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Apple designer made a $12,000 hourglass that comes with an iPhone-worthy design story

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 8:03pm

Design stories can be pretty silly, and that’s especially true for Samsung’s annoying smartphone design stories — here’s the most recent Galaxy S8 story. But Samsung designers aren’t the only ones that have exaggerated tales about their creations, and we’ve got one more such example for you. This time around, it comes from an Apple designer, although it doesn’t concern an Apple product.

Marc Newson created a special hourglass for Hodinkee that retails for $12,000. It’s handcrafted, and it contains noisy nanoballs instead of boring sand. No, there’s absolutely no reason to buy one, even if it’s a Newson creation.

The hourglass is 150mm tall and 125mm across at the widest point. It contains 1.3 million tiny copper balls that measure just 0.6mm in diameter, and measures precisely 10 minutes.

But the way Newson and Hodinkee describe it makes it sound like something that’s actually worth buying/watching/enjoying. It’s not.

“Sometimes you see an object, and it just captivates you. You can't look away. You can't even really explain what you're looking at either,” Hodinkee says. “Marc Newson's Hourglass is one such object. It takes the idea of one of the most basic time-measuring instruments ever devised, and pushes it to its limits.” Alright.

"It is perhaps one of the most fundamental objects in the world of timekeeping, and arguably one of the oldest, but I love the fact that it is so sort of deeply esoteric, and it has this strange and mesmeric quality," Newson says in the promo video at the end of this post.

"On one hand, you're witnessing time. But on the other hand, it's completely sort of timeless, and it actually if anything focuses your attention on the opposite of time, if that makes any sense."

It doesn’t. And, look, the actual manufacturing of the hourglass is impressive itself. The glass object requires a certain precision, and it’s hand made, which is remarkable. It’s just Hodinkee and Newson’s design stories that are annoying.

“Watching the Hourglass is a multi-sensory experience that cannot be communicated in words,” the blog post explains. “The combination of watching those first few nanoballs bounce around the bottom chamber, the flow begin to change surface patterns in the top chamber, and the unique sound of the nanoballs flying around, hitting the glass and one another as they settle at the bottom, is utterly mesmerizing. Invariably, the first time we show it to someone, there's a gasp, a big smile, and sometimes even a little giggle as they lean in and get ready to watch for the full 10 minutes.” Mkay.

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The Latest: GOP campaign says candidate, reporter both fell

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 8:03pm

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on assault allegations against Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte (all times local):

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Why Melania Trump covers her head one day and not the next

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 7:57pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — To cover up or not to cover up?

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Listen to the audio of a Republican candidate for Congress bodyslam a journalist

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 7:55pm

This post was updated to reflect an eyewitness report from Fox News.  So 2017 has reached a new low. On the eve of Montana's special election, Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs reported that Republican candidate Greg Gianforte body-slammed him at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman. Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017 Audio of the incident was recorded, which we've embedded above. On it, Gianforte can be heard screaming at Jacobs to "get the hell out of here" after a scuffle. "You just body-slammed me," Jacobs then says. Jacobs reported the incident to the police, who are investigating the alleged assault, and he sought medical attention.  Later in the night, a Fox News reporter who witnessed the incident said "Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him" and then "began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of 'I'm sick and tired of this!'" Last month, Jacobs broke a story about Gianforte's ties to U.S.-sanctioned Russian companies. For those seeking updates, just spoke with Ben. He is currently seeking medical attention and getting an X-ray on his elbow. https://t.co/j0fYkAcBsO — Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) May 25, 2017 Gianforte's spokesperson released a statement shortly after the news broke, effectively denying Jacobs' account. "It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ," it read. Gianforte's statement: pic.twitter.com/WVNdA1yZ8w — Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 25, 2017 President Trump and Vice President Pence have both recorded robocalls endorsing Gianforte and Donald Trump Jr. has joined him on the campaign trail. Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte is buddies with Donald Trump Jr.Image: AP/REX/ShutterstockGianforte's Wikipedia page offers some interesting details about his beliefs on retirement, politics, religion and evolution. Changes to his page have been coming in fast and already include the alleged assault on Jacobs. "There's nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it's been an accepted concept in our culture today," Gianforte, who made millions in the software business, said while speaking at the Montana Bible College. "Nowhere does it say, 'Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.'" @jswatz @yashar The worst parts of his Wikipedia are true... pic.twitter.com/XvzynXtUZT — Mr. Cara Patricia (@CaraPatricia) May 25, 2017 Edit wars have broken out on Greg Gianforte's Wikipedia page. https://t.co/GqZ5KzPOda pic.twitter.com/ot1L5AR0Aj — John Schwartz (@jswatz) May 25, 2017 Gianforte wants the open MT seat. This reporter exposed his Russian ties. Voters should body slam Gianforte at the ballot box Thurs. #Quist https://t.co/cTJO4W2lbh — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 25, 2017 Gianforte is hoping to fill the congressional seat vacated by Ryan Zinke, who was tapped as U.S. Secretary of the Interior earlier this year.  His opponent, Democrat and political newcomer Rob Quist, has of late closed the gap between himself and the frontrunner, tightening a race that should be a lock for Republicans. Polls close at 8 p.m. local time. WATCH: These worms may solve the plastic waste problem

