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July 1, 2016

Canada Day

Canada Day celebrates the creation of the dominion of Canada through the British North America Act on July 1, 1867, uniting three British territories - the Province of Canada (southern Ontario and southern Quebec), Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick - into a federation.

Thursday June 30, 2016     7:00 PM ET

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The Mirror Clock, the Painting, and the Hourglass
Michael Phelps - Summer Olympics
The Real Housewives of New Jersey and the Jersey Boys
Coming Full Circle
BET Awards: Freedom: Revolution: Tributes to Prince, Muhammad Ali   BBC - June 30, 2016

  ISIS leadership involved in Istanbul attack planning, Turkish source says   CNN - June 30, 2016
Turkish officials have strong evidence that the Istanbul airport attackers came to the country from the Syrian ISIS stronghold of Raqqa and that the group's leadership was involved in the planning of the attack, a senior Turkish government source told CNN Thursday.

Rio's horror week: Body parts wash up near Olympics beach volleyball site   CNN - June 30, 2016

Cecil the Lion Died One Year Ago - Here's What's Happened Since   National Geographic - June 30, 2016
A year ago this week Cecil the lion was killed by Walter Palmer, sparking an international outcry and greater scrutiny of trophy hunting for the heads, skins, or other body parts of wild animals. Eight African countries allow the consistent export of lion parts, including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Tanzania, which holds nearly half the continent's wild lions.

Shark Gives Rare 'Virgin Birth' to Three Pups   National Geographic - June 30, 2016
A leopard shark in an aquarium in Australia surprises its keepers with the rare phenomenon. Aquarium keepers in Australia realized that this week, after a captive leopard shark gave birth to three pups without having had any contact with a male for years. The 20-something shark at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Townsville laid 41 eggs without a father. Three of them hatched into healthy pups, all female.

Amazing Things We've Learned From 800 Ancient Skull Surgeries   National Geographic - June 30, 2016
Some 2,000 years ago, a Peruvian surgeon picked up a simple tool and began to scrape a hole in the skull of a living human being. Before the surgery was over, much of the patient's fractured upper skull had been removed without the aid of modern anesthesia or sterile techniques.

It'll Be Really Hard to Test for Doping at the Rio Olympics   Wired - June 30, 2016
Preparing for the Olympics has always been a harrowing logistical feat. But the lead-up to this summer's Olympics in Rio is starting to look more grueling than a 3,000 meter steeplechase: The event has been plagued by public health concerns about Zika, delayed construction, and forcible evictions from the favelas near the Olympic sites, all exacerbated by Brazil's deeper economic woes.

The Sound of Your Voice May Diagnose Disease   Scientific American - June 30, 2016
There's long been talk in medicine about the need to listen more to the patient voice - and now that mantra is being taken literally. Academics and entrepreneurs are rushing to develop technology to diagnose and predict everything from manic episodes to heart disease to concussions based on an unusual source of data: How you talk.

The prehistoric tombs that may have been used as 'telescopes'   The Guardian - June 30, 2016
Ancient passages to stone tombs could have been used by prehistoric humans to boost their view of the night skies as part of an ancient ritual, archaeologists have proposed. Researchers say that the dark entrances to 6,000 year-old tombs in Portugal could have been an early form of astronomical tool that enhanced the visibility of the stars. In particular, they say, the orientation of the entrances to the passage graves suggests that they are aligned to offer a view of Aldebaran, the red star that is the brightest body in the constellation of Taurus.

Mounting evidence suggests 'hobbits' were wiped out by modern humans' ancestors 50,000 years ago   Telegraph - June 30, 2016
A race of 3.5ft tall humans - known as "hobbits" - were using stone tools on the Indonesian island of Flores 50,000 years ago but then mysteriously vanished. Scientists now believe modern Homo sapiens humans were using fire in the hobbits' cave at least 41,000 years ago.

Spectacular aurora lights up Jupiter's North Pole   The Telegraph - June 30, 2016

The image of the Northern Lights was taken ahead of the arrival of Nasa's spaceship Juno next week which will spend a year monitoring the largest planet in the Solar System. Jupiter is known for its colorful storms such as the Great Red Spot which swirls constantly in the planet's atmosphere. But it's powerful magnetic field also means it has spectacular light shows at its poles. Just like on Earth, auroras are created when high energy particles enter a planet's atmosphere near its magnetic poles and collide with atoms of gas.

