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The English rock band Joy Division released their debut studio album “Unknown Pleasures” 40 years ago.To mark the anniversary of the album, we recorded a signal from the same pulsar with a radio telescope in Jodrell Bank Observatory, only 14 miles (23 km) away from Strawberry Studios where the album was recorded.Peter Saville – graphic designer and co-founder of Factory Records – designed the album cover based on a picture spotted by band member Bernard Sumner in an encyclopedia.The picture itself can be traced to the work of the postgraduate student Harold Craft, who published the image in his PhD thesis in 1970.What we see in this enigmatic image is the signal produced by a pulsar known as B1919+21, the first pulsar ever discovered.A pulsar is formed during the violent death of a star several times more massive than our sun.
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It appears hackers briefly took over UK Metropolitan Police’s website, posting a series of bizarre messages on its press section and social media accounts, including one which read “FUCK THE POLICE.”The messages were sent around 22:30UTC on July 2019.The Met Police team has since confirmed the breach occurred via third-party software.“Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorised messages appeared on the news section of our website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers,” it said in a statement.“While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.”“The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content,” officials explained further.
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Up until a few years ago, if you wanted to invest in a startup, you had to be an Accredited Investor (an actual SEC definition).This was mostly good but completely unregulated with a lot of opportunity for malicious companies to do predatory things.So after a couple of years (13 or so), the SEC put out some regulations on how to do crowdfunding “properly” (or at least with a little more oversight and a little less chance for folks to swindle others) — first through the JOBS act and then through Reg CF.With the introduction of Reg CF in 2016, crowdfunding exploded — there are now almost 50 exchanges in the US where non-accredited investors can find and invest in legitimate companies.The stability of this ecosystem over the last couple of years is finally starting to attract experienced and longtime investors and even mutual funds and other big enterprises to the crowdfunding space.Back over in the “accredited investor world”, when an investor or a group (an angel group, a VC fund, etc) consider a company, they perform something called a Due Diligence.
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Avengers fans enjoyed a double dose of Marvel goodness at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday.Plan your work, and work your planMarkus and McFeely brought props to their session, including two whiteboards sketching out the movie's plots.One board showed where the various Infinity Stones were at different times, and another one helped plan what exactly happened in the film's final act.(Those last two words, involving the fate of Iron Man, are just heartbreaking still.)The idea was cut, but CNET sister site ComicBook.com says that Christopher Markus joked that the scene was "awesome."
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Game of Thrones has always been one of the biggest panels at Comic-Con.No year has been bigger and more controversial than 2019.Showrunners David Benioff and D.B.Weiss pulled out two days early and the cast faced questions about the show's tumultuous final season.CNET's Caitlin Petrakovitz and Erin Carson have you covered for all the good bits that came out of the Hall H panel.Game of Thrones suffered a lot this year, after its final episode aired in May to fan backlash and a petition to redo the entire eighth season.
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The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly finalized a settlement with Google after an investigation found that YouTube was in violation of federal children's privacy laws.Specifically, the investigation found that YouTube was collecting data of children under the age of 13 on its video platform — a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).The Washington Post report, which cited two people familiar with the matter, said the fine would likely be in the "multimillion-dollar" mark.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly finalized a settlement with Google after an investigation found that YouTube was in violation of children's privacy laws.Specifically, the investigation found in part that YouTube had been collecting the data of children under the age of 13 — a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
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The weekend is ripe for battles of all sorts in the world of Pokemon GO.This Friday Niantic updated their system to include a whole bunch of Team Leader teams – Pokemon crews, moves, and abilities.Blanche rolls with three new teams, Candela has a new set of three team possibilities, and Spark has… lots of Electric Pokemon, as you may have guessed.Today we’re taking a peek at the new teams, straight from the game’s own code and our own first investigations into the updated game itself.Before you jump in, note that the Team Leaders no longer fight defenselessly.They’ve started using SHIELDS now.
