Scoot Over Bugatti, America Is In The House With Our Own Badass New 1,750 HP, All-Carbon Hypercar


Bugatti may have just unveiled their new $5.8 million hypercar, but SSC North America, an AMERICAN company, ALSO just unveiled its brand-spanking new Tuatara hypercar, a 1,750 HP hypercar, that they hope to use to beat Hennessey, Koenigsegg, Bugatti and McLaren, among others, to the 300 mph top speed barrier.

A little background: SSC North America, which used to be called Shelby SuperCars Inc., was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in West Richland, Washington. In 2007, their Ultimate Aero TT posted the official Guinness World Record for fastest production car at 256.18 mph (since broken by the Koenigsegg Agera RS with a speed of 277.87 mph).

Now, SSC is putting all of their efforts behing the new Tuatara, which boasts a ridiculous 1,750 horsepower using E85 fuel and 1,350 horsepower on 91 octane fuel.

SSC writes on their website, “The twin-turbo 5.9 liter V8 engine is a flat-plane crank configuration, designed by SSC North America and engineered and assembled in collaboration with Nelson Racing Engines. As engineering specifications are surpassed and verified, SSC has full confidence in the Tuatara’s goal of exceeding 300 mph with a margin of error.”

“Full confidence in the Tuatara’s goal of exceeding 300 mph.” That is a bold claim, and one we’ve heard before from other car manufacturers.

The all carbon fiber body and chassis of the Tuatara also gives it a drag coefficient of just 0.279 versus the Bugatti Chiron (0.36), Koenigsegg Agera (0.33) and Hennessey Venom F5 (0.33).

Production of the SSC Tuatara, which will be limited to a 100 unit production run, is set to begin, according to the company, though no specific date (or price) has been given yet.



YouTube launches a suite of fundraising tools


YouTube today announced a suite of new features designed to offer creators and their fans new ways to contribute to charitable causes. This includes beta versions of new fundraising and campaign matching tools, as well as a variation of YouTube’s Super Chat service, called “Super Chat for Good.”

Explains the company, YouTube creators have already been using its video platform to raise awareness about causes they care about, and bring their communities together. The launch of YouTube Giving, as this combined toolset is called, will now allow them to do more by making it easier for fans to donate to over 1 million nonprofits.

With Fundraisers, YouTube creators and qualifying U.S. nonprofits (registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits) will be able to create fundraising campaigns that are embedded next to their YouTube videos.

Directly beneath the video, viewers will see a “Donate” button that will allow them contribute to the campaign. YouTube says it will handle the logistics and payment processing.

This is rolling out now to a small group of U.S. and Canadian creators during this beta. One example, live now, is a Hope for Paws Fundraiser that’s raising funds towards animal rescue and recovery.

During the beta, YouTube will cover all transaction fees, allowing 100% of donations to reach the nonprofits.

Community Fundraisers, now launching in beta to U.S. creators, will allow YouTubers to team up together to co-host the same fundraiser. The feature set here is similar to regular fundraisers, but is designed so the fundraiser appears at the same time across all participants’ videos. It will also display how much money all communities have raised together.

This is being kicked off with a group fundraiser by a dozen gaming creators who will raise money from their 37 million subscribers for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Campaign Matching has yet launched, but will soon allow creators to organize fundraisers where they can receive matching pledges from other creators, brands, and businesses to increase how much they’re able to raise.

The matching pledges and who they’re from will also be displayed as part of this feature. This is expected to arrive in the weeks ahead, says YouTube.

Another new addition leverages YouTube’s existing Super Chat system, which allows fans to pay to have their comments highlighted. In Super Chat for Good, 100% of viewers’ Super Chat purchases will go towards the nonprofit the creator is supporting.

YouTube says it will take in feedback from the community and expand the features to more creators over the next few months.

Online fundraising is a popular activity today across sites like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Patreon. Facebook also entered the market a couple of years ago. In mid-2016 it rolled out the ability for its users to raise funds for nonprofits they support, before later expanding this fundraising toolset set to live video, and broadening the types of fundraisers people could host.

Facebook charges platform fees on some of these fundraisers, except for those for charitable organizations.

