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Nvidia and construction giant Komatsu partner on AI for job site safety

 Nvidia is teaming up with Komatsu, one of the largest manufacturers of heavy equipment for construction and mining in the world, to deploy AI at worksites across these industries in order to promote safety and increase efficiency. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huan

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Disrespectability Politics Season 1, Ep. 6: President Winfrey

Content warning: This post, or pages it links to, contain information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. x Embedded Content Or, click here to listen. Fresh off a mid-season break, hosts Wagatwe Wanjuki and Irn
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Disrespectability Politics Season 1, Ep. 6: President Winfrey

Content warning: This post, or pages it links to, contain information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. x Embedded Content Or, click here to listen. Fresh off a mid-season break, hosts Wagatwe Wanjuki and Irna Landrum discuss the Golden Globes, the moving speech from Oprah Winfrey, the assertion that she should run for president, the massive wave of counterarguments, and why we are not allowed to enjoy black people for too many consecutive seconds. Note: This episode was recorded on Jan. 10, 2018. Things may have changed by the time you listen—but our core points still stand!

Jared Kushner needs lawyers and money ... guns optional

After multiple instances in which Jared Kusher’s family attempted to trade on his role in the Trump White House to sell United State visas and a failed multibillion-dollar deal to bring a Chinese company in to save Kushner’s 666 Fifth Avenue disaster c
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Jared Kushner needs lawyers and money ... guns optional

After multiple instances in which Jared Kusher’s family attempted to trade on his role in the Trump White House to sell United State visas and a failed multibillion-dollar deal to bring a Chinese company in to save Kushner’s 666 Fifth Avenue disaster comes word Kushner was warned that one of his friends was using him as a tool for the Chinese government. U.S. counterintelligence officials in early 2017 warned Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, that Wendi Deng Murdoch, a prominent Chinese-American businesswoman, could be using her close friendship with Mr. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to further the interests of the Chinese government, according to people familiar with the matter. Kushner’s pal was promoting a project that installed a 70-foot tall tower on high ground overlooking the heart of Washington, D.C.  It doesn’t seem that Kushner was concerned by the briefing. But then, Kushner is just a bit desperate. Jared Kushner’s $7.5 billion plan to transform a Manhattan skyscraper into a mix of high-end residences and retail has been deemed “not feasible” by the project’s partner, putting the future of the property — saddled with $1.2 billion in debt — in doubt. The 666 Fifth Avenue purchase is one of the greatest white elephants in real estate history. Unable to unload the property, Kushner has been beating the world’s bushes in an increasingly hopeless search for funds. It’s just the kind of pressure that makes Kushner an excellent target for anyone who needs an in with Trump.

Republican senator nearly gets laughed out of rural town hall for defending Trump

Republican senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley have been back home in Iowa to hold small town halls in rural areas, places they probably thought would be ‘safe spaces’ from angry voters. WRONG. The rural voters who turned out were not happy with Donal
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Republican senator nearly gets laughed out of rural town hall for defending Trump

Republican senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley have been back home in Iowa to hold small town halls in rural areas, places they probably thought would be ‘safe spaces’ from angry voters. WRONG. The rural voters who turned out were not happy with Donald Trump and they unloaded on Ernst and Grassley. In one particularly embarrassing moment for Sen. Ernst in Red Oak, Iowa (population 5,476), she drew laughter and scorn after this exchange: SEN. ERNST: “He is standing up for a lot of the countries, um... where we have seen...” CONSTITUENT: “Name a few, could you name a few?” SEN. ERNST: “Yeah, you bet. Norway...” Cue the guffaws and laughter. Watch the local report on the town hall and see Iowa voters asking Ernst over and over again to stand up to Trump, and then jump below to see how Sen. Grassley’s town hall went (hint: not good!)

Justice Department hands over files to Republicans, invites them to go after the FBI

The Jefferson Sessions Justice Department has agreed to hand over files on FBI operations to congressional Republicans. The decision, which comes in response to constant Republican claims that the FBI is prejudiced against Donald Trump, thrills Republicans. I
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Justice Department hands over files to Republicans, invites them to go after the FBI

The Jefferson Sessions Justice Department has agreed to hand over files on FBI operations to congressional Republicans. The decision, which comes in response to constant Republican claims that the FBI is prejudiced against Donald Trump, thrills Republicans. It gives them unfettered access to information they can use to paint the agency in any way they want, along with the opportunity to interfere with the Trump–Russia investigation directly. As Bloomberg reports: The Justice Department’s decision to give congressional Republicans access to documents about FBI investigations risks exposing sensitive sources or material and poses a critical early test for bureau Director Christopher Wray, current and former U.S. law enforcement officials say. It’s the latest setback for a law enforcement agency that has long held itself out as doggedly independent and above partisan politics ... It’s not unusual for people to claim that the FBI is secretive, overzealous, and just plain wrong. And considering the agency’s history, it would be impossible to claim that there was any period in which it was either genuinely nonpartisan or apolitical. But handing over the files on an FBI investigation in the middle of that investigation risks the whole concept of the organization, and questions whether the nation can have any “outside” agency if that agency can be gutted on demand. As the Russia investigation continues to hang over the White House, Republicans in Congress have sought to turn the tables on the FBI by calling into question the fairness and methods of senior agents. They’ve been requesting documents and holding public hearings that focus on alleged wrongdoing or political bias by agents. If the destruction of the FBI is the cost of protecting Trump … Republicans are willing to pay that cost.

