This is how much American drivers use their phone in the car


We just can’t stay away from our phones, even in the car. 

The drive safety app Drivemode looked at driving data from 2.7 million U.S. drivers using Android phones between Jan. 2018 and April 30, 2019 and found that over 167 million miles and 13.3 million hours, Americans use their phone for a better part of an hour in the car on average

Keep in mind, only drivers who had the Drivemode app on their phones were tracked, so these are already fairly connected users who are probably more likely to use a smartphone for various activities in the car. But still, in an hour the average driver surveyed spends some quality time using tech on the phone. During this time they drive about 20 miles at 45 mph, on average. Let’s break it down.

Almost 45 minutes listening to music through the phone

Those 44 minutes are the bulk of phone use in the car (74 percent) with music volume changes twice in that time and playing back the previous song or clicking onto the next nine times. Spotify is the music player of choice 30 percent of the time, followed by Google Play Music 27 percent of the time (these are Android users after all).

Almost 8 minutes talking

Our smartphones are phones first and foremost, but we often forget about that function. Only 12 percent of driving time is spent chatting on the phone. 

31.9 seconds sending and listening to voicemail 

So Millennials might’ve killed voicemail, but we dedicate a solid 0.8 percent of an hour checking our messages. It’s a hands-free activity listening to messages or leaving someone a voicemail, so easier than texting…

1 text sent, 5 received

We can’t stay away from text messages, but since it’s harder to send a hands-free using voice, we are likely to receive more messages during an hour of driving than we send. Although we have a plethora of texting apps to choose from, standard SMS messages through the phone pulls through the most, accounting for nearly half of all messages. Then it’s almost 24 percent through Whatsapp, followed by 20 percent through Facebook Messenger. 

So there you have it: an hour in the car and we’re on the phone or using it most of the time. At least it’s a break from screen time. Eyes on the road.

from Mashable!

Cartier, Bulgari and other luxury brands are flocking to WeChat


Not long ago, people in China would need to visit a posh, stylish mall for luxury shopping. That’s rapidly changing as high-end brands race to embrace digital channels, which aren’t just the obvious options of ecommerce platforms or brand-owned sites. In China, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bulgari and other luxury brands are now connecting and selling to millions of customers through WeChat .

Many know WeChat as China’s largest messaging app, and perhaps how it has over time morphed into an all-in-one ecosystem that lets one chat, run errands, hire services, and shop for an infinite list of things. Now the flurry of different products people find on WeChat may include a $10,000-plus purse.

The trend, according to Pablo Mauron, partner and managing director for China at Digital Luxury Group, a luxury marketing agency, reflects WeChat’s huge potential as an app tailored to transactions and services.

“I think WeChat is finally becoming what it’s supposed to be for luxury brands, which is not just a social media app,” Mauron told TechCrunch over a phone interview. “One [function] could be for customers to buy the product. Another could be for brands to build a loyalty program. Customers can pre-order a product or set up an appointment with the [offline] store.”

Indeed, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner L2, 60% of the fashion luxury brands it surveyed have at least one WeChat store, surging from just 36% in 2018.

Like Facebook, WeChat allows businesses to set up their online shops. The Chinese app now boasts more than 1 billion monthly users, but these people aren’t readily exploitable as customers. WeChat, unlike Alibaba, isn’t a marketplace and does not have a central search engine that indexes all the merchants selling over its platform.

A WeChat store is thus more comparable to a site store — it exists in the online universe but requires a lot of marketing before consumers stumble upon it. People may discover Wechat stores by scanning a QR code at a brick-and-mortar outlet, clicking on an ad embedded in an online article or through a slew of other creative ways that merchants devise.

Loyalty building

Despite the challenges in driving traffic, WeChat stores hold great appeal to brands for they offer a large toolbox for boosting customer loyalty, observed Mauron.

Shoppers can, for instance, talk to shop assistants over WeChat or check their membership status with just a few taps on the screen. It’s the social prowess of WeChat that separates it from entrenched ecommerce candidates like Alibaba and, which focus more on transactions. In a way, WeChat is not directly taking on Alibaba but playing a complementary role by providing customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities.

