Waterlilies: miracles that you can grow | James Wong

Long thought to be impossible, a hardy lavender waterlily was gardening’s holy grail – until 2007… In the cosy world of gardening, it’s rare something comes along that changes everything. But for lovers of water plants, in the summer of 2007 a Thai farmer would overturn almost 100 years of entrenched dogma with a creation that many thought impossible: a hardy blue waterlily. With their flawless translucent petals, waterlilies are among the most beautiful of all garden plants. Yet their quirky genetics mean that, unlike most garden favourites, this genus eluded the endeavours of plant breeders until just over a century ago. Right up to the late 1800s the only waterlily available to European gardeners was the white native form. …

Country diary: one small step, but one giant leap for insect-kind

Claxton, Norfolk: A single square metre left unmown attracts more than 50 species This spring Rotherham borough council received deserved praise for the banks of native flowers it now allows to flourish on its verges. During this period I noted how most main roadsides across Norfolk had been turned brown with herbicide spray, although presently the dual carriageway around Norwich has slopes awash with the colours of wild perennials. In our parish our small green, which is barely 15m by 100m, is mown according to the unthinking orthodoxy that prevails across much of civic Britain. It’s a waste of money, fuel and resources, but does it really matter to wildlife that the patch is reduced every fortnight to shorn turf? …

‘Five years to do 10 chuffing houses!’ – meet the guerrilla gardeners of Granby

Why is there a full-size tree inside this once-abandoned Liverpool terrace? Step inside Granby Winter Garden, the latest transformation from Turner prize winning architects Assemble From the outside, they look like any other houses in the street, with their big bay windows framed by chunky liver-coloured sandstone, and bright-blue front doors in brick-arched openings. But there’s something strange going on. You can see the sky through the first-floor windows, and exotic leaves are pressing up against the panes. Step inside and, rather than a standard two-up two-down, you’re confronted with a lush scene of ferns, lilies and full-sized beech trees, while fronds of star jasmine wind up the stair banisters towards a greenhouse roof. This is the Granby Winter Garden, …

Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s plans for brain-reading ‘threads’ and a robot to insert them

Photo: Neuralink Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, showed off some of the technology it has been developing to the public for the first time. The goal is to eventually begin implanting devices in paralyzed humans, allowing them to control phones or computers. The first big advance is flexible “threads,” which are less likely to damage the brain than the materials currently used in brain-machine interfaces. These threads also create the possibility of transferring a higher volume of data, according to a white paper credited to “Elon Musk & Neuralink.” The abstract notes that the system could include “as many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads.” Thinner than a human hair The threads… Continue …

Metal Gear Solid V, Killer Instinct join July’s Xbox One and PC Game Pass line-up

Microsoft has announced a fresh batch of titles coming to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service this month, on both Xbox One and PC, including the likes of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Killer Instinct Definitive Edition. Working in chronological order, 17th July sees the arrival of intriguing “non-linear, narrative-driven noire investigation” mystery Night Call on PC. A day later, on 18th July, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain comes to Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One, and The Banner Saga 3 – the final entry in Stoic Games’ critically acclaimed Viking series – arrives for Xbox One and PC. Rounding off the month, on 25th July, are Shinji Mikami’s survival horror classic Resident Evil 4 …

Save up to 33% on Seagate external hard drives for your PS4 and Xbox One

Regularly considered one of the best external hard drives for PS4 or Xbox One, a range of Seagate HDDs and SSDs are now available for up to 33% off. By this time in your console’s life cycle you’re probably running out of space to install and update everything so an external hard drive can be a very sensible purchase. Of those currently reduced, our top pick in terms of value for money would be this Seagate 2 TB Expansion Portable External Hard Drive for only £49.99. That’s a comfortable amount of free space that will ensure you won’t need to fiddle around with data management for some time. Read more Read more: eurogamer.net

Metal Gear Solid 5, Resident Evil 4, Killer Instinct, more coming to Xbox Game Pass in July

Microsoft has announced additional titles coming to Xbox Game Pass this month. Six additional titles are coming to Xbox Game Pass to round out the month of July. Starting tomorrow, July 17, Xbox Game Pass subscribers can download Night Call. The following day, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will become available. The same day, July 18, The Banner Saga 3 will arrive on the service. On July 25, three more titles will arrive on the service: For the King, Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition, and Resident Evil 4. Some of the titles will also be made available through Xbox Game Pass on PC. Other title which released on the service earlier this month include Middle-earth: Shadow of War, My …

Wallabies shaken after front-rower Taniela Tupou mugged in South Africa

Teammates make ‘Tongan Thor’ back away from getaway car after phone robbery left player with minor cuts Taking on a 135kg Wallabies front-rower nicknamed the “Tongan Thor” on the street might seem like one of the worst ideas in the history of bad ideas, but it was Taniela Tupou who was left counting his blessings after being subjected to a brazen robbery in Johannesburg over the weekend. Tupou, in South Africa preparing for Australia’s opening Rugby Championship match later this week, was heading back to the team hotel after dinner at a steak restaurant in an affluent suburb when a man pounced and snatched his mobile phone. Continue reading… Read more: theguardian.com

