Universe Today
14 minutes
This study shows that certain species of microorganisms are not dependent on a the presence of a dense atmosphere for their survival. It also shows that these particular species of methanogens could withstand periodic contact with the Martian atmosphere. This all bodes well for the theories that Martian methane is being produced organically possibly in subsurface, wet environments. This is especially good news in light of evidence provided by NASA's HiRISE instrument concerning Mars' recurring slope linea e, which pointed towards a possible connection between liquid water columns on the surface and deeper levels in the subsurface. If this should prove to be the case, then organisms being transported in the water column would be able to withstand the changing pressures during transport. The possible ways methane might get into Marsatmosphere, ranging from subsurface microbes and weathering of rock and stored methane ice called a clathrate.
euronews
26 minutes
It is tough for us to balance our work and our personal life, but add kids to the mix and the going gets really tough, especially for women. This week, Malta sets the stage for Real Economy’s peak into the baby steps that are being taken and what is desperately needed to ensure that Europe’s mothers and fathers have what they need to have the children our aging population desperately needs. *Crash Course* * Fewer women than men across Europe work. Fewer than in Japan, the US or S… READ MORE : http://www.euronews.com/2017/01/17/balancing-work-and-children What are the top stories today? Click to watch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSyY1udCyYqBeDOz400FlseNGNqReKkFd euronews: the most watched news channel in Europe Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=euronews euronews is available in 13 languages: https://www.
Hackaday
27 minutes
1980s American teenagers, if they were lucky enough to attend a school with a computer lab, would have sat down in front of Apple IIs or maybe Commodore VIC20s. Similarly, their British cousins had BBC Micros. Solid and educational machines with all sorts of wholesome software, which of course the kids absolutely preferred to run in preference to playing computer games. New Zealanders, at least a few of them, had the Poly-1. A footnote in the 8-bit microcomputer story, this was a home-grown computer with a built-in monitor clad in a futuristic one-piece plastic shell. Non-Kiwis never had the chance to encounter its 6809 processor and 64k of RAM, the global computer business being too great a challenge for a small New Zealand technology company, especially one whose government support had evaporated. Decades after the end of Poly-1 production, some survive in the hands of enthusiasts.
Ars Technica
an hour
Enlarge / The Halley VI Research Station prior to relocation. (credit: British Antarctic Survey ) Running a research station in the extreme conditions of Antarctica comes with a long list of logistical challenges. Keeping people alive is obviously job one, but the buildings themselves need looking after, too—especially if you're trying to maintain a station on a floating ice shelf. And a floating ice shelf is where the UK’s Halley Research Station has been since 1956, or rather, where all six incarnations of the Halley Research Station have been. In 2002, when the UK realized that Halley V was doomed to reach the dangerous end of the floating conveyor belt of ice soon, its researchers opted for a change from the series of simple, temporary structures they had built. Instead, they designed a set of portable buildings. Looking a bit like a giant cross between Lego bricks and a caterpillar, Halley VI is a series of buildings on stilts and skis that can be hauled around with a big enough tractor.
BoingBoing
an hour
The LA Times has featured our good friends at The Village Studios. Housed in a former Masonic temple, and once the west coast capital of transcendentalism, The Village Studios is a creative community workspace like no other, and the model of what creative spaces can and should be. I especially enjoy that the Times spares no ink attributing The Village's amazing sense of community, and environment of creativity, to studio CEO Jeff Greenberg. We are big fans at Boing Boing as well, and have found the Village an amazing place to work, and a lot of fun to hang out in! From the LA Times: Greenberg believes the reason the Village has succeeded is simple: “Professionals like being around other professionals.” Guitarist and songwriter John Mayer keeps a studio on the second floor, one of the most successful of a community of musicians who regularly book time at the Village.
