Science


Arctic to mark 2017 with extreme climate and heatwave, says UN
- March 22, 2017

Compared with the 1961-1990 reference period, 2016 was 0.83 degrees C warmer than the average. "We are now in truly uncharted territory", said David Carlson, World Climate Research Programme Director at the WMO. "Continued investment in climate research and observations is vital if our scientific knowledge is to keep pace with the rapid rate of climate change". (more...)
Intel Optane SSD doubles down on data centre storage Intel Optane SSD doubles down on data centre storage
- March 21, 2017

The P4800X is supposedly five to eight times quicker than competing SSDs at low queue depths and according to Intel , it's "ideal for critical applications with aggressive latency requirements", and will be well-suited to machine learning and data analytics applications. (more...)
Andromeda Trial is Available for EA/Origin Access Members Today Andromeda Trial is Available for EA/Origin Access Members Today
- March 21, 2017

You can see a comparison of Andromeda's facial animations with the original game and Witcher 3 below, if this hasn't convinced you. This means all new locations, planets, and even alien races to encounter. If you want to play Andromeda as early as possible, PC and Xbox One are the way to go. It's possible to purchase a month's subscription to take advantage of the trial and cancel later. (more...)
Cheerios Is Under Fire For Giving Away Billions Of Invasive Wildflower Seeds Cheerios Is Under Fire For Giving Away Billions Of Invasive Wildflower Seeds
- March 21, 2017

BuzzBee the iconic bee of Honey Nut Cheerios is missing and he's taken a step back from the limelight to raise awareness for a good cause. The world's population of honey bees has been disappearing at an alarming rate. On March 11th and 12th, consumers will be invited to explore the grocery store of the future and discover the striking contrast between two very different futures: one without a healthy bee population and the other highlighting everything that Will happen if we work together ... (more...)
In Response to US Pressure UN Pulls Anti-Israel Apartheid Report In Response to US Pressure UN Pulls Anti-Israel Apartheid Report
- March 20, 2017

Khalaf added that she stands by the commission's report. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Khalaf said, "I do not find it surprising that such member states, who now have governments with little regard for worldwide norms and values of human rights, will resort to intimidation when they find it hard to defend their unlawful policies and practices". (more...)
Mass Effect Andromeda Day One Patch Alters Default Female Ryder Face Mass Effect Andromeda Day One Patch Alters Default Female Ryder Face
- March 20, 2017

Leost was, in fact, not the lead facial animator for Mass Effect: Andromeda ... From the looks of things, BioWare will likely gauge player reaction after the game releases to see how much demand there is for something like that. "We respect the opinions of our players and community and welcome feedback on our games". Instead of stopping the onslaught, however, the trolls who have pounced on the female developer have not let up in their assault. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Use Facial Recognition to Authenticate Mobile Payments Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Use Facial Recognition to Authenticate Mobile Payments
- March 20, 2017

Alanna Cotton, vice president of product marketing at Samsung Electronics America said that consumers are expecting the tablets they own to evolve and adapt with they busy, not to mention demanding, lives. This seems plausible considering the price of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung is also ditching its iconic home button in the upcoming smartphone. (more...)
Vardy steers Leicester to 1st away win of PL title defense
- March 19, 2017

The Foxes showed no signs of a European hangover following their epic win over Sevilla , and although they may have a quarter-final meeting with Atletico Madrid on their minds Shakespeare knows they still need to get their domestic affairs in order. (more...)
NCAA Tournament South Region predictions: North Carolina or bust NCAA Tournament South Region predictions: North Carolina or bust
- March 19, 2017

In the past week or so, Allen has taken it all in stride, and Friday night he appeared to be the consummate teammate and student-athlete. No champion has repeated since Florida in 2007. "It will be awesome", Tar Heels swingman Theo Pinson said Thursday, before either team had even played a tournament game. There was never a question that both teams would advance to the NCAA Tournament, but this matchup wasn't about that. (more...)
Lotus Elise Sprint is one hellishly lightweight sports auto Lotus Elise Sprint is one hellishly lightweight sports auto
- March 18, 2017

The latest Elise also receives a wide range of cabin enhancements including the lightweight open-gate gear select mechanism first introduced on the Lotus Exige Sport 350. The Elise also gets a revised centre console and new graphics on the instrument panel. This is the biggest cut to the mass of the Elise since launch, Lotus claims. (more...)
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15060: More Bug Fixes
- March 18, 2017

Just a day after the Windows 10 Insider PC build 15060 rolled out to Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring, PC users now have another build to play with this weekend. If the Android community has shown us anything via XDA Developers it's that compatibility isn't down to the ability of the hardware - hell, not even the operating system. (more...)
Google's new JPEG encoder reduces file sizes by 35 percent Google's new JPEG encoder reduces file sizes by 35 percent
- March 18, 2017

This potentially would allow webmasters for example to create much more compact websites that take less time (and data) to load - a potential boon to smartphone users surfing the web on mobile devices. Other factors can also be involved, such as the speed of the server the site is hosted on, the code that's used to make and design the page and the file sizes for any images that are used in the site. (more...)
Galaxy S8 confirmed to have Bixby, to have 3D Touch home button
- March 17, 2017

