BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 12 August, 2019


12 August, 2019

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Lucy Mangan: Brexit is a war between reason and faith, so we'll treat it as one (The Guardian)
The footbridge between the fact-storing bit of my brain and its anxiety centres has collapsed. King Arthur - save us!

Suzanne Moore: "Jade Goody: a scorned celebrity who held a mirror up to bitter Britain" (The Guardian)
She was mocked, shamed and then lionised after a very public death. Ten years on, the Big Brother star exists as a lesson in public prejudice - and the prison of the class system.

Suzanne Moore: It's not a crisis of masculinity that's responsible for mass shootings. It's male power (The Guardian)
You didn't have to ask, did you, when you heard about the latest shootings in the US? You didn't think: "Well, there are a hell of a lot of women out there who are utterly alienated, possibly with mental health issues, who have very screwed up attitudes about migrants in the US, so 'the shooter' in each case will clearly be one of them." You just knew. Before you get into the "not all men" groove, let me just say, no, not all men are murderous, for which I suppose I must be thankful. But I am not actually. Not at all.

Alison Flood: Protest seeks to stop US libraries supporting Drag Queen Story Hour (The Guardian)
Nearly 100,000 Christians have signed a petition to end backing for the events that present kids with 'unabashedly queer role models'.

Alison Flood: Stephen King has written another new ending to The Stand - but do we need it? (The Guardian)
King has already written two endings for his masterpiece and now he's found a third coda for the TV adaptation. As a fan, I'm wary.

Jonathan Jones: "'Wonderfully inane': the art critic's view on Boris Johnson's first photos" (The Guardian)
The PM seems to be trying to channel Winston Churchill and Barack Obama in his behind-the-scenes pictures. Surely the next step is the Vladimir Putin school of power imagery.

Peter Bradshaw: Notorious review - Hitchcock's deliciously entertaining story of espionage (The Guardian)
Ingrid Bergman is magnificent alongside Cary Grant in this brilliantly crafted, lethally elegant thriller.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

One of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, an olive-green, it can also be found in meteorites. What is the name of this mineral?

       Peridot                                                      Source

Peridot (sometimes called chrysolite) is gem-quality olivine and a silicate mineral.

The origin of the name peridot is uncertain. The Oxford English Dictionary suggests an alteration of Anglo-Norman pedoretés (classical Latin pćderot-), a kind of opal, rather than the Arabic word faridat, meaning "gem".

Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: an olive-green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on the percentage of iron in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow, to olive, to brownish-green. In rare cases, peridot may have a medium-dark toned, pure green with no secondary yellow hue or brown mask.

Olivine, of which peridot is a type, is a common mineral in mafic and ultramafic rocks, often found in lava and in peridotite xenoliths of the mantle, which lava carries to the surface; however, gem-quality peridot occurs in only a fraction of these settings. Peridots can also be found in meteorites.        Source

Moldavite (Czech: Vltavín) is a forest green, olive green or blue greenish vitreous silica projectile rock formed by a meteorite impact in southern Germany (Nördlinger Ries Crater) that occurred about 15 million years ago. It is a type of tektite.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:

Randall wrote:

Alan J answered:

Dave said:
   Peridot. A semi-precious stone, kind of the junior varsity of gemstones.
  I also discovered a cartoon character named Peridot, something to do with Steven Universe, whoever that is?

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Kevin K. in Washington, DC Not in DC, visiting Skaneateles, NY (currently 58 degrees, looking at a high of 77), replied:

Deborah wrote:
   I'm going with Peridot, the official birthstone of August. I have several pieces of jewelry that feature Peridot: We were married in August, and green goes well with my coloring. I've not seen an olive-colored one, however.
  No a/c use the last 2 days, how refreshing. Today's another story - back to summer.

Mac Mac said:

Adam answered:

zorch responded:

DJ Useo replied:
   I hauled out my ouija board & it said the answer is "Peridot". A good investment, that O-board.

Joe S     said:
   Peridot. I know this because Carla loved the gem. It was many years before I knew it was spelled with a "t" and not an "oh."