Adweek
an hour
The business model of the old media agency was built on buying and trading media and thats what has glued the system together. Many are fighting hard to keep that cemented in place, and the current malaise is being exacerbated by the need for agencies to make money through their trading functions . But, clients are wising up to the savings guarantees that agencies have made over the past few years, and as they wake up to bot fraud, arbitrage and agency-owned inventory, clients are no longer settling for the illusion of value. The model isnt dead, but the patient is extremely sick. Clients will take all of their media buying back in-house We have certainly seen some of this happening, especially with digital media, and particularly with programmatic. But, I think this has less to do with perceived impropriety and more to do with data management.
Washingtons Blog
an hour
S. Democratic Party and some influential Republicans have been accusing Mr. Trump of being, essentially, a Russian agent and a grave threat to U.S. national security — much like, in the 1950s, the far-right John Birch Society and U.S. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy had accused U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower of being ‘soft on communism’ if not outright pro-Soviet and a traitor in the White House. The anonymous blogger who goes by the name of “Moon of Alabama” or “bernhard,” has been issuing most of the important news-reports about the Syrian war, especially concerning these developing events in Der Zor. On 11 December 2016, I headlined Obama & Erdogan Move ISIS from Iraq to Syria, to Weaken Assad” , and reported, based upon earlier reports from “bernhard”, and from Turkey’s government, and other sources, that the U.S.-coalition (the Saudi-led) plan for ousting ISIS from Mosul in Iraq had been to force the ISIS jihadists in Mosul Iraq to choose between either being killed there, or else continuing their jihad by relocating themselves westward to Der Zor in Syria , and retaking for ISIS that city, by conquering the Syrian government’s forces there.
Futurity
2 hours
Politico
2 hours
BMW Blog
2 hours
Twenty years ago, if you were to compare a Mustang and a BMW , people would wrinkle their nose at you. The two brands just weren't in the same hemisphere, as Ford made affordable sports cars and sedans for the common folk while BMW made posher sports cars and sedans for posher people. However, Ford has come decidedly upmarket with its cars, as of late, especially so with the Mustang. While it's still significantly cheaper than the BMW 4 Series , the Mustang can be serisouly considered as a budget alternative to BMW's slick coupe. BMW recently updated its 4 Series, giving it new headlights, taillights, some new interior bits and a better handling suspension. While not a dramatic update, it's enough to make an already good car just that little bit better. Ironically, Ford just updated its new Mustang as well and did a far more extensive job than BMW.
Mondoweiss
2 hours
MP dodges question I'm just working for a two state solution Sometimes people feel discomfort when they are cornered and do not know how to answer a question. It might make anyone feel uncomfortable, watching their boss or co-worker get tied up in knots flailing around unable to answer a simple question. Especially if your boss is an MP and the Chairperson of Labour Friends of Israel. But it doesn't make the person inquiring a racist, or an anti-Semite. Especially when the question is a logical and a straightforward political demand. Alex Richardson looks on, uncomfortably, as his boss dodges questions about what the Labour Friends of Israel are doing about the 2 state solution in practical terms If simply feeling uncomfortable is cause enough to file a report, this might help explain why Britain's C ommunity Security Trust (CST) reported 557 incidents of anti-Semitism across the UK last year, an 11% increase since 2015.
The Points Guy
2 hours
If you're planning to take advantage, note that you do have some flexibility — except for the first flight, you're allowed to change your itinerary and you can book up to two hours before departure. Some more good news: If you're based outside of Norway (but within select cities in Europe), your first and last flights between any of the following routes are included in the price of the Explore Norway pass: Aberdeen (ABZ) — Stavanger (SVG) and Bergen (BGO) Gøteborg (GOT) — Oslo (OSL) København (CPH) — Kristiansand (KRS) and Sandefjord (TRF) Overall, this is a really neat opportunityespecially if you'll be in the region or are planning a trip to Norway. And, generally speaking, the rates for two weeks of unlimited travelstarting at just $401 — are pretty unbeatable. H/T: One Mile at a Time Featured image courtesy of Brian Bumby via Getty Images.
