Zune Marketplace la plateforme musicale de Microsoft arrive en Europe

first_imgZune Marketplace : la plateforme musicale de Microsoft arrive en EuropeEurope – Windows Phone 7 arrive en Europe. Dans son sillage, le Zune Marketplace de Microsoft fait de même. La plateforme musicale de la firme de Redmond était attendue depuis longtemps sur le Vieux Continent.La France et plusieurs pays européens voient débarquer le Zune Marketplace en même temps que Windows Phone 7. Cette plateforme est la concurrente directe de l’iTunes Store : comme ce dernier, elle permet de télécharger de la musique grâce à un catalogue de 8 millions de titres. Petit bémol : l’accès à cette plate-forme n’est possible que moyennant dix euros mensuels, quand celle de la pomme est gratuite.Une fois abonné, l’utilisateur peut écouter en streaming ou télécharger de la musique, voire louer des vidéos. Zune est accessible sur ordinateur, par la XBox Live ou grâce à un smartphone équipé de Windows Phone 7. La France bénéficiera de tous ces services, ce qui ne sera pas le cas de plusieurs autres pays européens.Le 22 septembre 2010 à 11:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les produits norvégiens très appréciés en France

first_imgLes produits norvégiens très appréciés en FranceEn 2010, on constate une hausse de 12,4% des importations de produits norvégiens en France. Le bureau français du Centre des produits de la Mer de Norvège établit à 680 millions d’euros le montant des importations réalisées.En important 12,4% de produits norvégiens de plus que l’année précédente en 2010, la France reste au premier rang des pays vers lesquels sont exportés les produits de la mer norvégiens. Avec 667 millions d’euros, la Russie est au deuxième rang.Les Français sont notamment de grands consommateurs de saumon avec 15% de la totalité des exports de ce poisson, l’équivalent de 136.200 tonnes en 2010. Le poisson en provenance de Norvège représente d’ailleurs 74% des ventes de saumons dans l’Hexagone.Même si les prix des saumons fumés ont augmenté de 17,7%, 74% des ménages français en ont consommé en 2010. En tout, la Norvège aura finalement exporté 2,7 millions de tonnes de produits issus de la mer pour atteindre un record historique de 6,9 milliards d’euros.Le 15 janvier 2011 à 11:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les eaux de lArctique atteignent une température sans précédent

first_imgLes eaux de l’Arctique atteignent une température sans précédentAu cours des 2.000 dernières années, jamais les eaux de l’Arctique n’ont été aussi chaudes qu’elles ne le sont aujourd’hui. Telle est la conclusion d’une étude menée par des chercheurs des universités du Colorado et de Leibniz.Publiée dans la revue Science, cette étude révèle que l’eau nord-atlantique coulant dans l’océan Arctique par le détroit de Fram, situé entre le Groenland et l’archipel norvégien de Svalbard, n’a au cours des 2.000 dernières années, jamais été aussi chaud qu’il ne l’est actuellement. À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Bien sûr, les scientifiques ne disposaient pas de relevés de températures pour réaliser leurs travaux, les premiers étant été effectués il y a 150 ans. Ils ont alors eu recours à des foraminifères, des protozoaires dont sont composés certaines roches sédimentaires, régulièrement utilisés en géologie. Les chercheurs ont recueilli ces sédiments au large des côtes ouest du Svalbard, là où l’eau de l’Atlantique rejoint celle de l’océan Arctique.C’est grâce à l’étude de ces roches queRobert Spielhagen, chercheur de l’Académie des Sciences, des Humanités et de la Littérature de Mainz en Allemagne, a pu déterminer les températures de l’eau des deux derniers millénaires. Et il affirme que “la température (du détroit de Fram) est sans précédent au cours des 2000 dernières années”. Les températures de l’eau en été seraient en effet passées d’une moyenne de 3,4°C entre l’an 0 et 1890, à une moyenne de 5,2°C entre 1890 et 2007. Une preuve pour les chercheurs, que l’activité humaine est à l’origine d’un changement climatique se traduisant par des températures plus élevées que lors des précédentes périodes de réchauffement. “Nous avons découvert que les températures modernes du Détroit de Fram étaient bien au-delà des limites naturelles”, souligne Thomas Marchitto, de l’Université du Colorado.Les auteurs de l’étude estiment que cette hausse des températures est “probablement liée à l’amplification Arctique du réchauffement climatique”, celui-ci étant certainement “un élément clé dans la transition vers un futur océan Arctique dépourvu de glace”. Le 31 janvier 2011 à 14:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Létude NutriNetSanté lance sa biobanque

