Science


McSween on Martian Spherule on Mars' Surface
- January 19, 2017

You might see them in the dirt as the ground dries after a rain, or along a river bank. These materials filling the cracks were also analyzed by the scientists and they said the cracks are mostly filled with windblown dust, sand and calcium sulfate. (more...)
GarageBand on iOS is now a more capable music production suite GarageBand on iOS is now a more capable music production suite
- January 19, 2017

Logic Pro X 10.3 adds Touch Bar support to the app for the first time, implementing it in a number of ways. With iOS integration, Logic Pro X users can also add new tracks to Logic sessions from their iPhone or their iPad when away from their Mac, and a new share option lets users upload GarageBand-compatible versions of Logic projects to iCloud that can be opened on iOS devices. (more...)
Another year, another global-temperature record
- January 19, 2017

Last May, when early temperature data suggested that 2016 was on track to break another round of global temperatures, the Monitor reported that current warming trends could make it hard to avoid hitting that 1.5-degree mark. NASA noted that compared with the late 19th century, the planet now has warmed by about 2 degrees Fahrenheit, or by 1.1 degrees Celsius. "Both contribute to climate change". (more...)
Brexit: British PM to signal clean break from European Union in speech Brexit: British PM to signal clean break from European Union in speech
- January 19, 2017

As anticipated, while shying away from the labels of "soft" and "hard" Brexit, May signaled that her government would indeed be pushing for a clean Brexit . Seven months after the referendum to leave the EU, Brexit "still has not been formalised", said Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a statement. Vinay Sharma, senior trader at Ayondo Markets, said: "With the major talking points from Theresa May's speech already leaked over the past two days, the market reaction to her speech has been fairly ... (more...)
Details and Pricing for the Nintendo Switch Revealed Details and Pricing for the Nintendo Switch Revealed
- January 19, 2017

I know Nintendo wants us to buy as many consoles as we can upfront, but I don't want to be stuck with that black iPad screen when I know Nintendo will have something better later on. A Special Edition and Master Edition of the Wii U version are not available. In one of the tweets by games writer Pat Contri, sheer dissatisfaction regarding the price of the accessories has been reflected regarding the high price . (more...)
Illicit drug deaths reaches record high 914 in BC in 2016
- January 19, 2017

More than 900 British Columbians died of illicit drug overdoses last year - almost double the number from the previous year and the worst in three decades of record keeping. None of the deaths occurred at so-called overdose prevention sites allowed to operate by the province in Vancouver and across the province, where volunteers are trained how to administer the overdose-reversing drug, naloxone. (more...)
Xi Jinping's Davos Speech Showed the World Has Turned Upside Down Xi Jinping's Davos Speech Showed the World Has Turned Upside Down
- January 19, 2017

Referring to the threat of protectionism, he predicted that "nobody will emerge as a victor in a trade war". Xi praised G20 initiatives that improve global economic governance of financial flows and banking regulations, but he and other world leaders ought to be rightly anxious about Trump's likelihood of tearing down the Dodd-Frank financial regulations that had put stronger oversight on American banks and investment firms. (more...)
Commerce pick Ross backs Trump on NAFTA renegotiation Commerce pick Ross backs Trump on NAFTA renegotiation
- January 19, 2017

Similar revelations over undocumented employees have sunk cabinet nominees to the Bush and Clinton administrations. Ross holds 82 "positions outside United States government", majority as a board member or managing partner, in a wide array of investment companies, limited liability corporations, and funds. (more...)
Donald Trump: I Use Twitter to Fight Back Against 'Very Dishonest Media'
- January 19, 2017

It's my only way that I can counteract", he claimed. Since winning the presidency in November, the Republican went on several Twitter rants slamming the media for the reports against him. Most recently he drew pushback after blasting civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, who questioned the president-elect's legitimacy. (more...)
NASA and NOAA confirm 2016 was the warmest year on record
- January 18, 2017

NASA said past year was.22 degrees warmer than 2015. The five warmest years on record have all occurred since 2010, according to NOAA . "The spate of record-warm years that we have seen in the 21st century can only be explained by human-caused climate change". (more...)
OnePlus Rolls Out OxygenOS 4.0.2 Update to OnePlus 3 and 3T
- January 18, 2017

