A BC photographer captured one of the most stunning images you will

first_img Twitter Dr. Christian Sasse has a PhD in optics and electrical engineering, loves astronomy and took pretty much the coolest photo we have ever seen. The Surrey, B.C. photographer traveled to southern Australia last month to see the Milky Way in one of the places it is clearest on earth.“You see this incredible, three-dimensional Milky Way with light, with its dust clouds really sticking out and I wanted to capture that,” Sasse told CTV News.He took over 1,200 pictures during the course of a night, one every 30 seconds, to capture the spectacular beauty of the open sky. Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img

UPDATED Forest fires evacuate hundreds from communities northwest of Winnipeg

first_img(A graphic shows two fires that have sparked up near Easterville and Chemawawin Cree Nation in recent days. Credit: Government of Manitoba)APTN National NewsAt least 2,000 people from Easterville and Chemawawin Cree Nation in Manitoba have been evacuated as crews fight to contain raging forest fires in the area.A statement from the Canadian Red Cross said people from Chemawawin began either driving or being sent by bus to Winnipeg on Thursday, which is about 460 km from the community. Evacuees from Easterville were being sent to a nearby town, the Pas.By Friday morning, most people had left the communities, according to the Manitoba government’s wildfire program, but no buildings or other infrastructure had been lost.The fire is being estimated at 350 hectares and is being held to the edge of the communities by seven ground crews with two water bombers and four bulldozers.The Red Cross said its volunteers are helping community members and the organization will provide transportation, hotels, food and other necessities.It is unknown how long it will be until people from the First Nation will be allowed to return home.The province said 19 new wildfires, all caused by lightning, have been reported in Manitoba in recent days.last_img read more

Liberals hope funding change solves infrastructure spending cost concerns

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says an overhaul of how the government approves funding for projects should solve concerns about construction delays and escalating costs.The government has been criticized for the slower-than-anticipated pace of infrastructure dollars leaving the federal treasury.For the rest of the winter, federal officials will sign off on plans so money and work are ready to roll come spring, which Champagne says will finally align bureaucratic processes with Canada’s construction season.The backroom change is one Champagne hopes will address public concerns that cities hold off work until they are sure the Liberals will chip in money, which also worsens cost overruns.Under the Liberals, planned federal spending on new roads, bridges, highways, trains and water systems over the coming decade has risen to $186 billion.As 2018 comes to a close, Champagne says there are some 4,400 projects worth $50 billion on the go, of which about $20 billion is from federal investments.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PRRD evacuates residents near the Peace River Lookout

first_imgThe PRRD is asking those residents to leave immediately and do the following:Close all windows and doorsShut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezersClose gates (latch) but do not lockThe Fort St. John RCMP and North Peace Search and Rescue are helping with the evacuation. CLARIFICATION:  This evacuation order is only affecting two properties and the lookout.  Residents in the Old Fort are not under an evacuation order or alert at this time.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order for some residents near the Peace River Lookout.The Peace River Lookout and the lands directly south and south-east including 9819 240 Road and 9909 240 Road.  Residents in those homes are asked to leave immediately and should report to the evacuation centre by calling 250-784-3200.last_img read more

Major fire at Delhi showroom, no injuries reported

first_imgNew Delhi: A major fire broke out early on Friday in a showroom in Delhi, a fire department officer said. The blaze was reported at around 2.50 a.m. in a showroom in Uttam Nagar. Some 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. “The fire was doused completely by 7.25 a.m. No casualty was reported . Cooling operation is underway,” the officer said. A short circuit is being suspected to be the cause, he added.last_img

Moroccan Jewish Community Flocks to Essaouira For Hiloula of Pinto

Rabat – Hundreds of members of the Moroccan Jewish community came from across the world on Thursday, September 19 to celebrate the Hiloula of Rabbi Haim Pinto on the anniversary of his death in the Jewish Cemetery of the city.The event is a religious meeting which takes place annually in September in Morocco’s coastal city of Essaouira. Traditionally, the four-day event convenes Jews from America, North America, Latin America, and all of Europe.Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the event is an opportunity  for the members of the Jewish Moroccan community to express attachment to their motherland, Morocco, a “haven of peace, and land of tolerance.” Speaking at the event, Rabbi David Pinto said, “Morocco is our homeland. It is our country that we all love and cherish more.”He added, “I am so happy and so proud to meet again this year in Essaouira.”Read Also:Over 50,000 Israeli Tourists Visit Morocco Every YearThe rabbi said that each member of the Jewish community in Morocco is an “ambassador for Morocco and elsewhere. Many people came only out of curiosity to hear, discover, and appreciate this beautiful and blessed country.”The event attracts  more than 1,500 Moroccan Jewish pilgrims annually.In addition to the Moroccan Jewish community abroad, Morocco is still home for 2,000 Jews.Of the 14.7 million Jews in the world, 2,000 Jews live in Morocco, statistics from the Jewish agency said in September 2018.Morocco’s government has long reiterated its commitment to coexistence and tolerance between religions in Morocco.King Mohammed VI echoed this commitment during Pope Francis visit to Morocco in March 2019. In a speech in front of the Pope and hundreds of attendees, the King spoke about coexistence and the “exceptional” rich diversity underpinning Moroccan civilization.“It is reflected by the mosques, churches, and synagogues which have coexisted in the cities of the Kingdom since time immemorial.” read more

Popular coupon website RetailMeNot launches dedicated Canadian site

by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2013 11:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Popular coupon website RetailMeNot launches dedicated Canadian site TORONTO – Some savvy shoppers never complete an online purchase before launching a quick search to see if any money-saving coupons are available online.The option to insert a coupon or promo code during checkout is a good hint that the e-tailer may be offering discounts to those in the know.In the U.S. and other markets around the world, RetailMeNot which logged more than 450 million visits globally in 2012 is a top destination for finding those coupons.And plenty of Canadians have also been using the search tool, even if it wasn’t setup to offer discounts in Canada.On Wednesday, the company announced the launch of RetailMeNot.ca, to better serve the scores of Canadians that have already been using the site in search of deals.“We should’ve been here probably a while ago,” said head of communications Brian Hoyt.“We’ve had millions of visits from Canadian consumers coming to the U.S. site and quite frankly we were offering them a sub-optimal experience. Now we’ve created something that’s more relevant to them.”Canadians who visit the site will see coupons and specials from retailers including Aeropostale, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Lowe’s, Roots, Sears and Starbucks. Some of the deals aren’t exclusive to the site and are the same specials consumers would see in a flyer or at a store’s website.“I think what consumers come for is more than just coupons,” said Hoyt.“They’re looking for offers and deals as well, our goal is to be an information portal for all of those pieces of discount information.”Canadians can still access RetailMeNot.com with its database of U.S.-based coupons and deals and Hoyt said he expects that side of the site will be a little more popular than the .ca section.“We think it’s going to follow the split you see in e-commerce overall for the Canadian market,” said Hoyt. “I think our site’s a good overall indicator of the direction that e-commerce is going in.” He estimated the split to be 60 per cent interested in U.S. sites and 40 per cent for Canadian sites.The company commissioned a poll with 1,507 Canadians about their shopping habits and found that while 47 per cent said they sometimes looked for coupons online, 73 per cent said they still use flyers and mail to source deals.When asked why they didn’t like using coupon websites about half said they found deals too infrequently or the only offers were for products they didn’t need. About 30 per cent said the coupons didn’t offer good savings. read more

New digital music store BwayTunescom launches catering to musical theatre fans

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The digital age virtually wiped out specialty theatre record stores, where show-tune lovers could happily browse aisles bursting with cast albums and sheet music. Now some entrepreneurs are hoping to bring back such an experience — online, of course.Monday marks the launch of BwayTunes.com, which promises to become the Internet’s most comprehensive catalogue of digital musical theatre music.The website will have Broadway-related songs, albums and compilations on sale, as well as better ways to search for music, a personal locker to hold all downloads, a player to listen, access to AccuRadio curated Broadway-dedicated radio channels, links to sheet music and several blogs. It will even feature music for2 shows in development.The new, ad-supported site is the brainchild of theatre marketing professional Jim Russek, an executive creative director at theatre advertising agency AKA-NYC, and Erik Hartog, a Wall Street strategist. They have partnered with 7digital, a fast-growing music and content digital platform with broad licenses with record companies.“Every time I’d go on Amazon or iTunes, what I was looking for was hidden in 25 million songs and it was a long search,” said Russek, who with Hartog has spent three years on the project. The result is free-floating location for casual fans and music buffs: “As the specialty music store was on the corner of a side street in a city, we’re on every street corner in America.”While he didn’t want to divulge the full costs of the project, Russek said the site becomes viable if it attracts 50,000 users a year, and direct mail invites will soon be going out to 600,000 theatre fans. Music prices, which are set by the record companies, are the same as in iTunes — $1.29 for many songs and $8.99 and up for albums.Some differences from other Internet locations include that fact that MP3 downloads at BwayTunes.com will be provided at a bit rate of 320 Kbps, compared with the 256 Kbps at other locations. The creators also have added the production credits for cast albums to allow searchers to find even the most obscure figures. Down the road, they’d like to offer gift cards.Russek, who as a young man used to race over to the Colony Record store near Times Square to get recordings or sheet music as a low-level employee of the “Ed Sullivan Show,” now finds himself recreating that fabled store, which closed in 2012.“In a lot of ways, that’s true,” he said, adding that revenue streams will come from the music, banner ads and offers from shows. “We’ll try to stay a profitable business so that we don’t have to be the online version of Colony going away.”___Online: http://www.bwaytunes.com___Follow Mark Kennedy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2014 6:59 am MDT New digital music store BwayTunes.com launches, catering to musical theatre fans read more

Two leading Ebola vaccines show acceptable safety – UN health agency

The UN health agency has been meeting with researchers, regulators, vaccine developers and policy makers since Thursday, discussing vaccine access and financing, and reviewing the current status of clinical trials and plans for Phase II and Phase III efficacy trials. Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General of Health Systems and Innovation, said in a press conference this afternoon in Geneva that so far, the two Ebola vaccines that have already undergone the first phase of testing have an “acceptable safety profile.”The third phase of testing – which consists of giving the vaccine to healthy volunteers in affected areas – is about to begin. According to a UN spokesperson, research teams have been set up and preparations have been put in place, including special refrigerators for Ebola vaccine tests, in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries hardest hit by the current unprecedented outbreak.Recent figures from WHO note some 20,206 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola and 7,905 reported deaths.Opening the high-level meeting yesterday, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said the participants had given themselves tight deadlines and were moving ahead quickly. “In fact, what you are doing is unprecedented: compressing into a matter of months work that normally takes two to four years, yet with no compromise of international standards of safety and efficacy,” she said.Also today, the head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and the UN Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, are in Sierra Leone, before heading to Guinea on Sunday. read more

Former OSU golfer catches big break on reality show

Fighting off her nerves and attempting to stay poised, former Ohio State Buckeye Carling Coffing walked down the 17th fairway at Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club with victory on her mind. Competing against Tulane grad Lili Alvarez in 18 holes of match play to determine the champion of the Golf Channel’s “Big Break Sandals Resorts,” each golfer’s approach shot landed safely onto the 17th green. Hands shaking and heart pounding, Coffing stood over her 25-foot putt with a chance to go 1-up with one hole to play and all but secure the match. Exhibiting the same composure that propelled her to the finals, she once again rose to the occasion and sunk the biggest putt of her life. “When I made that putt on 17 to really seal the deal, I know it wasn’t over yet. But in my heart, I knew that I was going to be the champion,” Coffing said. “It was an indescribable feeling. You think of your family and your friends and your hard work and what’s coming up and all those thoughts in about a half a second.” The 24-year-old’s clutch performance on the penultimate hole proved to be the turning point as Coffing stood on the 18th green amid a shower of champagne while being crowned “Big Break” champion. Growing up on a small farm in Middletown, Ohio, Coffing began playing golf at the age of 10. If it was more than 32 degrees outside, she was out on the golf course, she said. Soon, that dedication to the sport began to pay off. After a successful high school career, which included a state championship her junior year, Carling continued her golfing career as a Buckeye. “I have been a Buckeye fan my entire life, and who doesn’t love the Buckeyes?” she said. “I have been cheering on Coach (Jim) Tressel since I was a little girl, and at the time, the Ohio State golf team was top 10 in the nation, so it was a perfect fit for me.” Her skills on the links translated just fine to the collegiate level, as she earned Freshman of the Year honors in 2005 and twice garnered All-Big Ten second-team accolades. In addition to increasing her passion for golf, Carling discovered the world of broadcasting while in Columbus. Working with CoachTressel.com and ohiostatebuckeyes.com while in school, Carling honed her broadcasting prowess. After graduation, she took both her golf game and broadcasting abilities to the next level. Turning professional in 2008, the OSU alumna has been a member of the Duramed FUTURES Tour (the LPGA developmental tour) ever since. She even branched out with her broadcasting skills, producing her own video blog documenting life on tour for GolfChannel.com in the 2009 season. “It is always important to have the plan B, but at this point in my career, I am not stopping until I am No. 1 in the world and that is my attitude,” Coffing said. “If you are going to go for the LPGA, you have to go at it 100 percent or you’re never going to make it.” And “Big Break” might have provided just the confidence she needed to reach her long sought-after goal. After failing to earn her LPGA Tour card by three strokes nearly a year ago, Carling said she was “devastated.” However, just a few weeks after the disappointment, the Golf Channel provided the ultimate pick-me-up, informing her she would be one of 11 girls on the latest installment of the show. “When they held auditions at one of the FUTURES Tour events, they had us hit golf balls in front of the camera and they did a five-minute interview,” she said. “I convinced them that this spunky little diabetic chick had something to bring.” She certainly did. Surviving 10 episodes filled with an array of golf challenges, Coffing pulled out all the stops en route to being declared winner. Along with the satisfaction of her triumph, Coffing will receive assistance in her quest toward receiving her tour card in the form of having her LPGA qualifying school paid for and receiving an exempt status for the 2010 LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational, among other prizes. “She has a lot of courage and a lot of belief in herself, which I think is a vital component to making the next level,” said Therese Hession, Coffing’s former coach and current OSU women’s golf coach. “She will give it 100 percent whatever she decides to go into.” But even with her newfound stardom, Coffing, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, has not lost sight of what truly matters. Promising to donate 5 percent of her earnings to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the longtime diabetic is using her status to promote the cause. “Being diabetic is a struggle,” she said. “Although I have overcome it and done a great job of not letting it set me back, it is really time for us all to put one foot forward and find a cure for this because we are so close.” As for Carling’s professional future, she has a revitalized confidence thanks to her big win and is currently in talks with the Golf Channel about future opportunities to appear in front of the camera. “I really proved to myself that I can make it on tour, and that is another huge step toward making it on the LPGA,” she said. “I also realized that I really missed being in front of the camera because I really have a passion for broadcasting and I look forward to getting back into it one day. So don’t turn your TVs off yet.” read more

Guyana to recommit to combatting NCDs at UN General Assembly

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana rallying against chronic NCDs, obesity and overweightJune 26, 2018In “Health”Most nations to miss UN target on chronic diseases: studySeptember 21, 2018In “World”Presidential Commission for chronic diseases launchedDecember 18, 2017In “Health” Guyana will be participating in the United Nations General Assembly’s third High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). This meeting is expected to take place on Thursday, September 27, 2018, in New York City.The one-day review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of NCDs will allow the participants to comprehensively discuss reducing the risk of dying prematurely from NCDs, as agreed at the First High-level Meeting in 2011 and reaffirmed at the Second High-level Meeting in 2014.According to a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) Guyana’s presentation at the High-Level Meeting will showcase a rededicated and renewed approach to how the country will address and combat the NCDs scourge. Also, the vision for a healthier nation outlined at this forum will reflect that of the Government of Guyana’s commitment through the Ministry of Public Health to have Guyanese be among the healthiest in the Caribbean.In 2014, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Outcome Document on NCDs included four time-bound national commitments to be implemented in 2015 and 2016 to reduce risk factors for NCDs, provide better care for those with NCDs, and track trends and progress.The structure of the forum is designed towards putting measures in place that protect people from dying too young from heart and lung disease, cancer and diabetes.The theme of this year’s meeting is “Scaling up multi-stakeholder and multisectoral responses for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. read more