YouTube says it also won’t charge fees during the beta, but declined to tell us what its plans for fees are when the beta period wraps.


from TechCrunch

Meet the little-known group inside of Google that’s fighting terrorists and trolls all across the web (GOOG, GOOGL)


Jigsaw, Patricia Georgiou

  • Google and its parent company Alphabet are well aware that the internet has been a boon to bad people who want to do bad things. 
  • Alphabet employs a little-known group called Jigsaw, with a mandate to create tech to combat terrorist recruitment, misinformation and hate speech on social media and beyond. 
  • Its tools attempt to do everything from protecting journalists to spreading facts.

On Patricia Georgiou’s first day at Google-parent company Alphabet, she went to the office, grabbed her employee badge, and ran right back out to the airport for a trip to Iraq to interview terrorists. 

She was thrilled.

"I spent one week in Kurdistan interviewing ISIS defectors: former ISIS fighters who went to the caliphate to become suicide bombers," she told Business Insider.

During that time, she and the other Alphabet staffers on her new team learned how and why the defectors initially became radicalized and the role technology played in recruiting them.

It was exactly the kind of work Georgiou dreamed of doing when she applied to Google in 2016, braving its infamous battery of job interviews to land a spot as Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at Jigsaw — the not-so-well-known team of security specialists at Alphabet, with a big, ambitious mission: Ensuring that technology is used for good.  

Fighting terrorists

Georgiou is an international law and business expert who speaks five languages, including Arabic and Armenian, and has lived all over the world.

isis pamphletShe first became aware of Jigsaw after it was born in 2010 as Google Ideas, under founder Jared Cohen. 

Cohen is a counter-terrorism expert who worked under both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. He came to Google as the tech giant began to realize that the internet was a double-edged sword, just as capable of helping spread information as it was of enabling bad people to do bad things. 

The group was originally trying to counter the rising wave of terrorists using social media and the web to radicalize people. 

Jigsaw’s work has since expanded to counter other misuse of the web, such as booting internet trolls from web forums. It is also working to protect news or political websites from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks — a common technique where bad guys make a website inaccessible by overloading it with fake web traffic.

The Redirect Method

That first week on the job, when she flew to Iraq for her interviews, was "fascinating," Georgiou describes, but it was "also really useful" to talk to people who were recruited in that way.

"Thanks to these insights, we’ve developed something called the ‘Redirect Method,’" she says, now used by organizations across the globe. 

Rather than just removing that recruitment content, Jigsaw’s method advises education. Anyone searching for that content is shown videos and ads that debunk the propaganda, instead. 

This method is really important, she says, because of how many young people were getting drawn in by promises of honor and glory if they left their existing life behind and joined the fight. 

"You think of an ISIS terrorist as this old guy. But they were all like 20-21, they were kids," she says referring to the people she interviewed."They really thought they were going to Muslim Disneyland."

They were promised a "perfect religious world," but "instead they wind up in this place of war and terror and dictatorship where they take away your phone and burn your passport and you can’t even leave if you want to and you are tortured or you have to kill people," she says.

That research taught the Jigsaw team that the most powerful way to combat radicalism wasn’t to remove content, but to help would-be terrorists get a sense of the reality of what they’re signing up for.

Trolls and conspiracies

For Google, a lot of the problems that Jigsaw is tackling hit close to home. Its YouTube service, for instance, has come under broad criticism for how its algorithm can surface misinformation and conspiracy theories, in its endless and automated quest to show you more of what it thinks you’ll be interested in. It also means that someone who watches one conspiracy theory video will be served up way more of them, deepening the viewer inside an insular echo chamber.

YouTube moon landingBut YouTube has taken advantage of Jigsaw’s Redirect Method to fight these effects. 

It has begun to surround so-called misinformation and conspiracy videos with links and context in the hopes to inform the viewer, it said in July.

Some have argued that these tactics aren’t enough and that YouTube needs to do more to outright ban these people from its platform — much like it eventually banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones earlier this month after days of controversy.

But Georgiou is encouraged by YouTube’s work to defend against misuse, she says, and by the investment Alphabet is making in Jigsaw. Its crew has grown from six people when she joined, to about 60 today.