TIME - Top Stories
3 hours
While growing up in Hollywood, Freidkin's parents worked in the film industry and had close friends that led full openly gay lives. He saw that world as a refuge and a place where gays were allowed to be themselves more than in any other place. But The Gay Essay really began while he explored the Los Angeles Gay Community Services Center where he met Morris Knight and Don Kilhefner, two men who ran the programs there and founded the Gay Liberation Front in Los Angeles in 1969 where they mobilized the community against the LAPDs harassment of homosexuals. They acted as Freidkins guides. They just helped me all around, he recalls. They especially helped me in learning how to listen, and really allowing peoples energy to come to me and through the lens of my camera. For Friedkin, the goal was to move past many stereotypes and deepen the representation of gay individuals of all types.
Politico
3 hours
Yet the merger of the companies – the second-largest deal announced last year -- hasn't been approved by the federal government that Trump now controls - and regulatory concerns remain, especially because it could reshape the world’s food supply. And Trump doesn't yet have an agriculture secretary to even consider whether the deal would help farmers and set policies on such mergers. The tactic shows how his hands-on style could create problems, how he’s blurring lines in the way traditional government works, and how committed he is to forcing companies to create new American jobs to fulfill his political promises. He has personally become involved in a number of deals, including bids to save jobs at auto plants and with Carrier, an Indiana air conditioning company. His tweets have rattled the stock market and sent company CEOs hurriedly rushing to Trump Tower for a meeting.
TIME - Top Stories
3 hours
Emma Watson is making a case for Beauty and the Beast s Belle as a feminist hero among the Disney princesses, while throwing some slight shade towards Cinderella in the process. In an interview with Total Film , the former Harry Potter darling explains that although she could have starred in the live-action version of Cinderella , she's glad that she'll be bringing Belle to the big screen in the live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. I didnt know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella , she said. But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did. While Watson said that the core DNA of Belle is a feminist, she also worked with director Bill Condon to ensure that her version of Belle would be an especially empowered character.
TIME - News
3 hours
Emma Watson is making a case for Beauty and the Beast s Belle as a feminist hero among the Disney princesses, while throwing some slight shade towards Cinderella in the process. In an interview with Total Film , the former Harry Potter darling explains that although she could have starred in the live-action version of Cinderella , she's glad that she'll be bringing Belle to the big screen in the live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. I didnt know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella , she said. But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did. While Watson said that the core DNA of Belle is a feminist, she also worked with director Bill Condon to ensure that her version of Belle would be an especially empowered character.
Politico
3 hours
Yet the merger of the companies – the second-largest deal announced last year -- hasn't been approved by the federal government that Trump now controls - and regulatory concerns remain, especially because it could reshape the world’s food supply. And Trump doesn't yet have an agriculture secretary to even consider whether the deal would help farmers and set policies on such mergers. The tactic shows how his hands-on style could create problems, how he’s blurring lines in the way traditional government works, and how committed he is to forcing companies to create new American jobs to fulfill his political promises. He has personally become involved in a number of deals, including bids to save jobs at auto plants and with Carrier, an Indiana air conditioning company. His tweets have rattled the stock market and sent company CEOs hurriedly rushing to Trump Tower for a meeting.
The Event Chronicle
3 hours
The reason I’m writing this book [ Bought Journalists ] is that I am very fearful of a new war in Europe and I dont like to have this situation again, because war is not never coming from itself. There’s always people behind it to push for war and this is not only politicians, this is journalists too.” He then noted the problem is “especially” in German media saying “my colleagues who day by day write [propaganda]against the Russians, who are in trans-Atlantic organizations, and who are supported by the United States to do so. Ulfkotte went on to describe his personal experience with American influencers and intelligence agencies. “I was bribed by the Americans not to report exactly the truth. I was invited by the German Marshall Fund of the United States to travel to the US. They paid for all my expenses and put me in contact with Americans they’d like me to meet,” he said.
