Sputnik International
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The Economic Times
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The first hints of China's economic performance this month suggest that a slowdown in growth is taking hold, as policy makers beef up efforts to clamp down on financial risks. The international-investor optimism that dominated in the earlier part of the year is now souring, as curbs on leverage push up the cost of domestic borrowing. Small and medium-sized companies are also reporting dented confidence, and sentiment among sales managers and in the steel market worsened. A surprise cut in China's debt rating by Moody's Investors Service last week may mark a turning point for the world's second-largest economy, as momentum weakens following a better-than-expected expansion in the first quarter. Yet the gloom shouldn't spread too far, with consumers still spending, factory-gate prices gaining and home prices defying predictions of a hard landing.
Hackaday
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[Michael Brandl] got to visit the Milka chocolate factory in Bludenz, Austria and was inspired to build this simulation of the production process for the LEGO world 2017 event in Copenhagen. The process begins with the empty mold riding on a double row of tank treads. Subsequent modules seem to fill the mold with LEGO ingredients, cool the bars, and remove them from the mold. The last two steps rock: [Michael] built a dispenser that drops a tiny cardboard box onto the line, sized to hold 3 LEGO bars. The box rolls to the end of the line and is picked up by a pneumatic gripper that picks up the box and places it on a pallet. While more whimsical than the LEGO liquid handler we featured recently, there are a lot of interesting robotic techniques to be learned here. On the reverse angle video you can see more of what’s going on with the wiring of the various motors and sensors.
Techradar - Reviews
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Looks aside, the updated ZenBook Pro is also much thinner, measuring a scant 18.9mm thin, whereas the UX501 was 21mm thick. More impressively, Asus latest 15-incher is 1.8 kg, which is also significantly lighter than the 2.26kg model it replaces. Its startling how thin the ZenBook Pro is when you consider it comes outfitted with a GPU that we typically see inside entry-level gaming laptops . The only other thin-and-light 15-inch laptop to come with the same part is the Dell XPS 15 (that happens to be only a hair thinner). The only downslides to this slimmer, lighter form-factor is the full-sized SD has been shrunk to a MicroSD sized one. Key travel also offers a less satisfying click with each key stroke, but thankfully its not too disappointing. Almost all is forgiven with a glass trackpad that feels much better than the plastic surface of the pointing device on the UX501.
The Economic Times
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The first hints of China's economic performance this month suggest that a slowdown in growth is taking hold, as policy makers beef up efforts to clamp down on financial risks. The international-investor optimism that dominated in the earlier part of the year is now souring, as curbs on leverage push up the cost of domestic borrowing. Small and medium-sized companies are also reporting dented confidence, and sentiment among sales managers and in the steel market worsened. A surprise cut in China's debt rating by Moody's Investors Service last week may mark a turning point for the world's second-largest economy, as momentum weakens following a better-than-expected expansion in the first quarter. Yet the gloom shouldn't spread too far, with consumers still spending, factory-gate prices gaining and home prices defying predictions of a hard landing.
Autocar
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The specs are simple enough – just standard and GT – but when it is a used buy, you may as well aim for the GT. Leather trim, panoramic roof and sat-nav are all going to help when you sell it on later. One of the baffling decisions you have to make when buying a Scirocco is choosing an engine. There have been several updates over the years and we could bore you to death about them, but stick to post-2009 models for the better buys. All of them pull the coupé along at a fair rate and most are pretty frugal as well. There is a lot to be said for the TSI petrol engines and we really like the smallest 1.4, which got a mild power boost in 2014. Otherwise, there is an enthusiastic 2.0 petrol for GTI-sized thrills and a couple of TDI diesels that would suit a higher-mileage driver well. It is tough not to like the Scirocco. Sorting out the trims and the engines that best suit you is by far the hardest part.
Variety
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Jasmine Trinca delivers an over-sized, nervy performance but the material is so flawed that it’s hard to truly say whether it’s exceptional acting.
Futurity
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A giant, spinning, doughnut-shaped mass of molten or vaporized rockcalled a synestia—may form as planet-sized objects smash into each other in space, scientists propose in a new paper. And at one point early in its history, the Earth itself was likely a synestia, says Sarah Stewart, a professor in the earth and planetary sciences department at the University of California, Davis. Stewart and coauthor Simon Lock, a graduate student at Harvard University, describe the new object in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets . Synestias form when planet-sized objects crash into each other with high energy and angular momentum. This new object opens up new ways to think about how the moon formed, and they could be spotted in other solar systems. (Credit: Simon Lock) Lock and Stewart study how planets can form from a series of giant impacts.
