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NFL player cut after he's accused of punching a woman who's pregnant with their baby

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:25
The Miami Dolphins waived second-year running back Mark Walton after he was arrested Tuesday morning, with police accusing him of repeatedly punching the mother of his unborn child in the face.

Vaporizer Manufacturer PAX Calls on Apple to Rethink Vaping-Related App Ban

MacRumors - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:21
Apple last week removed all vaping-related apps from the App Store and updated ‌App Store‌ guidelines to prohibit apps that facilitate or encourage the use of vape-related devices.

Apple never allowed apps that sold vape cartridges, but it did allow apps that offered up vape-related news or provided controls for vape devices. Some companies, such as PAX, relied heavily on Apple's ‌App Store‌ to add technology to vaporizer devices and those companies are unhappy with Apple's recent ban.


PAX today penned a missive calling on Apple to rethink its decision as PAX creates several vaporizers that are designed to be controlled and customized through iOS and Android apps. The now-banned PAX Mobile app, for example, let PAX vaporizer users do things like adjust the vaporizer temperature, set parental controls, verify the authenticity of cartridges, and change the colors of the lights on the devices.

PAX says that while it respects Apple's leadership, it is concerned with Apple's ban because it prevents consumers in legal stages from "having access to important information and the ability to better control their cannabis experience."

Apple decided to ban all vaping-related apps after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 2,172 lung injury cases linked to e-cigarette or vape products containing vitamin E acetate, found primarily in products "informally" sourced from friends, family, or in-person or online dealers.

In a statement, Apple said that it agrees with the CDC's opinion that the spread of vaping devices is a "public health crisis and youth epidemic," which is why the apps were pulled.We take great care to curate the ‌App Store‌ as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps. We're constantly evaluating apps, and consulting the latest evidence, to determine risks to users' health and well-being.

Recently, experts ranging from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products, going so far as to call the spread of these devices a public health crisis and a youth epidemic.

We agree, and we've updated our ‌App Store‌ Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted. As of today, these apps are no longer available to download.According to PAX, it aims to deliver technology to allow adults to make "educated, informed choices." The company cites its new PodID feature, which is designed to offer consumers "unprecedented access" to the information about what is in vape pods, including strain information, cannabinoid and terpene profiles, and access to state regulated test results, which could ultimately help vaporizer users avoid illicit and dangerous cartridges.

PAX says that it is hoping to work in partnership with Apple to reconsider the decision and make the PAX Mobile app available once again "in the interest of public health and safety."

Those who have already downloaded the PAX Mobile app on iOS can continue to use it for the time being, and it's still available on Android devices. PAX says that all PAX devices can be used without the app and temperature can be changed on the device alone.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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Trump describes conversation with Melania after his hospital visit

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:19
President Donald Trump addresses his health with the media after making a trip to Walter Reed Hospital.

Trump press secretary faces backlash over claim that Obama aides left ‘you will fail’ notes

Washington Post - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:12
Five former Trump administration officials said they did not recall any such messages, and Grisham modified her assertions later in the day.

A Republican Strategy Revealed

NY Times - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:10
During testimony from the White House’s top Ukraine expert in the impeachment hearings today, Republican lawmakers displayed their plan of attack.

This answer from Kurt Volker makes very little sense

Washington Post - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:06
Kurt Volker was walking a very fine line on many things. But one answer in particular was difficult to believe.

Ohio mother gets consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to killing young sons

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:04
An Ohio mother was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus seven years Tuesday after pleading guilty to smothering her three young sons to death over a 13-month period, prosecutors said.

North America's economy is the most resilient against climate change

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:01
Climate change will have an impact on economic growth over the next decade — and not for the better. North America is no exception, but it is better off than the rest of the world.

Speed Bump or Tortuous Path? At Debate, Johnson and Corbyn Maneuver on Brexit

NY Times - Tue, 2019-11-19 19:59
Those clashing messages formed the core of the first debate before Britain’s general election, one that could determine whether it leaves the European Union.

Racist Manifesto Lands on Syracuse Students’ Phones, Deepening Crisis

NY Times - Tue, 2019-11-19 19:50
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an outside monitor after a series of racist incidents that has left Syracuse University besieged.

George Morris, Equestrian Legend, Is Permanently Barred From the Sport

NY Times - Tue, 2019-11-19 19:33
Accusations of sexual abuse led to the expulsion of Mr. Morris, a former coach of the United States Olympic team.

Dozens of Indiana school districts cancel classes as teachers rally at the state capitol

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 19:31
Thousands of Indiana students are missing class Tuesday as teachers protest for better pay and more funding for public schools.

