Earth’s night-light, aka the moon, is pretty awesome. The U.S. was able to land on it in 1969, plant its flag, and take a picture for the memories. That means the moon belongs to the United States, right? We talked to a space lawyer to find out. Read more…
I think I’ve owned at least ten guitar tuners over the course of my lifetime. I guess technically I still own ten, because I haven’t officially gotten rid of any of them. I also couldn’t tell you where a single one is right now.
If you’re like me and can’t manage to keep track of the things, or maybe you never owned one to begin with, Alexa can work in a pinch if you need to do a quick tune of your guitar.
The skill Guitar Tuner works essentially like that tiny tuner you keep in your pocket. It will play a note that’s in tune, and then you can adjust the note on your guitar until it matches what it’s supposed to sound like.
The skill uses standard, A440 turning. Tuning starts on the low E string and then progresses through A, D, G, and B before ending on the high E string.
This is great for a quick tune-up while you’re already playing at home and want to check your tuning hands-free. However, if you’re in need of a serious turning then the notes might run through a little too fast to get it right.
For situations where you need to sit down and really work on your tuning, I recommend checking out Fender’s site or free app. It offers a number of different tunings, for not just acoustic guitars but also ukuleles and bass guitars, and can help when your tuner is MIA and you need some help getting in tune.
Full Disclosure: The worms seen above are not the 42,000-year-old worms that were recently discovered in real life, but rather worms that were featured in the 1993 episode of the X-Files TV show titled “Ice” that had parasitic ice worms found in Alaska that burrowed in people’s brains and controlled their violent behavior. Could the same thing happen with these real-life prehistoric worms? Maybe we really don’t want to know the answer to that question.
We take you to Russia where scientists claim that worms that were found frozen in permafrost that is approximately 41,700 years have come back to life. About 300 nematodes, or roundworms, were found frozen and since been revived by scientists. Two of the roundworms have come back to life, slithering and eating like it was 39,682 BC all over again. Imagine how refreshed you’d be after a 42,000-year nap?
Of the two reanimated worms, one was found at about 11-feet underground near the Alazeya River in 2015 and the other worm was found in 2002 in a fossil rodent burrow near the Kolyma River, about 100-feet underground. The Pleistocene creatures were stored at -4 degrees Fahrenheit in a laboratory then gradually warmed up to 68 degrees over several weeks where they were reanimated. DID NONE OF THESE SCIENTISTS WATCH TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL?!?!?
“Thus, our data demonstrate the ability of multicellular organisms to survive long-term (tens of thousands of years) cryobiosis under the conditions of natural cryoconservation,” the researchers said in a study published in Doklady Biological Sciences. So there’s hope that we could bring Ted Williams’ head back to life?
There’s speculation by critics that the radiocarbon-dated samples are 40,000-years-old, but possibly the organisms are not nearly as old. The Russian scientists speculate that thawing of the soil could not happen at the depths that they were found. This is it. This is how humans are exterminated. It won’t be a nuclear war, climate change, or AI that kills us, it will be reincarnated prehistoric worms.
While surveying whales and dolphins off the Hawaiian Islands, scientists spotted a creature they’ve never seen before: a peculiar hybrid between a dolphin and a small whale.
In 2017, before future naval officers trained on submarines in the waters around Kauai — a place called the Pacific Missile Range Facility — the U.S. Navy hired marine researchers from the Cascadia Research Collective to study the native animals in these seas. After encountering a large pod of melon-headed whales, the researchers tagged two of them, to see where they might go.
It was then that the researchers noticed something curious about one of the creatures. It wasn’t quite a melon-headed whale. Nor was it exactly a rough-toothed dolphin, which are common to the area.
They collected some tissue from the animal, and after returning to shore and performing genetic testing, discovered it wasn’t either species, but both.
The hybrid was especially rare because of its melon-headed genes: The toothed-whales are rarely seen in these Hawaiian waters, the researchers wrote. Both species belong to the Delphinidae (oceanic dolphin) family, but the report notes that cross-species unions between them are unusual: It’s only the third recorded example in the Delphinidae family, and the first between these two species.
