Donald Ellison

Donald Ellison

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On June 25, 2016 at 6pm ET (2pm GMT), a flash of visible light appeared in the sky that, depending on your location, could have been visible with binoculars.It wasn’t a plane or a star: it was a gamma ray burst, one of the most violent explosions in the universe, from a source 9 billion light years away, possibly a black hole.And you’re afraid of explosions here on Earth?Image: Snapshot of burst via S.Karpov, G.Beskin (SAO RAS and Kazan Federal University, Russia), S.Bondar, E.Ivanov, E.Katkova, N.Orekhova, A.Perkov (OJS RPC PSI, Russia), A.Biryukov (SAI MSU and Kazan Federal University, Russia), V.Sasyuk (Kazan Federal University, Russia)This gamma ray burst, named GRB 160625B, was special.The telescope watched the light show happen live and evolve over time.
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Hallituskriisi kärjistyi keskiviikkona, kun Ruotsin porvarioppositio vaatii kolmen hallituksen avainministerin eroa.Ruotsin kuljetushallituksen Transportstyrelsenin tietovuotoskandaali roihahti hallituskriisiksi Ruotsissa keskiviikkona, keskellä heinäkuun kesälomakautta.Ruotsin porvarioppositio vaati aamun tiedotustilaisuudessaan epäluottamusäänestystä kolmea hallituksen sosiaalidemokraattiministeriä vastaan.Porvareiden mukaan sisäministeri Anders Ygemanin, puolustusministeri Peter Hultqvistin ja infrastruktuuriministeri Anna Johanssonin tulisi jättää hallitus.Heidän mukaansa ministerit olivat laiminlyöneet velvollisuutensa vakavassa, Ruotsin turvallisuutta koskevassa asiassa.Hallitus joutui ahtaalle, koska sillä olisi epäluottamusäänestyksessä vähemmistö valtiopäivillä.
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David Allen is a 71-year-old productivity consultant and the author of the 2001 book "Getting Things Done."Allen told Schiller he'd "agonized for at least 30 years" over what to do with his life — and this paralysis might have continued had he not gotten a wake-up call from a conversation with a close friend.The friend asked Allen what experience becoming the US president would give him; Allen said he would get the "opportunity to have people's attention so that I could communicate what I thought was valuable."Everyone should be asking themselves a version of this question, Allen told Schiller: "Have as big a fantasy as you can.Say, 'If I were going to start to move on that right now, what would that look like?'As for Allen, when his friend asked him what he could do right now to make progress toward his goals, "a lightbulb went off.
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It looks like Facebook might enter the smart speaker market.According to a report by DigiTimes, the company is working on a connected speaker with a 15-inch display that will be released in the first quarter of 2018.The device is said to be being made by Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Pegatron, which has already kicked off a small pilot production at its plants in China, says DigiTimes.Facebook’s smart speaker would go head to head with other devices in the market, such as the Google Home and the Amazon Echo Show.While the Echo is powered by Alexa, and the Home by Google Assitant, the Facebook speaker reportedly won’t have a digital assistant on board.This, of course, means that its functionality could be somewhat limited.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2017 -- Placing a magnet on your refrigerator might hold up your calendar, but researchers from India's Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics found that placing one outside a plasma chamber causes a localized, fireball-like structure.This work may help understand plasma dynamics under these north-south, or dipolar, magnetic fields.They present their results this week in the journal Physics of Plasmas, from AIP Publishing.When subjected to the magnetic dipole field produced by a bar magnet, the researchers found that a localized glow appeared near the cathode surface.According to their paper, this localization is due to enhancement of the degree of ionization because of electron confinement in the magnetic field near the negatively charged cathode surface.Traditionally, work in this field is conducted by keeping a permanent magnet inside a plasma chamber -- this means there is no way to vary field strength or field line structure.
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And that’s months after patches released and warning emails sent – sort it out!If you're running the caching service Memcached, and particularly if you're exposing it to the public internet for some reason, please make sure you've patched it.Tens of thousands of vulnerable systems haven't.Back in October, researchers at Cisco’s Talos security team found three major security vulnerabilities that would allow hackers easy access to running installations of version 1.4.31 of Memcached and earlier, with a critical flaw in the binary protocol and Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL) code.The holes were fixed, and users including big names like Facebook and Reddit were advised to get patching.But from scans of the public internet, it seems that some people weren't listening very hard.