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How white supremacy went mainstream in the US: 8chan, Trump, voter suppression | US news | The Guardian

US Olympic medalist faces discipline for taking knee after winning Pan-Am gold | Sport | The Guardian

There are reasons to be cheerful. These are the dying days of a rancid old order | Will Hutton | Opinion | The Guardian

YouTube's Conspiracy Theory Crackdown Has One Big Winner: Fox News | HuffPost

Op-Ed: Mike Huckabee ties mass shootings to an absence of faith in God. Social science proves him wrong - Los Angeles Times

Does Trump really want to debate mental fitness? - The Washington Post

The Epstein shit is just beginning to hit the fan.

The El Paso massacre couldn't stop this Texas church from becoming a sanctuary for immigrants

'When you blow that kind of dog whistle, animals come out'

Norway mosque attack suspect 'inspired by Christchurch and El Paso shootings' | World news | The Guardian

Simone Biles sticks triple double en route to sixth US women's gymnastics title | Sport | The Guardian

The Shift Toward Renewable Energy Is Coming. Western States Aren't Ready. - Mother Jones

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from Bruce



• Opera singer Nellie Melba once toured the back-blocks - the remotest part of Australia. In one town, her concert was sold out. Some of the leading citizens neglected to buy tickets, thinking that they had discovered a way to hear Ms. Melba's concert for free. They used a ladder at the back of the hall to climb to the roof of the concert hall, where indeed they heard the concert for free. Unfortunately, the gardener discovered the ladder leading against the wall. Not wanting anyone to steal the ladder, he removed it and locked it up. After the concert, the town's leading free-loaders waited for everyone to leave, and then they discovered that they were stuck on the roof. Fortunately, about 5 a.m. a police officer happened by and rescued them. Ms. Melba wrote in her autobiography, Melodies and Memories, "I can well believe that that policeman lived comfortably on blackmail for the rest of his life." Another incident in the back-blocks involved a bill for some furniture. In honor of Ms. Melba, the hotel landlady ordered some fine furniture, which touched Ms. Melba. However, Ms. Melba was surprised to find the cost of the furniture added to her bill. Fortunately, her manager, John Lemmone, handled the situation. He said to the hotel landlady, "We shall be delighted to pay for the furniture, only of course if we do that, we shall take it away with us." The hotel landlady replied, "But I want it myself." Eventually, the hotel landlady concluded that if she wanted to keep the furniture she would have to pay for it.

• Very early in his career, in the late 1920s in Italy, tenor Joseph Benton, aka Giuseppe Bentonelli, had costumes made up for the part of Faust. He had his housekeeper sew buttons on each pair of tights so he could use them for his suspenders. (He did notice that the housekeeper looked surprised at the request, but he didn't figure out why she looked surprised until he performed in the costume.) All went well during the performance - at first. Unfortunately, one suspender broke in two, and then the other suspender strap broke loose, too. Just as Faust took the lovely Marguerite in his arms at the conclusion of the opera, his tights fell down! The audience loved the mishap, and during the curtain calls the audience brought Mr. Benton back on stage for many bows. The headline in the local newspaper's review the next day stated, "FAUST TENOR LOSES PANTS ON STAGE." Following the debacle, Mr. Benton stopped using suspenders and learned how to tie his tights with bias tape so that they wouldn't fall down.

• Early in her career, while making her first debuts on the operatic stage, Emma Calvé worried about her thin legs. Her mother didn't help, as she referred to them as "spider's legs." Therefore, while singing the role of Cherubin in Noces de Figaro, young Emma decided to do something about her thin legs and stuffed her tights with cotton so that she appeared to have calves instead of sticks. While singing, she was gratified to notice that the old gentlemen in the audience were looking at her calves through their opera glasses. However, during intermission the director told her, "What are those hideous lumps, I'd like to know! I am tempted to stick pins into them! Stupid child! Don't you know that everyone is laughing at you? Do you expect anyone to believe that those fat excrescences belong to you! Take them off instantly!" In the second act, she appeared without enormous calves, a fact the audience noticed immediately and applauded uproariously.

