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  1. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has banned plastic water bottles at all Oscar events
  2. More than five crore people of Bihar came out together on Sunday to form a human chain of around 18000 kilometers in support of environmental conservation and eradication of social evils. The âmaanav shrinkhlaâ or the human chain was formed in response to the call of the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as part of the âJal-Jeevan-Haryaliâ campaign that focuses on protecting the flora and fauna with its main emphasis on preservation of natural resources and forests. According to Indiatimes, the efforts surpassed the previous records of 2017, wherein people came together to impose a ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol. And also in 2018 when the human chain for formed and the exercise was repeated to support the campaign against dowry and child marriage. Chief Secretary, Deepak Kumar told PTI, "Altogether 5.17 crore people took part in the human chain which was 18,034 kilometers long. The length this year was much longer than 14,000 kilometers of 2018 and 11,000 kilometers of the year before when Bihar first entered record books beating Bangladesh.â "A total of seven helicopters had been pressed into service for capturing aerial images of the event that was bound to go down in the annals of history as a record. Besides, more than 100 drone cameras have clicked photographs which showed the enthusiasm of the state's people, for which we are thankful,â he added. The exercise began at 11:30 am and the people stood around thirty minutes holding hands and CM himself was seen leading the chain at the Gandhi Maidan, Bihar. Hereâs how the event looked- A glimpse of Manav Shrinkhla inside the Main Secretariat campus, Patna. https://t.co/04veD5ks3K pic.twitter.com/B7Ibt4yTG3 â Uday Bhan Singh (@usudaybhan) January 19, 2020 Manav shrinkhla special 𥰠pic.twitter.com/nfnXBySAto â Aniket Kumar (@AniketK31285111) January 19, 2020 #ManavShrinkhala2020 I have also participated in Manav Shrinkhla. Well done Nitish Kumar. Well done Bihar. Once again you created a world record. Very nice campaign by Bihar government. Such programs should be promoted. pic.twitter.com/eeyZZtyEnC â SATYAM SAURABH (@MSDhoni_Club) January 19, 2020 Manav shrinkhla 2020 on jal jeevan hariyali.thanks for support jeevika didi and all participants in manav shrinkhla. pic.twitter.com/mvQDMDvY3G â Shashi ranjan (@Shashir72539978) January 19, 2020 This is one of the biggest examples of public participation. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  3. If you're a Star Wars fan, it's likely that you'll remember the iconic twin suns of Tatooine: Cool, aren't they? A young intern at NASA however, has just discovered a new planet - where you might be able to spot the greatest sunrise of all time - with two suns at once. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, also known as TESS, is a specialised space telescope that was launched into orbit by SpaceX in 2018 with the specific purpose of discovering exoplanets. The term refers to planets outside of the solar system, and as you might imagine, they're not particularly easy to spot. © NASA; An illustration of TESS working in orbit. The most common method of discovering them is locating dark spots in front of distant stars - caused by planets revolving around their respective stars and blocking their light from reaching us. This phenomenon is known as a 'transit', and TESS is able to detect them by using four powerful cameras to capture 1296 images of the same patch of sky across 27 days - that's a single hi-res image every half-hour. © NASA; Optics engineer Greg Balonek prepares a TESS flight lens for modal testing at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The intern, Wolf Cukier, joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, after his junior year of high school at Scarsdale High School in New York. He was assigned to study variations in star brightness captured by TESS and upload it to the Planet Hunters TESS citizen science project. © New York Post; Wolf sitting at his desk in a NASA jumper. Note the physics textbooks and telescope - he's clearly in the perfect line of work. "I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and from our view eclipse each other every orbit," Cukier said in a statement from NASA. "About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. At first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet." What's remarkable about Cukier's discovery is that the planet is 'circumbinary' - revolving around two suns instead of one like in the solar system. There are only about two dozen such planets discovered, making the intern's fortunate finding all the more special. Designated as TOI 1338 b, it is the only planet in the TOI 1338 system and revolves around the twin suns every 95 days - both of them revolve around each other much faster at 15 days and are considerably different from each other. One is 10% larger than our Sun, while the other is just a third of the Sun's mass, and is much dimmer and smaller. If you're looking to catch that special sunset however, it's quite unlikely - the system is 1,300 light years away from Earth, and is 6.9 times the size of our planet - making it likely that even if we survive the journey and the harsh radiation and heat from two suns, TOI 1338 b's gravity is likely to crush us like a grape. Unfortunately for Wolf, he doesn't get to name his discovery - although his brother suggests that 'Wolftopia' would be pretty cool. View the full article
  4. Yes, tonight will be the best night of the year to take a good look at the world's largest planet. Jupiter, the Earth and the Sun all line up in a row tonight, making up for prime viewing opportunities. Not just that, Jupiter is also said to be at its closest to us tonight, which means, you can even see four of its moons i.e. Io, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede if you have the right gear.Photo: © YouTube (Main Image) © NASA The cosmic event, dubbed 'Opposition' will occur at 6 PM EST, which is around 3.30AM according to the Indian Standard Time. You can expect to see the planet shinning bright like a jewel around the same time. According to the stargazers at NASA, this event only happens once every 13 months. So, if you miss out on taking a look at the Jupiter tonight, then you'll have to wait 13 months again to get a chance to see it up close. Of course, you can always check out the planet with the help of the images captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the massive planet, but there's nothing like taking a good look at the thing with your naked eyes. © Reuters Also, if you happen to have a good telescope, then you can also nerd out by spotting things like Jupiter's individual cloud bands and its characteristic Great Red Spot. But that's just optional. You'll still get a good view without any special equipment whatsoever. Enjoy!
  5. Arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time, Usain Bolt will always be remembered for his astronomical achievements in the world of athletics. The Jamaican sprinter won multiple Olympic gold medals in London, Beijing and Rio to etch his name in the history books and create a legacy that is unlikely to be overhauled anytime soon. But, post his retirement, while we might never see the legendary sprinter in action, there appears to be a new sprint king in town who is now being hailed as the next Bolt. Rudolph 'Blaze' Ingram is 1.5 seconds closer to following in the footsteps of Bolt as the fastest man on earth and he's only seven years old. The youngster had sent shockwaves across the globe after completing a 100-meter race in a mere 14.59 seconds last August. But, as per a new clip shared on social media, the seven-year-old seems to have taken his sprints to a new level. View this post on Instagram 2019 Track Season Starting Off Amazing 60 Meter Dash 8.69 â¡ï¸â¡ï¸ 100 Meter Dash 13.48 Record Breaking â¡ï¸â¡ï¸#sctop10 A post shared by Blaze The Great (@blaze_813) on Feb 9, 2019 at 5:38pm PST In the clip posted on the Florida boy's Instagram page, the youngster can be seen completing the 100-meter race in 13.48 seconds, including a 60-meter dash in just 8.69 seconds. Bolt recorded the fastest human speed (on foot) during his 9.58-second sprint in Berlin in 2009 when he moved at a rapid rate of 44.72 km/h, covering the 20-meter distance between 60m and 80m in 1.61 seconds. While it's not clear at what speeds exactly Ingram darted across the track in his recent sprint as he donned blue and orange Nike sneakers and a kit featuring the flame of a fire (befitting to his nickname 'Blaze'), the seven-year-old undeniably outdid his peers. View this post on Instagram My Father Told Me (@ftf_kool ) That You Win Mentally Before You Win Physically I'm #1 Before The Race Start #Focus #BeGreat A post shared by Blaze The Great (@blaze_813) on Feb 11, 2019 at 5:11am PST Apart from his insane sprinting abilities, Ingram also boasts of a winner's mentality. In one of the pictures uploaded on his official Instagram page, the youngster can be seen sporting a serious look on his face as he got set in position for one of the sprints. But, it was the caption, "My Father Told Me (@ftf_kool) That You Win Mentally Before You Win Physically I'm #1 Before The Race Start," that highlights his unperturbed attitude. View this post on Instagram While Training Yesterday This Man Said U Look Fast On Video Lets See If You Fast In Real Life ð¤£ð He Was 25 ð¤£ð A post shared by Blaze The Great (@blaze_813) on Feb 7, 2019 at 2:31pm PST While he is undoubtedly the fastest seven-year-old in the world, Ingram is also giving the long-limbed adults a run for their money. The young gun has also shared the moments on Instagram when he left his older competitors behind on the track. But, that's not all. Apart from leaving his rivals (across different age groups) red-faced on the track, the Florida boy is also a social media influencer, fitness model and three-time Amateur Athletic Union winner with Tampa Ravens. And, if you thought, this kid is all about extracurricular activities, then check out his February report card. View this post on Instagram STUDENT Athlete A/B Honor Roll Work Hard In Class And On The Field ðððªð¾ A post shared by Blaze The Great (@blaze_813) on Feb 7, 2019 at 12:59pm PST "Work hard in class and on the field," an Instagram image of his report card for the month of February is captioned. It shows Ingram claiming A grades for Science, Introduction to Computers, Music and Physical Education, plus B grades for Language Arts, Social Studies and Art at Cahoon Elementary School in Tampa. While majority of the seven-year-old's we know don't have any clue about their life goals and aspirations, but this kid, on the back of his astronomical capabilities - both in sports and academics, is destined for greatness.
