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Did Edvard Munch See 'The Scream' in Spectacular Rare Clouds?

Could Edvard Munch's "The Scream" have been inspired by a rare cloud formation?

Scientists at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting this month in Vienna think so. A new hypothesis holds that Munch may have been inspired to paint the masterpiece by "mother-of-pearl clouds" (also called nacreous clouds). These unusual, nearly iridescent, clouds are best seen in wintertime at sunrise or sunset, when they are lit from below.

"We know from observations dated to the late 19th century that nacreous clouds did appear over Oslo during the time period," Helene Muri, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Oslo, told Live Science in an email. "And from Munch's journal entries, it seemed like a physical event, a natural phenomenon, he was describing." [5 Times Science Inspired Art]

Nature in art?

The famous 1893 painting depicts a black-clad figure wailing against a swirling red...


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Alexandria Continues to Extend Mineralized Vein Sets with Assays up to 22.40 g/t Gold over 1.25 Meters at Orenada Zone 4

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / April 27, 2017 / Alexandria Minerals Corporation (AZX.V) (ALXDF) (FSE:A9D) ("AZX" or the "Company") is pleased to report on the assay results from 3 recent drill holes at Orenada Zone 4 which enlarge the size of the shallow gold vein sets, with assay results up to 22.40 g/t over 1.25 meters.

Highlights

  • One below-pit depth expansion hole on the west deepens the vein sets by 50 meters at shallow depths: 2.04 g/t Au over 25.55 meters, including, including 14.40 g/t gold over 1.00 meter, and separately 5.22 g/t gold over 5.98 meters, including 8.41 g/t gold over 1.30 meters;
  • Two Eastern step-out holes intersect high grades also at shallow depths adding 100 meters of strike length to the vein sets: 3.56 g/t gold over 11.40 meters including 14.83 g/t gold over 2.00 meters, and separately 16.00 g/t gold over 1.00 meter;
  • The results extend the high-grade vein sets...

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TED 2017: UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit

TED 2017: UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit

By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter, Vancouver
  • 28 April 2017
  • From the section Technology
Richard Browning in VancouverImage copyright Bret Hartman/Ted
Image caption Richard Browning took off beside the spectacular Vancouver harbour

A British inventor, who built an Iron Man-style flight suit, has flown it at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver.

Richard Browning's short flight took place outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in front of a...


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Is The Samsung Galaxy S8 Cheapest On A Plan Or Outright? - Gizmodo Australia

The reviews are in and everyone seems to agree that the new Galaxy S8 is the world’s best phone ever. (Take that, Nokia!) With that decided, we now turn our attention to the question that our worried spouses and accountants are asking: What’s the best way to buy the S8? Outright or on a contract plan?

Samsung Galaxy S8: Australian Review

The Galaxy S8 and plus-sized S8+ are absolutely brilliant smartphones. They're not without their flaws, but in everything from industrial design to internal hardware to software refinement, Samsung has knocked this one out of the park.

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For as long as smartphones have been in our pockets we’ve argued about this. It used to be that outright purchases were generally seen as the way to go. Even with telco subsidies there tended to be savings if you dodged a contract. But is this still the case today?

To figure this out, we’ll compare the...


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No one lined up for the new Samsung, but that doesn't mean the device isn't a huge hit - NEWS.com.au

This doesn't look like the launch day for one the biggest phone companies in the world.

WHEN Apple releases a new product, people ignore requests to pre-order and camp on the footpath outside Apple stores for days.

They want to be among the first to secure the latest iPhone from the Apple Store and experience the spectacle of being greeted with applause and cheers from the multiple staff lining every floor of the multi-level flagship.

When the doors open, the excited customers rush inside and are greeted by a sea of blue shirts, all wanting to get the latest Apple handset into their hands.

With the highly-anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus going on sale to the general public on Friday, Samsung had one security guard outside its mobile flagship store in Sydney’s CBD.

It made sense to prepare for a hype similar to Apple, given it is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the...