Florida bans all online devices because writing laws is hard

first_imgFlorida may be a great place to live or vacation thanks to the gorgeous views like the one above, but that doesn’t mean the state doesn’t have a reputation with the internet for being ridiculous. The country is no stranger to Florida faltering at important moments — such as presidential elections — so it may not come as a surprise that the state might have accidentally banned all smartphones and computers thanks to a new bill.Florida lawmakers recently voted on and passed a bill that banned internet cafes that allowed customers to gamble online through slot machine-style games. A bunch of internet cafes got shut down thanks to the bill, but one of the owners who looked into the bill — Consuelo Zapata — in an attempt to fight it, found that the wording wasn’t exactly airtight. It can easily be construed as a ban on all smartphones and computers.Essentially, the ban is on illegal gambling devices, phrased as a system or network of devices that can be used for gambling. Obviously, this can be just about anything that can connect to the internet and display web pages or run apps. Now, Florida officials aren’t going to start enforcing the poorly worded bill to the fullest extent — you’re likely safe to continue connecting to the internet through your phone, tablet, computer, PS Vita, or whatever.Zapata’s legal team that noticed the peculiar wording is now suing the state — not to get them to enforce the law to the fullest extent to show just how ludicrous it is, but to use the seemingly hastily phrased wording to show that the lawmakers didn’t really think the law through in the first place, and thus prove it as unconstitutional.last_img read more

Dépression la stimulation magnétique fait ses preuves pour la soigner

first_imgDépression : la stimulation magnétique fait ses preuves pour la soignerFrance – Une nouvelle méthode de traitement de la dépression reposant sur des impulsions électriques de faible intensité permettrait à certains patients de venir à bout de leur maladie, selon une étude publiée dans les Archives of General Psychiatry.Une étude récemment conduite par les chercheurs du Centre médical universitaire de Caroline du Sud auprès de 190 patients a permis à 14% des participants de surmonter leur dépression grâce à la stimulation magnétique transcrânienne (TMS). Cette méthode consiste à délivrer environ 3.000 impulsions électriques dans une zone précise du cerveau au cours d’une séance.Lors de cette étude, la moitié des patients a été soumise à des séances de TMS de 37,5 minutes durant trois semaines, l’autre moitié à des séances de TMS simulées. Résultats : 14% des membres du premier groupe sont venus à bout de leur dépression, contre 5% seulement des patients du deuxième groupe.Au cours d’un deuxième essai, tous les participants ont été traités par TMS : le taux de réussite s’est alors élevé à 30%.Cette méthode de traitement est actuellement en cours d’expérimentation en France et est proposée aux individus sous antidépresseurs qui ne parviennent pas à sortir de la dépression. En 2010, vingt-cinq centres sont spécialisés dans le traitement de la dépression par TMS en France, où 3 millions de personnes souffrent de cette maladie. Le 31 mai 2010 à 16:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La PSP2 sera bientôt dévoilée

first_imgLa PSP2 sera bientôt dévoiléeLa console devrait être commercialisée à la fin de l’année. Et pour la présenter au monde entier, Sony prépare un événement pour le 27 janvier au Japon, d’après le magazine MCV. La PSP2 serait aussi puissante que la PS3, selon MCV. Dotée d’un écran HD, la nouvelle console de Sony, annoncée officieusement depuis de nombreuses semaines, est déjà considérée comme une future concurrente à la 3DS de Nintendo.Elle devrait être présentée par le Japonais à peu près en même temps que le Xperia Play, remarque CNET. Il s’agit d’un autre projet de Sony qui concerne le jeu en mobilité.Selon Gizmodo.fr, il se pourrait que la PSP2 intègre une sorte de téléphone même si ce n’est pas sa fonction principale. Le site s’interroge sur l’éventuelle présence de Skype sur l’appareil comme c’est le cas sur la PSP actuelle. Le 14 janvier 2011 à 10:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Apple rend possible le portage de Siri sur iPhone 4