The hybrid, however strange, certainly wasn’t treated as an outcast. The marine scientists tagged the hybrid with satellite tracking GPS, along with a companion, to see where they might go. And it appears they stayed together, travelling some 475 miles over eight days, and diving thousands of feet beneath the surface.
Drake’s “In My Feelings” joint has been a ginormous hit song, not just for the music, but also for the viral dance challenge that is associated with the track. Instagram star “The Shiggy Show” ignited the sensation by adding a simple dance to go along with the song and it has blown up. The dance was taken to new heights by Will Smith and the challenges have taken a different turn as of late by adding cars to the dance.
The #InMyFeelingsChallenge has evolved into dancing whilst ghost-riding the whip. People get out of their vehicle while it is still rolling and they do the Shiggy. People are attempting the #KekeChallenge, but some people are getting hurt by doing the stunt. Enough people have gotten hurt that the government has had to issue a warning to not attempt the Keke Challenge.
The National Transportation Safety Board, the government agency that “makes transportation safer by conducting independent accident investigations and advocating safety improvements, has posted a warning about the viral dare. “We have some thoughts about the #InMyFeelings challenge,” the NTSB said in a Facebook post. “#Distraction in any mode is dangerous & can be deadly. Whether you are a #driver, #pilot, or #operator, focus on safely operating your vehicle.”
Authorities in Abu Dhabi took it to another level by arresting three social media stars for performing the #KekeChallenge. They were charged with “endangered lives, offended public morals and violated the traffic law.”
A stern warning from the NTSB probably isn’t going to deter anyone from continuing from carrying out the #KekeChallenge. However, posting fail videos of people mauled while doing the “In My Feelings” Challenge might discourage a few people from attempting the viral dare. So for the sole reason of trying to dissuade people from injuring themselves and totally not to mock people playing stupid games and winning stupid prizes, here are some #KekeChallenge fail videos that ended horribly.
Just when you think the internet can’t get any weirder, it always does.
A recent internet trend is inspiring drivers all over the world to jump out of moving vehicles and dance in the street while a friend in the passenger seat films, and now transpiration officials and law enforcement are starting to speak out against the dangerous fad.
The viral phenomenon is called the #InMyFeelings Challenge, and is the latest — and possibly most dangerous — of the viral video dares, similar to the Cinnamon Challenge (which led to hundreds of teenagers eating a spoonful of pure cinnamon) or the Mannequin Challenge (in which a room full of people hold perfectly still while a moving camera person pans over each).
The challenge, sometimes also known as the #Keke, has caught the attention of social media users everywhere, along with cable news outlets like ABC and talk shows like Kelly and Ryan and The View, and is starting to be called out by law enforcement all over the country.
Fads like these always have a few iterations, but the videos all feature a short dance routine accompanied by the song "In my Feelings" from Drake’s latest album, "Scorpion," released July 29th. The dance was pioneered by online personality and comedian Shiggy, who posted this video of himself dancing in the street on Instagram the same night the song was released:
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The clip went viral, and countless fans and viewers — including celebrities like Will Smith, Ciara, and DJ Khaled — decided to imitate the stunt by dancing in increasingly impressive locations and under dangerous circumstances.
At some point, the challenge most commonly began to include people slowing their cars to a crawl, and then encouraging their friends to hop out and dance alongside the vehicle.
Here’s Jung "J-Hope" Ho-seok, a member of the South Korean boy band BTS, doing the challenge in its most commonly seen form:
Things took a turn for the worst when people started upping the ante, as always happens with internet challenges like these. People started doing the dance after hopping out of the driver’s seat, and simply letting the car roll.
Here’s YouTube Creator Liza Koshy, performing the dangerous stunt, along with some extra theatrics:
It’s easy to imagine how this can go really wrong really fast. As a result of the challenge, there are now many videos of people falling on pavement, causing car accidents, and getting hit by oncoming vehicles on YouTube.
Connecticut State Police called the practice "distracted driving" and said it could lead to a reckless endangerment charge if a driver is caught in the act, according to FOX21.
Even the National Transportation Safety Board posted a warning about the challenge on their official Twitter early this week: