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Not fade away, not disappear... how robots are preserving our old newspapers   

Nicola Davis. The Guardian 5th July 2015

In a Yorkshire outpost of the British Library, archivists using the latest conservation technology are racing to digitise 300 years of newspapers before they crumble to dust – and that’s just for starters



The National Newspaper Building in Boston Spa
‘A touch of the Interstellar’: the National Newspaper Building in Boston Spa. Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Observer



Easter Egg hunt? There's an app for that!

New York City is getting ready for an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. But this hunt will have a 21st-century twist. You'll need a smartphone app to find the eggs. Nearly 275 egg sculptures will be hidden around the city. It's all part of "The Faberge Big Egg Hunt." The eggs are about 2 1/2 feet tall. They were created by famous artists and designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Jeff Koons.
A free smartphone app will allow the public to check in each time an egg is found. The eggs' locations will remain secret until 10 people use the app to check in at an egg. At that point its location will appear on an interactive map. People can win prizes for finding eggs.
Each egg is unique. One was designed by "Where's Waldo" creator Martin Handford.
The original Faberge eggs were fancy egg-shaped works of art. They were made for the families of Russian czars. The czars ruled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The original Faberge eggs were the size of real eggs.
Many of them opened up to reveal elaborate tiny treasures inside. Some are now displayed by museums around the world.


FOOTBALL

Neymar, Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andrés Iniesta to appear on 'The Simpsons'


From left to right: Neymar, Messi, Xavi and Iniesta in their 'Simpsons' form. / FC Barcelona

Barcelona soccer club is adding one very particular honor to its long list of achievements. Several of its global stars – Neymar, Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andrés Iniesta – are set to appear in an episode of The Simpsons about the World Cup.
Scheduled for broadcast in the United States on March 30, the episode features Homer signing up to be a referee after he is moved by a speech made by Lisa. He travels to the World Cup in Brazil where he finds his integrity tested by soccer gangsters offering bribes. Bart is also set to wear a Barça shirt in the episode.
Xavi and Iniesta will be joining the ranks of other Spaniards to have appeared in the 20th-Century Fox series, such as Plácido Domingo and Javier Bardem, who featured as an inspector after his Oscar-winning performance in No Country for Old Men.
Spanish soccer star Fernando Torres has also had his own Simpsons caricature along with fellow Chelsea players Petr Cech, Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard and John Terry, while Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo featured in a previous episode.


Fernando Torres (second left) with his fellow Chelsea players and their 'Simpsons' caricatures. /

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A RAE expresa a súa «inquietude» a RTVE por que a canción española para Eurovisión sexa en inglés

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O director da Real Academia Española remitiu unha carta ao presidente da televisión pública na que expresa o malestar dalgúns académicos polo tema escollido