first_imgApple rend possible le portage de Siri sur iPhone 4Dans sa mise à jour d’iOS, Apple a retiré les protections des fichiers relatifs à Siri. Le système de reconnaissance vocale peut être porté sur tout iPhone sans violer les conditions d’utilisation de la marque.Porter Siri, le système de reconnaissance vocale d’Apple, sur un iPhone qui n’est pas un 4S est devenu comme un sport ou un passe-temps pour les développeurs. On a pu voir fleurir des solutions non officielles, qui fonctionnaient plutôt bien en vidéo, mais sans garantie de stabilité, les développeurs ont du passer par la force pour récupérer les éléments du système vocal.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 et iPad Mini 3 : que faut-il savoir des nouvelles tablettes dévoilées par Apple ?Mais Apple a décidé de faire machine arrière. En effet, dans sa mise à jour d’iOS 5, la version 5.0.1., la société ne chiffre plus la RAM disque, ce disque virtuel qui utilise la RAM en tant que mémoire de masse et qui accueille une partie des fichiers nécessaires au bon fonctionnement de Siri explique Numérama. En plus de cela, Apple a rendu publique la clé de chiffrement de la version d’iOS 5 pour l’iPhone 4S.Les développeurs ont donc tous les outils en main pour porter Siri sur un iPhone 4 ou même 3GS, et ce sans violer les conditions d’utilisation de la Pomme. Attention toutefois, cela ne signifie pas qu’Apple autorise le développement d’un Siri universel. Cet assistant reste aujourd’hui la seule vraie nouveauté de l’iPhone 4S qui peut séduire de nouveaux clients. La mise à jour 5.1 d’iOS est en route et rien n’indique que l’entreprise remette en marche ces protections. Cette ouverture n’était peut-être qu’une manière temporaire de faire “monter la sauce” autour de Siri, en montrant ses possibilités une fois conquises par les codeurs. Pour le moment, Apple confirme que Siri reste une exclusivité propre à l’iPhone 4S. Le 20 décembre 2011 à 20:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Internet Gutter Broken Records