  6. The Apple Watch is already the world's best smartwatch that's also giving the Swiss watch market a run for its money. The smartwatch has an array of features, making it the complete wearable that everyone wants. The new Apple Watch Series 4 is the amalgamation of that same ethos with updated and some neat new features. Apple managed to cram features into something you can wear on your wrist. Here are some reasons why the Apple Watch Series 4 is going to be the ultimate smartwatch this year: It Looks Sexy © Apple Apple gave the Apple Watch Series 4 a new look that was much-needed, thanks to three previous models looking exactly the same. Even though it has a refreshed design, the Apple Watch Series 4 still has a very distinctive look that can be easily recognised anywhere in the world. Having said that, the new Apple Watch is sleeker, appears thinner and has a more refined look. As mentioned before, the AW Series 4 does look thinner, but in reality, it is as thick as the first Apple Watch. More Screen Space © YouTube Apple has managed to include a larger screen to make it easier for users to spot notifications and have more room to play with. This will make it easier to navigate, reply to text messages and control third-party apps. The new Infograph Modular watch face can display information in real-time. Information such as Activity Rings, Heart Rate, weather, breathe app statistics and more. It's More Precise Than Ever © Apple The Apple Watch Series 3 is already very accurate when it comes to distance measuring and tracking your daily steps. It's my go-to smartwatch when I step out for outdoor walks and runs. The Apple Watch Series 4 is expected to have even more accurate GPS and activity tracking. The new smartwatch also has a new accelerometer and gyroscope which can sample eight times faster and will allow users to measure runs even more accurately. It Will Last Longer © Apple The Apple Watch notable had a short battery life and Apple has taken measures to improve the issues. Apple promises that the new Apple Watch Series 4 can now last up to six hours while tracking workouts and will last even more than its predecessors, when not tracking an activity. It Is A Life Saver © Apple Previously, the Apple Watch has been found to save lives and the AW Series 4 will not be an exception either. The new Apple smartwatch has an ECG app that can monitor your heart's rhythm to spot any sign of atrial fibrillation. By no means, it will substitute a doctor's visit, however, it will be a useful app to detect possible heart problems. The app will be able to report heart palpitations and generate a PDF report that can be shared with your doctor. It will have your entire history for your doctor to analyse and could possibly be a life-saving feature. It Supports Older Straps © Apple If you're like me and you've invested in countless straps for your Apple Watch, you need not worry. Even though the design of the Apple Watch Series 4 may have changed, it is still compatible with your older straps. I recently bought the Hermes Apple Watch strap that cost me almost Rs 50,000 and I was probably the most relieved customer on the planet.
  7. The next big Apple launch event is next month and we can expect new iPhones and iPads to be announced by the Cupertino giant. However, alongside the iPhones, one of the most successful products by Apple is also expected to launch — the Apple Watch. The new Apple Watch has been shrouded in mystery; however, we've been getting a fair idea about its features and design, thanks to Apple and leakers. Here are five things we feel that will define the next Apple smartwatch. Brand New Design © Twitter According to various leaks, the Apple Watch is expected to have larger displays than its predecessors. The new smartwatch is expected to have a 15% larger display and will have thinner bezels. This essentially means the smartwatch will not increase in size rather have more space for information to be displayed. The screen size Is expected to be a 1.57-inch or 1.780inch for the two different sized models. It Will Track Your Sleep Apple recently acquired Beddit, a sleep tracking company and it has been long expected for the feature to hit the Apple Watch. It is fair to say that we may see this feature included in the new line up and will probably be integrated with Apple's own Health App. Push To Talk © BCCL The new WatchOS will have our favourite feature i.e. push-to-talk or better known as the walkie-talkie feature. This will enable users from sending real-time voice messages to other Apple Watch users. It will probably be our favourite feature on the new operating system and most used as well. It is essentially a FaceTime Audio call between two Apple Watch devices rather than an audio recording. Always on Siri © Apple The new feature is expected to roll out on WatchOS 5 where Siri will always be accessible on the Apple Watch. This means a user will not have to press the side button or hold up one's wrist to activate Siri. This essentially will make it easier for users to set reminders, alarms and get updates without ever worrying about raising their wrists. Having said that, we expect the Apple Watch to have better battery life so that it can last longer than the current generation. WatchOS 5 © Apple Along with the Walkie-Talkie feature, WatchOS 5 is expected to bring improved health-tracking, the much demanded Podcast App and some other feature Apple may surprise us with.
  8. It's been a while since we've reviewed a laptop and we got the unique opportunity to review Dell's latest offering the 2018 XPS 13. I saw the laptop in its full glory at the CES earlier this year and we finally got to test the laptop when it launched in India. The XPS 13 has become our favourite Windows laptop as of now, and it finally looks sexy thanks to the updated design. © YouTube We tested the Core i7 model that had 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and a 4K display. Specifications that are hard to find on a laptop that sells in India and here's our experience with the best laptop on the planet right now. Design Language and Features © BCCL The design of the XPS 13 has been reimagined subtly with gold and white accents on the exterior while maintaining a carbon fiber look on the inside. It has some sort of woven texture which feels comfortable and gives the laptop a minimalistic look at the same time. The white version of the laptop definitely feels premium and sometimes outmatches my touch bar MacBook pro. The XPS 13 is smaller and lighter than the MacBook Pro 13 and Surface Book 2, which in our opinion, gives it the extra edge. The laptop flirts between being a traditional laptop and an ultrabook. When compared to its competitors, the XPS 13 definitely stands out due to its premium finish. The 2018 XPS 13 has also taken a cue from other laptops by upgrading to a USB-C 3.1 two port and two ThunderBolt 3 ports. One of the ports is primarily used for charging the battery, however, we found that all three ports can be used for the same purpose. The USB-C port can also be used as an external display port, however, you will require an additional dongle to use that feature. Some users may find the newer ports a big disappointment, however, Dell includes a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box to make sure all your peripherals are still compatible. © Dell Dell has also outfitted the laptop with a Killer Networks Wi-Fi adapter which works with built-in load balancing. This translates to a shooter performance when you are streaming content on the laptop, as it prioritises bandwidth usage according to your usage, The Killer networking app also helps in managing bandwidth for each application running on the laptop, a nifty feature that should be on every laptop today. The keyboard on the XPS 13 is more or less the same as the previous iteration, as it did not require any quality or design upgrades. In our opinion, the keyboard is designed well enough to last a few more models of the XPS 13 and it still remains the best keyboard to type on. Due to the small size of the laptop, it will take some time for you to get used to the smaller keys and the layout, which will only take a few hours to get used to. The keyboard also has backlighting which makes it easier to work in dark spaces, however, the backlit keyboard is not as bright as compared to its competitors. The webcam is placed in the same awkward position as the previous model, which causes the “up-the-nose” field of view. The 720p webcam is good enough for video calls, however, we suggest you trim your nose hair before! The webcam is also compatible with Windows Hello, which essentially means you can unlock your laptop using your face. The 4K Screen © YouTube Since we had the 4K model, the display had a touchscreen which is not a necessary feature for the laptop. Other models have support for the touchscreen feature which is optional, but in our opinion is not something you should invest in. The 4K screen is an InfinityEdge display and has a resolution of 3,200 X 1,800. The 4K screen is a great added feature for users who love to consume media on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. The upgrade offers sharper pictures and more pixel density than other laptops. In terms of contrast ratio, the display did not perform as well as other laptops that offer 1080p displays and in our opinion also causes the battery to run out faster. Colour representation was also not up to the mark when compared to a 1080p screen, as we found better colour accuracy on the MacBook Pro 13 and a wider colour gamut. Having said that, the display is still great when compared to other Windows laptops and will be a great feature to have if you want to watch movies in 4K resolution. Performance The new XPS 13 is outfitted with an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU that outperforms almost every competitor. The CPU is coupled with a 16GB DDR3 RAM that assists in the faster performance. The XPS 12 outperformed the Asus ZenBook UX330UA and beats the HP Spectre x360 in the multi-core test. Here's the Geekbench score which the XPS 13 scored during the course of our review. © Geekbench Part of the reason why the laptop performs super fast is thanks to the new cooling system. The Gore fabric used is to provide extra exhaust insulation and better thermal management, which results in the CPU performing at optimum speed. The review unit also has a 512GB Toshiba XG5 SSD and has read speeds of up to 1.9 GB per second. Being an SSD, we found the write speed to be slower than expected as it could only write 465 MB per second. Of course, it's still faster than other laptops but we expected to perform better than the HP Spectre 13 and even some Samsung Notebooks. Battery Life Dell has opted to reduce the battery size on the new XPS 13, however, for some reason, it did not fall short in performance. We used the laptop for watching content on Netflix and the laptop survived almost 10 hours on a single charge. We streamed 4K content and watched it at full brightness to test the battery life. The 4K model exceeded expectations even though it has a smaller battery. This is probably due to the new heat management system and cooling system that attributed towards the improved performance. The Final Say The Dell XPS 13 offers an incremental upgrade that is updated for modern tastes and performance. The laptop performs like a traditional laptop and is in the size of an ultrabook. In our books, its a perfect blend for professionals who also want to do more with their laptops. The XPS 13 9370 model costs Rs 1,20,990 and is probably the best laptop you can buy right now.
