Walter Winkel

Walter Winkel

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In the rock climbing world, there has been a huge transition from traditional climbing pants to yoga pants and boardshorts.More and more people are opting for the added flexibility provided by stretchier, tighter fitting material.The only problem with dedicated yoga pants and surfing boardshorts is their tendency to get torn up by the rock, but Patagonia presents an ideal solution.The company’s new line of climbing apparel includes yoga-like crops that are made to resist abrasion, looser fitting rock pants that offer the same benefits as tights, and boardshort-like shorts for men — because, let’s face it, fewer men wear tights.This new line of climbing-specific apparel includes the Fina Rock Crops and Hampi Rock Pants for women, and the Terrabonne Shorts for men.The Fina Rock crops boast the look and feel of yoga tights but offers added durability and abrasion resistance, even while encountering sharp granite.
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Baidu has appointed three senior AI scientists to its Baidu USA AI division, following the high profile departure last year of Baidu AI head Andrew Ng and several others.The company also announced two new AI labs one for business intelligence, one for robotics and autonomous driving.The AI scientists are Dr. Ken Church, Dr. Hui Xiong, and Dr. Jun (Luke) Huan.Dr Kenneth Church specializes in natural language processing and has worked at IBM’s Watson Research Center and Microsoft.His new colleague Dr Jun Huan is an expert in big data and data mining and Dr Hui Xiong in data and knowledge engineering.Baidu’s release quotes Dr Church as saying:
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A few weeks back, Apple added “Give me the news” to Siri’s repertoire of tricks in the latest beta version of iOS.The feature comes as the company is readying its smart assistant for the imminent arrival of the HomePod, the company’s first smart assistant-driven device.The feature is now out of beta here in the States and the U.K.Asking Siri for the news will default to NPR in the U.S. and the BBC in the U.K.If you’re so inclined, you can also switch to Fox News, CNN, and The Washington Post or Sky News and LBC, respectively — because where you get your information is a particularly hot button top in the age of the Fake News Awards.The functionality depends on how you invoke it.
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A Korean research team, affiliated with UNIST has presented a new type of underwater adhesives that are tougher than the natural biological glues that mussels normally use to adhere to rocks, ships, and larger sea critters.This has attracted much attention as a technology that surpass the limits of conventional chemical-based adhesives that significantly lose adhesion capability when exposed to moisture or when reused.This breakthrough has been led by Professor Hoon-Eui Jeong in the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering and his research team at UNIST.According to the research team, stable adhesion between surfaces under wet conditions is highly desirable for many practical applications, particularly in the bioengineering and medical fields, where most surfaces are wet.Professor Jeong solved such issues using the simple hydrogel microstructures alone.In the study, the research team presented a wet-responsive, shape-reconfigurable, and flexible hydrogel adhesives that exhibit strong adhesion under wet environments based on reversible interlocking between reconfigurable microhook arrays.
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Following a menacing string of cease and desist orders served to the sketchy operation, BitConnect has been experiencing a series of long windows of server downtime over the past several days.The website claims the reason for the outage is a “continuous DDoS attack” but a notice on its site reads its team is “performing some maintenance.”We've been under continuous DDoS attack which inevitably affects our service.The problem is things are only getting worse in 2018 so far.In a matter of two weeks, BitConnect has received two more cease and desist orders – one from the Texas Securities Board and one from the North Carolina Securities Division.Both of these are targeting its main branch in the UK, as well as a few additional BitConnect registrations that appear in the British Companies House registrar.
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Lyft passengers spent $2 billion on local businesses and services in 2017, according to the results of the 2018 Lyft Economic Impact report.By contrast, Lyft riders had an economic impact of $750 million last year, according to the 2017 Lyft Economic Impact Report.The survey of more than 60,000 Lyft passengers and drivers was collected in 52 cities across the United States.Based on survey results, Lyft concludes that nearly a quarter of a million Lyft passengers got rid of a household vehicle in 2017.One in five passenger survey respondents said they use public transportation more as a result of access to Lyft, however, the number of Lyft passengers who use Lyft when public transportation does not operate is down from 47 percent in 2016 to 31 percent in 2017.Since the previous report was published in December 2016, Lyft has spread from 20 cities in the United States to 52 major cities, expanding coverage from about 50 percent of the U.S. population to about 95 percent.
