Renowned architect I.M. Pei dead at 102

I.M. Pei in 1988. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani) His buildings added elegance to landscapes worldwide with their powerful geometric shapes and grand spaces. Among them are the striking steel and glass Bank of China skyscraper in Hong Kong and the Fragrant Hill Hotel near Beijing. His work spanned decades, starting in the late 1940s and continuing through the new millennium. Two of his last major projects, the Museum of Islamic Art, located on an artificial island just off the waterfront in Doha, Qatar, and the Macau Science Center, in China, opened in 2008 and 2009. Pei painstakingly researched each project, studying its use and relating it to the environment. But he also was interested in architecture as art — and the …

‘See You Yesterday’ puts a smart spin on time travel

Directed by newcomer Stefon Bristol (who co-wrote with Fredrica Bailey), See You Yesterday is a moving yet funny time-travel movie for teens and adults, tackling racism and police brutality in America. See You Yesterday RELEASE DATE: 5/17/2019 DIRECTOR: Stefon Bristo STREAMING: Netflix The Netflix time-travel movie is a moving, funny, and original exploration of police bruality. With a nod toBack to the Future,See You Yesterday balances teen relationships and energetic pacing with serious subject matter. Developed from a short film with the same cast, it stars Eden Duncan-Smith as CJ, a science prodigy who invents a pair of time-traveling backpacks with her friend Sebastian (Dante Crichlow). As teens from a working-class neighborhood in New York, they’re more concerned with winning …

Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your Out of Wedlock Kids Arent Citizens

No parent can ever be fully prepared for the arrival of a new baby. But when Roee and Adiel Kiviti brought home their newborn daughter Kessem two months ago, they figured that they were as ready as they could be. After all, theyd gone through the same process two years earlier with their son Lev, who, like Kessem, was born with the help of an egg donor and a gestational surrogate in Canada. It was as straightforward as one can imagine, Roee told The Daily Beast, recalling the ease of bringing Lev home in late 2016, the infants newly printed Canadian passport in hand, soon to be supplanted by an American one. But this February, when Kessems fathers contacted the …

Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Labour also set out plans to put solar panels on nearly two million homes. Its proposals are contained in a document entitled Bringing Energy Home, due to be presented on Thursday by leader Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long Bailey, shadow energy secretary. Installing solar plans on social homes and those with low-incomes is part of Labour’s plan to “usher in a Green Industrial Revolution in housing, transport and industry – creating over 400,000 jobs and tackling climate change”. Image copyright SSE However, Dan Neidle, a partner at law firm Clifford Chance, told the BBC that Labour’s nationalisation plans could contravene international law, because of suggestions that it would not necessarily pay stock market value to buy back the assets. He …

414 million pieces of trash found on remote islands near Australia, study finds

Marine biologist Jennifer Lavers published a study Thursday about plastic debris she and her colleagues found on seven of the Cocos Keeling Islands in 2017. Pictured: (A) eastern side of South Island, (B) north side of Direction Island, (C) beach-back vegetation along the north-east side of Home Island, (D) micro-plastics along the eastern side of South Island.<br> (Nature.com) The outlet reported Lavers did her research in 2017 on seven of the islands. According to the study, she and her colleagues chose the Cocos Keeling Islands because, as uninhabited locations, the plastic they found wouldn’t be from the islands themselves and no one would have been there to remove any of it. MELTING GLACIERS ON ALASKA’S DENALI WILL UNLEASH TONS OF …

Ancient Romans used molten iron to repair streets before Vesuvius erupted

When Mount Vesuvius erupted, it covered the city in ash and lava; though the eruption killed many of Pompeii’s inhabitants, it also preserved the city in time. [Pompeii Photos: Archaeologists Find Skeletal Remains of Victims of Vesuvius Eruption] Iron streets Many of Pompeii’s streets were paved with stone, but during a survey in July 2014, archaeologists found that over time, the passage of carts eroded those stones to form deep holes, or ruts. Repaving streets was an expensive and time-consuming process, historical records and archaeological remains show. “One option for repair, complete repaving in stone, was a difficult and expensive endeavor that might block important through-routes in a city for months,” the researchers wrote in their paper. This posed a …

Sisense acquires Periscope Data to build integrated data science and analytics solution

