File photo - Bottles of French wine are displayed at the Chateau Bouscaut in Cadaujac, southwestern France, during the start of a week of wine tasting at the chateaux in the Bordeaux region April 4, 2016."We can turn water into wine in 15 minutes," New Scientist quotes as saying Ava Winery.He spent a weekend toying with 15 combinations of ethanol, tannin powder, flavor compounds, and more.The initial results were "monstrous," with one attempt resembling "melted butter."But six months later, Ava Winery had a synthetic replication of an Italian Moscato d'Asti.The big secret here is that most compounds in wine have no perceptible impact on the flavor or the aroma, Lee tells New Scientist.
Blood for the blood godsWe re less than two weeks out from more Witcher 3, so here s a grand ol Blood and Wine trailer to sate your thirst.The CompendiumIt s time for another iteration of Raise money for The International, with Valve s special guest: The Compendium.Last year s prize pool topped $18 million.pic.twitter.com/lAMXaMJk4s— Damir Đurović @DamirDurovic May 20, 2016Skeleton SnakeSure, we probably won t see Kojima s new game for like, a decade.Over-watch thisWould I take an animated Overwatch film?$120 gets you an Official Assassin s Creed Hoodie.
Watch the keynotes, view the slidesVideo If you ever wondered what would happen when some of the leading lights of the software development world came together with a couple of hundred very real world users, you really should have been at Continuous Lifecycle London earlier this month.The event, brought to you by Situation Publishing, the people behind The Register, and German tech media giant Heise, saw around 300 people, including 40 speakers and 260 attendees, getting together at the Royal College of GPs in Euston.Etsy senior engineer and ops veteran Katherine Daniels raised the possibility of rolling out DevOps culture right across the organisation.If that wasn t enough to get the audience thinking hard, there were 36 other sessions to challenge conventional thinking, whether it came to code or culture.If you go to the Continuous Lifecycle London website you can check out most of the presentations, and more will be going up soon.No, we'll have the expensive stuff thank you...
Speaking to Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski said the developer has no plans for The Witcher following the release of Blood and Wine later this month.Blood and Wine is the closing and there won't be any Witcher any time soon - if there ever will be one.CD Projekt Red is currently busy at work on Cyberpunk 2077 and what appears to be another unannounced title.The Witcher 3 s final expansion, Blood and Wine, is scheduled to launch on May 31 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.Players will be able to explore the new continent of Toussaint which promises over 90 new locations and 40 points of interest for you to uncover.Are you prepared for Geralt s final adventure?
In an interview with Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red's co-founder Marcin Iwinski says The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's upcoming Blood and Wine expansion will be the last piece of Witcher content for a long time.The Polish company recently revealed a six-year plan that includes its upcoming sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077 expected to release after 2017 and a mysterious, unnamed triple A RPG between 2017 and 2021."What is important with Blood and Wine is it's not just another expansion made by an external outsourced studio just to make another dollar," Iwinski said."I'm not criticising this practice, I just want to prove the point that we've put all of our heart and emotion and lots of knowledge into it ."Obviously due to the nature of an expansion this will appeal to a narrower group but still I think it proves the point that what we're after is really mastering the storytelling RPG and crafting it and making it look amazing.And Blood and Wine is the dot on the end of a beautiful sentence which is The Witcher 3."
