a month agoKlopp loving competition within Liverpool squad

first_imgKlopp loving competition within Liverpool squadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is loving the competition within his squad.The German says his players are fighting tooth and nail in training in order to impress him.Speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli, Klopp said he had plenty of players available for selection.He said: “And the competition in this team is really big, yes. If that line-up is not performing, they are really there. As an example, Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] is brought in in that position where he has been training for a couple of weeks now. He is so creative. He is a real option.”If you have one good game and another good game, the dynamic changes. Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre-halves on the bench is probably not necessary. Naby Keita is coming, everyone knows that. “When Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] played really well at Southampton, for the all others it was ‘ooh’, but you should see training. They all want to make sure, ‘I am ready, you can use me’. “This is a really big club with competition between friends. It is not I have to kill him to play, it is really for the team. That is what the boys did so far and as long as we have that we will go for everything. Then we have to see what we get because we have really good opponents and that is the problem.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Interview with Montréals Minority Media – creators of the first Canadiandeveloped VR

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook As you walk into Minority Media’s office in the trendy Mile-End neighbourhood of Montréal, you can’t help but feel you’ve landed in a special place, mixing cultures, both corporate and human. The close to 40-employee shop is one of the city’s first indie game studios of its size and a Virtual Reality pioneer, thanks to Time Machine VR, a leader among fully native VR games.“Virtual Reality allows for visceral experiences and to impart presence”, says Patrick Harris, Minority Media’s lead game designer. Minority Media gave him his first taste of VR and he was blown away by the full sensory experience of being “somewhere” rather than just watching.Time Machine VR aims to leverage that into an adventure interacting with dinosaurs in a way not possible before. Set in the future, it turns its player into “a time-travelling cadet tasked with exploring the Jurassic era and the ancient creatures that once ruled its prehistoric oceans.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Vander Caballero, originally from Colombia, co-founded Minority Media in 2012 with CTO Julien Barnoin. Caballero was at Electronic Arts Montréal for 8 years where he worked on their big sellers, including Army of Two, FIFA and Need for Speed. But he wanted to get away from typical first-person shooter offerings and create more meaningful experiences. That pushed him to develop Papo & Yo a game rooted in his family background.Backed by the Canada Media Fund, Papo & Yo was the studio’s first project, an example of “empathy” gaming that won awards when released in August 2012. Papo & Yo is about Caballero’s father. When interviewed by Kotaku, he described his father as “a good man but also an evil one. Like many, he used alcohol and drugs to cope with a challenging life, and I was caught in the middle of it.” Empathy games tend to have staying power, so Papo & Yo continues to gain new fans.Time Machine VR sales are double what was expected in a market that is still small for now. As Sony prepares to launch PlayStation VR, Minority Media is putting a lot of work into adapting the game for that platform. In order to reach a new player base important for the game’s continued success and profit, Time Machine VR will be launched on it later this year.A quarter of Minority Media employees are female, including Time Machine’s lead artist and VR game producer. For his part, Julien Barnoin telecommutes daily from Northern Québec via a Beam tele-robot and drops by in person once a month.Frédéric Guarino’s interview with Julien Barnoin, via his Beam presence.—–We spoke with Vander Caballero (VC) and Julien Barnoin (JB) to learn more about Minority Media’s start and hear their views on Virtual Reality’s future.Q: How did you two get together to start Minority Media?VC: Julien and I worked together in AAA game development for a long time. And we saw that it was almost impossible to innovate in that environment. Any idea, any project, had to be vetted by the marketing department to assess its potential for future revenues. Innovation is unpredictable by nature, and in that environment, 97% of innovative ideas get shelved and are never heard of again. It’s understandable, because the real value of these companies is based on their stock price. So, having a product that doesn’t hit sales forecasts can hurt the stock price and millions of dollars can vanish overnight.Seeing this, we realized that we had no other choice but to start our own company in order to bring our ideas to the market. And that’s exactly what we did. I sat down with Julien and showed him a little prototype of a game I had in mind. I asked him: “Can you help me make a game about my alcoholic father?” And Julien said: “That’s totally nuts. I’m in!”JB: We met at EA, where we both sometimes got into trouble for not following the plan when we saw a chance to do something cool. That kind of spontaneity is frowned upon in corporate settings, as it throws off previous planning. But I really enjoyed working this way with Vander and I wanted to have a place where we could explore our crazy ideas to our heart’s content. So, Minority became our way to make that happen. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott the one constant for Ohio States offense

Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs through a hole during a game against Indiana on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorEzekiel Elliott has been the metronome for the Ohio State offense this season. Whenever the unit has started to miss a beat, the junior running back has been there to steer the offense back, keeping the unit in time. There have been inconsistencies in pass blocking, the quarterback carousel and injuries, but through it all, Elliott has not wavered once.“We’re certainly not in this situation without Zeke,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said of the team’s 10-0 record after Saturday’s 28-3 win over Illinois. “There is some issues, the back-and-forth at quarterback, but he’s the one constant.” Rather than it being an intangible concept, the consistency of Elliott’s production is quantifiable by way of his nation-leading 15 consecutive games of over 100 yards rushing, dating back to last season. It’s this mark of consistency that elevates him into an elite category. “That’s again what makes him different than a lot of people,” running backs coach Tony Alford said. “There aren’t the highs and the lows. When he comes to play, he comes to play, no matter who it is and where it’s at.” Elliott burst onto the college football scene during OSU’s three postseason games, rushing for over 200 yards and at least two touchdowns in each contest. He has been highly touted since then, as many regarded him as a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy going into the season. He solidified his place among the nation’s best on his first carry of the 2015 season: an 80-yard touchdown against Virginia Tech. For Alford, he doesn’t think Elliott should just be mentioned as one of the best; he thinks the junior owns that crown.“I’m biased, mind you, but you’re looking at a guy that I believe is the best player in the country,” Alford said. And it’s because of this that Alford finds himself in a predicament. With Elliott’s unrivaled ability, Alford said he has trouble balancing how many reps the St. Louis native should be getting in games while getting the proper amount of rest. When Elliott’s on the field, defenses have to account for the many ways he can impact the game, which is why Alford has trouble striking the right balance. Even though Alford isn’t the play-caller, the decision is up to him, and the coach admits that Elliott has maybe been playing a little too much. But Alford said Elliott is a good communicator, so it makes his job a little easier. “He’s pretty good about telling me how he feels, especially throughout the week,” Alford said, adding that if Elliott does alert him of any fatigue, the coaching staff backs off his reps. Through 10 games, he is averaging 24 touches — including 22 carries — per game, which is a pretty heavy workload. But even so, as long as it doesn’t affect his health, the other players love having him out there as much as possible for all of the different ways he impacts the game. “When he’s popping out six, eight, nine yards, on first and second down, that’s what you love,” redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett said. But it isn’t just on rushing attempts. Despite being able to make guys miss with his agility or blast through them with his power or dart by them with his speed, arguably Elliott’s most important contribution to the offense is when the ball is not in his hand. On Barrett’s six-yard touchdown run against Illinois, the quarterback took the snap and sprinted out to his left. Elliott was out ahead and dove at the legs of an Illini defender, knocking the player to the ground and allowing Barrett to waltz across the goal line without being touched. “The huge thing that separates him from anybody is the way he plays without the ball in his hands and with it in his hands, is the exact same,” senior left tackle Taylor Decker said. “He’s going full-speed, 100 percent, nobody wants to take a hit from him.” Decker jokingly said that based on the blocks that Elliott routinely throws, the running back might have missed his calling on the gridiron. “He should’ve been an offensive lineman,” he said laughing.Except, he isn’t. He’s a running back, a potential first-round pick and a Heisman trophy candidate, and, possibly, one of the best to ever don scarlet and gray. After his performance against Illinois, Elliott moved into third all-time in career rushing yards for OSU with 3,565. When considering it all — the blocks, the catches out of the backfield and the explosive runs — Meyer said the decision is easy when it comes to whom he wants on his team. “I know if I had my choice of any tailback in the country,” he said, “I’ve got mine.” read more

