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In Western society, tattoos have long been viewed as a negative when it comes to employment potential, but a new study reveals a change in public opinion.Nearly half of millennials have at least one tattoo and companies may put themselves at a competitive disadvantage if they dismiss any applicant with ink.The study found that tattooed individuals don’t suffer financially due to the markings, and may even benefit from them.The study comes from researchers with the University of Western Australia and the University of Miami.The team surveyed more than 2,000 people across all 50 states, about half of which were from urban cities with more than 1 million people.Data collected by the researchers found that tattoos, including visible markings, due not result in employment, earnings, or wages discrimination.
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NASA is preparing to launch its Parker Solar Probe in the early hours on Saturday morning.This historic event will send the probe “to touch the Sun,” the space agency says, which anticipates setting a new “fastest spacecraft” speed record.Among other things, the spacecraft will carry a microchip with more than a million names on it.If everything goes as planned, the Parker Solar Probe will reach its first close point to the Sun this November, resulting in the first batch of data in December.The probe, which is described as the size of a small car, features a 4.5-inch thick carbon fiber and foam shield that will help protect the spacecraft from the Sun’s intense heat.Though the side facing the Sun will reach 2500F, the probe itself will be cooler at 85F, says NASA.
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Woods, which have been used for thousands of years, have received considerable attention due to the low density and high strength.The unique anisotropic cellular structure endow the woods with outstanding mechanical performances.In recent decades, various materials have been produced into monolithic materials with anisotropically cellular structures, trying to duplicate the lightweight and high-strength woods.However, the reported artificial wood-like materials suffer from unsatisfactory mechanical properties.Up to now, it is still a significant challenge to fabricate the artificial wood-like materials with the lightweight and high-strength properties.Recently, a research team led by Prof. YU Shuhong from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) demonstrate a novel strategy for large-scale fabrication of a family of bioinspired polymeric woods with similar polyphenol matrix materials, wood-like cellular microstructures, and outstanding comprehensive performance by a self-assembly and thermocuring process of traditional resins (phenolic resin and melamine resin).
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A summer student has been removed from an experiment after NASA decided that a completely accurate note mentioning President Donald Trump attached to an experiment that fell in a field in the US state of New Jersey was a “misguided attempt to be lighthearted,” a NASA spokesperson told WNBC-TV.South Brunswick police say the package, attached to a parachute, was making a hissing sound and included a note that said: “NASA Atmospheric Research Instrument NOT A BOMB!If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf.”The President really was at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, 29 miles away from where the package landed.The package was a wire-filled white styrofoam box attached to a red parachute, WNBC-TV reports, that landed in a New Jersey solar panel field on Tuesday.A bomb squad and even the Secret Service investigated the package, which turned out to be an ozone-measuring device launched as part of the “Long Island Sound Tropospheric Ozone Study.” It was one of six balloons, another of which did land near the president’s Bedminster golf course.
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Note 9 phones, Bixby smart speakers, Galaxy smartwatches, Spotify partnerships, Fortnite exclusives and even a little toss-in mention of AR.Except for one technology the company's been pushing for years.I came back to the office and mentioned it to a colleague, who just shrugged and suggested VR was dead.It's easy to think that, with slumping sales and disillusionment from some early adopters frustrated by the lack of A-list software.But affordable devices like the Oculus Go Google's Daydream View are a move in the right direction, freeing virtual reality from PCs and consoles and bringing down the price.Samsung's Gear VR headset, a $100 device that transforms many of its phones into portable virtual reality machines, was the original budget VR rig.
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Volvo's styling has been given high praise ever since it moved to its latest iteration, and it appears a man who helped capture that magic might be giving some of it to Tesla in the future.Tesla has reportedly hired Ian Kettle, a former Volvo designer responsible for the XC40 SUV, AutoExpress reports, citing sources familiar with the matter.Kettle is a British citizen who was once a student at the Royal College of Art and Coventry University.According to AutoExpress, his tenure at Volvo ended in February.Sources told AutoExpress that Kettle was hired at Tesla as a senior designer within the last few weeks.It's unclear what he's working on, but in the course of his work, Kettle will report to Franz von Holzhausen, former Mazda designer and current Tesla design director.
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Big hair, cheesy sitcoms, the best pop music ever written – the 1980s had it all.From CDs to the first properly mobile phones, the 1980s was the birthplace of many an iconic tech product and platform, so here's our look through some of the biggest and best tech of the 1980s...Do you have a brilliant idea for the next great tech innovation?Launched in the US and UK in 1980, Sony's portable cassette player was simply the must-have gadget of the decade, allowing you to take your favorite tunes with you wherever you went.It can arguably be seen as the progenitor of the iPod and every other mobile music player that came after it.If you didn't have a Walkman to play your cassettes, there was always the new breakthrough technolgoy of CDs to keep you entertained.
