Hearing Trick Convinces People Their Arms Are Made of Stone

Hearing Trick Convinces People Their Arms Are Made of Stone

If your arm falls asleep for a while, it can sort of feel like it’s made of rubber. But how do you make your arm feel like it’s made of marble? According to Italian researchers, all you need is the sound of a hammer tapping stone. And some psychological trickery.

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How’d They Do That? Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Epic Split’

After a week of somber news about the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and serious reports about the troubled launch of the Affordable Care Act, we don’t want to pass up the chance for some relief. So let’s all take a minute to watch one of the latest viral videos:

Movie tough guy Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “epic split” between two moving Volvo trucks.

Naturally, it’s got folks asking questions.

a) Whether it’s real?

b) How did they do that?

According to The Wall Street Journal, what you see is really what you get. Volvo says Van Damme does have one foot on each truck as the two vehicles slowly back up and get farther apart.

The easy part: Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme before the trucks started backing up and he did his “epic split.”

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The easy part: Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme before the trucks started backing up and he did his “epic split.”

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But Van Damme, known to fans as the “muscles from Brussels,” wasn’t in any real danger. The Journal writes that:

“Van Damme’s feet [weren't] secured to the mirrors, video director Andreas Nilsson said, “but we had him rigged [with a wire] so that if he would fall off he wouldn’t die, obviously.”

As Mashable adds, “the ad is designed to show off the trucks’ Volvo Dynamic Steering.”

The trucks go backwards, Volvo public relations manager Anders Vilhelmsson tells the Journal, because “we all know that going in reverse is a bit more difficult than going forward. … We felt that would be the ultimate test.”

The stunt, Vihelmsson says, was done in one take.

This blogger has to say that his legs — which are a few years older than the 53-year-old Van Damme’s — ache just watching.

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Video of UFC fighter Rony Jason smashing things backstage

By now you know that Ultimate Fighter champ Rony Jason lost in devastating fashion last Saturday at UFC Fight Night 32 and that afterwards he was so distraught that he smashed his own face and arm, requiring stitches. We also told you how Jason received an additional suspension, on top of his medical one, for unsportsmanlike conduct on account of his breaking a wall or door (we can’t tell from the looks of it) with his arm backstage at UFC Fight Night 32.

Well, now here’s the video of Jason doing that. UFC president Dana White has just released his latest video blog and it looks back on the Fight for the Troops and Fight Night events from last week.

There’s lots to see in this vlog but a distraught Jason losing it backstage was captured by White’s video guy at just past the 6:00 mark. Do you think fighters should receive penalties for destroying things backstage or do you think such actions should be excused because the grief is understandable?

Check out the video after the jump and let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Overhauled WatchESPN app for Android brings Monday Night Football to tablet users

It may still not be enough to satisfy would-be cable-cutters, but the latest version of ESPN’s WatchESPN app for Android does bring with it a fair number of new options for those looking to do more viewing away from their TV. That includes on-demand clips of news and highlights that no longer …

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Review: Box beats Dropbox — and all the rest — for business

In the beginning, there was Dropbox, and enterprises far and wide were appalled. How dare corporate and business users make use of a file sync and sharing service that’s meant for consumers? But the convenience and flexibility of Dropbox were hard to ignore, and soon file repository services for businesses of all sizes began to spring up.

As the number of file storage services for businesses and enterprises has mushroomed, so have the options they provide and the third-party services they can leverage. (It’s an app world, after all.) Today, the problem is more of too many choices than too few.

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In this article we’ll look at five enterprise-level file sync and sharing services (Box, Dropbox, Egnyte, Citrix’s ShareFile, and EMC’s Syncplicity), as well as one system you deploy on your own hardware (OwnCloud). What we found is heartening. There really is a storage service for just about every need.

Business-level sync and storage services focus on delivering features that will be valuable to a connected enterprise. Single sign-on capabilities let you use your organization’s existing credentialing system (typically Active Directory) to log in. Activity logging and reporting let you see at a glance who’s doing what, while granular permissions help you make sure people aren’t doing things they shouldn’t. However, not all these solutions deliver the same features in the same ways. Reporting, for instance, varies enormously across the products.

