Eight studies have received funding under Phase 2 of the NASA innovative Advanced Concepts program, including a proposal to blast tiny spacecraft to other star systems using powerful lasers.The high-risk, high-reward ideas — which received grants under Phase 2 of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts NIAC program — include a possible way to induce a hibernation-like state in Mars-bound astronauts and a proposal to blast tiny spacecraft between the stars using powerful lasers."The NIAC program is one of the ways NASA engages the U.S. scientific and engineering communities, including agency civil servants, by challenging them to come up with some of the most visionary aerospace concepts," Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C, said in a statement Friday May 13 .This basic idea is at the heart of the $100 million Breakthrough Starshot project, which Stephen Hawking and other scientists announced last month.In this concept, a spacecraft would slow down upon approach to a planet by generating its own magnetic field.- See more at: http://www.space.com/32894-nasa-interstellar-flight-tech-niac-space-grants.html sthash.r4Idujwq.dpuf"Phase 2 decisions are always challenging, but we were especially challenged this year with so many successful Phase 1 studies applying to move forward with their cutting-edge technologies," Jason Derleth, the NIAC program executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., said in the same statement.
A developer known for impressive gaming technology is helping development teams that are doing cool things with and for its engine.Develop Epic Games has given out $75,000 in total to five teams as part of its Unreal Dev Grants program, which it created to reward innovative projects built for and with its Unreal Engine 4 development tool.Simply put, we succeed when you succeed, Epic notes on the Unreal Dev Grants website.Unreal Dev Grants can give you the boost you need to take your project beyond working prototype.Epic wants to help you focus more on creation and worry less about keeping the lights on.The recipients, consisting of game and plugin makers, include:
In machine learning, the ultimate goal is to train a machine or computer to learn and infer like a human, taking into account much more information and making better decisions in exponentially less time than humans are able to do.At present, most unsupervised learning systems still require some human feedback and training after initial data analysis.In contrast, unsupervised learning systems freely analyze patterns in unlabeled data, with no corresponding error or reward linked to a conclusion.Despite significant progress, the underlying processes of unsupervised learning, what s really happening at the level of the artificial neurons, is still a mystery.Risks include building models that fail or don t work in unexpected situations; however, the real gap lies in a lack of explanation by the system for its findings or results, human beings are still the ultimate interpreters.It may be that an unsupervised learning system comes up with a set of conclusions that are nonsensical or seemingly indecipherable by human beings, so finding ways to synthesize analysis with meaning is a significant code that still needs to be cracked.
Conveyor of military brass and even limited firepower.Four different driving modes allow setting the AWD for automatic, mud, sand, or snow road conditions.With no options, at $20,990 including destination the Sport offers four-wheel drive, black body trim, and love-'em-or-hate-'em steel wheels painted flat black.This turbocharged engine and transmission combination unfortunately shines a light on throttle lag, however, which is one particular bit of engine dynamic behavior that many other manufacturers have long since been able to minimize.To minimize spikes in emissions due to transients when the throttle is sharply opened or closed, manufacturers often soften those throttle opening and closing rates.On a closing throttle, this sort of strategy certainly cleans up some emissions spikes, but it can also cause the engine to decelerate—or idle down—frustratingly slowly.
The football season is almost over – but don t despair: as far as the FIFA franchise is concerned, it s only just beginning, with FIFA 17 certain to be announced at E3 next month.But rather than let Twitter decide, why not reward the undisputed English stars of this Premier League season – Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jamie Vardy?With Lionel Messi s deal as the face of FIFA still to be renewed, and given that EA has been experimenting over the past few years by having different cover stars for different territories, this wish could well be granted.Personally, I endorse this, but suspect any return might be saved for the 20th anniversary of that game, in 2018.DivingThis has been a real blind spot for the FIFA series, and probably has more to do with the governing body the game gets its name from than any sense of righteousness from EA Sports.But it does seem pretty remarkable that the most realistic football video game omits a very real part of the game today, whether we like it or not.
Using it to track anything I was accountable for, I showed it to the founder in our weekly 1:1 meeting.Jason Lemkin Source: mckinsey.com.For those unsure about actively managing word of mouth, consider this: the incremental gain from outperforming competitors with superior television ads, for example, is relatively small.McKinseyScratch superior television ads for something more modern and digital, like adwords and SEO, and you have the case for B2B WOM management.Jonah Berger s principle 6, StoriesHow to kickstart more WOM for your businessConduct an NPS survey to identify customers with word-of-mouth potentialThe Net Promoter Score metric gauges a simple and timeless customer sentiment: How likely are you to recommend us to a friend or colleague?The reward proposition — a temporary plan upgrade — is laid out clearly, with some extra copy highlighting the benefits you ll enjoy with Trello Gold.
