The cult favorite workout The Class is coming to DC on October 20.
As part of its week-long, seven-city tour across the country, founder Taryn Toomey will be in DC to teach two classes at City Winery. Live percussion, guitar, and vocals will accompany the class, and a photographer will be on-site to snap your portrait (which you can then share to social, of course).
For the uninitiated: The Class is part-yoga, part-HIIT, with a whole lot of spiritual cleansing thrown in—think cathartic screaming and chest pounding in-between exercise moves. Participants have even been known to sob during Savasana. Really.
The boutique exercise class is beloved by the sage-burning and expensive-crystal-sporting set and big celebrity names alike (Naomi Watts, Jennifer Aniston, and Giselle Bündchen are all reportedly fans).
While based in New York, fans can also take in-person classes in Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Miami, or stream classes via its digital platform. The group also hosts a series of cleanses throughout the year, as well as retreats in spots like Martha’s Vineyard or the Hudson Valley. (We told you this was bougie.)
The DC event will also include a pop-up shop, which you can browse after the workout. Vendors will include the likes of non-toxic nail care line Ten Over Ten and plant-based skincare line Weleda. The Class-branded workout gear will also be available for purchase, too.
The first class begins at 9 AM and the second at 11 AM. Tickets are $65, and a healthy breakfast from City Winery will be available for purchase, as well.
City Winery; 1350 Okie St. NE
Who: Lauren Buckner, 42, Congress Heights
Does: Body by Buckner owner and fitness trainer
Approach to fitness: “I believe in training clients from the ‘inside out,’ focusing first on positive thinking and healthy habits and then creating customized workouts. I fuse dynamic workouts with elements of cardio and low-impact workouts with elements of yoga. Above all, I strive to make fitness fun and to motivate people of all abilities and ages to just move.“
“My fitness bag is dope,” says Buckner. “It’s so stylish and bright. Tangerine is one of my favorite colors.” An added bonus—it’s made of neoprene, so it’s soft but durable.
Sporty Spice Tangerine Bag; $166; Annabel Ingall
“This is my favorite and most valuable item in my bag,” says Buckner. “I teach a lot of high-intensity classes and I move around a lot when I teach, so having a timer that I can wear on my finger is amazing. It doesn’t get in the way and I can keep time from any place in the room.”
SportCount Stopwatch; $33; Amazon
“Hydration is important, so I try to carry water with me at all times,” says Buckner. She likes TotalFit because it’s loaded with electrolytes and minerals.
TotalFit Alkaline Premium Water; $20 for 12-pack; TotalFit
Buckner always tells her clients to be prepared if hunger strikes, which is why she likes these on-the-go protein packets. Using them, she can make a shake anywhere, anytime, and she likes Arbonne because the products are plant-based and have 20 grams of protein.
Chocolate protein shake mix; $39 for 10-pack; Arbonne
“I sweat everyday, so I have to keep my skin clean to prevent breakouts,” says Buckner. She particularly likes these Fre products because they’re targeted at women who frequently work out and sweat a lot.
The 123Fre Set; $115; Fre Skincare
Buckner teaches a lot of outdoor workouts, so sun protection is a must. She likes Coola because it’s light, organic, and doesn’t leave behind white streaks when she sweats.
Prices vary; Coola Sunscreen
When teaching a yoga class or leading a meditation, Buckner breaks out these oils to help her clients soothe their muscles and relax.
Serene Living Oils; prices vary; Dragon Herbs
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Buckner makes sure to tell everyone she meets about the workout classes she teaches. And she wants readers to check them out, too—which is why you can bring this flyer for a free class (above) to any of her workouts.
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir have made history with the first all-female spacewalk.
The spacewalk, which started early Friday, is Meir’s first and Koch’s fourth. NASA tweeted the spacewalk started at 7:38 AM ET, as Koch and Meir “set their spacesuits to battery power.”
When she ventured outside the orbiting space lab, Meir became the 228th person in the world to conduct a spacewalk and the 15th woman.
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NASA originally wanted to conduct an all-female spacewalk last spring but did not have enough medium-size suits ready to go. Koch and Meir were supposed to install more new batteries in a spacewalk next week, but had to venture out three days earlier to deal with an equipment failure that occurred over the weekend. They need to replace an old battery charger for one of the three new batteries that was installed last week by Koch and fellow NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan.
In this photo provided by NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exit the International Space Station on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. <br><span>(NASA via AP)</span>
“Jessica and Christina, we are so proud of you. You’re going to do great today,” Morgan radioed from inside as the women exited the hatch.
