Wednesday, June 22, 2011
America’s got huge talent, but sometimes it comes in small packages.
That was the case Tuesday night when petite 11-year-old Anna Graceman took the “America’s Got Talent” stage and proved to the judges that appearances can be deceiving.
Playing the keyboard while belting out a near-perfect rendition of Alicia Keys’ hit “If I Ain’t Got You” earned Graceman accolades and an all-important a trip to Las Vegas.
Judge Piers Morgan was amazed by the tween’s “decibels per inch” vocal power, while his co-panelist Sharon Osbourne was surprised by the Graceman’s whole act.
“You're just this little girl with amazing soul in your voice, which is something that can't be learned,” Osbourne said. “You either have it or you don't. It's an amazing gift that you have.”
To hear more from Graceman before she returns to the “Got Talent” stage, check out her YouTube channel.
Watching her performace has to remind us, when young Jackie Evancho took teh stage for the first time:
or her Finale with Sarah Brightman "Time to Say Goodbye"
On the other end of the talent spectrum, viewers finally got a full look at the indescribable act that was teased last week — whether they wanted to or not.
Behold, whatever it is!
Unlike Graceman, he (well, probably he) did not make it to Vegas.
article written by: Andy Green
Whether or not you prefer the sounds of Radiohead, you cannot deny the simple fact that these guys have left their dent on the music industry. Mr. Yorke and the boys have been creating their sonic world for years and they are still going strong. They released their latest album “King of Limbs” in February of this year and they have a new BBC special which will air on July 1st called “The Basement Sessions” and this new track of theirs’ “Staircase”– will be featured on the show.
Uploaded by radiohead on Jun 20, 2011
Here's a new track called Staircase, taken from our upcoming 'From The Basement' session.
And no, you're not seeing double. The doppelganger drummers are myself and Clive Deamer. Clive has long been one of my favourite drummers and so I was really excited when he agreed to perform with us. Hope you like what we've all done.
While the famed Merengue Dog still holds the record for the hottest Latin canine dance moves in our book, we here at the Daily Treat know raw talent when we see it. Check out this tiny new dancing sensation, who we believe might just have a chance at the coveted mirror ball trophy.
Notably, this diminutive dancer maintains a solid look of feigned nonchalance as he masters the complex steps of this Latin dance, which looks a bit like Salsa ? The Cha Cha Cha? Flamenco? Modified River-dance? What the heck is it? Anyone? Flamenco is described a solo dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm and body movements...which frankly I'm just not seeing here.
For comparison purposes, check out Salsa dog below and please share your theories on what dance these dogs are doing...or at least pick up a few new moves!
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The video shows Zola having pure fun with an enrichment opportunity and is not trained behaviour; the music was added afterward.
Zola, nine-years old, is one of eight Western lowland gorillas currently living at the Calgary Zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Gorilla Species Survival Plan. He loves to play in water and keepers regularly give him the opportunity to do so as part of the enrichment activities they plan and vary on a daily basis.
Lago di Olginate, Italy
Photograph by Stefano Anghileri, Your Shot
A layer of low clouds covers the alpine valleys of northern Italy, just south of Lake Como. The clouds are just dense enough to hide uniformly the valley and also filter the artificial lights below like they were an opaque blanket. Above the layer, moonlight and high cirrus clouds make the night less dark. You can easily recognize the round shape of Lago di Olginate and the lights of the villages all around its banks.
(This photo and caption was submitted to Your Shot.)
iPhone 4 claims top Flickr camera title
Flickr's Camera Finder has officially confirmed Apple CEO Steve Jobs' claims at WWDC that the iPhone 4 was the most popular camera. The smartphone just edged past the Nikon D90 to get the largest percentage of members and 4,800 photos uploaded per day. It had been threatening an upset for the past several weeks.
The current iPhone was also the unambiguous leader among phone cameras in recent memory, having long since passed the iPhone 3G in frequency. It still had to overcome lifetime usage, though, as just nine million photos were on the photo hosting service where the iPhone 3G accounted for 36 million. The only non-Apple device on the chart was the HTC Evo 4G, which was tied with the iPod touch.
Much of the rapid rise has been attributed to Apple's emphasis on image quality over raw resolution as well as the popularity of the iPhone 4 as the single most successful smartphone model, even though Android outnumbers it through the sheer variety of manufacturers.
Flickr also hinted that the iPhone might have taken over sooner if its data was more complete. Phones are often "under-represented" since the metadata and other camera traits only carry through about two thirds of the time. The graphs are still relative to the volume of those joining Flickr and mirrors a sustained interest even as Flickr's overall member base grows.
by Nancy Shute
Napping in a hammock is one of the more delightful tasks of summer, and Swiss researchers say they now know why.
The gentle rocking motion makes people fall asleep faster, and they sleep deeper. Those changes in brain activity may inspire new ways to help insomniacs, the researchers say.
Neuroscientists at the University of Geneva rigged up a bed so it would sway gently from side to side every four seconds, considerably slower than the pendulum on a cuckoo clock. "This rocking is very gentle, very smooth, oscillating every four seconds," Sophie Schwartz, a professor of neurology who led the study, told Shots. "It's not like rocking like you would see some mothers rocking their babies, it's more gentle."
