Smooth Johnnie and Confused Alexa Why Robots Make Terrible Whisky Sommoliers

first_img We like to drink here at It’s not quantity that matters, but quality, and as such, we’ve held several fine whisky tastings in the lab over the years. Everything from rare and unique single malts to blended bar staples like Johnnie Walker Black. And the world-renowned scotch distillery tried to get artificial intelligence in on the sophisticated fun by putting out a whisky tasting skill for Amazon Alexa.Yes, if you really want to enjoy your scotch with the power of technology, you can simply install the skill on your Amazon Echo and say, “Alexa, open Johnnie Walker.” And the voice app will open and walk you through a primer to savoring fine whisky. At least, that’s the pitch, and Johnnie Walker sent us bottles of Red, Black, and Green Label to try it out.Jack Daniels might have Gentleman Jack, but Johnnie Walker is the true philosopher-king in my book. Note to other forward-thinking distilleries: It’s not too late to earn our respect, too. A nice 12- or 15-year and you can join the pantheon of virtuous whiskey makers that I just made up. This includes Mr. Daniels, Mr. Beam, and Yamazaki-san.Anyway, about Alexa and drinking. We tried it out twice on two separate evenings. And failed, twice, on two separate evenings. This wasn’t because we drank too much beforehand, but I have a feeling Alexa might have.Here’s the rundown: you say “Alexa, open Johnnie Walker” and the app opens. Alexa will then give a variety of voice prompts, including running a guided tasting. When you ask for a guided tasting, Alexa will then ask if you have any Johnnie Walker, and which label it is. This is where the whole process hit a brick wall.“Do you have a bottle of Johnnie Walker?’“Yes.”“Which label?”“Green.”“I’m sorry, I didn’t get that. Which label?”“Green.”“I’m sorry, I didn’t get that. Which label?”“Green!”“You have selected Johnnie Walker Red Label.” Like out of a sitcom. Yeah, Alexa was no help in our whisky tasting. The main reason is the simply, fundamental problem of using voice assistants like Alexa in a group: Alexa isn’t the best listener. When more than one person is talking at a time, Alexa tries to figure out what not just you’re saying, but what everyone is saying. Which means what you’ll be dealing with a failure to communicate.Of course, when I quieted the group enough to talk to Alexa, she still heard me say the wrong label. The brilliance of technology!But you know what? We’re studied gentlefolk with refined palettes at, so the failure of our Amazon Echo and the confused voice inside it didn’t stop us from holding a whisky tasting. So let’s talk about Johnnie Walker as an after-work refreshment.Johnnie comes in varieties identified by different colored labels, which are arranged in a general hierarchy of price and quality. Johnnie Walker Red is the basic, entry-level scotch, a simple blended variety without a specific age. Johnnie Walker Black is the next step up, using only 12-year scotches in its blend. Johnnie Walker Green is a 15-year blend of specifically malted whiskies, giving it a different test from the other varieties. Johnnie Walker Blue is the finest of the “standard” blended whiskies, with Gold and Platinum labels also standing out as the more high-end, expensive, splurge-y varieties that Mr. Walker was not quiet cordial enough to provide us. No complaints here, since Red and Black are stalwarts who are always welcome on my desk.Let’s start with Johnnie Walker Red. It’s a perfectly serviceable scotch. It’s better than bottom-shelf blended scotches you’ve never heard of, but it doesn’t have the sort of body or complexity necessary to really warrant a tasting. Honestly, Red is best used as a mixer. It’s a scotch you serve with cola or ginger ale for an easy drink. Its flavor is a bit smoky and sharp, with a sweet, slightly citrus finish.Johnnie Walker Black is more refined, and really the start of a good scotch tasting. It’s readily available and affordable, but with a complex enough flavor to make it a satisfying drink on its own. If you want to guide your friends through a tasting, a glass of Black can help kick things off with a taste that’s worth taking a few minutes really delving into before you turn towards more expensive, nuanced scotches. It’s also fantastic with black coffee. It’s smokier, smoother, and a little sweeter than Red, with a deeper flavor that contains notes of caramel and oak.Johnnie Walker Green is… difficult. It’s a blend of 15-year scotches, but its flavor profile doesn’t have the depth and complexity that should come with that age. That’s because it’s a blend of only malt whiskies, and the result is a very, very sweet scotch. This is the sweetest whisky I’ve ever tasted outside of those cloyingly sweet honey-infused bourbons from Jack Daniels and Evan Williams (which are excellent in hot toddies, at least). Because it’s so sweet, it’s very smooth, which makes it a dangerously easy to drink whisky. I could imagine some good mixers that make use of it, but it doesn’t compare with Johnnie Walker Black as a “proper” scotch. It’s a unique, niche whisky, and you can look at it as a replacement for honey-infused bourbons if you want a very sweet whisky as a building block for certain cocktails.Putting technology unnecessarily into things is a staple of what we do and what we love, but it hasn’t mixed well with scotch quite yet. Sorry Alexa, but we’re going to have to cut you off. And hog that delicious scotch all to ourselves. Geek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your WallsGeek Pick: Amazon Echo Show 5 Is a Nightstand Alexa Display Stay on targetlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews SILENCE 2016

