Katy Perry, David Guetta, Steve Aoki Preview Tomorrowland Around the World Virtual Festival

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Tomorrowland Around the World performers Katy Perry, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Nervo and Dimitri Vegas joined Tomorrowland co-founder Michiel Beers and moderator Sean Dhondt in an online press conference today to preview what fans can expect from the virtual festival.

Scheduled for July 25 and 26 on the Tomorrowland website, Tomorrowland Around the World has combined 3D visuals with innovative game design to present an interactive digital festival meant to mimic the in-person experience. Attendees of the conference were given a preview of the performances, which utilize green screen technology to give the event a real-life touch.

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Each act recorded its respective set at green screen studios across the world, allowing the artist to be placed in the virtual playground of Tomorrowland with similar lighting and resolution. And because DJs naturally feed off of a crowd’s energy, Tomorrowland Around the

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How the viral cake meme got stale

The internet is sick of cake.

For the past two weeks, the internet has been saturated with videos of seemingly hyperrealistic everyday objects — a Croc shoe, a pickle, a bulldog — that trick the eye to reveal a cake beneath. Just as quickly as these surrealistic cakes became ubiquitous came the detractors begging the phenomenon to end.

In other words: A viral meme has now grown stale, reaching the end of its popularity.

“There’s a bunch of different life cycles that memes can have. Some memes will just explode and die off within like a week,” says Don Caldwell, the editor-in-chief of meme database Know Your Meme. “Some memes will stick around for 10 years, and it’s really bizarre to see all the different ways it can happen.” It’s not uncommon for a meme to see a resurgence months, or even years, down the line after it’s lost popularity.

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WaHi’s Word Up Book Store Gets Grant To Offset Coronavirus Losses

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY — The Word Up: Community Bookshop in Washington Heights is getting aid in its battle against the financial hardships that have come along with the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, the Humanities New York (HNY) organization, which commits itself to strengthening civil society and the bonds of community, announced that Word Up Books is receiving $2,500 in the form of a grant from the HNY’s CARES program.

Word Up: Community Bookshop is located at 2113 Amsterdam Ave. on the corner of 165th street in Washington Heights.

Word Up can use the funds for the following:

  • Staff salaries and benefits, rent, and utilities.

  • Programmatic Humanities offerings.

  • Costs associated with remote work, virtual programming, and enhanced facility cleaning and sanitation.

On the other hand, Word Up cannot use the grant for construction, expansion, or renovation of a facility.

The Humanities New York CARES program looks to provide grants to nonprofit

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Marriage Is the Ultimate ‘Entanglement’

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Entanglement. One word. Four syllables. A euphemism for an extra-marital relationship that broke the internet. While our celebrity obsessed culture watched the fantasy we purported of the pristine image of the Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith marriage implode bursting our own bubbles in a series of interviews (August, Jada) and a new R&B banger, I wondered to myself how they managed to continue to survive in their new space of “life-partnership.”

Marriage is hard. It is in and of itself the definition of an entanglement: “To involve in difficulties.” I have been married for eight years. My husband and I have been together for 11. I learn more and more about myself and him every day we are married. Some of these learnings are positive. Some are negative. But they are always revealing as we continue to grow and

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New COVID-19 Test Returns Results In 45 Minutes

BOULDER, CO—University of Colorado researchers said they have developed a rapid, portable, saliva-based COVID-19 test able to return results in 45 minutes. Such a test might eventually be deployable in community settings like schools and factories.

“We are facing a serious testing shortage in this country right now as more people want to get tested and diagnostics labs are overwhelmed,” said Nicholas Meyerson, a postdoctoral associate in the Sawyer Lab at the BioFrontiers Institute at CU Boulder. “We’ve developed a test that could get results to people much faster.”

The test, described in a preprint manuscript posted Friday on the online archive MedRxiv.org, is designed for widespread screening to help identify asymptomatic individuals. Research shows people infected with the virus but with no obvious symptoms make up as many as 70% of cases and can still spread disease.

