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Britain's Supreme Court said today that rulings from a secretive UK spy tribunal can now be appealed against after a legal challenge from pressure group Privacy International.Decisions of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), which rules on legal cases involving surveillance powers and the British spy agencies (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ), were previously immune from being appealed against.If you didn't like the IPT's verdict, tough – there was no way of asking a more senior judge to take a second look at it.Section 67(8) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act meant that, unlike any other law court in the UK, decisions of the IPT "shall not be subject to appeal or be liable to be questioned in any court".Lord Carnwath, one of the Supreme Court judges who delivered the majority verdict of the five-strong judicial panel, ruled today that even with that legal wording, decisions that were "legally invalid" could still be questioned.The common law, he said, has a strong presumption against "ouster", which is the legal idea of stopping the High Court from overturning junior courts' judgments by having its own judges review them.
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Yet another Elon Musk plan to shake up an entire industry gets off the ground Wednesday night when a SpaceX Falcon 9 launches the first batch of satellites for the company's Starlink broadband network.SpaceX launched a pair of prototype satellites for the service last year, but these are the first of Starlink's "production"-version small satellites.Earlier in the week, Musk tweeted an image of the satellites all crammed into the fairing of a Falcon 9, which also had a successful test firing and is ready to launch as soon as 10:30 p.m.Musk also cautioned that expectations for this first launch should be tempered, saying "much will likely go wrong."SpaceX hopes to eventually build the megaconstellation up to 12,000 satellites strong.Most other satellite internet services, like Viasat or HughesNet, rely on a handful of big satellites in geostationary orbit, over 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometers) above Earth.
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Last month, reports teased a potential future in which Disney’s unrelenting path towards total media consolidation extended to the Hulu universe, and today, that dream has been realised.As Variety first reported, Disney now has “full operational control” over the streaming service effective immediately after Comcast agreed to sell its Hulu stake for, at minimum, $5.8 billion.While the deal reportedly states that NBCUniversal will license its content to Hulu through late 2024, it also gives the media conglomerate permission to make what was once exclusively licensed content for the streaming service available nonexclusively for a fee starting next year, and in 2022, it can cancel “most” of these licensing agreements.And it’s not unlikely that Comcast might pull some of its content, or at least make it non-exclusive to Hulu, in the near future, given the company is launching a dedicated NBCU streaming service next year which NBCU chairman of advertising and client partnerships Linda Yaccarino said will include “new originals and a gigantic library of old favourites,” Variety reported.“We are now able to completely integrate Hulu into our direct-to-consumer business and leverage the full power of The Walt Disney Company’s brands and creative engines to make the service even more compelling and a greater value for consumers,” Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.This marks yet another drop in the bucket of Disney’s breathless sweep of TV and movie ownership, which now includes, but is not limited to: ABC, Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, Touchstone Pictures, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and now, Hulu.
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Before iPhones and Galaxies, before the Nintendo Switch or even the Pokémon Mini, the "it" device to have in your pocket was a Tamagotchi.Now, Bandai—the Japanese toymaker that invented the Tamagotchi in 1996—has reimagined the Tamagotchi for a new generation.The new Tamagotchi looks a lot like the old one.It's not just meant to appeal to nostalgic adults, but to reintroduce the pleasures of the retro toy to a new generation of kids.Find a Tamagotchi egg and you can raise it from babyhood to childhood all the way to adulthood, at which point you can marry them off or “breed” them with other Tamagotchis.Tara Badie, Bandai America's director of marketing, says the company has updated Tamagotchi products throughout the years.
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After the couple welcomed their second son last year Jansen wanted to give her a gift they both could enjoy.— Kenley Jansen (@kenleyjansen74) May 12, 2019In the video below that Jansen posted on Instagram, you can see Gianni’s surprise standing in a balcony and followed by her delight as she walked down the stairs for a closer look.A post shared by Kenley Jansen (@kenleyjansen74) on May 12, 2019 at 9:25am PDTDigital Trends confirmed with a Polaris representative today that the 2018 Slingshot SLR Jansen purchased is a stock model, complete with 2-tone premium paint, graphics, forged wheels, sport bucket seats, and a turn-by-turn navigation system.Other than available colors, the 2019 SLR model is exactly the same as the 2018 Slingshot Jansen bought for Mother’s Day.
