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    Pinterest launches an AR-powered try-on experience for eyeshadow

    Pinterest is expanding its virtual makeup try-on capabilities with today's launch of a new augmented reality feature that allows online shoppers to virtually try on new eyeshadow.

    The feature leverages Pinterest's existing Lens visual search technology, its skin tone ranges feature and computer-vision-powered recommendations, the company says. We also understand Pinterest is incorporating elements from data partner ModiFace, including digitization parameters that ensure the products recognized are mapped to ModiFace’s database for higher-quality rendering.


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    AR-powered virtual makeup experiences have been growing in popularity over the years, thanks in part to AR beauty apps like ModiFace's YouCam Makeup, Sephora’s Virtual Artist, Ulta’s GLAMLab and others. L’Oréal has also offered Live Try-On on its website and partnered with Facebook to bring virtual makeup to the site. Target’s online Beauty Studio also offers virtual makeup.

    More recently, Google entered the AR virtual makeup space, initially with the launch of a more limited feature on YouTube that allowed some beauty influencers to incorporate an AR try-on experience for products in their videos. In December 2020, however, Google more fully embraced AR try-on with the launch of virtual makeup try-on within Google Search, also in partnership with ModiFace.

    https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/pinterest-launches-ar-powered-try-170024263.html
     
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    Aerosol particles naturally form over open sea

    New results from an atmospheric study over the eastern North Atlantic reveal that tiny aerosol particles that seed clouds can form out of next-to-nothingness over the open ocean.

    This “new particle formation” occurs when sunlight reacts with molecules of trace gases in the marine boundary layer, the atmosphere within about the first mile above Earth’s surface. The findings will improve how aerosols and clouds are represented in models that describe Earth’s climate so scientists can understand how the particles – and the processes that control them – might have impacted the planet’s past and present and better predict the future.

    The research, a collaboration led by principal investigator Jian Wang, professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering and director of the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, was published Jan. 22 in the journal Nature Communications.

    https://www.miragenews.com/aerosol-particles-naturally-form-over-open-sea/
     
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    SpaceX Starship Sea Launch Platforms Under Construction!
    SN9 Strange Tests


    Why did SpaceX pressurize Starship SN9 three times in one day without lighting the engines, what’s different on SpaceX’s second Super Heavy booster and why is SpaceX building floating Spaceports at Brownsville Harbor?


     
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    The Illusion Only Some Can See

    Ames window illusion illustrates how we don't directly perceive external reality.


     
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    Why do dogs bury bones?

    "The reason why a dog buries something is to save it for later," Teoti Anderson, professional dog trainer and behavior consultant based in Florida, told Live Science. "When you don’t know when you’ll find your next meal, it makes sense to hide leftovers.”

    The act of burying bones is a type of "food caching," that is, storing available food supplies for the purpose of later access. It's a common behavior in many species of birds and mammals, including in the canine ancestors of domestic dogs — gray wolves — which is where dogs inherited their burying instincts.

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    While wolves, which are known for their cunning hunting skills, tend to stay in a scavenge area long enough to devour their prey entirely, they will occasionally carry and bury the remains of a kill, according to a 1976 study published in the journal Ethology. (Wolves and other canids are known as "scatter hoarders," meaning they stash their leftover food in hideaways located over fairly large areas.) This same study showed that even wolf pups cache, and will move their cache to keep it from being discovered by a sibling. So, when dogs exhibit this seemingly unusual behavior in your backyard, rest assured — they're simply following their instinctual "inner wolf."


    Most dogs today don't need to store food because they have doting pet parents to feed them, but that doesn't mean their natural urge to squirrel things away for later doesn't still exist. Sometimes, the instinct to bury things has nothing to do with storing food or protecting it from scavengers. According to dog behaviorist Cesar Millan, burying can be a dog's way of savoring cherished objects, so they can be enjoyed again later. It can also be a way for bored dogs to initiate play with their owner, or a method of stress relief for anxious dogs.
     
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    TIMELAPSE OF FUTURE TECHNOLOGY: 2022 - 4000+
     
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    CRISPR-Based Cancer Cell Lineage Tracing Offers Insights into Drivers of Metastasis

    A new CRISPR-based method for tracing real-time cancer progression across thousands of cells has revealed novel insights into the rates, routes, and drivers of cancer metastasis. Using the lineage-tracing technique, Whitehead Institute member Jonathan Weissman, PhD, and colleagues were able to treat cancer cells in much the same way that evolutionary biologists might look at species, mapping out an intricately detailed family tree. The approach allowed the authors to generate phylogenies and follow the movement of metastatic human cancer cells over several months of growth and dissemination, in a lung cancer xenograft mouse model.

    By examining the branches it is then possible to track cell lineage to find when a single tumor cell went rogue, spreading its progeny to the rest of the body. “With this method, you can ask questions like, ‘How frequently is this tumor metastasizing? Where did the metastases come from? Where do they go?'” said Weissman, who is a professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. “By being able to follow the history of the tumor in vivo, you reveal differences in the biology of the tumor that were otherwise invisible.”

    https://www.genengnews.com/news/cri...g-offers-insights-into-drivers-of-metastasis/
     
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    Heatwaves may mean Sydney is too hot for people to live in 'within decades'

    Parts of Victoria and NSW are sweating through an extreme heatwave that started sweeping across Australia's southeast yesterday.