As you surely could tell from the small version number change, this update isn't about huge new features (or Android 7.1 for that matter). OnePlus has been actively pushing out firmware updates for its flagship smartphones recently and now the company has announced that it has started rolling out OxygenOS 4.0.2 update for its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. (more...)
Mike DeWine, Ohio join 12 other states in suit against federal government Mike DeWine, Ohio join 12 other states in suit against federal government
- January 18, 2017

District Court for the District of Columbia to vacate the rule, prohibit its enforcement and order the Department of Interior and Office of Surface Mining to issue a new rule that complies with the Surface Mining Act and U.S. "Yet again, we must fight federal overreach", Texas Attorney General Paxton said on Tuesday. Last month, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a separate lawsuit challenging the rule. (more...)
Microsoft plans to bring Cortana to the Android Lock Screen Microsoft plans to bring Cortana to the Android Lock Screen
- January 18, 2017

A new feature now in beta puts Cortana right on your lock screen for quick access, MSPoweruser reports. Now, from the Cortana panel, you can get the updates and also give Cortana virtual commands. You can try the feature by signing up for the beta here. For Android users, this is unbelievable news because now you have access to Microsoft Cortana from the lock screen. (more...)
Fiona Apple Debuts Anti-Trump Song 'Tiny Hands' Fiona Apple Debuts Anti-Trump Song 'Tiny Hands'
- January 18, 2017

It covers all the essential statements required of a good Trump protest: that women won't stand for his track record of sexual assault and also he has extremely tiny hands . Now with his inauguration fast-approaching, the singer-songwriter has once again loaned her talents to the anti-Trump cause. This weekend, thousands upon thousands of activists are expected to descend upon Washington, D.C. (more...)
U.K. PM Theresa May sets out Brexit plans, British pound rallies U.K. PM Theresa May sets out Brexit plans, British pound rallies
- January 18, 2017

It was vital that a post-Brexit Britain worked for everyone - which must include our the agricultural sector, said Mr Raymond. "A global Britain must also be a country that looks to the future", she said. The pound, already up more than one per cent per cent as May began to deliver her speech surged two per cent on the day to reach $1.2278 USA at its peak. (more...)
Chinese freight train arrives in UK Chinese freight train arrives in UK
- January 18, 2017

However, the rail firms say the service is still cheaper than air freight and faster than sending goods by sea. China Railway already runs services between China and other European cities, including Madrid and Hamburg. Carsten Pottharst, managing director of Switzerland-based InterRail Group, the train's operator, said he hoped there would be more such runs between China and Britain. (more...)
Indonesian zoo accused of 'starving' sun bears by activists Indonesian zoo accused of 'starving' sun bears by activists
- January 18, 2017

Footage of scrawny skeletal sun bears apparently begging for food has prompted calls for the Bandung Zoo in Indonesia to be closed down. According to media reports, the volunteers had asked zoo officials for permission to visit and inspect the animals but said they were refused access. (more...)
2016 the hottest year on record across the world, weather experts say
- January 18, 2017

Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. "2016 was an extreme year for the global climae and stands out as the hottest year on record", said Petteri Taalas, the agency's secretary general. (more...)
Obama Just Took One Final Step to Fight Global Warming
- January 18, 2017

Despite its decision not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the U.S. remained a very influential player in worldwide climate negotiations because it is the world's largest economy and second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. And he promises to reinvigorate the fossil-fuel sector, just when global energy production is moving rapidly in the opposite direction, toward clean, inexpensive, renewable sources. (more...)
Mark Zuckerberg In ZeniMax Case: 'Oculus Products Are Based On Oculus Technology'
- January 18, 2017

Zuck took the stand as part of a trial between Oculus and ZeniMax, the rival games developer that has accused Oculus of stealing the virtual reality technology that it uses at the heart of its Rift headset. This means that in case the court decides in favor of ZeniMax, Oculus could lose a great amount of money. The accusation led Tony Sammi, one of ZeniMax's legal representatives, to call Facebook's acquisition of Oculus "one of the biggest technology heists ever" during opening ... (more...)

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