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In a new study, researchers at Columbia University found that street trees protected by guards that stopped passersby from trampling the surrounding soil absorbed runoff water more quickly than trees in unprotected pits.The results are published online in the journal Ecological Engineering.The researchers hypothesize that the guards improve infiltration by limiting soil compaction in tree pits."Placing guards around tree pits allows urban trees to absorb more storm water runoff, taking pressure off the city sewer system," said the study's senior author, Patricia Culligan, a professor at Columbia Engineering and a member of Columbia's Earth Institute and Data Science Institute.City-recommended tree guards cost about $1,000, depending on their style and size of the tree pit, but an improvised $20 fence can work just as well, said the study's lead author Robert Elliott, a recent graduate of Columbia Engineering and cofounder of Urban Leaf, a New York City startup helping city dwellers grow food at home.New York's 660,000 trees cover about 6 percent of the city.
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The action role-playing game Nightmarchers is adding a tropical twist to the end of the world.Developer Wyrmbyte crafted a postapocalyptic version of the Hawaiian island Oahu, incorporating local mythology in protagonist Kai’s quest to reclaim the land from evil gods.The game is raising funds on Fig, with an estimated PC launch coming this summer.An old god named Kamapua’a leads the forces of evil, and the only one who can stop him is Kai, a descendant of shamans who can wield mystical powers.“I have had a passion for postapocalyptic settings since seeing Mad Max and playing the original Wasteland and we thought what about doing a postapocalyptic game in paradise instead of a brown, dead world,” said Wyrmbyte’s president Scott Brown in an email to GamesBeat.“With Hawaii being one of our favorite places in the world, it seemed like a great fit.
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Pizza Hut will give away free pizza to its rewards members if a touchdown is scored within the first 14 seconds of the Super Bowl.The pizza chain is partnering with former NFL wide receiver Devin Hester for the promo, who currently holds the record for fastest touchdown in Super Bowl history: in 2007, the Chicago Bears player scored a touchdown within the first 14 seconds of the game.If an Eagles or Patriots player is able to break the record during this year’s game on Feb. 4, Pizza Hut will give out a free two-topping medium pizza to members of its Hut Rewards loyalty program, which the chain launched last year.The hope is that the stunt will raise awareness of the program, which lets members who order online or via mobile trade points for pies.The likelihood that Pizza Hut will actually have to dish out free pizzas to members is slim, as the chain points out in a press release that there have only been 15 touchdowns returned in the first 14 seconds of a game - including regular season and playoffs - since 2011.On the off chance it happens, Hut Rewards members will be able to redeem their free pizza between Feb. 8 and Feb. 11.
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University of Colorado Boulder engineers have received a $2.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification.The four-year research program could yield next-gen technology capable of solving food, energy and water security challenges posed by global population growth and climate change.The study, administered under the USDA and National Science Foundation's Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) program, will be led by researchers from CU Boulder's Department of Mechanical Engineering in collaboration with Michigan State University's Department of Horticulture."We are excited to work on a project that addresses one of the most important global challenges with our multidisciplinary colleagues at CU and MSU," said Assistant Professor Ronggui Yang, who will lead the team.Greenhouses have been used since the 1960s and remain the standard for effective plant productivity compared to open field agriculture.But the structures carry high energy costs, requiring tremendous amounts of energy for heating, ventilation, electrical lighting, and water for evaporative cooling.
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Apple may (or may not) have scaled-back its ambition to build its own connected vehicles, but at CES 2018 we still saw lots of news around its CarPlay system.Here’s a brief run-down on what happened:CES 2018 saw lots of conversation on the topic of connected cars, but the big truth remains that as the industry digs deeper into the attempt to create automated and semi-automated transport, it’s becoming clearer that the challenge isn’t only technical – regulatory, privacy, safety and a host of other puzzles also need to be resolved.The slightly semi-autonomous Nissan LEAF 2018 stole plaudits at the show, while Ford promised a fully autonomous car by 2021.In the background, BMW in 2017 introduced its first factory vehicle with CarPlay support.At or around the show (some announcements were made at the 2017 International Auto Show in Detroit) car manufacturers, including Hyundai, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Kia, Ford, Honda, Lexus and others all promised support for CarPlay in new vehicles.
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The self proclaimed endurance kings is here to try to ascend to the throne and objectively speaking the new Oukitel K10 has pretty much a big chance actually usurping it.The phone is out there in the presales starting today January 15th and you can find it on Gearbest for a discounted price of $249.99, down from $299.99 up until January 29th.Oukitel K10 is banking its power and the whole slogan “Endurance King.Never Stop” on the 11.000 mAh SCUD battery, which should theoretically last up for a full week of usage.And to fuel it they also packed in a new 5V/5A fast charger, which decimated all the competition in the charging speed tests.You can find the last charging test with the final optimized version of the software in the video below.But Oukitel K10 wants to stand out of the crowd not just with its battery, but also with prismatic curved front sceen or mix of metal and leather on the back.