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Boxing kangaroo character removed from Western release of Tekken 7 due to concerns over animal rights activists - NEWS.com.au

Concern over upsetting animal rights activists has prompted the removal of a boxing kangaroo in the Western version of Tekken 7.

IT’S a bit of a tongue-in-cheek imagining of our country’s favourite marsupial, but the image of the boxing kangaroo is as Australian as Vegemite.

But sadly for Aussie lovers of popular fighting franchise Tekken, they won’t be able to use a boxing kangaroo character in the latest version of the game, thanks to outraged animal rights activists.

Campaigners from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) reportedly took umbrage with the inclusion of Roger Jr., aka the boxing kangaroo, in the game. As a result he has been removed from the Western version of Tekken 7, reports PCgamer.com.

And according to the game’s executive producer, Katsuhiro Harada, the issue stems from one of the most memorable (and controversial) viral videos to emerge in...


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Facebook and Google conned out of £77m after scammer posed as Apple supplier - The INQUIRER

IF YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE having a bad day, think yourself lucky that you weren't one of the staffers at Facebook or Google that were tricked into handing over $100m (£77m).

News of two major tech firms being tricked by a Lithuanian man into sending him over $100m first came to light last month, but Fortune has this week revealed that the two firms in question are only bloody Facebook and Google. 

Both firms have since confirmed that this in the case. Facebook, which managed to recuperate the bulk of the stolen $100m, said in a statement: "We recovered the bulk of the funds shortly after the incident and has been cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation."

Google said it had "detected this fraud against our vendor management team and promptly alerted the authorities", adding that it "recouped the funds" and is "pleased this matter is resolved."

The scammer responsible,...


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Meet Sobro, the Coffee Table with Refrigerator, Speakers, Touch Control and USB Charging Ports - Technology Personalized

The latest Indiegogo project to catch my fancy (probably yours too!) is the Sobro Cofee Table. Yes, the Sobro Cofee table comes laden with technology without crossing the borderline of being an overkill. The Sobro is a smart coffee table that will help you stay connected. This also makes me wonder why furniture has not evolved and remain to serve only the primary purpose.

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The Sobro is well equipped, in the sense the coffee table apart from being well-appointed boasts of a Bluetooth speaker, touch controls, USB/12V, charging ports, refrigerator and a temper proof glass top. Also, the Sobro comes equipped with a LED ambience lighting that is designed to suit your mood. The coffee table comes with a refrigerator drawer, one that can store your chilled beer or any other beverage you fancy drinking cold. The temperature control ensures that your drink is cooled to the perfect degree and...


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Fitbit Blaze is number one wearable for work wellness, says study - Wareable

You may prefer the rich notifications of Apple Watch or Android Wear, or the more advanced multisport capabilities of Garmins, but when it comes to employer wellness programs making sure employees are as healthy and productive, as possible it's all about the Fitbit Blaze.

That's according to a new study from Sprinbuk, which talked to over 820 employers for its second Employer's Guide to Wearables report. Employers were asked about features, preferences and integration of wearables, and a test group of devices were evaluated over the course of four months.

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The Fitbit Blaze emerged on top with a score of 94, while the Garmin Vivoactive HR took second place with 89 and third fell to two Fitbits, the Surge and Charge 2, with a score of 86 each.

Next up came the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ and the Samsung Gear S3 with scores of 85. Then the Gear S2 with a...


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Here's What Nintendo Told Us About the New 2DS XL - TIME

If you're wondering why Nintendo is adding a member to its 3DS family of game handhelds, or who it's for, the company's North American president just offered TIME a plausible explanation.

At the high end of Nintendo's devoted gaming handheld family sits the new 3DS XL, a top-end, full clamshell, $199 entry with glasses-free 3D (enhanced by a face-tracking camera), capable of playing everything in the 3DS as well as original DS and DSi libraries.

Opposite it, at the entry-level tier, sits the standard 2DS, a $99 version with both of its notably smaller 3D-incapable screens fixed to a smaller rigid body. And though it, too, plays extant 3DS, DS or DSi games, it has no way to play games developed specifically for the new 3DS XL.

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The new 2DS XL, due July 28 and more aptly...


