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Barack Obama dines with Ayesha and Steph Curry, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Michael Mina

first_imgFormer President Obama’s visiting Oakland for MBK Rising! — his foundation’s event devoted to helping young men of color achieve their dreams.The My Brother’s Keeper conference also features appearances by NBA star Steph Curry and music celebrity John Legend, so it’s no surprise that the group decamped Monday night to dine at International Smoke. That’s the San Francisco hot spot that Steph’s celeb wife, Ayesha, owns with restaurateur Michael Mina.“No greater privilege than to cook for this …last_img read more

Record-Setting Cosmic Structures Challenge Big Bang

first_imgHow will big bang theorists deal with the latest news?First there was the Great Wall. Then there was the Sloan Great Wall, and a supercluster system dubbed Laniakea. “But the newly spotted BOSS Great Wall, with a total mass perhaps 10,000 times as great as the Milky Way, is two-thirds bigger again than either of them,” New Scientist reports today about a billion-light-year galactic “wall” that may be the largest object observed in the cosmos so far.Galaxy superclusters also have competition for the “biggest known object” crown. Some distant light sources like quasars or gamma ray bursts seem to be clustered together in certain regions of the sky. If they are truly connected, they belong to structures so large that current cosmological theories can’t explain them.To be fair, the classification is subjective. Some astronomers think the material in the structures are not physically linked. If nothing else, though, they illustrate the lumpiness problem in cosmology. The universe is not a smooth sea of particles as theory would predict. Instead, “On the grandest scales, the universe resembles a cosmic web of matter surrounding empty voids – and these walls are the thickest threads.”Far OutPeering deep into space, a new “cosmic distance record” was set by the Hubble Space Telescope, reports the BBC News. A galaxy with redshift z=11.1 has been observed. It’s called GN-z11. Its high redshift would put its origin 13.4 billion years before the present in standard cosmology, a mere 400 million years after the big bang. The very first stars might become observable. “They are probably another 200 million light-years beyond even GN-z11.”Dr Oesch and colleagues say GN-z11 is one-25th the size of the Milky Way with just 1% of our galaxy’s mass in stars.“The surprising thing is how bright it is (for what it represents), and it’s growing really fast, producing stars at a much faster rate,” said the Yale astronomer.“So, it’s challenging some of our models, but it’s showing galaxy build-up was well under way early on in the Universe, and it’s a great preview for [the] James Webb [Space Telescope], which will be pushing even deeper to see the progenitors of this galaxy.”The James Webb Telescope may be able to see redshifts between 15 and 30, indicating objects only 100 to 250 million years after the big bang. Science Daily explains where GN-z11 needs to fit in current theory:“The previous record-holder was seen in the middle of the epoch when starlight from primordial galaxies was beginning to heat and lift a fog of cold, hydrogen gas,” explains co-author Rychard Bouwens from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. “This transitional period is known as the reionisation era. GN-z11 is observed 150 million years earlier, near the very beginning of this transition in the evolution of the Universe.”A galaxy of stars this mature so close to the beginning of the universe was not predicted by big bangers, Space.com says:However, the discovery also raises many new questions as the existence of such a bright and large galaxy is not predicted by theory. “It’s amazing that a galaxy so massive existed only 200 million to 300 million years after the very first stars started to form. It takes really fast growth, producing stars at a huge rate, to have formed a galaxy that is a billion solar masses so soon,” explains Garth Illingworth of the University of California, Santa Cruz.Marijn Franx, a member of the team from the University of Leiden highlights: “The discovery of GN-z11 was a great surprise to us, as our earlier work had suggested that such bright galaxies should not exist so early in the Universe.” His colleague Ivo Labbe adds: “The discovery of GN-z11 showed us that our knowledge about the early Universe is still very restricted. How GN-z11 was created remains somewhat of a mystery for now. Probably we are seeing the first generations of stars forming around black holes.”If this trend continues, the James Webb telescope may push theory to the breaking point after it launches in 2018.A piece on PhysOrg states, “The early universe consisted almost entirely of hydrogen atoms, but at some point – probably about 500 million years after the Big Bang – the first stars formed.” Something is dreadfully wrong here. One cannot have a galaxy turning up 100 million years earlier than the first stars. Maybe the new physics theory announced by PhysOrg will rewrite the textbooks. Readers may wish to see why a Caltech astronomer found something “frustrating, but interesting” about the first galaxies. “For a while we were convinced that we were missing something important,” he said on PhysOrg, but then he and his colleagues were “shocked” when theory matched his prediction. It must be a rare occurrence.Other cosmologists, like those on Science Daily, will continue to speak glibly about the leading theory that posits “a region of space the size of a single proton vastly expanded to form the beginnings of our universe” in a fraction of a second. Somehow, the article says, the universe learned how to make French onion soup from that sudden explosive beginning.Let’s recap. The big bangers did not predict this galaxy or the BOSS Great Wall. They were amazed. It was a great surprise. The GN-z11 galaxy should not exist, but it does. The big bangers admit that their knowledge about the early Universe is still very restricted, after decades of research. Such objects are a mystery to them. Their cosmological theories cannot explain them. And yet they get to keep their jobs? Sounds like government workers. (Visited 102 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

