Not only is this possible, it happened in real life 20,000 years ago, when an ice sheet hundreds of meters thick covered most of Canada and parts of the US.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Is it just a TV show?When you're talking about fire-breathing dragons and vision-granting trees, science only gets you so far.Old Nan: Fear is for the Long Night, when the sun hides for years and children are born and live and die all in darkness.Narrator: And with all her talk of White Walkers and giant ice spiders, the whole story seems farfetched.
You could watch some of the best fantasy and action TV shows already available, or you could go back to George R.R.Martin's novels when he gets round to completing the Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired HBO's smash hit.Luckily there's no shortage of epic fantasy, sci-fi and thriller books being adapted into movies and TV shows in the coming months and years.From beloved classics to contemporary best-sellers, these are some of the adaptations that will challenge Game of Thrones' crown to become your new obsession.In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides and his son Paul battle over life-giving spice with the venal Baron Harkonnen on the desert world of Arrakis.After reimagining Blade Runner 2049, acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve takes on another sci-fi classic with the help of a galaxy of stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem are among those involved.
There are some unexpected guests aboard the International Space Station (ISS): cute cube robots called Astrobees which help the crew with day to day tasks.Now the first Astrobee robot has undergone hardware tests to check whether its subsystems, including avionics, cameras, propulsion, and docking for power and data transfer, are working correctly.The tests were performed in advance of the full launch of the robots later this spring.NASA astronaut Anne McClain was responsible for checking out the status of the Astrobees, and you can see her tending to one of the robots called Bumble in the photo above.The docking station where the Astrobees recharge is located to her right, and was installed into the Kibo ISS module on February 15.McClain was calibrating the Astrobee by mapping the Kibo module.
An exciting trend is emerging in the US workforce: over half a million workers are using apprenticeships to acquire valuable experience and a pathway to a steady job.They’re earning money while learning critical, in-demand skills.For generations, common wisdom has held that a college degree is the best path to professional success; apprenticeships have been considered a second-class option for less-desirable, blue-collar jobs.This isn’t an idealistic pitch for a shift in educational policy; the reality is our country has a concrete, demonstrable need for tech works.Code.org reports there are more than 500,000 open computer science jobs, but only 63,744 students graduated with computer science degrees last year.Global tech leaders including IBM, Google, and Apple no longer require employees to hold a minimum of a four-year degree.
As galaxies move across the universe, they sometimes interact and even collide when they come close enough to each other.In some cases, we can see evidence of nearby galactic neighbors in the effects on the shape and star production of a galaxy.This is one such case, captured recently by the Hubble Space Telescope.The irregular galaxy NGC 4485 is located approximately 30 million light-years away from us, in the constellation of Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs), and its unusual shape is due to the gravitational forces exerted by the nearby and much larger galaxy NGC 4490.You can’t see NGC 4490 in this image as it’s out of frame, located at the bottom right of the image, but you can see the effect it has had on the smaller NGC 4485.NGC 4485 has been pulled into an elongated shape by gravitational forces, and this disruption has also changed the way that dust and gas are distributed throughout the galaxy.
But did you know Alexa can even serve as your very own personal trainer, meditation instructor, virtual nurse and sleep machine?Alexa works with tons of fitness apps, and as such, it's a pretty great fitness coach.Fitness isn't always about long distances and heavy weights.Say, "Alexa, open your morning routine," and it'll guide you through a 20-minute stretch session that targets your ankles, back, knees and hips.This Alexa skill wants you to focus on the little victories."Alexa, ask Food Tracker how many calories are in two slices of wheat toast."
If you've got yourself a Google Nest Hub, a Lenovo Smart Display, or anything else running Google's own Smart Display UI, you should see some visual changes and tweaks in the near future.Google just pushed out an update for the interface that makes more use of the ambient display that's on while the display is idle – the clock face or wallpaper becomes a blurred background as soon as you start interacting with it.As 9to5Google reports, the dedicated weather forecast has been removed as well (leaving just an icon and a temperature reading), and the time and date style has been tweaked and repositioned.Part of the reasoning behind the change is preparing the ground for the Nest Hub Max, and making room for the Duo call reminders coming with the Face Match ID technology (something that's not available on the Nest Hub).These updates to the interface on Google's smart displays come a couple of weeks after the company demoed a host of improvements to its products at Google IO 2019.As well as introducing the Nest Hub Max, Google also gave a sneak preview of the next-gen Google Assistant – able to process information faster, with a smaller footprint on devices, and getting smarter all the time.