• While singing opera on a South American tour, Lucrezia Bori sometimes wore a dress that had a bell-shaped skirt. The bell shape of the skirt was created by a crinoline, which had to be tied tightly, for if it became undone the crinoline would raise the skirt much too high, thus revealing very much more than a lady wishes to reveal in public. Unfortunately, the fastening broke one day while Ms. Bori was singing on stage, the crinoline ballooned upward, carrying Ms. Bori's skirt with it, and a thoroughly embarrassed but thoroughly professional Ms. Bori continued to sing. Fortunately, Grassi, the tenor on stage, put a screen in front of Ms. Bori, and when Ms. Bori, still singing, came out from behind the screen, her skirt, now that she had removed the crinoline, was no longer bell-like and instead was modest.

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Last Night

Sunny and mid 70's.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'The Neighborhood', followed by a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', then another RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Mom', then a RERUN 'Bull'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Cate Blanchett and Marc Maron.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Greg Kinnear, Judy Greer, and Bazzi.

NBC begins the night with a RERUN 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Common, Kate Upton, and Swizz Beatz.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Kathy Griffin, George Takei, Jacqueline Novak, and Nate Smith.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/2/19) are Anna Chlumsky, Robert DeLong, and King Keraun.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Bachelor In Paradise', followed by a FRESH 'Grand Hotel'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Bob Odenkirk, Whitney Cummings, and Pete Yorn.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Bulletproof', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Beat Shazam', followed by a FRESH 'So You Think You Can Dance'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has 'Live PD: Police Patrol', another 'Live PD: Police Patrol', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Police Patrol', then a FRESH 'Live PD: Police Patrol', followed by a FRESH 'Live Rescue'.

AMC offers the movie 'Lethal Weapon 4', followed by a FRESH 'The Terror', then a FRESH 'Lodge 49'.

BBC  -   
 [8:30AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Prime Factors
 [9:30AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-State of Flux
 [10:30AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Heroes and Demons
 [11:30AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Cathexis
 [2:30PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-Learning Curve
 [3:30PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 17-When The Bough Breaks
 [8:00PM]   ENDER'S GAME (2013)
 [10:30PM]   ENDER'S GAME (2013)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'The Office' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Rep. Ayanna Pressley.
Scheduled on a FRESH Lights Out with David Spade are Wayne Brady, Tim Dillon, and Lauren Lapkus.

FX has the movie 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', followed by a FRESH 'Legion'.

History has 'The Food That Built America', followed by a FRESH 'The Food That Built America'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00A]   The Three Stooges-Back to the Woods
 [6:15A]   DeepStar Six
 [8:45A]   Contact
 [12:00P]   Outbreak
 [3:00P]   That '70s Show-Gimme Shelter
 [3:30P]   That '70s Show-2120 So. Michigan Avenue
 [4:00P]   That '70s Show-2000 Light Years From Home
 [4:30P]   That '70s Show-Take It or Leave It
 [5:00P]   That '70s Show-Short & Curlies
 [5:30P]   That '70s Show-'Til the Next Goodbye
 [6:00P]   Two and a Half Men-Rough Night in Hump Junction
 [6:30P]   Two and a Half Men-Look at Me, Mommy, I'm Pretty
 [7:00P]   Two and a Half Men-Fish in a Drawer
 [7:30PT]   wo and a Half Men-If My Hole Could Talk
 [8:00P]   Two and a Half Men-Waiting for the Right Snapper
 [8:30P]   Two and a Half Men-Taterhead Is Our Love Child
 [9:00P]   Two and a Half Men-Pie Hole, Herb
 [9:30P]   Two and a Half Men-Damn You, Eggs Benedict
 [10:00P]   Two and a Half Men-The Flavin' and the Mavin
 [10:30P]   Two and a Half Men-A Jock Strap in Hell
 [11:00P]   Two and a Half Men-It's Always Nazi Week
 [11:30P]   Two and a Half Men
 [12:00A]   Two and a Half Men - Of Course He's Dead -- Part Two
 [12:30A]   Two and a Half Men - Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt
 [1:00A]   That '70s Show - Gimme Shelter
 [1:30A]   That '70s Show - 120 So. Michigan Avenue
 [2:00A]   That '70s Show - 2000 Light Years From Home
 [2:30A]   Sherman's Showcase - Meet Sherman
 [3:00A]   Sherman's Showcase - The Showcase Dancers
 [3:30A]   Sherman's Showcase - Behind the Charade
 [4:00A]   Post Grad     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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 [6:00am]   M*A*S*H
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 [2:00pm]   Batman
 [5:00pm]   Batman Returns
 [8:00pm]   Batman Forever
 [10:30pm]   Face/Off
 [1:30am]   Beneath the Planet of the Apes
 [3:30am]   Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo - Mucho Mojo
 [4:30am]   Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo - Ticking Mojo
 [5:30am]   The Andy Griffith Show    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'xXx: Return Of Xander Cage', followed by the movie 'Wanted', then the movie 'Blade: Trinity'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 7/17/19) are James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Andy Bean.