The temporary establishment will let potential customers view a demo of the company's app, create a sample investment portfolio, and consult with a financial advisor.The store will also entice customers with free events such as wine tastings, coding classes for children, and breakfast sessions with financial news reviews.The pop-up shop opened on May 20 and will remain open until July 6 in Milan, at which point it will move to London.Robo-advisors must scale in order to succeed because their business models depend on working with a significant number of assets.To compensate for this, robo-advisors are bringing in new customers through partnerships.U.S. firm SigFig, for example, has partnered with multiple legacy wealth managers and now claims that it has no acquisition costs whatsoever.The rise of robo-advisors shows that we ve entered the most profound era of change for financial services companies since the 1970s brought us index mutual funds, discount brokers and ATMs.No firm is immune from the coming disruption and every company must have a strategy to harness the powerful advantages of the new fintech revolution.The battle already underway will create surprising winners and stunned losers among some of the most powerful names in the financial world: The most contentious conflicts and partnerships will be between startups that are completely reengineering decades-old practices, traditional power players who are furiously trying to adapt with their own innovations, and total disruption of established technology & processes:Traditional Retail Banks vs. Online-Only Banks: Traditional retail banks provide a valuable service, but online-only banks can offer many of the same services with higher rates and lower fees Traditional Lenders vs. Peer-to-Peer Marketplaces: P2P lending marketplaces are growing much faster than traditional lenders—only time will tell if the banks strategy of creating their own small loan networks will be successful Traditional Asset Managers vs. Robo-Advisors: Robo-advisors like Betterment offer lower fees, lower minimums and solid returns to investors, but the much larger traditional asset managers are creating their own robo-products while providing the kind of handholding that high net worth clients are willing to pay handsomely for.As you can see, this very fluid environment is creating winners and losers before your eyes…and it s also creating the potential for new cost savings or growth opportunities for both you and your company.After months of researching and reporting this important trend, Evan Bakker, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has put together an essential report on the fintech ecosystem that explains the new landscape, identifies the ripest areas for disruption, and highlights the some of the most exciting new companies.These new players have the potential to become the next Visa, Paypal or Charles Schwab because they have the potential to 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It makes namely, a bloodthirsty serial killer their best to compromise on the romantic serenity, and it will of course Geralt's task to put an end to the horrors. CD Projekt Red is also suitable to introduce several new features, which make it here will feel new even for those who have already plowed hundreds of hours The Witcher third Among other things, this time, access to a private home, where Geralt can keep one hand armor that will not fit in your pack and partly nap. In addition, the menus have an update, and it is now much easier to navigate among the weapons we collect during the adventure. This is an absolutely brilliant adventure, which alone can compete with the genre's giants. The control is still not optimal.
The launch trailer for The Witcher 3 s second and final expansion pack, Blood and Wine, has just arrived, and it looks like we'll be getting a suitably fitting farewell for one of the greatest games in recent memory.Developer CD Projekt Red says there will be 30 hours of gameplay for players to experience, making it bigger than most full-priced games.The new area of Toussaint, a country filled with bright buildings and luscious scenery, adds some welcome color to a world containing so many gray, medieval-style locations.But despite the pretty looks, there are plenty of new evils for Geralt to face, including one that looks remarkably like a Dark Souls boss.Going into specifics, Blood and Wine will have 90 new quests, 40 new points of interest, 20 new monsters, 30 new weapons, and an all-new Gwent deck.Blood and Wine is the closing and there won't be any Witcher any time soon--if there ever will be one," said CD Projekt Red s co-founder, Marcin IwinskiThe Witcher 3: Blood And Wine will be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 31st.
According to the trailer, Geralt will face a variety of vicious-looking creatures including barghests, giant centipedes and seemingly vampiric beasts.The video also shows off the expansion's significant improvement to the game's graphics, which developers have previously said they wanted to "push to the limit".You can literally bring your camera up to a wall now and the textures would be crisp - at least in most cases... We just wanted to show that we can actually push it to the limit this time."CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski recently revealed that the studio does not have another Witcher release in development, nor any plans for the near future.Blood and Wine is the closing and there won't be any Witcher any time soon - if there ever will be one.Its final Blood And Wine expansion is slated for release on 31 May.