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Screenshot of Louis Vuitton’s WeChat mini app for customers in China

A lot of these service-oriented features are powered by so-called “mini programs,” which are essentially stripped-down versions of native apps that run within a super app such as WeChat. As the Gartner L2 report points out, the rise in WeChat store adoption is linked to the increased use of mini programs by luxury brands.

A total of 69% the luxury brands in the sample group have at least one mini program. The adoption rate among fashion-focused luxury brands grew from 40% in 2018 to 70% in 2019, while the watch and jewelry category climbed from 36% to 62% over the same time period.

“WeChat is becoming the most appealing option for brands that want to think about CRM, ecommerce strategies or simply other value-added services without having to rely on external partners,” Mauron suggested, referring to Alibaba, JD and others that are traditionally the more popular choices for digital sales.

From social to shopping

While WeChat imposes certain rules on sellers, it’s built a reputation for being more laissez-faire compared to conventional ecommerce companies. For one, WeChat doesn’t (yet) take commissions from ecommerce transactions as online marketplaces normally do. As Mauron noted, “Tencent’s business model is not so much about making money out of the mini program transactions.”

On the other hand, WeChat’s e-wallet WeChat Pay benefits from processing transactions happening inside the chat app where Alibaba’s Alipay isn’t available.

That’s a crucial development because WeChat Pay has been for the most part associated with micropayments, thanks to a series of early campaigns that encouraged people to send cash-filled digital packets to each other, a tradition deep-rooted in a culture of exchanging cash during holidays.

Alipay, by contrast, is more extensively used for online shopping given its ties to Alibaba.

With the rise of mini app-enabled ecommerce, however, people are starting to use WeChat Pay for big-item purchases too.

“This allows WeChat to take market share in online payments. That’s the other big battle, which is between Alipay and WeChat Pay,” said Mauron.

As of January, Alipay had at least 1 billion monthly active users through its own app and mobile wallet partners around the world. WeChat doesn’t break out the user number for its e-wallet but said daily transaction volume passed 1 billion in 2018.

from TechCrunch

Tesla’s millions of cameras are capturing some crazy things – videos


When Tesla deployed its new TeslaCam and Sentry Mode features, it basically enabled millions of cameras (8 per car) installed on its vehicles to capture videos of their surroundings.

Those cameras are now capturing some crazy things. Here are some of the videos:

In September of last year, Tesla released a software update to enable owners of vehicles with Autopilot hardware to use the Autopilot cameras to record footage when needed – like a dashcam – hence why they called the feature: “TeslaCam“.

Building on its previously released dashcam feature, Tesla enabled the use of more cameras around the vehicle and activated a “stand-by” parking mode earlier this year.

The feature became Sentry Mode, which also includes an alarm and notification system to deter thieves even more — efficiently creating a system to watch over Tesla vehicles when their owners are not around.

It was first developed to address a growing problem with break-ins that Tesla owners were dealing with especially in California, but you film enough and you start capturing other things that have nothing to do with break-ins.

The two features combined have to result in hundreds of thousands of Tesla vehicles potentially recording people all over the world.

It is now recording some crazy things, which we reported on in a previous post in April.

Now here are some more things captured by TeslaCam and Sentry Mode over the past few months:

TeslaCam and Sentry Mode videos

Either this man doesn’t like the look of that Tesla or there’s a problem with the vehicle that makes it an extremely powerful grocery cart magnet:

Of course, the idea behind those features was to provide some video evidence in case something happens to your Tesla, but it also has an impact on other drivers.

It instantly added dashcams to an incredible number of vehicles and some owners of those vehicles are making the feature useful to other drivers who could need the footage.

Like this Tesla driver in San Antonio who captured this accident on his TeslaCam:

The Tesla owner, Venumadhav Kanaparthy, said:

“This accident happened just before me in San Antonio TX. I talked to both drivers and offered the video recorded in TeslaCam.”