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Copper oxide (Cu2O) is a very promising candidate for future solar energy conversion: as a photocathode, the copper oxide (a semiconductor) might be able to use sunlight to electrolytically split water and thus generate hydrogen, a fuel that can chemically store the energy of sunlight.Copper oxide has a band gap of 2 electron volts, which matches up very well with the energy spectrum of sunlight.Perfect copper oxide crystals should theoretically be able to provide a voltage close to 1,5 volts when illuminated with light.The material would thus be perfect as the top-most absorber in a photoelectrochemical tandem cell for water splitting.However, the actual values for the photovoltage lie considerably below that value, insufficient to make copper oxide an efficient photocathode in a tandem cell for water splitting.Up to now, loss processes near the surface or at boundary layers have been mainly held responsible for this.
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The Windows 10 app for Alexa is now able to hear and act on commands without you having to lift a finger.As noted by The Verge, the latest version of the app on the Windows Store is now able to hear the 'wake word' (Alexa, Computer, or Echo, depending on your preference) while the app is running in the background or minimized.What are the best smart speakers?Previously Windows 10 users had to hold down a button for Alexa to actively listen, making the update a step forward for convenience.However, if you'd rather Amazon's voice assistant wasn't always listening in on you, you can revert to the previous settings inside the app.If you're a Windows 10 user and don't want to use Alexa at all, it isn't able to hear you if the app isn't open, or simply hasn't been downloaded.
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Luxury audio brand Master & Dynamic has released its first air of noise-cancelling headphones, following the release of its first true wireless earbuds, the Master & Dynamic MW07s last year.The MW65 noise-cancelling wireless headphones feature three different modes of noise-cancellation: High Power, for noisy environments like airplanes, Low Power, for windy environments, and Active Noise-Cancelling Off for passive noise isolation, which simply relies on the seal created by the earcups to filter out external noise.According to Master & Dynamic, the MW65s offer up to 24 hours of battery life and a wireless range of over 65 feet.In terms of audio quality, the MW65 noise-cancelling wireless headphones should sound fantastic, with "custom 40mm Beryllium drivers" that the company says produces its "signature rich, warm sound".They also feature a beam-forming mic array that's designed to reduce background noise as you speak – whether you're using them to take calls or giving a voice command to Google Assistant, which is built in to the headphones themselves.Like previous Master & Dynamic models, the MW65s are made from luxurious materials, including anodized aluminum, which the company says makes the MW65s its "lightest over-ear headphones " yet.
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The term refers to a hackable flaw in code that the software's maker doesn't know about but that a hacker does—in some cases offering that hacker a powerful, stealthy skeleton key into the hearts of millions of computers.On Monday, Symantec revealed that it had traced how a hacker group it calls Buckeye—also known as APT3 or Gothic Panda and widely believed to be a contractor of the Chinese Ministry of Security Services—used NSA hacking tools apparently intercepted from the networks of NSA targets and repurposed those tools to use against other victims, including US allies.Most notably, Symantec says, the Chinese group's hacking had planted an NSA backdoor on the network of its victims using a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft's Server Message Block (SMB) software, also seemingly learned by studying the NSA's hacking tools.That newly revealed hijacking of the NSA's intrusion techniques doesn't just dredge up longstanding questions about how and when the NSA should secretly exploit software vulnerabilities to use for spying rather than help software companies to fix them.The SMB vulnerability—labelled as CVE-2017-0143 and CVE-2017-0144 in two slightly different forms—appears to have first been discovered by the NSA sometime before 2016, though the NSA has never publicly admitted to having used it; it wouldn't be tied to the agency until it leaked in 2017, revealing its integration in NSA tools called EternalBlue, EternalRomance, and EternalSynergy.I immediately have the highest privileges available to me."
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The best things you can add to an airport aren't a movie theater, a butterfly garden or a fine restaurant.Sure, those help -- just ask anyone who's been to Singapore -- but I'm talking about an observation deck.Yes, to make an airport truly great, it needs a place where aviation geeks like me can watch planes.Sadly, many US airports closed their decks over terrorism fears following the Sept. 11 attacks.But the good news is they're beginning to make a comeback as air travel grows and airports compete with each other to brighten the passenger experience, at least on the ground.San Francisco International (SFO) opened its observation deck in February inside the G Concourse of the International Terminal.
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Smaller fashion and lifestyle businesses typically have limited budgets for marketing, personnel, and web development.To compete against larger companies, smaller businesses must focus on a niche and then execute flawlessly.I’ve spent nearly 20 years working and consulting with fashion and lifestyle companies.Here are four ways smaller online companies can thrive.Find your niche — either demographic or product.While it looks simple, the site is amazingly well structured and optimized for organic search.