It may come as no surprise that Box is the leading contender in this space. Its feature set and third-party integrations rise above the rest, and it offers some of the most granular reporting, permissions, and user management features of any competing service. Syncplicity and Egnyte aren’t far behind, with Syncplicity leveraging its close integration with EMC storage solutions, while Egnyte provides generous storage allotments and a well-wrought UI.

ShareFile’s biggest drawback is its astonishingly small storage allotments, compared to the other products here, although its management capabilities and app selection are excellent. Dropbox for Business isn’t a bad product — it may well be the easiest solution for those looking to convert a batch of existing users into a working team — but it’s severely hampered by poor reporting. And though OwnCloud is a novel solution, it not only lags the others in features but also requires you to do some heavy lifting. Consider it if you’re planning on hosting or building something around it.

Whether it’s ease, flexibility, transparency, granular control, integrations with existing systems, or rich mobile support, all of these solutions have something to recommend them. Read on for the full reviews. 

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Bellator 106 in Tweets: Pros react to Alvarez vs. Chandler, Newton vs. King Mo, more

It never felt quite right, seeing Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez II take a backseat to a pair of faded, beaten down names. So in a way, it’s strange to see how fittingly how Bellator 106 played out. Ortiz-Rampage fell apart amid a cascade of giggles, because of course it did, and ultimately we got the ending that should’ve been there all along.

Chandler and Alvarez stepped in on Saturday night and wasted no time delivering another white-knuckle ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate on the biggest stage in Bellator history. After a nightmare year, spent more in the courts than the cage, Alvarez got his revenge (in more ways than one). Now with the scored tied at one apiece, a massive trilogy fight is a mouthwateringly foregone conclusion. To say the fight world loved it, well, that’d be an understatement.

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WWE Main Event results: Fight or Fright

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TAMPA, Fla. – On the night before Halloween, the WWE Universe was in for an action-packed edition of WWE Main Event. Kofi Kingston did his best to survive against the monstrous Ryback, while Heath Slater tried to avoid the venomous bite of Santino Marella’s Cobra. Fandango came face-to-face with the Frankenstein-ish Great Khali and Los Matadores charged into action with the costumed El Torito by their side.

Ryback def. Kofi Kingston

Kofi Kingston didn’t have to worry about Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees chasing him down on the night before Halloween. He did, however, have a massive monster coming for him on WWE Main Event, in the form of Ryback.

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Furious after back-to-back losses to CM Punk, The Big Guy was looking to get back in the win column Wednesday night. Kingston tried to use his rapid-fire kicks and speed to stick and move against his larger foe, but the monstrous Ryback was able to ground The Dreadlocked Dynamo.

After a series of kicks that wounded his lip, Ryback retreated to the floor. However, that might have been the worst place to go, as Kofi dove over the rope, crashing into his muscular foe.

Though The Wildcat staggered the beast with his stick and move offense, he never truly got a chance to get going. Ryback constantly cut him off, using his immense power to bulldoze the former Intercontinental Champion. He smiled as he brutalized Kingston, making it seem like it was easy.

It wasn’t a cakewalk for Ryback, though. Kingston spun over one of Ryback’s Meathook clotheslines, flooring the monster with devastating DDT. Ryback finally caught the speedy Kingston with a clubbing blow and Shell Shocked his foe to claim victory.

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Sedentary behavior linked to recurrence of precancerous colorectal tumors

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Men who spend the most time engaged in sedentary behaviors are at greatest risk for recurrence of colorectal adenomas, benign tumors that are known precursors of colorectal cancers, according to results presented here at the 12th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct. 27-30.

The majority of colorectal cancers arise from precursors called colorectal adenomatous polyps, or colorectal adenomas, which can be removed during a colonoscopy. Although there is extensive evidence supporting an association between higher overall levels of physical activity and reduced risk of colorectal cancer, few studies have focused on the impact of sedentary behavior on colorectal cancer risk.

“Sedentary behavior is emerging as a risk factor for poor health,” said Christine L. Sardo Molmenti, PhD, MPH, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York. “Even among those who fulfill daily recommendations for physical activity, lengthy periods of sedentary behavior have been associated with early morbidity and mortality, leading to the ‘active couch potato’ paradigm.