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Windows Phone Is Dead and Surface Sales are Slipping - ExtremeTech

Microsoft's Surface has gone from a proof of concept into the spearhead of Microsoft's hardware business

Microsoft announced its quarterly results last night, and the figures were generally good, with revenue of $23.6 billion (up 6%), increased operating income, and higher earnings per share. The one ugly spot was More Personal Computing — the business segment that includes Windows 10, Bing, Surface devices, Windows Phone, and the Xbox business.

Here’s how Microsoft’s CFO, Amy Hood, described the situation:

[R]evenue was $8.8 billion, declining 7 percent, as Phone and Surface results offset healthy growth in Windows, search, and gaming. Our OEM business grew 5% this quarter. OEM Pro revenue grew 10%, ahead of the commercial PC market, mainly due to a higher mix of premium SKUs…

Devices revenue declined 51 percent. We had no material Phone revenue this quarter. Our Surface business declined 26 percent and 25 percent in constant currency, as heightened price competition and product...


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How to Customize and Enhance Your Windows 10 Display - PCMag

How to Customize and Enhance Your Windows 10 Display

Your Windows 10 display doesn't look quite right. Maybe the color is off. Maybe the text is too small (or too large). Maybe the resolution isn't to your liking. Well, don't despair. You can customize your display in Windows 10 to make it look just right; resize the text, change the resolution, calibrate the color, and more.

Windows 10 Bug ArtThe process for customizing your display varies somewhat depending on your version of Windows 10. If you're still running a pre-Creators Update version, like the Anniversary Update, you follow one set of steps; Creators Update, which started rolling out in April, requires a different set of steps. Microsoft rarely makes anything simple. But you can still accomplish most of steps no matter which flavor of Windows 10 you're using.

How can you tell which version of Windows 10 you're running? Right-click on the Start button and look at the pop-up menu. If you see...


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The Lack Of Master Chief Was The Least Of Halo 5's Campaign Problems - Kotaku

Video game sequels often fix the problems of their predecessors thanks to, among other things, the iterative advancements of technology. That’s on top of the fact that making creative work in the gaming medium is still an exercise in being an artistic pioneer. So you at least hope that the people making sequels know what their last game did wrong. This was a week to wonder if the folks making Halo did.

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A few days ago, quotes from Frank O’Connor, one of the top creative people at Halo studio 343 Industries, caromed around the gaming internet after running in the magazine GamesTM. O’Connor was explaining what went awry with the story in 2015’s Halo 5 and, as ricocheted by Eurogamer and bounced once more here, told the magazine:

“We took some digs for storytelling in Halo 5, but they were absolutely merited… We very much realized that people wanted Master Chief’s...


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California says oceans could rise higher than thought

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than previously thought, officials said.

The state's Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised upward its predictions for how much water off California will rise as the climate warms. The forecast helps agencies in the nation's most populous state plan for climate change as rising water seeps toward low-lying airports, highways and communities, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Discoveries that ice sheets are melting increasingly fast in Antarctica, which holds nearly 90 percent of the world's ice, largely spurred the change.

As fossil-fuel emissions warm the Earth's atmosphere, melting Antarctic ice is expected to raise the water off California's 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) of coastline even more than for the world as a whole.


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Google engineer shows the spectacular extremes of nighttime mobile photography - The Verge

The Google Pixel and its predecessor, the Nexus 6P, are two of the best mobile cameras we have today, owing to Google’s algorithmic wizardry behind the scenes. I’ve been endlessly impressed with the low-light performance of the Pixel since its release, but it turns out there’s still a vast amount of untapped potential just waiting to be unlocked.

Florian Kainz, a software engineer at Google Daydream who previously worked at Industrial Light & Magic for many years, has posted some experimentation he has done with the 6P and Pixel cameras, focusing on nighttime photography. His goal was to try and recreate a low-light, long-exposure shot with a professional DSLR using the mobile sensors inside Google’s phones. To that end, he crafted a basic manual-exposure app (which most people who’ve seen his photos now demand be integrated into the Android camera) allowing him to take a series of...


