LONDON (Reutrs): As every theatre-lover knows, “Othello”, “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet” all end with bodies littering the stage, so it’s a rare thrill for audiences to watch a work by Shakespeare without knowing exactly what will happen next. The suspense is delivered by one of London’s off-West End theatres, which until June 27 is staging a play that more than “The Tempest” can claim to be William Shakespeare’s last work, but is performed less than once a decade. “The Two Noble Kinsmen”, written in collaboration with John Fletcher, was long dismissed as unworthy of being considered an official part of the canon. With the first London production since 2000, The White Bear Theatre, a tiny stage behind a South London pub, which has built an award-winning reputation on its willingness to take risks on new writing and lost classics, makes a compelling case for including it in the complete works.

Future in-flight entertainment will know when you’re asleep

LE BOURGET (AFP): The next generation of in-flight entertainment will include screens that know when you’ve fallen asleep, while new apps will very soon let you sync your personal devices with the onboard system. At the Paris Air Show this week French manufacturer Thales has been showing off its prototype for the next generation of business class seat, which includes iris-tracking to tell when passengers are looking away. The screen can be set to pause a film or go into standby when the passenger’s eyes are closed, and restart automatically when they wake up.

“The eye-tracking technology actually came from the handicapped market, and we’ve reapplied it to airlines,” said Brett Bleacher, director of innovations for Thales. Bleacher said it was “still five to 10 years off” before the technology is actually installed in business class cabins.

“We are just starting to build relationships with airliners to get this into production,” he said.

Meanwhile, the market leader in in-flight entertainment, Panasonic, was displaying its own technological innovations. Having already brought touch screens and high-definition video to many major airlines in the last couple of years, the Japanese company is now offering a range of smarter software that allows passengers to browse the films on offer from an app on their personal device before they travel, and then sync the device once onboard.

Marketing manager Mario Grima said the software would be introduced to airliners “very soon”. The sync means passengers can use their iPad or tablet as a second screen, browsing the Internet and shopping options without interrupting the film — part of the growing “bring your own” trend to in-flight entertainment. It has taken a while for airplane screens to catch up with the sort of quality that have become routine in smartphones and tablets.

“Airline screens have to go through a lot of certification and testing. They have to be much more rugged to make sure nothing goes wrong,” said Grima. “If your iPad bursts into the flames on the ground it’s not the end of the world, but if that happens on a plane, it’s obviously much more of a problem.” Companies including Panasonic and Thales also have to “future-proof” their computers to make sure that they can handle technology and software improvements.

“You don’t want to change the entire fleet’s entertainment system every time some new software comes out, so we’ve had to make these much more powerful than an iPad,” said Grima. It’s paying off, with the in-flight entertainment sector growing even faster — around 10 percent per year, says Thales — than the rest of the booming air industry.

Pink octopus so cute it may be named ‘adorabilis

WASHINGTON (AFP): Some say she looks like a ghost from the Pac-Man video game, but she’s anything but spooky. In fact, the fist-sized pink octopus is so cute scientists may call her “Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis.” Researchers in California are looking for an appropriate Latin species designation for the mysterious cephalopod and, while little is yet known about it, few would deny that the specimens found so far are adorable. Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute said that after a year of study she is preparing to submit a report to a scientific review that would confer a name on the species, a form of Flapjack octopus. “New species are discovered every year, not all of them get described, it can take a lot of time, years sometimes,” she said.

Some other species have been deemed adorable — such as Lophornis adorabilis, the White-crested Coquette hummingbird — and Bush said: “I don’t see any obvious reason why it would be inappropriate. It’s easy to pronounce and popular with the public.”

Aside from how she looks, we don’t know much more about the new octopus, it lives in deep cold waters and the 12 individuals that have been studied so far have all been female. “They spend most of their time on the bottom, sitting on the sediment, but they need to move around to find food, mates,” Bush said. Bush is trying to incubate a batch of octopus eggs in her laboratory, but they develop very slowly because of the cold temperature of the deep ocean and may not hatch for two or three years. Anyone charmed enough by the cute creature to want to see one in the wild would have to dive in the Pacific to between 200 and 600 meters to where the water is only 6 degrees Celsius (42 Fahrenheit).

Phoenix-area woman quietly claims $120 million lottery prize

PHOENIX (REUTERS): A suburban Phoenix woman has quietly claimed the top prize of nearly $120 million in the multi-state Powerball lottery drawn earlier this month, an Arizona lottery official said on Wednesday. Maria Herrera, of Glendale, walked into lottery offices with the winning ticket last week and took the lump sum cash payment of $119,993,157 before taxes for matching all six numbers in the June 3 drawing, said lottery spokeswoman Cindy Esquer. Herrera decided against taking a 30-year annuity of $188.9 million before taxes, Esquer said.

