One of the earliest complex lifeforms to exist on Earth has been named in honor of Barack Obama, continuing a strong love affair between scientists and the former president of the United States.The ancient, disc-shaped animal has been dubbed and lived some 550 million years ago.The discovery, by researchers at the University of California-Riverside and the South Australia Museum, took place in a newly excavated fossil bed located in South Australia's Flinders Ranges that has been dubbed "Alice's Restaurant Bed", borrowing a lyric from the Arlo Guthrie song that says "you can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant."Professor of paleontology Mary Droser, who led the research, told the Washington Post that the Obama moniker was bestowed upon the creature because it reminded researchers of an ear, something that avid Obama watchers and cartoonists will know was one of the former president's more obvious characteristics.Alice's Restaurant Bed is teeming with prehistoric fossils from the Ediacaran Biota, a group of soft-bodied animals representing some of the earliest lifeforms on Earth.Scientists are able to visualize their traits and physiology in the Ranges due to their remarkable preservation in fine-grain sandstone.
When ABC cancelled the Roseanne reboot after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about a former Obama aide in May, it looked like the show's cast wouldn't get another opportunity to make fans laugh.Now, thanks to ABC, the Conners will get a second chance.ABC has given a series order to The Conners -- a spin-off TV show about a working-class family starring original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman -- but minus Barr.Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the spin-off, according to a report from Variety on Thursday."We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it's clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience," ABC cast members Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, Goranson, and Fishman said in a joint statement on Variety."We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today."
A newly-discovered sea creature that lived on the ocean floor 500 million years ago just received a name fit for a president — literally.Researchers with the University of California, Riverside, (UCR) and James Gehling, a senior research scientist at the South Australian Museum, who found the ancient fossil along a mountain range in Australia, named the disc-shaped animal "Obamus coronatus," after former President Barack Obama.Obama's "passion for science" served as inspiration behind the scientific name, UCR explained in an online statement Monday.The animal is tiny — about 0.5 to 2 centimeters across — with raised spiral grooves on its back.The creature lived on the ground of shallow oceans, along with a pile of other organisms, likely never changing locations.“Obamus coronatus did not seem to move around, rather it was embedded to the ocean mat," the researchers said.
That's how Airbnb described the move by President Donald Trump's administration to separate families seeking asylum when crossing the southern US border."As a company, Microsoft is dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border," Microsoft said.World leaders -- from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Chinese President Xi Jinping -- routinely stop for visits with the leaders of Google, Apple, Facebook and Intel when they travel to the US.Like any large industry, it has pushed pet political issues such as cybersecurity and tax policy.Trump issued a travel ban as an executive order just two weeks into his presidency.Citing the threat of terrorist attacks, he sought to establish "new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States."
A new Pew Research Center survey found that only around one in four American adults could, practically-speaking, tell the difference between factual statements and opinion.The poll, which surveyed more than five thousand adults, asked those involved to correctly identify five factual statements and five opinionated statements.The results were bad, real bad.Only 26 percent of those surveyed correctly identified all five factual statements.Healthcare costs per person in the U.S. are the highest in the developed world.President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
Not to get judgy about a judge, but these Ruth Bader Ginsburg action figures win on appeal.The Supreme Court associate justice, 85, has been re-created in action-figure form by Seattle sculptor Mike Leavitt for product incubator FCTRY, which has also made figures of Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and other famous names that certain of your Facebook friends will love, and others will hate.The Bader Ginsburg Kickstarter project started on June 5, setting a goal of $15,000 that needed to be reached for the figures to be created.It quickly obliterated that goal, and as of June 15, backers pledged $233,989, with 25 days remaining in the campaign."We have an awful lot of fun making our toys and RBG is an exceptionally fun character to celebrate in this medium (we like to think of her as the Yoda of our little action figure universe)," the Kickstarter creators write on the project page."But what makes this project extra-gratifying is the fact that RBG is such a tremendously positive and inspirational character to so many different kinds of people."
Fake news sucks, and as those eerily accurate videos of a lip-synced Barack Obama demonstrated last year, it’s soon going to get a hell of a lot worse.As a newly revealed video-manipulation system shows, super-realistic fake videos are improving faster than some of us thought possible.The SIGGRAPH 2018 computer graphics and design conference is scheduled for August 12 to 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, but we’re already getting a taste of the jaw-dropping technologies that are set to go on display.The manipulated Obama video from last year, developed at the University of Washington, was pretty cool, but it only involved facial expressions, and it was pretty obviously an imitation.The exercise served as an important proof-of-concept, showcasing the scary potential of deepfakes — highly realistic, computer-generated fake videos.So for example, anyone can serve as the source actor and have their facial expressions transferred to video of, say, Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin.
