SKYDIVER FELIX BAUMGARTNER has made aviation history – setting a new world record for the highest ever skydive.The Austrian daredevil jumped from a record 24.2 miles above Earth – setting new world records for the fastest human freefall, the highest skydive and the highest manned flight in a balloon.The 43-year-old jumped after a 140-minute journey brought him from a base at Roswell, New Mexico to 128,000 feet above ground at about 7:10pm Irish time.He was in freefall for about four-and-a-half minutes before deploying a parachute and gliding to the ground – landing on his feet.A spokeswoman later added that Baumgartner had broken the sound barrier in his freefall back to Earth – becoming the first person ever to do so unaided.His capsule was being parachuted back to Earth, and carrying a trove of readings and data which engineers hope can eventually be used to ensure the safety of regular civilian spaceflight.Baumgartner, an Austrian daredevil and skydiver, had been preparing for the mission for years – and in July successfully jumped to Earth from 18 miles.Two attempts earlier this week had to be aborted due to inclement weather conditions, and today’s attempt was delayed for several hours as mild ground winds posed a risk to the balloon that was bringing the Austrian into the air.The mission director for the Red Bull Stratos project, Joseph Kittinger, held the previous record for the highest skydive, at 19 miles.
Antibiotics are wonderful things — in certain cases, of course. While they’re incredibly useful at combating harmful bacteria in our bodies, they are completely ineffective against viral infections. Even in the case of something as comparatively harmless as the common cold there’s not an antibiotic around that can stop it in its tracks.That’s how it’s been for decades, but now a group of MIT researchers has developed a new drug that may radically change the way viruses are treated. Dubbed DRACO (Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizers), the new antiviral agent seeks out RNA in cells that have been modified by a virus. While DRACO’s design allows it to penetrate any cells, the presence of virus-generated RNA makes the cells unique from any healthy cells found in humans or animals. If DRACO doesn’t see that modified RNA, it leaves a cell alone — otherwise, it binds itself to the cell’s RNA and initiates the self-destruct sequence.So far, testing has been performed on cultured human and animal cells, and DRACO’s results were extremely positive against infections ranging from polio to various rhinoviruses. Live mice have also been tested, and subjects that had been infected with the dreaded H1N1 influenza virus were completely cured following treatment with DRACO. Researchers have now begun testing on other viruses in mice.Along with its potent broad-spectrum offense against viruses, DRACO also offers another significant advantage over the handful of existing antiviral agents. Whereas its precursors are fairly susceptible to viral resistance, DRACO is not. Stanford professor of microbiology and immunology Karla Kirkegaard says that with DRACO “it’s hard to think of a simple pathway to drug resistance.”While it might not be as “Star Trek” cool as printable organs or an actual medical tricorder, there’s no denying DRACO’s awesome potential.More at MIT
Nokia : les premiers Windows Phone débarquent cette annéeD’après le vice-président de Nokia Europe, Victor Saeijs, les premiers Windows Phone de la marque seront lancés dès cette année, et dans six pays européens : l’Allemagne, l’Angleterre, l’Espagne, la France, l’Italie et les Pays-Bas.L’Europe occidentale sera privilégiée pour le lancement des Windows Phone de Nokia. Victor Saeijs, le vice-président de Nokia Europe le confirme en annonçant que les premiers modèles arriveraient au 4e trimestre en Allemagne, en Angleterre, en Espagne, en France, en Italie et aux Pays-Bas, rapporte le site néerlandais All About Phones. La marque finlandaise jouissant d’une forte implantation sur le Vieux Continent, ce choix stratégique n’est pas surprenant.En revanche, rien n’a été annoncé pour la Finlande… ni pour les Etats-Unis.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?PCInpact explique que les modèles en cours de développement ont des noms de code commençant par W, pour Windows. Les modèles W7 et W8 sont notamment des variantes des actuels X7 et X8.Si les smartphones sont bel et bien prévus pour cette année, en revanche aucune date précise concernant leur lancement n’a été annoncée. Par ailleurs, Victor Saeijs a confirmé avoir un prototype sur lui lorsqu’il faisait ces déclarations sur la sortie des Windows Phone. Mais le vice-président de Nokia Europe a refusé de le montrer au journaliste.Le 20 juin 2011 à 11:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The Daily Charge 4:25 Read Google Home Hub review See It See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Digital Media Tech Industry Mobile Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Can Disney make VR relevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 510) Comments Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET 0 Sprint $59 at eBay An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Can Disney make VR relevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 510) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Boost Mobile 7 $210 at Best Buy Share your voice See it Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags Rylo See at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Virtual Reality Disney Robots Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. CNET On this podcast, we talk about:Disney’s plans for a second VR short film. The many work and companion robots shown at CES 2019.What Samsung may name its new foldable phone. $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $60 at Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Post a comment The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 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Vijay Sethupathi has two Telugu films in his kitty nowPR HandoutTamil actor Vijay Sethupathi, who is fondly called Makkal Selvan by his fans, is making his Telugu debut with Chiranjeevi