Charles Houston

Charles Houston

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A group of scientists has for the first time located a source of high-energy neutrinos.Neutrinos are elementary particles that can travel billions of light years across the universe and can pass through stars, planets, and galaxies without being affected.The search for the location of a single neutrino began when it was recorded by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole.That detection was made on September 22, 2017, and using telescopes on Earth and in space, the scientists were able to determine that the particle had originated in a galaxy that is nearly four billion light years from Earth in the Orion constellation.In that galaxy resides a gigantic black hole that is a natural particle accelerator.The team says that this observation campaign is a step in solving something scientists have puzzled over for decades- the origins of cosmic rays.
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On occasion, I'll be wearing earphones, in which case the smartphone remains in my pocket, my lap, my left hand or wherever while I let the mic dangling against my jaw collect the vocal vibrations.This means it is less likely to pick up the thoughtful words you are saying than the verbal bollox of the moron sitting next to you.Apparently, whenever you want to talk, all you do is swivel the phone round like this:I guess I'm just old school when it comes to telephones.I was raised by analogue wolves in the Neobakelite era in which a telephone was a heavy plastic club attached to a big box by a spiralled cable that would mysteriously and spontaneously twist itself into Gordian knots between calls.The mic doesn't have to be pointing at your mouth, it just needs to be anywhere alongside your cheek.
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Our ancient human relatives got around more than scientists previously thought.Researchers in China excavated stone tools that were likely made by our human ancestors some 2.12 million years ago — the earliest evidence ever discovered of the human lineage outside of Africa."It suggests a way earlier migration out of Africa than we ever would have imagined," said Michael Petraglia, a paleoanthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, who was not involved with the study.Archaeologists from China and the United Kingdom discovered dozens of quartz and quartzite stones at Shangchen, China, on the Loess Plateau, named for the yellowish-gray sediment (called loess) that dominates the landscape.The site is geologically unique in that it contains several layers of loess: a fine, windblown sediment stacked in layers dating from 1.26 million to 2.12 million years ago in the area where the artifacts were found.[See Photos of Our Closest Human Ancestor]
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Twitter is ready to squeeze a lot more money out of its trending topics.After minimizing its mediocre Moments feature and burying it inside the renamed Explore tab, Twitter is now starting to test Promoted Trend Spotlight ads.These put a big visual banner equipped with a GIF or image background atop Explore for the first two times you visit that day before settling back into the Trends list, with the first batch coming from Disney in the US.These powerful new ad units demote organic content in Explore, which could make it less useful for getting a grip on what’s up in the world at a glance.But they could earn Twitter strong revenue by being much more eye-catching than the traditional Timeline ads that people often skip past.That could further fuel Twitter’s turnaround after it soundly beat revenue estimates in Q1 with $665 million.
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Its value proposition—to use the Silicon Valley parlance—is a bit diluted.Sure, you can buy your own groceries and make stuff with the Brava, but the company will try to convince you its produce options are superior.Most famously, Peloton sells pricey exercise equipment—$2,000 for its stationary bike, $4,000 for its new treadmill—that you use while livestreaming workout classes through its $39-a-month subscription service.That makes a lot of sense when you consider that Brava CEO John Pleasants is the brother-in-law of John Foley, the CEO of Peloton, which has taken the fitness world by storm.As Pleasants and chief technology officer Thomas Cheng tell it, their co-founder Dan Yue was enjoying a holiday meal with his family when he noticed that his mother, who was prepping the food, wasn't really an active participant in the dinner.(Yue wasn't there the day I visited Brava's office, so I didn't hear this story from him firsthand.)
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The Department of State has at least one Game of Thrones fan, as seen in its sample DS-160 forms.The paperwork -- for nonimmigrant visas granted to temporary US visitors -- uses the name "John Snow" for a man coming to the country from Afghanistan.It seems that a government official has high hopes for the questionable relationship we saw blossoming in the final episode of the HBO show's seventh season.They'll be able to find out how things go between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow when Game of Thrones' eighth and final season begins in 2019.Last month, actress Emilia Clarke revealed that she'd filmed her final scenes as Mother of Dragons Daenerys with an Instagram post.She didn't hint at how things are going to go between her character and Jon, or whether the pair planned a trip to America.