A bewildering form of sand dune discovered on Mars   Science Daily - June 30, 2016
Some of the wind-sculpted sand ripples on Mars are a type not seen on Earth, and their relationship to the thin Martian atmosphere provides new clues about the atmosphere's history.

Erasing unpleasant memories with a genetic switch   Science Daily - June 30, 2016
Dementia, accidents, or traumatic events can make us lose the memories formed before the injury or the onset of the disease. Researchers have now shown that some memories can also be erased when one particular gene is switched off. In the reported study, the mice were trained to move from one side of a box to the other as soon as a lamp lights up, thus avoiding a foot stimulus. This learning process is called associative learning. Its most famous example is Pavlov's dog: conditioned to associate the sound of a bell with getting food, the dog starts salivating whenever it hears a bell. When the scientists switched off the neuroplastin gene after conditioning, the mice were no longer able to perform the task properly. In other words, they showed learning and memory deficits that were specifically related to associative learning. The control mice with the neuroplastin gene switched on, by contrast, could still do the task perfectly.

Treating autoimmune disease without harming normal immunity   Science Daily - June 30, 2016
With potentially major implications for the future treatment of autoimmunity and related conditions, scientists have found a way to remove the subset of antibody-making cells that cause an autoimmune disease, without harming the rest of the immune system. They studied an autoimmune disease called pemphigus vulgaris, a condition in which a patient's own immune cells attack a protein called desmoglein-3 that normally adheres skin cells.

Harnessing an innate repair mechanism enhances success of retinal transplantation   Science Daily - June 30, 2016
Cell replacement therapies hold promise for many age-related diseases, but efforts to bring treatments to patients have not been very successful -- in large part because the newly derived cells can't integrate efficiently into tissues affected by the ravages of aging. This is poised to change. Researchers have harnessed a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory mechanism that repaired the eye and significantly enhanced the success of retinal regenerative therapies in mice. The results could be particularly significant for macular degeneration.

Fast fluency: Can we identify quick language learners?   Science Daily - June 30, 2016
Ever wonder why some people seem to learn new languages faster? The secret might lie in the brain activity they generate while relaxing. New findings by scientists at the University of Washington demonstrate that a five-minute measurement of resting-state brain activity predicted how quickly adults picked up a second language. The study, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), is the first to use patterns of resting-state brain waves to determine subsequent language learning rate.

Thinking 'I can do better' really can improve performance, study finds   Science Daily - June 30, 2016
Telling yourself 'I can do better,' can make you do better at a given task, a study has found. Over 44,000 people took part in an experiment to discover what motivational techniques really worked. The researchers tested which physiological skills would help people improve their scores in an online game.

Science Finds a Way to Overcome Life's Regrets   Live Science - June 30, 2016
If you can't seem to let go of a regret, a little self-compassion may help you move on, a recent study finds. The people in the study who practiced self-compassion, or being kind to oneself, were more likely to overcome regrets than the people who did not do so, according to the study. Although regrets are often painful, previous studies have suggested that some people can overcome them and feel stronger afterward, said Jia Wei Zhang, a graduate student in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. But this isn't the case for everyone, he said.

Ancient Shrine That May Hold Buddha's Skull Bone Found in Crypt   Live Science - June 30, 2016

A skull bone of the Buddha was found inside this gold casket, which was stored in a silver casket within the stupa model, found in a crypt beneath a Buddhist temple. The model of a stupa, or ancient Buddhist shrine, was found in a crypt beneath a Buddhist temple in Nanjing, China.

Saturn Moon Enceladus' Plumes May Resemble Earth's 'Lost City'   Live Science - June 30, 2016
Saturn's intriguing moon Enceladus could resemble Earth's "Lost City," a network of hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic Ocean where life survives despite cold and darkness. ' Earth is the only planet in the solar system with liquid water on its surface, but many of the solar system's moons and dwarf planets seem to hide their oceans beneath their crust. Saturn's moon Enceladus, on the other hand, isn't content to keep things underground; large gashes at the moon' south pole spurt liquid from the interior into space. The access provided by these vents makes it a tempting spot for scientists hoping to search for signs of life outside of Earth.

