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Google's added a new Search feature for students interested in STEM concepts, too.
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IBM Frances Allen, whose work on computer compiling helped establish a foundation for much of modern computer programming, died on August 4th, her 88th birthday. She was the first woman to win the Turing Award, and the first female IBM fellow. Allen was determined to make the tedious compiling process — converting software programs into ones and zeroes— more efficient. The work became a hallmark of her career. After receiving a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan, Allen took a job with IBM Research in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1957, intending only to stay until she had her student loan debt paid off. She taught IBM employees the basics of its new Fortran language, later becoming one of three designers for the company’s... Continue reading…
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If you're in need of stronger armor in Grounded, unlocking the game's tier-two tools is an essential task.
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Yeah, for the good of the local communities they infest. Sorry, is that too much for this bit?
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As the Perseverance rover heads to Mars to look for signs of ancient life, a new study suggests the Red Planet could have been "covered in ice sheets" and not a valley of rivers as previously thought.
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According to the source, the new Windows 10 update with the build number KB4559309 disrupted the normal operation of computers. The boot takes longer than ... The post Windows 10 PCs become slower after installing the KB4559309 update appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Researchers from several Texas universities, including the University of Houston, Baylor University, and Texas A&M University have discovered some new evidence that suggests new scientific theories about why the Earth cooled globally about 13,000 years ago. The sediments obtained from a cave in Texas, have preserved geochemical signatures from ancient volcanic corruptions. The researchers say that the signatures were previously … Continue reading
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Folk outside London cry: Why doesn't Alexa understand me? To those of us born here, Britain is a wondrous cornucopia of accents and dialects. To visitors, like US-bred AI assistants, people outside of London may as well not speak English.…
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Provider of GPS services for navigation and wearable devices is returning to normal.
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Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.A government crackdown on obesity by banning “buy one get one free” deals on unhealthy meals and a restriction on junk food adverts has been criticised as “hypocritical” and “victim blaming” by people on the ground who want to see the true causes of the health bomb tackled.Boris Johnson has unveiled a raft of new measures that also includes restaurants displaying calorie counts on menus and junk food adverts being banned on TV before 9pm.And GPs will be asked to prescribe cycling to overweight patients following a warning from Public Health England that obese people are at greater risk of hospitalisation and death if they become ill with coronavirus.But experts have accused the government of ignoring the real causes and major factors of obesity – such as poverty and inequality depriving people of healthier choices. They say it is easier to “victim blame” or target advertisers than face the “uncomfortable truth”. Others have blasted officials for launching the obesity campaign while simultaneously trying to coax people into fast food outlets such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Pizza Hut with their “Eat Out To Help Out” discount initiative.Deals like 50% off in McDonalds and Pizza Hut courtesy of the government?I'm confused.You cannot have the cake and fight obesity! pic.twitter.com/4j4nKu4YJa— Jon Matthews (@jonmatthewsuk) July 27, 2020One 36-year-old mum who was forced to rely on food banks after plunging into poverty told HuffPost UK that people struggling financially are less likely to eat healthily as the foods that are the cheapest are not necessarily the healthiest.The Yorkshire mum of a 14-year-old boy explained that even those with the best of intentions are less likely to buy fruit and vegetables and choose a healthy diet if money is an issue.She also admitted that, although she is incredibly grateful for the food she has received from food banks, the food is more likely to be unhealthy as it is usually tinned and processed, while fresh produce is rare.When you’re poor, the choice of eating healthily is taken away from you.“Before we had to rely on food banks, I always cooked meals from scratch and tried to eat healthy and nutritious food,” she said.“But since using food banks – for which we are very grateful – foods high in salt and sugar have become a daily part of our life.“The problem is things like pasta, rice, noodles and tinned food are staples of food banks. But if you are using them in your diet for almost every meal, it is not good long term. “My son had never had spaghetti hoops but this is a regular food given out at food banks. When you’re poor, the choice of eating healthily is taken away from you.”Financial poverty and time poverty are two major factors when it comes to obesity, Luke Billingham, a youth and community worker in Hackney, east London, told HuffPost UK.“It is about being cash poor, time poor and not having access to the same things as more well off people,” he said.“If you are rich, you might be a member of an expensive gym or maybe your company pays for a gym membership. You can afford to go to somewhere like Pret for a fancy £8 salad and you might have the leisure time to buy expensive ingredients and cook nutritious meals from scratch.“But there are plenty of other people who would love to do these things but it takes more time and money than is available to them.“Individual choices made by people is part of the obesity problem, but it is about what is available to people. If they don’t have the money to buy healthy food or are time poor as they are working two jobs and are stressed, they don’t have those same choices.”If you are rich, you might be a member of an expensive gym or maybe your company pays for a gym membership. You can afford to go to somewhere like Pret for a fancy £8 salad.Billingham says while companies that profit from advertising junk food do play a part in obesity, he wants to highlight that this is not the only factor and there are many other reasons the government needs to tackle.But he believes the government is deliberately ignoring many factors as they played a part in creating some of the inequalities that exist.