The Huffington Post
4 hours
As many U.S. strategists also see merit in the agreement, since it deprives Iran of a nuclear option for at least a decade or more, a decisive shift on the nuclear deal appears unlikely. On the other hand, Trump could be pressured by his close associates -- especially his pick for national security advisor, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, a notoriously outspoken Iranophobe -- to counter the Iranians on other fronts. This could take a variety of forms, including stepped-up sanctions, increased aid to Saudi Arabia in its war against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen, or attacks on Iranian proxies in the Middle East. Any of these would no doubt prompt countermoves by Tehran, and from there a cycle of escalation could lead in numerous directions, all dangerous, including military action by the U.S., Israel, or Saudi Arabia. So mark this one as flash point four and take a deep breath.
The Huffington Post
4 hours
Escalation Watch Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Within months of taking office, President Donald Trump is likely to face one or more major international crises, possibly entailing a risk of nuclear escalation. Not since the end of the Cold War has a new chief executive been confronted with as many potential flashpoints involving such a risk of explosive conflict. This proliferation of crises has been brewing for some time, but the situation appears especially ominous now given Trumps pledge to bring American military force swiftly to bear on any threats of foreign transgression. With so much at risk, its none too soon to go on a permanent escalation watch, monitoring the major global hotspots for any sign of imminent flare-ups, hoping that early warnings (and the outcry that goes with them) might help avert catastrophe. Looking at the world today, four areas appear to pose an especially high risk of sudden crisis and conflict: North Korea, the South China Sea, the Baltic Sea region, and the Middle East.
Futurity
4 hours
2 unit decline in the pH of seawater in the next 50 years, which equates to a 55 percent increase in acidity. The California Current is considered especially vulnerable to acidification because the upwelling of deep, nutrient-rich water low in pH already influences the West Coast through certain parts of the year. The ocean absorbs about one-third of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels, which has led to a 0.1 unit drop in pH since the mid-1700s. The research built on an earlier effort by NOAA scientists Shallin Busch and Paul McElhany that quantified the sensitivity of various species to acidification, as originally reported in 393 separate papers. In a novel approach, Busch and McElhany weighed the evidence for each species based on its reported sensitivity in the laboratory, relevance to the California Current and agreement between studies.
The Huffington Post
4 hours
Or they do what I call Nanny Speed-Dating: they pick a day, invite ten candidates to meet them at Starbucks, interview each one for an hour, and then hire the person they like best. I also know plenty of parents who don't even bother to interview multiple candidates--they just hire the cousin of their best friend's nanny, or a neighbor's former nanny, because they become overwhelmed and don't want to bother with an extensive search. Unfortunately, all of these too-common approaches are rife with pitfalls. The problem with the interview-first approach, as Karen learned, is that it wastes a lot of time. Unless you figure out your exact needs and job criteria at the outset, you will spend a lot of energy meeting with candidates who ultimately, for one reason or another, aren't right for the job. No parent--especially an exhausted parent with a newborn--wants to spend any more time on their nanny search than is absolutely necessary.
The Huffington Post
4 hours
By way of background, bias exists in two forms, personal and professional. Personal bias exists in everyone, including news reporters due to their differing backgrounds and life experiences. Personal bias, however, presented as facts to the public under the guise of news creates professional bias. Its presence (perceived or real) creates a lack of trust for many Americans. For example, according to Gallup, only 32 percent of Americans have either a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in what the media is reporting. This marks a new low since the poll's inception in 1972. Two groups, Republicans and individuals between the ages of 18-49 have an especially low opinion of the media; only 14 percent of Republicans and 26 percent of 18-49 year olds have either a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in what the media reports. Recognizing this, some providers of fake news gear stories to these demographics.
Beijing Bulletin
4 hours
With weather conditions less than ideal, it makes leaving the house almost impossible. Especially if its only to make a quick trip to the grocery store. The cold season can definitely