Michael Marcano

Michael Marcano

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Before they hit the market and became relatively mainstream, many imagined (or at least, hoped) that electric cars would resemble the Light Runner from Tron: Legacy.In fact, the Zoe is assembled on the same production line as the Clio and Nissan Micra.One explanation could be economic; the initial cost outlay of using the Clio’s existing platform for the Zoe is far lower than developing a completely new design.A new car is a significant investment and so consumers are typically conservative when choosing one.But there are also technical reasons for the lack of divergence between petrol and electric vehicles.Automotive companies have spent decades perfecting the existing form of the car so that models are optimally aerodynamic, ergonomic and safe.
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Haitians are taking action after their island nation was one of the areas described as a “shithole” by the president of the United States.In response parody tourism billboards for Washington DC are being crowdfunded to fight this perception.Last week Donald Trump said he was going to ban immigrants from “shithole countries” from entering the United States – the exact wording of the exclamation is still be debated to this day.The fallout of the statement, among other things spurred AirBnb to champion insulted nations in Africa in addition to Haiti and El Salvador in ads.The creative, developed by Port Au Prince agency Parlour Creative, exclaims ‘Greetings from Shithole Island’ and will be placed in prime sites across the US capital, assumedly in view of the political elite based in the city.The GoFundMe campaign has currently reached $3,285 of the $40,000 goal in the last five days.
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The National Railway Museum has just upped its awesomeness score to 11/10, as a new exhibit has joined the venue's original bullet train and inspiring range of steam machines -- Tim Peake's Soyuz module.As well as this other bit of historically significant battered metal for dad to look at, there's something for the kids to do when they get bored of staring disinterestedly at the Mallard and looking around the shop.VR experience Space Descent VR running on Samsung's Gear VR system has been installed, and seeing as this is the first day of the Peake-themed part of the exhibit at the NRA, it'll be clean and still working.The Soyuz TMA-19M descent module that carried Peake back to earth in 2016 is open for your looking at today, and it's free to get into the National Railway Museum so you have no excuse not to if you're anywhere within vague getting-to distance of York.The VR thing is an extra £6 so maybe don't bother with that, but do make sure you listen to the nice man give his politicised presentation about the Shinkansen and the UK's lack of similar investment in rail infrastructure.
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Today at the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep unveiled the latest iteration of the Cherokee, a compact SUV for folks who want the option of off-road prowess to go with their family-hauling duties.While it's not fully reinvented for 2019, the Cherokee gets a third engine option and a refined front fascia that's far less polarizing than its forbearer.Available in Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and Trailhawk trims, the Cherokee will come standard with the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine while the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 will be available, both carryovers from the previous generation.However, in a bid to increase overall fuel economy, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four cylinder with start/stop technology is also available, pumping out 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.We got some time with that power plant and found it to be lag-free and fairly zippy, although in the case of the Wrangler, it's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.The controversial face of the previous Cherokee has gotten a bit of a makeover.
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At first I thought Apple would get away with deliberately slowing down its older iPhones when their batteries aged.As Hyoun Park, CEO of Amalgam Insights, pointed out, “Apple’s sin in this case was in not providing any explanation on the performance slowdown fix until it was basically caught.” Instead, users were forced to find out about the problem themselves and either to “voluntarily void their warranties to replace their batteries on the cheap or to pay Apple’s $79 battery replacement fee to keep the performance that they were used to having.”Thus, Apple started out on the wrong foot.It then sweetened its offer, saying it would replace an iPhone’s battery for $29 rather than the usual $79, even when the phone was no longer under warranty.And that would go for any iPhone battery, not just those that no longer retained “up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles.”It sounds to me as if Apple finally realized that some of its customers weren’t going to so easily forgive the company for slowing down their precious phones.
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Plans open source revival of XCP, to go places Citrix won’tMoves are afoot to revive Xen Cloud Platform (XCP), the open source version of XenServer that existed independently of Citrix before the company released its code to the Xen Project and made its own efforts open source.In 2017’s dying days developer Olivier Lambert posted news of his plan to revive XCP as “XCP-ng”.Lambert worked on XCP and his company offers Xen Server development and consultancy.Lambert explained that once Citrix let go of XenServer, XCP wasn’t needed.But version 7.3 of XenServer removed some features that Lambert and others appreciated, such as Xen storage motion, dynamic memory control and GPU passthrough.
