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The distant (486958) 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule, made history on New Year’s Day for becoming the farthest object ever visited by a spacecraft.As it’s situated in the Kuiper Belt about 4.1 billion miles from Earth, there’s much about MU69 that scientists are still learning.Now, new images have raised even more questions about the mysterious object.So little was known about MU69 prior to the flyby that NASA was unsure whether it was a single object or, in fact, two objects orbiting around each other.Scientists discovered its snowman-like structure after New Horizons began sending images to us here on Earth.NASA on Friday released a video compiled using more than a dozen images that show Ultima Thule may actually be, uh, much flatter than initially thought.
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Better to drink plenty of water, we reckonBeer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer, as the old saying goes.Ninety human guinea pigs, who were students of course, aged between 19 to 40 years old agreed to discover this the hard way in the name of science.In the first experiment, 31 people slurped beer until their breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) measured 0.05 per cent, they then sipped wine until their BrAC increased to 0.11 per cent.The rest of the group, 28 people, acted as the control group and were only given one type of alcoholic beverage to drink.A week later, the same procedure was repeated but the beverages were switched.
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After a ten year career of discovering exoplanets and gathering the most detailed ever view of a dying star, NASA’s Kepler telescope has sent its final image back to Earth.The Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 and was only intended to operate for three and a half years, but NASA scientists were able to come up with workarounds to enable them to keep gathering data from the telescope for nearly a decade.But NASA announced last year that the craft was finally out of fuel and would no longer be able to orient itself towards Earth, meaning that it would not be able to send any more data back.Before the telescope ended its story, however, it sent back one last image to Earth as part of its planet-hunting mission.In its last year, Kepler found a large Earth-like world that was twice the size of our planet as well as a super Earth and a planet similar to Saturn which orbited a star like our Sun.And finally, it sent back this “last light” image that draws this remarkable journey to a close.
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A French yellow vest protester’s hand has been ripped apart during violent clashes in Paris as demonstrators tried to storm the French National Assembly during a 13th consecutive week of unrest.Police said the injured protester lost four fingers as police swooped in to stop protesters from breaching the parliament’s exterior.Officers could not confirm French media reports that the hand of the demonstrator, who is now being treated in the hospital, was blown up by a grenade used to disperse unruly crowds.As scuffles broke out in front of the National Assembly and French police responded with tear gas, paramedics huddled around the injured protester at the National Assembly gates.Police used batons and fired tear gas in Paris to disperse demonstrators, some of whom threw debris at riot police.Cars, motorbikes and bins were set ablaze as the protest moved toward the city’s Invalides monument and onto the Eiffel Tower.
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With the February 20 launch for the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E fast approaching, we haven't been short on leaks and rumors to keep us going until the big day – and today there are more leaked images to pore over.Courtesy of seasoned tipster Evan Blass, we now have full front and back renders of the standard Galaxy S10 flagship and the cheaper Galaxy S10E variant.You can see those triple-lens and dual-lens cameras, ultra-thin bezels, and those 'punch hole' cameras.We also get confirmation that the fingerprint sensor is going to be embedded in the screen on both these models.There's no Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in this gallery, but we've previously seen some very revealing pictures of that model too.None of this is new information of course, and we've seen quite a few leaked renders already, but just in case you were in any doubt about what the upcoming Galaxy phones will look like, here you go.
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I don’t have any strong alternatives to offer right now, but I’m confident I’ll find some.It reduces humans to a single behavior, effectively supporting a view of people as more like robots whose sole function is to use a product or feature.If we maintain such a narrow and flattening view as a cornerstone of our discipline, I fear we’ll make little progress toward evolving design to meet the pressing needs of a changing world.Incidents at Facebook and other high-profile tech companies have made it clear that use is a two-way street.The term UX design began its rise to industry-standard ubiquity in 2009.In an email from General Assembly, UX design was defined as a way to “create products and experiences that solve customers’ problems” so that “brands can keep those customers coming back.”
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The history of artificial intelligence is as much marked by what computers can’t do as what they can.is a history of failure, but rather that, as a discipline, it has been driven forward in its quest for machine intelligence by a constant series of skeptical statements suggesting that “a computer will never do [insert feat here.A computer will never be able to win at the game show Jeopardy!A computer will never be any good at translating languages.Jump forward to 2019, and tasks a computer will “never” be able to do look a bit thinner on the ground.We’ve got robots that can execute the kind of parkour moves that would impress any action movie star.
