Friday, March 27, 2015

Drone Crashes Into U. K. Prison Wall

A DJI Phantom 2 drone crashed into a prison wall.  It was trying to deliver illegal drugs, a knife, a screwdriver, and a cellphone.  It was obviously a way to break out one or more of the fugitives.

Nigel Wilson who is 42, is known to illegally pilot drones around places such as football stadiums, Buckingham Palace, and other places.  He is known to have commit 17 felonies.  He is a suspect.

The contents and packaging are still being examined when the article was written.Image result for dji phantom 2This is what the drone looks like.
The prison is British.  It can hold up to 506 guys. “Both the device and the contents of the package are currently being examined, and investigations are on-going to identify the offender. We are working closely with the prison to investigate this incident.” That is someone elses' quote.

Smart beehive

Honey is the rich gold liquid that we all love and know that it comes from honey bees. However, while the sweetener has been used for over 8,000 years, extracting it is still a process that is stressful for both humans and bees.

The process begins with a smoker to try keep bees calm. Beekeeper split the boxes from the hive, remove the famed and cut the wax caps off from the honeycombs . After the honey is drained, they reattach the frames inside the hives so that the bees can start making honey all over again. In addition to being a long process, the result is only a couple of stings. The method also disorients bees and in some cases, even chases them to abandon their hives.

Now that I is to "Low Hive," there may be a way to take honey in a less stressful way. Hailed at first change in beekeeping equipment in more than 150 years, the desighn is the brainchild of the third-generation beekeepers Cesar and Stuart Anderson. The Australia father amd son tea who have been working on the hive design for over a decade, achieved this by re-configuring honeybees. Unlike current hives that allow bees to build the entire comb, Flow Hives come equipped with sets of half built plastic honeycombs that face peach other. The need then finish the job by connecting the half-built combs, filling them up with honey and covering them with wax.

When it's time to take the honey, the beekeepers turn a key that splits open the combs. This allows the golden honey to flow sealed trough that is situated at the base of the frame and out of th dgive. Once the honey has been drained, a turn of the key resets the plastic combs back into the original positions.

While this simplifies the honey taking process, beekeepers will still need to use the smoker to ensure that the hive has a water source, healthy brood patterns and is free from diseases and parasites.

For now Flow Hive see a to have caught the fancy of millions of people all over the world. The Flow Hive cheaters have started a fundraiser. They hope to reach $70,000 US dollars but instead of that they have reached over $7 million U.S. dollars in just a couple if weeks. And the numbers are only increasing!

The X Games are Coming!!!

The X games are being held in Austin,Texas. The X games, for those who don’t know, are competitions in which extreme sports professionals compete there will be two added sections. A Moto X Freestyle Quarter Pipe and Skateboard and BMX big air doubles. These two will be added in the 2015 X Games. The festival of Freestyle sports will last four days.

The stands are also going to be closer so the public can view it better and feel more in the action. The CEO of the X games is hoping that more people will come and that there will be a bigger crowd. The full schedule will be released some days after the tickets are released. Most of the event will be at the stadium but an event will be downtown. There will be more announcements as time passes and the time has almost come!

Falklands are British, more military activity

Finn Malone

The Falklands are a British overseas territory that is 300 miles from Argentina and 8,000 miles from Britain. In 1982 Argentina invaded the Falklands and Britain retaliated, sending a large task force to this islands and reclaiming it for Britain. Margaret Thatcher was the prime minister of England during that time, and she amazingly recaptured the islands.
<< A missile similar to the one on the islands
30 years later and the islands are still being debated, Argentina saying that the islands are theres. Of course Britain has put lots of more military there, to protect the islanders from another invasion. But now Britain is putting lots of more military technology there, spending £180,000,000 (or $260,000,000)   they are stationing missiles and 2 more helicopters.

Destiny wins the 2015 Best British Academy Game award

The title of Destiny surprised many different reviews with its bare-bone plot. Destiny is a first-person shooter alien game. Bungie, the company that made Destiny, released Destiny after quitting their famous Halo series.

Some people were shocked because, lots of other big-name games that walked away with out a prize. Some of those games were, MarioKart8,  Call of Duty; Advanced Warfare, and Assassin's  Creed: Unity. Those games were the biggest budget nominees. Many of the winners of the awards were related as the David-Goliath story. Even OlliOlli, a skateboard game made by Roll7, beat FIFA 15 and Forza Horizon 2 for best sports video game.

 And the game that won the Best Persistent Game, was League of Legends, a famous online videogame. The game that won the award for original property was Valiant Hearts, a game based of WW1.  And Minecraft won for best family game.

