first_imgAmanda Razani Tags:#driverless car#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#Taiwan#Uber IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … On Friday, David Plouffe, chief strategic adviser of Uber Technologies Inc, announced intentions to create a new market and assist smart cities with developing better transportation systems, instead of generating competition.While at a technology forum in Taipei, Plouffe went on to explain that a lot of Uber clients aren’t taxi users, and that the company gives opportunities for drivers to create an extra income for themselves, outside of their main careers.See also: Uber self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh goes livePlouffe said that ride-sharing is similar to hiring a vehicle with a driver, yet it differs in many ways too. The legal rules that regulate markets are necessary, and Uber stated it would like to assist governments with changing the regulations for ride-sharing and lowering the entry barrier to the ride-sharing market.This response came after the Taiwanese government repeatedly fined Uber for violating regulations on running a transportation business and even contemplated taking away its investment permit. The government also looked into tax evasion accusations against Uber in Taiwan.Uber Taiwan is currently registered as a software firm, but the government said it wanted to regulate Uber as a transportation company. Minister without Portfolio, Andrey Tang, who regulates digital policy, met with Plouffe on Friday to discuss differing views on transportation networks and regulations that govern ride-sharing services.Call for governments to step up on ride-sharingKnown for his work on US President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Plouffe said that government leaders should discuss their goals with the public and share how they plan to accomplish them, even though they might experience some negative push-back.He went on to explain that the Taiwanese government must show courage and determination, if Taiwan has goals to build an Asian version of Silicon Valley, develop a ride-sharing economy or have third-party payments.Plouffe explained that with government bureaucracy playing a large role, officials need to develop plans and coordinate goals alongside other leaders, in order to accomplish those goals together.last_img read more


first_imgCollaborative Control: With the ability to collaborate between artists the use of the hub is just another added bonus for artists to turn out a project successfully in the quick turnaround time usually needed. Fluid End-to-End Workflow: As many know in the VFX world turn-around is key, and the end-to-end workflow looks like it will allow artist the ability to work from start to finish in one singular application, which will greatly benefit artists in turning out a project. Real-Time Effects in the Time-Line: By allowing artist to add real-time effects into the time-line NUKE allows not only the artist but the client to see the high-end project output immediately. Real-Time 4K Playback: Being able to playback projects in real-time in 4K for clients during a meeting or on set is really impressive.center_img The Foundry introduces NUKE 9 and the improvements are impressive.NUKE Project Manager Jon Wadelton and Marketing Manager Philippa Carroll Discuss the new NUKE RangeNUKE 9 is nearly here…and with it comes a host of new improvements.NUKE 9 includes updates and added exclusive functions to the NUKE Range which includes NUKE, NUKEX and NUKE Studio. The Foundry have crafted a software range that gives impressive toolsets for every type of project from film visual effects to advertising and marketing. NUKE’s workflow is node-based instead of layer-based and is catered for individual artists as well as collaborative artist teams. The Foundry highlighted some of the enhancements at SIGGRAPH 2014 and you can see a rundown of that on The Foundry’s Website.Below we’ve compiled a quick list of improvements and updates to the NUKE Range with our impressions on the new Exclusive Functions in NUKE Studio.NUKE Studio Exclusive Functions:Online Editing Tool Kit: This is a tool kit that will garner a lot of use. With the ability to edit on set or in a conference room with a client this tool kit will aid in stream-lining artist projects. Built-in Rendering: It will be very interesting to see this feature in action, as well as to see the requirements to run this feature smoothly.Additional Updates to the NUKE Range:Planar TrackerKronos, Vector Generator and Motion Blur 2Native Flipbook ToolEXR Reader UpdatesParticle System UpdatesScanline Renderer UpdatesEnchanced 2D Support (Support for MXF, AVCI and DV image files)GPU Acceleration AddedWith all of the improvements and enhancements to NUKE it appears that The Foundry have developed an application set that will allow artists to collaborate and streamline their workflows for increased productivity in a demanding world of motion graphics and visual effects. As Jon Wadelton, Project Manager of NUKE, is quoted as saying on The Foundry website “This release, our most ambitious to date, addresses input from artists working in ever-evolving, increasingly demanding environments.”Pricing and Payment OptionsThe Foundry is now going to be offering new flexible payment options for new NUKE costumers. This is intended as a way to aid startups and freelance artist the opportunity to be introduced to the NUKE Range of software.NUKE: $4213 or $351.08 a month for 12 monthsNUKEX: $7920 or $660 a month for 12 monthsNUKE Studio: $9240 or $770 a month for 12 monthsProduction Collective: $9900 or $825 a month for 12 monthsProduction Collective (Educational Version): $250.00A Non-Commercial Version of NUKE, NUKEX & NUKE STUDIO will be available for FREE**Educational Version of Production Collective is subject to verification and approval by The Foundry, but the collective is fully licensed for commercial use. The FREE non-commercial version of NUKE, NUKEX & NUKE Studio will be restricted and available on a 30-day rolling license, but will NOT be water-marked.Look for NUKE 9 open betas to begin releasing in the coming weeks with the full release to come later in the year. You can register for information on NUKE 9 through The Foundry’s website.Have thoughts on the new NUKE 9 improvements and release news? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more


