A new quarterly recruiting challenge for all ASA members and state associations is giving the chance to win prizes like an Amazon Kindle Fire, iPad Mini or Sony Flip video camera.Eligibility:Any member who recruits or renews 10 members during a quarter will be entered in a drawing to win the quarterly prize.For every additional 10 members recruited in the quarter, the recruiter receives an additional entry.ASA will conduct a drawing and notify the winner by e-mail or phone.Quarterly challenge dates and prizes:Jan. 1–March 31: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″April 1–June 30: iPad MiniJuly 1–Sept. 30: Sony Flip Ultra HD Video CameraASA also wants to issue a challenge to its affiliated state associations. ASA knows the success of its membership growth is the result of hard work and dedication by its state affiliates and wants to recognize them for their efforts.This year, ASA will award $500 each to the state association with the highest overall membership increase and the state association with the highest overall percentage increase for a quarter.
Weather Eye So this is summer without scorchers
I guess technically we are still in the dog days of summer but you certainly wouldn’t know it. My dog would usually be snuggled in the deep shade but she is still enjoying lying on the deck in the mid-afternoon sunshine. Maybe we could call it the “puppy days of summer”? Certainly most of the country is in the midst of hot and sultry days. It was too cloudy in most areas late Friday night for even a chance of viewing the northern lights — the best chance would have been in the Puget Sound region. I am still waiting for the first chorus of the crickets that usually appear this time of the year; perhaps they too may be a bit delayed as was our summer weather.And speaking about that, more morning clouds and afternoon sunshine with highs of 75-85 for the next week, depending on the intrusion of marine air. And so it goes. Summer is here and no rain in sight, keep the sprinkler going and if you are still looking for that first 90-degree day — well, keep on looking.July rainfallNormally I wouldn’t even mention local rainfall reports for July, but I will share a few just so you can see how much moisture fell on your yard and gardens last month. Usually to keep the grass green they say you want one inch of water per week as measured in a tuna can.Okay here we go: I measured 1.90 inches here in the Salmon Creek area; Judy Darke, Felida, 0.98 of an inch; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie; 1.29 inches; Irv St. Germain, S.W. Prune Hill, 1.14 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 1.50 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 1.28 inches; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 1.80 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 1.33 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 0.56 of an inch; Pete Conrad, near Tukes Mountain, 1.22 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mt. Vista, 1.20 inches; Larry Lebsack, N.E. Hazel Dell, 1.28 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 1.22 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 1.03 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 1.06 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 1.24 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 0.95 of an inch; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 0.82 of an inch; and Tyler Mode, Minnehaha, 1.05 inches.
A thundering round of applause please … clap, clap, clap. That is what nature provided Friday evening over many parts of Clark County as an isolated thunderstorm developed south of Washington and moved northward. A few brief downpours or sprinkles accompanied the clouds and thunder but amounts were quite light in most locations. I had reports from a trace to a few hundredths of an inch.I guess that was our Friday surprise. I expect no surprises the next five days or so, with fair skies and highs into the 80s all week. How does that sound, folks? A pleasant way to end the summer and lead up to the arrival of autumn Saturday at 7:49 a.m. Of course, at this season, you never know when a system will drift over with showers.It is anything but late-summer weather in southern Alaska. The National Weather Service said Saturday afternoon, “A powerful autumn storm is forecast to bring strong wind and heavy rain to much of South-central Alaska. Due to recent rainfall, the ground is saturated leading to a greater risk of flooding and fallen trees. Significant power outages are possible. Winds in Anchorage could gust to 65 mph, and farther east in the higher elevations winds could gust to 110 mph.”It won’t be too long before a barrage of weather systems ushers in our rainy season. Hopefully that will wait until late October or so.For the first two weeks of September, Vancouver’s mean temperature, 66.2 degrees, is just about normal. Rainfall is at 0.04 of an inch, about a half-inch below average.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.
