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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It doesn’t matter where they go or who they’ve got, the New York Yankees always draw a crowd.That should remain true this weekend as the Bronx Bombers visit Oracle Park for the first time since 2007. The Yankees have a national audience, but even their most devoted followers may not know the names of the team’s starting nine.Fifteen different players have landed on the Yankees’ injured list this season, an astronomical number that includes power hitters like Aaron Judge and …last_img


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first_imgThere’s a small planetary object where it shouldn’t be.  New Scientist reported the discovery of a Kuiper Belt object (KBO) with a high inclination of 47° and a nearly circular orbit.  Astronomers can’t figure out how it got there.  It’s too far out to have been flung by Neptune into such a strange orbit.  They have nicknamed it Buffy, the “theory slayer.”Theories are fun, till data get in the way.  One planetary science professor years ago was heard to say that astronomers usually get stuck at some point in their models of solar system formation, and have to invoke some kind of miracle to continue on and wind up with the real worlds.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img


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first_imgThe men of muddle earth are wondering what to do with their hobbit prisoners.  Elizabeth Culotta wrote in Science about the ongoing debates among paleoanthropologists about how to interpret the diminutive skeletons found in the Liang Bua cave of Flores in Indonesia, affectionately dubbed hobbits.1  After four years of study (10/27/2004, 06/06/2006, 08/21/2006, 10/11/2006), there is still no consensus on whether they were diseased modern humans or some evolutionary side branch of hominids from Africa.    Paleoanthropologists meeting in Columbus, Ohio earlier this month got their first views of the LB1 skeleton.  William Jungers of State University of New York at Stony Brook claimed the creature had a slow gait, due to abnormalities with its feet.  He believes the hobbit provides a window into the primitive bipedal foot of australopithecines.  For that to be true, Leslie Aiello of New York City countered, it would have had to remain unchanged for a long time.  “How it got there and managed to persist–that’s clearly a challenge to explain.”  Others said there is no evidence for a migration like that.  To invent such a story is clearly a case of “special pleading.”    In short, no consensus has emerged about these small humans.  “Given the wildly diverging opinions on the hobbit,” Culotta ended, ‘Somebody’s going to take a big fall here.’”  She was quoting paleoanthropologist C. Owen Lovejoy of Kent State University in Ohio.  Maybe the fall will become evident by fall (autumn, that is).  Another research team will be excavating the cave this summer.1.  Elizabeth Culotta, “When Hobbits (Slowly) Walked the Earth,” Science, 25 April 2008: Vol. 320. no. 5875, pp. 433-435, DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5875.433.Evolutionists would love to have another case of chimps becoming humans here.  The early hopes have not materialized.  Our prediction: the skeletons will be shown to be human.  Wait and see.  They’ll find a fingernail-sized cell phone or something.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgIzulu Lami (My Secret Sky), the first feature film by Madoda Ncayiyana, won two awards at the 2009 International Pan African Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain in May, including the Best Actress award for 11-year-old Sobahle Mkhabase.Telling the story of two children who travel from the countryside to the city after their mother’s death, Izulu Lami features a cast of mainly young children who had never acted professionally before, discovered through extensive casting from the townships and informal settlements of Durban to the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal.The film received standing ovations at recent screenings in Japan and Zanzibar, and was a hit at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in France. Its had its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July before opening at cinemas countrywide on 17 August.Click arrow to view trailer.last_img read more


