p Did Nasa astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin really walk on the moon in 1969, or was it part of an elaborate ruse directed by Stanley Kubrick?Are aircraft leaving 'chemtrails' in the sky, chemical agents sprayed for mysterious and nefarious purposes?Is there actually a cure for cancer, suppressed by pharmaceutical companies in order to protect valuable 'alternative' medicines?Unfortunately for the more imaginative conspiracy theorists among us, the answer to all of these questions is likely to be a resounding no.The equation, which has been published in Plos One, is made up of three factors: the number of conspirators involved, how much time has passed since the alleged conspiracy took place, and the "intrinsic probability of a conspiracy failing".This intrinsic measure was estimated by looking at data from conspiracies that had later been revealed to be true – the PRISM surveillance program, which was revealed by Edward Snowden after several years, the Tuskegee syphilis scandal, which withheld the cure for syphilis from African-Americans and was revealed after 25 years, and an FBI scandal which led to the execution of innocent people, unveiled by a doctor after six years.
Error loading player: No playable sources foundEver wonder why airplane passengers are asked to lift up their window shades before takeoff and landing?A flight attendant explains why they do this.
The updated app was quietly pushed live yesterday, and Google has now officially confirmed that Android Pay is available for anyone in the U.K., assuming they have a compatible NFC-enabled device.Similar to Apple Pay, Android Pay lets users purchase goods in physical retail stores by associating their MasterCard or Visa card with their device and swiping their phone against a contactless terminal at the point of sale.It can also be used to pay for things within third-party apps, including those by JD Sports, Deliveroo, Zara, Kickstarter, Airbnb, and YPlan.Crucially, Android Pay can also be used on London s public transport network, including the Tube and buses.The Internet giant launched its Apple Pay competitor last May, but so far, the feature has only been available in the U.S. Google did confirm back in March, however, that Android Pay would be landing in the U.K. some time in the next few months.The company has now confirmed that it will be launching in Australia and Singapore soon, with more countries added to the mix in the coming months.So it sounds as though the U.K. is serving as the launchpad for a major global rollout across 2016.Google had previously confirmed that eight banks would be on board for launch — Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA, and Nationwide Building Society, though it did note that more would be added.Barclays was also slow to embrace Apple Pay, which has been available in the U.K. since last summer.
EyeSight's innovation doesn't require new hardware to be built, instead embedding a code into apps or software within existing capabilities on smartphones compatible with VR.Photo: Getty ImagesA start-up that makes technology to allow you to control devices touch-free with gestures has raised US$20 million to accelerate its products, including a new product that allows consumers to make selections on a virtual reality VR headset by touching thin air.Israeli-based eyeSight Technologies received the investment from Chinese conglomerate Kuang-Chi, which manufactures and researches new technologies.The solution from eyeSight Technologies allows a user to simply place their finger in front of the VR headset and move it around.A company that produces VR headsets powered by mobile does not need to build new hardware.The funding will help eyeSight commercialise its solutions and also get a foothold in China with Kuang-Chi now on board as an investor.
Here s a British Airways Airbus A380 attempting to land at Vancouver airport.You can see the world s largest passenger airplane make its final approach and come so, so close to the ground — but then decide to abort and make a go-around instead.It s mightily impressive to see such a big plane make a manoeuvre like this.Adobe Flash Player or an HTML5 supported browser is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash PlayerLearn more about upgrading to an HTML5 browser
Haseeb Qureshi is an Airbnb engineer who drew a lot of attention last month for his blog post that explained how he negotiated a starting pay package from $120,000 to $250,000 in a matter of a few weeks.Qureshi has an interesting background — he's a former professional poker player with an English degree.Despite getting rejected by all 20 jobs he initially applied for, Qureshi worked his way up by learning how to code on his own, and ended up landing 8 job offers, including positions at Google, Uber, and Yelp.Earlier this month, Qureshi updated his blog post with tips on how to nail your interview and find your dream job.We've put together some of the highlights: View As: One PageSlides
As Ellie Powers, who leads Google s developer efforts around Google Play, told me, the team will be on the lookout for apps it can feature and then handpick some of the most promising ones.Once users are enrolled in a beta test, their ratings in the store won t count toward the overall rating for an app.Instead, these users can now give private feedback to developers through the store without the need for developers to set up forms or email addresses the way they often do today.Firebase now offers developers a pre-launch report that summarizes all the issues these automated tests find.The report will show diagnostics and screenshots, as well as tips for fixing crashes.To ensure developers also tune their apps for users in emerging markets, Google is launching a set of guidelines with checklists for optimizing their apps, as well as a more in-depth guide with tips and best practices for expanding into these markets.