“To our knowledge, this study is the first to specifically investigate the association between sedentary behavior and recurrence of colorectal adenomas. Given the substantial increase in risk of colorectal adenoma recurrence (45%) we observed for men with the highest sedentary time, we believe it would be beneficial to see ‘reduce prolonged sitting time’ added to the list of public health recommendations currently in place for health promotion and disease prevention.”

Sardo Molmenti and colleagues performed a pooled analysis of participants of two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase III clinical trials conducted at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health: The Wheat Bran Fiber Study and the Ursodeoxycholic Acid Trial.

All participants in the trials had one or more colorectal adenomas removed during a colonoscopy conducted in the six months prior to their trial enrollment. Among the participants were 1,730 who had completed a self-administered questionnaire that included questions about leisure, recreational, household, and other categories of activity at enrollment, and had undergone a follow-up colonoscopy.

When the researchers analyzed all the data together, they found no association between activity type and colorectal adenoma recurrence. However, when they examined the data for men and women separately, they found that men who reported spending more than 11.38 hours a day engaged in sedentary behaviors, such as writing, typing or working on a computer, and reading, were 45 percent more likely to experience colorectal adenoma recurrence compared with men who spent fewer than 6.90 sedentary hours a day. No association between sedentary time and colorectal adenoma recurrence was observed for women.

Further analysis showed that men who reported high levels of sedentary behaviors and low levels of participation in recreational activities such as walking, jogging, and playing golf, were 41 percent more likely to experience colorectal adenoma recurrence compared with men who reported low levels of both sedentary behaviors and recreational activity. According to Sardo Molmenti, this confirms that sedentary behavior appears to independently contribute to increased cancer risk beyond the accompanying reduction in physical activity.

The researchers plan to conduct further studies to determine more clearly the role of sedentary behavior in cancer risk. According to Sardo Molmenti, new tools and methods are needed to better classify and quantify sedentary behaviors.

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Men who spend the most time engaged in sedentary behaviors are at greatest risk for recurrence of colorectal adenomas, benign tumors that are known precursors of colorectal cancers, according to results presented here at the 12th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct. 27-30.

The majority of colorectal cancers arise from precursors called colorectal adenomatous polyps, or colorectal adenomas, which can be removed during a colonoscopy. Although there is extensive evidence supporting an association between higher overall levels of physical activity and reduced risk of colorectal cancer, few studies have focused on the impact of sedentary behavior on colorectal cancer risk.

“Sedentary behavior is emerging as a risk factor for poor health,” said Christine L. Sardo Molmenti, PhD, MPH, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York. “Even among those who fulfill daily recommendations for physical activity, lengthy periods of sedentary behavior have been associated with early morbidity and mortality, leading to the ‘active couch potato’ paradigm.

“To our knowledge, this study is the first to specifically investigate the association between sedentary behavior and recurrence of colorectal adenomas. Given the substantial increase in risk of colorectal adenoma recurrence (45%) we observed for men with the highest sedentary time, we believe it would be beneficial to see ‘reduce prolonged sitting time’ added to the list of public health recommendations currently in place for health promotion and disease prevention.”

Sardo Molmenti and colleagues performed a pooled analysis of participants of two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase III clinical trials conducted at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health: The Wheat Bran Fiber Study and the Ursodeoxycholic Acid Trial.

All participants in the trials had one or more colorectal adenomas removed during a colonoscopy conducted in the six months prior to their trial enrollment. Among the participants were 1,730 who had completed a self-administered questionnaire that included questions about leisure, recreational, household, and other categories of activity at enrollment, and had undergone a follow-up colonoscopy.

When the researchers analyzed all the data together, they found no association between activity type and colorectal adenoma recurrence. However, when they examined the data for men and women separately, they found that men who reported spending more than 11.38 hours a day engaged in sedentary behaviors, such as writing, typing or working on a computer, and reading, were 45 percent more likely to experience colorectal adenoma recurrence compared with men who spent fewer than 6.90 sedentary hours a day. No association between sedentary time and colorectal adenoma recurrence was observed for women.

