Science


Paris climate agreement to take effect Nov. 4
- October 08, 2016

To come into force, the agreement required 55 nations to ratify, representing 55% of emissions. U.S. President Barack Obama called it a "historic day" and a potential "turning point" in protecting the planet. Major emitters including China, the United States and India had already signed up to the deal, while the European Parliament voted earlier this week to ratify in a move that guaranteed it would come into effect before the next climate talks in November. (more...)
Oil and gasoline terminals shuttered ahead of hurricane Oil and gasoline terminals shuttered ahead of hurricane
- October 08, 2016

Gas prices have spiked again in the Great Lakes States. Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy says prices for West Texas Intermediate broke fifty dollars per barrel. Ogden- $2.25/g, down 4.7 cents per gallon from last week's $2.30/g. "Gasoline margins for refineries are now well above where they have typically been in the fourth quarter of recent years, so once the storm is past, we may see prices recede". (more...)
Apes show complex cognitive skills watching ‘King Kong’ videos Apes show complex cognitive skills watching ‘King Kong’ videos
- October 08, 2016

This is largely known in science as the theory of the mind , but a group of inventive researchers from Japan showed apes are quite capable of recognizing the desires, beliefs and internal thoughts of others - even if these beliefs are false. (more...)
Largest Dinosaur in Brazil Found Kept in a Cupboard for 60 Years Largest Dinosaur in Brazil Found Kept in a Cupboard for 60 Years
- October 08, 2016

Given the name Austroposeidon Magnificus , it measured close to 25 meters long - a size comparable to two urban busses, between 6 and 8 meters tall and lived around 70 million years ago . Similar bones have been found widely; Titanosaurs lived across the one-time supercontinent of Gondwana, which drifted apart to form the land masses of Africa, Antarctica, Australia, India and South America. (more...)
Fox anchor, Hasbro end suit over toy hamster with same names
- October 08, 2016

This week, the case has finally reached a resolution, The Hollywood Reporter said. Harris Faulker sued the company in federal court in New Jersey past year over a toy hamster named Harris Faulkner, that the anchor also believed was created to look like her. (more...)
US blames Russia for hacking political sites US blames Russia for hacking political sites
- October 08, 2016

The official wasn't authorized to comment by name and requested anonymity. The statement did not say if, or how, the US government would address the breach or retaliate against Russian President Vladimir Putin. It has included the private emails of former secretary of state Colin Powell and aides to former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (more...)
Gov. Deal Orders Coastal Georgia Evacuation Gov. Deal Orders Coastal Georgia Evacuation
- October 08, 2016

But some insisted on riding out the storm, much to the frustration of Mayor Jason Buelterman. He said those people will have to stay put for now and do the best they can until conditions improve and paramedics and firefighters can be dispatched to help them. (more...)
Nicole, 800 miles of east of Matthew, becomes hurricane Nicole, 800 miles of east of Matthew, becomes hurricane
- October 08, 2016

There's no threat to the East Coast. Nicole is slow-moving with 80 miles per hour sustained winds, which is a Category 1 hurricane . Category Four Matthew will move northwest from the Bahamas towards south Florida and Miami which is expected to experience wind speeds of up to 75mph. (more...)
Second Round of NASCAR's Chase Begins This Weekend
- October 08, 2016

We didn't have it quite flawless to put it all together, but we have good speed in the auto. Chase Elliott qualified third and was followed by Kyle Busch , Tony Stewart and AJ Allmendinger. That victory pushed Harvick into the round of eight of the Chase. He's also has had success racing at night, and Charlotte Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith dubbed Harvick "Nighthawk" because Harvick has not finished outside the top 10 at night in the last seven races. (more...)
Kennedy Space Center closed in advance of Hurricane Matthew Kennedy Space Center closed in advance of Hurricane Matthew
- October 08, 2016

Hurricane Matthew's massive 5 to 8 foot storm surges and destructive wind gusts expected to reach over 130 miles per hour have forced all personnel at the Kennedy Space Center to evacuate. "All facilities at Kennedy Space Centre and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have been secured", said Dunbar. The storm is expected to move into the Florida Panhandle late Thursday. (more...)
Stranded humpback whale in Australia finally freed Stranded humpback whale in Australia finally freed
- October 08, 2016