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first_imgA group of popular Web device designers briefly meet and draw up a sketch of their newest gadget. Once they all agree, they hit save and they’re done. By the end of the day, hundreds of truckloads of their latest Internet of Things device is not only in the hands of customers on every continent, but each device has already been uniquely modified for each user’s specific needs. This fast approaching era of desktop manufacturing via advanced MakerBots and other 3D printers is in part why ThingM co-founder Mike Kuniavsky runs an annual conference called Sketching in Hardware. The event aims to “bring together a small group of people from technology, education, art and design worlds to talk about how to make creating electronics as easy as drawing with a pencil.” Thanks to ReadWriteWeb reader Droom Zacht, who recognizes Kuniavsky’s Orange Cone blog feed as “a milestone of the Internet of Things,” we decided to more fully investigate Kuniavsky’s work.BackgroundIn the mid 1990s, Mike Kuniavsky was senior researcher at Wired Digital. He then moved on to co-found Adaptive Path and more recently ThingM, which works in the fields of hardware and software user experience, Web technology development and consumer robotics. Kuniavsky’s first book was Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner’s Guide to User Research. He has since published the Human Computer Interaction Handbook, and you can now pre-order his upcoming book Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design via Amazon. Orange Cone BlogOrangeCone is a public notebook where Kuniavsky shares his research and expertise as an Internet of Things usability expert. His blogging style is great for understanding the big-picture overview of what’s going on. He told us that, “For me, superficial differences (say: Flash vs. HTML5 vs. Cocoa) are not actually as important as the impact of deep infrastructural technologies, and I only see a couple of those. That’s why my focus these days is on how to create interfaces on multiple devices that still all read as the same service.” With some exceptions, Orange Cone is a collection of posts that you can read through as though it were an educational textbook. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Mike Kuniavsky “Changing Things” (Lift09 France EN) from Lift Conference on Vimeo.PrioritiesWhen we asked him about the most essential element of his work, he told us:“Dialogue about how to integrate information processing into our daily lives so that the result is greater productivity and satisfaction through technology, as opposed to increased use of technology for technology’s sake. Another way to say it: ubiquitous computing, interaction design, mobile UX design and Web sites are all part of the same thing to me. They’re all products of the interaction of several fundamental technologies (cheap chips and wireless networking being the most important) which is rapidly driving the increasing integration of information processing into everyday life.” Related Posts Tags:#Internet of Things#web deane rimerman Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… One of the most memorable posts is an excerpt from his upcoming book, Smart Things. In it he shares numerous screenshots of a 1994 mobile device called Magic Cap. This device predated Palm by several years and is far more sophisticated than what this writer thought was possible back then.A View of The FutureThe future according to Kuniavsky is best explained in a presentation he made at the 2009 Lift Conference in France titled “When Bits Meet Atoms: Making Things in a Read-Write World.” His presentation outlines the death of read-only material culture and the birth of Lessig’s read-write culture, which will fundamentally change our relationship with not just objects, but copyright law as well. In it he explains that “the end of Read-Only material culture, as I mark it, began in 1985, with the release of the Apple LaserWriter, which was the first mass market device that merged the flexibility of bits with the tangibility of atoms.” Back when we wrote about the top Internet of Things blogs to follow we left the Orange Cone blog off the list. At the time we hadn’t looked into his postings enough. But thanks to a ReadWriteWeb reader we realized that Orange Cone deserved a post of its own. Who’s next? Do you know of an Internet of Things innovator we need to write about? If so, please post your suggestion in the comments below. Images courtesy of Mike Kuniavsky, ThingM and Orange Cone. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Areas of intense connection include the Eastern Seaboard, the Pacific Northwest, the Bay Area, the Chicago area and the Southland. The overwhelming majority of the Mountain West and Southwest, as well as inland Northwest and California are a broadband desert. The map was built from 25 million documents that provided information on what kind of connections are available, who the providers are, where the connections are and what speed they operate at. The site allows a user to analyze the data, browse the map or enter a specific location to see how connected it is. It also requests that users provide missing information, such as an unlisted broadband provider. The APIs used to develop the map are all listed and developers are invited to use them. The home page lists the top five locations that have been searched on. 38 w 45th st new york, ny 10036franklin mcpherson square2 1st avenue, new york, ny2017 mission street, san francisco, californianyOther sources: PopSci Tags:#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission have released a map of the broadband connections across the United States. The most surprising thing in looking at the map? The reality that much of the country is not connected to broadband at all. But that was rather the point. The NTIA gives grants to projects in every state to increase the reach of broadband. curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


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first_imgTop seed Somdev Devvarman assured India at least a silver medal in the tennis competition of the Commonwealth Games by storming into the men’s singles final with a straight set win over Australia’s Matthew Ebden here today.Somdev, ranked 97th, outplayed third seed and world number 165 Ebden, 6-3 6-1 in one hour and 11 minutes in the men’s singles semifinals at the Centre Court of the R K Khanna Tennis stadium.His next opponent will also be an Australian as the other semifinal is an all-Australian affair between second seed Peter Luczak and fifth seed Greg Jones.Unlike the previous matches, the semifinal featured long rallies but Somdev had strong enough legs and stamina to outlast his opponent.Ebden was coming into this match after playing an energy-sapping three-setter against British Joshua Goodall and perhaps had not recovered from the gruelling encounter.Nevertheless, he did pose some questions for Somdev but the Indian was equipped with enough answers.The match never rose to expected highs ever since Ebden dropped his serve in the first game. The Australian slowly picked up but Somdev gradually tightened his grip over the match.The Indian broke Ebden twice in both the sets. He is also in contention in the men’s doubles and is scheduled to play semifinals with Rohan Bopanna later in the dayWith inputs from PTIlast_img read more