It is also recording other things on the road that don’t really impact the Tesla vehicles, like this pile-up of SUVs for example:

Another interesting consequence of the feature that might not have been intended: it captures instances where Autopilot might have helped prevent accidents.

For example, here’s a TeslaCam video showing Autopilot’s side-collision avoidance feature moving away from a possible crash just when a merging vehicle was only a few centimeters away:

We have been seeing a lot more of those videos lately and more are expected as Tesla improves Autopilot and more Tesla owners start using the TeslaCam feature.

Another unintended benefit of those features: it captures unrelated funny things.

There are already a bunch of weird/funny Tesla Sentry Mode videos out there, but this one might be my favorite: sentry mode catches the girlfriend of a Model 3 owner “airing” a fart before going inside the car:

Sentry mode caught my girlfriend “airing one out” before getting in 💨 from teslamotors

They might have faked it, but I prefer to believe it’s true.

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The best place to discover new music? Instagram.


When 19-year-old pop artist Maude Latour released her summer 2019 song “Superfruit,” her fans quickly posted it to their Instagram stories. 

She encouraged it. “My audience is my publicity team, and when people share songs on Instagram, it helps so much,” she says. “With ‘Superfruit,’ over 100 people shared it on their stories. That’s a network of maybe 100,000 people. Not all of them look, but even if a few people do, that’s amazing,” Latour says. “Superfruit” now has upwards of 250,000 streams on Spotify.

Instagram began allowing users to share album covers and Spotify links to music on their stories in May 2018. But in recent months, the feature has grown increasingly popular. More and more, it seems that Instagram is becoming a place for discovery, while Spotify is more the place you go to listen and catalog those discoveries.

Tyler Dial is a 23-year-old country artist who says a lot of his fans have found him on Instagram. He, too, hopes people share his music on their stories when he releases a new song. He tells Mashable, “A big push is when you have new music out, and you want people to post it and talk about it.”

For many, Instagram is now their most effective method of finding new music. “I have noticed more people doing this,” Josie Milisci, a freshman at The University of Texas Austin, tells Mashable. She says she finds more new songs on Instagram than on Spotify because she “generally [doesn’t] like the music Spotify recommends.”

‘People are sharing the music they listen to on Instagram to establish their own identities.’

“I feel like [Spotify] is an outdated algorithm based on genre,” she says, noting that she cares more about the messages in the songs she listens to than the category of music they fall into. On the other hand, the stories she sees from her friends on Instagram “usually focus on music that suits a memory or an emotion,” and she believes that helps her connect with her friends. 

“People are sharing the music they listen to on Instagram to establish their own identities,” she says.

As an example, Milisci points to a day when one of her friends shared a “scathing break up song” by King Princess on her Instagram story after ending it with her boyfriend. 

Milisci clicked on the song and liked it herself. Now, King Princess is one of her favorite artists. 

It’s not ultra-famous pop stars she and her friends are looking for on their friends’ Instagram stories. Everyone already knows when Taylor Swift releases a new song, and no one needs Instagram to find it. Instead, Milisci has found a lot of up-and-coming or lesser known artists through Instagram stories. 

The best place to discover new music? Instagram.

Image: Screenshot/Instagram

Malavika Vivek, a recent high school graduate and a solutions architect at a software company, also says Instagram has been the way she’s discovered some of her favorite songs recently. “People used to post music with pictures, but now people are just posting the music they’re listening to, and I’ve gotten a lot of new music from Instagram.”

Vivek says her playlist generally consists of songs she first heard on the radio. But while she was overseas a couple months ago, she couldn’t listen to her favorite station.

“Lizzo was becoming popular while I was away, but I wouldn’t have known about her without Instagram,” Vivek says. “One of my friends posted one of her songs on their Instagram story, I listened to it, and now she’s one of my favorite artists.”

