New Zealand’s Mystery Giant Bird Had Tiny African Relatives

Until humans arrived 750 years ago, New Zealand was a paradise for birds. Facing almost no competition or predation from mammals some of them took a deeply eccentric turn. The adzebill evolved such an odd body that, hundreds of years after it went extinct, ornithologists have struggled to work out how it lived, and identify its nearest relatives. Dr Kieren Mitchell of Adelaide University has helped solve its family tree, but admits to being stumped on the first question. There is really nothing else like it that we know of today, so it’s hard to make comparisons. Mitchell is co-author of a paper in Diversity showing the adzebill’s nearest living relatives are Madagascan birds barely 1000th of its weight. This opens …

How Target is trying to woo mom and dads

New York (CNN Business)Moms and dads are some of the best shoppers for retailers. Target has a plan to win them over: Focus on the kids. A combination of factors has buoyed growth. Many parents today are having children later in life and are further along in their careers. That means they have more disposable income to spend and room to trade up for flashy clothes for their little ones, according to Ayako Homma, an analyst who covers the children’s clothing market at Euromonitor International. Target has taken aggressive steps to woo parents and capitalize on an opening in the market. Former heavyweights Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us are gone, Gymboree has filed for bankruptcy a second time …

Did Bronze Age Europeans Keep Foxes As Pets?

Dogs may have firmly established their role as man’s best friend but new evidence published in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences suggests their Bronze Age ancestors faced some competition – in the form of the nifty and more mischevious common fox, aka Vulpes vulpes. Archaeologists digging at Can Roqueta (Barcelona) and Minferri (Lleida) in the Iberian Peninsula discovered the remains of four foxes amongst a total of 64 human burials. Also present at the sites were the bones of a wolf, 32 dogs, and 19 hoofed mammals, revealing a funeral practice common to the early to late Bronze Age of burying the dead alongside domesticated animals. In one grave, for example, archaeologists found the body of an old man next to the skeleton of a single …

30 People Share Their Brainfart Moments Where They Failed To Remember A Basic Word

#2 “We were in the department tea room and there were crumbs on the table so I guess my mind just jumped and switched photons – a word I must say dozens of times a day, for “shiny… crumbs”. I can’t properly describe it. We both saw the funny side.” #4 “Since my Tweet lots of people on Twitter replied sharing the times their minds have gone blank and forgotten words, and lots have been hilarious. The human mind is remarkable.” #6 “My research lies between physics and chemistry, investigating ways to improve the light-trapping abilities of surfaces of solar cells which can generate electricity at higher efficiencies. It’s a really interesting field of research. I use molten salts, very …

The Best Outfits From ‘Vanderpump Rules’ So Far & Where To Get Them Betches

1. Kristen’s Lace Bodysuit Bodysuit Boo! Get Details on Kristen Doute’s Black Lace Bodysuit and Style Stealers with the Link In Our Bio or by following us on the @liketoknow.it app! http://liketk.it/2ztcp #liketkit #pumprules #vanderpumprules #bravotv #realitytv #bodysuit #lacebodysuit A post shared by BigBlondeHair.com (@bigblondehair) on Jan 21, 2019 at 6:58pm PST MAJORELLE Annie Bodysuit Stassi always looks chic and polished, so it’s no surprise that her first time on a “pj” she looks classy af. Her signature LA look is a button-up shirt and little denim shorts, plus a cool pair of shades and glam shoes. It’s the perfect effortlessly cool outfit formula, and you can get an almost identical version of her shirt online from Nordstrom Rack. And, …

Man charged after grandma dies; bed filled with maggots

MELBOURNE, Fla. – A Florida man has been charged after his 87-year-old grandmother died and authorities say her bed was filled with live maggots. Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies say Allen Arias brought an unresponsive Anita Arias to the hospital last month. The woman was covered in bed sores and some were infested with maggots. A search warrant of the home revealed frozen dinners and dirty diapers stacked up and blood and feces stains on the bed and walls. Authorities said they also found full prescription bottles for Anita Arias who suffered from dementia. Authorities said she was in fair health when Allen Arias brought her home from a rehabilitation center in December. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; …

Stop Saying Millennials Are Killing DatingWe’re Not Betches

If there’s anything you absolutely do not need to read today (or ever), it’s another entry in the (depressingly bloated) collection of essays about how millennials are killing dating. But because the world we live in is a nightmarish trash fire, I’m sorry to report that the genre is alive and well. In the past, it’s been attributed to everything from our need for instant gratification to our supposed preference for honking it to porn over real life intimacy. The latest entry, however, takes an interesting (if not exactly new) angle: Young people—are they boning enough? That’s the premise behind a ghastly column about how millennials are killing dating in the Washington Post by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American …

Japanese Scientists Say They Are Going To Shoot An Asteroid With A Bullet This Week

Japanese scientists are gearing up to shoot an asteroid with a bullet later this week because, well, why not? It’s all part of the final phase of the five-year Hayabusa2 mission conducted by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to snag samples from Ryugu asteroid located some 380,000 kilometers (236,000 miles) away and return them to Earth for analysis. Hayabusa2 has been hovering over the 900-meter-wide (3,000-foot) asteroid since last June, varying its altitude with ion thrusters to counter the space rock’s gravitational attraction, while Ryugu rotates underneath it every 7.5 hours. Researchers were initially hoping to touchdown last month but were delayed after discovering the surface was much rougher than previously thought, Nature reported at the time. While the team believed the …

