Apollo 11's “1202 Alarm” Explained

January 5, 2018

Capcom Charlie Duke, and backup crewmembers Jim Lovell and Fred Haise in Mission Control during Apollo 11’s descent. NASA “Got the Earth straight out our front window.” As the lunar module Eagle yawed into a windows up orientation, Buzz Aldrin looked away from the computer to see the Earth nearly a quarter of a million miles away. “Sure do,” agreed Neil Armstrong, adding, “Houston, [I hope] you’re looking at our…

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Catch-all: Brown is unanimous All-Pro choice

January 5, 2018

12:31 PM ET Associated Press The gift is engraved with ambitious goals for the Rams’ star RB, and as his new coach predicted, a bounce-back year “was going to take everybody.” Can the Bills win their first playoff game since 1995? Can the Saints make it three in a row over Carolina? Our reporters predict the wild-card games. Along with familiar faces such as Russell Wilson, a new generation of…

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Seeing Red: Biologist Stares Down Predator in the Backcountry

January 5, 2018

(Credit: Shutterstock) Squirrels are a passion for Sarah Westrick, a biology researcher at the University of Michigan. Last summer she attended the Kluane Red Squirrel Project in the Shakwak Trench near Kluane National Park and Reserve in Canada’s southwest Yukon Territory. Researchers congregate there each summer to study the North American red squirrel. Westrick was studying the squirrel’s maternal behavior, specifically how the moms prepare their pups for nature’s realities….

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Pats' Kraft, Brady, Belichick say they're 'united'

January 5, 2018

11:41 AM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft are aiming for a sixth Lombardi Trophy. But friction between the coach and star QB could put the future of a dynasty in doubt. “For the past 18 years, the three of us have enjoyed a very good and productive working relationship. In recent days, there have been multiple media reports that have speculated theories that…

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Former Walmart CEO Says Store Closure Signal Good eCommerce News

January 5, 2018

By PYMNTS While many in the segment have bemoaned store closures as a sure sign of weakness in the retail sector – at least one expert is taking a slightly more optimistic view of what’s next, at least in regards to one retailer in specific. Former Walmart CEO Carter Cast believes that store closures will be a designator of strength for Walmart, not weakness. “I think there are store closures…

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Startup Spotlight: Getting To The Point Of The Retail Shift

January 5, 2018

By PYMNTS The retail apocalypse is fake news if you ask Mark Cummins, co-founder of Irish startup Pointy. Brick-and-mortar retail is changing, no doubt, but Cummins noted that it still makes up around 91 percent of all retail spend, while eCommerce claims just 9 percent of consumer dollars. Against that landscape, it isn’t enough for retailers to post their addresses and hours of operation online; Cummins said they need inventory…

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Rite Aid Acquisition No Magic Pill For Walgreens’ Sales

January 5, 2018

By PYMNTS In response to weak sales at Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. following the retailer’s decision to add nearly 2,000 Rite Aid locations to is store base, Morningstar is questioning how long it will take for the acquisition to boost the company’s bottom line, Reuters reports. “From our perspective, it may take at least a handful of years before Walgreens is able to fully benefit from the acquisition,” analyst Vishnu…

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Mason Crane – how the experts saw it

10:39 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff England supporters had waited all series but finally, in Sydney, Mason Crane became the youngest specialist spinner to play for England for 90 years. England’s record for producing legspinners is an abysmal one as Andrew Miller reflected in his round-up of the Not So Famous Five who have plugged a gap or two in the past half-century. So just to see Crane, at 20 years…

January 5, 2018
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Happy Ninth, Bitcoin, And Now What?

January 5, 2018

By PYMNTS Traditional ninth anniversary gifts are pottery and willow. But what do you get the cryptocurrency that seemingly has everything? Perhaps the two choices mentioned above are apt metaphors for the digital wave that has come to dominate the headlines, to a frenzied pitch. Pottery, as in crackable and splintering when dashed. Supporters see cryptocurrencies as shattering the traditional models of fiat and central banking. Willow, as in bending…

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Zuckerberg Hedges On Crypto On Facebook

January 5, 2018

By PYMNTS Add Mark Zuckerberg to the growing list of people interested in cryptocurrency. According to Bloomberg, Facebook’s CEO mentioned cryptocurrencies in a Jan. 4 posting that detailed his plans to spend 2018 working to address long-standing problems – including widespread misinformation and hate speech– that have plagued Facebook for the past two years. In planning for the social media giant’s future, the hot topic of cryptocurrency came up in…

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