first_imgL’étude NutriNet-Santé lance sa “biobanque”Les coordinateurs du programme de recherche NutriNet-Santé ont annoncé la création d’une “biobanque”, dont les données seront collectées lors des examens cliniques et biologiques des participants volontaires.C’est une nouvelle phase qu’entame la grande étude NutriNet-Santé lancée en mai 2009 pour étudier les liens entre nutrition et santé. Après avoir collecté pendant près de 2 ans des données sur les habitudes alimentaires des participants, le programme passe à la vitesse supérieure. Hier, le Pr Serge Hercberg, coordinateur du projet, a annoncé que les chercheurs commençaient désormais à recueillir les données cliniques et biologiques des “nutrinautes”. Stockées sous forme de “biobanque”, ces informations vont leur permettre d’étudier plus en détail les relations entre comportements nutritionnels et développement de maladies. À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Parmi les 170.000 nutrinautes inscrits, tout ceux qui le souhaitent peuvent donc dès aujourd’hui prendre rendez-vous pour un bilan clinique et biologique, complet et totalement gratuit. D’une durée de 45 minutes, la consultation comprendra entre autres : différentes mesures (taille, poids, tour de taille, etc.), des évaluations de la pression artérielle et de la force musculaire, ainsi que des prélèvements de sang et d’urine. Tous les échantillons feront l’objet d’une première analyse dont les résultats seront communiqués au participant. “Nous supposons que cette possibilité, qui leur est offerte d’avoir un petit bilan de santé, peut motiver certains nutrinautes”, a reconnu lors de l’annonce le Pr Hercberg. Après analyse, les échantillons seront identifiés de façon anonyme grâce à des codes barres, avant d’être stockés à -80 degrés dans un laboratoire spécifique de la faculté de médecine de Bobigny.Si cette nouvelle étape apporte “plus de concret” au programme, elle permettra surtout d’approfondir les recherches en s’intéressant par exemple au rôle des biomarqueurs ou aux hypothèses hormonales et génétiques des maladies. Par ailleurs, les chercheurs espèrent aussi qu’elle permettra de recruter de nouveaux participants et ainsi d’atteindre l’objectif des 500.000 nutrinautes. Le 25 février 2011 à 11:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sarkozy a accepté un audit sur le coût réel du nucléaire

first_imgSarkozy a accepté un audit sur le “coût réel” du nucléaireLundi, le président de la République a répété que la France ne renoncerait pas à l’énergie nucléaire. Toutefois, il a accepté un audit sur le “coût réel” de cette filière en France, selon les associations de défense de l’environnement.Au cours d’un déjeuner avec huit organisations de défense de l’environnement, le chef de l’Etat a souhaité faire le point sur la mise en oeuvre des mesures décidées à l’issue du Grenelle de l’environnement, relaye Le Monde. Si pour Nicolas Sarkozy il n’est pas question de sortir du nucléaire, le président de la République a accepté la proposition de ces ONG de confier à la Cour des comptes, juridiction chargée de contrôler les comptes de l’Etat, un “rapport sur le coût réel du nucléaire”, rapporte Bruno Genty, le président de France nature environnement. Nicolas Sarkozy a également accepté d’y associer “des experts indépendants du nucléaire et de l’Etat”, d’après l’ONG. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylEn revanche, Nicolas Sarkozy n’a pas cédé concernant la construction de la nouvelle centrale de Flamanville dans la Manche. Une cinquantaine de militants de Greenpeace avaient pourtant bloqué les accès au chantier lundi matin pour demander une suspension de sa construction. En vain.Pour terminer, le chef de l’Etat a proposé à ces ONG d’organiser une grande réunion sur l’”efficacité énergétique”, selon les propos de Karine Gavand de Greenpeace France, repris par Le Monde. Les associations se sont opposées à ce projet estimant que l’offre du président excluait la question de l’avenir du nucléaire.Le 3 mai 2011 à 18:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Shenzen Technology Kirf un netbook aux airs de MacBook Air

first_imgShenzen Technology Kirf, un netbook aux airs de MacBook AirEn Chine, un ordinateur portable ressemblant fortement au MacBook sera prochainement disponible pour moins de 340 euros.En Chine, les copies d’appareils Apple fleurissent. Après des “copies” d’iPhones, la société Shenzen Technology a conçu le KIRF. Extérieurement, il se présente comme un MacBook Air. A l’intérieur, il est doté d’un processeur Intel Atom N2800 cadencé à 1,86 GHz, de 2 Go de mémoire vive et un disque dur SSD de 32 Go. À lire aussiVente : la tablette a détrôné l’ordinateur de bureau en 2011Les spécifications techniques de l’ordinateur ressemblent davantage à celles d’un Netbook, ressemblant à s’y méprendre à un MacBook. Comme ce dernier, le portable possède un écran 13 pouces offrant une résolution de 1366 par 768 pixels. Le Netbook dispose d’un lecteur de cartes et d’un connecteur VGA/RJ45 et d’une sortie mini HDMI selon nos confrères de CNet. Le KIRF pèserait 1,36 kilo et coûterait 334 euros ! Il sera disponible en novembre en Chine. Le 2 novembre 2011 à 09:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gaulois une expo renversante un véritable succès pour la Cité des sciences

