is Now On Sale In The U.S. For The First Time Ever

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Here in America, we have some of the best beef in the world. We probably treat our prized cattle better than any other country around and our steakhouses in America are truly second to none. You can get a world-class steakhouse steak in every major city across the United States but there’s one type of beef we can’t (regularly) get here in America…Genuine Wagyu Beef.

You’ll find certain types of Wagyu Beef on steakhouse menus here in America but it’s rare, and when you do see it you don’t know for certain if it’s Wagyu-style beef that’s been grown in America mimicking Japanese style cattle raising or if it’s imported…But there’s one specific type of Wagyu beef that has NEVER before been available in America until now, Olive Wagyu.

The unbelievable fat content and marbling in Olive Wagyu beef come from the cows in Japan eating spent olives used in olive oil production. For the first time, Olive Wagyu will be available in the United States but there’s a slight catch: you’ll need to be a Crowd Cow member.

Existing members of Crowd Cow will get the first crack at purchasing the Olive Wagyu, according to their website:

How do I access the event?
— For a chance to purchase Olive Wagyu, be sure to sign up for Crowd Cow and become a Steak Holder (i.e., make your first purchase) before it goes on sale again this summer.
— That’s right: all of our existing customers get first dibs on this exclusive beef. All those — — Steak Holders will get access to the event once it goes live.

If there is any left, the event will open to the public the next day. Last time we sold out in minutes!
What is Olive Wagyu?
Olive Wagyu is raised on a handful of farms in and around Shodoshima Island in Japan’s smallest prefecture, Kagawa. Olive Wagyu brings everything you’ve come to love about Wagyu, but is far, far rarer and packs a more powerful umami flavor. Only a small amount of Olive Wagyu is harvested per month, because only a few farmers on the planet — all clustered in coastal Kagawa — raise it. Crowd Cow sources from three small farms in Kagawa that upcycle wasted olive pulp from olive oil production as feed for their cows, which results in exceptionally high levels of oleic acid (that’s the health fat that gives the beef its extraordinary softness and melt-in-your-mouth feel).

This release of rare Olive Wagyu will sell out within minutes. So if you want a crack at purchasing the rarest beef on the planet you’ll need to click here to become a Crowd Cow member. If you want to learn more about Olive Wagyu you can check out this video:

(h/t CoolMaterial)

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‘Almost everyone’ in a photo of Southwest’s emergency landing wore their oxygen masks ‘wrong,’ says a former flight attendant

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  • A Southwest Airlines airplane suffered a major engine failure during a flight on Tuesday.
  • Engine shrapnel pierced the airplane’s fuselage, blew out a window, caused the airplane to lose cabin pressure, and left one passenger dead.
  • Some passengers wore their oxygen masks incorrectly during the emergency landing, according to a former flight attendant.
  • Not breathing enough oxygen at high altitude can lead to loss of consciousness and hinder evacuation procedures.

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 suffered a major engine failure on Tuesday, forcing its pilot to make an emergency landing.

Shrapnel reportedly pierced the airplane’s fuselage, blew out a window, and caused the cabin of the airplane to depressurize. The incident left one passenger dead. Tammie Jo Shults, the pilot of the flight (who used to fly US Navy fighter jets), guided the Dallas-bound airplane to a safe landing in Philadelphia. 

Oxygen masks dropped from the cabin ceiling during the incident, according to a public Facebook post shared by Marty Martinez, a passenger on the flight.

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Bobby Laurie, a former flight attendant and TV show host, shared one of Martinez’s photos on Twitter along with a public service announcement reminding people to cover both their noses and mouths with oxygen masks during an emergency.

"PEOPLE: Listen to your flight attendants!" Laurie said. "ALMOST EVERYONE in this photo from @SouthwestAir #SWA1380 today is wearing their mask WRONG."

Why you need oxygen if an aircraft cabin loses pressure

Flying at high altitudes with a hole in an airplane is, to put it lightly, dangerous. At altitudes above 15,000 feet, people struggle to breathe and keep enough oxygen in their blood. They can lose consciousness within minutes — a condition called hypoxia.

Symptoms of hypoxia include "nausea, apprehension, tunnel vision, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, tingling sensations, numbness, and mental confusion," according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

The percentage of oxygen in the air at high altitudes isn’t the issue, since that stays relatively constant at about 21% until about 70,000 feet. The problem is the lack of air pressure.

