Albert Colburn

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Primary schoolchildren who have been raised in homes surrounded by more greenspace tend to present with larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas of the brain.This is the main conclusion of a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives and led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation, in collaboration with the Hospital del Mar (Spain) and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (UCLA FSPH).The study was performed in a subcohort of 253 schoolchildren from the BREATHE project in Barcelona (Spain).Brain anatomy was studied using high-resolution 3D magnetic resonance images (MRI).The data analysis showed that long-term exposure to greenness was positively associated with white and grey matter volume in some parts of the brain that partly overlapped with those associated with higher scores on cognitive tests.A previous study of 2,593 children ages 7 to 10 from the BREATHE project showed that, during the 12-month course of the study, children who attended schools with higher outdoor greenspace had a greater increase in working memory and a greater reduction in inattentiveness than children who attended schools with less surrounding greenness.
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For everyday customers, that’s a problem without an easy solution.If you’re unfamiliar, Meltdown and Spectre are exploits which affect your computer’s processor.They’re two different, but related, exploits which take advantage of ‘speculative execution’ an optimization method used on essentially every computer processor manufactured in the last 20 years.Yes, that means almost every processor sold in the last two decades is vulnerable to these exploits — including the one in your smartphone, the one in your desktop, and the one in that old student laptop you used in college.Following the disclosure, each company started reaching out to its corporate customers and notifying them of the vulnerabilities.Everyone was scrambling to both find a fix and to keep it secret, because as long as the vulnerabilities remained private they were less dangerous to the public.
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White separatist Jared Taylor and his American Renaissance group are suing Twitter for permanently suspending their accounts.The suit, which is being filed in San Francisco Superior Court, argues that "Twitter took this action only because it disagreed with the content of their tweets, not because Taylor or American Renaissance violated the company's terms of service," according to a press release.In December, Twitter began enforcing an updated policy aimed at reducing hateful and abusive content.The changes included a ban on promoting violence and hate in usernames or bios, possible permanent suspension of accounts that threaten violence or death and a ban accounts that feature hate symbols and images.American Renaissance says suspending the accounts is "censorship," and that the suit is about defending freedom of speech."Twitter has capriciously enforced vague 'terms of service' for the sole purpose of silencing voices with which it disagrees," the release says.
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While PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. continues its ongoing fight against cheaters, it is still sneaking out some updates to its battle royal shooter.The studio is introducing a pair of new loot boxes filled with fresh cosmetic items, and it is testing a method of matchmaking that should improve the experience for people with fast pings.The loot boxes are called Fever and Militia crates.They feature 1970s- and 1980s-era fashions including a leathery frontiersman outfit that will look at home in the desert Miramar map.In a blog post today, PUBG Corp. is referring to these as its spring crates, and the apparel reflects that as well.The Fever crate requires a key, an item you have to purchase with real money, to unlock (or you can sell it on the Steam Marketplace).
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The Bad News game puts players in the shoes of someone who wants to spread mischief and lies, with the aim being to show people how the bad guys do it in a controlled environment so they are wise to it in the wild.But the game's simplistic approach risks rendering it nothing more than a nice idea with little clout.The aim is laudable: we don’t need polls to tell us people struggle to spot fake news because the rapid spread of bullshit on the internet is testament enough to people’s gullibility, obstinance and opportunism – or all three.The representatives hauled up in front of politicians do their best to look concerned, while the PR machine cranks out programme, after initiative, after global fund.But even their best attempts are falling short, and so it’s perhaps unsurprising that the onus for spotting fake news has begun to fall on the public.However, the academics behind it - who worked with, and were funded by, a Dutch media group, DROG, that runs workshops and gives talks about fake news - claim that the game is a way of “vaccinating” people against misinformation.
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The current car (called 991 internally) has entered its last full calendar year on the market.It will make its public debut in a few short weeks at the annual Geneva Auto Show.The GT3 RS’ business end hides a 4.0-liter flat-six engine tuned to deliver 520 horsepower (20 more than the outgoing model) and 364 pound-feet of torque.You can buy a Porsche with more power, but it will either be a turbocharged model or a hybrid.The flat-six pelts the GT3 RS from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat and, given enough tarmac, sends it to a top speed of 193 mph.Porsche applied the lessons it learned on the track to the 911 GT3 RS.
