Share your voice 1 The way the game works is that 100 players go through the same level of Super Mario Bros. Each individual has their own instance of the game and for the most part don’t interact directly with the other players, which makes it appear that there are 99 other Mario “ghosts.” Each player can, however, interact with the level and in turn, affect the other players’ instance of the level. If one player grabs the mushroom to make Mario big, that item isn’t available to everyone else. A player could also jump on a Koopa turtle’s shell, causing it to knock into other players and kill them. Things get even more interesting when one player obtains the star and goes invincible. Now, that player is active in everyone’s instance and can eliminate anyone they touch. There are several different worlds based on levels from Super Mario Bros. Each world has four levels, and the player who reaches the last level and gets past Bowser first will be the winner. Mario Royale is available to play via a web browser, and players can use a keyboard or gamepad to control Mario. Comment Nintendo Tags Battle royale goes 8-bit in Mario Royale. InfernoPlus Battle Royale games such as Fornite, Apex Legends, and PUBG are incredibly popular right now. One YouTuber took the formula for those games and added it to a Nintendo classic. Mario Royale, made by YouTuber InfernoPlus, is a battle royale mod of the original Super Mario Bros. Players compete against 99 other player-controlled Marios to see who’s the first to beat Bowser. Computers Gaming
More superheroes Comic-Con Honored, humbled, grateful, and still pinching myself. 😄#ReturnOfSuperman#Superman#Crossover#Arrowverse #SDCC2019 @DCComics@DEADLINE https://t.co/M5nQdTWYmh— Brandon Routh (@BrandonJRouth) July 19, 2019 Comments Tags 62 Photos 0 Actor Tyler Hoechlin has portrayed Superman in previous Arrowverse crossover episodes and will also be reprising his role as Superman.”Crisis on Infinite Earths” is based on the DC Comics miniseries in 1985 and 1986 that explored the idea of multiple incarnations of Superman.Currently, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman are all set on Earth-1, but Supergirl takes place on Earth-38, meaning Kara has to cross dimensions to team up with the other heroes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” will debut on The CW starting in December, then continue in January 2020. More details of this Arrowverse crossover are expected at San Diego Comic-Con during Saturday’s DC Comics panel. TV and Movies The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises 3:00 The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Dark Phoenix, Mystique and Storm just got their own X-Men Barbie dolls Cosplayer makes Spider-Man mask complete with movable mechanical eyes Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix: Trailer, release date, story details, and more Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Brandon Routh flies high in Superman Returns. Warner Bros. Pictures Superman is complex superhero who depends on his disguise as reporter Clark Kent to keep his identity safe. He leads a double life so why not have his character played by more than one actor?Actor Brandon Routh, who played Superman in the 2006 movie Superman Returns, will step into The CW’s Arrowverse to play the DC Comics superhero yet again.Routh already stars on The CW’s superhero-packed series Legends of Tomorrow as Ray Palmer/The Atom. But the actor will also play Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Arrowverse crossover. Deadline first reported the news Friday and then Routh confirmed it via tweet by comment: “Honored, humbled, grateful, and still pinching myself.”The Arrowverse, by the way, refers to three DC Comics-based superhero shows that appear on The CW: The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow. (Disclosure: The CW is a joint venture between Warner Bros and CBS, the owners of CNET.) “Crisis on Infinite Earths” will include The CW’s DC Comics shows — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman. The CW DC Comics Superman
