(University of Konstanz) The animal tracking system in space, ICARUS, successfully concluded its test phase and starts scientific operations with a global study on the migration of blackbirds and thrushes - joint project of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the University of Konstanz
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(Forschungsverbund Berlin) Free electron X-ray lasers deliver intense ultrashort pulses of x-rays, which can be used to image nanometer-scale objects in a single shot. When the x-ray wavelength is tuned to an electronic resonance, magnetization patterns can be made visible. When using increasingly intense pulses, however, the magnetization image fades away. The mechanism responsible for this loss in resonant magnetic scattering intensity has now been clarified.
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(Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) The EMPAIA project, which is led by Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, has been crowned one of the winners of the AI Innovation Competition organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The project, which will now enter its implementation stage, aims to build a platform for AI-assisted solutions within the field of diagnostic medical imaging. The consortium has been awarded a total of € 11.4 million over three years.
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So you like TNW? Then join our upcoming online event, TNW2020, you don’t want to miss it. This article was originally published on .cult by Mynah Marie. .cult is a Berlin-based community platform for developers. We write about all things career-related, make original documentaries and share heaps of other untold developer stories from around the world. In 2011, a programmer going by the name of Viznut published the following video on YouTube: Accompanying the video were various articles written by him and published on his blog. In them, he describes how he accidentally discovered that by running a simple C… This story continues at The Next Web
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(4TEEN4 Pharmaceuticals GmbH) 4TEEN4 reports on the efficacy of Procizumab in a preclinical model of sepsis
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Verena Löw will speak at our online event, TNW2020. Secure your free ticket now and learn how data, autonomy, and connectivity are fueling the future of mobility You can’t go a week these days without reading the word “disruption” in relation to some new piece of tech that says it’s going to change the way we live forever. Many startups in the mobility tech world profess that very Silicon Valley infused mantra of ‘moving fast and breaking stuff’ — but as regulators and industry watchdogs get involved, the disruptors run the risk of becoming the disrupted. It seems sizeable parts of the mobility space exist either… This story continues at The Next Web
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Films have been ‘cancelled’ for featuring offensive content way before cancel culture began: in 1973, Stanley Kubrick declared that his film, A Clockwork Orange, should never be played again in his lifetime after the furore it caused.Audiences have called out films which they have deemed to be offensive for decades, but typically, film-makers and distributors have fought back, claiming their work is important in an artistic sense.The debate about what constitutes ‘good’ art has risen again after Netflix acquired the rights to Cuties, a French feature from film-maker Maïmouna Doucouré.The film, about one young girl torn between the life of her Senegalese Muslim family and the Westernised ways of her French schoolmates, won the directing jury prize at this year’s Sundance, and has received a raft of positive reviews, scoring 88% on online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.But the scenes of suggestive dancing have riled some viewers who have condemned the feature as child pornography. Those on the other side of the debate view the film as a nuanced criticism of the culture of child objectification - and a crucial conversation starter.Criticism gained pace after Netflix marketed Cuties with an image of the young cast posing provocatively, rather than the using original poster, which featured them shopping. Netflix has since removed their choice of poster, and apologised for marketing the film in a way which was deemed in bad taste. So “Cuties” was a French film that went to Sundance. Netflix gets ahold of it , re-titles it something questionable and slaps a hyper-sexual poster on it. I haven’t watched yet so I will reserve my feelings about the actual film...but the diff in the two posters says a lot. pic.twitter.com/2YkkCs05D2— Blood Moonbeam (@BloodMoonbeam) August 20, 2020“We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties,” said Netflix in a tweet that included the film’s original French title.“It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.”We're deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.— Netflix (@netflix) August 20, 2020The streaming service has defended their inclusion of the film on the platform, saying it is “a social commentary against the sexualisation of young children” rather than having the intention of objectifying young girls.Yet, furious critics have continued to make their voices heard. A Change.org petition to have the film removed from Netflix has garnered almost 360,000 signatures.