In this new test, a user spits in a tube, adds a

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The Plymouth Prowler was so cool you could get a Prowler-shaped trailer for it

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Like many car enthusiasts, we at Autoblog have a tendency to spend our free time browsing online car listings for unusual vehicles. One of our editors’ latest finds is this 1997 Plymouth Prowler with less than 300 miles on the clock. And as we looked at it and discussed it in our work chat room, we were reminded just how cool the Prowler was. It was one of the rare automobiles to go from concept to reality almost unchanged. It was even more remarkable Chrysler pulled it off considering its open wheels, aluminum chassis and dramatic body work.

The 1997 model year was the very first for the Prowler, and it was only offered in the metallic purple that the show car wore. That show car made its debut in Detroit in 1993. You can see it in the photo above. Besides some tweaked bumpers

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How Food Businesses Nationwide Are Responding

These are unprecedented times. It seems like the whole world has been brought to its knees, from the rapid and destructive spread of COVID-19 to the protests in response to police brutality and the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. The food industry isn’t exempt. So as things develop, we’ve asked people working in the food industry, from coast to coast, to share what they’re seeing in their communities, how they’ve been affected, and how they’re responding.

Wednesday, July 22

“As a restaurant owner, you lose in any direction you take. You lose if you stay closed, you lose if you stay open.”

Nina Compton, Compère Lapin and Bywater American Bistro, New Orleans: They closed the bars again here last week. Restaurants can still operate at 50 percent capacity—right now Compère Lapin is closed and Bywater American Bistro is operating at 50 percent—but we’re living week

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Ford’s 2021 Bronco unveiling is already causing a rift and sparking outrage among Jeep Wrangler fans online

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  • The newly launched Ford Bronco takes aim directly at the Jeep Wrangler.

  • Both are boxy, off-roading vehicles.

  • The crossover is causing some Wrangler fans to bristle at the Bronco memes showing up in Jeep Wrangler Facebook groups, causing a rift.

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With a boxy design, big all-terrain tires, and all of the appropriate off-roading hardware, it’s obvious the 2021 Ford Bronco is aimed directly at the Jeep Wrangler. Which should be fine. After all, healthy competition breeds innovation. Except it seems that Jeep fans are not happy about it in online Jeep Wrangler forums and Facebook groups.

Cars, much like everything else that has a fanatical following, usually have dedicated online forums and groups where fans and owners gather to swap advice, share stories, and hang out. 

One of the biggest Jeep Wrangler forums, JLWranglerForums.com, is a lively community of all things

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Home goods retailer Wayfair is not involved in child sex trafficking

The claim: Expensive products on Wayfair are coded listings for missing children being sold in a human-trafficking scheme

The internet has been gripped with a conspiracy theory this month as thousands of viral posts allege that online furniture firm Wayfair is involved in a child sex-trafficking operation.

“So wayfair has third party vendors that are HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING on their website,” various social media posts have alleged. “There are items like throw pillows, cabinets etc. priced at 10-20,000 dollars and named after missing girls. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!”

Posts point to the high prices of items like pillows and dressers as evidence that the products are secretly fronts for child trafficking. Theorists further note the names of some of the dressers, which are allegedly the same children who have gone missing over the past few years.

Some users also allege similar activities occur on other e-commerce sites like Amazon, Etsy

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Lucid Promises World-Beating 0.21 Coefficient of Drag for Its Air EV Sedan

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  • Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson promises that wind-tunnel testing has confirmed his bold claim, but admits that you’ll need to wait for the specially designed aero wheels to be available to achieve the headline 0.21 coefficient of drag.
  • Lucid has tested four cars in a wind tunnel owned by Windshear, but this was the first time they brought in a full-size prototype.
  • Lucid’s lead aerodynamicist tells C/D that the Lucid Air electric sedan was designed from the get-go to be this aerodynamic, and further tinkering may improve the number.

Car companies—especially ones that have yet to produce a vehicle—love to tout the ways that they will beat the established competitors. Case in point: Lucid Motors’ recent announcement that a prototype of its upcoming all-electric Air sedan was verified as having a coefficient of drag (Cd) of 0.21 based on tests conducted in an independent wind tunnel run

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