TCM spends 24 hours with Ann Sothern
 [6:00 AM]      Walking on Air (1936)
 [7:30 AM]      There Goes My Girl (1937)
 [9:00 AM]      Maisie (1939)
 [10:30 AM]      Congo Maisie (1940)
 [12:00 PM]      Gold Rush Maisie (1940)
 [1:30 PM]      Maisie Was a Lady (1941)
 [3:00 PM]      Ringside Maisie (1941)
 [5:00 PM]      Shadow on the Wall (1950)
 [6:30 PM]      The Blue Gardenia (1953)
 [8:00 PM]      A Letter to Three Wives (1948)
 [10:00 PM]      Cry 'Havoc' (1944)
 [12:00 AM]      The Whales of August (1987)
 [2:00 AM]      Nancy Goes To Rio (1950)
 [4:00 AM]      April Showers (1948)

Tuesday   -  08/13/19

TCM spends 24 hours with Brian Donlevy
 [6:00 AM]      Another Face (1935)
 [7:15 AM]      Barbary Coast (1935)
 [9:00 AM]      Billy the Kid (1941)
 [10:45 AM]      An American Romance (1944)
 [1:00 PM]      The Beginning or the End (1947)
 [3:00 PM]      Impact (1949)
 [5:00 PM]      A Cry in the Night (1956)
 [6:30 PM]      The Quatermass Xperiment (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      The Great Mcginty (1940)
 [9:30 PM]      Beau Geste (1939)
 [11:45 PM]      The Glass Key (1942)
 [1:30 AM]      Hangmen Also Die (1943)
 [4:00 AM]      Heaven Only Knows (1947)

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Works In E-Book Format For First Time

J.D. Salinger

Author J.D. Salinger, best-known for his influential novel The Catcher in the Rye, will have four of his works released this week in e-book formats for the first time.

The New York Times reports that Salinger's son, Matt Salinger, has agreed to the effort to get the books in front of a new generation of readers.

Little, Brown plans to unveil digital editions of Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," "Nine Stories," "Franny and Zooey," and "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour-An Introduction."

Matt Salinger and the estate's reluctance isn't surprising, given his father's notorious reluctance to publicly communicate. Matt Salinger related to the Times that his father had an aversion to the internet.

"I hear his voice really clearly in my head, and there's no doubt in my mind about 96 percent of the decisions I have to make, because I know what he would have wanted," Mr. Salinger said. "Things like e-books and audiobooks are tough, because he clearly didn't want them."

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Voting With Their Feet


Eleanor Pelta has secured Polish passports for herself and her two sons. Stephanie Schwab is planning an escape route via Spain. Elie Jacobs has begun to keep enough cash on hand to buy last-minute plane tickets to Israel for his family. Alex and Aussa Lorens are applying for work visas in Australia, while Josh Lewin is aiming for New Zealand.

And Kami Lewis Levin already has her bags packed and tickets purchased. She leaves next week, with her husband, three children and a dog, for a new home in Costa Rica.

Americans are not flocking to the exits, but some of them are thinking about it, and some are talking about it, and at least a few are acting on the idea. Google searches for terms like "how to move out of America" spiked this past weekend to levels not seen since November 2016, right after the presidential election, and last seen a decade ago during the Great Recession. And in dozens of interviews after the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, people who were born here spoke of their crystallizing desire to leave.