Volcano Forecast? Crystals Could Predict Eruptions   Live Science - June 30, 2016
he 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens may have been signaled by crystals moving in the magma beneath the Washington state volcano, years before it blew its top, scientists have found. Mount St. Helens' eruption on May 18, 1980, was one of the most destructive volcanic eruptions in U.S. history. With an eruption column - the cloud of volcanic ash emitted during an explosive eruption - that measured 80,000 feet (24 kilometers) and that deposited ash in 11 states, the eruption caused damages estimated to cost $1.1 billion, according to the International Trade Commission. The eruption killed more than 57 people and destroyed more than 200 homes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The new findings could help predict when the volcano will blow again and could be applied to other volcanoes, the researchers said, adding that their method will work on only some volcanoes.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

June 30, 2016

Social Media Day

Do you belong to social media? Like everything else - social media - and for that matter all media - has its positives and negatives each going to extremes. Lives have been saved, while others have been destroyed emotionally and physically.

June 30, 1985

Michael Phelps

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Michael Phelps Qualifies for His Fifth Olympics, Setting a U.S. Record   TIME - June 30, 2016

Michael Phelps is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals in three Olympiads. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18, double the second highest record holders), Olympic gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13). In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps took the record away from fellow swimmer Mark Spitz (7) for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. Five of those victories were in individual events, tying the single Games record. In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four golds and two silver medals, making him the most successful athlete of the Games for the third Olympics in a row.

You can't put a limit on anything.
The more you dream, the farther you get.

Michael Phelps Quotes

June 30, 1959

Vincent D'Onofrio

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Vincent D'Onofrio is an award winning American
actor, film producer, and singer. Filmography

We're all actors in one way or another.
The only thing that separates us is experience.

Vincent D'Onofrio Quotes

June 30, 1966

Mike Tyson

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Mike Tyson is a retired American boxer considered
of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.

Time is like a book. You have a beginning, a middle and an end. It's just a cycle.

Fear is your best friend or your worst enemy. It's like fire. If you can control it, it can cook for you;
it can heat your house. If you can't control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy you.
If you can control your fear, it makes you more alert, like a deer coming across the lawn.

Mike Tyson Quotes 1

Mike Tyson Quotes 2

Wednesday June 29, 2016     2:30 PM ET

First detailed recordings of earthquakes on ultraslow mid-ocean ridges   PhysOrg - June 29, 2016
The earthquake distribution on ultraslow mid-ocean ridges differs fundamentally from other spreading zones. Water circulating at a depth of up to 15 kilometres leads to the formation of rock that resembles soft soap. This is how the continental plates on ultraslow mid-ocean ridges may move without jerking, while the same process in other regions leads to many minor earthquakes

Too Much Light at Night Causes Spring to Come Early   National Geographic - June 29, 2016
Scientists in the United Kingdom published a study charting the relationship between light pollution and the timing when trees produce buds. By observing four tree species, they found that on average, artificial light may cause trees to bud more than seven days earlier than their naturally occurring counterparts.

Truth to age-old maxim 'work hard, play hard'   Science Daily - June 29, 2016
A biology professor has published a study that, for the first time, provides strong empirical support for a correlation between a motivation to seek accomplishment and an attraction to leisure.

Biologists explain function of Pentagone   Science Daily - June 29, 2016
How do the cells in a human embryo know where they are located in the body and how they should develop? Why do certain cells form a finger while others do not? Biologists have explained the mechanisms that control these steps by showing why veins form at particular points in the wing of a fruit fly. The protein Pentagone spreads a particular signal in the wing that tells the cells how to behave.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

June 29, 1978

Nicole Scherzinger

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Nicole Scherzinger is an award winning American
singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
Filmography -- Discography

I love a man with a great sense of humor and who is intelligent -
a man who has a great smile. He has to make me laugh.

Nicole Scherzinger Quotes

June 29, 1967

Melora Hardin

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Melora Hardin is an award winning
American actress Filmography

I believe everyone on this earth is an artist - some people more than others.
I also believe we are all artists in a certain way. We all have unique abilities.

Melora Hardin Quotes

Tuesday June 28, 2016     8:00 PM ET

  5,300 U.S. water systems are in violation of lead rules   CNN - June 28, 2016
Eighteen million Americans live in communities where the water systems are in violation of the law. Moreover, the federal agency in charge of making sure those systems are safe not only knows the issues exist, but it's done very little to stop them, according to a new report and information provided to CNN by multiple sources and water experts.

  Istanbul airport explosions: 10 dead, Justice minister says   CNN - June 28, 2016
The official says police fired shots at suspects in the international terminal in an effort to neutralize them.