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If you pinch your nose and clamp your mouth shut when sneezing, you might want to switch up your technique for the sake of your health.Doctors have warned against holding in a forceful sneeze, after a man ruptured the back of his throat doing so.The manoeuvre left the 34-year-old barely able to speak or swallow, and in considerable pain.Spontaneous rupture of the back of the throat is rare, and usually caused by trauma, or sometimes by vomiting, retching or heavy coughing, so the man’s symptoms initially surprised emergency care doctors.The man explained that he had developed a popping sensation in his neck which immediately swelled up after he tried to contain a forceful sneeze by pinching his nose and keeping his mouth shut at the same time.A little later he found it extremely painful to swallow and almost lost his voice.
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The public term sheet means founders can learn what to expect from a funding deal.While other venture capital firms such as Seedcamp have published template plain English term sheets that might apply to anyone, Forward's public term sheet includes specifics about the way it approaches deals as a firm.And Forward also specifies what type of shares it will take in a startup.Forward investor Matt Bradley told Business Insider that entrepreneurs outside of the firm's portfolio had asked to see its term sheet — a sign that founders are better informed and more confident.He said: "The ecosystem in London is growing and it's becoming stronger."There was a big demand among entrepreneurs to familiarise themselves with the way in which investors operate," he added.
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But they have a less noticeable skill that gives them a unique superpower.University of Cincinnati biologist Bruce Jayne studied the mechanics of snake movement to understand exactly how they can propel themselves forward like a train through a tunnel."It's a very good way to move in confined spaces," Jayne said.But the straightforward movement of snakes, called "rectilinear locomotion," has gotten less attention, he said.This coordination of muscle activity and skin movement was first examined in 1950 by biologist H.W.They recorded high-definition video of the snakes moving across a horizontal surface hashed with reference marks.
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i love the holiday season and am always a bit sad when it’s over.And although Halloween through Christmas and New Years is a really big deal for me and our family, there are events and traditions throughout the year I equally look forward to.Last year at this time I started a running list of the annual simple pleasures I always look forward to, throughout the year.I was surprised at how big the list was, and I found that writing it down not only increased my appreciation for things big and small, but also increased my anticipation and enjoyment of those same events and traditions coming back this year (and the next, and the next…).A few samples from my list:January: Watching the Rose Bowl parade with the kids
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Jeremy Hunt has been warned the NHS will fail to deliver “the care we need as a nation” without more money.NHS Providers, which represents a range of health services, warned the health secretary of a “watershed moment”, saying it was “impossible” for the health service to meet the standards of care defined in its constitution, as it struggles to cope with winter surges in cases of flu and respiratory illness.The pressure became so bad that hospitals were told to delay tens of thousands of operations deemed not urgent until next month.In a letter, NHS Providers warned the Government “can no longer delay key decisions” and failure to act would “harm the quality of care, causing delays and distress for patients and weakening staff morale.It could also undermine public faith in the NHS”.“We are now at the stage where we cannot maintain the NHS constitution without a long-term funding settlement,” its chief executive Chris Hopson told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme on Thursday.
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British Airways is about to take action against the very worst type of traveller, with the seat-recliners of the world soon to discover their seats can no longer be rammed back into the faces and knees of the passenger behind.The carrier is to introduce fixed seats on 35 new Airbus planes that are coming in to serve its short-haul routes this year, which should mean it can squeeze in an extra row or two of upright-only chairs and better compete with the Easyjets and Ryanairs of the world.Flights of up for fours hours in duration will be served by planes with the restricted seat cabins, which BA says will be fixed in a less than upright "gentle recline" position.In more positive news, it's about to start giving away Magnums to international travellers, seeing as they pay more to begin with.
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Kingston’s gaming brand is growing its product offerings with a new wireless audio headset and new versions of its keyboard and mouse with RGB LED lighting.The HyperX Cloud Flight wireless headset goes on sale this month for $160.The company’s Alloy Elite RGB keyboard will is also going on sale this month for $170.The Puslefire Surge RGB mouse will follow in the second quarter of this year for $70.It works with PCs and PlayStation 4 over a 2.4 GHz connection, or you can use it with anything with an optional 3.5mm audio cable.I’ve spent some time with the Cloud Flight, and so far I’m really impressed with its long battery life.
