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Hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts are checking in to form the letters “BP” with their GPS coordinates.Like Paxton’s character in the 1996 blockbuster Twister, storm chasers grabbed their gear and hit the road to mark the coordinates that would draw out an epic tribute to the prolific actor.Coordinating through Facebook groups, the mourners placed their Spotter Network markers in apps like RadarScope Pro.It was a small thank you to the actor who considerably raised the national profile of storm chasers when he played one in Twister.While Paxton had spent years playing supporting characters in films like Apollo 13, Near Dark and Aliens, it was Twister that made him a household name.Just before his death, Paxton was set to reprise his role as Master Sergeant Farell in an upcoming sequel to Edge of Tomorrow.
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Investing in a back-up planet might be a good idea, given what’s been happening on Earth lately.The biggest surprise is that three or four of these planets are in the Goldilocks Zone – not too far from the star, not too close, not too big for a planet, not too small – a sweet spot where liquid water is stable on the right-sized planet with an atmosphere on which life could develop or survive if transplanted.Over the years, many ideas have emerged to do that, mostly from nuclear fusion, like the Bussard Ramjet of Niven’s series that is powered by collecting interstellar hydrogen to fuse.TRAPPIST-1 is a small M-type ultracool dwarf star that has a mass, luminosity and radius about a tenth those of our Sun.It has a surface temperature of 2,550 K (4,130 F) and is young, not much over 500 million years.Our Sun is G-type yellow star with a surface temperature of 5,778 K (9,941 F) that formed 4.5 billion years ago.
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I have an interview on Wednesday for a digital marketing internship position (fixed term until September) with a professional sports team (NHL) in my city (a Canadian one so the team is very popular and well known).Experience would probably be fantastic, only issue is the compensation.Basically they are offering minimum wage.It would be a $4 per hour pay cut for me from my current job.Now I know since I'm a student I shouldn't be expecting a high compensation but I was hoping you more experienced guys could give some advice on how to proceed here.
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As water is essential for life and currency is needed to get it, why isn't sufficient currency available so everyone can meet this very basic need?originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.Water is essential to life on earth, yet some places get left out of the natural flow of water.In an exactly analogous way, the productivity cycle of free enterprise starts a natural flow of money that steadily increases the ability of everyone to meet not only their basic needs but more.How does the fact that someone is selling products or a service improve standards of living for others?Because to bring the product or service into being, workers had to be hired, equipment leased, raw materials bought and on, and on.
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Zalora, the Rocket Internet-backed online fashion store, is continuing its retreat from Asia.The firm sold off its businesses in Vietnam and Thailand last year, and now it is withdrawing from the Philippines and Indonesia.Yesterday it transpired that Zalora sold 49 percent of its Philippines-based operations to local real estate firm Ayala, as E27 reported, but it is in the process of closing a similar deal in Indonesia.Zalora is in negotiations with retail group MAP with a view to a controlling investment or acquisition, a source with knowledge of discussions told TechCrunch.MAP operates close to 2,000 retail outlets in Indonesia, including departure stores, fashion outlets and more in partnership with global firms like Zara and Marks and Spencer.MAP is listed on the Indonesian stock exchange and has over 22,000 staff.
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The continued bleeding will likely put more pressure on parent The Wharf Holdings to speed up its divestment of i-Cable, after its Wharf T subsidiary was sold last year.There may still be interest in i-Cable because it has content on its books, just like TVB, Alfred Lau, an analyst at Bocom International, told the South China Morning Post.The pay-television business of i-Cable is run by subsidiary Hong Kong Cable Television, which produces more than 10,000 hours of programming each year.Net losses for i-Cable widened to HK$313 million last year, from HK$233 million in 2015, on the back of a weak advertising market and harsh competition in Hong Kong, according to its regulatory filing.Its shares fell 2.15 per cent to 91 Hong Kong cents on Thursday, their lowest close since reaching 90 cents on January 18.Recurrent losses have significantly weakened the liquidity position and increased the dependency on external financing, currently short term in tenor, i-Cable said in its filing.