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If you thought Sophia the Robot was creepy, check out Saturday Night Live’s My Drunk Boyfriend—a life-size doll whose artificial intelligence has mastered the art of having no intelligence at all.The parody infomercial from this weekend’s SNL pitched My Drunk Boyfriend as the perfect facsimile of your real boyfriend—which is great for when he’s way and can’t behave like a drunken lout in person.Portrayed by an actor with impressive plasticity, My Drunk Boyfriend imitates your boyfriend’s worst tendencies, from spouting random life goals to crying over dead relatives to peeing in your laundry hamper and bringing a charred frozen pizza to bed.A number of SNL episodes this year haven’t had any parody ads, but this one had two.The show closed out with Cecily Strong starring in a spoof commercial for Chantix anti-smoking medication—in which she objects to being described as a real person and not an actress, when in fact she has had an (ignominious) acting career in the past.As the Chicago Sun-Times points out, Strong managed to get a shout-out to her old theater company, the Village Players in Oak Park, Ill., into the sketch.
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Pete Lau, chief executive of the niche Chinese phone manufacturer, said the company would begin talks with US carriers this year.He declined to give any specific time frame for when a deal might be struck.(Lau spoke Chinese, and Carl Pei, co-founder and global director, served as the translator.)A potential deal with a carrier would bring the company a higher-profile distribution partner and potentially supercharge its brand.Still small, OnePlus is riding a lot of momentum.The company saw its OnePlus 5T become its fastest- and best-selling product after its launch in November, according to Pei.
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That raft eventually grew to around 150 square miles—remains of the largest underwater volcanic eruption in the 20th or 21st century to date, bigger even than Mount St. Helens.But when researchers actually visited the Havre volcano, it was nothing like they expected.Instead of the explosive, underwater Krakatoa-type eruption expected, they found signs of slower-moving lava flows... and realised that a whole lot of data they could have been using literally floated away.“This is often the case with work in the deep oceans,” said study author Adam Soule from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.“We had preconceived notions of what we’d find, but not until we got out there did we get a sense of what had happened.”There really isn’t a whole lot of data on these underwater volcanoes, especially not data taken soon after the eruption occurs.
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Their stories come amid the release of new data today [Thursday] on key aspects of NHS care, including on A, cancer and referral to treatment times.Struggling hospitals were told on New Year’s Day to cancel all routine surgery until the end of January amid fears of a meltdown, with doctors and nurses told to focus on the sickest patients.Adrian is an A doctor at Scarborough Hospital in North Yorkshire“This year, with the current degree of winter pressure that we are feeling, this is the worst condition that I have ever seen the NHS in.”“A is not a destination in itself, it is like a sorting office.”“When I come onto the unit and I see the management disaster that the senior nurses in the department are responsible for sorting out, I feel desperately sorry for them because there is nothing they can do to help that situation.
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Researchers warn that noise pollution is causing chronic stress in birds and that it negatively impacts their health.The study, which was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at western bluebirds and the impact that oil and gas operations noise has on them.According to the findings, this constant noise pollution has resulted in stunted growth in chicks, less eggs hatching, and more.Man-made noises, including the sounds produced by vehicles, construction, and aircraft, are hard to avoid for both humans and wildlife.Western bluebirds are notable due to their natural tendency to move toward noisy places.One would assume these birds are better suited to withstand constant man-made noises, but the study found the opposite — they’re most severely impacted by the noise pollution.
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If only we could rewind time to capture moments like your baby’s first steps.Chances are you’re too slow with turning on a camera to catch life’s unexpected moments.The Amsterdam-based company is showing the camera this week at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas.It’s not quite the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, but it’s a pretty innovative product.“The time machine is something that really inspires people, and that’s what this makes us think about,” said Sjoerd Pitstra, CEO of the company, in an interview with VentureBeat.When a big moment happens, you hit the button and it captures the previous 10 seconds and then records for an additional 10 seconds, giving you 20 seconds of video.
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There have been too many changes in the smartphone market during past years.Especially, this means to the camera features, full-screen mainstream, and others.But there is a feature remaining unchanged.As you guess, Qualcomm continues leading the market.Today, AnTuTu announced the top ten mobile chips of 2017 based on a survey.According to the AnTuTu’s top ten mobile chips of 2017 list, the Snapdragon 835 is the leader with a market share of 15.54%.
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Yesterday a cartoonist wrote a set of paragraphs about Donald Trump that were shared in a viral manner.The writing included news that Trump had requested a “Gorilla Channel” for his television on the first night he’d entered the White House.The writing was so extremely well crafted that it was mistaken for an excerpt from the new tell-all book “Fire and Fury” about the first nine months of the Trump administration.The excellence of the Gorilla Channel text is in the reading and the reproducing of the style of Michael Wolff.The cartoonist One Giant Hand (aka Ben, aka @PixelatedBoat) saw the extreme popularity of tidbits from the book Wolff was about to publish.He took the content of the book and went a step beyond, creating a situation which was ming-bogglingly absurd.