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These are just some of the questions being raised by lawmakers, civil libertarians, and privacy advocates in the wake of an ACLU report released last summer that claimed Amazon’s facial recognition software, Rekognition, misidentified 28 members of congress as criminals.Rekognition is a general-purpose, application programming interface (API) developers can use to build applications that can detect and analyze scenes, objects, faces, and other items within images.The Project on Government Oversight also revealed via a Freedom of Information Act request that Amazon had also pitched Rekognition to ICE in June 2018.Before we can assess the accuracy of that ACLU report, it helps if we first cover some background on how facial recognition systems work.The neural network needs enough layers and compute resources to process a raw image from facial detection through landmark recognition, normalization, and finally facial recognition.A higher confidence threshold leads to fewer false positives and more false negatives.
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What does refreshment sounds like?The answer, of course, is “Buschhhhhh.”That intensely annunciated brand moniker—given added aural oomph by the pop/schhhhhh opening of a Busch can—debuted in a Super Bowl commercial by Deutsch two years ago.The latest spots from the agency use the same gag to good effect.And of course, woodland wackiness from flannel-shirted pitch-dude Gerald Downy and his pals sets up the salient sound-offs.Below, in a half-minute installment that ran regionally during Sunday’s Big Game broadcast in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska—big markets for the brand—a befuddled blindfolded bro bungles a “refreshment challenge.”
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It’s been more than a year and a half since Veep has been off the air, but the critically acclaimed HBO comedy will be returning with a bang for its seventh and final season, which premieres on March 31 and will focus on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer as she runs for president.“She’s as true to herself as she could possibly be when this season ends,” Louis-Dreyfus said at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. “Where our show ends up, ultimately, is a place I’m very happy about.And I think it will surprise viewers, too.”But in addition to trying to stand out among other TV comedies, Veep has the additional challenge of competing with the often-outlandish moments from the Trump administration.“Given our current political climate, it’s been more challenging for us to push boundaries,” said Louis-Dreyfus, who pointed out that no political parties are identified on Veep, nor are many real-life modern politicians referenced.“We’re in an alternate universe, and that’s helpful—particularly now.”
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Since the Galaxy Edge came out in 2014, Samsung's flagship phones have had curved edges on the right and left sides of their screen.The effect when you hold a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9 is that it feels like you're kind of holding the internet right in your hand.The upcoming Galaxy S10 is expected to have the same curved right and left edges.But what about the top and bottom edges?On Tuesday, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi had a patent published for a phone screen with four curved edges (top, bottom and sides).As reported by Dutch website LetsGoDigital, the patent was published in the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) Global Design Database.
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The facts that climate change is real and music relieves stress are the only two things scientists, by-and-large, seem to be in complete agreement on.If you’re still not sold, the act of playing a musical instrument also directly affects the areas of the brain associated with creativity and orgasms.The never-ending stream of digital information turns us into scrolling zombies.Playing music, like daily meditation or hitting the gym, requires focus and attention.TNW spoke with Dr. Daniel Levitan, a neuroscientist and author of the book “This is Your Brain on Music.” We asked him why people in the STEM industries should pick up an instrument.But decades of research have shown us that the best students and workers are those who can engage in creative thinking and creative problem solving.
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We’ve known for a while that, as Gotham draws its batshit bonkers story to a close, we will finally see Bruce Wayne become Batman.But while the character will indeed don the Dark Knight’s iconic costume, the teenage actor playing him won’t.Gotham’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour dropped a few nuggets of info of what we can expect out of the series’ fifth and final season as it continues its descent into the kinds of hysteria that only Gotham can truly capture.But perhaps the saddest detail of all is that yes, while David Mazouz’s li'l Bruce Wayne will become Batman by the end of the series, he won’t actually be stepping into the Batsuit...primarily because he wasn’t hired to play a 6'4" superhero, but instead a young orphan who would one day become that superhero.So while Mazouz will obviously provide the voice and appear in closeups, any time you actually see Batman in general? Gotham: David Mazouz wil be in the Batman suit in the end, sort of.
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The technique of targeting users’ email accounts with malicious links that gather personal data is one of the oldest and most successful hacks around.And now, you should be on the lookout for phishing emails that are using Google Translate to mask their nefarious nature.Phishing emails use a variety of approaches that all have the same goal: Convincing you to click a link before you’ve properly investigated whether or not it’s safe.This week, a security researcher at Akamai outlined a novel phishing approach that they recently encountered in their inbox that attempts to use Google translate links to mask disreputable links.In January, the researcher received an email informing them that someone had attempted to access their Google account on an unrecognised Windows device.They first saw the email on their phone and didn’t recall using a new device so they moved over to a laptop to look into it.