Replacing Clark College sign will cost 4975
Clark College will pay $4,975 to replace the letters on the campus sign at the corner of Fort Vancouver Way and McLoughlin Blvd., according to a college official. The sign was vandalized the weekend of April 20. Vancouver Sign Group will complete the work by May 15.No suspects have been identified. Those with information about the sign’s vandalism can call campus security, 360-992-2133.
Washington AG Oregonled CRC passes legal muster
A top assistant to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said this week that an Oregon-led Columbia River Crossing would pass legal muster — as long as funds from Washington aren’t used in the project.In letters to Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral F.J. Kenney, Senior Assistant Attorney General Bryce Brown wrote that Washington can legally authorize Oregon to build and operate the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement on Washington soil.The Washington Legislature adjourned earlier this year without giving any money to the CRC. After being declared dead by leaders in both states, the project has re-emerged as a pared-down effort with Oregon at the helm. The revised plan would still build a new bridge over the Columbia with light rail and tolls, but would not immediately include any freeway work north of state Highway 14. The revised project would cost an estimated $2.7 billion.Brown weighed in on the project in response to questions by the Coast Guard, which is mulling whether to approve a bridge permit the CRC must have to move forward. After reviewing those questions, “we see no fatal flaws that would preclude Oregon’s lead on the project,” Brown wrote.The Coast Guard had asked primarily about the ability of various state agencies to authorize Oregon conduct work on the CRC in Washington. In each case, Brown’s letter found that such arrangements are possible with intergovernmental agreements — and without legislative approval. A memo to Inslee reached a similar conclusion on light rail, permitting, mitigation agreements and tolling.
Gen Vo Nguyen Giap of Vietnam succumbs at 102
HANOI, Vietnam — Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant and ruthless commander who led the outgunned Vietnamese to victory first over the French and then the Americans, died Friday. The last of the country’s old-guard revolutionaries was 102.A national hero, Giap enjoyed a legacy second only to that of his mentor, founding president and independence leader Ho Chi Minh.Giap died in a military hospital in the capital of Hanoi, where he had spent nearly four years because of illnesses, according to a government official and a person close to him. Both spoke on condition of anonymity before the death was announced in state-controlled media.Known as the “Red Napoleon,” Giap commanded guerrillas who wore sandals made of car tires and lugged artillery piece by piece over mountains to encircle and crush the French army at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. The unlikely victory — still studied at military schools — led to Vietnam’s independence and hastened the collapse of colonialism across Indochina and beyond.Giap then defeated the U.S.-backed South Vietnam government in April 1975, reuniting a country that had been split into communist and noncommunist states. He regularly accepted heavy combat losses to achieve his goals.“No other wars for national liberation were as fierce or caused as many losses as this war,” Giap told The Associated Press in 2005 — one of his last known interviews with foreign media on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the former South Vietnamese capital.
Pilots employed at airline British Airways, who are members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) trade union, are undertaking three-days of strike action starting today (Monday 9 September 2019), in an ongoing pay dispute.Balpa members who work at British Airways voted 93% in favour of industrial action; strikes are currently planned for Monday 9, Tuesday 10 and Friday 27 September 2019. This is the first time that British Airways pilots have undertaken strike action.The dispute regards negotiations around pilots’ pay; Balpa and British Airways have yet to enter an agreement on a suitable pay deal, despite the interventions of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).As a result of the strike action, British Airways has cancelled almost 100% of its planned flights. Balpa states that one day of industrial action will cost British Airways around £40 million, while three days of ongoing strikes will set the organisation back approximately £120 million.A spokesperson at Balpa said: “Over recent years, [British Airways] pilots have made sacrifice after sacrifice to assist the [organisation], such as taking a pay cut, productivity increases, closing the final salary pension scheme, giving up annual leave days, a new rostering system and reducing flying pay.“In what is British Airways’ centenary year, this will be the very first time its pilots will go on strike. They do so as a last resort and with enormous frustration at the way the business is now being run.”A spokesperson at British Airways added: “It is completely unacceptable that Balpa is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action.“We are extremely sorry that after many months of negotiations, based on a very fair offer, Balpa has decided on this reckless course of action.“Our proposed deal of 11.5% over three years is very fair and well above the UK’s current rate of inflation, and by contrast to Balpa, has been accepted by the members of the Unite and GMB trade unions, which represent nearly 90% of all British Airways [staff] including engineers, cabin crew and ground staff. In addition to basic pay, pilots also receive annual pay increments and regular flying allowances.“We understand the frustration and disruption Balpa’s strike action has caused. After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this.”