People like to listen to songs they see their friends post on Instagram because the recommendations are personal. “With a Spotify playlist based on your music, you’ll like maybe one in 10 of the new songs it recommends. But if someone whose music tastes I like posts a song on their story, I always look into that song. There’s more of a connection there,” Latour says, echoing Milisci.

Vivek, Milisci, and Latour all think music sharing has a lot of potential to grow on Instagram. 

“Instagram is one of the popular apps for our generation, so I think the move to include music on the platform was a brilliant idea, and I think it’s going to become something that’s increasingly popular,” Vivek

Milisci only sees music sharing on Instagram becoming more common as well. “As more people use it, it will become more popular,” she says, referencing the ability to add an album cover and a Spotify link to a story.

To be sure, not everyone thinks Instagram will lead the way in music discovery. Tori Husain, an incoming first-year at New York University, says she’s found quite a few new artists and songs on Instagram. 

“I found both Jon Bellion and Kota The Friend on Instagram, and Jon Bellion is now one of my favorite artists,” she tells Mashable. 

In terms of where she finds most of the music on her playlist, Husain says it’s a mix of Spotify and “I guess Instagram now.”

But despite this, she thinks the platform is getting too cluttered and additional music features would only make this problem worse. “It’s just all getting too much,” Husain says. She misses the days when Instagram was just photos and short video. “You look at IGTV, and no ones uses that. That didn’t take off, and lots of people who use the app probably haven’t even heard of it. Now they’re adding shopping, and we don’t know how that will do,” she says. “If Instagram expanded more on music, I’m not sure if people would actually use it.”

Instagram is betting on the opposite. Devi Narasimhan, an Instagram spokesperson didn’t share statistics with Mashable on any uptick in use of music features on Instagram, but he does say the company is “working to give people more ways to share their moments and interact with each other using music.”

Latour, for one, thinks there is space for music in the social media arena. “I’ve always thought there is a niche for music sharing on social media. [Instagram is] definitely working on it, but I think there’s definitely room for more,” she says. 

from Mashable!

Bill Gates claims his ‘greatest mistake’ was not beating Android


Bill Gates has spoken candidly about his regrets as the leader of Microsoft, most particularly the company’s attempts to build a dominant mobile OS. As reported by The Verge, during an interview at venture capital firm Village Global, Gates said "the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is."

When the first Android handset came along in 2008, Google’s mobile platform became an open alternative to the iPhone, which was released in 2007. Microsoft tried, but ultimately failed, to adapt to the competition.

As Microsoft was the dominant force in desktop software at the time, it should have meant that the company would be a big player in mobile as well. Microsoft did have a phone platform, Windows Mobile, but it was centered on keyboard and stylus input. By the time the touch-friendly Windows Phone 7 launched in 2010, it was too late for Microsoft to gain traction. It limped along with low market share for years, until Microsoft ended support for the OS in 2017. It will end support for Windows Phone’s successor, Windows 10 Mobile, later this year.

"Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform," Gates later noted in the interview (embedded above). "That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win. It really is winner take all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 percent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one."

This wasn’t Gates’ fault personally, as he stepped down from his role as CEO in 2000. He continued as a part-time chairman and chief software architect for over a decade but left these roles to pursue philanthropic work.

The CEO of Microsoft at the time, Steve Ballmer, famously laughed at the iPhone for being too expensive. Many of Microsoft’s mobile failings, including its partnership with Nokia, have been pinned on him.

Still, it’s clear that Gates feels regret over the failure of Microsoft to capture the mobile market. "There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system," he said, and pointed out that this alternative operating system was worth the equivalent of $400 billion.

Via: The Verge

Source: Village Global

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My DNA test confirmed it: I’m not a morning person


There’s a coded judgment that people who do well in the mornings hold against those of us who do not. "You’re just not a morning person," they say, the words dripping with the implication that our sluggishness in the AM is a result of slovenliness. It’s the same subtext you see held against fat people, as overweight bodies are viewed as the result of some moral failing. Thankfully, I have in my hand a piece of paper — well, on my computer, a PDF — to refute those biases. I’m not a morning person because I’m lazy, but because it’s coded into my genes.