first_imgThe ProjectLet’s say I’m working on a documentary about organized crime, and I have an interview subject who needs to stay incognito. I already have his face mosaiced out, and now I want to lower the tone of his voice so that he is unrecognizable. To do this, I’ll need to add a track effect to the audio track containing his sound bytes. Let’s get started.Step 1: Open the Audio Track Mixer PanelTo add track effects, I need to open up the track mixer panel. To do this, I’ll go to Window > Audio Track Mixer. First, I want to organize my project, so I’m going to rename each track. This sequence consists of an interview sound byte, a music clip, and a sound effect. Each audio asset resides on its own track, so I’ll rename the tracks accordingly. Once I rename the track in the mixer panel, I’ll be able to see the track names in the timeline panel as well.Step 2: Show Effects and SendsNow that I have my tracks renamed, I want to add my effects. To access track effects, I’ll click on the Show/Hide Effects and Sends triangle at the top left-hand corner of the track mixer panel. Once this is open, I can see that each track has five FX slots where I can add effects via a drop-down menu. When I select and apply an effect, I can quickly activate or deactivate that effect by clicking the FX button next to the effect controls.Step 3: Add Effects to TrackI want to add two track effects to this particular project: one for my interview subject and one for my music. For the first track, I want to change the pitch of my interview subject’s voice, making him unrecognizable to viewers to safeguard his identity. So for track one, I’ll add a Pitch Shifter effect and lower the pitch until I’m happy. For the music, I want to make a small and subtle change, so I’ve added a Stereo Expander to the track.Step 4: KeyframeI can make changes to each track effect in the effect properties section at the bottom of the Effects and Sends area of the mixer panel. To make further adjustments to my track effect, I’ll need to head down to the timeline panel and change the Show Keyframe options to display my track effect. Then I’ll select the Pen tool to add keyframes and animate my effects to my heart’s desire. I don’t need to add any changes to my interview track, but I will animate my Stereo Expander effect to expand immediately after my subject is done speaking. Every videographer will need to work with track effects at some point. Here’s what you need to know about working with these effects in Premiere Pro.Cover image via Shutterstock.You have a lot of flexibility when working with audio in Premiere Pro. In addition to adding effects to audio clips, you can also make adjustments on the track level. Track-level adjustments are handy when you want to apply an effect to multiple audio clips at the same time. Simply apply an audio track effect, and it will affect all of the clips on that track. Or use track effects on a submix to apply your effect to multiple tracks at the same time. Let’s take a look at a step-by-step method to add track effects in Premiere Pro.last_img read more


first_imgFlood situation in Arunachal Pradesh continued to remain grim as surface communication has been disrupted in various parts of the State.Majority portion of Anjaw, East Siang and Namsai districts were affected by flood while Papum Pare, East Kameng and West Siang were partly hit.Remote Anjaw district has been cut off from the rest of the State for seven days as the main road to the district from Lohit remained blocked at several places following landslides triggered by incessant rains, an official report said here.Intra-district road communications were also badly hit. Hawai, Hayuliang and Chaglongam Circle in the district were cut off from the rest of the district for the past three or four days, the report said. Though efforts were on clear the roads, recurring landslides were hampering restoration work.Meanwhile, food crisis looms large in the district bordering China and Deputy Commissioner Mamata Riba requested the State government for facilitating air dropping of food packets if the road remains blocked for another two days.The district administration has directed the PWD and other departments to pull in resources for quick restoration of roads. An East Siang district report said that a sudden change in course of Silluk river has cause inundation in Silluk village damaging paddy fields and roads.At least nine houses were damaged due to erosion of Noa-Dehing river in Namsai district in the second wave of monsoon flood, though officials said the situation is improving.last_img read more


