Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT
'Electric Skin' Can Feel, Thanks to Graphene
Scientists have found a way to power an experimental kind of electronic skin using solar energy in a further step towards the development of prosthetic limbs or robots with a sense of touch. Teams around the world are working to develop flexible versions of synthetic ...
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Spider Venom May Offer Stroke Therapy
A protein in spider venom may help protect the brain from injury after a stroke, according to research. Scientists found a single dose of the protein Hi1a worked on lab rats. They said it showed "great promise as a future stroke treatment" but had not ...
Toxic ocean pollution adds to fish woes
The amount of food available in the oceans will decrease by up to 55% this century, starving animals already struggling to adapt to warming oceans. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Slice Of Life: No country for good men
"He just said: 'What we need is for you to go back where you come from.' I think about that to this day and I feel bad; so, so bad. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200
"NASA's work has inspired millions and millions of Americans to imagine distant worlds and a better future right here on earth," President Trump said in a statement. "I'm delighted to sign this bill. [...] reaffirming our commitment to the core mission of NASA: human space exploration, space science and technology." The bill was also sponsored by former 2016 presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz who joined astronauts and other notables in the Oval Office for the signing.
A budget of US$19.1 billion is proposed for the following year, which would be a slight decrease from the current year, but overall, President Trump's plans for the U.S. annual budget have been controversial. In what presidential advisor Steve Bannon calls "deconstruction of the administrative state," there have been large cuts to â amongst other things â the Environmental Protection Agency and rural job training programs such as the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The NASA Transition Authorization Act also allocates funds for commercial space flight, the International Space Station and other related projects. The goal of landing humans on Mars is set for the 2030s. NASA already has a multi-step plan to accomplish this, including testing the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket and manipulating asteroids.
Before the match, Podolski said, "Thank you for thirteen years of having the eagle on the chest. Thank you to everyone. Thank you to my family and my parents. Thank you Dortmund. Thank KÃ¶ln and thank you Germany!" Podolski immigrated to Germany at the age of two "with basically only a football under my arm", as he put it in August. He earned his 130th international cap on Wednesday. Podolski is Germany's third all time most capped player after Lothar MatthÃ¤us and Miroslav Klose and is the third top-scorer for Germany.
A woman in a Lady Deadpool outfit, known under the pseudonym "Tumbling Cosplay", is interviewed. Image: Nick Moreau.
Pop culture event TorontoComiCon continued to grow this year, the sixth year since its restructuring as a three day program. Beginning on Friday evening, it continued through to Sunday. Organized by the same company as Fan Expo Canada, the event offered exhibitors, retailers, an artist's alley, and panels.
Cast members from Canadian teen show Degrassi Junior High were among the featured guests at the convention. While the current series in the franchise, best known as Degrassi: The Next Generation, has spawned Broadway star Jake Epstein, rapper Drake, and others, the earlier show including Stacie Mistysyn and Stefan Brogren remains popular, particularly in Canada. Brogren told industry publication Kidscreen: "A part of me thought we would do it for five years and maybe get recognized for a couple of years afterwards and then that would be it. I had no idea it would turn out to be such an important thing in so many peopleÊ¼s lives and not just in Canada, but around the world."
The current program is now distributed by Netflix, and Brogen remains a cast member as school principal, in addition to being a producer and director.
It was the first time the cast did a convention event. The cast also plan to tour to other conventions in Canada this year.
Panels at the convention focused on topics like steampunk costuming, wig styling, recently rebooted comic Captain Canuck, toy collecting, and the history of comic books in Canada over the decades, in conjunction with Canada's sesquicentennial year. Cast members from The Sean Ward Show appeared at the event, meeting guests to the convention and hosting a panel about the superhero comedy YouTube channel which has more than 600 million views.
As per usual, many attendees showed off costumes based on their favourite video games, comic books, television series, movies, and other pop culture creations. Characters ranged from one woman's interpretation of Roadhog from the current Overwatch video game, to retro revivals like the titular character from three-decade-old series Alf. Wikinews' Nick Moreau was at the event Saturday to photograph.
Many cosplayers at the event gave their own personal twists to recognizable characters. Two takes on Disney Princesses, for example: one group turned Moana, Cinderella, Mulan and Snow White into lightsaber-wielding Jedi, while another woman touring the con floor was dressed in preparation for a boudoir photo shoot later that day. Other twists included a Wookie version of Winnie the Pooh, sophisticated armour based on Pokemon characters, and a Stormtrooper from Planet of the Apes.
Ended series were the name of the game when it comes to costumes inspired by television, with few exceptions. One duo seen by Wikinews' reporter, but unfortunately not photographed, was inspired by Canadian international co-production spy series X Company, which aired its final episode just days before the event.
Jeff Jones, president of ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, announced his resignation on Sunday. Jones was hired last October to helm the company that is known for their ride-sharing application, Uber, which has a reported 40 million monthly users.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, from file. Image: Dan Taylor.