I’ve learned this thanks to DNAfit, a company which knows more about me than I do at this point. It has previously examined my genetics to determine my perfect diet and exercise, as well as peering into my blood to help me get healthy. Now, I’ve tested its latest product, a Sleep and Stress examination to see how I can get calmer in the day and more rest in the night. As before, that required me to take a swab inside my cheeks and send it off to the lab for analysis.

My expectation that, as Engadget’s former "Mr. Chill," (a nickname I have since passed along), my response to stress would be poor. I can’t count the number of panic attacks, heavy breathing and aggressive displacement activity I’ve undergone in the face of a looming deadline. I expected the results to say that my response to stress would make Niles Crane look tough.

"In your case," said DNAfit’s Amy Wells, "you have a higher tolerance to stress than some people." The company’s lead dietician and wellness manager walked me through my results, explaining that I don’t "have a genetic predilection for feeling overwhelmed." In fact, I can take more stress, for longer, without any detriment to my health, than plenty of other people. Who knew.

DNAfit also looks at what the company calls the Warrior / Strategist gene, although it’s more commonly known as Warrior / Worrier. The genotype inside the COMT genes dictates how much dopamine — happy hormone — you release during periods of stress. The more dopamine, the thinking goes, the less clear-headed you are, reducing your ability to plan a clear response.

In an era where our bodies no longer face the threat of, say, wild animals every day, those stresses now come from more mundane sources. Wells suggested that the modern equivalent is when your boss rocks up to you at 4pm on a Friday, demanding you do a job by 5. "Knowing that you haven’t been able to prepare, or comprehend [the task at hand]," said Wells, "means you’ll deal with it less effectively."

DNAfit’s guides offer tips and tricks on how to overcome and manage our genetic responses to stress. In my case, that’s to be mindful, do regular cardio and practice deep and slow breathing so that I’m better prepared for stress. "You need to sit down and comprehend what is going on, then plan your steps to handle the situation." The advice is common for all genetic types, but the extent will vary; very stress-intolerant people should exercise and meditate more than others.

Of course, what was more interesting to me was the examination of my chronotype, the genetic clock lurking inside all of us. Essentially, there’s no ideal sleep pattern that we can, or should, follow and feel smug about. Instead, we should organize our days around what suits us, depending on when we’re going to be the most effective.


The documents told me that I had what’s called a Night Owl bias. "From your genetics," said Wells, "you’re more productive in the afternoon than in the morning." My hormone production spikes later in the day, which explains why I hate mornings so damn much. It also explains why, around 3pm, I get a burst of energy, and my days often finish with more writing than in the morning.

This truth erases years of psychic self-flagellation that strike whenever I think about my failed attempts to become a "morning person." My New Years’ Resolutions in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006. 2011 and 2012 all saw me resolve to wake up at 6am to exercise. Each year, I managed until January 4th or 5th before conceding that I wasn’t up to the task, and slept in.

"Oh, it’s far better for you to exercise in the evenings," said Wells, "and you’ll have a more effective training session by comparison." That’s not to say that I couldn’t or shouldn’t, have tried to exercise in the morning, but Wells explained that "it’s something you would struggle with, because of your hormonal activity later in the day."

The rest of the test was similarly validating, saying that I’m a poor sleeper with a higher than normal sensitivity to caffeine. I knew that already, and haven’t had tea or coffee regularly in the past six or seven years. That was wise, because my DORA genes are sensitive enough that caffeine will prevent [sleep hormone] adenosine from binding, keeping me awake.

Even when I do sleep, I’m still at risk of rousing thanks to the fact that my genes say that I’ll wake up several times in the night. Wells said that I should try and remove anything from my room that could risk disturbing me, like standby lights or weird noises. That’s easier said than done when you’re sleeping two feet away from a newborn, but it’s still instructive. I had to laugh, though, there are small pieces of blu-tack on every device’s standby light in my bedroom, and every night I sleep with an eye mask and earplugs.

