Canyons on Earth, Mars Reinterpreted as Flood-Caused

first_img(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Catastrophic floods formed canyons long thought to have been formed by slow, gradual processes.On EarthThe Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth today, but it was the scene of catastrophic floods in the past.  A new paper in Icarus (the leading solar system journal) takes a look at amphitheater-headed canyons in the Chilean desert.  Previously, they were explained by sapping, the failure of cliffs due to springs.  Finding a flood model more appropriate, the geologists extend their finding to the planet Mars:Understanding planetary landforms, including the theater-headed valleys (box canyons) of Mars, usually depends on interpreting geological processes from remote-sensing data without ground-based corroboration. Here we investigate the origin and development of two Mars-analog theater-headed valleys in the hyperarid Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Previous workers attributed these valleys to groundwater sapping based on remote imaging, topography, and publications on the local geology. We evaluate groundwater sapping and alternative hypotheses using field observations of characteristic features, strength measurements of strata exposed in headscarps, and estimates of ephemeral flood discharges within the valleys… Flood discharge estimates of cubic meters to tens of cubic meters per second, derived using the Manning equation, are consistent with the size of transported clasts and show that the ephemeral streams are geomorphically effective, even in the modern hyperarid climate. We interpret that headscarp retreat in the Quebrada de Quisma is due to ephemeral flood erosion of weak Miocene epiclastic strata beneath a strong welded tuff, with erosion of the tuff facilitated by vertical jointing.On MarsA separate paper in Icarus re-evaluated “some of the largest channels in the Solar System” that have been the subject of intense interest since the 1970s.  Some of the narrow canyons in the southern circum-Chryse area have landforms in the 10-meter to 100-meter (football field size) range.  Previous studies proposed catastrophic floods, lava flows, debris flows and even glaciers.  Dates assumed for the canyons were in the 3-billion-year range.  The new study not only weighs in favor of catastrophic floods, but re-dates them far more recent:These terrains include landforms consistent in shape, dimension and overall assemblage to those produced by catastrophic floods, and at one location, to glacial morphologies. Impact crater statistics for four of these surfaces, located within upstream, midstream and downstream outflow channel surfaces, yield an age estimate of ∼600 myr. This suggests that the southern circum-Chryse outflow channels were locally resurfaced by some of the most recent catastrophic floods on the planet, and that these floods coexisted within regional glacier environments as recently as during the Middle Amazonian.We’ve noted in previous entries that crater-count dating is notoriously unreliable (3/02/14, 5/22/12, 4/03/11, etc.).  Still, this re-evaluation forces geologists to consider a date that is one fifth of the previously assumed date.  For more on floods as a cause of canyons, see 5/03/14, 12/19/13 and 5/23/08.Dating a Martian (Surface)Sun: There are other indications Mars cannot be even as old as 600 million years.  For one, Mars is subjected to coronal mass ejections without the protection of a global magnetic field.  PhysOrg discussed how the sun could have eroded the Martian atmosphere over hundreds of millions of years — far less than the billions assumed — yet a thicker atmosphere is necessary to account for surface water capable of causing the catastrophic flooding that the scientists proposed for the canyons at Chryse.  A video animation in the article shows a hypothetical watery Martian landscape drying out into the windy desert we see today, as its atmosphere depletes under a merciless sun.Wind: Another article on PhysOrg discusses the sandblasting effect of constant wind.  “Winds on Mars can be strong and can reach hurricane speed (more than 120 kilometres per hour or 75 miles per hour),” said Francois Ayoub of Caltech.  He added that at the study site (a 15-square mile area at Nil Patera, observed for one Martian year), such winds were a daily occurrence.  “High winds are a near-daily force on the surface of Mars, carving out a landscape of shifting dunes and posing a challenge to exploration,” the article begins.  This was a surprise:But data about the strength, frequency and origin of winds has been sketchy, and many specialists had expected that gusts strong enough to move sand would be rare on a planet with such a thin atmosphere.“We observed that martian sand dunes are currently migrating and that their migration speed varies with the season, which is at odds with the common view of a static martian landscape and very rare sand-moving winds,” study co-author Francois Ayoub of the California Institute of Technology’s planetary sciences division told AFP.The study shows that even in today’s thin Martian atmosphere (about 1% the density of Earth’s), the winds are strong enough to form and move the large sand dunes seen at many locations on Mars.  Wouldn’t billions of years of wind have eroded every landform, including the canyons and volcanoes, into small particles, long before now?  In 2/03/11, we quoted a leading Mars geologist wondering about this: “There’s a good question why Mars isn’t a billiard-ball planet covered by a kilometer of dust,” Phil Christensen said.  To keep Mars old, he proposed an ad hoc speculation that dust formation only occurs in cycles 2% of the time.These questions never seem to faze the astrobiologists.  NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine tried recently to revive interest in possible indications of life in Martian meteorites, just like one dubbed ALH 84001 did when featured at a famous 1996 press conference that gave birth to the new “science” of astrobiology — still looking for pertinent subject matter to scientifically study.Who is surprised?  It’s always the secular geologists and planetary scientists.  Why are they surprised?  Because they are moyboys, wedded to belief in millions and billions of years.  Do you see any actual, empirical, observation, scientific facts in these stories that would lead one to believe in such unfathomably long periods of time?  No?  Do you, instead, see more evidence for quick-acting processes over short periods of time?  Yes?  As you read this, are you sitting within the atmosphere of a beautifully-designed planet filled with life?  Does it look anything like Mars or Venus?  Why do you think that is?  Do you feel that science should follow the evidence where it leads?last_img read more

