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As the debate rages on whether Pluto, currently a dwarf planet, should be given back its planet status, it may soon be joined by an asteroid that could wind up being the smallest dwarf planet in the solar system.Asteroid Hygiea, the fourth largest space rock in the Asteroid Belt, was observed for the first time by astronomers in high-resolution.It's spherical in shape and may wind up taking the crown for the smallest dwarf from Ceres, also located in the Asteroid Belt.“Thanks to the unique capability of the SPHERE instrument on the [Very Large Telescope], which is one of the most powerful imaging systems in the world, we could resolve Hygiea’s shape, which turns out to be nearly spherical,” said the study's lead author, Pierre Vernazza, in a statement.“Thanks to these images, Hygiea may be reclassified as a dwarf planet, so far the smallest in the Solar System.”"By comparing Hygiea’s sphericity with that of other Solar System objects, it appears that Hygiea is nearly as spherical as Ceres, opening up the possibility for this object to be reclassified as a dwarf planet," the study's abstract states.
In the third quarter ended September 30, Advanced Micro Devices reported earnings that roughly matched Wall Street’s expectations for the maker of processors and graphics chips.In after-hours trading, AMD’s stock price is down 2.4% to $32.36 a share.Santa Clara, California-based AMD is benefiting from a rare advantage in chip design over archrival Intel, which has been slow on both the manufacturing and design fronts to come up with a processor that challenges AMD’s Zen and Zen 2-based designs.I am extremely pleased with our progress as we have the strongest product portfolio in our history, significant customer momentum, and a leadership product roadmap for 2020 and beyond.”AMD revealed its Zen 2-based Epyc processors that Su said were the “world’s fastest x86 processors” in August, and those 7-nanometer chips are expected to be used in datacenter applications such as the Google Cloud Platform.Intel recently announced price cuts for its consumer and enterprise processors.
You may as well call off the fibre internet search...Vodafone has you sorted, with a free upgrade and the best broadband deal on the market when it comes to mega fast fibre - as long as you order by this Thursday.With a promotion more suited to Black Friday than Halloween, the scarily good offer will give you its Superfast 2 plan for the price of regular Superfast 1 - that means you get average speeds of 63Mb, which is almost double of the usual 35Mb.This is the cheapest mega fast fibre package around this week, so if you live in a busy home or you simply want to browse, game or stream seamlessly then this is the deal for you.It costs £23 a month to most people or a pretty incredible £21 a month if you also have your phone contract with Vodafone.Of course, when the deal is this good, we'd expect it to only be available for a limited amount of time.Or thinking to add a TV package to your internet?
They will present a corresponding algorithm at the International Conference on Computer Vision which is held at Friday, November 1st, in Seoul.An empty street, a row of parked cars at the side: nothing to indicate that you should be careful.But wait: Isn't there a side street up ahead, half covered by the parked cars?"Our goal is to teach them a more anticipatory driving style," explains computer scientist Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gall.LiDAR is a rotating laser that is mounted on the roof of most self-driving cars.Even for a human being it is therefore almost impossible to obtain a correct understanding of the surroundings from a single LiDAR scan (i.e.
Legend has it that King Arthur was the only person able to pull Excalibur from a stone.But a newly discovered blade found stuck in a rock in a Bosnian river is being described as a "real-life Excalibur."The 700-year-old sword, discovered in the Vrbas River, was found 36 feet underwater, stuck in a rock while archaeologists were excavating a nearby castle, The Sun reports.The Vrbas is a 150-mile long river in the heart of Bosnia, right near the city of Banja Luka.Archaeologist and curator at the Museum of the Republika Srpska, Ivana Pandzic, said the sword was stuck in "a solid rock, so special care was needed when pulling it out" in comments obtained by The Sun.Igor Radojicic, the mayor of nearby Banja Luja, the second-largest city in Bosnia, tweeted about the remarkable find.
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There's a telling moment in Modern Love, the new anthology series from Amazon Prime Video.A journalist (Catherine Keener) asks a dating app founder (Dev Patel) if he's ever been in love.It's fitting given that Modern Love is an adaption of The New York Times column of the same name, which began in 2004 and continues to this day.In the print version, readers submit neatly distilled first-person essays about the ways their lives and loves intersect with others, whether it's romantic, familial, friendly or just plain random.In "Rallying to keep the game alive," (directed by Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan), a couple in counseling played by Fey and Slattery struggle to like and even function with each other after years of marriage and two kids.Having different directors and writers, not all entries are even.