A dozen adult research subjects napped on the bed for 45 minutes while scalp electrodes recorded brain activity. During one nap the bed swayed; for another, it was stationary.
The scientists weren't too surprised to find that people fell asleep faster when the bed rocked. But they were surprised at the big difference that rocking made in brain activity.
Rocking increased the length of N2 sleep, a form of non-REM sleep that takes up about half of a good night's rest. It also increased slow oscillations and "sleep spindles." Sleep spindles are brief bursts of brain activity, which look like sudden up-and-down scribbles on an electroencephalogram.
"We were basically trying to find a scientific demonstration of this notion of rocking to sleep," Michel Muehlethaler, a professor of neuroscience who conducted the research with Schwartz, tells Shots. The fact that the brain waves changed so much, he says, was "totally unexpected." The results were published in the journal Current Biology.
Sleep spindles are associated with tranquil sleep in noisy environments and may be a sign that the brain is trying to calm sleepers stuck in them. Spindles also have been linked with the ability to remember new information. And that is associated with the brain's ability to rewire itself, known as brain plasticity.
That ability is important in recovery from stroke, and the researchers say that rocking while sleeping should be tested on people with strokes or other brain injuries. Rocking is "changing things in your brain," Schwartz says.
The Swiss scientists are eager to try the rocking bed on night-time sleepers, to see if it might help with insomnia and other common sleep disorders. But Shots readers may not want to wait for those results, and instead head directly to the back yard and their own time-tested research tool, the hammock.
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A bold group of mothers gave a new meaning to the term 'flashmob' when they bared their breasts at a major shopping centre today to raise awareness of breastfeeding.
More than a hundred mothers of all ages - some accompanied by their partners - descended on the Trafford Centre in Manchester to feed their babies in front of stunned shoppers to promote the start of NHS-backed National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
The proud women bore all in full view of customers sitting in the shopping centre cafes to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding.
Flashmob! Hundreds of mothers and their infants descend on The Grand Staircase at The Trafford Centre in Manchester today
A stunned onlooker said: 'It's not every day you see that many breasts while out doing your shopping. I suppose it's a good way of getting people to listen to the message. I fully support them.'
The Trafford Centre is backing National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2011 - which runs from Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th June, backed by the NHS Infant Breastfeeding Services - and has recently refurbished its breastfeeding facilities for shoppers.
One mother, Jade Fitzmartin, 18, from Atherton, Greater Manchester, said: 'It's great to get together for such a good cause as we all know how important breastfeeding is. The flashmob was a really exciting thing to be part of, although in normal circumstances I would probably prefer to use the breastfeeding facilities here.
'All new mums should take it seriously as an option when midwives and health visitors discuss it with them.'
Nature's best: The event is to help publicise National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, which runs until June 25
Organiser of the flash mob event, Alison Healey, Breastfeeding Coordinator at NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, said there were a number of advantages linked to choosing to breastfeed.
These included a lowered likelihood of common health complaints in babies such as diarrhoea, ear and chest infections and eczema and an improved immune system.
'The likelihood of a healthy life for babies is greatly enhanced by parents choosing to breastfeed instead of feeding their baby with formula milk.
'When a new mum chooses to breastfeed she is also greatly benefitting her own health as it can also help her to lose the weight she might have gained in pregnancy and lower the risk of some cancers.
'New mums should feel proud of their decision to breastfeed and know that they can get support from their local Midwives and Health Visitors.'
Gordon McKinnon, Director of Operations at The Trafford Centre, said: 'We're a family friendly centre, which means we're fully supportive of mums who make the decision to breastfeed. If they require a comfortable, private space in which to feed their child we have four sets of dedicated facilities including our new Laura Ashley-designed breastfeeding suite, but we consider most public spaces appropriate and our retailers are equally understanding.'
Photo by lrargerich via Flickr CC
American Airlines is eyeballing iPads as a light-weight way to carry flight charts. And the company guesses the change will save it over a million dollars a year in fuel costs.
The move towards digitization and dematerialization is hitting the airlines now. MarketWatch reports that American Airline pilots have started testing out US-approved iPad tablets as a way for going paperless. A 1.5 lb tablet device will carry maps and other paperwork that can weigh as much as 35 lbs, saving space in the cockpit as well as removing excess weight from the flight.
The airline estimates a savings of $1.2 million a year in fuel costs alone -- not to mention how much will be saved in paper. Plus, the pilots will likely have an easier time accessing the information with the ability to zoom in on maps or easily find particular data.
The transition also marks a change in allowing electronic devices to be turned on during take-off and landing. According to MarketWatch, this will be the first time use of the device is allowed during all phases of flight. But that certainly doesn't mean passengers will be allowed to use their own iPads during these times.
Meanwhile, Alaska Air is looking to go the same route, providing iPads to its pilots for manuals, though maps will still be provided on paper.
The carbon footprint comparison of tablet devices vs paper is getting a whole new component with this use. Normally we hear about issues such as electricity consumption, durability, and lifespan, but now we'll also have to weigh in how much fuel is saved during travel by carrying a tablet instead of piles of paper.
Apple Insider reports that Samsung is also wanting to help airlines go paperless, with Galaxy Tab devices offered as entertainment devices for passengers. However, they aren't able to replace flight charts like iPads can because they aren't able to run the FAA-approved flight charting app.