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Flickr Co-Founder Unveils Glitch: “The Greatest Game There Ever Was?”

first_imgIn The Minds of GiantsThe game, Butterfield told us, “takes place in the minds of these giants that are walking along and singing and humming the world into existence” – a reference to aboriginal myths of the world’s creation. This backbone gives the whole game a flexibility that seems to be key, both in the experience of the game as well as the game-play itself. “If you’re in someone’s imagination, even the rules can change to a certain extent based on location,” Butterfield said, noting that games visual and aural design will change throughout.Calling the game an “emerging collaborative situation,” Butterfield said that the players would really create the game’s dynamics as they went along.“The social, economic and political structures that people evolve will change the direction of the game,” he told us. “You can have a supply and demand economy.”But on it’s most base level, the game is still a puzzle-based side-scroller, with some interesting new potential.Where Will It Go?One of the things we’re immediately wondering about is the connections with social media made available by a Web-based platform. Already, the public beta testing sign-up offers a connection with Facebook Connect. The brief FAQ on the site hints at the social nature of the game, reading “We’ll make it easy for you to find [your friends]. And since it is all one big world, there are no worries about who is on what server.” This could be a big leap from other MMORPGs, like World of Warcraft, where you have to chose a server, only to later find out that half your friends are on this server, while half your friends are on different servers and you can’t play together. In addition to the potential for social interaction, such as tweeting your in-game location – one example offered by Butterfield – Glitch also provides an API that will allow for even more extra-game interaction and expandability. The game’s development in Java and Javascript “means we’ll be able to push new content — new items, new places, new characters — on a daily basis,” states the FAQ. “It also means that we’ll have lots of APIs with which the game can be expanded and extended.”For now, get there quick and sign up for private alpha testing, which starts soon. Public beta testing will begin this summer. Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield and his company Tiny Speck have come out today with a game they boldly assert could be “the greatest game there ever was”. The massively-multiplayer, Web-based Flash game was unveiled this morning and will be opening for private alpha testing soon.While the game will not be fully open to the public until late in 2010, the current site not only gives us a preview of what Tiny Speck has been working on, but offers a way for you to keep track of what’s new and sign up to be one of the game’s testers.What’s Your GlitchFirst, let’s get the name out of the way: Related Posts mike melanson 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout It’s called Glitch because in the far-distant and totally-perfect future, the world starts becoming less and less probable, things fall apart, the center cannot hold, and there occurs what comes to be called the “glitch” — a grave danger of disemprobablization.We had a chance to talk with Butterfield this morning about what to look forward to and the game he described was certainly something different. Though he says they haven’t determined the pricing structure and are now just halfway through development, the game will primarily be free, with additional features and in-game goods available for purchase.Glitch, from the looks of the preview video, looks like a standard side-scroller game with a Flash look that will be appropriate for all ages. As the FAQ states, the only thing you’ll be killing in this game is your time. Butterfield said that, from the beginning, they were looking at creating an “something that’s non-violent, a little bit more absurd and surreal.” Tags:#gaming#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

