Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor

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Rodney S. Ruoff, Director of the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM) at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Distinguished Professor in the School of Natural Science at UNIST, was selected to the 2018 hall of Citation Laureates on September 20, 2018.Announced each year by Clarivate Analytics, this designation celebrates researchers whose influence is comparable to that of Nobel Prize recipients, as attested by exceptionally high citation records within the Web of Science.Since 2002, analysts at Clarivate Analytics (formely Thomson Reuters) have drawn on Web of Science publication and citation data to identify Nobel-worthy researchers in physiology, medicine, physics and chemistry, as well as economics.The Citation Laureates are scientists whose publications have been cited so often by their colleagues that they are forecast as potential recipients of the Nobel Prize in this year or in the future.Distinguished Professor Ruoff has been given the honor of being designated as a probable winner of the physics prize for his profound contributions to our "understanding and development of carbon-based materials including for capacitive energy storage and understanding the mechanisms of operation of supercapacitors.""Korea has been an exciting and dynamic experience for me and it has furthermore been a real pleasure working for UNIST and witness my affiliation to grow and do well."
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An elevator isn’t the first place one thinks of for a chance to have some interesting interaction.Most of the time, the ride up and down is an exercise in people gazing forward quietly, or sneaking peeks at their phones.Conran Design Group, part of Havas in London, is seeking to break the monotony and give something people to talk about by redesigning the interiors of their elevators at Havas HKX Village in the company’s Kings Cross headquarters.Six of the building’s lifts have been transformed to anything from a disco (probably from the 80s as evidenced by the boombox on the floor) to a living room, complete with a comfortable couch as the centerpiece.One encourages people to take a side in the dog vs. cat debate while another has unique flooring that makes it feel as though you are staring down at the elevator’s shaft.Thom Newton, CEO and managing partner of Conran Design Group, noted that the overall idea was both a social experiment, plus an illustration of what design can do to transform even the drabbest of spaces.
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Lloyds and Halifax bank customers have been warned not to make repeat transactions as the group grapples with a technical glitch with Faster Payments.Reports of problems with the banking systems at Halifax and Lloyds began rolling in at about 09:00 GMT this morning, according to DownDetector.Although some users complained they couldn’t log into the mobile app, or that it kept crashing, the main issue appears to be with Faster Payments.This is a UK initiative that aims to cut down payment times between different banks from days to seconds.The balance does not go down after faster payments made or showing on statement even though it says they have been processed!!— katie allday (@kallday07) January 18, 2019
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As a birder, I had heard that if you paid careful attention to the head feathers on the downy woodpeckers that visited your bird feeders, you could begin to recognize individual birds.I even went so far as to try sketching birds at my own feeders and had found this to be true, up to a point.In the meantime, in my day job as a computer scientist, I knew that other researchers had used machine learning techniques to recognize individual faces in digital images with a high degree of accuracy.So, I built a tool to collect data: a type of bird feeder favored by woodpeckers and a motion-activated camera.I set up my monitoring station in my suburban Virginia yard and waited for the birds to show up.Major companies like Facebook, Apple and Google are actively researching this problem to provide services like visual search, auto-tagging of friends in social media posts and the ability to use your face to unlock your cellphone.
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A former mistress of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has told a courtroom how she was left “traumatised” after a harrowing escape from one of his safehouses in 2014 – as they were pursued by US marines.Testifying for the prosecution in Guzman’s US trial, Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez gave an emotional account of the couple’s relationship, saying at times she feared for her safety.His trial has provided a window into the operations of the cartel, one of the world’s biggest drug trafficking organisations.Sanchez, who was nicknamed ‘Chapodiputada’ (Chapo deputy) by local media, was arrested in June 2017 on US drug charges while trying to cross the US – Mexico border.She described how he sent her to Mexico’s “Golden Triangle” – a fertile drug-producing region that includes part of Sinaloa – to buy marijuana and send it back to him on planes.She said she followed Guzman, who was completely naked, through a tunnel leading away from the house, feeling water against her legs.
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The elaborate song-and-dance that is trying to get through security at the airport may soon be a hilarious memory, if the latest innovations being shown off in London catch on.The government's Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) showcase (it should have been Security Tech, then it'd be FAST, 'cause it helps you get through faster... but hey) is part of a £25.5m scheme running over five years to try and find better ways to stop terrorists.Which means the rest of us might be able to go about our lives while embarking on the third business trip this month.The good guys at Durham University have come up with an AI-based system that learns what normal images from the airport's X-ray machines look like, then flag up anything that looks a bit shonky.For instance, the AI could be trained on images of normal smartphones, then it can identify when one seems to have been modified or contains something it shouldn't.Similarly, it'll know what a normal beverage bottle looks like, so you'll be fine to take one in your carry-on bag or your pocket.