Now, unfortunately, this test isn’t going to be available as a separate test for anyone to take, as with the others. Essentially, the Sleep and Stress tests are only available through a new sequencing process that only works as part of the Health Fit product (currently available for $195 / £145). So, if you want to learn about those issues, you’ll need to go for the company’s flagship test. The company is looking for ways of breaking out the examinations, especially for existing customers, but that will take time.

On one hand, it’s the sort of inessential test that you’d struggle to justify paying for on its own merits anyway. On the other, it doesn’t hurt to have this information if you’re the sort of person already shelling out cash to push your #marginalgoals to the limit. If you’re curious, DNAfit’s recommendations suggest that to be more productive, you should look after your health and balance your day when you know you’re at your best. Pretty much.

In my case, that means working more in the afternoon and less in the morning. Don’t believe me? Shut up, because I’ve got a note from my geneticist.

Source: DNAfit

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We’re at the start of a new era for marijuana-based medicine, according to the CEO behind the first prescription CBD drug


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  • A drug called Epidiolex made history last year when it became the first federally-approved prescription drug whose active ingredient comes from the marijuana plant.
  • Made with ultra-high doses of the cannabis compound CBD, Epidiolex treats two rare forms of epilepsy.
  • That drug may have blazed a trail that other pharmaceutical companies can follow.
  • The CEO of the company behind Epidiolex believes we’re at the beginning of a "new era" in cannabis-based medicines, he told Business Insider in an interview.
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Last summer brought new meaning to the phrase "medical marijuana."

For the first time in history, US regulators approved a prescription drug whose active ingredient comes from the cannabis plant. Called Epidiolex, the drug uses ultra-high doses of the marijuana compound CBD to treat rare forms of childhood epilepsy. (One other marijuana-containing drug called Marinol is approved for nausea, but it’s made with a synthetic form of the compound THC.)

By securing a position as the first cannabis-based, federally-approved medication, Epidiolex may have blazed a trail that other drugmakers can follow.

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Almost exactly a year after Epidiolex’s approval, we’re at the very beginning of a "new era" for marijuana-based medicines, according to Justin Gover, the CEO of drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals, which makes Epidiolex.

Epidiolex is "the first in a wholly new class of cannabis-derived medications," Gover told Business Insider in an interview. 

Read more: A drug derived from marijuana has become the first to win federal approval, and experts predict an avalanche effect

The journey to regulatory approval for Epidiolex was long and difficult, Gover said. But as a result of GW Pharma’s work with the Food and Drug Administration, other drugmakers who are pursuing marijuana-based treatments have a clearer framework for working with regulators and seeing their treatments considered for eventual approval.

First and foremost, companies need to provide regulators with a solid body of well-designed research, he said.

"If one applies the same rigorous standards to cannabis as they do to other drugs, they should be able to get a drug approved," he told Business Insider.

GW Pharma’s path to getting Epidiolex approved

Before giving Epidiolex the official green light, FDA regulators considered the results of several large clinical trials financed by GW Pharma and focused on whether Epidiolex improved the symptoms of hundreds of children with rare, hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy.

For a clinical trial whose results were published in 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine, 43% of children who took Epidiolex for roughly 3 months saw their number of seizures reduced by half, compared with just 27% who saw these reductions on a placebo. Of those patients who saw their seizure rates decline, 5% stopped having seizures altogether, compared with 0% of the patients given a placebo.

Read more: A pair of high-profile Stanford scientists wants to use marijuana to treat an entire class of diseases where big pharma has fallen short

For another clinical trial whose results were published a year later in the same journal, researchers also tested a lower dose of the drug and concluded that on average, seizure rates declined 42% in the higher-dose group and 37% in the lower-dose group, compared to just 17% in the group given a placebo.

Regulators reviewed those results before ultimately giving Epidiolex the green light last summer. 

"We’ve shown that good science can lead to approval," Gover said.