Recently in Jones's presidency of Uber, the ride-sharing company was involved in numerous controversies surrounding an alleged culture of sexism at the company, stemming from allegations blogged by Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer, claiming sexual harassment against her and other women working for Uber.
In a statement to tech blog Recode, Jones claimed the situation he was working with at Uber was one inconsistent with "the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career" and he could not remain the company's president.
Jones, who was previously the Chief Marketing Officer at Target before joining Uber, came to the decision to resign after it was announced Uber would be hiring a Chief Operating Officer (COO) potentially outranking Jones.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick confirmed the resignation in a statement to Uber staff, noting Jones "made an important impact on the company" in the six months he was in the role, noting his particular focus on Uber drivers and the delivery of Uber's first brand reputation study.
Kalanick first announced his intentions to hire a COO earlier in March after footage surfaced of him arguing about rate cuts with an Uber driver.
A freak accident caused twenty deaths and some injuries, according to officials, at the well-known Kintampo waterfall, in Ghana, on Sunday afternoon local time. Those affected were reportedly school students from Wenchi Senior High School on a supervised trip, and several tourists, who were swimming at the time of a rainstorm and strong winds, bringing down a tree and crushing victims.
File photo of the Kintampo waterfall, 2010. Image: SandisterTei.
Eighteen students, according to Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate, were killed at the falls, while another two were rushed to hospital and died in care. Varying reports indicated possibly up to 18 people remaining in a critical condition who were trapped under the tree, who were then rescued and rushed to hospital, including a Wenchi Senior High School administrator.
Anaglate said the wind uprooted trees, which fell on swimmers.
Students' bodies have been sent to the Kintampo Municipal Hospital's morgue.
Current Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Republicans currently have top-to-bottom control in 25 states, holding both the governorship and the entire legislature. If we've learned anything from this last election, it's that political complacency is no longer an option. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:33:00 GMT
U.S. Senate Seats up for Reelection in 2018
The U.S. Senate elections will be held on November 6, 2018. Thirty-three of the 100 Senate seats are up for reelection. The Republicans will be defending just 8 seats, while the Democrats will be fighting for 23, plus another 2 held by independents. The winners of those seats will serve a six-year term from January 3, 2019, until January 3, 2025. The time to start organizing is now. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:26:00 GMT
The Top 5 Places to Work in U.S. Oil and Gas
Anadarko Petroleum, Chevron, Plains All American, Occidental Petroleum and Noble Energy have emerged as the top five "Best Places to Work" in the U.S. oil and gas industry. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:01:00 GMT
Khalid al-Asaad Slaughtered by ISIS
Khalid al-Asaad, an 83-year-old caretaker of antiquities in Syria, was beheaded by ISIS, but did not receive the same attention as a slain lion. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:52:00 GMT
Video: Dr. Kizza Besigye sworn in as Uganda’s president on May 11, 2016
Newscast Media KAMPALA—Opposition leader Dr. Warren Kizza Besigye was sworn in today May 11, 2016 as Uganda’s president, with thousands of Forum of Democratic Change (FDC) supporters cheering him. Besigye asserted that any swearing in by his opponent Yoweri Museveni, would be illegitimate because he (Besigye) won the election, and has evidence to support his [...] Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:43:26 +0200
Senior sheriff official resigns after racist e-mails discovered
Newscast Media LOS ANGELES—A senior official at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department resigned Sunday following criticism over e-mails he sent disparaging blacks, Muslims, Latinos and women, the department said in a statement. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said he accepted the resignation of his chief-of-staff Tom Angel after the emergence of emails he forwarded from his [...] Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:43:26 +0200
Venezuela’s Maduro continues to hold the pieces together
Newscast Media CARACAS—It’s a new time in Venezuela. On Sunday, the clocks in the South American country were brought forward to save electricity. The switch to daylight saving time could be a harbinger of political change. Over the past several days, more than 1.5 million Venezuelans have signed a petition for a referendum to recall [...] Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:43:26 +0200
Massive data leak of offshore intrigues has world leaders panicking
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—World leaders have scrambled to react to the leak of a trove of documents linking many of them to secretive offshore companies that enabled vast sums of money to move around the world hidden from law enforcement and regulators. A massive report called The Panama Papers, published simultaneously by multiple news organizations in [...] Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:43:26 +0200
Museveni’s men accused of stealing Mbabazi’s evidence
Newscast Media KAMPALA—Opposition group Go Forward, that filed a lawsuit against Uganda’s dictator Yoweri Museveni, on behalf of Amama Mbabazi, has accused the Uganda Police of breaking and entering the offices of lawyers representing Mbabazi. Crucial evidence and numerous computers are now missing, as the case unfolds to determine whether or not Museveni rigged the [...] Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:43:26 +0200
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