Here are the rest of the winners.
Best gameDestiny (Bungie)
British gameMonument Valley (UsTwo)
Debut gameNever Alone (Upper One Games)
StoryThe Last of Us: Left Behind (Naughty Dog)
PerformerAshley Johnson for The Last of Us: Left Behind
Artistic achievementLumino City (State of Play)
Audio achievementAlien Isolation (The Creative Assembly)
Family gameMinecraft: Console Editions (Mojang/4J Studios)
Game designMiddle-earth Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)
Game innovationThe Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)
Mobile and handheld gameMonument Valley (UsTwo)
Multiplayer gameHearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
MusicFar Cry 4 (Cliff Martinez, Tony Gronick and Jerome Angelot)
Original propertyValiant Hearts (Ubisoft Studios)
Persistent gameLeague of Legends (Riot Games)
Sport gameOlliOlli (Roll7)
Ones to watchChambara (Overly Kinetic)

New Species of Human-Sized Salamander Found in Portugal

Paleontologists have just found fossils of a large salamander-like creature.  The fossils say that it was more than six feet long and over 200 pounds.  It also shows that it might have had a round head and thin legs that would barely be able to hold itself up to stand out of the water.  The salamanders name is Metoposaurus algarvesis.

These are the first fossils found on the Iberian peninsula, but they aren't the very first ones found.  There have been fossils found in North America, India, Africa, and other parts of Europe.  This means that the species is widely spread throughout the world.  The salamander species have always been found in large amounts which means that it may have happened because where they lived might have dried up that used to form their habitat.

The study of these fossils was led by Stephen Brussate at the University of Edinburgh.  The study has also shown up in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

I think that it is really cool that a large salamander-like creature used to live such a long time ago.  it also makes me wonder why salamaders are so small and if they have even come from the Metoposaurus algarvensis species.  If they are related then that seems pretty cool.

The math project plus the cooking project

 At Hillwood Academic Day School, the upper graders are doing a math project. Basically, we are  going to cook for our entire class!

 First, we get recipes online. Then we print the recipe out because are teacher does not want us on computers that much. After that we convert the fractions so there will be enough for everyone. Lastly, we make a groccery list and the total amount of all the ingredients.

 We have to make an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. This project is for 5th ad 6th graders only. The people who get the math all correct get to make their foods. The 5th grade have partners because these is new for them. My partner is Maddie and we have finished the project. We converted Bread and hummus, steak with bread crumbs, and banana chocolate chip ice cream. Now we just have to see if we get it all right!

When You Find Out Your Daughter is Actually Your Son

Hilary and Jeff Whittington were really excited when they found out that they were expecting a baby girl. Just like all parents, they prepared all the baby girl necessities for her. After their baby Ryland was born, they screamed out and she didn't hear anything. It turns out, Ryland was deaf. Ryland had to get a cochlear implant, which "restored the ability to hear again."

After Hilary and Jeff thought their issues are over, they found out that Ryland was transgender. As Ryland started growing, she started becoming a he. He started disliking all these "girl" toys instead, he started liking all these "boy" toys. Unfortunately, Ryland had to hide how he felt. 

 In the beginning, Hilary thought that Ryland was just a tomboy considering she was a tomboy herself. Ryland said "when the family dies, I will cut my hair off  so I can be a boy." When Hilary heard that, she knew it was time to start listening to what Ryland had to say. His parents even made a 13-minute video on him called "Raising Ryland." Two years later, they still haven't officially changed Ryland's middle name but they are moving forward with their lives. Now, Ryland is six-years-old and a very happy and healthy boy. His mom said "I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole life."

A Prehistoric salamander as large as a small car

This article is about an ancient salamander that was as big as long as a car. Paleontologists have discovered a new species, and it is called the super salamander that was large as a small car. It was one of the top predator around 200 million years ago. The paleontologists found the fossil in Southern Portugal. This amazing prehistorical creature grew up to six feet long.

The creature lived around rivers and lakes. The Latin name of this animal is Metoposaurus  algarvensis. And it belongs in the family of primitive amphibians.

The super salamander had hundreds and hundreds of teeth. The super salamander ate mainly on fish, but if dinosaurs or mammals get to near the river of lake it would eat them to which is very crocodile like. If you would like to found out more  about the super salamander you can go to a  websitecalled And I hope you learned some about this amazing prehistoric creature.

Nasa Made a 2010-2015 Timelapse of the Sun

       Nasa has made a 2010-2015 time-lapse of the Sun.  They took one picture every eight hours.  It has one colour for every wavelength of light.
You can check out the website that is something like "Nasa releases a 5-year timelapse of the Sun."