  9. DxOmark has published a new report that suggests Huawei's P20 Pro has the best camera on a smartphone. The organisation's benchmark is inarguably becoming the industry standard for camera comparison on smartphones. The Huawei P20 made an appearance on the top of the list and it managed to defeat the Samsung Galaxy S9+, Pixel 2 and the iPhone X. It was 10 points clear of the Galaxy S9+ which was previously at the top of the list. © Huawei The Huawei P20 Pro manages to score 109 on DxOmark's benchmarks and is now the world's best camera smartphone. What's intriguing is that the cheaper P20 also managed outscore the Samsung Galaxy S9+, Pixel 2 and the iPhone X. © DxoMark The P20 Pro features three Leica sensors i.e. a 40-megapixel RGB sensor, a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor, and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor which helps in capturing crisper images and enhances details. The Huawei P20 pro also has a 5X Hyper Zoom which lets it capture images with more clarity than ever before. The Huawei P20 Pro has a 6.1-inch FullView FHD+ (2240x1080) OLED display and has a 19:9 aspect ratio thanks to a notch. The device is powered by Huawei's property chipset i.e. the Kirin 970 SoC. The chipset is coupled with 6GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Apart from these features, the smartphone runs EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
  10. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, with Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Photo: File Amazon chief Jeff Bezos is now the world's richest person, having snatched the top spot from Microsoft founder Bill Gates who slips to second place, according to Forbes magazine's annual billionaires list published Tuesday. US President Donald Trump's ranking on the list fell to 766th place from 544th in the last edition, his wealth now being estimated at $3.1 billion, $400 million less than a year ago. Thanks to a 59 percent rise in Amazon shares over the past 12 months, Bezos almost doubled his fortune, taking it to $120 billion, way ahead of Gates's $90 billion -- the biggest gap ever between the number one and two spots, Forbes said. Legendary investor Warren Buffett held on to his number three ranking, followed by French industrialist Bernard Arnault, who jumped to fourth-richest person from his previous number 11 spot, mostly thanks to euro strength against the dollar, the magazine said. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was fifth on the list. Two Chinese billionaires rose to be among the 20 richest people in the world: Ma Huateng, CEO of Chinese internet giant Tencent who is the richest person in Asia and number 17 in the world, and Alibaba founder Jack Ma. There are now a record 2,208 billionaires in the world, Forbes counted, and their combined worth is $9.1 trillion, up 18 percent from last year. The US has the most billionaires (585), followed by mainland China (373). Forbes' list contains 259 newcomers, including the first-ever cryptocurrency billionaires. Falling fortunes or political headwinds, meanwhile, pushed 121 people out of the illustrious list, including all 10 Saudi Arabians, the magazine said.
  11. It's not every day that a car manufacturer launches a smartphone, but that's exactly what British firm Land Rover has done as it's just introduced a rugged handset. The iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S8 are not designed for the great outdoors. That's not a criticism, it's just a statement of fact. Sure you can whack a huge great case onto it, but for the rough heads and hiking enthusiasts, this just won't make the cut. © Land Rover The durable device, dubbed 'Land Rover Explore,' is water-proof up to 1.8 meters, and can even survive being submerged in salt water. Styled after Land Rover's own Discovery, it can also handle drops, extreme temperatures, thermal shock, and intense vibrations. A mammoth 4,000mAh battery is found inside to keep you going in remote locations, which Land Rover claims will give you two days of usage with the screen constantly on. © Land Rover The 5-inch phone with MediaTek Helio X27 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage ships with Android Nougat and a promised upgrade to Oreo at some point. It also features a custom skin for quick access to utilitarian information and custom apps for outdoor activities. It can be used even when you're wearing thick gloves and includes some essential emergency features including a compass and an SOS light. © Land Rover The Explore comes bundled with a chunky Adventure Pack that adds a 3,600mAh battery (for a total of 7600mAh) and a 25mm ceramic patch GPS antenna. The latter is a specialized component that overrides the Explore's built-in antenna and boosts the chance of you getting a signal in far-flung locations. The new 'Explore' is the work of Bullitt, a British company that has made handsets for Caterpillar, Kodak and JCB in the past. The Explore isn't cheap though, costing £599 for the phone and Adventure pack (Battery + GPS) together and will be available on the 26th April.
  12. After watching MMA for close to 15 years now, I've noticed that even the toughest men on the planet have their bad days. And sometimes, those bad days are compounded when you're in a cage, fighting for your life! I've never fought professionally nor as an amateur but I have competed in various grappling tournaments around the country. And, let's be honest here, grappling is nowhere near a fist-fight in terms of level of stress and tension. Look, my point is that professional fighting is very hard. It's harder than most things you'll do in life. So, when the heavyweight championship of the world is on the line, you know that shit's about to go down. © MMAFighting Traditionally, heavyweights are the marquee draw on a fight card. From luminaries like Muhammad Ali to Brock Lesnar, heavyweight fighters have always been crowd-pleasers. They have been entertaining the blood-thirsty masses for centuries now. There is a reason heavyweights are known as the 'Baddest Men On The Planet'! They are the reason pound for pound lists were created. This Saturday saw two of the world's most dangerous people throw down in the confines of a suffocating cage. UFC 220 had Francis Ngannou, the hulking murder machine who just knocked Alistair Overeem dead, challenging for the heavyweight strap. The current champion is a bad dude called Stipe Miocic who is also a freaking fire-fighter for the city of Cleveland and is probably the most down-to-earth champion the UFC has ever had. A total meat and potatoes kind of guy, Stipe has already defended his title twice with both fights ending in nasty and brutal knockouts. This fight was the proverbial 'unstoppable force meets an unmovable object' kind of contest. © MMAFighting In the lead up to the legendary scrap, pundits talked about how Stipe Miocic was going to create history with 3 title defences. Just 3! Think about it though, in the heavyweight division, all it takes is one shot and you're in the shadow realm. One well-placed punch or kick could literally cause you to forget a few birthdays and a few anniversaries (although, that isn't so bad). So 3 title defences is an insane achievement when every other heavyweight champion has lost their third title defence. ALL OF THEM! The challenger was no joke either. Standing at 6'4 and weighing in at 263 pounds, Francis Ngannou is the reason the Boogeyman has nightmares. His concussive power has already earned his fu knockouts in four fights in the UFC; each one nastier than the last. His knockout of Alistair Overeem was one of the scariest things I have ever seen. I thought Overreem was dead when his head popped back from an uppercut from hell! Check out the gif below and get ready to cringe when the shot connects. The fight was billed as a clash of titans and it was exactly that. Everyone thought Ngannou would be too much for Miocic but that wasn't the case as the wily champ used his enormous grappling advantage to drag the fight to the ground where he proceeded to beat seven shades of shit out of the dangerous African. By the end of the 5th Round, Ngannou was barely able to hold his hands up. His cardio had failed him and he was taking a beating in the process. Stipe grounded the challenger and proceeded to sap the will to fight out of him. It was a masterful performance that showed us why Miocic stands on top of the heavyweight division. He derailed the hype train and how! © MMAFighting/Esther Lin © MMAFighting/Esther Lin It wasn't without a fight though. Ngannou cracked the champ with some heavy hands but in doing so, he wore out his cardio and was left exhausted by the end of the contest. It wasn't the prettiest fight in history nor was it the most tactical but it definitely was a tough, gut-checking type of a brawl and we wouldn't want it any other way.
  13. A child embraces a globe-shaped balloon ? ahead of the start of the 2015 Paris World Climate Change Conference (COP21) summit ? in Rome, Italy, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files This will be a big year for the Paris climate agreement. The broad outlines of the deal were figured out in 2015, but the specific rules governing what it requires countries to do will have to be written by the end of 2018. In spite of Donald Trump?s decision to withdraw the United States from the accord, the deal appears surprisingly strong. In the final months of 2017, Nicaragua and Syria ? the last two holdouts of the more than 190 nations that met in Paris ? signed on. The United States, meanwhile, will not be able to withdraw from the agreement until November 4, 2020 ? four years to the day after the agreement went into effect and, coincidentally, one day after the next U.S. presidential election. Now it?s time to figure out the fine print. The process that must wrap up before the end of 2018 is comparable to the period after Congress passes any legislation when regulatory agencies need to figure out what a given law will mean in practice. Over the course of 2018, negotiators from around the world will be working through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the treaty that undergirds the Paris Agreement, to do something similar. At the top of their to-do list are rules for what the UN calls ?transparency? ? that is, rules for measuring countries? emissions, and for measuring their progress toward reducing that pollution. When each country signed on to the agreement, it offered a goal, or a ?national determined contribution,? stating how much it planned to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Over time, countries are expected to improve on those pledges. The Paris Agreement?s objective is that these goals will gradually add up to a large enough reduction in global emissions that global warming can be contained within 2 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit.) Transparency is essential to determine whether that 2-degree target is realistic. Practically speaking, the UN needs to figure out how countries will report their progress toward their emission-cutting goals. It will also need to figure out how to determine whether those reports are accurate. This will mean digging into topics that, during past rounds of negotiations, have proven to be complex and technically intricate. When it comes to reporting, ?the Paris Agreement itself essentially points to a common approach for countries but also acknowledges a need for flexibility for the countries that need it,? says David Waskow, head of the DC-based World Resources Institute?s International Climate Initiative. That ?common approach? is key, and something that U.S. diplomats representing both Republican and Democratic administrations have pushed for years. If the UN has different standards for different countries ? for instance, if it holds India and China to lower transparency standards than the European Union ? then the agreement will be weakened at a time when it needs to get much stronger. The flip side of those common reporting standards is flexibility. By allowing for some variation in the information that countries report, the UN acknowledges that not every country will be able to measure their greenhouse gas emissions with the same degree of accuracy. A national government, Waskow explains, needs ?to know basic data about not only power plants but industrial facilities, what?s happening with transportation systems and vehicles, what kind of fuels are being used, what?s happening in the agriculture sector, what?s happening with land use, et cetera. It requires government capacity not only at the national level but at the sub-national level ? the city and state and provincial level ? to be able to know what power plants and industrial facilities are in operation and at what level they?re producing and emitting.? Not every county has that capacity. The specifics of how the UN deals with the range of data available is one of the things that must be figured out in 2018. One of the goals of the Paris Agreement is that every country eventually will be able to report information with the same degree of accuracy. Initially, however, that won?t be the case. So, negotiators, this year, will have to write rules that require strong, accurate reports, but that leave developing countries some wiggle room. Negotiators will also have to figure out how the UN will measure emissions outside national borders, including those from airplanes and boats in international waters. Planes and boats together account for about four percent of global emissions, by some estimates, and both air travel and maritime cargo shipping are expected to increase in coming years. Measuring these emissions will likely involve greater use of technology, especially satellites that can measure carbon dioxide and other climate change-causing pollutants from space. A further complicating factor is the rule-writing role of the United States and China, the two countries that head the Paris Agreement?s committee on transparency and which are also the world?s top two carbon emitters. Washington has historically championed stronger transparency, but whether State Department diplomats will remain as invested in the issue given the nation?s current one-foot-out-the-door status is unclear. China, meanwhile, has at times balked at efforts to assess its role in climate change. In the past, the country has shared its own internal statistics on emissions but has refused to answer questions about how those statistics were calculated. China?s data on coal use, a major contributor to its greenhouse gas emissions, has not always been reliable and, at times, the country has dramatically revised past reports. But Chinese President Xi Jinping is trying to position his country as a global leader on climate change, a mantle the United States dropped when President Obama left office. Whether that means advocating for stronger transparency rules remains to be seen. Ultimately, if the UN ends 2018 with strong rules on transparency, countries will have greater faith in the Paris Agreement. They?ll know, with greater certainty, that what they?re doing is making a difference. Looking beyond 2018, countries will begin offering up stronger and stronger emissions-cutting pledges. Once the rules are written, those undertakings are ?the other critical task,? says Waskow. ?Those together will put the Paris Agreement fully into motion and make it a living, breathing thing with real consequence.? The transparency rules will not just determine whether the world avoids a dangerous level of climate change ? they will determine whether countries have faith in the UN?s delicate effort to protect the planet.