He managed it the same way people had been doing for decades: He got monthly blood transfusions and took medications for the crippling bouts of pain in his bones and joints.The billion-dollar, 10-year Precision Medicine Initiative, with its promise to sequence and study the health of 1 million Americans, answered that call.A few years before, Cannon had started traveling to the capital, joining Baltimore-based activists Michael and Dominique Friend to talk to representatives about the disease.They even had the opportunity to provide feedback on how to accomplish its goals, including diversity of its participants.The two left the White House inspired—and by November, Cannon and Friend had cofounded a nonprofit in service of the upcoming study.“Black physicians, nurses, counselors, scientists, individuals with sickle cell—you can find them all in a church.” So he and Cannon also formed something called the Health Ministry Network, a coalition of national faith-based leaders who could distribute information through large swaths of the African American community.
But what started out as a time-saver has morphed into a repeated source of misleading and outright false information, thanks to Google's frequent reliance on untrusted sources.It's those failures that Britannica wants to help mitigate with its new Chrome extension, Britannica Insights, which supplements Google's featured snippets with accurate information.If you search for "Who is Alex Jones," Britannica can't help you.We would love to collaborate with any of the search engines and social media networks as well," says Karthik Krishnan, who was appointed to be the CEO of Encyclopædia Britannica Group late last year.Unlike Wikipedia, its business model allows it to employ a paid staff to vet article edits.That makes Britannica immune from the sort of digital vandalism that has caused a series of headaches for Google recently.
Netflix will release a series of eight episodes, with each episode based on one of Dolly Partons songs.the Series is expected to be released in 2019 and Warner Bros Television will be the producers with the Parton as executive producer, reports Market Watch.In a statement commented Dolly Parton cooperation:"I am pleased to provide some of my favorite songs to life with Netflix".Parton is the latest big name who has signed a deal with Netflix.Netflix has in the past recruited other big names, including former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama.
“The Iran deal made by the previous administration is one of the worst deals I have ever witnessed – and I’ve witnessed some beauties” – President Donald Trump, 5 April 2017Although Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan and his approach to international diplomacy is certainly unique, his administration’s analysis of the flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPO), known as the Iran Deal, is absolutely right and has recognised the malign motives of the regime.While sitting in the House of Commons chamber during the Foreign Secretary’s statement, I could not help but think that Trump had called this right and we were getting it wrong.Rather than adopt an approach of gradually lifting sanctions, the P5+1 caved to Iranian demands by lifting all nuclear-related sanctions with immediate effect; including oil embargos and financial restriction.The deal did not provide any mechanism to prevent released funds from reaching Iran’s proxies - Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis in Yemen and President Assad in Syria.Iran is a destabilising force in the Middle East.
A new survey from brand-perception research firm YouGov shows that Democratic approval of Netflix has risen since the beginning of the year while Republican approval has dropped.The survey shows a 21-point difference between the two perceptions as of May 31.Many Republicans have been outraged with Netflix recently after the streaming service named former UN Ambassador Susan Rice to its board and signed a producing deal with the Obamas.Netflix has made choices this year that have angered and alienated some Republicans, and a new survey shows how much their approval of the streaming service has dropped since the beginning of 2018.Democratic approval of Netflix, meanwhile, has risen in the same time.A survey from brand-perception research firm YouGov measured users' perception of Netflix based on their political affiliation on a scale of -100 to 100.
It could be used to create convincing yet faked announcements and confessions seemingly uttered by the rich and powerful as well as the average and mediocre, producing a new class of fake news and further separating us all from reality... if it works well enough, naturally.It’s not quite like Deepfakes, which perversely superimposed the faces of famous actresses and models onto the bodies of raunchy X-rated movie stars.Instead of mapping faces onto different bodies, though, this latest AI technology controls the target's face, and manipulates it into copying the head movements and facial expressions of a source.A paper describing the technique, which popped up online at the end of last month, claims to produce realistic results.The method was developed by Hyeongwoo Kim, Pablo Garrido, Ayush Tewari, Weipeng Xu, Justus Thies, Matthias Nießner, Patrick Pérez, Christian Richardt, Michael Zollhöfer, and Christian Theobalt.The Deepfakes Reddit forum, which has since been shut down, was flooded with people posting tragically bad computer-generated videos of celebs' blurry and twitchy faces pasted onto porno babes using machine-learning software, with mismatched eyebrows and skittish movements.
