The 91st Academy Awards won’t be given out until Sunday night, but if social media popularity determined the winners, Black Panther would be a shoo-in for Best Picture.Twitter shared data on nominees that have been mentioned in the most tweets since nominations were announced Jan. 23.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will livestream Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live on Twitter Sunday from 6:30 p.m.
To better help you anticipate rain and snow storms, Environment and Climate Change Canada is coming to iOS and Android.The new WeatherCAN app supplies you with information directly from Canada's official weather source.The app includes a new high-resolution, zoomable radar with map so you can better anticipate the next big thunderstorm or blizzard.The radar is four times better than the ones currently available, according to The Star."With how much Canadians care about weather, I realized there was an opportunity to have a tool," Environmental Minister Catherine McKenna told The Star.When you open the app, type in your location or add a new one if you're not home to see current weather conditions over the next 24 hours.
On top of that, they are rigid and brittle.They would be a promising alternative, if only their efficiency and stability were on par with traditional cells.Together with his team, Karsten Reuter, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, is looking for novel substances for photovoltaics applications, as well as for displays and light-emitting diodes - OLEDs.The researchers have set their sights on organic compounds that build on frameworks of carbon atoms.Computers instead of test tubesThe researcher needs neither test tubes nor Bunsen burners to search for promising organic semiconductors.
Instagram has come under criticism for its alleged censorship of an LGBTQ artist.An Instagram account posting comics with gay characters disappeared after the Indonesian Ministry of Communication pressed the company to take it down.The ministry said the account violated a law on the distribution of pornographic content.The social media platform denies that it shut down the account, suggesting it could have been closed by the owner.(And yes, we’re serious about ethics and transparency.
The twisting terrain of Vera Rubin Ridge on Mars has been home to NASA’s Curiosity for over a year, but it’s time for the rover to move on.As a final gesture before trekking toward a nearby region rich in clay, the probe captured a stunning 360-degree panorama of its final worksite at the ridge.The Opportunity rover has been incommunicado since a massive dust storm encircled the planet last summer, knocking it out of commission, possibly forever.Curiosity, which has been exploring the Martian surface since 2012, continues to truck on, despite badly worn wheels, a drill that required some serious jerry-rigging last year to make it work again, and a memory glitch that limited its capacities.Having explored the area in detail, project scientists at NASA have now directed the probe to head towards a new region – a “clay-bearing unit” dubbed Glen Torridon, according to a NASA release.The rover will spend around a year exploring this region in its ongoing search for signs of prior habitability.
People have struggled for years to find an easy way to keep their bed at a comfortable temperature, but a new high-tech bed might make those trials a thing of the past.Eight Sleep, the world’s first sleep fitness company, unveiled its new bed: The Pod.This bed is packed with a lot of interesting features that regulate temperature, track biometric readings, integrate with existing smart home tech, and even provide sleep coaching to users.This might seem like a lot for a bed, but multiple scientific studies have shown that too little sleep (or poor quality sleep) has clear ties to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and a shortened lifespan over time — and those same studies show that Americans average just 6.8 hours of sleep per night.Sleep is an important part of maintaining your health, and The Pod can help optimize your sleep patterns.The foam consists of four distinct layers that allow it to adapt to any sleeping position.
A new pilot test for blockchain-powered digital ad campaigns is shedding a little more light on what’s already become obvious: Clicks are not always as human as they appear.To better understand how much waste exists in digital campaigns, IAB Tech Lab and Lucidity spent the second half of 2018 running a dozen campaigns from brands like Toyota written onto Lucidity’s blockchain technology.By ingesting signals from all parts of the supply chain and writing them onto a blockchain, Lucidity verified which impressions and clicks were real traffic and which were likely from bid caching—a controversial process of storing bid requests and then using them to bid on other inventory—or bot fraud.In other words, the campaigns that didn’t change anything attracted three times the total number of clicks, but only one-third the optimized campaigns’ results.While Toyota was the only brand disclosed as a part of the pilot, Lucidity said there were a number of other major advertisers including a movie studio, a beer company and a retailer.“As you go from, say, a publisher ad request to bid request to bid respond to creative, there should be a uniformity and consistency along that path,” said Lucidity CEO Sam Kim.
