Second Massive Planet Discovered Around Nearby Baby Star

Beta Pictoris is an incredible laboratory for planetary scientists intrigued by the formation of planets. It is a young star at only 23 million years old (compared to the 5 billion years of our Sun), has a disk of debris around it, a belt of planetesimals, and evaporating exocomets. Not only that but two massive planets orbit the star. The discovery of the second planet, Beta Pictoris c, was recently announced in the journal Nature Astronomy. The planet was found thanks to 10 years’ worth of observations conducted using the HARPS instrument on the Very Large Telescope. “We talking [sic] about a giant planet about 3,000 times more massive than Earth, situated 2.7 times further from its star than the Earth is from the Sun,” lead …

“Thats Not Really My Uncle,” Scared Boy Tells Woman Behind Him on Plane Then a Text Message Changes Everything

ShareTweetPin All too often, people assume that human trafficking is a third-world problem—but disturbingly, one of the most privileged countries in the planet is also one of the most prevalent for this heinous crime. According to the State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, The United States is a breeding ground for human trafficking. Even more unsettling is the massive number of labor-trafficking victims that arrive in the United States via airplane before being exploited: a whopping 71 percent. Now more than ever, airlines are realizing the critical role they play in the fight to end human trafficking. Delta Airlines is joining the fight through their partnership with Polaris, the originators of the National Human Trafficking Hotline. In addition to …

Stop Spending Time With People Who Deplete Your Energy, Your Confidence, And Your Happiness

Holly Riordan Updated August 26, 2019 By Lucija Ros Stop spending time with people who make you feel worse about yourself, people who never have anything nice to say about you, people who never compliment you but always save time to criticize you. Stop spending time with people who lower your self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Stop spending time with people who are never happy for you, never celebrate alongside you, never give you any compliments or show their appreciation for you. Stop spending time with people who are always one-upping your accomplishments — and your failures. Stop spending time with people who always think they have it better (or worse) than you and disregard your feelings because they’re too …

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

Henry the sex robot is the “mind” of a “woman” trapped in the “body” of a “man.” When you talk to Henry, you’re really talking to the artificial intelligence database Realbotix developed for its female predecessor, Harmony. To masculinize Henry, Realbotix founder and CEO Matt McMullen and five other “robot heads” sit with Henry doing R&D, which amounts to chatting Henry up. “Henry, how was your day?” McMullen asks. “Just fine, baby,” Henry says. “But when are you going to take me out to dinner?” The humans all look at each other. “That didn’t sound quite right,” McMullen says, and the others agree. The language database they’re developing for Henry shouldn’t include soliciting nights out on the town. “Sometimes Henry …

Ancient Mars Might Have Been Warm Enough For Rainstorms Before Freezing Over

Planetary scientists still struggle to clearly define the climate history of Mars billions of years ago. Although there is evidence to suggest the planet’s water was flowing freely on its surface, some models instead point to a frigid world where this water was trapped in ice form. Now, new findings based on Martian minerals, presented at the Goldschmidt Geochemical Conference in Barcelona, suggest the planet might have gone from a warm, wet period full of rainstorms to a colder one at some point between 3 and 4 billion years ago. “We know there were periods when the surface of Mars was frozen; we know there were periods when water flowed freely. But we don’t know exactly when these periods were, and how long they lasted. We have …

These Are 4 Ways You Can Help The Amazon During The Wildfire

Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images Here’s How To Help The Amazon During The Devastating Wildfire By Shelby Black 3 days ago The Amazon rainforest is one of the most important ecosystems in the world, and it’s in trouble. In August 2019, the forest nicknamed the “lungs of the planet” was hit by a devastating wildfire that has been destroying acres of the irreplaceable forest. This could devastate the planet, so here’s how to help the Amazon during this serious wildfire. Listen up, everyone. The Amazon rainforest consists of nearly eight million square miles, and two-thirds of the rainforest is within Brazil. However, over the past few days, Brazil’s section of the Amazon rainforest has experienced one of the largest wildfires …