Last week, the conference center at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas was abuzz with excitement.It was founded by two early employees of Salesforce: Former Salesforce engineering head and current Okta CEO Todd McKinnon, and Freddie Kerrest, who had been a sales exec at Salesforce, and is now COO of Okta.The day before the conference opened, I met up with Okta cofounder and CEO Todd McKinnon at the private executive room his team had reserved for the week.And he has a strong vision for how passwords are evolving into digital identities, and what his company needs to do protect people as more and more of their lives are managed online.He can walk a good six feet on his hands, thanks to his love of CrossFit.When he's not running Okta or hanging with his family, he's competing at the national level, doing events involving days of cardio, weights and shows of strength like this handstand walk.
The Trump administration doesn’t hold much regard for asylum seekers or projects started by President Obama.Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved to keep more asylum seekers in detention.Trump has rolled back Obama-era initiatives wholesale since taking office.Yet in one corner of the White House, a team of idealistic tech workers established by Obama is helping the Department of Homeland Security offer asylum seekers better customer service.After a squad of Silicon Valley techies descended to fix the site, President Obama created USDS to get tech workers helping other parts of government.Under Obama, the group’s missions included speeding immigration processes, and expediting the acceptance of refugees.
Roseanne Barr’s show was cancelled yesterday after she tweeted a racist joke against a former adviser to President Obama.But Barr is more active on the site than ever, retweeting supposed hypocrisy by Disney, and even partially blaming the sleep drug Ambien for her racist tweet.Barr spent the night tweeting apologies to Valerie Jarrett, the Obama official who Barr said looked like a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.But Barr also retweeted plenty of far right users who believe that ABC was hypocritical to cancel her show, since left-leaning entertainers have said offensive things about President Donald Trump.But Barr started taking heat yet again when she explained that maybe it was the Ambien that made her do “weird stuff” like send out racist messages.“I think Joe Rogan is right about ambien,” Barr tweeted at roughly 2am ET, 11pm PT.
Everyone knows there are some weird side effects from taking sleep aid Ambien, but Roseanne Barr’s vitriolic racism is not one of them, at least according to Ambien manufacturer Sanofi.The controversial sitcom figure went on a racist Twitter rant yesterday directed at Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, which she later deleted from the platform.ABC promptly pulled her show from the air, and now Barr is attempting to save face by pointing the finger at the sedative rather than, you know, her own bigotry.However, she also later deleted a series of tweets shifting the blame to the sleep aid.People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world.While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.
The torturous situation caused by TV star and far-right conspiracy theorist Roseanne Barr, whose 90s-era show Roseanne was revived for 2018 in some kind of horribly misguided effort to appeal to Donald Trump supporters, culminated in a predictable implosion this week.Barr — who has been tweeting for months about the 4chan-born Qanon theory that ludicrously alleges Democratic leadership are members of a Satanic paedophilia cartel — sent out a racist tweet smearing Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, resulting in the show’s abrupt cancellation by ABC.Roseanne Barr, who alot of you people spent alot of time defending, just said former Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett equals "muslim brotherhood & planets of the apes had a baby."— Astead (@AsteadWesley) 29 May 2018Now, per Entertainment Weekly, streaming giant Hulu and digital network Laff have made the same call as a number of TV networks including Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT, pulling Roseanne from their streaming libraries.(Hulu only had streaming rights for the revival, while the other networks appear to be clearing out their entire back catalogue of Roseanne episodes.)
Comedian Roseanne Barr has publicly apologised for a racist tweet that labelled a former adviser to president Barack Obama as an ‘ape’ – a reference which prompted broadcaster ABC to cancel her eponymous show.Claiming to have been under the influence of a sedative at the time of the outburst on Monday (29 May) Barr repeatedly apologised unreservedly for referring to Jarrett as a ‘child’ of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’.The tweet was sent in response to an online conspiracy theory that Jarrett had helped Obama ‘hide a lot’ in terms of alleged spying on French presidential candidates.The racists tweets were deleted, however ABC Entertainment had already acted to contain fallout from the episode before the comments disappeared from timelines.In an abrupt statement, the broadcaster's president, Channing Dungey, said: “Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”To complete Barr’s fall from grace Viacom confirmed that it was to end repeats of old episodes of the show from its cable networks as of today.
Twitter can influence global politics and fuel revolutions, and it can also get your TV show canceled.Sitcom star Roseanne Barr on Tuesday morning posted a racist tweet calling a former Obama aide the baby of Planet of the Apes and the Muslim Brotherhood.The tweet was later deleted and Barr apologized, but the damage was already done.Consulting producer Wanda Sykes said she was quitting the Roseanne show and Barr said she was quitting Twitter.Now, ABC has confirmed it's canceling the Roseanne show.According to ABC's statement, the broadcast company finds Barr's tweet as "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with [its] values" leading to the cancellation of the Roseanne show.