Lake City woman wins $200,000 a year for life with scratch-off gamehttps://t.co/nEF5PoTMHF pic.twitter.com/H1xisgBn1M— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) October 18, 2017 (WSVN) – A Florida woman won “$200,000 for life” from a scratch-off ticket, the Florida Lottery announced Wednesday.Wendy Holmes from Lake City in North Florida opted to collect her winnings in a one-time lump-sum payment of $3.2 million.“All of this feels so unreal to me! I had to check my ticket several times to make sure it was a real winner,” she said. “I’m so excited, but I’m still in shock. I can’t believe that I won all this money.”Holmes purchased the scratch-off at a convenience store, which will receive an $8,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.According to the Florida Lottery, scratch-off tickets make up about 68 percent of ticket sales in the state. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot. Brandon said on the recording that the company would be filing liquidation papers and there would be a bankruptcy court hearing Thursday. It wasn’t able to compete with a growing Amazon: The toy seller said in bankruptcy filings that Amazon’s low prices were hard to match. And it said its Babies R Us chain lost customers to the online retailer’s convenient subscription service, which let parents receive diapers and baby formula at their doorstep automatically. Toys R Us blamed its “old technology” for not offering its own subscriptions. Brandon said Toys R Us will try to bundle its Canadian business, with about 200 stores, and find a buyer. The company’s U.S. online store would still be running for the next couple of weeks in case there’s a buyer for it. The chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall, saddled with $5 billion in debt that hurt its attempts to compete as shoppers moved to Amazon and huge chains like Walmart. But Toys R U’s biggest albatross was its massive debt load since private-equity firms Bain Capital, KKR & Co. and Vornado Realty Trust took it private in a $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005. The plan had been to take the company public again, but weak sales have prevented that from happening. With such debt levels, Toys R Us did not have the financial flexibility to invest in its business. The company closed its flagship store in Manhattan’s Times Square, a huge tourist destination that featured its own Ferris wheel, about two years ago. “We worked as hard and as long as we could to turn over every rock,” Brandon told employees. He put much of the blame on its woes on the media, saying negative stories about the company’s prospects scared customers and vendors. It pledged then to stay open, but Brandon told employees that it had a “devastating” sales performance during the critical holiday season as nervous customers and vendors shied away. That made its lenders more skittish about investing in the company. In January, it announced plans to close about 180 stores over the next couple of months, leaving it with a little more than 700 stores. “Amazon may pick up the dollars, but won’t deliver the experience needed for a toy retailer to survive and thrive in today’s market,” said Marc Rosenberg, a toy marketing executive. Toys R Us had about 60,000 full-time and part-time employees worldwide last year. The company didn’t do enough to emphasize that it was reorganizing but not going out of business, Silver said. That misperception led customers to its stores because they didn’t think they would be able to return gifts. But the company lost ground to discounters like Target and Walmart, and then to Amazon, as even nostalgic parents sought deals elsewhere. GlobalData Retail estimates that nearly 14 percent of toy sales were made online in 2016, more than double the level five years ago. Toys R Us still has hundreds of stores, and analysts estimate it still sells about 20 percent of the toys bought in the United States. Toys R Us was also hurt by the shift to mobile devices taking up more play time. But steep sales declines over the holidays and thereafter were the deciding factor, said Jim Silver, who is editor-in-chief of toy review site TTPM.com. The closing of the company’s 740 U.S. stores over the coming months will finalize the downfall of the chain that succumbed to heavy debt and relentless trends that undercut its business, from online shopping to mobile games. Now, the $11 billion in sales still happening at Toys R Us each year will disperse to other retailers like Amazon and discounters, analysts say. Other chains, seeing that Toys R Us was vulnerable, got more aggressive. J.C. Penney opened toy sections last fall in all 875 stores. Target and Walmart have been expanding their toy selections. Even Party City is building up its toy offerings. CEO David Brandon told employees Wednesday the company’s plan is to liquidate all of its U.S. stores, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The Associated Press. Toys R Us had dominated the toy store business in the 1980s and early 