The mountains of Pluto are snowcapped, but not for the same reasons as on Earth — ScienceDaily

In 2015, the New Horizons space probe discovered spectacular snowcapped mountains on Pluto, which are strikingly similar to mountains on Earth. Such a landscape had never before been observed elsewhere in the Solar System. However, as atmospheric temperatures on our planet decrease at altitude, on Pluto they heat up at altitude as a result of solar radiation.

So where does this ice come from? An international team led by CNRS scientists* conducted this exploration. They first determined that the “snow” on Pluto’s mountains actually consists of frozen methane, with traces of this gas being present in Pluto’s atmosphere, just like water vapour on Earth.

Then, to understand how the same landscape could be produced in such different conditions, they used a climate model for the dwarf planet, which revealed that due to its particular dynamics, Pluto’s atmosphere is rich in gaseous methane at altitudes. As a result, it is only

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Three Reasons Storytelling Is Critical To Success In Data And Analytics

Dr. Velkoski serves as Director, Data Science at the National Association of REALTORS® and Adjunct Professor at DePaul University.

I was first introduced to storytelling in the early 2000s. At the time, I was a student enrolled in undergrad coursework at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), where I became interested, in part, in technical and professional communications. Corinne Stavish, a professional storyteller, lecturer and director of LTU’s technical and professional communications program, was a strong advocate for advancing the theory and practice of storytelling. At the time, I didn’t understand the significance of her teachings. 

Storytelling is the art of narration of stories. A story is an expression of evolution of events in life. At best, a story captures the imagination of the listener, engaging the listener’s emotions and, perhaps, inspiring action.

A number of industry experts have advocated for the use of stories in data and analytics. As such,

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Ten Reasons Why Big Firms Stick With Obsolete Management

One of the great puzzles of the corporate world is why big corporations are still being run on obsolete 20th Century management principles when there is an obvious better alternative—21st Century management—that is producing unprecedented financial returns and market capitalizations.

“Most [firms] today are run on the basis of ‘legacy’ management systems that have become obsolete,” writes Menlo College professor Annika Steiber in The Silicon Valley Model. But why?

Even though 20th Century management is a coherent and consistent way of running a company, it is an increasingly poor fit with today’s fast-moving customer-driven marketplace. It has difficulty changing direction. It lacks agility. Here are ten reasons why 20th Century management still dominates.

1.    20th Century Management Operates As An Unstoppable Flywheel

Since 1970, 20th Century management has been preoccupied with a single-minded

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Reasons to Target This Renewable Energy Stock

The shares of SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) are down 3.5% to trade at $16.68 at last check, despite earlier hitting a four-year high of $18.25. And while the renewable energy company already enjoys a jaw-dropping 231.8% lead year-to-date — with support from the 30-day moving average over the last few weeks — a historic bullish signal now flashing could indicate even more upside for SPWR in the near future.

Specifically, the stock’s recent peak comes amid historically low implied volatility (IV), which has been a bullish combination for the equity in the past. According to data from Schaeffer’s Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White, there have only been two other times in the past five years when the stock was trading within 2% of a 52-week high, while its Schaeffer’s Volatility Index (SVI) sat in the 20th percentile of its annual range or lower — as is the case with the

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Astronaut Steps Down From Mission For ‘Personal Reasons’

KEY POINTS

  • Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson has stepped down from Boeing’s 2021 crewed flight test
  • In a Twitter video, Ferguson stressed his dedication to the Starliner program and said it was a difficult decision
  • He will be replaced by a veteran NASA astronaut, giving the mission an all-NASA crew

The commander of the 2021 crewed Boeing flight test has stepped down from his position for “personal reasons.” He will be replaced by another veteran astronaut.

NASA and Boeing announced on Wednesday that astronaut Chris Ferguson will no longer be the commander of next year’s Boeing Crew Flight Test to the International Space Station (ISS). In their respective statements, both NASA and Boeing said Ferguson decided to step down from the mission for “personal reasons” but did not go into further details.

In a video Ferguson shared on Twitter, he stressed his dedication to the Starliner program, saying it was a

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Three Reasons Why It’s A Great Time To Be In The Gaming Business

Let’s not kid ourselves. It is an incredible time to be in the gaming business. Let’s put aside that the pandemic arrived in February. The ensuing national lockdown created a supercharged tailwind for the gaming segment’s major players, as kids suddenly stuck at home needed to be entertained. New, beefed-up consoles from Microsoft and Sony will be in the market for the holiday season. PC gamers are salivating at NVIDIA’s efforts to drive more affordable 4K performance. VR-based gaming is likely to get a significant boost with Oculus’ new, lower-cost VR headset. Let’s take a closer look at why the major players in the gaming business are likely smiling.

#1: Preorders for Microsoft and Sony’s new console refreshes off to a sizzling start

Microsoft began accepting preorders for its new next-gen Series X and S earlier this week and quickly sold out. The preorder

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5 Reasons You Should Be Concerned About The Next-Gen Version

Are you concerned about the next-gen version of Madden 21? If not, you probably should be.

All things considered, it’s been a tough year to be a Madden fan. The franchise mode is still underdeveloped, and changes aren’t coming until November, and those only scrape the surface of fixing what ails the feature.

The game has been buggy since launch, and every patch seems to break something else with the game. It’s not exactly the most ideal environment for a brand to step into the next-generation.

As it is, when or shortly after the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are released, the next level of Madden 21 will arrive. Here’s five reasons you should, be at least a little concerned.


Current-Gen Version Has Been Buggy

If EA has had issues providing a functional version of Madden 21 on current-gen systems–despite just a few

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The ‘Avengers’ Endgame Grind Doesn’t Work Yet For A Few Reasons

I am deep down the Avengers rabbit hole now, having completed literally everything the game has to offer as I finally got through the Mega Hive this week. While I’m still playing and grinding, I have come to realize that a number of things don’t work about the endgame, and will need to be on the “priority fix” list that Crystal Dynamics is working their way through (admittedly very fast!).

Some of these are bugs, some of these are purposeful decisions that limit the potential of a satisfying endgame grind. And for the record yes, at about 120 hours into this game with six level 50 characters and half above 145, I still have not gotten even a single exotic yet.

Exotic Sources

This is a main problem. Right now the Mega Hive is your best shot at an exotic, and even though drops for it have reportedly

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