U.S. pork exports remain steady in 2018 despite challenges

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite numerous challenges for most of 2018, sales of U.S. pork abroad remained relatively steady compared with 2017. For the year, U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports totaled 5.37 billion pounds, unchanged from 2017, and were valued at $6.392 billion, which was down 1% from 2017.“Without a doubt, 2018 was a difficult year for U.S. pork exports,” said Bill Luckey, chair of the Pork Checkoff International Marketing committee. “Market-access challenges were the main reason.”Pork exports accounted for 25.7% of total 2018 U.S. pork and pork variety meat production. Export value per head averaged $51.37, down 3.9% from 2017.Despite market access challenges for many markets, 2018 export growth was strong in a few countries, including tremendous growth in South Korea and Colombia. Pork and pork variety meat exports to Korea were up 40% in volume and 41% in value, while exports to Colombia were up 39% in volume and 32% in value.“With projections for increased pork production this year, the Pork Checkoff is committed to strengthening its partnership with its international customers,” Luckey said. “The National Pork Board increased Checkoff funding by 12.7% over 2018 to increase exports around the globe. In fact, since 2014, the Checkoff has increased international marketing funding by more than 30%.”During 2018, more than 100 countries imported U.S. pork.The top five U.S. pork export markets in total pounds were:  Mexico (1.71 billion pounds), Japan (869 million pounds), China/Hong Kong (775 million pounds), South Korea (534 million pounds) and Canada (453 million pounds).The top five U.S. pork export markets in total value were:  Japan ($1.62 billion), Mexico ($1.31 billion), China/Hong Kong ($851 million), Canada ($764 million) and South Korea ($670 million).last_img read more

AImotive games its Project Cars to test self-driving software

first_img5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Testing self-driving software on public roads can be incredibly expensive, with the cost of the car, the hardware, the license, and insurance potentially reaching into the millions.AImotive, a self-driving software developer, has been looking for a unique way to cut the costs. Instead of spending money on the real thing, it attempted simulating the experience using Project Cars, a 2015 motorsport video game developed by Slightly Mad Studios.See Also: New York is the newest state to allow autonomous car testsThe team wanted to use Project Cars as a framework to build its own simulator, testing self-driving algorithms inside the video game to make it as close to the real experience as possible.Better for simulationIt is not the first time self-driving software has been programmed through a simulation, rather than real-world testing, but it is the first time a video game has been used as the foundation for the simulation.Project Cars outperforms most of the commercial car simulators available today, making it a viable option for any software developer that wants to test software.In the end, AImotive discovered Project Cars wasn’t robust enough for simulation requirements. But the studios behind the game may look to reuse AImotive’s self-driving software for Project Cars 2, expected late 2017, as a way of simulating real-life driving conditions while players race. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts David Currycenter_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#AImotive#Autonomous#Bandai Namco#driverless#featured#Project Cars#Self-Driving#Slightly Mad Studios#top#virtual reality Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

