Ralph Vandermeer

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Written and directed by Luc Besson, best-known among science fiction fans for 1997’s The Fifth Element and 2004’s Lucy, the film follows the eponymous Valerian (played by Dane DeHaan) and his partner Laureline (Cara Delevingne) as they embark on the equally dubious missions of restoring order to the universe and unconvincingly flirting with each other - all the while navigating the perilous terrains of alien worlds and outdated gender stereotypes.What the film lacks in plot, it makes up for with a rip-roaring visual tour through different fantasy landscapes and alien populations, with admittedly impressive visual effects.One of the few distinct planets we see, Mül represents a fantasy paradise.True to the rest of the film, it communicates this mainly in clichés, but they’re attractive ones: sandy beaches, turquoise oceans, lush vegetation.If you leave aside the rather problematic fact that the film presents its most idealised characters as supermodel-proportioned and whiter-than-white, then Mül is where you want to be.The self-buckling seatbelts are pretty cool.
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It’s been nearly two years since news of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating first broke, and the months since have been filled with recalls, buybacks, and lots and lots of money flying out of the company’s bank account and into the pockets of affected customers.But despite the company’s swift and appropriate response to being caught red-handed, there’s still the little matter of answering for the laws that were broken.Today, the US Justice Department revealed that Volkswagen won’t push back against the charges it’s been hit with, and has agreed to plead guilty to a trio of criminal charges.The use of a “defeat device” — which is a fancy way of saying that VW engineered its cars to perform differently during emissions testing than they do on the open road — is an extremely serious offense.The charges that resulted from VW being caught in the act include conspiring to defraud the US, violate its customer agreement, and skirt the Clean Air act.Volkswagen’s fall guy, former head of compliance Oliver Schmidt, has agreed to also plead guilty in the case.
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In a feat of swagger only NASA could muster, three sunglassed men haul their payload across a lakebed in a 1963 Pontiac convertible.The idea being that an astronaut could pilot a similarly designed reentry vehicle back to Earth (indeed, data gathered with the M2-F1 made it into the space shuttle program).Especially now that the agency has uploaded a slew of new archival footage that was previously tucked away in a remote part of the internet.It’s a fascinating glimpse into the wild west of aerospace experimentation and the history of humanity’s excursions into space.Armstrong Flight Research Center is based at Edwards Air Force Base, the desert home of the sometimes mysterious, sometimes bizarre, and almost always dangerous X-plane program.It was here in 1947 in the X-1 rocket plane, for instance, that Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier for the first time.
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In the hunt for a HIV cure, specialists are desperate to team up with another field of treatment, but for a different deadly disease.A week-long international conference in Paris has seen HIV experts asking for help from their peers in life-saving cancer research as it seems one treatment might be useful in fighting both HIV and cancer.Although there are lots of differences between the two diseases, many of the fundamental components are the same, as both ultimately focus on bolstering a tired immune system in patients.Francoise Barré-Sinoussi, former president of the International AIDS Society, said: “The parallels between HIV persistence and cancer are striking.In both cases, the immune response is unable to target and clear HIV-infected cells and tumour cells.”In both diseases malignant cells trick the body’s defences, by producing rogue proteins on their surfaces, ensuring the human body struggles to clear them away effectively.
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as late as in march borrowed the German-Swedish music service-a-half billion kroner to finance the operation.despite the fact it had to be earlier in the summer announce that it kicks 173 people, equivalent to 40 per cent of its workforce, and closing down two offices.Read more: Soundcloud: We're here to stayIt has fuelled speculation that Soundcloud is about to fail.It was denied vigorously in a blog post by co-founder Alexander Ljung.”the Music you love on Soundcloud will not disappear, the music you have shared or uploaded will not disappear, therefore, to Soundclound not going to disappear.
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Now, an ultralight revolution is on the horizon, set to change the outdoor industry forever — and a fabric called Dyneema is leading the way.It also boasts excellent UV resistance, making it a literal wonder fabric.Silicon-impregnated or “silnylon” has long been the go-to product for ultralight tents, tarps, and rain gear but the fabric always suffered from a lack of durability, lack of breathability, and loss of waterproofing over time.The ultralight revolution is altering the perception of the outdoor experience, allowing participants to travel further, faster, and reach higher objectives.“We’re making products that are extremely lightweight and much stronger than they’ve ever been.“Digital Trends got on the phone with Mike St. Pierre, the founder and CEO of Hyperlite Mountain Gear to discuss the impact of the burgeoning Dyneema revolution.
