Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

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Even though your nan's on Facebook now posting "minions" memes, it's still the internet.And it seems the antisocial network, despite its normcore outward appearance, is no less immune to stomach-churning tomfoolery than 4chan.So what dorky day trip have those wacky kids dreamed up now?Fatalities could be involved because their gaze has fallen on the United States' infamous top-secret military base, Area 51 in Nevada."If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets.This is a "Naruto run", in case you were wondering, mainly the territory of anime fans who've not been outdoors for a spell.
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Scientists at DESY have achieved a new world record for an experimental type of miniature particle accelerator: For the first time, a terahertz powered accelerator more than doubled the energy of the injected electrons.At the same time, the setup significantly improved the electron beam quality compared to earlier experiments with the technique, as Dongfang Zhang and his colleagues from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) at DESY report in the journal Optica."We have achieved the best beam parameters yet for terahertz accelerators," said Zhang."This result represents a critical step forward for the practical implementation of terahertz-powered accelerators," emphasized Franz Kärtner, who heads the ultrafast optics and X-rays group at DESY.Terahertz radiation lies between infrared and microwave frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum and promises a new generation of compact particle accelerators.Since terahertz waves oscillate so fast, every component and every step has to be precisely synchronized.
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A Florida man says his life “flashed” before his eyes after a venomous cottonmouth snake bit him on the foot, leaving his leg in “throbbing pain” last week.The snake, also known as a water moccasin, had been concealed when it struck the victim just outside his home on July 4, Pembroke Pines Police said.MASSIVE 16-FOOT PYTHON WITH NEST OF 50 EGGS REMOVED FROM FLORIDA EVERGLADES“It was just a shock,” 19-year-old Zamar Miller told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.“I ran back inside and then my life just flashed through my head.I didn’t know what was next.”
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But as much as I personally love ebikes, eskateboards, and other e-whatevers, I’ve never wanted a scooter.In my fair city of Portland, Oregon, land of the bicycle, the only people I see on scooters are children and beer-drunk tourists.I’ve been riding the Rev around for a week now, and it’s a blast.The Rev is sleek and solid, with a textured black aluminum frame with contrasting gray tubing around the deck.The control panel consists of a single button.I kept the Rev in the advanced mode, which has responsive acceleration and a top speed of 24 mph.
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The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has opened an investigation into France’s digital sales tax, a move which could lead to the European nation facing trade tariffs.The proposed tax has passed through the lower parliamentary house, the National Assembly, and is expected to get the final thumbs-up today from the Senate.As a result, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has announced the launch of an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 of the Digital Services Tax (DST) into the French government.“The United States is very concerned that the digital services tax which is expected to pass the French Senate tomorrow unfairly targets American companies,” said Lighthizer.“The President has directed that we investigate the effects of this legislation and determine whether it is discriminatory or unreasonable and burdens or restricts United States commerce.”What is worth noting is that while many US companies might find themselves paying more tax, this is not necessarily a move to raid the US economy.
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Content marketing wears many (top)hats.Brands incorporate content marketing as an avenue to help them reach, engage and convert their audiences.Reflecting on this crucial opportunity guided Content Marketing Institute toward its theme “Amaze Your Audience” for Content Marketing World 2019, which takes place September 3-6 in downtown Cleveland.We can all benefit from adopting a similar focus for our content.To help all of you marketers out there prepare for the main event, TopRank Marketing partnered with Content Marketing World to bring you an insight-packed digital experience.This interactive experience is filled with show-stopping insights from top marketers who will be taking the stage in September.
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"I'm sure there are better ways to spend time with your children," says headteacher.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Oh, damn, you already haveExclusive NHS Inform, Scotland’s answer to the NHS 111 Online health symptom checker website, is calling user tracking elements from Google and Facebook.The trackers from the two American multinational corporations relate to Google’s Tag Manager product, which interfaces with the Google Doubleclick ad network and Google Analytics, and a Facebook user-tracking service, Pixel.Scots wanting health advice can use the NHS Inform website to answer a series of questions about their illness symptoms before being told what to do.The service is very similar to NHS 111 Online (formerly known as NHS Choices), which does the same thing for the rest of the UK.On NHS Inform’s “self-help” pages, which are the multiple-question symptom checker, page elements include content from Google Doubleclick, the ad giant’s online self-service ad sales platform, Facebook Pixel, Google Analytics – and a 264 byte GIF from UK ad agency Avid Media, via the agency’s metadsp.co.uk domain.
