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Researchers have discovered an incredibly dense young exoplanet that is orbiting a young star in the Hyades cluster. The researchers say that the planet is unusually dense for its size and age. It’s estimated to weigh in at 25 Earth-masses and is slightly smaller the Neptune. The existence of the planet puts it at odds with leading planet formation theories. … Continue reading
A new analysis of political social-media posts found more TikTok videos supporting Republican causes than Democratic ones.
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich study reviewed more than 7,000 videos created mostly from last October to this past February.
They found a larger number of Trump-supporting videos, suggesting that TikTok is ripe for Republican political targeting.
Trump risks undermining youth support, however, with his threats to ban the app — owned by the Chinese company ByteDance — if it is not sold to a US firm by mid-September.
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He's spent tens of thousands of dollars calling TikTok a Chinese state plot and has threatened to ban the app in the US — but President Donald Trump may well be cutting off the rare platform that supports him.
Research by academics at the Technical University of Munich has found that Republicans outnumber and outproduce Democrats when it comes to political content posted on TikTok.
A peer-reviewed analysis of thousands of videos posted to TikTok before February using political hashtags, presented at the Web Science conference in July, found 60% more videos were created by Republican-leaning users than Democratic ones.
"On Twitter one would suspect there were more left-leaning users and more of the right-leaning ones have migrated to Gab and other platforms," says Juan Carlos Medina Serrano, one of the authors of the paper. "But on TikTok there were a lot of Trump-supporting videos."
Republican-supporting TikTok creators were more prolific than their left-leaning peers, with about 2,000 Trump-supporting TikTokers recorded, compared with roughly 1,250 Democratic TikTokers.
The sample size of videos is relatively small — 7,825 videos in all — demonstrating the relatively small scale of political discourse on the app before the presidential campaign truly took off. Videos were gathered by searching for #republican and #democrat, and finding associated duets of the videos.
"You see political communications [on TikTok] are often debates on duets," Serrano says. "Older users are doing a video, then 14 or 16-year-olds are commenting on those videos and you see those cross-generational communications you wouldn't normally have. At a Sunday dinner your 14-year-old nephew wouldn't start talking politics with their uncle."
The political wisdom of Trump attacking TikTok, a platform where the Republican Hype House, a collection of right-wing creators trying to capture a young audience for the president, has nearly 800,000 followers, may be questionable.
"TikTok users are like generation Z pundits," Serrano says. "They want to discuss political topics because they know it goes viral – and Trump himself is viral gold."
It's for that reason that a ban of the kind Trump has threatened might actually hurt him.
"By outright banning TikTok, Trump would be cutting off what would appear to a politically active platform for the conservative movement," says Steven Buckley, an associate lecturer at the University of the West of England. "And he would do this simply because some teens and Sarah Cooper made him look silly."
Sarah Cooper is the US comedian who has shot to fame with her parodies of Trump on TikTok.
Buckley believes some of Trump's vitriol may be a hangover of TikTok users claiming to have helped inflate turnout expectations at Trump's attempted comeback rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, earlier this summer.
There are indications that America's teenagers are also planning to punish Trump for his threats against TikTok by ordering campaign packs, with the intent of duping the campaign on how many supporters it actually has.
"If Republican lawmakers actually understood TikTok and saw the value it could provide for their campaigns in terms of youth outreach — a demographic they tend to fare poorly in — they would likely be against Trump's desire to ban it," Buckley adds.
That's something Serrano agrees with.
"I think Trump's not aware of how popular he is on TikTok," he says. "If he would be aware, he would consider not banning it because most of the younger generations there are supporting him and doing free advertising."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
The U.S. government's search for unidentified flying objects (UFOs) is ongoing, and is part of a program called the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force (UAPTF) that operates under the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence, according to recent Senate committee reports.
The investigation follows another being led by the Texas attorney general
The total number of subscribers is often a misleading statistic, and in Reliance Jio’s case, it certainly isn’t telling the whole story.
We’ve seen quite a few mobile devices designed around the idea of a flexible screen but nubia’s Alpha probably took the cake last year. Pretty much a smartphone you could wrap around your wrist, the device utilized a flexible screen that curved gently to offer a futuristic-looking smartwatch. This year, nubia has taken that idea and pulled it down to … Continue reading
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A sneak peek at what the future holds for the alternate history Apple TV+ show.
COVID-19 pandemic has made the masses more aware of the importance of sanitization that has also seeped into the products we use. Virtually anything that can be advertised as having better protection from germs is a hit these days. Right from UV smartphone sanitizers and wireless charging stations which double as UV sanitizers to the self-sanitizing door handle and air … Continue reading
At its Xbox Games Showcase, Xbox Game Studios gave a brief preview of the new Fable. Really brief.
