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I visited the top of the tallest building in the world, and it was a colossal waste of time

  • Dubai's rulers Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his successor, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, put into effect a plan to turn the city into the world's top tourist destination.
  • The building of outlandish landmarks like the Burj Khalifa was key to the plan.
  • Towering over the city, at 2,717 feet tall with 160 floors, the Burj Khalifa became the tallest tower in the world when it opened in 2010.
  • It had the tallest observation deck until 2015.
  • The Burj Khalifa has been a major part of that growth — US News & World Report ranked it as the No. 5 attraction in Dubai.
  • But after spending $40 and a couple of lackluster hours on the observation deck, I was wishing I had skipped going inside and just enjoyed the view from below.

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The art of activism: How Greta Thunberg's matter-of-fact way of speaking and taking action turned her into a global icon and Time's 'person of the year'

  • The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has a unique way with words.
  • Her activism, which began in August 2018 with small "School Strike for Climate" protests outside the Swedish parliament building in Stockholm, has turned into a global movement.
  • And although Thunberg has spoken during several climate events in the past year, she's introverted.
  • Thunberg's personality comes through in her direct, careful way of speaking.
  • Her small-scale demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament building sparked a larger movement.
  • It all culminated in Friday's Global Climate Strike, a mass demonstration against inaction towards climate change.
  • Then, on Monday, Thunberg spoke at the UN Climate Action Summit, to a crowd of diplomats and world leaders, scolding them for their inaction against rising greenhouse gas emissions.

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5 of the most controversial choices for Time magazine's Person of the Year

  • In the past, Time magazine's choices for Person of the Year have often been controversial and, in some cases, have sparked widespread public outcry.
  • Adolf Hitler, among the most infamous and reviled leaders in world history, was named Time Person of the Year in 1938.
  • Nikita Krushchev became the leader of the Soviet Union with Stalin's death in 1953, and was named Time Person of the Year in 1957.
  • The US and the Soviets had been allies during World War II, but they quickly became adversaries as the globe's most powerful countries in the wake of the conflict.
  • Former US President Richard Nixon was named Time's Person of the Year in 1970 and 1971.
  • Khomeini was the central figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, which saw a pro-Western government ousted and involved the Iran Hostage Crisis at the US embassy in Tehran.

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'Jumanji: The Next Level' repeats the program, with a few welcome wrinkles

  • The aforementioned wrinkles actually have a literal meaning, since new additions to the cast include Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, as a pair of senior citizens drawn into the mayhem, whose naivete about how this inside-the-game world works provide an extra layer of amusement.
  • But he does give the key players some amusing ways to riff on their characters, using the playful notion that nobody is necessarily wedded to their avatar for good.
  • Once again, they're forced to play Jumanji, this time in a different setting, finding their way back to the real world.
  • The primary avatars -- Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black -- seem to be having an awfully good time with all this silliness, which is mildly infectious, even when the movie sags.

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Recent Books on Dinosaurs

  • rex model newly on display at the American Museum of Natural History, fleshed and feathered and with eyes wet and baleful—than it is to imagine the many worlds that the many species of dinosaurs inhabited over their roughly 180 million years on Earth.
  • But the more clearly you picture the history of life as an unbroken series of ecosystems, and not just a line of related species, the more clearly you understand the tragedy of what we’re doing to Earth, the consequences of depleting the planet we like to claim we’ve inherited.
  • It’s our habit to imagine dinosaurs as if they were frozen in time the way their bones have been, forgetting that they’re the avatars of ancient processes, like the basaltic columns on the edge of the New Jersey Palisades.

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Anthony Joshua criticized Andy Ruiz Jr for making 'excuses' after the Mexican fighter said he prepared for their rematch with '3 months of partying'

  • Joshua reclaimed the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles after securing a convincing unanimous points decision over Ruiz, who came into the might more than a stone heavier than their first contest on June 1 this year.
  • In doing so, Joshua became a two-time world champion, having taken a far more concentrated approach on his preparations for a fight that had the potential to make or break his career.
  • But Ruiz was very much the opposite, with the Mexican-American choosing to embrace his world champion status between the two fights by eating and drinking without restraint, resulting in a large weight-increase and below-par performance on Saturday night.
  • The Briton was knocked down four times in June on his way to the first defeat of his professional career, a result that was even more of a shock given that he sent Ruiz to the canvas first in the third round.

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The Data Science Boom in Esports

  • In the past few years alone, Esports has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world, rivaling traditional sporting events like the NFL Super Bowl to the MLB World Series.
  • This came from a report from Newzoo, an analytics company, which projected that the Esports industry would bring in roughly $1.1 billion dollars in revenue, which is a 26.7% increase from the year prior.
  • Along with data provided by game developers, one of the most popular League of Legends websites for data analytics is a website called Mobalytics.
  • These positions can range in titles calling for Data Engineers to Data Scientists and even Game Analytics, Esports is becoming a hot spot for data science.
  • Gaming companies like Riot Games and other Esports organizations need and are out searching for talented data scientists to help optimize their game.

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The toaster who went surfing

  • No, this is not a children’s fairytale, but rather something which happens every day around the world to smart toasters.
  • Such toasters connect to the internet, surf the web for updates and also allow their owners to control them remotely.
  • Welcome to the world of the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • The idea behind IoT is to create devices (such as toasters, fridges, ovens, lightbulbs, doors, cars, etc.) with the capability of connecting to the internet and transfer or receive data over a network without requiring human interaction.
  • The four case studies which use IoT and AI, have been implemented successfully somewhere near you.
  • However, the possibilities of IoT are endless.
  • As can be seen, the possibilities offered by IoTs are endless.
  • In the end, it’s not just the toaster that’s going to surf the internet, but most of our household and industrial devices.

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The real-life planets you may have first seen in a 'Star Wars' film

  • If we could stand on the surfaces of these bizarre exoplanets, like those found in the middle of star clusters, "the sky would be blazing with stars -- more than the 6,000 you can see from Earth if you have the whole sky view," Carpenter said.
  • For now, they're in the fictional worlds of "Star Wars." But the potential for life-supporting planets, and even moons, could be waiting on the horizon of discovery.
  • And the planet is 20,000 light-years away from us toward the center of the Milky Way. But icy worlds are different from snowy ones, and as Patrick Johnson points out in his book, "The Physics of Star Wars," Hoth definitely has snow.
  • NASA's Kepler mission spotted lava worlds such as Kepler-10b and Kepler-78b which closely orbit their stars and have blazing hot surface temperatures that rival lava flows on Earth.

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The Data Science Boom in Esports

  • In the past few years alone, Esports has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world, rivaling traditional sporting events like the NFL Super Bowl to the MLB World Series.
  • This came from a report from Newzoo, an analytics company, which projected that the Esports industry would bring in roughly $1.1 billion dollars in revenue, which is a 26.7% increase from the year prior.
  • Along with data provided by game developers, one of the most popular League of Legends websites for data analytics is a website called Mobalytics.
  • These positions can range in titles calling for Data Engineers to Data Scientists and even Game Analytics, Esports is becoming a hot spot for data science.
  • Gaming companies like Riot Games and other Esports organizations need and are out searching for talented data scientists to help optimize their game.

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