Why the New Zealand volcano eruption caught the world by surprise
- An ash plume rises from the active volcano on Whakaari/White Island in New Zealand on December 9, 2019.
- On Monday, at 2:11 p.m. local time, an explosive eruption rocked White Island, a small volcanic isle in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.
- Magma happens to sit close to the surface at Whakaari/White Island, and the molten rock constantly degases and heats up the plentiful supply of groundwater.
- Scientists will continue to monitor and study the island closely, and Cronin and his colleagues are creating miniature hydrothermal explosions in a lab to try and better understand what causes them.
- For now, though, there is much that remains unknown about these volcanic blasts, and it’s all the more important for everyone to understand the dangers and uncertainties involved in visiting an active volcano like Whakaari/White Island.
Tuv sees black for Tesla: Cybertruck would not get approval in Europe
- Because the registration of cars in Europe and the USA is fundamentally different.
- In Germany, vehicles go through a type approval process involving manufacturers and authorities – and independent technical services such as the TUV.
- According to Teller, 50 to 60 regulations must be complied with.
- In the USA, on the other hand, it is enough if the car manufacturers themselves certify that their cars are roadworthy.
- Because passive safety and pedestrian protection are very important in Germany.
- The body must therefore be designed in such a way that it deliberately deforms in an accident and absorbs the energy of the impact in order to minimize injuries.
- "The front of the vehicle must not be stiff," says Teller.
- Tesla's cybertruck, according to him, would therefore currently have no chance of being approved in Germany and Europe.
- "It's still a big task for Mr. Musk," says Teller.
Opinion: The Peloton ad is a faux controversy
- Some people are so angry, and the actor who portrayed the husband shared his concerns about auditioning for commercials in the future, saying he's been called "a symbol of the patriarchy." The "Peloton wife," as she's been dubbed, is responding as well.
- To assume the message behind the ad was that a husband gifts his skinny wife a Peloton bike in the hopes that she'll lose weight misses the mark.
- I know what I'm talking about when I say Peloton is not a weight loss community.
- Peloton's not about losing weight; it's about gaining perspective.
- These days, working out from my basement with thousands of other people who are able to high-five each other during rides from all over the world, I feel the same rush I got when my teammates all said, "Good game," regardless of whether we won.
A small Wisconsin company stored thousands of people’s CDs, then vanished
- For years, thousands of people paid a Madison-based company, named Murfie, to rip, stream, and store their CDs, vinyl, and cassettes.
- They appear to be betting the average person probably doesn’t have the resources to sue, or won’t bother to sue over a few hundred dollars’ worth of CDs. A tipster says Murfie customers still trying to get their collections back can try emailing [email protected], which is monitored by people connected to Murfie who are still hoping to return discs.
Offering software for snooping to governments is a booming business
- Two months later Omar Abdulaziz, another Saudi dissident, filed a lawsuit in Israel against NSO Group, an Israeli software company.
- Mr Abdulaziz alleges that the NSO Group had licensed Pegasus, a piece of spyware that snoops on smartphones, to the Saudi government, which used it to spy on him—and, through him, Khashoggi.
- But some, including NSO Group, as well as Gamma Group (an Anglo-German firm) and Hacking Team (an Italian one which in April merged with another company to create Memento Labs), sell software to help governments access online data on persons of interest.
- In a recent case in America “Mr Kidane”, a pseudonymous American with links to Ethiopia, alleged that the Ethiopian government had been spying on him and his family using FinSpy, one of the Gamma Group’s products.
Entrepreneurs beware: Behind the label of 'tireless visionaries' can lurk mental exhaustion and depression
- As referenced in her company name, one in five Canadians personally experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year and the number may be higher among entrepreneurs, according to recent research by the Canadian Mental Health Association and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
- As te Boekhorst can attest, exercise, healthy eating and regular sleep often fall by the wayside as entrepreneurs struggle to get their businesses off the ground.
- Perhaps even more pertinent, many early-stage founders have to pay out of pocket for counselling and support, perhaps accounting for the BDC/CMHA findings that fewer than one in five are likely to seek professional help.
- That’s crucial, says Marsolais, who hopes the BDC/CMHA research will dispel some of the taboos around talking about mental health and encourage entrepreneurs to open up and seek help if necessary.
10 pieces of advice financial planners give to new parents who don't know where to start
- To make sure you stay on track with money while taking care of your little ones, yoiu night want to involve an expert: a financial planner who can look at the big picture of your finances and offer strategies and suggestions for your family.
- "Although no parent wants to think about this scenario, it takes very little work to go online and buy a term life insurance policy," says financial planner Taylor Jessee, director of financial planning at Taylor Hoffman Wealth Management.
- Charles Thomas, a financial planner and founder of Intrepid Eagle Finance, says most medical insurance providers have their own processes for adding a child to health insurance plans, so make sure to contact your carrier to find out what you need to do and how long you have to make the addition.
The Slow Rollout of Super-Fast 5G
- Still, AT&T concedes that the new service for now will only deliver speeds comparable to “5G Evolution”—about 158 Mbps, or roughly similar to the fastest available 5G service in the US offered by competitor T-Mobile.
- It says its 5G network is available to 200 million people, or about 60 percent of the country, and covers cities like New York and Los Angeles and many rural areas.
- Sprint is the only major US carrier to offer a 5G service based on the mid-band, with download speeds between 110 and 400 Mbps, our reviewer found.
- It's only available in parts of a few cities, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, but the service covers a much larger area than Verizon’s 5G, according to Sprint's coverage maps.
- South Korean carriers are on track to cover 90 percent of the country's population by the end of 2019, says Phil Kendall of the consulting firm Strategy Analytics.
5 things to know for today: UK, trade, impeachment, Nigeria, NFL
- Then, he'll have to do some serious negotiating with the US and China to forge new trade deals to soften the economic blow of separating from the EU.
- President Trump has signed off on an initial trade deal that would delay imminent tariffs on Chinese goods worth billions of dollars and reduce some tariffs already in place.
- It's a start, but the agreement doesn't address bigger changes Trump wants to push regarding China's economy.
- Stocks in China, Japan and South Korea jumped on the trade deal news, and US futures were up as well.
- Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the President's top lawyer have started coordinating plans for an impeachment trial, though it still isn't clear how Trump's own preferences will play a role.
The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer
- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been reviewing NuScale’s design since 2016; if the commission gives its blessing, the company can finally start building the first commercial reactor of its kind.
- The Department of Energy is also interested in microreactors, a “plug and play” nuclear plant that usually generates less than 50 megawatts of power.
- Whereas small modular reactors are better suited to industrial processes and other large power loads, microreactors are ideal for smaller needs like powering a remote military base or keeping the lights on in an isolated Alaskan community.
- Earlier this month, a secretive nuclear startup called Oklo unveiled Aurora, its 1.5-megawatt microreactor, and announced it had received a permit from the Department of Energy to build its first one at the Idaho National Lab. Aurora looks more like an A-frame cabin you might find in the Alps than a nuclear reactor, but this, according to Oklo founder and CEO Jacob DeWitte, is exactly the point.