New Zealand company Edge Innovations developed animatronic dolphins to be used in aquariums.
The robots are remote controlled and could be used in place of captive dolphins.
One dolphin robot could cost $26 million.
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Aquariums could soon be home to animatronic dolphins, and visitors might not even know the difference right away.
Edge Innovations, a company in New Zealand, is combining artificial intelligence and animatronics to foster a human zoo or aquarium experience. "The marine park industry has had falling revenues for over a decade due to ethical concerns and the cost of live animals, yet the public hunger to learn about and experience these animals is still as strong as ever," designer Roger Holzberg told The Guardian.
Visiting a marine park and seeing shows with live dolphins can be exciting and educational for people, but detrimental to the animals' health. So, Edge Innovations enlisted American designers, including Walt Disney Company alums and Walt Conti, the designer behind Free Willy.
Robotic dolphins aren't cheap — they will likely run about $26 million each, according to The Guardian. Edge Innovation claims that they will last longer, and they don't have the same maintenance requirements as large ocean mammals. The animatronics will be "sustainable, safe, and profitable" according to promotional materials.
Not only will these robots provide a more humane way to have the experience of interacting with sea creatures, the company sees a future for the animatronics beyond aquariums. Edge Innovation's website suggests hotels, cruises, malls, and museums as other potential venues, and they don't plan to just stop with dolphins. The website mentions great white sharks and sea dragons as other options in the future.
The animatronic dolphins are shockingly realistic, and could easily be mistaken for the real thing. They weigh nearly 600 pounds each. In fact, making them indistinguishable from real dolphins was one of the conditions for investment in the project. An audience was unable to recognize that they were robotic, according to the Guardian.
The robots are remote-controlled and can last up to ten hours on a single charge. They're being developed for a new aquarium in China, although they could eventually show up in all other kinds of settings. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Leslie Odom, Jr.'s $500,000 gamble that led to a starring role in 'Hamilton'
Warning: These aren't the finished versions coming this fall.
DISA has been working to ensure that US armed forces have the VPN and network access they need to work remotely.
The Toyota Camry needs no introduction. It’s Toyota’s best-selling family sedan, and the 2021 lineup is now receiving some fresh upgrades to ward of newer competition like the Kia K5 and Hyundai Sonata. For starters, the base Camry L gets the boot. The most affordable Camry is now the LE trim with new 17-inch wheels. In the meantime, the Camry … Continue reading
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Apple is launching its own daily podcast. The company announced the show today along with other news about audio stories coming to Apple News and curated local Apple News collections, as well as the release of iOS 13.6. The show, called Apple News Today, will be hosted by Apple News editors Shumita Basu and Duarte Geraldino. New episodes, which will be seven to eight minutes long, will be released Monday through Friday, and the show will exclusively be available through Apple News and Apple Podcasts in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia.
Additionally, Apple will release 20 audio stories a week through Apple News Plus. The stories will be voiced by professional actors and there will be narrated longform pieces published by big-name...
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Bad news if you were hoping to snap up one of Ford’s well-spec’d 2021 Bronco First Edition trucks. The reservation system for the upcoming SUV may only have gone live last night – and production isn’t even due to start until early in 2021 – but if you decided to sleep on staking your claim, you’re out of luck. Ford … Continue reading
Ubisoft revealed the first Far Cry 6 trailer during its Ubisoft Forward event.
As the ’90s end, this government department rolls out laptops to the executives and directors, reports this IT manager pilot fish, and they’re all given a quick “put your laptop on the docking station and plug the Ethernet cable in” demonstration.But one director — she’s the one with oversight of IT, though she thinks IT is a waste of money — calls day after day to say that she has no network connection. And day after day fish goes to her office, finds her dangling network cable and tells her, once again, that she has to plug it in.“Over the next three weeks, she forgot several more times,” says fish. “I eventually made up a bright yellow label for the cable so she would remember.”To read this article in full, please click here
Battery tech is improving home and outdoor security in leaps and bounds. With smaller units able to store more power, and solar cells that are increasingly more effective at storing energy, it’s making wireless solar security cameras not only affordable for the average home, but massively improving the resolution which is improving image quality. This […]
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The first season of Netflix’s The Witcher isn’t even out yet, but the studio knows that basically everyone is on-board to stare at Henry Cavill’s Geralt, which is why it makes all the sense in the world that the series has already been renewed for a second season.According to Netflix, in 2021, there will be more of The Witcher, which isn’t really all that surprising considering the way that Netflix tends to let its original series run for at least three seasons before giving them the axe, but it does bode well for fans looking forward to more.According to the books The Witcher carries his second season on Roach.Indeed, a second season was already being hinted at when we spoke to showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich at Comic-Con over the summer.And there’s no shortage of story to pull from.Given how, uh, “lush” the glimpses of season one have been, it’s safe to assume that season two will be equally packed with exciting wildness that will delight the eye, but what still remains to be seen is whether this take on The Witcher’s story ends up being something that audiences will actually be clamouring for once season one sees the light of day on 20 December.