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Bombay High Court selects retired Supreme Court judge for BCCI-DCHL dispute

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday selected retired Supreme Court judge, CK Thakkar as the arbitrator for the dispute between the BCCI and the Deccan Chronicles Holdings Ltd(DCHL), over the termination of the latter’s IPL franchise Deccan Chargers.The HC has granted Justice Thakkar three months to resolve the dispute. Justice SJ Kathawala of the Bombay HC has also ordered DCHL to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 100 crore the BCCI within ten days after it passes an order on the DCHL petition that requests stay on the termination of the contract.Justice Kathawala went ahead and appointed the arbitrator after the two parties failed to suggest any mutually acceptable names for arbitrators for the dispute.In a related development that might not be in favour of DCHL, its biggest financial supporter, Yes Bank, which had moved Chamber Summons on Tuesday to intervene in the matter, has now sought the court’s permission to withdraw its petition, much to the surprise of Justice Kathawala, who snapped back at the bank officials and said, “This is not right.”Justice Thakkar will now resolve the dispute within three months.last_img read more

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CTV TAPS THE BEAVERTON TO DELIVER ITS NEW YEARS EVE MARQUEE SPECIAL

first_img Facebook TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2017 – CTV announced today that it’s recruiting the minds behind THE BEAVERTON to highlight its New Year’s Eve must-watch viewing schedule with the year-end special event, THE BEAVERTON’S YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017, THE YEAR THAT SADLY WAS. Debuting Sunday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, the up-to-the-minute special helmed by co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas is charged to deliver a satirical audit of the year’s unbelievable news with the same unapologetic and biting wit of its wildly popular online incarnation, TheBeaverton.com. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement In the last 12 months, the world has survived Twitter wars, said goodbye to several cultural icons – either due to physical or social death – and witnessed the power of a can of Pepsi. Needless to say, there’s a lot to cover. So before 2018 starts blasting out headlines, THE BEAVERTON’S YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017, THE YEAR THAT SADLY WAS feasts on the year’s opioid-induced highs and apocalypse-adjacent lows, as it revisits the most-talked about topics of the year. Here’s a peek at what’s in store for viewers:Hosts Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas weigh in with the Top 17 explosive (and often surreal) news stories which include plenty of ‘TNT’, a.k.a., Trudeau and Trump.The Beaverton Sports Network checks out the Top 10 sports highlights of the year.Miguel and Emma face off in an epic battle, in 2017’s final Point/Counterpoint segment.The special also airs on The Comedy Network on Monday, Jan. 1 at 10 p.m. ET, and will be available on demand at CTV.ca, CTV GO, TheComedyNetwork.ca, and CraveTV, following its Comedy broadcast.Fueled by the no-holds-barred wit of a writing room led by co-creators and series showrunners Luke Gordon-Field and Jeff Detsky (CALL ME FITZ, SEED), The Comedy Network’s original series THE BEAVERTON hits above, below, and to the right and left of the belt, casting a Canadian lens on global issues with timely and topical viral-ready segments. Delivering the critical blows are comedians and co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas, along with correspondents Aisha Alfa, Dave Barclay, Laura Cilevitz, Donavon Stinson, and Marilla Wex.Seasons 1 and 2 of THE BEAVERTON are currently streaming on CraveTV. Viewers can also engage with the series and access exclusive digital content 24/7 across The Beaverton and Comedy’s social media accounts, and TheBeaverton.com. New episodes of THE BEAVERTON return to The Comedy Network Wednesday Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.THE BEAVERTON is the brainchild of co-creators Luke Gordon Field and Jeff Detsky (CALL ME FITZ, SEED) of TheBeaverton.com, as well as website senior editors Jacob Duarte Spiel and Alexander Saxton. Directors are Shelagh O’Brien (JUST FOR LAUGHS GALAS), Andrew Bush (PICNICFACE), Craig David Wallace (TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL), and Henry Sarwer-Foner (THE RICK MERCER REPORT). Pier 21 Film’s Laszlo Barna and Melissa Williamson serve as Executive Producers. Nicole Butler serves as Producer.THE BEAVERTON is produced by Pier 21 Films in association with The Comedy Network, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Production executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:CTV on TwitterThe Comedy Network on TwitterThe Beaverton on TwitterEmma Hunter on TwitterMiguel Rivas on TwitterFacebook:facebook.com/ctvThe Comedy Network on FacebookThe Beaverton on FacebookInstagram:CTV_TelevisionAbout Pier 21 FilmsPier 21 Films is a television and film production company that builds on founder Laszlo Barna’s history of creating award-winning scripted and non-scripted television series, mini-series, movies of the week, and feature films. Pier 21’s reputation for the development, production, financing, and packaging of innovative top quality programming within North America and for the international marketplace is growing rapidly. Following the success of Pier 21’s G-SPOT, DA VINCI’S INQUEST, WRATH OF GRAPES: THE DON CHERRY STORY II (2012), and TREASURES DECODED, Pier 21 is continuing their tradition of delivering innovative programming. www.pier21films.comAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the upcoming international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.About The Comedy NetworkCanada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country. “In the crowded landscape of late-night satire, THE BEAVERTON has broken through boundaries, and carved out its own space” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Capping off the year with a stand-alone special on CTV made perfect sense, as we continue to champion this show and expand its reach.”“THE BEAVERTON’S YEAR IN REVIEW will help us figure out 2017, a year that was strange to live, but funny in hindsight,” said Executive Producer and President of Pier 21 Films, Laszlo Barna. Twitterlast_img read more