first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ancajas back in Manila after his stunning title defense in US Eight teams vie for the honor of being called as the best collegiate squad in the country as the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite Eight commences on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Beda, meanwhile, will take on UAAP runner-up La Salle, Mindanao champion Holy Trinity College, and NCR qualifier San Sebastian.Winners of the crossover semifinals will proceed to the one-game knockout championship duel slated on February 15 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The retoooled La Salle and Holy Trinity open festivities at 1 p.m., followed by the tiff between NCAA rivals San Beda and San Sebastian at 3 p.m., before ending the day with the clash between Ateneo and Naga College Foundation at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Defending champion San Beda is seeking a third straight crown after winning the title in 2015, the last staging of the event where the Red Lions were hailed as co-champions together with Far Eastern University.“The objective of the PCCL is to provide incentives and recognition to school teams in the provinces and giving opportunities to local talents to be exposed on the national stage,” said PCCL chairman Rey Gamboa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe tourney will see the participating teams divided into two groups, playing a single round robin format with the top two teams advancing in the crossover semifinals.UAAP champion Ateneo banners Group A together with NCAA bridesmaid Lyceum, Cesafi titlist University of Visayas, and Southern Luzon champion Naga College Foundation. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READlast_img read more


first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations And Hornets guard Kemba Walker is about to make his first All-Star start, on his home floor in Charlotte.While there were perhaps mild surprises, there were no real stunners during Thursday night’s unveiling of the starters for the NBA All-Star Game that will be played in Charlotte on Feb. 17. James and Antetokounmpo are captains, their perk for being the leading vote-getters out of the Western and Eastern Conferences, and nine of this year’s 10 starters have been chosen to begin All-Star Games in the past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWalker is the lone exception, and broke into a smile when realizing he was a pick.“It’s kind of surreal,” Walker told TNT during the broadcast to announce the starters. View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Manny’s worth PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James gestures from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is a captain and an All-Star starter — again.Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will choose his own teammates as the other captain.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The starting guards from the East are Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Walker. The East frontcourt picks were Antetokounmpo, Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. From the West, Stephen Curry and reigning NBA MVP James Harden were the picks at guard, with James, Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City’s Paul George getting the frontcourt spots.“I had a lot of doubt coming into my early career about just even being an elite point guard in this league,” Walker said. “So for me to become an All-Star for two straight years and then now to become an All-Star starter most definitely proves the doubters wrong. So this is an unbelievable moment in my career.”James, who has been out for a month with a groin injury but is nearing a return, extended his own record by getting picked as a starter for the 15th consecutive year. He was also a captain last year in the first usage of this captain’s-choice format — and just like last year, James will have the No. 1 pick when he and Antetokounmpo get together on Feb. 7 to choose their 12-man teams.The Bucks, off to an NBA-best 34-12 start, were predictably thrilled that Antetokounmpo earned one of the captaincies.“It speaks to how incredible of a player he is, how much excitement he creates for fans and people want to follow him and watch him and I guess vote for him in this case,” said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, who currently is the front-runner to coach one of the two All-Star teams. “It’s just well-deserved.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Reserves will be announced Jan. 31, based on the selections made by NBA coaches. From there, James and Antetokounmpo will choose their rosters on Feb. 7, with conference affiliations irrelevant.All-Star starters are chosen by a weighted combination of voting from fans, media and NBA players. Among the notable snubs based on who the fans want to see: Dallas rookie Luka Doncic, second in the West frontcourt voting; Minnesota’s Derrick Rose, second in the West guard voting; and Miami guard Dwyane Wade, who fans voted second among East guards in his 16th and final NBA season.Wade is one of four still-active past All-Star MVPs waiting to see if an All-Star nod is coming. The others are Houston’s Chris Paul, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis.Antetokounmpo already, and understandably, seems sure that Westbrook will be a reserve pick. Westbrook and Embiid tangled in a 76ers-Thunder game last week, and sent a few pointed words in each other’s direction afterward. And mindful of that, Antetokounmpo said he wants to bring the stars together.“I’m a lover, not a fighter,” Antetokounmpo said. “If I can pick Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook on the same team, I’m going to do it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


