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Europe’s Cheops telescope will profile distant planets

Europe’s Cheops telescope will profile distant planets

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Europe will launch a space telescope to study far-off worlds this week.Called Cheops, it's a different kind of mission to previous efforts in that it won't be trying to find new planets.Rather, it's going to follow up the discoveries of others, to see if it can reveal new insights - such as whether these distant objects are likely to be rocky or gas-rich.The telescope will ride to orbit on a Russian Soyuz rocket from French Guiana. The mission was scheduled for an early morning lift-off on Tuesday, but a late technical glitch related to the rocket's upper-stage Fregat booster stopped the countdown. A launch attempt on Wednesday may be possible if the issue can be resolved. Cheops (short for CHaract...
The Lib Dems are using data to profile every voter in UK – and give you a score

The Lib Dems are using data to profile every voter in UK – and give you a score

Technology
The Liberal Democrats are profiling every voter in the country by rating their political preferences, Sky News can reveal.This includes which party they will vote for in the next election and whether they are a Remainer or Leaver. The percentage ratings - there are at least 42 in total, although the identity of only 37 are known - estimate whether someone voted Leave or Remain in the 2016 EU referendum and predict how they would vote if there was a second poll in 2019.Other scored characteristics include "Likelihood of being a Labour voter in 2019", "Likelihood of being a core Lib Dem" and "Net difference in likelihood of voting for the Conservative or Brexit Party in 2019".The system, which uses a sophisticated computer model to generate the scores, also assesses personal outlooks, giving...
Is Victoria Beckham DELETING negative Instagram comments from her profile?

Is Victoria Beckham DELETING negative Instagram comments from her profile?

Entertainment
Getty VICTORIA BECKHAM INSTAGRAM: Has the Spice Girl been deleting negative comments from fans? The fashion designer has come under fire on numerous occasions over her decision to use "gaunt" models in her ad campaigns.Earlier this year, Victoria sparked a fan frenzy for all the wrong reasons when she posted a series of images promoting her VB Eyewear Collection.The 44-year-old was accused of promoting an unrealistic body type, with viewers voicing concern over the body image of model Giedre Dukauskaite, 29.Commenting on the post, one fan raged: "This girl is go emaciated looking. Really, Victoria, this is not a good image for young girls."And just two days ago, Victoria received a similar reaction when she posted a camp...
How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation

How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation

Technology
Facebook likes can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of — and which Facebook may have enabled. The social network is now under fire after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections. Facebook's stock plunged 7 percent Monday in its worst one-day decline since 2014. Officials in the EU and the U.S. sought answers, while Britain's information commissioner said she will seek a warrant to access Cambridge Analytica's servers because the British firm had been "uncooperative" in her investigat
Endangered Bolivian frog gets dating profile just in time for Valentine's Day

Endangered Bolivian frog gets dating profile just in time for Valentine's Day

Science
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Romeo, Bolivia's last known Sehuencas water frog, has been calling unsuccessfully for a mate for nine years.To draw attention to Romeo and the plight of his species, scientists have created Romeo an online dating profile -- just in time for Valentine's Day.The idea may be cute, but the content is serious."Not to start this off super heavy or anything, but I'm literally the last of my species," reads Romeo's Match.com profile.Scientists at the Global Wildlife Conservation and the Bolivian Amphibian Initiative created Romeo's profile with the help Match, the world's most popular relationship site.[embedded content]"When biologists collected Romeo 10 years ago, we knew the Sehuencas water frog, like other amphibians in Bolivia, was in trouble, but we had no idea we wouldn't b...