Doom, id Software's reboot of the classic franchise, feels equal parts retro and modern.A good blend of the old and the new, but will the lack of story nuance or the lack of voice acting other than gruff man mean Doom will become repetitive and unengaging.Doom does look good, and runs wellUpon starting the campaign for Doom, you get a very quick introduction, much like in the Doom of old.You never know when you might need the shells you have saved.No longer do you always get the massive pop in issues of Rage when turning quickly, and thank a cyberdemon for that because boy do you move fast.This is the only way to gain health, without hunting for a health pack, of course.
Yet that s exactly what s in the pipeline thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that kicks off on Friday.You might think that drinking on your own at home was something you d want to keep to yourself, but Bottle Opener X – or BOx – will automatically send a message to your friend the moment you crack open a beer.The idea of BOx is to let a group of friends who live in different countries around the world to virtually share a beer with each other.It s fitted with a smart chip so it connects with your phone via Wi-Fi, and the moment you open a bottle it is shared with your friends over Slack and Facebook Messenger.Once you ve created a group of friends, BOx automatically shares a Cheers message with them when you open a bottle.There s a leaderboard for BOx users too – and opening more bottles unlocks new reward levels , which should be just the encouragement you need to carry on drinking when you know deep down you ve had enough.
A shocking device aimed at changing habitual behaviourA bracelet that gives its wearer an electric shock when they go overdrawn is being launched.The plan is worked out in four stages starting with the customer logging into their credit card or bank account facility.The bracelet is expected to be particularly appealing to the youth market with parents and partners particularly expressing an interest on their beloved's behalf.Managing director David Webber was quoted as saying: "My daughter and other people we've spoken to who are under 25 think it's brilliant.The wristband was launched in 2014 by a US internet business intended for use as a way of shocking people out of bad habits, such as smoking or nail-biting.It was based on the experiment conducted by Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov with dogs which found that the dogs - and in this case people - can be trained to behave in certain ways through reward or punishment.
In its place is the spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee, and after months of silence, the team at Playtonic is finally ready to talk about the game s story, universe, and cast of goofy supporting characters.The money-hungry brute with enormous eyebrows is attempting to acquire literature and covert them into pure profit, though he could probably get a little extra cash from selling that golden scepter.Playtonic hopes that the collectible system will avoid some of the frustration and monotony of other games in the genre, as well.Tasty Butterfly Energy will refill health, as well as a power meter designed to empower fun and challenging platforming gameplay while avoiding the all-too-occasional tedium of resource management.Another collectible, Quills, will be used to unlock new abilities for the duo, and which power you choose to get first is entirely up to you.Toybox, a standalone exploration mode developed as a reward for Kickstarter backers, is scheduled to launch this July.
There are also ongoing trials in which the human body receives binary code in the form of impulses - impulses that the brain is able to interpret ago. One such attempt is the West as researcher in neuroscience David Eagleman developed. David Eagleman describes it as a new mind which can for example be used to allow the deaf - or feel - speech and other sounds. - That's what characterizes us and distinguishes us from other animals - we are the best at dynamically adapt to new situations. Basically it is about an evolutionary pressures which we have experienced relatively rapid change. The brain perceives the example as a reward when we get the likes of Facebook or ping it into a text message and it makes it difficult for us to put down our cell phones even though our rational self tells us that we should do it.
There are also ongoing trials in which the human body receives binary code in the form of impulses - impulses that the brain is able to interpret ago. One such attempt is the West as researcher in neuroscience David Eagleman developed. David Eagleman describes it as a new mind which can for example be used to allow the deaf - or feel - speech and other sounds. - That's what characterizes us and distinguishes us from other animals - we are the best at dynamically adapt to new situations. Basically it is about an evolutionary pressures which we have experienced relatively rapid change. The brain perceives the example as a reward when we get the likes of Facebook or ping it into a text message and it makes it difficult for us to put down our cell phones even though our rational self tells us that we should do it.
flickr user: MIKI YoshihitoIf you were asked whether you d prefer to be given $140 today or $1400 in five years' time, the smart answer is obvious.It can be easy to justify cheating your future self out of $1260 in the face of instant gratification.Ideally, you need to find a way to test children s time discount rates, and then wait to see if they get involved in crime as adults and whether this tendency lasts past the adolescent crime peak .Despite their caution about making causal claims, the researchers controlled for other factors that could be involved.Children who said they would prefer to delay their reward were 33 percent less likely than average to have at least one criminal conviction.The researchers think this points to time preference being very different from self control: where a lack of control might lead to crimes of passion, they suspect property crimes are more a case of planning to get a reward now despite future penalties.
Candace Payne made the entire Internet giggle last week, when she got positively giddy after trying on a now-famous electronic Chewbacca mask.Well, she s back again.After the mom s video went viral, Kohl s, the department store where she purchased mask, surprised Payne with Chewbacca masks for her whole family and caught the big reveal on camera.Chewbacca masks for the whole family and a little extra too !Payne and her kids, who were overjoyed by the masks, also got other toys and goodies, along with $2,500 in Kohl s gift cards and 10,000 reward points.the mom exclaimed after seeing all the presents that were given to her family.
