One of the biggest entertainment industry acquisitions since The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm is now officially in the works: Disney has agreed to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s movie and television assets for a whopping $52.4 billion, according to the New York Times.The deal was first rumored back in November, and the details were officially announced December 14. Although the acquisition still needs to be ratified by the Department of Justice, if it goes through as announced it will move a wide array of Fox movie and television properties under the Disney banner, with the exception of a few major elements: Fox News, Fox Sports, and the Fox broadcast network. The deal will also give Disney majority shareholder status with streaming video service Hulu — an important component of the deal, given Disney’s interest in creating its own streaming services to serve up properties like Marvel films, Star Wars films, and multiple others directly to your living … [Read more...] about Disney’s Deadpool? Netflix worries? What Disney’s billion-dollar Fox deal means
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MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.--Autonomy options for the Marine Corps have taken a major step forward, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced today a successful final helicopter flight demonstration with autonomous capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., part of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program. AACUS is a partnership between ONR and technology company Aurora Flight Sciences. AACUS will enable the Marine Corps to rapidly resupply forces on the front lines using cutting-edge technology sponsored by ONR. The system consists of a sensor and software package that can be integrated into any manned or unmanned rotary-wing aircraft to detect and avoid obstacles (like telephone wires, other vehicles or large ground objects) in unfavorable weather conditions, or to facilitate autonomous, unmanned flight. This capability will be a welcome alternative to dangerous convoys or manned aircraft missions in all types of weather. "This is more … [Read more...] about Special delivery: New autonomous flight technology means rapid resupply for Marines
Even as the world’s top artificial-intelligence researchers gathered in Los Angeles this week, many are beginning to wonder just how much longer the U.S. will remain the epicenter of AI. The Neural Information Processing System (NIPS) conference in Long Beach is the number one place for presenting breakthroughs in AI. But U.S. government policies threaten to put a dampener on the recent boom in the field.The U.S. Congress’s tax plan is the latest challenge, threatening to raise costs for graduate students significantly. This follows reduced funding for fields including AI and tightening of rules on immigration for international researchers. “Through decades of public and private investment, the U.S. currently leads in AI basic research,” says Andrew Ng, a leading figure in the field who held an academic post at Stanford before leading research efforts at Google in the U.S. and Baidu in China. “Ill-advised policies can quickly squander this lead.” … [Read more...] about The U.S. Leads in Artificial Intelligence, but for How Long?
Adding intelligence to materials and products facilitates the fully decentralized operations model associated with Industry 4.0. BY FRANCISCO ALMADA LOBO, Critical Manufacturing, Moreira da Maia, PortugalIndustry 4.0 is coming. It is the next major industrial revolution that will re-define manufacturing as we know it today. But what does Industry 4.0 bring to benefit an industry that already has highly advanced sophisticated manufacturing techniques?The semiconductor industry is currently not one of those embracing Industry 4.0. Some of the reasons for this are based around the far reaching supply chain the industry uses, some because of the size of batches is still large in some businesses, and some because the idea of gathering greater quantities of information from machines is really not a new concept for the industry. To understand the benefits of Industry 4.0 to semiconductor production, let’s first look at exactly what it is. A little about Industry 4.0Industry 4.0 takes … [Read more...] about Industry 4.0: What does it mean to the semiconductor industry?
When a woman chooses not to take her husband's surname after marriage, people perceive her husband as being higher in traits related to femininity and lower in traits related to masculinity. He is also perceived as having less power in the relationship. This is according to a study led by Rachael Robnett of the University of Nevada in the US. The research is published in Springer's journal Sex Roles and is the first to examine whether people's perceptions of a man's personality vary depending on whether his wife adopts his surname or retains her own.The tradition of women adopting their husbands' surname after marriage is arguably one of the most widespread gender-role norms in Western cultures. In recent decades, it has gained attention from feminist scholars who want to understand why the surname tradition remains widely endorsed despite marked changes in the role that women play in society and in the labor force. According to previous studies, women who violate the marital surname … [Read more...] about What does it mean for the husband when his wife keeps her own surname?