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Potty training is never easy – so parents often find themselves using unusual and creative ways to make the process a little easier.Now, one mum has gone to extreme lengths to stop her daughter having accidents as she gets to grips with her new potty – by covering the floor in tissue.Shona McLoughlin, a photographer from Lancashire, shared a photo of her whole living room covered, with a potty stood in the middle.“Am I doing it right?” she joked on Facebook.“Sat here waiting for her to pee.I’ve no idea what I’m doing!”
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Your first look at Bloodshot is here, and, well, it’s a picture of Vin Diesel.Valiant has officially revealed (via Diesel’s Instagram) the first look at Sony Pictures’ attempt to bring the publisher’s comics universe to the big screen in the vein of your Marvels and your DCs and what have you.The picture publicly unveils our first official look at Vin Diesel in character as Ray Garrison, better known as the former soldier turned nanite-infused superhero Bloodshot...Again, it’s pretty much just a picture of Vin Diesel in some shades.Given the military uniform, this is presumably Ray before he’s infused with nanites, leading to him getting the pale-white skin and blood-red eyes most Bloodshot fans will know the character as having.So for now, this might as well just be every other picture of Vin Diesel we already have.
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Go slow.” Yeah, you don’t have to tell me twice.And it’s actually really cool.The Freightliner eCascadia is based on the diesel Cascadia, a Class 8 18-wheeler and one of the most popular long-haul trucks currently on the road in North America.By allowing me to take it for a spin, Daimler is making a bold statement that it is out in front (way out in front) of much hyped upstarts like Tesla and Thor.With professional truckers behind the wheel running regular routes, Daimler hopes to learn more about how the vehicles handle, endure the rigors of the road, deal with charging and route issues, and manage other factors that can’t be accounted for until these trucks are used in the real world.Also eliminated are the noise pollution of the incessant roar of traditional tractor trailers, not just the particulates and smog.
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In the space of just one week, actor Ncuti Gatwa has gone from complete unknown to a breakout star in one of the most talked-about new shows at the moment.Everyone had a blast making this thing in Wales for four months last year, everyone was so excited about it and so invested in it.It definitely makes a change from getting the 243 bus from Tottenham.”He goes on to say he’s had an “emotional” time reading messages from fans who relate to Eric’s story, revealing: “The amount of love and support for the show is absolutely incredible, and I’ve had so many lovely messages from people that have watched it and gotten behind it, and taken so much from Eric’s journey and the other characters in the show.“I’m walking around and seeing billboards with my face on it, people are sending me photos of posters they’ve seen in Holland and America and all that stuff, I can’t believe how much support the show has got.But I definitely am very humbled and grateful for everything.
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Oracle admins, here's your first critical patch advisory for 2019, and it's a doozy: a total of 284 vulnerabilities patched across Big Red's product range, and 33 of them are rated “critical”.Oracle Communications Applications (OCA) is home to nine of the vulnerabilities in various components:You might be familiar with CVE-2016-1000031 – it's the Apache Commons FileUpload remote code execution (RCE) bug disclosed in November last year.OCA's Diameter Signalling Router component inherited the bug, as did its Communications Services Gatekeeper.Other systems affected by this bug include its Financial Services Analytical Applications Infrastructure, the Fusion Middleware MapViewer, and four three Oracle Retail components.Another 2016 bug, this time in Codehaus versions of Groovy (CVE-2016-6814) affected OCA Unified Inventory Management.
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Michigan has fully approved digital license plates, offering an alternative to the stamped metal plates it has been using for 125 years.The approval comes in the form of a recently passed bill, and it’ll involve the creator behind Rplate, Reviver Auto, working with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on rolling out the new option.Sadly, digital license plates still look like license plates, which means Michiganders aren’t liberated from the ugly rectangular blemishes on their vehicles.However, the digital license plates are an improvement over the typical stamped metal plates, bringing a high-definition display and connected car platform.The digital license plate replaces metal plates, physical stickers, and can enable automate vehicle renewals, simplifying the overall process while reducing the waste associated with traditional licensing materials.As well, the digital license warns if the plate is detached, provides info if the car is stolen, and supports geofencing.
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National Basketball Association referees will take to Twitter to answer fans’ questions about calls in real-time as part of an initiative between the league and the National Basketball Referees Association.The NBRA and the NBA did the same thing during game three of the NBA Finals last year, and the NBRA said it received positive feedback for helping fans better understand the rules and how officials work and think.The current partnership tips off with two nationally televised games next week: TNT’s presentation of the Golden State Warriors at the Los Angeles Lakers Monday, and the San Antonio Spurs’ visit to the Philadelphia 76ers, which will air Wednesday on ESPN.Fans can tweet @OfficialNBARefs or use the RefWatchParty hashtag, and officials who are not working games on those days will respond.In addition, those referees will have the same access to the NBA’s replay center in Secaucus, N.J., that the officials actually working those games will have, enabling them to review plays and calls from multiple angles.The NBA will also market the initiative through its owned media in order to generate more awareness and engagement.