first_imgStay on target If nothing else, you’ve got to hand it to Martin Scorsese on this one just for having the fortitude, commitment to vision and sheer conviction to forge ahead and make a movie that (at least on paper) basically nobody is going to want to watch.For context: Silence is a historical drama about Catholic missionaries working to spread Christianity into the Far East that doesn’t outright (explicitly) condemn the idea of Western religious colonialism. This means a sizable portion of modern audiences are going to be fairly unsympathetic to the material right up front – and while there certainly is still an audience that might be inclined to “root” for that sort of thing on principle… it’s also a much more ambiguous and “thoughtful” film than tends to break big in that demographic (read: Neither Kirk Cameron nor Kevin Sorbo are anywhere to be found in the credits.)Oh, and while we’re at it it’s also a movie about enduring and surviving horrible torture (which also has an eager audience, but this is Scorsese in subdued/”holding-back” mode). It’s a long one – a few minutes shorter than, say, The Wolf of Wall Street but without all the guilty-pleasure bacchanalia that made you not notice that The Wolf of Wall Street was 3 hours long. In a modern Hollywood so timid about “sure things” that they’ll hesitate to make some movies that people DO ask them to make, pushing forward on a project that’s almost guaranteed not to connect entirely because it’s a passion project you just have to get out of your system? Gotta respect that – I just wish the movie was better.Don’t get me wrong: it’s far from a “dud” – this is Martin Scorsese we’re talking about, and Martin Scorsese simply doesn’t make “duds.” But it also really failed to grab me in a way where I’m not sure if I’m more disappointed in the movie or myself. Grappling as one must with the modern film critic’s eternal self-doubt as to whether or not one is committing the plebian sin of dismissing a Scorsese film because it doesn’t fall into the crime/mafia/machismo mold he’s most famous for. It’s not quite the same heresy the protagonists of the film wrestles with, but an inner turmoil all the same.In any case: This the second adaptation of Japanese author Shūsaku Endō’s historical fiction novel about the persecution of Tokugawa-era Japan’s minority Christian population while the faith was outlawed by the government following the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637. The basic setup is that the government is arresting and torturing believers to pressure the foreign Missionaries ministering to them to commit symbolic acts of apostasy – specifically placing their foot on an image of Christ and renouncing their faith. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver (no, really) are a pair of Portuguese Catholic Priests who travel to Japan looking for their mentor (Liam Neeson) after learning that he has gone missing and been accused of not only renouncing Christ but going over to the side of the Japanese government itself. While there, they also discover secret clans of Japan’s “Hidden Christians” who seek their help as well, but… suffice it to say; things don’t really go well for anybody involved.So it’s basically another Heart of Darkness riff on which to hang an extended-length meditation on the nature of faith and whether or not faith in and of itself is worth the suffering it often asks of a true believer, punctuated by oddly-subdued scenes of torture and violence. And there’s a lot to recommend. It’s beautiful to look atsoft pass’s fascinating to see Scorsese hold back from the high-energy kinetic camerawork he’s often associated with. The fact that there’s almost zero music for the duration is a bold choice (“Silence” – get it?), and the ideas that make up its thematic core all get ample (perhaps too ample, to be honest) room to breathe and make their case.Unfortunately, the way it comes together makes it all feel just a little bit cold and detached despite the supposed gravity of everything going down. Yes, fine, that’s part of the point; but at a certain level, the audience has to be drawn into a connection with the main character’s internal plight so that we can understand (or at least empathize with) the moral and psychological conflict they’re enduring. And while it all fits together on paper that we should be doing so… Silence just never quite managed to draw me into the narrative no matter how much I admired the craftsmanship – and sadly, I have to put a lot of that onto Andrew Garfield.Look, this kid is clearly a dedicated actor, he’ll probably be really compelling someday and I know we’re all eager to cut him a break because he’s trying really hard to wash off those godawful Spider-Man reboots off his resume… but he’s just not up to this kind of material. Driver is actually better than you’d expect, but Garfield is saddled with not only more screentime but the narration, the inner monologue and most of the second half before Neeson can show up and make everyone else look like they’re doing regional dinner theater. This was gonna be a tough role for anybody since you’re doing all the heavy-lifting yourself without much deliberate flourish or “showy” moments to disperse the workload, absolutely – but regardless, Garfield just doesn’t yet have the chops for this, and it makes the film a chore.And while Scorsese is doing probably the best job that any Western filmmaker could possibly do in being fair (and also fairly cynical) about the basic premise; it’s none the less hard not to feel like we’re hearing the wrong or at least less-compelling side of the story. It’s true that this was probably the worst moment in time conceivable regarding “the discourse” to release a film that asks an audience to feel anything other than abject contempt for white European men striding into someone else’s country. Men looking to drive religious conversions, there surely must be a way to be faithful to Endo’s narrative without the film occasionally feeling within sight of giving a soft-pass to Jesuit colonialism.Sometimes even the best of artists get lost inside of long-gestating passion projections. And Scorsese is no exception – see also: Gangs of New York (or, rather, don’t). Silence is nobly intended and not a failure of execution (certainly not of ambition, either) but it just doesn’t come together in the end. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