Generic pistol-packing granny shot by Shutterstock.According to the indictment, she admits to pointing an airsoft gun but denies the charge.The Local reports that a 24-year-old punting a deal from Viasat and telecom outfit Telia unwisely knocked on the 64-year-old's door on evening back in February while she was "enjoying whisky and wine with a friend".According to documents filed with Gothenburg District Court, the salesman recounted: "I said: 'Hi, my name is XXXX and I'm from Viasat.The unnamed woman was arrested a couple of hours later, and cops discovered the airsoft gun under her pillow.Airsoft weapons are commonly detailed replicas of the real thing, albeit sometimes with an orange barrel tip, to avoid tragic confusion.
The first Chinese citizen to deliver a graduation speech at Harvard University wants to know why his mother only knew to light his hand on fire when a poisonous spider bit him.Why wasn t she able to use less painful, and less risky treatments that already existed?Jiang He, who grew up in a rural village in southern China s Hunan Province, just received his Ph.D in molecular and cellular biology from Harvard.He explained in his Harvard commencement speech this week that his mom put a chopstick in his mouth, wrapped his hand in wine-soaked cotton, and set it on fire after the spider bit him 15 years ago.It was painful, but the flame actually deactivated proteins in the venom, Jiang said.Society must recognize that the equal distribution of knowledge is a pivotal step of human development and we should work to bring this into reality, Jiang said.
Drinks wholesaler Matthew Clark has worked with a virtual reality studio to create an immersive blind tasting experience.It's more of trying to create a full experience of tasting where you are at that moment and with the means you've got," says Jacqueline de Leeuw, sales executive at Matthew Clark.Virtual reality is not the only innovation making its way into what is one of the world's oldest industries.M Restaurants in London is one company that is embracing new technology in the wine trade.It has recently started using a smart device that aims to speed up the process of decanting wine.Wine is more popular now than ever, with 60% of UK adults saying it's their favourite alcoholic drink.
Most were my own fault: my lack of athleticism and undisciplined diet, plus a swollen elbow after I fell off outside the hotel after not fixing on my pedals properly.But I also blame the Fizik Aliante saddle, an instrument of torture that comes with Eastway s Emitter R4.That s my excuse for getting dropped by Dani King, anyway, when I joined the Olympic gold medallist and her Wiggle High5 team on a winter training camp.After I overshared during dinner, I was assured that a pre-emptive chamois cream probably wouldn t have made much difference half the pros said they never bothered , and b had I purchased the bicycle from Wiggle, one of the team s headline sponsors, I could have requested a saddle swap.But just as cheap mustard can ruin a fillet steak and good wine tastes rank out of a plastic cup, the saddle did spoil my enjoyment of an otherwise decent bike.King and co may have left me for dust going up Col de sa Batalla, a hairpin-tastic climb into the Tramuntana mountains, but that was due to my fitness and their awesomeness rather than gearing issues.
Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%00:00The ScenePlayMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00FullscreenNeed TextNo compatible source was found for this video.Ars talks e-residency and data sharing with Estonia's PresidentshareplaysaveI am a skip button.WHOOPS!On a recent afternoon, I waited patiently in a generic conference room with yellow-tinted walls at the Westin Hotel, dressed in a grey suit and a tie, eagerly anticipating the arrival of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.No American politician I ve ever met talks like this!During Ilves time in office, the country has gone from Estonia to E-stonia: Skype was sold three times most recently, to Microsoft , the country was hit by a politically-fueled DDOS attack which spawned the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence , and the estonianmafia was born."In the United States, 5,000 people die a year because of doctor s bad handwriting," he said.
I think this sector will grow quickly, and in some interesting new directions.The changes provide a path for publishers to both tap the huge Facebook audience and, for the first time, make money doing it.Late-night shows have done a good job repurposing bits of their programs for sharing on YouTube and beyond, and that will continue.Soon enough, at least some of these creative TV talents will begin working with brands to create entertaining programming that doesn t have to run on their traditional TV show to have an impact.They also joked around, drank wine and wore silly fur hats.The only sales push comes at the end of the video, when O Brien holds up the game s box and says when it s coming out.