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O director da Real Academia Española (RAE) remitiu unha carta ao presidente de RTVE , Leopoldo González Echenique, na que expresa a «inquietude» dalgúns dos académicos polo feito de que a canción elixida para representar a España en Eurovisión sexa en inglés, segundo confirmaron fontes da Corporación.
Deste xeito, sinalan que mediante unha misiva breve e correcta o que se transmitiu á Corporación, nunha carta que recibiron este venres, é a «inquietude» expresada durante o último pleno por algúns académicos.
A canción, Dancing in the rain, que interpretará Ruth Lorenzo, en inglés, é o seu primeiro single e a cantante xa expresou tras a súa elección que considera que España non vai perder ningunha esencia: «Eu penso que non se vai perder ningunha esencia pero eu vou facer o que vós me mandedes», sinalou. A candidata española engadiu: «Quero que Europa nos entenda e que saiban que a mocidade española está tan preparada para saír fose e para ser competentes e número un como todos os que están nas potencias europeas».
España xa levou ao certame cancións con parte en inglés no 2002 e o 2007 (Europe's living a celebration de Rosa e I love you a miña vida, de D'Nash). A canción elixida este ano foi seleccionada mediante un sistema mixto baseado nas preferencias do público e dun xurado de profesionais.
Segundo fontes de RTVE, as cancións para o certame seleccionáronse pola súa calidade. Así mesmo, recordan que a normas da UER establecen que cada Televisión participante é libre de decidir o idioma no que cantará o seu artista e que en Eurovisión as cancións diríxense a un amplísimo público europeo.
En concreto, especifican que só os espectadores dos demais países participantes poden votar á canción española. Do mesmo xeito, apuntan que un número maioritario das cancións participantes nos últimos anos interprétanse en inglés, a pesar de que só tres teñen o inglés como idioma oficial.
TVE destaca a cordialidade da mensaxe
A carta enviada polo director da RAE, José Manuel Blecua, ao presidente de RTVE, Leopoldo González-Echenique, ten un «ton cordial».
Así o explicaron a Efe fontes de TVE, que engadiron que na misiva a RAE sinala que no último pleno da Real Academia da Lingua, celebrado onte, varios académicos manifestaron a súa «desconformidade e certa inquietude» co feito de que «Dancing in the rain» conteña parte a súa letra en inglés.
A RAE fixo partícipe desa inquietude «en ton cordial» a González-Echenique, engadiron as fontes, que tamén recordaron que a cadea aínda non tomou unha decisión firme sobre a versión definitiva da canción que interpretará a artista murciana Ruth Lorenzo.
A canción foi elixida polos espectadores de TVE e por un xurado profesional, e contén varias estrofas en inglés; en realidade, a canción estaba orixinalmente escrita nese idioma, pero a propia cantante decidiu adaptar as estrofas ao castelán para Eurovisión, segundo explicou o seu representante, Dani Valls.
Segundo informaron onte fontes próximas á Academia, esta institución quixo «ser discreta», pero a presenza do inglés na canción española causou sorpresa nalgúns países latinoamericanos, que se dirixiron á RAE para saber se ía manifestar a súa opinión sobre este feito.
A decisión de enviar unha carta ao presidente de RTVE foi aprobada polo pleno da Academia.

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A reindeer is seen with fluorescent antlers after a test in which Finnish herders dabbed it with fluorescent paint.
Reindeer get fluorescescent antlers to reduce the number of car accidents at night

The country of Finland wants to reduce the number of car accidents at night. The accidents are caused by roaming caribou. So Rudolph the reindeer is getting a glittering antler makeover.
But reindeer are not gettting red noses. Instead, they are getting fluorescent antlers.
Anne Ollila of the Finnish Reindeer Herder's Association says the antlers of 20 reindeer have been painted with various fluorescent dyes. They want to see how the animals react. They also need to find out whether the paints are resistant to the harsh Arctic climate.
If successful, animals with glittering antlers will be free to roam Lapland. Lapland is a vast, deserted area in northern Finland where herders tend to some 200,000 reindeer.
Ollila says reflectors and reflective tape have not worked bacause reindeer have torn them off. Road signs warning drivers of roaming reindeer often are stolen by tourists as souvenirs.
Critical thinking challenge: Why might paint work better than tape?

- Posted on March 2, 2014


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Teen is the youngest to win Olympic slalom gold

Shiffrin took the record for youngest Olympic slalom champion from Paoletta Magoni of Italy. She won gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Games when she was 19.
Schriffin, from Vail, Colo., completed a full set of slalom honors. They include Olympic and world championship gold medals and a season-long World Cup discipline title. All came before her 19th birthday next month.
Shiffrin is the first American woman to get a slalom medal of any kind since Barbara Cochran won gold at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics.
She showed her patriotic colors. Shiffrin wore a stars-and-stripes design on her race helmet and a small painted flag on the right side of her neck.

Can you understand human intelligence?
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By Jan Klaus Mueggenburg, University of Vienna
When Henry Markram walks into the air-conditioned computer facilities in the basement of the École Polytechnique Fédérale’s Brain Mind Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland, he doesn’t see the black monolithic cabinets, jam-packed with seemingly endless layers of circuit boards and microprocessors. What Markram sees are neurons, synapses and cortical columns that one day will form a complete computer simulation of the human brain.
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Photo of Koola, an 18-year-old gorilla, and her
baby from Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society
What would you name a baby gorilla?