Scuf Gaming Announces New AliA Themed Controllers

first_imgAlastair “Ali-A” Aiken has become a gaming celebrity thanks to getting into the Guinness Book of World Records for setting various records in Call of Duty and Minecraft. Just in time for the release of his graphic novel, Scuf Gaming has announced a brand-new controller inspired by Ali-A called the “Ali-A Game On.” The controller’s name is taken from the aforementioned graphic novel, Ali-A Adventures: Game On.The controller features the Ali-A logo in a blue shell with twin racing stripes. It is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Other than its unique coloring and design, folks can expect a standard Scuf controller. This means it has analog sticks and grips you can swap out. Users can also make use of the four paddles on the back of the controller to further customize their gaming experience.“SCUF controllers are my go-to for every single gaming situation because they feel so comfortable in my hands, and everything is totally customizable,” said Ali-A in a press release. “It’s just so amazing they made the Ali-A Game On in that ‘Ali-A’ blue, the same color as the hero’s uniform in Game On.”“We’ve worked with Ali-A for about four years, and like SCUF, he’s passionate about video games and the gaming community” said Scuf Gaming CEO Duncan Ironmonger. “Ali-A instantly understood the SCUF layout, and how paddles on the underside of the controller, adjustable triggers, and interchangeable thumbsticks could make anyone a better gamer. Ali-A’s millions of fans will love the look and feel of this fully customizable and high performance controller. Anyone who wants to play like Ali-A will want to get their hands on this controller.”You can order the Ali-A Game On controller now from Scuf Gaming starting at $169.95. Ali-A Adventures: Game On will be released in the United States by Random House Books for Young Readers on October 24.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