first_img“Gaulois, une expo renversante” : un véritable succès pour la Cité des sciencesTotalisant déjà 130.000 visiteurs, la manifestation “Gaulois, une expo renversante” proposée aux visiteurs de la Cité des sciences, à Paris, depuis  le 15 octobre 2011, grâce aux efforts conjugués de plusieurs organismes culturels et scientifiques, est un franc succès.Pas moins de 1.000 visiteurs par jour, en moyenne : le succès de “Gaulois, une expo renversante” récompense les efforts de ceux qui l’ont organisée, à savoir la Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, l’Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives (Inrap) et le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. Renversante, cette exposition l’est à plus d’un titre.D’abord parce qu’elle renverse notre vision souvent stéréotypée des Gaulois, dont on découvre ici les talents d’agriculteurs, la vie sociale, la religion. Ceci grâce aux vestiges mis au jour ces 20 dernières années par l’Inrap – entre autres, deux trompettes de guerre et un casque, découverts en 2004 en Corrèze et présentés pour la première fois dans la capitale – et grâce aux nouvelles données que ses archéologues en ont déduites.Ensuite par la muséographie originale, qui fait endosser au visiteur de tout âge le rôle de l’archéologue, à travers 7 ateliers ludiques, comme : “quelles traces les Gaulois ont-ils laissé ?” (sur les paysages et les noms de lieux), “que cultivaient les Gaulois ?” (sur le travail des spécialistes des pollens fossiles), ou encore “que faisaient les Gaulois de leurs poteries ?”.À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitEnfin, l’exposition se démarque également par la diversité multimédia mise en œuvre : jeux, manipulations, interviews à visualiser pour ‘mener l’enquête archéologique’ soi-même, catalogue de l’exposition établi par ses commissaires scientifiques et qu’il a fallu réimprimer en de nombreux exemplaires, et même possibilité de charger gratuitement 14 éléments d’information d’audio-guidage sur son smartphone… Autant dire que ceux qui n’y sont pas encore allés devraient y courir… L’exposition se tiendra jusqu’en septembre 2012. Pour en savoir, rendez-vous sur le site de la Cité des sciences. Le 24 mars 2012 à 10:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Panne sur GMail hier soir

first_imgPanne sur GMail hier soirPanique chez une partie des 350 millions d’utilisateurs de la messagerie google hier soir : ils ne pouvaient plus accéder à leur logiciel sans se voir notifier une “erreur 500″. La panne, qui n’aurait concerné que moins de 2% des clients aurait affecté un peu plus de monde que prévu !”This issue is affecting less than 2% of the Google Mail user base. The affected users are unable to access Google Mail”.Posté sur le tableau de bord de son application, ce message confirmait la panne que subissait le service de messagerie Google Gmail. La panne n’a duré qu’une heure, entre 18h30 et 19h30, mais semble avoir touché un peu plus de monde que ce qui était alors affiché.Google, lui, ne s’est fendu d’aucune annonce pour expliquer cette panne, mais, tout en s’excusant de l’interruption de service, a confirmé l’ampleur de l’incident, en publiant, une demie heure après le premier message : “We’ve determined that this issue affected less than 10% of the Google Mail users who attempted to access their accounts during the affected timeframe”.De moins de 2% à moins de 10 %, il y a un écart certain : 28 millions d’utilisateurs !Le 18 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Médecins des dépassements dhonoraires bientôt plafonnés

first_imgMédecins : des dépassements d’honoraires bientôt plafonnés ?Dimanche, la ministre de la Santé Marisol Touraine a annoncé qu’elle comptait s’attaquer aux dépassements d’honoraires de plus en plus pratiqués par les médecins. Un plafonnement autoritaire serait envisagé si les négociations n’aboutissent pas. C’est l’un des problèmes auquel le ministère de la Santé compte s’attaquer depuis plusieurs années : les dépassements d’honoraires. En effet, les montants des dépassements pratiqués par les médecins n’a pas cessé d’augmenter au cours des vingt dernières années. D’après des chiffres datant de 2010, un praticien sur quatre effectue aujourd’hui des dépassements d’honoraires, une proportion qui monte à 85% dans certaines spécialités. A Paris, les honoraires peuvent même être plus de deux fois supérieurs au montant normal. Or, ceci pose de sérieux problèmes en matière d’accès à la santé. À lire aussiLa ministre de la Santé réagit au problème des blouses impudiquesLe précédent gouvernement avait ainsi déjà pris un décret en début d’année censé limiter cet usage. Mais ceci n’a pour l’heure pas donné de résultats concrets obligeant le nouveau gouvernement à en faire une question cruciale dans le domaine de la santé. “Il y a des dépassements limités, il y a des dépassements inconsidérés, il y a de véritables abus”, a expliqué sur France 3 la ministre de la Santé Marisol Touraine. Dimanche, celle-ci a donc dévoilé une partie des mesures envisagées pour contrôler ces montants anormaux. En premier lieu, elle a proposé que soit organisée une négociation dont le but sera de “maîtriser, encadrer, plafonner ces dépassements d’honoraires qui empêchent un certain nombre de Français d’aller se faire soigner dans de bonnes conditions”. Dans quelques jours, l’assurance maladie sera ainsi formellement sollicitée pour engager ces négociations avec les syndicats des médecins. Toutefois, si celles-ci n’aboutissent pas, la ministre semble bien décidée à poursuivre la lutte. “Il y aura des contrôles et si les négociations n’aboutissaient pas, je prendrais des dispositions dans la loi de Sécurité sociale de la fin de l’année qui permettront, je le dis, de plafonner les dépassements d’honoraires”, a ajouté la ministre cité par Reuters. Le décret pris par l’ancien gouvernement proposait simplement de limiter les dépassements sur la base du volontariat des médecins et il était question à l’époque d’imposer aux mutuelles complémentaires de meilleurs remboursements.Le 25 juin 2012 à 16:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les araignées ont toutes leur personnalité

