French Open runner-up Simona Halep was awarded a wildcard entry to feature at the Aegon International in Eastbourne next week, organisers said on Thursday.Eastbourne will be Halep’s first grass court tournament ahead of Wimbledon after she pulled out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham due to an ankle injury last week. Wimbledon starts on July 3.”I am very much looking forward to playing in Eastbourne,” the 25-year-old Romanian said in a statement.”The quality of the draw is very high so I’m hoping for some great matches to give me the best possible preparation ahead of Wimbledon.”World number two Halep will be joined by seven other players from the world’s top 10 at Devonshire Park including German Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Dominica Cibulkova and Eastbourne resident Johanna Konta.Halep enjoyed a strong clay court season, claiming the Madrid title and reaching the final at Roland Garros and Rome.
Klopp 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 say
Shahjahanpur (UP): The postgraduate student who has accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of rape on Saturday gave a pen drive containing 43 videos to the SIT to support her allegations. The woman was asked by the SIT to submit whatever evidence she had against the former Union minister. The special investigation team questioned the student on Friday and collected evidence from Chinmayanand’s bedroom here, sources said on Saturday.
New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Tuesday said it is working at a brisk pace to issue localised weather forecasting to all 6,500 blocks across 660 districts in the country by 2020 and help as many as 9.5 crore farmers deal with the vagaries of weather.However, the most challenging task would be to enhance the accuracy of weather forecasts and to make agromet advisory services (AAS) more useful and user friendliness, it added. At present, IMD issues district level advisories. In 2018, it tied up with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to extend weather forecast and AAS at the block level. “A lot of progress has been made since signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ICAR. The work is at a faster pace…. We are recruiting and training people,” IMD Deputy Director General S D Attri said on the sidelines of a Ficci event. The pilot study is underway in 200 blocks. The target is to cover 6,500 blocks in 660 districts by 2020, he said, adding that this will help farmers minimise weather-related crop losses. Attri said that the IMD has a network of 130 agromet field units at district level for dissimilating the weather-based advisories. Efforts are being made to set such units in additional 530 districts in the country under the ‘Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa’ at Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). As of now, 4 crore farmers are receiving the district level weather forecast through SMS and mKisan portals. “The target is to cover 9.5 crore farmers by 2020 by extending the services at a block level,” he added. Earlier, addressing the event on agriculture extension, the IMD official stressed on the need for dissemination of AAS to farmers on a “wider scale” and convincing them about its positive impacts on a sustainable basis. He also talked about the need to focus on awareness programmes to help farmers to become more self-reliant in dealing with weather and climate issues that affect agriculture production and also assist the farmers to further develop their adaptive capacity with improved planning and better management decisions. -Attri observed that IMD alone cannot reach all farmers and emphasised the need to take private sector and their innovative technologies in this area.
New Delhi: Pre-monsoon rainfall from March to May, a phenomenon vital to agriculture in several parts of the country, has recorded a deficiency of 22 per cent, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.The IMD recorded 75.9 millimetres of rainfall from March 1 to May 15 as against the normal rainfall of 96.8 millimetres, which comes to around minus 22 per cent. From March 1 to April 24, the IMD recorded a deficiency of 27 per cent. The deficiency this week seems to have fallen over the last fortnight due to rains over east and northeast India. Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon has advanced into South Andaman Sea and conditions are favourable for it to reach the North Andaman Sea and the Andaman Islands in the next 2-3 days, the IMD said. Of the four meteorological divisions of the IMD, the south peninsula, which comprises all the southern states, has recorded pre-monsoon deficiency of 46 per cent the highest in the country. This was followed by 36 per cent in the northwest subdivision that covers all the north Indian states it was 38 per cent from March 1 to April 24, but has dropped by 2 per cent due to rainfall across several parts. The deficiency in the east and northeast region that covers eastern states of Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha and northeastern states was seven per cent. There was no deficiency in the central region which comprises states of Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. However, from March 1 to April 24 the pre-monsoon rainfall recorded in the central division was five per cent than normal. The region has also been witnessing intense heat waves and several dams in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra have reached zero storage level. Pre-monsoon rainfall is important for horticulture crops in some parts of the country. In states like Odisha, ploughing is done in the pre-monsoon season, while in parts of northeast India and the Western Ghats it is critical for plantation of crops. Laxman Singh Rathore, former director general of the IMD, said in parts of northeast India and the Western Ghats, pre-monsoon rainfall is critical for plantation crops. There will be “moisture stress” incase of a deficit, he said. Crops like sugarcane and cotton, planted in central India, survive on irrigation and also require supplement of pre-monsoon rains, Rathore added. “In the forested regions of Himalayas, pre-monsoon rainfall is necessary for plantations like apple. Due to moisture, pre-monsoon rainfall also helps in minimising the occurrence of forest fires,” he said.