"Obviously, it’s not an easy problem to solve because on YouTube alone there are 300 hours of videos that are uploaded every minute, and hundreds of millions of comments uploaded to Facebook and Twitter every minute," she said. "Even if you hired the entire humanity to review every single thing on the internet there would not be enough."

But, she says, she believes the internet companies really are taking their role seriously. "There are a lot of different initiatives being done in this area," she says.

For instance, there’s an industry effort called the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which includes YouTube, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and others. And there are other efforts, like Share the Facts, which helps fact-checkers work and share their results across the internet and is used by Google News.

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How to Learn to Swim as an Adult


If you never learned to swim, it’s not too late. In this video, we follow Terry, 35, who never got around to learning to swim, and JR, 30, who’s been afraid of the water since nearly drowning as a child. They start by learning basic swimming safety in the shallow end of the pool, overcome fears of the water and of being in front of strangers in a bathing suit, and by the last day they’re swimming, for real, in the deep end. Jealous? Look for adult swimming classes at your local pool, Red Cross, or YMCA.

from Lifehacker

A dominant shark lurks in the deep, dark ocean. Meet the sixgill.


On a balmy Caribbean evening in August, crew members aboard the the 184-foot exploration vessel the Alucia tied dead fish to the front of a small yellow submarine. 

They tightly wound the fish to a metal pole extending out from the undersea craft to tempt whatever might be lurking, three thousand feet below.

But Dean Grubbs, one of the researchers preparing the bait, didn’t intend to catch anything. Grubbs, a shark scientist at Florida State University, only hoped to attract a little-seen creature that largely dwells in the lightless ocean depths: the sixgill shark.

“They’re one of the oldest lineages of living sharks. That, by itself, makes them cool,” Grubbs, who with his long black hair and dark beard looks like he would fit right in at an Iron Maiden concert, said.

Unlike the charismatic sharks often spotted near the surface — hammerheads, great whites, and tiger sharks — the sixgill spends most of its life in the deep ocean, some 700 feet to 3,200 feet (200 to 1,000 meters) below the surface. It’s not easy to understand the sixgills, though Grubbs has glimpsed the sharks’ mysterious existence by tagging their dorsal fins with GPS devices.

OceanX lead scientist Vince Pieribone and sub pilot Lee Frey accompany Mashable's Mark Kaufman on an earlier dive.

OceanX lead scientist Vince Pieribone and sub pilot Lee Frey accompany Mashable’s Mark Kaufman on an earlier dive.

Image: Bubby Pavlo/OceanX Media

Far under the sea, the sixgill has carved out a niche as the biggest, dominant predator of the deep tropical and temperate latitudes — a huge swath of ocean.

It’s mostly lightless down there, at least to humans. But the sixgills, and their creepy, vivid green eyes, are adapted to this black world. 

“It’s pitch dark to us, but to them, it’s daylight,” said Grubbs.

This species of shark is also ancient. At some 200 million years old the sixgill — so named for its sixth gill when most sharks have five — predates most dinosaurs.

Beyond their mystique, Grubbs has good reason to seek out these sharks. 

For years he’s been tracking where these ancient creatures go, why they go there, and the role they play in the deeps. But this requires catching the massive beasts, hauling them to the surface on a fishing line, and attaching a GPS tracker to their dorsal fin before releasing them back into the water. 

It rattles them, said Grubbs. 

So he’s come aboard the exploration vessel Alucia, operated by the deep sea exploration organization OceanX, to try a new idea. He’ll meet the sixgills where they live, thousands of feet beneath the surface. As the sharks swoop by to investigate the dead fish attached to the submersible, Grubbs will attempt to tag them with a GPS dart. 

Credit: Cape Eleuthera Island School/OceanX Media

On that evening at sea in August, Grubbs climbed through the hatch atop the Alucia and sat down inside the craft’s big bubble, which is sandwiched between two yellow slabs holding cameras and propellers. 

The bubble may initially appear vulnerable, but it’s built out of seven-inch thick plexiglass, designed to withstand the unrelenting weight of water pressing down on the craft, and the three occupants inside. 

Using a great hook dangling from the Alucia’s crane, submarine crew members raised the submersible into the air before gently plopping it into the Caribbean waters off of Eleuthera, a long, thin island in the eastern Bahamas. 

