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Sending astronauts to Mars and beyond is something that’s definitely on the minds of both NASA and other space agencies around the world, but before any scientific group can line up their budgets and make a real case for manned missions into deep space they need a feasible way to keep those travelers alive and well during their journey.In a newly-awarded contract with Lockheed Martin, NASA’s very first deep space habitat will finally enter the prototyping stage, but not everything about the craft will be made from scratch.Looking back in time to the Space Shuttle era, Lockheed Martin plans to repurpose a cargo container that was designed to be used to deliver cargo to the International Space Station to provide the platform within which to build the new living space.The unit, which will be a full-scale prototype, and will be constructed at the Kennedy Space Center in partnership with a “next-generation deep space avionics lab.” The hardware being refurbished — called the Donatello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module — will provide much of its rigid structure, but the interior will obviously be quite a bit different from how it was originally designed.It is being designed to be fully autonomous when the astronauts are not on board, allowing it to operate during extended stints in space without any passengers.In manufacturing the habitat, Lockheed Martin plans to use both virtual reality and augmented reality to rapidly prototype and iterate on its design while reducing costs and speeding up construction.
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At least that’s the way things look after the opening weekend of the Luc Besson-written and -directed sci-fi film: It headed into Monday with just about $17 million in receipts and a splattery 54 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (and a better audience score of 60 percent, to be fair).This weekend, though, after getting home from Comic-Con, I finally saw Valerian.Forget about the movie’s financial health for a moment; the real question is, is it any good?), but in Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne ... well, Besson has not found another Bruce Willis-Milla Jovovich action romance.No matter how many times DeHaan tells us he's a swashbuckling rogue, or Delevingne says she hates procedure and believes in love, they ain’t selling it.I’ve been trying to swap them out in my head—Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennet, or Anthony Mackie from the Marvel movies and Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist—and every dreamcasting I try makes for a better viewing experience.
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Image Credit: ktsdesign / ShutterstockThis summer, KPCB partner Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends report singled out healthcare as a sector ripe with opportunity.Due to increasing digitization of inputs since 2013, the amount of global healthcare data has been increasing 48 percent year-on-year, according to Meeker’s research.Meeker’s analysis highlighted the opportunities surrounding digital innovation in patient empowerment and health management, improvements to clinical pathways and protocols, and preventative health.Data-driven AI technologies are well suited to address chronic inefficiencies in health markets, potentially lowering costs by hundreds of billions of dollars, while simultaneously reducing the time burden on physicians.These technologies can be leveraged to capture the massive volume of data that describes a patient’s past and present state, project potential future states, analyze that data in real time, assist in reasoning about the best way to achieve patient and physician goals, and provide both patient and physician constant real-time support.
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Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are creating a new microscope technology they hope will empirically determine if life exists beyond our planet.The device is called a Digital Holographic Microscope and it’s designed to find microbes in space.The last time NASA actively searched for life outside of Earth was with the Viking space program in 1976.Sure, we’ve spent time and money searching for water on other planets – figuring that was the likeliest place we’d find life.There’s no way to ensure any living organisms would make the journey back to Earth if we transport samples, and there’s no way for a scientist to use a traditional microscope to examine samples in space.This device presents a new approach to a decades-old problem: instead of using lenses to focus on objects, it uses a laser to show 3D-movement in microscopic particles.
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Saksan valtiovarainministeri Wolfgang Schäuble on ottanut tiukan kanssa Turkin viimeaikaisiin toimiin.Perjantaina Schäuble vertasi Turkkia jo entiseen kommunistiseen Itä-Saksaan, kertoo uutistoimisto Reuters.”Turkki tekee nyt mielivaltaisia pidätyksiä, eikä enää pitäydy edes minimaalisissa konsuliyhteistyön standardeissa.Se muistuttaa minua, kuinka asiat olivat Saksan demokraattisessa tasavallassa (Itä-Saksassa)”, Schäuble sanoi.Turkin ja Saksan välit ovat kiristyneet entisestään sen jälkeen, kun Turkki pidätti kuusi ihmisoikeusaktivistia, joiden joukossa oli myös Saksan kansalainen.Kyseessä on jälleen yksi tapahtuma, joka on hiertänyt maiden välejä.