With great detail, astronomers have managed to capture the process when new stars are formed.The magic happens inside large and ljusintensiva cloud of ionized gas.That was when scientists at the European southern observatory (ESO) targeted its Very Large Telescope (VLT) towards a region of the Large Magellanic cloud, which they saw how the process works.the Image shows vast clouds that look like bubbles inside of which the stars formed.the Large Magellanic cloud is a so-called satellite galaxy that is located on the 160/000 of light-years away from earth.It is located in the outskirts of our own Milky way, but is only visible from the southern hemisphere.
The Daily Beast recently reported that de Becker is leading an investigation into the leak of text messages sent between Bezos and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, with whom the CEO is said to have an extramarital relationship.De Becker is a well-known expert on security and protection of public figures, and has worked with the Justice Department, the CIA, and even advised prosecutors in the OJ Simpson criminal case.In January, the National Enquirer published leaked text messages between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, as part of its investigation of their alleged affair.In particular, he's said to be investigating the possibility that Michael Sanchez, Lauren's brother, was involved.The 64-year-old de Becker is an established security expert, who founded a private security firm used by federal agencies to protect government officials and public figures.He's also something of a celebrity in his own right: De Becker consulted in the criminal prosecution of OJ Simpson, wrote a New York Times-bestselling book, assisted President Ronald Reagan with security, and made two appearances on "Oprah" to discuss his work.
As a general rule, flat-screen TVs fall short in the speaker department.Late last year, Roku introduced a solution -- albeit a pricey one.If you've been hoping for a sale, hope no more: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Roku TV Wireless Speakers are $149.99 shipped.The bad news is that this two-speaker setup works only with Roku TVs.But if you have one, you'll enjoy a huge improvement in dialog and music quality.That's according to CNET's Roku TV Wireless Speakers review, which you'll definitely want to read.
Our plastic pollution problem is absolutely out of control.We know it’s bad, and the companies selling us shit know it’s bad.Samsung Electronics on Sunday announced that it will join a growing number of companies kicking plastic packaging as they shift toward more sustainable options.The company said that among other initiatives, it will sub in recycled or bio-based plastic and paper materials for consumer electronics packaging beginning in 2019, including by using moulded pulp and bioplastics in place of plastic bags and trays.Additionally, the company noted that we can expect to see a change in its phone charger design: they will no longer be glossy but matte, and the company will cease using protective plastic films.Samsung says it has established a task force dedicated to ideating and executing on its goals for greater sustainability.
Despite their awfulness, we can’t go without them.My theory is that these people exist in your feed as a contrast agent, a reminder of awfulness that makes the good stuff stand out more, sometimes comically, sometimes aggravatingly.Believe it or not, there’s a parallel to be made between monsters illustrated in the margins of medieval books by monks, and the people we follow on social media out of morbid fascination.Both the monsters in our feeds and the monsters in the margins play a similar role; they frame the content we might actually be interested in, contrasting the interesting and useful with the vile and terrible.Monsters usually represent the ‘dark’ side of the world, sins against Christian virtues.The representation of monsters precisely reminds people of the ever-present, attractive, and deceitful world of pleasure, lust, and greed.”
It’s a weird quirk of the current generation of AirPods: they support Siri, but only if you double-tap one of the earbuds first.Unlike with iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and HomePods, you can’t just say “Hey Siri” and babble out your request.Rumors have been floating around for a while suggesting that a new iteration of AirPods — AirPods 2, the rumor mill is calling them — would bring “Hey Siri” functionality.Now a screen hiding in the latest iOS beta seems to suggest the same.While it’s not a publicly accessible screen, Guilherme Rambo of 9to5mac managed to trigger the following prompt in the just-released iOS 12.2 beta:“Talk to Siri with your AirPods or iPhone by saying ‘Hey Siri’,” it reads.
-- January 24, 2019 -- The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the world's largest independent plant research institute located in St. Louis, MO and TechAccel, a technology and venture development company located in Kansas City, MO today announced the launch of RNAissance Ag LLC, a new company that holds the exclusive license to RNA-interference technology developed at the Danforth Center.RNAissance Ag, which is pronounced "Renaissance," was formed following successful research at the Danforth Center funded with TechAccel's first grant in its "Path to Commercialization" Program.The RNAi technology was jointly developed by Bala Venkata, Ph.D., senior research scientist and Nigel Taylor, Ph.D., associate member, and Dorothy J.King Distinguished Investigator at the Danforth Center.Near-term research and development activities will continue as sponsored research at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center."Over $40 billion per year is spent on pest control, yet over 20 percent of all crops are still lost due to insect damage," said James C. Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Danforth Center.
