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5 Coolest Things On Earth This Week

This week, researchers unlocked the secrets of underwater stickiness by reverse-engineering octopus tentacles, mended broken bones with a pioneering new stem cell therapy and built a silicon chip that mimics the behavior of neurons to make deep-learning systems faster and more efficient.   Computer Chip Makes Deep-Learning Networks A Little Brighter What is it? Using beams of […] The post 5 Coolest Things On Earth This Week appeared first on GE Reports.

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See the heart-bursting moment a man 'proposed' to his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter.

Dating as a single parent isn’t easy. Just ask Cassandra Reschar.”I have full custody of my daughter and very little ‘me’ time,” she wrote on How He Asked. There are over 13 million parents in the U.S. just like her.Then she met Grant Tribbett online, and the two hit it off big-time over the next couple of weeks, constantly trading messages and eventually phone calls.Their relationship blossomed from there, and one day, six months or so into dating, Tribbett asked Reschar and her 5-year-old daughter, Adrianna, to come on a walk through the woods with him.In the middle of the forest, on a small wooden footbridge, Tribbett dropped to one knee and asked Reschar to spend the rest of her life with him.The proposal was a big surprise, but Tribbett had a few more tricks up his sleeve:”As soon as he got down on one knee, my friend, who is a professional photographer (Mandi Gilliland), came out of hiding and captured one of the best moments of my life!” Reschar wrote. All photos by Mandi Gilliland Photography, used with permission. Kids aren’t usually invited along on romantic walks in the woods, but Tribbett wanted Adrianna to be there for an incredibly touching reason.After getting the “Yes!” and sliding an engagement ring onto Reschar’s finger, he turned to Adrianna and got back down on one knee.”Adrianna, can I be your daddy?” he said.”To promise to love and protect you for the rest of your life?”He even offered her a small heart necklace.As Reschar burst into happy tears, Adrianna could only muster a meek “thank you” at first.”I finally get a Daddy, Mommy!” Adrianna finally yelled, according to her mom.”I finally get a Daddy…”The family’s story is capturing hearts all across the internet. “He knew that my daughter was my world and that this wasn’t just a commitment between us but a commitment to our family,” Reschar told the Huffington Post.The photos are touching, but they also prove an important point: Most research has shown that parental makeup plays little to no

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A YouTube star shares her thoughts on following your passion.

When Hannah Hart posted her first video on YouTube in 2011, she had no idea what it would turn into.“[It] was originally just a joke for a friend,” Hannah says. She had just moved from San Francisco to New York and was working as a proofreader. One night, she was chatting with her friend on the other side of the country when her friend shared that she missed Hannah’s “drunk kitchen.” “I was like, ‘Man, I’ll send you a video right now,’” she recalls. “So, using Photo Booth on my MacBook, I shot a video, cut it up, and sent it to her, and then a bunch of strangers watched it.” Hart in the first episode of “My Drunk Kitchen.” Image via Hannah Hart/YouTube. The video went viral.It wasn’t long before viewers started clamoring for another episode. So she made another one, and the YouTube series “My Drunk Kitchen” was born. From there, Hannah’s career as an online celebrity took off. She not only continued making videos for her “My Drunk Kitchen” series, but she started experimenting with other kinds of videos too. She soon left her job, moved to Los Angeles, started collaborating with other YouTube celebrities, and ended up dedicating herself to her passion full-time. When she went all-in, she discovered that she had a passion for entrepreneurship and that she enjoyed building something in a new medium. Over the following six years, she created a brand for herself online. She has also written two books — the parody cookbook “My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going With Your Gut” and “Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded” — and is currently the star of “While the Water Boils,” a YouTube series she creates in partnership with Barilla. Hannah Hart in “While the Water Boils” season 3 trailer. Image via “While the Water Boils”/YouTube. Through it all, Hannah says, it was her passion for connecting with people that really drove her to build this career online. “I was always the person that was talking too much in class, always staying after school

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An 11-year-old wrote a rap about being bullied. His favorite rapper brought it to life.

11-year-old Isaac wrote a rap about being bullied. Too embarrassed to perform it, he sent it to his favorite rapper for help. Mac Lethal, a Kansas City rapper best known for his super-fast delivery and the best breakfast anthem of all time, put Isaac’s rap over a beat and made a video of the powerful letter. Image via Mac Lethal/YouTube. Isaac’s story of bullying is heartbreaking and familiar. Isaac and another kid named Thomas used to be great friends — riding bikes, swimming, and playing video games together. Now, Thomas won’t stop physically and verbally tormenting him. All GIFs via Mac Lethal/YouTube. Isaac keeps trying to reconnect with his old friend, and he even let Thomas copy his math work. But he took advantage of Isaac’s kindness. Isaac has no idea what went wrong or how it happened. And it really hurts. But despite their falling out, Isaac still has hopes he can salvage the friendship, and he wants Thomas to know he cares. Losing a trusted friend is hard enough. That same friend turning into a bully without an explanation? It’s absolutely devastating and painful. That pain comes through in Isaac’s gut-wrenching lyrics in the full video below:Dealing with bullies is something too many kids deal with every day, but there’s a lot we can do. Sadly, there are bullying situations like Isaac’s in many classrooms and schools around the country. 28% of students in grades 6-12 have experienced bullying. More than 70% of kids say they’ve seen it in their schools. Bullying prevention and intervention are complicated, but approaches that involve the entire school community show promise. When everyone — including students, families, teachers, and staff like bus drivers, cafeteria monitors, and school nurses — encourages a culture of respect and models kindness, it can go along way. Students also benefit when teachers, parents, and other trusted adults talk to them about bullying and ensure they know how to find help for themselves or other kids who need it. Photo

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After the Philando Castile verdict, his classmates raised thousands in scholarship money.

High school classmates of Philando Castile were gutted last week when the police officer who killed him on the side of a suburban Minnesota street was found not guilty. Protesters gathered in November outside the St. Paul school where Philando Castile worked. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images. In the week since, several of them have turned their outrage into action, raising over $5,000 for a scholarship in Castile’s name. “We really didn’t ask for it. People just didn’t know what to do with their grief and all of that,” says Abby Heuckendorf, who went to school with Castile from fourth grade on and is a member of Central Honors Philando, the group that established the fund. Heuckendorf and a half-dozen others who grew up with Castile established the scholarship fund shortly after his death in 2016 at the suggestion of Central High School’s principal. The small team settled on the scholarship as a fitting tribute to the memory of their classmate who continued to work in the school district where they grew up as a much-beloved kitchen employee — known to students as “Phil” — for 14 years.The money raised in the days following the verdict adds to the over $45,000 that Central Honors Philando has raised in Castile’s name since the shooting. “It still feels like losing somebody in your larger family circle,” Heukendorf says.The first scholarship grant was awarded to Marques Watson-Taylor, a 2017 Central graduate who the group selected based on an application that the committee felt accorded with Castile’s background and values. Philando Castile’s mother Valerie, left, and sister Allysza with scholarship recipient Marques Watson-Taylor. Photo by Central Honors Philando/Facebook. The committee has raised over $45,000 since The group was planning to kick off a fundraising campaign — culminating in an outdoor community event in August — for next year’s award when the verdict came down. “It was like, ‘Oh, we’re back to square one,'” says Adrian Perryman, a member of the fundr