Tired, worn Old Trafford a symbol of Manchester United’s faded grandeur

Stadium was once a jewel but now it needs an urgent upgrade as Tottenham and others lead the way Old Trafford is one of footballs most vibrant amphitheatres. During the 109-year history of Manchester Uniteds home, Billy Meredith, George Best, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo are a few of the greats to grace the stage of Englands record title winners. Yet the venue has become tired and worn. When the Manchester rain poured hard last season the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand leaked. The seating is crammed and wifi patchy. The directors box has an antiquated feel and the bars and suites a faded glamour. A venue that hosted 1966 World Cup and Euro 96 matches has not staged …

‘The Expanse’ makes a triumphant return with season 4

The Expanse continues its upward trajectory with season 4, introducing a new conflict to its epic tale of interplanetary feuds. Season 3 ended on a bold cliffhanger, activating a Stargate-like portal that connects our solar system to a web of far-off worlds. The balance of power soon shifts between Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt, with leaders debating the merits of colonizing alien territory. But groups of desperate Belters, sick of living in poverty, are already willing to risk their lives and settle on new worlds. The planet Ilus is one such colony, where the crew of the Rocinante arrive on a fact-finding mission to an independent Belter settlement. The Expanse Season 4 RELEASE DATE: 12/13/2019STREAMING: Amazon PrimeThe Expanse returns …

Turner prize awarded four ways after artists’ plea to judges

All four nominees made plea to judges to recognise commonality, multiplicity and solidarity All four artists shortlisted for the 2019 Turner prize have been named winners after they came together and made a plea for judges to recognise the causes of commonality, multiplicity and solidarity. At a ceremony in Margate on Tuesday evening, Turner prize history was made when This years Turner this year wrote: The use of the Turner as a propaganda vehicle for ultra-Londony evening-class lectures has become seriously off-putting. People dont go to art to be turned into better citizens. They go to art to have their eyes pleasured and their hearts touched. Nevertheless about 95,000 people have so far visited this years exhibition in Margate, making …

Faith, but fury too, for Donald Trump at home

The US president arrives this week from a split nation amid signs of a Democratic revival Reality. We all used to know what it meant. The world as it is. Objective facts that provide the foundation for rational not emotional judgments and actions. But the old definition of reality has taken a serious beating during the nearly three years Donald Trump, the reality-show president, has been in office. Partly because Trump himself seems to live in a reality separate from the one most of us inhabit. Partly because too many people still cant accept the objective facts of his presidency. This reality car crash will be on full display on Wednesday when his inevitable impeachment. Pictures of pomp and ceremony …

Guy who creates sculptures out of mashed potatoes recreated Tesla’s Cybertruck at his family’s Thanksgiving

(CNN)Greg Milano studied art history and architecture. He has a law degree and works in real estate. But his most important resume line? “I am just a big kid,” Milano told CNN. “Pablo Picasso summed it up well: ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.’ “ Since then, he’s created a Pilgrim hat, football, snowman, and more. For inspiration, Milano pulls ideas from news. “I did a hostess cupcake and Twinkie because they were in bankruptcy,” the “mashterpiece” artist said. “White House because it was an election year, the DeLorean from ‘Back to the Future’ because it was when Marty went to the future, and BB8 when ‘Star Wars’ came …

Ancient Armenian Female Warrior Suffered Hatchet Wounds And Arrow Blow Before Death

More than 2,000 years ago, a young Armenian woman found herself at the forefront of a battle. Now, her newly unearthed remains are allowing archaeologists a window into how ancient societies lived and died on the battlefield. Researchers excavated the poorly preserved remains in 2017 and found the woman buried on her side with flexed arms and legs and her head oriented to the northwest. Her skeleton was “fragmented and incomplete,” with cracks and fractures occurring on her bones in the thousands of years since her burial. An analysis of her dental wear, cranial sutures, and other indicators of trauma allowed for an understanding of the type of injuries she suffered just before her death. A metal arrowhead was found …

Famously Large Jaws Of Influential European Dynasty Likely The Result of Inbreeding

For centuries, the Habsburg family ruled across much of central Europe and were bound by more than just a last name – many members also share a large, protruding lower mandible known commonly as the “Habsburg jaw”. New research suggests that this prominent feature was likely the result of generational inbreeding. For more than 200 years, the Austrian and Spanish families intermarried, securing their name and power across much of the continent. Ironically, this intermarriage ultimately led to the family’s downfall when the final monarch was unable to produce an heir. Now, the researchers say that the tell-tale family jaw was more than just a hereditary trait. “The Habsburg dynasty was one of the most influential in Europe, but became …

NASA Is Sending The First Dummies Around The Moon

It’s one small step for mannequins, one giant leap for mannequin kind. In 2020, as NASA launches the Orion spacecraft as part of Artemis I – the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will hopefully lead to the first woman and the next man landing on the Moon (and eventually Mars) – two “phantom” women will be on board. The mannequins, named Helga and Zohar, will travel further than any human has before on a spacecraft that will cover more distance than any spacecraft designed for humans has ever flown. The two dummies will be sitting in the passenger seats with the important task of being blasted with radiation during their trip, in order to measure the effectiveness of new suits designed …

Ockam raises $4.9 million in seed funding to make it easier for developers to secure and scale their IoT apps

