This Baby Grand Piano Can Play Pinball All By Itself

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Sudhu Tewari has a knack for taking completely ordinary things and transforming them into anything but. His Prepared Player Piano Pinball System (PPPPS) is one of his wackier inventions. Tewari describes it as “a self-governing, robotic” machine, but admits that description merely glosses over its madness. Photos by Carly McLane The piano can play itself. An elevator constructed from a ...

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Signs You’ve Encountered An Angel

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“Angels are around us, angels beside us, angels within us. Angels are watching over you when times are good or stressed. Their wings wrap gently around you, whispering you are loved an blessed…” Have you ever felt a comforting presence even though no one else was around or noticed a light in the corner of your eye, even though there ...

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Why humans find faulty robots more likeable

It has been argued that the ability of humans to recognize social signals is crucial to mastering social intelligence — but can robots learn to read human social cues and adapt or correct their own behavior accordingly? In a recent study, researchers examined how people react to robots that exhibit faulty behavior compared to perfectly performing robots. The results, published ...

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China holds drill to shut down 'harmful' websites

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Image copyright AFP Image caption The number of people using the internet in China is soaring China has carried out an internet drill to practise closing down websites the authorities consider to be harmful. State run media said Thursday’s exercise was also aimed at forcing internet data centres to hand over contact details of website owners. China already operates a ...

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During Layover, Flight Crew Goes ‘Above and Beyond’ for 5-Year-old Flying Solo

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This 5-year-old was all set to have a safe flight as an unaccompanied minor last month – but then the kindness of the crew made it even better Since Southwest Airlines reportedly allows children aged 5 and up to travel unaccompanied (as long as it is either a nonstop flight or non-plane change layover), Aisley Schatz was flying home to Orlando, ...

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Passion Fruit from A to Z: 26 Things to Know

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Ají de maracuyá. A hot spicy Ecuadorian sauce consisting of chili peppers, lime, olive oil or avocado and coriander added to yellow passion fruit. Some recommend it with fried plantain chips (patacones or chifles), chicken empanadas or grilled salmon. Bolo de maracujá. The soft sponge cake typical of Brazil: starting from its mixture, it is aromatized with passion fruit juice and, ...

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Little Girl Gets Second Chance at Life Thanks to Tim Tebow

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A little girl’s life and limbs are restored thanks to the help of baseball player Tim Tebow’s CURE hospital in the Philippines.  Jocy was just almost two years old when her life changed forever.  Her family’s home in the Philippines suddenly caught fire. Thankfully she escaped from the fire with her life, but not without sustaining severe burns to her ...

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China’s nuclear export ambitions run into friction

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China is using infrastructure exports to build strategic relationships with a range of countries in Asia, eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. As part of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) policy, Beijing has pledged more money than went into the postwar Marshall plan on high-speed rail schemes around the world in an effort to secure diplomatic allies ...

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Live the Life You Want According to Thomas Moore

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As humans, we are looking for a place to find rest for our souls. We have this innate drive to find comfort, but succumb to the mundane, sidestepping  what really matters. We will then flow and eventually find our way towards rest or remain in limbo. At least, Thomas Moore believes so. Moore is a writer ...

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The Basque Mother Sauces Explained

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Unlike the classic French mother sauces, those of the Basque Country – pil-pil, ink sauce, green sauce and vizcaina – are constantly evolving. “These sauces are alive,” says chef Andoni Luis Aduriz of the two Michelin star Mugaritz restaurant in San Sebastián, number nine on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. “Each town, restaurant or person can provide their own ...

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