Hunter-gatherers heated lake gunk to make ochre paint

Futurity.org - Tue, 2019-11-19 19:25

Researchers have figured out how ancient hunter-gatherers in North America created ochre paint to produce rock art located at Babine Lake in British Columbia.

Ancient artists often used ochre, one of Earth’s oldest naturally occurring materials, as a vivid red paint in rock art known as pictographs across the world. Despite its broad use throughout human history and a modern focus on interpretations of the artistic symbolism, little research exists on the paint itself and how ancient people produced it.

“Ochre is one of the only types of material that people have continually used for over 200,000 years, if not longer,” says Brandi MacDonald, an assistant research professor in the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR), who also holds a joint appointment in the anthropology department who specializes in ancient pigments.

“Therefore, we have a deep history in the archeological record of humans selecting and engaging with this material, but few people study how it’s actually made.”

Another sample of rock art at Babine Lake, representative of the rock art that researchers analyzed. (Credit: U. Missouri)

This is the first study of the rock art at Babine Lake. It shows that individuals who prepared the ochre paints harvested an aquatic, iron-rich bacteria out of the lake—in the form of an orange-brown sediment.

In the study, the scientists used modern technology, including the ability to heat a single grain of ochre and watch the effects of temperature change under an electron microscope. They determined that individuals at Babine Lake deliberately heated this bacteria to a temperature range of approximately 750°C to 850°C to initiate the color transformation.

“It’s common to think about the production of red paint as people collecting red rocks and crushing them up,” MacDonald says. “Here, with the help of multiple scientific methods, we were able to reconstruct the approximate temperature at which the people at Babine Lake were deliberately heating this biogenic paint over open-hearth fires. So, this wasn’t a transformation done by chance with nature.

“Today, engineers are spending a lot of money trying to determine how to produce highly thermo-stable paints for ceramic manufacturing or aerospace engineering without much known success, yet we’ve found that hunter-gatherers had already discovered a successful way to do this long ago.”

The study appears in Scientific Reports. The authors would like to acknowledge the permission and support of the descendant Lake Babine Nation, upon whose traditional territory the rock art resides.

Additional coauthors are from the University of Missouri, the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the University of Arizona, the University of Northern British Columbia, the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research.

Funding came from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Office of Naval Research, and the University of Missouri. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies.

Source: University of Missouri

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Apple Hiring to Build 'Next Generation of Media Apps for Windows'

MacRumors - Tue, 2019-11-19 19:22
Apple is looking for software engineers to build "the next generation of media apps for Windows" according to a new Apple job listing shared earlier today by Microsoft-focused site Neowin.

In macOS Catalina, Apple eliminated the iTunes app and replaced it with new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, but similar changes were not made to Apple's iTunes for Windows app. Windows 10 users currently need to access services like Apple TV+ and Apple Music on the web, which is not ideal.


Apple's existing iTunes and iCloud apps are quite old and could benefit from being overhauled. The job listing suggests Apple may be aiming to introduce Windows apps that are similar to what's offered on Mac.The Media Apps team is looking for a creative Senior Software Engineer to work on the next generation of media apps for Windows. You will help build innovative features that will delight millions of customers around the world.

You possess strong skills in the areas of application design, solid API design principles and have a strong understanding of customer and workflow issues. You have a history of shipping large volume consumer product successfully. You are a well-rounded developer who is not afraid to question assumptions. You have an excellent written and oral skills. You love collaborating under tight deadlines.

If you love music and you are passionate about writing code, and want to work with world-class engineering teams that ship to millions of users, the Media Apps team is the place for you.The job listing says that experience with UWP is a "big plus," with UWP standing for Universal Windows Platform. With UWP support, Apple could create apps that would work on Xbox One and various Windows 10 platforms.

An ‌Apple TV‌+ app built using the Universal Windows Platform would allow the service to be accessed on the Xbox One, expanding ‌Apple TV‌+ to platforms beyond smart TVs, Apple devices, and set-top boxes.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows
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Navy Wants to Eject From SEALs a Sailor Cleared by Trump, Officials Say

NY Times - Tue, 2019-11-19 19:17
Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher is expected to be formally notified of the action on Wednesday.

Sondland a day after Trump Ukraine call: US will increase support of Ukraine if it undertakes 'promised' reforms

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 19:15
US Ambassador Gordon Sondland said in an interview a day after President Donald Trump's July phone call with Ukraine's leader that the United States would increase its support of the country if it undertook "promised" reforms.

Guards Accused of Napping and Shopping Online the Night Epstein Died

NY Times - Tue, 2019-11-19 19:14
The two jail staff members were charged with falsifying records and conspiring to defraud the United States.
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