  14. Twenty-five years after global scientists issued a "warning to humanity" about dangers to the environment, a new update released Monday says most of the planet?s problems are getting "far worse." Photo: AFP file MIAMI: Twenty-five years after global scientists issued a "warning to humanity" about dangers to the environment, a new update released Monday says most of the planet?s problems are getting "far worse." More than 15,000 global scientists from 184 countries signed on to the letter, called the "World Scientists? Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice," published in the journal BioScience. The initial version, released in 1992 by the Union of Concerned Scientists, was signed by 1,700 experts. Since then, nearly all major threats to the environment have grown more dire, particularly the booming world population, which has added two billion people since 1992, a 35 percent increase, according to the update. Other key threats are global warming and the ever-mounting carbon emissions driven by fossil fuel use, as well as unsustainable farming practices, deforestation, lack of fresh water, loss of marine life and growing ocean dead zones. "Humanity is now being given a second notice, as illustrated by these alarming trends," said the letter. Mass extinction under way "We are jeopardizing our future by not reining in our intense but geographically and demographically uneven material consumption and by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as a primary driver behind many ecological and even societal threats," it added. Scientists noted it is "especially troubling" that the world continues on a path toward "potentially catastrophic climate change due to rising greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels." Animals are suffering as a result of human activities, and are disappearing at an unprecedented pace. "We have unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years, wherein many current life forms could be annihilated or at least committed to extinction by the end of this century," it said. Only one problem has seen considerable improvements in a quarter century ? the closing of the ozone hole ? thanks to a steep reduction in the use of aerosol sprays and pollutants that led to ozone depletion. This "rapid global decline in ozone-depleting substances shows that we can make positive change when we act decisively." 13 solutions The letter outlines 13 steps that must be taken, including making contraception more widely available and "estimating a scientifically defensible, sustainable human population size for the long term while rallying nations and leaders to support that vital goal." Other steps include promoting plant-based diets and renewable energy while phasing out subsidies for fossil fuels. Wealth inequality must be remedied and "prices, taxation, and incentive systems (must) take into account the real costs which consumption patterns impose on our environment." In nature, protected reserves should be established "for a significant proportion of the world," and the crisis of wildlife trafficking and illegal poaching halted. "To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual," said the letter. "This prescription was well articulated by the world?s leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning. "Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out."
  15. A "monster" planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a faint dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers said Tuesday. The existence of the gassy giant challenges long-standing theories that such a big planet -- about the size of Jupiter -- cannot be formed around a star so small. The star has a radius and mass about half that of the sun. Theory had predicted that small stars can form rocky planets, "but do not gather enough material together to form Jupiter-sized planets," Britain's Royal Astronomical Society said in a statement. Planets are thought to form as gas and dust left over from massive galactic explosions, and swirling in disks around newborn stars, clump together to form bodies. The planet was discovered by the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), based in Chile's Atacama Desert. The project gave its name to the star -- NGTS-1 -- and dubbed the planet NGTS-1b. The "b" signifies it is the first planet found around this star. The survey uses an array of 12 telescopes to scour the sky and identify dips in light emitted by stars -- a sign that a planet is moving in front of the star as perceived from Earth. "The discovery of NGTS-1b was a complete surprise to us -- such massive planets were not thought to exist around such small stars," said Daniel Bayliss from the University of Warwick, a lead author of the study accepted for publication in the science journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. "The planet is about 25 percent the radius its host star. This makes is very large compared to its host star! For comparison, Jupiter is only about 10 percent the radius of our sun," Bayliss told AFP. Once they found it, astronomers measured how much the planet's gravitational impact caused its parent star to "wobble", so as to determine its size, position and mass. The planet orbited very close to its star, the team found -- just three percent of the distance between the Earth and the sun, and completes an orbit every 2.6 days, "meaning a year on NGTS-1b lasts two and a half Earth days." The planet and star are about 600 light-years from Earth in a constellation called Columba. "Despite being a monster of a planet, NGTS-1b was difficult to find because its parent star is so small and faint," said Bayliss's colleague Peter Wheatley. The planet's parent star is described as an M-dwarf -- the most common type in the universe, which means there may be many more unpredicted giant gas planets to be found, the team said. "I'm looking forward to seeing what other kinds of exciting new planets we can turn up," Wheatley said.
  16. This handout photo released by Nature shows an artistic view of Haumea and its ring system with correct proportions for the main body and the ring. PARIS: Move over Saturn! Scientists have found a ring around an unassuming mini-planet in our Solar System to debunk the theory that only giant planets can be so adorned. The planet, dubbed Haumea, orbits the Sun far beyond Neptune ? the eighth and furthest recognised "full" planet in our star system since Pluto was downgraded to dwarf status in 2006. About eight billion kilometres (five billion miles) from the Sun, Haumea spins rapidly on its own axis, and has a flattened, cigar-like shape. It takes 285 years to circle the Sun. Named after the Hawaiian goddess of childbirth, it is among a handful of known dwarf planets beyond the orbit of Neptune, which with the other so-called giant planets ? Saturn, Uranus and Jupiter ? all have rings. "Our discovery proves that there is a lot more diversity and imagination in our solar system than we had thought," study co-author Bruno Sicardy of the Paris Observatory told AFP. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal Nature. A ring system had previously been discovered around a centaur dubbed Chariklo. Centaurs, which have unstable orbits, are considered large comets, not planets, which means this is the first observation of a ring around a dwarf planet. The new discovery came when Sicardy and a team predicted that Haumea would cross in front of a specific star, from Earth´s perspective, on January 21 this year. They trained 12 telescopes at 10 different laboratories on the spot and were able to measure many of the physical characteristics of the little-known planet discovered in 2004. Scientists can infer much about a planet´s density and size by how much light it blocks out as it moves in front of a star. In Haumea´s case, they found it sported a dense, Saturn-like ring some 70 kilometres wide, made of frozen particles. The planet has two moons.
