THE launch of a historic Nasa probe intended to “touch the sun” has been dramatically aborted just seconds from lift-off today. The Parker Space Probe was due to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this morning in a £1.2billion mission. Thousands of spectators gathered in the middle of the night to witness the launch, including the University of Chicago astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named. Eugene Parker predicted the existence of solar wind 60 years ago. He's now 91 and eager to see the probe soar. But a last minute technical problem saw the launch countdown halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining. The Delta IV rocket carrying the probe will now attempt to take off again tomorrow, Nasa said. The probe, which aims to give Nasa an up-close look at how our nearest and dearest star works, will travel at 430,000 miles an hour - faster than any spacecraft in history. The probe will use Venus's gravity over the course of it's 93million-miles … [Read more...] about Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe launch to ‘touch the sun’ dramatically aborted just SECONDS from lift-off
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Deion Williams got in a scuffle late last year. No punches were thrown, he says, but the incident still threatened a stain on his criminal record.But Williams was able to wipe the slate clean through a Dane County program that is expanding to give more young people the opportunity to avoid minor criminal charges that could harm their chances of getting a job, enrolling in college or finding housing.Williams, now 21, said he had just been paid for doing some construction work, but he didn’t have a bank account in which to deposit the $700. While playing basketball at the gym, he left the money in a coat he could see from the courts. But after seeing some teenagers rifling through some of the jackets, he found his money was gone, so he grabbed one of the boys and called police. While waiting, they started pushing each other. It wasn’t much, Williams said, but it was enough that the police cited him for disorderly conduct.Had the case gone to court, Williams could have been … [Read more...] about Court program aimed at giving troubled youth a second chance set to expand
Today we are going to take a look at the PlayCanvas HTML5 3D Game engine. While not strictly a tutorial, this guide should give you a pretty good idea of what the PlayCanvas Engine includes,if it is right for you and give you enough information to get you started. There is also a video version of this tutorial available here. First off, what exactly is the PlayCanvas Engine? Well, let’s let them describe it in their own words: The amazing developer tools part isn’t hyperbole either, PlayCanvas ships with an impressive amount of polished and high quality tools. Where it does get a bit confusing is where the open source part stops, and the pay to use it part starts. Getting Started There are three ways to develop with PlayCanvas. Download and run the tools locally, use the online tools and code using a Github or Bitbucket repository or, as I am going to do in this example, work entirely in their online … [Read more...] about Home > Programming > PlayCanvas is the world’s easiest to use WebGL Game Engine. It’s free, it’s open source and it’s backed by amazing developer tools.
Here in the United States, it was about 3 a.m. I had no idea what time it was in Sweden where my friend lived. He didn't care, either. He was drunk and sad and needed a shoulder to cry on, even though that shoulder was across the world. He wanted to die. I didn't want him to die. So, for three hours, I talked to him until he passed out and I could hear him snoring on our voice chat call. It wasn't the first time I'd talked a member of my guild down from the edge. In movies and cartoons, MMO guild masters, or GMs, are often depicted as a 30-year-old man with a neckbeard living in his mother's basement, living off Mountain Dew and Doritos. They're generally goofy and fit the outdated stereotype of a nerd—yelling at their computer screens, surrounded by two or three monitors and thousands of dollars of gaming equipment. I'm none of those things, but for the last five years I've run a 100-plus member guild in Ultima Online, an MMO I've now been playing for nearly two … [Read more...] about My life as the grandma guildmaster of Ultima Online Forever
Facebook has officially announced a pilot program for game streaming, putting the high-profile social media company in direct competition with the likes of Twitch and Mixer. Some early bird adopters have already made a name for themselves on the Facebook Live platform, and their evident success has now encouraged Facebook to market a pilot program towards gaming-based content curators. There are plenty of platforms vying for domination when it comes to livestreams, with the likes of Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Mixer all hungry to secure their places as in the streaming world. Facebook has the obvious advantage of having a gigantic pre-existing audience, but can also boost content discovery through other Facebook-owned platforms like Instagram and Oculus. According to the official press release, this is something that the company plans to capitalize on. Facebook will allow streamers to curate content in 1080p definition at up to 60 frames per second. The pilot program aims to generate … [Read more...] about Facebook Live Announces Program to Compete with Twitch Streaming