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Trump: ‘I’m Using Mexico’

NY Times - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:50
The country itself has become the wall. This has to change.

OnePlus 7T Review: Not very new, but still one of the best phones you can buy

Ars - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:37

After putting the smartphone world on notice with the best-in-class OnePlus 7 Pro six months ago, OnePlus is back with another smartphone, the OnePlus 7T. In the US, this device will be sold alongside the OnePlus 7 Pro, and there's not a huge price difference between the two devices. The older 7 Pro is still $669, and the newer 7T is $599—only $70 cheaper.

That price difference does leave a lot of room for differentiation, and sure enough, the 7T is a very similar phone to the 7 Pro. On the one hand, that's a great thing. The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the best smartphones you can buy, and now the OnePlus 7T is also one of the best smartphones you can buy. But even though the 7T is a great device, it isn't that new or exciting. Let's quickly go over what's different.

Design

Whenever Google, Apple, or Samsung release a smartphone, they usually release two versions of the same phone in different sizes. The OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7 Pro feel a lot like that same strategy, just with two different designs instead of two different sizes and released, inexplicably, six months apart. Those design differences are mostly in the display, the selfie camera, and the rear camera arrangement. Other than that, you'd have to whip out a pair of calipers or a benchmark tool to discern any kind of difference between the two devices.

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Whatever the opposite of 3-D political chess is, that’s what Trump just did

Washington Post - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:35
Trump picked a very odd time to alienate Republican senators.

'Joker' shatters box office records

CNN - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:35
"Joker" broke box office records this weekend, even as its controversial depiction of violence made some potential theatergoers anxious.

'Zombie' deer roam 24 states in the US

CNN - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:32
"Zombie" deer roam 24 states in the US, sickened by a neurodegenerative disease that reduces them to stumbling, drooling creatures.

How one scandal softened ground for impeachment

CNN - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:31
In 1972, President Richard Nixon's administration was plagued by scandal. But not the one you're thinking of.

Trump’s foreign policy has taken a turn, and the GOP doesn’t have a good answer

Washington Post - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:30
Few decisions have caused such massive and immediate alarm in the president's own party.

Trump’s foreign policy has taken a turn, and the GOP doesn’t have a good answer

Washington Post - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:30
Few decisions have caused such massive and immediate alarm in the president's own party.

Intel Launches New W-2200 Xeon Chips Appropriate for an Updated iMac Pro

MacRumors - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:13
Intel today launched new W-2200 Cascade Lake-X Xeon chips that are potentially suitable for a new iMac Pro should Apple be planning to refresh the machine in the near future.

Right now, Apple uses custom Intel Xeon-W chips for its  iMac Pro  models, but could use a stock version of the W-2200 Xeon chips or a custom version.


There are up to 18 AVX 512 enabled cores in the new W-2200 chips, along with up to 48 PCIe lanes, Turbo Boost Max 3.0, and AI acceleration (Intel Deep Learning Boost) for visual effects, motion graphics, 3D rendering, and more. The chips are similar to Intel's X-Series chips but with Intel vPro for support for up to 1TB ECC RAM, VROC, and RAS (reliability, availability, and serviceability) features.

According to Intel, its new chips offer 2x faster 3D architecture rendering, 97% faster 4K video editing, and 2.1x faster video game compile times.


Intel is introducing a new, more affordable pricing structure for the updated chips, dropping prices by up to almost 50 percent compared to prior-generation Xeon chips. The pricing cuts could drive the cost of future  iMac Pro  models down should Apple pass those savings along to consumers.


Apple released the  iMac Pro  in 2017 and hasn't updated it since then, so it's due for a refresh. There are no rumors that an updated model is in the works, but we often don't hear much about minor Mac refreshes, so upgraded processors and other hardware could still come in a 2019 update.

Intel says the new Xeon W-2200 chips will be available starting in November.

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Trump threatens to 'obliterate' Turkey's economy if they do anything 'off limits' with ISIS

CNN - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:13
President Donald Trump threatened to "obliterate" Turkey's economy if the country does anything he considers to be off limits pertaining to ISIS, as the country prepares to execute an operation without US support in northern Syria.

'American Idol' contestants get married

CNN - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:09
They may not have won "American Idol" in 2018, but Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner won each other's hearts.

Collagen fiber length lets cells stream away quickly

Futurity.org - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:09

Collagen fiber length within the body may be a key overlooked parameter that some normal cells use to become invasive, research finds.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in mammals, making up skin, bone, tendons, and other soft tissues. Its fibrous nature helps cells to move throughout the body, but until now, it wasn’t clear how the length of fibers influences how cells move in groups.

Cells move around to form organs during development, to heal wounds, and when they metastasize from cancerous tumors. Typically, cell movement slows in a soft environment, similar to getting stuck in mud, and speeds up in a stiff environment, similar to a ball rolling across a waxed floor.

When preparing to experiment with cells moving in collagen, Amit Pathak, a mechanical engineer in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, and his team found that existing substrates didn’t have the ability to support fiber formation. The team made new hydrogels with more realistic fiber structure and that allowed them to change the length of the fibers more easily. As they got to work, the results were unexpected.

“The first surprising thing we saw was that some groups of cells made an escape from their colony in the form of narrow streams, holding on to each other,” Pathak says.

“We expected that the cells would migrate faster in this new stiff substrate, then move out of their colony more, as we see in the body. We saw some of that, but even in soft substrates where the movement was supposed to be slow, the movement was fast. They were streaming out of the colony more efficiently than on a stiff substrate.”

The team then looked further and found that the longer collagen fibers on soft material helped cells move out of the colony while also elongating the cells, which supported their collective migration.

“We have this collective motion while at the same time the collagen fiber length is elongating them enough to help this streaming,” Pathak says. “If we take away the fiber length, they don’t elongate or migrate. On the other hand, if you make the substrate stiffer, that breaks this delicate balance by making them so aggressive that the cooperativity goes away.”

Researchers have thought that a very stiff cancerous tumor would become invasive. However, Pathak’s team found that if the collagen fiber structure is just right, then even a soft tumor might become invasive.

“We found this nice balance in that the cells have to have some aggressiveness to move out, and at the same time, they must remain cooperative,” Pathak says. “Otherwise, without either aggressive motion or cooperation, the collective streaming would fall apart.”

The findings appear in in the Journal of Cell Science. Funding for the work came from the National Institutes of Health.

Pathak has applied for a patent on the technology with the university’s Office of Technology Management.

Source: Washington University in St. Louis

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Trump administration tells agencies to restrict unions in the workplace

Washington Post - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:09
The new policies will set time limits on negotiations and significantly reduce “official time,” the paid time that employees may use for certain union-related purposes.

A United Airlines flight bound for Amsterdam made an emergency landing in Maine

CNN - Mon, 2019-10-07 13:04
A United Airlines flight en route to Amsterdam from San Francisco made an emergency landing in Maine early Monday, an airline spokesman told CNN.

Acting Homeland Security Chief Shouted Off Stage at Georgetown Law

NY Times - Mon, 2019-10-07 12:55
Protesters shut down a speech by Kevin K. McAleenan, the latest effort by opponents of the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies to let their grievances be known to policymakers.

From all-in Trumpers to the lone critic: The four GOP factions on Trump and Ukraine

Washington Post - Mon, 2019-10-07 12:53
There is at least enough divergence now to have four different responses.

From all-in Trumpers to the lone critic: The four GOP factions on Trump and Ukraine

Washington Post - Mon, 2019-10-07 12:53
There is at least enough divergence now to have four different responses.
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