Ram Charan meets Pawan KalyanFacebookJana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan was hospitalized on Friday, April 5, after he suffered from dehydration during the election campaign. His nephew Ram Charan met the actor at his residence and wished him a speedy recovery.Pawan Kalyan, who has been campaigning for Jana Sena in the upcoming election for some time now, was heading to Sattenapalli in Guntur district. He felt uncomfortable before boarding the helicopter at Gannavaram airport. His followers immediately rushed him to a nearby hospital. The party tweeted, “JanaSena Chief @PawanKalyan dehydrated due to lack of proper rest from past few days.”A video featuring Pawan Kalyan getting glucose injected went viral on social media. Hours after he was hospitalized, Jana Sena leader N Manohar said that the party chief would join the campaign from Saturday. But the doctor advised him to take rest for few days. He is now relaxing at his residence.Ram Charan, who is also recovering from his recent ankle injury, visited Pawan Kalyan’s residence on Sunday to inquire about his health. Later, he took to his Facebook account to share his photo with his uncle. He also said that Jana Sena Chief is unwell, but he is forced to attend the campaign from Sunday, due to his political commitments. Here are the comments posted by the mega power star on Facebook.Just met Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan Garu, a Leader I admire the most, at his residence in Vijayawada.He is extremely weak & dehydrated. Doctors have advised him to completely stop his election campaign in this extreme heat.However, due to his political commitments and shortage of time, he has decided to go ahead with his campaign in Anakapalle and Pendurthi today.The doctors have insisted on accompanying him on his campaign, but he has politely declined their offer.Wish him a speedy recovery and all the success for his service to the people.#VoteForGlass#JANASENARevolution2019It is known that Pawan Kalyan has been touring Andhra Pradesh for the past several months. He has fielded candidates from his party in all the MLA and MP constituencies, but he does not have time to campaign for all of them. The party men urged him to bring in some star campaigners form his mega family, but none has come forward to support him.His brother Nagababu is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Jana Sena in Narasapuram constituency. His wife Padmaja and daughter Niharika Konidela are campaigning for him. His son Varun Tej, who returned from the US, has also started taking part in the election campaign. Allu Arjun is set to join them soon. It is said that Ram Charan is also likely to attend rallies with his uncle in some areas.
Listen Al OrtizJeff Shellebarger, the new chair of the Greater Houston Partnership, addressed a full room gathered at a downtown Houston hotel during the organization’s annual meeting.The Greater Houston Partnership has new leadership and goals for 2017 and is also keeping a close watch on the Texas Legislature.Chevron executive Jeff Shellebarger was introduced as the new chair of the Partnership at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place at the Marriott Marquis hotel, in downtown Houston.He pledged the organization’s commitment to collaborate with the City of Houston and Harris County on economic issues that impact the region.Shellebarger also said they will monitor the work of the Legislature, especially because the lawmakers have a tighter budget to work with this year.“We will work to maintain education and transportation funding and we will seek more support for economic development,” Shellebarger noted.The new chair also reaffirmed support for one of the top issues for the City of Houston when he said “we’ll also work with Mayor Turner to pass the legislation enabling the recently negotiated pension reforms.”During his remarks Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the organization, described Houston’s economy as strong and resilient, but he added it has to continue diversifying.That is a point on which local businessman and former mayoral candidate Bill King agrees.“I think we’ve got to really got to work a lot harder on making our Medical Center not just a clinical destination, but a research, biotech center for the United States,” King said.Harvey also emphasized that Houston needs to be in top shape when the city hosts the Super Bowl, on February 5th. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share 00:00 /01:02
