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Published: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:21:44 -0500

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Gap And Old Navy Have Winter Clothes Half Off Right Now

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:05:29 -0500

(image) Gap and Old Navy are notorious for ridiculously-good year-round sales for wardrobe basics, but their Black Friday discounts blow their everyday sales out of the water.



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Ancient Roman Shipwrecks Full of Treasure and a 'Royal Head of Crystal' Discovered in Egypt

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:34:49 -0500

(image) The Egyptian government announced Tuesday that archaeologists have uncovered three sunken, millennia-old shipwrecks off the country's north coast. The wrecks, filled with ancient artifacts, are Roman and date back when the empire spread over Europe and North Africa. Inside the wrecks, archaeologists discovered three gold coins that date to the time of ancient Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, also known as Augustus Caesar Octavian.



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Zimbabwe's New President Mnangagwa Makes A Triumphant Return

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:47:38 -0500

(image) "Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new, unfolding democracy," said Mnangagwa, formerly the vice president and confidant of ousted leader Robert Mugabe



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Russia finds 1,000-times normal level of radioactive isotope after nuclear incident claims

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:50:26 -0500

(image) Russia’s meteorological service said on Tuesday it had measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains, the first official Russian data supporting reports that a nuclear incident had taken place. The data appears to back up a report by the French nuclear safety institute IRSN, which said on Nov. 9 a cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe had indicated some kind of leak had taken place at a nuclear facility either in Russia or Kazakhstan in the last week of September. Neither Russia nor Kazakhstan has acknowledged any accident.





Archaeologists uncover ancient Viking camp from the 870s in village of Repton

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:46:59 -0500

(image) A team from the University of Bristol also discovered structures, dating from the winter of 873-874, such as paths and possible temporary buildings.



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UK losing place in space race because of Brexit worries, MPs told

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:39:04 -0500

(image) British businesses are being snubbed for high-profile and lucrative space contracts run through the European Space Agency because of Brexit – even though the organisation is not an European Union body. MPs on the Business Select Committee heard how the UK aerospace sector is missing out on work because of Britain’s decision to quit the EU. Giving evidence on Brexit’s impact on Britain’s £13bn-a-year aerospace industry, Simon Henley, president-elect of the Royal Aeronautical Society, said UK companies were losing out. He cited the Galileo satellite navigation programme as one example where British companies were being excluded, with reports of them being stopped from bidding for work. "Membership of the European Space Agency is not part of the EU discussions as it’s not an EU body, [but] many of the contracts, including Galileo, are EU-funded,” Mr Henley said. An Ariane 5 rocket containing Galileo satellites blasts off Credit: STEPHANE CORVAJA "And it's a requirement the companies that participate and get funding for their contracts are part of an EU country, so we're seeing contracts turned away from UK industry.” Also giving evidence to MPs was Airbus’s UK boss, Katherine Bennett. The pan-European plane-maker employs about 15,000 staff in the UK, producing wings for its airliners at its plant in Broughton, North Wales, and designing wings and other systems in Bristol. It also has a space-focused site in Stevenage. She warned that Brexit may mean Airbus winding down operations in the UK as future investment goes elsewhere. Airbus builds wings for its airliners in North Wales  Credit: DAVID ROSE Ms Bennett added: "Other countries would love to design and build wings [for us] and some already do – we actually build wings in China, and believe me they are knocking at the door as a result of the situation we find ourselves in in the UK." Other Airbus plants in countries around Europe would also be keen to take on building wings, she added.



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Disgusting Picture of Fly's Head Infected with Parasitic Fungus will Fuel Your Nightmares

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:14:41 -0500

(image) No, that isn’t a leaked image from the upcoming sequel to "The Last of Us." That’s a real close-up of what was left of a fly’s head after it was infected with the Cordyceps fungus. As a macro photographer in Singapore, Faiz Bustamente often has bugs in focus.



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What happens when vegetarians eat meat for the first time

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:06:00 -0500

(image) The human body is designed to consume both plants and animals. First, eating meat is harder to digest because it’s fattier and has more protein. Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, an NYU Langone gastroenterologist, explains more about what happens when a vegetarian eats a steak for the first time.



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Dolly the cloned sheep was not old before her time: study

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:15:39 -0500

(image) When Dolly the sheep was put down before her seventh birthday in 2003, she was said to suffer from age-related osteoarthritis, raising red flags that clones may grow old faster. Dolly's joint disease was, in fact, quite normal. Researchers in Scotland and England based their conclusion on X-rays of Dolly's skeleton, held by National Museums Scotland (NMS), in Edinburgh.



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The U.S. Military Is Preparing for War in Space: We're Drafting Laws to Be Ready for It

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:28:12 -0500

(image) A war in outer space sounds like the stuff of science fiction but it is something we need to consider. Its impact on everybody on Earth and its implications for future human space exploration would be devastating. The aim is to develop a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) that covers times of tension and outright hostility.



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Apple might not be making a self-driving car, but it sure is interested in autonomous tech

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:01:52 -0500

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As one of the most secretive tech companies out there, Apple rarely reveals any details regarding hardware or software products that may be in development. But the company last week quietly disclosed self-driving car research that proves not only that Apple is interested in this field, but that it may have solutions to improve various aspects of it.

