Chirurgie esthétique : les adolescentes américaines y ont recours de plus en plus jeunesÉtats-Unis – Outre-Atlantique, ce ne sont pas moins de 12.000 injections de Botox qui ont été pratiquées sur des adolescentes en un an. Le Botox n’est pas seulement un traitement utilisé contre les rides : il peut également corriger certaines imperfections du visage. C’est cet usage que recherchent les adolescentes américaines, et ce dès l’âge de 13 ans pour les plus précoces. Elles voient là un moyen d’atteindre rapidement et simplement la beauté parfaite à laquelle elles aspirent. On appelle ce phénomène “teen toxic”.À lire aussiMédecine esthétique : un décret prévu pour fin juinLorsque la Food and Drug Administration avait autorisé l’usage du Botox à partir de 12 ans, c’était bien sûr dans un but thérapeutique. En effet, l’action de ce produit sur les muscles permettait de modérer certains problèmes gênants, comme la sudation ou le strabisme. Malheureusement, il y a eu de nombreux abus. Les enfants stars ne sont évidemment pas en reste. L’une des jeunes actrices de Glee, série diffusée en France sur Canal +, a avoué avoir recours à ces injections pour “paraître fraîche à l’écran”. La peur d’être “défraichie” à à peine 18 ans paraît pourtant bien irrationnelle. Le 14 août 2010 à 18:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les cancers les plus graves provoqués par un complexe de protéinesUn complexe de protéines serait à l’origine des cancers les plus graves. C’est en tout cas ce qu’auraient découvert des chercheurs canadiens.Les cancers du pancréas, du poumon et du côlon, parmi les cancers les plus graves, seraient dus à la transmission d’un “signal anormal” par un complexe de protéines. Telle est la découverte de chercheurs canadiens, qui ont publié leurs résultats dans la revue Cell d’octobre dernier.À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Pour parvenir à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont étudié le signal RAS/MARK, dont ils avaient pu observer la dérégulation dans plusieurs tumeurs. C’est à travers cette démarche qu’ils ont pu identifier un nouveau mécanisme. Celui-ci enverrait ainsi à travers le signal RAS/MARK un message erroné, qui provoquerait alors la prolifération des cellules.Les auteurs de l’étude explique à Relaxnews : “Notre étude démontre qu’un complexe de protéines, l’EJC, contrôle la production de la protéine MAPK, qui agit directement sur la cellule. Lorsque ce complexe est déficient, la voie de signalisation est inhibée ; ce qui empêche la prolifération désordonnée de la cellule à l’origine de plusieurs cancers. Si nous ciblons l’EJC et les facteurs qui régulent son activité, nous pourrions potentiellement empêcher la transmission de signaux anormaux”. Cette découverte pourrait ouvrir la voix à de nouveaux traitements plus ciblés.Le 26 octobre 2010 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les requins ont une ‘carte géographique mentale’ de leur environnementPubliée dans le Journal of Animal Ecology, une étude américaine montre, chez certaines espèces de squales, un grand sens de l’orientation et une représentation mentale de leur territoire, peut-être liée à une perception du champ magnétique terrestre.”Nos recherches montrent que les requins tigres et les requins renards ne nagent pas au hasard, mais vers des endroits précis. Autrement dit, ils savent où ils vont”, déclare Yannis Papastamatiou, directeur de recherche au Musée d’Histoire Naturelle de Gainesville (Floride). Équipant d’émetteurs acoustiques plusieurs requins, et utilisant des méthodes statistiques, son équipe a établi que ces deux espèces se font une ‘carte mentale’ de leur domaine vital, leur permettant des trajets précis jusqu’à des destinations éloignées de 50 kilomètres. Les trajets plus longs et plus précis chez les adultes que chez les juvéniles semblent indiquer une véritable construction mentale progressive, au fil du temps.”Ils doivent avoir un système de navigation plutôt bon, car les distances parcourues sont grandes. (…) le fait que bon nombre de ces trajets ont lieu de nuit indique que l’utilisation des champs magnétiques est une possibilité”, explique le Dr Papastamatiou. Mais, contrairement au thon albacore, par exemple, les squales ne semblent pas avoir, dans le cerveau, de magnétite, ce ‘capteur de champ magnétique’ naturel. Il est possible qu’ils utilisent plutôt des signaux tels que les courants océaniques, la température ou l’odeur de l’eau.Le 3 mars 2011 à 18:20 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des loups insulaires sauvés de la consanguinité aux Etats-UnisMises en ligne fin mars dans Proceedings of the Royal Society, les données concernant le suivi d’une population insulaire de loups du Lac Supérieur, durant des années, par deux chercheurs américains, montrent l’effet positif, rapide mais éphémère, de l’arrivée d’un nouveau mâle reproducteur dans cette population de canidés sauvages. Collectant systématiquement depuis 12 ans les excréments des loups du parc national de l’Isle Royale, situé sur une île isolée du lac Supérieur (États-Unis), John A. Vucetich et Rolf O. Peterson, de l’Université de Technologie du Michigan, ont un beau jour appris, par leurs collègues généticiens chargés d’étudier ces échantillons, qu’un “sang neuf” – un apport génétique extérieur – venait d’arriver parmi cette population lupine insulaire, habituellement coupée du monde.