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Today, the Nobel Prize committee announced that three scientist from the U.S. have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The recipients were Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel. Karplus is a professor at the Universite ...
Today, the Nobel Prize committee announced that three scientist from the U.S. have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The recipients were Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel. Karplus is a professor at the Universite de Strasbourg in France, and Harvard University. Levitt is a professor in cancer research at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Warshel is a distinguished professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The three researchers have pioneered innovation in chemistry through the technological feats of cyberspace. More specifically, they were awarded the prize for their work in the creation of computer models that displayed complicated chemical processes. The processes that they have been able to simulate would otherwise go unseen due to the speed at which chemical reactions occur. A press release from the Nobel Foundation stated, “The work of Karplus, Levitt and Warshel is groundbreaking in that they managed to make Newton’s classical physics work side-by-side with the fundamentally different quantum physics. Previously chemists had to choose to use either or.” In the release, the foundation also said, “Previously, classical physics and quantum chemistry belonged to rivaling worlds. The Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2013 have opened a gate between those worlds and have brought about a flourishing collaboration.” The three scientists began their work in the 1970s and have since made great gains which led to their awarding of this top honor. Since creating the computer models that made it possible to view these chemical processes, their work has been used in many academic institutions and laboratories to further studies. Their computer models have also made it possible to predict and understand how chemical reactions occur with an extremely high degree of accuracy. Their research in this field has also led to the design of new drugs. According to the New York Times, the scientists were all born abroad but have since become naturalized American citizens. “Dr. Karplus, born in Austria, is also an Austrian citizen. Dr. Levitt, who was born in South Africa, also holds British and Israeli citizenships; and Dr. Warshel, born in Israel, is also an Israeli citizen.” Not only does this award come with the infinite recognition of their contributions to science, it also highlights their contributions to mankind. Karplus, Levitt and Warshel will also receive a monetary reward of SEK 8 million (1.2 million U.S. dollars) shared between the three of them. Images courtesy of Nobel Media AB and Wikimedia Commons.
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In the latest Google Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts responds to a question about geo-location: Using geo-detection techniques is against Google, I am offering the useful information (price, USPs) to the users based on the geo-location...
In the latest Google Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts responds to a question about geo-location: Using geo-detection techniques is against Google, I am offering the useful information (price, USPs) to the users based on the geo-location. Will Google consider this as spam? i.e. showing X content to search engines and Y content to users. “Geo-location is not spam,” he says. “As long as you’re showing, ‘Oh, someone’s coming from a French IP address, let’s redirect them to the French version of my page or the French domain for my business,’ that’s totally fine. Someone comes in from a German IP address, I’ll redirect them over to the German version of my page – that’s totally fine. The thing that I would do is make sure that you don’t treat search engines any differently than a regular user. So if Googlebot comes in, you check the IP address, imagine that we’re coming from the United States, just redirect Googlebot to the United States version of your page or the .com, – whatever it is that you would serve to regular United States users. So geo-location is not spam. Google does it.” “Whenever users come in, we send them to what we think is the most appropriate page based on a lot of different signals, but usually the IP address of the actual user,” he adds. The last part of the question (the X content to search engines and Y content to users part), he says, is cloaking, and is something he would be “very careful about.” The point is, just treat Googlebot like every other user, and you should be fine.
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When ABC news asked Valerie Harper why she wanted to do the physically challenging reality show “Dancing With the Stars” after her terminal brain cancer diagnosis, the TV star, responded, “Don’t die until you̵...
When ABC news asked Valerie Harper why she wanted to do the physically challenging reality show “Dancing With the Stars” after her terminal brain cancer diagnosis, the TV star, responded, “Don’t die until you’re dead!” Here’s a look at her most recent performance: We bid farewell to the courageous Harper, who was voted off of the reality show after a less than stellar try at a Viennese Waltz. The 74-year-old was the third contestant to be eliminated from the show, but Harper, has no regrets. She told “The Dancing With the Stars” audience after her elimination, “It has been absolutely wonderful. Completely unique, nothing else like in the world that you would ever do. And it was an opportunity for me to carry a message to folks, not just with cancer, but with whatever challenge. Carry on, carry on.” Harper is no stranger to dancing. She began her career as a dancer at Radio City Music Hall. She also danced as a chorus girl on Broadway. The stage and screen star transitioned into acting and cut her comedic teeth with the famous Second City Comedy Troupe in Chicago. She got her big career break in 1970 when she was cast as Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Harper went on to win four Emmy Awards playing opposite Moore’s girl-next-store type. Rhoda was Moore’s best friend and tell-it-like-it-is sidekick. The character became so iconic that Harper was given her own spinoff, simply titled, “Rhoda.” Harper was initially told by doctors that she had just three to six months to live following her diagnosis of Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis, a rare cancer that affects the brain and spinal cord. But the survivor is eight months out and Harper has stated that the cancer may be close to remission. The Twitter World showed Harper some love after her elimination: @CherylBurke @Life_and_Style @ValerieHarper @snooki @ElizBerkley Classy,courageous and just a all around sweet soul ??? — Kathy Smith (@kraftykatrockin) October 9, 2013 @CherylBurke @Life_and_Style @ValerieHarper Watched Valerie years ago and she always made me smile and laugh on her shows! Love her! — Lori Gordon (@asdipfla) October 9, 2013 #DWTS @ValerieHarper You r an example of what life should be/courageous, loving. So sad 2 c u go. Been a joy 2 have u on @DancingABC. — Linda Dano (@LindaDano) October 8, 2013 Image via Facebook
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Google announced today that it is adding directions for multiple destinations to the new Google Maps preview, which has been available for the past three months. The feature is rolling out today. Apparently this has been one of the most...
