Could Short People Have an Advantage When It Comes to A-Fib?

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2019 — Tall folks might be able to reach that high top shelf, but there’s a price — they may be more likely to develop a potentially dangerous abnormal heart rhythm than shorter folks.

New research finds that a person’s risk of atrial fibrillation (a-fib) increases by about 3% for every inch over the average height of 5-foot-7.

Further, it appears that certain genes linked to height also are associated with a-fib, said lead researcher Dr. Michael Levin, a cardiology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Atrial fibrillation is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that increases a person’s risk of stroke fivefold. It also raises risk of blood clots, heart failure and other heart-related diseases, the American Heart Association says.

Knowing that tall folks are at increased risk of a-fib could help prevent deaths and disease related to the heart condition, Levin said.

“While we can’t change your height, we may be able to modify other risk factors for a-fib in taller individuals and be more aggressive about controlling blood pressure or diabetes or cholesterol,” Levin said.

For this study, Levin and his colleagues analyzed genetic data from two international databases.

They looked specifically at genetic variants associated with height in one group of more than 700,000 people, and then identified mutations associated with a-fib in another group of more than 500,000 people.

Statistical analysis revealed that genetic variants linked with height were also strongly associated with a-fib, the researchers found.

Taking it a step further, they then analyzed medical data on nearly 7,000 individuals enrolled in a biobank at the University of Pennsylvania.

They found that height — and the genetic variants associated with height — are both strongly associated with an increased risk of a-fib.

However, they’re still at a loss for an explanation why, Levin said, and the study did not prove cause and effect.

One theory has held that tall people have larger hearts, and the size of the heart might increase a-fib risk, he said.

“We were able to adjust for that, and it doesn’t seem to be related to heart size,” Levin said.

Even without an easy explanation, the identification of genes associated with both height and a-fib opens up new doors for future research, said Dr. Michael Valentine, who reviewed the findings. He is immediate past president of the American College of Cardiology and a specialist in cardiac rhythm.

“I thought it was fascinating when they separated all other genetic factors, that height turned out to be a positive factor in the development of atrial fib,” said Valentine, a senior cardiologist at the Stroobants Cardiovascular Center of Centra Health in Lynchburg, Va.

“With the epidemic of a-fib we see in the world and an aging population, we’re going to need earlier and more effective genetic markers to determine where we can have impact on the disease earlier in life,” Valentine said.

The findings were presented this weekend at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting, in Philadelphia. Such research is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The American Heart Association has more about atrial fibrillation.

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Posted: November 2019

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CBD-Infused Drinks: What Comes With The New Beverage Trend?

The wave of legalization of cannabis across the US, especially when it comes to recreational one, has lead to a launch of numerous cannabis-infused products. Nevertheless, the first thing that comes to mind concerning cannabis is smoking it, eating it, and eventually vaping it. The idea of drinking it wasn’t on the radar until recently, but things are changing fast.

CBD-infused drinks are actually the next logical step. The global alcohol and soft-drink consumption are obviously slowing down due to cannabis legalization, so many companies see cannabis beverages as a new growth vector. When you look at the fact that Coca-Cola is also interested in cannabis-infused drinks there’s no doubt that they’re cemented as the hottest trend in today’s drink and food industry. So let’s take a look at what comes with this new trend.

Chasing The Millions

Predictions when it comes to cannabis-infused drinks are looking quite good – those containing THC would be worth $ 340 million by 2022, while those containing CBD could reach $ 260 million. This means that these drinks could become a $ 600 million market in the US in just a couple of years and easily outpace the growth of other categories of retail marijuana products. Coca-Cola is not the only company aware of this – other soda and beer producers are equally thirsty for these new opportunities. The largest beer import company (measured by sales), Corona-parent Constellation Brands, has become the largest stakeholder in Canadian pot cultivator Canopy Growth while Heineken didn’t hesitate to introduce a range of cannabis sparkling water.  While it may seem that THC has the lead in this ?race for millions?, CBD is actually a bigger game-changer as we’re about to see on Coca-Cola example. 

Health is a Trend

Since Coca-Cola is not only the world’s largest beverage company but also one of the most iconic consumer brands, it’s normal that this company has created the real media buzz when it comes to cannabis-infused drinks. Their talks with Aurora – a leading Canadian cannabis marketing and distribution company – are oriented towards developing beverages which are infused with CBD. The reason is quite obvious – their plan is to capitalize on health benefits of CBD, coming up with a drink that will ease symptoms such as cramping, pain, or inflammation. There are conditions that are better treated with THC, but CBD covers a much wider range, from anxiety to epilepsy.