A cybersecurity researcher in Slovenia has received a suspended jail sentence for helping to uncover security vulnerabilities exposing sensitive military and police radio communicationsA cybersecurity researcher in Slovenia has received a suspended jail sentence of 15 months for publicly disclosing security flaws in a police-encrypted communications protocol after Slovenian police took no action to fix the problems.Dejan Ornig, 26, was a student at the University of Maribor's Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security in 2012 when he and 25 other students were asked to analyse network vulnerabilities in Terrestrial Trunked Radio Tetra , which is an ETSI standard for mobile radios and two-way transceivers specifically designed to secure sensitive communications for public safety networks, emergency services and the military.While working on the project, Ornig discovered that the Slovenian authorities had incorrectly configured the Tetra protocol, meaning that unencrypted sensitive military and police data was being sent over the internet about 70% of the time that was available for anyone to intercept.The newspaper also tried to contact the Slovenian Ministry of Defence in the same month, but its public relations department did not respond when given evidence that military communications were not being protected.They also decided to raid Ornig's home in April, seizing his computer and a €20 device that Ornig had used to passively intercept Tetra traffic data as it passed between the mobile radios and the Tetra base stations.And now Podcrto.si says that as a reward for Ornig's help in pointing out serious security vulnerabilities, instead of being thanked, he has now been handed a-15 month suspended jail sentence.
They re not known to most founders but sophisticated in their broader knowledge of the private and public markets and how funds are moving.Their most recent post, titled The Elephant In The Room: Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds, can be read in its entirety here.I wanted to draw out a few passages that caught my eye and draw a few conclusions from it.Before you consider this another saber-rattling post, please do see the points below and feel free to disagree and draw your own conclusions:1/ Hedge fund and mutual fund involvement in the late-stage private sector has likely increased the number of unicorns.For years, it s been written VC money is fueling this price inflation.Additionally, IV cites reports for HFs in particular that redemptions are up and could increase, sucking money out of the system further.3/ The dislocation in private price vs public market prices could mean some companies simply collapse as a result of their own weight.Depending on how widespread this view is, it could mean that the long awaited rebound in demand for small cap technology shares and IPOs is not yet at hand, further diminishing prospects for private-sector firms seeking a public exit.As valuations got so high over the past few years, VCs and founders priced their companies beyond what the acquisition market would consider for their companies, thus shutting off one of two exits paths — the other path being IPO.
With funds in hand, Eyre will reward developers over the summer with prize money as they create the new environment, games and educational experiences/apps - not to forget fabricating virtual businesses to employ refugees and the underemployed.Non-profit partners and developers are essential to the experienceGenDev claims that it will generate ongoing revenue with an end-user store for large-scale virtual reality games, apps some free, some not and experiences - all powered by way of an advanced VR content-rendering engine.The goal is to empowering community economic growth through real and virtual employment opportunities by way of multi-sector engagement of the UN SDGs, with a particular focus on the underemployed and refugee populations.Rockstar TeamEyre s co-founder is Henry Yu, founder of Kalloc Studios and former VP for the video game company Activision.Basically, Eyre says, He s the father of today s modern 3D game engines.His new code drives Terra Prime s world.
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User Experience UX focuses on target groups of people and usually bases decisions on their design preferences, as well as the industry s trends, while SEO tends to focus more on the actual site and its data, in order to increase the content s visibility in search engines.Whether it s design or optimisation, the emphasis on the users needs help a page improve its performance and the audience will reward this effort with an increased time spent on the site.A clear structure and a functional page, which works for all devices and browsers, contribute to an improved user experience and increase the chances of creating an engaged audience.User experience understands the importance of including visual content to a page, in order to increase its effectiveness, although it is very important to maintain the right balance, as visual content should not replace the actual text.An easy navigation allows users to further explore a page and and a proper menu functionality, internal link structure and clear navigation labels contribute to the time the users spend on a page and most importantly, they affect whether they will find what they re looking for, which was the reason they initially clicked on the page.It s SEO that may lead traffic to the site and help it reach a higher position on SERPs, but it s UX that will determine whether the traffic can be maintained and converted into the set goals.
When using technology, we often focus optimistically on all the things it does for us.If you want to maximize addictiveness, all tech designers need to do is link a user s action like pulling a lever with a variable reward.By contrast, Apple more respectfully lets users toggle Read Receipts on or off.The problem is, maximizing interruptions in the name of business creates a tragedy of the commons, ruining global attention spans and causing billions of unnecessary interruptions each day.Imagine a digital bill of rights outlining design standards that forced the products used by billions of people to support empowering ways for them to navigate toward their goals.Imagine hundreds of engineers whose job every day is to invent new ways to keep you hooked.