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A group of scientists has created a computer simulation of the universe in order to test out an alternative theory to Albertn Einstein's theory of general relativity.Their study found that galaxies similar to our own Milky Way could still form in the universe with modified laws of gravity, suggesting that the theory of relativity is not the only way to explain gravity's role in the evolution of the universe.Physicists from Durham University in England created the computer simulations using a leading alternative model for gravity called "f(R)-gravity," also known as the "Chameleon Theory," which alters the behavior of gravity according to the surrounding environment.The simulations showed that the modified gravity model could still lead to galaxy formation.Related: Einstein's Theory of Relativity Explained (Infographic)"Modified gravity theories, including [the] Chameleon Theory, had been studied by the community for a while, and a lot of their predictions were known," Baojiu Li, a physicist at the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham University and co-author of the new study, told Space.com.
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Fifty years after Armstrong and Aldrin first landed on the moon, a historic new moon landing mission is readying for launch.After several delays, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is set to launch the Chandrayaan-2 mission this Sunday with plans to become the first nation to land at the lunar south pole.It won't feature humans, but Chandrayaan-2 is carrying three lunar exploration robots able to survey the moon from both the surface and the sky.The payload of Chandrayaan-2 consists of a lunar orbiter, a lunar lander and a lunar rover, and will be launched atop the ISRO-developed GSLV Mk-III rocket.That rocket is about half as powerful as the SpaceX Falcon 9 and will put Chandrayaan-2 into what is known as an "Earth parking orbit" before the module uses its own power to extend its orbit and eventually position itself for a lunar rendezvous.ISRO are yet to provide information on whether the launch will be livestreamed or not, so check back here in the coming days.
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At the recently concluded Mobile World Congress Shanghai, we were overwhelmed by the number of companies talking big about their 5G initiatives.We were, however, also struck by the lack of actual real world implementation.But unlike blockchain, 5G is definitely not vaporware and its showcase at MWC Shanghai is a bellwether for things to come.While many carriers in the US have already rolled the new networking standard out on a limited basis, we expect major Chinese cities to see substantial coverage during 2020.5G is even more fundamental than AI: every other emerging technology will need its speed and ubiquity to be effective.However, like most technology, 5G is value neutral: that is, it’s up to people to decide how to use it and, in China, how it’s going to be used won’t match Western Enlightenment values.
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Two of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus smartphones have already gotten their prices cut down by up to 13% from their typical list price of $900.You can now get the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in prism green for $766 or prism black for $777.Either way, you get a cool new gadget and at least $120 in savings.Since it’s factory unlocked, this sleek smartphone can work with any carrier.For those who travel quite a lot, having a factory unlocked phone would make it easier to just purchase a prepaid SIM to avoid roaming charges piling up.The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus released in February is among the company’s latest addition to its top-of-the-line series of smartphones.
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It's facing increasingly stiff competition from upstart AEW, larger-than-usual dips in TV viewership and is coming off June's uninspiring Stomping Grounds pay-per-view.Extreme Rules is a show that will be heavy on weaponry.As most key matches take place under extreme rules (read: no rules), expect to see chairs, ladders, tables and maybe a trash can lid or two.The headlining match is a mixed-tag winner-take-all bout.On one side is Universal Champion Seth Rollins and Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch, and on the other is Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans.If Baron and Lacy win the match, they win both titles.
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Over a year ago, the Japanese space agency's Hayabusa2 spacecraft rendezvoused with Ryugu, a near-Earth asteroid shaped liked a diamond.On Wednesday evening, the spacecraft performed a second touchdown maneuver -- scooping up important, new samples to bring back to Earth.Ryugu is particularly rocky, meaning touchdown is a high-risk proposition.The mission is regarded as highly important because sampling the pristine subsurface rock could give us a greater understanding of the early solar system and how asteroids like this formed."We would like to cover Mercury all the way to Jupiter," said Hitoshi Kuninaka, director general of Japan's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) prior to the mission.It's a major pivotal point and a cornerstone."