first_imgLes araignées ont toutes leur personnalité Les araignées sociales vivant en colonie auraient chacune une personnalité bien définie, selon une nouvelle étude menée par des biologistes de l’Université d’Aarhus, au Danemark. Au sein d’une colonie d’araignées, chacune possède son propre caractère distinctif qui contribue à façonner son mode de vie individuel. Si quelques-unes ont tendance à partir au quart de tour et attaquer tout ce qui bouge, d’autres au contraire préfèrent attendre calmement et observer la situation. Des biologistes de l’université danoise d’Aarhus se sont penchés sur ces traits de personnalité caractérisant les différentes entités qui constituent le groupe social. Sur les 44.000 espèces d’araignées actuellement connues, seules une vingtaine s’organisent en groupe à l’intérieur desquels chaque membre coopère les uns avec les autres. “La grande majorité vivent de façon solitaire et sont très agressives envers les autres araignées, même celles de la même espèce” précise à Discovery News, Lena Grinsted coordinatrice des travaux de recherche. Des araignées plus ou moins intrépides Dans le cadre de leur étude, les chercheurs se sont intéressés à l’une de ces espèces d’arachnides sociales : Stegodyphus sarasinorum, endémique de l’Inde, du Népal et du Sri Lanka. Leurs colonies, établies sur d’immenses toiles tissées entre des arbustes épineux, comptabilisent jusqu’à 200 spécimens. Au sein de cette organisation, les femelles œuvrent ensemble à la réalisation des tâches quotidiennes, incluant la capture des proies, l’alimentation, les soins du couvain et l’entretien des soies de la toile. Durant deux mois, les chercheurs ont étudié l’organisation de 18 colonies différentes. Au sein de chacune de ces colonies, 40 individus ont été sélectionnés et marqués de points de couleurs afin de les distinguer. Le protocole de l’étude a consisté à caractériser le niveau d’audace et d’agressivité de chacun des membres sélectionnés. 

Pour tester l’intrépidité des araignées, les chercheurs ont simulé une attaque d’oiseau en soufflant de l’air sur la toile. Selon la réaction des sujets d’observation, les chercheurs leur ont attribué un niveau d’audace sur une échelle continue allant de “très timide” où le spécimen s’immobilise à “très téméraire” où le spécimen part à l’attaque. De la même façon, les biologistes ont testé l’agressivité des arachnides en les embêtant avec une baguette et en notant leur réaction allant de “l’araignée s’éloigne” à “l’araignée attaque”. 

Chasseuse ou femelle à la maison en fonction du caractèreLes résultats, publiés dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society B., indiquent ainsi que les araignées ont bel et bien des personnalités différentes. Bien sûr, elles ne sont pas aussi complexes que celles de l’homme, mais elles se définissent par des différences de comportement, cohérents dans le temps et dépendant du contexte. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les chercheurs, les araignées de la colonie plus imposantes seraient plus audacieuses et responsables de l’attaque des proies. En revanche, les plus frêles et timides seraient reléguées aux soins de la couvée. 
(Crédit photo : Lena Grinsted)Le 3 août 2013 à 17:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

NASA Announces New Mission to Touch the Sun

first_img Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced this week that an upcoming mission would be named Eugene Parker. Parker was responsible for discovering solar wind. Fitting, because the mission that bears his name will try to “touch” the sun and learn as much as it can about the constant stream of particles and radiation that we describe as “wind.” NASA has been doing a lot of interesting testing lately.The mission will launch aboard a Delta IV Heavy — currently the most powerful rocket still in use. After that, it will take a whopping seven years to get near and nearer the sun. It will do several Venusian flybys that will ultimately take it eight times closer than any craft has ever been — a mere 3.7 million miles.The mission will take some time to set-up because while you’d think it’d be easy to just ‘fall’ towards the sun, orbital mechanics aren’t so forgiving. As you fall, you exchange gravitational potential energy for kinetic energy, in essence, helping you pick up loads of speed. But the faster something travels, the higher the orbit it wants to settle into. That’s what causes comets and the like to take very long, elliptical orbits. In any case, if you fall too hard, you’ll either crash into the sun or get slung out of the system entirely. So, while they seem easier, trips to the inner solar system are insanely complex.If all that goes well, though, the Parker Solar Probe, as it has been dubbed, will take samples of the sun’s atmosphere and send as much data as it can back to Earth. At just four million miles, the probe would technically be in the highest layers of the sun’s atmosphere. And that’s a much rougher place than it sounds. The upper atmosphere, known as the corona, or crown, is actually much, much hotter than the surface, for one. That’s thanks to the sound energy — yes sound energy — that the sun’s constant churning, exploding surface gives off. This is also where you’ll find solar storms and all kinds of bad stuff.That’s exactly why we need to study it, too. Solar weather can have big consequences for us here on Earth. It messes with our power grid, can damage sensitive electronics, and take out satellites. It’s essential that as our world becomes more and more dependent upon electronics and communications technology, we need to know more about what causes these storms, how we can predict them and what we might do to protect ourselves.Parker will try to trace the origins of solar flares and the like — following the flow of energy within our star. Getting that close requires special solar shields that the craft will deploy en route. It even has two sets of solar panels — one for when it’s out a decent amount, and a second, smaller set that is specially designed for the high-energy environment near our star.On its approach, the Parker probe will also top out at nearly 120 miles per second, making it by far the fastest man-made object ever created. Truly this is landmark mission. So much so that NASA’s official mission renaming ceremony, is the first time the organization has ever named a craft after a living person.Eugene Parker just recently celebrated his 90th birthday, and while the probe will launch next year, NASA took the opportunity to go a little early. (Read more on NASA probes here) Their reasoning being that Parker’s work (the bulk of which dates back to the 50s) was so critical to the mission that everyone thought it best not to wait. In any case, we won’t get the first really substantial data back from Parker for years, but we’ve got a lot to look forward to and to expect from this record-breaking spacecraft. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Has No XMen Because Fans Dont Remember Them

first_imgStay on target Previous Marvel vs Capcom games featured X-Men characters like Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Colossus. Despite the X-Men being a staple of the series, the upcoming Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will not have a single mutant in its roster. Capcom initially didn’t say why Marvel’s merry mutants were absent from the game; though some speculated it was because the Disney-owned Marvel Studios doesn’t have the movie rights for X-Men. Capcom has finally made an official statement on this matter — though it is somewhat… perplexing.Speaking with GameSpot, Capcom producers Pete Rosas and Michael Evans explained why the X-Men aren’t in Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. Apparently, Marvel believes that younger fans simply do not remember who the X-Men are. Because of that, they felt it would be best to stick with more well-known characters like Captain Marvel and Rocket Raccoon. Because, we all know that those two characters are way more popular than Wolverine and Magneto…“We talked with Marvel very closely about their future roadmap, about what’s gonna be happening. Your modern Marvel fan, maybe they don’t even remember some of the X-Men characters, but they know some of the Guardians characters or Black Panther,” said Capcom’s producers. “You know what I mean? Captain Marvel may seem like a strange pick, but she’s fantastic. She fits the gameplay. She fits the story, and they’re gonna be really pushing her as a strong female lead all the way up into the movie. We’re trying to take everything into account and choose the best characters.”It gets better. Apparently, what people liked about the X-Men characters was their move-sets, not the actual characters themselves.“If you were to actually think about it, these characters are just functions. They’re just doing things. Magneto, case and point, is a favorite because he has eight-way dash and he’s really fast, right? So, our more technical players, all they want to do is triangle jump and that kind of stuff. Well, guess what, Nova can do the same thing, Captain Marvel can do the same thing. Ultron can do the same thing. Go ahead and try them out.”I don’t even know how to respond to that one. Suffice it to say that these statements more-or-less put the kibosh on hoping we’ll see Wolverine or Rogue get added to the game via DLC. It’s a sad turn of events, but it appears that whatever squabble Marvel has with Fox regarding the rights to X-Men has now affected a series known for its great mutant characters.Despite this kerfuffle with the X-Men, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is still shaping up to be a solid fighting game. Make sure to check out my initial thoughts on the game, and my thoughts on its story mode.Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite sans the X-Men will be released on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 19.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 last_img read more

Even FoodDelivery Robots Cant Escape Human Cruelty

first_imgStay on target Bullying is an epidemic. But children, celebrities, and public officials aren’t the only targets.Autonomous food-delivery robots are reportedly being abused, as well.Starship Technologies last week told Business Insider that folks are kicking their mini meals-on-wheels machines.“Some people pass our robot and kick [it] a little bit,” co-founder Ahti Heinla admitted to the news site.“That’s not really a problem I think,” he continued. “If people have such anger management techniques that’s fine by us, our robot just drives on.”Introduced three years ago by two former Skype creators, Starship’s on-demand dispatchers aim to eliminate the cost, waiting time, and environmental impact of local drop-offs—in this case, food.For the firm’s first major demonstration in the US, employees on Intuit’s Mountain View campus can now order meals, snacks, or drinks for delivery anywhere on the 4.3-acre grounds.But this isn’t the first time the 22-pound, six-wheeled autobots have faced mistreatment: Business Insider in 2016 recorded an attempt to rip the flag from one of the delivery robots.Unlike most protective parents, though, Heinla doesn’t seem bothered by the harassment—probably because Starship’s machines are equipped with nine cameras, sirens, and tracking “to within an inch,” the website said.Most people, of course, play nice with the motorized messenger. Of the 15 million people these robots have encountered so far, 80 percent simply ignore the bots; a majority of interactions have been “extremely positive,” a company spokesperson told Business Insider.This seemingly innocuous revelation provides some insight into how cruel humans can be toward our future robot overlords.Keenly aware of this, an international team of researchers recently developed Shelly, a turtle-like cyborg designed to teach kids not to abuse androids. The tortoise-shaped toy is fun to play with, lighting up and dancing—until someone presses too hard or whacks it. Sensing danger, the creature’s head, arms, and legs retreat into its shell, hiding until it feels safe to come out again.Children aren’t the only ones who struggle to understand this newfangled technology. NPR podcast Hidden Brain last year tackled the question of whether machines could fundamentally change how humans interact with each other in the episode “Could You Kill a Robot?“Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain last_img read more

