Check out this all-purpose ultrasonic portable washing tool

What if we told you there’s a way to deep clean everything from your clothing to your fruits and vegetables without wasting water or spending hours hunched over a sink or laundry machine? Technology is changing our lives for the better in our daily habits, and there’s no better evidence of that than with this Sonic Soak Ultrasonic Cleaner: it’s a handy, portable gadget that uses ultrasonic technology to provide a deeper clean, without unnecessary waste. You can use this multi-purpose tool to clean everything from personal care products and accessories to the food you’re planning to cook with. Delivering 50W of power and 50,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second, it manages to get rid of all the unseen bacteria, pesticides and contaminants that might be in your laundry, baby products and more — all while being gentle enough for use on delicates like silk, cashmere, and lingerie. It’s also the ideal gadget to bring along for camping trips and travel, thanks to its lightweight design. Just fill your sink or bowl with water, put the items you need to be washed with the Sonic Soak in the water and set the timer to start to clean. It’s really that ea...

Review: Philip Ridley’s The Reflecting Skin on Film Movement Blu-ray

The Reflecting Skin looks stunning on this Blu-ray release, but it’s hard to overlook the dearth of special features. What Blue Velvet did for the comforting myths of suburban innocence, The Reflecting Skin attempted to do for rural America. With its picturesque farmhouses and golden-hued fields of wheat that seem to have popped straight out of an Andrew Wyeth painting, the world of Philip Ridley’s 1990 film evokes a warm feeling of nostalgia, but there’s an evil lurking just below the surface, one that reveals itself in ways both monumental (the atomic bomb) and minute (the mummified corpse of an infant abandoned in an old church). The film is filled with odd, haunting images and occurrences—an exploding frog, a duo of creepy clucking women, a photograph of a Japanese child with literally mirrored skin—all of which the audience experiences through the eyes of young Seth Dove (Jeremy Cooper). The eight-year-old lives on the Idaho prairie with his harsh, overworked mother, Ruth (Sheila Moore), and distant father, Luke (Duncan Fraser), a closeted gay man who spends most of his time sitting around reading pulp novels. A strange, improbably named widow, Dolphin Blue (Lindsay Duncan)...

The best camera for kids in 2019: child-friendly cameras for all ages

Buying a camera for children is just as complicated as choosing one when you’re an adult! So much depends on the child’s age, whether you want them to have a toy or an educational device they can learn from, and how much you want to invest in a camera that might get dropped in the sea, squashed into an unfinished dinner or spend its life at the bottom of a school bag. This is why we’ve split our best cameras for children into age-based sections, because each age range has very different needs. Tots and toddlers just want to have a bit of fun with a brightly-colored plaything, school-age kids will enjoy the fun factor of instant cameras, while older kids and teens will be a bit more serious about taking pictures and having a camera that isn’t a style disaster. Older students are another case entirely, as here a camera is a learning tool that could be a springboard to a creative career. Most of the cameras on our list are mainstream cameras that we think are particularly suitable for children. Some of the best instant cameras have the fun factor to keep kids occupied, the best point and shoot cameras are affordable to buy, but have a splash of style to suit...

Honest Czechs are seventh most likely in the world to return a lost wallet

While Prague in particular has a reputation for pick-pocketing, conversely Czechs are among the people most likely to return a lost wallet. The country ranked seventh out of 40 worldwide where wallets were left in public with contact information. The top five most honest countries were no surprise: Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, which generally top surveys for positive cultural or political attributes. The next two perhaps were less expected. Poland and the Czech Republic were sixth and seventh. New Zealand, Germany and France completed the top 10, or first quarter of the ranking. The worst countries were China, in last place, followed by Morocco, Peru, Kazakhstan and Kenya. Also falling into the bottom half were the US at 21st and UK at 22nd. The results stem from a research project called Civic Honesty Around the Globe, published in Science magazine. Researchers left wallets with contact info for local-sounding names at various places. There were three types of wallet: no money, about $13.45 and about $94.15 in local currency. “Civic honesty is essential to social capital and economic development, but is often in conflict with material self-interest....