A wild-haired diver leapt off the Alucia’s nearby dinghy to unhitch the bobbing submersible from the crane, and then Grubbs, along with another scientist and submarine pilot, began to sink beneath the surface, and soon disappeared. 

Credit: OceanX Media

The submersible dropped down to the ocean floor like a space capsule parachuting down to Earth in slow motion. 

All is still in this forever wilderness, save the robotic sounds of the submersible. At first, an omnipresent blue glow pervades everything, dying human skin an alien, indigo color. Then, the light dims to dusk as the craft continues its descent. Eventually, there’s little to no light. Here, the sixgills dwell.

Down in the dark, one realizes why the sixgills evolved eons ago, but remain unchanged. They had no need to evolve.

“They’ve been living in a pretty constant environment for a very, very long time,” Chip Cotton, a marine scientist who also researches sixgills, but took no part in this expedition, said in an interview. 

On the surface, volcanoes rumble, continents collide, ice ages pass, and warfare ensues. But the sixgill shark, who holds dominion over this distant black realm, doesn’t flinch. 

A bluntnose sixgill's serrated teeth and vivid green eye. There are three known species of sixgills.

A bluntnose sixgill’s serrated teeth and vivid green eye. There are three known species of sixgills.

The shark has spent millions years passing lethargically through the deep sea, said Cotton. And for good reason. 

“If you think about energy expenditures, food is kind of a luxury down there,” explained Cotton, saying that the creatures don’t needlessly waste energy by zipping around the sea floor.

The sixgills are masters of eating the dead. Their teeth, which have remained mostly unaltered for some 200 million years, are uniquely designed for twisting and tearing off big chunks of fallen whales, or large dead fishes.

“It’s a good way to make a living,” said Cotton.

Down in the dark, Grubbs waited patiently for the sixgills to arrive at the submersible. 

The night before, a curious sixgill swam right in front of him, just beyond the glass bubble. But he couldn’t get off a safe shot to tag the shark on its cartilaginous fins. The shark only exposed its underbelly, an area Grubbs didn’t want to risk harming.

Still, when Grubbs returned to the surface, he considered the mission a success. It almost worked. 

Now, down in the depths again for five hours, Grubbs hoped other sixgills would be tempted by the easy meal perched directly in front of the submersible, and within sight of the dart guns. 

Credit: Cape Eleuthera Island School/OceanX Media

But on this night, no sixgills came to visit the bait. 

Grubbs mused they needed to bring a larger hunk of meat, perhaps a pig. 

Yet, the mission wasn’t a failure. It’s precisely the type of experiment that interests OceanX, which in 2012 captured the first and only footage of the legendary giant squid wrapping its tentacles around part of the very same submersible Grubbs sat in.

“We’re into trying unprecedented things out there,” Vincent Pieribone, a Yale neuroscientist who oversees OceanX’s science operations, said in an interview. “What’s interesting to us is the untested, high-risk, high-reward type stuff.”

Grubbs hopes to return to realm of the sixgills again, and give the mission another shot.

Protecting the sixgills

Sharks that live in deep waters are generally vulnerable to overfishing. They get caught in nets like other fish, and hauled to the surface.

But not the sixgill. These large sharks have been mostly safe in their dark realms. Here, they’re numerous, but hard to find.

“We don’t go to their house often looking for them, so they’re perceived as rare,” said Cotton. 

They’re generally too big to catch, and too strong for hooks and lines, said Grubbs.

But every once in a while, someone accidentally snags a sixgill, and they take the sharks’ valuable livers.

Credit: Edie Widder and Dean Grubbs

“They throw the rest overboard,” said Grubbs. “The rationalization was the sharks were going to die anyways,” due to the trauma of being caught and taken from their usual waters.

But Grubbs wondered, is that true?

In 2005, he decided to do something that had never been done in order to figure out an answer to that question. He wanted to catch the elusive sixgill sharks, to see if they could survive the trauma after being forced out of the water.

Grubbs was told that it simply could not be done. Capturing a large deep sea shark is a daunting task. Doing it many times is beyond reason.

“We took that as a challenge,” said Grubbs.

