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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day July 22, 2017
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking July 22, 2017
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • El gran diseño - Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow July 22, 2017
    Aun antes de aparecer, este libro ha venido precedido, en todos los medios de comunicación, de una extraordinaria polémica sobre  sus conclusiones: que tanto nuestro universo como los otros muchos universos posibles surgieron de la nada, porque su creación no requiere de la intervención de ningún Dios o ser sobrenatural, sino que todos los universos pro […]
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  • El futuro de nuestra mente - Michio Kaku July 22, 2017
    Una nueva teoría sobre la conciencia y el futuro de los estudios de nuestra mente Por primera vez en la historia, gracias a escáneres de alta tecnología diseñados por físicos, se han desvelado secretos del cerebro, y lo que un día fuera territorio de la ciencia ficción, se ha convertido en una asombrosa realidad. Grabación de recuerdos, telepatía, vídeos de […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku July 22, 2017
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking July 22, 2017
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach July 22, 2017
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein July 22, 2017
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova July 22, 2017
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • Una mochila para el universo - Elsa Punset July 22, 2017
    ¿Cuánto debe durar un abrazo? ¿De qué sirve llorar? ¿Qué podemos hacer para cambiar nuestra suerte? ¿Tiene algún propósito el enamoramiento? ¿Y por qué es tan inevitable el desamor? ¿Cómo aprendemosa tener miedo? ¿A partir de qué edad empezamos a mentir? ¿Por qué sentimos envidia? ¿Cuántos amigos necesitamos para ser felices? ¿Podemos evitar estresarnos sin […]
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Here’s Everything Microsoft Just Announced at the Xbox E3 Show