River Song Returns in Big Finish Audio Adventures

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster You can’t keep a good woman down: River Song returns next year in four hour-long audio adventures from Big Finish.The incomparable Alex Kingston reprises her role as a time-traveling archeologist (who also happens to be the Doctor’s wife) for the ongoing tale of “The Diary of River Song.”Set for release in January, the Dickensian third season forces River to “face the demons of her past, present, and future,” including evil midwife Madame Kovarian (Frances Barber).Best remembered as the Eye-Patch Lady from season six of the BBC show, Kovarian is a close associate of the Silence, and the one responsible for transforming Melody Pond (a.k.a. River Song) into the perfect assassin to kill the Doctor.But this time, our heroine isn’t working alone. She teams up with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison (and his companion Brooke) for an action-packed series:3.1: “The Lady in the Lake” by Nev FountainRiver uncovers a cult with worrying abilities: Its members can apparently cheat death, and that’s not all they have in common with her.3.2: “A Requiem for the Doctor” by Jac RaynerTeam TARDIS visit 18th century Vienna, where River has more than one mystery to solve before a killer is let loose on the local people—and on the Doctor.3.3: “My Dinner with Andrew” by John DorneyAt the most exclusive, most discreet dining experience outside the universe, the usual rules of causality do not apply. It is here that the Doctor has a date. With River Song. And with death.3.4: “The Furies” by Matt FittonStories of the Furies abound across the cosmos: vengeful spirits hounding guilty souls to death. Madame Kovarian taught them to a child raised in fear, trained to kill, and placed inside a spacesuit to eliminate the Doctor. But if Melody Pond has failed, Kovarian will simply have to try again.The adventure continues in series four, when River encounters the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker).Pre-order seasons three, four (out in August), and five (out in January 2019) individually for £23 ($30) on CD and £20 ($26.50) as a digital download. Or snag the upcoming releases in bundles, available for £45 ($60) on CD or a £40 ($53) download.center_img Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Best Buddies In Science Fiction