Grubbs set out at sea, and has since caught 23 sixgills in an ongoing project that continues today. 

After releasing them into the water with GPS tags, he found 90 percent of them survived, and continued roaming the depths. 

It seemed sixgills needn’t be slaughtered just because they were hauled to the surface.

“Lo and behold, that assumption was totally wrong,” said Cotton. 

Dean Grubbs in Hawaiian waters with a sixgill shark.

Dean Grubbs in Hawaiian waters with a sixgill shark.

In their dark ocean homes, the sixgills might be king, but it’s not as if other predators aren’t lurking in these waters.

Tiger sharks, large dominant predators near the coast, sometimes venture into the sixgills’ realm. It’s likely they chew up smaller sixgills said Cotton. 

“I would be surprised if they didn’t,” he said, emphasizing that it might be the sixgills’ territory, but there are no walls keeping other predators out. 

“None of these things exist in a vacuum,” said Cotton. “Everything is interconnected in some way.” 

And in the a cold, lightless world where food is scarce and one eats what is available, both Grubbs and Cotton said the sixgills also hunt each other.

Even a monstrous 17-foot long sixgill Grubbs once hauled aboard a research vessel needs to look over its shoulder.

“There’s always a bigger predator,” he said. 


from Mashable!

Enter the Deepest, Darkest Parts of the Mind with Al Mefer’s ‘Phantoms of the Brain’


All images by Al Mefer. Used with Creative Commons permission.

It goes without saying that the brain is a powerful thing. Not only does it act as a big computer that controls our body, it sets us humans apart from other creatures as it lets us think and experience many different emotions. The brain lets us process our senses and feelings so we could come up with some of our most creative, possibly even game-changing ideas that could go as far as help the world one way or another.

But as we know, things are not always bright and sunny inside our heads. The brain, after all, is complex, too, and so sometimes everything gets jumbled in there. Conflicting thoughts and feelings could leave us struggling, confused, and overwhelmed – with some people experiencing worse than others.

If you have ever wondered how the brain of a tortured mind looks like, look no further than this photo series by Alicante, Spain-based visual artist Al Mefer titled Phantoms of the Brain.

With Phantoms of the Brain, Mefer, a neuroscientist himself, brings to light some of the darker thoughts and feelings usually spoken about in hushed voices – if not completely suppressed. He takes creative liberty in interpreting psychological disorders such as obsession, anxiety, and depression by combining trees, rays of light, fog, and color.

Using trees and light to symbolize these intangible states seemed a natural choice given that the most prominent part of a neuron is called the dendrite, from the Greek work déndron or tree, which transmits electrical signals to the cell body. Meanwhile, the fog that casts the photos acts as a perfect detail, a beautiful yet haunting visual metaphor for the dark and gloomy state that the mind goes into when it suffers turbulent thoughts.


The anatomist Wilhelm His coined the term “dendrites” (from Greek “déndron”, translated as “tree”) to describe the branch-like extensions of neurons, the basic units of the brain, that propagate electrochemical information towards other cells. Since then, neuroscientists employ the simile of the tree to describe neurons as of their structural resemblance. In this photography series called “Phantoms of the Brain” trees are depicted in turbulent landscapes full of fog and rays of light as imagery of a mind sickened by obsessions, anxiety, depression and despair.

Don’t forget to visit Al Mefer’s website or Behance portfolio to see more of his work.

from The Phoblographer

Medical breakthroughs we will see in the next 50 years


How would you like to regrow limbs, or save babies born prematurely? What if a pig could help you with a replacement heart? The future of medicine may make all this possible, and more. Following is a transcript of the video.

In the last century, we’ve eradicated smallpox and learned how to transplant hearts from one human to another. But we still have a long way to go. Here are some medical breakthroughs we may see in the next 50 years.

First up: Saving premature babies10% of newborns in America are born too soon. Many die. And those who do survive usually face a lifetime of health issues. But researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are working on a solution.

In 2017, they created artificial wombs for premature lamb fetuses. After 4 weeks in the artificial womb, the fetuses had: More well-developed organs, started to grow a wool coat, and some even opened their eyes. In the future, a similar setup could help premature human babies fully develop after birth as well.