Rio 2016: 'Welcome to Hell' warn police   BBC - June 28, 2016
There was a nasty surprise awaiting passengers in the arrivals hall at Rio De Janeiro's Galeao International Airport on Monday. Along with the relatives carrying flowers and taxi drivers waiting with name boards there were lines of off-duty police with banners that had a far more ominous message: "Welcome to Hell". "Police and firefighters don't get paid," the banners, in English and Portuguese, went on. "Whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe". Photos of the protest have been widely shared on social media and in the Brazilian press. The image above was posted on the photo sharing site Imgur, where it was viewed more than three million times in less than a day.

New research shows vaccine protection against Zika virus   Medical Express - June 28, 2016
The rapid development of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent the Zika virus (ZIKV) is a global priority, as infection in pregnant women has been shown to lead to fetal microcephaly and other major birth defects. The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus epidemic a global public health emergency on February 1, 2016.

Scientists stabilize HIV structure, design potential AIDS vaccine candidates   Medical Express - June 28, 2016
Want to catch a criminal? Show a mugshot on the news. Want to stop HIV infections? Get the immune system to recognize and attack the virus's tell-tale structure. That's part of the basic approach behind efforts at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to design an AIDS vaccine. This strategy may hinge on finding new ways to stabilize proteins called HIV-1 surface antigens and in designing HIV-like particles to prompt the body to fight the real virus.

Previously unknown global ecological disaster discovered   PhysOrg - June 28, 2016
There have been several mass extinctions in the history of the earth. One of the largest known disasters occurred around 252 million years ago at the boundary between the Permian and the Triassic. Almost all sea-dwelling species and two thirds of all reptiles and amphibians died out. Although there were also brief declines in diversity in the plant world, they recovered in the space of a few thousand years, which meant that similar conditions to before prevailed again. Researchers from the Institute and Museum of Paleontology at the University of Zurich have now discovered another previously unknown ecological crisis on a similar scale in the Lower Triassic. The team headed by Peter A. Hochuli and Hugo Bucher revealed that another event altered the vegetation fundamentally and for longer approximately 500,000 years after the major natural disaster at the boundary between the Permian and the Triassic.

Horseback rider on Outerbridge Crossing brings traffic to near halt   Newsweek - June 28, 2016
Traffic came to a near halt on a bridge connecting Staten Island and New Jersey as a man on horseback wearing a cowboy hat led another horse behind him cross the span. It happened on the Outerbridge Crossing around 11:15 a.m. Monday.

  12-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils Found at California Landfill   Epoch Times - June 29, 2016
One never knows what they'll find in a landfill, but not long ago a paleontologist came upon something truly remarkable. The researcher was performing the standard examination of Irvine, California grounds prepped for disposals when she discovered bones and teeth. A closer study of the jaw, flipper, and skull pieces revealed they dated back upwards of 12 million years and belonged to an approximately 40-foot-long sperm whale. The animal is the largest of its kind and age found in the US and will soon be placed on display.

Rare Dinosaur - Era Bird Wings Found Trapped in Amber   National Geographic - June 28, 2016
Bone, tissue, and feathers show the almost 100-million-year-old wings are remarkably similar to those on modern birds.Two tiny wings entombed in amber reveal that plumage (the layering, patterning, coloring, and arrangement of feathers) seen in birds today already existed in at least some of their predecessors nearly a hundred million years ago. They most likely he belonged to enantiornithes, a group of avian dinosaurs that became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period. Skin, muscle, claws, and feather shafts are visible, along with the remains of rows of feathers similar in arrangement and microstructure to modern birds.

Our ancestors evolved faster after dinosaur extinction   PhysOrg - June 28, 2016
Our ancestors evolved three times faster in the 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs than in the previous 80 million years, according to UCL researchers. The team found the speed of evolution of placental mammals - a group that today includes nearly 5000 species including humans - was constant before the extinction event but exploded after, resulting in the varied groups of mammals we see today.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

June 28, 1712 - July 2, 1778

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a philosopher, writer, and composer
whose political philosophy influenced the French Revolution and
the development of modern political and educational thought.

A country cannot subsist well without liberty,

nor liberty without virtue.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes 1

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June 28, 1966

John Cusack

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John Cusack is an award winning American
film actor and screenwriter. Filmography

Good actors can sort of see into people and immediately you
have a chemistry with them or not. It's like an affair with no mess.

John Cusack Quotes

June 28, 1948

Kathy Bates

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Kathy Bates is an award winning
American actress and director. Filmography

I look for a role that I feel empathy with and feel challenged.