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The next version of Microsoft’s open source, cross-platform version of the .Net software platform, .Net Core 2.0, will bring profile-guided optimization (PGO) to Linux x64.PGO is native compilation technology used by the C++ compiler to generate faster-running code.PGO features a two-step process, including a training run that records information about execution and a build step that uses the results of the training run to generate better optimized code, Microsoft’s Bertrand Le Roy and Daniel Podder explained in a blog post.The .Net Core 2.0 upgrade will add PGO optimizations to .Net Core on both the Windows x86 and Linux x64 platforms.PGO began working with Windows x64 in the .Net Core 1.1 release and it has been used in the Windows-based .Net Framework for years.Fragmentation in the Linux ecosystem, with different compiler tool chains across distros, makes PGO harder to do on Linux than on Windows, Le Roy and Podder note.
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Kenmore’s Smart home appliances are getting Amazon Alexa integration, with the Sears-brand home tech also headed to the online retail behemoth’s virtual shelves.The deal, announced today, is the biggest shift in availability for Kenmore appliances to-date, Sears said.However, even if you buy an appliance through Amazon rather than at a Sears location, the company will still offer its own delivery and installation services.The first Kenmore models to show up at Amazon are the company’s Kenmore Smart connected room air conditioners.However, the goal is to expand that to every home appliance in the company’s line-up.As for Alexa integration, that will bring extra smarts to the range.
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As the largest mosque in Morocco, and one of the largest in the world, the import of the Hassan II Mosque is hard to overstate.Since its completion in 1993, it has provided shelter, religious counsel, and fellowship to Casablanca’s Muslim population.Just outside the throbbing city center, on the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, it is also one of the most beautiful monuments I have ever had the fortune of seeing up close.Its minaret reaches some 60 stories high; a mix of exquisite Zellige tilework and traditional Moroccan design cover the building’s exterior.Most of my fellow visitors, I realized with a brief bloom of nausea, were taking selfies.The writer Jenna Wortham, in 2013, described selfies as part of “a timeless delight in our ability to document our lives and leave behind a trace for others to discover.” If social media first intended to connect us, its promise has taken a sharp, inauspicious turn inward: the self has become paramount, the correspondence second.
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One of Call of Duty’s biggest modes, Nazi Zombies, is getting a major update in the new game WWII due out November 3.You’re still killing waves of undead scum, but this time you’re doing it alongside Doctor Who star David Tennant, Elodie Yung who played Elektra in Daredevil, Vikings actor Katheryn Winnick, professional creepy man Udo Kier, and Mission: Impossible co-star Ving Rhames.These actors will perform the voice roles for characters in the new Nazi Zombies narrative.They will also provide their likeness to the in-game models.This is something Activision has done with previous Call of Duty games and the horde-based action of the Zombies mode in particular.House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, for example, was the face of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
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That means that if we want to study the wacky effects extreme gravity might have, we’ve gotta get creative—which is exactly what an international team of physicists have just done.The paper’s results and experimental setup could have important applications in the near future—the authors told me it might let you one day charge a phone by rubbing it on your leg.“Nevertheless, in all of physics, no one has seen anything like this.”“Gravitational anomaly” refers to an effect the shape of spacetime itself can have on the behaviour of “fermions,” the category of particles that includes electrons.All particles come with an innate property called “spin,” and in electrons, scientists observe that value as “up” or “down.” On top of that, if fermions have no mass, they should always be moving, according to the laws of physics—that’s just what massless things do.Gravitational anomaly says that changes in the shape of space can cause an imbalance in this handedness.
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the majority of euro area government bonds interest rate is on the decline on Thursday.the Only Spanish ten-year loan the interest rate is slightly up.Also in the U.s. interest rates are on the rise.the Council made decisions on the choice of basis in September or later.investors can start bondimarkkinoilla the largest sales surge, if the ECB hints at new bond-buying program of their changes.Economists do not expect changes in ECB monetary policy.
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Hetemäki defense, writing in the nordic countries, a means-tested social security."the basic income of the different models combined with the fact that the income beneficiary would no longer need to be available for the labour market.he wouldn't have to go to work, while work should offer.Now available in the restaurant, the care and cleaning work is no longer needed to make a basic income in return.the Coil would pay probably will continue to tulottomat rental of the whole kingdom-specific boundaries," Hetemäki estimates.at the Same time Hetemäki look at the OECD report was referring to, that basic income would increase and the poverty that the aggregate expenditure on social security.