by Mona SALEMCairo- The lawyer for 21 Egyptian women and girls jailed over an Islamist protest told appeal courts Saturday there was no evidence of their guilt and urged judges to free them.Wearing handcuffs but holding red roses, the 21 appeared in Alexandria courts in white prison garb in a case that has sparked an outcry. Many bore the word “Freedom” written in Arabic and English on the palms of their hands, and smiled from the metal-caged dock.The women and girls were convicted last month of taking part in a violent protest demanding Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s reinstatement following his overthrow by the army in July.Fourteen women previously sentenced to 11 years in jail were ushered into the cage in the courtroom as the appeal by the seven girls was heard in an adjacent juvenile court.Their harsh sentences had shocked even supporters of the military-installed government.Lawyer Ahmed al-Hamrawy told the court there was no evidence to convict his clients and asked the judges to release them.“Even in Mubarak’s era there were morals. Egypt’s women and girls were a red line and they weren’t placed on trial,” he said, referring to ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak, Morsi’s predecessor.“This is an oppressive sentence,” one defendant, Salma, told AFP during a court recess.She said her daughter was among the seven juveniles sentenced, and explained that they had both been near the October 31 protest by chance when arrested.“I have the right to express my opinion — this is a constitutional right, and we are currently political prisoners,” said another defendant, Aya Adel.The prosecutor general’s office charged that the women fought with knives and threw rocks during clashes that erupted during the protest in Egypt’s second city.Six men said to be Muslim Brotherhood leaders were tried in absentia in the same case and sentenced to 15 years.They were found guilty of inciting the women to cut key roads in the city during the clashes.There was a heavy police presence outside the court complex in the coastal city, where Morsi’s Islamist supporters have repeatedly clashed with opponents and security forces.During the recess, about 100 friends and relatives of the defendants stood outside the courtroom chanting “Down with military rule.”Hamrawy told AFP he expected the misdemeanor courts to either acquit them or release them on bail ahead of a final ruling.The jail terms, coming in the same week as a restrictive new protest law, re-energized Islamist opposition to the interim government and drew criticism even from its secular supporters.Hamdeen Sabbahi, a former presidential candidate and a leading dissident under Morsi, called on the interim president to pardon the girls and repeal the new law governing protests.The military-installed government has pressed a crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement that has killed more than 1,000 people and imprisoned thousands.Much of the Brotherhood’s leadership, including Morsi, is on trial on various charges of inciting violence.Courts have also handed out harsh sentences to Islamist protesters, including 12 men imprisoned for 17 years after a violent protest in Cairo.Amnesty International severely criticized the verdicts against the female protesters.It “shows the Egyptian authorities’ determination to punish dissent,” the rights gro
Rabat- After the Moroccan media published many articles about the failure of Moroccan officials to convince French coach Herve Renard to lead the Moroccan national team, the manager of French FC Sochaux has confirmed that he is in talks with the Moroccan football federation to head Morocco’s Atlas Lions.News website Super Sport recently reported that Herve Renard has confirmed that he is currently in talks with the Royal Moroccan Federation to coach the Atlas Lions national team.According to the same source, Renard said that his agent Youssef Haijoub “has been carrying out negotiations on my behalf with Moroccan officials but there have been many things to clear up there and Morocco is not the only destination on my list at the moment.” Herve, who formerly coached Zambia’s national team, added: “Let’s see what happens from here. In football, you can never say what will happen next. Nothing is certain.”Hassan Benabicha is the interim coach of the national team, but the Moroccan Football Federation is searching for an experienced coach to replace him in preparation for the upcoming African Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Morocco next year.