Science


Millions to switch off lights for Earth Hour 2017
- March 26, 2017

On Saturday, people in virtually every country in the world can expect to see city landmarks darkened in honour of Earth Hour. Dozens of building around the world will switch off all electricity including Big Ben, Harrods, the Gherkin, the Eiffel Tower, Sidney Opera House and Bangkok Grand Palace. (more...)
Super Mario Run Android Version Gets An Early Release; Details Here Super Mario Run Android Version Gets An Early Release; Details Here
- March 25, 2017

Nintendo's Super Mario Run has finally come to Android this week, following the iOS version when it comes to the payment structure. The game was seen listed on Google Play and it was available for pre-registering. According to Nikkei , the leap to Android is expected to increase the userbase for the game, but due to the pay-once model, there is no expectation for a big increase in earnings. (more...)
Jason Day withdraws from event, reveals his mother is battling lung cancer Jason Day withdraws from event, reveals his mother is battling lung cancer
- March 24, 2017

Spieth didn't win a hole until he was conceded a bogey on the 14th hole. Spieth did not play well at all and certainly not as well as McIlroy. "It's hard to say", replied Reed, who has slipped from a career high of No. Kjeldsen finished off the No. 2 player in the world with a tee shot into 2 feet on the par-3 17th. "Being on the European Tour for 20 years and then suddenly changing it up, coming over here not knowing anybody and not knowing the courses has been hard, but it's what I ... (more...)
What's New in Android O!
- March 24, 2017

Reports also indicate that Android 8 will finally have Google's mysterious Andromeda project merged along, which will introduce new features like intelligent notifications that will be shown only on those devices that are being used at that time by a user, even if signed in through multiple devices. (more...)
Bezos' rocket company Blue Origin signs Eutelsat as first customer Bezos' rocket company Blue Origin signs Eutelsat as first customer
- March 09, 2017

Eutelsat Chief Executive Rodolphe Belmer said the company was convinced that Blue Origin had the "right mind-set to compete in the launch service industry". From the outset, the rocket was meant to be reusable , and Bezos said during his presentation that it is being created to fly as many as 100 times. The Seattle-based company, which now employs about 1,000 people, also has begun renovating Launch Complex 36 and adjacent Launch Complex 11 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where it ... (more...)
The next iPhone won't switch to USB-C, but the cable might
- March 03, 2017

The Lightning port's design is a bit slimmer than that of the USB Type-C port, which should help with that. TURNS OUT the iPhone 8 probably won't ditch Lightning in favour of USB-C, but could come with the addition of Type-C Power Delivery for faster charging. (more...)
Shares of Snapchat parent company open at $24 Shares of Snapchat parent company open at $24
- March 03, 2017

Snap said earlier that it will use a small portion of the proceeds for settling tax obligations related to stock options. The shares were popular despite the IPO being unusual in that investors got no voting power - with its co-founders Evan Spielgel and Bobby Murphy continuing to maintain tight control over its future. (more...)
Sheila Dikshit clarifies on immature Rahul remark Sheila Dikshit clarifies on immature Rahul remark
- February 28, 2017

Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being indifferent to the pain and suffering of the people, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the PM should start delivering on his promise of working for people's welfare. He took on Prime Minister, Narendra Modi's "Make in India campaign" while stating 'Made in China is readily available.' He further said that even his phone is 'Made in China'. (more...)
Arizona Coyotes trade veteran Martin Hanzal to Wild for draft picks
- February 28, 2017

Ryan White meanwhile has seven goals and six assists in 46 games, along with a team leading 70 penalty minutes. This is a rental, as Hanzal's deal expires at the end of the season. Further, Hanzal has driven play well this year with a Corsi For % of 52.2, the fourth highest CF% on the Coyotes, and he has supressed shots well while shorthanded with only 44.72 Shots Against/60, the second best on the Coyotes. (more...)
Defending champion Kyrgios into semifinals in Marseille
- February 27, 2017

Second seed Tsonga came through a quarter-final between two twice former winners thanks to converting four of seven break points. "I've seen referees wait five, six seconds even when the ball's gone out", Kyrgios said . Tsonga and Pouille have met only once before, when Tsonga came out victor in their FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter at the 2016 Monte-Carlo Masters on clay. (more...)
Mysterious white creature found on beach in Philippines Mysterious white creature found on beach in Philippines
- February 25, 2017

