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  • The Simpsons Predicted a Donald Trump Presidency 16 Years Ago | World News

    While Donald Trump's election victory may feel like it came out of left field for some citizens, The Simpsons predicted his road to the White House 16 years ago. 

    In a 2000 episode called "Bart to the Future," Bart has a reverie of his life as a 40-year-old adult. In the vision, his sister Lisa Simpson is the country's first "straight female" president. 

    In one scene, Bart visits her in the Oval Office where she's conducting a meeting about the country's current economic status. 

    "As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump," she tells her staff as they realize the economy is in a complete decline. "The country is broke! How could that be?" she adds before Bart storms through the office doors.

    In 2015, the longtime hit Fox series took Trump to task again for the 2015 episode "Trumptastic Voyage" as it mirrored the real-life presidential campaign he had launched at the time. On Tuesday night, Trump officially became the 45th president elect of the United States. 

    In March, writer Dan Greaney addressed the brief foreboding quip. 

    "It was a warning to America," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane." 

    "The Simpsons has always kind of embraced the over-the-top side of American culture," he added. "[Trump] is just the fulfillment of that."

     

     

     

     

     

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     http://www.eonline.com/au/news/808100/the-simpsons-predicted-a-donald-trump-presidency-16-years-ago

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  • Did a Fall From a Tree Kill Lucy, Our Famous Ancestor?

    New analysis suggests that Lucy—one of the most complete hominin fossils ever found—met a tragic end three million years ago.

    Lucy, our renowned hominin relative, died some 3.18 million years ago after plummeting from a tree, according to researchers from the University of Texas at Austin. A new analysis of the fossil—conducted more than 40 years after its discovery in what is now Hadar, Ethiopia—has revealed a pattern of distinctive fractures that, the scientists claim, points to a fall from great heights.

    “I have taught this fossil since I was a grad student in the 1980s,” saysJohn Kappelman, a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin and lead author of the study, which was published Monday inNature. “I knew these fractures were there, I just never thought to ask what had caused them. No one, as far as I know, has ever put out a theory of how she died.”

    This theory, however, is already provoking controversy. Some researchers remain unconvinced, arguing that the cracks in Lucy’s bones formed long after her death.

    “The kind of breakage that we are looking at on these bones is consistent with the kind of bone damage on almost all of the other fossils at Hadar—elephant fossils, rhino fossils, monkey fossils,” says Donald Johanson, a paleoanthropologist at Arizona State University who is credited with discovering and naming Lucy. “And they are undoubtedly the result of geological forces acting on the bones after they are buried during the process of fossilization.”

    Breaking Bad

    Lucy, a member of the species Australopithecus afarensis, was discovered in 1974. About 40 percent of the skeleton had been preserved, making her one of the most complete hominin fossils ever found.

     

    At the time of discovery, the researchers noted a considerable amount of damage to the bones—which they attributed to weathering and other fossilization processes—but they had inadequate evidence to speculate on the cause of death.

    “There is one small tooth mark on Lucy’s pelvis that was obvious from the beginning,” says Johanson, “but there were no carnivore marks on the rest of the skeleton.”

    But in 2008, Kappelman and his team were able to get their hands on the rock star fossil while she was on tour at museums in the United States. They conducted CT scans of each of the bones, and, in a protracted process that lasted the next eight years, his team meticulously analyzed the 35,000 digital slices the scans generated.

    “It was looking at those scans and the way that her skeleton was built that these unusual fractures came to light,” says Kappelman.

    According to Kappelman, while bones break naturally over time postmortem, they usually fracture across the bone—analogous to a dry stick being snapped in half. A closer examination of Lucy, however, revealed fractures that he claims are far more common in living bone.

    For example, the researchers observed hinge, or greenstick, fractures, in which one side of the bone breaks while the other remains intact; similar to what happens when you try to snap a small healthy tree branch.

    The scientists also noticed that tiny bone fragments that splintered during the fracture remained lodged in the bone cracks.

    This finding, Kappelman argues, provides additional evidence that the fractures took place in living tissue, since breaks in dried bone likely would have dispersed these tiny fragments on the ground nearby.

    And because these fractures showed no signs of healing, the team concluded that Lucy sustained these injuries in a fatal traumatic event.

    Up On High

    Additional evidence points to a scenario of a terrifying fall.

    Notably, her right shoulder has distinctive compression fractures that are characteristic of someone extending their arms as they plummet to the ground.

    “I showed the evidence to an orthopedic surgeon, who immediately said it is a fracture caused by a fall from considerable height—there was no question at all,” says Kappelman. “I have now had nine surgeons look at this who all agree.”

    Kappelman and his team then scrupulously examined fractures in the rest of Lucy’s skeleton, creating 3-D models to digitally dissect or recreate certain components. Their analysis revealed a cohesive pattern in her ankle, knee, shoulders, and wrist that they are convinced points to a fall from a significant height that would provide the force necessary to break her bones.

    Based on studies of fossilized mammals and pollen, as well as geology in Lucy’s environs, the researchers knew that the area probably had been grass-covered woodland on a flat floodplain with plenty of large trees capable of facilitating the fateful accident.

    Kappelman and his colleagues speculated that small hominins like Lucy, who stood a mere one meter (three and a half feet) tall and weighed around 27 kilograms (60 pounds), likely nested in the trees at night to protect themselves from potential predators.

    By analyzing previous studies of chimpanzee nesting patterns, the team showed that Lucy would probably have climbed around 14 meters (45 feet) out of harm’s way—which, for us, would be equivalent to ascending a four to five story building. According to their calculations, a fall from this height could result in speeds exceeding 37 miles (60 kilometers) an hour, which, when combined with Lucy’s weight, would produce a force sufficient enough to be fatal.

    The researchers have “come up with what strikes me as the most plausible explanation for the breakage—mainly a fall from considerable height onto a very solid surface,” says David Pilbeam, a paleoanthropologist at Harvard University who advised Kappelman on his dissertation 30 years ago.

    Not everyone, however, is convinced that the evidence points to this scenario. In particular, some scientists fault Kappelman for failing to consider other possible explanations.

    “These authors make no effort to test the alternative hypothesis that these cracks and other breaks were made during the processes of fossilization and erosion,” says Timothy White, a paleoanthropologist and professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. “In fact, the authors appear to have focused only on the cracks that they could attribute to an imagined fall, ignoring the additional abundant cracks on Lucy and other fossils.”

    Johanson is likewise skeptical. “My reticence about the [study] is that in some ways it is a narrative, a just-so story,” he says. “Something that you can’t verify and you can’t falsify and is therefore unprovable.”

    Ape and Human Features

    If Kappelman’s research were to become widely accepted, the findings could help settle a long-standing debate: Were hominins like Lucy tree climbers?

    Australopithecus afarensis displays both ape and human features, leading some paleoanthropologists to believe that Lucy probably spent time both in the trees and on the ground.

    For example, her curved fingers and long arms are specialized for tree climbing while her shoulder blades are oriented for overhead movement of the arms that are reminiscent of apes. Yet she also displays several features seen in early humans, including an anatomy clearly suited for upright walking, leading other researchers to conclude that she spent all of her time on the ground.

    Lucy’s theoretical fall could indicate that her species wasn’t suited to climb trees or that she was, at least, semiarboreal.

    “It doesn’t strike me as particularly surprising that Australopithecus was using trees even if they weren’t optimally designed to do so, nor is it very surprising that they occasionally fell out of them,” says Pilbeam. “Chimps fall out of trees, gibbons fall out of trees. The notion that apes and monkeys are perfectly adapted to life in the trees is not correct.”

    “I think that there is some evolutionary baggage left over from arboreal life and that we are catching a species in transition,” says Johanson. “I wouldn’t think it’s impossible that they went into the trees to collect fruit or maybe even to build nests to sleep at night, but in terms of their primary mode of locomotion, these guys were essentially terrestrial.”

    For his part, Kappelman will continue to analyze other aspects of Lucy’s skeleton and may even look for her fracture pattern in different fossils found in the area. In the meantime, he says, the research has made him see Lucy in a new way.

    “At one point, I had all these bones out and this idea just finally crystalized—I could see the fall, the position of her body when she hit, the impact,” says Kappelman. “For the very first time, I saw her as an individual and this wave of empathy hit me. For the first time she was not just an isolated box of broken bones. I could actually picture how she died.”

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Intel’s “Kaby Lake” Processors Are So Powerful, You Won’t Need Graphics Card | Technology

    Intel has revealed its 7th Generation Core line, which is code-named “Kaby Lake” will have powerful new graphics capabilities and can handle 4K graphics without any glitch.

    Intel’s “Kaby Lake” Processors Are So Powerful, You Won’t Need Graphics Card

    What if someone tells you that the upcoming 7th gen Core processors would be able to handle 4K graphics without any glitch? It sounds impossible, but it is actually true. If we have a look at our Intel’s integrated graphics processor, then they have failed to deliver performances like Nvidia Titan X or Radeon Pro SSD.

    A graphics processing unit (GPU), also occasionally called visual processing unit (VPU), is a specialized electronic circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display. GPUs are used in embedded systems, mobile phones, personal computers, workstations and game consoles.

    Kaby Lake is Intel’s codename for the upcoming 14-nanometer successor to the Skylake microarchitecture. It will feature a new graphics architecture to improve performance in 3D graphics and 4K video playback.

    ntel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed the Kaby Lake processors during its IDF 2016 Developer conference and shows the capabilities of Intel’s next-gen Kaby Lake chips on a Dell XPS. The best part is the 7th gen Core processor swiftly handled the 4K GoPro videos and showed us the gameplay of the Game Overwatch without any need for a GPU.

    Kaby Lake will add native USB 3.1 Generation 2 Ports, whereas Skylake motherboards require a third-party add-on chip in order to provide USB 3.1 (10 Gbit/s) ports. Kaby Lake will add native HDCP 2.2 support, along with full fixed function HEVC Main10/10-bit and VP9 10-bit hardware video decoding.

    Before Kaby Lake, Cannon Lake was scheduled to launch this year. However, Intel seems to change its mind and went on with Kaby Lake. The 10nm-based Cannon Lake was scheduled to launch at 2017.

    Kaby Lake devices should start arriving this fall, so stay tuned for more on when you can get in on Intel’s next generation of powerful processors.

    SOURCE: Techviral.com/

    - http://techviral.com/kaby-lake-processors-wont-need-graphics-card/

     

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  • How to Make WhatsApp and FB Messenger Online All the time In Android

    Make your FB and Whatsapp apps always active in your android mobile with the help of two possible ways that we have discussed right here with which you will always appear online on these giant social networks.

    Facebook and Whatsapp are the best ever social networking media that has ever been created. There are also the mobile apps available for these networks. Almost every social network user on this network would be knowing that these apps has a feature that helps to tell your friends that whether you are available to chat or not. This message of whether you are active for the chat or not is conveyed by the mark of Online or Offline that you might be familiar with. If you have a tricky mind and want yourself to be shown as active or online always on these networks so that your friends may get fooled, then you will surely like to do that in real but you might be thinking about how you can do that. Here in this article you will come to know about the trick to make yourself always online on WhatsApp and FB Messenger. Just go through the following instructions to know how you can do that.

     

    How to Make WhatsApp and FB Messenger Online All time In Android

    #1 Using Screen Timeout

    1.  First of all check that your mobile apps for WhatsApp or FB are up-to-date i.e you should have installed the latest version for these apps. This step is really important otherwise you won’t be able to make your accounts always online.

    2. After that you need to enable by heading to Settings -> About Phone -> Build Number(Tap on build number 7-10 times and your developer options will get activated), and then in developer option click on the option Stay awake.

     

     

     

    NOTE: This will never let the screen of your device to shut off and it will always remain lit unless you will switch it off through lock screen button on your device.

    3. And that’s all, you are nearly done. Now you just have to switch your device network ON and then open your account on FB or WhatsApp. The time till the screen on your device remains active, you shall never go Offline. So keep your screen active and you will remain Online and once the screen is locked you will be shown Offline.

     

    #2 Using Third Party App

    Here you can use a cool third party app that will allow you to make your whatsapp and Facebook online. This app keeps your screen on when your device is running your GPS application, favorite remote control, playing a movie or slideshow. Perfect to keep your screen on without dimming for application development. Your screen will never go back to sleep until you want it to. So try this app.

     

    The main thing behind this trick is that you have to make the screen of your device active and don’t let it go to sleep. The time till your screen is active, you will remain active on FB and WhatsApp. You can also do this up by using some apps that help you to let the screen of your device remain active. If you are an Android device user, then you can also use Stay Live app for your device that will make the screen of your device active for all the time.

    Here in this article you have now learnt the trick of how you can make the WhatsApp and FB Messenger online for all the time. You people might be thinking that it would be not the greatest trick because you have to keep the screen of your device lit whole of the time, but guys this is the only way that can let you do that and further if we shall found any other trick for the same then we will provide you with that also. Till the time you just go and try this one and enjoy being Online.

     

    Source:

    TechViral:

    http://techviral.com/make-whatsapp-fb-messenger-online-android/

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  • How to Watch 3D Movies on PC Using VLC Media Player

    Yes, it’s possible. So have you noted another feature of VLC player!
    But the only problem is that it supports Red and Cyan 3D viewing option only. So just get a 3D SBS (Side-By-Side) movie and watch it using your VLC media player.

    Like us many of you must be crazy about watching movies in your smart device and what about 3D movies that you can only watch in either theater or in your 3D LED TV and other devices that supports 3D effect. But you can watch these movies in your computer too. Yes it is true we have a way for VLC media player by which you will play these movie in VLC media player and watch them with your SBS glasses. So have a look on this method that i have completely discussed below.

    How to Watch 3D Movies on PC Using VLC Media Player

    Many of you must try watching 3D movies in your computer but failed to watch them in 3D effect as they looks ugly but with a simple change in settings of VLC media player you can actually enjoy the 3D effect in your PC itself. So read out the complete steps and apply them in your VLC media player and enjoy your favorite movies in 3D effects.

    Steps To Watch 3D Movies on PC Using VLC Media Player:

    1. First of open and play and of your 3D movie in your PC with VLC media player(Make sure that the movie you played must be SBS (Side-By-Side) 3D movie).
    2. Now when the movie start on the upper bar of VLC click on tools and then select Effect & Filters.

     

    3.Now a dialog box will appear like shown below, there click on Video Effects tab.

     

     

     4.Now here select Advance tab and you will see option like below.

     

     

     

    5.Now here put a check mark on Anaglyph 3D option( This effect enables the 3D effects of your VLC media player).

     

     

    6.Thats it your are done, now put on your Red/Cyan glasses and enjoy your 3D movie in your favorite media player that is VLC media player.

    So above we discussed about Watch 3D Movies on PC Using VLC Media Player. With this method you don’t need to play each movie in your 3D enabled device as laptop is more portable than any other device, so just implement these settings in your VLC media player and enjoy these 3D movies in your PC itself. Hope you like our work, do share our tricks with others too. Leave a comment below if you have any related queries with the method discussed above.

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