Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson

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Often people think performing in front of others will make them mess up, but a new study led by a Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist found the opposite: being watched makes people do better.When people know they are being observed, parts of the brain associated with social awareness and reward invigorate a part of the brain that controls motor skills, improving their performance at skilled tasks.The findings, which could help people become more effective in the workplace and in school, are set to be published Friday in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience."You might think having people watch you isn't going to help, but it might actually make you perforbiomedical m better," said lead author Vikram Chib, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.But it quickly became clear that in certain situations, having an audience spurred people to do better, the same way it would if money was on the line.Previous studies have shown that when people are observed, brain activity jumps in areas of the brain known for thinking about others, even if people aren't doing anything that others could judge.
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Astronomers developed a "guide star" adaptive optics technique to obtain the most crystal-clear and precise telescopic images of distant galaxies, stars and planets.Now a team of scientists, led by Nobel laureate Eric Betzig, PhD, are borrowing the very same trick.They've combined it with lattice light-sheet to create a new microscope that's able to capture real-time, incredibly detailed and accurate images, along with three-dimensional videos of biology on the cellular and sub-cellular level.The work -- a collaboration between researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School -- is detailed in a new paper just published in Science."For the first time, we are seeing life itself at all levels inside whole, living organisms," said Tom Kirchhausen, PhD, co-author on the new study, who is a senior investigator in the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and a professor of cell biology and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS)."Every time we've done an experiment with this microscope, we've observed something novel -- and generated new ideas and hypotheses to test," Kirchhausen said in a news story by HMS.
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A new microchip technology capable of optically transferring data could solve a severe bottleneck in current devices by speeding data transfer and reducing energy consumption by orders of magnitude, according to an article published in the April 19, 2018 issue of Nature.They collaborated with a semiconductor manufacturing research team at the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the State University of New York at Albany.The traditional method of data transfer-electrical wires-has a limit on how fast and how far it can transfer data.But with this new development, that bottleneck can be solved."First, with light, you can send data at much higher frequencies without significant loss of energy as there is with copper wiring.In the past, progress to integrate a photonic capability onto state-of-the-art chips that are used in computers and smartphones was hindered by a manufacturing roadblock.
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A mobile application built by a third party for the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week was found to have a few security issues of its own—including hard-coded security keys and passwords that allowed a researcher to extract the conference's attendee list.The conference organizers acknowledged the vulnerability on Twitter, but they say that only the first and last names of 114 attendees were exposed.The vulnerability was discovered (at least publicly) by a security engineer who tweeted discoveries during an examination of the RSA conference mobile app, which was developed by Eventbase Technology.Within four hours of the disclosure, Eventbase had fixed the data leak—an API call that allowed anyone to download data with attendee information.Accessing the attendee list required registering an account for the application, logging in, and then grabbing a token from an XML file stored by the application.Since registration for the application only required an email address, anyone who could dump the files from their Android device could obtain the token and then insert it into a Web-based application interface call to download attendee names.
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Advertisers, publishers, Google, you name it.While some of those companies have tried to subtly encourage people to accept ads (or at least some ads in Google's case), there are those who want more proactive measures.Facebook announced it would circumvent adblockers, much to the fury of people around the world, but German publisher Axel Springer took it a step further and was trying to sue AdBlock Plus.Emphasis on "was" because that case has now been thrown out by the German Federal Court of Justice.The lawsuit kicked off three years ago in 2015, with Axel Springer alleging that the way AdBlock Plus let people not view online adverts was unfair competition.Essentially this came down to the fact AdBlock Plus has a 'whitelist' that allows non-intrusive advertising, but publishers who want to be on the whitelist have to pay for the privilege.
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A third run of bags that say what the nation is thinking has entered production, as it seems a huge number of people would like a shopping bag that says "'Shut up, Morrissey" on it, in case they meet the popstar browsing the alternative vegan milks section of their local Waitrose.These are the work of a lady called Verity, who sold a batch of the same bags last year and raised £1,730 for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.And now, seeing as Morrissey has done another terrible interview and needs more telling, they're back on sale.Just £10 gets you a bag that says maybe Mr The Smiths ought to stick to singing the classics and not talk about politics.Verity told the BBC that she was hit with requests for new bags as soon as the interview went live, saying: "As soon as he has an interview, I get messages, and yesterday I had quite a lot of messages.And I went, you know what, why not?