starrer Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. This film is the biopic of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who is said to be the first freedom fighter from the Telugu speaking people. Vijay will be seen playing the role of Raaja Paandi, a Tamil-speaking guy who is said to be someone like an assistant to Narasimha Reddy. While this is his first Telugu film, he had signed the second one a few months ago. This film is titled Uppena and marks the debut of Panja Vaishnav Tej, the younger brother of Panja Sai Dharam Tej, and nephew of Megastar Chiranjeevi. Vaishnav will be seen playing a fisherman in this film which is going to be a commercial entertainer. Kriti Shetty, a Mangalore-based damsel, will make her debut as the leading lady.It is learnt that Vijay Sethupathi is going to play the father of the heroine. And this role is said to be an author-backed role which is going to be one of the highlights of the film. Sources have reported that Vijay was impressed with the script and immediately gave his nod to the film which is being bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers. The film is currently in the pre-production stage and is expected to go on floors in the next couple of months.Uppena is being directed by Buchhi Babu Sana, who is a debutante. Babu has assisted director Sukumar for many films and has become popular after writing dialogues for Rangasthalam with three more assistants. Launched a couple of months ago at a star-studded event, Uppena is touted to be a romantic drama.Vijay Sethupathi has bagged consecutive hits like Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, 96, Petta and Super Deluxe in Tamil and now, the 41-year-old actor is looking for content-oriented films in other languages too.
The upcoming mobile version of Call of Duty may be a smaller take on Activision’s huge military first-person shooter series, but it’s still getting the biggest mode around. Like last year’s Call of Duty Black Ops 4, the game will include its own battle royale mode where 100 players compete to be the last one standing. Battle royale shooters are huge on all platforms, including mobile, so it’s exciting, if expected, news.Solo, duo, and squad play are all available. Players can choose between six classes. There’s a new “dog tag retrieval” revival system. And you can play in either first- or third-person. For more on Call of Duty Mobile’s battle royale mode, read Activision’s blog. And for more on Call of Duty Mobile in general, keep reading this story.AdChoices广告Activision may not have as much as it used to, whether it’s blockbuster franchises like Destiny or the 800 employees it unceremoniously laid off. But it still has Call of Duty, dammit. While not quite as monolithic as it used to be, the military shooter franchise is still pretty freaking huge on consoles and PC. But millions upon million of people also play games (and spend money) on their phones. Activision should know this, it spent six billion dollars on the Candy Crash creators King. So now Call of Duty: Mobile is gunning for all the money.Developed with help from massive Chinese conglomerate Tencent, Call of Duty: Mobile is a free-to-play take on Call of Duty’s popular online multiplayer modes. It brings together elements from previous games set in the modern, non-WWII era. That includes guns from Modern Warfare as well as specific maps like the classic Nuketown from Black Ops. We’re curious to see how Call of Duty’s famously tight gun-feel works on a touch screen though.Like the recent Black Ops 4, Call of Duty: Mobile doesn’t seem to have a single-player campaign. However, its multiplayer offerings, at least right now, also seem limited to standard modes like Team Deathmatch and Frontline. So it also probably won’t have the new “Blackout” battle royale mode, which seems like a missed opportunity since Fortnite and PUBG have managed to work well on mobile.Call of Duty: Mobile goes into beta this summer with a full launch hopefully not too long after. You can pre-register now for more updates. And pour one out for Gameloft’s Modern Combat, the Call of Duty clone that pretty much had the space all to itself on mobile for years until now.For more on mobile gaming here’s why no matter what happens with Activision Blizzard’s upcoming Diablo Immortal we still lose, and read our thoughts on mobile gaming in general right now after playing augmented reality Angry Birds on new iPhones. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on target
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UP NEXT:Met Office national morning forecast for August 7Met Office national morning forecast for August 7UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play Read MoreLive: News, traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire & South Cheshire on Thursday April 26 We have no further information on the nature of the accident at this stage – although INRIX reports a large piece of plastic was reported on the carriageway just prior to the crash. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the live feed below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. 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Traffic is coping well. 09:45Lane still shutOne lane is still shut on the A500, INRIX reports.09:22What we knowAt least three vehicles are involved in the accident on the northbound carriageway near Talke RoundaboutThe accident took place at around 8.30am.Police and paramedics are at the sceneOne woman is being assessed by ambulance crewsOne lane remains closed09:17Accident involves three vehicles, ambulance service confirmA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:We were called to the junction of the A500 and A34 at 8.37am to reports of an RTC involving three vehicles.