Urban Meyer Ohio State football ready for rivalry game against Wisconsin

The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of only four remaining undefeated teams in college football, but coach Urban Meyer said he has not addressed the topic of potentially being named national champions by the Associated Press with his team. Meyer said he tries “not to control what we can’t control,” since the team is banned from postseason play this season, and that his team’s focus is on playing Wisconsin Saturday. “They know what’s coming,” Meyer said of Saturday’s game. “Our guys know where they’re at.” Redshirt senior cornerback Travis Howard said he and his teammates are approaching the season “one game at a time.” “What we can control is just to go out there and beat every team that we face,” Howard said. “For right now … everyone is just focused on this one opponent, and that’s Wisconsin.” Meyer called this Saturday’s contest, which will kick off at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., at 3:30 p.m., a “rivalry game.” “It’s a rivalry game because we have to understand who you’re playing and what they’ve done the past few years,” Meyer said. “They’re a very good team.” Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers 33-29 at Ohio Stadium. In 2010, the Badgers handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the season at Camp Randall. The 2012 season was later vacated by the NCAA as part of sanctions that resulted from Buckeyes players exchanging OSU football memorabilia for free tattoos. Senior defensive end John Simon said the matchup with the Badgers is a “huge game” for the Buckeyes. “This is going to be a tough, tough game for us,” Simon said. “We know they’re going to come in with a chip on their shoulder … we’re doing everything we can this week to prepare and we’ll be up to the challenge.” There is one potential achievement the Buckeyes can control: with a win on Saturday, the Buckeyes clinch the Big Ten Leaders Division title, even though Wisconsin has already clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game due to OSU and Penn State’s postseason bans. Meyer said that he will discuss that with his team. “That’s real important to us,” Meyer said of winning the division title. The Buckeyes clinched a share of the divisional championship after Penn State’s 32-23 loss at Nebraska. Injury update After missing the Buckeyes’ last four games with a broken right fibula, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino is back in the starting lineup, Meyer said Monday. Sabino, sophomore Ryan Shazier and senior Zach Boren, who moved to linebacker from fullback following Sabino’s injury, are the team’s starting linebackers as of Monday, Meyer said. Meyer said senior linebacker Storm Klein will also play off the bench. Freshman cornerback Armani Reeves, who plays on the team’s kickoff coverage unit but has missed the past four games due to injury, is back this week, Meyer said. The news was less positive for freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn, who Meyer said is out for Saturday’s game with an MCL sprain. Meyer said the injury did not require surgery, and that his return for the season finale versus Michigan is questionable. Meyer said starting center junior Corey Linsley is “still a little banged up, but he hopes Linsley will be back at full strength by Wednesday. He also said redshirt senior safety Orhian Johnson was “good to go” for Monday’s practice after suffering a head injury against Illinois. read more

California Wants to Limit Storage of Smart Speaker Recordings

first_img California lawmakers introduced a bill that would limit how manufacturers of smart speakers and digital assistants collect recordings.The Anti-Eavesdropping Act, which cleared its first committee this week, prohibits saving, storing, or sharing of audio recordings without explicit consent from the user.“Recent revelations about how certain companies have staff that listen in to private conversations via connected smart speakers further shows why this bill is necessary to protect privacy in the home,” Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), the bill’s author, said in a statement published by The Mercury News.Bloomberg last month shocked no one with the news that thousands of Amazon employees around the world listen in on Echo owners’ conversations (allegedly to improve the technology).More troubling is the fact that workers can also access location information of Alexa users and look up their home or office address.The California bill—introduced in February by Cunningham—defines “smart speaker devices” as a wireless speaker and voice command device with an integrated virtual assistant “that offers interactive actions and hands-free activation.”Should the legislation pass, it would severely handicap services like Amazon’s Alexa, Siri from Apple, and Google Assistant (among a handful of others).“We’re monitoring this developing legislation,” a Google spokeswoman told Geek in an emailed statement. “That said, we believe that the combination of strong and balanced regulations, with products that are designed with privacy in mind, will help provide individuals with confidence that they’re in control of their personal information.”As Digital Trends pointed out, California is not the first state to try to limit digital eavesdropping: Illinois previously attempted to pass a similar law, which Google and Amazon lobbied against.More on Geek.com:Stop Ignoring Your Smart Speaker’s Privacy FunctionsUK Gov’t Uses Alexa, Google Assistant to Dispense InfoAmazon Accidentally Sent 1,700 Alexa Recordings to a Random Person9 Times Your Smart Speaker Got WeirdEditor’s note: This article was updated on May 7 with comment from Google. Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantGoogle Defends Letting Humans Listen to Virtual Assistant Queries Stay on targetlast_img read more

‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Kitana

first_imgWho Are They?Kitana is the good and fair Princess of Edenia. Or rather she was until the fantasy realm was violently conquered by the villainous forces of Outworld. She then spent much of her life as the unwittingly “adopted” desert assassin daughter of the brutal emperor Shao Kahn, where her DNA was even stolen to create a monster clone “sister” Mileena. But Outworld’s struggle against Earthrealm in Mortal Kombat gives Kitana an opportunity for revenge against her “father.”Kombat KhronologyKitana was one of the major new characters in Mortal Kombat 2, giving the game more female representation beyond just Sonya Blade. And since then she’s remained one of the game’s most prominent female characters, the mold other fantasy women characters diverge from. She’s also become a bit of a love interest for Liu Kang in later games, with Mortal Kombat 11 especially playing up their bond both in the past and in the present as evil zombies.Koolest KustomizationsKitana’s face gets one of the better upgrades thanks to Mortal Kombat 11 now rendering the characters more like real people. So I go with her human form versus her rotting corpse form. As for moves, Kitana’s main gimmick is slicing foes with razor sharp fan blades. So I go for death by a thousand cuts with moves that increase how many fans I can throw out at once or summon around myself for a protective barrier.How Gross Is The Fatality?Kitana’s regal grace doesn’t make her fatality any less gruesome. She just doesn’t get her own hands dirty. Instead, she cut you open and uses her fans to summon a tornado that pulls your entrails out like a gory force of nature. Takes my breath (and everything else) away. Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guide Stay on target There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Kitana. Joker and The Terminator Cross Over Into ‘Mortal Kombat 11’‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf last_img read more

