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After NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment and Geochemistry Ranging (MESSENGER) mission ended in 2015, the crust of the solar system's innermost planet was thought to be roughly 22 miles (35 kilometers) thick.However, one scientist now disagrees.Michael Sori, from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, believes that Mercury's crust is just 16 miles (26 km) thick and denser than aluminum.[Photos of Mercury from NASA's Messenger Spacecraft]There are two basic kinds of isostasy: Pratt and Airy.Both invoke balancing the masses of various parts of a planet, but they go about it in different ways.
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A disturbing video has been released, showing a group of lions in the African Savanna playing with a plastic bag.The video, posted to YouTube by a wildlife filmmaker known as Rob the Ranger, highlights the dangers plastic bags can have on unsuspecting animals who think it is a play thing.In the video description on YouTube, Rob the Ranger writes that, after the lions dropped the bag, he waited for them to move off so that he could pick it up.On its website, the reserve lists three main projects: community, conservation and saving rhino."The integrity of South Africa’s protected areas is important not only to preserve some of the most diverse habitats and ecosystems on earth but also to secure this legacy for future generations," the reserve writes at the top of its website.It is not known where the bag came from but Rob the Ranger speculated it could have been brought into the reserve by a hyena who may have been scavenging bins at a nearby lodge.
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Google is unlikely to reveal the final name for its Android P update until late August, but we may have just seen the official moniker for the software leak out in a Huawei live chat session.Prepare yourself for Android Pistachio.Polish site Tabletowo is reporting that a conversation with one of Huawei's local live chat representatives saw the employee potentially spill the beans on Google's next sweet-treat name - although it'll be the least sweet of the bunch if true.A conversation from a Huawei owner simply asking about future updates for the Huawei P9 Lite lead to the chat operative typing "Android Pistachio" in a message - although they could have just made a mistake.The name could well get sweeter though, as other rumors suggest that Google may actually opt for Android Pistachio Ice Cream as the full name for version 9.0 of its mobile platform.For now, you'll need to take all of this with a pinch of salt, but official confirmation should only be around a month away, as Google confirmed the Oreo name on August 21 last year.
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If you needed anymore evidence that Overwatch and its pro league are insanely popular, here it is.Disney and Blizzard have announced a new partnership that will see Overwatch League broadcasts come to cable networks like ESPN, ABC, and Disney XD.This partnership is getting going fast too, as the first broadcast is tonight.Yes, beginning tonight, you’ll be able to watch the Overwatch League playoffs on Disney XD and ESPN3.The multi-year deal will see the grand finals broadcast on Disney’s various networks later this month, along with season 2 of the Overwatch League.As ESPN notes in a news article announcing the partnership, this new agreement won’t cancel existing distribution arrangements, meaning that those of you who prefer to watch on other platforms like Twitch can continue doing so.
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Sonos has filed to go public, with the connected speaker firm aiming to raise $100m but detailing some of the challenges – not least when you’re trying to be assistant agnostic – it faces along the way.The company most recently launched the Sonos Beam, a more compact TV soundbar that includes Amazon Alexa support for voice control.Today’s SEC filing offers a glimpse into the sales figures of what has so-far been a fairly secretive company.Sonos has sold over 19 million devices since it first set up shop, and it creates an enviable degree of loyalty.Last year, CEO Patrick Spence says, 38-percent of the company’s new product registrations were from existing owners adding another speaker.Those 19m products are found in around 6.9m homes worldwide, Sonos says, and the immediate upshot is more music being played.
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Thank you, Juno spacecraft, for this glorious new image of Jupiter’s southernmost regions—and for reminding us of the beauty that exists within our tumultuous Solar System.Behold Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, as seen from a distance of 44,300 miles (71,400 km) and above a southern latitude of about 71 degrees.NASA’s Juno spacecraft took the photo (which has been colour-enhanced) during a particularly close orbital encounter on 23 May 2018.The probe is in a unique polar orbit, which is why we’re finally able to see the nether regions of this massive planet.Jupiter’s southern tip, much like its north, is filled with storms.The oval features are cyclones, the largest of which measure up to 600 miles (1,000 km) in diameter.