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Remember When Alejandro Sanz Destinys Child Perform At The 44th GRAMMYs

first_img Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images Remember When? Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child Perform At The 44th GRAMMYs 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month For The Record: Carlos Santana Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images For The Record: Calle 13 Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs MelendiPhoto: Getty Images JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images For The Record: Juan Gabriel Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY For The Record: Shakira For The Record: Carlos Santana Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll For The Record: Carlos Santana ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards For The Record: Calle 13 Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com News Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Twitter Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? MelendiPhoto: Getty Images Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images For The Record: Juan Gabriel MelendiPhoto: Getty Images Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachi Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Selena’s Legacy Lives On Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images For The Record: Juan Gabriel Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songs 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songs ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachicenter_img Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs remember-when-alejandro-sanz-destinys-child-perform-44th-grammys Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachi Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images Prev Next 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll Facebook 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever For The Record: Shakira Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Email JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com Selena’s Legacy Lives On For The Record: Shakira SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com Read more Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 For The Record: Calle 13 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images Back in 2002, the Latin GRAMMY winner hit the GRAMMY stage with a little help from the R&B trioGRAMMYs Oct 12, 2017 – 5:28 pm Flashback to Feb. 27, 2002. Roughly six months had passed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and music’s biggest names gathered at Los Angeles’ Staples Center for the 44th GRAMMYs. The mood — while tempered — was celebratory. Jon Stewart was the show’s host. Alicia Keys would go on to be the night’s biggest winner with five wins (including the award for Best New Artist), and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Alejandro Sanz made his GRAMMY stage debut with a little help from GRAMMY-winning R&B trio Destiny’s Child.Sanz, who’d just made headlines for being the first Spanish-language artist to record and release a live album under MTV’s Unplugged franchise in November 2001, hit the stage to sing his 2000 hit single “Quisiera Ser,” alongside Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé Knowles (who was just mere months away from being the solo powerhouse we now have to come to know as simply Beyoncé).Sang in Spanish, the chorus roughly translates in English to mean: I wanted to be the air escaping from your laughter/I wanted to be the salt to smart your wounds/I wanted to be the blood that you involve with your life/I wanted to be the dream that you’d never share and the garden of your joy in the party of your skin.While the Madrid native didn’t take home any awards that night, he would go on to win 14 more Latin GRAMMY Awards and three GRAMMY Awards. Sanz was recently named the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read Selena’s Legacy Lives On Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songslast_img read more

