Michelle Briggs

Michelle Briggs

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Earthquakes are frequent events that happen around the Earth as fault lines break. Sometimes it can lead to catastrophes such as collapsed buildings or tsunamis. Because of the potential for human death, earthquakes are dangerous and are highly studied phenomena. An international team of researchers have recorded what they call a “boomerang” earthquake along the Romanch fracture zone in the … Continue reading
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(NYU Tandon School of Engineering) A multi-institution research team led by Andre ? D. Taylor, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering demonstrated a novel approach to MXene fabrication that could lead to methods for at-scale production of MXene freestanding films: drop-casting onto prepatterned hydrophobic substrates. Their method led to a 38% enhancement of EMI shielding efficiency over conventional methods.
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Solo grind is frustrating; bring friends for a marked improvement.
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Workers that rely on a gig economy, especially those that drive for the likes of ride-hailing app companies Uber and Lyft, have just won another landmark case in their quest to be recognized as full employees and not independent contractors. In New York earlier this week, a judge ruled that the state has to pull its finger out and pay Uber and Lyft drivers unemployment benefits, The New York Times reports. The judge hearing the case, LaShann DeArcy Hall, said there had been “an avoidable and inexcusable delay in the payment of unemployment insurance.” [Read: Europe’s most popular EV isn’t… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber
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He also received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Charles "Chip" Black in The Talk Show on Apple TV Plus.
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Halo Infinite will be released attached to an array of gaming accessories made by Razer this holiday season. Razer announced their partnership with 343 Industries this week. Razer and 343 Industries did not yet reveal the specific products that’d be released in this collaborations, but we can make a few assumptions based on collaborations Razer’s done in the past. “Razer … Continue reading
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It's not clear what kind of aid Tesla specifically received, or from where.
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Local SSD block-level storage comes to EC2 instances powered by home-brew Graviton2 CPUs Amazon Web Services has created three more EC2 instance types that run its home-grown Graviton2 Arm-compatible processors.…
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The X50 Pro also comes with 5G, a speedy refresh rate, a large battery and fast charging.
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We’d assume at this point that every smartphone user knows that their touchscreen is one of the nastiest devices they own. The surface of a touchscreen can be packed with viruses and bacteria that have the potential to make people sick. This is a particularly significant issue in the current world climate with the coronavirus pandemic leading to illnesses that … Continue reading
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(Portland State University) Portland State University releases a 130 page evaluation comparing equity programs from over 70 U.S. bike share systems. Bike share being a relative newcomer to the transportation system, the research team was not surprised to find that approaches to equity programs ranged widely. The researchers synthesized these findings into a series of ten 2-page briefs highlighting best practices and lessons learned in bike share equity policies, data collection, metrics, marketing and more.
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31 new skills introduced at Alexa Live 2020 gives developers more possibilities
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No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Mazda has renamed the CX-30 to the CX-30 2.5 S. Along with the name change, Mazda’s newest crossover is also home to an array of new standard kit and safety features. However, the ‘S’ moniker is just a formality since the 2021 CX-30 receives the same engine with the same power output. Unlike … Continue reading
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We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.Barnardo’s recently called a ‘state of emergency’ in the care system, reporting that the numbers of children referred for foster care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had risen by 44% during lockdown. The charity also revealed a 47% decline in the number of people coming forward to become foster carers, compared to last year.However, Andy Elvin, CEO of fostering and adoption charity TACT Care, told HuffPost UK they have actually seen an 11% increase in queries from people hoping to become foster carers since lockdown began. Elvin believes some people have been reevaluating what they’re doing with their lives as a result of the pandemic – and says that while they’ve had to be honest with carers that they can’t guarantee a child hasn’t been exposed to Covid-19, most have still gone ahead with their placements. Related... Why 'EQ' Is The Most Important Thing You Can Teach Your Kids “We’ve actually seen stability in the foster care environment,” Elvin tells HuffPost UK. “More stability than instability. We haven’t had many kids leaving foster homes, and a lot of the children have relaxed into it. Placements have, on the whole, gone ahead – the only ones who have not been okay with it are those with underlying health conditions or health risks.”While referrals of new cases from local authorities have decreased by 5%, perhaps as a result of school closures, Elvin believes the pandemic may have actively prompted interest from some carers. “Unemployment is rising and people are looking at doing other things,” he says. “Fostering is recession-proof. Hopefully in three to six months time we’ll have a new cohort of foster carers. Related... 