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Gap Inc. has appointed a new marketing head for its namesake Gap brand: Alegra O’Hare, who will join the company as senior vice president and chief marketing officer on Feb. 25.O’Hare joins Gap from Adidas, where she served as the vice president of global brand communications for Adidas Originals and Style.There, she led several campaigns and brand innovations, including “Original is Never Finished,” which won a Cannes Lions Grand Prix in 2017.That same year, she was honored as one of Adweek’s Brand Geniuses.“I have always admired Gap’s ethos, including the culture, creativity and heritage of the brand,” O’Hare said in a statement included in a release announcing the news.“These core values are what make Gap unique, and I am thrilled to join Neil and the team with the important task to shift brand perception, amplify our stories and deliver a bold, new and exciting point of view to our consumers around the world.”
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A new study published in BMJ Open has called for over 400 scientific papers on the subject of organ transplantation to be retracted because they did not comply with international ethical standards designed to ensure the organ donors freely consented, the Guardian reported this week.Macquarie University in Sydney professor of clinical ethics and lead study author Wendy Rogers told the Guardian her team found evidence that the scientific and medical community may have been complicit in the “barbaric” practice of harvesting organs from Chinese prisoners.The 445 studies they identified involved 85,477 transplants.The 19 studies which claimed no organs from executed prisoners were used took place prior to 2010, when there was no volunteer donor program in China.A 2016 report by former Canadian lawmaker David Kilgour, human rights lawyer David Matas, and journalist Ethan Gutmann alleged that within China, there is a massive discrepancy between publicly-reported numbers of organ donations and the number of organ recipients, according to CNN.The gap between the officially reported donor numbers, the authors alleged, and the number of estimated transplantation operations could only be explained by executions.
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Japan has nearly hit its goal for collecting e-waste that will be used to create the 2020 Tokyo Olympics medals, officials have announced.The nation announced plans to make the medals primarily from metal harvested from old smartphones and other gadgets back in early 2017.In its most recent update, officials said that nearly 100% of the needed metals have been collected.Following its announcement, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee launched a program in April 2017 to begin collecting the recycled materials.NTT Docomo stores began accepting old gadgets to recycle on behalf of the program, and collection stations were enacted in various public places in Japan.The response has been overwhelming and despite initial concerns about the timeline, officials say that they’ve already raised almost all of the necessary metal ahead of next year’s games.
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Apple’s HomePod: It has great sound, lets you talk to Siri from across the room, and if you’re an Apple Music subscriber, it might just be your best friend.It’s also lagging so far behind the rest of the smart speaker market, that it may end up on the trash heap if Apple can’t turn its sales numbers around.But what if Apple imbued a future version of the HomePod with features like 3D-gesture recognition, FaceID, and mood-sensing emoji?A recently discovered Apple patent application for an “electronic device with sensors and display devices,” suggests that Apple is certainly about to give it a shot.This patent doesn’t name the HomePod per se, but one look at the accompanying drawings and it’s hard to believe the cylindrical device in which a “speaker may be mounted” could be anything else.The wide-ranging document describes various features of this theoretical device including:
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Google is notorious for having fun with numbers.On Friday, the search giant said that it paid a security researcher an award of $1,337 — a stylized way of writing "leet," as in "elite," a reference to a programming joke that goes back to the '80s.This came as part of Google's annual report on its bug bounty program, where it pays security experts to find flaws and vulnerabilities in its software.The program paid out $3.4 million to 317 total security researchers in 2018.Google often plays little tricks like this with its bug bounty program: It once paid out $6,006.13 — or, Google spelled-out numerically — to the researcher who managed to buy the "Google.com" domain for one minute.Google is notorious for having fun with numbers, and it looks like the company's difficult 2018 didn't slow that down at all.
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Police are believed to be examining CCTV footage which shows a man getting in and out of a car minutes after the last sighting of missing Hull University student Libby Squire.The footage, obtained by ITV News, appears to show a man sitting with his legs out the driver’s side door of a parked vehicle in Hull, said by the broadcaster to be close to where the philosophy student is thought to have disappeared.The clip is said by ITV to be “a central part” of the investigation into the student’s disappearance.During the footage, thought to run from around a minute past midnight to a few seconds before 12.09am on February 1, a cyclist and car pass the parked vehicle.This CCTV footage, obtained exclusively by ITV News, captures activity around a car in Hull minutes before Libby Squire was last seen.This is the sequence of events being examined by detectives searching for the university student https://t.co/eInAEO9COy pic.twitter.com/X29OgAXN9Q
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