A suburban Chicago zoo is asking for the
 public's help in naming a newborn gorilla.
 The female lowland gorilla  was born in 
November. 
They say the infant is starting
But she still needs a name.
The zoo has narrowed the list of 
possibilities to  four options. The public is invited to vote for 
their favorite name on the zoo website.
The options are: Amila, a river in the Republic of Congo, 
where lowland gorillas
 are native; Amelia, which means "industrious leader;" Emma, 
after gorilla  researcher Emma Stokes and Nora, 
which means "honor" or "light."
The winning name will be announced March 4, 
when the gorilla will turn 4 months old.

- Posted on February 19, 2014
 
SPAIN IN SOCHI
 WINTER OLYMPICS

Spain goes close in Sochi but falls deny first medal

Snowboarder finalist Castellet slips on last jump


Queralt Castellet of Spain competes in the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Qualification Heats
on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. / Cameron Spencer (Getty Images)
Spanish snowboarder Queralt Castellet finished outside the medals in the halfpipe final in Sochi 
on Wednesday. Castellet, 24, had recorded the second-best score in the qualifying round, 
93.25, behind the USA’s Kelly Clark, champion in Salt Lake City in 2002 and bronze 
medalist in Vancouver four years ago.

Dun dun. Dun dun. Dun dun. Snow shark! 

13th February 2014



  Are The Grand Rapids Press Too cold
for fishing? Not for Michigan!
 The winter-weary state has a giant
shark sculpted out of snow. It features
a bright red gaping mouth and pointy teeth.
It is large enough for a human to take
 a seat inside. It appears as if it's
swimming in a wave that runs the
length of a house.
And it is turning heads in western Michigan.
The frozen predator is the creation of Stephen Garcia. His past creations date
back to 2003. They included a crocodile, a tiger, an eagle and a surfing rabbit.
Of his work, Garcia says: "People who hate winter say it was really meaningful to them."
The shark required about a month of solo work.
The operation requires frequent glove changes and commitment. He typically
retouches the paint job after each snowfall. Garcia will morph the shark into
a different character once it begins to melt a little. That's the fun part for onlookers, he said.
"It's never done; not 'til the snow's gone," Garcia said
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Painting a Boeing 777 in 2 minutes
unbelieveble playgrounds  
firefighters save a shepherd
ride a quadracycle
electric bike
 6 more weeks of winter 
Can These Unconventional Playgrounds Make Kids More Creative?
By Allegra Staples on February 3, 2014
Children have always had the uncanny ability to take the simplest items and use their imaginations to transform them into fantastic playthings. Cardboard boxes become time machines, blankets hung over tables transform into fortresses, while twigs magically turn into wands or pirate swords.
So why don't playgrounds allow kids to be more creative? After all, there is only so much one can conjure up with conventional swings, slides and small sandboxes!

Firefighters save shepherd from sinkhole

A German shepherd is back on solid ground after being rescued from a sinkhole. The shinkhole had opened up in a park in Buffalo, New York. The 3-year-old dog named Mack dropped more than 10 feet to the bottom of the watery hole. Mack was on a walk with his owner, Mattie Moore, who nearly fell in herself.
Moore's 911 call brought the fire department's technical rescue team. A broken underground water pipe had eroded the soil and created an opening about 2 feet across on the surface, but wider below.

Nooo! Groundhog predicts 6 more weeks of winter
It's been a brutally long, cold winter. But Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, predicts six more weeks of the same. Pennsylvania's famed groundhog appeared at daybreak Sunday. Thousands of fans were there to greet him.
There is a legend about the groundhog. It says that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If he doesn't see it, spring will come early.
This year's Groundhog Day celebration marks an unusual winter. It has brought extreme cold to stretches of the country not used to it. Winter weather brought snow and ice that paralyzed Atlanta and other Southern cities.
Phil is the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather. Other forecasters include Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta.6 more weeks of winter
6 more weeks of winter


Would you ride this thing?
There's a new way to get around. It's called a “Quadracycle.” It’s called a quadracycle because “quad” means “four” and “bi” means “two.” It's like a bicycle, but with four wheels instead of two wheels.
Two people can ride together. Both of them can pedal, so both make it go.
It is not as fast as a bicycle, but it is more comfortable.



Would you like an electric bike?

A man has made an electric bike. It costs much more than most bikes. It costs $5,995.
The electric bike can go very fast. It can go 45 miles per hour.

How fast do you go on your bike?