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High pressure makes air dense, which helps force oxygen through lung tissue and into the bloodstream. Insufficient  pressure lowers air density, thereby decreasing the amount of available oxygen.

Adding a flow of 100% oxygen helps counter this physiological problem. But you have to wear and use an oxygen correctly.

If you don’t cover both your nose and mouth with the mask, not enough oxygen may get into your bloodstream, putting you at risk of losing consciousness.

How correctly wearing an oxygen mask could save your life — and those around you

The Southwest flight’s engine failure happened when the plane was around 31,000 feet in the air, based on passenger reports.

Shults descended the crippled airplane to an altitude of 10,000 feet within minutes, according to flight-tracking data provided by FlightRadar24.com, and landed the aircraft about 12 minutes after an emergency was declared.

According to an AOPA chart on "time of useful consciousness" (below), SWA1380 passengers had about 30 seconds to get their masks on after the window blew open:

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That flow of oxygen is crucial in emergencies, since a plane full of passed-out passengers won’t evacuate itself . And if there’s any kind of fire or smoke condition, an unconscious neighbor slumped in an aisle could mean the difference between life and death. That’s why masks are designed to deploy immediately.

According to Quizlet.com, Southwest passengers get the following instructions before every flight takes off :

"If needed, four oxygen masks will drop from the compartment overhead. To activate the flow of oxygen, pull down on the mask until the plastic tubing is fully extended. Place the mask over your nose and mouth and breathe normally.

"Secure the mask with the elastic strap. Although oxygen will be flowing, the plastic bag may not inflate. Continue wearing the mask until otherwise notified by a Crew member. If you are traveling with children or anyone needing special assistance, put on your mask first."

Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s questions about the use of oxygen masks on SWA1380.

An investigation into the incident is underway.

Although a fear of flying and concerns about airplane safety permeate popular culture, it’s many times safer to travel by airplane than in a car. In fact, SWA1380 is the first fatal US flight in over nine years. Almost 100 million US flights carrying billions of people flew during that time without a death, according to Bloomberg.

SEE ALSO: A Southwest jet suffered an eerily similar engine failure in 2016

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A minor cryptocurrency partners with a major porn network. What could go wrong?

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Yesterday brought some interesting news in the cryptocurrency space. In a move that is at once sleazy and ridiculous, PornHub and its tech arm MindGeek announced a partnership with the creators of VergeCoin (XVG), an anonymized cryptocurrency in the vein of Monero that is currently trading at 7 cents, down from an all-time high of about 26 cents during a recent pump.

XVG is an epitome of a coin driven by mania. Originally billed as DogecoinDark in 2014, the currency has had some ups and downs but has always displayed the “move fast and break things” mentality that gives cryptocurrencies a bad name. The product is so hapless it can’t even get their Wikipedia entry right.

The currency developers recently beseeched its rabid fans — many of whom have been waxing confused on Reddit — to raise $2 million to build a secret partnership. Weeks of speculation followed as Vergins speculated about partners, including eBay and Amazon. The price went up and down and has settled below 10 cents, placing it at position 23 on the CoinMarketCap list. It’s doing well, but not great.

Yesterday the big announcement came, as it were. I received a few emails from PornHub PR announcing a crypto partnership but they refused to announce the currency. Now that the currency is officially announced, I’m sure there are some folks who are upset they bought a load of Titcoin.

Verge has partnered with PornHub to allow users to pay with the currency. Why? And why would you want to? This is unclear. Presumably the currency allows you to pay completely anonymously but you still have to acquire Verge to pay with Verge and associating a currency with porn pretty much gives the game away as to why you’d spend it. Further, the extensive marketing efforts make PornHub look far more interesting than Verge, especially since Verge shares the same name with the Verge tech site, something that is bound to confuse average buyers. Finally, you get no real benefit from paying with Verge and, in fact, you can’t get your Verge refunded if you decide you no longer want to pay $9.99 a month for premium PR()N.

Ultimately this is better for porn than it is for cryptocurrency. PornHub gets a little bit of a media boost and cryptocurrencies — including Bitcoin, Ether and ICO tokens — look like the only source for porn. While VHS and the internet grew out of porn, cryptocurrencies are already well-established and they don’t need any more “sin” associated with them. You can also pay for a number of services with crypto, including Flirt4Free, a cam girl site associated with LiveJasmin. Given that a series of stars in big trucks will be rolling through the U.S. over the next few months promoting cryptocurrencies — that $2 million had to go somewhere — it could be positive for crypto uptake but very bad for crypto perception.

