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Friday, 14 October 2016

Abandoned by his mother at 2 months old, and having to face bullying from other pandas growing up, now Qizai, the only brown panda in the world, is thriving and becoming a celebrity of the animal world!
Qizai, whose name means ‘the seventh son’ was found as a weak and neglected cub in a nature reserve in Qingling Mountains in Central China. Apparently, his mother disappeared into the jungle, but one thing is sure – she was black and white.
Therefore, the fact that Qizai has a brown and white coat is even more intriguing. Scientists guess that it’s due to some genetic mutation. Despite his tough childhood, Qizai, now at age 7, has turned into a fine specimen, and Chinese experts are planning to find him a mate. Being able to observe and study the appearance of his child, researchers would get a step closer to solving brown fur’s mystery.

Meanwhile, Qizai is enjoying a good life at the Foping Panda Valley, and times when other pandas would steal his food are in the past. Qizai has a personal care-taker, who plans his life around her eating schedule. The keeper wakes up at 6am and goes to sleep at midnight, just to make sure Qizai has a full bellly and is safe and sound.
The celebrity panda now weighs more than 220 pounds and eats around 44 pounds of bamboo every day.
‘He is slower than the other pandas, but he is also cuter,’ Qizai’s keeper told MailOnline, describing the bear as a ‘gentle, funny and adorable’ animal.

This poor animal was abandoned by his mother at 2 months old, and had to face bullying from other pandas growing up…

The motherless panda has always been different, so other pandas would steal his food, making his childhood really tough

The sad days are over, and now the brown panda is thriving and becoming a celebrity of the animal world!

Meet Qizai, the world’s only brown panda!

Apparently, unlike Qizai, his mother was black and white, which makes the bear’s fur color’s mystery even more intriguing

Most likely it’s due to something in his genes, and scientists can’t wait to find out what it is

Qizai, now at age 7, has turned into a fine specimen, and experts are planning to find him a mate

Meanwhile, Qizai is enjoying a good life at the Foping Panda Valley

The animal has a personal care-taker, who plans his life around Qizai’s eating schedule, waking up at 6am and going to bed past midnight

The celebrity panda now weighs more than 220 pounds and eats around 44 pounds of bamboo every day

‘He is slower than the other pandas, but he is also cuter,’ Qizai’s keeper told MailOnline

If you want to go and say ‘hello’ to Qizai, you know where to find him…

Thursday, 13 October 2016

A customer in Petsmart in Northwest Raleigh, North Carolina couldn’t help but share this tweet of an adorable kitten in a sock sweater recently, and it’s easy to see why when you look at the picture.
“I’m at petco and THEY FOUND A KITTEN IN THE STORM AND PUT HER IN A LITTLE SWEATER,” she wrote in her tweet that’s since been shared almost 64k times and liked by more than 113k people. The kitten had been rescued from Hurricane Matthew and the customer, known as Sarah, noticed it after she overheard a family talking to a vet assistant about looking for a new cat. The assistant brought out a tiny baby tabby wrapped up in a little sock sweater to keep her warm, and it was clearly love at first sight for the family who immediately decided to adopt the kitten.

More info: Twitter

This lucky 3-4 week old kitten was saved from Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina

Vets at Petsmart in Northwest Raleigh made her this adorable sock sweater to keep her warm

She was shown to a family who were looking for a new kitten and they fell in love with her immediately

And so did the internet

The kitten is now safe in her loving new home

On Tuesday, President Obama reaffirmed in a CNN op-ed a long-term goal for the nation’s space program that he first outlined in 2010: to put an astronaut on Mars by the 2030s.

Back in April I spoke with former astronaut and current director of operations for space systems at Lockheed Martin on this very topic and the conversation proved very illuminating in revealing the road that lie ahead in trying to achieve this goal.

Lockheed builds Orion, the principal space capsule expected to one day take U.S. astronauts to Mars. At the moment, it’s serving as a test vehicle that will launch further into space with each new mission. Those test mission will inform the final design of the spacecraft that will go to Mars.

What’s worth noting is that at the moment, Orion hasn’t even made it to the moon. The first Orion flight occurred in in December 2014, known as Exploration Flight Test-1. EFT-1 tested the spacecraft’s heat shield and its complex parachute system. That mission sent Orion out 3,600 miles into space — about 15 times the distance of the International Space Station.

The next mission, Exploration Mission-1, will send Orion into lunar orbit. This will test the spacecrafts ability to handle reentry at lunar speeds and will be unmanned.

