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Skiff Partners with Samsung Publishers

first_imgSamsung’s new Galaxy S smartphone [pictured], which has a four-inch display, was featured in Fuchsberg’s remarks, but he also noted Skiff content and services will be available “across a range of Samsung devices.”Content from The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, Esquire, Popular Mechanics, Random House and Simon & Schuster will be available at launch, said Fuchsberg.Skiff has been working with device manufacturers in an effort to have its service embedded in the products, with access to a Skiff storefront—also currently under construction—available at time of purchase. At the same time, Skiff has created its own branded e-reader device, which the company debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.Photo via Engadget Hearst-incubated Skiff has partnered with Samsung to provide e-reading services and content to the consumer electronics company’s smart phones.Skiff CEO Gil Fuchsberg made the announcement Tuesday during the International CTIA Wireless event held in Las Vegas.Fuchsberg described Skiff’s relationship to Samsung as a “preferred e-reading service partner” and offered some insight into the company’s commitment to the smartphone platform and some of the content it will have available when the service launches “later this year.”last_img read more

Around Town DOD Can Say Sayonara to CRs Immigrant Investor Program Gains

first_imgPresident Donald Trump on Friday signed a two-bill spending package that fully funds the Pentagon in fiscal 2019, lifting defense officials from the challenge of coping with short-term spending measures for the first time in 10 years. The legislation’s enactment marks a rare achievement, especially after the president one week earlier signed a three-bill package funding the department’s military construction programs in FY 2019. The defense spending bill provides $674.4 billion in discretionary budget authority and represents a $17 billion increase in DOD’s base budget funding over the FY 2018 allocation. It fully funds the administration’s requested 16,400 end-strength increase this year, including boosting active forces by 15,600 personnel, reports Military Times. … While its long-term fate remains uncertain, an immigration program which has provided a significant source of financing for base redevelopment projects has been extended through Dec. 7. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor program grants 10,000 visas annually to foreigners and their families who have invested $1 million in projects in the United States that create at least 10 jobs, or who have invested $500,000 if the money supports areas of high unemployment. Numerous questions have been raised about the program, though, and lawmakers from both parties have proposed terminating it, reports CQ.DOD photo by Michael Strasser Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

NASA drops spacecraft into orbit around potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu

first_img NASA 5:24 NASA’s on a mission to collect space dirt from a potentially… NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures 22 Photos 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. NASA also released a GIF of the various surveys Osiris-Rex carried out after arriving at Bennu in early December The series of images, captured between Nov. 30 and Dec. 31, helped the team more accurately determine Bennu’s mass, which ensured that the orbital insertion would proceed smoothly. You can see the GIF, captured by Osiris-Rex’s black-and-white NavCam, below:Enlarge ImageOsiris-Rex surveyed 101955 Bennu before slipping into orbit on December 31.  NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin Space The orbital period, lasting until mid-February, is expected to provide additional details about Bennu’s gravity, orientation and spin, along with a better understanding of its mass. All those observations should lead to completing one of the chief objectives for Osiris-Rex: retrieve a sample from Bennu’s surface and fly it back to Earth. In 2020, the spacecraft will extend a specially designed arm, called Tagsam, for a brief high-five with the asteroid. The arm will blow nitrogen gas onto the surface of Bennu, kicking up handfuls of dirt, which the spacecraft will fly back to Earth in 2023.A successful pickpocketing will give scientists a more detailed look at the kind of compounds that make up the potentially hazardous object.Bennu is the near-Earth object that’s second most likely to collide with our planet, only outranked by an asteroid known as 1950 DA on NASA’s Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale. Though they’re ranked as hazardous, the actual likelihood they would ever collide with Earth is incredibly low — Bennu could smack into Earth between 2169 and 2199. 1950 DA shouldn’t trouble you at all. If it were to hit, that impact wouldn’t occur until 2880. Sci-Techcenter_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: 2 Fly, Osiris-Rex! Fly! NASA/Goddard Visiting a distant, icy world that looks like a snowman certainly had space enthusiasts enraptured in the first days of 2019, but some other historic NASA news slipped through in the final hours of 2018 — and it might reveal just as much about our solar system.The asteroid-chasing Osiris-Rex (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) performed its own historic maneuver on New Year’s Eve. An eight-second thruster burn on Dec. 31 placed the spacecraft in orbit around 101955 Bennu, which drifts through the solar system’s asteroid belt between the Earth and Mars.By inserting itself into orbit around Bennu, Osiris-Rex will survey the asteroid from a distance of only about 1 mile (1.75 kilometers) from its center. Bennu’s small size creates an incredibly tiny gravitational force, so maintaining that orbit will require lots of little adjustments, made by NASA and its collaborating organizations. “The gravity of Bennu is so small, forces like solar radiation and thermal pressure from Bennu’s surface become much more relevant and can push the spacecraft around in its orbit much more than if it were orbiting around Earth or Mars, where gravity is by far the most dominant force,” said Dan Wibben, maneuver and trajectory design lead. Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Sensex Not Bottomed Out Losses May Extend by Another 1000 Points