Share MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. FOR KUTIn deep-red Texas, Republicans will have to fight for every congressional seat in next year’s midterm elections. For the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in all of Texas’ 36 congressional districts, according to documents filed with the Texas Secretary of State’s office.Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute, says those filings set a record for the number of Democratic challengers in an era of Republican dominance, and are a departure from 2016 – when eight Republican-held congressional seats went uncontested by Democrats.“We are seeing a groundswell of unusually high support and mobilization among progressive Democrats who are really angered by the Trump administration,” Jones said.But, Democrats aren’t just gunning for congressional seats. According to preliminary numbers from the Texas Democratic Party, Democrats are running in 89 percent of the seats in the Texas House and 88 percent of the seats in the Texas Senate. Both are the highest percentages the party has mustered since at least 1992.“We are seeing Democrats come out to run not only for the goal of challenging and doing something to voice their opposition to President Trump,” Jones said. “But we are seeing Democrats come out in several districts where, in the past, Democrats had no chance whatsoever and had difficult time recruiting top-quality candidates.”Historically speaking, the opposition party tends to make big gains in Congress during the first midterm election following a presidential election. For example, Republicans won back the U.S. House in 2010 after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008.Jones says resistance to President Trump’s policies has led to “enthusiasm and mobilization,” particularly among more left-leaning Democrats. But he says that doesn’t mean that Democrats can expect huge gains in dependably Republican Texas.“Outside of CD 23, held by Will Hurd, all of the Republican-held districts today, more likely than not, will stay Republican-held districts,” Jones said. “But they are not locks, and certainly we can’t consider them to be sure-things.”Jones says it will take a perfect storm for Texas Democrats to make significant gains in Congress. He says Trump’s approval ratings will have to continue to decline, Democrats will have to continue to out-fundraise their Republican opponents, and Republican candidates will have to make a lot of mistakes.Tariq Thowfeek, a spokesperson with the Texas Democratic Party, says he’s optimistic Texas Democrats could help the party take control of the U.S. House.“Democrats need 24 seats to take back the House,” he says. “I think four of those seats can come from Texas.”But Brendan Steinhauser, a Republican strategist in Austin, says flipping four Republican-held seats in Texas won’t be easy.“This has the potential to be more competitive statewide,” says Steinhauser. “Although, I would think most Republicans would say that we are still probably not going to lose any incumbents this cycle.”Texas’ congressional map doesn’t favor Democrats. Federal courts have ruled the congressional map drawn by the GOP-led Texas Legislature intentionally discriminates against minority voters, which tends to hurt Democratic candidates. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the effects of those rulings as it weighs a gerrymandering case from Wisconsin.However, Democrats could have a shot at unseating Republicans in congressional districts that Hillary Clinton won last year. Democrats are currently eyeing three of those districts, specifically:CD 7, which is currently held by Rep. John Culberson, R-HoustonCD 23, which is currently held by Rep. Will Hurd, R-HelotesCD 32, which is currently held by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.All three of those incumbents have filed for re-election, but Steinhauser says he doesn’t think they’re as vulnerable as Democrats hope.“Those three members of Congress over-performed Donald Trump on the ballot and they did win re-election,” Steinhauser says. “So, if you are looking ahead to 2018, it does seem like they are going to win in 2018 given that Republicans do tend to do better in midterms than they do in the presidential years.”A lot of that depends on turnout, though. Steinhauser says the key for Republicans is to deliver on some of their promises, including the GOP tax cut plan, in order to keep Republican voters engaged.“I don’t see that changing too much in this next election cycle, but I do look to see the Democratic turnout to be higher than it probably ever has been in a midterm election in Texas,” Steinhauser says.Even though Democrats are more motivated than they’ve been in years, Texas remains a mostly Republican state. The GOP swept all the statewide races in 2016 and Donald Trump won the state by nine percentage points.While the margin was closer than many years before, it’s still a big gap for Texas Democrats to close.