Harold Wilson’s powerful secretary dies

“I don’t think I ever had any influences on policies because, as I say, it wasn’t my role really. Everyone knew where I stood on things,” she once said. “If I had any at all, it’s because they heard my voice and very often if there were a crowd of people around, mostly civil servants of the prime minister, he would be arguing policy out and he would be saying the things he wanted to hear. “I might possibly be the only voice in the room saying things he didn’t want to hear.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Harold Wilson pictured with Baroness Falkender following his 1966 election win In 2007, Lady Falkender successfully sued the BBC for libel …

From bombers to Big Macs: Vietnam a lesson in reconciliation

Despite the conflict’s savagery, what followed was a remarkable rapprochement between wartime foes and it took merely 20 years to restore full relations. Now some hope Vietnam will offer Kim a road map for his own detente with the United States and that the formerly besieged capital city will be the site of a dramatic resolution to one of the last remaining Cold War conflicts. While North Korea remains America’s sworn enemy 65 years after the Korean War fighting ceased, Vietnam today stands as a burgeoning partner which even buys lethal U.S. weaponry. Bilateral trade has soared by 8,000 percent over the last two decades and billions of dollars in American investment flows into one of the world’s best performing …

FDA Warns You Shouldn’t Inject The Blood Of The Young

In a horrible indicator of how messed up everything is, the FDA has been forced to issue a warning that you shouldn’t inject the blood of the young into your veins. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say that they have become aware of establishments offering “vampire treatments” in several US states, where plasma is taken from the blood of young donors and transfused into the bodies of paying customers. You can even buy the blood using convenient payment methods. – – Companies offering the “treatment” claim (without evidence) that the young blood can treat anything from dementia and Alzheimer’s to heart disease and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The FDA has now taken the step of stating that there is “no …

If the 2020 election were today, Trump would lose

Washington (CNN)The 2020 election is 620 days away. Which, according to new state-by-state polling data from Gallup, is a very good thing for President Donald Trump. Which puts a pretty fine point on the challenge facing Trump and his 2020 campaign team between now and November 3. But to put an even FINER point on it — here are just a sampling of the states where Trump’s approval rating is currently below 49%: Texas (41%), Pennsylvania (42%), Michigan (42%) and Florida (43%). Those four states have 103 electoral votes between them. And Trump won ALL of them in 2016.

30 Laughable His-And-Hers Fashions From The 1970s You Wouldnt Wear In Public Today

#2 #3 Fashion was as diverse as ever and covered many styles and genres. The decade saw the birth of many trends that are still continuing to influence the fashion scene today – disco, punk, glam rock, ethnic, hippie, military, sporty-chick styles – the 70s had it all. Jumpsuits were one of the main trends that took over the streets and it was favored not only by stylish women, but by men as well. The matching styles has also had its moment, but sadly (or, luckily?) the trend died off together with the granny-like crocheted ponchos. It’s all for the best, isn’t it? #6 #7 Just the same as fashion and make-up looks, the hairstyles in the 70s were also …

The Best Instagram Tributes To Karl Lagerfeld Betches

Early on Tuesday morning, news broke that Karl Lagerfeld passed away at 85. The Creative Director of both Fendi and Chanel for over 35 years, Karl Lagerfeld was always on the cutting edge of what was happening in fashion. His controversial designs and ad campaigns, along with his instantly recognizable personal style, made him one of the fashion industry’s ultimate icons. Rumors of health issues had been circulating in recent weeks, especially after Karl was absent from Chanel’s Spring Haute Couture show last month in Paris. Regardless, everyone was caught off guard with the news of his passing, and dozens of celebrities and fashion figures have offered heartfelt tributes. Here are some of the best Instagram tributes to Karl Lagerfeld, …

Honda confirms Swindon car plant closure

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHonda Europe boss Ian Howells says the decision to close Swindon was driven by big changes in the car industry Honda has confirmed it will close its Swindon car plant in 2021, with the loss of about 3,500 jobs. The Japanese company builds 160,000 Honda Civics a year in Swindon, its only car factory in the EU. Honda said the move was due to global changes in the car industry and the need to launch electric vehicles, and it had nothing to do with Brexit. Business Secretary Greg Clark said the decision was “devastating” for Swindon and the UK. A fall in demand for diesel cars and tougher emissions regulations have shaken …

On Presidents Day lets reflect on the role faith played in our founders’ vision for America

VIRGINIA CHURCH RAISES $100G TO PAY OFF COLLEGE DEBT FOR 34 STUDENTS Christians share the same spiritual obligation our Founding Fathers felt to express our faith in the political and public sphere. Here are three reasons why: 1.         Political involvement demonstrates love for our neighbors. Jesus told us in Matthew 22 that the greatest commandment is to love God with all that we are and he went on to say that the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” As Americans, we are allowed the unique opportunity to influence our laws. Using our voice and our vote as Christians to influence the political landscape of our country is one way we can show love to our neighbor. …