When birds or other winged creatures tire or want to observe their surroundings, they have the option of landing and then taking off again.Perching saves them from having to continuously hover.If we want to have drones to help our futures lives, said Moritz Graule, who did the research as a graduate student at Harvard University s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, we need a way for them to save energy, and perching is just a very natural approach.The findings move mini sensor-toting drones one small step closer to being a viable technology for use as surveillance tools during disaster-relief missions and as relay points in communications networks, according to the researchers.As soon as the voltage is turned off, that gentle gripping force disappears, and the robot is free to fly away.More evolved, commercially available versions are still at least five to 10 years away from production, according to the researchers.
GIF Credit: Harvard Microrobotics Lab/Harvard SEASBirds, bats, and insects can t fly forever, and neither can microrobotic drones.Aerial microdrones are still in the developmental stage, but they ll eventually be used to serve many valuable purposes, such as surveilling a site after a natural disaster, detecting hazardous chemicals, or scoping out rooms for police and military forces.Any future robotic system will have to to find a way to perch from time to time in order to extend the life of a mission.In a Science study published today, Moritz Graule and his colleagues describe a bio-inspired robot that perches using electrostatic forces.The robot takes off and flies normally, but when the electrode patch is switched on, it can stick to almost any surface, including glass, wood, and even a leaf.A foam mount helps it to absorb the shock on landing and prevent bounces.
US aerospace and defence firm Lockheed Martin has unveiled a concept for a new Mars base that will orbit the Red Planet instead of being based on the planet's surface, enabling humans to be sent to Mars by 2028.Lockheed Martin has envisioned a heavy lift rocket that turns into a space station, orbiting Mars to allow scientists to gather valuable researchUnveiled at the Human to Mars space conference in Washington DC on Wednesday 18 May, the Mars Base Camp is a space station designed to orbit around the Red Planet, similar to the International Space Station ISS , only smaller.Also included in the design are radiators to keep sensitive electronics and living quarters cool, solar arrays to harness power from the sun for spacecraft operations and propulsion, and a cryogenic rocket engine that produces a high-powered thrust to get the spacecraft from lunar orbit into deep space to Mars and enables the astronauts to go on excursions around the Red Planet's moons; Phobos and Deimos.Much can be learnt from Mars orbitLockheed Martin's mission timeline for the Mars base campBy being in orbit of the Red Planet, scientists can learn a lot more about Mars even without landing, and it means that we could learn more instead of spending more time creating and constructing the right habitats.So Lockheed Martin has come up with a proposal it hopes the space agency will consider in order to cement plans to get humans to Mars.To that end, it has drawn up set targets – have the rocket and capsule ready to launch on an unmanned mission by 2018, and if that is successful, take astronauts to deep space, just beyond the moon in 2023 for the first time ever, and then work their way towards orbiting Mars by 2028.
At a glanceE-ink displayEight months of battery lifeTracks steps, sleep, running and swimming$80ProsLong battery lifeWater resistantModular form factorConsLimited display functionalityNot cheap enough to truly be budget Limited data insightDrop the price $20 and add a bit more functionality and you ve got a compelling product on your hands.The way things stand now though, the Withings Go is more of a curiosity than it is compelling — or, for that matter, tempting.Sure, the French company well, the Nokia-owned French company turned some heads when it showed off the little disc back in January at CES.Appy trackingThe device uses Withings existing mobile app.The landing page is a timeline breaking down steps, activity type and sleep day to day.Sleep tracking, too, is fairly basic, determining both when and how deeply you re sleeping based on movement or lack thereof .