“This movie/show is disgusting as it sexualises an ELEVEN year old for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles and also negatively influences our children! There is no need for this kind of content in that age group, especially when sex trafficking and pedophilia are so rampant! There is no excuse, this is dangerous content!” reads the caption.However, removing the film from platforms would be an unfair move, say the British Board of Film Classification, who explained to HuffPost UK why they don’t believe the film has any potential to harmfully impact viewers.“The film addresses the effects of sexualisation in popular culture, including on young people, but this is handled sensitively within the context of a coming-of-age drama,” the spokesperson said.They added: “Our extensive research into public opinion, and our Classification Guidelines, guides us as we seek to ensure that classification decisions reflect people’s opinions in the UK.” Other industry voices speaking to HuffPost UK agree that the film poses no threat to audiences of any age.″It sounds to me like Netflix inappropriately positioned the film missing the point of what it was about,” says Julie Rassat, founder of the She Does Filmz organisation to celebrate female voices in film. “It’s not necessarily a reflection on the film - and from reviews I’ve seen it’s not, it’s more a reflection of Netflix not handling the film’s content appropriately.”The fact that this film was directed by a woman changes everything.Cutie is the product of a female film-maker, says Julie, and therefore unlikely to reinforce negative stereotypes about women in film that are traditionally found in films made from the perspective of the male gaze. ″The fact that this film was directed by a woman changes everything in terms of perspective and intent,” adds Julie, who notes how “we’re uncomfortable with discussing girls sexuality, because the viewpoint has historically been twisted, with connotations and risks associated with it.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Maimouna Doucouré (@maimounadoucoure) on Aug 31, 2020 at 10:17am PDTBucking that trend, Cutie offers an authentic look at the reality of life for young girls growing up with the threat of sexual exploitation, says Doctor Helen Jacey, screenwriter and CEO of Shedunnit Productions. “Netflix removed the original poster after a public outcry, but that doesn’t reflect on the filmmaker’s intensions for her work,” she says.“The backlash to the marketing of this movie, before many of the complainers have even seen the film, does show that her subject matter is pertinent,” she adds on the divide in opinion around the film. Helen goes so far as to say that “exploitation belongs to the exploitative viewer,” and that marketing executives risk the real message of the film being lost by using the sexualised poster. She believes executives “recognise that generic images of women are proven to sell” and forefront those over more representative images of the film as a whole.The message from French-Senegalese film-maker Maïmouna Doucouré circles back to the toxicity of cancel culture, of people condemning things before they fully understand them. Responding to the backlash against the film in an interview with Refinery 29, she said that “ultimately, people didn’t have the right information” before they formed their opinions.Explaining more about her inspiration for the film, she said: “At one point these young girls took the stage and danced very well. But it was also very disturbing to watch because they danced like adults, like we see in music videos. So I started wondering whether or not they were conscious of the message they were sending with this sexualised dance.”Despite Maïmouna’s defence, the #CancelNetflix hashtag on Twitter is rife with screenshots of cancelled Netflix subscriptions. It’s unclear how many of them have actually seen the film, although the point of having the film cancelled seems to have got lost somewhat in a sea of trolls. “I personally can’t wait to watch Cuties #CancelNetflix,” one user provocatively tweeted.The debate around outrage seems so often to be typified by opposing opinions being shouted loudly, rather than having the intention of educating audiences or changing minds.More than anything, it’s important we see past the tone deaf marketing campaign and online commotion to understand the true power of female film-makers telling their own stories, says Julie Rassat.“A woman director is a shift of voice, a shift of story-telling and a shift of gaze in itself,” she reminds.READ MORE 'Punch Up, Not Down': 6 Comics On The Push For Socially-Conscious Comedy Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Announce New Deal With Netflix 'Hire Better': BAME People On How To Fix The Broken Film And TV Industry
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After being introduced to the world in 2011, Li-Fi technology generated lots of hype and tons of investment dollars. But it still hasn't caught on. Here's why.
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The new fitness band promises two weeks' worth of battery life and all the fitness features you need.
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The plane, designed in the Netherlands, was affected by Dutch roll.
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(Forschungsverbund Berlin) Lasing - the emission of a collimated light beam of light with a well-defined wavelength (color) and phase - results from a self-organization process, in which a collection of emission centers synchronizes itself to produce identical light particles (photons). A similar self-organized synchronization phenomenon can also lead to the generation of coherent vibrations - a phonon laser, where phonon denotes, in analogy to photons, the quantum particles of sound.