Koch is seven months into an 11-month mission that will be the longest ever by a woman.
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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine watched the big event unfold from the agency’s headquarters in Washington.
In this photo released by NASA on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, U.S. astronauts Jessica Meir, left, and Christina Koch pose for a photo in the International Space Station. (NASA via AP)<br>
“We have the right people doing the right job at the right time,” he said. “They are an inspiration to people all over the world including me. And we’re very excited to get this mission underway.”
The astronauts’ achievement won praise across social media. “You are an inspiration to women & girls across America,” tweeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
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“Congratulations to Jessica Meir and Michigan native Christina Koch on this incredible and historic achievement!” tweeted Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich., who also watched the historic event from NASA headquarters.
“The first all-woman spacewalk is a milestone worth noting and celebrating as the agency looks forward to putting the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024 with NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program,” explains NASA on its website.
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Initial mission capability for 2024 involves landing two astronauts on the moon’s South Pole. Astronauts will live and work out of the lander for 6.5 days, according to NASA.
The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers
Even Frank Abagnale, Jr. would be envious of this thievery.
A newly published study notes that the Milky Way stole several dwarf galaxies from the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) galaxy, including the Carina and Fornax, as part of a merger between the two that is still ongoing.
The LMC is approximately 158,200 light-years from Earth and contains roughly 30 billion stars.
The research is based on new data coming from the Gaia space telescope and found that “at least four ultrafaint dwarfs and two classical dwarfs” used to be part of the LMC, according to a statement announcing the findings.
Visualization of the simulations used in the study. Top left shows dark matter in white. Bottom right shows a simulated Large Magellanic Cloud-like galaxy with stars and gas, and several smaller companion galaxies. (Credit: Ethan Jahn, UC Riverside.)<br>
MILK WAY GALAXY’S CENTER EXPLODED 3.5M YEARS AGO
“These results are an important confirmation of our cosmological models, which predict that small dwarf galaxies in the universe should also be surrounded by a population of smaller fainter galaxy companions,” said one of the study’s co-authors, Laura Sales, in the statement. “This is the first time that we are able to map the hierarchy of structure formation to such faint and ultrafaint dwarfs.”
The cosmic swipes happened in the recent past, cosmically speaking, approximately 1 billion years ago. By comparison, the entire universe is widely accepted to be 13.8 billion years old.
“If so many dwarfs came along with the LMC only recently, that means the properties of the Milky Way satellite population just 1 billion years ago were radically different, impacting our understanding of how the faintest galaxies form and evolve,” Sales added.
Unlike spiral galaxies, like our own Milky Way, dwarf galaxies are small and only have a small number of stars, ranging from a few thousand to a few billion. The Milky Way is estimated to contain anywhere between 100 billion and 400 billion stars.
The LMC and other galaxies like it host a great number of dwarf galaxies, many of which only contain dark matter, making them interesting to astronomers.
“The high number of tiny dwarf galaxies seems to suggest the dark matter content of the LMC is quite large, meaning the Milky Way is undergoing the most massive merger in its history, with the LMC, its partner, bringing in as much as one third of the mass in the Milky Way’s dark matter halo — the halo of invisible material that surrounds our galaxy,” said the study’s lead author, Ethan Jahn, in the statement.
Jahn added that it’s hard to know how many dwarf galaxies are hosted by the LMC (at least 7) and more may be discovered with further research.
“Small galaxies are hard to measure, and it’s possible that some already-known ultrafaint dwarf galaxies are in fact associated with the LMC,” he continued. “It’s also possible that we will discover new ultrafaints that are associated with the LMC.”
The study has been published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Scientists have begun using satellites that can produce high-resolution imagery in an effort to monitor whale strandings from space, according to an investigation by the British Antarctic Survey and four Chilean research institutes.
They believe a new technique for analyzing satellite images could revolutionize how stranded whales are detected in remote places.
In 2015, more than 340 whales were involved in a mass stranding in a remote region of southern Chile. Evidence of the stranding wasn’t discovered for several weeks due to the inaccessible nature of the area on the Chilean coast — with aerial and boat surveys assessing the extent of the damage several months after it was discovered, according to the study published in Plos One journals.
Skeleton of a young Sei whale ( Balaenoptera borealis ) ( Kike Calvo via AP Images )<br>
“The aerial survey was done on a huge scale and was very impressive, but it’s possible some of the carcasses got washed back out to sea in storms and simply weren’t counted. The 343 number was only ever a best estimate,” BAS whale expert Dr Jennifer Jackson told the BBC.