Flapping two tiny wings, the small, thin robot wobbles its way towards the underside of a leaf, bumps into the surface and latches on, perching motionless above the ground.Moments later, its wings begin to flap once more and it jiggles off on its way.But there is a hitch: flying takes energy, so the time these robots can spend in the air is limited by the size of the battery pack they can carry.They can stay in the air for about 10 to 30 minutes, said Moritz Alexander Graule, a PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who developed the robot while at Harvard University.A foam tube helps with landing and prevents the robot from bouncing off its perch as it touches down.Mirko Kovac, director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London, says the research shows how engineers can learn from nature, adding that the robot is a significant development in the field.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Snapchat is reportedly working on introducing a new algorithm that will determine the ranking of new content from brands and media accounts in user feeds, Digiday reports.Currently, when a user opens up Snapchat and navigates to the Story page — the landing page where Snapchat Discover, Live Stories, and individual account stories live — content from accounts that a user follows — whether friends, media companies, brands, or celebrities — are displayed in a ranking based on which accounts updated their stories most recently.Now, Snapchat is apparently looking to introduce a different algorithm that will give the company more control over what a user sees first in the feed.The move could be a welcome move for publishers that are not a part of Snapchat's Discover feature.Discover partners —including Daily Mail, Vox, MTV — have their accounts featured on a Discover landing page that all users are able to access.For reference, Discover is a content portal where partnering publishers have their own "channels" that they post new content to every 24 hours.But for those publishers that want to reach Snapchat's audience but don't want to invest in creating lots of new Snapchat native content every 24 hours, getting discovered on the platform is harder.Publishers not on Discover have to create their own private accounts and encourage audiences to "follow" these accounts to view content.Content from these accounts then gets placed into a user's Story feed along with all the other content from every account that user follows.In the current system, if a user follows a lot of accounts and the publisher does not post frequent updates, then its content can be lost in the feed.A new algorithm based on user preference the frequency with which a user watches that account's content would help publishers elevate their content to the top of the feed among engaged viewers.
Miniature flying robot that can perch and take off could be used in search and rescue, scientists sayScientists have designed flying, insect-sized robots that can perch and launch from ceilings.Dr Mirko Kovac, director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory of Imperial College, London, who was not involved in this study, told BBC News that similar robots were currently being trialled in environmental monitoring and disaster-relief efforts.Equipped with sensors, swarms of these small, relatively cheap robots, Dr Kovac explained, could alert first responders to the most intense areas of forest fires or other natural disasters.Detaching easily from a surface was another challenge; if perching was the only goal, Mr Graule said, "we could have put a little glue on top of the robot".To solve these problems, the researchers designed a small, flat "landing patch" with an electrostatic charge that can be switched on and off.What the team is most excited about though are the opportunities that such minuscule component parts promise for other applications.
Looking to capture awesome aerial footage of your outdoor adventures, but don t want to go through the rigamarole of learning how to fly a drone?This is made possible by the XEagle s included Smart Watch, which controls everything from takeoff to landing.Both the XEagle and Smart Watch are equipped with GPS and pressure sensors, and these both work together so the XEagle can follow you — a function that you can activate by simply pressing the Follow button on the watch.The Smart Watch displays your XEagle s altitude, distance from you, battery level, remaining flight time, and will even vibrate when the drone s remaining battery power dips below 25 percent.During out tests, the XEagle had no problems following us around or orbiting my position, but there were times we would fall out of the camera s field of view.You can definitely record action footage with this, but just know that not all of your footage is going to be usable.