À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsLes observations de terrain confirmèrent les données moléculaires : surnommé “The Old Gray Guy” (“le Vieux Gris”) par les scientifiques, un mâle adulte du continent – empruntant sans doute un pont de glace – avait rejoint l’une des meutes de l’île, en devenant rapidement le ‘mâle alpha’ (le dominant).L’animal est mort depuis, en 2006. Mais il a laissé sa marque : il a engendré 34 rejetons et 22 petits-enfants. Aujourd’hui, 56 % du parc génétique de cette population insulaire lui est lié. En quelques générations à peine après l’arrivée du Vieux Gris, la consanguinité chronique chez les loups de l’île a chuté.Les chercheurs déplorent cependant une baisse (naturelle) des populations d’orignal, proie principale des loups de l’île, lesquels sont, du coup, à nouveau en déclin. Une réponse claire (un renouveau espéré de la population lupine) à l’évènement migratoire (l’arrivée du Vieux Gris) pourrait ainsi avoir été masquée par ce problème de ressources, empêchant les scientifiques d’exploiter ce qui aurait du être un ‘laboratoire naturel’ privilégié pour observer les effets d’un ‘sauvetage génétique’, phénomène encore mal connu.Le 3 avril 2011 à 18:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
La Poste équipera tous ses sites de panneaux photovoltaïquesLa Poste et le fabricant de panneaux solaires Urbasolar créent Arkasolia. Cette entreprise devrait peu à peu couvrir de panneaux solaires l’ensemble des sites dont la société publique est propriétaire.L’entreprise Arkasolia vient d’être créée par le groupe La Poste, le CAPE (Crédit Agricole Private Equity) et par Urbasolar, le fabricant de panneaux solaires. Sa mission : développer des centrales solaires partout où cela est possible. Comme l’indique la directrice d’Urbasolar, Stéphanie Andrieu, un an de retard a été pris “en raison des trois changements réglementaires intervenus”. L’entreprise a donc dû, dans un premier temps, revoir ses ambitions à la baisse, précise-t-elle.À lire aussiDes étudiants créent une lampe innovante qui fonctionne grâce à l’énergie des plantesPour le moment, l’entreprise qui est spécialiste des toitures en terrasse a équipé un hangar d’Airbus et plusieurs sites de la SNCF. Les ambitions qui ont dues être tempérées concernaient 30 nouveaux sites censés générés 3 mégawatts grâce à 10 000 m2 de panneaux solaires. “Chacun des partenaires a accepté de revoir à la baisse la rentabilité de son investissement. Mais notre détermination reste intacte”, explique le directeur général de Poste Immo, Christian Cléret. A terme, l’objectif est de couvrir le maximum de sites de La Poste de panneaux photovoltaïques et ce, quelque soit leur taille, rapporte latribune.fr. Les différents partenaires espèrent voir évoluer les progrès technologiques en la matière de façon à ce que les composants aient un coût moins élevé et que la rentabilité soit bonne. Une trentaine de sites ont suivi l’exemple du centre de tri de Montpellier et se sont déjà équipés.Le 22 juin 2011 à 13:10 • Maxime Lambert
La pierre ponce : un creuset pour l’apparition de la vie ?Dans un article publié récemment dans Astrobiology, des chercheurs britanniques et australiens suggèrent que la pierre ponce, issue des éruptions volcaniques et possédant de nombreuses particularités physiques et chimiques, aurait pu être le support de la vie il y a quelques milliards d’années.Selon Martin Brasier, de l’université d’Oxford, et David Wacey, de l’University of Western Australia, la pierre ponce possède des caractéristiques et des propriétés uniques qui pourraient bien avoir joué un rôle crucial dans l’apparition de la vie sur Terre, il y a environ 4 milliards d’années.À lire aussiLes abeilles seraient capables de compter avec seulement quatre cellules cérébralesD’origine volcanique, elle flotte sur l’eau grâce à sa faible densité, adsorbe (fixe à sa surface) facilement les métaux et les composés organiques et phosphatés, et accueille volontiers les biocatalyseurs (molécules organiques qui favorisent les réactions chimiques). Autant d’ingrédients des briques de la vie, ingrédients qui auraient alors pu réagir entre eux, bénéficiant de l’effet conjugué de l’eau environnante et des éclairs des ciels d’orage, stimulant encore les mécanismes moléculaires.”Une pierre ponce est potentiellement exposée à (…) la foudre associée à des éruptions volcaniques, aux hydrocarbures et aux métaux produits par les sources hydrothermales et aux rayons ultraviolets du Soleil. Toutes ces conditions ont le potentiel d’accueillir, ou même de générer, les genres de processus chimiques que nous pensons avoir créé les premières cellules vivantes”, résume Martin Brasier.Le 11 septembre 2011 à 10:28 • Maxime Lambert
You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. In honor of the Twelfth Doctor’s new monastic foe, let’s take a look back at the Order of the Headless.via BBCHEADLESS MONKSFirst appearance: [Prequel to] “A Good Man Goes to War” (2011)—season 6, episode 7Home planet: N/ADoctor: EleventhCompanions: Amy Pond, Rory WilliamsAmy has been abducted and replaced with a semi-sentient Flesh duplicate, while the real Amy is held captive by Madame Kovarian on secret asteroid base Demon’s Run, where she is about to give birth to Melody Pond.All caught up now?In this mid-season finale, writer Steven Moffat takes audiences on a timey-wimey journey across time and space as the Doctor and Rory go on the hunt for Amy and her baby.First, though, they’ll have to get past the Order of the Headless, a religious sect which listens to their hearts, not their heads—hence the name (and the decapitations).The deadly warriors, always hidden beneath velvety cowls, are incapable of being fooled or intimidated. That is, until the Doctor and his bevy of allies