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Despite warnings from the Oracle of Omaha (and our own common sense), everyone we know is still trying to cash in on Bitcoin-driven hype with embarrassing earnestness.(To be fair, the results enjoyed by Long Island Iced Tea—or shall we say Long Blockchain Corp.?—hasn’t helped matters.)But KFC Canada has found a wily way to ride the coattails while deriding the entire damn concept.With help from agency Grip Unlimited, meet “The Bitcoin Bucket,” an attempt to convince Canadians to exchange their Bitcoins (thus relieving them) for buckets (of chicken, thus enriching KFC while the going can be got).KFC Canada presents The Bitcoin Bucket.Sure, we don’t know exactly what Bitcoins are, or how they work, but that shouldn’t come between you and some finger lickin’ good chicken.
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One-third of GTS to be 'redeployed' or not replaced when they leaveExclusive IBM has indicated to senior Global Technology Services management that that a third of the global workforce will be “productively redeployed” in 2018 with tens of thousands of personnel “impacted”.Insiders told The Reg that Big Blue had hired consultant Bain & Company to help it plot a way forward for GTS, bringing in external business consultants despite spending $3.5bn to buy PWC in 2002.Included in the slide deck is a graph - seen by us and shown here - detailing the “projected headcount impact of 2018 actions” for 30,900 employees, including 10,900 from the domestic (US market) and 20,000 across the globe in Client Innovation Centres (CIC).IBM revealed in the chart, which quoted Bain Analysis as the source, that fundamentally some “30.9k people is the total [headcount] Impacted” and that 9.3k of those souls are expected to be redeployed.On the left-hand side are the current positions of the employees, referred to as "sources of release", and on the right-hand side are areas where IBM anticipates them moving to this calendar year, the "uses of release".
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Gaming specialist Razer has unveiled two new products in its range of high-end PC accessories at CES 2018.The Mamba Hyperflux is a truly wireless gaming mouse, while the Nommo speaker line will offer top-tier audio to complement the visuals on screen.Razer’s new Hyperflux Wireless Power Technology allows compatible mouse mats to transfer power to a paired mouse without the need for any wires connecting the two.The mat creates a magnetic field that supplies power to the mouse directly, rather than using a bulky battery like other attempts at this kind of device.The end result is a wireless mouse that’s comparable in terms of weight to wired mice offering convenience and comfort to dedicated gamers.While other companies have attempted to do wireless charging for mice, they have been unable to achieve true wireless power as their mice still need a battery to be charged,” said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan.
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Welcome to The Drum's APAC Creative Works.As always, this section is dedicated to showing the best creative work and gives you, the reader, the chance to decide which work we feature as our APAC 'Creative Work of the Week.'We've now introduced our new five-star voting system.To vote for your favorite, make sure you click on the stars.The winner be chosen based on the average rating and the number of votes cast.Voting closes on Tuesday 16 January.
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A research team of Information and Communication Engineering at DGIST has developed the world's first multimodal biomicroscopic system to analyze the characteristics of tumors and to utilize them in tumor treatment technology research.Histopathologic examination of the removed tumor during surgery is an important procedure in the cancer surgical procedure.Therefore, it is necessary to accurately analyze the removed tumor to find out whether cancer remains in the surgical site.In order to analyze the present tumor, it is necessary to send a resected tumor to a pathologist to examine the specimen with a microscope to determine whether the resected cancer tissue is appropriately acquired and whether additional resection of the tissue during surgery is necessary.However, this process is time consuming and the results may be different depending on internal and external factors.Professor Hwang's research team has developed a converged biomicroscope based on high frequency ultrasound and optical spectroscopy to overcome the disadvantages of the imaging systems previously developed for tumor analysis.
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The fight to keep the “World’s Thinnest Laptop” crown never stops, but Acer’s new Swift 7 isn’t just counting on its super-skinny design to set itself apart, throwing in dedicated cellular connectivity to sweeten the deal.Announced at CES 2018 today, the new notebook is a mere 8.98 mm thick, despite running an Intel Core i7 7th-generation processor and full Windows 10.Acer has used aluminum for the Swift 7’s chassis, and the 2018 update includes a 14-inch Full HD IPS display.Despite the dimensions, that’s a full touchscreen, too, with Gorilla Glass NBT.The keyboard is fully backlit, and is alongside a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello.Inside, along with the Core i7 processor Acer has added 8 GB of LPDDR3 memory.