After struggling for over half an hour, the calf was able to nudge the mother into deeper water. The whale was spotted near North Stradbroke Island, about 100km (62 miles) south-west of Brisbane, early on Wednesday morning. The humpback whale became wedged on top of a sandbank off North Stradbroke Island at 7.30am (AEST). "The mother was a bit exhausted and distressed". (more...)
San Mateo Police Investigate After 'Creepy Clown' Post Targets Schools
- October 07, 2016

When should you worry, and when should you dismiss it as a harmless trend? "In light of recent events across the country this issue was taken very seriously by all of our officers". The New Haven school district released a statement notifying schools of the decision. School staff is reacting quickly to potential threats, she said. (more...)
New Apple iPads A10X Processor Geekbench Benchmark Scores Dramatically High Results New Apple iPads A10X Processor Geekbench Benchmark Scores Dramatically High Results
- October 07, 2016

Of course, pure speed isn't everything, and the Pixel's smart AI integration, Daydream VR viewer and strong cameras could make it a contender for the iPhone 7's throne. The results also show the A10X processor outperformed the A9X chip used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which scored 3010 in single-core and 4990 in multi-core. (more...)
Artsy photo app Prisma now works with videos, too Artsy photo app Prisma now works with videos, too
- October 07, 2016

The bad news is only the iOS version of the app supports videos for now, but the team is working on bringing the feature (along with offline processing) to Android, Engadget reports. Video support was made possible due to a recent change to Prisma's algorithms, which now work locally, on the device itself, instead of on Prisma's servers. (more...)
Google's Amazon Echo Clone Will Land in November
- October 07, 2016

Google Assistant allows Home to hold conversations and answer questions with context awareness and control your smart home devices. Google Home is a voice activated speaker that comes with the new Google Assistant built in and the device will cost $129. (more...)
Samsung estimates 6% gain in 3Q profit despite smartphones recall Samsung estimates 6% gain in 3Q profit despite smartphones recall
- October 07, 2016

After briefly enjoying widespread acclaim as Samsung's best smartphone to date before being recalled for fire risks, the Galaxy Note 7 continues to cause headaches for the company after a replacement device was blamed for an onboard fire yesterday at a Kentucky airport. (more...)
Hackers who did business with Lizard Squad arrested Hackers who did business with Lizard Squad arrested
- October 07, 2016

One of the IL victims received a phone call every hour for 30 days last fall, according to the complaint. Buchta walked out of federal court in Chicago yesterday after being released on bail. Get free real-time news alerts from the Chicago Patch. The complaint states that when the victim answered the phone, an audio recording played saying "better look over your [expletive] back because I don't flying [expletive] if we have to burn your [expletive] house down, if we have to [expletive] ... (more...)
Stocks Rating Report: Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) , Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN)
- October 07, 2016

To analyze a stock, one should look for Upgrades and Downgrades of a stock. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Staples by 2.4% in the first quarter. Company gross margin stands at 28.60% whereas its return on investment (ROI) is -27.10%. Analysts are also projecting an Average Revenue Estimate for Staples, Inc.as $20.37 Billion in the Current Quarter. (more...)
Google Home: What it does and when you can get one
- October 07, 2016

Between Home and Amazon's full-size Echo, Home is easily more attractive thanks to a look that's more streamlined and simple than the Echo. Google Home is a small voice-activated consumer device that uses Google Assistant. As Gizmodo points out, Google is pretty vague about what data the Assistant can extract from your device. Of course Google's challenge with Home will be in persuading buyers that it is superior to Echo, which has been a surprise hit for Amazon. (more...)
Paris Agreement enters into force
- October 07, 2016

Countries that have not yet joined will participate as observers. The percentage of emissions they account for topped the 55 percent threshold needed for the treaty to take effect, he said. Reacting to the the news, President Obama has said that enactment of the pact "gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we got". "It will help other nations ratchet down their unsafe carbon emissions over time, and set bolder targets as technology advances, all under a strong system of ... (more...)

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