Ockam, a two-year-old, Bay Area-based company that’s selling tools to developers so they can establish an “architecture for trust” within their connected device applications, has raised $4.9 million in seed funding, including from Core Ventures, Okta Ventures, SGH Capital, and Future Ventures. This serverless platform for IoT development is being led by CEO Matthew Gregory and CTO Mrinal Wadhwa, two cofounders with noteworthy backgrounds. Before launching Ockam in the fall of 2017, Gregory was an “intrapreneur” at Microsoft, where he says he helped lead Azure’s pivot into open source software and container services. He also spent a couple of years at Salesforce as a product manager and, interestingly, spent a few years years ago as a system engineer working for …

AT&T and Microsoft announce early result of their 5G-cloud partnership

New York (CNN Business)AT&T and Microsoft have announced the next phase of a partnership that’s aimed at advancing development in two of the buzziest areas of tech: 5G and cloud computing. AT&T will implement the Microsoft technology in some of the major metro areas where it’s installed 5G — AT&T says it will be available for select customers in Dallas early 2020, with Los Angeles and Atlanta slated for implementation later in the year. Microsoft and AT&T are excited about the technology’s potential, but Gartner analyst Bill Menezes says it’s not yet clear just how useful this technology will be and when it will be usable. “Right now, it’s creating a lot of noise that plays on a lot of …

We Asked Kids To Describe Their Dream Houses And Made Them In 3D Then Evaluated Their Worth (16 Pics)

When you were younger, what did your dream home look like? We asked kids between the ages of 4 and 10 to draw us their ideal home, and then we brought those magnificent homes to life through the magic of digital rendering! Each home was then valued by a professional estate agent – and it turns out kids have some pretty pricey imaginations! Check out the super creative drawings and their evaluations: Alya and Zack’s Unicorn Mansion: £5.5 Million Isabella’s Crystal Palace: £4.5 Million Charlie’s Wrestling Ring House: £2.1 Million Berrin’s Underwater Jellyfish Paradise: £35 Million Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Inside WeWork’s week from hell: How the mass layoffs went down

(CNN)When staffers in WeWork’s New York City headquarters received a calendar invite this week for a mandatory meeting with a note telling them to “bring your laptop, WeWork devices, and any personal items with you,” they knew they were doomed. On Thursday, the company finally put a number to the job cuts: Approximately 2,400 employees would lose their jobs globally as part of its efforts to curb costs and find a viable path forward. That doesn’t include the roughly 1,000 cleaning and building maintenance staffers whose jobs are being outsourced but who were given the opportunity to take new jobs at an outsourcing partner. The sweeping layoffs capped off a remarkable comedown for the high-flying tech startup that ballooned to …

WeWork announces 2,400 employees to lose their jobs

Recently departed chief executive Adam Neumann in line for $1.7bn payoff as one worker says: No one knows what the hell is going on WeWork, the troubled office rental company, has confirmed it will lay off 2,400 employees globally, as it seeks to drastically cut costs and stabilize its business. A company spokeswoman said in a statement: As part of our renewed focus on the core WeWork business, and as we have previously shared with employees, the company is making necessary layoffs to create a more efficient organization. An all-staff meeting is set for Friday, and WeWork staff who have yet to hear about their positions said they were nervously awaiting more bad news. No one knows what the hell …

How our home delivery habit reshaped the world

The long read: The great trick of online retail has been to get us to shop more and think less about how our purchases reach our homes A decade ago, the British department-store chain John Lewis built itself a long warehouse, painted in gradations of sky blue. The shed, as it is called in the industry, cost 100m and covered 650,000 sq ft. Windsor Castle could easily fit inside it. John Lewis named the shed Magna Park 1, after the site where it stands: a logistics campus of warehouses, roads, shipping containers and truck bays east of Milton Keynes. Magna Park 1 was intended to supply the companys stores around southern England, but almost as soon as it was finished, …

30 Worst Things Seen During Structural Inspections (New Pics)

Bored Panda interviewed Derek Marier from California-based Alpha Structural, Inc. about the strange things that he and his co-workers find during their inspections. In fact, there are so many peculiar finds that Marier makes a weekly thread on Imgur about them and always gets the internet’s attention. In fact, the company already has nearly 11,000 followers on Instagram because of the interesting things that its employees see while on the job. We’ve collected some of the best examples to help showcase that the supernatural might be among us. “Coming across things such as the dolls or a skull shake you up at first. You’re expecting to locate a structural defect but come end up finding something you can almost label …

‘American Idol’ Contestant Antonella Barba Gets 45 Months In Prison For Drug Trafficking; Blames Show For Downfall – Perez Hilton

Former American Idol contestant Antonella Barba was sentenced on Thursday to 45 months in prison for drug trafficking. The 32-year-old made it to the top 16 on the sixth season of American Idol as a teenager, way back in 2007, but after she was eliminated from the show her life spiraled out of control. Now, she’ll face nearly four years in federal prison as part of the plea deal she copped in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Virginia. Barba first ran afoul of the law in this case when she was arrested at a home in Virginia back in October 2018. She was caught red-handed  In addition, the heartbroken mother continues, arguing her daughter’s abrupt move to Los Angeles after her time on Idol was “a recipe …