Bathed in electric green lights, enthralled by the staccato thump of shock-and-awe music, attendees at The Galen Center listened Sunday to Microsoft executives pitch the next phase in the Xbox’s journey—from what in 2013 began as a controversial motion-controlled, next-gen media hub, to today’s rededication as a gaming-foremost, super-powered 4K graphical monster. The Most Powerful Game Console Ever Meet Xbox One X, the official name for Microsoft’s souped up Xbox One, formerly codenamed “Project Scorpio.” It boasts 6 teraflops of GPU compute power, 12 gigabytes of DDR5 memory, and games capable of running at native 4K resolutions, which is all just to say that it’s going to be a pixel-crunching beast. “There is no power greater than X,” said Xbox honcho Phil Spencer. “It’s the most powerful console ever made.” And yes, also rather pricey: $499, or $100 more than Sony’s own 4K-angled box, the PlayStation 4 Pro, which debuted last November. But if the battle in the 4K graphics space is currently about chasing enthusiast wallets, Microsoft is positioning Xbox One X as a box that justifies the extra outlay with raw specs capable of delivering much more than Sony’s product to videophiles and 4K connoisseurs. If the narrative around the Xbox One and PlayStation 4’s debut in 2013 centered on the PlayStation 4’s superior specs, today’s show was Microsoft taking the ball back. Xbox One X will also make existing Xbox One games look better and load faster, uses a liquid-cooled vapor chamber to tame its doubtless nutty thermals (a first for a console) and still somehow winds up being the smallest Xbox console the company’s made, including the Xbox One S. The Xbox One X will be available on November 7, worldwide. Forza Motorsport 7 Looks Sick How to show off all that power? With the world premiere of Forza Motorsport 7, a supercar extravaganza for Xbox One and Windows 10 that takes all the things we’ve come to expect from high-end racers—gorgeous cloudscapes, crisp terrain, dynamic weather like thunderheads rolling in and water beading on windshields—and kicks it up a whole lot more than a notch. Players can rip through 30 “famous” areas with dynamic race conditions and collect more than 700 cars, including the 2018 Porsche 911 GTS RS. The game runs at native 4K and 60 frames per second on Xbox One X, and ships for Xbox One and Windows 10 on October 3. (The Xbox One X version will be available when that console ships on November 7.) Assassin’s Creed Origins Premiere Though not console-exclusive, Ubisoft’s long-awaited return to the Assassin’s Creed-verse looked pretty slick during the show’s world premiere gameplay demo. As rumored, the game will take place in ancient Egypt. It involves the story of a sort of Egyptian sheriff attempting to protect his community, a struggle out of which the company says will emerge the tale of the birth of the brotherhood of assassins. Climb pyramids, fight in coliseums, gallop through dusty palm-treed lands, command birds to surveil and track enemies, fire weapons in slow-motion while mid-leap and engage an enormous open world that’s been fine-tuned to resemble more a roleplaying than traditional action-adventure game. It’s available October 27. Minecraft Platform Interoperability The promise of a master version of studio Mojang’s sandbox builder, identical across all platforms, not just functionally but at the codebase level, is finally happening. With what Microsoft calls the “Better Together Update,” the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One versions of Minecraft will converge with the Windows 10, Virtual Reality and mobile versions. All will hence run the C++ version, or what creator Mojang and Microsoft have taken to calling the “bedrock engine.” What’s more, Microsoft teased something it’s calling the “Super Duper Graphics Pack,” a graphical update coming this fall that will include overhauled textures and lighting (including support for high dynamic range) for what amounts to an official vamp on the kinds of user mods that have made such things possible in the Java PC version for years. Crackdown 3 Looks Nuts Today’s “best opener of the show” award goes to Terry Crews as Commander Jaxon. Brash and bombastic, the Crackdown 3 sizzle reel was too confusing to make much sense of. But this four-player campaign cooperative sandbox smack-around will be central to the Xbox One X’s launch lineup when it arrives on November 7. BioWare’s Gorgeous New Open-World Game BioWare’s new “shared world” action roleplaying game, Anthem, has players (dubbed “freelancers”) exploring a massive open world while donning exosuits dubbed “Javelins,” differentiated by their abilities. In the demo, a player flew Superman-style through a lush jungle, encountering dynamic enemies, diving underwater and boosting around, then reemerging to tango with further indigenous hostiles. The game, which appears to blend elements of Destiny and Titanfall, supports up to four people playing together in squadrons. Look for it fall 2018. 42 games, 22 of those Xbox One exclusives The press conference included a barrage of world premieres, including a mix of both platform and launch (meaning temporarily) exclusives. We learned of Metro: Exodus‘s existence, another post-apocalyptic open-world shooter from series developer 4A Games that’s coming in 2018, and Life is Strange: Before the Storm, a three-part adventure that takes place before the BAFTA-winning original. Online tactical survival romp PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, released in March for PCs, is coming to Xbox One. Deep Rock Galactic, a co-op first-person shooter with procedurally generated levels starring “badass space dwarves,” looked like Overwatch meets Minecraft (launch exclusive). There was State of Decay 2, another zombie invasion survival game (exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10), and The Darwin Project, an arena-style survivalism game (launch exclusive). The Last Night‘s lovely animated 2D cyberpunk vistas was evocative of Flashback (launch exclusive). Rare offered another look at Sea of Thieves, its shared-world pirate plunderer (Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive). There’s a new “Ori” game in the works, dubbed Ori and the Will of the Wisps, that’s exclusive to Windows 10 and Xbox One. And Cuphead, Studio MDHR’s long-awaited retro-cartoon-side-scroller that’s exclusive to Xbox One and Windows, is finally going to be playable September 29. I’m missing a bunch of others here, like Super Lucky’s Tale, The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti, CodeVein and Ashen, but then it was a show designed in part to impress by deluging. Original Xbox Games Are Coming, Too Microsoft’s claims about the popularity of backward compatibility are a bit vague, but it’s hard to imagine the company wasting time and money getting nearly 400 Xbox 360 games to work with the Xbox One without a solid business case. And it’s even harder to imagine today’s revelation–that original Xbox games are in the offing (they’ll look and play better, said Microsoft)–if the economics, to say nothing of the goodwill this sort of move engenders among fans, weren’t solid enough. Microsoft’s View of the Immediate Future All this said, the presser’s montage of verdant other-worlds and collapsed civilizations felt a bit skewed toward brutality and bleakness. Microsoft’s view of gaming circa 2017 clearly privileges platform exclusivity and visual muscularity, but also games whose central tenets involve smacking things around and general dollops of thematic sound and furiousness. For Xbox, gaming’s future looks like much of its past, wherein players thrash, shoot and brutally skewer stuff. Some of this is doubtless the marketing need to cast Xbox One X in its most rambunctious light, but there was a sense of conceptual blur about the roundup that I worry fuels the (deeply mistaken) narrative that games are just boisterous toys for power fantasists. […]

Dear World, we’re actually not giving up on Paris

125 American cities, 9 states, 902 businesses, and 183 schools so far have all signed a declaration promising to honor the Paris Climate Agreement. […]

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Make Historic Visit to Pearl Harbor

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have laid wreaths aboard the USS Arizona Memorial to honor Americans who died in the Pearl Harbor attacks. Obama and Abe entered a covered area of the memorial where a marbled wall lists names of U.S. troops who died in the waters below. They stood at the entrance for a moment of silence. Then the leaders approached and adjusted a pair of green-and-peach-colored wreaths made of lilies. Obama’s wreath bore a white ribbon saying “In Remembrance, Barack Obama, President of the United States, and Abe’s a ribbon that says “In Remembrance, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.” Both leaders bowed their heads slightly but said nothing before slowly exiting. It’s the first visit by a Japanese prime minister to the memorial. […]

The Trump Campaign Will Try to Block the Green Party’s Recount Effort in Michigan

(LANSING, Mich.) — Michigan’s elections board on Friday will consider President-elect Donald Trump’s request to block a hand recount of all 4.8 million ballots cast in the state he won by about 10,700 votes over Hillary Clinton. Lawyers for the Trump campaign argued Thursday that Green Party nominee Jill Stein, a “bottom-dwelling candidate,” cannot seek the expensive, time-consuming recount because she was not “aggrieved” to the point where potential miscounting of votes could have cost her the election. She garnered just 1 percent in Michigan. They also said in their objection that Stein waited until the last minute to file her recount petition Wednesday, making it impossible to finish by a Dec. 13 deadline. Stein countered that Trump’s “cynical efforts to delay the recount and create unnecessary costs for taxpayers are shameful and outrageous.” His objections suspended the planned Friday start of the recount until next week. A recount is already underway in Wisconsin, which Trump won by roughly 22,000 votes and where the first reporting of numbers was expected Friday. In Pennsylvania, a hearing was scheduled for Monday on Stein’s push to secure a court-ordered statewide recount, a legal maneuver that has never been tried, according to one of the attorneys who filed it. Recounts were not expected to flip nearly enough votes to change the outcome in any of the states. The Wisconsin recount doesn’t carry nearly the same drama as the Florida recount in 2000, when the outcome of the presidential race between Al Gore and George W. Bush hung in the balance. “This is certainly not Bush v. Gore,” said Mike Haas, Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator. Even so, the campaigns for Trump, Clinton and Stein all had observers spread throughout the state to watch the process. The recount will have to move quickly. The federal deadline to certify the vote to avoid having the fate of Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes decided by Congress is Dec. 13. Even if that were to happen, the votes would almost certainly go to Trump, since Republicans control both chambers of Congress. Stein has argued, without evidence, that irregularities in the votes in all three states suggest that there could have been tampering with the vote, perhaps through a well-coordinated, highly complex cyberattack. “Verifying the vote through this recount is the only way to confirm that every vote has been counted securely and accurately and is not compromised by machine or human error, or by tampering or hacking,” Stein said. Stein’s critics, including the Wisconsin Republican Party, contend that she is a little-known candidate who is merely trying to raise her profile while raising millions of dollars. The Wisconsin recount was estimated to cost about $3.9 million. Stein paid $973,250 for the requested recount in Michigan. Michigan’s Republican secretary of state, Ruth Johnson, has said a recount could cost $5 million total. ___ Associated Press writer Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report. […]

Hillary Clinton Is the World’s Choice for U.S. President, Poll Finds

Who would win the U.S. election if people from around the world were given a vote? A new poll aimed to find that out, and Hillary Clinton was the clear victor. More than 100,000 people from 130 countries took part in the first ever Global Vote for a U.S. president, according to the global political movement The Good Country, which organized the online survey. Participants were asked to select their preferred candidate in a non-scientific poll ahead of the official presidential election Tuesday. They were told to only consider the candidates’ international policies, as “domestic issues are the exclusive concern of US citizens”. Clinton received over half of the vote (52%) and Green Party candidate Jill Stein secured second place with 19%. Donald Trump came in third place, with 14%, and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 7%. Eight percent of voters chose to abstain, indicating that, in their view, none of the four official candidates were “good news for the world”. “What is clear from commentary around this vote is that Donald Trump is seen by many as a threat to international prosperity and stability,” the Global Vote’s creator Simon Anholt said. “The degree of international unpopularity of the two main candidates is evident from the high number of votes that went to the relatively unknown third party candidates, as well as the 8% who chose to abstain.” According to Anholt, the purpose of the Global Vote was to “bring some sanity and equity” to a voting system that will impact the lives of billions of people around the world – not just the small proportion domestic voters who are allowed their say in the matter. […]

Chicago Cubs Celebrate With Selfie at Massive Rally

(CHICAGO) — Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross posed for a selfie Friday in front of a multitude of roaring fans in the city’s Grant Park during a rally honoring the club’s first World Series title in 108 years. Ross and the other players sang “Go Cubs Go” from the stage along with the blissed-out crowd. “It happened, baby. It happened!” proclaimed infielder Anthony Rizzo to adoring cheers. Team manager Joe Maddon — wearing a stocking cap, sunglasses and a jersey over a “We didn’t suck” T-shirt — looked out over a sea of blue. “Welcome to Cubstock 2016!” Maddon said. “This is an incredible moment for all of us. Never have I experienced anything like Wrigley Field on a nightly basis. … I want to congratulate you fans also. Thank you for being so patient.” The victory party, which included a parade earlier in the day, is new territory for long-suffering fans of the Cubs, who hadn’t won a World Series title in more than a century before their Game 7, extra-inning thriller Wednesday night in Cleveland. The last time the Cubs even reached the Fall Classic was in 1945. City officials said an estimated 5 million people attended the celebration — a count that included everyone who lined the parade route and the crowd at Grant Park. Miriam Santiago, 51, said she carried holy water, her rosary and a bright green lucky baseball with her during the playoffs. On Friday, she brought a goat mask with dynamite in its mouth and let other fans pose for photos wearing it outside Wrigley Field. She said she believes her lucky charms helped reverse the Curse of the Billy Goat, the story of a Chicago tavern owner who supposedly put a hex on the Cubs after the team refused to let his pet goat into Wrigley Field during the 1945 World Series. Before the rally, throngs of young and old blue-clad fans roared as the motorcade of open-roofed buses carrying the players cruised along Lake Shore Drive. The mood was jubilant, bolstered by an unseasonably warm and sunny November day and clear blue skies. Vendors hawked pennants and shirts, and selfie-taking teens tried to capture the crowds. Many just beamed. Retiree Jarvis Moffett, 60, arrived at the lakefront park hours ahead of the rally just to take in the atmosphere. “I’m an old-school Cubs fan,” he said, gesturing to the sky and crowds. “This is what you live for. It doesn’t get any better.” Steve Angelo carried his 4-year-old son, Nicholas, on his shoulders. The pair wore matching jerseys for first baseman Anthony Rizzo. “The more and more they win now, at his earlier age, the more and more excitement there is,” Angelo said. Atop the double-decker buses, some Cubs players posed together for photographs, while others held their children and sat with their families. Center fielder Dexter Fowler had a cigar as the team headed toward the rally that some fans have called the “celebration of a century.” Fans packed morning commuter trains, causing delays despite increased service and capacity, to get downtown and find a viewing spot before the festivities began. Laurie Winter woke up at 4 a.m. so she and her 2-year-old son, Cooper, could come in from the suburb of South Elgin and be among the fans outside Wrigley Field to see the players. “I think everyone is excited about where this team is going,” Winter said. “We can’t wait to see them come out and get crazy.” The parade wound through downtown and ended roughly 7 miles south in Grant Park, where the rally started in the early afternoon. The city also dyed the Chicago River a bright shade of blue to match the Cubs’ colors, repurposing a decades-long tradition of dying the river green on St. Patrick’s Day. Friday was already a scheduled day off for Chicago Public Schools and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner declared Friday as “World Champion Chicago Cubs Day” statewide. […]

Qurans and Solar Cells—Inside the ISIS Tunnels Around Mosul

The jihadists had prepared to hunker down in the tunnel for a long wait. They stashed canned food, clothes, vegetables, stacks of water jugs. In the underground bunker, they could take shelter from airstrikes, or perhaps even wait out an invasion—and then burst onto the surface, surprising their enemies. ISIS militants dug, reinforced, and outfitted this tunnel in the village of Sheikh Amir, which was retaken by Kurdish forces on Monday, the first day of a major offensive intended to seize the nearby city of Mosul, the largest urban center under the group’s control. A day later, Kurdish troops handed the village to the Iraqi special forces, who are now using part of the hamlet as a staging area for their attack down the main road into Mosul from the east. Read More: These 5 Cities Matter Most in the Fight Against ISIS The tunnel was one piece of the elaborate military preparations mounted by the jihadists in advance the current Iraqi military offensive. The underground passageway was one of a number of such tunnels that has been found in areas reclaimed from ISIS. The presence of the tunnels even in tiny villages retaken this week suggest that far more extensive defenses could be in place in Mosul, a city of hundreds of thousands of people, where ISIS awaits an attack. When they abandoned the town—or were killed in combat—the ISIS members also left behind documents: Qurans and other religious books, newspapers containing updates on battles across the region. There was also a single page of orders that sound like siege preparations. Titled simply “Orders that must be carried out,” and written in Arabic, the document lists 12 separate instructions: stockpile rations for a month, avoid gathering in the open in order to avoid attracting airstrikes. In addition, “Each station must have a solar cell for charging devices.” Safin Hamed—AFP/Getty ImagesKurdish Peshmerga forces inspect a tunnel inside a building in the Shaqouli village, about 35 kilometers east of Mosul, after they’ve recaptured it from ISIS on Oct. 18, 2016. Dated in the Islamic calendar, the document says it was issued in February 2016, signed by “Major General Jaffar al-Tayyar, the Emir.” Some of the general’s instructions are bafflingly mundane. He orders the troops to have a generator and a stockpile of fuel on hand. He reminds them to pray. The tunnel itself would have taken weeks to prepare, at a minimum. One entrance lies in an open area and had been concealed with a pile of debris. Another entrance opens into a house within the village. Some of the passageways are reinforced with metal frames, and rigged with battery-powered lights. The tunnel is wide enough to contain rooms lined with thick plastic slabs. The abandoned newspaper scraps and clothes suggest the tunnel had been used in the past, likely as an air raid shelter. There is graffiti written on the walls, including a memorial to a fallen comrade. Read More: How to Beat ISIS and Save Iraq Still, it would have been a miserable place to hide. Inside the air is stale, the lack of oxygen palpable. From the Roman Era to the Vietnam War to Gaza, tunnels have been a staple of insurgent warfare for centuries, and they have now emerged as a central component of ISIS tactics. For one thing, they provide protection from the air, which is owned by their enemies. Since 2014 a U.S.-led international military coalition has launched more than 15,800 airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, forcing the group to move some of its activities indoors and underground. Read More: Freeing Mosul Would Not Defeat ISIS Now, the tunnels add an additional dimension to ISIS defense of Mosul. Wounded Iraqi special forces troops in a field hospital in Sheikh Amir said they had been ambushed by ISIS fighters who emerged from a tunnel on Friday. The tunnels are just one component of the ISIS defense plan, which includes some exotic variations on asymmetrical warfare. Among the group’s hallmark tactics are suicide car and truck bombers, including attackers inside armored cars. The militants have also planted a deadly field of improvised bombs in the villages from which they withdrew this week. The bombs mean that even when ISIS withdraws, they can prevent both soldiers and civilians from moving freely, adding one more complication to an already hard battle. […]