Lamborghini’s unfettered imagination has produced some of the greatest, most emblematic supercars in the world. The latest Raging Bull to sprint out Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, is a revised version of the company’s flagship model named Aventador S.The Aventador S’ more aggressive design is only part of the story. Lamborghini has applied every lesson it has learned over decades of developing high-performance engines, sonorous exhaust systems, and cutting-edge chassis to push its V12-powered machine to the limit. I traveled to Valencia, Spain, to find out what the S means on the road and on the track.A new breed of bullLamborghini’s research and development department was given a task of Herculean proportions. The Aventador already stood out as one of the fastest, most dramatic new cars on the market. It’s built around a carbon fiber monocoque, and its looks are inimitable. Improving it was like making revisions to the Sistine Chapel.Improving the … [Read more...] about 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S first drive
Jimmel Kimmel is known as a master of viral videos from his late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live – from parents pretending they ate their kid’s Halloween candy, to the Handsome Men’s Club. But his Mean Tweets segments, in which celebrities read the worst vitriol and most clever digs from Twitter, are perhaps one of the funniest. This week, the funny man ran “live reads” with serious A-list celebrities each night, deeming it Mean Tweets Week.As the name implies, the Mean Tweets segment showcases celebrities, smartphone in hand, reading aloud real Tweets that random Twitter users have published about them. And naturally, each of them is mean in nature. Like, really mean.Related: Did Bob Odenkirk & Jimmy Kimmel just poke fun at Fallon?Just as funny as the actual Tweets, however, is the reaction on the celebrity’s face as he or she reads it, as well as their response. It often includes an insult right back, jovial acceptance of the criticism, … [Read more...] about See George Clooney, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more on Kimmel’s Mean Tweets Live week
In the world of comic books, Batman is Gotham City’s greatest detective, where superstitious and cowardly criminals are thwarted by his fighting abilities and uncanny detective skills. As a purely human superhero, he is aided by an arsenal of gadgetry, at the center of which is his Batmobile, which will of course make an appearance in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.Outside of a teaser trailer, though, we’ve only seen a few candid stills of the film, which did show a few shots of Batman’s gnarly new ride. Thanks to some uploaded B-roll, however, we won’t have to wait an entire year just to get a closer look at it.The footage gives us some sweeping panning shots of the Batmobile on the set, looking more alien than the Caped Crusader’s Kryptonian adversary. While the Batmobile in the Christopher Nolan films were based on a military tank-style armored scout, this new one looks like an armored dune buggy on steroids.It certainly looks like … [Read more...] about Uploaded B-Roll footage from Batman v Superman shows off Batman’s mean ride
In an attempt to digitize its dining experience, a newly-opened McDonald’s in Hampton Roads, Virginia will now offer customers complimentary use of Apple iPads installed at various booths of its retail store. The iPads will be held up on white stands, one of which holds two devices back-to-back, so diners can check their Facebook profiles, play games, and even shop online while they’re munching away at their favorite fast food item. “It’s a great idea to stay relevant, especially to a new generation,” Hugh Fard, the iPad-equipped McDonald’s owner who opened the new location last week, told The Virginian-Pilot. “People like to multitask, so why not provide that element for them?”Fard said he found the inspiration to add iPads to his restaurant from a recent McDonald’s convention in Florida, and found that McDonald’s stores in Europe had iPad offerings developed and installed by a French-based company. After months … [Read more...] about Complimentary iPad use in McDonald’s means a lot of greasy tablets
The United States Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) were on hand at the recently concluded Chicago Auto Show showing off a vehicle of its own. The Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) is an energy-efficient vehicle developed by Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide in conjunction with TARDEC.Quantum, which specializes in natural gas, hydrogen, and hybrid vehicle technologies, gave show attendees a glimpse of the CERV. The company states that the CERV will save both money and soldiers lives (although we can’t quite discern how it is able to save lives exactly), while the U.S Army has labeled the CERV as one of the “greenest technologies.”According to Quantum and Tardec, these lightweight vehicles were developed with the intention of making a big impact on the battlefield while making a small impact on the environment. The CERV prototype is a diesel-hybrid that utilizes Quantum’s “Q-Force” … [Read more...] about Meet CERV: The military’s mean, green, gunning machine