first_img Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Stay on target With Solo in theaters now, we decided to focus on one of the freebooting smuggler’s less famous qualities: his deep friendship with his Wookie co-pilot Chewbacca. The duo formed what was arguably one of science fiction’s first bromances, traveling across the galaxy having adventures together. It’s pretty much impossible to think of one without the other – or at least it was before The Force Awakens.Close friendships are at the core of some of our favorite sci-fi movies, TV shows, and comics. It’s that essential humanity that keeps stories of spaceships and alternate dimensions relatable and interesting to us, and just about all of us can relate to having a bestie that will always stick by us no matter what. In honor of Han, Chewie and the rest, here’s our trip through some of science fiction’s best buddies.Sam Beckett and Al CalavicciWhen you’re unmoored from your timeline and find yourself unstoppably hopping into other people’s bodies, it pays to have a friend along for the ride. While Al only appeared in holographic form to Sam during the run of Quantum Leap, he helped anchor him not only to his real life in the present day but also gave him essential historical context for where he wound up. Al’s womanizing nature and sardonic humor offset Sam’s confusion and desire to make things right, and it’s hard to imagine one without the other. One episode did, though, with Sam causing Al’s death and suddenly having a new holographic companion, but the status quo was quickly restored.Cable & DeadpoolSuperhero comics aren’t strictly sci-fi but Cable is a time-traveling cyborg so we’ll allow it. A classic “odd couple” friendship, Cable is one of Marvel’s most self-serious characters, a grim and tortured soul who always seems to be making hard choices to save mutant-kind. Deadpool, on the other hand, is a fourth wall breaking smartass with an overtaxed healing factor. The only thing they have in common is that they were both created by Rob Liefeld. Somehow, their unlikely friendship has become a key pillar of X-Men canon, with Wade tagging along on some of Cable’s most merciless missions to keep him grounded.William Adama and Saul TighSometimes it just takes one moment to forge a bond. William Adama and Saul Tigh were first introduced during a bar fight, and the pair became fast friends and shipmates in the Colonial Fleet. Adama was integral in keeping Tigh’s temper under control, and their philosophies clash but complement each other, with Adama’s humanism balancing Tigh’s logical calculus. Of course, everything changes after it’s revealed that Tigh is actually one of the original nine humanoid Cylons, acting as a sleeper agent in human form. But the friendship is so strong that even as Tigh has visions of himself shooting Adam through the head, he stays loyal and even volunteers to be vented out an airlock rather than betray the fleet.Marcus Fenix and Dom SantiagoGears Of War is, of course, a game about shooting and chainsawing hordes of aliens in visceral glee, but it’s also a game about true friendship between two bros. Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago have been friends since elementary school, and the pair stayed close even after Marcus was convicted of dereliction of duty after the Battle of Ephyra. In fact, Dom was the one who broke him out and recruited his pal into Delta Squad, where they fought the Locust together over multiple games until his sacrifice during the Mission to Mercy. The pair’s easy repartee belies the intense situations they find themselves in, adding the human touch that the games desperately need.Willis E. Davidge and Jeriba ShiganThe line between enemies and friends can be a thin one, as evidenced by 1985 film Enemy Mine, one of our favorite underrated classics. When Earth pilot Davidge and alien Shigan dogfight over an uninhabited world, they both crash-land and have to depend on each other for survival. A sci-fi story that’s all about the power of friendship is a pretty unusual take, but the twists don’t stop there as the hermaphroditic Shigan turns out to be pregnant and gives birth, leaving his new son to Davidge’s care. Some of the strongest bonds are forged in the fires of adversity, and this buddy story is a potent illustration of that maxim.Julian Bashir and Elim GarakYou know we had to touch on Trek at least once in this thing, and that franchise is just full of deep, abiding friendships. We could spend a whole article just on Kirk / Spock, but instead, I decided to go to the well with DS9, and the perplexing pairing of Dr. Julian Bashir and spy turned tailor Elim Garak. The pair both came from circumstances, with Bashir’s parents subjecting him to genetic engineering to improve his intelligence, and when they met on DS9, they bonded in a relationship that was sometimes adversarial and remarkably tender. Behind the scenes, both actors made the choice to portray the characters as subtly LGBTQ, but that attraction was never publicly acknowledged by the show.Klaatu and GortWhen you’re making first contact with a potentially dangerous alien race, it’s important to bring a buddy along. Klaatu in the 1951 sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still is lucky to have his good buddy Gort, the massive featureless robot, at his back when superstitious humans put a bullet in him upon his arrival to our dumb planet. In fact, it turns out that Gort was created to keep the peace among all of the known universe’s species, and the pair is on Earth to warn us that our continued atomic aggression might result in a quick wipe-out if we don’t get our act together.Garrus and ShepardThe Mass Effect games are as famous for their intense interpersonal (and sometimes romantic) relationships as they are for their space-spanning adventures. It’s hard to pick just one partnership over the others, but there’s something very pure about the bond between Captain Shepard and the Turian Garrus Vakarian. Garrus is a gifted warrior who cares deeply about the honor of his people. One of his best moments comes in the second game, when Shep goes to recruit the vigilante Archangel and he turns out to be Garrus in disguise, fighting crime because he wanted to follow Shepard’s example. The scene in Mass Effect 3 where they bond over popping beverage cans with sniper rifles is also pretty sweet.Yuri and KeiClose friendships aren’t a male-only thing. Look no further than the two bounty hunter stars of manga The Dirty Pair. Yuri and Kei are Trouble Consultant team 234, tasked with all manner of missions that usually end up in extreme property damage. The duo are perfect compliments to each other, with hot-headed Kei favoring big guns and dumb lunks and Yuri specializing in hand-to-hand combat and classy gentlemen. Their adventures have extended to light novels, anime, and American comics and there just isn’t having one of the Pair without the other.Rocket and GrootFriendships can take many forms, and the ever-shifting bond between Rocket (he’s not technically a raccoon, so stop calling him that) and his tree-beast companion Groot is a great example. When we first meet them in Guardians of the Galaxy, they’re basically equals, but after Groot sacrifices himself to stop Ronan the Accuser and protect his friends, he reverts to a baby-like form and Rocket becomes more of a parent figure. That happens all the time in real-world friendships as well – things shift and change as one side or the other gains prominence, but the closeness at the core always remains.Ratchet & ClankMost human/robot partnerships are pretty lopsided, but the titular duo of the Ratchet & Clank franchise manage to keep things even. Catlike mechanic Ratchet meets defective robot Clank after he flees the factory and learns about a plot to destroy inhabited planets to build a new one for the corrupt Blarg. Over 15 years, the pair has teamed up for numerous adventures and also anchored their own solo games. The mark of a truly great friendship is covering each other’s weak points, and that’s what these two do best with Ratchet handling the running and gunning and Clank using his computer brain to control other robots and solve puzzles.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Watch Glowing Fireball Illuminates Night Sky Along US East Coast

