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Saturday
Jul082017

CERN Physicists Find a Particle With a Double Dose of Charm

[NyTimes] : "Physicists have discovered a particle that is doubly charming.<p>Researchers reported on Thursday that in debris flying out from the collisions of protons at the CERN particle physics laboratory outside Geneva, they had spotted a particle that has long been predicted but not detected until now.<p>The new …"

Saturday
Jul082017

The Phone Is Smart, but Where’s the Big Idea?

[NyTimes] : "I used a smartphone GPS to find my way through the cobblestoned maze of Geneva's Old Town, in search of a handmade machine that changed the world more than any other invention. Near a 13th-century cathedral in this Swiss city on the shores of a lovely lake, I found what I was looking for: a …"

Saturday
Jul082017

The giant undersea rivers we know very little about

[Link] : Far below the surface of the sea, the seabed is being scoured by rivers of sediment that can flow thousands of miles from land.<p>The river cascades through steep-sided gorges and churns around isolated towers of rock, before winding across a vast plain beyond. It is a torrent to rival the mighty …
Saturday
Jul082017

Scientists are about to change what a kilogram is. That’s massive.

[Link] : If Jon Pratt were an international criminal mastermind, he would fly to Paris, don an all-black suit and ski mask and sneak into the elegant French baroque building that serves as headquarters for the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures.<p>His mission: “To set the whole world’s system of mass …
Saturday
Jul082017

Volvo, Betting on Electric, Moves to Phase Out Conventional Engines

[NyTimes] : "FRANKFURT — Volvo Cars said on Wednesday that all the vehicle models it introduces from 2019 will be either hybrids or powered solely by batteries, betting that the era of the internal combustion engine is coming to a close.<p>The decision is the boldest commitment by any mainstream automaker to …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Amazon images broken by Photobucket's 'ransom demand'

[Link] : <b>Thousands of images promoting goods sold on Amazon and other shopping sites have been removed after a photo-sharing service changed its terms.</b><p>Ebay and Etsy have also been affected, in addition to many forums and blogs.<p>The problem has been caused by Photobucket introducing a charge for allowing …
Tuesday
Jul042017

Why Fog Lamps Are Starting to Disappear

[NyTimes] : "Add another item to the list of once-common features — including ashtrays, spare tires and turn-the-key ignition switches — disappearing from new cars: fog lamps.<p>Several makers of luxury vehicles have quietly omitted the front fog lights from many of their latest models, including Audi, Cadillac, …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Why Some Men Don’t Work: Video Games Have Gotten Really Good

[NyTimes] : "If innovations in housework helped free women to enter the labor force in the 1960s and 1970s, could innovations in leisure — like League of Legends — be taking men out of the labor force today?<p>That's the logic behind a new working paper released on Monday by the National Bureau of Economic …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Apple Disrupts Silicon Valley With Another Eye-Catcher: Its New Home

[NyTimes] : "CUPERTINO, Calif. — Things change when a spaceship comes to town.<p>Tourists stroll by, whipping out their iPhones to get a photo. New businesses move in. And real estate prices go up even more.<p>Apple's new home in Cupertino — the centerpiece being a $5 billion, four-story, 2.8 million-square-foot ring …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Video Review: A Family-Friendly Ferrari, for the Family of Means

[NyTimes] : "Few of us have the disposable income that allows a choice between a useful crossover and a Ferrari. But for the fortunate few, Ferrari, the automaker from Maranello, Italy, provides a family-friendly choice. The GTC4Lusso seats four fairly comfortably, though its high performance may scare the …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Independent Press Is Under Siege as Freedom Rings

[NyTimes] : "Happy Birthday, America, I guess.<p>You're old enough to know that you can't always have a feel-good birthday. And let's face it: This Fourth of July just isn't going to be one of them.<p>How could it be when one of the pillars of our 241-year-old republic — the First Amendment — is under near-daily …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Disbelief as Trump Posts a Video of Him ‘Wrestling’ CNN

[NyTimes] : "President Trump posted a short video to his Twitter account on Sunday in which he is portrayed wrestling and punching a figure whose head has been replaced by the logo for CNN.<p>The video, about 28 seconds long, appears to be an edited clip from a years-old appearance by Mr. Trump in WrestleMania, an …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

Sample Questions from the Trump University Final Exam

[Link] : <i>Below you will find three examples of questions from previous final exams at Trump University. Use these sample questions and the answer key provided to prepare for next week’s big test.</i><p>1. Two plus two equals what?<p>(a) Maybe four.<br>(b) Could be four. Could be. Lotta people saying it’s five.<br>(c) I’m not …
Tuesday
Jul042017

‘Morning Joe’ Row Is Fresh Sign of TV’s Iron Grip on Trump

[NyTimes] : "There are a lot of insights to be drawn from the latest media maelstrom involving President Trump: about his sensitivity to criticism, his impulsivity, the way he talks about women and the ease with which he can still hurl the basest of insults.<p>But the episode is also a striking example of how a …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

A Stunt Turns Deadly for a Couple Seeking YouTube Fame

[NyTimes] : "Over the past several weeks, Monalisa Perez of Halstad, Minn., and her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, began their quest for YouTube fame by creating and posting videos of mostly harmless pranks: Mr. Ruiz climbing onto a tenuous tree branch and falling a short distance, or Ms. Perez feeding him a …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

What It Actually Costs to Open a Restaurant in San Francisco

[Link] : Dollar for dollar, a comprehensive look at the agony of building a business<p>For chef <b>Adam Tortosa</b>, opening a restaurant is more than just a pipe dream — it’s about proving something. Tortosa, a fair, lanky 31-year-old from San Diego, was first introduced to the Bay Area when he opened 1760 with the …
Tuesday
Jul042017

A Time magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s fake.

[Link] : <i>This article has been updated.</i><p>The framed copy of Time magazine was hung up in at least five of President Trump’s clubs, from South Florida to Scotland. Filling the entire cover was a photo of Donald Trump.<p>“Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” the big headline said. Above the Time …
Tuesday
Jul042017

A Costly Retraction for CNN and an Opening for Trump

[NyTimes] : "In CNN's newsroom, it is called the Triad: a three-pronged internal system designed to ensure that sensitive reporting by the network's journalists is unimpeachable before it runs.<p>Last week, the Triad fell short — and by Tuesday, the consequences were being felt across the news industry and in the …"

Tuesday
Jul042017

New Cyberattack Spreads From Russia to Britain

[NyTimes] : "Computer systems from Russia to Britain were victims of an international cyberattack on Tuesday in a hack that bore similarities to a recent one that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide.<p>As reports of the attack spread quickly, the Ukrainian government said that several of its …"

Tuesday
Jun272017

Alexa, What Happens if the Echo Has a Screen? You Get This Review

[NyTimes] : "A week ago, I began testing Amazon's Echo Show, a new smart speaker that has a touch screen. For due diligence on the device's capabilities, I ran it through a battery of tests, including its ability to play podcasts, book a restaurant table and list movie showtimes.<p>Halfway through, I started to …"

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