launch a surprise attack on the base, freeing Amy and recovering Melody.Mentioned in passing during the fifth season (“The Time of Angels”), Headless Monks make their debut during an exchange with Dorium Maldovar in the prequel to “A Good Man Goes to War”: The black marketeer gives two friars the brain of a Judoon, warning them against messing with the Doctor and his friends.The mysterious Monks, however, take no heed and later assist Madame Kovarian in her crusade against the Time Lord—a tragic battle that left Strax dead (I’m not crying, you’re crying).These enigmatic soldiers are really not to be messed with: Some fear that merely glancing beneath their cowl results in execution; it remains a Level One Heresy, punishable by death, to lower the hood of a Headless Monk.That doesn’t stop Colonel Manton, the human leader of operations at the Church on Demon’s Run, who, “by the divine grant of the Papal Mainframe herself, on this one and only occasion,” removes the veil to “show you the truth.”The uncomfortable truth that there really is no head—just the skin of the neck tied off like a balloon.A sort of ersatz monster-of-the-week, the Headless Monks don’t get their due; the character is mostly a distraction, never to be seen again in the Whoniverse. (Unless you consider these new cult-ish Monks a separate, fully intact (if not rotting) faction of the Order of the Headless that, instead of shooting balls of energy from their hands, trap people in a highly advanced virtual reality.)http://dai.ly/xj489zStream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. Stay on target ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon
This Malicious USB Cable Can Remotely Accept Hacker CommandsHackers Had More Than 1,000 DNA Test Kits Mailed to Random People Stay on target Whoa, boy does this story just keep going. Alright, if you’re not up to speed, it’s well-known now that the Russian government ran a massive misinformation campaign in an attempt to sway and divide the American public on key political issues before the 2016 presidential election. This is separate from the election machine hack attempts, as well as the intrusions detected throughout various agencies and the like, marking one of the largest and most wide-spread cyberattacks in… well… ever. And now, it seems, that our old friend Pokémon Go got hit.CNN reports that one campaign took the guise of the Black Lives Matter movement to exploit racial tension in the American public. The group used just about every social media platform imaginable including Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter as well as the Pokémon Go app.Known as “Don’t Shoot Us,” the campaign was organized by Russian agents linked to the Kremlin-based group, the Internet Research Agency. The IRA is a well-known “troll farm” and ground zero for some of Russia’s more obnoxious attempts at media manipulation.The campaign appeared to have two purposes. First, it leveraged the imagery of Black Lives Matter, as well as victims of police brutality to both buttress the movement and presented the group as a growing threat to those already fearful of black activism.The various social media accounts were laid out in such a way as to encourage users to fall down a rabbit hole, progressively psyching the person up — either to protest police brutality, or to demand action be taken against protestors.Videos posted to YouTube, for instance, included various tapes — both from bodycams and amateur video — showing police brutality. They were viewed hundreds of thousands of times.On the Pokemon Go front, “Don’t Shoot Us” launched a contest for the augmented reality game, encouraging users to go to the real-world locations of incidents of police brutality. Then the campaign told players to name their digital pets after victims. One post showed a Pokemon named “Eric Garner,” the victim of one of the more disturbing acts of recent police violence. Garner, unarmed, was placed in an illegal chokehold by New York Police and died as a result, with the medical examiner ruling the death a homicide.There’s no evidence thus far that any Pokemon Go players actually attempted to enter the contest, though the stated reward was Amazon gift cards.” It’s clear from the images shared with us by CNN that our game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties without our permission,” developer Niantic told CNN in a statement.“It is important to note that Pokémon GO, as a platform, was not and cannot be used to share information between users in the app, so our platform was in no way being used,” the company added. “This ‘contest’ required people to take screenshots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game. Niantic will consider our response as we learn more.”Local activist groups like those in Minnesota saw through the ruse and distanced themselves from the campaign.“We frequently support Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations,” Brandon Long, the state party chair for the Green Party of Minnesota told CNN. “We know pretty much all the organizers in town and that page wasn’t recognized by anyone.”Others dubbed it a “total troll job.”Even so, it’s unnerving to see how extensive these attempts were. And, combined with new threats like those we’ve seen in the Ukraine recently, things might get a lot worse before they get better.