No MBA Debt: Get This Complete MBA Course for Under $15

first_img This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves An Entire MBA in 1 Course – $14.99See Deal Few college credentials are as weighty as a Masters in Business Administration. But most MBA programs cost thousands and take years to complete, putting it out of many peoples’ reach. That’s what makes An Entire MBA in One Course a great alternative, especially when you can get in for just $14.99.Facilitated by award-winning business school professor Chris Haroun, this course teaches students the same skills they’d learn in an MBA program. They’ll discover best practices for launching a business, find out how to create financial models, and even learn how to get investors via an IPO. No, they won’t earn an actual MBA certificate, but they’ll be better equipped for professional success.If you’ve always wanted an MBA but didn’t have the time or money to invest in a college education, this course may be just the ticket. It’s delivered online so you can set your own schedule, the content is compatible with all desktop computers and mobile devices, and you’ll enjoy lifetime access so you can take as long as you want to complete it.Don’t let a lack of time and money keep you from achieving your dreams. Learn how to start a business and make it successful with An Entire MBA in One Course, normally $200, and now discounted by over 90 percent to just $14.99 for a limited time. Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Enter code VAULTONE to try it out for just $1! Stay on targetlast_img read more

Orphaned Otter Dies After Eating Human Food at Tennessee Park

first_img“As a reminder, feeding the animals at Bays Mountain Park is strictly prohibited for exactly this reason. Human food is often intolerable and, in this case, even harmful to our animals,” Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium wrote on Facebook. “Please follow all posted park rules, including the signs that say not to feed the animals.” Stay on target Otto, an orphaned otter, has died after guests threw human food into his enclosure at a Tennessee park.On Thursday, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium in Kingsport, Tennessee, announced that it was transporting Otto to an animal hospital after he accidentally ate food that was thrown into his enclosure, USA Today reported. According to Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium’s Facebook post, Otto’s body couldn’t digest the food the guests gave him and unfortunately, he fell ill and passed away from the incident. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ In 2017, Otto first joined the park as a 9-month-old baby after he stayed at a rehabilitation facility in North Carolina. The North Carolina-based center looked after Otto and his sister after their parents died in a flood.“Otto was beloved by park staff and guests alike,” Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium said in the post. “A cheerful creature, he could often be found swimming or playing with toys in his pool, even when it was snowing outside.”More on Geek.com:Charlie, the Oldest Living Southern Sea Otter, Dies at Age 22Massive, 11-Foot Alligator ‘Breaks Into Home’ at 3 A.M. in FloridaRare, Venomous Snake Hitches a Ride on Couple’s Kayak Paddlelast_img read more

Irresponsible Video Game Predictions for E3 2019

first_img Are you actually excited for E3 this year? Normally, that would be an easy “Yes!” After all, E3 is that special time of the year when everyone in the whole video game industry gathers to show off its future toys. That includes the public now, too. But even with the extra attendees, something about the energy of this year’s upcoming show just feels… lower. Fewer folks are going. Bigger games are being shown off outside of the event. And really we’re just stuck in a bit of a limbo since no one is quite ready to talk about the next-generation Xbox, PlayStation 5, or even the upgraded Nintendo Switch that are all clearly in the works.Still, we expect to see plenty of awesome video game announcements at E3 2019. And here are some predictions, along with some rumors and leaks, about what those announcements will be.NintendoNintendo will still deny the existence of a Switch mini but seeing portable-friendly games like Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, and an actual remake of a Game Boy Zelda game all back to back will pretty much give it away.Super Mario Maker 2 is already shaping up great (aside from a weird lack of online co-op with friends) but the last-minute reveal of a new theme will put it over the top for the June Launch. And that theme will be Super Mario… Odyssey!Animal Crossing just barely makes its 2019 release window by launching in December. But the wait will be worth it when we see not just how big these new towns are but their intimacy as well. Politics are back, baby!Another surprising Microsoft game will wind up on Switch whether it’s Ori, Rare Replay, or the Halo Master Chief Collection.Now that 64GB cards are about to be a thing, even more surprising ports will wind up on Switch including, finally, Grand Theft Auto V.Retro Studios gets its old projects off its plate, Metroid Prime Trilogy HD and Star Fox Grand Prix, before fully committing to Metroid Prime 4.Pikmin 3 is our last Wii U port for a good long time. Retail listing leaks have already pointed to the existence of a new Contra, Witcher 3 on Switch, some kind of roller derby battle game from Ubisoft, Watch Dogs Legion set in London where you control strangers, a Darksiders reboot, and a post-Activision Destiny 2 expansion set on the moon.Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers project looks so much like Destiny/Anthem but for superheroes that it just raises hype for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.At Bethesda, Fallout 76 gets a massive overhaul on the level of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, but Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 hibernate until they can be fully introduced for next-gen. Doom Eternal makes this easier to swallow.Ubisoft’s next Nintendo collaboration is a Mario+Rabbids sequel with more Mario RPG elements alongside the tactics gameplay. Fire Emblem but for Mario.EA finally makes a Star Wars game that doesn’t break any laws.Cyberpunk 2077 steals the show yet again.Half-Life 3 is a Playdate exclusive. Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now Third-Party SonyWhile many games shown off at E3 will wind up on PlayStation 4 (and probably the PlayStation 5) Sony itself has already said it won’t be attending the show this year. We already made our guesses as to why that’s happening. So Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, and Last of Us 2 all being no-shows isn’t a prediction, it’s a fact. Hopefully Knack 3 somehow slips under the cracks though.For more on what to expect at E3 2019 check out this feature on our sister site PCMag.com Stay on target MicrosoftA Microsoft character will appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and we really hope it’s Master Chief.A new Battletoads is still a bad idea.Halo Infinite will be a barely disguised launch title for the next Xbox.Xbox cloud gaming will be better received in the wake of Google Stadia.No one will talk about the recent Sony/Microsoft partnership.In gratitude for Microsoft getting behind the original Titanfall, Xbox will get some kind of exclusive content in Apex Legends season two.There’s a new Forza.Final Fantasy VII remake appears on this stage just to mess with Sony.last_img read more