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ESPN helped bring the San Diego Splash to national attentionLike a lot of major brands, Miracle Whip has decided to sink some of its marketing dollars into sports sponsorships.Unlike other brands, however, it’s chosen to underwrite a team with no famous stars, no major-league presence and no big arena to call home.The Kraft-owned condiment brand just announced a new partnership with the San Diego Splash, a women’s basketball team whose players are all over 80.Setting aside the eyebrow-raising fact that these silver-haired athletes actually play a pretty mean game of hoops, the operative question here is: What does a senior-league team have to do with Actually, more than you might think.Unbeknownst to most shoppers, Miracle Whip is actually 84 years old.
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Vodafone has continued its slow decline after reporting its latest quarterly results, but no-one seems to be that surprised.It would hardly be considered a rip-roaring quarter if you have met analyst expectations of burning revenue, but the sceptical view on Vodafone is also shared by the investor community as well.Share price has actually increased slightly (at the time of writing), perhaps signalling that nothing more than mediocrity is expected from the group.The decline has slowed, and there are shoots of positivity, but it’s difficult to find too much to shout about here.In terms of revenues, Europe dipped once again, this time 4.8% in the negative, with Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific bringing in some marginal growth, 1.2%.This small success story could not save the top-line as Group revenues declined by a total of 3.3% to £11.474 billion.
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Too lazy to plug GPS co-ords into satnav?Fear not, gypsythief has saved youA forward-thinking Reg reader has put the entirety of our Geeks’ Guide series onto a Google Map, for your navigational and geographically organised reading pleasure.Smart cookie Gypsythief has assembled the Geek's Map to Britain, which features all of our Geek's Guide features about lesser-known places of British technological heritage.“None of the article summaries mentioned whereabouts the article was set,” he said in his Reg forum post announcing his rather neat project.“I was going to have to grep through each article to find out.”
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Fighting games were all the rage in the '90s, but have become less popular in the decades since.They're in the midst of a comeback, however, with June being uncharacteristically kind to the brawlers out there.Tekken 7, released June 2, was the top selling game in the US, according to NPD Group, followed by May's Injustice 2.Perhaps most amazingly, Grand Theft Auto V was No.3, with it still selling strong on PS4 and Xbox One despite being released in 2014 (a year after originally launching on PS3 and Xbox 360).Tekken and Injustice weren't just popular in the US, though.
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Following the explosive success of the NES Classic Edition last year, more miniaturized retro consoles from Nintendo seemed inevitable.And inevitable they were, as the company officially unveiled the SNES Classic Edition late last month, set to launch on September 29th for $79.99.There was some speculation that the SNES would be the final Classic Edition console, but on Tuesday, Nintendo filed a trademark application that seems to suggest an N64 Classic Edition is in the works as well.Discovered this week by a member of the NeoGAF gaming forum, the trademark filing features an image of a Nintendo 64 controller.More accurately, the trademark features an outline of the N64 controller — an outline that just so happens to mirror the branding of the NES and SNES Classic Editions.First, let’s take a look at the black and white image of the N64 controller from the trademark:
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Our headline connects to one of several juicy morsels doled out by former Hollywood Reporter editor Janice Min this week in a piece about the last cover she booked before moving over to a consulting position with parent company Eldrige Industries.Min’s essay is framed by a more recent lunch with that cover’s subject, Sherry Lansing.The print issue sold out instantly on newsstands in Los Angeles.The last time that happened?When Bonnie Hammer, then 64, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, was on the Dec. 10, 2014, cover.I have to believe women in town were ecstatic to see one of them–smart, accomplished, not a Hadid or Kardashian–on a cover.
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Apple fell for the first time in nine days on Thursday.Apple shares rose 6% over the past nine trading days, but down 0.17% on Thursday.Apple has been part of a larger tech rise in recent days.The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 is up about 5.8% over Apple's winning streak.The FANG stocks have been a big part of this rise.All of the stocks in the basket are up since July 6, the day before Apple's winning streak began, according to data from Google.
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The Trump media circus moved into top gear last night as President Donald Trump launched an astonishing attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an exclusive interview in the Oval office with the New York Times — the paper which has been subject to the most virulent attacks by Trump.President Trump said he would never have appointed Sessions had he known he would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”It was a a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, said the Times.“Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” .director who has been filling in since Comey’s dismissal and the deputy attorney general who recommended it.And he took on Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel now leading the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election.