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Every NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers is a contrast in styles. While the Pacers rely heavily on a starting lineup featuring two traditional big men, the Heat employ a multitude of flexible lineups favoring speed and shooting. This contrast presents advantages and disadvantages for both teams; each game, each team has to either make the other team adjust or adjust themselves.Through the first three games of Eastern Conference finals, the Heat were making the adjustment, using lineups with two traditional big men far more often than they did during the regular season. And though the Heat won two of the first three games, it didn’t work too well.Miami Heat Minutes Played And Point Differentials, By LineupThe Heat regularly use just three players who could reasonably be categorized as bigs: Chris Andersen, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem. With Andersen unavailable in Game 4 because of a calf injury, the Heat were forced to stay small. They used the combination of Haslem and Bosh for just six minutes together about 13 percent of the game, a single stretch in which they outscored the Pacers by one point. Over the remaining 42 minutes, the Heat’s smaller lineups outscored the Pacers by 11 points. The Heat beat the Pacers 102-90 and lead the series 3-1.For the most part, the Pacers have outscored the Heat when Miami has two big men on the floor; the less Miami does that, the better off it is.Playing these small lineups helps spread the floor, opening driving lanes for the Heat’s ball handlers and stretching the Pacers’ defense. In Game 4, that stretch effect (and the open lanes that resulted) were one of the main factors in the Heat’s series-high 34 free-throw attempts. The Pacers complained about the officiating, but the Heat’s free-throw rate in Game 4 was roughly as far above their season average against the Pacers as their free-throw rate in Games 1 and 2 was below it.The Heat’s small lineups also coincided with the best game in the series from Bosh — 25 points on a 76.2 true shooting percentage. This development shouldn’t have been unexpected. Across the season, Bosh’s true shooting percentage was about 8 percentage points higher when he played without either Andersen or Haslem as compared with when he played alongside one of them.Game 4 gave the Heat firm control over the Pacers and the rest of the series, but it also provided an emphatic reminder: The Heat are at their best with a small lineup on the floor, even with its inherent drawbacks.
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.”
Who 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
Stay on target Amazon is opening 10 brick-and-mortar shops across the UK in an effort to promote small businesses.The tech titan partnered with Enterprise Nation, Direct Line for Business, and Square to launch a new program aimed at boosting small-brand growth, in-store and online.A year-long pilot will enable more than 100 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to sell directly on the high street via Clicks and Mortar pop-ups.The first location opened today on St. Mary’s Gate in central Manchester, with more coming soon to the Midlands, Yorkshire, and across South East England, as well as Scotland and Wales.Each store will stock a range of brands—everything from homeware, health, and beauty products to food, drink, and electronics. That includes foldable Swifty Scooters for adults, leather Torro Cases for electronic devices, and Altr for Men skincare products.“The up-and-coming brands have all built successful online businesses and now want to explore physical retail for the first time,” according to a company press release.Amazon is not usually associated with small biz owners. In fact, it’s often treated as a big bad—a giant carelessly stomping on anything in its path.But the firm has been working with independent sellers for nearly 20 years, boasting tens of thousands of UK-based small businesses trading their goods on Amazon’s global sites.“Small businesses are one of our most important customer groups, and we’re thrilled to work with Enterprise Nation to design a comprehensive package to help entrepreneurs across the UK grow their businesses, both in-store and online,” Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager for Amazon, said in a statement.With that in mind, the company announced a new £1 million ($1.3 million) fund to train 150-plus workers through a mix of in-work, online, and classroom coaching.The so-called “apprenticeships” last 15 to 18 months, and are open exclusively to any brand-owning SME registered in England that currently sells on Amazon and has a turnover of less than £1 million.“From giving up-and-coming online British brands the chance to experience physical retail, to funding the training of full-time apprenticeships and helping to increase SME exports,” Gurr said, “Amazon is committed to supporting the growth of small businesses—helping them boost the economy and create jobs across the UK.”More on Geek.com:Amazon’s Automatic Packing Machines Could Replace 1,300 JobsAmazon Key Now Delivers to Ford, Lincoln VehiclesDrunk Shoppers Blow $48B Annually—Mostly on Amazon Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