Cool, Gassy ‘Disk’ Spotted Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

first_img Scientists Find ‘Hungry’ Supermassive Black Hole Eating 3 Meals DailyScientists Behind First Black Hole Image Win $3 Million Prize Stay on target The neighborhood surrounding the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is bustling with cosmic and gaseous activity, however, astronomers have not been able to capture most accreting gas movement. Now, new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observations have detected a cool, interstellar gas “ring” surrounding the supermassive black hole, which has never been seen before.Researchers, which published their findings in the journal Nature on June 5, are exploring this strange nebulous “disk,” which could provided additional information on how accretion, the siphoning of material onto a black hole’s surface, works in space, said a National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) press release.For decades, astronomers have analyzed the crowded area around the supermassive black hole, which is located at the heart of the Milky Way. According to NRAO, our galactic center is roughly 26,000 light-years from our planet and the supermassive black hole (Sagittarius A*) is four million times the mass of the sun. This space is quite chaotic with interstellar dust clouds, roving stars, and a massive reservoir of phenomenally hot and comparatively colder gases and these gases are supposed to circle the supermassive black hole in a vast accretion “ring,” which is nearby the supermassive black hole’s event horizon.ALMA image of the cool hydrogen gas ring circling the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. (Photo Credit: ALMA – ESO / NAOJ / NRAO / E.M. Murchikova; NRAO / AUI / NSF / S. Dagnello)Before the ALMA image, astronomers were only able to image the hot, glowing portion of the accreting gas flow, which showed no rotation and has an approximate temperature of 18 million degrees Fahrenheit. Previous observations with millimeter-wavelength telescopes have also found comparatively cooler hydrogen gas (roughly 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit) located within a few light-years from the supermassive black hole and the contribution of this much cooler gas to accretion flow onto the black hole wasn’t determined yet.New @ALMAObs observations reveal a never-before-seen disk of cool, interstellar gas wrapped around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF; S. Dagnello https://t.co/xxcoazEUrc pic.twitter.com/gcZLTwtF7E— ESO (@ESO) June 6, 2019Thanks to the ALMA, which was able to sense a small millimeter-wavelength signal and generate the first image of the cooler gas “ring” at roughly a hundredth of a light-year away from the supermassive black hole, astronomers can trace the motion of gas. Mapping the shifts in wavelengths of this radio light because of the Doppler Effect allowed astronomers to see the gas circling around the supermassive black hole.“We were the first to image this elusive disk and study its rotation,” Elena Murchikova, lead author on the paper, said in the press release. “We are also probing accretion onto the black hole. This is important because this is our closest supermassive black hole. Even so, we still have no good understanding of how its accretion works. We hope these new ALMA observations will help the black hole give up some of its secrets.”More on Geek.com:Astronomers Capture Image of Black Hole for the First TimeScientists May Have Detected ‘Violent’ Black Hole-Neutron Star CollisionSee What Black Hole Photos Might Look Like in the Futurelast_img read more