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Artificial intelligence is not a foreboding future, it is already the present, and resistance is embarrassing.Advertising is facing an existential crisis fueled by denial and intransigence, and traditional agency CEOs generally regard the machinery around them as alien technology capable of an extinction event.Like every business sector, advertising has been haunted by robots rampaging through departments, decimating jobs, lives and ultimately the life force of the industry: creativity.But until these leaders fully appreciate this new terrain rather than try to shape it in their image, more agencies will fail, and more brands will lose relevance.Computational creative—that is, creative outputs made by an AI—already feature heavily among the daily patina of communications.AI will have produced and influenced the copy, images, video and music of billions of personalized direct response ads, concepts so familiar that consumers rarely know AI was involved.
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Giant grinning cartoon-like Tamagotchi thing built by Airbus, IBM blasts up into orbitThe International Space Station will get its first AI-powered friend-droid by next week, after it was bundled into a Dragon capsule and launched into orbit aboard a Space X Falcon Rocket on Friday.It’s a weird looking circular unit measuring five kilograms with no arms or legs, just a rectangular screen, kind of like a giant white Tamagotchi.On the screen flashes a simple cartoon face known as CIMON (Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN), pronounced as Simon.CIMON was developed by Airbus and IBM.The AI bit, presumably, comes from some sort of programmed neural network that uses some of the tools from IBM’s Watson platform.
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Today, OPPO announced one of the world’s most innovative smartphones in China.Previously, the OPPO Find X was announced in Paris.Lamborghini is the exclusive partner of OPPO.As a result of their collaboration, the world’s most powerful smartphone with an excellent design was created.The OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition uses a unique carbon fiber texture design process.This technology is also known as a perfect blend of deep power and deep gem texture.
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Takeaway delivery firm Deliveroo has settled a legal claim by 50 of its couriers for a reported six-figure sum, in another legal battle involving employment rights in the gig economy.The claim revolved around the alleged failure of Deliveroo to give its couriers legal employment rights, such as the minimum wage and paid holiday.Multiple gig economy firms are currently struggling with legal actions which test the legal definition of a self-employed contractor.Firms such as Deliveroo insist workers are contractors with fewer of the rights afforded to salaried employees.Read more: The Deliveroo vs Just Eat food fight has only just begunHowever, that contractor status has come under threat, with claimants alleging they do not have the independence of a true external contractor.
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The under-fire social media giant introduced the new bug bounty programme in April after the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal.It is also a handy PR move by the company.Given that it’s only been two months since the scheme was launched and these kinds of investigations can take up to six months, it’s likely that this payout is the first, though Facebook have yet to confirm that this is the case, along with how many other reports are being investigated.In a blog post, De Ceukelaire said that the website fetched personal data – from http://nametests.com/appconfig_user – which at the time displayed users’ personal data in a JavaScript file; “in theory, every website could have requested this data”, he added.To demonstrate that the information could be nabbed, De Ceukelaire set up a website (video here) to connect to NameTests and gain access to a person’s posts, photos and friends for up to two months.“Abusing this flaw, advertisers could have targeted (political) ads based on your Facebook posts and friends,” the researcher said.
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Responding to emails takes up to 24% of a CEO's time.Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/FlickrThe Harvard Business Review tracked the time usage of 27 CEOs of public companies worth an average of $13.1 billion over three months.For the study, each CEO's executive assistant recorded time in 15-minute intervals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.These CEOs included two women and 25 men, who led primarily public companies worth an average $13.1 billion.For the study, each CEO's executive assistant was trained to track and code the CEO's time in 15-minute increments, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Unfortunately, when we add all the curating, collecting, and collaborating necessary for full-scale engagement, overwhelmed is an understatement.When Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs asked B2B marketers what was holding them back from developing a full-scale content marketing strategy, the top two roadblocks were a “small team” (67%) and “lack of time” (44%):The question is: How can you create a system to curate and collaborate on content that doesn’t require more people or waste your time?Those posts are then shared automatically across your connected social accounts — Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook — or you can have Quuu send you daily suggestions to quickly sort through yourself.Naturally, I’m a huge fan of Slack for direct sharing and company-wide communication channels.While that external focus is valuable, you can also set up Smarp for internal collaboration around categories or departments.
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Serverless computing in the cloud is a good idea—serverless computing is not just for the datacenter.Serverless cloud computing means the ability to get out of the business of provisioning cloud-based servers, such as storage and compute, to support your workloads, and instead use autiation at the cloud provider to allocate and deallocate resources automatically.Although there are cost advantages of serverless cloud computing, the real advantage is simplicity.Removing developers and application managers from resource provisioning just makes the public cloud easier to use and—most important—easier to change.[ A developer’s guide: Serverless computing: AWS vs. Google Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure.The notion of serverless computing goes beyond resource provisioning; it is spreading to other parts of the cloud as well.