Ibiza: I Party di lunedì 15 luglio

Ibiza: I Party di lunedì 15 luglio Nueko Il lunedì di Ibiza è sempre molto energico, ecco i party da non perdere: Amnesia:  Pyramid Dj: Len Faki,Charlotte De Witte, Matador,Mar Flores Eden: Idol Dj: N’to, Joachim Pastor, Worakls, Diego Donati, Emanuele Inga B2B Luca Radez Heart Ibiza: Bob Sinclar “Electrico Romantico” Djs: Bob Sinclar, Daddy’s Groove, Nico De Andrea, Fredelux Ibiza Rock’s Hotel: MK’s Area 10 Pool Party Dj: MK, Todd Terry, Weiss, Nora En Pure, Nightlapse Pacha Ibiza: The Masquerade Dj: Claptone, Maya Jane Coles, Heidi, Sidney Charles, Mr Doris Ushuaïa: BIG by David Guetta Dj: David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, Jonas Blue, Lovra DC10: Circoloco Dj: Seth Troxler, Antal, Rampa Vs. &ME, Palms Trax, Avalon Emerson, Aurora Halal, Bambounou, …

Here are the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals so far

If you’re reading this, then Amazon Prime Day 2019 is underway. Prices have fallen for countless products, including tech, and you’ll be able to shop the deals for 48 hours, until 2:59AM ET / 11:59PM PT on Tuesday, July 16th. First things first: to get in on the deals, you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber. You can get started with a free 30-day trial to the service, then either let it auto-renew, or cancel it once the trial comes to an end. Following the cadence set in years past, Amazon will be rolling out new Spotlight deals and Lightning deals throughout Prime Day(s). So, while some of the savings will last throughout the two-day period, others will come …

Invasion of the electric scooter: can our cities cope?

They’re cheaper than cabs, less effort than a bike and more convenient than buses. But as the number of e-scooter accidents rises, a backlash is growing Most of the people riding electric scooters around Copenhagen glide like swans, bodies motionless and serene with heads tilted into the sunshine. I am the ugly duckling, wobbling and jerking while I struggle to figure out exactly how this two-wheeled contraption works. Where do I put my feet? How hard do I thumb the accelerator? And how on earth am I meant to indicate left and press the brake with my left hand at the same time? Continue reading… Read more: theguardian.com

Stars of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Surprise Guests at ‘Festival of the Lion King’

Yesterday guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom were treated to a surprise performance of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” by JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph the voices of Young Simba and Young Nala in Disney’s “The Lion King.” The special appearance was in advance of a performance of “Festival of the Lion King.” Check it out. Featuring song favorites like “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” the new film will also introduce original songs, including the uplifting “Never Too Late,” performed by Elton John and “Spirit” performed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Disney’s “The Lion King” roars into theaters on July 19, 2019. Disney’s “The Lion King” …

AVOIDING SCAMS – Terrible Writing Advice

Big thanks to Skillshare for enduring the coming Sponsorship War!: http://skl.sh/twa11 Terrible Writing Advice gets taken into the wonderful world of writing scams. Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure exploitation. Take a look and you’ll see into your own economic devastation. I’ve got a bunch of honest thoughts I’m behind on. This one will be updated eventually along with the rest. Terrible Writing Advice merchandise has arrived! Get it here: https://standard.tv/collections/terrible-writing-advice SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS My Website: http://jpbeaubien.com/ My Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorJPBeaubien/ My Twitter: https://twitter.com/JosephPBeaubien My Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15180667.J_P_Beaubien Buy my book!: http://mybook.to/AeonLegionBook1 CREDITS Music: “Quirky Dog”, “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys”, and “Son of a Rocket” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ …

What Blackout? NYC Mayor de Blasio Hammered By Angry New Yorkers Enduring A Blackout While The Mayor Campaigns From Iowa

The following article, What Blackout? NYC Mayor de Blasio Hammered By Angry New Yorkers Enduring A Blackout While The Mayor Campaigns From Iowa, was first published on 100PercentFedUp.com. Parts of New York City went black tonight leaving the city at a standstill. Times Square, the subway and restaurants all went black…Over 40 thousand New Yorkers were suddenly without power. This is a big deal, right? Well, the Mayor of NYC isn’t planning on rushing back to Gotham. He’s too busy campaigning in Waterloo, […] Continue reading: What Blackout? NYC Mayor de Blasio Hammered By Angry New Yorkers Enduring A Blackout While The Mayor Campaigns From Iowa … Read more: 100percentfedup.com

Court: GOP mapmaker's files allowed in gerrymandering trial

A few dozen computer files recovered from the home of a deceased Republican redistricting consultant can be offered as evidence in next week’s partisan gerrymandering trial in North Carolina, state judges ruled on Friday. The three-judge panel presiding over the trial that starts Monday sided with the election reform group Common Cause, the North Carolina Democratic Party and registered Democratic voters who are suing Republican lawmakers and challenging state House and Senate boundaries drawn in 2017. The plaintiffs subpoenaed documents from the estranged daughter of longtime GOP mapmaker Tom Hofeller that turned out to be more than 75,000 files from 22 hard drives and thumb drives that she said she came across while looking for personal mementos. Read more: news.yahoo.com

The science of a happy marriage

Have you ever waited with excitement to share some amazingly good news with your partner, only to experience a surge of frustration and resentment when he or she barely reacts to your announcement? As a society, we place a huge amount of emphasis on being there for each other when we’re in need, but past research has actually shown that relationship satisfaction is influenced as much, if not more, by how we react to each other’s good news. Whereas emotional support from a partner when we’re down can have the unfortunate side-effect of making us feel indebted and more aware of our negative emotions, a partner’s positive reaction to our good news can magnify the benefits of that good fortune …