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Global power demand: Bitcoin mining consumes more electricity than Ireland

When bitcoin skyrocketed in 2017, the electricity demand associated with it climbed to 20.5 terawatt-hours a year
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Global power demand: Bitcoin mining consumes more electricity than Ireland

When bitcoin skyrocketed in 2017, the electricity demand associated with it climbed to 20.5 terawatt-hours a year

BHEL bags Rs 2,800-cr order for power project in Maharashtra

It will be set up as an expansion project of Maharashtra State Power Generation Company#39;s (MAHAGENCO) Bhusawal Thermal Power Station in Jalgaon district, BHEL said in a BSE filing.
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BHEL bags Rs 2,800-cr order for power project in Maharashtra

It will be set up as an expansion project of Maharashtra State Power Generation Company#39;s (MAHAGENCO) Bhusawal Thermal Power Station in Jalgaon district, BHEL said in a BSE filing.

Trigyn Tech bags multi-year order from ARIPO

Trigyn Technologies is buzzing in trade after the company bags a multi-year order in Zimbabwe. In an interview with CNBC-TV18, R Ganapathi, Chairman and Executive Director of the company discussed the details.
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Trigyn Tech bags multi-year order from ARIPO

Trigyn Technologies is buzzing in trade after the company bags a multi-year order in Zimbabwe. In an interview with CNBC-TV18, R Ganapathi, Chairman and Executive Director of the company discussed the details.

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Hike unbundles its messaging app to reach India’s next wave of smartphone users

 How do you compete with the world’s largest chat app in its strongest market? Hike, the Indian messaging app valued at more than $1 billion, is taking a unique approach to battling WhatsApp which involves dismantling its service, layering it on bu
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Hike unbundles its messaging app to reach India’s next wave of smartphone users

 How do you compete with the world’s largest chat app in its strongest market? Hike, the Indian messaging app valued at more than $1 billion, is taking a unique approach to battling WhatsApp which involves dismantling its service, layering it on budget Android phones and offering free connectivity. The company, which is backed by the likes of Tencent and Foxconn, today unveiled… Read More

Revolut launches geolocation-powered travel insurance

 Fintech startup Revolut is launching international medical and dental insurance. You can subscribe using the company’s app for £1 per day or more depending on the options. But the best part is that you can set it up and forget about it as Revolu
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Revolut launches geolocation-powered travel insurance

 Fintech startup Revolut is launching international medical and dental insurance. You can subscribe using the company’s app for £1 per day or more depending on the options. But the best part is that you can set it up and forget about it as Revolut uses your device’s location data to automatically turn insurance coverage on and off. By default, insurance coverage costs £1 per day… Read More

Bright light therapy improves sleep in people treated for cancer

Results of a randomized controlled trial suggest that systematic bright light exposure can improve sleep for fatigued people who have been treated for cancer.
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Bright light therapy improves sleep in people treated for cancer

Results of a randomized controlled trial suggest that systematic bright light exposure can improve sleep for fatigued people who have been treated for cancer.

Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice

Researchers reveal why Arctic sea ice began to melt in the middle of winter two years ago -- and that the increased melting of ice in summer is linked to recurring periods of fair weather.
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Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice

Researchers reveal why Arctic sea ice began to melt in the middle of winter two years ago -- and that the increased melting of ice in summer is linked to recurring periods of fair weather.

Bitconnect, which has been accused of running a Ponzi scheme, shuts down

 Bitconnect, the lending and exchange platform that was long suspected by many in the crypto community of being a Ponzi scheme, has announced it’s shutting down. In a release on its website the platform said the shutdown is attributed to “con
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Bitconnect, which has been accused of running a Ponzi scheme, shuts down

 Bitconnect, the lending and exchange platform that was long suspected by many in the crypto community of being a Ponzi scheme, has announced it’s shutting down. In a release on its website the platform said the shutdown is attributed to “continuous bad press” surrounding the platform, two cease and desist letters from both Texas and North Carolina’s securities boards,… Read More

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park increasing fees

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Great Smoky Mountains National Park says it is raising fees for front-country campgrounds and picnic pavilions by 10 to 25 percent. The park said in a news release Tuesday that the rate increases are scheduled to begin March 1. Park of
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park increasing fees

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Great Smoky Mountains National Park says it is raising fees for front-country campgrounds and picnic pavilions by 10 to 25 percent. The park said in a news release Tuesday that the rate increases are scheduled to begin March 1. Park officials say rate increases are needed ...