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YouTubern Michael Reeves får för sig att dricka alldeles för mycket koffein och får en briljant idé – vi vill ju alla ha självkörande bilar, men vi litar inte på dem, så istället för självkörande bilar kanske det passar bättre med en bil kontrollerad med hjärnan?Även om videon i sig är väldigt humoristisk (en av de roligaste jag har sett på länge iallafall), så är det en intressant tanke.Ung go-getter som till vardags knackar kod.Stort intresse för teknik, stadsplanering, mobilitetslösningar och branding.Förespråkar enkelhet i alla lägen.
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Thursday is a special day for Nintendo fans: its the day the company pushes all of the week's new releases to the Nintendo eShop - and today's headline release brings cross-play between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch for one of the industry's biggest games: Minecraft.Minecraft: Nintendo Switch edition gave the hybrid console a solid, core Minecraft experience in 2017, but it wasn't compatible with other versions of Minecraft.Now, Switch owners can play with almost everyone: the new version of the game runs on the same Bedrock Engine that Mojang uses for the Xbox One, Windows and mobile versions of the game - and Switch owners can now play online with all of them.But not with PlayStation 4 owners.You may have noticed this is a trend - Sony has made a habit of isolating its players from the rest of the console gaming community.The creators of Rocket League have said they're ready to enable cross-play with PS4 the moment Sony gives them the green light.
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The Chinese government’s anti-pornography office announced earlier this month that video streaming services in the nation need to “thoroughly clean up vulgar and pornographic ASMR content.” And while the agency called for a crackdown specifically on content that is “vulgar” or sexual in nature, many of China’s leading video hosting sites have scrubbed all ASMR videos.ASMR, which stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, became somewhat of an internet phenomenon over the last few years.The genre of video features soft sounds intended to soothe listeners.While some ASMR content is inherently erotic, there’s a large library of these videos that are hardly suggestive.A research paper on the phenomenon published in March 2015 indicated that only five per cent of participants said that they used ASMR for “sexual stimulation,” with 82 per cent reporting they use it as a sleep aid and 70 per cent using it as a stress aid.Rather than eliminating only sexually-suggestive videos, as China’s anti-porn task force seemingly called for, the video services got rid of them all.
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Snart har det gått tio år sedan den första Androidmobilen blev tillgänglig.HTC Dream, även kallad T-Mobile G1, landade på amerikanska butikshyllor september 2008.De första åren var utbudet en smula knapert, men efterhand började det släppas en stadig ström Androidmobiler.Idag finns det rentav över 16 000 olika certifierade Androidenheter.Nu undrar vi om det är någon Androidmobil som du har varit extra förtjust i genom åren och som du skulle vilja se en modern version av?Vi är ute efter en Androidtelefon som du helt enkelt var ovanligt förtjust i; exempelvis känslan i handen, designen, materialvalen och pålitligheten – och som du skulle vilja att tillverkaren släppte en 2018-version av.
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Today, I bring you a hearty discount: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop for $679.99 shipped (plus tax).(For what it's worth, Ebates offers a 1-percent rebate on Best Buy purchases -- not a fortune, but last I checked, $6.79 was still $6.79.)I can't say this is the sexiest laptop I've ever seen (the red keyboard backlight helps), but it definitely has the horsepower you need for high-end gaming.That starts with an 8th-gen Intel Core i5-8300H mobile processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive.Of particular importance, the Nitro 5 has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics processor with 4GB of dedicated video memory.It doesn't have an optical drive, but does include a full-size HDMI port and four USB ports: one USB-C, one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0.
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Projekt Spacelab har beviljats närmare tio miljoner kronor från EU, genom Tillväxtverket, och kommer att fokusera på additiv tillverkning för rymdindustrin.– I och med detta har vi totalt närmare 25 miljoner kronor i projektbudgeten, vilket innebär kraftigt förbättrade förutsättningar för ett tekniklyft i regionen.Det ger oss möjlighet att bygga upp infrastruktur, köpa karaktäriseringsutrustning och anställa forskare.Vi hoppas kunna nyanställa tre personer under det närmaste året, säger projektledaren Per Nylén, professor vid Högskolan Väst och ansvarig för forskningen inom produktionsteknik.GKN Aerospace är huvudpartner för projektets genomförande, med ett stöd på sex miljoner i form av arbetsinsats.Därtill kommer högskolan att bjuda in andra företag, som är intresserade av utveckling av ny teknologi för rymdapplikationer.
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