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Everything We’re Buying on Amazon Prime Day 2020

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‘Tis the season, or so it goes. Amazon Prime Day is almost finally over, and let me tell you folks, it’s been a whirlwind of a couple days. The deals are plentiful, if admittedly a mixed bag, which is why our team here at The Inventory has devoted countless hours sifting through and finding the best Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals overall. But the best deals aren’t always the ones we’re buying ourselves. Whether because of budget restrictions or the circumstances of our specific needs, what we choose to buy is a highly personal venture. Letting someone in on your Amazon order history reveals a lot about who you are, one might argue even more so than a conversation over a cup of coffee or a drink at the bar (what are those anyway? lol).

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In an abnormal year, brimming with unpredictable happenings at every turn, let’s take a step back and trade secrets. We’ll give you a peek into our Prime Day purchases if you drop us a comment letting us know what you bought this year, complete with a link to buy, of course, so we can check it out ourselves. Maybe we’ll find similarities in our wants and interests—or hidden gems either of us might’ve missed. As the hustle and bustle of bargain bin shopping comes to a close, tell us, what are you snatching up on Prime Day this year? Then take a dive and see the savings we’re chasing. Should anything entice, the path to the checkout line is only a few clicks away, and you don’t have to wait for long.

Gabe Carey, Commerce Content & Strategy Manager

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Shanchar Adjustable Dumbbells Set | $166-230 | Amazon

While I snagged ‘em a few days before Prime Day technically, this adjustable weight set comes from a brand you’ve probably never heard of. Well, neither have I, but it’s slim pickings out there in the freeweight market due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and sometimes you have to take what you can get. Shanchar’s dumbbells come in a variety of sizes including 44-, 66-, and 88-pound weights, starting at $166 when you clip the coupon on the site. Maximize your floor workouts with the 88-pound set and you’re looking at a checkout price of $230. Admittedly, I copped these for a slightly lower price last week, but considering they’re one of the few dumbbell sets you’ll find in stock and boast a 3.9-star rating out of 267 reviews on Amazon, this is a deal you won’t want to pass up. You never know when they’ll remove the coupon off the page, so snap up a pair for yourself—or gift them to a swole friend—for up to $30 off.

Ignacia Fulcher, Commerce Editor

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Millard Reading Pillow | $33

Recently, I transformed an extra room in my house into a home office. But as I am a girl in this world, I sometimes like to work on the spare bed in the home office. It’s comfortable and soft, so can you blame me. One thing about working from your bed, though—sometimes you need a little extra support, which is why I’m eyeing this Husband-style pillow for Prime Day. It’s only $33 and has sturdy memory foam to mold to my body while I’m on my laptop, ultimately helping my posture and keeping me comfortable all at the same time!

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Jordan McMahon, Commerce Editor

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Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow | $19 | Amazon

One should never place an Amazon order before they’re fully awake, lest they risk sending a pillow meant for pain relief to their parent’s address rather than one’s own. When your lower back’s been giving you trouble for a few weeks, that’s a massive self-imposed bummer. Luckily, while waiting for my order to be canceled, I saw this pillow is down to $19, and it seems to offer the same shape and benefits as the pillow I’d tragically misordered. It’s not for everyone, but for side sleepers whose backs have bore the burden of poor home office ergonomics, this may give your back some much-needed relief.

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Quentyn Kennemer, Associate Commerce Editor

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Simple Modern Milwaukee Bucks Tumbler | $27 | Amazon

I’d planned to write about the RAM I panic bought thanks to PTSD from the extreme post-shortage price hikes, but they’re all sold out, and that’s kind of boring. Instead, let’s talk about the new Simple Modern water bottle I snagged after losing my old one, a plain black 32-ounce growler. I loved it, don’t get me wrong. It keeps your drinks hot or cold for hours, just as advertised. But I’m trying on a new me in 2020, one that’s trading a lifelong obsession with simple black and chromatic color schemes in literally everything I own for a little splash of life. I scratched that itch most recently with this vacuum-insulated Milwaukee Bucks tumbler, which was 25% off its list price for Prime Day. It fits my current extended stay-at-home life just a bit better than the old growler did, and I figured it best to double down on my loyalty to the deer after the strangest (and most predictable) NBA season we’ve ever had.

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Andrew Hayward, Contributing Editor & Producer

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Bossman Beard Oil | $12 | Amazon
Grow Alpha Beard Grooming Kit | $10 | Amazon

Chicago’s bitter winter isn’t far off now, and after keeping both my hair and beard short during the summer, I’m more than ready to revert to my usual plan of letting it all grow and not taking any length off of my beard until next summer. I’m not very fussy about my beard, but for the sake of my partner, I should at least aim to keep it soft. That’s why I ordered a fresh bottle of Bossman Beard Oil, which is a few bucks off during Prime Day, and which has worked well in the past. And since I found my beard brush knocked into the litter box earlier this week, I went ahead and grabbed the discounted Grow Alpha Beard Grooming Kit too. Bring on the beard … but, you know, soft and not too horrible-looking.

