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Yes Really ― We’ve All Been Squeezing Ketchup Wrong

Yes Really ― We’ve All Been Squeezing Ketchup Wrong

First, came the news that I wasn’t boiling my potatoes for mash correctly. Then, it turned out that I’ve apparently never used the right amount of water for my pasta (yes, really). So, perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that I’ve been squeezing my ketchup bottle “wrong” all these years too. In a recent TikTok, @jordan_the_stallion8 shared that when he was in college, he “wrote a paper about ketchup bottle development” and learned that the regular front-to-back pressure most of us exert on our favourite condiment isn’t the best way to do it. Then what is? Instead, he reveals, we should squeeze from the curves in the side of the bottle ― he even stitched a video of another TikTok user who used that method for a seriously smooth ketchup pour. Heinz had such an issue with getting ketchup out of their original glass containers that one of their 1964 ads tried to make the bug a feature, arguing that their sauce was so thick and delicious it had to pour slowly. A …

‘Profiteering off children’: care firms in England accused of squeezing cash from councils | Social care

‘Profiteering off children’: care firms in England accused of squeezing cash from councils | Social care

Care companies are insisting on unnecessary and expensive support packages for vulnerable children to boost their profits, a council leader has claimed. Barry Lewis, the Tory leader of Derbyshire county council, said that former family-run businesses acquired by private equity groups were trying to get “as much cash as possible” out of local authorities. “They insist on wraparound care when it’s not needed,” he said. “If you don’t go with that package, they go to another local authority. It’s become an extractive market.” Councils have a statutory duty to accommodate the growing number of children requiring residential care. Lewis said councils have to accept excessive care packages for children as there is a national shortage of places in children’s homes. “At the moment, there are about 20 kids for every placement,” he said. “It is a seller’s market.” One care company charged the council £652 a week for in-house education provision after the child had already transferred to a college. On another occasion, the council was billed £192 a week by a care company for …

The Download: quantum squeezing, and a game-building AI model

The Download: quantum squeezing, and a game-building AI model

How scientists are using quantum squeezing to push the limits of their sensors When two black holes spiral inward and collide, they shake the very fabric of space, producing ripples in space-time that can travel for hundreds of millions of light-years. Since 2015, scientists have been observing these so-called gravitational waves to help them study fundamental questions about the cosmos, including the origin of heavy elements such as gold and the rate at which the universe is expanding.  But detecting gravitational waves isn’t easy. By the time they reach Earth, the ripples have dissipated into near silence. Our detectors must sense motions on the scale of one ten-thousandth the width of a proton to stand a chance. And making them more sensitive is a huge challenge. Physicists say a new approach could help: quantum squeezing.  The technique could also help create ​​more precise magnetometers, gyroscopes, and clocks with potential applications for navigation. Creators of commercial and military technology have begun dabbling in quantum squeezing, too: the Canadian startup Xanadu uses it in its quantum computers, …

Scientists are using quantum squeezing to push the limits of their sensors

Scientists are using quantum squeezing to push the limits of their sensors

LIGO has confirmed 90 gravitational wave detections so far, but physicists want to detect more, which will require making the experiment even more sensitive. And that is a challenge.  “The struggle of these detectors is that every time you try to improve them, you actually can make things worse, because they are so sensitive,” says Lisa Barsotti, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nevertheless, Barsotti and her colleagues recently pushed past this challenge, creating a device that will allow LIGO’s detectors to detect far more black hole mergers and neutron star collisions. The device belongs to a growing class of instruments that use quantum squeezing—a practical way for researchers dealing with systems that operate by the fuzzy rules of quantum mechanics to manipulate those phenomena to their advantage.  Physicists describe objects in the quantum realm in terms of probabilities—for example, an electron is not located here or there but has some likelihood of being in each place, locking into one only when its properties are measured. Quantum squeezing can manipulate the probabilities, and …

Prince William’s red carpet moment and squeezing into an elevator with Naomi Campbell: here’s what you didn’t see at the BAFTAs

Prince William’s red carpet moment and squeezing into an elevator with Naomi Campbell: here’s what you didn’t see at the BAFTAs

Hi, I’m Emmy, the TV and Film Editor at HELLO!, and this is what happened when I attended the BAFTAs on Sunday. And when I say Sunday, I mean all day Sunday. For anything that thinks the BAFTAs are a swift affair, let me tell you all about it… I woke up late on Sunday morning after a thrilling game of Settlers of Catan went on until 2.30 am, and my weekend suddenly took on a very different vibe. From arguing over lumber trade over a Chinese takeaway, it was now time to glam up.  With unusual foresight, I had been in touch with the lovely folks at Nadine Merabi to loan me an outfit for the occasion – and loved the glittery trousers and corset top ensemble that they had kindly sent to me. The only issue was that I would be on the red carpet for approximately 263 hours, and the trousers were a tight affair.  Terrible skort/Catan boardgame not pictured Simple, I thought, I’d just wear the top with different bottoms, then swap them …

Blake Lively jokes about squeezing into her gold jumpsuit ‘way too soon’ after welcoming fourth child

Blake Lively jokes about squeezing into her gold jumpsuit ‘way too soon’ after welcoming fourth child

Stay ahead of the trend in fashion and beyond with our free weekly Lifestyle Edit newsletter Stay ahead of the trend in fashion and beyond with our free weekly Lifestyle Edit newsletter Blake Lively has joked about “squeezing” into one of her outfits a bit “too soon” after she gave birth to her fourth child. The 36-year-old actor took to Instagram earlier this week to make a quip about her Michael Kors outfit, while praising the look that she wore in 2023. Lively noted that she wore the outfit after she welcomed her and husband Ryan Reynolds’ baby, whose name has not yet been publicly revealed. The beloved Hollywood couple are also parents to three daughters: James, eight, Inez, six, and Betty, three. In the recent photos shared to her Instagram, Lively could be seen wearing a gold sequin jumpsuit, which she paired with a beige belt and matching-coloured purse. She also had her long blond hair curled and was wearing two green rings, as she wore the look to Micheal Kors 2024 runway show …