first_img On April 16, many people along the East Coast of the U.S. reported seeing what they believed to be a meteor speeding across the sky and bursting into a massive fireball late at night.The American Meteor Society has received 325 reports from various states, including Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia about a bright “fireball” lighting up the horizon a little before 11 p.m. EST on Tuesday night, reported.The bizarre incident didn’t go unnoticed in New Jersey: Egg Harbor Township residents noticed a bright flash across the night sky, while Cape May County residents said they felt their houses shake as the “meteor” passed above them.Additionally, 45 people in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden reported a similar occurrence in the night sky, as shown in the American Meteor Society video above.Last Night #Fireball over Delaware– new video, now 360 reports –Nice video by Kimberly B, MarylandDetails:— AMSMETEORS (@amsmeteors) April 17, 2019It’s unknown what caused the incident, however, astronomers say it’s unlikely that Tuesday night’s fireball was connected to the annual Lyrid meteor shower, which already started this week. It’s possible that this incident could have been a piece of rock from an asteroid.“The meteor appeared around 11 p.m. and the constellation Lyra is only just rising at that point,” Kevin Conod, an astronomer who manages the Newark Museum’s Dreyfuss Planetarium in New Jersey, wrote in an email statement to “Also the direction is wrong: The meteor was heading almost due south. Lyrid meteors would have been coming from the northeast.”For more updates on ‘”fireballs” and other strange sky happenings, visit American Meteor Society’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.More on Blazing Fireball Turns Night to Day in BrazilWatch: Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Florida, Stuns WitnessesScientists Find Tiny Fragment of Comet Inside a Meteorite Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

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Study Young Jupiter Was Smacked HeadOn By Large Newborn Planet

first_img None of Jupiter’s New Satellites Are Named Moony McMoonfaceNASA Greenlights Europa Clipper Design, Construction A massive head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet roughly 4.5 billion years ago may be to blame for puzzling gravitational readings from NASA’s Juno spacecraft, according to a new study.Astronomers from Rice University and Sun Yat-sen University in China say this startling impact scenario could explain surprising readings on the Gas Giant’s gravitational field, which suggest that Jupiter’s core is more extended and less dense than expected, said a Rice University press release. The team detailed their findings in a study published in Nature on Aug. 14.“This is puzzling,” said Rice astronomer and study co-author Andrea Isella. “It suggests that something happened that stirred up the core, and that’s where the giant impact comes into play.”According to Isella, leading planet formation theories suggest that the Gas Giant started off as a dense, rock, or icy planet that later on collected its thick atmosphere from the primordial disk of dust and gas that gave birth to the sun.At first, Isella was skeptical when lead study author Shang-Fei Liu suggested the possibility that the confusing data could be explained by a colossal impact that changed Jupiter’s core, mixing its core’s dense contents with less dense layers above. However, something changed his mind when Liu showed that the collision scenario may have played a role in the puzzling readings.“It sounded very unlikely to me,” Isella explained. “Like a one-in-a-trillion probability. But Shang-Fei [Liu] convinced me, by shear calculation, that this was not so improbable.”This rendering shows the effect of a major impact on a young Jupiter’s core, as suggested by scientists in the study. (Photo Credit: Shang-Fei Liu / Sun Yat-sen University)The research team ran thousands of computer simulations and discovered that a fast-growing Jupiter may have unsettled the orbits of neighboring “planetary embryos,” protoplanets that were in early planet formation stages. According to Liu, these calculations included estimates of the probability of collisions happening under different situations and distribution of impact angles.In all cases, the team determined there was at least a 40 percent chance that Jupiter would “gobble up” a planetary embryo within its first few million years. According to the study, the Gas Giant also mass-produced “strong gravitational focusing,” making head-on collisions more common. Furthermore, Liu ran 3D computer models that showed how a head-on collision would impact Jupiter’s core.“Because it’s dense, and it comes in with a lot of energy, the impactor would be like a bullet that goes through the atmosphere and hits the core head-on,” Isella added. “Before impact, you have a very dense core, surrounded by atmosphere. The head-on impact spreads things out, diluting the core.”An artist’s rendering of the Juno spacecraft in orbit. (Photo Credit: NASA)According to Liu, smaller planetary embryos about as big as Earth would break apart in Jupiter’s thick atmosphere. Collisions at a grazing angle may result in the impacting planet becoming gravitationally stuck and slowly sinking into the Gas Giant’s core.“The only scenario that resulted in a core-density profile similar to what Juno measures today is a head-on impact with a planetary embryo about 10 times more massive than Earth,” Liu explained.Even though calculations suggest that the collision occurred about 4.5 billion years ago, it could take billions of years for Jupiter’s core to recover from this major event.More on Space Telescope Image Details Jupiter’s Dynamic AtmosphereNASA’s Juno Spacecraft Detects Jupiter’s Striking VistaScientists Spot Strange Table Salt Compound on Jupiter’s Europa Stay on targetlast_img read more

