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Horses are smart, majestic creatures. Except for the ones that aren’t. Twitter user @mckellogs has just posted a thread, portraying the way their family are preparing for the impending snowmageddon, and it’s their horse Tango that needs the most attention. To put it lightly, let’s just say that it’s not the smartest animal in the barn, and it needs quite a bit of extra attention when the Northern Hemisphere enters into the winter. Scroll down to check out why!

Say what you want about corporate coffee chains and their pesky market dominance, but big java has really been stepping up to the plate in recent years when it comes to food waste reduction.

Starbucks, which in July became the most visible brand by far to announce it was ditching plastic straws, just announced the expansion of its widely-acclaimed FoodShare program into Canada.

Described as "a national effort to provide nourishing, ready-to-eat meals to people in need," FoodShare goes beyond the mere donation of unsold pastries and baked goods to local shelters.

Essentially, Starbucks developed a proprietary system to safely store and transport perishable food items that haven't been sold over the course of a day.

Items like paninis, breakfast sandwiches, salads, boxes, yogurts, milk and more are donated under strict guidelines that ensure a food's temperature, texture, flavour and safety upon its arrival.
The program has been running successfully in the U.S. since 2016 and is on track to deliver roughly 50 million meals per year in the States at full capacity.

Starbucks Canada is aiming to provide more than 1.5 million meals annually once FoodShare is up and running at all 1,100 of the country's company-owned locations.

A national solution is set to be in place by 2021, but the Canadian branch of the program will start running in earnest on February 22 with more than 250 stores across the GTA participating.

The coffee giant says it plans to eventually rescue 100 per cent of all food available for donation from all of its Canadian stores with the help of Second Harvest (Canada's largest food rescue organization) and other community organizations.

"Wasted food is a wide-scale problem for everyone in the food business, while more than 4 million Canadians are impacted by hunger," said Starbucks VP of Public Affairs Luisa Girotto in a press release announcing the news on Monday.

"This is unacceptable, and we will help solve this now that we have a way to safely donate chilled, perishable food, while preserving its quality."

1. Richard Madden (Robb Stark) had no idea that his character would die. He didn't find out reading the books but accidentally when he was googling the character!

Yikes. Talk about spoiler alert! Side note: RIP Robb and everyone else that attended the Red Wedding. I'm still mourning their deaths. Don't mind me.

2. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) is the only actress on the show with a clause in her contract that says she doesn't have to do topless scenes anymore. 

For those of you wondering why she stopped appearing topless on the show after season 3.

3. Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) never speak to each other on set.

4. Kristian Nairn (Hodor) is a very successful DJ who performs all over the world at club nights called "Rave of Thrones." 

Enjoy the music styling of Hodor on SoundCloud! Don't worry - it's not remixes of him saying "Hodor." Even though I wish it was!

5. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) ended up adopting the dog that played her direwolf in the show. 

6.  Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain) is currently the world's third strongest man. 

So, yeah. Remember that whole thing where he crushed Oberyn's skull with his own hands? That could have totally happened because he really is that strong!

7. Kit Harington (Jon Snow) had no idea his name was Christopher until he was 11 years old. It's true - he really does know nothing.

8. Richard Madden is dating Jenna Louise Coleman who played the companion on Doctor Who. They may be the coolest geek couple ever.

A situation where two fandoms collide...

9. Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) is the brother of pop star Lily Allen. He's also the subject of her song, "Alfie."

There are some real gems in the song about Alfie.

"O Alfie get up it's a brand new day.
I just can't sit back and watch you waste your life away.
You need to get a job because the bills need to get paid."

I'd say Alfie got a pretty great job in the end.

10. Do you know Gwendoline Christie's (Brienne of Tarth) birthday? It's ok - she doesn't either. Still to this day.

Her and her mother never kept track of the day she was born. Uh...what?!

11. Lena Headey got divorced.

12. I know you don't want to remember it but the scene where Ned Stark's head gets cut off? Sean Bean ended up playing soccer with it!

Still crying over Ned's death? Bean probably wasn't too heartbroken about it because he's been killed at least 22 times on screen.

13. Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey have both played Sarah Connor. Clarke was in Terminator Genisys and Headey was in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

14. Richard Brake (Night's King) also played Joe Chill in Batman Begins. Yeah, he's the guy that kills Bruce Wayne's parents.

15. Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) was also in Batman Begins. 