Following an episode involving discharged bear repellent at an Amazon warehouse late last year that affected dozens of onsite workers, the company plans to store similarly hazardous products in specialised facilities.Wired reported Friday that Amazon began developing the facilities prior to the December incident, though the event no doubt illustrates why such spaces are needed.A company spokesperson told Gizmodo by email that these warehouses will be outfitted with special sprinkler systems as well as storage areas for different classifications of product, for example flammable and aerosol items.Of note, however, is that the new warehouses won’t replace existing systems at other fulfilment centres, and hazmat items of a lower safety classification will still be fulfilled at Amazon’s other facilities, a company spokesperson said.But products of a high internal safety classification—meaning those deemed to be a greater risk to employees—will be stored at the new facilities, where employees will receive special training for handling such products and other additional safety procedures will be in place.The first of these new warehouses is set to open in Mississippi.
There's a widely held belief that Facebook uses smartphones to listen in on users, and then serve those users advertisements based on their speech.Facebook has repeatedly denied doing as much.Despite those denials from Facebook, and evidence from experts to the contrary, the belief is widely held and seemingly unshakable.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.There you were, talking to Gina about a potential trip this fall to Buenos Aires."Maybe I'll go to Buenos Aires this fall!"
Being able to select the specific episode and show you want gives parents and children more flexibility.But there’s a dark side to this convenience – the proximity of explicit content.Writer James Bridle spoke on TED Talks about how algorithmic suggestions on YouTube can take one from an innocent video made for children to one of explicit video – clearly made by people who “shouldn’t be anywhere near children.” On the screen behind him are YouTube thumbnails of violent, explicit and haunting parodies of children’s characters like the Teletubbies and Marvel superheroes.Even on Netflix, curious children are just a step away from switching over from their children’s account to the adult one, gaining access to countless of sexy thumbnails and shows made for grownups.The internet has always been a dangerous moral landscape to navigate, and more so for children in their formative years.Surf publicly, not in their rooms
There are few software programs whose existence are so essential to some fields that they’ve become virtually synonymous in their industry.Spotify is the reigning king of the music streaming industry, Salesforce rules CRM, and MATLAB is the preferred tool in engineering and advanced sciences.As such, those who wish to improve their career prospects as an engineer or scientist should consider the Complete MATLAB Mastery Bundle.Learn how to use one of the industry’s most relied-upon data analysis tools for only $27.Master one of the industry's most reliable data analysis tools.For the uninitiated, MATLAB, at its core, is just a giant calculator.
Need a 4K TV, but on a strict budget?You’ll need to act fast to avoid disappointment though, as we’ve learned that the retailer is running dangerously low on stock.There’s no denying the fact that $420 is still a lot of cash to shell out in one go, even if it is considerably less than the television’s $750 sticker price.The retailer is offering customers in need of a helping hand the chance to take the reduced figure, after sales tax and interest has been applied, and send it through a (metaphorical) shredder, splitting it into twelve more manageable bites of $41 per month.Now let’s talk about the TV itself — it’s a 50-inch 4K model in Samsung’s eight-month-old NU7100 Series that’s armed with all the features you’d expect to find on a 4K TV, including an upscale engine that can morph standard HD content into 4K Ultra HD.It’s also decked out with Samsung’s Smart software, which is home to a number of streaming services, like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix — letting viewers tune into their favorite on-demand content without a set-top box or streaming stick.
A 9-foot juvenile tiger shark that had its stomach cut open and its teeth and jaw apparently removed was photographed on a South Carolina beach this week.The mutilated shark was discovered on the beach of an undeveloped island north of Hilton Head Island by a sea turtle protection team, who sent the photo to state officials, The State reported.Bryan Frazier, a shark biologist at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), told the outlet the shark appeared to have weighed between 200 and 300 pounds.He also told the outlet the shark seemed to have been cut open by a human -- and it wasn’t done by scientists, he added.“They eviscerated it .... with a straight-line cut that wasn’t done by an animal,” Frazier told the outlet.“It’s really a strange thing to do.”
Spring and summer are the seasons for hiking, camping, backpacking, and other excursions into the great outdoors, and with Memorial Day weekend coming up, now’s the perfect time to grab some quality gear.The REI Anniversary Sale offers a great opportunity to stock up while enjoying some bargains on new kit from brand names like Osprey, Patagonia, and the North Face, not to mention some sweet smartwatch deals.Below, we’ve smoked out some of the best deals of the bunch that can save you hundreds on backpacks, jackets, and tents, and if you want to see all the discounts that are on tap right now, be sure to check out the whole REI Anniversary Sale here.A good backpack is (aside from food, water, and other survival essentials) arguably the most important part of your loadout.It’s what you use to carry everything else, and a bad one is the surest way to make you miserable on the trail.A quality pack, on the other hand, lets you haul your gear comfortably, which you will appreciate when you’re miles into a hike off the beaten path.
