Why I Watch Old Baseball Games, Not Just the Ones I Missed Over Shabbat—and You Should Too

This past Saturday night, like many observant Jews across the country, I watched the Yankees vanquish the Cleveland Indians in Game Five of the American League Division series. This would be unremarkable except for the fact that the game had been played three days earlier. Thanks to the Jewish holiday of Sukkot and then Shabbat—during which religious Jews eschew electronics—I had completely missed the entire exciting affair. I’d heard the Yankees had won, but did not know the score.

Some might raise an eyebrow at watching a three-hour sporting event when one already knows the outcome. It’s one thing to DVR a game one can’t watch in real-time, avoid all spoilers, and watch it shortly thereafter. It’s another to wait days, know the endgame, yet do so regardless. But I’ve actually been engaging in such retrospective fandom for some time—and not just for games on Shabbat.

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Seeing One Example Of Merging Neutron Stars Raises Five Incredible Questions (Synopsis)

“O. Hahn and F. Strassmann have discovered a new type of nuclear reaction, the splitting into two smaller nuclei of the nuclei of uranium and thorium under neutron bombardment. Thus they demonstrated the production of nuclei of barium, lanthanum, strontium, yttrium, and, more recently, of xenon and caesium. It can be shown by simple considerations that this type of nuclear reaction may be described in an essentially classical way like the fission of a liquid drop, and that the fission products must fly apart with kinetic energies of the order of hundred million electron-volts each.” -Lise Meitner

Now that we’ve observed merging neutron stars for the first time, in many different wavelengths of light as well as in gravitational waves, we’ve got a whole new world of data to work with. We’ve independently confirmed that gravitational waves are real and that we can, in fact, pinpoint their locations on the sky. We’ve demonstrated that merging neutron stars create short gamma ray bursts, and shown that the origin of the majority of elements heavier than the first row of transition metals comes primarily from neutron star-neutron star mergers.

This color-coded periodic table groups elements by how they were produced in the universe. Hydrogen and helium originated in the Big Bang. Heavier elements up to iron are generally forged in the cores of massive stars. The electromagnetic radiation captured from GW170817 now confirms that elements heavier than iron are synthesized in large amounts the aftermath of neutron star collisions. Image credit: Jennifer Johnson / SDSS.

But the new discovery raises a ton of questions, too. Seeing this event has presented theorists with a number of new challenges, ranging from the event rate being some ten times as great as expected to much more matter being ejected than we’d thought. And what was it that was left behind? Was it a neutron star? A black hole? Or an exotic object that’s in its own class?

We knew that when two neutron stars merge, as simulated here, they create gamma-ray burst jets, as well as other electromagnetic phenomena. But whether you produce a neutron star or a black hole, as well as how much of a UV/optical counterpart is produced, should be strongly mass-dependent. Image credit: NASA / Albert Einstein Institute / Zuse Institute Berlin / M. Koppitz and L. Rezzolla.

There are some great advances that the future will hold for gravitational wave and neutron star astronomy, but it’s up to theorists to explain why these objects behave as they do. Here are five burning questions we now have.

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A Sesame Street Tour of a Saxophone Factory That’s Set to an Incredible Soundtrack of Freestyle Jazz

In 1980, Sesame Street took their viewers on a tour of a saxophone factory, showing each and every step that made the instrument take shape. This fantastic tour was set to an incredible soundtrack of freestyle jazz being performed by an off-camera sax player, who suddenly appeared and proclaimed “Saxophone”

Sax Player Sesame Street

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Musician Performs an Impressive Continuous Solo on a Really Odd Triple Neck 6-String Bass

Triple Neck Bass Davie504

Davie504, the talented bassist who is constantly performing in new and creative ways, successfully answered an online challenge to play a continuous solo on an triple neck bass. This bass was quite unusual as the first neck was fretless, the second had only two strings and the third only three strings. In typical fashion, however, Davie easily conquered the challenge without breaking a sweat.

Playing a Trriple Neck Bass Guitar… 6 strings in total, but on three necks… One neck is fretless.. This is one of the craziest instruments ever!

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Gorgeous Baroque and Rococo Style Paper Wigs Adorned With Exaggerated Modern Twists

Russian artist Asya Kozina has created an absolutely gorgeous line of Baroque and Rococo style wigs that are made completely out of paper and are adorned with fabulously exaggerated modern twists, such as airplanes, ferris wheels, great ships and skyscrapers.

Baroque and Rococo wigs used to be adorned with symbols of luxury, sophistication and the romantic spirit of the time. They were frequently bedecked with model frigates and intricate still lives composed of exotic fruits, flowers and even stuffed birds. This historic trend inspired us to link our paper Baroque wigs with the similar symbols of our time. We knew at once that we wanted to take up the airplane and the skyscraper as the symbols of our time that are both bright and beautiful. Our new series is a combination of old and new luxury, where the skyscraper rises at the top of an ornate hairstyle, and the plane is decorated with flowers and ostrich feathers.

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California Artist Weaves Incredible Human Sized Nests Out of Invasive Eucalyptus Trees

Great Big Story traveled to Big Sur, California to visit with Jayson Fann, the proprietor and craftsman behind Spirit Nest Creations, a line of amazing handwoven, human sized nests, comfortable personal spaces that are sustainably made from different species of invasive eucalyptus trees. Seeing his designs as educational tools, Fann also works with local kids to teach them about their environment and nature.

A nest is a place where you have a sense of protection and strength. It’s like an earth temple or a nature temple. The wood is following a pattern, but not one branch is the same. …I’ve built around 50 nests all over the country, and now primarily, I build the nests with kids within an educational setting. As an educator, like, it’s really important to work with kids and help them realize that they have the ability to shape and create an environment.

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Cockatoo Riding in Car Barks Back at Dogs in a Yard

While riding in the car with his humans, a cautious umbrella cockatoo began growling when he “spotted some dogs in the neighborhood”. When the car stopped at a light, several dogs hanging out behind a backyard fence saw the bird and began barking. The cockatoo was more than ready for this response and immediately began barking back.

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Aaron Judge crushes solo home run

October 18, 2017 - Bronx, NY, USA - The New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits an RBI double in the third inning against the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium in New York on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 (Photo by Andrew Savulich/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

After struggling to get much done against Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander in the first seven innings of Game 6 of the ALCS, the New York Yankees finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth thanks to Aaron Judge.

With one out in the inning, Judge got a hold of a Brad Peacock pitch, crushing a solo shot into left center field.

The home run was Judge’s third of the series, cutting the Yankee deficit to 3-1. Against Verlander the Yankees could only muster five hits in seven innings, with two runners being left on base in the seventh.

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Brandon Randolph seals dunk contest win in style

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 18: Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller gestures during the second half of the college basketball game against the Sacred Heart Pioneers at McKale Center on November 18, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. Arizona won 95-65. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Icon Sportswire)

With college basketball practices in full swing, some programs have held special events to get their fans excited for the upcoming season. Arizona, considered by many to be an early favorite to contend for the national title, held its annual Red-Blue Game Friday night.

Before the intra-squad scrimmage there was a dunk contest, with freshman guard Brandon Randolph showing off his hops in winning the title. It goes without saying that jumping over someone and putting the ball through your legs before throwing down a one-handed dunk is a good way to seal the victory.

Randolph is one of five freshmen in one of the nation’s best recruiting classes, with power forward DeAndre Ayton being the most noteworthy addition. In addition to the national expectations, the combination of newcomers and returnees is also why the Wildcats are viewed as the clear favorites in the Pac-12.

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