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NASA's Cassini probe transmits closest pictures of Saturn's atmosphere after successful dive - ABC Online

A black and white image of Saturn's atmosphere captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Related Story: Cassini begins historic dive between Saturn and its rings
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has survived its unprecedented dive between Saturn and its innermost rings, sending back data that includes photos providing the closest look yet at the planet's atmosphere.

Key points:

  • Cassini begins transmitting data back to Earth
  • NASA says data shows "new wonders", details of atmosphere never before seen
  • The next dive is scheduled for May 2

Cassini began its dip on Wednesday night (AEST) but could not make contact for almost 24 hours while its antenna was facing away from Earth.

The spacecraft's big dish antenna served as a shield as it hurtled through the narrow gap, temporarily...


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FAQ: How to skip a Windows 10 upgrade - Computerworld Australia

Enterprises that try to slow down Microsoft's upgrade train by skipping one of the twice-yearly Windows 10 refreshes will have to hustle to stay in support, according to the company's latest scheduling disclosures.

Corporate users of Windows 10 may have as little as two months to deploy a feature upgrade after passing on the one prior. Only if IT administrators are willing to roll out a consumer-quality version -- one that Microsoft has not yet given the approved-for-business green light -- will they have up to six months to upgrade employees' PCs.

Those limitations come from Microsoft's latest pledge to support any given Windows 10 feature upgrade for 18 months, and the company's long-standing timeline on how it moves each upgrade from development to release, first to consumers and then to commercial customers.

To illustrate how Microsoft's scheduling affects businesses -- which...


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HTC Vive is getting real-time eye tracking with this new add-on - Wareable

Last year we learned that HTC Vive was going wireless with a $220 add-on from TPCast, a startup from HTC's Vive X accelerator program. The program has struck again, as HTC has announced real-time eye tracking is coming to the Vive via a new accessory thanks to startup 7invensun.

7invensun's upgrade kit, known as aGlass, will bring real-time eye tracking to all existing Vives via insertable lenses that you fit into the headset. You won't just get real-time eye control interactions and therefore much more emotional nuance in social avatar apps - you'll also get foveated rendering.

Essential reading: Once you've tried eye-tracking you won't go back

Foveated rendering, for the uninitiated, only renders the things you're actually looking at in high resolution. Everything else is de-prioritized until you're looking at it, which means less of a workload on your PC. Since HTC Vive's with...


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No one lined up for the new Samsung, but that doesn't mean the device isn't a huge hit - NEWS.com.au

This doesn't look like the launch day for one the biggest phone companies in the world.

WHEN Apple releases a new product, people ignore requests to pre-order and camp on the footpath outside Apple stores for days.

They want to be among the first to secure the latest iPhone from the Apple Store and experience the spectacle of being greeted with applause and cheers from the multiple staff lining every floor of the multi-level flagship.

When the doors open, the excited customers rush inside and are greeted by a sea of blue shirts, all wanting to get the latest Apple handset into their hands.

With the highly-anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus going on sale to the general public on Friday, Samsung had one security guard outside its mobile flagship store in Sydney’s CBD.

It made sense to prepare for a hype similar to Apple, given it is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the...


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Microsoft's silver lining: Surface loses, but Windows wins - The Sydney Morning Herald

Microsoft's line-up of Surface tablets, laptops and desktop computers has always been a paradox.

The software company's surprise foray into hardware became a billion-dollar-plus business and even managed to outclass longtime rival Apple with its Surface Studio desktop machine last fall, according to some tech critics.

Surface sales suffered while Microsoft's own Windows licensing customers prospered. Surface sales suffered while Microsoft's own Windows licensing customers prospered. 

At the same time, the Surface range competes with Microsoft's longstanding PC maker partners, such as Dell, Lenovo and HP, which pay billions of dollars to license Windows, Microsoft's traditional cash cow.

Those two facets came into sharp relief in the latest quarter, when Surface sales suffered while Microsoft's own Windows licensing customers prospered.

Surface revenue declined 26 per cent to US$831 million, its lowest tally in a year. Meanwhile, the overall PC industry staged a...


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