Stay on target Watch: 13-Foot ‘Queen of the Pythons’ Lays Massive Clutch of…200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record Size A couple sleeping on the ground escaped what could have been a very dangerous situation when a quick-thinking Tennessee deputy got them out of the path of a rattlesnake.Maury County Sheriff Rowland said the deputy was responding to a suspicious persons call when he found a couple sleeping next to a rattlesnake. The deputy noticed the snake immediately. The deputy “started to approach, he sees that it is a rather large rattlesnake. And of course, he stays very calm and as he approaches the folks, the snake is kind of slithering away,” Rowland said.Before the situation escalated, the deputy was able to direct the couple to safety.In a video shared Friday on the Maury County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, the deputy can be heard waking the couple and then giving careful instructions. “Don’t move… Roll toward me,” the deputy instructed the couple.The man stood up didn’t exactly “roll,” though. He stood up and bolted.Fortunately, the rattlesnake didn’t strike.“So many life lessons to be learned in this video,” the Maury County Sheriff’s Department said on the Facebook post.“They didn’t follow it just exactly right, but fortunately it worked out,” said Rowland.Rattlesnakes are common in Tennessee. Of Tennessee’s 32 snakes, only four are venomous. The Timber Rattlesnake is is the largest, and the most dangerous, of the four venomous snakes in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Timber rattlesnakes, which occur across the state, kill prey by a venomous bite, in which the venom is injected by fangs located in the snake mouth.More on Geek.com:Rare, Venomous Snake Hitches a Ride on Kayak Paddle in MichiganSnake Pops Out of Toilet, Bites Florida Man (On the Arm)Anaconda Gets Pregnant Without a Male, Has ‘Virgin Birth’ at Aquarium
NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Astronomers have captured an image of two “alien” exoplanets circling PDS 70, a young star that is located about 370 light-years from Earth, according to a new study.PDS 70 is the only second multi-planet system to be photographed following a four-planet system that was orbiting the star HR 8799, Space.com reported. Unlike HR 8799, PDS 70’s planets are not fully developed yet and still growing by carving out a wide gap within a planet-forming disk that surrounds the sun-like star, said a NASA press release. The study, which was recently published in the journal Nature Astronomy, suggests that forming planets can be responsible for some of the disk gaps astronomers have spotted in PDS 70 and other young star systems.“With facilities like ALMA, Hubble [Space Telescope], or large ground-based optical telescopes with adaptive optics, we see disks with rings and gaps all over,” Julien Girard of the Space Telescope Science Institute said in the press release. “The open question has been, are there planets there? In this case, the answer is yes.”According to the study, PDS 70 is roughly 6 million years old and it’s slightly smaller than our sun. The young star is surrounded by a disk of dust and gas with a big gap extending from approximately 1.9 to 3.8 billion miles.Exoplanets PDS 70 b and c. (Photo Credit: ESO / S. Haffert-Leiden Observatory)PDS 70 b, the innermost planet that was first spotted in 2018, is placed within the disk gap about two billion miles from its star and it could weigh from 4 to 17 times as much as Jupiter. PDS 70 c, a newly discovered planet, is near the outer edge of the disk gap roughly 3.3 billion miles from the star and it’s not as massive as PDS 70 b. The inner planet (PDS 70 b) circles the star twice in the time it takes the outer planet (PDS 70 c) to orbit around one time.PDS 70 c was detected from the ground with the European Southern Observatory’s (ESA’s) Very Large Telescope (VLT)’s MUSE spectrograph. Astronomers on the team were very surprised to find the second planet while using a new observing mode developed to study galaxies and star clusters.Our team is excited to present the first evidence for a circumplanetary disc (CPD)! CPDs are discs of gas and dust believed to surround giant planets (e.g. Jupiter) when they are born, and be the birthplace of their moons. Our results suggest newborn planet PDS 70 b has a CPD! pic.twitter.com/8ph2RdQrhx— Valentin Christiaens (@Valentin__C) June 4, 2019“This new observing mode was developed to study galaxies and star clusters at higher spatial resolution,” said Sebastiaan Haffert of Leiden Observatory. “But this new mode also makes it suitable for exoplanet imaging, which was not the original science driver for the MUSE instrument.”NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope might be able to study this “planet nursery” and other planet systems with a similar observation technique in the future. This would allow scientists to measure the density of gas and the temperature within the disk, which would improve their understanding of the formation of gas giant planets.More on Geek.com:NASA’s Planet Hunter Finds First Earth-Sized ExoplanetAstronomers Observe ‘Super-Jupiter’ Exoplanet for First TimeKepler’s First Exoplanet Candidate Confirmed, 10 Years Later