The carcass, believed to be that of a sea cow, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Manila, washed up on a beach in Barangay Poblacion, Cagadianao. The animal is thought to have died approximately two weeks ago, possibly after being hit by a ship. Many Facebook users said they are anxious that the dead animal could be a harbinger of earthquakes. (more...)
SpaceX Dragon capsule aborts attempt to dock at space station
- February 24, 2017

SpaceX Dragon cargo craft's rendezvous to the space station was aborted early Wednesday morning after the spacecraft's computers received an incorrect navigational update, triggering an automatic wave off. A NASA commander and a European Space Agency engineer captured the Dragon space capsule just before 6 a.m. ET using a robotic arm, according to NASA . (more...)
Annual Manatee Count Breaks Record in Florida
- February 23, 2017

Back in 1991, there were only 1,267 manatees. Otherwise, manatees won't be counted if they can not be seen. Some 6,620 manatees were counted during a three day survey between January 30 and February 2, based on preliminary results released this week by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission . (more...)
Mark Zuckerberg's 6000-Word Plan to Save the World from Trump Mark Zuckerberg's 6000-Word Plan to Save the World from Trump
- February 21, 2017

In a 5,700-word manifesto, Zuckerberg, founder of the world's largest social network, quoted Abraham Lincoln, the USA president during the country's 19th century Civil War known for his eloquence, and offered a philosophical sweep that was unusual for a business magnate. (more...)
Princess Cristina of Spain Found Not Guilty of Tax Fraud
- February 19, 2017

However, Princess Cristina was ordered to pay a fine of $282,000 because she had benefited from her husband's wrongdoing. The ruling said: "We must acquit and we are acquitting Cristina Federica. "UrdangarĂ­n's lawyers are expected to appeal". The trial centred on accusations that Urdangarin used his former title, the Duke of Palma, to embezzle about $6.6 million in public funds for the non-profit organisation, the Noos Foundation. (more...)
Dolphins released DE Mario Williams, OT Brandon Albert Dolphins released DE Mario Williams, OT Brandon Albert
- February 18, 2017

He saw his snaps drop significantly over the course of the season with the Dolphins and finished the year playing a shade under 39 percent of the team's defensive snaps according to Pro Football Reference . He hasn't played all 16 games since 2011 with Kansas City. At one point during the season, Joseph called out Williams' lack of effort. (Remember those three times when Jay Ajayi ran for 200+ yards in a game?) Now, the offensive line goes from a strength, albeit one limited by injuries, to ... (more...)
Snap Set to Pitch $3.2 Billion Share Sale to Voteless Investors
- February 17, 2017

Snap released new details on its IPO plans Thursday in an updated filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission . The roadshow then takes them to Boston, the Midwest, and the West Coast. Final valuation will depend on how investors view specific issues , including a recent dip in the growth rate of new users, the competitive landscape and the fact that the stock offering is structured so that Snap's leaders will retain significant control after the IPO, per an earlier Journal report. (more...)
ISRO Breaks Russia's Record by Sending 104 Satellites in a Single Rocket
- February 16, 2017

All 104 satellites were placed in a 505km polar sun synchronous orbit in a span of 28 minutes, reported TOI . There were 101 co-passenger satellites, 96 of which were from the USA, while the remaining belonged to Israel, Kazakhstan, UAE, Switzerland and the Netherlands. (more...)
More than 200 whales swim away after New Zealand stranding
- February 16, 2017

According to the BBC , the environmental group Project Johan has a plane flying over the bay to keep track of the movements of the whales that have been successfully refloated. The department's regional conservation manager Andrew Lamason said the immediate risk was that the rotting bodies would blow up as they filled with gas. (more...)
Chicago aquarium euthanizes more than 90-year-old lungfish Chicago aquarium euthanizes more than 90-year-old lungfish
- February 09, 2017

According to the aquarium's website, Granddad was not just the oldest living resident there, but also the oldest fish in any public zoo or aquarium in the world, being in his mid-90s. "What? Granddad?" said a staffer at the consulate. Australian officials participated in a Shedd party to mark Granddad's 80th anniversary at the aquarium. (more...)
President Trump's Nominee for Head of EPA
- February 09, 2017