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Hypergiant is launching out of stealth today to help large companies develop an AI strategy to meet their business goals.Hypergiant raised a seed round of an undisclosed amount last August and currently has 24 employees, with plans to grow its team to more than 150 by the end of the year.Customers include Bosch and TGI Friday’s, and the startup has established product incubation partnerships with Adobe and the aviation division of General Electric.Hypergiant will be run by Conversable CEO Ben Lamm and currently has offices in Houston, Dallas, and Austin.Conversable is best known as the maker of bots for large brands like TGI Friday’s, Pizza Hut, Whole Foods, and Booz Allen, which has been called “the world’s most profitable spy organization.” In 2017, Facebook included Conversable on a short list of companies essential to the Messenger Platform bot ecosystem.Lamm said Hypergiant was formed independently of Conversable to provide services that go beyond conversational AI and to take advantage of opportunities discovered during Conversable’s expansion over the past two years.
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"Blade Runner 2049" was almost unanimously praised by critics, but Rutger Hauer, who was unforgettable as Roy Batty in the 1982 original, wasn't a fan."I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film," he told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview.Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 was hailed as an instant classic but underperformed at the Box Office, barely recouping its $185 million budget with a worldwide gross of $259 million.According to Hauer it focused too much on the homage."In many ways, 'Blade Runner' wasn't about the replicants, it was about what does it mean to be human?But I'm not certain what the question was in the second 'Blade Runner.'
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Wine, beer and even full bars are touted as employee perks to help attract talented employees and entice employees to stay on the job during evening hours.But alcohol can also be a divisive issue in the workplace, and may actually be a deterrent for some potential employees, said Anthony Klotz, an assistant professor in the College of Business at OSU and lead author of the paper."A lot of companies seem to assume that young people will view alcohol-based perks positively, but in reality, alcohol can be a turn off for many applicants," Klotz said.Klotz began examining the role of permissive workplace drinking in recruiting in part because of questions from students and recent graduates.Not everyone finds it appealing."Klotz and co-author Serge da Motta Veiga of American University conducted two studies to evaluate how permissive workplace norms affected prospective employees' perceived fit with a company and their attraction to the company.
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Five years ago, Ji Yongtao left Shenzhen – China’s coastal metropolis that recently became the country’s third-largest economic hub – and returned to his hometown, located in the far-flung northwestern Gansu province.For three decades, the boom in top-tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen has been fueled by migrant workers flooding in from the country’s poorer, rural interior.When the day ends, my work also finishes.”As a freelance marketer, He’s US$1,600 monthly salary puts her above the average US$1,230 of 37 major Chinese cities.In rural areas like Kang County, people are enjoying a rise in earnings and consumption.In 2016, mobile payments in China’s rural areas hit US$3.69 trillion, up 71 percent year-over-year, according to the People’s Bank of China.
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Security personnel operating X-ray machines at airports and other transport hubs have a hugely responsible job and need high levels of concentration as they carefully analyze the contents of each item passing through.And while most will see nothing particularly outstanding during a typical shift, there will be times when an object causes the operator to sit up and take notice.An object like … well … a human.As bags and other items passed through the machine, the operator suddenly noticed the unmistakeable shape of a person on the monitor, the BBC reported.The woman at the center of the incident had first placed her suitcase on the conveyor belt before walking through the scanner carrying her handbag.Security insisted she put her handbag on the conveyor belt, too, but clearly keen to keep hold of it, she hopped onto the belt and disappeared into the scanner.
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The Lumix ZS200 (known as the Lumix TZ200 outside the US) is the latest travel zoom compact camera from Panasonic, and one which the company hopes will continue its stranglehold on this growing market.Panasonic pretty much invented the travel zoom camera genre – that is, compact cameras that you can fit in a pocket but which have long zoom lenses built-in – with the current Lumix ZS100 (TZ100) our pick of the bunch right now.The company isn't resting on its laurels though, and has extended its range further with the Lumix ZS200 / TZ200, with the company stressing that the ZS100 / TZ100 continues in the lineup.Perhaps the biggest difference between the new Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 and the ZS100 / TZ100 is the zoom range on offer.While the ZS100 / TZ100 managed to squeeze in a 10x optical zoom with a range of 25-250mm and a maximum available aperture of f/2.8-5.9, the ZS200 / TZ200 incorporates a 15x optical zoom with a coverage of 24-360mm and a maximum aperture of f/3.3-6.4; a touch wider at the start of the zoom range then (though with a slightly narrower/slower maximum aperture), but noticeably more reach at the long end.The new lens design enables the Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 to focus down to 3cm to enable the capture of close-up macro shots.