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Zoom, a popular video conferencing software, was recently found to contain a serious security vulnerability that left millions of Mac users at risk.According to security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh who detailed the matter in a post on Medium, the security flaw could potentially be used by an attacker to access on a Mac’s webcam without the user’s permission.The vulnerability impacts the Mac Zoom Client, according to Leitschuh, who explained on Medium that ‘any malicious website’ could access a Mac’s webcam without permission.In addition, the security researcher found that this same security issue made it possible for any Web page to DOS a Mac user by having that user repeatedly join an invalid call.Of particular issue, Leitschuh found that even if a Mac user had uninstalled the Zoom client, a localhost web server would remain on the user’s machine that re-installed the client without any interaction from the user beyond visiting a Web page.This presented a massive risk for the vast number of companies that use Zoom as a daily way to video conference and more.
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Big Red up in court yet againA software sales manager hired by Oracle last June and fired three months later has filed a lawsuit against the database giant.She claims Big Red sacked her unlawfully after she filed racial-discrimination charges against a previous employer, cloud software provider Infor.In her complaint [PDF], filed in US district court in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Thea Broadus, an African American woman, recounts how she began working Oracle on June 11, 2018, as an enterprise application sales manager.A month earlier, she had been working for the health care division of Infor, where she had been employed since 2014.Around August 23, 2018, the EEOC dismissed Broadus's Infor complaint – meaning it found insufficient evidence to proceed – and issued a notice allowing her to pursue her claim in court.
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Amazon today revealed the long-rumored Lord of the Rings MMO that’s in the works is being developed in collaboration with its internal Amazon Game Studios — meaning we’ll soon get both a new Rings game and that TV show it’s already revealed.There’s no word yet on a story or setting.Amazon Game Studios VP Christoph Hartmann said in a statement, “Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers — from the same studio developing New World — tremendous opportunity to play and create.”Big news: We’re working with Leyou to develop and publish a free-to-play MMO based on The Lord of the Rings world for consoles and PC.— Amazon Game Studios (@AMZNGameStudios) July 10, 2019We already knew the game was in development — details first surfaced last year, though it’s been relatively quiet on that front since and the game’s likely still in the early stages of development.
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, July 10, 2019 - To advance its development of bio-based solutions and fermentation processes using digital technologies, BASF is collaborating with Riffyn on its global experiment data capture platform.Additionally, white biotechnology enables a sustainable future through high performing enzymes that reduce energy requirements for detergents and increase nutrient availability for better animal nutrition.Key to addressing these challenges is matching product performance with speed-to-market and BASF's collaboration with Riffyn establishes a frame to accelerate innovation.The access to integrated data empowers BASF scientists to innovate bio-based products and solutions for market segments such as agriculture, health and nutrition, home and personal care."The cornerstone of our digitalization strategy for white biotechnology research is to bring together all our data in a way that our scientists can easily visualize and access while preparing the data to extract additional value via machine learning algorithms," said Carsten Sieden, Senior Vice President, White Biotechnology at BASF."The flexible yet structured way that Riffyn SDE handles experimental workflows and data supports our dynamic research environment and helps us to unlock and accelerate new innovation opportunities for our customers."
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When I went to go buy my first video streaming device, I didn’t have a choice.The year was 2017, and I was using the now-retired Chromecast Audio and last-generation Riva speakers to stream all my favorite Spotify playlists to speakers throughout my home via the Google Home app.But when I looked for a solution that would allow me to enjoy all of my favorite video platforms — YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, and Plex — on my home TV with similar ease, I realized that neither the Amazon nor Google solutions would work.Amazon devices, which mix seamlessly with my Echo Dot, wouldn’t let me stream YouTube — the most popular video platform on Earth — and Google’s Chromecast suite wouldn’t let me stream Amazon Prime Video, keeper of award-winning series and some of the best films in the streaming universe.For the past two years, I’ve been extremely happy with my purchase.In fact, it likely played a key role in Roku’s growth, helping the scrappy, independent company become the leading streaming player company on the planet, with a 37 percent market share in 2018 that outpaced Fire TV devices and more than doubled Chromecast’s share.
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The queen problem is a mathematical task, which already had the great mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss occupied, but for which he surprisingly did not find the right solution.Mathematically, it is relatively easy to determine that there are 92 different ways to arrange the queens.On a chess board with 25 x 25 squares there are already more than 2 billion possibilities.The calculation of this number alone took a total of 53 years of CPU time.Recently it has been shown that with these additional restrictions the problem with 21 queens can no longer be solved by classical mathematical algorithms in a reasonable time."I came across this topic by chance and thought that quantum physics really could play out its advantages here," says Wolfgang Lechner from the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Innsbruck and the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
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