“One ambulance is in attendance and we are assessing one patient, a woman at the moment.”09:14One woman being assessed by paramedicsOne woman is being assessed by paramedics at the scene09:10Ambulance service at sceneWest Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed they were called by the police at 8.37am.09:01Location of the accidentThe accident has taken place near the junction with the A34.The location of the accident (Image: Inrix)08:53Plastic may have caused accidentTraffic data company INRIX reports the accident may have been caused by a large piece of plastic obstructing part of the road which was reported a few minutes earlier. Although we have no confirmation of that at this stage.08:52Emergency services at scene Police are currently at the scene Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to email@example.comOne lane was blocked due to a multi-vehicle accident on the A500 this morning. The crash was reported to involve at least three vehicles on the northbound carriageway of the D Road A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Lane one (of two) was blocked, according to INRIX, a traffic data company, and traffic was queuing as a result. The accident involved at least three vehicles, most of them understood to be cars. Police were at the scene of the accident. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 8.30am, with the lanes clearing by shortly before 10am. West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had assessed one woman after being called to the accident by Staffordshire Police. 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Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda said that while it was not immediately clear whether the ruling also meant that gay couples in Puerto Rico could now adopt, he said he would accept and support the change.Miranda praised the Supreme Court ruling as “a huge step in the quest for equal rights. You cannot deny people the right to love.”All U.S. Supreme Court rulings apply in the U.S. territory.Several gay couples in Puerto Rico previously had filed a lawsuit challenging local laws including those that prohibit same-sex marriage and the recognition of such marriages. The island’s Justice Department originally fought the lawsuit but announced earlier this year it would no longer defend the laws. The case then was put on hold pending a Supreme Court ruling.Supporters of the ruling gathered at the seaside Capitol building to celebrate, while religious leaders across the island rejected it.Monsignor Daniel Fernandez, Catholic bishop of the northern city of Arecibo, said he would continue to protect the institution of marriage as it is meant to be: “By nature, marriage exists and can only exist between a man and a woman,” he said.Garcia acknowledged opponents in a statement, saying, “I ask all of those who are people of faith like me to understand that no one is allowed to impose their religious beliefs on others.” ErrorOK ErrorOK Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments Share Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thousands of people in Puerto Rico celebrated Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling to allow gay marriage as authorities rushed to approve legislation extending marriage rights in the socially conservative U.S. territory.Just hours after the court’s decision, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order requiring government agencies to become compliant with the ruling within 15 days. As a result, the island’s Health Department and other agencies are expected to begin issuing marriage licenses by early next month. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Some lamented that Puerto Rico did not take the initiative to allow gay marriage, and they asked the government to ensure that other marginalized groups including transgender people also receive equal treatment.“It’s time to truly make Puerto Rico into a more fair and equal society, and not depend on decisions from the outside to achieve this,” said Jose Rodriguez, spokesman for the group Heterosexuals in Favor of Equality.___Danica Coto on Twitter: www.twitter.com/danicacotoCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Shanghai will host IT&CM China 2011 Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H The inaugural Shanghai Business Events Week has been boosted by the inclusion of IT&CM China, which will anchor the initiative taking place from 11 to 15 April this year. Launched by the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration (SMTA), the project will bring together six MICE events under one umbrella and will highlight China’s increasingly popular status as a MICE destination. “China has positioned itself well on the international stage and is attracting demand through increased and suitable space and inventory combined with competitive rates,” Hilton Shanghai business development director Victor N de Vries said. “Outbound wise, China has an already large and growing footprint on world business.” IT&CM China 2011 is the 5th edition of the international MICE event that seeks to “Promote China to the World and the World to China”, and will be held from 13 to 15 April at ShanghaiMart Expo. Themed “China’s Next MICE Wave”, the event will feature more than 2,000 delegates from across China and 40 countries worldwide. Joining IT&CM at the Shanghai Business Events Week will be SMTA’s China (Shanghai) International Meetings & Conferences Forum, Global Business Travel Association’s Corporate Travel Expert Certification Course, ICCA’s Association Database Workshop, IMEX-MPI–IT&CM China’s Future Leaders Forum and the TTG China Travel Awards.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) recently launched a social media campaign ‘30 Days of Caribbean Romance’ in observance of 2016 as the Year of Romance.Caribbean destinations and tourism stakeholders, visitors, friends of the Caribbean and anyone interested in the region were being encouraged to share their Caribbean romance stories in pictures, videos or plain text, on social media using the hashtags #30DaysOfCaribbeanRomance and #MyCaribbeanRomance.Hugh Riley, Secretary General, CTO, said, “People come to the Caribbean with romantic notions, they see the Caribbean as an exotic romantic locale, people want to come to renew their vows, they’re looking for the most imaginative places in the Caribbean to get married and we are happy about that.”CTO member countries and partners organized programmes in observance of the Year of Romance, including the Bahamas, which is trying to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the most underwater weddings.