first_imgThe internet is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other online. In this new ongoing series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.Recordsetter.com“We believe everyone can be world’s best at something.” That’s the text that greets you when you click over to Recordsetter.com, a scrappy upstart looking to challenge the Guinness Book for dominance over the world of world records. While the Guinness Book contains hotly contested accomplishments that are carefully vetted by a team of observers, Recordsetter lets anybody make up any record they want and submit it.The New Yorker did a piece on the site, saying “Recordsetter is to Guinness World Records as Wikipedia is to the Encyclopedia Britannica.” That’s a pretty solid summary, for better or for worse.The thing with Recordsetter is that the intense level of quality control that Guinness brings to the table is gone. People can claim to set any ridiculous record they want, and the site will happily put it up. When you’re browsing Recordsetter, you’re not seeing the limits of human ability. You’re seeing the limits of our boredom. Let’s get going.Everybody’s A WinnerWhen you look at a record in the Guinness Book, you feel a sense of awe – it’s amazing that somebody pushed themself far enough to accomplish a task so useless. Recordsetter gets the “useless” part right, but dispenses with the pushing. The vast majority of the “records” on the site are absurd things like Longest Line Of People Making Finger Mustaches And Giving “Thumbs Up” Signs. To be fair, getting 152 people to do that is an accomplishment.The real ridiculous records are stuff like Slowest time to close a drawer or Most slices of bread looked at in 10 seconds. And then there are people who are just insanely lazy, like Most unread messages on a Steam account. They don’t take effort or skill, just noticing that nobody’s claimed the spot yet. And Recordsetter is full of them.Hall Of LegendsThere are a few people who have made Recordsetter their life’s work, setting and contesting numerous bizarre records day in and day out. Let’s meet a few of them, shall we?Doug McManaman is one of the most prolific users of the site, a retiree from Nova Scotia who as of press time held a whopping 973 records. Some of his accomplishments include “Longest time balancing a baseball bat on right thumb while lying on back” and “Longest time balancing a baseball bat on left thumb while lying on back.” Doug’s all about balancing, and to be fair he’s not bad at it.Almost all of Doug’s record attempts take place in a claustrophobically cluttered rec room, where he balances CD cases, golf balls, and other junk on various parts of his body. One would think that having a dozen records for doing this would be enough, but Doug cannot be stopped.Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya is one of my personal favorite recordsetters, because everything he does revolves around his capacious mouth. The Mumbai native dominates categories like “Most mini onions fit in mouth” and “Most grapes eaten in one minute.”He also has a sideline with bizarre Twitter-related records, holding the top spots for hotly contested achievements like “Most astrological signs formed from the letters LIVESTRONG in a single Tweet” (it’s just “Leo” and “Virgo,” in case you were wondering. The mouth stuff is legit impressive, but these weird Twitter records kind of bring the cool levels down a bit.Pavol Durdik is another record maniac, but his accomplishments are even pettier. He loves to record high scores on online games like Toy Blast and submit them as individual world records for each and every level.Durdik also dabbles in the basic Recordsetter skills of balancing things on his body and bouncing balls off of things. With over 1,000 records to his credit, he has to be imaginative. Pavol also really likes browsing other people’s records and beating them, like Most matches put out on tongue in one minute.Here Come The HatersThe other thing that Recordsetter brings to the game is a comments section on every record. If you’ve read the comments on any other site on the Internet (except this one, of course), you know that they’re always full of mouthbreathers, racists, and general human garbage. Recordsetter is no different.The most common word in Recordsetter’s comment section is “fake.” Look at the string under Most Mouse Clicks In 10 Seconds, for example. Dozens of people are ripping the guy apart, claiming that they could do better and that he’s cheating. It’s like that with many of the most hotly-contested records on the site.The thing with Recordsetter is that you can literally spend all day there finding weirder and weirder accomplishments. I encourage you all to share your weirdest ones in the comments. We’ve put a few in the slideshow below. <> We’re all looking for a little validation in our lives. Deep down, everybody wants to be the best at something. But if the thing that you’re the best at is ridiculous enough that it has a place on Recordsetter, it might be less humiliating to settle for second.last_img read more

Scientists Search for Life Below Mysterious Mercer Subglacial Lake

first_imgStay on target While people were enjoying Christmas festivities, a team of scientists attempted to drill into the mysterious Mercer Subglacial Lake in Antarctica — and they did it right before the New Year.On Friday, the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) team reached the Mercer Subglacial Lake after using a high-pressure drill to melt through the ice, SALSA said a press release.Last week, the Drill Team began drilling the main borehole on Dec. 23 and punctured the Mercer Subglacial Lake on Dec. 26. With a high-pressure drill, the team reached a borehole depth of 1,084 meters, and then smoothed the borehole to send instruments down.On Dec. 27, the team submerged its first instrument into the Mercer Subglacial Lake, a Deep SCINI Clump Weight that measured the lake’s conductivity, depth, and temperature, and captured footage of the lake’s interior. With this information, the team can explore the water quality of the lake, and if bacteria and other organisms live below its surface.Drilling into this massive, icy lake isn’t an easy process. The drill water has to be sampled to determine if it’s clean enough for samples. The team said the water has been tested twice, and SALSA’s PI Brent Christner said, it’s “as clean as filtered water can get.” Once testing is completed, the drill water is run through filters that capture 99.9 percent of bacteria and particles in the lake.When the team’s drill punctured the lake’s ice sheet, only a small amount of drill water mixed into the lake. Even though very little drill water will come into contact with the lake’s water, the team is still taking precautions to execute clean access into the Mercer Subglacial Lake.“We don’t know what we’ll find,” John Priscu, a biogeochemist at Montana State University and chief scientist for SALSA, told Gizmodo via satellite phone from the SALSA drill camp. “We’re just learning, it’s only the second time that this has been done.”More on Geek.com:Texas Coast Has More Ocean Trash Than Any Other Gulf State, Study FindsNew Beetle Species Named After ‘Game of Thrones’ DragonsNASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Is Set for Ultimate Thule Flyby Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