“I think the government has got a myopic view of individual choice,” he said. “People can only make choices in the context of the options and opportunities available to them.“Very little attention is paid to the day-to-day lives of people who are struggling financially.”Billingham also pointed out that youth centres and leisure centres have been closed and school budgets have been cut. This means there are fewer free and easily accessible physical activities for people to engage in.“The places that young people most love are the sports cages on estates – multi-use games areas where they can play basketball and football. Some are well maintained but others are neglected,” he said.“If the government really wants to tackle child obesity, in my view, they would invest in things like these sports cages and in youth workers and community-based sports coaches, and put money into training young people to be sports coaches, too.“But because it is the government who is responsible for removing a lot of these opportunities, it is an uncomfortable truth for them to face and it is convenient for them to blame individuals and advertisers rather than recognising the roles these things play in obesity.”Billingham added that the families of young people he sees struggling with these issues are those who lack money, time and facilities: “It is all about inequality and these three things need to be addressed.”Professor John Ashton, former north west regional director of public health, slammed the government for its “victim blaming” approach to tackling obesity.“The thing about this government is that they do not believe in tackling things from the root cause,” he said. “They are all about blaming it on people’s individual choices.“It is a victim blaming approach by saying: ‘It’s up to you, really,’ and blaming it on what people buy.“They are very reluctant to interfere with the commercial sector because it is easier to focus on and blame the individual. But they need to go further upstream to the production of food and there need to be incentives for things like processing lean meat.”Ashton told HuffPost UK the government measures such as banning junk food adverts until after 9pm are meaningless in his opinion.“A 9pm watershed does not mean anything these days,” he said. “In this modern digital world, children are watching things on their tablets and on playback later on.“They are playing with the advertisers – but they will simply find other ways to promote their foods.”Obesity is a complicated issue and Ashton believes all the different factors need to be examined, not just individual choices, and the crisis needs to be addressed at its root. He says it all stems back to inequality and poverty. “Poorer people end up eating cheaper foods and the fatty stuff, which costs less,” he said.“If you look back to the Second World War when we had rationing, we had some of the most well nourished and healthy people as poor families were getting the same as everyone else.“We had a very healthy generation of pregnant women and babies born during and after the war as poor families who would have been facing starvation were getting the same rations so there was equality.” When we had rationing, we had some of the most well nourished and healthy people as poor families were getting the same as everyone else.Ashton says it is a shortage of time as well as money that is a huge problem for many families today. “In the 1950s, most women did not work,” he said. “But now in many couples, both are working and one of the biggest issues is time shortage and the disappearance of family mealtimes.”He told HuffPost UK education is another powerful weapon against obesity and he believes all children should get a free school meal. “School should be a place where all children should get balanced and nutritious food from a young age and get used to the taste of it as well as being educated about it,” he said.“It is important obesity is tackled from infancy. It is the distortion of taste in childhood to salty and fatty food where you start losing the battle against obesity.”Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, has also criticised the government’s measures to address obesity. It has accused the government of putting the health of people affected by eating disorders at risk with things like calorie labelling and a promoted weight loss app.Andrew Radford, Beat’s chief executive, said: “It is extremely disappointing the government has chosen to put at risk the health of people affected by eating disorders.Without suitable safeguards, what could be useful in helping people with obesity risks harming people with eating disorders.“We recognise the importance of addressing obesity but the risks of stigmatising and poorly considered campaigns on those affected by eating disorders must be taken into account.“In particular, we are concerned that the campaign will encourage people with eating disorders to use the promoted weight loss app which fails to prevent under 18s or people with normal or low-weight from using it, despite it not being suitable for them.“Without suitable safeguards, what could be useful in helping people with obesity risks harming people with eating disorders.“It is also worrying to see a renewed emphasis on measures such as calorie labelling as evidence clearly shows these risk exacerbating eating disorders of all kinds.”The Institute for Fiscal Studies says it is unlikely that extending advertising restrictions would lead to a large reduction in the amount of advertising for unhealthy food and drinks that people actually see.This is because they feel firms could increase their advertising of these products after the watershed or on other types of media.No.10 has denied it is sending out mixed messages by clamping down on “buy one get one free” promotions on unhealthy products while launching Eat Out To Help Out.“The Eat Out To Help Out scheme applies to all restaurants and people will be able to choose a range of healthy options from the menus if they are struggling to lose weight.” the prime minister’s official spokesperson said.“The scheme is aimed at protecting jobs in a sector hit very hard by the coronavirus pandemic.”Related... 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Serendipity in space as Tianwen-1 photobombs a search for hazardous asteroids.