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Samsung is set to announce its latest flagship phones next month, but that isn’t stopping the rumor mill from churning.Today, we got our first look at what sure looks like the Galaxy S10+ in public, following the S10’s appearance a few weeks ago.The image comes via u/hissick27 on Reddit, who apparently spotted the phone on a bus near Samsung’s Korean headquarters.The design matches what we’ve seen in rumors: an all-screen phone with an elliptical hole cut out for dual front-facing cameras.Another Redditor, u/ActuallyWorkOnBixby – you may have gathered they allegedly work on Samsung’s Bixby assistant – noted that the phone appears to have a security case on it.The phone is also supposed to have a software watermark with the employee ID on it, but it seems this particular employee removed it.
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Shares in Netflix fell as much as five per cent in after-hours trading last night, after the streaming giant missed analyst estimates on revenue and paid subscriber growth.Netflix reported $4.19bn in revenue for the three months to the end of December last year, narrowly missing the $4.21bn predicted by consensus estimates, as collated by S Global Market Intelligence.It added a record 8.84m paid subscribers globally in its fourth quarter, but failed to meet analyst expectations of 9.18m additions.Netflix said it expects to add 8.9m subscribers in its current quarter, after having raised prices for its subscription packages in the US earlier this month by as much as 18 per cent.However investor fears were mitigated as it raked in earnings before tax of $119.4m, beating expectations of $105.1m by more than 13 per cent.Much of Netflix's growth has been fuelled by its heavy investment into producing original content, including award-winning shows such as The Crown, Stranger Things and Bird Box.
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Redmond to throw cash at the problem, hopes some might stick to affordable homesMicrosoft has revealed it is to spank the best part of $500m on attempting to deal with the lack of affordable housing in the Seattle area.The region has seen massive growth as tech companies moved in and the giants of the industry like, er, Microsoft, have expanded enormously.The effect of the boom has been to drive up house prices, leaving behind those not enjoying gangbuster salaries.Microsoft cited figures that make for depressing reading.While jobs in the region have grown 21 per cent since 2011, available housing has lagged at 13 per cent, leading to a 96 per cent jump in house prices over the last eight years and making the Greater Seattle area the sixth most expensive in the US.
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Chinese netizens have reacted with amusement after the world’s “first robot-staffed hotel,” Japan’s Henn na in Nagasaki, announced that it was decommissioning close to half of its 240 non-human staff due to their inefficiency.Within 24 hours, a satirical Weibo video on the “layoffs” had gained 6.6 million views and close to 2,000 comments.Some were creeped out or confused by the hotel’s quirky staff as depicted in the video.“Although their faces are smiling, I feel cold,” one netizen wrote on Weibo.“What the hell are those dinosaurs,” another commenter posted, referring to two small velociraptors manning the front desk.The robots were programmed to check guests in or out using one of four languages–Japanese, English, Chinese, or Korean.
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The chief technology officer (CTO) of food delivery platform Meituan Dianping, Luo Daofeng, has reportedly left his post for a position at live-streaming company Kuaishou.Luo began working for the new company on Jan. 14, but won’t become Kuaishou’s CTO, a source told 36kr (in Chinese).An employee said that Luo is currently a part-time consultant, and will direct technical work in the future.Live-streaming and short-video platform Kuaishou has gained popularity among users in lower-tier cities and rural areas.With the rise of the platform’s e-commerce features, China’s impoverished farming communities have found new ways to expand their income by selling fresh produce or through ecotourism.A Kuaishou representative declined to comment when contacted by TechNode.
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In Spenny vs Penny we compare the products we love, with those following in their (sometimes pricey) footsteps.Are they worth the cash?Here, we try to find the best lengthening mascara – trying each for a few days to see the results.Spenny: Benefit Beyond Lengthening Mascara, 8.5ml, Benefit, £22I’ve heard people bang on about Benefit makeup (most notably the mascara) since forever, so when I excitedly applied it for the first time, I expected big results.The best part about this mascara is the brush, which combs lashes evenly and clump-free.
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A new tax app released by the Chinese government has triggered confusion among its users as they find themselves listed as employees of unfamiliar companies, while others have stumbled upon a raft of suspicious copycat apps.The app, released by China’s State Taxation Administration at the end of 2018, is intended to ease the process of filing information.While the launch of the app has seen some technical difficulties, it’s part of a larger trend of Chinese government services going mobile.Widely adopted social platform WeChat has previously been a favored tool of authorities, enabling QR code tax payment pilot programs to be rolled out in multiple provinces last month.Previously, the government in eastern China’s Shandong province had already enabled taxpayers to use WeChat, while Guangdong authorities allowed for payments via mobile payment platform Alipay as well as WeChat.According to The Paper, one netizen filed an online complaint on the app after having Anhui Normal University listed as an employer.
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