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Trump didn't let Sean Spicer meet the pope even though he really wanted to

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 7:50pm

The Trumps and some White House officials met with Pope Francis on Wednesday, but one figure was notably missing: Sean Spicer. And apparently, he's pretty upset about it. A source close to the White House told CNN that Spicer not being brought along to the meeting was "a slight," and that to meet Papa Francesco was "all he wanted." SEE ALSO: James Comey once pulled a Sean Spicer to avoid Trump Granting the one thing Spicer wanted was, uhh, just not on Trump's mind we guess.  Though he did manage to bring along Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, in addition to Jared and Ivanka.  Jared and I were honored to join the President @realDonaldTrump and First Lady @FLOTUS in meeting His Holiness Pope Francis #POTUSAbroad pic.twitter.com/oaugVOJGPI — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 24, 2017 In a shocking turn of events, people really felt for Spicey! If the man wants to meet the pope, just let him! @dave_brown24 @jenniferemorrow pic.twitter.com/X814jTROEE — Andrew Miller (@heyapm) May 24, 2017 Ok, not everyone did. @dave_brown24 Karma pic.twitter.com/7n79DLRWmZ — samslackey (@samslackey) May 24, 2017 Of course, it was pretty in character for Trump to block him in the first place.  @dave_brown24 SPICER: So will I get to meet the pope at least?TRUMP: Is the Pope Catholic?[narrator voice] it turned out Trump was actually asking — Linguica (@andrewrstine) May 24, 2017 Surely Spicey will have a second chance at a papal visit, right? Right, guys?? WATCH: Scuba dive tankless with this floating air caddie

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El Salvador sentences gang members to 390 years over massacre

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 6:50pm

A court in El Salvador on Wednesday sentenced seven members of a notorious criminal gang to 390 years in prison each for their part in a March 2016 massacre that shocked the crime-ravaged Central American country. The men, part of the "Barrio 18 Revolutionaries" gang, received a 35-year prison sentence for each of the 11 victims killed in the massacre, plus five years for their affiliations with illegal gangs, the attorney general's office said on Twitter. Authorities have said the gang members early last year kidnapped and killed three day laborers and eight workers of an electric company in the quiet town of San Juan Opico, some 27 miles northeast of the capital San Salvador.

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House approves bill seeking to upend EPA pesticide rule

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 5:42pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday passed a Republican-backed measure reversing an Environmental Protection Agency requirement that those spraying pesticides on or near rivers and lakes file for a permit.

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Britain 'furious' over US leaks on Manchester attack

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 5:40pm

London (AFP) - "Furious" British officials scolded their US counterparts on Wednesday following repeated leaks of shared material about the investigation into the deadly Manchester terror attack. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd roasted the US Department of Homeland Security and other intelligence branches after the bomber's identity and details of the probe leaked out to US media before British officials felt ready to disclose them. The pictures were apparently taken by police investigators and, according to British government ministry sources, leaked by US counterparts they had been shared with.

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Ben Sasse says Michael Flynn's hiring looks 'really, really troubling'

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 5:21pm

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., spoke to Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga about his new book, "The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance." She also asked about Michael Flynn, who is at the center of the Russia investigation. Sasse called the ousted national security adviser’s hiring "really, really troubling" and said that he should respond to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's subpoenas.

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Good service dog makes it into school yearbook right next to his human

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 5:13pm

Service dogs deserve recognition for the great deeds they perform daily. To them, they aren't even great deeds. They are just ... deeds. Andrew "AJ" Schalk, a 16-year-old junior at Stafford High School in Virginia, certainly wanted to give his service dog, Alpha, the respect that was deserved for someone who has saved his life several times. So he asked his school if they'd be willing to give his dog a spot in the yearbook, and the result is adorable.  That's a GOOD dog if I've ever seen one. SEE ALSO: Inspirational golden retriever perfectly demonstrates how to get swole for the summer Just a boy and his (service) dog pic.twitter.com/uM5f9P9X3V — AJ (@t1dfighter_aj) May 18, 2017 Schalk was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009. "The decision to get a service dog came about just to have greater control over my blood sugar and A1C, and Alpha has even saved my life on multiple occasions," Schalk said. As Schalk's service dog, Alpha's job is to alert Schalk if his blood sugar is getting too low or too high by sniffing his breath. If undetected, Schalk could be in danger. But with Alpha on the case, he has peace of mind. Andrew Schalk and his good boy, Alpha.Image: Andrew SchalkAlpha joined Schalk's family when he was four months old, and has now been with Schalk for three and a half years. Halfway through the previous school year, Schalk started bringing Alpha with him to school. "I started by bringing him once a week, then twice, and so on and so forth until he was fully acclimated," Schalk explained. Alpha is now a consistent presence at Stafford High, attending classes with Schalk every day. Image: andrew schalk"Alpha is not a distraction at all!" Schalk said. "He lays under my desk during class, and even though everyone knows he is there, everyone still pays attention to class and loves having him there." Who wouldn't love knowing that there is a dog nearby at all times? We sure wouldn't mind. Alpha is so beloved at the school, in fact, that when Schalk asked if he could be in the yearbook the request was happily granted. "I talked to a friend of mine in the yearbook club and asked of we could get Alpha into the yearbook," Schalk said. "She took it to the teacher in charge and all the teachers and administration were 100% supportive." Good boy Alpha also got himself an official student ID. Alpha clearly dressed up for picture day.Image: andrew schalk"All my classmates loved seeing Alpha in the yearbook," Schalk said. "And people that I didn't know loved the surprise of having a service dog in the yearbook." Schalk, a junior, has one more year of high school left, and that means Alpha gets to make another yearbook cameo.  "I for sure plan on having him in the yearbook next year as well," Schalk confirmed. WATCH: These worms may solve the plastic waste problem

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Ben Sasse on new CBO score and future of health care legislation in the Senate

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 5:12pm

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., spoke to Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga about his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis — and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance.” She also asked him about the newly released Congressional Budget Office score, which found that 23 million more people will be uninsured by the year 2026 under the House version of the Obamacare repeal bill. He said, “The Senate is not going to take up any version of the House bill to vote on.”

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Jeff Sessions 'did not disclose meetings with Russians on security clearance form'

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 5:06pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly did not disclose meetings he had last year with a Russian official when he applied for his security clearance, according to the Department of Justice. This new revelation is the latest example of Mr Sessions failing to disclose contacts he had with members of the Russian government. According to CNN, Mr Sessions – who spoke twice last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, once in the former senator's office – did not note these interactions on his application for security clearance.

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Ben Carson refers to poverty as a ‘state of mind’

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 5:01pm

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson referred to poverty as a “state of mind” during a Sirius XM interview. The former GOP presidential candidate said, “You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there.”

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Tattooed 'Joker' Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Passing Cars: Cops

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 5:01pm

The Florida man's face was covered in tattoos that made him look like the notorious villain from "The Dark Knight."

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Safety calls increase between US, Russia militaries

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 4:46pm

Russian and US military officials are increasingly communicating about operations in Syria -- and doing so at a higher level -- as both countries wage separate but overlapping campaigns, a US general said Wednesday. Lieutenant General Jeffrey Harrigian, who heads US Air Forces Central Command, said generals from both militaries are now using a special "deconfliction" hotline to avoid mishaps. The hotline, which had intially been staffed by lower-ranking officers, was established in late 2015 after Russia entered the Syrian war to prop up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

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Deadly brain infection in German MS patient prompts Roche investigation

Reuters Health News - May 24, 2017 - 4:45pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - A person in Germany treated with Roche Holding AG’s new multiple sclerosis drug Ocrevus has been diagnosed with an often-deadly brain infection after switching from another medication earlier this year, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday.
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Exclusive: McConnell frets about healthcare, hopeful on tax overhaul

Reuters Health News - May 24, 2017 - 4:35pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday he does not yet know how Republicans will amass the votes needed to pass legislation now being crafted to dismantle Obamacare, but expressed some optimism on another top priority, overhauling the tax code.
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Foot mat may help predict who will get a common diabetes complication

Reuters Health News - May 24, 2017 - 4:19pm
An experimental foot-temperature monitoring system might one day be able to detect when diabetic patients are developing foot ulcers, a common complication that can lead to infections and amputations, a small study suggests.
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Exclusive: McConnell expects bipartisan support for bill reauthorizing FDA user fees

Reuters Health News - May 24, 2017 - 4:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters on Wednesday he expects bipartisan support for approval of a bill authorizing taxpayer and industry funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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GW to file cannabis drug as journal confirms epilepsy success

Pharma news - May 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

GW Pharmaceuticals is set to file its cannabis-derived drug with U.S. regulators imminently, following publication of detailed data on its success in fighting severe childhood epilepsy. GW first reported in March 2016 that Epidiolex cut monthly convulsive seizures by 39 percent in children with Dravet syndrome, but full results of the 120-patient study were only published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. GW's medicine, which is given as a syrup, is a purified form of cannabidiol, one of the active ingredients found in marijuana.

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