Facial Recognition Technique To Predict Extreme Weather, Scientists Say

Machine learning technology used in facial recognition could predict extreme weather events responsible for billions of dollars of damage every year, according to a new study published in the Monthly Weather Review. Storms that produce hail can have large, damaging impacts on agriculture, property, and even wildlife. Just last week, as many as 13,000 shorebirds and waterfowl were killed in a severe hailstorm in eastern Montana. Such storm events cost as much as $22 billion every year in damages to people and property, according to CBS News. More than 4,600 major hailstorms occurred in 2018, according to NOAA’s Severe Storms database, with the majority of damages being reported in the central part of the country. But the size and severity of hailstorms …

Microsoft contractors listened in on Xbox users

Contractors employed by Microsoft listened in on Xbox users as part of a program to improve the gaming systems voice command capabilities, Motherboard reports. The console is designed to listen to users following commands such as Hey Cortana, the name of Microsofts personal assistant, as well as Xbox. Contractors first began listening to user audio back in 2013 when MicrosoftsKinect system was designed to take voice commands before Cortana was introduced to the Xbox in 2016. One contractor speaking with Motherboard on condition of anonymity claimed that children were regularly overheard as part of Microsofts program. It was frequently the same games. Same DLCs. Same types of commands, the contractor said. Xbox give me all the games for free or …

Donald Trump Isn’t Worried About A 2019 Recession, But Here’s What To Know

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images Is A Recession Coming In 2019? Donald Trump Apparently Isn’t Worried By Shelby Black 11 hours ago Over the past few months, there have been rumors flying that the United States could be seeing another recession. Just 10 years after the end of the Great Recession, another economic decline could be a serious problem for Americans, but there’s been no confirmation as of yet. However, as rumors increase, one has to wonder: is a recession coming in 2019? One thing is for sure, the president isn’t worried. In recent weeks and months, there have been a few indicators that might suggest that the United States could face another recession in 2019. One of the biggest …

How to watch ‘Detective Pikachu’ right now

If only your nine-year-old self could know that eventually, after like, a bajillion tries, they finally made a great video game movie. Detective Pikachu stole hearts the second the trailer dropped last year, and surprised even the harshest fanboys when it became one of blockbuster seasons greatest hits. Detective Pikachu In the first live-action Pokmon movie (there are countless animated ones), plucky young Tim Goodman must trek to Ryme City, a metropolis where pocket monsters and humans live together in harmony. Thats right: check your Pok Balls at the city limits, and have your pal follow you around like in Pokmon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Goodmans father Harry is missing, after poking his nose where it didnt belong. Luckily, Harrys partner …

Police chiefs call urgent talks on officer safety

The top officers will share lessons from the recent attacks on their frontline officers as part of a discussion “to see if there is anything more we can do to tangibly improve their safety”, Mr Hewitt said. The Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, has also been asked to give its input. Related Topics Police Federation Policing Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Sterns: The raves in the house on the hill

Image copyright Rachel Jones Image caption Parties at Sterns often went on into the early hours The house formerly known as Sterns was bought in 1919 by Sir Frederick Stern – banker, horticulturalist and one-time private secretary to ex-Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Image copyright Rachel Jones Image caption Rachel Jones and Mensa would regularly travel to London to hear the latest music Life in Britain in the early 1990s was punctuated by Freedom to Party marches and Conservative rule, while the headlines were dominated by ecstasy and illegal raves. The prevalence of the latter, particularly those in warehouses and fields around the M25, eventually led to the Criminal Justice Act, which famously targeted music “characterised by the emission of …

A Mexican and an American walked a highline hundreds of feet over the border to make a political point

(CNN)As politicians on Capitol Hill clashed over immigration, Corbin Kunst had a different struggle ahead of him: successfully crossing the Mexico-US border hundreds of feet in the air. It was an act of solidarity to show that people can come together even when political differences tear us apart. And soon the world will be able to see how this symbolic mission came together in a film called “The Imaginary Line” debuting this weekend. “Our story, we want to use it to show people that we need to be looking at our immigration issues from an environmental but also humanitarian standpoint,” Kunst said. “We do not benefit when we isolate ourselves.” An attempt to change the political conversation something exciting is …