first_img(One of the 40 Nunavut foster children seen in October currently living in an Ottawa group home despite being wards of Nunavut. Jason Leroux/APTN photo.)Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsNunavut foster children shipped to group homes in Ottawa have been without a social worker in the city for nearly eight months, APTN National News has learned.That’s because Nunavut didn’t renew the contract it had with an Ottawa-based child welfare services firm it had been using since 2013.J Mark Consultants provided, in part, support to the children if they had a problem at the group home and could respond in person.But when the contract with J Mark Consultants expired March 31 Nunavut had no one in place to cover the workload on the ground and still doesn’t.But the firm didn’t just handle the 40 Inuit children currently placed in Ottawa but also 25 more in Edmonton, Red Deer and Winnipeg.When the service was in place, if the child had a problem they could call the contracted social workers, but now have had to telephone someone in Nunavut said a spokesperson with the department of Family Services in Iqaluit.“Each client has a case manager in their home community who has been following their cases,” said a spokesperson who asked all quotes be attributed to the department. “There is oversight by the case manager in the client’s home community who is reviewing reports, talking to the client, etc.”A spokesperson also said Nunavut-based social workers have been making “site visits” to the children living out of territory.Since April 1, the spokesperson said 47 visits have taken place.In depth: Nunavut child pipeline: The story of how the northern territory shipped an Inuk boy far from homeThe children are forced to live in facilities outside of their home communities because they have medical or special needs Nunavut can’t provide. The territory spends about $9 million annually to cover the costs, with about 80 per cent of that going to group homes.APTN learned Nunavut made the decision not renew the contract in October 2015 telling the owner of J Mark Consultants it intended to hire two permanent “client liaison officers”.A spokesperson for Family Services said it has “taken longer than expected” to hire the officers. Nunavut hopes to by the end of the year.Once hired, the officers are supposed to be responsible for ensuring the children are receiving proper care in group homes, which Nunavut said they’ve found a number of “issues” with.Essentially, they’ll act as the eyes and ears of the children thousands of kilometres from home.The owner of J Mark Consultants said he understood the decision to hire permanent social workers but was baffled when two of his staff were approached by Nunavut earlier this year to work on a contract basis.“They had made attempts to secure my employees as private contractors,” said Mark Arnold.Arnold didn’t want to comment further.See also: Nunavut family services minister can’t say how his department monitors out of territory foster careAPTN learned staff worked on a part-time basis but each child had their cellphone numbers and could reach them at any hour. There was one employee to cover Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Prior to 2013, it’s believed Nunavut had no one on the ground for children sent out of territory, which it had been doing for years.Issues with the practice came to light in 2011 when the Auditor General of Canada reviewed Nunavut’s department of Family Services.The auditor general looked at files belonging to 57 children who were out of territory at the time. Nearly a third were in group homes. Nunavut could only provide evidence of a group home having a license in two of eight files reviewed.Five of seven files also uncovered Nunavut was not meeting with the children at least once a year, which is required by the Child and Family Services Act.The auditor general did a follow up in 2013 and found visiting the children improved but “serious gaps in key child protection standards compliance remain” as annual reviews of foster placements were completed 13 per cent of the time and 29 per cent of facility licenses had been reviewed.Since then it appears problems have continued.Nunavut’s child advocate Sherry McNeil-Mulak told APTN last week in the last year her office has responded to seven cases involving children placed in group homes out of the territory.“We have observed a lack of culturally appropriate care, a lack of assessments, a lack of coordinated care and communication amongst service providers and families,” said McNeil-Mulak.She said the cases have shown there is no general plan in place when the kids are first placed in the home, or when for when they get to leave.“We have also noticed that young people are often not included in these big decisions about their lives,” she said. “They are often treated as passive bystanders, rather than active participants.”McNeil-Mulak said the government should be looking for ways to bring the kids home.“The Government of Nunavut should actively explore viable options to provide a more diverse range of care options to young people in their home territory,” she said. “It is clearly in the best interest of the majority of young Nunavummiut.”kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Nassau – The Minnis Administration will introduce a number of “ambitious social intervention and training programmes” to help transform the prospects and lives of those in gangs or those minded to criminal behaviour even as it remains tough on crime.