1990s, when it was one of the first of the “category killers”— a store totally devoted to one thing. Its scale gave it leverage with toy sellers and it disrupted general merchandise stores and mom-and-pop shops. Children sang along with commercials about “the biggest toy store there is.” It’s likely to also liquidate its businesses in Australia, France, Poland, Portugal and Spain, according to the recording. It’s already shuttering its business in the United Kingdom. That would leave it with stores in Canada, central Europe and Japan, where it could find buyers for those assets. The Wayne, New Jersey-based company declined to comment. The company’s troubles have affected toy makers Mattel and Hasbro, which are big suppliers to the chain. But the likely liquidation will have a bigger impact on smaller toy makers, who rely more on the chain for sales. However, many have been trying to diversify in recent months as they worried about the chain’s survival. In filing for bankruptcy protection last fall, Toys R Us pledged to make its stores more interactive. It added demonstrators for the holiday season to show people how toys work, and began opening Play Labs at 42 stores, areas where children can play with different items.
The closure of the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery and the Central District drift gillnet fisheryis being implemented to reduce the harvest of Kenai River sockeye salmon. Brian Marston DF&G: “The current Kenai River sockeye salmon cumulative passage estimate of 453,000 fish is approximately 50% of the minimum inriver (sonar) goal of 900,000 fish. Based on this passage estimate, even late run-timing models project that the minimum inriver goal is not likely to be achieved without a significant reduction in the harvest of this stock.” The DF&G announced the closure to all commercial salmon fishing with set gillnets in the entire Upper Subdistrict from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., today. In addition they’ve also closed drift gillnetting in the Central District of Upper Cook Inlet from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., today. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game has announced the closure for all commercial fishing in the Upper Cook Inlet for today.
Apple Launches MuchHyped iPad Device
SEE ALSO: Reaction to Apple’s iPad UnveilingThe long, much-hyped wait is over. After much speculation and countless rumors surrounding the possible release of an Apple “e-tablet” device that could have a large impact on the publishing industry, Apple co-founder/CEO Steve Jobs revealed Wednesday at an event in San Francisco what the company has named the iPad. The iPad, which appears to fall in a category somewhere in-between an iPod Touch and a laptop, will allow consumers to browse the Web, read e-books, watch videos, listen to music, play games and view photos (but not take photos because there’s no camera). It also features a calendar, compass, accelerometer, Google Maps and access to the iTunes store where consumers can download music, movies, TV shows and podcasts. Some initial specifications: The iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs 1.5 pounds with a 9.7-inch IPS display and a 10-hour battery life. It has a multi-touch screen with a virtual keyboard that can be viewed in both portrait and landscape modes and is available with 16, 32, or 64 GB of SSD storage. The device is also Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled and syncs via USB to a Mac or PC. The device will sell for $499 for 16GB of memory, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. A charge of $130 will be added to the retail price for 3G version. Apple has chosen AT&T as the device’s Wi-Fi provider: customers will be charged $15 for 250MB of data per month or $30 a month for an unlimited plan. Jobs said the Wi-Fi version will be available in 60 days, while the 3G version will be available in 90 days. Jobs acknowledged the comparisons made between the device and Netbooks. “The problem is Netbooks aren’t better at anything,” he said. “They’re just cheap laptops. We think we have something better.” The iPad’s e-reader app, which is called iBooks, has five major publishers so far—Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, MacMillan and Hachette—and their titles will be available on the bookstore starting this afternoon. The books can be read in portrait or landscape mode and consumers can tap or drag thier finger across the screen to turn the pages. “Amazon’s done a great job of pioneering this functionality with the Kindle,” Jobs said. We’re going to stand on their shoulders and go a bit further.”No announcements were made at the event regarding the availability of magazines on the iPad. However, the iPod version of The New York Times has been adapted for the new device. SVP Martin A. Nisenholtz demoed the app at the event and showed attendees how the paper on the iPad can be scrolled from left to right, the text can be resized and articles can be saved to a reading list.