Watch: Water Is Being Ejected From the Moon During Meteor Showers

first_imgStay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface It might be “raining” on the Moon: Scientists found that water is being released from the Moon during meteor showers, infusing the lunar atmosphere with a temporary water vapor.Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland reported that meteoroid strikes were ejecting water from the Moon, thanks to data collected by NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), a robotic mission that circled the Moon to collect information on the composition of the lunar atmosphere, said a NASA press release.Previously, models hypothesized that meteoroid strikes could eject water from the Moon in vapor form, however scientists hadn’t observed this occurrence until LADEE’s mission. Detected by LADEE, the newly-identified meteoroid streams took place on Jan. 9, April 2, April 5, and April 9 in 2014. The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Nature Geoscience, explored how these meteoroid strikes could help determine the origin of water on the Moon and how much of it exists on the lunar surface.“The Moon doesn’t have significant amounts of H2O or OH [hydroxyl – a more reactive relative of water] in its atmosphere most of the time,” Richard Elphic, the LADEE project scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, said in the press release. “But when the Moon passed through one of these meteoroid streams, enough vapor was ejected for us to detect it. And then, when the event was over, the H2O or OH went away.”LADEE, which orbited the Moon from October 2013 to April 2014, sensed the vapor with its Neutral Mass Spectrometer. The mission gathered data on the composition and structure of the Moon’s atmosphere, or more specifically, the “exosphere,” a thin envelope of gases that circle the Moon.An infographic on the lunar water cycle based on LADEE’s new observations. (Photo Credit: NASA Goddard / Mehdi Benna / Jay Friedlander)Here’s how meteoroid showers could release water on the Moon: Meteoroids have to penetrate at least three inches below the lunar surface to eject water and under this dry top layer is a thin transition layer, followed by a hydrated layer, where water molecules might cling to tiny bits of soil and rock. Since the lunar surface has fluffy materials, meteoroids can easily pierce the lunar surface to release some vapor and with each meteoroid impact, a small shock of waves releases water from the surrounding space. So when meteoroids hit the lunar surface, the freed water will enter the exosphere, move through it, and then roughly two-thirds of vapor heads to space, while roughly one-third lands back on the Moon’s surface.It’s raining … on the Moon?! Scientists have discovered that water is being released on the lunar surface during meteor showers. Get more details: https://t.co/wgtXyXnjMA pic.twitter.com/iK28nAlGiR— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019Using the measurements of water in the exosphere, the researchers determined that the hydrated layer has a water concentration of roughly 200 to 500 parts per million and this concentration is less wet than the driest terrestrial soil. The researchers believe that some of the water has to generate from the Moon, since the mass of the water being ejected is greater than the water mass within the meteoroids striking the Moon. With these findings, scientists can better understand the history of lunar water and how it might impact future missions to the Moon.More on Geek.com:Watch: NASA Picks First Companies to Send Experiments to the MoonNASA Spots Beresheet Impact Site on MoonNASA Orbiter Snaps ‘Jawbreaker’ Candy Martian Full Moon Picturelast_img read more

‘Forza Horizon 4’s’ Lego DLC Makes Us Want More Wacky Racers

first_img Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now Breaking from years of tradition now, Microsoft didn’t announce Forza 8 at its E3 press conference this year. Typically, the company alternates between announcing mainline Forza serious sim racing games and the more open-world arcade experiences of Forza Horizon. Seeing as last year gave us Forza Horizon 4, we figured this year would be Forza 8’s turn. At this point they’re probably just saving it as a launch title for the next-gen Xbox Project Scarlett releasing next holiday alongside Halo Infinite.However, we did sort of get a new Forza announcement for this year. Previously Microsoft has wheeled out actual sports cars on stage to celebrate their presence in the game. But this time the car was a bit more… blocky. Yes, Microsoft brought out a racecar made of Legos to celebrate the Lego Speed Champions DLC for Forza Horizon 4.Take a look!How awesome is that? As cool as the consistently enjoyable normal Lego games are (including the upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga) they’re never exactly visual stunners. So seeing the gorgeous Forza engine render racers and tracks made of out blocks so tangible you want to reach out and touch them just rules. The $20 expansion features new challenges, bricks to find, and Lego renditions of McLaren, Ferrari, and Mini Cooper cars to add to your collection.And really, this just makes us wish that racing games were wackier in general. Forza Horizon 3 also got some toy-based DLC with its Hot Wheels expansion. But as fun as that was at the time, I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that it was more for nostalgic adults than actual kids? For as open and accessible as Forza Horizon is compared to regular Forza, the spin-off still has a foot firmly in that hardcore sim racing world, to its detriment. It’s just a little bit too fiddly and realistic to be as ridiculous and relaxing as I want from an open world racing game. I want a more unrestrained arcade experience, Burnout Paradise basically.If you include stuff like Mario Kart and Team Sonic Racing and Crash Team Racing, there are plenty of racing games that don’t adhere to the rules of our world and its roads. But seeing Lego cars in Forza makes me wish these kinds of experiences weren’t limited to modest kart racing games. There’s no reason why our AAA racing games shouldn’t be absurd, too. Everything can be awesome.The Lego Speed Champions DLC for Forza Horizon 4 launches June 13. For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers. Stay on targetlast_img read more