Further analysis showed that men who reported high levels of sedentary behaviors and low levels of participation in recreational activities such as walking, jogging, and playing golf, were 41 percent more likely to experience colorectal adenoma recurrence compared with men who reported low levels of both sedentary behaviors and recreational activity. According to Sardo Molmenti, this confirms that sedentary behavior appears to independently contribute to increased cancer risk beyond the accompanying reduction in physical activity.

The researchers plan to conduct further studies to determine more clearly the role of sedentary behavior in cancer risk. According to Sardo Molmenti, new tools and methods are needed to better classify and quantify sedentary behaviors.

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Chris Brown expected in DC court on assault charge

FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. Brown was arrested early Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel near the White House. District of Columbia Police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf says 24-year-old Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault. Metcalf says 35-year-old Chris Hollosy also was arrested on felony assault charges after the incident. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. Brown was arrested early Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel near the White House. District of Columbia Police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf says 24-year-old Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault. Metcalf says 35-year-old Chris Hollosy also was arrested on felony assault charges after the incident. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In a Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown performs on NBC’s “Today” show in New York. R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel near the White House. District of Columbia Police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf says 24-year-old Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault. Metcalf says 35-year-old Chris Hollosy also was arrested on felony assault charges after the incident. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown was expected to appear in court Monday on an assault charge after a fight broke out over the weekend near a Washington hotel, which could further snarl the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer’s ongoing legal troubles.

Brown and another man were charged Sunday with felony assault in the altercation that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said. It happened near the W Hotel, not far from the White House.

The man who was attacked received treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was released Sunday. Police wouldn’t elaborate on his injuries but said the felony charge was based in part on the extent of the injuries. The victim’s name wasn’t released.

Christopher Hollosy, 35, was also charged with felony assault, police said. Police wouldn’t say how Brown and Hollosy may have known each other.

Brown and Hollosy were being held pending a court hearing Monday, Metcalf said.

Neither Brown’s publicists nor his attorney Mark Geragos responded to messages left Sunday.

Brown was in Washington to perform Saturday night at an event billed as a “Homecoming Weekend” party at a downtown club. Howard University was celebrating its homecoming, though a university spokeswoman said the party was not sponsored by or affiliated with the school.

Brown remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the Grammy Awards in 2009. The photos of Rihanna’s bruised face caused outrage among many fans.

Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault and received five years’ probation.

His probation was briefly revoked earlier this year after a traffic accident. A hit-and-run charge was dropped against him, but the judge gave him 1,000 more hours of community service when he reinstated his probation.

Brown, who lives in Los Angeles and is originally from Virginia, has been involved in other altercations since 2009. Police have said a 2012 brawl at a New York nightclub began when members of rapper Drake’s entourage confronted Brown on the dance floor. Neither was charged in the fight that turned into a bottle-throwing free-for-all.

Brown also tussled with singer Frank Ocean and others during an argument about a parking space outside a recording studio in Los Angeles, according to witness accounts given to deputies at the time. Ocean said he suffered an injured finger, but no charges were filed.

Brown’s arrest could affect his probation in the Rihanna assault case. Brown is due back in court Nov. 20 in Los Angeles to update a judge on his probation. Prosecutors could seek a revocation of his probation or ask a judge to impose additional penalties.

Steve Cron, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, said prosecutors and a judge may wait to see how the Washington case plays out before taking any action against Brown.

“Just the fact that some guy says ‘he hit me’ doesn’t mean he’s in violation” of his probation, Cron said.

The potential penalties would depend on the exact wording of Brown’s sentence, he said.

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Associated Press writers Chris Talbott in Nashville, Tenn.; Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles; and Oscar Gabriel in Washington contributed to this report.

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Watch: Beyoncé Jumps Off A Building In New Zealand

Actually, She Got Pushed

Last week we saw a cute photo of Beyoncé and baby Blue Ivy enjoying a beach in New Zealand but it turns out that she got up to more than just maxin’ and relaxin’ by the ocean. It turns out that Bey also had time for some death-defying feats of fun. Click the embed above to watch Beyoncé get pushed off the top of a building and fall with her as she rockets back to Earth. Trust me, this is something that I would NEVER do but I gotta give Bey props not only for having the gumption to take a risk like this … but to look absolutely FLAWLESS in the process. Dang.

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