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Environmentally friendly building trends have boosted the popularity of window coatings that keep heating and cooling costs down by blocking out unneeded parts of sunlight.They have also inspired scientists and engineers to create thin, see-through solar cells to turn windows into miniature electricity generators.Researchers in China have gone a step further and combined these two functions into one window-compatible material that could double the energy efficiency of an average household."Instead, we can make organic photovoltaics into semi-transparent, lightweight, and colorful films that are perfect for turning windows into electricity generators and heat insulators."To construct a prototype capable of simultaneously outputting electricity and preventing excessive heating, the researchers--who were additionally led by Fei Huang, also a South China University of Technology materials science professor--needed to perform a three-way balancing act between harvesting light for electricity generation, blocking it for heat insulation, and transmitting it as a window normally would.Mixing and matching from among materials and chemical compounds previously proposed for these different purposes, they put together a device that let the familiar visible portions of sunlight through, turned back the infrared light (a major heating culprit), and converted the near-infrared region in-between into an electric current.
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Examining the treatment potential of cardiac cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) may lead to dramatically altering the care of cardiac disease and heart injuries, thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health.The focus of a three-year, $567,000 Trailblazer Award grant from NIH's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, this research has the potential to open up new avenues for heart disease treatment."Because human pluripotent stem cells have unlimited proliferation capacity, we can make unlimited amounts of cardiac cells in the lab for therapy," said Xiaojun Lance Lian, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and biology, the recipient of the grant and principal investigator."Current treatments rely on the donation of human hearts which is, as many know, very limited.Many heart attack patients are on the waiting list for a heart for transplantation."Transplanting stem cell-derived cardiac cells to treat heart disease patients would cut down on the need for heart donors.
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Having grown up in Tucson, Arizona, one of the sunniest cities in the world, I consider myself well-versed in the carcinogenic threat of UV exposure, the skin-sparing sanctity of shade, and the redeeming qualities of the sartorial atrocity that is the broad-brimmed hat.To protect your genetic code from the structural harm that can lead to skin cancer is one thing—to actively correct that harm is another challenge entirely."And rubbing them into the skin, which is a multi-layered organ, doesn't necessarily ensure they're getting into cells.In actuality, they’re DNA-repairing enzymes that sniff out and repair genetic damage caused by exposure to UV light—damage which, when it accumulates, can lead to skin cancers.Take photolyases: They’re activated by light from visible wavelengths through a process called photoreactivation.Almost all organisms on Earth do, from animals and plants to bacteria and fungi, but at some point in their history, placental mammals like us stopped producing enzymes that heal DNA with light.
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The books are full of photography tips, some essential, others downright constrictive.Most pros like to assemble a field kit that includes some basic supplies and accessories that they always bring with them on location.But there’s more to photography gear than a good camera and a lens.It can be used to hold backdrops in place, modify lights, hold flash gels, and attach lights to small props, just to name a few.“One of my most consistent uses [for Gaffer’s tape] is to cover the switches on my lenses,” says Adrian Henson, who photographs everything from senior portraits to commercial work.I cover these with a small piece of gaffer’s tape so that they can’t inadvertently be switched away from your desired setting.
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As the name implies, Spotify Lite is a “lighter” version of the regular Spotify app that removes a few key features and minimizes app size.Spotify Lite is available in certain countries, though you can download and install an APK.Spotify is not the only service to offer a “Lite” version of its app, though the intent is the same: to offer a lighter app that targets low-end smartphones with slow internet connections.Spotify Lite certainly checks off those boxes, but makes some significant compromises along the way.As on the regular Spotify app, Spotify Lite greets you with a list of playlists and recently-played music when you open the app.That is where the similarities end, however.
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The Drum spoke with founder, Josie McNaughton on her time at the festival and some of the movement's achievements to date.It shows the journey that people are still going on – the journey of two unaccompanied children.And so how do you think the advertising industry can help you in your mission?We don’t even know what the opportunities might be.And what sort of response have to had from the industry so far?Everyone has been so nice, inspired and people really want to do something to help.
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When Nano Server or Server Core are too small, 'windows' will be in the Goldilocks zoneMicrosoft’s released a new version of Windows called “windows” that ships as a container image.Why does the world need a new Windows?Because Microsoft’s chats with developers have taught it that they want something with more functionality than either Nano Server or Windows Server Core.Microsoft’s Lars Iwer, a program manager for Hyper-V, explained, “Quite a few customers were interested in moving their legacy applications into containers to benefit from container orchestration and management technologies like Kubernetes.”“However, not all applications could be easily containerized, in some cases due to missing components like proofing support which is not included in Windows Server Core.”