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Geek and nerd culture isn’t simply about anime, comics, sci-fi, technology, and video games. Sometimes it’s about dope beats, fresh flow, and boundless positivity. I’m talking about nerdcore hip-hop, a sub-sub-genre of rap and the fire-spitting nerds who live it. Specifically, I’m talking about MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Mega Ran, and Schaffer the Darklord, all four of which I saw live as part of their Awesome Friendship Adventure Tour.Nerdcore hip-hop that builds on the nerdier references and concepts touched on by artists like the Beastie Boys and Del the Funky Homosapien. It takes the idea of offhandedly mentioning Spock and having a giant robot in your music video, and turns it into the thematic core of an entire genre. If most hip-hop comes from growing up on the streets, nerdcore is about growing up on the Streets of Rage.It’s more about geek media consumption (which is now called “pop culture” for some reason), and it’s reductive to write nerdcore off simply as novelty rap. There are plenty of references to video games and sci-fi in the rhymes, but that’s only part of a larger identity that nerdcore embraces. Nerds aren’t simply people who love very specific types of media. They’re intelligent, awkward, generally introverted individuals who often struggle with issues of identity in the face of a broader culture that doesn’t share their perspective. That awkwardness and intelligence is truly what shapes nerdcore hip-hop, and makes it so positive.That brings us to the four artists I saw on Monday, starting with MC Frontalot (Damian Hess). He’s in many ways the father of nerdcore, since he coined the term in 2000. He’s also the most aesthetically nerdy nerdcore artist because of it, with stage look that includes a short-sleeved dress shirt, a necktie, and his signature thick black glasses. Like his name implies, fronting is the closest thing he has to a gimmick, with tracks like “Braggadocio,” “Front the Least,” and “Front the Most.” He goes all over the nerdy landscape when he isn’t lyrically bragging, though, rapping about everything from cyber-security (“Secrets from the Future“), grammar (“Tongue-Clucking Grammarian“), and even bridge engineering (“Floating Bridge“).MC Lars (Andrew Nielsen) has described his nerdcore work as post-modern, exploring a wide range of subjects while keeping a core of nerdy enthusiasm. He pined for the days of ska with MC Bat Commander in “This Gigantic Robot Kills,” promoted digital distribution as the answer to record labels with Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup in “Download This Song,” and attacked empty consumerism disguised as social rebellion with The Matches in “Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock.” He also put out a concept album about Edgar Allen Poe (The Edgar Allen Poe EP).Mega Ran, also known as Random (Raheem Jarbo), He started rapping with a tribute album to Mega Man called Mega Ran. It got him on Capcom’s radar, which gave him a licensing deal to keep doing what he was doing. He later followed it up with Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 tribute albums, Mega Ran 9 and Mega Ran 10. He raps about video games a lot, but he doesn’t stop there. He taps into his experience as a middle school teacher with Language Arts Vol. 1, 2, & 3, and even goes full-blown wrestling mark with his albums Mat Mania and Mat Mania 2: The Revenge, with tracks about Randy Savage (“The Madness“), The New Day (“New Day Raps“), and Jake the Snake (“DDT“).The last act in this currently touring nerdcore foursome is Schaffer the Darklord (Mark Shaffer). He’s the bad boy of nerdcore, with a supervillain persona that includes a suit, black gloves, and a track called “Supervillain.” He mostly sings about sex, drugs, violence, and cats. Dude loves cats, and if you do too you should listen to his track “Cat People.” For his villainous braggadocio, though, he has an aggressively vocal streak of positive morality, and his track “Yes” is a must-listen proclamation of the nature and necessity of informed consent to sex.Albums like MC Lars’ The Edgar Allen Poe EP and songs like Schaffer the Darklord’s “Yes” are what make nerdcore more than just a novelty genre. Beyond just rapping about comics and video games they like, all four of these artists use their notebooks and mics to encourage positive changes. MC Lars and Mega Ran promote education and literature; besides Edgar Allen Poe, they’ve made “lit-hop” tracks about the works of Mark Twain (MC Lars’ “Huck Finn’s on the Run“) and Franz Kafka (Mega Ran’s “Buggin“). On the more esoteric side, MC Frontalot converted the lettering of Edward Gorey into a typeface, which you can use under the Creative Commons license.MC Frontalot and Schaffer the Darklord regularly address both social and personal issues, condemning bigotry and encouraging self-care and improvement. MC Frontalot has rapped about the need for free speech and the open exchange of information (“Freedom Feud”), the importance of a secure and free democratic process (“Black Box,” with Mega Ran), and the negativity of homophobia (“I Heart Fags“). Schaffer the Darklord has not only rapped about misogyny (“Boys“), gender identity (“Tomgirl“), but tackled anxiety, depression, and coping mechanisms with his entire Sick Passenger concept album.Yes, nerdcore hip-hop is fun novelty rap that talks a lot about computers and video games. It’s also a powerful genre that encourages education and literacy, condemns the toxic behavior, and explores heavy issues of mental and emotional health.It’s real good you guys.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Real There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational PoisonReal Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M…
Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Stay on target Let’s be honest, talking about global warming sucks. It’s a huge bummer, it often seems like nothing can be done. And more often than not, the messages that we receive tell us to do mostly ineffective things that burden individuals with the responsibility of taking care of the big problems instead of the companies and power brokers that helped create the issues in the first place. Many believe, quite wrongly, that if we are to fix the problems of global climate change, we may end up plunging ourselves back into the dark ages. Though our optimism must be tempered by the very real and lingering effects of what we’ve already done to the planet, there is room for hope. But we won’t get there with renewable shopping bags (which have carbon footprints many thousands of times larger than plastic bags) and recycling.We can/should switch to more plant-based eating, slowlyDon’t throw your pitchforks and stab me with tomatoes just yet. Yeah, I’ll admit I’m one of them whacky vegans. But as others have pointed out, my individual choices of foregoing meat and riding my bike everywhere don’t magically make my air cleaner. And there’s a rather obvious reason for that which people largely overlook: we’re all in this together. If the planet is warming (which it is), that is a collective and not an individual problem. It was caused by collective action and can really only be stopped by the same. Even if I manage to convert 100 people to veganism a day, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what would need to shift — and just isn’t realistic. Basing meals on beans and rice or lentils instead of heavy, meaty dishes takes some serious education and forethought. People don’t change habits overnight. That’s just not how we humans do. Instead, it starts with better education and making sure that our kids have access to nutritional information that is diverse, effective, and uses the best science on how to consistently and simply construct healthy meals. Right now, particularly in the US, we just tell people to eat certain amounts of things, without understanding how to easily combine that into practical advice that people can use. Other suggestions like the Plate Method are much more focused. And yes, they do encourage more beans and other lean proteins, but that’s in service to better health. And, in general, the food that’s pretty healthy for you, isn’t too bad for the environment, either. Lentils, for instance, and other legumes, are strongly associated with longevity and health in countless studies, and they can help fix nitrogen in the soil. An important chemical process that we often rely on fertilizers for — fertilizers that have tremendous carbon footprints. Teaching children how to make better choices covers a number of bases, and also gives manufacturing and agriculture time to adjust to gradually shifting diet patterns over time. Hold businesses accountableThe other big step, and admittedly, this is a MAJOR one, is making sure businesses aren’t passing their costs onto you. And this is a big deal, but not one that we haven’t seen before. In previous generations, it was companies that were asked to do the work of removing lead from gasoline and reformulating their products to diminish CFCs leaking into the atmosphere. Similarly, oil companies and car manufacturers have misled Americans about the damage their products do. And, as we once did with smoking, courts are starting to look at the collective damage these corporate choices have cost our societies.Part of this move will need to be led by municipalities, too. In times now past, public transit systems were extensive and accessible in the US, but thanks to companies that put making money over the well-being of the people, cheap cars and plenty of cheap gas helped fuel the expansion into the suburbs, the construction of new roads, and the reorganization of American cities to be largely car-dependent. In response, we can build complete neighborhoods and discourage car use by converting parking spaces and extra traffic lanes into bike lanes and transit centers. And, despite likely reservations from drivers, less parking and fewer lanes actually improves the lives of drivers — as well as everyone else. Not everyone will bike, sure, and not everyone can. But taking just a few cars off the road has a dramatic impact on the livability of a city. Cars take up huge amounts of space — far more than bikes or walking, or those on buses or trains — and accommodating them means warping city plans at the expense of the people. With broader, more expansive cities, people have to drive more and further, and those that don’t face thinly spread transit resources. Unplug your devicesThis one is simple and totally your personal responsibility — make sure the devices you use are actually off. Hopefully, this is well-known, but power vampires are a real thing, and for many, the total power draw of our devices when they are off is higher than the total power we consume using them. That’s because, even today, many “low power” or other modes for electronics keep sipping away at juice at a pretty high rate. You can help by getting automatic power switches and being mindful of what is plugged in and when. It’s small, but it can easily cut your power use in half.Try to buy lessJust in general. The more you buy, the more resources you use. Save money. Go pet dogs.Don’t be a jerkLiterally none of us are going to stop this on our own. It’s easy to blame individuals for a lot, but trying to get everyone on