Last week, Mojang and Microsoft started teasing something very interesting ahead of Minecraft‘s 10th anniversary: an AR game.Today, the first public release of Minecraft turns 10 years old, and the two companies are celebrating by ever-so-slightly pulling the veil back on that AR game, which is called Minecraft Earth.Making the jump to AR worked wonders for Pokemon, so can it work for Minecraft too?At this point, it’s probably too early to call.Mojang’s reveal of Minecraft Earth doesn’t delve into many specifics, and indeed, the trailer that you see below doesn’t show off much gameplay.It seems we’ll need to wait longer for the game to be fully detailed, but there are some important morsels of information that Mojang did share today.
It also dates back to the web's earliest days, having gotten its start in 1999, when founder Craig Newmark turned his email newsletter featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area into a website.Through that entire period, most Craigslist classified ads were free, although the site started charging for job ads in 2004, but offset that with a free "gigs" section.Craigslist gets more visitors than NetflixDespite having essentially no advertising, promotion, or marketing, Craigslist manages to consistently rank in the top 20 websites in the US.The site has been ground zero for as many as 128 murders since the site started accepting classified ads, according to Craigslist Killings, a blog that tracks every incident.The stats are grim and macabre: There have been shootings, stabbings, and strangulations; some clearly premeditated, some related to theft, sex, or passion.
There's a new " Minecraft" game coming this summer, and it's a twist on the wildly popular franchise.The game is called "Minecraft Earth" — a nod to the central concept of the game, which promises to bring the world of "Minecraft" into reality.Like "Pokémon Go" before it, "Minecraft Earth" is a free-to-play, smartphone-only game that's intended to get players exploring the world around them.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The next major "Minecraft" game costs nothing, exists only on smartphones, and brings the blockbuster building game into the world around you.Microsoft revealed "Minecraft Earth" on Friday — an upcoming smartphone game that intends to do for "Minecraft" what "Pokémon Go" did for "Pokémon."
After shutting down its Amazon Restaurants service last year because it just couldn't compete with the likes of Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats, Amazon is getting back in the game, contributing to a $575m investment in Deliveroo.Amazon first expressed interest in acquiring the company in 2016, and entered into a second round of negotiations in early 2018.Both Uber and the online retailer were vying to get their hands on the food delivery service in September, valued at around $2 billion, but both came out empty-handed."With this funding, Deliveroo will continue to build its world-class service – bringing customers the food they want whenever and wherever they want it, offering even more work for riders, and helping restaurants to grow their businesses by reaching new customers," said Deliveroo in a press release (via The Verge).The investment will go towards growing Deliveroo's engineering team, expanding the company's reach, and new product development and innovations."This new investment will help Deliveroo to grow and to offer customers even more choice, tailored to their personal tastes, offer restaurants greater opportunities to grow and expand their businesses, and to create more flexible, well-paid work for riders," said Will Shu, founder and CEO of Deliveroo.
While everyone is focusing on the ban on selling in the US, the ban on buying US components is a much more interesting chapter of the Huawei saga.President Donald Trump has dropped the economic dirty bomb on China and it’s dominating the headlines.Although Huawei, or China, are not mentioned in the text, the Executive Order is clearly a move to stall progress made in the telco arena.The security argument, albeit an accusation thrown without the burden of concrete evidence, is a factor, but never forget about the capitalist dream which underpins US society.However, although most are focusing on Huawei’s inability to sell components, products and services in the US market, there might be an argument the ban on purchasing US components, products and services is more important, impactful and influential.“This action by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, with the support of the President of the United States, places Huawei, a Chinese owned company that is the largest telecommunications equipment producer in the world, on the Entity List,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
Cyber criminals will be hit with tough new sanctions under a new regime agreed today by EU member states.Attackers will be given travel bans and have their assets frozen as governments roll out new measures to crackdown on the rising problem of cyber crime.“This is decisive action to deter future cyber attacks,” said foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt.“For too long now, hostile actors have been threatening the EU’s security through disrupting critical infrastructure, attempts to undermine democracy and stealing commercial secrets and money running to billions of euros.”“We must now look to impose travel bans and asset freezes against those we know have been responsible for this,” he added.It comes weeks after the government unveiled plans to introduce new cybersecurity laws on internet-connected devices, as authorities gear up for the increased threat of cyber attacks to everyday products such as smart TVs, toys and kitchen appliances.