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Kids’ school lunches could be revolutionised thanks to a new charity that is putting restaurant chefs in schools.The charity - Chefs In Schools - has been co-founded by Henry Dimbleby (co-founder of Leon), Nicole Pisani (former head chef at NOPI) and Louise Nichols (head of the Leap Federation of Schools).Launching today [20 April] It aims to train 100 professional restaurant chefs to work in 100 schools by 2023, transforming school lunches and providing cookery lessons for pupils.The initiative is supported by some of the UK’s leading food stars including Prue Leith, from GBBO fame, Yotam Ottolenghi, founder of the famous restaurant, and Thomasina Miers, co-founder of Wahaca.Leith, welcomed the launch, saying: “Chefs in Schools is a great and badly-needed initiative.We all know that getting children to eat well is vital for their health and happiness and chefs can help inspire schools to get food right, and children to eat it.”
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Google, apparently unsatisfied with the already incredibly long list of short-lived communications solutions that it has produced, is taking one more shot messaging.But more importantly, it will hopefully help Google finally solve the seemingly unaccomplishable goal of *checks notes* sending text messages.Instead of building another goddamn app, which the company has done countless times already to middling success, this time Google is aiming to adopt a new standard for messaging that will move users away from SMS.In order to accomplish this, Google has quietly been lobbying major mobile carriers to adopt a new technology, called Rich Communication Services (RCS).Chat is essentially just the consumer-friendly face slapped atop the stuffy name given to the communication protocol.Chat will be accessible through Android Messages, the default messaging app that comes installed on most Android devices.
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The world has gone hybrid and EV crazy over the last few years in a push to reduce pollution and go green.Initially, many performance car fans feared that the advent of the electric vehicle and hybrid cars would mean performance cars would disappear.Tesla and other EV makers have shown us that EV performance cars are very fast, even if they are very expensive right now.Hybrid tech is seeing a boom in some performance applications.Word is that Ford has eyes set on launching a hybrid Mustang in 2020.Exactly when in 2020 the hybrid Mustang might debut we don’t know.
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The House of Lords have finally acknowledged this, with a new report released on Monday titled ‘AI in the UK: Ready willing and able’ urging the NHS to tap into data-driven technology and saying AI could have significant benefits for patient care, diagnostics, research and personalised medicine.I wish there’d been tech like that around when I was young.The last thing I remember is a headache and putting my hand to my head.I woke in intensive care temporarily unable to move my left side and unable to speak.I was confused by the alien environment and distressed by my parents’ anxiety.But it’s all the scarier for a sick child unfamiliar with the people who work in it, what’s happening to them, and why.
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Its been quite some time since Apple debuted the controversial depth-sensing Face ID.And unlike notches which are everywhere, the Android ecosystem doesn’t have a proper equivalent to Apple’s new unlock system.Sure, face unlock is a feature in many Android devices but it isn’t backed by a depth-sensing system.However, a new report says that a new hardware-backed facial recognition is being developed for Q3, 2018.And that the Xiaomi Mi 7 will come with that 3D sensing technology.According to the report, the technology is still not ready for prime time as the 3D sensing module has issues working in tandem with current hardware and software.
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The motor racing champ, who won ‘I’m A Celebrity’ in 2014, angered fans after saying Ant should “man up”, accusing him of “running off to rehab every five minutes when something goes wrong”.In an interview with the Daily Star, Carl said: “He’s got everybody running around after him going: ‘Oh, it’s a shame for him.’ Hang on a minute - grow up, sort yourself out and take responsibility.”He continued: “Don’t go running off to rehab every five minutes when something goes wrong.He needs telling straight, he needs to sort himself out and man up.”Many called Carl out for perpetuating stigma around mental health and addiction issues with his language, particularly his use of the phrase “man up”.Drink driving stupidity aside, I see Carl Fogarty is using the toxic "man up" command to Ant McPartlin & his mental health issues.
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Britney back in 2001, in the video for her single ‘Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know’.But of course, you didn’t need us to tell you that, right?This piece of fashion history was spotted by BuzzFeed’s Matt Stopers who is a self-proclaimed “former 1 Britney Spears fan”.Britney Spears literally still has the shorts from her Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know (gorgeous) video.Her insta today vs. the video in 2000.You can't bc your fav is NOT!