  17. Sure, the iPhone X may be the star attraction of Apple's 2017 lineup of smartphones however the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus shouldn't really be ignored as much. The “X” has a better display, has face ID, better cameras and looks very exciting - but it's also a lot more expensive. However, if you are currently thinking of switching to an iPhone or want to upgrade, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus might just be the answer for you. © MensXP Both devices are excellent in their own right as they both come with new camera features, faster processors, better performance and wireless charging. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus starts at INR 64,000 and INR 73,000 respectively and even though the two devices may have been overshadowed by the iPhone X, these two can definitely hold their own. Design - Familiar and Not So Imaginative Apple has basically stuck to the same design language the company has been following since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Both devices lack the headphone jack and are IP67 rated. Both smartphones can survive in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The major difference from their predecessors is a new glass back which also enables wireless charging. From the front, the two devices cannot be differentiated from the iPhone 7 and that is something you'll have to live with. © MensXP The colourway on the 2017 iPhones is exactly what the doctor ordered as they do not look metallic and instead give a more glossy yet refined look. The silver looks more of a light grey colour and the gold looks more like beige. Even though Apple has continued to follow the simple and minimalistic design language, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus lacks imagination. For many people, a big motivation to buy a new phone is having something exciting, new and sexy to hold and admire, but for people who are thinking about upgrading to the 8 or 8 Plus, it will essentially look and feel exactly the same as their previous phone. © MensXP When you first hold the devices in your hand you will instantly notice that they are slightly heavier and thicker than the iPhone 7/7Plus. The additional weight and thickness are not noticeable until you compare it with your old iPhone as the glass and the aluminium are both heavier than before. Display © MensXP Apple has continued the tradition of using a 4.7-inch 1,335 x 750 pixels resolution Retina display (~326ppi) on the iPhone 8, while the larger 8 Plus has a 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution Retina display (~401ppi). The iPhone 8/8 Plus displays have a DCI-P3 wide colour gamut certified display which is the standard used in Hollywood movies. This basically translates into better and accurate colour reproduction than the sRGB colour range. The two devices' display is bright and can adapt to a variety of lighting conditions. The iPhone uses an IPS LCD screen which makes it comfortable to read for a longer period and game graphics look incredibly detailed. Being an LCD display, it won't be as sharp as an OLED screen and you can expect some major differences between the iPhone 8/8Plus and the iPhone X. © MensXP The iPhone 8 also brings True Tone technology over from Apple's iPad Pro. True Tone dynamically adjusts the white balance of the screen to adapt its colour and intensity to your environment. This is possible thanks to the phone's ambient light sensors and the gradual shift in colours is the first thing you will notice when you stare at the screen. True Tone is always working in the background and measures the ambient light around you to make diminutive changes so that it is comfortable to view the display. iOS 11 Part of the reason why the iPhone is highly coveted is the iOS platform and all the features it brings with it. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus run on iOS 11 out of the box and the newly designed operating system is tailored for the two devices. © MensXP The Control Center is completely re-designed and packs a lot more features than ever before. The new sliders let you adjust volume and brightness more effectively as it feels more “natural.” You can even add more features and options from the settings menu to customise your experience and make things even more accessible. The App Store has also been re-designed to give it a more casual look. Once you open the app store you will be shown a 'Today' tab where you will find a bunch of apps handpicked by Apple. You will also see a list of apps that are centred around a theme. The new App Store feels easier to browse and also makes it easier for the user to discover new apps. © MensXP The big new feature on iOS 11 is the inclusion of the AR Kit which incorporates a whole lot of features that cannot be found on many other smartphones. Apple calls it a "cutting-edge platform for developing augmented reality apps for iPhone and iPad" and offers "powerful capabilities for positional tracking and scene understanding.” We tested out a few games and apps that utilise the AR Kit and we can confidently say that Apple's future looks bright. We could spring up a virtual battlefield and even measure the room using the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus' camera. From what we know, Apple's AR Kit has huge potential to expand the iOS experience and we will have to wait and see what developers can do with it. Top Performing Camera © MensXP The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are equipped with a new 12-megapixel sensor and even though it might the same resolution as the iPhone 7, the sensors are bigger. The image sensors' size is of utmost importance as the image quality is directly dependant on it. The bigger the sensor, the better pictures you will take. The iPhone 8 Plus has the same dual-camera setup as the 7 Plus that enables it to take Portraits and also have optical zoom. The lenses are very fast as the wide-angle lens has an aperture of f/1.8 (wide angle) and f/2.8 (telephoto). The wide-angle camera lens also has OIS so that the iPhone can take clearer and stable shots. © MensXP The pictures that we took with the two devices reflected good colours and remained mostly true to life. Retaining detail is the iPhone's strong suit and it seems to be the case with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as well. When it comes to taking pictures with the zoom on, the iPhone does a great job at keeping the details soft and reduces as much digital noise as possible. HDR shots on the iPhones 8 are also more vibrant; it looks like the iPhones 8 applies a stronger tone curve to the image than on previous iPhones. If you like to take pictures with the bokeh mode, you will want to buy the iPhone 8 Plus even if you are not a big fan of larger displays. The dual cameras let you take pictures that blur the background and focus on the subject instead. The new Portrait mode also has a “Lighting (Beta)” feature that can create studio lighting. There are five effects i.e. Natural Light, Studio Light, Contour Light, Stage Light, and Stage Light Mono. Here are few samples for you to see the new modes of action: iPhone 8 Samples iPhone 8 Plus Samples Audio © MensXP Ever since Apple removed the headphone jack, the company upgraded the speakers to stereo. The iPhone 8's speakers are noticeably deeper and also 25% louder than the iPhone 7. Stereo sound on the iPhone is achieved through an additional speaker that is located on top of the phone and under the earpiece. © MensXP Since there is no headphone jack, you get a pair or EarPods and a Lightning-to-3.5mm jack dongle in the box. If you are an audiophile and listen to music on a regular basis, we recommend you buy yourself a good pair of wireless headphones or be prepared to carry the dongle wherever you go. Performance and Battery Life © MensXP The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus packs some serious punch when to comes to performance and utilising the hardware under the hood. The new A11 Bionic Chip works faster than any processor in the market and it's partly because the two high-performance cores work in tandem with four high-efficiency cores. The iPhone 8/8 Plus excel in fast navigation between apps and games. It handled top-notch games with high fidelity graphics like 'Transistor' and 'Banner Saga 2' with ease without ever over-heating the handset. Just because the smartphone might look exactly the iPhone 7, it doesn't mean it performs the same way. Make no mistake, both devices are powerful and fast. We ran Geekbench 4, the iPhone 8 managed a single core score of 4,270 and a multi-core score of 10,259. That is faster than any device on the planet. Whatever said and done, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the most powerful phones around and rest assured the smartphone will last longer than any iPhone ever. © MensXP Battery life has always been a concern with iPhones and even though both devices have a smaller battery than its predecessor, it lasts longer than any iPhone. The 8 has a 1,821mAh battery (from 1,960mAh on the 7), while the 8 Plus has a 2,675mAh battery (from 2,900mAh on the 7 Plus). The battery life on the two iPhones is surprisingly amazing and this also a testament to how efficient the A11 Bionic chip really is. This is also the first time an Apple device support wireless charging. However, you will need to purchase a separate wireless charging pad in order to use this feature. The iPhone 8/8Plus also supports fast charging, however, you will need to buy a separate USB-C to Lightning cable. The Final Say The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus start at Rs 64,000 and Rs 73,000 respectively and if you are currently looking to upgrade from the iPhone 6/6S, then an upgrade is a no-brainer. Even though the two smartphones have incremental changes, it's not necessary a bad thing as the smartphone is one of the most powerful devices on the planet. It has a solid camera and efficient enough to last you more than a day. If you want an awesome iPhone and don't necessarily want to shell out INR 89,000 for the iPhone X, this is it.
  18. You know when BBC comes out with a TV series; it's going to be good. But this time with the release of the trailer for ‘Blue Planet 2', they have exceeded our expectations (which by the way were set really high). In case you aren't familiar with what ‘The Blue Planet' is then we assure you, you are in for a treat. Blue Planet is a nature documentary series which was created and produced by the BBC in 2001. It is narrated by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough. © Reuters The Blue Planet series was called "the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world's oceans" comprising eight, 50-minute episodes, each of which examined a different, never-seen-before aspect of marine life. The series went on to win a number of Emmy and BAFTA TV awards for its music and cinematography. Now 16 years later, the makers are back with the second part which is essentially a ‘prequel'. The trailer for ‘Blue Planet 2' has been released and it gives us a preview of what we can expect from the full series and it is nothing short of stunning. The series will not only be narrated by Sir David Attenborough, but will also feature a song made in collaboration between Radiohead and legendary film composer Hans Zimmer who has scored over 150 films including Gladiator, The Dark Knight trilogy, and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. © Nerdist They have reworked the track “Bloom” from Radiohead's 2011 album The King of Limbs, re-recording the composition with BBC Concert Orchestra. “Bloom was inspired by the original Blue Planet series so it's great to be able to come full circle with the song and reimagine it for this incredible landmark's sequel,” singer Thom Yorke of Radiohead said in an interview. From spitting dolphins to ‘dancing yeti crabs', sea dragons, giant cuttlefish to walking starfish- you'll find the footage of every aquatic animal that you've ever known about in this series, that took 4 years to make. But from what we see, the results are worth it! © BBC © BBC The visuals are so stunning that one can even compare them to Pixar stories. At least that's what Producer Mark Brownlow says. "You're meeting little tusk fish that can pick up shells and smash them. You've got an octopus that can disguise itself from a shark attack. The level of characterization we're getting from our animals, they are almost like real life Pixar stories,” he said in an interview. If you still aren't convinced, then spare 5 minutes and watch this beautiful trailer: The exact release date of the series hasn't been released yet however it definitely will hit our TV screens in 2017, on BBC One.