"It’s all just orbital mechanics,” Frick told me back in April about the pressures a spacecraft must endure the deeper into space it goes. "If you go into an orbit, the higher you go, when you come back the faster you’ll be going."

"If you go into low Earth orbit — the Space Station or the Space Shuttle — and you’re only up about 200 miles, you’re only going about five miles a second," Frick added. "If you go on a lunar trajectory you’re going out to 250,000 miles, so when you come back, you’re coming back much, much, much faster because you had to put in a lot of speed to get out there. You get all that speed back when you come in. So you’re going to end up hitting the atmosphere at that much higher speed.”

The EM-1 launch is slated for September 2018. NASA won’t begin manned flights until the 2020s, and even those will be lunar orbit missions. The timeline becomes less clear the further out you go and there is no formal timeline for a manned flight to Mars outside of the loose pronouncements that the U.S. plans to get there sometime in the 2030s.

What I came to understand in my talk with Frick was that any mission to Mars takes baby steps. The Orion’s mission is tied closely with the development of the space launch system (SLS) — the rocket that will ultimately help propel Orion to Mars. At the moment, Frick said, "you frankly don’t have the propulsion yet on that system to give you the amount of speed you need to go to Mars.”
He added that EFT-2 is going to the moon and stopping short of Mars because "we wouldn’t want to do that on the second mission anyway.”

"Any time you have flight tests, whether it’s an aircraft or spacecraft, you want to have a buildup approach and even going to the moon — going around the moon and coming back — is a very aggressive mission for the second mission of a vehicle,” Frick said. "They certainly didn’t do that on Apollo. They had many many flights on the Apollo capsule before they sent it on Apollo 8 around the moon."
The ultimate strategy, Frick said, is “You want to be as aggressive as you can so you make the most advancement on every flight test but you don’t want to go all the way to end goal because that usually doesn’t work too well. There are too many unknowns.”

While NASA has flown several missions to the moon already, under the Apollo program of the 1960s and 1970s, the Orion program has to go through many similar missions before it can get to Mars.

"The Orion is a very different spacecraft than Apollo,” Frick said. "It looks pretty similar on the outside but it’s much bigger, it’s much heavier, it’s got very different subsystems. It’s got a very different structural design to be more efficient and lighter, so all of those things make it a new world and you want to test it in each of those environments that you’re going to use it in to build yourself up to that most extreme environment which would be going to Mars."
Washington Business Journal.

Monday, 10 October 2016

HTC is a very well-known company, though this company has been struggling for quite some time now. This Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer is actually manufacturing Google’s all-new Pixeldevices, and they’ve also released one of the best smartphones of 2016, the HTC 10. That being said, HTC’s sales are not exactly great, and it has been like that for a long time now. The company is, however, trying to turn things around by offering compelling products to consumers, and following their HTC 10 flagship, the company might introduce their first ever smartwatch, read on.

The company’s smartwatch was rumored for a long time now, and it actually just leaked in China. The rumored ‘Halfbeak’ (codename) smartwatch sports a circular design, and you can check what it looks like in the gallery down below. This watch is made out of metal, and it sports a circular display up front (full circle), with a resolution of 360 x 360. Now, the back of this watch actually features the Under Armour logo, which is a sports clothing and accessories company HTC had partnered up with a while back, the two companies have partnered up over Healthbox, a connected fitness system, so their logo on the back of this watch kind of makes sense. Now, this is a new leak, or at least it seems like it, we still can’t confirm these images are not older than the source leads us to believe, but we’ll have to wait for HTC to release more info when it comes to this before we can be sure of anything.