    This may seem like just a good excuse to go to the beach, but as the planet warms and summers become longer and less bearable, heatwaves are coming to represent an existential threat to Australian suburbs.

    Already, heat kills more people in Australia than any other natural disaster, including floods, cyclones and bushfires.

    Now, faced with the prospect of 50-degree-plus summers, experts say highly urbanised parts of Australia may become unliveable within decades.

    The race is on to re-imagine, redesign and rebuild the Australian suburb.

    The mercury gets close to 50 degrees Celsius here in summer — and that's just the ambient air temperature. The radiant heat from bitumen carparks can push 80C. The surface temperature of playground equipment has been measured at 100C.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/science...itable-climate-change-urban-planning/12993580
     
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    What is Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy?

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    Confocal fluorescence microscopy is a commonly used optical imaging method in biology, combining fluorescence imaging with confocal microscopy for increased optical resolution. This article will discuss the principles of fluorescence and confocal microscopes, and describe the stages of fluorophore selection and sample preparation.

    https://www.news-medical.net/life-sciences/What-is-Confocal-Fluorescence-Microscopy.aspx
     
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    Dawn Aerospace aims to launch New Zealand's 1st space plane from a conventional airport

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    A New Zealand-based company has received approval to fly a suborbital space plane from a conventional airport.

    Dawn Aerospace got the nod from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly the company's Mk-II Aurora space plane, which is designed to send satellites into space on multiple flights a day, at a conventional airport whose name and location has not been disclosed yet.

    Usually such vehicles need to be launched at isolated facilities, because otherwise regulators need to shut down the local commercial air space to allow the space planes to fly out of the atmosphere.

    https://www.space.com/dawn-aerospace-space-plane-new-zealand-airport
     
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    Apple says losing Lightning port will create waste

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    Apple says being forced to abandon the Lightning connector used on its iPhones would create an "unprecedented amount of electronic waste".

    While the latest Android phones have a USB-C port, Apple's iPhones still use the proprietary Lightning port.

    Some members of the European Parliament want all phone-makers to adopt a universal port, to reduce waste.

    But Apple says the move would create more waste by making Lightning-compatible accessories obsolete.


    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51208912
     
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    Deepfake video technology becoming increasingly more realistic

    CGI likenesses of younger or dead actors have been around for a few years now, but while earlier attempts were a bit creepy (like a resurrected Peter Cushing in Rogue One: A star Wars Story) deepfake technology has now leapt ahead and become extremely realistic.


    This deepfake of a young Harrison Ford caught my attention recently.

    Harrison Ford in Solo: A Star Wars Story (deepfake)



    This deepfake of deceased actor Peter Cushing was much better than the CGI produced by the studio.

    Deepfaking Tarkin & Leia in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story



    Original Star Trek actors deepfaked over the modern reboot cast.

    Star Trek: The First Generation [deepfake]



    Robert DeNiro deepfake is much more realistic than the studio attempt at de-aging.

    De-aging Robert Deniro in The Irishman [DeepFake]


    I actually found the original Netflix film awkward to watch because it did not look like a young DeNiro as I remembered him.



    Deepfakes Are Going To Wreak Havoc On Society. We Are Not Prepared
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/robtoews/2020/05/25/deepfakes-are-going-to-wreak-havoc-on-society-we-are-not-prepared/

    Deepfakes Are Amazing. They're Also Terrifying for Our Future
    https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a28691128/deepfake-technology/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepfake
     
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    China’s space programme plans to launch first mission to the sun next year

    NOTE: This headline is incorrect, as the solar probe will be orbiting the Earth in a Sun-synchronous orbit.

    China is planning to launch its first solar mission next year.

    The probe, code-named the Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S), is scheduled for lift-off in the first half of 2022. Orbiting 720km (447 miles) above the Earth it will “perform 24-hour continuous observation” for at least four years, state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday

    The probe would carry a magnetic detector, a solar telescope and an X-ray imager to track the sun’s magnetic fields and stormy activities, which were the “key to the space weather forecast”, Gan Weiqun, the mission’s chief scientist, told Xinhua.

    More than 70 solar exploration satellites have been launched globally since the 1960s, and the mission is expected to “plug China’s gap in the field”, according to the report.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3118836/chinas-space-programme-plans-launch-first-mission-sun-next-year
     
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    Building Earth's largest telescope on the far side of the moon

    NASA engineers are studying the feasibility of building a massive, kilometre-wide radio telescope on the moon that would dwarf anything we could build on Earth.

    The telescope, which would be constructed by robots, would take the form of a huge, wire-mesh antenna in a dish shape that would hang suspended in a three-kilometre-wide crater on the far side of the moon.


    The Lunar Crater Radio Telescope would provide a unique perspective on the early universe, though it likely won't be built for decades, according to NASA robotics engineer Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, who is leading the project.

