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  • 5 days ago
    Current Event rawlings

    The Black Widow Movie May Be The MCU's First R-Rated Film

    Something superhero movie fans have criticized the MCU for over the years is “playing it safe” by always aiming their releases at the PG-13 crowd when the likes of Fox’s X-Men franchise and even DC have made R-rated comic book films such as Deadpool, Logan and Watchmen. It’s possible, though, that Marvel Studios might be ready to branch out into more mature fare with one of their upcoming projects, and it could be the Black Widow movie.

  • 7 days ago
    Analysis rawlings

    What are the effects of total isolation? An expert explains

    Imagine being confined to a small, dark room, with no social interaction whatsoever for 30 days. Not many people would jump at this opportunity. But, in November 2018, a professional US poker player Rich Alati bet US$100,000 that he could survive 30 days alone and in total darkness. He was kept in a small, completely dark room with nothing but a bed, fridge and bathroom. Even with all the resources he needed to survive, Alati couldn’t last the month. After 20 days he negotiated his release, ta...

  • 9 days ago
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    World economy faces 'darkening skies'

    The World Bank is warning of increasing risks, or what it calls "darkening skies", for the world economy. In its annual assessment of global prospects the Bank predicts continued, though somewhat slower, growth this year and next. The Bank's forecast for the global economy is expansion this year of 2.9% and 2.8% in 2020. But overhanging the broadly favourable outlook are rising concerns that could mean economic performance falls short.

  • 10 days ago
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    When the ice melts: the catastrophe of vanishing glaciers

    The fall lasts long enough that I have time to watch the blue ice race upward, aeons of time compressed into glacial ice, flashing by in fractions of seconds. I assume I’ve fallen far enough that I’ve pulled my climbing partner, Sean, into the crevasse with me. This is what it’s like to die in the mountains, a voice in my head tells me. Just as my mind completes that thought, the rope wrenches my climbing harness up. I bounce languidly up and down as the dynamic physics inherent in the rop...

  • 11 days ago
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    Everything is too complicated

    It’s CES time again, with a flood of gadget news set to arrive when the industry’s biggest tech show kicks off later this afternoon. As usual, it’s easy to see the broad outlines of the show already: tons of new devices that support Google Assistant and Alexa, a flood of nonsense 5G news, and the TV industry trying to make people care about 8K after finally hitting mass adoption of 4K.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event rawlings

    Manned Mars mission 'reality-TV event' plans 2032 launch; astronauts will have 'no return ticket'

    Landing a spot on Mars One's planned rocket to the red planet isn't easy. The selection process has been going on for five years already. After three rounds, 4,200 applicants -- "from architect to janitor," Politico points out -- have been whittled down to an even 100. No more than 24 Earthlings ultimately will be chosen to transform themselves into Martians.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    iPads and iPhone XRs Lead New Device Adoption Over Christmas

    The lull between Christmas and New Year’s is the perfect time to pause and reflect on the buzz of activity that December brings. It’s a time of relaxation that can only be perfected by keeping up to date on shifts in the device market. In order to achieve this, we examined our vast mobile data over Christmas this year, looking specifically at the volume of new devices that entered the market. As a reminder, this data only consists of devices that users activated for the first time and began ...

  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis rawlings

    Why facial recognition software has trouble recognizing people of color

    Facial recognition software has made huge advancements in accuracy, but it has a long way to go — specifically when it comes to recognizing women and people of color. Commercially available software can tell the gender of a person using a photograph. But according to a new study from Joy Buolamwini, of the MIT Media Lab, that software is correct 99 percent of the time when it’s looking at a white male and less than half as accurate when looking at a darker-skinned female.

  • 3 weeks ago
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  • 3 weeks ago
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    'Goodfellas' Actor Frank Adonis Dead at 83

    Frank Adonis -- best known for his roles in some of Martin Scorsese's most famous films -- died after a long battle with various health issues ... TMZ has learned. According to his wife, Denise ... the veteran actor died Wednesday night in Las Vegas. She tells us he'd been sick for a couple years, mostly kidney problems. We're told he'd been on dialysis and was on a ventilator for the past 9 days, but they waited until after Christmas to take him off it.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event rawlings

    Philosophers to create peer-reviewed journal for controversial ideas, anonymous submissions accepted

    Three very famous philosophers are teaming up to create an academic journal dedicated to ideas too controversial to put a name on. As you might expect, the concept itself has already gathered controversy.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event rawlings

    A Place Under The New Year Tree.What to expect from cryptocurrencies closer to the New Year’s Eve?

    If at the end of October 2017, Bitcoin cost about $ 5.5 thousand, then its price already reached $20 thousand on December 18. Most of the Altcoins rushed right after the first cryptocurrency — they began to consistently set the historical maximums of value, day after day improving indicators. For example, Stellar cryptocurrency showed growth of 1,300% from November to January, and the XRP token, which increased by 1,750% over the same period, later became notorious among investors who wer...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Red Dead Redemption 2 claims UK Christmas No.1

    Red Dead Redemption 2 holds No.1 in the UK boxed charts for a second consecutive week, which means the Rockstar game is officially the Christmas No.1. It's Rockstar's second Christmas No.1 after Grand Theft Auto Vice City in 2002. The game's physical sales increased 26 per cent to hold off competition from FIFA 19. EA's game holds No.2, but closed the gap on Red Dead with a 45 per cent sales increase. FIFA holds the joint record with Call of Duty as the game with the most Chr...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Analysis rawlings

    David vs. Goliath: What a tiny electron can tell us about the structure of the universe

    What is the shape of an electron? If you recall pictures from your high school science books, the answer seems quite clear: an electron is a small ball of negative charge that is smaller than an atom. This, however, is quite far from the truth.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event rawlings

    Google opts not to dispute Russian watchdog’s fine

    The US-based Google Corporation elected not to dispute the fine of 500,000 rubles ($7,300) imposed by the Russian telecom regulator Roskomnadzor for failure to comply with Russian laws on deletion of links to resources banned in Russia from search results, the company’s press service told TASS on Monday. "We can confirm that we decided not to dispute the fine; we will pay it," the company said.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Indonesia tsunami: 43 dead and 'many missing' after Anak Krakatoa erupts – latest updates

    Volcanic activity sent a wave crashing into villages and hotels in a popular tourist area on the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. Follow all the developments here.

  • 1 month ago
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    Breathing in Moon dust could kill you

    Dreams of a lunar colony where people walk around on the dusty surface inside of big domes will remain a dream for a while longer. We might eventually reach a point where humans could feasibly create comfortable living conditions on Earth’s Moon, but new research suggests that the material covering our nearest neighbor is actually toxic to humans.

  • 1 month ago
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    Congress just quietly passed a law that could spark a boom for the $1 billion marijuana-linked CBD industry

    This week, a plant that's nearly identical to marijuana is set to become legal to grow in the US. Thanks to the US Farm Bill, which the House passed on Wednesday in a 369 to 47 vote, American farmers will be able to plant and harvest hemp, a strain of the same plant species from which marijuana originates. The bill passed the Senate Tuesday in an 87 to 13 vote, and President Donald Trump has indicated his support. Hemp legalization has been a longtime goal of Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc...

  • 1 month ago
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    Apple to invest $1 billion in new Austin campus

    The company will also open new offices in Seattle, San Diego and the L.A. area. Apple plans to build a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, adding thousands of jobs, while also setting up new large offices in Seattle, San Diego and the Los Angeles area.