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Keskusrikospoliisi on saanut valmiiksi esitutkinnan valtakunnansyyttäjä Matti Nissisen epäillystä virkavelvollisuuden rikkomisesta.KRP:n mukaan esitutkinta-aineisto on siirretty syyteharkintaan oikeuskanslerinvirastoon.Esitutkinta koski Nissisen toimintaa vuosien 2007-2017 aikana.Esitutkinnassa KRP selvitti, onko Nissinen osallistunut syyttäjälaitoksessa esteellisenä käsittelyyn, joka koski syyttäjille Deep Lead Oy:ltä ostettua johtamiskoulutusta.Esitutkinnan mukaan koulutusta ostettiin syyttäjälaitokselle yli 74 000 eurolla.Nissisen veli on Deep Leadin hallituksen puheenjohtaja ja yhtiön osake-enemmistön omistaja.
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Baswaren liiketulos huhti-kesäkuussa oli -2,149 miljoonaa euroa, kun vuotta aiemmin yhtiön liiketulos jäi 4,589 miljoonaa euroa pakkaselle.Osakekohtainen tulos oli huhti-kesäkuussa 0,24 euroa tappiolla.Vertailukaudella tappiota tuli 0,32 euroa osaketta kohden.Liikevaihto oli toisella neljänneksellä 37,3 miljoonaa euroa, laskien neljä prosenttia vuoden takaisesta.Analyytikot odottivat Baswarelta kakkosneljänneksellä keskimäärin 38,4 miljoonan euron liikevaihtoa, -3,9 miljoonan liiketulosta ja -0,23 euron tulosta osaketta kohden, selviää Factsetin tietokannasta.Basware piti koko vuoden näkymänsä ennallaan.
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Alibaba has launched three new Hema supermarket stores in China, as it continues to expand its integrated online and offline retail strategy.The Hema stores are part of Alibaba’s “new retail” strategy, which aims to seamlessly integrate online and offline shopping.Alibaba launched the brand in 2015 in a bid to reinvent traditional supermarkets and transform the grocery shopping experience.With Amazon recently buying Whole Foods, the competition between Alibaba and the US eccomerce giant is heating up.In the new stores Hema enables consumers to shop, order groceries for home delivery and eat in-store, all via a dedicated Hema app, which is linked to Alipay.The app also enables users to order fresh food – including live seafood – to be cooked and eaten in-store.
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The white paper or webinar content described below has been produced by one of our sponsors.Marketing automation is one of the most underutilized tools in marketing.Learn how to make the most of your investment.As a marketing agency, Foxtail Marketing, has gained unique insights into some of the tools and marketing practices that you really can’t get as a single company unit.They’ve worked with clients operating in almost every marketing automation platform.Over time, they have gathered the knowledge of which platforms give them the most headaches and which platforms they get excited about when new clients say they use it.
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Huijausviestin saaneiden ei pidä avata sähköpostin linkkiä tai antaa pankkitunnuksiaan kyselijöille, S-Pankki muistuttaa.S-Pankin nimissä on lähetetty sähköpostitse huijausviestejä, pankki kertoi heinäkuun alussa nettisivuillaan.Huijausviestejä on lähetetty myös sen jälkeen.Viestin aiheena on voinut olla esimerkiksi "Kriittinen Turvallisuus Päivitys" tai lähettäjänä Pankin turvallisuusosasto.Viesteissä saatetaan mainita esimerkiksi verkkopankin käytön päättyminen ja pyytää päivittämään tili, S-Pankki kertoo.Viestejä on lähtenyt myös aiheella "Verkkopankki Päivitys".
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Westeros may be a fictional world, but you can actually visit many of the famous locations from the series in the real world.
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AMD har nu avslöjat priset för några av sina Threadripper CPU:s och likt när företaget lanserade Ryzen så är prisskillnaden här iögonfallande jämtemot huvudkonkurrenten Intels Core i9-processorer.AMD tar då 999 dollar (svenskt pris omkring 10 000 kronor) för sin 16-kärniga, 32 thread, 3.4-Ghz Threadripper 1950X och 799 dollar (omkring 8000 kronor) för sin 12-kärniga, 24 thread, 3.5-Ghz Threadripper 1920X.Detta kan jämföras med Intels processorer då AMD:s 1950X kostar 700 dollar mindre än Intels 16-kärniga, 32 thread Core i9-7960X och hela 1000 dollar mindre än Intels 18-kärniga, 36-hread Core i9-7980XE.På det lägre spektrumet är Threadrippers 12-kärniga 1920X sedan 400 dollar billigare än Intels 12-kärniga 12-kärniga Core i9-7920X och 600 dollar billligare än den 14-kärniga Core i9-7940X.En inte oansenlig prisskillnad alltså.Nu återstår bara att se vad prestandatesten kommer visa för de olika processorerna och om skillnaden är lika stor där.
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