Last spring, Condé Nast tapped Smith, the former Elle publisher, to become vice president and publishing director of the Bon Appetit and Gourmet brands. She left in October, as Conde Nast was preparing to relaunch Gourmet as “Gourmet Live.” Details finished 2010 down 1.3 percent in ad pages while Bon Appetit was up 1.2 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau. Get your org chart out for this one. Condé Nast has named new publishers at Bon Appetit and Details. Paul Jowdy, who had taken over as publisher of Bon Appetit after the departure of former publishing director Carol Smith last fall (Jowdy had also served as publisher prior to Smith’s arrival and transitioned to a different sales role while she was there), now takes over as executive vp and publisher of Details (Steven DeLuca was fired as publisher of Details last fall). Meanwhile, Pamela Drucker Mann, who was associate publisher, advertising for Glamour (and a former Condé Nast Salesperson of the Year winner) was named vice president and publisher of Bon Appetit.Both report to William Wackermann, executive vice president, publishing director of Bon Appetit, Details, Glamour and W.
From Augusta to Austin, the south has its own distinct traditions and regional culture—both online and offline—which is why Time Inc.’s Southern Living magazine is partnering with The Southern Coterie, a southern-focused online social network.The Southern Coterie, also known as The Southern C, was designed as an online destination to bring Southerners, and all those who love the south, together. Founders of the online community “envisioned it to be like one big front porch (or in this case, a virtual front porch!)” where users could congregate, converse, connect and celebrate the south.To take advantage of the growing social platform, which was founded in 2011 and has about 1,500 members, Southern Living magazine will partner with TheSouthernC.com by sponsoring events and incorporating blog posts from the site’s founders. Additionally, other content from The Southern Coterie will be shared with the Southern Living audience through its The Daily South blog. The Southern Coterie will also be featuring blog posts from The Daily South, giveaways and other items. Both entities will share content and will cross-promote each other’s content.“Working with Southern Living, which has championed our South for generations, offers The Southern Coterie both a mentor and ally,” founders Whitney Long and Cheri Leavy told SouthernLiving.com in a joint interview that announced the partnership. “We are excited to be collaborating with The Daily South and look forward to sharing content with one another via their blog and our online community. This partnership allows anyone who loves the South the opportunity to connect and join in the conversation.”Users of the social network can create profile pages, send messages and live chat, much like they can on Facebook. The platform also enables members to connect with others through forums and groups, post and search local events, read member blogs and post their own blogs, share recipes, create photo albums and upload videos, among other things.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!
FOLIO: In general terms, is it important to have an editor in this type of role at a magazine brand? FOLIO: Describe some of the challenges of your new position. Moulton: I think so. It depends on the company and the brand. A lot of brands are coming to us with these native opportunities. They’re coming to us because we’re the best storytellers they know. We’re the best at creating videos and articles, but that’s not necessarily true of the people executing on the marketing side. That’s not to disparage the marketing department, because they’re very good at marketing and that’s what they’ve traditionally done. But things have changed. Now, we’re better balanced. One of the byproducts of the content marketing and native advertising trends has been a morbid fascination with the erosion of the church-state wall between edit and advertising. However you view it, having editors involved, in some way, with native brand content arguably makes good business sense. The core strategy behind content marketing and native is, after all, a good story. Whether behind the scenes or out in the open, editors all across the industry are being asked to contribute in varying degrees to custom ad campaigns. Sam Moulton, most recently executive editor at Outside, was named content marketing director in March and will head up brand marketing efforts for the magazine’s print and digital platforms. We asked Moulton why he made the move and why it made particularly good business sense. Sam Moulton: I understand the business side. I was starting to get pulled into projects that had sponsored content, native, etc. and was ‘consulting’ on them. We decided there was a natural opportunity. We didn’t have anyone on the marketing side that had editorial experience. That was increasingly becoming a challenge because the programs we were running had more and more editorial components. Moulton: Native is the trendy thing right now. Sometimes it’s trying to convince our clients that it’s not always