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Schreiber’s new film “Across the River and Into the Trees” will begin shooting in October with principal photography to take place in Italy.The film will be based on the novel of the same name written by legendary writer Ernest Hemingway.On Monday, production house Tribune Pictures and film distributor The Exchange announced that the shooting would take place primarily in Venice, Veneto region, and other parts of Italy while strictly adhering to the rules laid out due to the coronavirus pandemic.The film has the support of the Italian credit system, and it will introduce itself courtesy of The Exchange at Toronto International Festival.Schreiber will personify the protagonist Colonel Richard Cantwell who was actually inspired by Hemmingway’s friend Colonel Charles T Lanham.The story follows the character Colonel Cantwell who had been bruised both physically and mentally after taking part in World War 1 falls in love with a younger woman at the end of world war 2 when he is duck hunting.Cantwell realizes her own mortality while being in a relationship facing imminent doom.Paula Ortiz will direct the film based on a script written by Peter Flannery.Apart from Liev Schreiber, the ensemble cast includes Matilda De Angelis, famed for being honored as “Shooting Star” during the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, Laura Morante, Javier Camara, and an Academy Award-nominated actor for “Seven Beauties” Giancarlo Giannini.Robert Maclean, under the banner of Tribune Picture, will don the producer’s hat alongside John Smallcombe and Ken Gord.William J. Immerman will be the executive producer of the project.Brian O’Shea, a representative from The Exchange, enthused that Maclean is in the accompany of a virtuous Academy Award-winning team, and they will create a film “Across the River and Into the Trees” that will make fans excited when it arrives which is probably next year.Schreiber is renowned for being the face of the Showtime series “Ray Donovan.” He is a recipient of a Tony award for his production of “Glengarry Glen Ross” that came out in 2005.
All the hottest tech from IFA 2020 that you'll want to keep on your radar.
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How many of you lot need help from an app to cook a steak? IFA 2020  This year’s instalment of Berlin's Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) conference was… different.…
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So you’re interested our Growth Quarters subbrand? Then join our online event, TNW2020, where you’ll hear how the most successful founders kickstarted and grew their companies. Let me start with a simple exercise. This article was originally published on .cult by Tomasz Lakomy. .cult is a Berlin-based community platform for developers. We write about all things career-related, make original documentaries and share heaps of other untold developer stories from around the world. Imagine that you’re a developer at Scqber – it’s like Uber, but for squirrels. Scqber is a huge company (that still prefers to call itself ‘a startup,’ for… This story continues at The Next Web
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This article was originally published on .cult by Apinya Dechalert. .cult is a Berlin-based community platform for developers. We write about all things career-related, make original documentaries and share heaps of other untold developer stories from around the world. Switching from traditional full-time employment to contract work can be a bit of a transition —  especially if you’re also throwing in remote work at the same time. A lot is happening in the world right now and for many, going into contract work may offer more from a financial standpoint than sticking to full-time employment. For starters, you can command higher… This story continues at The Next Web
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You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening.Bluff cove?Brexit’s back and in some ways it feels like it never went away. Boris Johnson threatening to walk away, Brussels talking about peace in Northern Ireland, MEPs accusing London of behaving irresponsibly.There’s more than a little Groundhog Day feel to it all. So much so that one Labour source told me: “I woke up sweating this morning with post-traumatic stress syndrome, just because I heard Katya Adler talking on the radio about Brexit negotiations. Here we go again...” Instead of hearing ‘I Got You Babe’ as the alarm clock hit 6am, what they got was ‘I Got EU, Babe’.For those who don’t follow every twist and turn of life at Westminster, the sudden re-emergence of the B-word was sparked by two events: the PM putting out a statement that leaving the EU without a trade deal would be a “good outcome” for the UK; plus the FT leak that legislation this week will radically reverse key elements of the withdrawal agreement on Northern Ireland.There are plenty inside and outside the Tory party who think this is all a bluff, yet more brinkmanship to create the impression that the UK is forcing a