Both the Samsung Note 7 and Xperia Z5 are incredibly well made but if we look into its weight Z5 is heavier than the Note 7. Over the weekend, the features of the Samsung Galaxy 8 leaked online including specs, price, and release date. (more...)
Global warming has permanently damaged Barrier Reef, say scientists Global warming has permanently damaged Barrier Reef, say scientists
- March 17, 2017

Rising sea surface temperatures due to climate change are unquestionably the culprit, as coral reefs are extremely sensitive to higher temperatures, which can cause heat stress and make itself known via bleaching. Importantly, though, it does contribute to the recovery of coral reefs after major bleaching. Last week, he said an aerial survey had shown evidence of mass bleaching in consecutive summers for the first time . (more...)
Bishop OKs meat on Friday during Lent... just this once Bishop OKs meat on Friday during Lent... just this once
- March 17, 2017

Patrick. A memo from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno was sent to all pastors and administrators throughout the Diocese, which includes Bakersfield, issuing a dispensation allowing Catholics to eat meat, including the traditional corned beef and cabbage on St. (more...)
Spiders Eat Up To 800 Million Tons Of Insects Every Year Spiders Eat Up To 800 Million Tons Of Insects Every Year
- March 16, 2017

But if you're now worrying that the world might be inherited by spiders, remember that in turn, they are a source of prey as well. The researchers, Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer , used data from 65 previous studies . Spiders in these areas catch huge numbers of forest and grassland pests, whereas spiders in desert regions, in the Arctic tundra and in annual crops kill fewer insects in comparison. (more...)
First Samsung Foldable Display Smartphone Prototype to Start Production From Q3, 2017
- March 16, 2017

With increasing competition from a slew of Chinese manufacturers, Samsung has been forced to dramatically increased prototype production of its upcoming foldable display frontier phone, according to ETNews . Samsung's long anticipated foldable smartphone is finally getting close to production. Samsung Electronics is devoting itself into manufacturing foldable Smartphone with luxurious design and high-quality that fit image of current Samsung brand. (more...)
Capcom Announces Retro Disney Afternoon Collection Capcom Announces Retro Disney Afternoon Collection
- March 16, 2017

Darkwing Duck - Take control of the witty superhero Darkwing Duck and fight crime in St. Canard. DuckTales 2 - The sequel to the original game comes jam-packed with more action and an even bigger caper set in new locations like the Bermuda Triangle and Niagara Falls! DuckTales and DuckTales 2 - As the millionaire Scrooge McDuck, head on a treasure seeking adventure on a pogo stick. (more...)
Rumours of curved iPhone 8 are dismissed
- March 15, 2017

Some of the projected new features have been consistently talked about over the last couple of months, but now new reports suggest that Apple may not go all-in with the iPhone 8, which is reportedly going to be called the iPhone Edition . (more...)
Japan PM Abe seeks Saudi support for Aramco listing in Tokyo Japan PM Abe seeks Saudi support for Aramco listing in Tokyo
- March 15, 2017

King Salman visits Japan, the royal delegation came on 10 aircraft, about a thousand businesspeople from Saudi Arabia are looking for the new business opportunities in Japan. As Japan has friendly ties with Iran, the Japanese government envisages strengthening ties with both Saudi Arabia and Iran. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who saw the king and his entourage off in Bali, told State Palace media bureau head Bey Machmudin that in their telephone conversation, President Jokowi expressed ... (more...)
Iraqi forces recapture 'over a third' of west Mosul Iraqi forces recapture 'over a third' of west Mosul
- March 14, 2017

However, rapid response units and police say that the fight in the Bab al-Tob area is expected to be tough because of the narrow streets through which armoured vehicles can not pass. IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have since regained most of the territory they lost. (more...)
Boaty McBoatface Embarks on Its Maiden Voyage This Week Boaty McBoatface Embarks on Its Maiden Voyage This Week
- March 14, 2017

He instead opted to name the vessel after national treasure Sir David Attenborough , a decision which was unlikely to ruffle too many feathers. Step back world ― Boaty McBoatface is about to make a splash . Lead scientist Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato, from the University of Southampton, said: 'The Orkney Passage is a key choke-point to the flow of abyssal waters in which we expect the mechanism linking changing winds to abyssal water warming to operate. (more...)
Meteorologists refute EPA head on climate change Meteorologists refute EPA head on climate change
- March 14, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt may want to listen to what Stephen Colbert has to say. The Trump Administration caused some a wave of concern in the scientific community when the White House website replaced its many mentions of climate change and green-energy policies with the "American First Energy Plan." He framed his stand as aimed at boosting US businesses, including the oil and gas drilling and coal mining industries. (more...)
Chinese minister: Trade war with U.S. won't help either side Chinese minister: Trade war with U.S. won't help either side
- March 13, 2017

He said that United States exports to China have increased by an average of about 11 percent per year over the last decade, while Chinese exports have only increased by 6.6 percent over the same period, noting that the Asian giant is also a major importer of American goods like soybeans, cars and Boeing airplanes. (more...)
Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall preview Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall preview
- March 13, 2017

Kane , Tottenham's top-scorer on 24 goals , is facing a second lengthy spell on the sidelines having missed seven weeks of the season after injuring the same ankle in September. On Kane's injury, Alli told BBC One: "It is always frightful to lose a player like Harry , he's been in top form, but I think that shows our depth in quality and everyone stepped up a gear. (more...)