Next in line is to solve the organ shortage crisis. Thousands of Americans die each year waiting for a transplant. To end this, a team of researchers are trying to grow human organs inside of pigs. Turns out, pigs have organs that are similar in size to some human organs. And can mature faster — in just 9 months. For comparison, it takes years for those same organs to mature in humans. This would make it possible to grow more organs for transplants, more quickly. But it’s not easy for cells from one species to survive inside another.

Which is why it was a big deal when researchers successfully grew human stem cells inside a pig embryo in 2016. This human-pig hybrid was the first major step in the right direction. But harvesting organs from pigs may not be the only option for transplant candidates. Another group of researchers out of Massachusetts’s Worcester Polytechnic Institute have turned spinach leaves into this [show].

Which could become a way to heal damaged organs, instead of replacing them all together. You see, the spinach leaves have a network of veins that, ordinarily, transport water through the plant.  But here, researchers filled the veins with a red dye, similar to blood. And replaced the plant cells with muscle cells from a human heart, which, in the process, turned the plant translucent. The muscle cells then started pumping the red dye through the veins as if they were blood vessels in a real heart!

Now, this is just the beginning. But the researchers envision healing damaged organs and tissue with plant grafts using everything from spinach to broccoli.

Last but not least is perhaps the most ambitious mission of all: regeneration. An estimated 185,000 amputations happen each year in the US. And while prosthetics are growing increasingly advanced, they can’t replace the real thing. Which is why scientists have recently taken an interest in a special type of salamander, called the axolotl. Which can regrow just about anything including limbs, lungs, and even its eyes. And scientists are finally starting to unlock the axolotl’s secret by identifying the genes that are responsible for its regeneration superpowers.

Hoping that, maybe one day, we could genetically engineer a drug that emulates the same regrowth in humans. Whether it’s saving lives or improving them, modern medicine certainly has an interesting future ahead.


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Poll Of 2,000 Air Travelers Reveals The Top 20 Ways To Beat Jet Lag After A Long-Haul Flight

Top 20 Ways To Beat Jet Lag


Avoiding alcohol, exercising on the plane and eating cherries have been named in a list of ways to combat jet lag, according to a new study.

A poll of 2,000 adults who have experienced jet lag found more than eight in 10 have struggled with severe fatigue after a long-distance flight.

Other methods employed include drinking lots of water, giving caffeine the heave-ho and sleeping on the plane as much as possible.

The study was conducted by Love Fresh Cherries, the industry body which supplies cherries to UK supermarkets – in association with NW Cherries.

Registered nutritionist, Anita Bean, said, “Jet lag occurs when your internal body clock becomes disrupted due to crossing time zones. The main symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, digestive problems, appetite changes and concentration and memory problems. There’s no cure for jet lag but there are steps you can take before, during and after the flight to help minimize the effects.”

Other techniques to get body-clocks back on track include keeping watches set to the time back home and staying awake until pre-travel bedtime.

It also emerged, 44 percent have been unable to sleep the night after returning from a different time zone. On average it takes those polled more than three days to get back to equilibrium after flying long-haul. And it typically sets them back nine hours of sleep each time they suffer a case of dreaded jet lag.

Top 20 Ways Beat Jet Lag


Three in 10 polled have struggled to concentrate when returning to work and a tenth have even suffered anxiety brought on by shifting time zones after travel. Three in 10 have nodded off at work, a fifth have felt their eyes droop while sitting on the toilet and a quarter have even fallen asleep behind the wheel of their car. In 16 percent of cases the jet lag was so bad exhausted employees had to phone in sick for work.

One in 10 have struggled with constipation and a third have suffered from a debilitating headache, a quarter of tired jet lag sufferers said the condition makes them feel frustrated, and nearly four in 10 claimed it leaves them feeling totally unproductive.

Nearly half admitted jet lag makes them more irritable and 20 percent feel a general heightening of emotion, while a quarter of respondents have fallen asleep somewhere unusual due to fatigue from jet lag.

Studies have shown cherries can help prevent jet lag because they are one of the only natural sources of melatonin – a hormone which helps regulate sleep patterns.