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Aaron Traywick, the theatrical CEO of a regulation-averse biotech company called Ascendance Biomedical who recently injected himself with an untested herpes treatment on stage at a conference in Texas, is now at the centre of some major drama in the biohacking community.Multiple people who were present told me that that morning, Traywick locked the webpage manager out of the company website, changed the locks on the Florida lab space, and barricaded himself inside for several hours.Late Sunday night, some of those people associated with Ascendance gathered in an apartment in Florida to discuss the situation in a Facebook livestream.Participating in the coup was Licena; his lab partner, Justin Atkin; Andreas Stuermer, who developed the herpes treatment and had originally planned to test it on himself; and Tristan Roberts, a computer programmer who had volunteered for an earlier experiment and ran the digital side of Ascendance.Traywick, they said, had put pressure on them to cut corners on science in order to make arbitrary deadlines set up to reveal new therapies to the press.Traywick’s stage stunt in early February in Texas, in which Traywick claimed the company may have created a vaccine and cure for herpes, attracted much ire from the biohacking community.
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Facebook is changing how couples are connected on its Messenger chat app.From February 14 onward, whenever a couple declares they’re in a relationship, Facebook Messenger will open with a shower of hearts, then invite the couple to customize text color, emoji, and nickname.Your significant other will sit atop your contact list, alongside your most frequently contacted friends or family.The heart eyes emoji will be set as your custom emoji.To be clear: This isn’t a Valentine’s Day promotion.This is what each couple that says they’re in a relationship will see going forward, a company representative told VentureBeat in an email.
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It was the humanoids of the Darpa Robotics Challenge, after all, that were tasked with opening doors, and it was those machines that helped drive robots to where they are now.Today Boston Dynamics posted a video of its SpotMini quadruped robot extending an arm out of its head to turn a handle.At face value, it's a pretty incredible feat.But it's also an interesting twist in the quest to make robots that get along with a world built by and for humans.Maybe the Darpa Robotics Challenge had it wrong with humanoids after all, and the best robots for rescue operations will look nothing like humans—or any other animal, for that matter.(Though one particular humanoid, Cassie, does much better in part because it doesn't yet have an upper body to worry about yet.)
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These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.For more information, see our ethics policy.Valentine’s Day is four days away, and if you need to get a gift for someone special in your life and haven’t yet, it’s crunch time.Amazon is already a major go-to when it comes to last-minute gifts with its free two-day shipping for Prime members, but now it’s slashed prices on a number of its major devices, so you can get a present at a discount and get it quickly.If you’re feeling romantic, pick up a Fujifilm Instant Film Camera to capture your amorous evening or start a little love garden with your partner and one of our favorite gifts, the Click and Grow Smart Garden.You can take advantage of these deals until Wednesday, February 14th at 11:59PM EST.
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Nissan Titan lift kit adds 3 inches, retains warrantyWaymo v. Uber trial over trade secrets ends in settlement2019 Ram 1500 gets the Mopar treatment in ChicagoKelley Blue Book releases its list of cheapest new cars to ownUber and Waymo trial gets ubertechnical, but no smoking gunHyundai Shopper Assurance makes buying a new car suck less nationwide
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So what is the company going to do about it?The issue's been bubbling under the surface at Twitter for years.But it was brought to the forefront by The New York Times, which uncovered companies that make their money by using bots -- automated computer programs sometimes posing as real people -- to inflate how many followers celebrities, business executives and, yes, even one of Twitter's own board members actually have.A study released last year found that as much as 15 percent of active Twitter accounts were controlled by bots.The concerns about bots is just the latest black eye for Twitter, which struggles with everything from revenge porn and nonstop harassment among some users to concerns about how its service may have been used by Russian operatives in an attempt to influence the 2016 election.But the fake accounts raise larger questions about Twitter's health as a company.
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Jim Carrey is calling on people to delete their Facebook accounts and dump their stocks in the company claiming the social media giant profited from Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.The Liar, Liar star said on Tuesday (6 January) he was deleting his own account, selling his shares and asked all "other investors who care about our future to do the same"."I'm dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook profited from Russian interference in our elections and they're still not doing enough to stop it," Carrey tweeted."We must encourage more oversight by the owners of these social media platforms," Jim Carrey said in a statement to CNBC.What we need now are activist investors to send a message that responsible oversight is needed."Carrey's boycott campaign comes as Facebook faces intense scrutiny and criticism over its handling of political ads during the 2016 election.
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Pilot fish gets a trouble ticket to swap out a network switch at an office he's never been to.But he has the address and knows it's suite 211, so he's not worried about locating it."I arrive at the office complex, find the correct building and start trying doors," says fish."The first set is locked.I walk around the building to the next set.Two are locked and another one has a meeting in progress.
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