the same page working from the bottom, is a lot harder than changing how we approach problems systemically. Vote, call companies and complain about them making you use cheap, reusable plastic bottles instead of offering refillable ones and soda stations, for instance, at grocery stores. There are ways to fight the good fight, but judging someone because they bought one thing or ate whatever when their lives are already probably hard enough is just a douchebag thing to do. Don’t instead.Climate change is a very real issue for our planet, and it has been affecting several different areas of our society. It’s changing how we make bloody marys, how we surf the internet, but it is creating some beautiful cloud formations too. Stay up to date on all things climate change here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target Following successful pilots in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, the Lyft Grocery Access Program will provide affordable rides to the supermarket for families in a dozen more cities.For folks living in a food desert—like the nation’s sprawling capital—finding affordable and nutritious ingredients often requires a car or multiple forms of public transit.So, in December, ride-sharing service Lyft partnered with charity Martha’s Table to launch the Grocery Access Program.Families with a child enrolled at a participating elementary school can register to receive 50 $2.50 flat fare rides to and/or from three available grocery stores, as well as the market at Martha’s Table.The six-month trial ends in June, but, according to Geek sister site Mashable, D.C.’s program will continue running.“Realizing the positive impact the program can have in just one community, and how pervasive of an issue this is—affecting approximately 23.5 million people in the US—we’re launching the program in more than a dozen cities across the country, and soon rolling out to more markets throughout North America,” a Lyft blog post said.Individual cities’ grocery programs will be shaped by a local non-profit partner, Mashable reported.So while Martha’s Table dictated D.C.’s $125 in rides over six months based on school enrollment, the same may not be true for Atlantic City, Miami, or Phoenix, where Community FoodBank, Health in the Hood, and United Way will help determine the best way to distribute subsidized rides, respectively.Mike Masserman, Lyft’s head of social impact, told Mashable that the company’s discounted rides provided some families with their first taste of healthy food.The program has “given me peace of mind knowing that I can get to the grocery store and home safely,” a D.C. participant said. “It has helped me … on days I don’t want to be physically burdened with grocery bags on the bus or train.”Cities included in the national program launch:Atlantic City, N.J.Baltimore, Md.Chicago, Ill.Columbus, OhioDetroit, Mich.Indianapolis, Ind.Los Angeles, Calif.Miami, Fla.Ottawa, CanadaPhiladelphia, Pa.Phoenix, Ariz.Portland, Ore.Richmond, Va.Toronto, CanadaMore locations will be available later this year.More on Geek.com:More Americans Use Ride-Hailing Apps for Travel, Research SaysTaco Bell and Lyft Join Forces to Satisfy Your Late-Night Chalupa CravingsNew Uber Initiative Boosts Rider Safety on College Campuses Arizona Medicaid Patients Can Now Get a Lyft to the DoctorUber, Lyft Test PIN-Based Pickups at Portland Airport
The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Stay on target Twenty-six years ago, Jurassic Park roared into theaters and captured our imaginations. Is it an odd anniversary to celebrate? Maybe, but that’s not stopping Lego from unleashing an amazing new set.Lego spared no expense when they put together Jurassic Park: T. Rex Rampage. They faithfully recreated the Park’s massive entry gates, packed in a bunch of iconic scenes from the movie, and topped it all off with a gigantic, brick-built Tyrannosaurus rex.Let’s take a look at the minifigs that come with the set first. There wouldn’t be a Jurassic Park without John Hammond, so naturally he’s included. You need a paleontologist and a paleobotanist to sign off on things, and that’s where Alan and Ellie come in.There are a lot of high-tech systems in Jurassic Park, too. Fortunately Dennis Nedry and Ray Arnold are up to the task. And yes, there’s a sexy Jeff Goldblum that you can use to stage minifig memes as well as Dr. Ian Malcolm’s scenes from the movie. His head is dual-sided, so you can choose between serious and sweaty or scared and sweaty expressions.Ellie and Ray can change to a look of panic, too, and so can Dennis — Lego printed him with a glob of venomous Dilophosaurus spit (thanks, InGen!) right in the middle of his face.The real star of the show, though, is the mighty T. rex.He’s huge (27 inches long!), he’s got a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, and he’s ready to chomp down on whatever poor sap decides to hide out on the buildable toilet — because of course Lego wasn’t going to leave out the infamous toilet.Equally massive are the park’s gates. They’re more than 16 inches tall and 18 inches wide when fully assembled. Technic gears let you crank the gates open. Spin the gates around and you’ll find the characters’ scenes built into the back.There’s one scene for each. Alan discovers a nest with freshly-hatched eggs. John helps himself to a bowl of ice cream. Dennis slips in the mud and meets with an untimely end. Ellie restores power to the park’s systems and Ray works frantically to get vital systems back online.The set goes on sale on June 19 for Lego VIPs and July 1 for the general public. It’s priced at $249.99 in the U.S. and will require a good chunk of your time to assemble. It takes 3,120 pieces to build Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage.Watch: Animated ‘Jurassic World’ Series to Premiere on Netflix in 2020More on Geek.com:Lego Launches Stunning 50th Anniversary Tribute to Apollo 11Lego’s Massive ‘Stranger Things’ Set Will Turn Your World Upside DownLego Made Bricks to Help Kids and Adults Learn Braille
Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch: ‘Bond 25’ Film First Look Teases New 007-Themed Adventure The upcoming 25th official James Bond movie has seen its fair share of troubling news. No one would blame you for assuming the production is a complete disaster after all of the creative shake ups and cast injuries. Plus, it doesn’t even have a name yet. Calling it “Bond 25” just makes it sound fake, an item on a spreadsheet as opposed to a real movie.But today at least one of those issues have been resolved. Here’s the real title for Bond 25.Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, 007 in… NO TIME TO DIE. Out in the UK on 3 April 2020 and 8 April 2020 in the US. #Bond25 #NoTimeToDie pic.twitter.com/qxYEnMhk2s— James Bond (@007) August 20, 2019Bond 25 is now No Time To Die. It’s a very James Bond name with a swanky James Bond font. After all the artsy seven-letter titles of the last two Sam Mendes movies, Skyfall and Spectre, we’re back to a Bond name that’s a real morbid mouthful. And according to Twitter, not even having enough time to die is a real millennial mood.There’s just one tweak we would make though, based on a suggestion from our social media manager Pete Haas.Fixed the No Time to Die logo to make sure the millennials show up. #Bond25 pic.twitter.com/aWR4WiYbAR— Pete Haas (@dimeford) August 20, 2019No Time To Die hits theaters April 2020. Aside from the title we haven’t learned anything else new about the film. Rami Malek is still the villain. Cast members Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Jeffrey Wright, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Rory Kinnear all return. Cary Joji Fukunaga directs with Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the script. The story takes place partially in Jamaica. And Black woman Lashana Lynch may take the title of 007, leading to absolutely no drama whatsoever.
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Commuters, rejoice. The morning hunt for a parking space at the Fisher’s Landing Transit Center in east Vancouver will soon be a lot less difficult.C-Tran added 198 parking spots — including several for disabled motorists and five electric-vehicle charging stations — to the transit center, boosting parking capacity from 561 spaces to 759. Lighting in the parking lot also was improved as part of the expansion.“C-Tran is so proud and excited to unveil these updates to Fisher’s Landing Transit Center,” the transit agency’s spokeswoman Christine Selk said. “As southeast Clark County continues to grow, we remain committed to helping our riders navigate that growth, getting them where they need to go quickly and efficiently. This expansion helps us do just that.”On Tuesday, just before the regular C-Tran Board of Directors meeting, local officials and a few community members celebrated the transit center’s expansion with a ribbon-cutting.“The discussions about the Fisher’s Land Transit Center have been going on for many years, and what to do here,” said Tim Leavitt, Vancouver mayor and former C-Tran board member. “C-Tran is in the enviable position to evolve very quickly and adapt and adjust to the growth that is occurring in our communities.”
Welcome, class. I’m Professor Brancaccio, and this is “The Making of Trump: 101.”The premise of this class is to study how someone like Donald Trump can get this close to becoming president.Jimmy, thoughts?“Well he has a lot of money, he’s a guy who has lived the American Dream, and we love to talk about his hair.”Noodles, your view?“I think Jimmy has rung the bell one too many times, professor. Look, let’s be honest here. There is a large, large segment of our population who believe they have been left out of the conversation.”What exactly do you mean by “left out,” Noodles?“I mean for the most part, the political conversation deals with the rich and the poor. No one appears to care about the middle class. Trump at least pretends to care.”Why is that important? Danni?“I think what Noodles is saying is too many in the middle class feel like no one is paying any attention to them. They are not represented or thought about.”OK, Steven? Ideas?“Exactly. The perception is the middle class is only important to politicians when someone has to pay the bills.”Well, let’s talk about that a bit. Government plays many roles in our society, but what’s one of them? Jake?“You’re right, professor, it does play a number of roles, but one of those roles is to help those who need help. So when people complain about the government helping out those in need, I get confused by that. That’s what it does.” Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at email@example.com.
After weeks of being plagued by snow and ice, the Pacific Northwest woke up today to a welcome familiarity: rain.Rain is the only precipitation in the forecast today, with showers likely before 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to stay above freezing, with a high of 45 and a low of 36 expected.The wet weather is should stick around for the next few days, though sun is expected to start making an appearance by mid-week.