the best solution. It works better for some brands than others. A challenge is figuring out the right solution. A lot of brands are reaching for native without realizing they have to answer a lot of questions first. Who are you trying to reach? What’s the goal? Sometimes I’m trying to talk a brand into an idea, and they can’t get out of their own way. They want to talk about the product. But people like stories about people. Let’s downplay the product and pump up the human component. FOLIO: Why did this shift in roles make sense for you and the brand? Getting the labeling right is really important—the last thing I want to happen is have the reader be confused. Also, if we get more of this, we have to find a balance. We don’t want the user to come to the site and see all of this native stuff.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR An initiative led by a local conservation group to protect land surrounding Fort Drum from development would receive $1 million under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) 2016-2017 budget proposal.The Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, in partnership with Fort Drum and Ducks Unlimited, acquires the development rights to properties outside the post in an effort to prevent new projects that could interfere with Army training. The deals usually allow property owners to continue agricultural activities on their land, reported the Watertown Daily News.The proposed funding in the governor’s budget would represent a drop from Cuomo’s $1.5 million request last year, which the state Senate increased to $2.0 million. The state contributed $1 million to the local buffer program in 2014.To date, the effort has spent about $9 million to purchase the development rights of 23 properties, covering about 6,500 acres.“We have a lot of places to use the money,” said Linda Garrett, executive director of the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust.There are two projects the trust hopes to close by June, with 18 others, representing about 3,500 acres of land, also under review, Garrett told the paper. “We’ve got a lot of people waiting,” she said.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force believes the extra funding afforded under last week’s two-year budget agreement will help it address its $33 billion facilities maintenance backlog. The fiscal 2019 budget proposal the service unveiled Monday revealed one key sign of progress — it funds 80 percent of the Air Force’s facility sustainment needs, Maj. Gen. John Pletcher, deputy assistant secretary for budget, said Monday.“We’re doing a lot of sustainment funding on the FSRM [facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization] side,” Pletcher said. “That means that we’re essentially trying to take care of the worst facilities first,” he said. “But we did not get to a $33 billion bow wave overnight and it’s going take a time to buy that down.”In response to a reporter’s question, he said the Air Force has no plans to mothball facilities as a way to stretch its budget. “We are using what we have and we’re basically maintaining those that we have available by spending money to the highest priority needs,” Pletcher said. His Navy counterpart gave a similar answer to the same question from the reporter at an earlier briefing.The service’s $2.3 billion military construction request continues to focus on new weapon system bed-downs, with 50 percent of its milcon request allocated to new missions. “We’ve got 15 milcon projects just for the F-35 bed-down itself,” he said. “We also continue to prioritize strengthening the nuclear enterprise; modernizing our research, development and test infrastructure; and supporting combatant commanders’ highest construction priorities,” Pletcher said.He acknowledged the service’s budget request means it will “continue to take risk in current mission milcon.”U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen
19 photos from NASA astronaut Scott Kelly show Earth’s ‘Infinite Wonder’ Tags NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. 0 An illustration of the star at the start of its outburst, when the disc of matter surrounding the star heats and material begins to fall into the star. Caltech/T. Pyle (IPAC) Astronomers have been treated to a rare sighting of a star undergoing a massive growth spurt, when the star brightens as matter falls in on it, in a phenomenon known as an “outburst.” According to scientists, this kind of event has only been observed a dozen times, and it’s the first time scientists have seen it in both optical and infrared light. According to NASA, an outburst occurs when a disc of matter that was swirling around the star fell in to its surface, causing the star to appear roughly 100 times brighter.The star, known as Gaia 17bpi, was first discovered by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite, and that same satellite detected the change in the star’s visible brightness indicating the outburst. At the same time, NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) satellite also detected a change in infrared light. While it’s believed that all stars go through these kinds of outbursts during their lifetime, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) say it’s incredibly rare to catch the star in the act, usually because the outburst is hidden behind clouds of dust.”These… events are extremely important in our current understanding of the process of star formation but have remained almost mythical because they have been so difficult to observe,” said Lynne Hillenbrand, professor of astronomy at Caltech and lead author of a report on the discovery. “This is actually the first time we’ve ever seen one of these events as it happens in both optical and infrared light, and these data have let us map the movement of material through the disk and onto the star.” Share your voice Sci-Tech 19 Photos Post a comment NASA Space
