A group of whale watchers off Australia’s Gold Coast captured incredible video of two of the sea creatures “double breaching” within feet of their boat.The two humpback whales recently took turns launching themselves out of the water as they swam beside a fishing charter.A tour group that witnessed the close encounter can be heard screaming with delight.HUMPBACK WHALE FREED FROM SHARK NET OFF AUSTRALIA COAST IN DIFFICULT RESCUE, VIDEO SHOWSThe whales were “double breaching, head lunging and cruising within meters of our boat,” David Jauger, who runs Tweed Gold Coast Dive Charters, told Storyful.The acrobatic displays are a prominent fixture in the waters of eastern Australia between April and November, according to Australia's Department of the Energy and Environment.
Nid fi yw'r bwlb mwyaf disglair yn y canhwyllyrSeveral people report that the meters, made by energy provider Bulb, are spontaneously opting for Welsh instead of English, sometimes after freezing and being restarted.This would be unhelpful even for many residents of Wales, but the problem has been seen as far east as West Sussex.The issue is fixable, although choosing the right options is easier if you speak a bit of Welsh.Anyone remember the fun of switching your mate's Nokia to Finnish language menus?This seems to be the latest in a string of issues suffered by Bulb, although to be fair the firm is not the first to be stumped by the stupidity of smart meters.
A senior defence minister had earlier confirmed that the cost of building the National War Memorial is Rs 176 crore.It comprises a 15.5-metre tall tower, with an eternal flame and 16 circular walls of honour on which names of almost 26,000 soldiers have been written in gold on granite walls.The pattern of the walls symbolise Chakravyuh, the ancient India war formation.The design of the memorial includes four concentric circles, named 'Amar Chakra', 'Veerta Chakra', 'Tyag Chakra' and 'Rakshak Chakra'.The timing of National war memorial Statues of at 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees have also been installed at the Param Yoddha Sthal and includes those of three living awardees.Then came Narendra Modi in 2014.In the build-up to the Lok Sabha elections 2014, Modi slammed the previous regime for failing to construct the war memorial and said it pained him that the country had no national memorial to honour its fallen heroes.A proposal to build the war memorial was finally passed a year later on October 2015 and Rs 500 crore was cleared for building the memorial and museum; almost Rs 176 crore was sanctioned to construct the memorial.In May 2016, the Union Cabinet was briefed about the Empowered Apex Steering Committee's decision that Princess Park Complex near India Gate would be suitable for construction of the National War Museum.As for the memorial, a decision was taken to construct it at "C" Hexagon of India Gate.
Earlier today, Japan’s Hayabusa2 may have become the first probe in history to collect material from beneath the surface of an asteroid—a mission that could yield important new insights about the early stages of our solar system.The attempt alone is an exciting achievement, but we won’t know for sure whether the probe successfully gathered samples until it returns to Earth next year.“From the data sent from Hayabusa2, it has been confirmed that the touchdown sequence, including the discharge of a projectile for sampling, was completed successfully,” the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced in a press release issued earlier today.This is now the second time Hayabusa2 has visited the surface of Ryugu—an 870-metre-wide (2,854-foot) asteroid located 300 million kilometre (186 million miles) from Earth.Back in April, the probe fired an “impactor,” a copper bullet, onto Ryugu’s surface, which produced an artificial crater surrounded by underground material.This stuff is precious to scientists, as it’s shielded from the effects of space weathering, including the effects of cosmic rays and charged particles pouring off the Sun.
Virgin Orbit, the sister company of spaceflight company Virgin Galactic, nailed its first-ever drop test on Wednesday using a dummy LauncherOne rocket deployed from a Boeing 747 carrier named Cosmic Girl, Space.com reported.The test didn’t involve an actual rocket launch – the Boeing 747 carrier just dropped its 70-foot (21-metre) rocket some 35,000 feet (about 10,670 metres) to a receiving site at Edward’s Air Force Base in the California portion of the Mojave Desert.In a blog post, Virgin Orbit described the intent of the test as “really all about those few seconds just after release, as we ensure the rocket and aircraft separate cleanly and observe how the rocket freefalls through the air.”Now THAT’s what I call a drop test!Video from today’s very successful drop test of our LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle.More photos and videos coming soon.