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Your smart home journey can begin with something as simple as buying a few smart bulbs and changing the ambiance of a room, and go to a point where you can control everything in your house without physically interacting with anything.It does so with not only its own devices, but by supporting an impressive number of third-party products that can all be managed with the SmartThings app.There are over 350 products currently listed as “Works with SmartThings.” These include everything from smart lights and switches, security cameras, doorbells, outlets, door locks, thermostats, and speakers, to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, water valve controls, vents, garage doors, irrigation systems, and so much more.You can set up alerts for all these activities, and anything else you can come up with.Keep children out of off-limit areas, and of course, make sure that nothing untoward is happening when no one is supposed to be at home.Included with the thermostat is a room sensor (and you can buy more) that lets you check and prioritize which rooms need heating or cooling.
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Amazon recently came under fire when the Verge revealed it used a system that automatically determines the productivity levels of its warehouse workforce, and terminates laggards if they’re too slow to move packages.It was yet another sign that automation was taking over at the retail giant, and a particularly ominous one at that.In a subsequent press tour of its Baltimore fulfilment centre, ostensibly intended to parry against this latest volley of charges of extreme and robot-like working conditions, Scott Anderson, director of Amazon Robotics Fulfillment, took pains to highlight the human element still necessary at the company’s capacious warehouses.“There is a fallacy in the initial understanding of ‘Are we going to be a lights-out fulfilment network in the next few years?’” Anderson said, according to Reuters.“In the current form, the technology is very limited.To the 100,000 plus people who work at Amazon’s fulfilment centres, and to the local economies and social systems that will need to cope with such a large influx of automated-out-of-work employees, it might not seem like such a lengthy timeline.
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The Embraer Phenom 300E made its world debut last October at the National Business Aviation Association conference and exhibition in Las Vegas.The updated 300E builds on the success of the original Phenom 300 that entered service in 2010.The Embraer Phenom 300E costs $9.45 million while most customers end up paying around $10 million.In October 2017, Embraer unveiled an updated version of the plane called the Phenom 300E at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association conference and exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.In case you're wondering, the "E" in 300E stands for enhanced.The Phenom 300E enters the light business jet segment to some stiff competition from traditional stalwarts like Textron's Cessna Citation CJ3+ and Bombardier's Learjet 70.
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Apple's stock charged its way up to $212 in pre-market trading on Wednesday, after reporting its worst-ever decline in iPhone sales.It cements a $327 billion rally in its market cap since January 3, when Apple issued an explosive sales warning on holiday trading, blaming weak iPhone sales in China.A number of analysts think the downturn in iPhone sales has got as bad as it is going to get, with the market bottoming out.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Apple stock has been on a steady recovery rally in recent months, which looks set to be cemented by a Wall Street vote of confidence in the iPhone maker's latest earnings.Since hitting an 18-month low of $142.19 on January 3 — directly after Apple issued an explosive sales warning on holiday trading after iPhone sales took a hit in China— Apple's stock charged its way up to $212 in pre-market trading on Wednesday.
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A research paper questioning the independence of Huawei Technologies put the world’s biggest telecom network gear maker back on the offensive last week as it held a press conference to rebut the paper’s central assertion that it may ultimately be controlled by the government.Huawei dismissed the claim at a press conference in Shenzhen on Thursday, saying the trade union committee had been established to meet legal requirements and that it only had oversight of after-hour staff activities such as badminton and hiking.The latest spat over ownership and control marks another twist in the road as Huawei seeks to fight off US accusations that its gear poses a national security risk and that countries should reconsider including the Chinese giant in their 5G network infrastructure plans.The research paper finds that Huawei Investment & Holding Co., the parent company of Huawei Technologies and its other subsidiaries, is 98.99% owned by Huawei’s trade union committee and 1.01% owned by Huawei’s founder and chief executive Ren Zhengfei.In China, company trade unions report up into more senior trade union organizations, theoretically all the way up to the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, which is controlled by the Communist Party of China.Huawei’s relationship with the Chinese government has been a crucial point of contention amid US efforts to persuade its allies to ban the use of Huawei equipment in next-generation telecoms network infrastructure on the grounds that the Chinese company could be manipulated by China’s Communist government to spy on other countries and disrupt critical communications.
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Soon begin the new EU emission requirements to apply.And for some car manufacturers it will be really sweaty to try to avoid the fines.But some have received a real momentum in the transition, it shows the latest statistics.
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That’s a lot of serversNorthern Virginia – the bit barn capital of the world, the beating heart of our digital universe – has become the first regional market to reach 1,000MW of wholesale colocation capacity, according to real estate specialist CBRE.For comparison, London – the world’s second largest colo market - has just 559MW of capacity.CBRE added that two thirds of all new data centre construction in primary US markets is taking place in the commonwealth (technically, Virginia should not be called a state).“Explosive growth in cloud computing has created strong demand for data centres in the Northern Virginia region,” said Jamie Jelinek, veep for Data Centre Solutions at CBRE.“It remains the largest and most active data centre market globally.