Because of the delay, many of the whales went missing and their decomposed bodies made it hard for scientists to determine how they died. One satellite image counted several fewer whales than the original aerial photo and substantially more in the second picture taken, possibly alluding to the fact many had washed away by the time the non-satellite aerial photos were taken.
They say the use of satellites could make the discovery effort in finding whale strandings more efficient and less costly. They also believe it will inform scientists of information they weren’t able to see before with planes and boats, according to the investigation.
“This is an exciting development in monitoring whales from space,” Dr Peter Fretwell, the lead author at British Antartic Survey, told the BBC. “Now we have a higher resolution ‘window’ on our planet, satellite imagery may be a fast and cost-effective alternative to aerial surveys allowing us to assess the extent of mass whale stranding events, especially in remote and inaccessible areas.”
Researchers detected the whales using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images from Maxar Technologies, which they found could identify the shape, size, and color of the whales and even the possible cause of the beaching.
Researchers say that pictures from the WorldView-2 satellite could show features larger than 50cm (19.7 inches) from an altitude of 700km (435 miles). They say due to a whales shape being over 10m (33.8 feet) in length that it could provide a good outline for the animal’s overall shape. Improved satellite imagery technology with a 30cm (11.8 inches) resolution should make the job even easier, according to the study.
Sei Whale (Balaenoptera Borealis). (Photo By Encyclopaedia Britannica/UIG Via Getty Images)<br>
When analyzing pictures taken by WorldView-2, researchers manually look for white shapes and sort them by how confident they believe the specific image is a whale, the study added.
“It’s important that we harness human technological advancements to do a better job understanding and protecting the natural world,” Jennifer Jackson, molecular phylogeneticist at the British Antarctic Survey, told Earther.
Hopefully, this new technology allows for a faster and more efficient way of understanding how stranded whales may have died — before weather and natural forces can impact the area and distort their findings.
An artist in New England is using climate change as his inspiration.
Northeastern University’s Thomas Starr came up with the time-travel project known as “Remembrance of Climate Futures.”
He has placed plaques around towns to draw attention to the potential effects of climate change: the increasing frequency of weather disasters, heat waves, droughts, powerful storms, flooding and other problems, as The Associated Press reported.
These dinner plate-size signs have detailed events such as rising sea levels — and an explosion of events of calamity that actually haven’t happened yet.
It’s written from the perspective of someone in the 22nd century looking back.
A sign, part of a public design installation by artist Thomas Starr, on a gazebo outside the University of New Hampshire boathouse in Durham, N.H., last week. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)<br>
“The concept is to just really take that information that is on the websites and package it in a way to insert it into the landscape where people will bump into it,” he told The Associated Press.
He has placed 11 plaques in Durham, N.H., six in Essex, Mass., and is planning to install some in Cambridge, Mass., as well.
Artist Thomas Starr posing next to a sign on the banks of the Oyster River in Durham, N.H., last week. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)<br>
He said his goal has been to counter American apathy.
“We read on the news about the Arctic ice caps melting and impacts on polar bears,” said Durham’s Town Administrator Todd Selig. “But that is very hard for someone in Durham, New Hampshire, going about their busy life to relate to and to grasp.”
A sign displayed under oak trees along the banks of Mill Pond in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)<br>
“It’s a good thing. At least we can say to our grandchildren that we did something,” said Adam Perkins, a tow truck driver from Durham, who was looking at a renewable energy plaque at the town hall recently.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Deep-sea explorers and historians on Sunday announced they apparently found a second World War II-era Japanese aircraft carrier that sank during the Battle of Midway.
A review of sonar data captured Sunday showed either the Japanese carrier Akagi or the Soryu resting in nearly 18,000 feet of water in the Pacific Ocean more than 1,300 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Vulcan Inc. director of undersea operations Rob Kraft said.
The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship. The vehicle had been out overnight collecting data, and the image of a warship appeared in the first set of readings on Sunday morning.
In this June 4, 1942 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the USS Astoria (CA-34) steamed by USS Yorktown (CV-5), shortly after the carrier had been hit by three Japanese bombs in the Battle of Midway. <br><span>(U.S. Navy via AP, File)</span>
The crew planned to deploy the AUV for another eight-hour mission where it will capture high-resolution sonar images of the site to measure the ship and confirm its identity, officials said.
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The finding came on the heels of last week’s discovery, another Japanese aircraft carrier, the Kaga, which U.S. forces also sank during the Battle of Midway in June 1942.
Until now, only one of the seven ships that went down in the air-and-sea battle — five Japanese vessels and two American ships — had been found.