These are not recent immigrants who feel threatened by nationalist rhetoric coming from the White House and Congress, but for the most part middle-class or relatively affluent Americans disheartened by the turn in American politics since the 2016 election. And it is not necessarily Canada - the default destination for agitated Americans over the decades - where they are threatening to move, because work visa qualifications there are tight. Instead, they are casting a larger net across the globe.

For many, the exploration of the departure gates is a direct response to the current president of the United States and his party. Before 2016, Coloradans Alex and Aussa Lorens were saving up to buy a house; after that they turned their attention to qualifying for a 190 Skilled Nominated visa for Australia, which requires proving English proficiency, a skills assessment and an "expression of intent" letter to those Australian states that are specifically looking for workers in Alex's industry, which is hospitality.



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Growing Pains


A bitter war has erupted between pot growers and vintners in one of California's famed wine regions where cannabis farms are proliferating, leading critics to denounce a "green rush" they fear could prove disastrous.

The battle, which began shaping up after California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November 2016, has pitted wine growers in Santa Barbara County and residents of the picturesque beach town of Carpinteria against a new neighbor they say literally stinks and threatens their livelihood and way of life.

At issue is the vast expansion of the cannabis market in the county in the last two years, thanks partly to loose licensing regulations at the local level that opened the door to a rush of growers keen to cash in on the lucrative crop.

Almost overnight, critics say, millions of flowering cannabis plants popped up in the Santa Ynez and Santa Maria valleys, a vast wine-growing area made famous internationally by the movie "Sideways."

Further south in Carpinteria, greenhouses once used to grow flowers and located near residential areas have been repurposed to grow weed, much to the chagrin of some local residents irate over the pungent and pervasive odor that emanates from the plants.




Postcards From Big Brother: The Curious Propaganda of a Brutal Soviet Era | Collectors Weekly


Trade Mitigation

School Menus

School lunch menus already have Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Now some may get Trade Mitigation Thursdays.

This fall, some U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food, one little known consequence of President Don-Old Trump (R-Failure)'s trade disputes. The products are coming from the Department of Agriculture, which is giving away the $1.2 billion in foods it's buying to help farmers hurt by trade negotiations.

A Maryland district is awaiting a truckload of canned kidney beans - one of several "trade mitigation" items schools were offered.

"We make our own chili soup, so we knew we had a use for that," said Barbara Harral, a nutrition official for Montgomery County Public Schools.

All told, she said the district is getting $70,000 worth of free products for the fall, including apples and oranges. Harral, who has been with the district for 22 years, doesn't recall the USDA offering trade mitigation foods before.

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Honors Nazi Collaborators


Polish officials joined war veterans on Sunday to pay tribute to a World War II-era underground force that collaborated with Nazi German forces toward the end of the war in their battle against the Communists, who were imposing control on the nation.

A Mass in Warsaw opened ceremonies honoring the Holy Cross Mountains Brigade of the National Armed Forces on the 75th anniversary of its formation. The partisans were honored for their sacrifices to the fatherland.

President Andrzej Duda's official patronage and the presence of ruling party officials underlined the right-wing government's rehabilitation of a partisan unit that fought both Germans and Soviets and which is celebrated by the far right.

It is seen as a part of a broader attempt by the ruling Law and Justice party to appeal to right-wing voters ahead of the nation's parliamentary vote in October.

The official rehabilitation of the brigade began when Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki honored its members at a cemetery in Munich in February 2018.




Georgia O'Keeffe: She Lived Deliciously Alone in the Wild, Wild West | Messy Nessy Chic


Damage To Storied Forests


Germany's forests - long a source of pride and national identity - are feeling the heat.

A second consecutive year of unusually dry and warm weather has left swaths of dead and dying trees, fueling fears that the storied woods in more than a few of the fairytales by the Brothers Grimm could be heading for an unhappy end.

Officials say droughts, wildfires and hungry beetles destroyed 110,000 hectares (270,000 acres) of forest in Germany in 2018 and the damage this year could be even worse.

The sight of bare trees has stoked debate about the impact of climate change and what measures this heavily industrialized nation should be taking to adapt to and prevent global warming.

A poll released Friday by public broadcaster ZDF found 62% of German voters say it's the most pressing problem, higher than any other issue.