Kathy Bates Quotes

Monday June 27, 2016     6:00 PM ET

  Democrats release Benghazi report   CNN - June 27, 2016
Democrats on Monday pre-empted the upcoming release of a Republican-led House Select Committee report on Benghazi by issuing their own version of a probe into the 2012 terror attack that killed four Americans on Hillary Clinton's watch as secretary of state. The move by Democrats on the panel was designed to debunk the conclusions of the committee's majority report that is expected to be highly critical of Clinton.

EU leaders reject informal talks with UK   BBC - June 27, 2016
The European Union will not hold informal talks with the UK until it triggers Article 50 to leave, Germany, France and Italy have insisted. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted talks with French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Berlin.

  Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion access law   CNN - June 27, 2016
In a dramatic ruling, the Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Texas abortion access law in a victory to supporters of abortion rights who argued it would have shuttered all but a handful of clinics in the state.

BET Awards: Passion, politics and Prince tributes   CNN - June 27, 2016
Viewers of Sunday night's BET Awards got so much more than just a celebration of black entertainment and Prince tributes. The show was politically charged, from its dynamic live performances to winners' calls to action. Here's what you may have missed:


Auroras Make Weird Noises, and Now We Know Why   National Geographic - June 27, 2016
Arctic wilderness tales often wax poetic about dazzling displays of northern lights painting the skies. But for at least the past century, some of those stories have also mentioned eerie noises associated with especially powerful auroras.

Central American Volcanoes Let Out Spectacular Eruptions   Wired - June 27, 2016
This weekend saw a couple of eruptions from volcanoes across the valley from each other. Turrialba had another strong explosive eruption on June 24 and it was captured on the RSN thermal webcam. If you watch the video, you can see how the volcano was somewhat calmly steaming before a strong increase in ash and other hot debris, forming billowing clouds emitting from the vent. Turrialba had 11 explosions over the weekend. That might sound dramatic, but none were as strong as what we were seeing in May, so overall, the activity at the volcano has lowered somewhat. On June 26, there was almost 10 hours of continuous ash emission, but none of the plumes topped 200 meters (~650 feet). By June 27, most of the seismic unrest at Turrialba had calmed. This doesn't mean we shouldn't continue on this rollercoaster of activity from the volcano, but for now, things have quieted.

Forget the School Bus -mThe Most Magical Field Trip Is in VR   Wired - June 27, 2016
If you could stand in the middle of Google Street View, but at a historical site instead of in the middle of the road, it might feel like this. Google's lo-fi VR headset let the kids look up, down, and all around, giving many of them their first look at Philadelphia. If the teacher wanted to direct their attention to a specific landmark, she'd tap her tablet and make an arrow appear above it. That same tablet let her know what the children were looking at, and tailor the lesson if they fixated on something.

Mercury's origins traced to rare meteorite   Science Daily - June 27, 2016
Geologists trace Mercury's origins to weird, rare meteorite, and find planet cooled dramatically shortly after it formed. Around 4.6 billion years ago, the universe was a chaos of collapsing gas and spinning debris. Small particles of gas and dust clumped together into larger and more massive meteoroids that in turn smashed together to form planets. Scientists believe that shortly after their formation, these planets -- and particularly Mercury -- were fiery spheres of molten material, which cooled over millions of years.

Fastest-spinning brown-dwarf star is detected by its bursts of radio waves   Science Daily - June 27, 2016
Astronomers have detected what may be the most rapidly rotating, ultra-cool, brown-dwarf star ever seen. The super-fast rotation period was measured by using the 305-meter Arecibo radio telescope -- the same telescope that was used to discover the first planets ever found outside our solar system. The detection emphasizes Arecibo's amazing sensitivity, which has the potential to measure the magnetic fields, which protect life, of potentially habitable planets around other stars.

NASA rover findings point to a more Earth-like Martian past   Science Daily - June 27, 2016
Chemicals found in Martian rocks by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover suggest the Red Planet once had more oxygen in its atmosphere than it does now. The findings add to evidence revealing how Earth-like our neighboring planet once was.

Morning Milky Way Shines Over Summer Triangle in Stunning Photo   Live Science - June 27, 2016
Minutes before clouds gathered over the night sky, astrophotographer Matt Pollock caught this snapshot of the Milky Way. Pollock took the image on March 3, 2016 from Cherry Plain State Park in Petersburg, New York.

Team discovers moon over Makemake in the Kuiper Belt   PhysOrg - June 27, 2016
A Southwest Research Institute-led team has discovered an elusive, dark moon orbiting Makemake, one of the "big four" dwarf planets populating the Kuiper Belt region at the edge of our solar system.