8/25 WWE RAW remains among the top 25 shows on cable

first_img 8/25 WWE Live Results: Panama City, Panama (Kingston vs. Bryan, Nakamura vs. Ali) Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Now Playing Up Next Twitter Pinterest Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast SPOILERS: 8/25 NXT UK TV tapings from Birmingham, England to air on the WWE Network Rock ’N’ Roll Express challenging for ROH World Tag Team Titles at Honor For All Google+ The 8/25 WWE RAW ranked among the top 25 shows on cable last week for the week ending 8/31/14. The show came in at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8.The show did a 2.88 cable rating with 3.97 million viewers.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’center_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Kanye West Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup WhatsApplast_img read more

Washington Redskins player pays tribute to Shawn Michaels

first_img Odell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field Anymore WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Antonio Brown Breaks Speaks Out About Rape Allegations Facebook “Mean” Gene Okerlund passes away at the age of 76, WWE issues lengthy statement AEW News: Early look at rally event today, Former WWE star spotted in Jacksonville Now Playing Up Next Fire Erupts On Tennessee Titans Field: Pyrotechnics Device Malfunction Antonio Brown Possibly Said Something Offensivecenter_img Twitter Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next NFL’s George Kittle on trying to make it to TLC, Watch Baron Corbin get beat up last night Deadspin.com is featuring an article about NFL linebacker Ryan Kerrigan of the Washington Redskins paying tribute to WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels after a sack on Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can see a clip of his sack below.Source: Deadspin.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipFire Erupts On Tennessee Titans Field: Pyrotechnics Device MalfunctionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:08Loaded: 100.00%0:08Remaining Time -0:22 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Julian Edelman Launches Youtube Channellast_img read more

British legend Ricki Starr passes away, WWE statement

first_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articles WWE issues statement on passing of former Kaientai manager Wally Yamaguchi WWE Live returns to Australia this October, Tickets will be available May 28 WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Jerry Lawler sues Hardeman County for $3 Million over death of his son Brian Lawler Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemscenter_img Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE issued the following statement yesterday about the passing of British wrestling legend Ricki Starr, who passed away recently at the age of 83:WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Ricki Starr, 83, a talented grappler most famous for his balletic moves in the ring and his nearly unbeaten streak in British wrestling promotions during the 1960s and 1970s.Our deepest condolences go out to Starr’s family, friends and fans.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need ItVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 83.99%0:04Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Twitterlast_img read more

Eric Bischoff talks WWE’s narrative about WCW, Hall/Nash

first_img Pinterest Tom Keene Ethan Page on how Impact Wrestling has been better, winning the Tag Titles, booed in Canada Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Allianz GI CEO Says Markets Should Worry `Strategically About Trade Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Videos Articles Google+ WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Brett Buchanan of Alternative Nation is featuring an interview with Eric Bischoff discussing a number of topics including the new “Monday Night War” series on the WWE Network, WWE’s narrative about how that war went and signing both Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to deals.“There are certain things that are based in fact, that no matter how hard WWE can, and try to change some of those facts, because they do have the platform re-educate those who either weren’t around paying close attention, or don’t see the other side of the true story to make up their own opinions, or own minds. But here are a couple of facts that kind of shape that false narrative to the foundation. Number 1: Hall and Nash weren’t forced to leave their beloved WWE for anything, they chose to.They chose to leave WWE and come to WCW, not for the money, because the truth and the facts are that I probably didn’t offer them any more money than they were already making. I couldn’t really speak to this, because I wasn’t doing their taxes at the time, but I’m pretty sure that they were probably making more money. But the real reason I remember, having firsthand discussions with both of them, they didn’t leave WWE for the money. They left WWE to come to WCW for the lifestyle, because we had a maximum of 180 days in their contracts.”You can check out the full interview at the link below.Alternative Nation: Eric Bischoff Talks Ted Turner, WCW 2001, Nash and Hall’s Contracts & WWE NetworkRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipAllianz GI CEO Says Markets Should Worry `Strategically About TradeVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:14/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 17.58%0:01Remaining Time -3:13 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Twitter WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img