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Olly Murs would be a surprise addition to this year’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ if he had his way, according to the show’s presenter, Emma Willis.‘CBB’ presenter Emma, who works with Olly on ‘The Voice’, admitted the singer is a “superfan” of the Channel 5 reality series and is desperate to be a housemate.The only thing stopping him is his management, who have put a block on him appearing.Speaking to HuffPost UK at the press launch of ‘The Voice’, Emma said: “Olly has watched it since the day it started.Every episode - he’s a bit of a superfan like me.“I didn’t know this until about half an hour ago and he said ‘I want to go in it.
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The final week of the National Football League’s regular season sacked the Nielsen Social Content Ratings for the week of Dec. 25.The league’s week-17 slate accounted for seven of the top 10 televised sports events in terms of interactions across Facebook and Twitter, as well as four of the overall top five.CBS’ presentation of the Buffalo Bills’ playoff-spot-clinching win over the host Miami Dolphins led the way with 2.362 million interactions across the two social networks.The Cleveland Browns wrapped up only the second 0-16 season in NFL history with a loss to the host Pittsburgh Steelers, also on CBS, tallying 2.22 million total interactions, while third place went to a special Christmas edition of Sunday Night Football on NBC and NFL Network, in which the Steelers routed the host Houston Texans (2.093 million).New Year’s Eve dominated the list of TV series and specials, with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2018 on ABC atop the list, totaling 1.855 million interactions across Facebook and Twitter.Fox’s New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square placed third with 404,000 total interactions across the two social networks, while New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen on CNN placed fourth (386,000).
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At its peak, the currency was valued at $2.23 a coin.Since then, it has fallen to $2.17, but it is still the second most valuable cryptocurrency in terms of market cap, according to Coinmarketcap.com.Ethereum is currently the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency in terms of market share, at over $69 billion.Today, however, the market seems to have stabilized with Ripple in second place.Bitcoin remains firmly entrenched as the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency in terms of market cap and price-per-coin, but there are plenty of alternatives.Ripple is one of the more interesting of the bitcoin alternatives, due to the fact that it is not just a currency, but a payment network and distributed exchange.
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Because The Shape of Water was always meant to be a romantic fairy tale for adults, director Guillermo del Toro knew that if he was going to sell audiences on the idea of an inter-species love affair, he would need to try (in earnest) to make the fish man at least somewhat conventionally attractive.Rather than focusing on the creature’s face, hands, or mouth, del Toro made the excellent decision to simply give the fish man a nice arse.Speaking in an interview contained within the official art book for the film, sculptor Mike Hill described how del Toro recruited his own wife and two daughters as consultants on the monster bum.It wasn’t until del Toro got the all-clear from his family that the bum was a good bum that the film’s production really kicked into gear.“Every female in the del Toro household was crucial.Too much derriere, not enough derriere, the shoulders are not beautiful enough.’ The butt we show abundantly in the movie.
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At least 90 people have been reported dead and dozens more are missing in the Philippines after a tropical storm triggered major mudslides and flooding.According to officials, the casualties from Storm Tembin were all on the main southern island of Mindanao.“We’re are still trying to confirm reports of a farming village buried by a mudslide,” Ryan Cabus, an official in Tubod town, told Reuters.He said power and communication lines to the area had been cut, complicating rescue efforts.The weather bureau said the storm had gathered strength over the Sulu Sea and was packing winds of up 80 kph (50 mph) and moving west at 20 kph.It was heading out over the sea by mid-day on Saturday and would have moved clear of the Philippines by Monday, it said.
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There's an elaborate nativity scene in Cathedral Square in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.It depicts everything from the baby Jesus to the three wise men and a collection of animals, including sheep and a camel.Researchers at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) have now rendered that scene in nanoscale proportions and nicknamed the project NanoJesus.The team behind the nano-nativity says it's the world's smallest, and they've submitted it to Guinness World Records for certification.The scene is 10,000 times smaller than the real-world nativity it's based on.The entire nativity could sit on a human eyelash, and the baby Jesus is smaller than a human cell.
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Subscribe to the Extra Crunchy PodcastTHE APPLE BYTE EXTRA CRUNCHY SHOW NOTES:With contribution from Stephen Beacham.
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Rendered images of what the Samsung Galaxy S9 could look like are flooding the internet, and it looks like the S8's biggest problem could be fixed.According to OnLeaks, which is usually pretty accurate on early renders, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will move the fingerprint scanner away from the camera lens.A common complaint by Galaxy S8 users constantly smudging their camera, the scanner is now likely to be beneath the lens in a more natural position to reach.Although Apple scrapped its fingerprint scanner for facial recognition biosecurity, many flagship phones have been hesitant to make the jump.Google and OnePlus have both been praised for keeping the fingerprint scanner in the middle back of the phone.Apart from that, Samsung does not seem to be making any major changes with the new Galaxy S9.
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