Bridezilla Asks Guests to Pay to Attend Wedding

And here I thought Canadians were such nice people.

from the Daily Mail:

A disgruntled bride-to-be has revealed she was forced to cancel her extravagant ‘fairytale’ wedding after her guests refused to pay $CAD 1,500 each to attend.

The Canadian bride, who is known only as ‘Susan’, was due to tie the knot with her childhood sweetheart in a lavish $CAD 60,000 ($46,020) wedding.

But the couple decided to call off the ceremony just four days before exchanging their vows after they struggled to foot the bill.

Taking to Facebook to explain their decision, the furious mother-of-one blamed her family and friends for the breakdown of her relationship as she vented her frustration in a lengthy post. read more

Samsung S10 Screen Can Repair Itself

Samsung is thought to be releasing its flagship handset the S10 in 2019 and a patent application suggests it may be fitted with a futuristic self-healing screen.

The revolutionary display would be able to fix any cracks or scratches on the screen without the owner needing to do anything.

According to a patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the screen will also be impervious to any scuffs, scratches and fingerprint marks.

The technology has been teased in small doses before and the patent also mentions the possibility of it being applied to ‘flexible devices’ which could open the door for foldable phones.

Samsung is thought to be releasing its flagship handset the S10 in 2019 and it may be fitted with a futuristic self-healing screen. The revolutionary display could see the end of irritating scratches that obscure the screen (stock)

Rather Have a Holographic Wife?

A Japanese firm is hoping a tiny holographic girl could take the place of a wife.

Called Aizuma Hikari, the tiny holographic anime girl that stands just a few inches tall inside of a cylindrical projector.

Japanese tech firm Gatebox says the system is able to communicate with its owners, called ‘masters’, through speakers and even an app.

The Tokyo-based firm says it is aimed at ‘single men who live alone’.

The system has just begun mass production for 150,000 yen (US$1,352). The holographic character stands 8 inches tall and talks to her 'husband' from behind a cylindrical plastic barrier.

Baltic Sea Algae Bloom

NASA has revealed an incredible image of a gigantic ‘whirlpool’ of algae in the Baltic sea.

Every summer, phytoplankton spread across the northern basins of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, with blooms spanning hundreds and sometimes thousands of kilometers.

Blooms this summer off of Scandinavia seem to be particularly intense, NASA said.

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On July 18, 2018, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired a natural-color image (above) of a swirling green phytoplankton bloom in the Gulf of Finland, a section of the Baltic Sea. Note how the phytoplankton trace the edges of a vortex; it is possible that this ocean eddy is pumping up nutrients from the depths. For scale, a ship is shown. The swirling bloom is at least 15 miles across, which means New York City¿s Manhattan Island could fit inside it with a little room to spare.

We Could Soon Have Unlimited Transplant Organs

Futuristic ‘smart’ tissues could grow into any organ and automatically connect to the bodies of transplant patients, study reveals

Scientists have created synthetic tissues that can rebuild themselves into any part of the body, a new study reveals.

The researchers developed a new compound that mimics DNA’s instructions for cells to turn into various tissues.

Using this method, the University of California, San Francisco team could effectively automate these cells to take on various structures and colors, a process akin to what happens in the early stages of natural embryonic development.

Exerting this level of control to create complex biological forms indicates that scientists may soon be able to stop 3D-printing organs and grow them the way nature does instead. read more

New Route to Early America Found?

How early humans first got to the Americas has long been debated by scientists.

The conventional story goes that the earliest settlers came via Siberia, crossing the now-defunct Bering land bridge on foot and trekking through Canada.

However, some scientists believe the first Americans may have taken a coastal route along Alaska’s Pacific border to enter the continent.

Now, a new study has come up with some of the first evidence to support this theory by looking at boulders and bedrock in the region. read more

Netflix – Obama – Quid pro Quo

from the Daily Mail:

Obamas’ Netflix deal happened after streaming film studio’s chief content officer raised $600,000 for former president – who made his wife ambassador to the Bahamas

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos raised thousands of dollars for former President Barack Obama, who appointed Sarandos’ wife, Nicole Avant, as ambassador to the Bahamas.

Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama announced Monday they had entered a multi-year producing partnership with the online streaming service.

Sarandos and Avant bundled nearly $600,000 in contributions to Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign, the New York Post reported. 

Sarandos helped broker the deal, the Post reported, which is said to worth up to $50 million to the former first couple.  

The Netflix COO and his wife are longtime friends of the Obamas. Avant serve as ambassador to the Bahamas from 2009 to 2011. It’s common for presidents of both parties to appoint big donors to ambassadorial positions.

Avant’s father, Clarence, a music executive, also bundled nearly $450,000 for Obama’s presidential campaigns, the newspaper reported. read more

BMW Shows Us Hyperloop Travel

A stunning Virgin Hyperloop One pod that could carry passengers at speeds of up to 760mph (1,200 kmh) when it launches in 2020 has been unveiled.

The prototype pod is equipped with luxury adjustable leather seats and built-in touchscreen displays that let passengers personalise their entertainment.

Floor lighting could help travellers to find their way around and there are also personally-controlled lights for reading.

The BMW-designed concept pods give a glimpse of the luxurious conditions inside the futuristic transport vehicles, which could launch in Dubai within the next two years. read more

Origami Skyscraper for Disaster Zones

Designed by a group of Polish architects, the Skyshelter.zip concept could be packed into a box and carried underneath a helicopter to almost any site.

The structure of the skyscraper unfolds almost instantaneously thanks to a large load-bearing helium balloon placed within, which protects it from external forces.

The design recently won the annual Evolo competition and beat rival efforts from 525 other interesting architectural concepts, including honourable mentions for an Urban Lung that sequesters carbon in the air and a tower that uses the power of a waterfall to generate energy.

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Sign Language Translating Robot Arm

A robotic hand that can translate words into sign language gestures for deaf people has been created by scientists.

Named Project Aslan, the 3D-printed hand costs as little as £400 ($560) to make and interprets both written text and spoken words.

The device communicates through ‘fingerspelling’, a type of sign language where words are spelled out letter-by-letter through separate gestures on a single hand.

The robot, which will be ready in five years, could one day be carried around in a rucksack, scientists say.

It could help some of the 70 million worldwide who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate with people who don’t know sign language. read more