first_imgTumbling domestic stock markets are likely to see further losses in the coming days, with the benchmark Sensex estimated to fall by another 1,000 points.Some analysts expect the stock markets to fall by another 3-5% in the near-term, in addition to the nearly 6% decline witnessed on Monday. So, investors have been advised to sell stocks on rallies.”Monday’s fall is the beginning of a larger corrective pattern which should normalise the bull market rally which began in August 2013. We believe that the markets could fall by another 3-4 per cent, but eventually, go sideways at 25000 levels on the Sensex or 7500 levels on the Nifty,” Jimeet Modi, CEO, SAMCO Securities, told The Economic Times.The BSE Sensex index plunged 1,624 points on 24 August, posting its biggest intraday fall in seven years amid a massive sell-off in global markets. The NSE Nifty fell 490.95 points or 5.92% to end the day at 7,809.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have offloaded shares worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore in the past four sessions, amid growing concerns over the slowdown in the world’s second largest economy China and fall in commodity prices.”It is impossible to call this as bottom for the market, but an investor should begin staggered purchases in the current markets. For an Investor, things look a lot better at 7700 than at 8600 with a much bigger margin of safety,” he added.Chinese stock markets plunged over 7% for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, after falling by over 8.5% in the previous session.Tracking the fall, the US stock markets ended nearly 4% down on Monday, posting their worst decline in four years. Asian, European markets also tumbled to multi-year lows, as worries grew over slowing economic activity in China.”Coming two-to-three days would be a bit challenging, so don’t hurry for fresh buying or short selling till the dust settles and clarity emerges,” said Rohit Gadia, Founder & CEO, CapitalVia Global Research Ltd.last_img read more

Sensex rises over 100 pts on firm rupee falling crude prices

first_imgReuters file [Representational Image]The benchmark BSE Sensex advanced over 100 points in early trade Wednesday on gains in bluechips like Maruti Suzuki, SBI, Tata Steel and ITC amid rising rupee and tumbling crude prices.Rising for the seventh straight session, the 30-share index spurted 104.05 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 36,451.13. The barometer had rallied over 1,387 points in the previous six sessions.Led by FMCG, oil and gas, PSU and realty, sectoral indices advanced up to 0.99 per cent. The NSE Nifty saw similar movement, rising up 36.60 points, or 0.34 per cent, to 10,945.30.Brokers said sustained buying by investors and foreign fund inflows, coupled with strengthening rupee against the US dollar and falling global crude oil prices, influenced trading sentiment here.Negative Asian cues on a likely Federal Reserve interest rate hike, limited the gains here, traders said. The rupee breached the 70 mark by surging 50 paise to trade at 69.94 against the dollar in early trade at the interbank forex market.Prominent gainers were Asian Paint, Axis Bank, ITC, Maruti Suzuki, SBI, HDFC, Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, HUL, Tata Steel, Bajaj Auto, L&T, RIL and HDFC Bank, rising up to 1.70 per cent.However, Infosys emerged worst Sensex performer, falling 1.20 per cent, followed by Vedanta, TCS, Tata Motors and Sun Pharma. Shares of aviation companies rose after crude prices hit a 14-month low. InterGlobe Aviation, SpiceJet and Jet Airways rallied up to 5 per cent.Stocks of oil marketing companies like IOC, HPCL, BPCL and OIL too gained up to 1.43 per cent. Brent crude, an international benchmark, dropped 4.2 per cent lower to USD 57.07 per barrel Tuesday, a 14-month low.Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares to the tune of Rs 144.76 crore Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 182.60, provisional data showed. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.43 per cent, Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.25 per cent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.10 per cent.The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.35 per cent higher Tuesday.-PTIlast_img read more

Drunken driver injures 28 in US Mardi Gras parade

first_imgA vehicle is seen crashed along the Endymion parade route at Orleans and Carollton during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, US. Photo: AFPA pickup truck driven by a man who appeared to be “highly intoxicated” plowed into a crowd of spectators watching the main Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Saturday, sending more than 20 people to the hospital, police said.The truck, traveling along the side of the street open to traffic along the Mid-City parade route, struck three other vehicles, including a dump truck, before veering onto the median where a crowd of people stood watching the procession, according to New Orleans police.Five people were being treated at hospital trauma centers, and an investigation is ongoing, police said.Police immediately apprehended the pickup driver, who according to eyewitnesses interviewed by Fox television affiliate WVEU-TV appeared disheveled, glassy-eyed and under the influence of drugs or alcohol.Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement referred to the suspect as a “drunk driver.”Video footage from the scene showed pandemonium immediately following the early evening incident, but the Krewe of Endymion parade, the largest and most popular of numerous Mardi Gras season parades in New Orleans, continued with little or no interruption.A total of 28 people were injured, 21 of whom were taken to local hospitals, including one police officer. Seven others who were hurt declined transport, Police Chief Michael Harrison told a news conference.Local media reports said 12 people were initially listed as critically injured.Harrison said police believed the motorist who was arrested was “highly intoxicated” and was being questioned at the police department’s drunken-driving office.The Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Orleans said its agents were “coordinating with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to determine whether a federal violation has occurred.”The Endymion parade incident was not the only one to mar Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans on Saturday. Earlier in the day, someone’s gun went off accidentally in a portable toilet along the route of another, smaller parade, leaving one person wounded, police said.last_img read more