Convention Defying Fashion at New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will soon be hosting an exhibition of works titled “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes.”The exhibition features the world’s largest private collections of Alexander McQueen fashion. The first major exhibit on fashio
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Convention Defying Fashion at New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will soon be hosting an exhibition of works titled “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes.”The exhibition features the world’s largest private collections of Alexander McQueen fashion. The first major exhibit on fashion includes contemporary designers showcased in an immersive gallery presentation. The bold couture on display explores the various archetypes of femininity, and how these mythic characters are manifested through storytelling in fashion over the past decade. “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes” showcases more than 100 experimental gowns, headpieces, jewelry, and shoes by 30 of the world’s contemporary designers. Designers featured in the exhibition include like McQueen, Prada, Chanel, and Comme des Garçons along with innovative and out of the box fashion such as Chromat’s body-positive architectural looks and Iris van Herpen’s cutting-edge technology based dresses.Alexander McQueen (1969–2010) was a British fashion designer and couturier. He was a master at creating narratives through his collections and runway shows. McQueen used fashion to explore seven archetypal personality types of a Queen, or metaphorically, of a woman. These were The Mother Earth, Sage, Magician, Enchantress, Explorer, Heroine, and Thespian. Based on the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s work, they are based on recurring motifs in myths and fairy tales from around the world. The narrative of each female archetype such as its powers, weaknesses, and significance is skillfully reflected in the show through fashion, photography, and artwork. “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes” highlights how fashion can be used as an art form depicting glamour, theatricality, wit, and innovations. “This is a sensational collection, full of work that stretches our ideas about fashion design,” says Mel Buchanan, NOMA’s RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts & Design. “This clothing shows beauty, certainly, but also pain and humor. A Queen Within explores complex human emotions through the archetypes of a mufti-faceted fictional queen.”“A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes” runs from February 21 through May 28, 2018, at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA.For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/285541/museum-overviewClick on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. 

More than 50 Yellowstone bison escape quarantine facility

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - More than 50 Yellowstone National Park bison have escaped through a cut fence at a containment area where they were being prepared for transfer to the Fort Peck Tribes. The Billings Gazette reports 54 of the animals escaped from two pen
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More than 50 Yellowstone bison escape quarantine facility

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - More than 50 Yellowstone National Park bison have escaped through a cut fence at a containment area where they were being prepared for transfer to the Fort Peck Tribes. The Billings Gazette reports 54 of the animals escaped from two pens at the Stephens Creek facility ...

Frigid temperatures trail storm dropping more snow on South

ATLANTA (AP) - A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain blanketed a large swath of the South, trailed by a blast of frigid air that could approach record low temperatures Wednesday. By Tuesday evening, steadily dropping snow about 15 miles (25 kilometers
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Frigid temperatures trail storm dropping more snow on South

ATLANTA (AP) - A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain blanketed a large swath of the South, trailed by a blast of frigid air that could approach record low temperatures Wednesday. By Tuesday evening, steadily dropping snow about 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta was forcing cars ...

Civil rights veteran Rep. Lewis being honored in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there. A private group called Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights Inc. announced Tuesday t
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Civil rights veteran Rep. Lewis being honored in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there. A private group called Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights Inc. announced Tuesday that it will give awards to Lewis, who helped lead ...

Civil rights veteran Lewis being honored in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there. Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights Inc. announced Tuesday it will give awards to L
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Civil rights veteran Lewis being honored in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there. Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights Inc. announced Tuesday it will give awards to Lewis, who helped lead the historic 1965 march across ...

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Dakar 2018, Stage 10: Santosh inside top-40 despite crash

Riders had to complete an initial long liason of 424 km before starting off with the stage proper, which comprised of a distance of 373 km, taking the day’s total running to 797 km.The navigational challenges posed by the stage in Argentina shook up the fro
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Dakar 2018, Stage 10: Santosh inside top-40 despite crash

Riders had to complete an initial long liason of 424 km before starting off with the stage proper, which comprised of a distance of 373 km, taking the day’s total running to 797 km.The navigational challenges posed by the stage in Argentina shook up the front of the pack, but Santosh managed to improve up to 39th in the standings after posting the 44th fastest time of the day.The ... Keep reading

Lillard scores 31, Blazers beat Suns 118-111 (Jan 16, 2018)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard scored 31 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 118-111 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
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Lillard scores 31, Blazers beat Suns 118-111 (Jan 16, 2018)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard scored 31 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 118-111 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

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