These tiny, sticky insects could be used to monitor disaster zones, help people communicate in remote places, and detect hazardous chemicals in the air.But they aren't real insects - they are robots.The latest prototype of the RoboBee, which have been in development for a decade, can perch on ceilings and leaves to save energy.The insect robot, developed by researchers at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory, has an electrostatically charged pad, called a landing pad, on its head that can stick to objects above it.When the landing pad is switched on it has a negative charge that attracts it to a variety of materials, including glass, plywood and leaves.Pepper, an emotion-reading robotSwarms of robots, both flying and land-based, could have wide ranging applications, particularly in remote and disaster areas.
According to a new published paper in Nature Scientific Reports by Planetary Science Institute senior scientist J. Alexis Palmero Rodriguez, some kind of bolide impact triggered the enormous waves and completely wipeout any kind of shoreline features which scientists have been struggling to identify.The study comes after NASA announced last September that there was flowing liquid located on the Red Planet.Rodriguez and the paper s co-author Thomas Platz concluded the tsunamis occurred millions of years apart.The scientists concluded that during the time period between the two tsunamis, the ocean receded and caused Mars climate to become cooler.The study suggests that further sampling of the areas will likely find frozen ancient ocean water brines and may obtain much of the originally emplaced materials, which could be informative of the ocean s primary composition.Scientists believe that the Mars Pathfinder will be able to test the materials, given its proximity to the rover s landing site.
Samsung and LG were on the way up, but the big names in cell phones were still Motorola and Nokia.I didn t have the benefit then of the K-Startup Grand Challenge and the potential of landing $100,000 in grant money — more about that down below.However, over the decade that I ve lived on and off in Korea, it has become a world leader in technology, advanced manufacturing, and even culture.For us, the close proximity to the rest of Asia allows us to keep up-to-date with rapidly changing technological trends much quicker than if we were in the West, said Alex Gershon, Business Development Manager at file sharing startup Send Anywhere.This all-expenses-paid acceleration program gives entrepreneurs looking to break into Asia an advantage that I didn t have when I founded G3 Partners a little less than two years ago.The K-Startup Grand Challenge will bring 40 foreign startups to a new $160 million startup campus in Pangyo, an area dubbed Korea s Silicon Valley.Dr. Chang-yong Ahn, a director at Korea s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning puts it bluntly, Most innovation is borne from diversity – just look at Silicon Valley.The K-Startup Grand Challenge is part of a $2 billion annual effort, funded by the Korean government and private companies, to transform Korea s economy into one with a stronger focus on technology entrepreneurship.We were also very fortunate to receive two government grants and a free office, making the move easier.
The Hubble Space Telescope, like that guy in the office who owns a DSLR, has been roped in to take a few photos in advance of an important event.Before that, on 22 May, the Red Planet will line up in precisely with the Earth and the Sun so that its Earth-facing hemisphere is fully illuminated - an act of stellar ballet known as 'opposition'In one of the photos taken by Hubble above you can see a lovely selection of the Red Planet's features, from the ancient lava flows of Sinus Sabaeus to the enormous, ancient shield volcano of Syrtis Major - one of the planet's first-identified features in the 17th century.While Mars' atmosphere is about 100 times thinner than the Earth's, it can still support clouds.Over the southern polar cap in the photo, where it's currently winter, you can see an extended blanket of clouds, as well as a wispy cloud extending at least 1,000 miles in the mid-northern latitudes of the planet.Less than 35 million.But the distances change because both orbits are tilted slightly with respect to each other.
As LinkedIn s Senior Content Marketing Manager Jason Miller said, Content marketing is no longer a numbers game.It s one thing to live and breathe content strategy, but those efforts will fall flat if B2B marketers aren t optimized for sales-qualified leads and revenue.Prioritize relevant, low-hanging-fruit keywords that are in striking distance of page one.Next, map keywords by theme to relevant content topics and landing pages; consider user intent of the searcher to improve landing page conversion rate.We helped the client create an e-book and infographic to highlight the product s benefits and key pain point solutions.The battle for buyers time and money is only going to become more competitive; focusing on relevance in content and search rankings will be key to winning strategies.