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TU Dresden is one of a total of 11 Universities of Excellence in Germany and the only University of Excellence in the eastern German federal states (except Berlin).In response, the Rector, Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen, emphasised the importance of this title for the strategic development of the university: "We have been funded as a University of Excellence for seven years and, thanks to the measures realised with this support, we have managed to join the ranks of Germany's top universities.For example, we have used that funding to attract top national and international scientists to TU Dresden, optimise our structures and processes, and intensify cooperations with non-university research institutions within the DRESDEN-concept alliance.Our new strategy for the coming years until 2028 was based on these achievements and convinced the reviewers of our merits and potential.I would like to thank everyone involved in the preparation of the proposal and in the participation of the on-site assessment!"The following five points are of crucial importance:
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Stadia, Google’s attempt to enter the gaming industry via the cloud, has been teased several times through the last few months.Yesterday, we learned more about the platform via a Reddit AMA — and while it’s not all good news, it’s not all bad either.The person answering the questions was Andrey Doronichev, Stadia’s Director of Product.Like anyone attempting to hype a new product, he was bright and enthusiastic, but overall the picture he painted of Stadia came across as fairly grounded.As we pointed out weeks ago, the only way to play Stadia at launch will be through the purchase of the expensive Founders Edition — meaning you’ll have to buy a controller to which you can’t connect Bluetooth headphones.You can still use wireless headphones if you game on a Pixel phone or a Chrome browser (the only other platforms to support Stadia at launch), but it’s still a little disappointing.
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Summertime is here and temperatures are reaching all-time highs.Luckily that also means there are lots of summer deals you can find.Amazon’s 48-hour Prime Day may have passed quickly but that’s not true of Walmart’s own version of summer savings event called The Big Save, which has now been extended until July 21.The sales event includes great deals on LG’s portable air conditioners, offering savings of up to 27%.Check it out here as we rounded the best deals up for you so you can keep every room you need cool.LG 14,000 BTU 115V PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER WITH REMOTE CONTROL, GRAPHITE GRAY – 27% OFF
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Our relationship with speeding and tickets is an odd one: We drive cars that are capable of top speeds that make no sense in the hands of average drivers and in common situations.Managing the temptation to speed is a hallowed cat-and-mouse game between you and the police that is ineffective.But that game is starting to change as new cars will soon prevent speeding -- or at least make you think about it every time.Volvo will electronically limit top speed to 112 mph in its 2021 and newer cars.That's not much of a speed limitation (the odd number is derived from the metric 180 kilometers per hour), but it's a big haircut from the 155 mph that many premium cars are currently limited to, and moves the goalposts from what a car can do to what a car should do.You can choose to ignore, push through or cancel the above interventions, respectively, but that puts you in a very different relationship with the act of speeding if something bad happens.
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My first Android phone was the original Motorola Droid, which I purchased and loved using despite its abysmal anti-woman marketing campaign.I always kept an extra charged battery on hand, and simply swapped them out when needed.It was a lot more convenient and lightweight than dragging around a heavy battery pack, and kept the phone going strong over the course of the busiest workday.But as phone designs changed over the years, swappable batteries were abandoned by phone manufacturers to keep their phones sleeker and to accommodate wrap-around screens.You can buy a new phone (unless you still like your current phone, or if your budget is limited).(If you have an iPhone, it tends to be easier.)
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Drivers for ride-hailing giant Uber and its rival Lyft are planning a Friday protest in downtown San Francisco as they seek better conditions from both companies.The gig economy workers are asking both companies for higher pay and a union.In an open letter, published to coincide with the protest, drivers called on Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft founders Logan Green and John Zimmer for changes in treatment."Drivers need a seat at the table as equal partners to chart our path forward," wrote representatives of Gig Workers Rising and Mobile Workers Alliance, two groups of drivers.As employees, the drivers would be eligible for benefits and have the right to organize collectively.The two companies have previously called for amending current laws to allow for more worker benefits, including paid time off and retirement planning, irrespective of worker classification.