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Sheilah Villari, Morning Deals Writer

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Geekshare NASA Hardshell Case for Nintendo Switch | $20 | Amazon

While I love my Animal Crossing Switch case it’s getting pretty worn out. I often just toss it in my backpack and hope for the best. But I think the time has come for something more heavy-duty. This hardshell case from GeekShare caught my eye. Not only does it fit my need for more protection for my beloved Nintendo device but it fulfills my nerdiness for NASA. As a space geek, this kitschy Japanese NASA logo and coloring is just so very 1960s. Vintage vibes for a vintage babe all coming together with function and fashion. It’s got double zippers, shock-absorbing material, room for 10 game cards, and two Joy-Con. That’s some out of this world storage.

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How to create an AI that chats like you on WhatsApp

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To train a GPT-2 neural network, first of all we need to pre-process the data, in order to obtain a single .txt with a machine-learning compatible structure.

2.1 Google Colab

For the sake of simplicity and since the machine learning model we will use requires a GPU to work, we’re going to use Google Colab for the next step.

If you don’t know what Google Colab is, check this other article here.

2.2 Start the notebook

Open this Colab notebook and follow these steps:

  1. Run the first block of cells called under the “0️⃣ Init” chapter
  2. Press “Run Anyway” on the pop-up
  3. Make sure that the first command !nvidia-smi shows that a GPU is connected (p100 is suggested)
  4. If no GPU is connected, go to Runtime > Change Runtime type > Hardware accelerator > GPU
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Example output when a Tesla T4 GPU is properly connected. | Image by Author

2.3 Load the data

To work with the data, we need to upload them on Colab, into the right folders.

WhatsApp chats
Select all your .txt files and upload everything into the following notebook folder:
./messaging-chat-parser/data/chat_raw/whatsapp/

Telegram JSON
Get the file telegram_dump.json and upload it into the following notebook folder:
./messaging-chat-parser/data/chat_raw/telegram/

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Example of the notebook files after the chats are uploaded | Image by Author

2.4 Parse the data

Now, run all the cells up until the block “2️⃣ Parse the data”.

Here we need to replace the variable “whatsapp_user_name” with your WhatsApp name, called  on the 1.1 chapter.

You can also change the date format parsing system if some of the exported data show a different format due to local time formatting.

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Cells used to set the user name. | Image by Author

So, for example, if my name is “Bob” and I’m from America, the code I should use is the following:

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Here’s why scientists think women are better suited to space travel

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Are women better astronauts than men? This question will become central to the selection of crews to the Moon, Mars, and beyond as we undertake the colonization of space.

In the struggle for gender equality, women have already proven they are capable of doing anything — including conquering space, showing that not even the sky is the limit for their success.

[Read: Meet Alyssa Carson, the 18-year-old training to become the first human on Mars]

“The first all-women spacewalk at the International Space Station was carried out in October of 2019 and many other milestones have already been accomplished by women astronauts. But there has yet to be a first woman on the moon (or on Mars),” Katharina Buchholz writes for Statista.

The first woman in space 

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Valentina Tereshkova seen in 1963 became the first woman in space. Image credit: RIA Novosti

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova was born in Russia, in 1937. At the age of 18, working at a textile factory, she designed parachutes to aid her love of skydiving.

In the early 1960’s, the Soviet and American space programs were each engaged in reaching milestones in space exploration, attempting to upstage their adversary. Striving to beat the United States in sending the first woman in space, Soviet officials selected Tereshkova to become the first woman in space.

Tereshkova was launched into space on June 16, 1963, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 6. After 3 days, Vostok 6 reentered the atmosphere, culminating in Tereshkova successfully parachuting to Earth after ejecting at 20,000 feet. (This was standard for cosmonauts at the time).

“After her historic space flight, Valentina Tereshkova received the Order of Lenin and Hero of the Soviet Union awards… In 1966, Tereshkova became a member of the Supreme Soviet, the USSR’s national parliament, and she served as the Soviet representative to numerous international women’s organizations and events. She never entered space again, and hers was the last space flight by a woman cosmonaut until the 1980s,” The History Channel reports.

Although women successfully trained as American astronauts in the 1960’s, It took 15 years for the U.S. to fully accept women in their astronaut corps. In 1978, NASA approved six women to become the first woman astronauts of the U.S. space program.

One of them was Sally Ride, a doctor in physics who became part of the STS-7 crew on April 30, 1982, serving as a mission specialist. She was also the first American woman astronaut to return to space a second time, in 1984.