Google announced today that it is adding directions for multiple destinations to the new Google Maps preview, which has been available for the past three months. The feature is rolling out today. Apparently this has been one of the most requested features since Google launched the preview, when the previously available feature went away. “Whether you’re running weekend errands or planning a cross-country tour, you can plot multiple destinations for your trip with ease – now available for driving, walking and biking directions,” says product manager Florian Goerisch. “Once you’ve chosen a starting point, click ‘+’ and add stops to your route by typing in the search box or clicking on the map.” Google is also adding the ability to see flight, hotel and restaurant reservations to Google Maps, as well as upcoming events. “Similar to Google Search, find your flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations faster right in Maps,” says Goerisch. “Just search for your departing airport or dining destination, and we’ll instantly show your upcoming plans. Having all your stuff in one place makes it easier to manage your appointment details and plan your commute. This info is available when you’re signed into Google, and only you can see it.” This is available on Android and iPhone, and is currently rolling out. And now when you search for venues in Google Maps, you’ll see lists of upcoming events, like so: This is currently live. Images: Google
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Brands like Dessy, Urban Outfitters, Rebecca Minkoff, and Under Armour have been creating a buzz by using real people's social pics on their marketing sites. By using platforms like Fanreel, from Curalate and Olapic, …
Brands like Dessy, Urban Outfitters, Rebecca Minkoff, and Under Armour have been creating a buzz by using real people's social pics on their marketing sites. By using platforms like Fanreel, from Curalate and Olapic, …
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Back in May, NASA announced that it was working with Systems & Materials Research on a 3D printer that could make food. The idea was that astronauts on long trips could print their food instead of having to eat from a tube. The init...
Back in May, NASA announced that it was working with Systems & Materials Research on a 3D printer that could make food. The idea was that astronauts on long trips could print their food instead of having to eat from a tube. The initial goal was to have the 3D printer make a pizza, and now we know it has achieved that goal. KXAN, a local NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas, made a trip to the local SXSW Eco conference to see the future of sustainability. What they found was Systems & Materials Research showing off their 3D food printer that makes little pizzas using nothing but powdered ingredients and water. So, wait, how does this all work? The news report doesn’t go into detail, but previous reports from the makers have shown us that it combines water and oil with the powdered ingredients before sending what could be classified as “food goop” onto a heated tray. The tray then heats the dough, sauce and cheese substances to create a miniature cheese pizza. As the report notes, Systems & Materials Research have yet to receive FDA clearance for their 3D printed pizzas. Until then, it can’t serve the food to the general public. When it does, however, expect the first review to not be very flattering. [h/t: 3ders] [Image: kxan/YouTube]
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According to sources familiar with the situation, 9to5Mac is saying that Facebook is “preparing major update” to a bunch of the apps in its purview. This includes the basic Facebook for iOS, the Facebook Messenger app, and In...
According to sources familiar with the situation, 9to5Mac is saying that Facebook is “preparing major update” to a bunch of the apps in its purview. This includes the basic Facebook for iOS, the Facebook Messenger app, and Instagram. First off, prepare for Graph Search on your Facebook for iOS app. A couple of months ago, Facebook pushed Graph Search to everyone in the U.S. When making that announcement, the company reiterated that they were working on adding more functionality to it (the ability to search statuses, comments, etc) and that they were working on bringing it to mobile. Well, they’ve already done the former, and it appears that the latter is coming soon. We knew that Graph Search would eventually hit mobile, and 9to5Mac says that an impending app update will incorporate it into the main search bar on the app. As far as the coming changes to Facebook Messenger… In addition to the aforementioned update to the main Facebook for iOS application, Facebook is preparing a redesign of its Messenger app. Facebook is said to be internally testing two new versions of Messenger. The first version is said to look largely similar to the Messages application bundled into iOS. That version includes green interface elements. The second version in testing, which the source says is more likely to ship to end-users, is heavy on white space and very fitting for iOS 7?s design. It is not filled with blue interface elements like the new Facebook app. The new app has tabs for active/recent chats, contacts, and settings across the bottom… Oh, and the team is also working on bringing some more video filters to Instagram. Lately, Facebook’s been on a pretty strict app release update – pushing something new about once a month. Hopefully this means that we’ll see the aforementioned changes in an update before October’s over.