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Bessemer notes that today there are 55 private companies valued at $1 billion or more compared to zero a decade ago.Proving this isn’t just private market hype, enterprise cloud companies have well-exceeded $500 billion in market cap and are on a path to hit $1 trillion in the next few years.Whether it’s the masterfully executed IPOs of Zoom and PagerDuty, and the imminent Slack IPO, or the mega funding rounds of companies like Asana, and Airtable, Front, and many others, the insatiable demand for enterprise cloud deals shows that the new era of IT is no longer a zero sum game.Back when we started Box in 2005, we saw a disruption on the horizon that would change enterprise software as we knew it.Led by the same trends that were impacting the consumer internet — growth of mobile, faster web-browsers, more users connected online — combined with the advent of the cloud, enterprises in every industry are forced to transform in the digital age.Deploying software in the on-prem world required a team of highly trained professionals and a hefty budget.By lowering costs and and removing adoption hurdles, the cloud expanded the market from millions to billions of people globally and in turn, businesses are using more apps than ever before.
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We’ve known for a while now that Verizon will bring the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G to the U.S. as a timed exclusive.Now, the company has launched pre-orders for the 5G smartphone, so what will the damage be?The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a starting price of $1,299 or $54.16 per month for two years, according to the pre-order page.This gets you a 256GB model, while the 512GB variant will set you back $1,399 or $58.33 per month for two years.Samsung’s 5G phone will be available in Majestic Black and Crown Silver — those hoping for green, blue or even yellow colorways are out of luck.Verizon’s pre-order page also notes that the phone will be delivered by May 16, 2019, while an official press release confirms it’ll be available in-store by that date as well.
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Companies with fewer levels of management such as legal, accountancy and investment banking firms could be up to five times more susceptible to corruption than similar sized organisations with a taller structure such as those in manufacturing, a new study by the University of Sussex and Imperial College has revealed.Conversely the quantitatively-modelled research also shows that widespread corruption spreads more quickly through a taller company than through an organisation with fewer levels of management and is more likely to permeate throughout its ranks.The new research paper, published in next month's Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, also warns that a medium-sized organisation with less than 5% of employees committed to whistle-blowing would be powerless to prevent corruption spreading through their company.The authors say a company with a critical threshold of 25% of whistleblowing employees is needed to prevent widespread corruption taking hold.Our mathematical modelling assumes that the infection susceptibility of each employee is independent and identical with every contact with a corrupt colleague and takes into account the complex organizational network through which the corrupt practice spreads."Once corruption pervades an organization to the extent that it becomes an organization-wide phenomenon, it will almost certainly decay and die, resulting in enormous social and economic costs.
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley battling a xenomorph in the sci-fi classic Alien.Reebok, which designed the super-high tops she wore in the sequel, is once again stepping up to celebrate the franchise with a special-edition pair of Alien Stomper shoes.They'll be released Friday -- April 26 aka Alien Day aka the annual event started by 20th Century Fox to celebrate all things Alien.Reebok's previous versions were inspired by Ripley's iconic shoes for actress Sigourney Weaver in Aliens and by the yellow and black Power Loader that she used to fight another xenomorph.The 2019 edition of the shoes is meant to look like a prototype that came before the original pair.The Alien Stomper 40th Anniversary OG mid-top shoes aren't as dramatic as the super-high tops, but they're more practical for everyday wear when you're not fighting for your life on a spaceship.
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A repository containing a large number of user names and passwords for Chinese video-streaming site Bilibili was found on open-source software development platform GitHub, Chinese media reported on Monday.The repository, called “Bilibili website backend codes,” has been taken down by GitHub “due to excessive use of resources,” said the company.It contained more than 50 megabytes of source code, according to a Reddit post dated Monday.A key opinion leader (KOL) on microblogging site Weibo posted two screenshots of the leaked codes, which has since been taken down.One screenshot shows the redacted username and password for a Bilibili user.The repository was created by a GitHub user named “openbilibili,” who hasn’t uploaded any other projects.
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The online mattress company Casper has expanded its sleep-centric product line to include everything from bedside lights to duvets to multiple types of mattresses.Instead of having to visit a mattress store in-person and negotiate with aggressive salespeople, those in the market for a new bed could simply order one on Casper's website and have it shipped (in a compact cardboard box) right to their front doorsteps.However, as Casper's co-founder and Chief Product Officer Jeff Chapin told Business Insider in a recent interview, the mattress world caught on quickly to the experience the startup was offering, and many copied its playbook."Now there's like 50 companies that sell one mattress online," Chapin said.We have to adapt to that and find a new value proposition.A focus on better sleep has broadened the possibilities for Casper, beyond selling the one, standard mattress it offered when it first launched.