'I've Been Teaching Them Life Skills': Why Homeschooling Has Its Upsides In many ways, social distancing and homeschooling has helped children relax into their new environments, says Elvin.“For some children, not having the social and academic pressures of school has made things better and easier,” he explains. “It’s improved their mood and given them less anxiety. Often, in foster homes, the evenings are spent dealing with the fall-out of the school day. So, in many ways, if it’s going to work in a new placement - if children are going to settle – it’s a good thing to do it in lockdown.”HuffPost UK spoke to one family who recently took in two young brothers about what their experience has been like during lockdown – and how it’s affected the way they feel about fostering for the first time.To protect the identity of children, some personal details have been changed or omitted.  ‘The whole idea we had of what fostering would be like changed overnight’Ceri and Tony, a couple in their 40s, were officially approved to foster for TACT in March this year. Two weeks later – just days after lockdown began – they welcomed two brothers, aged 10 and six, into their family. “They came to us at the end of March, once lockdown had started,” Ceri tells HuffPost UK. “We had never done it before, so we didn’t know what to expect - but things had to be done very differently.” And in addition to the initial shock of being given just a day’s notice that the boys would be placed with them, they also had to acclimatise to not leaving the house due to the government’s self-isolation guidelines. “We had to get used to each other quickly, because it was a very unique situation,” Ceri says. “There was an expectation beforehand that they would be in school, and we had an idea of the clubs they might like to join, and the places we would take them. The whole idea we had in our minds of what fostering would be like changed overnight. It’s not more or less stressful, it’s just totally different to the way I imagined it would be.”Related... My Son Lost His Birthday Party To Covid-19. What Happened Next Blew Me Away She adds: “Schools had closed, so they didn’t do any of the ‘normal’ socialising they would’ve usually been doing, with all the challenges that might have brought. Instead, we were given the opportunity to get to know them really well, and they got to know us - with continuity, and without distraction. It helped in terms of them getting used to routines – our way of living.”Ceri admits the first day and night was challenging – the older boy was angry when he first arrived, while the younger boy wasn’t used to sleeping in a bed on his own. But the intensity of lockdown helped the brothers get used to the new ‘house rules’ – fast. “They had to swiftly acclimatise to things that were acceptable, and things that weren’t,” Ceri says. “Being siblings, there was some fighting – that was quite difficult. They had to get used to how we deal with conflict. We don’t use any kind of physical reprimand, we tend to talk things through and explain why something is wrong and why it isn’t right, to hurt each other. That’s been different, for them. They’ve not been used to having that kind of respectful relationship.”Ceri, a social worker, and Tony, who works in social housing, had to juggle working from home around introducing the boys to the family – including Ceri’s 16-year-old daughter, Rhian. The couple also have a dog and cat – and the presence of the additional family members seems to have had a positive effect in helping the boys settle in.“Rhian was fantastic, and a huge part of the assessment,” Ceri says. “She was really keen to be involved with the boys – she does baking and modelling with them, and they love and idolise her. She’s really helpful and they learn a lot from her, because she’s sensible and level headed, but fun, as well. And she’s learning a lot from them, too.”“For the initial four weeks we were both still working full-time from home,” Ceri adds. “We muddled between taking annual leave and managing Skype meetings so we could make sure the boys have something to do – I’ve never bought so much Lego in my life! In many ways, we’ve been winging it, like the rest of the country.”The younger boy had significant communication challenges but is now happily chatting away, something he was not able to do when he first arrived. The siblings’relationship with each other has also started to improve. And weekly ‘virtual’ contact has been maintained with the birth mother via Whatsapp video.“If it wasn’t for lockdown, the boys would’ve been going to a contact centre, to meet face to face,” Ceri says. “That’s been very unusual in terms of the divide between ‘home’ and ‘contact’, because we’ve had to bring that contact into the house. It’s been quite strange, and there’s been pros and cons. Even as adults, we can find video calls intimidating. It’s been interesting, but again – we’re muddling through.”Related... 10 Ways To Get Your Child To Play When They're Used To Having You Around And even though lockdown is easing, Ceri says they’re not going to rush the boys into a hectic social whirlwind, just yet. “We’re not going to rush to do things now we can do them,” she says. “We’re just going to go easy. This whole experience has taught us that doing lots of different things would’ve been more stressful for the boys – and they weren’t used to doing those things anyway.”She adds, with excitement: “We can plan some nice summer experiences now, maybe a couple of days over the summer in a cabin somewhere. We’re not going to overload them. We’re really just looking forward to having some sort of normality – even simply going shopping.“The time we’ve spent getting used to fostering during lockdown has been so rewarding. They’ve made so much progress in such a short space of time, in terms of their confidence, their relationship with each other and communication. We’ve even been able to teach them to ride bikes. They’d never done that before. I’ll look back and treasure this time. We all will.”Related... 'I Don’t Want You To Die.’ Mum Of Two Reveals Anguish At Her Sons' Crippling Covid Fears 12 Wacky Ways To Occupy Kids That Require Very Little Effort 'Collect Child, Leave Immediately': The Loss Of The Playground Pick-Up Buzz
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Apple TV Plus is also getting a new Justin Timberlake movie.