Marketing campaigns such as holiday polar bear ads and their iconic labeling are not enough anymore to lure customers interest. Coca-Cola would acquire an edgier appearance by tying itself to cannabis, and there is a reason why they’re aiming at CBD. This company has not been keeping up with trends in beverages in the past, which now caught them flat-footed. They’ve missed the functional waters like Vitamin Water and coffee, and they’ve missed the energy drink phenomenon. They desperately need to catch on the latest trend, and cannabis is the biggest one there is at this point. And CBD is even bigger since health has become one of the most important trends of this modern age.

However, precisely due to the fact that health is a new trend, people are incredibly picky about it. There are those who are saying that adding CBD into the ?poison? that causes cancer and diabetes is a huge oxymoron and therefore nothing more than a money grab. There are many companies who may find themselves in a similar situation, but that doesn’t mean that only health and wellness companies will be able to capitalize on CBD-infused drinks.  All it means is that it will require a careful approach and marketing.

Exploring The Market

From the reason mentioned above, as well as the fact that cannabis is not yet legal across all US states, large companies are still cautious. This is what provides the perfect opportunity for smaller firms to explore the market. And there is a lot to explore, such as the comparison with alcohol which emphasizes that cannabis drinks don’t have a high-calorie count of beer or wine and don’t give hangovers. With the millennial market looking for low-calorie alte??rnatives, this is certainly a lead to follow. The whole cannabis industry is still in its infancy and there are still not many partners to dance with, especially when it comes to beverages.  Since cannabis market has seen a nearly 600% investment growth already in 2018, there’ no doubt that this new trend is a promising opportunity.

CBD-infused drinks are a trend that is certainly here to stay. Consumer behavior is changing causing the decline in sales of many beverage companies, and cannabis is the best bet to boost their brands again. At this point, specialized companies have the advantage but looking at the rapid legalization across the US there’s no doubt that bigger players will soon jump in.

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Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Comes Home to Sit ‘n’ Stay

Heartwarming, gut-busting animated family blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets 2 is ready to be adopted on disc and digital this summer, through Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Illumination Entertainment’s warm and fuzzy sequel arrives on Digital August 13, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on August 27. DVD and Digital versions are packed with well over an hour of bonus content, including two brand-new mini-movies. Meanwhile, 4K and Blu-ray versions include an exclusive Captain Snowball Motion Comic.

In The Secret Life of Pets 2, terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with major life changes after Katie’s marriage and the arrival of a toddler, Liam. Meanwhile, Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip. And Snowball (Kevin Hart) believes, despite the other pets’ teasing, that he’s a superhero after his owner starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s been pretending to be.

The voice cast also features Eric Stonestreet, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan and Harrison Ford in his first-ever animation role: a farm dog named Rooster.

Bonus Features (4K, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital):

  • Mini Movie: Minion Scouts – When Margo, Agnes and Edith return from Badger Scout camp, three of the Minions are entranced by the girls’ merit badges. Their own attempt at scout camp results in attracting a bear, eating poison berries and eventually blowing up a dam, creating a massive flood. But, when they arrive back home, the girls share their badges, encouraging the rest of the Minions to try their hand at scouting.
  • Mini Movie: Super Gidget – When Max is kidnapped by an army of squirrels, Super Gidget is the only one who can save him. It turns out that Max’s captor is a flea with the power of mind control. Gidget must use her pluckiness, strength and smarts to save her one true love…until it turns out it was all just a dream.
  • The Making of the Mini Movies – Every Illumination film is accompanied by mini movies that are a production all their own. Each film’s directing partners will explore how the mini movies were made.
  • Deleted Scenes: “Wake Up” – Max and Duke have a new morning routine with Liam. “Duke Explores the Farm” – Duke has a funny interaction with a goat. “Snowball Karate” – Snowball does his superhero warm up. “Secret Confessions” – Dogs gather to talk about their deepest secrets.
  • A Tapestry of a Tail: The Making Of – The plot of The Secret Life of Pets 2 involves multiple storylines ultimately coming together to create a larger than life tale. We talk with the filmmakers, editor and cast about the delicate dance of juggling multiple narratives in one movie.
  • How to Draw – Hosted by Head of Story, Eric Favela, follow the step-by-step tutorial to learn to draw Max, Snowball and Chloe.
  • Frame by Frame: How to Make a Flip Book – In this DIY-style vignette, Head of Story Eric Favela will teach viewers about the essence of animation and how they can create their very own flip book animations at home.
  • Character Pods – Get a closer look at your favorite characters of The Secret Life of Pets 2 with these delightful character pods that might just give away a few more pet secrets. Patton Oswalt – Max; Kevin Hart – Snowbal;l Eric Stonestreet – Duke; Jenny Slate – Gidget; Tiffany Haddish – Daisy; Lake Bell – Chloe; Nick Kroll – Sergei; Dana Carvey – Pops; Bobby Moynihan – Mel; Harrison Ford – Rooster
  • A Party Fit for a Pet – Using stop-motion animation, this step-by-step guide teaches you everything you need to know to throw the very best party for your pet!
  • Pops’ Puppy Training School with Kevin Hart – Join Kevin Hart as he shows off his dog training skills.
  • Pets Yule Log – Sit back and relax in front of this exclusive The Secret Life of Pets 2 themed animated ‘Yule Log.’
  • ‘Panda’ Lyric Video
  • ‘It’s Gonna Be A Lovely Day (The Secret Life of Pets 2)’ Lyric Video

4K & Blu-ray Exclusive:

  • The Further Adventures of Captain Snowball (Interactive) – This animated ‘Motion Comic’ expands the world of our furry hero, Captain Snowball. Using a ‘superhero’ comic book style and custom animation, we discover more about the secret world of our caped crusader with a little help from our viewers. At key moments in the story, the viewer is presented with a choice: left, or right? Fight or flight? Their choice determines our hero’s next move!

4K, Blu-ray & Digital Exclusives:

  • My Buddy and Me – We interview the Illumination cast and crew talking about The Secret Life of Pets 2 while holding (or trying to hold) their pets.
  • Pets with Jobs: A Documentary – We find and profile animals with special jobs – a service dog that detects when its epileptic owner is about to have a seizure; ponies that provide comfort to children with cancer; police dogs that go the extra mile to catch the bad guys. Meet some of the many animals who make the world a better place every day!
  • Relax the Cat: The Secret Life of Pets Massage – A professional pet masseuse shows the cast how to read signs of tension in their pet and use massage techniques to keep their furry babies relaxed and happy!
  • Production Pets – It takes hundreds of people to make an animated movie and a lot of those people have pets that can’t wait for them to come home. This piece is dedicated to all those faithful companions.

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Timing Is Everything When It Comes to Calorie Intake

MONDAY, July 15, 2019 — If you skip or skimp on breakfast, grab a quick lunch and then load up at dinner, your food intake is likely out of sync with your body’s needs.

Not getting calories when you really need them (hint: during the day) could be why you’re having a hard time shedding pounds or finding the energy to exercise. Here’s how to rebalance your calorie intake.

One approach, recommended by sports fitness dietitian Nancy Clark, is to divide your daily intake into four equal meals — breakfast, lunch, a second lunch eaten midafternoon, and dinner — with the calories for the second lunch coming from the ones you’re probably taking in during late-night snacking. This keeps your body fueled throughout the day so you have the energy you need when you need it.

Front loading calories also seems to speed weight loss, according to research published in the International Journal of Obesity. Researchers from the University of Murcia, in Spain, tracked 420 participants on a 20-week weight-loss program. All followed a Mediterranean lifestyle with lunch being the main meal of the day. Half were “early” lunch eaters, eating before 3 p.m., and half ate later. Over the study, the early lunch eaters lost significantly more weight than those who ate later (and who also tended to skip or eat less at breakfast than the early lunchers), even though both groups had the same daily calorie intake, did about the same amount of exercise, and got the same amount of sleep.

Speaking of sleep, don’t minimize the importance of getting enough shuteye. That — and not an afternoon coffee, energy drink or sugary snack — is the way to avoid a midday slump.

More information

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ideas for making smarter choices at lunch to maximize nutrition at this all-important meal.

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Posted: July 2019

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Fake Kim goes as real Kim comes: Vietnam expels Kim Jong Un lookalike

HANOI (Reuters) – An Australian comedian who impersonates North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Monday authorities were deporting him from Vietnam, some 24 hours before the real Kim was due to arrive for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Howard X, an Australian impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, leaves the La Paix Hotel in a car while escorted by police, in Hanoi, Vietnam February 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The Kim lookalike, who goes by the name Howard X, popped up in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi on Friday along with his partner who impersonates Trump, drawing crowds and media.

The two real leaders are due to meet in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday for their second nuclear summit.

“North Koreans have no sense of humor,” the impersonator told reporters before heading to Hanoi’s airport to leave the country.

“Satire is a powerful weapon against any dictatorship.”

The impersonator visited Singapore in June, when Trump and Kim held their first summit, and performed satirical stunts. He said he was briefly detained by authorities there.

He also showed up at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, where he danced in front of an appalled North Korean cheer squad before security hauled him away.

Vietnamese foreign ministry officials were not immediately available for comment on Monday. Howard X said earlier authorities had questioned him and warned him not to create any disturbance.

Vietnam has tightened security around the capital ahead of the summit.

Howard X said his partner, Trump impersonator Russell White, was allowed to stay on in Vietnam, but not allowed to do make any more public appearances.

The two hugged and kissed goodbye for the cameras on Monday.

“Please no World War Three,” Howard X said.

“They are scared of a couple of guys that look like real thing.”

Reporting by Fabian Hamacher; Writing by Ju-min Park; Editing by Robert Birsel

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Northern Lights Lore Comes Alive in Indigo MV “Northern Song”

The mythic origins of the Northern Lights are related in a new animated music video for “Northern Song,” a track on Hungarian modern jazz artist Indigó’s first studio album, Salt.

”Though, unfortunately, I have never been to the North yet, I have always had a deep longing for the Scandinavian Region. It seems, music — among its other gifts – can be a magic carpet [that lets you go] anywhere you want,” recalled Ildikó Palágyi, a.k.a. Indigó. While listening to a Norwegian jazz album back in 2016, I was struck by the strongest feeling that I was actually out on the streets of a Norwegian city, instead of being in my flat in Budapest. That was the feeling which eventually gave birth to the ‘Northern Song.’ My idea was to recreate this memory from sound to sound, where fantasies, dreams and reality are intertwined. The use of the looper and a variety of different electronic sounds seemed just perfect.”

The musician knew from the beginning that animation would be the perfect medium for the video. While surfing the web, she came across the works of animation designer Boglárka Ászity, and felt she found the best partner for visualizing her work. Their goal was to go beyond simply illustrating the lyrics to add a new layer, offering new fields of interpretation of the song.

“Ildikó gave me a huge sense of freedom by not binding me to anything, but letting me create the storyline by myself,” said Ászity. “I was glad about the Northern theme, since their lands and attitude towards life are something that I feel very attracted to. The dynamics of the animation was basically defined by the rhythm. There were certain elements that I knew I was sure to use, such as the hunting, the buffalo – almost a totem for me – or the Northern Lights. Sometimes I was just listening to the song for hours and hours, making sketches and jotting down ideas. After I finished a scene, I sent it to Ildikó and from that point, we were developing the story together, until we created the final version of it.”

What resulted is an animated parable of the birth of the Northern Lights. The video follows a girl who — with her companion, a white buffalo — sets out on a perilous hunt to prove herself. At last, face to face with her prey, she realizes that this act of destruction won’t solve her problem. Bravely, she listens to her conscience and surrenders her fate to the creature, who repays this act of compassion by filling the sky with beautiful lights.

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Guru’s ‘True and the Rainbow Kingdom’ S4 Wish Comes True on Netflix

Toronto-based kids’ entertainment powerhouse Guru Studio announced that Netflix has committed to streaming a fourth season of hit original preschool series True and the Rainbow Kingdom, which will feature a robust lineup of content including new episodes, seasonal specials, a 44-minute movie, comedic shorts and musical content rolling out throughout 2019 and 2020.

With Season 3 already in production, the new season commitment comes on the heels of this summer’s successful launch of Season 2 titles True: Magical Friends and True: Wonderful Wishes, and the spring launch of music video compilation Dance & Sing with True, Vol. 1.

“We love working with the dynamic and innovative content and marketing teams at Netflix. They’ve been an incredible brand partner on True,” said Frank Falcone, President and Executive Creative Director at Guru Studio. “We’re positive that our growing fan base of preschoolers and parents are going to love what we have in store for True!”

The first line of collectible True toys launches this month at 400 Walmart stores across Canada, and Halloween costumes are already available at Party City and other online retailers. Guru also recently inked plush partner Aurora World and a host of other licensees, including Palamon (costumes), American Marketing Enterprises (sleepwear), GBG Socks (hosiery), Chouette (master publishing) and Bendon Inc. (coloring books and art sets). The lines will be available at retail in North America beginning Fall 2018 and will begin to expand globally in 2019.

Produced by Guru Studio in collaboration with Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER, artist collective FriendsWithYou, and Home Plate Ent., True and the Rainbow Kingdom is a Netflix Original series starring a compassionate young hero named True and her best friend Bartleby the cat, as they come to the rescue of the Rainbow Kingdom’s whimsical citizens by unleashing the power of the Magical Wishes from the Wishing Tree to help set things right and keep everyone safe. True and Bartleby’s adventures empower girls and boys to be mindful, courageous and respectful of all living things.

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With Stroke Comes Higher Dementia Risk: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 — People who’ve had a stroke face up to twice the normal risk of dementia, a new review suggests.

In what they say is the largest analysis of its kind, British researchers examined 48 studies that included 3.2 million people worldwide.

“We found that a history of stroke increases dementia risk by around 70 percent, and recent strokes more than doubled the risk,” said researcher Ilianna Lourida, from the University of Exeter Medical School.

“Given how common both stroke and dementia are, this strong link is an important finding,” Lourida added in a university news release. “Improvements in stroke prevention and post-stroke care may therefore play a key role in dementia prevention.”

The association between stroke and increased dementia risk remained even after other dementia risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease were taken into account, the researchers said.

Though the study did not prove that strokes cause dementia, this is the strongest evidence to date of a link between the two, according to the researchers.

Researcher David Llewellyn, also from the University of Exeter, said, “Around a third of dementia cases are thought to be potentially preventable, though this estimate does not take into account the risk associated with stroke.

“Our findings indicate that this figure could be even higher, and reinforce the importance of protecting the blood supply to the brain when attempting to reduce the global burden of dementia,” he said.

More study is needed to find out if factors such as ethnicity and education influence dementia risk following stroke, the study authors added. In the latest review, there was some suggestion that the risk might be higher for men.

The investigators also noted that most stroke survivors do not develop dementia, so further research is needed to determine whether differences in post-stroke care and lifestyle can reduce the risk of dementia.

About 15 million people worldwide have a stroke each year, according to the World Health Organization. About 50 million people worldwide have dementia, and that’s expected to almost double every 20 years, reaching 131 million by 2050.

The findings were published Aug. 31 in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more on dementia.

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With Stroke Comes Higher Dementia Risk: Study

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who’ve had a stroke face up to twice the normal risk of dementia, a new review suggests.

In what they say is the largest analysis of its kind, British researchers examined 48 studies that included 3.2 million people worldwide.

“We found that a history of stroke increases dementia risk by around 70 percent, and recent strokes more than doubled the risk,” said researcher Ilianna Lourida, from the University of Exeter Medical School.

“Given how common both stroke and dementia are, this strong link is an important finding,” Lourida added in a university news release. “Improvements in stroke prevention and post-stroke care may therefore play a key role in dementia prevention.”

The association between stroke and increased dementia risk remained even after other dementia risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease were taken into account, the researchers said.

Though the study did not prove that strokes cause dementia, this is the strongest evidence to date of a link between the two, according to the researchers.

Researcher David Llewellyn, also from the University of Exeter, said, “Around a third of dementia cases are thought to be potentially preventable, though this estimate does not take into account the risk associated with stroke.

“Our findings indicate that this figure could be even higher, and reinforce the importance of protecting the blood supply to the brain when attempting to reduce the global burden of dementia,” he said.

More study is needed to find out if factors such as ethnicity and education influence dementia risk following stroke, the study authors added. In the latest review, there was some suggestion that the risk might be higher for men.

The investigators also noted that most stroke survivors do not develop dementia, so further research is needed to determine whether differences in post-stroke care and lifestyle can reduce the risk of dementia.

About 15 million people worldwide have a stroke each year, according to the World Health Organization. About 50 million people worldwide have dementia, and that’s expected to almost double every 20 years, reaching 131 million by 2050.

The findings were published Aug. 31 in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Christmas comes early for London department store

LONDON (Reuters) – On a hot summery Thursday in London, Santa Claus turned up 144 days early wearing a studded leather jacket to open the new Christmas shop at department store Selfridges.

Holding a guitar and sporting black sunglasses, Santa was dressed to fit the store’s theme of “Selfridges Rocks Christmas”.

With London basking in the midst of a heatwave, t-shirts rather than Christmas jumpers seemed more appropriate but Selfridges defended the move to start the Christmas countdown almost five months before Dec. 25.

“We have customers that really demand Christmas during this time of year,” Eleanor Gregory from Selfridges told Reuters.

“So as long as we have customers that are coming to us demanding to shop Christmas this time of year, we will always meet that demand and we’re happy to launch our Christmas shop in the middle of summer.”

A Ziggy Stardust Christmas tree decoration and an Elvis Presley nutcracker figure were among the rock-themed items on sale.

FILE PHOTO: Shoppers queue for the Boxing Day sales at Selfridges in London, Britain December 26, 2017. REUTERS/Mary Turner

Writing by Patrick Johnston; Editing by Alison Williams

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Clips & Art: Bad-Asgardian Action Comes Home in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

To help you get stoked for the on-disc release of Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios has unleashed production artwork cool clips from two of the marvelous bonus features delving into the creation of striking characters Hela and Valkyrie. The smash-hit latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which snagged over $ 845 million at the global box office, is arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 6; it’s available now on Digital HD and 4K and via Movies Anywhere.

Synopsis: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Blu-ray bonuses:

  • Director’s Introduction
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Exclusive Short: Team Darryl
  • Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes
  • Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor
  • Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie
  • Finding Korg
  • Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown
  • Journey into Mystery
  • 8-Bit Scenes
  • Director’s Commentary

Digital exclusives:

  • Evolution of Thor and Hulk’s Bromance
  • Additional Deleted Scenes

“A New Valkyrie” Bonus Feature

“Villainesse” Bonus Feature

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When It Comes to Art, Don’t Call Them Neanderthals

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 — The ancient Neanderthals created the earliest known cave paintings in the world and likely had artistic senses similar to their more contemporary cousins, researchers report.

Until now, cave art has been linked only with modern humans. But using a new dating technology, the researchers pinpointed the age of paintings in three caves in Spain to a time when Europe was inhabited only by Neanderthals.

The investigators determined that the cave paintings were created more than 64,000 years ago — 20,000 years before modern humans arrived in Europe.

All three caves have red or black paintings of groups of animals, dots and geometric signs, along with hand stencils, hand prints and engravings.

Creating the cave art would have required advanced behavior, such as selecting a location, planning a light source and mixing of pigments, the researchers said.

“This is an incredibly exciting discovery which suggests Neanderthals were much more sophisticated than is popularly believed,” study co-lead author Chris Standish, an archaeologist at the University of Southampton in England, said in a university news release.

Though there’s evidence that Neanderthals in Europe used body ornamentation about 40,000 to 45,000 years ago, experts had believed that was inspired by modern humans who were newly arrived in Europe.

“Neanderthals created meaningful symbols in meaningful places,” said study co-author Paul Pettitt, of Durham University in England. “The art is not a one-off accident.

“We have examples in three caves 700 kilometers apart, and evidence that it was a long-lived tradition,” Pettitt added. “It is quite possible that similar cave art in other caves in Western Europe is of Neanderthal origin as well.”

The findings are reported Feb. 22 in the journal Science.

More information

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has more on Neanderthals.

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Posted: February 2018

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Are Drug Sniffing Dogs Needed for Cannabis Once Legalization Comes?

In every major city across Canada, dogs are performing highly important tasks that human beings simply cannot do by senses alone. Some of those include the detection of explosives, weapons, and of course, sniffing for illegal drugs. In July 2018, marijuana is expected to be legal and available across the nation and this shift in […]
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Hogwarts comes to Hunan: Chinese officials sacked for casting spells

BEIJING (Reuters) – Two Chinese officials have been sacked for involvement in “superstitious activities”, including casting spells to aid promotions and attending geomancy courses under the guise of business trips, state media said on Friday.

Members of the ruling Communist Party are not supposed to follow any religion in officially atheist China, and the government takes a particularly harsh line on officials who practise what it deems are superstitious folk beliefs.

Xinhua news agency said Tang Yuansong, a former county housing official in the central province of Hunan, went on five fengshui training courses under the guise of “investigation tours” starting in 2008.

Each session cost 54,000 yuan ($ 8,038), which Tang claimed back as business expenses, Xinhua said, citing a statement from the local anti-corruption watchdog office.

Tang also earned 5,000 yuan a year for practicing fengshui for others, it added.

The other person sacked, also a former county official, had “asked others to set up an altar to cast spells and paid 100,000 yuan in tribute each time, with hopes of being promoted”, Xinhua said.

Both have been expelled from the party and will be further investigated for suspected criminal acts, it added.

It was not possible to reach either official for comment and it was unclear if they have been allowed to retain lawyers.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Additional reporting by Gao Liangping; Editing by Nick Macfie

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