While I agree that crypto needs a shot in the arm and a sense of mission, I doubt making it easier to see naked people is quite it. I’d like to see real remittances, real real estate transactions and even real voting systems put in place. Until then, however, stunts like this do little to help.

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How to try GPU-accelerated live visuals in a few steps, for free

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The growing power of gaming architectures for visuals has a side benefit: it can produce elaborate visuals without touching the CPU, which is busy on musicians’ machines dealing with sound.

But how do you go about exploring some of that power? The code language spoken natively by the GPU is a little frightening at first. Fortunately, you can actually have a play in a few minutes. It’s easy enough that I prepared this lightning tutorial:

I shared this with the #RazerMusic program as it’s in fact a good artistic application for laptops with gaming architectures – and it’s terrific having that NVIDIA GTX 1060 with 6 GB of memory. (This example can’t even begin to show that off, in fact.) These steps will work on the Mac, too, though.

I’m stealing a demo here. Isadora creator Mark Coniglio showed off his team’s GLSL support more or less like this when they unveiled the feature at the Isadora Werkstatt a couple of summers ago. But Isadora, while known among a handful of live visualists and people working with dance and theater tech, itself I think is underrated. And sure enough, this support makes the powers of GLSL friendly to non-programmers. You can grab some shader code and then modify parameters or combine with other effects, modular style, without delving into the code itself. Or if you are learning (or experienced, even) with GLSL, Isadora provides an uncommonly convenient environment to work with graphics-accelerated generative visuals and effects.

If you’re not quite ready to commit to the tool, Isadora has a full-functioning demo version so you can get this far – and look around and decide if buying a license is right for you. What I do like about it is, apart from some easy-to-use patching powers, Isadora’s scene-based architecture works well in live music, theater, dance, and other performance arts. (I still happily use it alongside stuff like Processing, Open Frameworks, and Touch Designer.)

There is a lot of possibility here. And if you dig around, you’ll see pretty radically different aesthetics are possible, too.

Here’s an experiment also using mods to the GLSL facility in Isadora, by Czech artist Gabriela Prochazka (as I jam on one of my tunes live).

Resources:

https://troikatronix.com/

https://www.shadertoy.com/

Planning to do more like this, so open to requests!

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A viral video that appeared to show Obama calling Trump a ‘dips—‘ shows a disturbing new trend called ‘deepfakes’

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  • BuzzFeed published a video that appeared to show former US President Barack Obama cursing and calling President Donald Trump names, but revealed the clip was actually fabricated using emerging video-editing technology.
  • The voice of director and actor Jordan Peele was actually used in the video, which had been inserted into an original clip of Obama, effectively creating a "deepfake" — aka a video of someone saying or doing something that didn’t happen.
  • This technology, widely being called "the future of fake news," is already being used in controversial ways, including to insert the faces of celebrities into pornography.

A realistic-looking video that seemed to show former President Barack Obama cussing and calling President Donald Trump a "total and complete dips—," went viral on Tuesday, bringing attention to the dangers of a controversial video-editing technology that many have called "the future of fake news."

About halfway through the video, originally published by BuzzFeed, it is revealed that Obama had actually not uttered those words and that they were actually said by "Get Out" director and writer Jordan Peele, whose voice and mouth had been digitally inserted into an original — much less scandalous — video of the former president.

Here’s the full video:

Peele, BuzzFeed, and Monkeypaw Productions used a controversial but widely available software to make the video, in an effort to demonstrate the dangers of "deepfakes," aka digitally manipulated videos that have the power to "make it look like anyone is saying [or doing] anything at any point in time," that didn’t actually happen. According to BuzzFeed, the video took 56 hours to make, along with the assistance of a professional video editor.

"So the good news is it still requires a decent amount of skill, processing power, and time to create a really good ‘deepfake,’" said BuzzFeed’s news-media editor, Craig Silverman, in a post that accompanied the video.

Unfortunately, this technology is already being used by nonexperts for nefarious purposes, including inserting the faces of celebrities into pornographic videos, creating, in some instances, very convincing and disturbing results.

Deepfakes are most commonly created with the free AI software, FakeApp, that was popularized in forums dedicated to the sharing of fake videos on Reddit and Discord, and first reported on by Motherboard in December 2017. The software requires a large number of photos of the person whom the user wishes to insert into a video, so celebrities and public figures — like former presidents — have become naturally easy targets.

