The G8 is once again to become the G7.
Leaders of the so-called Group of Eight announced Monday they would cancel their planned June meeting in Sochi, Russia, and suspend their participation in the international group, following Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine and threats toward Eastern Ukraine.
The smaller group announced its plans in a joint statement after meeting in The Netherlands. Instead, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States will meet with European Union leaders in Brussels as the G7, in the latest blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
U.S. President Barack Obama convened a meeting of the G7 on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague, with the goal of increasing pressure on Russia following its actions in Ukraine. The G7 nations had previously suspended preparations for the Sochi conference following Russia’s takeover of…
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Google Now isn’t just for smartphones and tablets anymore.
The virtual assistant service, which tries to provide personalized information when you need it, is rolling out now for Google’s Chrome browser on Windows, Mac and Chrome OS. Google Now launched in the beta version of Chrome last month, and in more experimental versions in January, but now it’s available for all Chrome users.
Chrome’s version of Google Now shows a subset of the information that appears in the Android and iOS versions. Mainly, it’s focused on timely alerts such as flight details, sports scores, traffic on your next commute and tracking information for packages. (As with the mobile version, Google gathers much of this information by looking through your Gmail.)
In Chrome, Google Now cards appear within the notification area, found in the lower-right corner of the screen on Windows PCs, and in the top-right corner on Macs. You can…
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Physicist Brian Green promises he will tell the audience at TED 2014 the whole history of the universe in four minutes. “Forgive me,” he says, “if I leave out a detail here or there.”
He does it with two metaphors. One from the beginning till now, and another from now till the end.
The universe today is 13.8 billion years old, and it can be very hard to get our minds around that number. So Greene uses a metaphor pioneered by Carl Sagan. Imagine that we’re part of a single calendar year. All of cosmic history compressed into a single calendar year. On this calendar:
- May 12, the Milky Way is formed.
- Sept 2nd, the Earth is formed.
- 11:40pm New Year’s Eve, Humans evolve.
- 11:44pm, we domesticate fire.
- 11:58pm the first cave paintings are made.
- 11:59:49pm writing is developed, so all of recorded history takes place…
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(This is in response to the Weekly Writing challenge: The Power of Names. Hope you guys like it.)
A forgettable young man hurries along a crowded cosmopolitan street, int the middle of one of the busiest evenings of the Imperial Calendar*, New Year’s Eve. He is wearing a great trenchcoat made of heavy cloth, wrapped around his tall and slender physique. He eyes his surroundings, taking good, long looks into the shadowy alleys and corner stores. The faceless mass of people never noticed it, but there were bright, incandescent red eyes staring back at the man.
The traditional paper lanterns were suspended high above their heads on a metal line, lighted by the gentle flames within. Left and right, there were people offering good-luck charms, talismans of all shapes and sizes, as well as necessities for the New Year’s Eve dinner table. All of them overshadowed by the titans…
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