A 21-year-old Vancouver woman was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center following a three-car collision Tuesday afternoon on state Highway 500.According to a news release from the Washington State Patrol, Tina Conover of Vancouver was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck northbound on 137th Avenue. The release states that she failed to stop for a red light and struck a Chevrolet Cobalt that was traveling eastbound on state Highway 500 and was driven by Craig Dunn of Hillsboro, Ore. A Lexus Sedan driven by Ridvan Madatov of Vancouver collided with the Cobalt, according to the release. The release states that Ferdi Chakhalidze, also of Vancouver and a passenger in the Lexus, was transported to the hospital for injuries. Conover faces a DUI charge, according to the release. Neither Conover, Madatov nor Dunn were injured, the release states.
WASHOUGAL — The weather wasn’t ideal for landscaping on Saturday morning, with temperatures in the 40s and gusty wind sending rain sideways, but that didn’t stop about 100 volunteers from getting their hands dirty.People from across Southwest Washington and throughout the Portland-metro area showed up in force to slog through mud, lay sod and plant flowers at a home still under construction in Washougal. They did it for one reason: to give back to Army Spc. Alex Hussey.Hussey, who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, was deployed in early 2012 to the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. Two weeks before his tour was over, on Aug. 7, 2012, Hussey was on patrol when an improvised explosive device went off. Hussey was knocked unconscious by the blast and spent six months in a coma. He lost both his legs, most of his left hand and sustained a traumatic brain injury.In a few months, Hussey, 26, and his wife, Kim Hussey, 25, will be handed the keys to their first home — a 2,500-square-foot, mortgage-free home built and donated by the nonprofit Homes For Our Troops. On Saturday, the volunteers helped prepare the outside of the house for the Husseys upcoming homecoming.The Husseys, who currently live in Milwaukie, Ore., were amazed by the turnout — particularly by those the couple had never met.“So many people showed up to support us,” Kim Hussey said. “It is heartwarming. It really is.”“I’m very thankful,” Alex Hussey added.Homes For Our Troops builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-Sept. 11 veterans, said Mell Barbosa, a community outreach coordinator with the nonprofit. Last weekend, the organization handed over the keys to the 250th home built since 2004, she said.
By Awa B. BahThe Minister of Justice Aboubacarr Tambadu, has disclosed that total amount of money spent by the ‘Janneh’ Commission since its inception in July 2017, is fifty million, nine hundred and fifty one thousand, two hundred and sixty one dalasi (50,951,261).This amount Tambadu said, includes all expenses incurred during the course of investigations by Commissioners, including but not limited to honorarium paid to them and fifty eight staff working for the Commission; that throughout this period, Counsel’s fees, fuel, stationery, food, security, rentals, etc., were paid from this amount.Minister Tambadu made this disclosure on Tuesday March 26th 2019 before Lawmakers in Banjul, during the oral questions and answer session for which due notices were given to his Ministry, on how much money spent on the said Commission since its inception.‘‘We must also note that during the course of its work, the Commission was able to generate monies from its activities including D67, 894,170.00 from the sale of 138 tractors, and 458 vehicles including scraps; D8, 302,970.00 from the sale of 725 heads of cattle as well as hidden bank accounts that were either frozen and or discovered as a result of their work. The work of the ‘Janneh’ Commission should not however be measured in monetary terms alone. The value of their work exceeds the monetary value I am sharing with this assembly,’’ Minister Tambadu told deputies.He reported that the Commission’s work, has been conducted in a professional manner, with respect and adherence to due process, fairness, and transparency; that they have exposed the alarming scale of corruption and financial delinquency of the former president, and shared information generated in the course of tracking and recovering assets procured through illicit enrichment; that they have registered some success in this endeavor, and have seen a tightening of financial regulations by Government departments and agencies to prevent corruption and financial leakages within the system.Justice Minister Tambadu told deputies that they intend to recover the entire cost of the ‘Janneh’ Commission’s investigations by making those against whom adverse financial findings have been made, to bear the cost of recovery, in proportion to their responsibilities as found; that the sale of cattle and vehicles was not under the purview of the Commission but the Sheriff Division of the High Court.On how much each Commissioner received during sittings, the Minister responded that as a matter of simple arithmetic, at every point he appeared before the Assembly requesting for an approval for the remuneration of the Commissioners, he has always indicated the amount requested, which is equivalent to one hundred thousand dalasi for each Commissioner per month, except for six months.Minister Tambadu said the 138 tractors packed at residences of Chiefs and Police Stations could be due to the fact that they were either waiting for their owners to collect them or were not counted as part of the list.On the consultation and sale of these tractors with the Ministry of Agriculture, Minister Tambadu said the ‘Janneh’ Commission is independent and it takes independent decisions. On consultations, he said this was left to the discretion of the Commission; that the Commission takes decisions based on their judgment.The tractors he said were sold based on the urgency of the Commission. On the mandate to value and sell the tractors, Minister Tambadu said the Commission disposed of the assets based on interim orders. On the value of the tractors and other items that the Commission sold, Minister Tambadu referred deputies to the report which is due on the president’s desk on Friday March 29th, and further directed them to see the report on the number of properties sold and the bank accounts frozen. He finally commended the Commissioners for a job well done.