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Matt Harvey cautiously confident after Memorial Day masterpiece

Matt Harvey was slow to celebrate his shut down of the White Sox on Memorial Day after his slow start to the season.

Harvey was a major factor in the New York Mets one to nothing victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday. He allowed two hits in seven innings and also hit 98 miles per hour with a pitch for the first time in the season.

Harvey and New York Mets manager, Terry Collins, were both surprisingly cautious in claiming that Harvey had turned a corner from his sub par first 10 starts in the season.

Before the game Harvey had not won a game since May 8 and had a season earned run average of 6.08. With the win and the scoreless turn, Harvey lowered his ERA to 5.37.

Collins, earlier in the season, said that all Harvey needed was confidence. After the stellar performance from Harvey, however, Collins staidly referred to it as simply a “first step” toward returning to the form that had made Harvey an ace for the Mets pitching staff.

Harvey was also very hesitant to acknowledge any turn of fortune for himself.

“This isn’t going to really mean anything unless I continue it,” said Harvey after the game.

Harvey went on to say that his confidence was shaken during the game when he allowed Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu to get on base in the seventh inning. He also admitted that negative thoughts crept into his mind before retiring the next three batters he faced.

Harvey walked off after the seventh inning to a standing ovation from New York fans.

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Scientists: Rosetta’s comet has ingredients to create life

Rosetta’s comet came quite close to the earth in 2012. This allowed scientists to take a better look at it. However, this year the Rosetta satellite has discovered that the comet has traces of amino acids and phosphorous on its crust after it came even closer.

Amino acids are defined as the building blocks of life. They combine to form proteins and organic molecules. Phosphorus forms the wall of cells. The two are thought to be key ingredients in the formation of life.

The discovery has led to the further claim that scientists should stop looking specifically at planets for life. Research on comets and asteroids have suggested that many other heavenly bodies have the potential of harboring life.

Kathrin Altwegg, a comet expert says this is the first time they have seen glycogen on a comet. “This is the first time we have seen glycogen on a comet,” he said. “But to be fair, we never really looked for it on comets. This discovery was purely accidental.”

Glycogen is a fatty substance that only forms into gasses state when exposed to temperatures higher than 150 degrees Celsius. Rosetta’s comet does not get to such temperatures and is quite a cold body. Without glycogen in gaseous form, the possibility of a spark of life is highly unlikely.

The glycogen being is a solid form, is also the reason it has never been detected before by the Rosetta. The rise in temperature has resulted from the comet coming closer to both the sun and the earth than ever recorded before.

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Business NONE TECH TECH_Social TECH_Technology

Facebook, Microsoft partner to build underwater internet cable systems

Facebook and Microsoft have partnered to develop an internet cable that will run across the Atlantic Ocean. The cable will allow the data giants to serve North America and Europe better, as the two continents are the world’s biggest consumers of data after China.

The Cable will be able to send data up to speeds of 160 terabytes per second. This will make each of their centers across these plane access the data quickly and efficiently. Such speeds are almost 20 million times faster than average Internet speeds at homes.

Facebook and Google join Google as the other internet giant to construct its cabling system. The three companies combined consume almost two-thirds of data on a global scale. Therefore, it only makes sense to create their data cables. It gives them more independence and flexibility, unlike other times where they had to share such cables with telecom companies.

“We’re starting to see more of the large Internet content providers looking to build more of their networks, whether they are leasing dark fiber or laying down new cables to formulate new routes,” says Michael Murphy, from telecom consultancy NEF. “It makes sense.”

However, the two tech giants have partnered with a Spanish telecom company called Telxius. The telecom company will sublet the data connection to other corporations and other users. This will help Facebook and Microsoft venture into the data provision business, an avenue that has so much room to grow, especially in Europe which they estimate to be over 1.5 billion people.

Facebook will also use the new cable system to test what they call “Dark Fiber”. The technology will allow them to easily send data in whatever direction they want and regulate the amounts and speeds of data.

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Business NONE TECH_Technology

Caltech sues Apple for WIFI technology

Caltech University is famed for being tech-savvy and innovative. The University claim that they created a method of sending data faster via WIFI and patent it in 2002 and 2012. However, they argue that the tech giants are using their patented technology illegally.

They have filed the case under US District Court for the Central District of California. Caltech claims that Apple has used their technology in their latest Apple Watch, iPhone and Mac. Caltech claims that Apple did not do the infringement alone. They say that they worked with Broadcom, Apple’s biggest WIFI provider.

Caltech wants Apple to stop selling devices with their technology in the US. Seeing that the technology from Caltech is already vital in the 802.11n and 802.11ac WiFi standards, the companies may have to pay a hefty fee to acquire legal ground to use the technology.

“Broadcom manufactures, uses, imports, offers for sale, and/or sells Wi-Fi products that incorporate IRA? LDPC encoders and/or decoders and infringe the Asserted Patents,” said Caltech in their official complaint. “Broadcom products that incorporate IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders and infringe the Asserted Patents include, but are not limited to, the Wi-Fi products listed in Appendix 1.”

This is not the first time that Apple has had a legal battle with a university. In 2015 Apple was ordered to pay damages to University of Wisconsin-Madison for infringing on the university Processor technology. Apple paid an $18 billion for it. But experts believe it was a small price to pay to get the processor rights.

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Study says Earth-like planet Kepler-62f could sustain life

A new study out of UCLA shows that one of the Kepler space telescope’s discoveries may be suitable for sustaining life.

Nature World News reports that Kepler-62f, an apparently rocky planet lying 1,200 light years away from Earth, shows evidence of being able to sustain an ocean and atmosphere.

“We found there are multiple atmospheric compositions that allow it to be warm enough to have surface liquid water,” Aomawa Shields of the University of California said in a statement. “This makes it a strong candidate for a habitable planet.”

NASA’s Kepler mission first identified Kepler-62f in 2013.  The planet is about 40 percent larger than Earth and orbits a star that is smaller than the Sun.  The new study looked at additional features of the planet, such as its orbit shape and likely atmospheric and surface compositions.

The researchers used models to determine whether various scenarios regarding Kepler-62f’s orbit and climate would allow it to be habitable.  The team found that Kepler-62f could harbor a wide range of atmospheric and orbital possibilities and still be able to sustain Earth-like life throughout its year.

The team notes that the technique of combining models to study rocky exoplanets could be applied to space bodies closer to Earth.

“This will help us understand how likely certain planets are to be habitable over a wide range of factors, for which we don’t yet have data from telescopes,” Shields said. “And it will allow us to generate a prioritized list of targets to follow up on more closely with the next generation of telescopes that can look for the atmospheric fingerprints of life on another world.”

Of the more than 2,300 exoplanets that have been discovered to date, only a couple dozen have been observed to orbit in their star’s “habitable zone,” which would allow for liquid water to exist on the surface.

The study was published in the journal Astrobiology.

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CELEB Music

The Billboard Music Awards set to diversify this year

One of the most anticipated music awards every year are set for the 22nd of June. Among the big names who will be performing are Kesha, Madonna, Rihanna and Britney Spears.

“Come with some tissue handy,” Marcco Bracco said, the executive producer of the show. According to Marco, the event will be packed with emotion.

For one to be a finalist in the Awards factors such as song sales, social interactions and touring play a significant role. Singers’ results will be analyzed for the period March 23rd, 2015 to March 17th, 2016.

The Billboard Music Awards will be shown on ABC. There shall be a live streaming performance from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Viewers should turn on their televisions at 8 pm ET. Ludacris and Ciara are the famous personalities hosting the event. Luda has been having a streak with the role for the last three years.

The list of presenters is star-studded. Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Keke Palmer just to name a few. The event organizers even got Wiz Khalifa, Ashton Kutscher, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Lindsey Voon to chip in.

The list of performers is also out. To all Beliebers, Justin will be one of the main performers. Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainer, Gwen Stefani and Nick from the Jonas Brothers will all debut their new singles that night just to spice up the whole afair. Some individual performances are also set for the night.

Britney Spears is the recipient of the Billboard Millenium Award. She will grace the show with a medley. Madonna is set to pay tribute to the legendary Prince. Celine Dion takes home the Icon Award.She is going through a trying time after her husband and brother both died.

Pink has been rehearsing for the past few days. She is known for her electrifying performances accompanied by acrobatics and fire blowers. The audience is set to stay on the edge of their seats for the entire performance.

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Science

Global warming could harm UNESCO Heritage sites

What do Stonehenge, the Statue of Liberty, Venice, and Lake Mawali National Park all have in common? Well, other than being popular tourist destinations, they all could be effected by global warming in the years to come.

According to the UN News Centre, 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites have been placed on a list by the United Nations as vulnerable to threats due to global warming. This includes three different attractions and parks in the United States including the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone, and Mesa Verde National Park.

Elisa Tonda, head of the UN Environmental Program’s (UNEP) Responsible Industry and Value Chains Unit, noted how the places that could be effected by global warming came from a variety of different nations and that it would be in everyone’s interest to come together to solve this problem.

“World governments, the private sector, and tourists all need to coordinate their efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to protect the world’s most treasured cultural and natural resources from the impact of tourism activities,” said Tonda.

However, one that has been repeatedly been in the news due to negative effects of global warming was removed from the list at the last minute. According to Business Insider, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was absent from the list despite the reef’s coral bleaching dilemma caused by warmer waters. These warmer waters, of course, have been proven to be a side effect of global warming.

The removal of the Great Barrier Reef from the list, a move condemned by scientists, comes from a request of the Australian UNESCO ambassador, who argued that putting it on the list might steer tourists away. However, native Australians and tourists know that it’s nothing new if Australia were to be put onto the list as many are aware of the damage caused by coral bleaching.

“The science is really well known, that’s not a problem at all so it’s nothing new to the tourism industry,” said Will Steffen, a climate scientist at the Australian National University in the country’s capital. “It’s nothing new to the scientific community at all. So it’s really hard to see what’s so provocative in that report.”

 

 

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HEALTH

CDC report on cleanliness of pools makes heads swim

Not everyone can get to a beach or a river on a hot summer day, and as the temperatures climb more and more people will line up to cool off and relax at their local pool. Question is, will it be open, and if so, how clean is it?

According to Patch.com, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that most pools in the United States couldn’t swim their way out of a paper bag when it came to passing health and safety inspections. 80% of pools were in deep water for at least one major violation, and one in eight resulted in closures until the problem can be resolved.

“No one should get sick or hurt when visiting a public pool, hot tub, or water playground,” said Dr. Beth Bell, who worked on the study and is part of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

The study, which was conducted using information from 2013 reports hailing from the five states that hold the greatest number of public pools. Over 84,000 inspection reports were combed through, and most places that were shut down were due to improper pH levels, safety equipment violations, and inadequate measures for disinfecting the premises.

As told by mother of three Heidi Baxter to WZTV, these violations can have serious consequences, as one of her children is still ill from visiting a pool that was closer to their family home.

“We drive about 30 minutes to get to this pool because it’s better than the one close to our house, one of which got sick from a dirty pool,” said Baxter. “She’s still coughing it’s been about seven, eight months she’s been to the doctor twice over it and it’s a chronic thing.”

The CDC recommends those who own pools or hot tubs test the waters frequently with test strips regularly, as well as maintain drain covers and safety equipment. The bottom of the pool should also be regularly inspected.

Of course, pool-goers can also do a few things to boost cleanliness.

“Washing yourself and taking a shower before you go in is really the most important thing and have one also when you get out,” Matthew McKenzie of Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville, Tennessee. “And watch those kiddies; make sure they’re sanitary in the pool.”

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SPORT_NBA

Toronto stuns all with a series tying win over LeBron and Cleveland in Game 4

The Toronto Raptors, who had long been counted out of their 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers, have clawed their way back into tying the series two games apiece after a surprise win in Game Four on May 23, 2016.

“We’ve been counted out, and we like that challenge,” said Raptors All Star, DeMar DeRozan, after their 105-99 win over the Cavs.

Toronto got huge performances from its All Star backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, who have both continued to shoot themselves out of their respective historic slumps.

Lowry scored 35 points on a blistering 14-20 shooting night from the field including going four for seven from three point range. He also added five rebounds, five assists, and snatched three steals defensively. DeMar DeRozan added 32 points on 14-23 shooting.

Bismack Biyombo continued his recent surge of dominant post play, blocking three shots and grabbing 14 rebounds, bringing his rebound total to 40 in the two Toronto wins in the series.

Now the Raptors look to take their positive turn in play back to Cleveland where the Cavaliers have won the season and playoffs series three games to none and by a total of 72 points.

“We had a few defensive breakdowns that you can’t have down the stretch of a game, especially in the playoffs,” said Tyronn Lue after the game. “They executed every time we made a mistake.”

“We have to continue to make sure that when they punch, we punch back,” said Lowry. “And if they punch three times, we punch four times.”

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CELEB Music

One dead and three injured at a T.I concert

A shootout took place at the Irving Plaza just before the Grammy-winning rapper took the stage. Witnesses say that there was a scuffle in the VIP area which was crowded. The fight started between two rival rap groups led by emerging rappers Maino and Troy Ave.

A witness says that the VIP was too crowded, and it was just a matter of time before a fight erupted. He couldn’t be more right as a scuffle broke out after one too many pushes. The witness says that the fight may have started because of pushing, but the original confrontation was because of a woman that both crew members had a history with.

One of the people in the VIP pulled out a gun shot it up in the air before shooting someone in the chest. The man died on arrival to the hospital. Troy Ave was also one of the people to get injured in the crossfire.

The crowd scrambled for safely after the gunshots, but luckily nobody got seriously hurt. “It was real loud as it was in my ear,” said Kirk Elphage, 41, of Harlem. “People were using each other for shields. It was unbelievable.”

The police have however not made any arrests or charged anyone for the incidence. The public blames the police for inadequate security measures enforced in such concerts. They usually use a hand held metal detector which is very inefficient. This allows many people to go through with weapons. But the public also recommended the police for their quick response that reduced chances for any more injuries.