Creative Inspiration: Helium Harvey

first_imgDaniel Savage’s latest short film showcases fluid animation with professional illustration.Helium HarveyInstead of going to animation school, animator and part-time educator Daniel Savage decided to make an animated short called Helium Harvey. Helium Harvey is a “Disney-like” short that features a little boy who inhaled too much helium. The project is super high end and Savage was so kind as to give us a behind the scenes look at how he made the film. So if you haven’t seen Helium Harvey, here is the short film:Savage was able to raise funding for the film by doing freelance work. He personally recommends that anyone looking to make a film as extensive as Helium Harvey take it one month at a time and spread out the work, to avoid being overwhelmed. Behind the ScenesDaniel used his expert skill in illustration and knowledge of the Creative Cloud to create the film. The following behind the scenes video gives us a glimpse into Daniel Savage’s process. Recording the MusicOne of the reason’s Helium Harvey is so successful is because it has a custom orchestral score underneath. In this video posted by Savage we take a look at the recording session. Notice how many people went into creating the well-rounded soundtrack.Helium Harvey was first posted on Daniel Savage’s blog. Thanks for sharing Daniel! If you are interested in learning some of the techniques that Daniel Savage used, you can take his intro to character animation course on SkillShare.Have any other inspiring shorts? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

TATIANA MASLANY TO VOICE NEW AUDIOBOOK CHAPTER OF ORPHAN BLACK

first_imgNEW YORK, United Nations — “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany is set to narrate an audiobook for a new instalment of the hit sci-fi drama series.A statement says the Regina native will voice “Orphan Black: The Next Chapter” for New York-based digital reading and audio platform Serial Box.The collaboration with Toronto-based Temple Street will be available later this summer for reading and listening. Author Malka Older will be the showrunner alongside Mishell Baker, Lindsay Smith, and Heli Kennedy as series writers.They’ll create weekly episodes, which are described as “the length of an average commute.”The first episode will be free.“These new Serial Box Originals are designed to fit into today’s fast-paced mobile lifestyle,” says a statement.“Users can switch between reading and listening with a simple click, picking up right where they left off in either format.”Serial Box also recently announced a deal with Marvel Entertainment to create original stories based on “Black Panther,” “Jessica Jones,” “Black Widow” and “Thor.”Maslany won an Emmy Award for playing multiple clones on “Orphan Black,” which ran for five seasons on Space and BBC America.The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

American Airlines commences Dreamliner service between Tokyo and Chicago

first_img United Airlines Adds Service to Providenciales from Houston this Summer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp American Airlines flights stuck Related Items:american airlines, tokyo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAmerican Airlines on Tuesday (August 18, 2015) started its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service from Japan between Tokyo Narita and Chicago O’Hare, its first international 787 service from Chicago. Showcasing the new modern American Airlines, the aircraft features 28 lie-flat business class seats, 48 Main Cabin Extra seats with a further 150 seats in Main Cabin. The aircraft departs Tokyo as flight AA154 at 6.10 p.m. and arrives in Chicago at 4.20 p.m. the same day.Art Torno, American Airlines’ Senior Vice President for International said: “Our Japanese customers are going to love this aircraft when they see the modern interiors we have on board, as part of the more than $2 billion investments in customer improvements we delivering.”Derek DeCross American Airlines’ Vice President, Global Sales comments: “Our goal is for our customers to experience a product that’s better than our competitors and that includes more Japanese speaking staff, better Japanese food options and entertainment. I’m confident that the combination of American Airlines and Japan Airlines makes us a winning formula for Japanese customers.”Arranged in a two-class cabin configuration, American’s 787-8 features 28 fully lie-flat Business Class seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. The custom-designed forward-and rear-facing seats provide direct-aisle access for every Business Class customer for more mobility throughout the cabin and comes equipped with satellite Wi-Fi capability to keep customers connected while traveling internationally. The premium cabin also features inflight entertainment selections on a 16 inch HD Panasonic touchscreen monitor positioned in each seat with up to 250 movies and 180 TV programs. Business Class customers will also be offered Bose® QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones and ear buds. Each seat is equipped with universal AC power outlets and a USB jack.The Main Cabin has 48 Main Cabin Extra seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, offering customers up to six inches of additional legroom plus 150 Main Cabin seats also arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration. Every seat offers a 9-inch HD Panasonic touchscreen monitor with an assortment of movies, TV programs, games and audio selections. Each Main Cabin seat is also equipped with universal AC power outlets and a USB jack.Other advanced features on the Dreamliner include larger dimmable windows, improved cabin humidity and improved sound quality. American’s 787-8s will also feature a walk-up bar stocked with snacks and refreshments for customers traveling in the premium cabin. Currently American has placed firm orders for 42 Boeing 787 aircraft, with the fleet becoming even younger, more modern and more efficient as additional aircraft are delivered into service.American already has the youngest fleet of the U.S. global network carriers, with an average aircraft age of 12.3 years. In 2015, American is taking delivery of an average of two new aircraft per week. Meanwhile, American is in the midst of more than $2 billion in planned improvements to give customers a superior travel experience around the world. Recommended for you US Airways no more, last flight to TCI ‘emotional’last_img read more