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The UK, US and Canada called out Russian hackers for allegedly targeting coronavirus vaccine researchers.
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Facebook is planning to bring its competitor to TikTok — called Reels — to Instagram users in the US in early August, an Instagram spokesperson told Business Insider. Reels, which has already debuted in India and other select countries, will live inside of Instagram Stories as an option for sharing short-form video content similar to that on TikTok. Beijing-based TikTok first came to the US in 2018 and has grown into an overwhelmingly dominant social platform, outperforming US-based apps that have attracted younger audiences, like Snapchat and Instagram.  Instagram's planned US debut of Reels comes as TikTok's future in the country remains uncertain. The Trump administration recently said it's considering banning the Chinese app in the US, opening the door for US tech companies to roll out new features catered to the TikTok audience. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook will soon debut its competitor to TikTok's popular short-video format to US Instagram users as the Trump administration weighs a country-wide ban on the viral Chinese app. Instagram plans to roll out Reels, a new format that will live inside of the app's Stories feature, to the US in early August, a company spokesperson told Business Insider. Like TikTok, Reels will allow users to record and edit short-form videos with audio and music soundtracks.  Instagram users will be able to create and share Reels to their Stories, and access their short-form videos in a new, dedicated tab on their profiles. Public accounts will have their their videos shared on the app's Explore page, and can choose whether or not their Reels content appear on their profiles and in followers' Feeds. As for similarities drawn between TikTok and Reels, an Instagram spokesperson said in a statement that "no two services are the same." "TikTok specifically has harnessed real consumer behavior, and done amazing things. We've also seen the rise of short-form video on Instagram, and think we can create something in a way that makes sense for our community," the spokesperson told Business Insider. "This responsiveness to consumer demand is competition at work and one of the longtime hallmarks of the tech sector. It increases choice, which is good for people." Facebook first started testing Reels with users in Brazil in November, before rolling out last month to France and Germany. The early August rollout will include the United Kingdom and around 50 other countries, NBC News reported. The debut of Instagram's Reels in the US — and in India in early July, as reported by Business Insider India — comes as concerns over TikTok's livelihood in both countries has created an opening in short-form video-sharing. The Indian government recently banned new user downloads of TikTok and other Chinese apps amid a bloody border dispute with China, where the app's parent company ByteDance is based. TikTok has been facing greater scrutiny in the US over how much access and influence the Chinese government is afforded over user data and content moderation. Most recently, multiple government officials — including President Trump himself — have threatened banning the app. TikTok has more than 2 billion global downloads and an estimated US userbase at as high as 80 million. So far, TikTok has been able to brush off lawmakers' calls for investigations and national security experts' warnings. In June, TikTok appointed a US-based CEO in June to try to distance itself from its Chinese roots. But the imminent threat of TikTok disappearing from the US has already signaled panic among users, and led tech companies to take advantage of the chaos to lure the app's loyal following to their competing platforms. YouTube has started testing its in-app feature for short-form video with a "small group" of people, and developers have discovered Snapchat could be switching out its horizontal swiping motion for TikTok's signature vertical swipe. Smaller apps, like Byte, Triller, Likee, and Dubsmash, have also seen an increase in downloads, according to Reuters. SEE ALSO: Dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts, including Obama, Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Kanye, were hacked in a colossal bitcoin scam: here's the full list Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
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Google has announced a major overhaul of G Suite that will bring email, chats, video calls and more under a single roof.
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This is among the most definitive roles climate change played in driving an extreme event that scientists have ever documented.
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  Apple's wireless and noise-cancelling AirPods Pro are down $35 to $215 at Woot. They're listed at $225, and there's an extra 10% discount that applies at checkout.  The Woot deal is limited to Monday, July 13 only.  The AirPods Pro are Apple's highest-end wireless earbuds. They come with a wireless charging case, excellent active noise-cancelling, great sound, and water/sweat resistance that makes them a better choice for workouts than Apple's original AirPods. They also have a customizable in-ear fit that make for a snugger and better fit, which also adds to their versatility for workouts. The fit on the AirPods Pro also make them a good option for those who had trouble fitting the original AirPods in their ears.  Read our full review of Apple AirPods Pro here.  If you're still hesitant about spending over $200 on the AirPods Pro, there are some great deals on Apple's standard AirPods as low as $140.  If you're looking for other Tech deals, check out these great sales. See also: The best online deals and sales happening now Visit Insider Reviews' deals page for more general sales and Insider Coupons for more savings. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
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If anything, it should be clear by now that Pokemon Sword and Shield represent some big departures for the series in general. For starters, they’re the first main-series games on a home console. Then we had the whole Pokedex controversy and the fact that a significant number of Pokemon were culled – the first time in the series that has … Continue reading
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Video games and demand from hyperscale datacenter chip customers drove Nvidia‘s third quarter ended October 27 to beat earnings and revenue estimates on Wall Street.Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia posted non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.78, compared to analyst expectations of $1.57 a share.“Our gaming business and demand from hyperscale customers powered Q3’s results,“ said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, in a statement.“The realism of computer graphics is taking a giant leap forward with Nvidia RTX.”He added, “This quarter, we have laid the foundation for where AI will ultimately make the greatest impact.We extended our reach beyond the cloud, to the edge, where GPU-accelerated 5G, AI and IoT will revolutionize the world’s largest industries.