“She was very, very quiet and didn’t want to do any media interviews,” said Esquer, adding that the woman had a financial advisor with her. “She really didn’t tell us anything about her at all.” Lottery officials released her name, the Phoenix suburb where she lives, and her decision to take the lump sum, as required by state law following public records requests.

A new state law that goes into effect on July 3 would have allowed her to remain anonymous for 90 days after she claimed her winnings. The winning ticket was sold at a QuickTrip convenience store in Glendale, which will receive a $25,000 commission. The jackpot is the largest won in the state since 2012, when an Arizona man won half of a $587.5 million Powerball prize.

Philippines tests health app for remote islands

MANILA (AFP}: The Philippines is testing an app that will speed up delivery of health services to hundreds of remote island communities, the science department said Thursday. Using the app, designed for tablets using Google’s Android operating system, the health officer of a remote town can upload medical records and clinical information on a patient, which can then be viewed anywhere by doctors and nurses. So far, about a hundred tablets preloaded with the locally-developed application have been distributed by the ministry to towns in four islands to test its viability. If successful, about 450 remote towns in the archipelago will get their own tablets, with mayors and health officers — local officials responsible for community medical care — then better able to track the area’s health needs using the data they obtain. “This is for communities that are isolated, remote and hard to reach. Its chief advantage is its portability,” said Vincent Tablos, the project coordinator for the government’s Department of Science and Technology.

“If it is adopted widely by our local health (workers), then we can consolidate it as part of our national health system,” he told AFP. Under the pilot-scheme a mayor and health officer each get one tablet loaded up with government health forms, including for health insurance, via the app. After an individual’s health data is uploaded, all of the information on the required forms can be easily called up during consultations.

“Once they go to the health centre, they will have all their records available. Instead of waiting two hours just filling out forms, they go straight to the doctor,” he said. If a person moves to another town, his existing health records can be viewed immediately through the app, Tablos added. The communities targeted are all located far from major cities, where health centres are not readily accessible to local populations, making it difficult to send or receive patients’ information, Tablos said.

The device also includes a communication system that allows for easier data sharing between the local health officer and mayor. “This will help in decision-making. The mayor can chart any outbreak or see any rise in dengue or malaria. He can see what kind of medicines have to be bought, what they must prioritise for next year,” he said.

US to put woman on new $10 billion

WASHINGTON (AFP): The US will put the image of a woman on an American banknote for the first time in over a century, breaking the lock that white male political heroes have on the greenback. The US Treasury announced Thursday that a yet-unchosen woman, likely “a champion for our inclusive democracy,” will feature on the $10 note from 2020, replacing Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury. Only twice before have women featured on US paper currency. Martha Washington, the wife of first president George Washington, was on $1 notes in the 1880s and 1890s. Pocahontas, a Native American woman linked to the colonial settlement at Jamestown, was featured in a group of people on banknotes in the 1860s.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the woman on the new $10 bill will be chosen by the Treasury after fielding the ideas of the public “about what qualities best represent democracy.”

Hinting at where the candidates will come from, Lew said the change will take place on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, when American women gained the right to vote. “America’s currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we stand for. Our paper bills — and the images of great American leaders and symbols they depict — have long been a way for us to honor our past and express our values,” said Lew.

Current US banknotes all feature familiar male figures from the country’s history. Washington on the $1, president Abraham Lincoln on the $5, Hamilton on the $10, president Andrew Jackson on the $20, president and Civil War commander Ulysses S. Grant on the $50, and inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin on the $100.

America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, features on the infrequently used $2 bill. The Treasury said it would review comments over the new design submitted on its website and on social media using the tag “TheNew10.”

The winner will be chosen later this year, the department said. The announcement came as a campaign to place a woman on the currency, focused on the $20 note, was gaining steam. The Women on 20 campaign received some 600,000 votes for different candidates, with 19th century African American rights activist Harriet Tubman the winner.

Running behind Tubman in the vote was Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of Great Depression and World War II president Franklin D. Roosevelt; 1960s civil rights icon Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Native American Cherokee Nation. Six weeks ago the group presented a petition to the White House asking President Barack Obama to have Lew make the change. The group encouraged the president to strike Jackson off the $20 bill because of his checkered past dealing with Native American tribes and his opposition to the central bank. “There is no greater gender gap than on our paper money,” the group said in a video. It’s time for “an exemplary American woman who has helped shape our Nation’s great history” to be on the country’s paper money, the group said.