Ancient 'Deep Skull' from Borneo full of surprises   Science Daily - June 27, 2016
A new study of the 37,000-year old remains of the 'Deep Skull' -- the oldest modern human discovered in island South-East Asia -- has revealed this ancient person was not related to Indigenous Australians, as had been originally thought. The Deep Skull was also likely to have been an older woman, rather than a teenage boy, the research shows.

Flipping a protein switch to illuminate brain functions   PhysOrg - June 27, 2016
What goes on inside the brain when we learn new things? Much still remains wrapped in mystery, but scientists have found a way to examine this at the molecular level.

Beyond video games: New artificial intelligence beats tactical experts in combat simulation   PhysOrg - June 27, 2016
Artificial intelligence (AI) developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate was recently assessed by subject-matter expert and retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee - who holds extensive aerial combat experience as an instructor and Air Battle Manager with considerable fighter aircraft expertise - in a high-fidelity air combat simulator. The artificial intelligence, dubbed ALPHA, was the victor in that simulated scenario, and according to Lee, is "the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI I've seen to date."

Quantum Computer Could Simulate Beginnings of the Universe   Live Science - June 27, 2016
Quantum mechanics suggest that seemingly empty space is actually filled with ghostly particles that are fluctuating in and out of existence. And now, scientists have for the first time made an advanced machine known as a quantum computer simulate these so-called virtual particles. This research could help shed light on currently hidden aspects of the universe, from the hearts of neutron stars to the very first moments of the universe after the Big Bang, researchers said. Quantum mechanics suggests that the universe is a fuzzy, surreal place at its smallest levels. For instance, atoms and other particles can exist in states of flux known as superpositions, where they can seemingly each spin in opposite directions simultaneously, and they can also get entangled - meaning they can influence each other instantaneously no matter how far apart they are separated. Quantum mechanics also suggests that pairs of virtual particles, each consisting of a particle and its antiparticle, can wink in and out of seemingly empty vacuum and influence their surroundings.

New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers   Science Daily - June 27, 2016
The era of quantum computers is one step closer. New research demonstrates a new way to pack a lot more quantum computing power into a much smaller space and with much greater control than ever before. The result is important for the development of quantum computers that can do computations that are impossible today for uses including cryptography and electronic data security.

Gateway to Ancient Greek God's Compound Uncovered?   Live Science - June 27, 2016
Archaeologists in northern Israel may have unearthed a sanctuary of the Greek god Pan in the ancient city of Hippos. Excavations by the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa have uncovered a monumental Roman gate, which may have led to a compound dedicated to the worship of Pan, the god of flocks and shepherds, who is depicted as half man and half goat in Greek mythology. The new archaeological find may help researchers better understand previous discoveries in the ancient city. Last year, the archaeologists discovered a bronze mask of Pan, which is unusually large compared to other such bronze masks of the Greek God that date from the same period. The researchers had said that efforts to date the item or explain the function of the mask would be difficult.

Remains of mammoth uncovered in Mexico   PhysOrg - June 27, 2016
Mexican experts are carefully digging up fossils of a Pleistocene-era mammoth believed to have been cut to pieces by ancient humans.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

June 27, 1975

Tobey Maguire

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Tobey Maguire is an award winning
American actor. Filmography

I believe in a higher force that is within me.

I am a blank slate - therefore I can create anything I want.

Tobey Maguire Quotes

June 27, 1974

Christian Kane

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Christian Kane is an American actor and singer,
songwriter of Native American descent. Filmography

"The Librarians" is Indiana Jones meets Angel.

Christian Kane Quotes

June 27, 1989

Matthew Lewis

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Matthew Lewis is an award winning
English actor. Filmography

I'm very self-conscious as an actor, with performances
and things, and I don't like watching my own stuff.

I don't feel hunky at all.

Matthew Lewis Quotes

June 27, 1966

J. J. Abrams

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J. J. Abrams is an award winning American film and
television producer, writer, actor, composer, director
founder of Bad Robot Productions. Filmography

I try to push ideas away, and the ones that will not leave
me alone are the ones that ultimately end up happening.

J. J. Abrams Quotes

June 27, 1955

Isabelle Adjani

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Isabelle Adjani is an award winning French
film actress and singer. Filmography

I believe that when you work on yourself,
you are attracted by different, more positive beings.

Isabelle Adjani Quotes

June 27, 1949

Vera Wang

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Vera Wang is an award winning American fashion designer based
in New York City. She is known for her wedding gown collection.

Fashion is a metaphor for women's lives, their creativity.

Vera Wang Quotes