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President Donald Trump's administration hopes to create a sixth division of the military called the Space Force.Mark Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, tweeted in June that it's "a dumb idea."President Donald Trump and his administration are angling to create a Space Force, a sixth branch of the military that sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie.On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence set a deadline for its creation: "Our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by the year 2020," Pence announced.But retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly — a former Navy pilot, combat veteran, four-time space-flyer, and the identical twin brother of the former astronaut Scott Kelly — doesn't support the plan, and some members of Congress have also voiced their distaste for the idea."There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the US Air Force today," he said during an MSNBC interview, according to Reuters.
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At he end of last month it was revealed Poundworld would be closing down all of its remaining stores, after failing to secure a buyer following financial woes and a descent into administration.But it looks like the company is set to be saved after all, with Irish retail family the Hendersons stepping in to buy out the UK's best performing Poundworld stores.The buyout is notable because the Hendersons were responsible for opening Ireland's first Poundworld store in 1984.It was eventually renamed Euroworld (for obvious reasons) and sold on back in 2007.Now it's been confirmed that the Poundworld UK administrators have accepted an offer to buyout the remaining stores.Those stores are still set to close for good later today, but some will begin to reopen once the buyout has been finalised - which could be as early as next week.
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Strange things indeed happen in Californian courtsA former VMware veep who claimed tens of millions of dollars from the virtualization company over whistleblower victimisation has lost his legal attempt (PDF) to throw out a $1.5m arbitration award made in his favour.Dane Smith, a one-time vice president of the Americas at VMware, blew the whistle some years ago on a secret agreement between VMware and Carahsoft that would have overcharged the US government by $75m for its sweet virtualization goodness.Smith then said VMware retaliated and forced him into arbitration.After two years in arbitration mediated by for-profit company JAMS, during which he won $1.57m – comprised of around $300,000 in damages and the rest being made up of legal fees, costs and interest – Smith popped up again in July in the public US courts trying to have his arbitration award thrown out and the case reheard by a proper court.His lawyer – Patricia Gillette – left halfway through his arbitration case to join JAMS to work in the same office as the arbitration judge hearing his case, William Cahill.
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Shenzhen has become the pilot city for launching blockchain electronic invoices or fapiao nationwide.The new system which uses China’s “everything app” WeChat was created by Tencent, the Shenzhen Water Authority, and the software company Kingdee.A fapiao is a legal receipt that serves as proof of purchase for goods and services.The larger fapiao invoice system, however, is an essential component of China’s tax law, and compliance for businesses, according to Dezan Shira and Associates law firm.Employees frequently submit invoices to their companies to get reimbursements.As with most things related to tax, the fapiao system is regularly exploited.
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PasarPolis secures partnerships and funding from three Indonesian unicorns (Indonesia).The insurtech company said Go-Jek, Traveloka, and Tokopedia have invested in its series A round, but it didn’t reveal the amount.Founded in 2015, PasarPolis’ platform allows users to compare and purchase insurance policies.Regulator accepts Grab-Uber deal but with conditions (The Philippines).Among the conditions that the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) handed out to Grab was how the ride-hailing firm shouldn’t impose prices that can be considered an “extraordinary deviation” from the minimum allowed fare.The PCC warned that Grab will be slapped with a fine if it violates the conditions.
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Cinemas and film companies have done lots of things to try and make a trip to the local multiplex more exciting, including large IMAX screens, 3D films, and so on.Now the Cineworld at Greenwich's O2 has a new gimmick, and it involves three cinema screens that are designed to expand the field of view and offer a more immersive experience.ScreenX, as its called, was founded in South Korea back in 2015 and has added its triple-wall screen to 139 cinemas across the world.But none of them have ever been installed in the UK until now, and Cineworld has exclusive rights to add the tech to 100 UK cinemas and a few select locations in the US.The idea is that the main screen shows the same footage you'd see at any other cinema, while combining with special shot footage on either side to offer a 270-degree view of what's going on.Apparently this extra footage isn't essential, but is instead designed to fill up your peripheral vision with supplementary content.