Uber wont be held criminally liable for death in autonomous car crash

first_imgAnadolu Agency/Getty Images Prosecutors determined Tuesday that Uber won’t be held criminally liable for the death of a pedestrian in Arizona last March. One of the ride-hailing company’s autonomous vehicles struck Elaine Herzberg, 49, who later died from her injuries.”After a very thorough review of all the evidence presented, this Office has determined that there is no basis for criminal liability for the Uber corporation arising from this matter,” Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Sullivan Polk said in a letter.Uber declined to comment.Polk called for further investigation into a dashcam video of the collision and of what the backup driver, who could face vehicular manslaughter charges, would’ve been able to see during the accident. Polk wasn’t immediately available for comment.Autonomous vehicles have a backup driver to intervene in case of emergencies. Police told Reuters that the driver in this incident was streaming an episode of The Voice at the time of the accident and not watching the road.  Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 3:02 Tags Commentscenter_img Mobile Roadshow Self-driving hotel room comes to you like an Uber 4 Uberlast_img read more

SpaceX Successfully Launches TopSecret Spy Satellite

first_img Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images SpaceX on Monday successfully launched a top-secret spy satellite into orbit and landed its first-stage booster.But don’t expect any details about the national security payload—a contract with the Department of Defense’s National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).“Thanks to the SpaceX team for the great ride, and for the terrific teamwork and commitment they demonstrated throughout,” Betty Sapp, director of the National Reconnaissance Office, said in a statement. “They were an integral part of our government/industry team for this mission, and proved themselves to be a great partner.”Following a literal last-minute cancellation on Sunday—an issue with a rocket sensor forced officials to call off the mission 52 seconds before liftoff—Elon Musk’s private aerospace firm yesterday launched NROL-76 at 7:15 a.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center.NROL-76 launch (via SpaceX)The second try, however, nearly didn’t happen: According to a tweet from Musk, the wind shear was “at 98.6% of the theoretical load limit.”Luckily for SpaceX and the NRO, the launch went off without a hitch, and the Falcon 9 performed another successful landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The contents of the NROL-76—the second of five launches slated for the organization this year—remain unknown. NRO’s next launch is scheduled for Aug. 14 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.Tasked with designing, building, launching, and maintaining intelligence satellites, the National Reconnaissance Office, opened in 1961, describes itself as the country’s “eyes and ears in critical places where no human can reach—be it over the most rugged terrain or through the most hostile territory.”Watch the full webcast of the launch below; fast forward to the 11-minute-50-second mark to see the real action.Musk, meanwhile, recently sat down with TED head curator Chris Anderson to talk Boring, Gigafactory, Hyperloop, SpaceX, and Tesla, suggesting that we’re only two years away from completely autonomous vehicles. You know, the kind that let drivers get some extra shuteye during the commute to work.“I want to be clear,” the entrepreneur told Anderson. “I’m not trying to be anyone’s savior. … I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad.” Stay on targetlast_img read more

Twoday strike to affect banking operations in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The two-day nationwide bank strike called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) on May 30 and 31 to press for higher wage revision is likely to hit banking operations in West Bengal. The Indian Banks Association (IBA) has proposed a two per cent revision in wages for employees of public sector banks, which the unions had refused to accept. West Bengal convenor of UFBU (the umbrella unit of seven banking trade unions) Siddhartha Khan said that in the last wage revision in 2012, employees had received a wage rise of 15 per cent. There are nearly 10,000 branches and 21,000 ATMs with 70,000 employees of public sector banks in the state. Khan also said that the RBI should publish the list of wilful defaulters and conduct forensic audit of stressed assets.last_img