  19. With just one Copa del Rey title to their name last season, Spanish giants Barcelona were expected to step up their game in a bid to challenge their perennial rivals Real Madrid. But, even before the new season could begin, a series of blunders in the transfer window had many doubting if the Catalans had enough power to match the ever-improving Los Blancos. They had already lost one their star players Neymar to PSG and their failure to sign marquee players only made them look weak. But, while the experts raised questions on their abilities as a team, Ernesto Valverde's men silenced their detractors in the way they know best. Despite a major reshuffle to their team, Barcelona - so far - has looked dangerous, yet convincing enough to match their glorious history. The team had won all four of their games in the La Liga, notching up maximum points to lead the table. And, in their fifth game, Barca proved that they probably don't need big names in their side as long Lionel Messi is playing for them. Barcelona vs Eibar Highlights and All Goals â½ 20' 59' 62' 87' Lionel Messi â½ 38' Paulinho â½ 53' Denis Suarez â½ 57' Sergi Enrich Mega389 pic.twitter.com/uk5O8zqvMb — Mega389 (@mega389bola) September 20, 2017 Messi turned on the style once again with four goals as his team maintained their winning start in the Spanish League with a crushing 6-1 win over Eibar at the Camp Nou. The Argentinean launched a devastating second-half display to sink the visitors, with further goals coming from Denis Suarez and Paulinho. The 30-year-old notched up the 49th hat-trick of his career in the 62nd minute when he surged down the right-hand side after a pass from Paulinho, and again beat the helpless Eibar defenders and eventually their goalkeeper with a shot into the bottom corner. There's no place like home for Lionel Messi ð pic.twitter.com/kEBxTSjNsm — B/R Football (@brfootball) September 19, 2017 Hitting a new four-goal haul, Messi went past the 300-goal mark at Camp Nou. In his 591 appearances for Barcelona, the Argentine has now scored a total of 519 goals. He has now beaten a total of 134 goalkeepers in his career, with Eibar's Marko Dmitrovic being the latest. Messi has hot four goals on five occassions in his career now, once in the Champions League (against Arsenal), and four times in La Liga against Valencia, Espanyol, Osasuna and Eibar. He also hit five against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on 7 March, 2012. Thanks to an electric performance by their talisman, Barcelona now boasts of 15 points in five games to extend their lead at the top of La Liga points table. They are seven points ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid who are currently at the fifth spot with two wins and as many draws in four matches. Lionel Messi, the best player I have ever seen play the game...sorry Thierry 𥠗 Tass (@Hashtag_Tass) September 19, 2017 Not sure you can pay Lionel Messi a higher compliment than saying he's playing like Lionel Messi. — Andy West (@andywest01) September 19, 2017 Lionel Messi's last 12 games at Camp Nou: â½ï¸ â½ï¸â½ï¸ â½ï¸â½ï¸ â½ï¸â½ï¸ â½ï¸â½ï¸ â½ï¸â½ï¸ â½ï¸â½ï¸ â½ï¸â½ï¸ â â½ï¸â½ï¸â½ï¸ â½ï¸â½ï¸ â½ï¸â½ï¸â½ï¸â½ï¸ pic.twitter.com/s5BVLKRNNa — Leo Messi (@messi10stats) September 19, 2017 Lionel Messi for Barcelona across all competitions this season: 8 games ð 12 goals â½ï¸ 1 hat-trick ð© 1 poker 4ï¸â£ Absolutely running riot. pic.twitter.com/r6qTyy81CH — Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 19, 2017 If you're ever sad just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as Lionel Messi. pic.twitter.com/yr7dButs65 — Lionel Messi (@MessiTweets_) September 20, 2017 Lionel Messi has had more shots (39) than the rest of the Barcelona squad combined (37) in LaLiga this season. Scoring 52.9% of the goals. pic.twitter.com/SvtxcQAF4E — Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 20, 2017
  20. People cool off from the heat as they are sprayed with water jetting out from a leaking water pipeline in Karachi, Pakistan, June 25, 2015/REUTERS LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation): When Hurricane Harvey blasted ashore in August, drowning south Texas in a year?s worth of rain in just a few days, it left behind an estimated $150 billion in damage to sodden homes and inundated factories, and claimed about 60 lives. Two weeks later, Hurricane Irma churned into Florida, killing at least 33 people there and causing billions more in damages - as well as brutal loss of life in the Caribbean. But these storms may not be 2017?s deadliest US disaster. Instead, that title may go to a largely unseen killer: rising temperatures. Over the last 30 years, increasingly broiling summer heat has claimed more American lives than flooding, tornadoes or hurricanes, according to the US National Weather Service. And the problem has not been limited to the United States. More than 35,000 people died during a European heatwave in 2003, and tens of thousands perished in Russia during extreme heat in 2010. The threat is particularly severe in already sweltering places, from South Asia to the Gulf, and has been linked to a rise in migration out of hot and poor parts of rural Pakistan. But experts say heat remains underestimated as a threat by governments, aid agencies and individuals. That?s both because it?s an invisible, hard-to-document disaster that claims lives largely behind closed doors - and because hot weather just doesn?t strike many people as a serious threat. ?If you have a natural disaster like a cyclone or an earthquake or a flood, the impacts are immediate. Things get washed away, people drown. But heat is a silent killer,? said Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, a climate change researcher at Australia?s University of New South Wales. ?In Australia, heatwaves kill more people than any other natural disaster - but no one realizes the destruction they can cause. The attitude is, ?It?s hot, suck it up, get on with it?.? Around the world, heat is a neglected and poorly understood disaster, in part because few of the deaths it produces are directly attributed to heatwaves. Victims - many elderly, very young, poor or already unhealthy - often die at home, and not just of heat stroke but of existing health problems aggravated by heat and dehydration. In India, for instance, a major risk factor for women - who die of heat far more often than men, researchers say - is the lack of an indoor toilet. To avoid embarrassment or harassment, many women refrain from drinking water during the day to limit their trips to the toilet - a potentially deadly strategy during heatwaves. ?These deaths are recorded as normal deaths. But they wouldn?t have happened if it wasn?t so hot,? said Gulrez Shah Azhar, an Indian heat researcher who works for the RAND Corporation, a global think tank. Hotter cities To find the true rate of deaths during heatwaves, health officials look at ?excess? deaths - how many more people died than would otherwise be expected during that period. In places used to dealing with hot conditions, there is a ?diagnostics failure? in recognizing the risks of extreme heat, noted Eric Klinenberg, an American sociologist and expert on a deadly 1995 Chicago heatwave. In steamy cities like Miami, ?there?s a sense we know how to deal with heat here, while everybody else is complaining?, he said. ?There?s a will not to see the risk.? City dwellers, from Bangkok to Cairo, face particular - and growing - risks. In many rural areas, trees and open land planted with crops help daytime heat subside at night, providing some respite. In places used to dealing with hot conditions, there is a ?diagnostics failure? in recognizing the risks of extreme heat But in cities, acres of concrete and asphalt absorb warmth during the day and radiate it back at night, creating heat islands that can be nearly as hot at night as during the day. During Chicago?s three-day heatwave in 1995, more than 730 people died, many of them older people living alone and already facing health problems. With city services overwhelmed, hospitals turned away emergency cases, and the city?s morgue had to rent refrigerated trucks to store the dead. With more than half the world?s population now living in cities - and two-thirds of people expected to live in them by 2050 - finding ways to reduce urban heat will be crucial to saving lives as climate change ramps up heat extremes. Cooling down Many parts of the world, especially those that have already seen substantial heat deaths, are experimenting with ways to lower the risks. In New York, and a host of other cities, authorities are painting roofs white to reflect more heat and cool inhabitants. They are planting more trees and preparing hospitals to deal with more heat stroke and other health problems when temperatures soar. A pioneering heat action plan in Ahmedabad, a city in western India, for instance, automatically triggers deliveries of water to slum areas when temperatures hit dangerous levels, as well as opening neighborhood cooling centers. Simple measures like this are a clear, economical way to save lives, their backers say. ?The cost of setting up a heat preparedness plan is orders of magnitude cheaper than the cost of lives. It?s background noise,? said Azhar, who helped develop the Ahmedabad plan after a 2010 heatwave that killed more than 1,300 people in the city. A labourer drinks water as another looks on, on a hot summer day at a grain market in Chandigarh, India April 19, 2016/REUTERS In other countries, architectural styles designed to deal with heat - often abandoned when air conditioning became available - are being revived. Construction workers, who can?t avoid being outside on hot days, are being kitted out with gel-filled cooling vests and collars. Governments are experimenting with cloud-seeding to bring cooling rain. And some scientists are already discussing ?geoengineering? the planet using sun shields in space or sulfur particles in the atmosphere to reflect the sun?s heat. China, one of the countries grappling with worsening heatwaves, is trying to create ?sponge cities? with abundant trees and green areas that can absorb heavy rainfall, then gradually evaporate the cooling moisture back into the air. Power to the people In most hot places, people are advised to stay inside on sweltering days, drink more water, wear cool clothing and avoid strenuous activity. But those things can be hard to manage in practice when there?s work to be done and deadlines to be met. ?I was working at home on a 45-degree (113-degree Fahrenheit) day, and the guy across the street was still building a home in that heat,? recalled Perkins-Kirkpatrick, who lives in Sydney. ?There needs to be more education that it?s not okay to be outside in those conditions.? In rural areas, as well as many urban ones, lack of access to electricity can be one of the biggest risks during heatwaves. India alone has 300 million people without a power connection, which means they cannot turn on a fan or air conditioning when temperatures soar. In New Delhi, some of the poorest of the poor, living on the streets, sleep near the curb of busy roads at night, hoping to catch a breeze from passing cars. When Azhar was growing up in the Indian city of Lucknow, in a home without electricity, ?there was no escape? from debilitating summer heatwaves. ?You?re trapped and there is literally nothing you can do,? he said. Experts say one clear way to reduce growing health risks from heatwaves is to provide more of the world?s population with access to power, particularly in the hottest areas. ?The best way to mitigate (heat deaths) is to get electricity? to run fans or air conditioning, said Steven J. Davis, a University of California, Irvine earth system science professor and one of the authors of a 2017 report that predicted a growing risk of widespread deaths during Indian heatwaves. Global efforts, including as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, to bring power to those without it could play a significant role in reducing heat deaths, experts say. But if action to curb climate change is not robust enough, heatwaves could more often overwhelm or break down power grids, leaving rich and poor without help to cool down, they warn. Gains and losses In many poor communities, deadly heat is driving innovation. In the slums of Bhubaneswar, a humid city in eastern India where temperatures last summer hit 46.8 degrees Celsius (116 degrees Fahrenheit), families have learned to soak jute sacks in water and place them on their tin roofs, to cool the inside. And rickshaw drivers have added wet cooling mats to their vehicle roofs, drawing more customers and boosting their