Apple has announced that a number of very cool updates will come to its Apple TV 4K streaming box when users update their devices to its upcoming tvOS 12 software. At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote presentation, the tech giant announced support for Dolby Atmos object-based audio, a number of new channels and cable TV integrations, and even a series of Aerial screen savers that were shot on the International Space Station. The addition of Dolby Atmos will make Apple’s streaming box the first on the market to feature support for both Atmos and the Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) codec, according to the company, allowing viewers a fantastic combination of beautiful images and sound. Apple’s online store has already been a big hit with customers who enjoy 4K media, with the company offering free upgrades to 4K HDR for all previously purchased films when the Apple TV 4K first launched. That theme will continue with the addition of Atmos, … [Read more...] about Apple TV 4K to add Dolby Atmos, out-of-this-world screen savers in next update
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments To Your Health by Lindsey Bever by Lindsey Bever Email the author May 3 at 6:09 AM Email the author Champagne bubbles danced in fancy glasses and birthday candles burned atop a cheesecake marking 104 years of a long and accomplished life. David Goodall listened quietly as his loved ones started to sing. Then he took a breath, made a wish and blew out the flames. But Goodall was not wholeheartedly celebrating … [Read more...] about This Australian scientist just turned 104. Now he’s flying to Switzerland to die.
Over the last two decades, the cost of health insurance has gone up an average of 3.7 percent per year in Switzerland and people are well and truly fed up. Health insurance costs are a hot topic in Switzerland right now. Speak to anyone in the country about what concerns them most and they are likely to mention rising premiums. “It’s two to midnight,” said Swiss price watchdog Stefan Meierhans recently, describing the current situation. Meanwhile the CEO of health insurance Santésuisse said the system was “gradually approaching collapse”. Because while almost everyone agrees Switzerland has fantastic healthcare, it comes at a high price. Healthcare costs in 2015 were equal to 12.1 percent of GDP, or second only to the United States, OECD figures show. It’s same story for per capita spending: Switzerland is set to spend 10,500 francs per person for healthcare in 2018 this year, according to the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at … [Read more...] about How can health insurance in Switzerland be made cheaper?
An asteroid that slammed into the Sudan desert on Oct. 7, 2008, shot out lots of little space rocks holding a precious secret: diamonds that likely formed billions of years ago inside the embryo of a now-decimated planet. That lost planet was the size of Mercury or perhaps Mars, researchers now say. In the space rocks, which are also called meteorites, researchers found compounds common to diamonds on Earth, such as chromite, phosphate and iron-nickel sulfides. It's the first time these diamond components have been found in an extraterrestrial body, the researchers said in a new study describing the findings. [See Photos of Meteorites Discovered Around the World] The finding provides more information on the early days of our solar system about 4.4 billion years ago, when the zone near the sun had several planetary embryos. Many of them coalesced into the planets we see today. Others fell into the sun or were ejected into interstellar space. The meteorites were formed after an … [Read more...] about There Is Evidence That a Planet in Our Solar System Was Destroyed
A present-day redwing thrush. Photo: feather0510/Depositphotos A redwing thrush discovered in Norway after being conserved in ice for 4,200 years has been described as a “unique find”. The bird has been preserved in remarkably good condition, reports broadcaster NRK. “The thrush was found by a warden with the Norwegian Nature Supervisory Agency [a branch of the Environment Agency, ed.] on the edge of a snow bank in the Oppdal mountains,” Jørgen Rosvold, a researcher with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, told NRK. Rosvold will now be involved in the dissection of the bird to study how much of its internal organs have been left intact by the 4,000 years under the ice. The real age of the animal was only confirmed after carbon dating tests were carried out, according to the report. At 4,200 years old, the redwing thrush would have flown over Norway's Stone Age skies. Rosvold told NRK that he initially did not expect the bird to be … [Read more...] about Norwegian finds 4,200 year-old redwing preserved in ice