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Keep your summer body slim and fit with a scale that guarantees accurate readings every time, such as this Asakuki 2017 Bluetooth Body Fat Scale, which is currently marked down to just $31 on Amazon.The smart scale acts as your family health guardian as it allows you to monitor the health of you and your loved ones.The Bluetooth scale is a sophisticated machine that’s designed to calculate a great variety of metrics related to your fitness and health.Measure and keep track of your visceral fat, muscle mass, body water percentage, basal metabolic rate (BMR), bone mass, and body mass index (BMI).The scale provides precise measurements using 24 military-level, high-frequency electronic control units that are set with a scientific smart algorithm, making it perfect for those on a targeted weight-loss plan, for professional athletes, or anyone looking to stay on top of their health.Like many of the best bathroom scales, this model has step-on technology, which means it’s automatically calibrated and doesn’t require tapping to power on.
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When or if they ever get around to stumping up the billions needed to shore up the Palace of Westminster, celebrated architect Sir Norman Foster has an idea about what to do with all the MPS.He suggests decanting the lot to a temporary glass dome built just down the road on Horse Guards Parade.Sir Foster says his glass and steel dome could be prefabricated away from the site then plonked in in one piece, with the internals built to a high standard and replicating the fit and feel of the current parliamentary buildings.Obviously this is just an idea Foster's had as no one's decided what to do with government with the buildings are eventually decanted for repair, with the architect explaining: "You could re-create the existing Commons and Lords down to the cracks in the leather.Think of it as a building within a building.By prefabricating everything, you could achieve this in a one-year programme."
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Microsoft's Windows Paint tool now has a shaky future, so following the Fall Creators Update, get your time in with it, as its days may be numbered.Microsoft’s upcoming Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 will signal the end of life for a number of traditional tools, including Outlook Express, Reader App, and Reading List.Beyond that reasonably small selection though, Microsoft will also reduce support for a number of other features, including Microsoft Paint, leaving the door open to shuttering them for good in the future.The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is designed to further bring together Microsoft’s various platforms under one roof, and add improved support for augmented and mixed reality applications.However, Microsoft is also taking the opportunity to trim some of its legacy fat, by bringing together certain features in new software and ending the life of those that are no longer needed.In the case of the Reader app and Reading List, their functionality will be bundled into Microsoft Edge.
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There are hordes of supernatural beings on TV at the moment, but the creators of Syfy’s Ghost Wars think their 13-episode show will offer scares that stay with you after you’ve switched off the set (or powered down your device).Stars Vincent D’Onofrio (Father Dan Carpenter), Meat Loaf (Doug Rennie), Avan Jogia (Roman Mercer), Kandyse McClure (Landis Barker), as well as showrunner Simon Barry, writer and executive producer Dennis Heaton, and executive producers Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev spoke with press at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 to explain what’s going down in small-town Alaska.The coastal town of Ports Moore, Alaska hasn’t always been haunted, but its residents are used to being cut off from the rest of the world, thanks to the remote location and harsh winters.Roman Mercer comes into town and is immediately viewed with suspicion.“No one likes me,” said Jogia.“I kind of inhabit this place as an outsider.” But the townsfolk are quick to seek his help — and his powers of communicating and repelling the ghosts — when the dead come calling (and the visits are far from friendly).
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Higinbotham was inspired by the government research institution’s Donner Model 30 analog computer, which could simulate trajectories with wind resistance, and the game was designed for display at an annual public exhibition.Although his purpose in creating the game was rather academic, Tennis for Two turned out to be a hit at the three-day exhibition, with thousands of students lining up to see the game.Each generation of gamers has seen new titles created at various research institutions in order to explore programming, human-computer interaction, and algorithms.Lesser-known chapters of history reveal these two worlds are not as far apart as you might think.With the release of Space Invaders in 1978 and the introduction of vector display technology a year later, a golden age of arcade video games began, one that would reach its peak with the release of Pac-Man in 1980.In the 1990s, as advanced video game consoles entered the homes of hundreds of millions of people worldwide, the breach between the scientific/academic world and the video game industry appeared to be deeper than ever before, and possibly permanent.
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This USB 3.0 adapter from Inateck can interface with up to three drives simultaneously.It is compatible with 2.5"/3.5" IDE/SATA hard drives and 5.25" IDE/SATA CD/DVD drives, and features a one-touch backup function.Use it to read an old internal drive from a crashed computer, or to use an internal drive similar to an external backup drive.You might find a lot of uses for this one.The typical list price of $47.99 has been reduced on Amazon 40% right now to $28.99.See this deal on Amazon.
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Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 6,200 total votes, an overwhelming 72.6% of our readers think that Android O will be called Oreo, while the second most popular name with just 13.1% is Oatmeal Cookie.Just 5.4% of our readers voted for Orange Sherbet, and just 2.1% said Android O will be called Orange Julius.Playing smartphone games is something we all do from time to time.Whether you’re wasting time on a commute to work, trying to relax after you get home for the night, or playing during your lunch break, mobile gaming can be a great way to distract yourself every once in awhile.And if you aren’t a huge fan of mobile gaming, now is as good a time as any to start playing.Whether you’re looking for an RPG, adventure title, or even a simple card game, there’s bound to be something out there that will suit your needs.
