Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It already feels like August in Texas, at least where ERCOT and the state’s electricity grid are concerned. The weather is fine - clear, warm and sunny as it tends to be in mid-May. But the grid, managed by a quasi-agency with the word “Reliability” somewhat ironically contained in its name (Electric Reliability Council of Texas), most definitely is not so fine. Friday evening, ERCOT was forced for the second time this non-summer month to warn Texans of a potential shortage of capacity on the grid after 6 power generation facilities totaling 2,900 MWH tripped offline for unspecified reasons. “We’re asking Texans to conserve power when they can by setting their thermostats to 78-degrees or above and avoiding the usage of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. through the weekend,” ERCOT’s notice pleaded. It’s the kind of warning Texans have sadly become … [Read more...] about It Already Feels Like August In Texas, At Least Where The Grid’s Concerned
Indigestion what does it feel like
Imagine if you could control your iPhone with your mind. How would that actually work? Would sad emotions automatically pull up cute animal YouTube clips? Would you use your brain as a cursor to hit buttons? Would you type text messages by thinking words . . . and if so, how do you stop from thinking words *BUTTS* that you didn’t *ARMPITS* actually want to send? advertisement advertisement These are the questions both asked and answered in a new series of concept videos imagining a day in the life of having a brain-computer interface (BCI). We are on the precipice of computer chips being able to read sizable pieces of human thought while companies like Meta and Snap have funded research in this industry estimated to reach $3.3 billion by 2026. Just as designers needed to invent modalities like pinch-to-zoom to make touchscreen smartphones feasible, so too will they need to create new interfaces for us to focus our jumbled thoughts into organized … [Read more...] about What a brain-controlled computer might feel like
(CNN) The bloodshed over Easter weekend was emblematic of the alarming and unabated surge in gun violence in the United States. From New York to Pennsylvania to Florida, from Nevada to California to Oregon, eight people were killed and dozens injured during at least 10 mass shootings last weekend alone. The violence added to the year's growing toll of mass shootings in the US, which stood at 154 as of Sunday morning, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The archive and CNN define a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter. 2 house parties, an Easter fete and a mall were among the sites of at least 10 weekend US mass shootings The Easter weekend carnage included two teenagers who were gunned down at a packed party in Pittsburgh early Sunday when, police said, multiple shooters unloaded more than 90 rounds. Some partygoers -- many of them underage -- suffered cuts and broken bones from jumping out … [Read more...] about The gun violence epidemic feels hopeless. These five experts have possible solutions
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin For some newspapers, the imposition of speeding fines is a “war on the motorist.” The latest front in this supposed war is led by a group not usually noted for radical anti-car tendencies. According to the headline on a double-page spread in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph the “elite are determined to kill off the car.” Folks from the elite tend to be Tesla and Lamborghini owners, so it’s a strange claim for the Telegraph to make. What is the newspaper basing its claim on and is the car really as endangered as the giant panda or the black Rhino? The claim, it turns out, is based on “increasing insurance premiums, new city charging zones and pollution-busting road restrictions.” In the face of such existential threats, the number of motor vehicles must have decreased, then? Hardly. The Telegraph itself admits: “The number of licensed cars on the roads has increased virtually every year over the … [Read more...] about Why Do So Many Motorists Feel Persecuted When In Reality They Rule The World?
Heart Evangelista Heart Evangelista used to overplan her life and map out specific goals on a timeline. “I was like OK, ‘When I reach this age, I’m going to do this and that. When I’m at this age, I have to have this and that,” she said. That was precisely how she approached her marriage with Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero and the prospect of starting their own family. But sometimes, life throws you a curveball and things don’t unfold the way you envisioned it. “I really planned my marriage. I remember that, in our second month, I got pregnant and I had twins. I lost the first baby, then the second baby. I was so, so depressed and so, so sad,” the actress said in Kotex Luxe’s “Love Yourself Live: How Self-Love Can Save You” virtual discussion, where she looked back at her miscarriage in 2018. Though devastated, Heart didn’t dare question God how such a thing could happen to her. “I didn’t even doubt … I had nothing bad to say. I had no questions whatsoever. Sometimes, you just … [Read more...] about How Heart Evangelista deals with personal struggles, like losing her unborn twins
Last year, Robbie Santos enrolled in a coding bootcamp to become a web developer. He wanted to learn a skill that is in demand everywhere in the world. Santos is bracing for a future outside the U.S. because he, like many undocumented immigrants, is afraid President Donald Trump will deport him. Santos, 29, is one of the approximately 750,000 undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who are currently covered by President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA , as it is known, gives legal work permits to these individuals and keeps them safe from deportation. "Faced with the real possibility that I might have to start my career or my future somewhere else, this is probably the best way to set myself up for that kind of future," said Santos, a DACA recipient who came to the U.S. from the Philippines in the early 1990s . On the campaign trail, President Trump said he would end DACA , but speaking on Thursday at the White … [Read more...] about Why Tech Isn’t Freaking Out About DACA Like It Did About the Travel Ban
Image credit: Suneesh K The collective size of just the three equity schemes that Prashant Jain, executive director and chief investment officer at HDFC Asset Management Co Ltd, manages is over Rs 88,400 crore. Among his three marquee schemes, Jain has managed HDFC Balanced Advantage Fund since its inception, i.e., over 28 years. In the Rs 37 trillion mutual fund industry, no other fund manager has managed a single mutual fund scheme for as long. After a weak performance phase due to a narrow run on equity markets that punished the value style of investing, Jain’s schemes have made a comeback. Recently, Jain was a guest on Moneycontrol Pro Masters Virtual, where he spoke on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the impact of inflation and rising oil prices on the Indian economy and markets, and what investors should do. The Russia-Ukraine war may have started in February, but equity markets have been volatile since October 2021, presumably on the expectation of the US Fed … [Read more...] about Prashant Jain of HDFC MF is prepared for volatility and is betting on sectors like capital goods and energy
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin You accepted a job offer, started a new position, and want to shine. People formulate opinions within the first few moments of meeting and speaking with you. Right from the start, you want to shape the perceptions of how your manager, executives and coworkers think of you. The goal is to come across as a smart, motivated, driven team player who can get the job done. It's also critical to position yourself as a fast-track star, while also being humble and respectful to others. Here’s how you can accomplish it. The First Thing You Need To Do On your first day in the new job, ask for a meeting with your immediate manager. Depending upon the workstyle, the request could be for an in-person or virtual conversation. Start the talk by thanking her for giving you the opportunity to work here. Restate all the reasons why you wanted the role and why your skills are a perfect fit. Make it clear that you are a team player … [Read more...] about Start Your First Week Of A New Job Like A Boss
Sports Illustrated recently made a bold proclamation when they claimed “model” Sarina Nowak resembled legendary entertainer Marilyn Monroe. “Spend some time today with Marilyn Monroe look-alike @sarina_nowak! #SISwimSearch,” SI captioned the video of Nowak. WATCH: A post shared by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@si_swimsuit) on Aug 2, 2017 at 8:45am PDT Monroe was well before my time, and I’ve never fully understood all the hype that surrounds her. I also can’t get a solid grip on whether or not Nowak shares a similar appearance with her, other than they both have blonde hair. A post shared by SARINA NOWAK (@sarina_nowak) on Aug 2, 2017 at 9:35am PDT A post shared by SARINA NOWAK (@sarina_nowak) on Jul 25, 2017 at 12:16pm PDT A post shared by SARINA NOWAK (@sarina_nowak) on Jul 21, 2017 at 10:06am PDT A post shared by SARINA NOWAK (@sarina_nowak) on Jul 12, 2017 at 10:55am PDT I bounced some of these … [Read more...] about Sports Illustrated Thinks This ‘Model’ Looks Like Marilyn Monroe – Does She?
Forget the internet. The discount chain is opening three new bricks-and-mortar stores every day, betting that customers will respond to lower prices in places overlooked by other retailers. When a supermarket in Olive Hill, Kentucky, population 1,500, went belly up, the owner approached Dollar General to see if the company had any interest in taking over the real estate. The answer was yes. In 2019, Dollar General relocated the store it opened 50 years previous to the supermarket’s spot on the main drag, named after the town’s most famous resident, late country singer Tom T. Hall. Then it proceeded to open three more Dollar Generals nearby, encircling the tiny town, in the last year. With a speed seldom seen in the retail landscape, residents of Olive Hill went from one Dollar General to, figuratively at least, not being able to throw a rock without hitting one. Few other options exist. The closest Walmart or Kroger is 20 miles away, a costly trip when gas prices have soared … [Read more...] about How Dollar General Is Spreading Like Hot Gossip In Tiny Towns Across The Country