The paper details technology that can be used by existing self-driving cars equipped with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology for mapping their surroundings to better detect obstacles, including pedestrians and cyclists.

First spotted on arXiv by Reuters, the paper describes a so-called VoxelNet technology for autonomous cars, and appears to be the company’s first disclosed paper on this subject.

Apple said a year ago that it will let AI and machine learning researchers to share their research with the world. In July, the company launched the Apple Machine Learning Journal which covers the same topics. However, Apple’s blog did not cover self-driving cars before.

What the VoxelNet tech does, is to allow computers to detect moving obstacles with the help of LiDAR information only, without the necessity of additional sensors. Detecting 3D obstacles from a distance is a crucial aspect of self-driving car tech, as autonomous cars will have to interpret in real time, as fast as possible, everything that happens around them. The technology might be even better than what’s currently available out there.

Experiments on the KITTI car detection benchmark show that VoxelNet outperforms the state-of-the-art LiDAR-based 3D detection methods by a large margin. Furthermore, our network learns an effective discriminative representation of objects with various geometries, leading to encouraging results in 3D detection of pedestrians and cyclists, based on only LiDAR.

It’s unclear at this time what Apple plans to do with self-driving cars in the future, but the paper proves it’s a very hot topic at Apple.



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Right is wrong: the surprising life benefits of being left-handed

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:28:29 -0500

For years, left-handedness was seen as an affliction to be cured, and it seems probable that there remains an ingrained – if unthinking – bias against left-handed people today. Indeed, even the word 'left' speaks of an Alpha and Omega, deriving as it does from the Anglo-Saxon 'lyft', meaning 'weak'. But being left-handed isn't all bad news. New research has indicated that being left-handed could be a significant bonus – for sports players at least. The study, published by academics at the University of Oldenburg, in northwestern Germany, found that the greater the time pressure in a game, the greater the number of professional players who are left-handed. (Time pressure in this sense is measured as the average time between a ball leaving one player and reaching another.) One in five top-flight cricket bowlers are left-handed, while a third of baseball pitchers use their left arm According to Dr Florian Loffing who led the research, the reason left-handers may do better is because most of their opponents are predominantly accostomed to responding to right-handers. Approximately ten percent of the world's population is left handed, but in sports where Loffing's research applies these odds are slashed dramatically. For example, one in five top-flight cricket bowlers are left-handed, while a third of baseball pitchers use their left arm. If you yourself are left-handed, but don't fancy turning your hand to either of those sports, then fear not: with the aid of some statistics and a splash of imagination, we've come up with five more reasons why being left-handed is brilliant. Lefties become President What do Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton all have in common? They're all lefties of course. Coincidence? Well, maybe. The preponderance of lefties in fields that are traditionally associated with intellect, such as mathematics and politics, has led to conjecture that left-handed people are simply smarter. Theories abound as to why: some claim it's due to left-handers' superior use of the right-hand side of the brain, while others suggest lefties train themselves to think problems through from a young age as they have to find solutions in the right-hand designed world. Whatever the reasoning, lefties do seem to rise to the top. Look at the list of Nobel Prize winners and you're faced with a disproportionate amount of left-handers, while Mensa says that 20 per cent of its members are similarly orientated (that's double the amount you'd expect). Lefties spend less time queuing Seriously. Imagine facing a line of 20 supermarket checkouts. Which one do you choose? Studies show that people tend to veer towards their dominant side: right-handers go right, left-handers go left. As a result, the queues on the left are often shorter - which means lefties spend less time waiting in line. Lefties are better at learning to drive (in the UK at least) Left-handed drivers are ten per cent more likely to pass their driving test, according to the AA Driving School. A significant reason for this could be the use of the gear and clutch, which require precise motor skills. Both are positioned to the left of the driver. Lefties are bette[...]



NASA Technology: Space Scientists Reinvent the Wheel With Chainmail for Mars Missons

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:34:07 -0500

(image) NASA is happy to say it has reinvented the wheel. The alloy NASA used, nickel titanium, also has a "memory"–an ingenious solution to the Achilles' heel of earlier spring tires, which remained dented after rolling over a particularly sharp rock. When tested on simulated Martian terrain at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the new tires quite literally bounced back.



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Good night, night: Light pollution increasing around globe

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:45:04 -0500

(image) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's nights are getting alarmingly brighter — bad news for all sorts of creatures, humans included.



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60 Percent of Female Voters Say They Have Been Sexually Harassed, Poll Finds

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:49:53 -0500

(image) Sixty percent of female voters have admitted experiencing sexual harassment, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.



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Meek Mill Is In Jail for a Wheelie While Harvey Weinstein Roams Free

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:01:36 -0500

(image) The writer and lawyer looks at the differences in prosecuting different types of crime — and how the race of a defendant may come into play



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Stars and Czars: A vantage point to space in Russia

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:20:03 -0500

(image) The world’s newest planetarium just opened in Saint Petersburg. Children were among the first guests to try out and see the stars, the planets, and outer space.



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