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Perhaps it was a rosé-induced hangover that prompted a mood of existential self-reflection as the dust settled over La Croisette.The perceived power of Cannes Lions, unarguably the biggest event of the creative calendar globally, was once again put under the spotlight as Publicis Groupe announced it would be pausing spend next year and WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell branded the event “too bold and too brash”.We explore the future of creativity and awards schemes in The Drum’s latest issue, but what’s for sure is that if Cannes is a microcosm of the advertising industry in general, things are certainly changing – but perhaps not fast enough.This month’s striking cover (above) points to a major missed opportunity for advertisers: a generation of affluent, socially connected, fashion-forward and highly engaged consumers.Though some, such as Nike, have made positive strides in the area, our feature on ‘Generation M’ highlights the complexities of marketing to an audience for whom faith and modernity go hand-in-hand.It’s yet another indication of the industry’s general lack of diversity in its outlook, a topic tackled by Refinery29’s Hallie Johnston elsewhere in the magazine.
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If you love the Galaxy S8’s long, narrow, curved display, some newly surfaced sources bring good news: Samsung plans to use the same type of display with the upcoming Galaxy S9 model.According to the tipsters, the Galaxy S9 will have the same style display as the S8, as well as the same size; Samsung has allegedly handed over the official display specs to its Samsung Display division.The information comes from sources speaking with The Bell, which reports that Samsung has delivered to Samsung Display the Galaxy S9 display specifications, and that they involve the same style and size as what you find on the S8 model.There will be two models, the sources say, with the regular S9 having a 5.77-inch display and the S9+ having a 6.22-inch display.This would make them the same size as the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and the sources say we can expect the same long, narrow portions as well as the curved edges.There will be some changes, though, as we anticipate.
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Digital currency is a growing, decentralized means for paying and receiving funds online, enough so that hackers will do anything to steal the virtual coins.Security firm Tripwire reports that a hacker managed to steal more than $7 million in digital currency using a simple link switch.However, early investors quickly discovered that a link for depositing digital currency on the CoinDash website was not legitimate.According to Tripwire, trading platform CoinDash began its ICO at 1 p.m. (GMT).Three minutes later, investors figured out that the link for sending ether, a type of digital currency, was taking them to the wrong deposit location.“We are looking into the security breach and will update you all as soon as possible about the findings.
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"We have a new sheriff in town."That's how MRP Realty announced the arrival of its new robot security cop on Facebook last Wednesday.The robot cop, a model known as the K5, was to patrol the Washington Harbor complex in DC.On Monday, however, it devolved into what some might describe as DC comic.For there was the robot floating facedown in a public fountain, as if the bad guys had shot it from behind.Bilal Farooqui, who works in the complex, tweeted an image of this untimely demise.
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With the advent of the Internet and social media, purchasing tickets for an event has become easier than ever.While it is true that consumers are checking their email multiple times each day, as a society we have become immune to plenty of senders.Ultimately, consumers are ignoring hundreds of incoming messages regularly.With the right email marketing and proper customer data, it is possible to be seen and anticipated in the inbox.An email marketing campaign can drastically increase ticket sales for your next event by implementing the right headline and sharing content at the right moment that truly resonates with your readers and potential customers.
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Earlier in the month Nintendo gave us access to two levels from the game: Metro Kingdom and Sand Kingdom.Details about the plot are almost non-existent which is both unsurprising and also fairly pointless anyway.Despite the Switch’s graphical shortcomings against both the Xbox One and the PS4, Odyssey’s cartoon-like graphics are a perfect fit allowing the team to polish ever fine detail.We started the demo in Sand Kingdom, a sprawling Mexican-themed desert that has, thanks to Bowser, been turned into an icy world filled with shivering citizens and cactuses encased in ice.It’s a fully-open world but one that still incorporates an semi-linear level design.To put it another way, you can clearly see where you need to go, but Odyssey will present you with countless routes, almost all of which are eventually worth taking.
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Amerikanska taxiappjätten Uber och ryska internetbolaget Yandex kommer att skapa ett samriskföretag värt 3,72 miljarder dollar, motsvarande 31 miljarder kronor.Det nya joint venture-företaget ska verka i Ryssland och kommer att inkludera Ubers ryska verksamhet och UberEats.I enheter kommer också Ubers matleveranstjänst att ingå, medan Yandex bidrar med sin samåkningstjänst, Yandex.Taxi, som man byggt upp i flera år.Det nya företaget ska genomföra 35 miljoner resor i månaden och växa med 400 procent på årsbasis.Det är planen enligt Yandex.Läs även: Tidslinje: Så tvingades Ubers vd bort efter bolagets mardrömsår
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