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A recent research paper examining Huawei’s ownership structure published Monday refutes the company’s claim of being wholly owned by employees and says that the identity of the actual owners is unknown, and may potentially include the Chinese government.Authored by Donald Clarke of George Washington University and Christopher Balding of Fulbright University Vietnam, the report states that Huawei is wholly owned by a holding company, of which 99% is held by an entity called a “trade union committee.” The trade union committee, the authors said, if it is run as a typical such organization in China, could mean that the telecom equipment giant is owned and controlled by the government.Trade union decision-makers in China are not selected by or accountable to the employees, according to the report which was published on research platform Social Science Research Network (SSRN).On the contrary, they owe their loyalty to superior trade union organizations, all the way up to the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, which is controlled by the Communist Party, whose head belongs to the Politburo, the highest policy-making entity in China’s Communist Party.“Given the public nature of trade unions in China, if the ownership stake of the trade union committee is genuine, and if the trade union and its committee function as trade unions generally function in China, then Huawei may be deemed effectively state-owned,” said the paper.Huawei’s employee ownership claim is untrue because its employees have no control over the trade union’s decisions, the paper says citing China’s Trade Union Law.
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America’s first female astronaut candidate who pushed for women in space but never reached its heights has died, reports said.News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O’Brien, serving as a family spokesman.But NASA already had its Mercury 7 astronauts, all jet test pilots and all military men.I would then, and I will now.”None of the Mercury 13 ever reached space, despite Cobb’s testimony in 1962 before a Congressional panel.“We seek, only, a place in our nation’s space future without discrimination,” she told a special House subcommittee on the selection of astronauts.
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Like with all drugs we take, there are good and bad effects that come with cannabis.But a new study out Monday suggests that one of these bad side effects could be a strange tolerance to anaesthesia.It found that residents of the US state of Colorado who regularly use cannabis needed up to twice as many powerful sedatives before a procedure.The Colorado-based researchers looked at the medical records of 250 patients in the state who underwent endoscopies, procedures that involve sending a camera down your throat (or other sensitive orifices) to get a closer look inside the body.Though it wouldn’t be officially sold in stores until 2014, patients would still presumably be more comfortable telling their doctors about their cannabis use from 2012 onward.Those who said they took cannabis daily or weekly, the researchers found, were significantly less sensitive to several drugs across different classes used to sedate people, when compared to people who said they never used it.
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With its six engines, twin fuselage, and the world’s longest wingspan, the giant Stratolaunch jet took off from a California runway on Saturday as it embarked on its maiden flight.The Stratolaunch was the brainchild of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and could one day be used as part of a cost-effective system for getting satellites into space.The aircraft’s 28 wheels left the ground for the very first time at 6:58 a.m. PT from the Mojave Air and Space Port about 70 miles north of Los Angeles.It stayed in the skies over the Mojave Desert for 2.5 hours, achieving a maximum speed of 189 mph (143 kmh) at altitudes of up to 17,000 feet (5,182 meters).During the outing, the Stratolaunch’s test pilots evaluated its performance and handling before bringing the plane safely back to base.Pilot Evan Thomas of Scaled Composites, which built the Stratolaunch, described the aircraft’s maiden flight as “fantastic,” according to the Associated Press (AP).
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The fabled midengine Corvette is a car that's been rumored and hyped for literally decades.And we're finally -- finally!-- going to see it this summer.Chevrolet tweeted a teaser of the eighth-generation Corvette on Thursday, and the prototype was actually driven through New York with General Motors CEO Mary Barra riding shotgun.As you can see on the large decal on the prototype's doors, the new Corvette will be revealed on July 18, 2019.Last we heard, the midengine Corvette was delayed due to its electrical system not being up to snuff.
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He has one goal: Find as many scat samples as possible so that researchers working with Argentina’s Ministry of Ecology can better map out wildlife habitats in the northeastern Misiones Province’s Atlantic Forest ecosystem, tucked between the Paraguay and Brazil borders.Those are the animals whose poo Train looks for and the ones he’s trying to save from deforestation and poaching.Train, who some call the Big Brown Monster or T for short, became a conservation detection dog in 2009, when he was about 2 years old.Every other summer, the pair heads to Argentina for four months to scout for some shit.“He doesn’t get frequent flyer miles or the marks on a passport, but he travels with me,” she laughs.He learned to pick up their scent in 2016 because, well, predators will need food to eat if they’re going to be saved.
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