change in the pace of talks, when in fact it is preparing for both sides to make pragmatic concessions. The PM talks about 36 days left to sort it, but that’s in fact the EU’s own deadline, it appears.The idea that this is all theatrics is backed up by some government sources who claim that Brexit negotiator Sir David Frost recently confided to colleagues: “We need to have a bust-up with the EU, then get a deal”. The fact that the FT’s story was not subject to any fire and brimstone from No.10 also fuelled suspicions that it was planted in some way or other.On the other hand, there’s genuine anger within No.10 at Brussels’ refusal to engage in talks on state aid and other areas. Cabinet minister George Eustice captured that frustration when he said this morning “they are in denial about what it means to be an independent country”. Some close to the PM point out his Greenwich speech way back in February explicitly raised the prospect of the UK “prospering” with an “Australia” deal (ie no deal).Genuine too is Dominic Cummings’ belief that UK freedom on state aid is needed for investment in hi-tech industries and artificial intelligence. Don’t forget that early on in his job, the PM’s chief of staff told bemused spads that the government could be remembered more for “radical science” than for Brexit itself. State aid allows him to align his twin interests.One Brexiteer former cabinet minister told me recently: “Singapore-on-Thames was all [Phillip] Hammond. In reality, we may need more state aid, not less, in some areas.” If the UK got its way it could indeed look like Berlin-on-Thames, given that Germany spends much more of its GDP on state aid than even France (and certainly more than the UK has).Then again, despite Cummings’ lofty ambitions for a new British Apple or Tesla, some in Whitehall believe the real agenda is about paving the way to prop up ailing firms in the Midlands and north. Which brings us to the raw politics and for some in government the extra byproduct of all this Brexit chat: forcing Keir Starmer’s Labour to break its Trappist silence on matters Europe.With even new Lib Dem leader Ed Davey saying the idea of his party campaigning at the next election to take the UK back into the EU is “for the birds”, some senior Tories are determined to hammer Starmer on just what he would do if he was PM right now. In a nutshell, what’s his message to the ex-Labour voters who are now the mortar in the Blue Wall?Conservatives thought it significant that the person who spoke for Labour overnight and through today was not Starmer, not Rachel Reeves (who shadows Michael Gove, himself the Brexit secretary in all but name), but shadow Northern Ireland secretary Louise Haigh.None will say it publicly, but some Tories think that most Brexit voters simply don’t care much about the Irish question, or the peace process, and have no real clue about the “NI protocol”, just as long as the UK got the heck out of the EU.Similarly on ‘no deal’, these Tories think Brexit voters see things very simply: if the EU won’t play ball, then sod ’em. Moreover, the two CCHQ attack lines against Starmer are that he’s both too “lawyerly” (code for lacks passion, is too finickity, is a London liberal) and an entrenched “Remainer” who had the gall to ask them to vote again. Even some on the Left of Labour have suggested Starmer formally “apologise” to Red Wall voters for backing a second referendum so enthusiastically.Labour’s line overnight, that tearing up the Withdrawal Agreement would mean reneging on “the UK’s legal obligations” internationally, is seen by some Tories as further proof of the lawyerly approach. They think the politics on Brexit instead often comes down to not laws but gut dividing lines: ‘whose side are you on, ours or Brussels’?’So, what will Starmer do? And is this the one ‘culture war’ issue on which he can be finally nailed by Johnson? Well, I’m told he intends to stick to what’s defined his leadership so far, combining strategic patience and a focus on the next election with a determination to fight battles on his own terms, not those laid as a trap for him.Earlier this summer, Starmer repeatedly avoided answering whether he would back an extension to Brexit rather than ‘no deal’. His line was that the government has a majority of 80 and the country’s fate is in Johnson’s hands, not his. Expect more of that. Just as he hasn’t come up with an alternative roadmap on coronavirus, he won’t be coming up with his blueprint for UK-EU relations this far out from a general election.But Starmer also knows that some Tory MPs in Red Wall areas fear that no-deal Brexit will hit their constituents hardest. Manufacturing, including carmaking, will be hit hard just when it’s on its back from Covid. Eustice was candid enough to admit today that no-deal would mean huge tariffs on our farming exports.