The Beatles Abbey Road Photoshoot - August 8 1969 | Flashbak


22,000 Years Of Weirdness

Last Magnetic Pole Flip

On its face, this fact is simple: our planet's magnetic poles have traded places with some frequency over Earth's history. At points in the past, compass needles would point south instead of north. But look into the details of these transitions and things will get considerably more complicated. What exactly is it like during the times when the poles flip, for example? And what is it about the "geodynamo" of Earth's liquid iron outer core that causes this behavior?

Records of these transitions exist in several forms. Small bits of the mineral magnetite in sediment will tend to orient themselves with the Earth's magnetic field as they settle into place. Isotopes in ice cores can record changes in the magnetic field's ability to deflect away charged particles from space. And lavas-on land or the seafloor-contain magnetite crystals that are locked into place when the lava solidifies.

A new study led by the University of Wisconsin's Brad Singer uses the latest dating techniques to put together a timeline of the most-recent pole reversal (which occurred a little over 770,000 years ago) based on sequences of lava flows around the world.

The records come from lavas in Chile and the islands of Tahiti, Guadeloupe, La Palma, and Maui. All of them have been studied previously for tracking the history of our magnetic field, as they host multiple lava flows that each provide a snapshot around the time of the reversal. But the method used to date these rocks-based on isotopes of the element argon, which gets trapped in crystals as they solidify-has been improved enough over the last few years that the rocks were worth revisiting to get more accurate dates for each flow. The new measurements come with error bars in the neighborhood of just ±5,000 years for 780,000-year-old lavas.

The new dates help lay out an interesting timeline. Although individual records in some places have seemed to record an incredibly rapid reversal of the poles, these lavas show a complex process playing out over something like 22,000 years.

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When you're walking or running, your legs are doing most of the work, but your arms are involved, too. And how they move depends on your gait.

As we walk, our arms usually hang naturally at our sides and are mostly straight. But when we run, our arms typically swing while bent at the elbow.

Why is that? Researchers recently investigated how arm position affects energy efficiency, and they found that walking with bent arms was actually less energy efficient than walking with straight arms.

A bent arm has a shorter arc than a straight arm; bent arms therefore require less energy to swing back and forth and should be more efficient for both running and walking, the researchers initially hypothesized.

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'Hobbs & Shaw'

Audiences helped the "Fast & Furious" spinoff "Hobbs & Shaw" take another lap at No. 1 even with an onslaught of four new major releases this weekend. From family films to R-rated adult fare, moviegoers had their pick as studios tried to capitalize on the waning days of summer. But although August can be a great opportunity for non-superhero films, it's not a sure thing. And this weekend some, such as "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," fared better than others, like the Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish mob thriller "The Kitchen."

Second place went to the PG-13 film "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," from CBS Films and eOne Entertainment, which cut through the clutter with a better than expected $20.8 million. Lionsgate distributed the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror which had been tracking to open in the mid-teens.

Close behind in third was "The Lion King" with $20 million in its fifth weekend in theaters. With $1.3 billion globally, it's now surpassed "Beauty and the Beast" as Disney's highest-grossing "live-action" release.

Newcomer "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," from Paramount Pictures, found a healthy audience too, earning an estimated $17 million for a fourth place start. Starring Isabela Moner, "Dora," based on the popular television series, also got good reviews from critics and audiences, who gave it an A CinemaScore.

And in fifth place, Quentin Tarantino's star-vehicle "Once Upon a Hollywood" added $11.6 million and crossed the $100 million mark.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1."Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," $25.4 million ($60.8 million international).
    2."Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," $20.8 million ($2.5 million international).
    3."The Lion King," $20 million ($51.4 million international).
    4."Dora and the Lost City of Gold," $17 million ($2.5 million international).
    5."Once Upon a Hollywood," $11.6 million ($7.7 million international).
    6."The Art of Racing in the Rain," $8.1 million ($1.1 million international).
    7."The Kitchen," $5.5 million.
    8."Spider-Man: Far From Home," $5.3 million ($5.3 million international).
    9."Toy Story 4," $4.4 million ($9.7 million international).
   10."Bring the Soul: The Movie," $2.3 million ($5.9 million international).

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