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Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin dead at 64 -

Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin dead at 64Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, who for years fended off Western criticism and defended Moscow's actions in Ukraine and Syria, has died in New York. Churkin collapsed while at work at the Russian mission to the United Nations Monday morning and was rushed to a Manhattan hospital, apparently suffering from heart problems, diplomatic sources said. In a statement announcing his death, the foreign ministry in Moscow described him as an "outstanding diplomat." There was no information on the cause of death.


Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:46:14 -0500

Police say newly freed gang member killed California officer -

Police say newly freed gang member killed California officerLOS ANGELES (AP) — A gang member who was recently freed from jail killed his cousin and stole his car Monday then shot and killed a California police officer and wounded his partner before being wounded himself, authorities said.


Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:38:08 -0500

60,000-year-old microbes found in Mexican mine: NASA scientist -

60,000-year-old microbes found in Mexican mine: NASA scientistNASA scientists have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as long as 60,000 years in a mine in Mexico. "This has profound effects on how we try to understand the evolutionary history of microbial life on this planet," she said. The mine is famous for its huge crystals, some as long as 50 feet (15 meters).


Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:29:48 -0500

2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATIC -

2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATICA perfectly restrained chauffeur-mobile.


Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:15:00 -0500

Shocker! World’s first self-driving car race ends in a crash -

Shocker! World’s first self-driving car race ends in a crash

The world's first race on a professional track involving self-driving cars ended, not surprisingly, with a crash. As part of the Roborace competition held in Buenos Aires over the weekend, one of the two self-driving Devbot vehicles involved in the race slammed into a wall after miscalculating a particularly sharp turn.

While the Devbot vehicles weren't going all out, they weren't exactly driving at a leisurely pace either. At their best, both cars were driving in excess of 100 MPH, with one reaching a top speed of 115 MPH at one point.

In addition to racing around the track at high speeds, it's worth noting that each car can communicate with the other as to prevent them from crashing into each other. Unfortunately, the racetrack wall proved to be an insurmountable foe.

As for the software malfunction that caused the crash, Roborace's Justin Cooke explained what happened in an interview with the BBC:

One of the cars was trying to perform a manoeuvre, and it went really full-throttle and took the corner quite sharply and caught the edge of the barrier.

It's actually fantastic for us because the more we see these moments the more we are able to learn and understand what was the thinking behind the computer and its data.

Indeed, for as far along as self-driving software and hardware has progressed, it's clear that there's still a lot of work to be done before self-driving cars can replace human drivers completely across all driving environments.

While the DevBot vehicles are designed such that they "can be driven by a human or a computer", the versions used in the race over the weekend did not have any humans inside. Photos of the crash can be seen here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSbSUeKEj00


Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:40:03 -0500

UK's May says Lords must respect people's will on Brexit -

UK's May says Lords must respect people's will on BrexitLONDON (AP) — Britain's House of Lords launched a bid Monday to gain a greater say for Parliament over the terms of the U.K.'s European Union exit, as Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers not to hold up "what the British people want" by trying to delay the process.


Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:03:05 -0500

Apple Launching New iPad Mini, Red iPhone 7 And More At March Event? -

Apple Launching New iPad Mini, Red iPhone 7 And More At March Event?Japan-based Mac Otaka is reporting about the new devices Apple will likely launch at its upcoming March event.


Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:05:29 -0500

 

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