“Ride again made history when she became the first American woman to fly to space a second time on October 5, 1984, on shuttle mission STS-41G, where she was part of a seven-member crew that spent eight days in space. Another woman, mission specialist Kathryn D. Sullivan, was also part of that crew, making it the first NASA space flight with two women aboard (Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space during that mission),
The History Channel reports.

After that, more than 59 women including cosmonauts, astronauts, payload specialists, and foreign nationals have flown in space, and several other women astronauts are now preparing to take their first flight beyond Earth.

Despite enormous progress, since Sally Ride took her first flight, over 80% of the astronauts are still men. The 2013 class of incoming astronauts were the first to reach a 50/50 division of women to men.

Advantages of flying women astronauts

There are some reasons suggesting that women astronauts may perform better than men in some respects, including:

  • Women are lighter: Sending too much weight to space requires fuel, costing a lot of money. Having more women on the crew could help reduce the cost of space travel.
  • Women eat fewer calories and use fewer resources: When you plan to send humans to Mars, it may be a good idea to have more women on the crew because they require 15 to 25% fewer energy calories than men. They also expend less energy despite possessing similar activity levels. Additionally, because women are (on average) smaller than men, they produce less waste (CO2 and body excretions), making it easier for the spacecraft systems to recycle it.
  • Space traveling affects men and women differently: Due to the effects of microgravity and radiation, space-traveling can have several implications on astronaut’s health. It seems that men are less affected by space motion sickness than women, but men are quicker to experience diminished hearing. Men also have a higher risk of vision problems, while women tend to have more urinary tract infections.
  • Women can give birth: One idea for the long-term colonization of space is to send an all-women crew to Mars or other colonies. This would reduce travel costs, as an all-women crew to reproduce over time through artificial means.

“More significantly, men tend to have problems with deteriorating vision, which women don’t experience as often or as severely. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly — who has spent a cumulative 520 days in space and has the eye problems to prove it — half-jokingly wrote in his autobiography that if scientists can’t figure out what’s causing those eye issues, ‘we just might have to send an all-women crew to Mars,’” Nadia Drake writes for National Geographic.

Women have already proven to be great astronauts. However, there have not yet been enough studies to conclude whether or not women should make up most — or all — of the first colonists to space.


This article was originally published on The Cosmic Companion by Dr. Ana Luiza Dias and James  Maynard. You can read this original piece here.

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion is also available as a weekly podcast, carried on all major podcast providers. Tune in every Tuesday for updates on the latest astronomy news, and interviews with astronomers and other researchers working to uncover the nature of the Universe.

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Yale may have just turned institutional investing on its head with a new diversity edict

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It could be the long-awaited turning point in the world of venture capital and beyond. Yale, whose $32 billion endowment has long been led since 1985 by the legendary investor David Swensen, just let its 70 money managers across a variety of asset classes know that for the school, diversity has now moved front and center.

According to the WSJ, Swensen has told the firms that from here on out, they be measured annually on their progress in increasing the diversity of their investment staff, meaning their hiring, training, mentoring and retention of women and minorities.

Those that show little improvement may see the university pull its money, Swensen tells the outlet.

It’s hard to overstate the move’s apparent significance. Though the endowment saw atypically poor performance last year, Swensen, at 66, is the most highly regarded endowment manager in the world, growing Yale’s endowment from $1 billion when he joined as a 31-year-old former grad student of the school, to the second-largest school endowment in the country today after Harvard, which currently manages $40 billion.

Credited for developing the so-called Yale Model, which is short on public equities and long on commitments to venture shops, private equity funds, hedge funds, and international investments, Swensen has inspired legions of other endowment managers, many of whom worked with him previously, including the current endowment heads at Princeton, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania.

It isn’t a stretch to imagine that they will again follow Swensen’s lead, which could go a long way in changing the stubbornly intractable world of money management, which remains mostly white and mostly male across asset classes.

While the dearth of woman and minorities within the ranks of venture firms may not be news to readers, a 2019 study commissioned by the Knight Foundation and cited by the WSJ found that women- and minority-owned firms held less than 1% of assets managed by mutual funds, hedge funds, private-equity funds and real-estate funds in 2017, even though their performance was on a par with such firms.

Swensen tells that WSJ that he has long talked about diversity with the fund managers to which the endowment commits capital, but that he had he held of anything systematic owing to a belief, in part, that there were not enough diverse candidate entering into asset management for a mandate to make sense.

After the Black Lives Movement gained momentum this spring, he decided it was time to take the leap.

What about that perceived pipeline concern? Fund managers will have to figure it out if they. For his part, says the WSJ, Swensen suggested to the U.S. managers that they forget the standard resume and consider recruiting directly from college campuses.

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