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BBC to broadcast lost Tolkien recordings from "Tolkien in Oxford"

Recordings of J.R.R. Tolkien thought to have been lost have been rediscovered in the BBC archives and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 20.00 on Saturday 6 August.
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Brilliant! Calendar reminder set...!
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"The UK's first maternity clinic for rape and sexual assault victims has opened.

It will provide extra antenatal support with specially-trained midwives, psychologists and paediatricians.

Co-run by Barts Health NHS Trust in London, the scheme could be introduced in other UK hospitals if successful.

Consultant midwife Inderjeet Kaur said it was "so important" to ensure that the treatment did not contribute to the patients' trauma.

One in five women between the ages of 16-59 in England and Wales has experienced some form of sexual violence, according to the Office for National Statistics.

For many victims of rape and sexual assault, giving birth can trigger frightening, graphic memories of their attack.
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Ms Amara met a number of women who told her of traumatic experiences during their pregnancies.

She said: "One woman was told by her rapist: 'If you relax it'll be over with quicker.'

When the woman was told the same thing in a healthcare setting, "the health professional was completely unwittingly and unknowingly echoing the words of the rapist".

"It had a huge impact on the woman mentally. It's things like this... very small, but very big for a woman who is vulnerable.""
The UK's first maternity clinic for victims of rape and sexual assault has opened.
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"The fact that these critters make people nervous is actually the reason that Shufran, an entomologist at the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, decided to start her traveling Insect Adventure petting zoo. Visitors to the petting zoo at its home in Stillwater, Oklahoma, or the many places it travels to around the state get a chance to hold the animals that often make them squirm.

“Even though [arthropods are] the largest group of animals on Earth, it is also the least understood,” says Shufran.

It’s the same sentiment that led Aaron Rodriques, a Ph.D. candidate in entomology at Purdue University, to start holding petting zoos with insects, arachnids, and other creatures at places like Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum (the next one is September 12).

Giving people an opportunity to interact with arthropods like cockroaches and spiders is not only a good way to introduce them to the fascinating creatures, it’s also a way to ease their fears, he says."
These unconventional zoos teach people about arthropods by letting them interact with them.
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Modelling of ocean currents now apparently good enough that it may have some predictive value. "On July 29 2015, more than 16 months after the flight disappeared, a section of a wing – a flaperon – washed up on Reunion Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. This was later confirmed as originating from the MH370 aircraft.

We actually predicted this discovery using an oceanographic drift model 12 months in advance.
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The location of the possible crash site identified through the drift modelling presented here are located to the north of the current sea bed search area.

The current status of the search is that once the current targeted area has been completed, the search is to be suspended. This would allow for careful reflection and review of the different data sources as well as results from the sea bed mapping.

Results of the oceanographic drift modelling indicate that if a new search is to be conducted, then a priority region to target would be the area between 33°S and 28°S along the 7th arc."
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Very sad. Gmane has been my favourite way to quickly access various mailing lists. Fortunately, Jason Scott with the Internet Archive has offered to archive the current site. But going forward, who knows? Also at Hacker News [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12180547 ].
In 2002, I grew annoyed with not finding the obscure technical information I was looking for, so I started Gmane, the mailing list archive. All technical discussion took place on mailing lists thos…
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JMS on Jerry Doyle.
When it came to politics, Jerry Doyle and I disagreed on, well, pretty much everything. Politically, Jerry was just to the right of Attila the Hun. There
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A little piece of us fades away when those people cross the river to the other shore. I'll miss all of them.
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BBC to broadcast lost Tolkien recordings from "Tolkien in Oxford"

Recordings of J.R.R. Tolkien thought to have been lost have been rediscovered in the BBC archives and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 20.00 on Saturday 6 August.
Recordings of J.R.R. Tolkien thought to have been lost have been rediscovered in the BBC archives and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 20.00 on ...
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Nice. But no news yet on training them to become drop bears...};-) "Researchers from Griffith University in Queensland have been monitoring 130 new marsupial safety crossings (like retrofitted water culverts or bridge underpasses) and found that koalas have been surprisingly fast in learning how to use them.

“We expected (the koalas) to take a while to get used to them,” Griffith University’s Professor Darryl Jones told ABC Science.

“To our great surprise, they were using them three weeks into it. Can you teach koalas new tricks? You can, that’s the point.”