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Autonomous-vehicle startup Navya made news in late 2017 when one of its shuttles bumped into a truck in Las Vegas, although it was quite clearly the truck's fault in that scenario.Navya's latest oopsie, though, appears to be on the driverless shuttle itself.One of Navya's driverless shuttles was involved in an accident in Vienna, Austria, Bloomberg reports, citing a German-language report from Austrian broadcaster ORF.According to Bloomberg's translation of the report, the Navya shuttle was operating at a speed of 7.5 miles per hour when it collided with a 30-year-old woman, striking her in the knee.Navya was running two of its driverless shuttles as part of a pilot project in Vienna that started in early June.However, following the collision, Vienna's transit authority has suspended the pilot project until the accident's investigation comes to a conclusion.
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This weekend you’ll want to get your Mudkips in order if you’re playing Pokemon GO, because there’s some SHINY action coming on quick.This Community Day starts on July 21 – that’s Sunday!In the event, we’ll see a Featured Mudkip and a drastically increased rate of spawn for Shiny Mudkip.The Field Research starting this weekend will include “Catch 3 Mudkip” and will bring you much fortune!All Pokemon Lures will begin to last three full hours at a time!Catch Three Mudkip Task Rewards:
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Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and info to keep you up to date in the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency world.Bitcoin‘s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto has been noticeably absent for most of its existence.There’s been many attempts to reveal their true identity, but the reason for their sudden disappearance in 2011 is just as curious.While Nakamoto was still active in Bitcoin BTC development, they mostly kept contact with the outside world with forum posts, emails, and IRC channels.The thing is, whoever maintained the Nakamoto moniker never actually signalled they were going to leave.It even took a third party to confirm that Nakamoto had indeed ceased Bitcoin development to mysteriously work on “other projects.”
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We asked founders, investors, and business professors to share some best practices.That's Jason Nazar's term for thinking you personally have all the diverse skills required to build a company from scratch.Krystle Mobayeni, cofounder and CEO of BentoBox, which helps restaurants design their websitesLiz Wessel, cofounder and CEO of WayUp, a job platform for college students and early-stage professionalsTomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor of business psychology at University College London and Columbia UniversityCat Hernandez, partner at the venture-capital firm Primary Venture Partners
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Scientists have created a new system called Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin (ACES) that they say provides a sense of touch that is at least equivalent to human skin and could be better.The new electronic skin system promises ultra-high responsiveness and can survive damage.The new artificial skin can pair with any sensor skin layers.The team took inspiration from human sensory nervous systems and spent a year and a half developing a sensor that could potentially perform better.The ACES electronic nervous system detects signals like a human sensor nervous system.Rather than being made of bundles of nerves like human skin, it’s made up of a network of sensors connected via a shared electrical conductor.
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After several years of theorizing and experimenting, an international team of researchers including scientists at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has finally succeeded in measuring how heat passes between two gold electrodes through a single molecule.They report their findings in Nature on July 17, 2019.Around 2000, scientists first measured how electrons flow through single molecules.But quantifying the heat transfer, or thermal conductance, at the molecular scale remained a persistent challenge because of the high measurement resolution required.To achieve this elusive goal, the international team of collaborators had to work on both an experimental and a theoretical level.Scientists at University of Michigan developed a setup called a scanning thermal microscope, which positions a single alkane molecule between a gold-coated probe and a gold layer.
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Smart speakers are designed to fit into the aesthetic design of most homes, but some homes have a unique look that the cool metallic grays and blacks just don’t mesh with.If your home is particularly colorful — or you just have a lot of stuffed animals that you like to show off — then Kenzie might be the go-to company for you.Kenzie was founded by Eric Grudzien and Karen McIlquham with the intent of changing the way people decorate their nurseries.If you want to keep an Alexa or Google Home in your child’s nursery for the sake of playing lullabies or controlling smart home technology within the room, you can now hide it.Kenzie designs crocheted and knitted creatures that slide down over the top of smart speakers and mask them from view–and from the prying hands of curious toddlers.According to an interview with GeekWire, the idea sprang out of a desire to change up the look of their homes.
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