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    For now, this is an early stage engineering feasibility study, rather than a fully developed mission proposal, but Bandyopadhyay suggests it would certainly be expensive and would be a very high-profile endeavour for NASA

    https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2020_Phase_I_Phase_II/lunar_crater_radio_telescope/
     
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    How many early human species existed on Earth?

    The chimpanzee and us have evolved from a common ancestor," Stewart said. If we decide that humans are everything that arrived after our split from ancient chimpanzees about 6 million to 7 million years ago, then it's likely to be a diverse group. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has listed at least 21 human species that are recognized by most scientists. Granted, it's not a totally complete list; the Denisovans, for instance, are missing.

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    Those on the list include Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, the Indonesian hobbit-size people, Homo erectus and Homo naledi. The list also includes other species that existed closer in time to the common ancestor of humans and chimps, and so look more like chimpanzees than modern-day humans. Despite their looks, these species are still known as early humans. "You can't go back 5 million years and expect them to look like us," Stewart said.

    If the Smithsonian says there are 21, then you can be sure the diversity is much greater, Stewart said. That’s because the list errs on the side of caution, picking the species that are close to universally recognized. For instance, the recently discovered dwarf human species Homo luzonensis, who is known from just a few bones unearthed in an Indonesian cave, is not included on the Smithsonian's list.

    Researchers also suspect there are many other fossilized species yet to be excavated. "The list has only ever grown and I don’t see why that will change," Stewart said.
     
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    Somehow unable to link image. ;(
     
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    Need a lift? SpaceX launches record spacecraft in cosmic rideshare program

    A veteran rocket from billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company launched 143 spacecraft into space on Sunday, a new record for the most spaceships deployed on a single mission, according to the company.

    The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 10 a.m. EST from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. It flew south along the eastern coast of Florida on its way to space, the company said.

    The reusable rocket ferried 133 commercial and government spacecraft and 10 Starlink satellites to space - part of the company’s SmallSat Rideshare Program, which provides access to space for small satellite operators seeking a reliable, affordable ride to orbit, according to the company.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...aft-in-cosmic-rideshare-program-idUSKBN29T0OI
     
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    Climate change will cause a shift in Earth's tropical rain belt — threatening water and food supply for billions, study says

    By 2100, billions of people are at risk of facing more flooding, higher temperatures and less food and water. A new study published in "Nature Climate Change" found that the climate change will cause the Earth's tropical rain belt to unevenly shift in areas that cover almost two-thirds of the world, potentially threatening environmental safety and food security for billions of people.

    The tropical rain belt, otherwise known as the Intertropical Convergence Zone, or ITCZ, is a narrow area that circles the Earth near the equator where trade winds from the Northern and Southern hemispheres meet. Areas along the equator are among the warmest on Earth, and this, paired with the winds, creates significant humidity and precipitation.

    "Our work shows that climate change will cause the position of Earth's tropical rain belt to move in opposite directions in two longitudinal sectors that cover almost two thirds of the globe," lead author Antonios Mamalakis said in a statement, "a process that will have cascading effects on water availability and food production around the world."

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-tropical-rain-belt-water-food-supply/
     
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    A curious observer’s guide to quantum mechanics, pt. 3: Rose colored glasses

    “How big is a particle?” Well, that's a subtle (and, unsurprisingly, complex) question.

    So far, we’ve seen particles move as waves and learned that a single particle can take multiple, widely separated paths. There are a number of questions that naturally arises from this behavior—one of them being, “How big is a particle?” The answer is remarkably subtle, and over the next two weeks (and articles) we'll explore different aspects of this question.

    Today, we’ll start with a seemingly simple question: “How long is a particle?”

    https://arstechnica.com/science/202...-quantum-mechanics-pt-3-rose-colored-glasses/
     
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    "Against All Odds" - NASA's Planet-Hunting Tess Discovers a Unique Star System with Six 'Suns'

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    “The system exists against the odds,” said Brian Powell, a data scientist at NASA’s High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center about the source of starlight that was mysteriously brightening and dimming some 1,900 light-years away. The source, named TIC 168789840, is a system of three pairs of binary stars: three different stellar couplets revolving around three different centers of mass, but with the trio remaining gravitationally bound to one another and circling the galactic center as a single star system.

    https://dailygalaxy.com/2021/01/aga...ue-star-system-with-six-suns-weekend-feature/
     
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    Three suns were already a lot, but six clearly break the record :xf.smile:
     
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    Six Stars, Six Eclipses: ‘The Fact That It Exists Blows My Mind’

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/23/science/six-stars-eclipses.html

    "The source, named TIC 168789840, is a system of six stars. That alone makes it a rarity, but what makes this sextuplet even more remarkable is that they consist of three pairs of binary stars: three different stellar couplets revolving around three different centers of mass, but with the trio remaining gravitationally bound to one another and circling the galactic center as a single star system.

    In other words, scientists have found a sextuply eclipsing sextuple star system. The discovery, posted online this month, has been accepted for publication in The Astronomical Journal."
     

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