I'm not much of a swimmer, but I can imagine that trying to keep tabs on your progress isn't the easiest thing to do while you've got water shooting up your nose as you speed up and down the swimming lane at your local lido.Well, come August, that'll be a thing of the past - as long as you don't mind ponying up for it.Form swim goggles have been designed for competitive swimmers by...well, tech savvy people, as you'd expect, but the company was founded by Dan Eisenhardt, who swam competitively for 14 years.The display is visible while you're swimming around and shows you metrics like split times, stroke/ rate count, pace per 100, distance, calories, and more apparently.There's even a dedicated app to review your data, and you can use it to customise your goggles' display.Form swim goggles are available from August 7, and currently only have a dollar price of $199, which translates to around £160.
From elephants to fish, there's no GDPR in the animal kingdomBoffins at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology are finally ready to switch on Icarus – a system that will track the migration of animals by using an antenna installed at the International Space Station (ISS).On the ground, scientists have been equipping hundreds of animals with miniature satellite transmitters.On Wednesday, astronauts will flip the switch aboard the ISS and start operation of the ground station in Immenstaad, Germany.Following extensive tests using simulated transmitters, the system will be made available to the scientific community before the end of the year.As part of the project, Russian cosmonauts installed the three-metre antenna – and its onboard computer – on an ISS module called Zvezda (star) during a spacewalk in August 2018.
Canon already showed its RF lens hand back in February when it revealed that it had six new lenses under development, and the first of these, the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM arrived just recently.Now, it's the turn of the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM to make its official entrance.The RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM is only the second non-L series lens in the line so far, following the RF Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM that was announced at the start of the series back in September.And, at least right now, it's only compatible with the two cameras in the EOS R series, the EOS R itself and EOS RP.Billed as a travel-friendly lens, the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM covers a 10x optical zoom range, which is fairly unusual for a lens designed for an interchangeable-lens camera.The last time Canon achieved this was with the EF 35–350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM, which was released in 1993 for its EOS film SLR cameras.
I have had the opportunity to work with numerous businesses on their analytics strategy.One of the most common questions I receive is “what are the right success metrics to measure?” If you build or market products, you’ve likely asked yourself this question as well.At Mixpanel, my team and I put together a measurement framework to provide guidance on enabling data-informed growth with effective measurement that companies of any size can learn from.Pick one focus metric that are tied to the business goals and then pick one metric that matters for each phase of the customer journey, from acquisition to retention.Make sure to closely monitor these metrics, understand the why behind the trends and take necessary actions to improve them.In the case of Level 1 metrics, you’re focusing on things that complement your focus metrics – your product’s reach, the number or percentage of users that achieve the desired outcome (a transaction, for example), their engagement (EG: time on product), and retention (if they stick around).
You celebrated the vanity metrics only to realize they added no tangible value to the business.The percentage of traffic that converts into your desired goal (e.g., sales).The higher this number, the more exposure your content receives.Determine how well your social media content leads people to your website by evaluating referral traffic.It helps you determine whether you’re posting regularly enough to grow your audience and if your posts resonate well with your target audience.If your growth rate is sluggish, consider implementing some changes to post frequency, content topics, format, etc.
If this summer holiday inspires you to trail bike or run at the nearest national park, it is best if you get a rugged GPS watch like the 51mm Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire (Slate Gray with Black Band version).Order now from Amazon or Best Buy to get a $100 discount on this feature-loaded smartwatch.Normally $600, the Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire is now $500 on Amazon and Best Buy.Ride or run without worrying about getting lost with Garmin Fenix 5X’s full-color map.This GPS watch can give you easy-to-read guidance cues and display nearby locations to help you navigate your environment.Use it to determine when to bring your pace up or slow down.
A Nottinghamshire man has been told he may continue to operate an extremely small and private big cat zoo of his own creation, with the local council planning team narrowly approving an application to continue to be in charge of his wild beasts.They are the extreme level pets owned by Reece Oliver, who already has a zookeeper license and uses it to house two rescued lion cubs and a puma on his land – but his local council wanted them gone, not least because of a three metre-high fence he erected to keep them in, or to keep people out, for which he didn't ask for permission.However, the gang of planning officials went rogue and voted against the rest of the council's advice by seven to five to allow the micro-zooery to be allowed to continue, which guarantees the safety of the animals and removes the threat that, had permission been denied, they may have been removed and destroyed.Oliver said: "...these last few weeks have been extremely stressful, but I know those animals would have had to have been put down.I love those animals, they're like children to me.It would have been like taking my children off me."