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The undeniable growth of e-commerce has allowed us to buy just about everything online including glasses.This figure represents around just 9% of the annual RMB 67 billion transaction volume.Although online retailers can offer a better selection and lower prices, their weak points are also obvious when compared with brick-and-mortar stores.The lack of try-on experiences for customers to actually touch and feel the eyeglasses prevents the spread of online eyewear sales.Topplus, a Chengdu-based computer vision startup, aims to solve this problem.The company s TopGlasses is an SDK that helps merchants to add try-on experiences to their e-commerce platforms or mobile apps.With the Dynamic SDK of TopGlasses, the camera gathers real-time head images of users and puts virtual glasses on their face.Users can adjust their head poses as they want and observe the results from different angles.People with myopia who can t see the real-time images clearly without their glasses can use TopGlasses prerecord SDK.By scanning user s face as they turning their head right and left horizontally, it takes the SDK just a few seconds to create a realistic model of your face.Although Topplus s products largely solve the problem of how eyewear fits the user, the company s COO Wang Yang believes they are tapping the most important aspect of online glasses sales.
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Not exclusive to GA, but for this instance, I'm gonna pertain to it.I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on reporting.I find that every time I make a report, it takes a lot of time because I pull all data from GA and figure out what things to report on for that time and create a new layout for the report.It's like every time I hand out a report, it's packaged in a different layout with a new set of components.Is that how it really is?I mean, does anyone here just have a running Google Sheet where data automatically feeds into it and calculations/formula are already set in so you just copy those and dive directly into insights?
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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has suggested that his company's VR arm could be focusing more tightly on mobile experiences, picking up former Android head Hugo Barra from Xiaomi to sit in total charge of all virtual reality projects - including wholly owned subsidiary Oculus VR.Hugo Barra's most famous role came during his work on the Android operating system at Google, where he served as vice president of product management for the platform.In 2013, Barra was poached by Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi to help broaden the appeal of its Android smartphone products outside China.He's been there since, but now has received a better offer: to join Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook as lead on its virtual reality efforts, including expensively acquired subsidiary and lawsuit-magnet Oculus VR.'I'm excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team,' Zuckerberg stated in an official announcement.'I've known Hugo for a long time, starting when he helped develop the Android operating system, to the last few years he's worked at Xiaomi in Beijing bringing innovative devices to millions of people.
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Without a doubt, the potential Snap IPO this year is one of the most anticipated developments for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.With the IPO market hitting a slump the last two years, despite a decent economy, hope abounds that a strong Snap could repair the broken relationship between tech startups and Wall Street.In advance of a possible Snap IPO, the data visualization specialists at Geckoboard have pulled together a range of interesting data about which tech IPOs have been winners and losers over the past decade.The numbers contain some surprises, as well as offering good perspective about how some of the most familiar names performed.First, it s worth noting that of the 100 largest tech companies that went public over the past decade, 67 percent are currently trading up.That s a pretty good track record.What are the odds that Snap will end up on the right side of the winners-losers line?According to Geckoboard, the projected $25 billion valuation of the Snap IPO would make it the fourth largest tech IPO in the past 10 years.That number would make it bigger than the IPOs of notable names like LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, and Atlassian.Indeed, it would be the biggest U.S. tech IPO since cough, cough Twitter, which has lost about half of its valuation.So, which are the most successful IPOs?
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While we ve been hearing rumors for months about Tidal potentially being bought out by larger streaming music rivals like Apple or Spotify, it appears the Jay Z-owned company may be in a more dire situation.A new report out of Norway says that Tidal s subscriber numbers are much lower than what they claim, and that the company has been embellishing its user count for several years now.This news comes from Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, which says it got its hands on a number of internal documents, including records of payments to music labels.They found that when Jay Z had announced in September 2015 that Tidal had reached 1 million subscribers, there were actually only 350,000 users.The monthly payment reports also indicated that Tidal only had 850,000 subscribers in March 2016, the same time it boasted of reaching the 3 million mark.It was during this same period when the company s CFO and COO were fired, with the suggested cause being discrepancies in subscriber numbers.
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The VR API space is .Facebook's Oculus has its own SDK, the Oculus SDK.Valve has its own API, SteamVR, used with the HTC Vive headset.Parts of this API are open source, named OpenVR, and drivers have been built enabling SteamVR games to be used with the Rift, albeit forfeiting certain capabilities native to the Oculus SDK.The Khronos group, the industry consortium that stewards development of the OpenGL specification, is working on a VR specification of its own.A number of companies including Intel have banded together to create , an open source VR platform.