income. ?There was never a day all this summer that he didn?t bring home 500 rupees ($8)- a third more than others did,? said Kumari Behera, a Bhubaneswar resident whose son drives one of the ?air-conditioned? rickshaws. A woman covers her face to avoid heat while walking with her family along the beach on a hot summer day in Karachi, Pakistan, May 20, 2016/REUTERS Intensifying heat presents many risks beyond growing loss of life. It is a contributor to longer and more intense droughts and water shortages that are destroying harvests and creating more severe forest fires, with choking smoke. Higher temperatures can increase smog production in cities, as heat ?cooks? pollution from vehicles, and extend the length of allergy seasons, prolonging periods of misery for millions. And while rising temperatures may boost harvests in some parts of the world, extreme heat threatens to slash farm production in many areas, particularly of staple crops such as wheat, maize, rice and soybeans, scientists say. In the shorter term, rising temperatures present opportunities for some cooler parts of the world, however. In northern Canada, for instance, warmer weather is opening once frost-prone land to farming for the first time, raising the prospect of new harvests in new places. ?There?s a lot more interest in taking a look at underdeveloped land in northern Ontario and Quebec because of changes in climate,? said Rod Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Fishermen around the world, meanwhile, are finding different species in their nets, many driven into new waters by ocean warming. Iceland?s fishermen alone have spotted more than 30 new species in the last two decades, as some old ones disappear. ?The gains and losses seem to be balanced for now. But in the long term, I think (the change) will be slightly positive,? said Hreidar Thor Valtysson, an Icelandic natural resources specialist, whose children now catch mackerel near the Arctic Circle. Disease, migration Rising temperatures also look set to change the world?s disease threats. Mosquitoes that spread potentially deadly viruses from Zika and dengue to chikungunya thrive better in warmer climates than their malaria-carrying cousins, researchers at Stanford University found. That means malaria rates could fall in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, for instance, as temperatures rise and malaria-carrying mosquitoes struggle - or move to cooler areas of the continent. But communities that see malaria diminish likely will face new threats, including from diseases that are less researched and have lower-funded eradication efforts. ?We have this intriguing prospect of the threat of malaria declining in Africa, while Zika, dengue and chikungunya become more of a danger,? said Erin Mordecai, a Stanford University professor. Fiercer heatwaves also are raising questions about the limits of humanity?s ability to adapt. Christian Clot, a French-Swiss explorer, has been testing humans? limits in extreme conditions, including the nearly 60-degree Celsius (140-degree Fahrenheit) heat of Iran?s Dasht-e Lut desert. What he and doctors have found is that the ability to do just about anything - including sweat, work and think - diminishes as exposure to extreme heat grows. The ability to do just about anything - including sweat, work and think - diminishes as exposure to extreme heat grows That is a worry with three in four people in the world expected to face deadly heat by the turn of the century, according to a study published in the journal Nature. ?We think we?re stronger than nature - but we?re not,? Clot warned. Researchers believe heat-related migration - already underway - will ramp up. A 2014 study in Pakistan found that increasing heat - rather than worsening flooding, as thought - was a strong driver of migration out of agricultural villages over a 20-year period. And in India?s southern state of Tamil Nadu, Vinod Kumar?s family is already on the move after heat and drought repeatedly wrecked their crops. ?At this time of year, these fields should be green with paddy shoots, but no one seems to be farming,? he said, driving past arid land overgrown with scrub and thorns. With too much heat and too little water, ?it has become impossible to make a living from farming?, Kumar said. He now drives a taxi in Chennai to get by. Heat damage Higher temperatures are also a driver of worsening wildfires that have scorched woods from Los Angeles to Italy and Canada this year, and killed more than 60 people in Portugal alone. In northeast Spain, farmers spooked by soaring fire risk have moved herds of goats and sheep into nearby forests to clear underbrush, in an effort to reduce the chance of runaway blazes. ?We?re very worried,? said Pau Figueras Mundo, a 36-year-old herder, as his animals nibbled at the fringes of a forest. Paradoxically, however, it?s the relative lack of obvious damage from most heatwaves that results in them being underestimated as a threat, experts say. ?Heat is by no means taken as seriously by governments as hurricanes or earthquakes or floods. I believe that?s because a lot of our system for providing relief and assistance is based on property damage,? US sociologist Klinenberg said. Extreme heat can lead to the buckling of roads and railway lines, and reduce the capacity of power grids. But most of the damage remains ?less photogenic? than other disasters, he said. Preparing for worsening heat shocks will require planning and broader resilience-building efforts, experts say. In Ethiopia, aid agency World Vision has helped rural communities re-grow felled forests to provide shade, hold more moisture in fields, and give farmers alternative ways to earn money when drought destroys crops. ?The more prepared we are for heat stress, the more that communities can conserve water and change their agricultural practices, (and) the more they can absorb acute stress,? said Maggie Ibrahim, a resilience manager with World Vision. Men assist flood victims evacuate into a boat in Sukkur, located in Pakistan's Sindh province, August 8, 2010/REUTERS Similar preparation needs to happen in many parts of the world, said Australian heat expert Perkins-Kirkpatrick. ?In Australia we have heat plans but they?re not very detailed. There needs to be a national plan and money put into infrastructure - not just advice like drink water, stay inside and check on your elderly neighbors,? she said. That advice is good and necessary, but ?it?s not enough?, she said. Soon ?everyone? will be affected, including people out on a run or mothers walking their kids to school, she added. Invisible disaster One key problem in getting heat action plans in place - already a challenge with a largely invisible disaster threat - is the politics surrounding climate change. Heatwaves are the hazard most clearly tied to global warming. But U.S. President Donald Trump?s Republican-led administration has denied climate change is a significant risk. That has hampered determined efforts by many U.S. cities, states and companies to prepare for what they see as increasingly evident climate threats. Despite an international agreement to curb climate change reached in Paris in 2015, cuts in the use of fossil fuels around the world are not yet ambitious enough to meet the accord?s goal of keeping warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. Instead the world is on a path towards at least 3 to 4 degrees Celsius of warming by the turn of the century, scientists say. ?How is the global community going to respond to that?? Ibrahim asked. ?Are we just going to accept millions of deaths? We do now around drought, but will we do that around heat exhaustion? And how are we going to manage the migration flows?? ?We are not at all prepared globally for the big numbers that will be affected,? she said. Texas and Florida, still recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, may have particular reason to worry in the years ahead, scientists say. An analysis by Climate Central, a US non-profit science and media organization, found that Houston by 2030 is likely to face ?heat danger days? - when combined heat and humidity make temperatures feel like 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) - 110 days a year. Miami will face 126 such days each year by 2030, it noted. ?A one-off every now and then we can recover from,? said Perkins-Kirkpatrick. ?But we?ll be seeing this almost every summer in the next 40 or 50 years. We need to do something about it.?
  21. The iPhone 8 was announced a few days ago and, as expected, it looks like Apple's new device is all set to blow away the competition. Leaked benchmark numbers that were shared online reveal an unbelievable story.. The iPhone X is even faster than some PCs that sport Intel's 7th Gen Core CPUs. © Apple The numbers from the benchmark results show that the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 are the fastest and most efficient smartphones available today. The new iPhones have the A11 Bionic SoC which can run six cores at a time. These cores are the real deal and show that when working at full capacity, they can blow every smartphone out of the water. Macrumors found the Geekbench scores that show a 4 single-core test averages around 4169 whereas the multi-core have a 9836 average. However, when working at full capacity it can go up to 4274 and 10438 which is simply bonkers. That is even faster than the new 1-.5-inch iPad Pro (3887 and 9210 average scores). The highest-end dual-core 13-inch MacBook Pro scores 4592 and 9602 in Geekbench 4 tests. That means the iPhone X is slower in single-core tasks but speedier in multi-core tasks. © Apple This shows that the A11 Bionic chip is able to match a desktop processor, however, we all know it can do all the things a CPU can. But considering the competition, there isn't any other smartphone that sports a SoC that can even come close to these numbers. No Android device can touch these numbers and we would like to see if Qualcomm can make the next processor as fast as the A11 Bionic chip. Many people will argue that Geekbench scores do not translate well into real-life performance. However, high iPhone benchmark scores always translate into great real-life performance.
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  23. WASHINGTON: The Earth set a series of dire records in 2016, including hottest year in modern times, highest sea level and most heat-trapping gases ever emitted, a global climate report said Thursday. A range of key climate and weather indicators show the planet is growing increasingly warm, a trend that shows no signs of slowing down, said the annual State of the Climate Report. "Last year´s record heat resulted from the combined influence of long-term global warming and a strong El Nino early in the year," said the report. "The major indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet," it added, noting that several markers -- such as land and ocean temperatures, sea level and greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere - broke records set just one year earlier. The ominous news comes two months after President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord on global warming, a decision that sparked widespread international criticism. In the past billionaire Trump has called climate change "a hoax" invented by the Chinese, dismissing scientific evidence of human contributions to rising temperatures. Of particular concern, as humanity continues to rely on fossil fuels for energy, unprecedented levels of greenhouse gases are polluting the atmosphere, acting like a blanket to capture heat around the Earth. All the major greenhouse gases that drive warming, including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide, rose to new heights, it said. Atmospheric CO2 concentration reached 402.9 parts per million (ppm), surpassing 400 ppm for the first time in the modern record and in ice core records dating back as far as 800,000 years. "Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity and life on Earth," said the peer-reviewed publication, put together by nearly 500 scientists around the globe and released each year by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society. The report confirmed prior announcements that 2016 was the hottest year since contemporary records began, marking the third year in a row that global records were broken planet-wide. Both land and sea surface temperatures set new highs. Last year also saw the global sea level rise for the sixth straight year, as well as unusually high tropical cyclone activity and abnormally widespread drought. The entire 280-page report is available online.