The Economic Times
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The Iran Project
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Kentish Gazzette
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Daily Mail - Home
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Pint-sized magician Issy Simpson (pictured) certainly wowed Britain's Got Talent viewers at her audition – and she's being tipped for even greater things in this week's live semi-finals.
ScienceDaily
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A new species of a fossil pliosaur (large predatory marine reptile from the 'age of dinosaur') has been found in Russia and profoundly change how we understand the evolution of the group, says an international team of scientists.
Techradar
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It's initially quite jarring to fly the device in this fashion, but after a while you'll wish all drones came with such an accessory. On the downside, Parrot has locked away some of the Bebop 2's more interesting features, such as route planning and 'follow me' functionality, behind a paywall, which means the cost increases further if you want to use these. Battery life is also somewhat disappointing, so it may be worth investing in a spare power cell. Read the full review: Parrot Bebop 2 The Mavic Pro is the smallest drone in DJI's lineup, and features folding arms so it can be stowed away in your bag. Don't let its diminutive size fool you though this pint-sized flyer boasts the kind of performance that DJI's other drones are famous for. The camera is mounted on a gimbal, which is unusual for drones of this size. It delivers fantastic results with both photos and video in good lighting, although the small size of the sensor means low-light shooting can sometimes be tricky.
The Iran Project
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Pouyanné declared that his company is trying to develop its own mechanism for transactions with Iran. Total is trying to develop its own channels to carry out banking affairs concerning Iran without falling afoul of US primary sanctions that still restrict doing financial activities with Tehran, Pouyanné said. He reiterated that his company was trying to find European lenders willing to be a day-to-day banker in Iran to press ahead with its investment plans in Iran. We have identified some, I would say, medium-sized banks that are ready to work with Iran,” Pouyanné added.
Autocar
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Much of the interior trim is crafted from Macassar Ebony and Paldao wood, with Moccassin and Dark Spice leather trim on the seats, armrests and dashboard top. In place of the rear seats is a vast expanse of wood that has been crafted into a mid-shelf with an illuminated glass lip. There is also a hat shelf, which sits under the rear opening backlight. Hidden features of the Rolls-Royce Sweptail Not all of the custom design touches of Sweptail are visible. Concealed on either side of the car are two identical panniers, which house bespoke-made attaché leather-wrapped carbon-fibre cases (sized to exactly house the owner’s laptop). Those cases match a luggage set produced by Rolls-Royce Bespoke, which fits in the car’s wood-clad trunk. Perhaps the most outlandish feature of Sweptail is concealed in the centre console: a mechanism that reveals a bottle of champagne along with two crystal flutes.
Sunderland Echo
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Washington Free Beacon
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No . So let us raise a glass to Roger Moore. But a glass of what, exactly? In the book Bond on Bond: Reflections on 50 Years of James Bond Movies , Moore reveals himself to be a martini purist, i.e., one with gin: My gin of choice is Tanqueray, and the vermouth has to be Noilly Prat. Take the glass or cocktail shaker you are using, and, for two sensible-sized Martinis, fill 1/4 of each glass with Noilly Prat. Swill it around and then discard it. Next, top the glasses up with gin, drop in a zest of lemon, and place the glasses in a freezer or ice-cold fridge until you are—or should I say she is—ready. Oh, James! The post Roger Moore's Martini appeared first on Washington Free Beacon .
Global News
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A Montrealer is happy to be alive after a rock was thrown at his car while he was driving on the highway.
China Daily
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BBC News 24
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But before we go, NASA's Juno probe has just delivered these dramatic images of Jupiter's south pole, complete with earth sized cyclones and its own northern lights style aurora. Good night
BBC Two England
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Katie Razzall with that undivided Britain. But before we go, NASA's Juno probe has just delivered these dramatic images of Jupiter's south pole, complete with earth sized cyclones.
Cnet
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Aimed at regular people, the drone maker uses many of its automation tricks to make this palm-sized quadcopter as easy to fly as possible.