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The pregnancy advice site illegally sold the personal data of one million people to the Labour Party for use in the 2017 General ElectionEmma’s Diary, a pregnancy advice website operated by Lifecycle Marketing (Mother and Baby) Ltd, has been fined £140,000 as part of a crackdown by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the improper use of personal data for political purposes.Lifecycle Marketing illegally collected information on more than one million people and sold it to Experian Marketing Services, specifically for use by the Labour Party ahead of the 2017 General Election, the ICO said.Experian then created a database that Labour used to profile new mothers and target those living in marginal seats with direct mail.The ICO found the site’s privacy policy did not disclose that data would be used for political marketing of given to political parties, in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.The law requires firms to obtain consent before selling data to political parties.
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While there’s still no universally accepted definition for light pollution, John Barentine, director of public policy at the International Dark Association (IDA), calls it the “unintended, usually negative, consequence of the use of artificial light at night.” Stray light that’s reflected off the ground or sent directly upwards from fixtures that aren’t properly shielded brightens the night sky, obscuring our view of the stars.The IDA, an organisation that grants distinctions to communities that adhere to guidelines that preserve the night sky, got its start in the 1980s after two astronomers grew concerned about how artificial light was encroaching on their stellar views.The movement has been growing ever since.Now, the IDA leads dark sky advocacy efforts worldwide, advising communities on the policies needed to acquire a dark sky distinction.Dark sky communities—one of only two IDA distinctions that focus on places people actually live—are cities and towns that adopt responsible lighting policies to keep light pollution to a minimum.Barentine, who acts as the IDA’s main liaison to communities seeking a dark sky distinction, says there’s been a definite uptick in inquiries about IDA’s Dark Sky Place program in recent years.
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Join the Mobile Infantry and save the Galaxy.Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, on Thursday formally announced that his administration hopes to bankroll, no, not universal healthcare for all Americans.Not better support for armed forces veterans.In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence said the proposed organization would be the sixth branch of the armed forces, sitting alongside the Army, Navy, Air Force, and so on.The first American satellites to orbit the Earth were on reconnaissance missions behind the Iron Curtain.The first Americans to step forward and venture into the unknown were the world’s greatest aviators and test pilots from the Navy, Air Force and the Marines.”
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Singapore-based Golden Gate Ventures is setting up a US$10 million fund to invest in blockchain and cryptocurrency startups.It claims to be the first traditional VC in Southeast Asia to launch such a fund.Called LuneX Ventures, the fund will be a partnership between Golden Gate and its former head of growth, Kenrick Drijkoningen.Drijkoningen will take on the role of founding partner.The fund will look to “invest exclusively in high-growth blockchain companies and cryptocurrency assets” worldwide that are “building out services to grow the new crypto ecosystem.”It will watch out for companies and entrepreneurs who are able to “bring the industry to the next level.”
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Sony is to release a specially designed PS4 as a thank-you to PlayStation fans for helping the platform surpass 525.3 million unit sales worldwide.The PlayStation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition is due to release on August 24 and will be available for £449.99 ($499.99) - other pricing TBC.The special design sees the classic black PS4 traded for a deep blue translucent console with copper PS4 logos, with the unit’s individual number (1 to 50,000) inscribed on the front.Only 50,000 of the limited-edition consoles will be made available – so you’ll want to move fast.Special design PlayStation 4 Pro system (HDD 2TB)Special design wireless dualshock controller
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Our Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330 Beauty Queen.Benjamin Zhang/Business InsiderVirgin Atlantic Airways is the crown jewel of Sir Richard Branson's aviation portfolio.Even though several airlines around the world have worn Virgin Group livery including Virgin Australia and the soon to disappear Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic has always been Sir Richard's baby.After all, the billionaire sold his once prized Virgin Records in 1992 to keep the airline afloat.In late 2012, Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways' parent company IAG, bet Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson that his airline would be out of business within five years.However, the crown jewel of Sir Richard Branson's aviation portfolio is certainly influential.
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We’ve all tried it, but very few of us are actually good at beatboxing – and handily for those of us who are less talented than the likes of Beardyman, you can now use the Neural Beatboxer to do all the hard work for you.Thanks to Nao Tokui, CEO of music and AI startup Qosmo, anyone with access to Google Chrome can try their hand at laying down some sick beats.His new neural network-powered software collects snippets of audio to produce a custom drum kit, automatically sequencing them to create a beat.All you have to do is record a short sound into the Neural Beatboxer – this can be anything from a clap, to a your own voice, or even flicking a plastic bottle as Tokui does in his demonstration video.You can record directly into your computer’s inbuilt microphone, although audiophiles will probably want to use an external microphone for a cleaner sound.Each snippet of audio is assigned to a different part of the drum kit, with the neural network analyzing the frequencies and deciding which part of the kit the audio should represent.
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