March 12, 2019

Newspaper headlines: Brexit ‘mayhem’ and ‘the house of fools’

Wednesday's newspapers are dominated by Brexit, after the PM's deal suffered another Commons defeat.
March 12, 2019

The elaborate college admissions cheating ring is the real scandal of college sports

The recent conclusion of one marquee college athletics trial resulted in former Adidas executive James Gatto, former Adidas consultant Merl Code, and business manager Christian Dawkins being sentenced to prison for their roles in what has been dubbed the “NCAA recruiting scandal.” Their crime? Well, the trio were said to have played a role in […]
March 12, 2019

The elaborate college admissions cheating ring is the real scandal of college sports

The recent conclusion of one marquee college athletics trial resulted in former Adidas executive James Gatto, former Adidas consultant Merl Code, and business manager Christian Dawkins being sentenced to prison for their roles in what has been dubbed the “NCAA recruiting scandal.” Their crime? Well, the trio were said to have played a role in […]
March 12, 2019

Japan might get an awesome new Moon rover built by Toyota

Sending humans back to the Moon is something that NASA and a number of other space agencies around the world are currently working towards. Getting back there won't be easy, but that's not stopping anyone from trying. It's been several decades since man has walked on the lunar surface, and the last time we were there, we brought a fancy car with us to help us get around. When humans head to the Moon again, they're going to need transportation, and a new partnership between Japanese space agency JAXA and carmaker Toyota may solve that problem. Today, Toyota announced a somewhat vague agreement with JAXA that could result in a revolutionary lunar rover. The vehicle, which features a pressurized cabin and a suite of high-tech goodies, would give astronauts incredible freedom to explore the Moon, but it's not a sure thing quite yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kd2nFHAAtU Toyota's announcement of the agreement is somewhat vague in its language, noting that the company and JAXA now have an agreement to "consider the possibility of collaborating on international space exploration."
As a first step, JAXA and Toyota have reached agreement to further cooperate on and accelerate their ongoing joint study of a manned, pressurized rover that employs fuel cell electric vehicle technologies. Such a form of mobility is deemed necessary for human exploration activities on the lunar surface. Even with the limited amount of energy that can be transported to the moon, the pressurized rover would have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000 km.
With a range of over 10,000 km (over 6,200 miles), such a vehicle would give Moon travelers the ability to explore a huge area around a lunar landing site. This would boost the scientific potential of any Moon mission, and allow astronauts to study various features of the surface, collect samples from afar, and conduct experiments under a variety of conditions. All we have at the moment is a video showing the concept in (simulated) action, but it already looks pretty stunning. The six-wheeled vehicle looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, and if we see research stations and even settlements on the Moon in the not-too-distant future, Toyota's fancy rover could become the vehicle of choice.
March 12, 2019

Man City 7-0 Schalke (agg: 10-2): City ease through to quarter-finals

Manchester City thrash Schalke in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie to confirm their passage to the quarter-finals.
March 12, 2019

Paul Manafort’s 4-Year Prison Sentence Is Further Proof Of An Unjust Legal System

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, is the latest domino to fall in the Special Counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller. But his relatively short prison sentence is further proof of an unjust legal system.
March 12, 2019

Android apps are now available on Windows 10 for Windows Insiders

Microsoft might lack a mobile OS of its own, but that doesn’t mean the company is ignoring smartphones and tablets. The software maker is behind several popular mobile apps for iPhone and Android, and even sells select Android handsets in its stores. In the future, Windows 10 users will also be able to enjoy Android apps on their laptops and desktops, as Microsoft has started testing the Your Phone feature it first teased a few months ago. According to The Verge, Microsoft’s update for the Your Phone Windows 10 app includes support for mirroring Android phones on a PC. The feature will be available to Windows Insiders this week, assuming your devices qualify for it. You’ll need to run the latest Windows 10 beta version on your laptop or desktop, and you'll of course have to install the Your Phone app. You’ll need a computer that can support Bluetooth Low Energy, which will be mandatory for future PC models. Without it, you won’t be able to connect your Android device to the Windows 10 machine. Finally, you’ll need a compatible Android device to start testing the feature, and the list only includes select Samsung flagship phones: Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S9, and S9 Plus. The Galaxy S10 series can’t be used for the time being, although Microsoft plans on expanding the list of supported devices in the future. Once everything’s enabled and hooked up, you’ll be able to mirror your Android device on the Windows 10 PC and use apps from the phone directly on the PC. It’s unclear when the Your Phone app will get the Android mirroring feature on a stable Windows 10 release, so the only way of taking advantage of it right now is to register for the Insider beta program.
March 12, 2019

Trump’s 2020 budget ignores the real threat of a Russian election attack

America needs to spend an estimated $900 million to upgrade its election cybersecurity in order to stop Russia from once again attacking electronic ballot boxes and influencing the 2020 election. However, the White House’s 2020 budget proposal released on Monday does not provide any additional funding, nor does it even address the issue of election […]
March 12, 2019

Brexit: Is it any clearer what might happen?

After another huge defeat for the prime minister’s Brexit deal, what happens next?
March 12, 2019

Tommy Robinson claims police harassed him

The ex-leader of the English Defence League takes Cambridgeshire Police to court.