“Those who are open to being helped will be helped. But those who decide on a life of crime, and who seek to do violence, will feel the full weight of the law,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Monday (October 30).“We must use every measure possible to reduce crime and to restore a more peaceful way of life for our people.”Delivering the keynote address at the Handover Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police at Police Headquarters, East Street, Prime Minister Minnis said the fight against crime and corruption must be comprehensive and vigorous.Prime Minister Minnis said the “great challenge of criminal violence” facing The Bahamas is rooted in “a sad and sordid history.” The Prime Minister said his Administration will work towards restoring the productive values of Bahamian culture.“I intend to lead the fight by ensuring there is honesty in government; that there is fairness in contracting and that the corrupt are no longer able to use power to protect themselves from the law.“I do not accept that any group of Bahamians should have special protection.  We are a nation of laws. All Bahamians should follow those laws or face the consequences of their transgressions. We must fight crime and corruption at every level.   This includes criminal violence and those who would abuse their high office and engage in corrupt practices,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more


first_img“We’ve experienced explosive growth since I came to work for the company seven years ago,” Rogers wrote in the e-mail, indicating that falling revenue was the reason for the layoffs. “More important, our projections indicate 2009 will be a lean year. We did what was necessary to keep our company profitable and healthy.”Before the cuts, Allison published 20 magazines—including spinoffs D Home, D CEO, D Weddings and other specialty and custom magazines—and six community newspapers. “After all that growth, we’ve had to retrench,” Rogers wrote in the post.One more area D will see cutbacks in is freelance budgets, Rogers says. “What that means is I’ll be writing and illustrating every story in our February issue, for starters,” he wrote in the e-mail. “Expect a magazine focused on every detail of my personal life. Should be a newsstand killer.”Co-founded in 1974 by Allison and fellow University of Texas graduate Jim Atkinson, D has an ABC-audited circulation of 69,550, according to its Web site. The wave of layoffs that has hit consumer and b-to-b publishers hard in recent weeks is hitting regional publishers, too. The company that owns Dallas, Texas-based D magazine laid off 29 staffers, or 19 percent of its 155-person workforce. Of the cuts, 14 came from the magazine, executive editor Tim Rogers wrote in a blog post. In the company’s newspaper division—People Newspapers, which is majority owned by D founder Wick Allison—15 people were laid off and three newspapers were shuttered. None of the magazine cuts came from editorial.Remaining employees took a pay cut, Rogers wrote in the post. In an e-mail to FOLIO:, Rogers declined to comment further on the salary cuts, other than to say that it was up to each division manager to determine the percentage.last_img read more


first_img Comments Share your voice A cross-section of a crystallized white dwarf star.  University of Warwick/Mark Garlick Eventually, the sun will cool off and become a giant crystal floating through space. It’s not a bizarre science fiction plot, but the takeaway of new scientific research published this week in the journal Nature. You may have heard that billions of years down the road the sun will swell to a ravenous red giant star that will eventually swallow Earth. But long after our planet has been ended, the sun will shrink to a cool white dwarf star and then slowly solidify into a massive white crystal, the study says. That’s a lot of bling wasted on the empty vacuum of space.”All white dwarfs will crystallize at some point in their evolution, although more massive white dwarfs go through the process sooner,” Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay from the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics in the UK explained in a statement. “This means that billions of white dwarfs in our galaxy have already completed the process and are essentially crystal spheres in the sky. The sun itself will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years.” 5 Nearby Barnard’s Star hosts an icy planet with new hope for alien life Teen scientist checks for alien lasers around famously weird star Space in 2019 will be all about the moon, and one weird asteroid Space is strangecenter_img A team of astronomers led by Tremblay analyzed observations of 15,000 potential white dwarf stars within 300 light-years of Earth made by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. The work verified earlier predictions that such a catalog of white dwarf stars would reveal a number in the slow process of turning from what is essentially a liquid form to a solid state. “It was predicted 50 years ago that we should observe a pile-up in the number of white dwarfs at certain luminosities and colors due to crystallization and only now this has been observed,” Tremblay explained. Sometimes death can be beautiful, especially when it comes to stars and other cosmic things. But I still wouldn’t mind skipping the part where our entire planet is swallowed in the hellacious heat of a massive nuclear furnace we once called the sun. But that’s just me.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. Tags Sci-Tech Spacelast_img read more