Even beyond nonconsensual pornography, the greatest potential dangers for this technology have only begun to emerge. Many experts have begun to ask what this technology, along with sophisticated audio editing, could mean for the future of fake news and media in general.

"It may sound basic, but how we move forward in the age of information is going to be the difference between whether we survive or whether we become some kind of f—ed-up dystopia," says Peele, in unison with the artificial Obama, who eerily and convincingly utters the same words.

SEE ALSO: Discord just shut down a chat group dedicated to sharing porn videos edited with AI to include celebrities

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Google’s DIY kits for building your own AI gadgets just got a big upgrade

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  • Google’s AIY Projects program — a combination of DIY (do it yourself) and AI (artificial intelligence) — have announced a revamped set of build-it-yourself kits, aiming to bring computer science and programming to the masses.
  • The kits include all the tech, accessories, and instructions required to build a voice-activated speaker or an image-recognizing camera, both powered by Google AI.

Google just released a new and revamped selection of build-it-yourself AI hardware kits and a new app to help configure them, while also promising to continue to help bring programming and computer science skills to the classroom. 

"We’re taking the first of many steps to help educators integrate AIY into STEM lesson plans and help prepare students for the challenges of the future by launching a new version of our AIY kits," wrote Billy Rutledge, director of AIY projects, in Tuesday’s announcement.

The "AIY" kits (short for DIY + AI), will still feature Google’s trademark cardboard shells, and start at $50.

With the Voice kit, introduced last year, anyone can build a smart speaker you can talk to, powered by Google Assistant, similar to a Google Home mini. The new Vision kit includes a camera and allows the user to build a device that can recognize faces and over a thousand "common objects," like bananas and screwdrivers.

Both kits will now include a Raspberry Pi micro-computer, a USB connector cable and pre-provisioned SD card — all parts that were previously sold separately — and will come with "clearer" instructions to make setup easier for first-time builders.

Google also announced a new app available in Google Play that will help builders configure their devices, although the kits are still compatible with a monitor, mouse, and keyboard.

While computer science enthusiasts on Twitter have already shown excitement for the new kits, Rutledge suggests the kits are mainly geared toward classrooms and made for young STEM learners.

"We’re seeing continued demand for the kits, especially from the STEM audience where parents and teachers alike have found the products to be great tools for the classroom," said Rutledge. "The changing nature of work in the future means students may have jobs that haven’t yet been imagined, and we know that computer science skills, like analytical thinking and creative problem solving, will be crucial."

SEE ALSO: Google says this $45 cardboard box has artificial intelligence that can watch your dog and guard your house

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Scientists think these meteorite diamonds formed on a long-lost planet

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Scientists studying a meteorite fragment that fell to Earth in 2008 have found evidence that suggests it may have originated from a Mercury-sized planet that no longer exists. The makeup of a meteorite — the elements it contains, what ratios they’re in — can usually point us to where it came from, like say the moon or Mars. But there are a set of meteorites, including the one collected in 2008, that have no known origin, appearing to be from a planetary body that has since been destroyed and purged from our solar system. "These samples are coming from an era that we don’t have any access to," Farhang Nabiei, a researcher on the project, told The Washington Post.

To get a better idea of this meteorite’s history, scientists used transmission electron microscopy to study its composition and they found deposits of chromite, phosphate and iron-nickel-sulfide trapped within diamonds contained in the meteorite. And those observations gave them some clues as to how the diamonds formed. Their work was published today in Nature Communications.

Diamonds are often found in this family of meteorites, but they’re usually pretty tiny. And researchers say there are three main ways they can form — during a major collision, through the deposit of chemical vapor or through sustained high pressure and temperature, like the way diamonds form here on Earth. The size of the diamonds in this meteorite, which were larger than others’, aren’t compatible with the first two methods, meaning they likely formed through high pressure within some sort of major astronomical body. And the metal deposits found within them would likely have formed in a young planet at least the size of Mercury and maybe as large as Mars, according to the researchers.

Models have predicted that a number of protoplanets existed during the early years of our solar system and that through accretions and collisions helped form the existing terrestrial planets and some of their moons. Though there’s no way to know what exactly happened to the "lost" planet that formed these diamonds, it was likely destroyed through collisions billions of years ago. But it’s history is part of our history. "This is part of the story of how we came to be," said Nabiei.

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Source: Nature Communications

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