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For a long time, Google has followed the tradition of giving “dessert” names to new versions of Android. This made it possible at one time ... The post Android 11 does have an internal cake name that starts with R appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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(Indiana University School of Medicine) Indiana University School of Medicine is leading the first study of the national Diabetic Foot Consortium sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The goal of the study is to prevent reopening of closed wounds by identifying a biomarker that would predict such recurrence during the process of standard wound care.
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No patching, no CISO, saved by the bank The post No Patching, No CISO? Premier League Club Saved by the Bank after Hackers Targeted MD appeared first on Computer Business Review.
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Vice president calls this support pilot fish several times, complaining that his PC is being hacked. “His mouse kept moving and clicking on odd things,” says fish.So fish remotely controls his computer, uninstalls a few programs and tells the VP that there are no programs on his computer that would allow that strange behavior.VP calls again, not five minutes later. It’s doing it again, he says. Fish suggests rebooting, under the theory that some out-of-control service might still be running. That doesn’t fix it, so fish heads over to VP’s office to observe the problem firsthand.In the executive suite, VP’s peers say they’re sure the network has been hacked and the situation should be reported to corporate HQ. But after a quick examination of the VP’s desk, fish has another idea.To read this article in full, please click here
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The NEOWISE comet was captured again on Monday, with this breathtaking image showing the celestial object flying over Manstone Rock in Shropshire, England.
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Last year, Samsung tried out a new strategy, releasing a lightweight version of the flagship Galaxy S10. It seems that this year, we will also ... The post Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (Galaxy S20 Lite) camera details revealed appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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(National Research Council of Science & Technology) A research team of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology(KIST), working in cooperation with the Technische Universität Berlin, announced that they had developed a nano-sized, coral-shaped silver catalyst electrode and large-area, high-efficiency carbon dioxide conversion system, which can be used to obtain carbon monoxide. In recent years, this type of electrochemical carbon dioxide conversion system has been a major area of research in the field of artificial photosynthesis.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The US Department of Homeland Security has raised concerns internally that face masks meant to protect against the spread of COVID-19 may interfere with facial recognition technology, The Intercept reported. It also appears worried about the use of face masks to evade law enforcement even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. A bulletin from May 22nd, which was drafted in conjunction with other federal agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, discusses “the potential impacts that widespread use of protective masks could have on security operations that incorporate face recognition systems — such as video cameras, image processing hardware and software, and image recognition algorithms — to monitor public spaces during the... Continue reading…
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With so many of us no longer reporting to the office every day, how can we use this new work setup to our advantage? One way to do that: By actually taking a break at lunchtime.“When you’re working from home, it’s easy to become unaware of when lunchtime is or to just power through it,” Lynn Taylor — a workplace expert and founder of the accessory company Behind The Buckle — told HuffPost. “But that habit can hurt you in the long run.” Tempting as it might be to work through lunch to get more done, doing so may  actually make you less — not more — productive. “We only have the capacity to work deeply on tasks for around four hours of each day, so there is little value in stealing time from your lunch, as it may give you more time, but it makes you less productive, less creative and more likely to make mistakes, as well as pushing you towards burnout and an unhealthy work-life integration,” said Lee Chambers, an environmental psychologist and well-being consultant. You may also want to avoid “breaks” that keep you glued to your laptop or smartphone — like reading personal emails, catching up news or scrolling on social media, Chambers said. You won’t feel refreshed after; plus, you’re more likely to get sucked back into work that way. To that end, we asked workplace experts to share some of the best ways to spend your lunch break while you’re WFH.1. At the bare minimum, step away from your desk.... Or the kitchen table, couch or wherever it is you do work at home. A change of scenery can be beneficial. “It’s easy to do everything at your desk: eat lunch, make social calls, check the news and social media and so on,” Taylor said. “But removing yourself from your regular environment helps you clear your head, hit the reset button and experience a more positive, balanced day.” Getting some fresh air is ideal, but if you can’t go outside, just moving to another part of the house can make a difference. 