Hurricane Maria Exposed Ancient Dominican Artifacts

first_img Amazing Hoard of 1,000-Year-Old Coins Discovered by Metal Detectorists7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France Beach erosion from Hurricane Maria last year led to an archaeological discovery on the Caribbean island nation of Dominica.A year after the storm devastated Puerto Rico and its neighboring countries, anthropologists Mark Hauser and Douglas Armstrong announced the uncovering of an early 17th century tavern or warehouse.This mysterious structure is the first of its kind discovered in the West Indies’ Woodford Hill area.“It appears to be associated with a village documented on early maps that include several buildings and a church,” Hauser, an associate professor at Northwestern University, said in a statement. “The site appears to have been abandoned suddenly in the 1720s.”Summertime excavations beneath the building hint at an even earlier settlement, dated somewhere between 1477 and 1640.“The late 16th and early 17th centuries saw dramatic shifts in global balances of power and economy, and small islands in the eastern Caribbean were at its epicenter,” Hauser explained.These sites, however, have been an elusive part of the archaeological record.Which is why this treasure trove of artifacts—including European ceramics, glass beads, shell pendants, quartz crystal, trade bells, and ‘Cayo’ earthenware—is such a big deal.The team also uncovered several syncretic artifacts: The result, Hauser said, of a fusion of ideas and techniques from indigenous, African, and European traditions.“This significant new discovery provides an opportunity to examine the elusive record of early interactions and trade among [the] people of Dominica and the Caribbean,” he added.Hauser and Armstrong plan to return to the dig site in 2019 with local anthropologist Lennox Honeychurch (great name!) to expand their excavations.“We hope to uncover more parts of the trade port and see what kinds of settlements predated this early European venture,” Hauser said. “The research will attempt to understand some fundamental questions—how large was the town, who lived there, and what did everyday life look like for its residents?”More coverage on Geek.com:Geek Auction Supports Puerto Rico Relief EffortAdorable Cats Living at Arecibo Observatory Need Your Help‘Oldest Intact Shipwreck’ Discovered in Black Sea Stay on targetlast_img read more