Facebook recently added the ability for users to customize which shortcuts appear in the navigation bar when using the Facebook mobile application.Specifically, users can choose to hide specific shortcuts, or prevent certain shortcuts from appearing in the first place.Our guide will show you how this works.Note: These screenshots were captured in the Facebook app on iOS.Step 1: Tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner of the screen.Step 2: Scroll down and tap “Settings & Privacy.”
Learning how to manage your money correctly is a necessary step towards financial freedom.However, we always seem to forget about online subscription services that go unused.Perhaps you haven’t watched Netflix or forgot to cancel a one-month free trial; if you have these services set to autopay, you’ll end up wasting money on them each month.Who has the time to hunt down every payment or fee that gets charged to them monthly?This is hassle enough for a single bank account, but it’s nearly impossible to do if you manage multiple accounts manually.If you want a refined way to track and manage your finances, you can download Truebill for free and start lowering your monthly payments today.
Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has won a regional Federal Green Challenge award for conserving resources and saving taxpayers' money."We appreciate that the EPA has recognized Argonne's sustainability and recycling efforts," said Argonne Director Paul Kearns."Much of our research focuses on the pivotal discoveries that will positively impact our communities and planet, and we're proud that our facilities and workforce are leading the way for a cleaner environment."The laboratory was recognized for boosting the amount of stormwater captured by 16 percent through its decision to convert 3.5 acres of turf grass to prairie grasses.It also saw a 57 percent increase in "miles not traveled" through its embrace of teleworking and reported a 285 percent increase in municipal solid waste recycling through its coordinated "disposal days," coupled with its construction and demolition debris diversion.Catherine N. Hurley, Argonne's sustainability program manager, was delighted by the news.
According to the latest report, Microsoft is repositioning Bing as the company’s search engine.However, StatCounter Global Stats data shows that on a global scale, Bing’s market share is only about 3%.In contrast, Google’s share is as high as 93%.While Google is dominating the search engine market, Bing is driving search capabilities for applications such as Outlook and Microsoft 365.Microsoft may be wisely turning Bing from a general-purpose engine to an engine that is specifically for meeting business needs.Companies can now create private, internal search results on Bing, allowing their employees to save time searching for information.
Honda's motorcycle division isn't prone to grand gestures or flashy announcements.Instead, it seems mostly content to quietly engineer and produce competent, well-engineered motorcycles for people of all skill levels.Because of that, it may be a surprise to some of you that Honda's updating a couple of its most popular bikes -- specifically the Rebel and the CBR1000RR, aka the Fireblade -- for the 2020 model year, a move which it announced on Monday.The Rebel line has been one of the most popular and long-serving nameplates in Honda's history and while it was relegated to the status of "that thing you rode during your MSF course" for decades, the new Rebel 300 and 500 that Honda introduced back in 2017 have gone a long way toward breaking it out of that mold.The little Rebels are still well-built and un-intimidating motorcycles, but for 2020 they get some simple but highly-effective technical updates that should make them more attractive than ever to new riders.Also new for 2020 is a revised gauge that offers riders more information including a gear indicator and fuel level -- both things that new riders coming from cars can take for granted but which didn't use to be so prevalent in the two-wheeled world.
Over the course of two academic quarters, the team compared students' self-reports of unfair treatment to passively tracked changes in daily activities, such as hours slept, steps taken or time spent on the phone.The team will present these findings Nov. 12 at the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work in Austin, Texas."The ultimate goal is to use this information to develop changes that we can make both in terms of the educational structure and individual support systems for students to help them succeed both during and after their time in college.""I was struck by how many students suffered from mental health issues and depression, due in part to the increased stress of college and being away from home," said co-author Anind Dey, professor and dean of the UW Information School.Of the 176 students who completed the study, 41% were in the College of Engineering while the rest were spread between various academic colleges, 65% identified as women and 29% identified as first-generation college students.Participants wore Fitbit Flex 2 devices to track daily activities like time asleep and physical activity.