Tags 1 Wayv Adventurer Preview • This portable microwave can heat your Hot Pockets on the go Comment Netflix Share your voice TV and Movies Digital Media Internet Services Screenshot of the interactive film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, presented in a trademark lawsuit. Screenshot by Marrian Zhou/CNET Netflix’s hit thriller Black Mirror: Bandersnatch now has another twist: a lawsuit.Chooseco, publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series, on Friday sued Netflix for trademark infringement over the immersive film. In the film, the protagonist is trying to adapt a fictional choose-your-own-adventure book called Bandersnatch into a video game. The lawsuit alleges that Netflix is using the phrase “choose your own adventure,” which is a registered trademark of Chooseco, without permission. The movies’ “dark and, at times, disturbing content” also tarnishes the Choose Your Own Adventure brand, the suit alleges.”The use of Choose Your Own Adventure in association with such graphic content is likely to cause significant damage, impacting our book sales and affecting our ability to work with licensing partners in the future,” said Shannon Gilligan, co-founder and publisher of Chooseco, in a release. “We have received an unprecedented amount of outreach from people who believed we were associated with the creation of this film, including parents who were concerned.”Netflix declined to comment.The popular on-demand video streaming service premiered Black Mirror: Bandersnatch in December last year. The interactive film has more than 1 trillion possible permutations of its story, but the movie has “five main endings” that viewers can end up with, according to Netflix. Chooseco printed over 620,000 copies of its Choose Your Own Adventure series for distribution across the nation last year, according to the lawsuit. The book series has also been licensed for translation and distribution in 27 other countries. Chooseco is seeking a jury trial and at least $25 million in damages.
Argo AI is set to expand its fleet of autonomous development vehicles to a fifth location.Argo AI has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous cars within state borders, Automotive News reports, citing the DMV’s records. The vehicles will hit the roads around Argo AI’s headquarters in Palo Alto, according to a spokesperson, who spoke with AN.The company is the 62nd entity to receive a permit for testing AVs in California, following in the footsteps of Bosch, Honda, Tesla, VW, Waymo and others. A full list of permit holders is available on the California DMV’s website, in addition to other documentation like collision and disengagement reports.Enlarge Image62 companies have received AV testing permits in California, some of which you’ve probably heard of, and others you probably haven’t. Ford Argo AI is most commonly referred to alongside Ford, which invested $1 billion in the startup in early 2017 as part of the company’s multibillion-dollar investments in electrification and autonomy. Currently, Argo has four other locations it uses for AV testing. Cars are being used for research and development purposes in Michigan and Pennsylvania, while other cars are in Florida and Washington, DC to help Ford flesh out the commercial self-driving service it wants to launch to the public in 2021. Whereas many AV-company head honchos are quick to promise everything short of the moon, Argo’s CEO took to Medium in 2017 to offer a more tempered outlook on AV ubiquity. Spoiler alert: It’s going to take time, and a lot of it.But that doesn’t mean Argo’s not making great progress. In fact, our own Tim Stevens went down to Miami in November to take a spin in one of Argo’s Ford Fusions. While he didn’t quite rate the system ready for prime time, a chat with Ford CEO Jim Hackett revealed that the automaker doesn’t think of it as a race — it’s thinking a little further down the road than that. Ford’s autonomous cars on the streets of Miami More about 2019 Ford Ranger Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker Ford 0 Self-driving cars: Stay up to date on autonomy from startups and OEMs alike.Auto tech: From sensors to, um, more sensors. And maybe some other things. 59 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts More From Roadshow Post a comment Share your voice Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Ford Self-driving cars
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