What? You thought you'd be able to make it through a list about Game of Thrones without seeing Joffrey's annoying face? Sorry! 

Bloomberg has revealed in its recently published report that a nation-state has launched a significant supply chain attack. It is believed to be one of the largest corporate spying and hardware hacking campaigns ever launched by a nation-state. The espionage campaign is launched through a very small surveillance chip, which is only the size of a grain of rice. This chip is hidden in the servers currently in use by about 30 US firms including the bigwigs Apple, Amazon, and Elemental.

According to Bloomberg, these chips weren’t part of the server motherboard originally. These have been designed by Super Micro, a US-based firm. Reportedly, the malicious chips were inserted when the server motherboards were undergoing manufacturing process, which was carried out in China by their subcontractors.

Amazon notified the US authorities about the discovery, which sent shockwaves across the intelligence fraternity since these servers are also in use at the Department of Defense data centers, the Navy warships’ onboard networks, and the drone operations from the CIA.

The probe has been active for over three years and investigators believe that the chips have been inserted to let the attackers get an entry to any network that is connected to the servers. This attack is a lot more serious and severe than other software-based attacks identified so far considering that hardware attacks are quite difficult to identify immediately, and by the time these are, a lot of information has been leaked. Spy agencies are the most important beneficiaries of such campaigns and are keen on investing into such a campaign.

The report suggests that Chinese-government sponsored groups infiltrated the supply chain for installing tiny surveillance chips. The devices then were deployed by mainstream US firms as well as the US military, US intelligence agencies, and many other important organizations. Apple, however, discovered the chips installed in Super Micro servers in 2015 after identifying firmware issues and suspicious network activities.

Although the chips were tiny these are capable of performing two key tasks; firstly, the chips can force the device to communicate with an anonymous computer anywhere on the internet, which may be loaded with complex code. Secondly, the chips can prepare the device to accept the new code.

Naturally, the Chinese government is believed to be involved in this campaign, and the primary objective seems to be to spy on US firms and the military.

However, after the report was published, Amazon, Apple, and Super Micro all denied the claim from Bloomberg. Apple stated that it hasn’t ever identified malicious chips on the server motherboards from Super Micro or any other hardware manipulations resulting from the planting of tiny chips. The company also denied contacting the FBI or any other investigation agency regarding finding tiny surveillance chips.

Amazon also claims that the story from Bloomberg is untrue and denied anything related to identifying a supply chain compromise or hardware hack. It also denied contacting the FBI for investigation of the incident.

Super Micro and Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry also denied the findings of the report.
Today’s mechanical keyboards often carry a technological, edging-towards-medical aesthetic, with precise lines and geometric forms being as present as ever! However, the same cannot be said for the RCK (Retro Compact Keyboard), where modern technologies and retro styling collide and create a nostalgic piece of kit!

The timeless design may be what grabs your attention, but it’s the beautiful integration of modern technology that will keep it; ‘Blue’ mechanical keys offer tactile feedback that is both hugely satisfying and reminiscent of typewriters back in the day! LED backlights gently illuminate the keys, adding to the beautiful blend of modern and retro design.

Complimenting the keyboard is an equally as alluring mouse. Just like the keyboard, it too is available in a wide selection of colors and finishes that range from the warmth and culture of genuine leather through to the striking-boldness of artisan copper!

Whether it’s destined for a life in your home as an elegant addition to your interior design, or a replacement for your conventional (and boring) keyboard in your office, the retro design is bound to keep you smiling!

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The RCK frame is forged from a solid piece of aluminum alloy to give it robustness and durability. Hex bolts are added for structural enhancements and to add an industrial vintage element.

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Built-in is a high-capacity 5,000mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery. With the backlight off, usage time is about 9 months. With the backlight on, approximately 1 to 2 months depending on backlight intensity and usage frequency.

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Two sets of interchangeable feet with different heights are included to enhance the ergonomics of your typing position.

Vintage inspired and packed with modern features, the Azio Retro Classic Mouse is the perfect companion for your Retro Compact Keyboard. Built with premium leather and contrasting alloy frame, this retro mouse renders a sophisticated and timeless impression. Versatility is accentuated with its ambidextrous design and ability to work on virtually any surface. Available in different design themes, the RC mouse is well suited for both mobile and stationary lifestyles.
An inactive Android device sent Google 900 data samples in 24 hours

It’s widely known that Google profits handsomely from the vast amounts of data it collects from the billions of people who use its suite of applications, its mobile operating systems and its devices. According to new research released today, most of that valuable personal and location data is being collected when users are not informed that the data is being collected, or when they may not even be actively using their phones.