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Google Doodle goes dark to mark Memorial Day

first_img Online Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Now playing: Watch this: $6 at Tidal The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 1 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $299 at Amazon Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read DJI Osmo Action preview What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See It Rylo See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $59 at eBay Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $60 at Best Buy Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Chris Monroe/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. The Cheapskate Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo Read the AirPods review $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Read Google Home Hub review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS Google honors members of the US military who died in service of their country. Google Google frequently replaces its Doodle with colorful graphics to highlight important events and holidays or honor the contributions of notable people. On Monday, it took a more somber approach to mark Memorial Day, publishing a gray Doodle to remember the brave men and women who died while serving in the US armed forces.To honor the soldiers’ sacrifices, people visit national cemeteries and memorials, decorating graves with an American flag. Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971, but its roots stretch back to the Civil War, when annual decoration days would see graves adorned with flowers.Google’s search page includes the image of a folded American flag and an invitation to observe the National Day of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. In the act of national unity, participants pause for one minute of silence to honor those who died in the service of the US. $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $210 at Best Buy 7 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It $155 at Google Express Comment 49 Photos Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Google Doodle,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Boost Mobile Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) The day is often confused with Veterans Day, another day that celebrates the US military, writes Nick Ralston, lead of the Google Veterans Network and a former Marine.”The more you learn or the closer you are to its true meaning, the harder it is to balance the prescribed celebration with the sadness and solemnity of the sacrifices by the fallen men and women who are remembered on this day,” Ralston writes in a company blog post. “But that’s the point: Remembrance.” Share your voice Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Google’s experiments with silly games could have a serious… $999 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 3:15 Tags Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Comments Amazonlast_img read more

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Group says Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is Dangerously Polluting

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:21 Fracking means using millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals to bust up rock formations that are holding oil & gas. But what if instead of fracking in West or South Texas, drillers did it in the Gulf of Mexico?“The Clean Water Act permit allows oil companies to dump fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico which is a serious concern,” says Kristen Monsell, an attorney with a national conservation group, the Center for Biological Diversity.It says fracking has already been used in the Gulf of Mexico on some 600 wells in recent years. The group says drilling those wells released billions of gallons of polluted water into the Gulf. It’s the “produced water” that comes back up the well during the process and is released. The group says that’s hurting marine life and it’s now asking the Environmental Protection Agency to set a zero discharge limit.“It would prohibit companies from dumping their wastewater into the Gulf of Mexico. These are extremely toxic chemicals,“ says Monsell.The drilling industry says this same issue was raised earlier this year off the California coast. The industry points to an analysis done there by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. It concluded there was no significant environmental impact from off-shore fracking. Dave FehlingScreen grab of graphic by the Center for Biological Diversity showing fracked wells in the Gulfcenter_img X Listen Sharelast_img read more

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Wix Introduces New AI That Aims to Instantly Set Up Unique Websites

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 7, 2016 2 min read One of the first steps to launching a company with staying power is to create a solid web presence. To that end, cloud-based website builder Wix.com has rolled out a new tool to help businesses get online even faster.With WixADI (Artificial Design Intelligence), the company utilizes AI that was taught about the design and aesthetic preferences of Wix.com’s 86 million users. With that knowledge, it can create a unique and customizable website for a new user based on the answers to just a few questions, according to Wix.Related: 50 Must-Have Features for Small-Business Websites (Infographic)The Israel-based Wix says that with WixADI, no two websites are alike, and based on your location and what kind of business you run — whether it is a restaurant or gym — you will get a website that is best suited to your needs. The customizable choices included layouts and themes, fonts, sections, colors, images and social media buttons.“Wix ADI is an advancement that has been under development for years, and we know from our deep experience and extensive research that there is considerable demand from individuals, designers and businesses all over the world for exactly this type of solution,” Head of Wix ADI Nitzan Achsaf said in a statement.Wix ADI will be available to users over the next several months.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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