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Get ready to feel the need for speed all over again.After years of rumors, Top Gun 2 — which may or may not be titled Top Gun: Maverick — is officially hitting theaters in July 2019, and Tom Cruise isn’t the only person returning for the sequel.With the film scheduled to hit theaters July 12, 2019, here’s everything we know about the Top Gun sequel so far.Release date: July 12, 2019Cast: Tom Cruise, Val KilmerThe film brings back original Top Gun star Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, the hotshot pilot character that helped make Cruise a superstar.
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In general, there are three types of digital cameras: compact/point-and-shoot, mirrorless interchangeable lens, and digital SLRs (DSLRs).The good news: Everything falls more easily into place once this key question is answered, as it narrows down your choices quite a bit.Point-and-shoot cameras run the gamut: they can be compact shooters that are affordable, simple to use, and pocket-size portable, or more robust pro models with longer zooms, better sensors, or full manual exposure controls.While megazooms and advanced compacts can capture what a smartphone can’t, another category focuses on going where smartphones can’t (and yes, they do tend to have additional features and better images too).You’re probably aware point-and-shoots’ popularity has waned considerably.Early mirrorless cameras were marred by slow performance, but they’ve since caught up to rival DSLRs in most aspects.
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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is expected to soon launch its latest phablet, dubbed called Mi Max 3.The device is expected to be launched in two variants – the standard Mi Max 3 and the premium Mi Max 3 Pro.Earlier, the Mi Max 3 was spotted in a TENAA listing and now, the Mi Max 3 Pro has been spotted on Xiaomi’s website, revealing the major specifications of the device.The listing has been removed now but the specifications of the Mi Max 3 Pro are out.Like the name suggests, the Mi Max 3 Pro will be the premium variant of the Mi Max 3 and it will be powered by the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.The Mi Max 3 on the other hand is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with 4GB / 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
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Uber has about 95,000 monthly active drivers in Saudi Arabia.And right now, only one is a woman.Uber (as well as Middle East ride-hailing rival Careem) is launching programs aimed at leveraging the sweeping cultural and economic changes afoot in the country.It’s one of many changes spearheaded by the kingdom’s heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has encouraged reforms in Saudi Arabia in an effort to diversify the country’s economy.Uber has spent months preparing for this moment, conducting research on the country’s demographics and developing an approach that will add to its driver ranks without veering too far from cultural norms there.The pilot feature won’t guarantee that the female driver will get a female rider.
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We know Huawei was the first to start the model of ‘cross-border cooperation between smartphone manufacturers and high-end brands.’ In cooperation with Leica and Porsche, it received a very good response, and it caused great repercussions in the industry.As for now, Huawei’s first model has become the example of how the smartphone brands should promote themselves via high-end auto brands.As you guess, we are talking about the Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design, which is a high-end smartphone with a thematic look and top-end features.We know that just last week, at the OPPO press conference in France, the company announced an identical smartphone dubbed the OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition.These two cases made many smartphone fans think the next will be Xiaomi.They even published a rendering and predicted what a high-end car brand the Chinese Apple will cooperate with.
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After a long absence, the NES Classic Edition is hitting shelves again later this week.For those who missed out on it the first time around, this is your chance to get one without paying double or even triple its sticker price to resellers.You’re going to have to act quickly if you want to buy one, but thankfully, some retailers like GameStop and Best Buy have detailed their restock plans ahead of time.Both GameStop and Best Buy will have the NES Classic in stock once more beginning on June 29.Speaking to GameSpot in a statement, GameStop said that each store will have at least 10 units to sell, but noted that some stores might have more than others.You’ll be able to pick it up for its normal retail price of $60, but they’ll be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so consider lining up before your local store opens to improve your chances of getting one.
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This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS.Unlike developer betas, everyone can download it without a $99 developer account.But don’t forget it’s a beta.The company still plans to release the final version of iOS 12.0 this fall (usually September).But Apple is going to release betas every few weeks over the summer.It’s a good way to fix as many bugs as possible and gather data from a large group of users.
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