“He does things on his own terms, that’s his style of leadership, and it’ll be the same on this” one key ally says. During the Labour leadership, the trans issue was a case in point, when he had his own line that “trans rights are human rights” rather than endorse a list of others’ demands. A snap YouGov poll tonight suggested that among Tory voters and Leave voters overall, only 50% backed no deal.Add in the inevitable Starmer charge that no-deal will expose Johnson’s untruths about an “oven ready deal” in the last election, and there’s a distinct sang froid among the Labour leader’s team. The focus is on the next election, and on making sure there’s no Groundhog Day of 2019.Quote Of The Day“I will not back down”Boris Johnson, on the prospect of ‘no-deal’ in EU trade talks, in an email to Tory party membersMonday Cheat SheetFor the second day running, the UK saw nearly 3,000 recorded cases of Covid-19.Richer young people are one of the biggest drivers of the recent spike in coronavirus, Matt Hancock said, as he urged people “don’t kill your gran”. But some experts believe stats for young people were massively underestimated earlier in the pandemic.People arriving in England from seven Greek islands will have to quarantine for 14 days, transport secretary Grant Shapps announced. He also suggested he was looking at cutting the two-week quarantine period to around 8 days with new testing regimes.No 10 confirmed the new UK Internal Market Bill will be published on Wednesday but denied it would tear up the Withdrawal Agreement and featured “minor clarifications in extremely specific areas”.As home office minister Kit Malthouse floated tougher laws for Extinction Rebellion protestors who blocked newspaper printing presses, Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael wondered if the doughty fight for free speech would see ministers on “Good Morning Britain anytime soon?”Foreign secretary Dominic Raab summoned the Russian ambassador to register the UK’s “deep concern” over “the poisoning of Alexey Navalny with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group”.What I’m ReadingCan Europe Learn From Japan? - CapXGot A Tip?Send tips, stories, quotes, pics, plugs or gossip to [email protected].com. Subscribe To Commons PeopleEach week, the HuffPost UK Politics team unpack the biggest stories from Westminster and beyond. Search for Commons People wherever you listen to podcasts and subscribe.Related... Is Boris Johnson Really About To Blow Up The Brexit Negotiations? Brexit With No Trade Deal Will Be A 'Good Outcome', Says Boris Johnson Tony Abbott Appointed UK Trade Envoy
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We round up some of our favorite audio innovations from IFA 2020, including products from Sennheiser, JBL, and more!
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Working from home and plenty of “mask” tech – here’s what Berlin had to offer a world coping with Covid-19.
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Usually at IFA we see at least a few smartphones – this year, however, another piece of tech was in abundance.
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Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, unveiled a couple of products at the IFA 2020 conference in Berlin, Germany. The company has released the Honor Watch GS Pro, ... The post HONOR Pad 6 and HONOR Pad X6 announced at IFA 2020 appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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LG went all out with an air-purifying mask and Qualcomm talked up reliable connectivity, while some companies barely mentioned the coronavirus at all.
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From a hamster wheel for fat cats to a device that creates an authentic marine climate in your home, Berlin had some characteristically eccentric gadgets on show this year.
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The time has come for the autumn announcements, which means that around this time we should see the Kirin 9000 chipset, which will be the ... The post Here’s why Huawei canceled Kirin 9000 announcement at IFA 2020 appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Held in Berlin, IFA acronym for Internationale Funkausstellung is the biggest consumer electronics show in Europe. Often seen as a warm-up for the CES in Las Vegas, IFA is also important because it reveals gadgets we are going to buy during the holiday season. Traditionally the event is attended by thousands, who flock to Berlin to get a glimpse of … Continue reading
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There were few global brands and zero big TVs, but the pandemic-hit IFA 2020 tech fair in Berlin was saved by its IFA NEXT zone of startups
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In addition to the recently announced Huawei Watch Fit, the company today unveiled two smartwatches. At the IFA2020 event holding in Berlin, Germany, Honor announced ... The post Honor Watch GS Pro & Honor Watch ES released at IFA2020 appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Musk also toured Tesla's under-construction factory and met with Germany's economic minister, according to reports.
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Realme is doubling down on its European product portfolio.
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