2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to German, British and Swiss trio 13:28 That's it for today, folks It's time to wrap up this live blog. Thanks for reading and please join us tomorrow for our live coverage of the Nobel Prize in Literature. We suspect they will pick someone less controversial than Bob Dylan this year, but you never know. In case you're wondering why so many Nobel Laureates are based in the US (seven out of nine so far this year), click here to read the Secretary-General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' comments. Political freedom and research freedom is key, he said. 13:20 Moving beyond blobology Professor Claes Gustafsson, member of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry which helps select the winners, has explained to The Local why he thinks this year's prize is likely to have very big consequences. "I lecture medical students about the basic happenings in the cell, how genes are activated, how they are transcribed and so on, and to begin with this was … [Read more...] about BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017
The discoverer of switches in molecular cells; a pioneer in multiferroics and the inventor of the Grätzel dye-based solar cell. All three Swiss innovators could be in line for Nobel prizes in medicine, physics and chemistry respectively. All have already won awards for their groundbreaking research and work. But only days before the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for 2017 is to be announced by the Nobel Academy in Stockholm on Monday, Swiss media are speculating that three key contenders in different Nobel prize categories could be from Switzerland. The country's main hope for The Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine is Michael Hall, from the University of Basel, claims 20min.ch in an article about the country's potential candidates. Hall was part of the team that helped understand the target of rapamycin (TOR) proteins in cellular switches. In other words, TOR regulate the size and growth of cells in response to nutrients and growth factors. Hall is the winner … [Read more...] about Science: Swiss pioneers and potential candidates for Nobel prizes
The Prestige Beauty Retailer’s Corporate Social Impact Program Welcomes 13 New Members from Around the Globe for its Largest Initiative To-Date SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 8, 2018– Sephora, the leader in global prestige beauty omni-retail, remains dedicated to building the future of innovative female beauty entrepreneurs around the world. This year, the retailer selected 13 new Sephora Accelerate Cohort members working across three categories: Merchandising, Technology and Sustainability. In its third year, the program has expanded to include the largest number of entrepreneurs to-date from a total of seven countries, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and now, France, Switzerland and China. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180308006373/en/ A look at the SEPHORA STANDS Accelerate program. (Graphic: … [Read more...] about Sephora Continues to Champion Female-Powered Beauty Businesses in Its Third Annual Sephora Accelerate Cohort
Summer's coming, which means that soon enough it'll be time to tuck the glaciers in. This year, like every year, a group of Swiss will traipse up through the mountains to the Rhône Glacier, hauling huge white blankets. As E&E News reported in a recent article on geoengineering, the annual hike is part of a doomed effort to protect the massive blocks of ice from the rising summer heat. The Earth is getting warmer, and glaciers around the world are retreating and shrinking. As Live Science has previously reported, humans appear to have caused 69 percent of glacial melting between 1991 and 2010 — and warming has only accelerated in the nearly-eight years since. In the Rhône region, that shrinking represents an economic emergency as well as an environmental one. The ice mass, which 11,500 years ago covered a large chunk of Switzerland, is a significant tourist attraction; Agence France-Presse reported in 2015 that an "ice grotto" has been carved into the ice every … [Read more...] about Every Year, the Swiss Cover Their Melting Glaciers in White Blankets
Steven Nyman is poised at the starting gate, alert, coiled, ready. A signal sounds: three even tones followed by a single, more urgent pitch, sending Nyman kicking onto the Val Gardena downhill ski course. He pushes five times with his poles, accelerating as quickly as possible, stabbing the snow frantically. He skates forward with abbreviated strokes, neon green boots moving up and down, his focus on building as much momentum as possible. Nyman is feeling good. It was a clean start, and his confidence is rising. He’s conquered this terrain before, winning his first — and only — World Cup ski race on this Italian mountain six years earlier. “Nyman was good in training,” the TV announcer says. He turned in the ninth best practice-run time. But right now, the afternoon of December 15, 2012, he’s only thinking about the next 90 seconds. If he can string together the best pieces of his practice runs, he knows he’s got a shot. One thought cycles … [Read more...] about How Science Turned a Struggling Pro Skier Into an Olympic Medal Contender