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Several young cows ambled over to greet him.The 38 year old has spent half his life milking and feeding the cows of Stanislaus County, a mostly rural region whose landscapes are dominated by sprawling dairy farms that produced half a billion gallons of milk in 2016 worth more than $600 million.From the passenger’s seat, Melchor, whose soft oval face is framed by a neatly trimmed beard, narrated the experiences in a sort of CliffsNotes of labor abuses: The boss who stiffed him a week’s pay; the boss who refused to give breaks; the boss who yelled too much.Melchor alleged that the dairy owner, Joe Sallaberry, took a glance at him and told Melchor to go back to his trailer, located on the property, and rest.On the third day, as he struggled to pack his things—the injury made even the slightest upper-body movement painful—two officers from the Sheriff’s Department drove up and reminded him that he needed to vacate by sundown.The proposal would replace the H-2A guestworker program, which currently only covers farmworkers, to include dairy workers and meat and poultry processors, while also gutting many of the existing worker protections.
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Reports this morning that Intel processors are affected by a serious flaw that may reduce performance significantly hit the company’s credibility and stock hard.Intel has now officially responded to these reports, calling them “incorrect” and “inaccurate,” and saying it had planned to discuss this very issue next week.The flaw makes it possible for ordinary users and processes to access data deep in the inner mechanisms of the processor and architecture — specifically, kernel memory.The possibilities for bad actors taking advantage of such a gaping hole are numerous, and unfortunately there is no easy solution that does not also slow the processor’s operations considerably.In its statement, issued “because of the current inaccurate media reports,” Intel writes:Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a “bug” or a “flaw” and are unique to Intel products are incorrect.
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Earlier today, we reported that Didi was in the process of acquiring 99, a ridesharing company in Brazil, and now the two companies have confirmed the deal as part of Didi’s plans to expand its service into Latin America.Terms of the deal were not disclosed — we are asking — but earlier today we noted that Didi was effectively putting in $900 million — $600 million to buy out investors, plus an additional $300 million of further investment into the business and its expansion plans — effectively giving the company a valuation of $1 billion (after you add in Didi’s original $100 million investment in 99 in January of last year).The deal gives Didi — through its partnerships with other companies like Grab and Lyft, franchises such as in Taiwan, and through its direct ownership of services in China — coverage in 1,000 cities, touching more than 60 percent of the world’s population.It says it currently has 450 million users of the Didi app.“The success that founders and team of 99 have achieved in Brazil embody the very spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in the LatAm region,” said Chen Wei, Founder and CEO of DiDi, in a statement.“Building on the deep trust between our two teams, this new level of integration will bring to the region more convenient, value-added mobility services.
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Speedrunning is a skill that eludes many of us, and yet, there’s nothing quite like watching a world record be broken.Even better is when the speedrunner in question doesn’t realize they’ve broken a world record until after the fact.Such is the case of Tetris speedrunner Jonas Neubauer, who accidentally broke a world record while pursuing another one entirely.A three-minute video posted to Neubauer’s YouTube shows how the whole thing went down.Neubauer was attempting a world record run for fastest 100 lines clear when he stumbled into another world record without realizing it.As he was playing, he managed to get to 300,000 points in one minute and 57 seconds – an event that goes by without much acknowledgement from him.
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GPS signals don't penetrate very deeply or at all in water, soil or building walls, and therefore, can't be used by submarines or in underground activities such as surveying mines.For soldiers, radio signals may be blocked in environments cluttered by rubble or many interfering electromagnetic devices during military or disaster recovery missions.The NIST team is experimenting with low-frequency magnetic radio--very low frequency (VLF) digitally modulated magnetic signals--which can travel farther through building materials, water and soil than conventional electromagnetic communications signals at higher frequencies.VLF electromagnetic fields are already used underwater in submarine communications.Submarines also must tow cumbersome antenna cables, slow down and rise to periscope depth (18 meters, or about 60 feet, below the surface) to communicate."The big issues with very low-frequency communications, including magnetic radio, is poor receiver sensitivity and extremely limited bandwidth of existing transmitters and receivers.
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This past year was at times exhausting, confusing, and exciting; but at least we had science to keep up sane.No year-end list would be complete without a nod to CRISPR, the genetic wonder tool that is already revolutionizing science and medicine.And it did so in a remarkable way.And the award for the most oddly adorable biotech story of the year goes to: lamb biobags.Conducted by physicians at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the research saw premature lambs placed into fluid-filled plastic bags designed to mimic the environment of the womb.The results showed that these “critically premature” babies could be kept alive for up to six weeks.
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Nobody in tech can stir up their fan base with a single tweet like Elon Musk.The cofounder of Tesla and Space X and the Boring Company did it again this week when he announced vague plans for Tesla to make a pickup truck after the Model Y.I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y.Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years.Am dying to build it.The Model Y is Tesla’s hybrid SUV, which has been pegged to start production sometime in 2019.
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