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The results are now in after a year-long, crowdfunded investigation into the star KIC 8462852, and to hardly anyone’s surprise, the strange dimming produced by this star doesn’t appear to be caused by an alien megastructure.But thanks to observations made by the Kepler Space Telescope from 2009 to 2013, we know that this otherwise normal star experiences sporadic and intermittent dimming (at least from our vantage point on Earth).Explanations included a swarm of comets, a recently-annihilated planet, a distorted star, gravity darkening, and even alien megastructures.In all, nearly 2,000 people were involved in the survey, the results of which have now been published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.Beginning in May 2017, astronomers managed to chronicle four distinct dimming episodes, dubbed Elsie, Celeste, Scara Brae, and Angkor by Kickstarter supporters who got to nominate and vote for the names.The recurrence of these dimming episodes was a big deal, not least of which because it finally ruled out instrumental effects from Kepler (which was thought unlikely anyway).
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The idea that a so-called "Tabby's Star" could be orbited by huge structures created by an advanced alien civilization has been essentially ruled out by "Tabby" herself.Tabetha Boyajian led the crowdsourced citizen scientist team that first identified the star officially known as KIC 8462852 or Boyajian's Star in 2015.The story of the mysterious star went viral thanks to its unique and weird habit of dimming and brightening without any obvious pattern, leading some to suggest alien megastructures straight out of science fiction as a possible explanation.But Dyson Swarms, Alderson disks and other imaginary alien engineering feats were never the most likely explanation for what Boyajian and a team of citizen scientists discovered over two years ago."From what we can assume, a megastructure would be a solid body, not capable of producing the color dependence we observe," she told to me via email.Boyajian is the lead author on a new paper published Wednesday in Astrophysical Journal Letters that explains something much less solid is the most likely explanation for the star's strange dips in brightness, including the latest such bit of stellar weirdness that started in May of 2017.
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3D printing is revolutionizing just about every area of our lives — and that includes ones you may not immediately think of.Researchers in the U.K.’s Cosmetic Science Group at London College of Fashion have been exploring the use of additive manufacturing for a whole new industry and application: makeup.In a newly-published study in the Journal of Dermatology and Cosmetology, they describe the use of 3D printing to produce personalized makeup, more specifically lipstick.The work involves both 3D-scanning and 3D-printing technology to produce a lipstick applicator which perfectly matches the lips of the wearer, meaning no more mirrors necessary to apply it.“The first step involves obtaining a high-quality scan of an individual’s lips in order to get a digital image,” Dr. Milica Stevic, one of the lead researchers on the project, told Digital Trends.“This image is then subjected to optimization and further modeling which is a simple, straightforward and universal procedure, regardless of the type of lips.
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Were you thinking that the ongoing spat between Google and Amazon had finally simmered down?Google previously said that it wasn't going to remove the YouTube access for the Amazon Fire TV until January 1, but some users are already finding the app disabled when they fire up their devices, reports TechCrunch.So much for the spirit of the holidays.But look at it this way: at least Fire TV users have the less-than-ideal browser option on their own terms.The current spat began when Google pulled YouTube from the Echo Show, claiming it was offering users a "broken user experience."It didn't look right on the Echo Show's tiny screen, though, and it was considerably more awkward than the app it replaced.
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A whole slew of our four-wheeled coverage in 2017 involved autonomous vehicles and self-driving cars.And with good reason—between the big OEMs and a legion of startups, a lot is going on there.At the other end of the size chart, on one memorable day in Tennessee, I got to drive a gaggle of microcars, which made me realize just how far vehicle safety standards have progressed in 50 years.But the two cars that captivated me—the ones that still cause me to wax rhapsodic when people at dinner parties ask my opinion—belong to none of those categories.Both in the US and globally, sales of BEVs have been better than ever—although it only takes one look at the numbers in percentage terms to realize we still have a long way to go.When Tesla's Model 3 finally starts showing up en masse there should be quite a good selection out there for people looking to ditch the internal combustion engine for less than $50,000.
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While venture capitalists vie to fund massively scalable businesses, they tend to view their own industry as size-constrained.Common wisdom is that with a limited supply of successful startups, greatly inflating the amount of available capital to invest in them leads to asset bubbles.This year, SoftBank’s Vision fund — which acts like a super-sized venture fund with a lot of late-stage deals — has been putting that assumption to an unprecedented test.To put that number in perspective, it’s roughly an entire quarter for the whole U.S. venture capital market.In an effort to pinpoint the startup spaces that see the greatest impact from SoftBank’s largess, Crunchbase drilled into the activities of the firm’s $100 billion Vision Fund and affiliated investment vehicles.Below, we look at total investment, stage focus and geographic dispersion.
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