Best Board Games

first_imgStay on target Settlers of CatanSettlers of Catan is most likely a title that you have heard of before. With over 15 million copies sold worldwide, it’s one of the most successful best board game franchises of all time. While not usually available in mainstream department stores, it’s not unusual to see copies for sale in a Barnes and Noble book store. Set on the fictional island of Catan, players struggle to build the largest settlement on the island by shrewdly trading resources and placing buildings to gain control of items that will help in the construction efforts.Of all the games on our list, this is probably the most cutthroat one we have played. If you have ever played Monopoly with your grandparents who lived through the Great Depression, you know what we mean when we say this. Settlers is laid out that you have to trade with other players to reach your goal of winning the game. If one player in the game decides to hold onto a specific resource, they can impede the progress of the rest of the gaming group. Of course there are mechanics to try to stop this from happening, but skilled players know how to negotiate these in a way that’s beneficial to themselves. That being said, the game is still extraordinarily entertaining. While we wouldn’t call the game fast-paced, the experience is anything but boring as each game is randomized by the shifting around of the islands tiles each time you start a session. While most of us have logged our fair share of hours playing Diablo 3 and Minecraft, sometimes we all need to unplug from our terminals and take part in some face-to-face contact with fellow humans. Of course, there is no rule that says that this contact has to be limited to serious activities. In fact, I prefer to gather my geeky friends around a large table with some comfortable chairs on top of a rug (that really ties the room together) and to roll some dice, lay out some tiles, and take part in the act of tabletop gaming.Whether it be every player for themselves or the group working as a team against an unspeakable horror, there are some amazing board games out there that smash through the humdrum stereotype that has been created around games like Monopoly and Scrabble. If you find yourself on a quest to have some honest-to-goodness geeky fun that requires people to actually physically near each other, here are five of the best board games that we every geek should have in their libraries, ready to be brought out at a moment’s notice.Ticket to RideProbably one of the most entertaining best board games that I have ever had the opportunity to play, Ticket to Ride is a strategic title that put players in the role of a railroad tycoon in the early 1900’s. The goal is to build an empire that spans the United States while making shrewd moves that block your opponents from being able to complete their freight and passenger runs to various cities. With a method of gameplay that’s startlingly simple yet incredibly entertaining, Ticket to Ride appeals to all types of players. Of all the titles in this list this is the one that non-geeks will have the most fun with, at least based on my experience.This is also a great title for train enthusiasts, as there are several different versions including a Marklin set that focuses on scale model trains using a German map. A game for up to five players, Ticket to Ride is appropriate for people of all ages. We have seen children as young as seven years old play and win this game with no handicaps placed on the adults at the table. CarcassonneOften hailed as the “gateway drug” of tabletop board gaming, Carcassonne is a tile-based game where players compete to score as many points as possible by recreating the fabled French city of Carcassonne and its fortified walls. Known as one of the most conquered cities in history, the historical backdrop of Carcassonne provides a rich tapestry of structures to be built to help players score the most points to win the game. Because it’s a fast game that has an element of luck that when combined with some strategy, beginning gamers find it a very accessible title.Working in a round-robin turn system, each player randomly selects a tile then places it on the board in an effort to build fortified cities, cloisters, and farms and garner the most points possible. Using followers called “meeples”, players can claim tiles in hopes that the tile map will go the way they need to help them finish their structures.Also probably one of the best values in the board game market along with being one of the best board games, you can pick up the Carcassonne “Big Box” that contains the base game along with five expansions that add to the gameplay experience in different ways. Arkham HorrorWhere most board games usually pit player against player, the creators of Arkham Horror designed a gameplay experience where everyone who’s playing the game is working together to beat the board. Based on the classic Lovecraftian horror mythos, players work to battle and banish the Ancient Old Ones, like Cthulu and the King in Yellow, as these creatures struggle to destroy the world. Players have to battle both insanity and phyical attacks from supernatural creatures as they race around the board to try and save the day.Arkham Horror stands as one of the most deep and complex best board games that has ever been devised. With games taking upwards of six hours to finish, the experience is one that isn’t for everyone (or for kids under the age of 13). With over 700 pieces and an equal number of cards, this is a title that requires a lot of space to play on, especially since it’s not uncommon to have to leave the game for another session to actually complete.Even if you’re not familiar with HP Lovecraft and his monstrous (in several senses of the word) writings, Arkham Horror and its expansions are still incredibly entertaining. PS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&…‘Metal Gear Solid’ Board Game Is Tactical Tabletop Action Memoir ’44As an answer to the horde of World War II video games that have been churned out every since Saving Private Ryan hit the silver-screen, Memoir ’44 is a card based board game that seeks to recreate some of the historical assaults and battles that took place during the epic struggle between the Axis of Evil and the Allied forces in Europe. Requiring strategic play of randomly received cards, players maneuver their plastic army men across the map in an effort to achieve the victory conditions of the scenario chose at the start of play. With fifteen different expansions, the franchise offers an incredibly flexible amount of gameplay options that are available to groups of two players all the way up to eight commanders when played in “Overlord Mode” which requires two copies of the base game.What we like about this best board game is that it’s very easy to play, and can be enjoyable for anyone not just military buffs looking to recreate the Omaha Beach landings. If you’re looking for an incredibly deep strategic experience that successfully mimics actions on the field of battle, then Memoir ’44 isn’t for you. However if you are looking for a fun gameplay experience that’s set in one of the most compelling periods of global history, then you can’t go wrong.Of course, there are a great many more titles that are equally as enjoyable as these five of the best board games we have laid out for you above, but this list should give you a good start if you are just beginning to build a library of your own. If you have suggestions for titles that should be added to the list, leave them in the comments! And check out other board game lists like these Halloween tabletop games and Catan gifts.last_img read more

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first_img Professional coders will always be in demand. The problem, however, is that it’s difficult to identify which language you should learn first to start your career. And that’s what makes The Complete Learn to Code Master Class Bonus Bundle, at just $29, such a tremendous value.Whether you want to be a pro web developer, code desktop applications, or design the next big thing in mobile gaming, this package is exactly what the doctor ordered. It includes eleven courses that’ll introduce you to popular and in-demand languages such as Python, C++, and Ruby so you’ll get your professional training off to a great a start.And, even better, it’s far more flexible than any classroom-based training program. That’s because the courses in this package are delivered online so you’re free to set your own schedule. Simply access the content at your convenience and go at your own pace.So what can you learn with The Complete Learn to Code Master Class Bonus Bundle? Lots. Students will receive a solid introduction to Google’s new proprietary coding language known simply as Go. Plus, they’ll learn how to build a database with PHP, discover how to write clean code using Rust, and learn how to streamline the programming process with Git.Students will also walk away with an understanding of commonly used and time-honored languages like Java, JavaScript, Ruby, C++, and Python too. With all of these languages under your belt, you’ll render yourself far more attractive to prospective employers and put yourself in position for a long career.These courses, if you were to buy them all separately, would cost more than $1900. When you purchase them all at once in The Complete Learn to Code Master Class Bonus Bundle, however, you’ll save 98 percent off that value and get it for just $29. The Complete Learn to Code Master Class Bonus Bundle – $29See Deal Stay on target This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Enter code VAULTONE to try it out for just $1!last_img read more