Two new Saturnmass exoplanets discovered

first_img Explore further Citation: Two new Saturn-mass exoplanets discovered (2017, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-saturn-mass-exoplanets.html The planets were discovered by researchers working as part of the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) group and the Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) collaboration. OGLE uses the 1.3-m Warsaw Telescope located at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, while MOA utilizes the 1.8-m MOA-II telescope at the Mount John University Observatory, located in New Zealand. The main goal of these two microlensing surveys is to study the planet formation around late-type stars.Gravitational microlensing is an invaluable method of detecting new extrasolar planets circling their parent stars relatively closely. This technique is sensitive to planets orbiting beyond the so-called “snow line” around relatively faint host stars like M dwarfs or brown dwarfs. It is a location in the proto-planetary disk where the water ice may condense and where gas giant planets are believed to be formed. Therefore, understanding the distribution of exoplanets in this region could offer important clues to how planets form.Recently, OGLE and MOA scientists led by Przemek Mróz of the Warsaw University Observatory in Poland, have found planetary anomalies in two faint microlensing events designated OGLE-2013-BLG-0132 and OGLE-2013-BLG-1721. “Both events showed clear deviations from the simple point-source point-lens model, caused by the presence of a second body with well-measured planet-to-host mass ratios of (5.15 ± 0.28) x 10-4 and (13.18 ± 0.72) x 10-4, respectively,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The newly discovered planets received designation OGLE-2013-BLG-0132b and OGLE-2013-BLG-1721b. Both planets likely belong to a group of sub-Jupiter-mass planets orbiting M dwarfs beyond the snow line distance.According to the research, OGLE-2013-BLG-0132b has a mass of about 0.29 Jupiter masses and orbits its parent star at a distance of 3.6 AU. The planet’s host is located about 12,700 light years away and has a mass of approximately 0.54 solar masses. With a mass of about 0.64 Jupiter masses, OGLE-2013-BLG-1721b is circling its host (0.46 solar masses) at a distance of 2.6 AU. This planetary system is located some 20,500 light years away from the Earth.The researchers estimated the masses of the planets using the Bayesian analysis as both events were short and faint, which prevented them from measuring a reliable parallax signal.”Both events were too short and too faint to measure a reliable parallax signal and hence the lens mass. We therefore used a Bayesian analysis to estimate masses of both planets,” the paper reads.The team noted that in order to uncover more properties of the two newly discovered planetary systems, follow-up high-resolution imaging observations should be conducted in the future. In particular, the Near InfRared Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) that will be launched into space in late 2018, could reveal important insights about these new Saturn-mass exoworlds. Light curve of OGLE-2013-BLG-0132. The inset shows the enlargement of the caustic crossing parts of the light curve. The lower panel shows the residuals from the best-fit model. Credit: Mróz et al., 2017. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers has detected two new giant alien worlds circling distant stars. The newly found planets are estimated to be as massive as Saturn and are orbiting M dwarfs beyond the snow line. The findings were presented May 2 in a paper published online on the arXiv pre-print server. More information: OGLE-2013-BLG-0132Lb and OGLE-2013-BLG-1721Lb: Two Saturn-mass Planets Discovered around M-dwarfs, arXiv:1705.01058 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1705.01058AbstractWe present the discovery of two planetary systems consisting of a Saturn-mass planet orbiting an M-dwarf, which were detected in faint microlensing events OGLE-2013-BLG-0132 and OGLE-2013-BLG-1721. The planetary anomalies were covered with high cadence by OGLE and MOA photometric surveys. The light curve modeling indicates that planet-host mass ratios are (5.15±0.28)×10−4 and (13.18±0.72)×10−4, respectively. Both events were too short and too faint to measure a reliable parallax signal and hence the lens mass. We therefore used a Bayesian analysis to estimate masses of both planets: 0.29+0.16−0.13 MJup (OGLE-2013-BLG-0132Lb) and 0.64+0.35−0.31 MJup (OGLE-2013-BLG-1721Lb). Thanks to a high relative proper motion, OGLE-2013-BLG-0132 is a promising candidate for the high-resolution imaging follow-up. Both planets belong to an increasing sample of sub-Jupiter-mass planets orbiting M-dwarfs beyond the snow line. © 2017 Phys.org Massive exoplanet discovered using gravitational microlensing methodlast_img read more