WWE Network drops six month commitment option

first_img Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Impact Wrestling announces TV tapings for Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino in November Google+ Twittercenter_img WWE issued the following press release earlier today:STAMFORD, Conn. — Much like other subscription businesses including Netflix and Hulu Plus, WWE will be offering:November For Free: New subscribers will receive WWE Network free of charge for the entire month of November – including Survivor Series on Sunday, November 23.New Simplified Price Plan:WWE Network will be available for $9.99 per month with no commitment and the ability to cancel at any time.New subscribers can begin signing up tomorrow, Oct. 31, at 11:00 a.m. ET.“We are excited to offer new WWE Network subscribers the month of November free to experience all of our live programming, explore thousands of hours of video-on-demand content, and watch Survivor Series, one of our most popular events,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “Our research combined with best practices in digital subscription businesses affirms our belief that a simple, single price plan will help us continue to grow WWE Network’s subscriber base.”WWE Network is a one-of-a-kind experience for fans that has been met with critical acclaim.Grantland’s Bill Simmons said WWE Network is “something truly significant” and “I feel like I’m stealing money from Vince McMahon, actually. Wait, I’m stealing money from Vince McMahon.”Yahoo! Sports said, “All signs point to WWE having a championship product on their hands.”USA Today said, “It’s a no-brainer for even casual viewers from a consumer standpoint.”WWE Network features 24/7 scheduled programming, all 12 pay-per-view events LIVE and the most comprehensive video-on-demand library with more than 2,600 hours of content, including every WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view, all for $9.99 per month with no commitment and the ability to cancel any time. WWE Network programming includes groundbreaking original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, exclusive coverage of special events and more. The U.S. English language version of WWE Network is available on an over-the-top basis in more than 170 countries and territories.Like other digital subscription services, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, fans are able to subscribe online by going to and clicking on the WWE Network button on the top right corner of the navigation bar. WhatsApp Facebook WrestleCade to be carried live on FITE TV in November featuring Panels and Supershowlast_img read more

514 NXT Results Philadelphia Pennsylvania Night 1

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Xavier Woods 5/14 WWE NXT Results: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania* Blake & Murphy def. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady.* Bull Dempsey def. Chad Gable.* Bayley & Alexa Bliss def. Becky Lynch & Dana Brooke.* Kevin Owens def. Finn Balor & Tyler Breeze in a triple threat match to retain the WWE NXT Championship.* William Regal announces Ownes vs. Balor for tomorrow night.* Mick Foley made a brief appearance talking about his career history in Philadelphia.* Solomon Crowe def. Tye Dillinger.* Baron Corbin def. Rhyno.* Triple H came out thanking the crowd. He talked about being proud of the success of NXT and to give women a chance in NXT setting up the main event.* Sasha Banks def. Charlotte to retain the WWE NXT Women’s Championship.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa BlissVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 52.47%0:03Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Sasha Banks Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live International Superstar Shake-up Dates Confirmed Now Playing Up Next Pinterestcenter_img Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WhatsApp Videos Articles Videos Articles Alexa Bliss Now Playing Up Next What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Championslast_img read more