Stay on target Spotify’s experimental listening app Stations is now available in the US.Introduced in Australia earlier this year, the Pandora knock-off is free to download for iOS and Android.“With the world’s music at your fingertips, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge,” according to an app-store description. “Stations gets you to music instantly—no searching or typing needed.”Like the long-running Internet radio service it apes, Spotify Stations relies on user feedback—in the form of a thumbs up or thumbs down—to create personalized playlists.Easily tune your stations by adding or removing artists.Since moving to the UK and losing access to my curated Pandora channels, I’ve learned to lean on Spotify’s pre-generated playlists and artist radio stations for effortless listening.But there is only so far “similar to Elton John” can take you.Spotify’s stand-alone radio app is now available in the US (via Spotify Stations)Open Stations for instantaneous tunes—occasionally disrupted by advertisements for free users; premium subscribers can enjoy an ad-free experience, while skipping an unlimited number of tracks, Billboard revealed.The platform, which requires a Spotify account, also incorporates popular features like Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Favorites.“At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of experiments to create better listening experiences for our users,” a company spokesperson told Geek in an email.“Some of those tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important [lesson],” the statement continued. “Spotify Stations is one of those tests.”Another experiment, reported this week by The Verge, involves the creation of podcast playlists (another Pandora dupe): Citing a source close to the company, the tech blog tipped curated episode suggestions around specific genres.Five playlists themed around comedy, true crime, “geek culture,” “walking (motivational),” and mindfulness are rolling out to a handful of users in North America, South America, the UK, and Spotify HQ Sweden.“It’s unclear how the curators are choosing the episodes,” The Verge said, wondering if they’re working from network deals or picking personal recommendations.“This test aims to make it easier for users to discover new podcasts while giving creators another mechanism to connect with new fans,” according to Spotify. “We have no further information to share at this time.”More on Geek.com:This Device Lets You Play Your Spotify Music Without a PhoneSpotify Is Testing a New Feature That Will Let You Block Music ArtistsBuild Spotify Playlists With Friends in MessengerEditor’s note: This article was updated at 7:05 a.m. ET with comment from Spotify. Spotify’s Rise to Power Dramatized in TV Mini-SeriesDisney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify Hub
Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSISS Astronauts Study What Happens to Concrete Mixed in Space Stay on target A lack of gravity could cause objects to act funky in space, and a recent video from Canadian Space Agency (CSA) cosmonaut David Saint-Jacques demonstrates how bubbles and water can behave differently when they are away from Earth.Shaking a plastic bag filled with water will generate a couple of tiny air bubbles, which head to the top of the bag, but if you do the same task in space, these bubbles act weird. Saint-Jacques’ footage captured different-sized air bubbles moving and gurgling around a bag with a gel-like substance, which is actually some H20, Space.com reported. With the air bubbles, scientists can better understand how items could change in zero gravity environments.“Odd behaviour of air bubbles in water in the absence of the effects of gravity.” – @Astro_DavidS#DareToExploreVideo: CSA/NASA pic.twitter.com/p3g1myuIua— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) June 1, 2019Water has this bizarre “disguise” in space due to a lack of gravity. On our planet, air doesn’t weigh as much as water and this causes it to rise upward and break apart through water droplets. At the Space Station though, these air bubbles like to “hang out” in water because there isn’t a force holding the water below them.Saint-Jacques is scheduled to return to Earth on June 24, until then, he will take part in a couple of other experiments, including setting up the Bio-Analyzer, a Canadian technology that can quickly test blood, saliva, urine, and other body fluids, and finalizing the Bio-Monitor, a Canadian smart shirt system that can easily measure astronauts’ vital signs at the Space Station.More on Geek.com:Growing ‘Alien’ Exoplanets Circle Distant Star in New Astronomy Image‘Double Asteroid’ Speeding By Earth at 43,000 MPH Captured in PhotoStunning Images of a Sunset on Earth Captured From Space
Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Amazon this week expanded its free one-day shipping service, promising to deliver last-minute products to Prime members the very next day.But what if you need sunscreen and beach towels now?The company on Wednesday unveiled its latest Prime Air drone: A fully electric device that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver lightweight packages to customers in less than 30 minutes.“Our newest drone design includes advances in efficiency, stability, and, most importantly, in safety,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, wrote in a blog.Wilke introduced the next-gen UAV at Amazon’s first re:MARS conference—a new global AI event examining machine learning, automation, robotics, and space.Boasting a hybrid design, the Prime Air drone makes vertical takeoffs and landings like a helicopter, while being efficient and aerodynamic like an airplane.It is controlled with six degrees of freedom—more than the standard four—for added stability (particularly handy when operating in gusty wind conditions).“We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if they know the system is incredibly safe,” Wilke said. “So we’re building a drone that isn’t just safe, but independently safe, using the latest artificial intelligence technologies.”Amazon’s drone doesn’t simply rely on communications systems for situational awareness. Using diverse sensors and advanced algorithms, the aircraft can detect (and dodge) static objects like a chimney, as well as moving objects like a paraglider or helicopter.Upon descent, it leans on embedded stereo vision and artificial intelligence to identify a clear location for landing. Amazon even invented computer-vision techniques to help drones recognize and avoid clotheslines, telephone wires, or electrical wires.“We’re also thrilled about the potential environmental impact,” Wilke wrote.Prime Air is one of the company’s sustainability initiatives to help achieve Shipment Zero—a vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon. In February, the e-retailer announced a short-term goal to reach 50 percent by 2030.“Today, most of us run to the store because we need an item now. With a service like Prime Air, we’ll be able to order from home and stay home,” the blog said. “This saves tremendously on fuel usage and reduces emissions.”Watch: Boston Dynamics Robot Is Now a Warehouse Worker<br />More on Geek.com:FAA Greenlights Google Wing Drone Deliveries in USDHL Kicks Off Regular Autonomous Drone Deliveries in ChinaUPS to Transport Medical Samples Via Drone
Stay on target “When you get home from a 10-hour overnight shift at 6 a.m. to find THIS sitting on your doorstep,” Prestridge wrote on Facebook. “I thought it would be smaller and thinner than what he was saying but..nope! 6 to 7 feet, fat, and heavy!! If it wasn’t for his funny story about running, I’d probably still be asleep lol.”After spotting the alligator, Prestridge immediately contacted his brother for help and then a trapper was called to the scene to take the alligator off the property.Alligators love the comforts of suburban living in Florida: On Friday, an annoying alligator attempted to sneak into a homeowner’s garage in Fort Myers. Thankfully, the driver who captured the incident on video alerted the homeowner, who was still in the garage at the time and was able to stay clear of the creature.More on Geek.com:Watch: Pesky Alligator Attempts to Sneak Into Garage in FloridaWatch: Rude Alligator Crashes Couple’s Picnic Date in Florida 8-Foot Alligator Spotted Hiding in Hallway of Florida Elementary School In Florida, a man came home after his 10-hour shift and discovered a ginormous alligator waiting for him at the front door.On June 1, Michael Prestridge left his Amazon Fulfillment Center job, headed home, and was ready to relax for the day when the “scaly friend” greeted him at the front door, Fox 35 Orlando News reported. Prestridge, who captured the incident in a photo and shared it on Facebook, showed the alligator, who was easily over 6 feet in length, hanging out at his doorstep. Georgia Man Catches Gigantic 14-Foot AlligatorHunters Catch ‘Monster’ 13-Foot Alligator in Mississippi River
Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… The Game of Thrones coffee cup dilemma continues: After the show ended last month, fans are still blaming Emilia Clarke and Sophie Turner for the object’s random appearance in a major scene. However, Turner claims that the incident was actually Kit Harington’s fault.In an interview with Conan O’Brien, Turner jokingly addressed the coffee cup controversy, which is still carrying on even though Game of Thrones ended last month, Fox News reported. Turner cleared the air and said Clarke wasn’t to blame either, since they both had to wear corsets during production.“I hear this every day of my life, this coffee cup thing. So it’s good to know that the coffee cup got more press than the final season altogether,” Turner told O’Brien on his show.She continued, “The coffee cup was where Kit’s [Harington’s] chair was. First I blamed it on Emilia [Clarke], but I don’t think Emilia [Clarke] would do that. Kit [Harington] is lazy, and I think he would have done that. It was in front of Kit’s [Harington’s] chair and then obviously he moved, so this picture was taken and it looked like it was in my seat, but I wasn’t there either. It was Kit [Harington]. It was a 100 percent Kit [Harington].”Turner then went on to explain how she had a complicated costume situation that didn’t really allow her to drink a lot of beverages on set.“I wear a corset, so I either piss myself or I throw up,” Turner told O’Brien.The already infamous coffee cup has now been edited out of this week’s #GameofThrones if you watch it back(via @verge) pic.twitter.com/ePWkhuHt2l— Fandom (@getFANDOM) May 7, 2019The rogue coffee cup, which didn’t turn out to be an actual Starbucks cup, showed up in a key Season 8, Episode 4 scene, where Winterfell was celebrating a victory over the Night King’s army. Fans pointed out that the coffee cup was placed next to Daenerys Targaryen in the scene, and following major backlash, HBO apologized and eventually removed the coffee cup from the Game of Thrones episode.Game of Thrones is officially over, but none of the cast or crew members have come forward and admitted that they left the coffee cup there. So far, the out-of-place object remains a mystery and it doesn’t look like fans will receive any confessions soon.More on Geek.com:Emilia Clarke Responds to ‘Game of Thrones’ Coffee Cup Controversy‘Game of Thrones’ Deletes Random Starbucks Cup From Season 8 Scene‘Game of Thrones’ Left a Starbucks Cup in a Scene and Fans Are Freaking Out
Researchers have identified a massive eruption in the atmosphere of HR 9024, an active star, for the first time.This eruption, which was characterized by a strong flash of X-rays followed by the emission of hot gas with charged particles, marks the first time a coronal mass ejection (CME) has been observed in a star other than the sun, said a Chandra X-ray Observatory press release. The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Nature Astronomy, used data obtained by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to show that CMEs are generated in magnetically active stars and why they’re important to stellar physics.“The technique we used is based on monitoring the velocity of plasmas during a stellar flare. This is because, in analogy with the solar environment, it is expected that, during a flare, the plasma confined in the coronal loop where the flare takes place moves first upward, and then downwards reaching the lower layers of the stellar atmosphere,” said Costanza Argiroffi, who led the study. “Moreover, there is also expected to be an additional motion, always directed upwards, due to the CME associated with the flare.”Researchers studied a flare that took place on HR 9024, which is located roughly 450 light-years away from our planet. Chandra’s High-Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer (HETGS), an instrument that can measure coronal plasmas’ motions at quick speeds, was used to observe the flare. According to these observations, during the flare, a super hot material that’s between 18 to 45 million degrees Fahrenheit, first goes up and then goes down with speeds between 225,000 to 900,000 miles per hour.For the 1st time, we’ve detected a coronal mass ejection from a star other than our own! This event, located 450 light years from Earth, was marked by an intense flash of X-rays followed by the emission of a big bubble of plasma. More on these phenomena: https://t.co/L1kULwOdVq pic.twitter.com/ft6S012aAa— NASA (@NASA) June 9, 2019Chandra’s data also enabled the studied CME’s mass to be obtained, which was roughly 10,000 times greater than the largest CMEs sent to interplanetary space by the sun. However, the CME’s speed was much lower than expected and might suggest that the magnetic field found in active stars could be less efficient in speeding up CMEs than the solar magnetic field.“This result, never achieved before, confirms that our understanding of the main phenomena that occur in flares is solid,” Argiroffi added. “We were not so confident that our predictions could match in such a way with observations, because our understanding of flares is based almost completely on observations of the solar environment, where the most extreme flares are even a hundred thousand times less intense in the X-radiation emitted.”More on Geek.com:NASA’s Chandra Spots Pairs of Stars ‘Banished’ From Galaxies Chandra X-Ray Telescope Uncovers Universe’s Missing MatterNASA Observes Mysterious Galactic ‘Jellyfish’ in Deep Space NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target
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