Hemp 101: Experts highlight plant’s many uses at Farm Progress Show – News – The State Journal-Register

The National Hemp Association is using the Farm Progress Show to clear the air about this versatile crop. Geoff Whaling, chairman of the association, said many people get confused when differentiating between marijuana and hemp. “Hemp is cannabis but it is not marijuana,” Whaling said. “Marijuana has THC, whereas hemp does not.” Interest in hemp increased after the 2018 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump removed it from the the list of controlled substances, thus legalizing its production. The 2014 Farm Bill already had allowed for limited hemp production for research and the 2018 Farm Bill authorized the secretary of agriculture to use that research to determine the viability of a domestic hemp market. “We have a great relationship with the National Hemp Association,” said Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress Show director. “We pretty much asked them to do a ‘Hemp 101.’ Do the beginner thing. How does it affect government programs, how does it affect crop insurance, what is CBD versus THC? All those very basic things about hemp that everybody on the grounds has a varying degree of understanding about.” Sam Kupferschmi...

This Clever Laptop Power Plug Shows How Great a Tiny Innovation Can Be

The tiny, thin pair of prongs used on plugs in North America and in other parts of the world are nearly impossible to jam into a power outlet if you can’t see what you’re doing. Ten One Design’s new Stella plug improves on the design with something we’ve never seen before: a built-in flashlight that automatically turns on near outlets to light the way. There are bleeding-edge technologies that promise to one day free us from not only having to find a power outlet when we start panicking about a device’s dying battery, but cords and cables altogether. Ossia’s Cota technology, for example, can wirelessly deliver power to electronics the same way wifi delivers internet to your phone and computer. But a practical mass rollout of such a system is still years away. The reality is that cords, plugs, and physical power outlets will be with us for many decades to come, so even the smallest of improvements or innovations that make plugging in our gear less of a hassle are welcome. The surprisingly useful addition of a simple LED flashlight to its plug isn’t the only thing that makes Stella a worthwhile upgrade; Ten One Design’s execution is nearly-perfect. The $35 cable is designed to rep...

The 2013-2016 IAAF Strategic Plan has six Core Values: universality, leadership, unity, excellence, integrity and solidarity,

The 2013-2016 IAAF Strategic Plan has six Core Values: universality, leadership, unity, excellence, integrity and solidarity, and a Vision Statement: “To lead, govern and develop the sport of athletics in all its forms worldwide, uniting the Athletics Family in a spirit of excellence, integrity and solidarity.” The IAAF World Relays will head to Europe for the first time in 2021, with the Polish region of Silesia confirmed today as host of the fifth edition of the biennial event. The newest addition to the IAAF’s World Athletics Series, the World Relays were held in the Bahamian capital of Nassau for the first three editions, while this year’s event was held in the Japanese city of Yokohama. Poland has a proven track record of hosting major athletics events with Bydgoszcz having hosted the inaugural IAAF World U18 Championships in 1998 as well as two editions of the IAAF World U20 Championships and IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Sopot staged the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, while Gdynia is currently preparing to host the 2020 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. Poland also has a strong recent record in relay events. Their women’s 4x400m team was triumphant...

Maintenance Issues Leave Milwaukee Public Museum In Danger Of Losing Accreditation

The Milwaukee Public Museum is at risk of losing its accreditation if this year’s county budget doesn’t include money to make necessary building repairs. Ryan O’Desky, the museum’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, painted a dire picture of the aging museum building for members of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and said while the museum is in search of a new campus, it will be years before it moves out of its current location just west of downtown Milwaukee. “Best-case scenario, we’ll be breaking ground in 2022,” O’Desky said. “We have 4 million collections that need to be moved, we don’t have a site and we haven’t started a capital campaign. Movement is pretty far out.” The two largest issues facing the museum is an aging air conditioning system and water leaking throughout the building. Both are endangering the collections. O’Desky told the county’s Capital Improvements Committee this week a 300-ton chiller needs to be replaced. The chiller cools the museum’s 500,000 annual visitors during the summer months. But more importantly, it keeps the museum’s collections at the approp...