Anita Bean added, “Research has found that drinking tart cherry juice twice a day raises the body’s level of sleep-inducing melatonin and can increase sleep time by more than 80 minutes a night. The extra melatonin may help your body fight jet lag and regulate its natural sleep cycle when you arrive in your new time zone.”

1. Force yourself to stay awake until bedtime when you get home
2. Sleep as much as possible on the flight
3. Walk around on the plane
4. Avoid alcohol on the plane
5. Drink more water than usual on the plane, and following the flight
6. Make sure to stay in general good physical fitness before travel
7. Avoid caffeine on the plane
8. Do exercises on the plane
9. Keep your watch set to your home/normal time when on vacation
10. Avoid alcohol when you get home
11. Take extra vitamins/supplements before, during or after the flight
12. Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables on the plane
13. Avoid caffeine when you get home
14. Eat ginger before, during or after the flight
15. Exercise more following the flight
16. Take sleeping pills when you can’t sleep
17. Force yourself back to work early after the flight
18. Eat goji berries before, during or after the flight
19. Eat cherries before, during or after the flight
20. Arrange parties/social occasions to force yourself to stay active after the flight

Instagram Photo


• Gradually change your sleep routine – start going to bed and getting up an hour or so earlier or later than usual, in line with the time of your destination.
• Try to eat your meals in line with – or at least closer to – the new time zone.
• Avoid eating a large meal just before traveling.

• Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic non-caffeinated drinks – being properly hydrated will help offset the effects of jet lag.
• Skip in-flight meals – this will cause your body clock to temporarily reset and help you adjust to the new time zone faster. If you can’t go without food that long, keep your meals light and sync them to the local meal times.
• Avoid drinking coffee and energy drinks as too much caffeine disrupts your sleep and can make jet lag worse.
• Flying overnight? Try to sleep in the early or middle part of your flight but make sure you wake up at least 10 to 12 hours before the planned bedtime in your new time zone.
• Unplug in the air – exposure to blue light can disrupt your sleeping pattern and make jet lag symptoms worse.

• Eat cherries or drink cherry juice. Cherries are one of the only natural sources of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate our sleep patterns.
• Go outside. Get lots of daylight exposure, ideally in the morning (aim for a minimum of 20 minutes) – natural light will help your body clock adjust quicker.
• The best way to get yourself on to the new time zone as quickly as possible is to stay up until a normal bedtime. Push through tiredness and avoid the urge to nap longer than an hour during the daytime as this will make your jet lag feel worse.
• Start eating meals at the normal times for your new time zone as this will help reset your body clock
• Get moving. Doing some exercise soon after arriving at your destination, will make you feel more alert during the day and help reset your body clock more quickly.


Free Ableton Live add-ons will f*** up your mixes and insult you


That headline isn’t a mistake. If you’ve ever wanted a plug-in to f*** up your mixes, sabotage you, insult you, or “get passive aggressive,” this free collection of Max for Live Devices is for you.

Not to completely spoil the results here, but as I write this, my screen is covered with virtual bees. I cannot make the bees go away. I thought the “bees” instrument was going to make some sounds, but instead it has brought bees onto my screen, both inside and outside Ableton Live.

That’s the sort of results you can expect from Really Useful Plugins.

ru.bomb will take your mix and completely f*** it up, as my headline promises. is basically an onscreen version of the nagging doubts inside your head.


That is way too much f***ing reverb.

And that’s just the beginning.

Simon Kitmine and David Synth bring you 12 instruments, audio effects and midi effects for Ableton Live, featuring:

Self importance!
Ways to magically sound like everyone else!
The Chuckle Brothers!
Annoying insects!
Passive aggression!

Really Useful Plugins Set #1 now available!

How much would you pay for such a collection? $99? $299? $999 for a multi-seat license? Well, it’s … free, for some reason. (Can’t imagine why. Free as in bees. Erm, beer.)

Max for Live is required, so Live Suite or Live with the M4L add-on. I’ve said before that’s worth it. Now, there’s no doubt.

You know, it really is too much reverb.


PS, if you appreciate this kind of insight, definitely check out #gothscreenshots:

It’s the curated collection of digital artist Sougwen, who has also participated at Ableton Loop, bringing this all full circle.

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