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Epic Games has officially launched Battle Breakers today for PC and mobile.Battle Breakers is a tactical role-playing game.The title had a soft launch in select countries back in 2017.Now the free-to-play game is available for everyone.This is the first game Epic has released since launching Fortnite, the battle royale game that has become a phenomenon.Fortnite has attracted over 250 million players.
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The centerpiece of Disney’s streaming strategy is here.After an initial test in the Netherlands, Disney+ is officially launching in the United States and Canada today, with a lineup of original content that includes the first episode of the very first live-action Star Wars series, “The Mandalorian,” along with a deep library of Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies and shows — not to mention the first 30 seasons of “The Simpsons.”Disney+ is available on the web, iOS, Android, Roku, various smart TVs and game consoles — and, as just announced last week, Amazon Fire TV, all for a monthly price of $6.99.It took a big step in this direction with the launch of ESPN+ last year, and it has also taken operational control of Hulu following its acquisition of Fox.(The company is even offering Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu together in a package that it calls the Disney Bundle, at a monthly price of $12.99 — the same as a basic Netflix subscription.)Plus, it owns the streaming service Hotstar in India, which it plans to bring to other developing Asian countries.
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We joined forces with Chowhound and Zwilling to put together this prize bundle that includes a Zwilling cookware set, a Zwilling 8 piece knife block set, a Zwilling carving knife and fork, a Zwilling Gourmet Roasting Pan, the top rated Instant Pot IP-DUO60 and also the Ninja Air Fryer (AF101).To sign up for a chance to win this prize package you have to read our official rules, accept the terms and conditions and fill out the form below.If you have trouble seeing the form on your mobile device please use this link.You also have the option of doing extra actions like following us across social media or visiting the links you see on the form to increase your chances of winning.Remember to check your email on Nov. 18 because we will be reaching out to the grand prize winner via email.Make sure you also check your junkmail.
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GitLab's director of global risk and compliance, Candice Ciresi, has resigned from the company, accusing the code hosting biz of engaging in discriminatory and retaliatory behavior.Ciresi declined to discuss the matter with The Register, but the cause of her departure appears to be a company plan to refuse to hire engineers in China or Russia or to let current employees with access to customer data move there.In an email to The Register on Friday, a GitLab spokesperson said, "GitLab can confirm that Candice Ciresi has resigned from GitLab.But as of last month, the biz proposed through a git Issues post – its favored method of distributed management – to adopt a "job family country-of-residence block" for employees with access to customer data.The proposal has not yet been formally adopted.GitLab's habit of hashing its corporate policies out in public yielded some confusion last month when the company asserted it would work with any customer, regardless of moral considerations, and banned employees from talking politics.
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Given all the criticism, mistrust, and investigations that have been levied at Facebook in the past couple years, one might think that they would want to lie low for a while.Instead, Facebook has decided to rebrand to be as prominent as possible across the various apps it owns.In a similar flex of brand might, Google recently bought health tracking company Fitbit in a bid to expand its reach into wearable tech.Read Arielle’s story about the rebranding of Facebook (sorry: F A C E B O O K) here.Read Louise Matsakis’ story about Google’s acquisition of Fitbit here, and check out Lauren’s story about what it all means for the future of wearables here.Lauren recommends an interview with Edward Snowden on the Recode Decode podcast.
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Real estate tech company Snapdocs today revealed that it has raised $25 million in series B funding to further develop its products and platform.Coinciding with the news, the San Francisco-based company announced the opening of a new office in Denver, Colorado.Snapdocs said the new office would serve as a center for a “wide variety” of roles, with an emphasis on engineering and operations.(Among previous backers are Y Combinator and SV Angel.)“This is a huge [achievement] for the Snapdocs team and toward delivering on our promise of a seamless digital real estate closing,” said CEO Aaron King, who founded Snapdocs in 2013.“We do this for [our customers], and this capital enables us to continue to scale our world-class team so we can build the technology you need to thrive in a digital age.”
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