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The crew of the research vessel Petrel was hoping to find and survey all lost ships from the 1942 Battle of Midway, which historians considered a pivotal fight for the U.S. in the Pacific during WWII.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Trilobites of the species Ampx priscus were caught in an avalanche of sediment 480 million years ago as they marched in a single-file line on the seafloor of what is now Morocco. (Credit: Jean Vannier)<br>
The trilobites go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah … well, at least they did, some 480 million years ago.
New fossils from Morocco show lines of trilobites in orderly queues, likely buried by a storm as they trekked from one place to another under the Ordovician seas in an ancient game of “follow the leader.”
“I think people think that collective behavior is something new in the course of evolution, but actually sophisticated behavior started very, very early,” said study leader Jean Vannier, a paleontologist at the University of Lyon in France.
Trilobites all in a row
Vannier and colleagues from Marrakech, Morocco, discovered the trilobites in the southern part of Morocco in an area known for well-preserved fossils of animals from the early Ordovician, a geologic period that began about 485 million years ago and is one of six periods that make up the Paleozoic era. The Ordovician is famous for its diverse marine life, from primitive fish to corals to undersea scorpions the size of human beings. Trilobites — arthropods that looked a bit like cockroaches — also scuttled around the Ordovician seafloor or swam through its oceans. These resilient creatures first evolved during the period before the Ordivician, the Cambrian, and survived two mass extinctions (one at the end of the Ordovician, about 444 million years ago, and one at the end of the Devonian, about 360 million years ago). Trilobites didn’t disappear until 252 million years ago, when a mass extinction at the end of the Permian period wiped out 95% of all species on Earth.
Not much is known about how trilobites behaved, but some fossil evidence hints that they didn’t swim or burrow solo. Paleontologists have found clusters of fossilized trilobites, apparently gathered in large groups to molt their exoskeletons or to mate.
The new Moroccan fossils were striking because the trilobites were cleanly arranged in lines and obviously hadn’t floated into position after death, Vannier said: The animals were all facing the same direction, often touching each other with the spiny projections from their bodies. Their single-file arrangement is reminiscent of the migration of the modern-day spiny lobster, Vannier told Live Science. These Caribbean creatures queue up in lines to march to quiet waters during stormy months, resting their antennae on one another as they move.
The rocks around the trilobite fossils showed evidence of repeated, rapid storm deposits, Vannier and his colleagues reported today (Oct. 17) in the journal Scientific Reports. The lined-up trilobites were probably buried instantly by an avalanche of sediment, possibly accompanied by the stirring-up of oxygen-poor waters that helped suffocate the animals rapidly. The fossils record no sign of a struggle in death; whatever took their lives didn’t even disrupt the trilobites’ careful queue.
Similar trilobite queuing has been found fossilized in younger rocks, Vannier said, and fossils from southern France show the same species (Ampyx priscus) lined up. The trilobites were blind, so they may have used their projecting spines to keep track of each other as they moved.
“It seems to be a normal behavior of this species in different parts of the world,” Vannier said.
Trilobites aren’t the only ancient animals that seem to have behaved collectively. Shrimp-like creatures called Synophalos from the Cambrian period 520 million years ago have been found fossilized in long chains in China. Scientists suspect they were migrating as a group. And horseshoe crabs, which first appeared on the scene 450 million years ago, still gather on shorelines today to breed under the cover of darkness.
Originally published on Live Science.
Elon Musk plots to put 30,000 more internet satellites into orbit as critics warn he’ll ‘trap humans on Earth’
SpaceX chief Elon Musk answers questions after the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition at the SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles on July 21, 2019. – (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)<br>
SpaceX wants to add 30,000 Starlink broadband satellites to the 12,000 it already plans to put into orbit, despite concerns being raised about ‘space junk’ trapping us on Earth.
Elon Musk’s company recently filed the request with the International Telecommunication Union.
Starlink is a project that intends to put over 12,000 satellites into the Earth’s orbit so they can provide cheap WiFi to the entire world.
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The recent request for permission could take seven years to get clearances before the specified satellites are launched.
SpaceX wouldn’t have to launch all 30,000 satellites but filing for them now could stop other satellite operators going after the same slots.
The first 60 Starlink satellites were put into orbit in May and have already received criticism for being spotted in the night sky looking very bright and visible.
When spotted flying above the Netherlands, a Dutch UFO website was inundated with more than 150 reports from people thinking that they were looking at UFOs.
It is thought that the satellites appeared so bright at first because they had not had the chance to reach their intended orbit height of 340 miles above Earth.