Once Upon a Time Twists "The Little Mermaid"-and Reveals Where The Author Is

There is a show called Once Upon a Time about all the fairy tale characters getting cursed by the evil queen, and they were banished to present time and they can't remember who they are. The only person who can break the curse is a woman named Emma Swan. She broke the curse at the end of the first season. It is now in the fourth season. In the latest episode, titled "Poor Unfortunate Soul," there were many surprises. The first surprise is how Ursula became evil.

The story is revealed at the beginning of the episode when you find out that she wasn't always evil, and she started out as a mermaid. It all starts with her father, Poseidon, wanting her to use her singing voice to be like a siren, but she wants to use her powers to make people happy. She then steals a bracelet from him that would give her legs and she meets Captain Hook. He knows that she decided not to crash his ship, so he decides to take her wherever she wants in return for not killing him. Poseidon finds him and tells him that if he takes Ursula's voice then he will give him a way to defeat Rumpelstiltskin, which is a very long story if you want to know the story. He decides to take the shell and at first he considers not taking her voice, but then Poseidon shows up and Hook takes her voice. She then gives herself tentacles, and she swims away. In present day, Hook says that he would give her voice back if she turns good again. She agrees, but when they find the shell it doesn't work.

She throws Hook over board, and he is rescued by Ariel. He then finds out that her voice can only be returned by the person who enchanted the shell. Poseidon then gives her voice back, and she is good again and she leaves with her father. The last part is You get to find out what Mr. Gold's plan to get him, Maleficent, and Cruella De Vill their happy endings. It is to turn Emma evil because she is part of the reason why some people have their happy endings.

Your Dog Can Tell You If You Are Happy or Angry

Did you know that your dog can tell you if you are happy or angry? Well, now you can know that, if you didn't know already, they can tell your moods. All dog owners know that their dog can tell their moods, but scientists have been a little skeptical. Now thanks to a research at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria people have evidence that they can.
 For the study, biologist Corsin Müller and his team selected a group of eleven dogs. The dogs include nine Border Collies, a Fox Terrier, and a Sheltie. They began exposing the dogs to digital images of people that were either angry or happy. Half of the dogs were rewarded for touching the screen when a happy face was shown, the other half got treats for touching those that were angry.
 The interesting part was that the dogs didn't see the entire face. Some dogs were shown upper halves of the faces, while the other was shown bottom halves. Then the scientists, who published their research in the journal Current Biology on February 12th, believe that humans show their emotions on their entire face. Just by showing a half of the face, the researchers were teaching the dogs to recognize small emotions like the wrinkle between the eyes.

While the dogs were able to sense both emotions, the researchers found that those being trained to read angry expressions took longer to learn. They think it may be becasue dogs find angry faces aversive, causing them to take longer to learn. However, once the dogs realized they were getting rewarded, the fear seemed to fade. The dogs had a really good time playing the computer 'game' that the scientists had a hard time keeping them away from the touchscreens after the study was completed.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Assignments for March 27 — back to regular posts

Warm your fingers up with 10FastFingers.

Let's make progress with the cover! Ethan: Did we get Anna's feedback?

Please produce a post for The Hillwood Herald. Here are some story ideas, and of course, feel free to pitch your own:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Roo! is leaping up to accept a gold medal at the Westminster dog show!

Roo! (the exclamation mark is part of her name) was the first mutt to win any category at the Westminster dog show. Her owner hopes that the fact that Roo! won will prompt people to adopt shelter dogs instead of getting a dog from a breeder. When the shelter first got her in, they though she was a bad dog. At first, a man adopted her and returned her back to the shelter. Roo!'s owner works at the shelter. Then her owner saw her chance, and adopted her. She thought that maybe she would like to compete in agility.  She was right. Roo! loves it and couldn't be more happy in her forever home.  

   Roo champRoo on the frameStacey & RooRoo AKC Champion

A Man Who Leads Without Limbs!