Anyhow, you’ll notice that this watch comes with a silicone / rubber band, which is clearly visible in the gallery. The watch seems quite sporty because of it, and it also looks really sturdy. There are two physical keys included on the right side of this watch, one will, presumably, power on / off this watch and also light up the display, though we still don’t know what the other one will be used for. There are some pogo pins included on the back of this watch, which could indicate that it will ship with a charging cradle or something of the sort. Now, as far as its specifications go, aside from the resolution of its display, we really don’t have any more info, we do, however, hope that HTC will include an AMOLED display here. This watch is expected to run Android Wear, though as already mentioned, nothing has been confirmed just yet.
Samsung is suspending production of its Galaxy Note 7 replacement phones after more reports of fires, according to news reports in Korea and the U.S.
The major U.S. carriers, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all announced their own suspension of sales or exchanges of troubled device, which is having one of the worst rollouts of a tech product in recent memory.
Samsung spokeswoman Jee Hye-ryong said the company was “temporarily adjusting the Galaxy Note 7 production schedule in order to take further steps to ensure quality and safety matters.”  Samsung has not commented on stories attributed to unnamed sources published by Korea’s Yonhap News Agency and the Wall Street Journal that it was suspending production entirely.
But announcements from the major U.S. cellular carriers indicated they were taking reports seriously of at least 8 fires in replacement models.
And the publicity alone is likely to prove deeply damaging.  “Samsung needs to face reality: The Galaxy Note is done for,” said a headline in Recode. “The Note 7 isn’t going to get a third chance.”
The development is the latest blow for Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant that has seen its hopes of competing with Apple’s iPhones go up in a literal cloud of smoke.”
“While Samsung investigates multiple reports of issues, T-Mobile is temporarily suspending all sales of the new Note7 and exchanges for replacement Note7 devices,” said a press release from T-Mobile.
“Based on recent reports, we’re no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of these reported incidents,” an AT&T spokesperson told FORBES.
A Verizon statement reported by The Verge and elsewhere said “Samsung is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate the safety of replacement Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones. While the investigation is underway, Verizon is suspending the exchange of replacement Note7 smartphones. Any Verizon customer concerned about the safety of their replacement Note7 smartphone may take it back to the original point of purchase to exchange it for another smartphone. Verizon online customers may also exchange their replacement Note7 smartphones at Verizon stores”
Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported eight cases of fires in replacement phones, 5 in the U.S., one in South Korea and another in Taiwan.
Yonhap said the incident in Korea was determined by a laboratory test to have been caused by a “strong external shock or being squashed.”
It quoted an unnamed source at a Samsung supplier saying production was being suspended.
The Verge reported that one of the five U.S. fires occurred when a Houston, Tex. man was at lunch with his daughter who had placed the phone on a dining table. Daniel Franks told The Verge that his 8-year-old often plays Minecraft on the phone and wondered what could have happened if she had been holding it or if it had been in his pocket.
Though advertisements claimed the phones were “designed to be a key that opens the door to new experiences on the go,” they have proved to be liability since their Aug. 19 release.
At the time, the commission stated that the phone’s batteries were linked to “26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.”
In one instance, a car was “fully engulfed in flames” after a phone caught fire. In another, a man sued the South Korean company after allegedly suffering severe burns on his right thigh and left thumb when his phone exploded.
It then began a replacement program for all phones sold prior to Sept. 21.
The batteries can explode when the anode (an electrode filled with positively charged ions) and the cathode (an electrode filled with positively charged ions) make contact. As The Post’s Andrea Peterson explained:
Like pretty much all batteries, lithium ion batteries work by storing energy and releasing it through controlled chemical reactions. A lithium ion battery has two electrodes — places where electricity can enter or leave the battery. One electrode, called the anode, is filled with negatively charged ions. The other electrode, called a cathode, contains positively charged ions and lithium. You can think of the anode and the cathodes like the plus and minus signs you often see on batteries.
When you use a battery, the lithium moves over from the cathode to the anode — and when you charge it, the lithium moves back over to the cathode. There’s a separator inside that keeps the anode and the cathode from touching because that can trigger mishaps such as fires and explosions.
In Samsung’s case, it appears a manufacturing error caused that separator to fail.
Anna Fifield reported from Tokyo.
By Fred Barbash and Anna Fifield