Every Saturday, Bob Williams walks into a Dollar General store in Long Grove, Iowa, and buys a box of Hershey's milk chocolate bars. Williams hands two to the cashiers, a third to the person behind him in line and then sets off around town handing the rest out to anyone he sees.

The World War II vet, retired teacher and high school football coach, 94, has been melting hearts this way around Long Grove, Iowa, for more than 10 years -- during which time he's given out nearly 6,000 chocolate bars.
Williams is showing that sometimes taking candy from a stranger might be a good idea. And Hershey's, inspired by his example, is spotlighting him in a new marketing campaign.

Bob Williams keeps hundreds of chocolate bars in his freezer so that he can give them out to people each day.
Williams' random acts of kindness don't just start in the Dollar General checkout line. He keeps his own stash at home in a freezer, which is always stuffed to the top with hundreds of chocolate bars.
Before leaving the house, he often takes a couple with him to hand out to folks around town.
"It puts a smile on their face," Williams says in a video Hershey's made about his generous exploits. "It just makes me feel good."
Jan Hartwig-Heggen, one of Williams' close friends, told CNN that the "Candy Man," often clad in a yellow slicker or the gear of his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes, is a popular guy around their town of 800 people. "People love to honk at him when they drive by."
Over the years she estimates Williams has given her "two or three hundred" candy bars. Oftentimes, he leaves one at her front door.
"That's his signature," she said. "You always know when Bob has been there."

A cat in Japan became super aggressive after discovering that her owner played with another stray cat.

The owner shared the video of her reaching out to her cat on Twitter:
The cat flicked her paw to drive the human’s hand away when she noticed the smell of another cat.

The owner later shared the video of "the other cat" she cheated with:

Looks like she didn't regret it at all.

Astronomers at the University of Florida have discovered an exoplanet orbiting 40 Eridani A. If you recognize that star name you are probably a fan of "Star Trek," and if that's true, you probably know this star as the host of the character Spock's home plant, Vulcan.

"It came as a total surprise to us," University of Florida Professor Jian Ge told NBC News MACH in an email. "We did not have an intention to look for Vulcan orbiting HD 26965."

The exoplanet is twice the size of Earth and is also the closest Earth-like planet orbiting a sunlike star. It sits just inside of the habitable zone, where water in its liquid form could exist, and so could life.

The name of the exoplanet is HD 26965. Ge, however, is planning on contacting the International Astronomical Union, which set forth the kooky naming rules, to ask that the exoplanet's name be formally changed to Vulcan.

Researchers say they have taken a key step forwards in making a molecule that can store solar energy.

Publishing their latest findings in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, the team from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden first showed off their solar-storing molecule last year.

Made from carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen, the molecule is transformed into an “energy-rich isomer”, one made of the same atoms but bound in a different way, when it is hit by sunlight. The isomer can then be stored as a liquid, with the energy being used later. Much later.

"The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” Kasper Moth-Poulsen, the team’s leader, said in a statement. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase which is greater than we dared hope for."

The entire system is called Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage (MOST). Sunlight is captured by the liquid, via a solar thermal collector on the roof of a building. This is essentially a concave reflector with a pipe in the middle, which tracks the Sun’s path like a satellite dish.

The collector focuses the Sun’s rays to a point through the pipe onto the liquid. The liquid is then stored at room temperature to conserve the energy, and when energy is needed a catalyst is used to heat up the liquid.

In their latest paper, the team said they had further developed the catalyst that makes this possible, which can control the release of the energy. It creates a reaction to warm the liquid by 63°C (113°F), while also allowing the molecule to be used again.

They have also been able to stop using a potentially dangerous chemical called toluene, which is flammable, as part of the liquid for the system. And they also say the whole thing is emissions-free too, and can work all year round.

While they’ve proven the system is viable, the team now want to get it all working together smoothly. They want to get the temperature increase up to at least 110°C (198°F) also, with a view to making the technology commercial in 10 years.

"There is a lot left to do,” said Moth-Poulsen. “We have just got the system to work. Now we need to ensure everything is optimally designed."