Sisense announced today that it has acquired Periscope Data to create what it is calling a complete data science and analytics platform for customers. The companies did not disclose the purchase price. The two companies’ CEOs met about 18 months ago at a conference, and running similar kinds of companies, hit it off. They began talking and, after a time, realized it might make sense to combine the two startups because each one was attacking the data problem from a different angle. Sisense, which has raised $174 million, tends to serve business intelligence requirements either for internal use or externally with customers. Periscope, which has raised more than $34 million, looks at the data science end of the business. Both …

Exxon Scientists Predicted This Week’s CO2 Emissions Milestone Over 35 Years Ago

Earth reached a grim milestone this week: levels of atmospheric CO2 reached 415 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since humans developed agriculture 10,000 years ago, primarily thanks to a colossal rise of industrial activity in the 1800s, which ramped up further following World War II. While relentlessly creeping carbon dioxide levels is hardly a surprise to hear, it certainly won’t be a shock to scientists at the oil and gas giant Exxon, whose climate models predicted this – pretty much to a T – over 35 years ago. In 2015, Inside Climate News published a widely acclaimed series of articles called Exxon: The Road Not Taken that investigated Exxon’s engagement with the mounting evidence of fossil fuel’s role in global …

Two Geomagnetic Storms Due To Hit Earth Means Auroras May Be Visible Over The Northern US

The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), which is part of the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has put out an alert about a minor geomagnetic storm hitting Earth on May 15, at 5pm EDT, and a moderate geo-storm hitting on May 16, stretching into the following day. This means celestial light shows known as auroras will be visible to northern latitudes, and may even be visible to northern parts of the United States. The geomagnetic storms are the effect of electrically charged particles hitting and being captured by our planet’s magnetosphere. These particles are constantly being released by the Sun as “solar wind”, but intense solar activity can generate a “freak wave” of particles which do have some potentially dangerous …

Why blend? Exploring the art and science of blending

Humans are the blending species, says philosopher of the senses Barry Smith, but what makes some blends work when others don’t? What does the skill of a good blender consist in? And is blending an art or a science? Whether your favourite drink is tea or coffee, champagne or Scotch whisky, you may be surprised to learn that what you’re drinking is probably a blend. Whisky lovers often prize single malt whiskies more highly than the blended Scotch that combines them, but even single malts will be mostly blends of spirits from different casks. The urge to blend, it seems, is everywhere, and it is also a distinctly human act. We alone go in for these repeated experiments of combining …

The Evolution of a Tornado

Photograph by Jason Weingart In this amazing photomontage we get to see the evolution of a tornado that formed north of Minneola, Kansas on May 24, 2016. The photo is a composite of eight images shot in two sequences. According to photographer Jason Weingart, this prolific supercell went on to produce at least 12 tornadoes and at times had two and even three tornadoes on the ground at once. This image was most recently awarded first place in the Wikimedia Commons 2018 Picture of the Year. The image was also a Jury’s Choice award winner in the 2017 Wiki Science Competition in the United States. via Jason Weingart on Wikimedia Commons Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: …

The Shirk Report Volume 525

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 20 IMAGES – Friday! – Still trying to understand what they thought was going to happen – This dog’s face when the bubble bursts is the saddest thing I’ve ever seen – Okay first of all, get out my head – Secondly, hand me my weapons – Thirdly, for the love of God, please stop holding it like that – I would like to introduce you to Ninja Cat | …

Australian Commentator’s Answer To Climate Science Is Astrology

As the world heats up, ice melts, and species are lost, those seeking to delay action on climate change get ever more desperate. No longer content with alleging weather bureaus are faking data to make it seem hotter than it is, one of Australia’s more prominent conservative commentators gave a platform to an astrologer to blame heatwaves on other planets. Rowan Dean is the editor of The Spectator Australia, an offshoot of the UK magazine of the same name. He also hosts a TV show on Sky News. Despite the show’s small ratings, it hosts the most prominent right-wing commentators in the Australian (and sometimes global) media. What is discussed there often leads, and possibly sets, the agenda for columns …

The Incredible Story of the Identical Twins Who Look Nothing Alike

Adam and Neil Pearson are identical twins, but you’d never know it from looking at them. Although they share the same DNA, their appearances are vastly different; each suffers from neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic disorder that has affected them in divergent ways. They tell their story in this deeply moving short documentary. “The Pearson Twins” was directed by Jonathan Braue (https://www.woodwardoriginal.com/) Read more here. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways