SpaceX, on November 11, launched 60 mini ‘Starlink’ satellites. This is the second batch of an orbiting network meant to provide global internet coverage.The ‘Falcon’ rocket launched into the morning sky, marking the unprecedented fourth flight of a booster for SpaceX.The compact flat-panel satellites – weighing just 575 pounds (260 kilograms) each – will join the other 60 launched in May.Close Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and chief executive, wants to put thousands such ‘Starlink’ satellites in orbit, to offer high-speed internet service everywhere. Musk plans to start service next year in the northern US and Canada, with global coverage for populated areas after 24 launches. related news Honda’s Manesar plant shuts down after strike Skoda unveils 2020 Octavia, India debut likely at Auto Expo Mi Super Sale: Discounts on Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Poco F1 Last month, Musk used an orbiting Starlink satellite … [Read more...] about SpaceX launches 60 ‘Starlink’ satellites for global internet
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Language is more than just a series of words strung together. A sentence must have some essential structure, some system of rules governing words and clauses–a grammar. You don’t have to be Strunk or White to recognize this system at work; it’s automatic in the brain. In Noam Chomsky’s famous example, people know that the meaningless sentence “colorless green ideas sleep furiously” is grammatically correct the very first time they see it. advertisement advertisement Psychologist Neil Cohn of University of California at San Diego believes comic strips operate the same way. Far from just a series of panels strung together, comics represent to Cohn a coherent, complex “visual language.” His research over the years–culminating in a new book called The Visual Language of Comics (Bloomsbury)–suggests that our brains register the presence of a grammatical system in the funny pages just as they would in a book’s pages. … [Read more...] about The Science Of Comic Strips
Unlike some visions of the Los Angeles of tomorrow, the world of Her, conjured by writer-director Spike Jonze and his longtime production designer K.K. Barrett, reveals a bright future populated by human-friendly technologies. advertisement advertisement Why no gloom or doom? “There are a number of films that cover that very well so we didn’t need to go there,” says Barrett. “This is a pleasant, soft future where everything is designed to everybody’s personal taste.” The technology connecting Joaquin Phoenix’s nerdy Theodore to the charming operating system Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) melts into the background–by design. “There wasn’t an effort to make things look technologically advanced,” says Barrett. “They’re just tools.” Barrett adds, “The only technological futuristic aspect to the film, when we finally distilled it, was the brilliance of this growing entity on the … [Read more...] about Designing A Future Of Comfort, Color, And Gorgeous Gadgets In “Her”