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A huge wave has been spotted in the upper atmosphere of Venus, baffling scientists because it's staying so still above the planet's surface.Usually clouds in that region move at about 328 feet per second, whereas this cloud is stationary compared to the planet's rotation.New work suggests that the wave was created in the lower atmosphere when it flowed over a mountain, which would be similar to a phenomenon on Earth called a "gravity wave."The feature, related to atmospheric flow over mountains, has nothing to do with the similarly named "gravitational wave," which refers to space-time ripples in the early universe."Although it is unclear whether gravity waves induced by mountains can readily propagate upwards to the cloud tops of Venus, the observations suggest that the atmospheric dynamics of Venus are more complex at depth than previously appreciated," the journal Nature's statement on the finding said.Japan at Venus: Photos from the Akatsuki Spacecraft
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A Shanghai-based startup wants to keep your laptop and mobile phone alive even when you re cycling across China for a couple of days.A portable battery charger Omnicharge has recorded 4259% funded of its goal amount on Indiegogo, raising over 3 million USD in September.The company recently participated in CES 2017, and are now busy with shipping the product to backers.Compared with other power bank distributors currently available in the market, such as ChargeTech PLUG  35 oz and GoalZero Sherpa 100 30.5 oz , Omnicharge is the lightest: 20.8 oz and recharges in three hours.The competitors do not have a screen, nor support heat management.The battery charger has an OLED display screen that shows the time left for charging, AC/ DC power outlets, and two USB fast-charging ports.The company has two models: Omnicharge 13600 and Omnicharge 20400.Jason Wong, the founder and CEO of Omnicharge and Eric Mathiesen, Customer Relations Manager at OmnichargeIt also has a strong safety feature which ensures overheating and overpower protection.Once you connect high power consuming device that goes over 100 watts, it is not going to damage the device nor the Omnicharge, just deactivate.
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When it comes to something as deeply personal and emotionally powerful as a cancer diagnosis, few people are satisfied with a one-size-fits-all treatment plan.To find out what we can expect this year and beyond, I spoke with Dr. Clifford Hudis, CEO of the American Society of Clinical Oncology ASCO .He predicted major changes in precision medicine over the five to 10 years as routine tumor testing identifies genomic patterns for targeting expands, and drug matching to genomic alterations accelerates.Leukemia, some sarcomas, kidney cancer and a small subset of lung cancers are now identifiable as distinct molecularly with different treatments that have better outcomes.As the results of this matching, we re going to understand where precision medicine is paying off and where it s not.At the same time, one of the big challenges we face is as we develop better treatments, we have to make sure they re accessible.
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I m sure there were a handful of people that Apple s newest laptops didn t piss off after last year s long-awaited unveiling.I wasn t one of them.For a device that calls itself Pro, the decision to strip away ports, use sixth — not seventh — generation Intel chips, and limit RAM to 16 gigabytes certainly weren t doing any favors to the creative types the company once appealed to.Apple, as Apple does, defended each decision proving unequivocally that it knows best.Battery life was the priority, and a one-size-fits-all approach was, and still might be, the path forward.Offering options for different use cases was simply out of the question.
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NASA has contracted with both SpaceX and Boeing as part of this commercial crew program.The present development plan calls for each company to fly an uncrewed, "demonstration" mission, and then a 14-day crewed test flight, before finally beginning operational missions to the station.The latest "no earlier than" for the crewed test flights are May, 2018 SpaceX and August, 2018 Boeing .Such launches would allow one or both companies to begin operational flights before the end of 2018, which NASA is counting on.
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In the hours since a private firm s intelligence document leaked to the web, alleging 35 pages of President-elect Donald Trump s dirty laundry—complete with corrupt ties to Russian officials, blackmail, and bodily fluids—Twitter, Facebook, and cable news have become a feeding frenzy.But former intelligence agents see it differently: To borrow the phrase often applied to Trump himself, they re taking it seriously, not literally.The document includes reports from unnamed sources claiming that the Kremlin has cultivated Trump as a Putin-friendly politician for the last half decade, recorded him in blackmail-worthy perverted sexual acts, and made secret deals with his campaign to exchange information.While Buzzfeed acknowledges that the document is unverified, it says it decided to publish it so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.At the very least, the document is no hoax: According to CNN and the Guardian, senior intelligence officials presented a two-page summary of its contents to both Trump and President Obama.But those who spent their careers in the intelligence world are reading the report with more tempered skepticism, what ex-CIA analyst Patrick Skinner describes as interested caution.
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Brixton Road, South London, has breached its annual air pollution limit only five days into the new year.Levels of nitrogen dioxide NO2 on Brixton Road repeatedly breached the EU limit, according to research by King s College London.EU law states that the average hourly level of NO2 must not exceed 200 micrograms per cubic metre more than 18 times a year.KCL, which runs the London Air Quality Monitoring network, found that Brixton road exceeded this annual limit 19 times in the first five days of 2017.KCL said similar pollution problems are found along many of London s main roads, including Oxford Street, Kings Road and the Strand.Last year, the first road to breach the EU s limits on NO2 was Putney High Street, which took eight days.
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