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But in a universe that large — and given the Milky Way Galaxy itself is so expansive — why haven’t aliens contacted us?But Fermi began to wonder, if that’s true then where is everyone?We’re on the cusp of interstellar space travel, and likely will send our first interstellar probes within the next few decades.That’s less than a century after mankind first sent a human being into space.Even so, and using physics as an excuse for limiting speed of any alien spacecraft, it just doesn’t make sense.Let’s shift gears to understand further why the Fermi Paradox gives astrophysicists fits.
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Do you deliberately avoid visiting friends who live in multi-story buildings without a lift?No one would fault you—having to climb even just a single flight of stairs is like being forced to workout against your will.But thanks to engineers at Georgia Tech and Emory University, stairs might one day do all the hard work for you.In a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, that team details their energy-recycling stairs, which store energy when you descend, and then release it to make the ascent easier on the way back up.You probably don’t stop to think about it while you race down a flight of stairs, but your body expends a considerable amount of energy in the process to prevent you from falling.It’s usually wasted energy, but these energy-recycling stairs take advantage of those forces using a spring-loaded mechanism that compresses each step and locks it down as you descend.
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Are you the person who just can’t fall asleep until you check all the social networks and favourite websites?Have you ever considered about the eyes’ condition after being exposed to phone screen for a long time?The blue light emitted by the screen can cause great damage to eyes and more and more phone makers are trying to solve it somehow.Just like Bluboo with their latest Bluboo S1 model.For all the presale orders on Gearbest they are adding a free Anti blue light tempered glass worth $10 for free so your eyes are safe and sound.And you can check the following video for more information about the blue light protection and even the easy application of the protecting glass to the screen.
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Samsung’s really hoping that the third time is going to be the charm for the Galaxy Note 7.It’s rolled out a slightly revamped version of the Note 7, called the Note 7 FE (that’s fan edition, not a shortening of covfefe), in South Korea.From the outside, the Note 7 FE looks identical to the Note 7, so we’re going to have to go digging inside to see where Samsung’s spent all its time and money.Luckily, that’s exactly what the folks at iFixit have done, and we can all go along for the ride.The big difference, as you’d absolutely expect, is the battery.The original Note 7’s specially-exploding battery had a capacity of 13.48Wh, and the new one is 12.32Wh, nearly 10% less.
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Even though it may seem like smartwatches could be on the way out, Louis Vuitton has decided to try its hand at the segment.Today the French designer house announced a new line of Android Wear-powered smartwatches.The Tambour Horizon line, as its being called, certainly looks impressive, but as with everything else to come out of Louis Vuitton, expect to pay quite a bit of money to own one.In fact, you can count on paying multiple thousands of dollars to add one of these to your collection.Of course, the upside to that beefy price tag is that these watches look much better than a lot of other Android-based watches, offering that “luxury watch” look with all the functionality of a smartwatch.As with all other smartwatches, the ability to install and use apps is the main attraction here (or at least it’s second to design).
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Because any trip to see a Soviet shuttle is worth it as long as no one’s wearing handcuffs at the end.A group of YouTubers going by the name Exploring the Unbeaten Path travelled to the middle of nowhere to get a look at some space shuttles from the suspended Soviet-era Buran programme.Located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome spaceport in Kazakhstan, the hanger that the group would have to infiltrate is abandoned but the base is still active.The world’s first and largest space launch facility, Baikonur is leased by the Russian government and all crewed Russian missions still launch from there.Commercial and military missions are also staged at the spaceport, and soldiers patrol the area.Although the explorers have numerous scares, they manage to get into the facility and spend a lot of time.
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The 2017 BMW X5 40e iPerformance is something of an eco-terrorist, a two-ton electrified conundrum that does its best to convince you it’s on Team Gaia all while barely being able to conceal its hardcore Jones for sweet black crude.With that figure weighing on your mind, you might be concerned by the fact that its hybrid drivetrain makes use of an admittedly-tiny 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, matched with a single electric motor.On its own the turbo four is good for 240 horses, while the electric motor provides another 111 ponies.All-wheel drive is also standard with every PHEV X5.Remarkably Comfortable, Yet Surprisingly Nimble To DriveSo often with a large, heavy vehicle, the suspension settings required to satisfy the expectation of sharp handling also deliver ride quality like a cement mixer filled with ice cubes.
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