In the era of digital transformation, businesses have realised that for data to be useful it has to be accessible and this has helped spur cloud adoption.In the West, Amazon, Microsoft and Google have a tight grip on the public cloud market but one Chinese cloud company is aiming to disrupt that.Alibaba Cloud is China’s top cloud provider and the company recently expanded into the UK with the launch of two new data centres in London.TechRadar Pro spoke with Yenmin Wang the General Manager of Alibaba Cloud EMEA to find out how its strategy differs from the other cloud giants and to learn more about its plans in the EMEA region.Can you give us a brief overview of how big Alibaba Cloud is globally?As the the top three global IaaS providers (Gartner), Alibaba Cloud offers an expanding network of Content Delivery Network (CDN) nodes and deployment regions, including the first public cloud data centre regions in the Middle East (Dubai) and Indonesia, a string of strategic data centres in Asia, and a strong presence in Europe, North America and Australia.
Women who communicate regularly with a female-dominated inner circle are more likely to attain high-ranking leadership positions, according to a new study by the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University.Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study showed that more than 75 percent of high-ranking women maintained a female-dominated inner circle, or strong ties to two or three women whom they communicated with frequently within their network.For men, the larger their network -- regardless of gender makeup -- the more likely they are to earn a high-ranking position.Unfortunately, when women have social networks that resemble their male counterparts', they are more likely to hold low-ranking positions.For the study, researchers reviewed social and communication networks of more than 700 former graduate students from a top-ranked business school in the United States.Researchers then compared three variables of each student's social network: network centrality, or the size of the social network; gender homophily, or the proportion of same-sex contacts; and communication equality, or the amount of strong versus weak network ties.
Facebook, which is looking to bring teens back to its social network, is reportedly developing a meme app named LOL.The social media company has been working on the LOL app for months, multiple sources confirmed with TechCrunch.The app contains funny videos and GIF-like clips that are divided into categories such as For You, Animals, Fails, and Pranks.Users are also offered themed collections named Dailies, similar to Snapchat’s Discover feature.Once users open a Dailies collection or scroll through the app’s feed, LOL shifts into a black-bordered theater mode that automatically advances to the succeeding video clips.Users can react to each content with special reaction buttons for LOL of Funny, Alright, and Not Funny, and may also share the content or upload their own.
Ever since Slack unveiled a new logo this week that swapped out its instantly recognizable hashtag icon for a simplified, multi-colored pinwheel, the design world and many others on Twitter have been abuzz.As with most rebrands, controversy is swirling about the changes, and it’s easy to see why.For most of the critics—including a few in our own company design Slack channel (how is that for meta?While there was some comfort in seeing the colors we had grown to love using Slack on a day-to-day basis, it is difficult to argue against critique that the logo veers on the generic side.The vibrant blue, striking red, honey yellow, sprightly green and the added speech bubble shapes worked well together to convey the brand personality.While the new logo does keep some elements of the original shape, it also seems deliberately obfuscated.
Ice is one of the most significant hazards to drivers and pilots and is blamed for multibillion-dollar losses each year in the US.Ice causes all manner of delays in air travel and damages infrastructure, power generation equipment, and power transmission facilities each year.Scientists from the University of Houston have made a breakthrough in repelling ice that could have uses in multiple industries.The researchers have reported a new theory in physics called distress localization that has been used to tune and predict the properties of new materials.The new material created using that theory is a silicone polymer coating that can repel ice from any surface.The researchers say that the new icephobic material shows extremely low ice adhesion and has shown long-term mechanical, chemical, and environmental durability.
Few folks are aware of how much electricity their household consumes on a daily basis, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey.Among smart meter owners in 2016, only 8 percent reported knowing that they had access to hourly or daily data, and just 4 percent said they’d viewed that data.That’s all the more discouraging when you consider that always-on devices like DVRs and game consoles account for 23 percent of home energy usage — a total of $40 billion annually nationwide.Boston-area startup Sense, which uses machine learning to provide real-time insights on electrical usage, is on a mission to effect change.It today revealed that energy management solutions firm Landis+Gyr has joined Schneider Electric, Energy Impact Partners, Shell Ventures, Prelude Ventures, Capricorn Investment Group, and iRobot in bringing its series B round funding to $20 million.Additionally, the two companies announced a partnership to bring Sense’s technology to Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream Connect IoT platform for utilities.