A coalition of almost two-dozen conservative advocacy groups has backed his nomination , insisting that Pruitt has "demonstrated his commitment to upholding the Constitution and ensuring the EPA works for American families and consumers". "No agency has more integrity when it comes to using science and being transparent than the EPA". Elsewhere in the Republican administration, Rep. Matt Gaetz would like to see the EPA gutted entirely. (more...)
Final Fantasy XV Broke Even Its Development Cost Day One Final Fantasy XV Broke Even Its Development Cost Day One
- February 08, 2017

But that doesn't mean the console version isn't still on its way. Square Enix also saw an increase in unit sales in every key territory such as Europe and the United States, selling 20.8 million units between April and December last year, an increase from 10.56 million the year prior. (more...)
This Could Be a Turnaround for Macy's Stock
- February 04, 2017

The Journal reported talks between the two companies are in the early stages. But now, things could be changing, because Macy's stock surged more than five percent on Thursday. Hudson's Bay also had a market capitalization of $1.41 billion late Friday morning, compared to $10.64 billion for Macy's . Up in Toronto, Hudson's Bay is up 4%. (more...)
Facebook's quarterly profit, revenue beat estimates
- February 02, 2017

Q4 revenues were $8.8bn, up from $5.8bn a year ago. Mobile advertising revenue represented roughly 84% of all advertising revenue ($8.63 billion) for the fourth quarter, up from 80% of advertising revenue a year ago. But some investors are wondering how long Facebook can keep up its pace of growth. The company inched closer to reaching 2 billion users, saying that about 1.86 billion people were using its service monthly as of December 31, up 17 percent from a year earlier. (more...)
Hybrids, EVs Earn Strong IIHS Safety Marks
- February 02, 2017

The IIHS notes that "that injuries to the head, along with the lower right leg, would be possible in a real-world crash of the same severity". Tesla uses a similar roof for its other Model S variants, but with the P100D having a larger battery pack than others, it could not get the " Good " and ended up with the "Acceptable". (more...)
Former UN Chief Ban Not Running for South Korea President
- February 02, 2017

Without elaborating, he said he had tried dedicating himself to resolving a national crisis and achieving unity, but that his "pure patriotism" and push for political reform were badly damaged by political slander and "fake news" that targeted him. (more...)
Researchers just found evidence of an ancient 'lost continent' under Mauritius
- February 02, 2017

Ashwal and his team theorize that the ancient zircons must have spewed from volcanic eruptions on Mauritius, drawn up from lava that mixed with the crust from a lost continent underneath the island. "It's like plasticine: when continents are stretched they become thinner and split apart", says Martin Van Kranendonk at the University of New South Wales in Australia. (more...)
Trump Orders Pentagon to Send Plan to Defeat Daesh Within 30 Days
- February 01, 2017

It would stipulate that administration officials could not register as lobbyists for a full five years after leaving the government - and could never lobby on behalf of a foreign government, the senior official said. Miller was a Middle East negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations. He issued three executive orders. Yet, many in the U.S. military are wary of Russia's role in Syria, with Moscow seen as seeking first and foremost to support and defend President Bashar al-Assad's ... (more...)
Zuckerberg Suddenly Reconsiders Forcing Hawaiians Off Their Land Zuckerberg Suddenly Reconsiders Forcing Hawaiians Off Their Land
- January 28, 2017

Zuckerberg reportedly spent $100 million to purchase the property, according to CBC . Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sits for audience questions in an onstage interview for the Atlantic Magazine in Washington, September 18, 2013. Zuckerberg says that it's rather hard to payout the property owners because land that was granted to families in the mid 1800s has been split among hundreds of descendants. (more...)
'Crypt-keeper' wasp is the stuff of nightmares 'Crypt-keeper' wasp is the stuff of nightmares
- January 27, 2017

First, the crypt gall wasp ( Bassettia pallida ) deposits its eggs onto the stems of sand live oak trees, resulting in the formation of a hole. But just as the crypt gall wasp manipulates this plant to become its home, a newly discovered species also seems to manipulate the crypt gall wasp to do its bidding. (more...)