Day: September 16, 2020

In a first, astronomers detect giant planet orbiting a dead star


A tiny white dwarf, WD 1856, is orbited closely by a huge planet. 

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Around 80 light-years from Earth lies the white dwarf WD 1856, a dead star that entered the final stages of its life around 6 billion years ago. This slow death is typically quite lonely. In the process of dying, some stars will drastically expand, becoming a huge “red giant,” like Betelgeuse, and engulfing any of the planets orbiting close by. Eventually, they use up all their fuel and collapse back into white dwarfs, having destroyed everything in their wake.

Not so for WD 1856. For the first time, astronomers have detected a giant planet, about the size of Jupiter, orbiting the dead star. They’ve dubbed it WD 1856 b and it’s a surprising find — it avoided destruction and demonstrates dead stars could still host planets with the right conditions for life.

The study,

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TU researchers, Bridenstine, talk technical about space, plus more collaboration | Govt-and-politics

On July 30, 2020, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched its latest vehicle into space. The Perseverance rover is on its way to Mars, where it will land in February 2021 to search for signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for future study. 

The Perseverance rover is NASA’s most recent excursion into the cosmos. Since Oct. 1, 1958, this American institution has contributed much to the dense knowledge of astronomy and space science. Whether it’s through direct space exploration with drones or manned spaceflights, astute observations through a telescope, or satellite images of our world and solar system, NASA pushes the boundaries of aeronautics, aerospace research, and continues to make new inroads with civilian space exploration.

Topics of space and space exploration have always fascinated people. Constellations allowed early sailors to chart their way across oceans and explorers to find their way across giant, unexplored

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Trump not ready to OK TikTok deal, admits US won’t get cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he expects to get a report Thursday about Oracle’s bid for the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok and admitted there is no legal path to letting the U.S. Treasury get a cut of the deal — a proposition experts had criticized as unprecedented and possibly illegal.

“I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal,” Trump told White House reporters Wednesday evening about Oracle’s interest in TikTok.

Some in the U.S. have raised concerns about the deal, fearing that ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese company that owns TikTok, would maintain access to information on the 100 million TikTok users in the United States.

“It has to be 100% as far as national security is concerned,” Trump said.

The president previously said that he would ban TikTok if it wasn’t sold to an American company. In an Aug. 6 order, Trump

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Atlassian launches Atlassian Ventures to fund early stage startups

  • On Wednesday, Atlassian launched a $50 million fund called Atlassian Ventures. 
  • Atlassian will invest in early-stage developer startups and companies in its partner program, with an eye towards work collaboration startups. 
  • Atlassian says this benefits startups (especially during the coronavirus pandemic) while also helping Atlassian grow its marketplace and integrations.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Atlassian is launching a $50 million venture fund to help fund early-stage developer and collaboration startups during this ‘tough environment’

Atlassian is launching a new corporate venture arm to help early-stage developer startups grow, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

On Wednesday Atlassian announced a $50 million fund called Atlassian Ventures which will focus on investing in early-stage developer startups and Atlassian partners that are scaling their businesses or creating new work apps. In some cases, the new fund will partner with traditional venture capital firms, though it will also make

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Feds create hybrid air quality site combining PurpleAir, AirNow readings

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Egypt’s Sisi opens Egyptian-Japanese University for Science and Technology in Alexandria – Politics – Egypt

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated on Wednesday the Egyptian-Japanese University for Science and Technology in Alexandria’s city of Borg El-Arab, as well as a number of private universities, the presidency said.

President El-Sisi said during the ceremony that significant improvement in the education sector has been achieved.

He stressed that the newly announced system for Thanaweya Amma exams aims at reducing human error in correcting exams through the implementation of an electronic testing system.

The president said a different system of attendance in schools will be applied as a preventative measure against COVID-19, explaining that students will go to school for two or four days a week.

He added that decreasing the number of students per class aims at maintaining social distancing.

He said working mothers should be given a priority in the decision to reduce working days amid the coronavirus crisis.

President discusses challenges

El-Sisi said some states and

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Global Market for Luxury Footwear Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis 2020 – 2027


The “Luxury Footwear Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report by Product (Formal Shoes, Casual Shoes), by End Use (Men, Women, Children), by Distribution Channel (Offline, Online), by Region, and Segment Forecasts, 2020 – 2027” report has been added to’s offering.

The global luxury footwear market size is anticipated to reach USD 49.01 billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 5.6% from 2020 to 2027. The rising number of millennials across the globe has been a prominent reason for fueling the market growth.

Formal shoe luxury footwear led the market and accounted for 58.3% share of the global revenue in 2019. With the growing demand for luxury shoes among the millennial population worldwide, many luxury footwear brands have started catering to the casual shoe category to gain the attention of the consumers. For instance, in 2018, KIZIK design, a luxury footwear brand, announced the

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Quibi’s new show, Wireless, shows the power and limitations of its Turnstyle technology

When Quibi launched in April, it had two big selling points: high-quality short-form video content designed for phones and Turnstyle, its quintessential technology. Except none of the titles Quibi launched with really took advantage of the Turnstyle technology, which allows for two completely different experiences when transitioning from portrait to landscape. And very few of Quibi’s originals were, well, good.

Wireless is the first Quibi original that manages to accomplish both those goals — it’s not only good, it’s made better by Turnstyle. The Steven Soderbergh-produced series follows a college student, Andy (played by Tye Sheridan), after he becomes stranded in the Colorado mountains while trying to get to a New Year’s Eve party. The first three chapters that I watched set up a series similar to other survival horror films; the sun’s disappearing, it’s freezing cold, and there’s no one around for miles — how does he survive? Wireless

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Caterpillar Announces Appointment of New Vice President

DEERFIELD, Ill., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today its board of directors has appointed Marc Cameron a company vice president. Cameron will have responsibility for Caterpillar’s Resource Industries Sales, Services and Technology Division. 

Cameron has 20 years of deep expertise in surface and underground mining, with early career experience in the construction industry. He has led complex global teams and has extensive knowledge of mining operations, having served in various roles as a leader on the Rio Tinto team, one of Caterpillar’s largest mining customers.  He will begin his duties with Caterpillar on November 2, 2020, and will be based in Tucson, Arizona.

“Marc’s deep mining experience will further enhance our customer focus and accelerate the growth of Caterpillar services, including technology solutions,” said Denise Johnson, Caterpillar group president of Resource Industries.  

Cameron joined Rio Tinto in 2003 and has led

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more features than you’ll probably ever need

GoPro is back with another camera — this time it’s the GoPro Hero9 Black. It’s slightly bigger than last year’s Hero8 Black, has longer battery life, and will soon have a new accessory: The Max Lens Mod that improves stabilization and delivers an ultra-wide field of view.

screen of a cell phone: GoPro's Hero9 Black launches today, and it has more features than you'll probably ever need.

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GoPro’s Hero9 Black launches today, and it has more features than you’ll probably ever need.

You won’t have to wait long to get the new GoPro in your hands, either. It’s available starting today, for $449.99. Or if you pay $49.99 for a year of GoPro’s online service, you can get the camera for $349.98. Formerly called GoPro Plus, the GoPro subscription service will back up your photos and videos to the cloud with unlimited storage space, offer replacements for a broken GoPro, and get you a discount up to 50% off of GoPro accessories.


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The Max Lens

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