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On rebooting: the unreasonable effectiveness of turning computers off and on

From first principles Turn a misbehaving computer off and on, or stop a misbehaving program and then start it again. Often, the problem goes away. Most users don’t think hard about this, and just accept it as just another inscrutable fact about computers. However, as you learn more about how computers work, I suspect that…
Seth Green’s Bored Ape NFT Was to Star in New Show. Then It Got Stolen

Seth Green’s Bored Ape NFT Was to Star in New Show....

Earlier this month Seth Green was scammed out of four NFTs, including a $200,000 Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT. There's more at stake than just Green's money. That Bored Ape was meant to star in an upcoming TV show Green is developing, but because IP rights to the cartoon ape are contingent on owning the…
4 TV Shows to Watch on Peacock After Finishing ‘Yellowstone’

4 TV Shows to Watch on Peacock After Finishing ‘Yellowstone’

Finally finished all three Yellowstone seasons on Peacock? We have you covered -- assuming you're still holding onto that subscription (I mean, season 4 is going to arrive eventually).Peacock's catalog offers tons of original TV programming on top of past and current shows from NBC. The streaming service has a free tier that offers access to select movies…
The Best Kids TV Shows That Parents Won’t Hate

The Best Kids TV Shows That Parents Won’t Hate

My fellow parents, I'm going to start by saying what we're all thinking: Kids are the worst. Engaging with them, talking to them, getting them to focus on anything for single second. Sometimes -- and I'm not judging -- you just need to sit them in front of the TV so you can find somewhere safe…
‘Dragon of Death’ Unearthed in Argentina Is One of the Largest Pterosaurs Ever Discovered

‘Dragon of Death’ Unearthed in Argentina Is One of the Largest...

Imagine a winged dinosaur the size of a school bus casting a massive shadow over you as it swoops down to earth. Fossils of such a beast, dubbed the "dragon of death," have been unearthed by scientists in the Andes mountains region of Argentina, according to a report by Reuters. The ancient flying reptiles roamed the skies…
More People Need to Watch the Best Show on HBO Max

More People Need to Watch the Best Show on HBO Max

Three episodes into Station Eleven, I'd fallen asleep not once, but twice. I wasn't just frustrated with Station Eleven's self indulgence, I was bored.A post-apocalyptic HBO Max miniseries set in the immediate aftermath of a deadly and highly contagious flu, Station Eleven is a show about a fictional pandemic -- shot, produced and released during an…

Growing Massive Black Holes More Common in Dwarf Galaxies than Previously...

Using data from the REsolved Spectroscopy Of a Local VolumE (RESOLVE) and the Environmental COntext Catalog (ECO) surveys, astronomers have found evidence of the basic building blocks of supermassive black holes in gas-rich dwarf galaxies. Growing, massive black holes reside in dwarf galaxies, where their radiation competes with the light of abundant young stars. Image…

Lucy Observes Total Lunar Eclipse from 100 Million Kilometers Away

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft successfully observed the May 15-16, 2022 total lunar eclipse from a unique vantage point, 100 million km (64 million miles) from the Earth — nearly 70% of the distance between the Earth and the Sun. Lucy was launched on October 16, 2021 aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket out…

Early Inner Solar System was Very Chaotic, Research Suggests

Planetary scientists from the ETH Zürich and elsewhere have determined palladium-silver (Pd-Ag) and platinum (Pt) isotope compositions of 13 iron meteorites that formed early in the history of our Solar System. An artist’s impression of the early Solar System as the Solar Nebula begins to disappear, causing asteroids to accelerate and collide. Image credit: Tobias…

Bacteria Can Live in Venoms of Snakes and Spiders, New Study...

Animal venoms are considered sterile sources of antimicrobial compounds with strong membrane-disrupting activity against multidrug-resistant bacteria. However, venomous bite wound infections are common in developing nations. New research led by the University of Westminster and Northumbria University provides evidence that spider and snake venoms host diverse, viable microbiota, with isolates genetically adapted to venom antimicrobials…

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The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: What it is — and why it matters

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: What it is — and why it matters

U.S. President Joe Biden formally introduced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, or IPEF, this week during his first Asia tour, revealing Washington's long-awaited Asia-Pacific economic strategy. It comes five years after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal signed by 12 countries in Asia-Pacific, North America and South America.With the U.S. withdrawal, the…
Dune: Spice Wars’ early access roadmap teases multiplayer, spaceports, more

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First big update due this "summer". Northgard developer Shiro Games' sci-fi strategy title Dune: Spice Wars generated plenty of praise when it launched into Steam early access toward the end of last month, and now, as the studio starts to build on that initial success, publisher Funcom has shared an initial development roadmap promising the…
Can Collective Intelligence Beat the Market? (with Numerai’s Richard Craib)

Can Collective Intelligence Beat the Market? (with Numerai’s Richard Craib)

May 25, 2022 Quantitative hedge funds (or “quant funds”), which rely on the work of employed mathematicians to develop complex trading strategies, are nothing new. But what if the mathematical work is outsourced to anyone, via a contest where the best predictions are rewarded with cryptocurrency? Richard Craib, founder of Numerai, explains to Azeem Azhar…
Legend Vinyl Witnesses Substantial Growth and Strong Brand Presence after Successful Collaboration with Future State Media

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(May 20, 2022) – A successful collaboration between Legend Vinyl and Future State Media has proved to be beneficial for the former. Future State Media is supporting Legend Vinyl in their B2B sales strategy, while also running their social media presence and SEO strategy. This collaboration has drastically strengthened the brand’s presence, both online and offline.“This has been a…
The Verdict is In—Customer Service isn’t Human Enough

The Verdict is In—Customer Service isn’t Human Enough

Since the pandemic first began, consumer demand for heightened levels of customer service has exploded. In fact, 80 percent of consumers expected the pandemic to deliver improved customer experiences while 58 percent continue to demand further improvements in a post-pandemic world. But between the Great Resignation and fledgling technologies, businesses have struggled to keep up.…