Release WWE surpasses 10 million YouTube subscribers

first_img Now Playing Up Next system.scripts.YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids Facebook WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids Now Playing Up Next WWE issued the following on Monday.WWE SURPASSES 10 MILLION YOUTUBE SUBSCRIBERSSTAMFORD, Conn., February 29, 2016 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today received the highly-coveted Diamond Play Button, YouTube’s highest honor, after surpassing 10 million subscribers, further solidifying itself as one of the world’s top channels on the site. WWE joins Taylor Swift, The Ellen Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as YouTube’s Diamond Play Button honorees.With more than 8 billion video views in the last 12 months, WWE is the No. 1 Sports channel on YouTube. WWE continues to be a leader in digital and social media, with more than 600 million combined social media followers globally and more than 790 million social media engagements in 2015 alone.Since launching in 2008, WWE’s YouTube channel has featured award-winning original short-form programming, including popular shows such as 5 Things, WWE Fury, WWE Game Night, WWE Top 10 and Superstar Ink. In addition, WWE’s channel on YouTube airs live pre-shows for pay-per-view events that include exclusive matches and commentary.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSyracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube StarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Syracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube Star Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Celebrating 100k Subscribers The Farmer Way YouTube Summer Camps For Kidslast_img read more

John Cena says he would prefer to do programming geared towards himself

first_img Charlize Theron Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Videos Articles April 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm WhatsApp Erik Hedegaard of Rolling Stone is featuring an interview with WWE star John Cena discussing his crossover into Hollywood and reality television in recent years.Cena, who made a brief return to WWE a few weeks ago at WrestleMania 32, discussed the current WWE product and why he prefers a product geared towards himself.“I’m a 38-year-old man. I’d much rather it be a program geared toward me, whether that’s TV-14 or sometimes even more graphic than that, which is what I like. For one thing, profanity brought fire out of people with personalities that backed the language. It’s very difficult to say, ‘Oh, you’re being poopy,’ especially when they’re meant to be fighting words. And now, if someone starts to bleed, the referee intervenes to stop the bleeding. But before, you’d just let it fly. Blood is one of the things that made fights cool. Like, you knew it had gotten serious. I understand why we don’t do it anymore. Vince has been a coach to me, a father figure, a boss and a friend, and his goal and my goal are the same: to make the company be as big as it can be. But, yeah, the blood is one thing I miss.”You can check out the full interview at the link below.Rolling Stone: Why John Cena Can’t LoseRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -1:01 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Holeeeeee Hell in a handbasket!I am certainly NO John Cena fan, but he’s actually saying something here that makes sense!When the company’s TOP GUY is even admitting that the product is lacking, then there is DEFINITELY something wrong!For the first time in my life I’m going to say that we should listen to John Cena!! Pinterest Christopher Jimerson Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap A lot of students are here in our school who are the big fans of John Cena but they never did get a chance to visit WWe but I am sure that authorities of education department will have a special eye on that to give chances to the students to visit and see the world in a new way. April 24, 2016 at 2:57 am Now Playing Up Next Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Richard Hammond Sakis WrestleMania: SNL Weekend Updates Michael Che And Colin Jost Got Strowman Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img April 24, 2016 at 1:45 am Now Playing Up Next John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Google+ Facebook Videos Articles WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Glenn Wolf 4 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter April 22, 2016 at 8:05 pm For that, Cena will be jobbing on Superstars! John Cena Videos Articles i think i’ve been saying similar for about 4 years now. WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Comments are closed.last_img

Brock Lesnars scheduled next to last match with WWE Videos after last

first_img WhatsApp WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Brock Lesnar’s scheduled next to last match with WWEWWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is scheduled to have his next to last match as part of his current WWE deal on March 16 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.Lesnar will take part in a triple threat match against Kane and Braun Strowman tomorrow night in what could be his final appearance at a non-televised WWE event.As reported on yesterday, Lesnar is currently being advertised by WWE for all upcoming RAW tapings before WrestleMania 34 in Dallas, Cleveland and Atlanta. His last scheduled appearance as part of his current deal is set for WrestleMania 34 when he defends the WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns. Lesnar is not being advertised for RAW the next night in New Orleans as of this week.Videos after last night’s WWE NXTWWE posted the following video clips after last night’s NXT. Twitter Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Pinterest Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Brock Lesnar Braun Strowman WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal ChampionshipVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Eventslast_img read more

912 Mae Young Classic Highlights First round matches featuring former Impact star

first_img Alexa Bliss Now Playing Up Next WWE posted these highlights from last night’s episode of the Mae Young Classic. Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE WhatsApp Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At EvolutionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Nikki Bella RAW Highlights: Stone Cold moderates, King of the Ring, Women’s Tag match, Firefly Funhouse Videos Articles Trish Stratus Facebook Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Smackdown Highlights: Undertaker appears, Shane fires Owens, Kingston takes out Orton Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more