  24. I do not step out of my house until I have my Apple Watch Series 2 on my wrist and it's partly because I can't live without it anymore (unless I'm hungover and forget wearing it). The smartwatch is not meant to replace your iPhone and it does not have a keyboard to carry out daily mundane tasks. However, the tiny screen on the smartwatch lets me read the news, let me check my Facebook activity and also help in checking my daily stats. The smartwatch truly compliments the iPhone and extends the experience further and here's why I cannot live without it. It's Meant For Texting © Apple When I am not in the mood to answer calls or even reach out to my phone, the Apple Watch lets me do things that I could only dream of a few years ago. The speaker on the Apple Watch is not meant to be used for recieving calls however, there are other ways to communicate with people. The Apple Watch is fully entwined with the “Messages App” and if you speak into the watch, Siri will translate your speech to text and send the message. I found this feature very useful especially when I am driving or when working out in the gym. You can even send your heartbeat to loved ones if you feel very expressive. It's that easy. It Tells Me to get by Butt Moving © YouTube We all have jobs or days when we want to be lazy but the Apple Watch ensures I don't get carried away with my lazy plans. The smartwatch rewards me with achievements if I am always up and about and not lying down/sitting for the entirety of the day. If I am sitting on the bean bag for too long, it will nudge me to stand so that I am not getting carried away or stressed out. It rewards me for taking regular walks but in no way does the smartwatch help with losing weight. The watch is designed to keep you on your feet when you should be, unless you've programmed the watch with specific excercise goals. It Tracks Swimming © MensXp I will swim whenever I get the chance and while testing the Apple Watch, I came to the conclusion that it is a must have gadget if you like to track your swimming routine. Being waterproof, the smartwatch allows you to track your pace, the number of lengths and heart rate while you are swimming. All you have to do is input the size of the pool manually, for example just enter 20 meters and the Apple Watch will do the rest. I normally pick the open goal exercise and the watch accurately tracked the number of lengths I managed to complete. After completing my session, I simply twist the crown that ejects excess water from the innards by using sound. In fact, I love that feature so much that I do it at least 2-3 times until I am fully satisfied. The Apple Watch Series 2 can stay submerged underwater for up to 50 meters and you can track your distance, laps and different types of stroke styles. The Breathe App Let's Me Take A Break © MensXP I am a heavy smoker and in no way am I suggesting that the “Breathe” App helps me quit the bad habit. However, there are times where I have felt like smoking and fired up the "Breathe" app that helped calm my senses as it helped me with taking deep and long breaths. The Apple Watch vibrates on your wrist creating a very relaxing sensation and works in sync with the pulsating animation. The fact that the smartwatch encourages me to pay attention to my breaking can be very beneficial. The Breathe app is a good way to set everything aside and take a break from all the stress you're already under. The Breathe app will also let you setup a breathing session of your preference i.e. one or five minutes. It will then coach you through the process and help you practice longer breaths. It also monitors your heart rate and provides a summary after the session is over. It's Amazing For Fitness Freaks © Pinterest The Apple Watch sets itself apart from other fitness trackers as is it is more accurate and helps in optimising your exercises. If you love running outdoors, the watch will advise you on varying weather conditions. Apart from recording your steps, it will also track your pace, distance travelled and even works without the iPhone thanks to the accelerometer sensor. The interface is simple and easy to use and the battery life is more than enough to track your activity for 2.5 days. In fact, the smartwatch is so popular amongst fitness freaks, that at least 70% of users at my gym happen to use an Apple Watch. You can even download third-party apps such as the “Gymatic App” that automatically tracks exercises such as the bench press exercise and it even counts the number of reps. It's Ready For Any Occasion © MensXP_Samiksha Sharma My favourite feature about the Apple Watch is the fact that you can customise your strap for any occasion. I carry compatible straps with me at all times and use them for specific occasions. I use the Milanese loop strap for daily usage or at work, while when I go the gym, I slap on the Nike Apple Watch strap so that it is resistant to sweat. If I happen to go to a party, I use a very elegant leather strap (Black or Brown) so that it matches my formal outfits. Apart from buying official Apple Watch straps, you can buy plenty of third party accessories that can make your Apple Watch stand out from the crowd. Apple Watch accessories are readily available and you can easily pimp your wrist to superior levels. Whether you want a strap to use in the gym or a strap that can impress the ladies, it's all out there for you. Apps More Apps and Even More Apps. © Strava No Apple product can survive without the plethora of Apps that are available for their products and the Apple Watch is no exception. Using apps is probably the best way to enhance your Apple Watch experience. You can control music from your Apple Watch or use it to take a picture without ever touching your iPhone. The Apple Watch currently has over 2,00,000 apps available to download and some them are very handy. © YogaGlo YogaGlo is one of those apps that is free to download and can be used with the Apple Watch to access over 3,800 classes in a variety of styles and levels. You can track your YogaGlo activity on the Apple Watch and monitor your heart rate during each practice so you can contribute to your Activity Rings and meet your daily goals. Other fitness apps such as Strava, Carrot Fit and Streaks workout is also worth the money. It's The Future © MensXP_Samiksha Sharma Love it or hate it, you cannot ignore that fact that it is the future of wearables and there's nothing you can do about it. The smartwatch phenomena has already taken over the world and the Apple Watch is already bigger than most traditional watchmakers. You may argue that an expensive timepiece holds emotional and status value, but they will be obsolete in the near future. You can already book a cab by saying “Get me a cab” with the smartwatch and use it to stay in touch with your friends and loved ones. I can draw pictures and send it as a text and even use it for recording voice messages. I can already tweet, post on somebody's Facebook timeline and track Pokemon's I need to capture while I'm on the go. It is probably the most personal device ever made since the personal computer and it will soon be a part of everyone's lives.
  25. In my growing years, when someone asked me, tell me something about your dad, I would say he is a straight-faced guy who barely cracks jokes, threatens verbally with punishments (which I never get), and ignores everything I say unless the same is echoed by Sharma Ji’s son. He might not be a celebrity but we still begged him (literally) to give us an autograph, on our report cards. In fact, I never gave my phone to him because then he would know that I have saved his number as ‘Mogambo’. Don’t give me that judgmental look because I am sure you have saved his number as ‘Hitler’. However, despite their strictness they used to spoil us regularly with toys, games and everything we wanted. Although they are really bad at expressing themselves, we love them nonetheless. © Pixabay But, that was back in the day! Today’s dads are savage and brutal AF and it’s not wrong for our parents to worry about how our kids will turn out to be. They not only have their parenting game on point, but also know how to or how not to deal with tricky situations that involve kids. While fatherhood expects you to be patient, calm and sweet in front of children, these dads are far away from it; but are slaying the scene anyway. They’re goofy, hilarious, do not sugarcoat things, and have some brutal comebacks up their sleeves. So this Father’s Day, let’s take a look at some dads who have redefined badassery for this generation and transformed the face of parenthood. Being a dad means you need to be responsible for everyone around the block. Accidentally played dad instead of dead when I encountered a bear and now it can ride a bike without training wheels. — Simon Holland (@simoncholland) February 11, 2015 After all, it’s education that matters. [in car drop off line at school] Dad, this isn't even our school. "Look kids…Daddy's hungover. Just go in there & learn something, ok?" — Andy H. (@AndyAsAdjective) January 12, 2016 When we think we can finally overpower his wit, but... My 14yo made fun of me this morning because I had to go to work while he had a snow day, so I changed the wifi password. — Rock🇺🇸 (@TheMichaelRock) February 9, 2016 Now that’s what we call a realistic and practical parenthood. Just taught my kids about taxes by eating 38% of their ice cream. — Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) September 4, 2011 This is every dad’s fair warning. My son can now reach the light switches so don't come over my house unless you're really into raves or want to have a seizure. — Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) February 21, 2013 No paternity test needed! Random lady: What's your name? 5-year-old: Thorin, son of Thrain, King under the Mountain Lady:*looks at me confused* Me: Bow to the king — James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn) August 24, 2015 And the best dad award goes to… Singing my kids a lullaby called, "Get Your Ass Back in Bed." — Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) June 16, 2015 He is the personification of every Indian dad! "Dad, I cant sleep." Dad: [enters chugging a Monster] SLEEP IS DEAD. GET A JOB. "Dad Im seven-" Dad: SO WERE THE DWARVES BUT THEY HAD JOBS. — Hoppers (@FrogAvalanche) December 6, 2014 When you want them to be prepared for life! [kids party] "This bouncy castle is twice the price of last year" Dad no "That's.." Please no dad "..Inflation for you" *kids start crying* — Jazmasta (@jazmasta) July 11, 2015 Either he is the best dad ever or the child just ran out of luck. son: why is my name jesus dad: mom wanted to name u after a rolemodel other son: &me? dad: well Charizard the same reason but it was my turn — EJ Gomez (@EJGomez) April 5, 2016 The reason why kids have trust issues. It's weird how we tell kids not to lie then tell them how good the picture they drew is. — Simon Holland (@simoncholland) April 15, 2016 ROFL…this kid asked the wrong question. Son: am I adopted? Me: not yet, but we're hopeful. — Lloyd Rang (@lloydrang) June 26, 2013 When he takes it on him to find a ‘bae’ for you Sensible dad: I'd like to buy 3 'fleeks' & 7 'swags' for my son. "Sir this is Urban Outfitters" Do you have any 'baes'? "Please leave" — Danny Charnley (@DanKCharnley) May 13, 2015 No one can ever beat his savage one-liners Dad: Tall latte Barista: Sure thing. Can I get a name? Dad: What your parents didn't give you one? *all the other dad's give him high fives* — Michael, still here (@Home_Halfway) December 12, 2014
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