Setting goals is the first step in establishing a valuable content marketing strategy, but how do you know when those goals have been achieved?It’s impossible to know how close – or far – you are if you don’t know how to measure the journey.Nearly every capable marketer today tracks things like clicks, impressions, and shares; AI has made managing big data a breeze.None of these numbers, however, tells the full story of what your content is doing.These numbers, while important, aren’t reliable for understanding how content distribution generates leads.Consider these metrics to evaluate genuine demand and lead generation.
A historical focus on network-based metrics — bytes downloaded per page or assets per page, for example — and an excessive emphasis placed on first-page load times have meant the rest of the customer journey on the web has suffered.Developers and product managers have been relying on tools like Google’s Lighthouse to measure page load speed, and once the search giant began considering mobile page speeds in its website ranking algorithm, that reliance only grew.Unfortunately, while Lighthouse and similar tools are great for measuring first-page loads, they don’t measure browsing speed — the time it takes to transition from one page to the next.We build what we measureMobile UX expert Luke Wroblewski has summed the problem up nicely: “People unlock their phones around 80 times a day.Given that, if things are slow, you’re going to really, really, really hate it.”
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Going underground, where the servers are caged and there's water aroundFeature Parisian cloud and web-hosting outfit Scaleway invited The Register to poke around an underground data centre last week as part of the company's inaugural ScaleDay shindig."We've built it in an old fall out shelter, 26 metres beneath Paris," they said.Built in 1926, the air raid shelter was supposed to keep hundreds of nervous Parisians safe for months in the event of an attack.Following a short afterlife as an occasional party venue, the damp underground hole was in a sad state when Scaleway snapped it up.Bermingham explained that the gleaming white tilework was not an aesthetic choice – the company selected the outfit responsible for Paris's Metro to seal the damp surroundings, install drainage and cover the walls and arched ceilings with tiles.
Mainstays like Facebook prioritize native video posts over other content types.Let’s look at the primary social media channels, outline the specs for your video, and list the available metrics for measurement.Facebook says one must watch for at least three seconds, and YouTube says you need to watch for 30 seconds or more to be counted.Don’t worry about keeping it straight, Buffer created this quick visual guide:LinkedIn Video Specs and MetricsLinkedIn rolled-out video to all users this past year.
Fintech startup N26 just issued an update on its main metrics.The bank now has 3.5 million customers across 24 European markets.The company is about to expand to new countries, such as the U.S. and Brazil but it sounds like the company is not ready just yet.In addition to the Eurozone, N26 is currently available in the U.K., Denmark, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Liechtenstein and Iceland.If you look at past milestones, N26 announced reaching 2 million customers back in November 2018, 2.5 million customers in February 2019.So growth is still accelerating when it comes to user registrations.
The use of kites to capture wind energy and turn it into cost-effective 'green' electricity could be coming within reach, with EPSRC-funded research at Imperial College London playing an important role in making it possible.This is enabling the company to take the concept to the next stage of development.Kite energy involves tethering a specially designed kite to a spool via cables.As the kite moves around in the wind, in a figure-of-eight pattern, the pull on the cable turns the spool and the motion of the drum is harnessed to generate electricity.The wind tunnel tests at Imperial explored the 'load' that a model of the kite-energy device measuring three metres x one metre was subjected to, as well as the effect of 'drag' as it manoeuvred.Professor Mike Graham, who led the Imperial team, says: "We treated both a fabric model of the kite-energy device and a rigid aerofoil model of the cross-sections and the data gathered has helped KPS assess this design.
Even if you own a Sony full-frame mirrorless camera, you probably don’t need the new FE 600mm f/4 telephoto lens — and if you do need it, you still probably can’t afford it.Announced June 11, the lens will be priced at $13,000 — that’s enough to buy a new Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR, overpriced monitor stand and all, and still have a grand leftover.This lens is aimed squarely at the very upper tier of professional photographers and news organizations; the closest you’ll likely come to touching one will be seeing it on TV at the sidelines of the next Olympics or World Cup, mounted to the speedy Sony A9.If you’re wondering how a 600mm prime is worth over six times as much as a 200-600mm zoom, it all comes down to the maximum aperture and the overall quality of the optical design.The 200-600mm zoom has a variable maximum aperture of f/5.6-6.3, meaning it gets smaller as you zoom.At the 600mm position, it can let in less than half the amount of light as the more expensive 600mm f/4.