DON’T MISS: The CEO behind the first prescription marijuana drug explains what cannabis-based drug he wants to get approved next

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Astronomers May Have Found Our Next Home: Two ‘Nearby’ Earth-Sized Planets Discovered That Might Support Life

Astronomers Discovered Two Earth-Sized Planets That Might Support Life


Since we seem to be using up our current home, Earth, at a rather alarming pace, astronomers and scientists have been hard at work looking for a new place that we humans can call home at some point in the (distant?) future.

BONUS: These two newly-discovered, possibly habitable planets are only 12.5 light years from Earth! (That’s 73,483,000,000,000 miles in American. Easy-peasy.)

The two planets orbit Teegarden’s star, the 24th closest star to the sun, a red dwarf star that was only just discovered in 2003. These two new potential exoplanets were spotted this month using an instrument called CARMENES (Calar Alto high-Resolution search for M dwarfs with Exoearths with Near-infrared and optical Échelle Spectrographs) during a survey being conducted for exoplanets.

According to CNN

Research on the planets and their sun, published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, reveals Teegarden’s star seems to be stable, without large solar flares or other violent activity that could threaten the potential for life on the two promising candidates.

If the estimated orbit and rotation speeds are accurate, and there are no unexpected factors in the solar system to disrupt astronomers’ other calculations, Teegarden’s two planets could host rocky environments and flowing, puddling water. However, all of these assumptions are estimates, and not actually firsthand observations — for now. The Teegardan planet discoveries are part of a larger effort by astronomers to locate potentially life-supporting planets in order to refine observation and research technology, like high-powered telescopes, to learn even more about them.

A press release announcing the discovery states…

The innermost planet Teegarden b has a 60% chance of having a temperate surface environment, that is temperatures between 0° to 50°C. Surface temperature should be closer to 28°C (2) assuming a similar terrestrial atmosphere but could be higher or lower depending on its composition.

Teegarden b is the planet with the highest Earth Similarity Index (ESI) discovered so far, which means that it has the closest mass and insolation to terrestrial values, albeit we only know its minimum mass (3). However, how this translates to habitability depends on many other factors, especially since this planet orbits a red dwarf star.

In the immortal words of one Lloyd Christmas, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”

Yes, Lloyd. Yes, there is.

Check out a simulated tour from our solar system to Teegarden’s star system created by the University of Göttingen and another video that goes further in depth on the discovery below.


This carbon fiber hybrid piano has a built-in battery and looks wow


The Exxeo is a hybrid piano that carries an eloquent design that’s crafted out of a material more commonly used within the automotive industry… Carbon Fibre. This breath-taking musical instrument breaks away from the traditional form, with its organically shaped surfaces confidently dancing to create a sculpture-like form.

Effort hasn’t solely been invested into the piano’s aesthetics, but also its acoustic performance is superior to its conventional counterpart. Fast key repetition paired with an enhanced realism system enables the pianist to achieve the softest pianissimo to the boldest fortissimo. This leads to a theatrical experience that is filled with depth and emotion.

Whilst the use of carbon fibre allows for the fluid shape to be possible, it does also have practical benefits; due to its resistance to moisture, it makes Exxeo ideal for humid environments, such as mega-yachts and cruise ships!

The Exxeo Hybrid Piano is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Iman Maghsoudi of EXXEO

“The project was born out of the frustration that static table-like form of traditional pianos, simply didn’t fit into contemporary living environments. We believed that the piano is an obvious part of modern living and should be designed to reflect that fact. Initial concepts developed based on the understanding that Everything in Existence is the result of a Frequency. Sound is the basis of Shape and Form. We were fascinated by harmonic fluence of the sound waves,” Maghsoudi explains to YD.

Exxeo captures the magnificent tone of flagship concert grand pianos. Award-winning soundboard speaker system; Harmonic Imaging™ XL technology, recreates the broad dynamic range of the original grand pianos through the use of a 200 Watts, 9 speaker sound system.

Exxeo is the only hybrid piano in the world equipped with a dedicated built-in battery. The high capacity power unit is mounted in the tail section. It enables the piano to perform up to 20 hours on a single charge.

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