Best Wine Opener 2016Sometimes you come across something that is just so ridiculous that you have no idea why it exists.And you need it.Such is the case with the WineOvation WNO-01 Powered Wine Opener Gun, which might just be the most bizarre and most awesome thing you come across this week.As its name might suggest, it looks like a gun but it s actually a rechargeable wine bottle opener that works quickly and efficiently.And when you re done, the Wine Opener Gun sits in a stand that also recharges it.Some key details:Enjoy a few photos:WineOvation WNO-01 Powered Wine Opener GunFollow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web
There s the 35-hour week, the abundance of cheese, and the notion that wine should cost less than water.And now, there s something else for us career types that might make the country even more appealing: Nestor is a company that s delivering lunch directly to office workers.Sure, food delivery startups are everywhere, but Nestor is a bit different in its employment of full-time chefs whose sole responsibility is to get a delicious three course meal from their kitchen to your office.Everything is made in-house, so there s none of this middle man business that some other startups have adopted.As of now, the geographic range Nestor covers isn t all that impressive you can only order if you re located in the western part of Paris , but the firm is planning on expanding its services to La Défense, Paris business district that houses hundreds of thousands of professionals.No plans to come to the U.S. just yet and besides, New York City already has startups such as Maple , but as the on-demand economy grows ever larger, we can probably expect a lot more Nestor-like companies to make a showing in the coming years.
Risotto may not seem like a suitable springtime supper, but when it s made with juicy, ultra-ripe, and flavorful strawberries, the creamy dish takes on a lighter, fruitier, slightly acidic quality.To make it, you ll need two cups of extremely ripe strawberries for two cups of carnaroli or Arborio rice.If you re like me and buy strawberries by the flat, rounding up a couple of cups of the mushy ones shouldn t be too hard, but you can always set some aside to ripen for this dish.The hulled and halved berries along with a teaspoon of sugar are added after the rice is toasted in fat, but before you start incorporating the wine and broth.You can use your own favorite risotto recipe or, if you ve never made the creamy rice dish before, click the link below and let Food 52 walk you through it.The Most Wonderfully Unusual Strawberry Risotto Food 52
Vast, beautiful new land to exploreFull of excellent and varied questsWriting still some of the best in gamesFantastic fights with new combat abilitiesBlood & Wine isn t your standard Witcher adventure.A battle of words, rather than swords.I ve always appreciated the different musical motifs that The Witcher 3 uses to depict each location – even the different islands of Skellige had unique themes.From here, the tale unravels, with vampires playing a major part in what is a surprisingly dark adventure.At its core, Blood & Wine offers more of what The Witcher 3 does so remarkably well – which is to place you at the centre of increasingly bizarre mini-dramas that come together to form a larger overarching threat.There s even a bed, so finally Geralt can have a proper rest rather than sitting around in the woods meditating for hours on end.
We are thrilled to partner with Hello Vino on this innovative mobile app program to help wine buyers find Root: 1, remarks Michael Friedrich, Director of Marketing at MundoVino.Since wines themselves have unique personalities, it is important for us to utilize an interactive tool like Hello Vino so that we can connect directly with the Root: 1 consumer.Programs conducted through Hello Vino s popular wine recommendation app and its installed base of more than 2 million users result in 29.4% of engaged consumers proceeding with the purchase of 2.4 bottles on average of the promoted brands.For an overview of the Hello Vino program with MundoVino, visit: http://hellovino.com/mundovino About Hello Vino: Hello Vino delivers wine recommendations to mobile devices, acting as a personal wine assistant to consumers looking to purchase wine for a meal, a specific occasion, or according to personal taste preferences.With a portfolio that comprises a comprehensive collection of wineries reflecting the very best of Argentina, Chile, Spain, Portugal, and beyond, MundoVino represents some of the most iconic, family-owned properties in these areas, as well as a new generation of winemakers dedicated to innovation and quality.These producers craft vintages of true character that capture the unique essence of their terroirs, regions, and histories.