Musk responded to concerns on Twitter and said that the satellites will be in darkness when the stars are visible so shouldn’t disrupt the night sky.
The satellites are intended to be staggered at different heights above the Earth including altitudes of 340 miles and 710 miles.
The new satellite request asks for permission to have extra satellites at orbits ranging from 203 miles to 360 miles, which could boost the broadband service.
Starlink satellites have also sparked concern over increased space junk and even the European Space Agency is now worried about them disrupting its work.
Last month, the space agency tweeted: “For the first time ever, ESA has performed a ‘collision avoidance maneuver’ to protect one of its satellites from colliding with a ‘mega constellation’#SpaceTraffic”.
There have also been concerns that humanity could be trapped on Earth by too much space junk in Earth’s orbit.
That’s according to one space scientist, who says Musk’s plan could create an impenetrable wall of space junk around our planet.
A catastrophic clutter of space debris left behind by the satellites could potentially block rockets from leaving Earth, an effect known as “Kessler syndrome.”
“The worst case is: You launch all your satellites, you go bankrupt, and they all stay there,” European Space Agency scientist Dr. Stijn Lemmens told Scientific American.
“Then you have thousands of new satellites without a plan of getting them out of there. And you would have a Kessler-type of syndrome.”
It will take thousands of years for any SpaceX satellites left in our orbit to descend to Earth and burn up in the atmosphere.
The firm says it’s already taken steps to avoid cluttering up the region. It’s launching the satellites into a lower orbital plane than most space tech to avoid collisions.
Even with such precautions, mega-constellations like Starlink will results in 67,000 potential collisions per year, another space scientist warned.
Musk isn’t the only tech billionaire looking to colonize space with satellites.
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos also has similar ideas.
Musk has previously said he plans to send up nearly 12,000 satellites by the mid-2020s.
If everything goes to plan for SpaceX then internet users across the world could have 40 times faster internet speeds no matter where they live.
How much this service will cost has not yet been revealed but Musk intends to keep prices low.
This story originally appeared in The Sun.
Unusual weather patterns in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica have caused a drastic reduction in ozone depletion, leaving the ozone with the smallest hole seen since its discovery in 1982, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The government agencies said that the hole had shrunk to 3.9 million square miles for the remainder of September and October, according to satellite data. The peak in the hole was 6.3 million square miles, observed on Sept. 8. During normal weather conditions, the hole is usually around 8 million square miles during this time of year.
“It’s great news for ozone in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Paul Newman, chief scientist for Earth Sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in a statement on NASA’s website. “But it’s important to recognize that what we’re seeing this year is due to warmer stratospheric temperatures. It’s not a sign that atmospheric ozone is suddenly on a fast track to recovery.”
This time-lapse photo from Sept. 9, 2019, shows the flight path of an ozonesonde as it rises into the atmosphere over the South Pole from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Scientists release these balloon-borne sensors to measure the thickness of the protective ozone layer high up in the atmosphere. Credits: Robert Schwarz/University of Minnesota<br>
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A video was posted to NASA’s Goddard YouTube page showing the satellite data in further detail.
The ozone layer is approximately 7 to 25 miles above the Earth’s surface and acts as a “sunscreen” for the planet, NASA added. It keeps out harmful ultraviolet radiation from the Sun that has been linked to skin cancer, cataracts, immune system suppression and can also cause damage to plants.
The hole over the Antarctic forms during the Southern Hemisphere’s late winter as the Sun’s rays start to cause ozone-depleting reactions. This involves chlorine and bromine from man-made objects being released into the stratosphere which then destroys the molecules in the ozone.
Although “measurements at the South Pole did not show any portions of the atmosphere where ozone was completely depleted,” atmospheric scientist Bryan Johnson at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory said, it’s not all good news.
This is just the third time in the past 40 years (September 1998 and 2002 were the others) where the ozone depletion has been limited by unusual weather systems, a phenomena researchers are still trying to figure out.
“It’s a rare event that we’re still trying to understand,” said Susan Strahan, an atmospheric scientist. “If the warming hadn’t happened, we’d likely be looking at a much more typical ozone hole.”
The 1987 Montreal Protocol was enacted after scientists disturbingly found a hole in the ozone over Antarctica and Australia in 1985. It was enacted by the United Nations Environment Program. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said it was “[p]erhaps the single most successful international agreement to date” and it has been widely regarded as successful, with the ozone continuing to recover each year.
A total of 197 countries, including the U.S. under former President Ronald Reagan, are signatories of the Montreal Protocol.
Experts believe the Antarctic ozone will recover back to levels seen in 1980 around 2070.