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Cheyenne Hyer, pictured in this undated photo, died last week.
A Mississippi police department is shaken after the 3-year-old daughter of one officer died after being left alone in her mother’s patrol car last week.
“Shocked. Devastated,” Long Beach Police Chief Wayne McDowell told WLOX News. “As you can imagine, something that I really can’t see any excuse for.”
According to McDowell, a tragic sequence of events was set off after Long Beach police officer Cassie Barker ended her patrol shift at 6 a.m. on Friday, then reportedly drove to visit colleague Clark Ladner — with her young child in the car, WLOX reported.
Barker went inside Ladner’s home, leaving 3-year-old Cheyenne Hyer unattended in her patrol car for at least four hours, McDowell told the news station.
By the time emergency officials were called to the scene, Cheyenne was unresponsive, Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk told The Washington Post.
Paramedics worked for 40 minutes “trying to do everything in the world to save her,” Faulk said, but it was too late. Cheyenne was pronounced dead a local hospital, he said.
Faulk said it would be “some time” before a crime lab in Jackson, Miss. determined the exact cause of death.
Officer Barker, the child’s mother, was reportedly hospitalized after the incident “in shock,” according to the Sun Herald.
Barker and Ladner at first were suspended without pay as authorities investigated the case. A representative of the Long Beach Police Department confirmed to The Post that both Barker and Ladner had been terminated Tuesday but would not comment further.
Long Beach is a small city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, about three hours southeast of Jackson. Writing to city officials, McDowell recommended both officers for termination Tuesday for “conduct unbecoming,” according to letters obtained by WLOX News.
McDowell also told the Clarion-Ledger that both officers had violated department policy.
“There is a department policy that family members are not allowed in patrol cars, unless the exception is if they’re coming or going to or from work to be dropped off at childcare,” McDowell told the newspaper.
McDowell did not return phone calls seeking comment on Wednesday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an independent investigation of the incident and also did not respond to inquiries Wednesday.
Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass told the Clarion-Ledger it was unclear what the relationship was between Barker and Ladner, but that both were off duty when Cheyenne was left unattended.
“She was there visiting him,” Bass told the paper. “I can’t speculate on anything more.”
Bass also confirmed that the car was running with the air conditioner on, but that there is “no excuse for leaving your child in the car.”
“There’s no logical reason to do that,” Bass told the paper. “It’s not an accident. She left the child in the car. We hear and read about this, it seems like quite often recently. It seems more than ever that people are leaving their infants and small children in the car to do tasks and shopping.”
The Mississippi incident comes as a separate trial is getting underway for a Georgia man charged with murder for his toddler’s 2014 death in a hot SUV.
Prosecutors say Justin Ross Harris intentionally killed his child after he left his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in a car for seven hours, the AP reported. Defense attorneys say it was an accident.
According to the nonprofit group, on average 37 children die each year of heat-related reasons after being left unattended in a car.
“Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car,” the group writes on its website, “and the end result can be injury or even death.”
Cheyenne’s father, Ryan Hyer of Jacksonville, Fla., told the Clarion-Ledger that he and Barker split after two years together, and that news of his daughter’s death sent him into a tailspin.
“I lost all feeling. I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t breathe, then I was flat out crying,” Hyer told the newspaper. “After that I just was angry, and I went in the backyard and started beating up the shed.”
Hyer did not respond to phone or email interview requests on Wednesday. He has since created a GoFundMe account to raise funds for Cheyenne’s burial.
In the page, Hyer described Cheyenne as a “sweet, beautiful girl full of life and excitement.”
“I’m not one to ask for help but I want my little girl home and laid to rest,” Hyer wrote. “She did not deserve this. Please help me give her the best and most importantly proper burial that she deserves so she can be at peace and hopefully give me peace.”

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Obviously as Gotham City is the home of a certain Dark Knight, it's not a stretch to think the Supergirl trailer might be hinting at Batman.
Now Supergirl executive producer Ali Adler addresses Batman and the Gotham City reference on the CW TV shows. 
“We have this beautiful history with DC, and I like that we get to borrow from this amazing, wonderful canon that we have," Adler told TV Line. “I feel like we have our hands full with the crossover we’re shooting right now. I think people will be satisfied with how much crossover they’re getting this season.”
We see that Ali Adler didn't specifically shoot down the use of Batman, so withSuperman and Supergirl now a part of the Arrow and Flash universe (which no one thought would happen), Batman might be only a season away. In addition, a character in Supergirl Season 2 is connected to Batwoman with Maggie Sawyer. 
August of 2015 also saw Stephen Amell think Batman could work in the Arrowverse: "In the same way that [Ezra Miller's] playing the Flash in the cinematic universe... I see no reason why we couldn't have our own Bruce Wayne. That's my opinion; that might not be DC's opinion, and they're the bosses."
Regarding DC's opinion, it's now thought with Geoff Johns co-running the DC movies, that the mandates regarding the use of DC characters are relaxed, which is why Tyler Hoechlin is playing Superman on TV. If you think about it from a business perspective, having Batman on TV can only be a good thing as it's DC's most popular character, if not the most popular comic book character in the world.
A heavy fan-favorite choice to play Batman on The CW is Supernatural's Jensen Ackles.
"Supergirl" Season 2 premiers Monday, October 10th at 8pm ET on The CW.