It is hoped that koalas using these passages will help to arrest the 80 per cent decline in the koala population in Queensland’s Redland and nearby ‘koala coast.’"
Researchers in Queensland have been monitoring new marsupial safety crossings and found that koalas have been surprisingly fast in learning how to use them.
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Exposed at [ http://darkpatterns.org/ ]: the deceptive tricks websites use to get us to agree to non-obvious mailing lists, subscriptions or offers. "It happens to the best of us. After looking closely at a bank statement or cable bill, suddenly a small, unrecognizable charge appears. Fine print sleuthing soon provides the answer—somehow, you accidentally signed up for a service. Whether it was an unnoticed pre-marked checkbox or an offhanded verbal agreement at the end of a long phone call, now a charge arrives each month because naturally the promotion has ended. If the possibility of a refund exists, it’ll be found at the end of 45 minutes of holding music or a week’s worth of angry e-mails.

Everyone has been there. So in 2010, London-based UX designer Harry Brignull decided he’d document it. Brignull’s website, darkpatterns.org, offers plenty of examples of deliberately confusing or deceptive user interfaces. These dark patterns trick unsuspecting users into a gamut of actions: setting up recurring payments, purchasing items surreptitiously added to a shopping cart, or spamming all contacts through prechecked forms on Facebook games.
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With six years of data, Brignull has broken dark patterns down into 14 categories. There are hidden costs users don’t see until the end. There’s misdirection, where sites attract user attention to a specific section to distract them from another. Other categories include sites that prevent price comparison or have tricky or misleading opt-in questions. One type, Privacy Zuckering, refers to confusing interfaces tricking users into sharing more information than they want to. (It’s named after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, of course.) Though perhaps the worst class of dark pattern is forced continuity, the common practice of collecting credit card details for a free trial and then automatically billing users for a paid service without an adequate reminder.
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Klein believes many of the worst dark patterns are pushed by businesses, not by designers. “It’s often pro-business at the expense of the users, and the designers often see themselves as the defender or advocate of the user,” she explained. And although Brignull has never been explicitly asked to design dark patterns himself, he said he has been in situations where using them would be an easy solution—like when a client or boss says they really need a large list of people who have opted in to marketing e-mails.

“The first and easiest trick to have an opt-in is to have a pre-ticked checkbox, but then you can just get rid of that entirely and hide it in the terms of conditions and say that by registering you’re going to be opted in to our e-mails,” Brignull said. “Then you have a 100-percent sign-up rate and you’ve exceeded your goals. I kind of understand why people do it. If you’re only thinking about the numbers and you’re just trying to juice the stats, then it’s not surprising in the slightest.”"
No, it's not only you—some user interfaces today intentionally want to confuse and enroll.
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"Male mosquitoes infected with bacteria called Wolbachia have proven their worth in the lab.

They are fit enough to mate with female mosquitoes, causing them to lay eggs which do not hatch. The bacteria can also be successfully passed down from Wolbachia- infected female mosquitoes to their offspring.

All that is left for researchers now is to test how well they perform in the field, said Dr Ng Lee Ching, director of the National Environment Agency's (NEA) Environmental Health Institute.

"We have done all we can in the lab," Dr Ng told The Straits Times.
"But we are never sure that it (behaves) exactly the same way in the field," she added.

In April, the Government announced that Singapore would be conducting a small-scale field study and releasing male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia."
Male mosquitoes infected with bacteria called Wolbachia have proven their worth in the lab.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Farewell, Mr. Garibaldi. Take good care of security from the other side and have a good time with G'Kar. Also worth reading this piece on Jerry Doyle by JMS [ www.epictimes.com/07/28/2016/j-michael-straczynskis-statement-death-jerry-doyle/ ]. "Actor Jerry Doyle, best known for his role in the sci-fi series Babylon 5, has died at the age of 60.

Doyle appeared in all five series of the 1990s show as Chief Warrant Officer Michael Garibaldi.

He also made guest appearances on other popular shows, such as Beverly Hills 90210, NYPD Blue and Martial Law, and was the host of a nationally-syndicated daily radio show in the US."
Actor Jerry Doyle, best known for his role in the sci-fi series Babylon 5, has died at the age of 60.
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RIP. Babylon 5 was such a great show, but sadly did not receive the recognition it deserved.
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My attempt at taking the evening sky tonight. If I'm not wrong, that is Mercury in the shot as Venus is currently lower in the evening sky and not seen.
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