2. Make a healthy lunch. Then sit down and actually enjoy it. “One of the potential benefits of working from home is access to all ingredients and appliances in your kitchen,” Chambers said. “Cooking is a mindful activity, which helps us disconnect from work and have a lunch break, which takes you out of your working environment.”At the office, you might have been in the habit of ordering a greasy takeout meal or eating a sad, prepackaged salad at your desk. Now that you’re home, it may be easier to prepare something fresh and nutritious that won’t spike your blood sugar, leading to the inevitable afternoon slump. If you’re someone who often forgets to eat lunch or feels too time-crunched to whip something up midday, consider preparing it the night before or in the morning, said clinical psychologist Jessica DiVento, mental health program manager at Google.Practicing mindful eating — rather than scarfing down a sandwich while attempting five other tasks — can improve digestion and reduce stress. “We should also aim to eat mindfully, making the space and time to enjoy our food, the flavours, smells and textures, engaging our senses and slowing us down,” Chambers said. “Being aware of our eating and being connected helps us to feel more grounded, breathe and certainly aids digestion.”3. Step outside.One of the challenges of working from home, especially during a pandemic, is feeling claustrophobic. You’re spending a lot more time in your house and your living space is now your workspace, too. That’s why it’s essential to get outdoors. During lunch, take a walk around the block or just sit outside to get some fresh air.  “By getting outside, we get the full sensory experience of the sun shining in our eyes, our feet hitting the ground, the wind blowing against our cheeks, the sounds of nature or neighbourhood and the smell of new surroundings,” Chambers said. “The natural light stimulates serotonin production, making us feel happier. And by walking, we get our blood pumping, boosting our cognitive ability and getting rid of any brain fog.”“This clarity helps us to tackle the afternoon with vitality while boosting our health and reducing our environmental stress,” he added. 4. Move your body. “Working from home has many benefits, including no commute time,” Taylor said. “But one of the downsides is being too sedentary because everything is virtually within reach.”To counter this, use your lunch time to get moving: Walk outside or stay inside and do some stretches or put on a good song and dance around your bedroom.“Among the countless benefits: You‘ll be able to think more sharply and creatively,” Taylor added. “And it will improve your mood, too.” You could also use the time to do a quick physical chore — like vacuuming or sweeping the floor. Any type of movement that gets the blood flowing “gives you more energy, both mentally and physically, to be productive the rest of your day,” DiVento said. 5. Spend time with a loved one — in person or virtually. If you used to eat lunch with your colleagues pre-pandemic, WFH life might leave you hungry for that midday burst of connection. But it’s possible to recreate this at home, even if it means doing so via a more social distancing-friendly option like phone or video call. “Whether it be the family, a pet, or even a telephone call, it is essential to find ways to socially connect that disconnect us from work,” Chambers said. Parents who are now working from home can also spend this time with their kids. “Involving them in the routine to eat and move during your lunch can help you not only get a break, but also give you time to connect and be present with them,” DiVento said.6. Meditate or do some other grounding practice.Use part of your lunch break to slow down, breathe deeply and check in with yourself. You can meditate in silence or follow a guided mediation on your phone (just make sure to set it to “do not disturb” mode first). “Get yourself in a relaxed position and find a peaceful place get away from notifications and distraction,” Taylor said. “Even 10 minutes of this daily will help you to breathe deeply and help give you a broader, healthier perspective on your day’s work — if not your life in general!” If meditation isn’t your thing, there are countless other ways to take a restorative break. “Consider a reflective practice, such as napping, meditation, silence, prayer or journaling,” Chambers said. “Or a creative practice, such as gardening, colouring or drawing.” 