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NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to fly close to the Earth today, coming within 350 miles of Earth and swinging around it. The probe will be accelerated on to Jupiter, where it will begin research in 2016. The event is a common...
NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to fly close to the Earth today, coming within 350 miles of Earth and swinging around it. The probe will be accelerated on to Jupiter, where it will begin research in 2016. The event is a common one for spacecraft, which commonly use the gravity of celestial bodies to accelerate. This particular event, however, is of particular importance to engineers, as it could help the determine why their calculations of such events are sometimes off the mark. Tracking stations in the southern hemisphere will be recording radio signals from the spacecraft as it accelerates past the planet. If Juno’s post-flyby velocity doesn’t match what researchers have predicted, the radio data could be important for determining why that is the case. For over two decades, researchers have found discrepancies between the measured outcome and their predictions of how much energy spacecraft will acquire after a flyby of Earth. The discrepancies aren’t large, with the largest being NASA’s NEAR spacecraft, which ended up with a speed 13 mm per second faster than that predicted by the math. They also don’t occur during every flyby, making it difficult to track down just what may be causing the error. “We detected the flyby anomaly during Rosetta’s first Earth visit in March 2005,” said Trevor Morley, a flight dynamics expert at European Space Agency’s (ESA) ESOC operations centre. Morley refers to the Rosetta spacecraft, launched in 2004 on a mission to study comets. ESA dishes in Argentina and Australia will be used to gather the radio data from Juno. “Frustratingly, no anomaly was seen during Rosetta’s subsequent Earth flybys in 2007 and 2011. This is a real cosmic mystery that no one has yet figured out.” (Image courtesy NASA)
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Netflix launched in Brazil and Latin America a little over two years ago. The company has reportedly seen significant growth rates in the region. It has also been engaged in a massive ad campaign in the region, having published more onli...
Netflix launched in Brazil and Latin America a little over two years ago. The company has reportedly seen significant growth rates in the region. It has also been engaged in a massive ad campaign in the region, having published more online display ads in Brazil and Mexico than any other marketer earlier this year. Today, based on words from Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos, Variety is reporting that the company plans to produce locally original shows “with robust budgets and worldwide distribution” in the region. “We will start producing original content in Brasil as soon as we have a large enough subscriber base,” he is quoted as saying. The company has already launched one exclusive production in Brazil – a three-part comedy series called A toca: Meanwhile, as Variety also reports, Netflix has selected Brazilian film Apenas o fim for worldwide distribution through Netflix after it won a local contest. The film is currently available on YouTube: Image: A Toca (Parafernalha)
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Are you already sold on Microsoft’s updated Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets? Are you finding it hard to wait for the devices’ launch on October 21? Well, there’s no easy way to get one early, but Microsoft is making...
Are you already sold on Microsoft’s updated Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets? Are you finding it hard to wait for the devices’ launch on October 21? Well, there’s no easy way to get one early, but Microsoft is making it easy for you to get one at midnight of the launch. Microsoft announced today that it will be hosting midnight launch parties for the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 at 10 Microsoft retail stores around the country on October 21. Surface fans can show their commitment to Microsoft’s tablets by being one of the first people in the world to own one. As an added bonus, Microsoft will be handing out tons of prizes at both the 10 participating stores and the other 70 plus nonparticipating Microsoft stores around the country. “We’ve worked hard to ensure that Microsoft retail stores will be the best place to experience and purchase the most productive tablet on the planet — Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2,” said David McAughan, chief operating officer of Microsoft Retail Stores. “Our stores are all about having fun with our customers and connecting with local communities. These Surface launch events are a great example of the type of experiences you can enjoy at our stores as we kick off the holiday season.” What could make these parties any sweeter? Maybe a free trip to Orlando and a Pitbull concert? Those who show up to one of the 10 participating locations will compete in a series of games with the winner being flown to Orlando to attend the grand opening of the newest Microsoft store in the Mall at Millenia. While there, you’ll be treated to a Pitbull concern in celebration of the store’s opening. If this all sounds good to you, be sure to hit up one of the following Microsoft stores on October 21: Bellevue Square Mall Westfield San Francisco Centre Scottsdale Fashion Square Dadeland Mall (Miami) Lennox Square Mall (Atlanta) The Shops at Prudential Center (Boston) The Westchester (White Plains, N.Y.) The Domain (Austin, Texas) The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (Arlington, Va.) Oakbrook Center Mall (Oak Brook, Ill.) Oh, and you can RSVP to your local Surface 2 midnight launch party on Facebook if you’re into that sort of song. [Image: Microsoft]
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