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Leap Motion suggested years ago that it was working to bring real-time hand tracking to mobile devices — an innovation with obvious applications for virtual and augmented reality headsets, which it and Facebook’s Oculus unit subsequently have worked to commercialize.Now a group of Brown University researchers is showing off a different spin on the same hand-tracking technology, applying it to the more popular medium of smartphone AR.As of today, Brown HCI’s Portal-ble concept is somewhat rough around the edges, with a goal of enabling a hand-held smartphone to detect the user’s other hand for interactions with digital objects.Rather than using a smartphone with an integrated rear time-of-flight camera, the researchers paired an Android smartphone with a Leap Motion sensor and a battery-powered Intel Compute Stick to achieve their results; the PC provides the necessary computing horsepower to power the hand tracking.On a positive note, the researchers were able to create viable AR usage paradigms for Portal-ble, including digital objects that users could manipulate with a free hand and place within real-world spaces — while looking at the smartphone screen.The Leap Motion sensor works quickly and accurately enough to enable a hand to select between multiple items, while the system supports both translucent, boxy hand representations and occlusion of a more realistic hand model.
NASA astronauts Christina H Koch and Jessica Meir will make history this morning, as they take part in the first ever spacewalk in the agency’s history featuring only women.The two astronauts will be venturing outside of the International Space Station in order to effect a repair on a failed power controller for the station, with coverage beginning at 6:30 AM ET (3:30 AM PT) via the livestream above, and Koch and Meir set to leave the station’s airlock at 7:50 AM ET (4:50 AM PT).This historic event is happening seven months after its original intended target date, after that attempt had to be scrubbed because the ISS was missing a medium-sized spacesuit that one of the two woman would need.Astronaut Anne McClain was going to take part alongside Koch at that time, but McClain’s time on the station ended in June.McClain attempted to make a large-sized suit work, but her mobility was too limited.NASA sent up a second medium spacesuit in October to ensure that they wouldn’t encounter a similar problem a second time around, but rightly faced criticism for the apparent discrimination of having enough suits to ensure multiple men could spacewalk, but not multiple women.
Skydio, a California-based company, has created a self-flying drone that can stay in the air, almost 24/7.How it functions is that it has a docking system, which the drone can return, to recharge its batteries and take flight again."The Skydio 2 Dock brings together the most advanced autonomous drone in the world with a compact, lightweight, and accessible dock solution.It fits in a carry-on suitcase, can be set up in minutes, and uses the proven Skydio Autonomy Engine to intelligently accomplish complex tasks," the company stated in a post announcing the launch on social media site Medium.It can also run with very minimal human intervention.It is an ideal drone for companies who want their drone airborne at all times.
While U.S. cellular providers have largely focused on rolling out 5G using short-distance, high-performance millimeter wave radios, carriers in Europe and Asia have initially launched 5G using “sub-6GHz” frequencies — mid-band radio channels that send signals over longer distances while giving up raw speed.But Huawei has been working to reduce the performance gap between sub-6GHz and millimeter wave solutions and has just announced new 5G base stations with third-generation massive MIMO antenna technology, promising considerably faster 5G uploads and downloads over large areas.Huawei’s new base station technology increases transmit power by 60% over the prior generation, as well as doubling spectrum bandwidth to 400MHz, while weighing only 55 pounds — a record lightness that enables single-person installation “in most scenarios.” Put another way, one Huawei base station will now be able to reach many more users and deliver higher speeds than before.Despite ongoing controversy over the security of Huawei’s 5G network hardware within the United States, the Chinese company’s base stations have proved irresistible to even close U.S. allies, due to their combination of performance and pricing.After selling 40,000 first-generation massive MIMO base stations to Chinese and Japanese carriers, Huawei shipped over 400,000 second-generation units worldwide and expects to hit 600,000 by year’s end.As more Huawei base stations ship, they increase the likelihood that the non-millimeter wave flavor of 5G will become the international default — and improve in performance.
It might not be a big surprise anymore, but it looks like it’s going to be a big deal.Google Recorder is going to be a brilliant tool for students, journalists and anybody else who needs to record and transcribe speeches, lectures or interviews – and the good news is that while it was unveiled purely for the Pixel 4, it’s been tested on other Android devices too.Google Recorder records audio and converts it into searchable, editable text.It’s important to take tech demos with a pinch of salt, of course, but what Google showed us was very impressive: the app appeared to work incredibly quickly with error-free results.The app looks like a more Zen version of Samsung’s Voice Recorder and very much like the Voice Memos app that Apple ships with iOS.The first leaked version didn’t have transcription features, but it got those earlier this month in a significant pre-launch update.
That's enough coverage for 85% of homes in the US, Google says.Beyond spreading a speedy internet signal throughout your home, the Nest Wifi promises to spread the voice-activated intelligence of Google Assistant around your house, too.To that end, the new Nest Wifi Points also come in your choice of three colors (snow, sand or mist), and you can buy one on its own for $149.You get its attention by saying "OK Google," and then you give it a question or a command, including new Wi-Fi-specific commands like asking for a speed test or to pause Wi-Fi to specific devices or groups of devices.A ring of white light around the base of the device will glow whenever it hears you, and to let you know that it's connecting with Google's cloud to come up with a response.If you want to turn the mics off, just flip the mute switch in the back.
BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 15, 2019–Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc. (“ZGSI” or the “Company”) (Pink Sheets: ZGSI), an agricultural biotechnology public company commercializing its technology derived from and designed for Space with significant applications for agriculture on Earth, has established a collaboration with the 109,000 member National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) to utilize the advantages of BAM Agricultural Solutions’ commercial agricultural technology, BAM-FX , in a research and development project at the NBFA Let’s Get Growing Campus in Boydton, Virginia.The project will provide an interactive learning opportunity to the major national farming group.The NBFA works to bring the most advanced agricultural technologies and farming practices to its members.“As economic pressure mounts for the nation’s agricultural farmers, the need for farms to increase return on investment (ROI) and contend with issues such as climate change and biotic stress makes the use of BAM-FX an important technology and product for farmers seeking to maximize ROI.BAM-FX not only improves the yield and quality of conventional crops, but can also become a valuable tool as farmers transition from low ROI crops to hemp and other high ROI crops,” stated Harvey Kaye, ZGSI’s Chairman of the Board.
Last month Apple launched the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.They're great phones but, starting at between $699 and $1,099, one thing they ain't is cheap.But according to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities, Apple will soon be releasing a more affordable option in the iPhone SE 2.Kuo previously predicted the SE 2 would come in early 2020, and now expects it to launch for $399.That would make sense, since the original iPhone SE launched in 2016 for $399 (£359, AU$679).That phone was essentially an iPhone 5S with some updated specs.
Meet Foodvisor, a startup that has built a mobile app that helps you log everything you eat in order to lose weight, follow a diet or get healthier.You can add data by capturing a photo of your plate before you eat.“We’ve spent a little over two years doing research and development before we launched the app in 2018 in France,” co-founder and CMO Aurore Tran told me.Foodvisor has raised $1.5 million so far (€1.4 million).The company is using deep learning to enable image recognition and detect what you’re about to eat.In addition to identifying the type of food, the app tries to estimate the weight of each item.
There’s less than five days to go from Google’s big Pixel 4 hardware event and the Pixelbook Go has completely broken its cover today.Now, there have been leaks previously that sort of confirmed the upcoming laptop but this is something even better.The folks over at 9to5Google got an exclusive hands on a prototype Pixelbook Go device and they have now showed it off on video today.This is obviously the newest Chromebook from the company, and hopefully Google won’t bust itself up with ridiculous pricing like the Pixel Book.Apart from that, the prototype presented here is equipped with a 16:9 13.3-inch 1080p touchscreen.Above it are a 2MP camera and two far-field mics.
Nearly every computer system performs multiple tasks using shared resources, and one of the questions of computer programming is how closely the bits of code that perform those tasks should be tied to one another.An increasingly popular answer is the concept of a microservice—a small, discrete chunk of functionality that interacts with other microservices to create a larger system.Although the basic idea of having such discrete components isn’t new, the way microservices are implemented makes them a natural foundation for both modern cloud-based applications.As Microsoft puts it, “Microservices should be designed around business capabilities, not horizontal layers such as data access or messaging.” They communicate with other microservices and outside users via relatively stable APIs to create a larger application.A real-world physical object would have both a price and a place it needs to go, of course, but the bounded contexts represent specific ways in which your application thinks about and interacts with those objects.The idea of small individual programs working together might remind you of both SOA (service-oriented architecture) and Web services, two buzzwords from the heady Web 2.0 days of the 2000s.
Earlier this week, we found out that Google has a new plan when it comes to Android 10 navigation gestures.That plan is to force OEMs to bury their own navigation gestures deep in Android settings and keep Google’s options front-and-center.This means users will only have two apparent options for navigation when they first boot up a new smartphone: the traditional three-button system we’ve known for years and the new system with a slim horizontal line at the bottom of the display that relies completely on swiping gestures.Let’s go over them now so you can get a handle on why Google’s move is a bit heavy-handed.But it’s undeniable that Google’s latest attempt at gesture navigation controls not only functions incredibly similarly to iOS but even looks like iOS.Check out the image below to see what I mean:
Flashes lit up the sky over Chile last week, some even causing fires on the ground—but a new report has found that the origin of these fireballs is a mystery.The Chilean National Geology and Mining Service released a report last weekend, the result of analysis from visiting seven of the charred sites where the objects touched down in the town of Dalcahue.These sites contained no evidence of a fallen meteorite, according to the report.Experts initially suggested that the object or objects could have been a meteorite or space debris.But local residents said they hadn’t seen or heard anything that would have been associated with a falling meteorite, and there were no hints of meteors at the site, according to the National Geology and Mining Service.It’s a case of a real UFO – but there’s likely a less-than-alien explanation.
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