Watching Irma over the weekend NEMA says get ready

first_img Related Items:#Irma, #magneticmedianews, NEMA Two babies born at hospital during Irma Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 1, 2017 – Nassau – There are all sorts of predictions and forecasts out there now related to horrible looking Hurricane Irma, which is doing what forecasters had said she would which was fluctuate in strength.    Still, #Irma who was at Category 2 strength at news production time is a strong hurricane which has many of the islands of the Caribbean in her crosshairs.The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency issued some practical tips today in order for residents to be ready for the storm which looks like it will impact The Bahamas in some way and they include having your storm shutters ready or up, estimate one gallon of water per person per day with a supply to last 3-5 days, get your canned goods, ie non perishable items… best to have your paper plates and utensils, which you can use and then toss.Blankets, pillows, first aid kit, medications, flashlight and batteries all make the list.    You should get toiletries, ladies those feminine products are like gold during and after a storm plus for all of us, you want to seal your documents and identify the location of the nearest storm shelter.#NEMA in concert with the University of The Bahamas is advising residents to be ready before the storm.   There are still no watches or warnings in effect due to Hurricane Irma which is located near latitude 18.5 North, longitude 37.8 West.   Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph.A turn toward the west is expected by tonight, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest on Saturday.    Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph with higher gusts.    Fluctuations in strength, up or down, are possible during the next few days, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend.#MagneticMediaNews CARICOM and UK reach out to Bahamas PMlast_img read more

Calabria Higuain is AC Milans Ronaldo

first_imgAC Milan full-back Davide Calabria has risen to Gonzalo Higuain’s defence following his recent struggles by claiming that he’s “our Cristiano Ronaldo”The Argentine striker joined Milan last summer on a season-long loan deal after finding himself surplus to requirements at Juventus due to Ronaldo’s blockbuster arrival from Real Madrid.But things at the San Siro haven’t got off to the smoothest of starts for Higuain with just six goals in 15 Serie A games this term.This has led to reports of a move to Chelsea in this month’s transfer window with Milan allegedly unwilling to continue paying Higuain’s salary and the €40m buy option for next season.Calabria, on the other hand though, is convinced Higuain remains a key part for Milan and described what he brings to the team.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I told my agent that I’d never seen a striker like Higuain. He’s very good and always done well wherever he’s played,” Calabria told GazzaNet.“Is there a problem with him? No, there isn’t. He’s having a tough time, which can happen, but he’s our Cristiano Ronaldo, given us prestige and something more to the team in general terms.“He’s won a lot and he has so much experience.”Milan will take on Higuain’s parent club Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana next Wednesday.last_img read more

Mega Millions jackpot reaches 1 billion as drawing nears

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger.Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the Friday night drawing. The prize climbed from $970 million.Although the jackpot keeps increasing , the odds of winning remain stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million.The prize has grown so large because no one has hit the jackpot since July 24, when a group in California won $543 million.The $1 billion prize refers to the annuity option. Most winners opt for cash, which for Friday night’s drawing would be $565 million.Officials say that if there isn’t a winner, the prize for Tuesday night’s drawing would be $1.6 billion, tying the largest U.S. lottery prize. KUSI Newsroom October 19, 2018 Posted: October 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1 billion as drawing nears Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more