Most people who have no arms or legs struggle to find normality, but not Nick Vujicic, the 32-year-old president of motivational speech marketer Attitude is Altitude, was born without arms or legs. He was born without arms or legs and struggles to do everyday stuff like brush his teeth, tie his shoes, or get dressed. But he has done motivational stuff to look on the bright side. He has jumped of a plane with his dad and is a great swimmer. He is a great swimmer due to the fact that he doesn't have arms or legs to weigh him down. It surprised me when I saw he could swim due to the fact that he had no arms of legs, but when I saw that he could swim better than me I understood that a disability could be an advantage. He is the head of the company Attitude is Altitude and he gives motivational speeches around the world to disabled youth. He has a small foot on his left hip which helps him balance. He can type, pick things up between his toes and even kick a ball. Safe to say he can do most things normally. He said that confidence didn't always come to him and that he even attempted suicide after the bullying go so sever. But around 17 a school janitor looked him in the eyes and said, "Your going to be a motivational speaker." After that he decided that that was what he was going to do. My opinion is that this is awesome and a real moral booster to kids who have disabilities.

Rosetta Dips Low Over an Alien World

On Valentines Day the Rosetta space craft dipped very low over a comet. How low? 9 kilometers from the surface of it! Sense the comet is shaped like a rubber ducky and has been sitting on the sun for 4 billion years they uad to get some pictures of it. One of the pictures makes it look like it is a little small but if a human was on it they would be under 3 pixels long. There is a smooth part of the comet and it is a lot like water but it isn't a liquid at all. Comets are a very strange so It is very different from many things. If you want to see a picture of the comet then you can search Rosetta Dips Low Over an Alien World because I cannot get a picture.
This article is about a man named Gary Gustafson. Gary climbed a mountain that was 4,000  feet in elevation. The mountain he was climbing was in New England. The mountain Gary climbed was called Mount Washington. Gary says you really don't want to be up in those mountains when its windy because it gets to negative 50 degrees. In 1934 scientists recorded that the winds up in the mountain to 231 mph, which is very fast. But the mayor locks up the entrances so so no one gets injured. Mount Washington is the highest peak in the United States.

Up to 90 people hike up this mountain. A man named Ryan Eyestone has recently hiked up this mountain and he says"It might as well be a different planet".

Can Your Dog Tell If Your Happy Or Sad?

A recent study has shown that dogs can sense if you are happy or sad. For his study Corsin Müller selected 11 dogs. The dogs were nine Border Collies, a Fox Terrier, and a Sheltie. The experiment started with exposing dogs with digital images of woman that were either happy or angry. What the dogs had to do was tough the screen with their nose. Half of the dogs touched the face with the happy face and the other half angry face. Even if the dogs picked happy or sad expressions  they were all rewarded with a treat.

What was interesting about this was that the dogs were not always given the full face. Scientists showed the dogs the faces like this because scientists believe that you show your expressions on your entire face and not just a certain part. By showing the dog part of the face is teaching them to recognize small details/things.

While the scientists were observing the dogs they noticed that the dogs that are being trained to recognize the angry expressions took longer to learn.

Later the dogs identified all the expressions, which proves that dogs can tell if your happy or sad.

Traficked Animals Finally Free, Released Back into Amazon

There is a new plan to release trafficked animals back into the Amazon where they belong.  The only thing there is to worry about is if they are going to be alright when they go back into the wild and they are in their own habitat.

Animals, 13 mammals, wildcats and Capuchin monkeys, 53 birds and 83 reptiles, have been in rehabilitation having surgery for 10 months.  There may be one concern to letting these animals these animals go.  Some of the animals may not be able to survive in the wild because of how long they have been held captive.  

All of the animals were kept in conditions similar to their natural habitat.  There, the animals went through medical exams to make sure they didn't have diseases they would spread back in the wild. After they were examined they were put in crates and sent to the town of Solano which was a two hour flight.  From there they will be put on a ship and go deep into the Amazon and be released.  

Columbia has saved about 55,000 animals and plants in the last two years.  They saved all of them because thy were against the illegal traffickers.  Trafficking is a huge problem in Columbia. Columbia and other places as well has lots of wildlife trafficking problems.

I think that they are doing a great job of saving all of those animals.  I wish I could do that and I'm very glad they can give all of those animals a new home.

Written By: Claire P.


Yay! Ultimate Pi Day

Ultimate pi day happened on March 14 at 9:26:53 because pi is 3.141592653. So, what do people do on pi day, they make pie. It ranges from chocolate cream to apple. But some people decided to do something a little more exciting, like they used domino's to recreate the first hundred numbers of pi, which is really cool.
My opinion on this is that i love pi and I love learning about it. I also really really really really love math.
Pi represents the area of a circle, and is very famous, pi goes to infinity, scientists have only gotten to the trillions, but some people think pi does end. Here a couple of digits of pi: 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286 208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481 117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648233 786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273724587006 606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011330530548820466521384146 951941511609433057270365759591953092186117381932611793105118548074462379962749, and that is only a couple of it, if you want to there are some websites that have more of pi.