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After months of staying home and driving infrequently, a new study showed getting behind the wheel can be overstimulating.
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Looking for a new wireless headphone for the Galaxy Note 10? Here are CNET's top picks.
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Don't miss a single drive, chip, or putt of the 2020 action - our guide helps golf fans watch a PGA Tour live stream from anywhere in the world.
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the Researchers, the new materials will open the way for flexible heat shields-to-weight ratio.to Their these materials should be able to cover the future of the rockets, which are a very thin skin.With the re-use, which is a strong trend in the aerospace industry, it is of great interest to find new materials with higher capacity in order to withstand the repeated heating.At speeds up to Mach 8, while the future of the överljudsflyg to the need for heat shields which is better than the current solution.Now, the researchers are developing at the Florida State University, and is a replacement for the composite material of carbon fiber reinforced plastics, which are used in the aerospace industry.They are focused on the so-called " buckypaper sheets made of carbon nanotubes, with a thickness of 120-650 about.
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On Thursday, NASA's inspector general released a report on the space agency's commercial crew program, which seeks to pay Boeing and SpaceX to develop vehicles to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.Although the report cites the usual technical issues that the companies are having with the development of their respective Starliner and Dragon spacecraft, far more illuminating is its discussion of costs.Notably, the report publishes estimated seat prices for the first time, and it also delves into the extent that Boeing has gone to extract more money from NASA above and beyond its fixed-price award.Boeing's per-seat price already seemed like it would cost more than SpaceX.Each capsule is expected to carry four astronauts to the space station during a nominal mission.What is notable about Boeing's price is that it is also higher than what NASA has paid the Russian space corporation, Roscosmos, for Soyuz spacecraft seats to fly US and partner-nation astronauts to the space station.
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Looking for a new gaming laptop for yourself or a loved one?Here's a model from MSI being sold as part of the early Walmart Black Friday sale for an absolute steal.This is a 15.6-inch, 1080p gaming laptop with the latest in entry-level Nvidia graphics hardware and a spacious solid-state drive (SSD) for a frankly insane price this far ahead of Black Friday.MSI GL65 (Core i5, 512GB) is $899 $679 at WalmartThis is an incredible deal for a gaming laptop featuring a 9th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics for a whopping $220 off list price.View DealThis is one of the cheapest gaming laptops we've seen before Black Friday, and a more than capable one at that.
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Microsoft is set to open an ‘AI Centre of Excellence’ in the UAE early next year to drive digital transformation in the energy sector.The adoption of artificial intelligence is gaining traction in the UAE and it is set to go further as Abu Dhabi has established the world’s first graduate-level and research-based AI university at Masdar City.AI has become an evident priority across industries with new technologies being introduced at an incredibly fast pace but the world needs more human capital in the field of AI to bridge any possible gaps.To bridge the gap, Microsoft’s centre will equip with necessary AI readiness towards closing the skills gaps and enhancing employability workforce with AI skills, as well as collaborating on coalitions to address sustainability and safety challenges.It is supported by partners that include ABB, Accenture, AVEVA, Baker Hughes, C3.ai, Emerson, Honeywell, Maana, Rockwell Automation, Schlumberger and Sensia.Omar Saleh, Microsoft’s Head of Energy and Manufacturing for the Middle East and Africa region, said that Microsoft’s mission is to empower every individual and organisation on the planet to achieve more,” said.
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With the sheer amount of truly great value fibre broadband deals that are being unveiled at the moment, you don't exactly need a calendar to tell you that Black Friday is just around the corner.And TalkTalk is no stranger to bargain fibre deals, especially as it just dropped its fibre broadband deal prices...again.But now for any customers who are looking for TV along with their broadband - TalkTalk has just announced two ace deals.For just £25.95 a month, you get 80+ Freeview TV channels, a TV box that lets you pause, rewind and record your shows, average download speeds of 38Mb and - the kicker - one FREE year of Amazon Prime.If you're in a busier household or just a streaming fan who wants faster download speeds then the average download speeds of 67Mb will be a much better fit.And one of the ISP's more attractive features is that TalkTalk broadband deals guarantee no price increases for the whole 18 month contract - something quite unusual with broadband deals these days.
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