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Comcast-owned NBCUniversal yesterday (April 19) announced that it has joined TV providers Fox, Turner and Viacom in the OpenAP consortium, a partnership where participants pool resources to better aid advanced TV media buying.OpenAP helps advance audience targeting capabilities by collectively harnessing members combined data capabilities to improve automated media trading on new platforms, advanced formats, cross-platform measurement, and developing a new TV ad currency.Specifically, the latest move will see NBCUniversal license its Audience Graph – a consumer targeting tool made available via its Audience Studio – fusing these audience insights with OpenAP’s standardized data sets in order to accelerate developments in the participating members’ video offerings.According to NBCUniversal, OpenAP now lets advertisers create audience segments and buy national television campaigns across each company’s portfolio which, combined, represent 50% of total TV inventory across national broadcast and cable entertainment.Krishan Bhatia, NBCUniversal, executive vice president, business operations and strategy, said: “We have spent the last four years developing the industry’s best tools to empower advertisers to better target their marketing campaigns to desired audiences.”In a joint statement, Joe Marchese, Fox’s president of ad revenue, plus Donna Special, Turner’s president of ad sales, and Sean Moran, Viacom’s head of marketing & partner solutions, added: “With NBCUniversal aligning with the consortium, we are all accelerating the industry’s efforts in providing more premium scale to drive greater adoption of advanced audience targeting, while laying the groundwork for future innovation.”
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More popular versions of Linux such as Ubuntu focus on enhancing the user experience by automatically updating packages and providing flashy, resource-heavy GUIs.While user-friendly distributions (distros) certainly have their place, in this guide, we've tried to get back to the glory days when developers would customise their Linux build.These Linux distros allow you to fine-tune your development environment so whether you're a veteran programmer or relative newcomer, you can get on with your coding.This means, for instance, that you can install a barebones window manager like i3 to be certain your system will respond quickly when using your chosen text editor.Debian is one of the oldest Linux distros and is built with stability in mind.All programs included with Debian have to meet the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
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Allowing employees to work from home is an increasingly popular — and beneficial — option for a growing number of companies and their employees.According to Global Workplace Analytics' 2017 State of Telecommuting in the US report, 40% more US employers offered flexible workplace options compared to five years ago.And the number of daily telecommuters grew 115% in the past decade, nearly 10 times faster than the rest of the workforce.According to the report, companies reap the benefits of employee telecommuting: higher productivity, better continuity of operations, reduced or eliminated parking and transit subsidies — not to mention the ability to attract and retain top talent.Yet, some companies — notably IBM and Yahoo — have cracked down on work-from-home arrangements and mandated that those employees return to their main offices.Yahoo circulated an internal memo after notifying remote employees that they were required to relocate to company facilities.
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The Nubia Red Magic is Nubia’s first attempt at making a gaming phone, and it’s quite the interesting device.Read on to find out!The Nubia Red Magic features a very gamer oriented design akin to the Xiaomi Blackshark, though it looks much better in my opinion.The back is metallic, with a hexagonal theme for the camera and fingerprint sensor.There are three vents for some form of air cooling, as well as graphite layers to help with heat dispersion.As for dimensions, the Red Magic’s are 158.1 x 74.9mm x 9.5mm.
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Motorola is introducing its newest range of Moto G and Moto E smartphones today, which will sell in the $100 to $300 range.While these aren’t high-end phones, they’re all important ones for Motorola: the Moto G remains Motorola’s best seller, and the company says it’s the top seller worldwide in its price class; the Moto E, which sells for slightly less, apparently isn’t far behind it.The G6 and the G6 Play are similar looking phones, with curved edges on the back and 18:9 displays with thin bezels on the front.Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeThe standard G6 comes with somewhat better specs: it has a 5.7-inch display that’s somewhere over 1080p, a Snapdragon 450 processor, and options for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.It has a really pronounced effect on the 18:9 screen and looks great.
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Back in January Nintendo announced a brand new way to use the Switch console.Labo lets you build cardboard accessories for the portable console, taking advantage of all the sensors built into the Joy Con controllers to do lots of weird and wonderful things that you can't do with another console.For now Nintendo is releasing two kits: The standard Variety Kit with the piano, RC car, a house, fishing rod, and motorbike, alongside the Robot Kit that lets you build your own wearable robot controller.Nintendo sent us both kits to review, but seeing as how there is so much to cover in those two boxes we're going to start things off by opening them both up and giving you a taste of what Labo has to offer.Labo offers an awful lot of things beyond the cardboard in the box, so we're going to be playing with it over the next couple of weeks to experience what's on offer.A full review is on the way, so make sure to check back and see what we thought.
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Recently, we have been getting too many leaks and rumors concerning the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+.As you know, these handsets have already got certified by FCC.This simply means the phones are almost ready to enter the US market.Although, it’s been rumored the South Korean manufacturer is going to release the A6 and A6+ in certain markets only.They include Russia, Europe, and the Middle East.Well, regardless what regions they are focusing on, all the leaks and certifications confirm we’ll see them in the nearest future.
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