All House Democrats from Washington support impeachment inquiry

first_imgSEATTLE — All seven of Washington’s Democratic U.S. House members are now calling for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.The Seattle Times reports that Reps. Kim Schrier, Suzan DelBene, Derek Kilmer, and Denny Heck on Sunday cited corruption, obstruction of justice and failure to protect elections from foreign interference as justifications for an impeachment inquiry, which would be a first step in a lengthy process.Democratic Sen. Patty Murray also voiced support for an inquiry.Murray, in a statement, said as Congress has learned more “about the gravity of the potential threats to our democracy identified in Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller’s report, it has become clear the House should begin proceedings to determine whether the president’s actions necessitate impeachment.”In May, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, of Seattle, was the first House member from Washington to call for an impeachment inquiry. Rep. Adam Smith joined Jayapal in June, citing obstruction of justice and efforts to undermine Congress. Rep. Rick Larsen added his support earlier this month.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the House would decide whether to begin impeachment proceedings “when we have a best strongest possible case” and that such a decision “will be made in a timely fashion.”Kilmer said that testimony amplified evidence laid out in the Mueller report, prompting him to change his position on impeachment. He is most troubled by evidence that president has sought to obstruct justice.“Obstructing justice and accepting assistance from foreign governments simply cannot be a standard that we accept,” Kilmer said in a statement.last_img read more

CTran helps train puppy for career assisting blind

first_imgHere’s what you need to know if you spot a 10-week-old puppy named Jamboree on a C-Tran bus.The black Labrador retriever should have his green Guide Dogs for the Blind vest on, which means Jamboree is working or, more accurately, training for an important career.For that reason, bus riders should resist that overwhelming temptation to pet, play with or otherwise dote on an irresistibly cute guide dog in training who has adorable puppy eyes, large paws, a soft black coat and floppy, velvetlike ears.No word on whether taking selfies with Jamboree will be allowed. This puppy already has his own Twitter account, @Jamboree_CTRAN, and is well on his way to becoming a local celebrity.Jamboree may know how to sit on command, but he apparently hasn’t learned what it means to “follow back” on Twitter. Nor has he mastered the time-honored practice of sucking up to the boss, because he doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to return C-Tran CEO Shawn Donaghy’s follow.Jamboree is training to become a service dog for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the nation’s largest guide dog school that in 1942 started training and placing dogs with people who are blind or visually impaired.last_img read more

Congressional guests bring Surplus Books Program to Camas

first_imgCAMAS — The Camas Public Library and the halls of Congress differ in a few ways. For starters, there’s the bubbles.During a visit to the library’s Preschool Storytime on Tuesday morning, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dr. Carla Hayden, librarian of Congress, watched as about two dozen toddlers romped in a stream of bubbles from an automatic bubble machine after listening to the two women from the highest halls of Washington, D.C., read picture books like “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”From the sidelines, Angie Riesterer, the Battle Ground Republican’s spokesperson, floated an idea — maybe Congress ought to blast bubbles over the floor after a major vote, she (mostly) joked. It sure seemed effective in livening up the room.Hayden and Herrera Beutler were in town to promote the Surplus Books Program, a Library of Congress program that lets congressional staffers handpick books to send home to libraries in their districts.The Camas library got about 30 new books in the first dispatch, said Library Director Connie Urquhart. They’re planning on multiple shipments.The Surplus Books Program is a win-win, said Elizabeth Torkelson, congressional relations specialist with the Library of Congress.The Capitol Hill library is home to millions of books and printed materials. Some are repeats, and there’s not enough shelf space for all of them. So the books are made available for surplus.The stock switches out once a month.“Anything that we’re unable to keep in our collections, we make available to the Surplus Books Program,” Torkelson said.“They’re constantly changing, and they range from children’s books to adult books, large print materials (and) materials in foreign languages. They can come and select these items and ship them back to public schools, libraries, nonprofits — anything that helps build up their collections.”last_img read more

APNewsBreak Senators to introduce bipartisan wildfire bill

first_imgHELENA, Mont. — Senators from California and Montana said Thursday that they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and destroyed much of the Northern California town of Paradise last year.Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California and Republican Steve Daines of Montana told The Associated Press they will introduce the bill after the Senate’s August recess, but wanted to announce their plans now as the western U.S. states enter their peak fire season.“Unfortunately, millions of acres of forests in our states and across the West remain at high risk of catastrophic wildfires, and there is strong consensus that fire seasons will only get worse,” Feinstein and Daines said in a statement obtained by the AP. “We believe additional resources are urgently needed to protect our communities and tackle these emergency conditions.”Fire seasons have grown longer and more intense in recent years in the West because of hotter, drier weather and widespread tree deaths due to insects and disease.In 2017, a flash drought led to a record 2,200 square miles being burned in Montana. The state’s portion of the $400 million firefighting price tag, some $74 million, nearly busted the state’s budget and forced lawmakers into a special session to fill the gap.last_img read more