Share Twitter via @SylvesterTurnerThe new city council member for Houston’s District K will be sworn in today.Martha Castex-Tatum won the special election earlier this month to replace the late council member Larry Green, who died in March of an accidental drug overdose.Castex-Tatum will serve the remainder of Green’s term, which ends in 2019.It’s official! Congratulations on new District K City Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum who was officially sworn in this morning #HouCouncil pic.twitter.com/ScxAb5Tdle— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) May 16, 2018
By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first Black president.But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head in disgust when asked about revelations that Northam wore Blackface 35 years ago.In this Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Virginia Gov.-elect, Lt. Gov Ralph Northam, center, walks down the reviewing stand with Lt. Gov-elect, Justin Fairfax, right, and Attorney General Mark Herring at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)“I really believed in him,” said Siakam, a 28-year-old student. “To find out that he dressed up in Blackface is disappointing. He’s shown his disdain for Black people.”Black voters who factored prominently in the 2017 election that helped Northam become Virginia governor are feeling betrayed over the scandals that have engulfed the state over the past week, leaving them with a less-than-ideal set of choices at the top of the Democratic Party: a governor and attorney general who wore Blackface and a lieutenant governor who stands accused by two women of sexual assault. The next person in line for governor is a conservative Republican.Many are struggling to come to grips with a list of nagging questions: Do they forgive the Democrats, keep Republicans out of power and demand the governor get serious about racism? Should Northam step down and hand the office to African-American Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who faces sexual assault allegations? Or should all three of them walk away and let principle prevail, even if the other party takes charge?The dilemma was being weighed in Black barber shops, salons, restaurants and living rooms and in activist and political circles across the state in the midst of a still-unfolding reckoning around race and scandal in the Old Dominion.“We don’t even know where to take the conversation from here,” community organizer Chelsea Wise said at a meeting of Democrats in Richmond on Thursday. “Do we want to address all of them, or are we just sticking with Ralph right now? The fact that it’s all of our top leadership shows that we need to take a hard look at the Virginia Democratic Party as well.”The governor has been facing calls to resign ever since a photo emerged from his medical school yearbook page in 1984 that showed someone in Blackface next to a person wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe. He initially said he was in the photo, then denied that but said he did wear Blackface when he impersonated Michael Jackson around the same time. Days later, Fairfax was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, and Attorney General Mark Herring came forward to admit that he, too, wore Blackface in the 1980s.As of Friday night, Northam informed his Cabinet that he was determined to stay in office, Herring remained in a wait-and-see posture, and Fairfax had denied a second accusation of sexual assault, this one from a classmate at Duke University who said he raped her in 2000. Northam is vowing to start an honest conversation on race to begin to heal Virginia’s lingering racial legacy.Siakam said she thinks Northam should resign, but said the conversation must now turn to the larger impacts of racism on communities of color.“There’s nothing you can do for us to forget, but we should focus more now on structural racism,” she said.African-Americans, who make up 20 percent of Virginia voters, overwhelmingly supported the commonwealth’s top three Democrats in 2017, in large part as a repudiation of what they saw as the racist rhetoric and policies prevalent in the 2016 presidential campaign and the White supremacist rally in Charlottesville just months before the election. Both Northam and Herring campaigned heavily in Black areas, and were given entree into many communities by local officials, faith leaders, business owners and regular citizens.Wise said she had reservations about Northam’s commitment to Black communities during the election, but supported him anyway and was prepared to hold him accountable amid a racially divided national climate.“We knew Trump had just gotten elected and we needed a Democratic governor in Virginia, especially because of the importance of the state in national elections,” Wise, 34, explained. “I almost felt like I couldn’t question him because of the urgency add the importance of what we just had on the national level.”Wise said she felt betrayed by Northam’s revelations, particularly because he remained silent about his own past after the events of Charlottesville.“How in the world did you not come out and do your own truth-telling?” she said. “That makes me recognize that you don’t have the insight and emotional capacity to take on what we need in Virginia at this time.”Shemicia Bowen campaigned for Democrats up and down the ticket. The 44-year-old Richmond resident said she gasped when she learned the governor had worn Blackface 35 years ago. She finds Herring’s revelations were even more alarming because he’s the state’s top lawyer and has to deal with daily decisions affecting Black people in the criminal justice system.Still, Bowen struggles with the way forward for Black Virginians. She doesn’t think anyone will step down, and as a loyal Democrat, she’s not sure they should turn over the state to Republicans.“We can’t just throw the whole ticket away at this point,” said Bowen. “But we have to understand that Blackface is a blatant form of disrespect. If an elected official isn’t aware of that, what else are they not aware of? What else do you feel like is not a big deal? How are you able to effectively be a voice for every person?”Norfolk native Joe Dillard said Northam should resign, and that the allegations against Fairfax should be investigated before discussing what consequences he should face. But the idea of a Republican governor should all three step aside was not unpalatable if it’s the right decision, he said.“Do I think I should support Democrats to the point where I allow certain things that my great-grandparents would slap me in the face for letting slide? No, I won’t,” Dillard said. “I am not a Democrat before I’m an African-American man. For me, it’s always people over party.”Dillard and Bowen, both members of a group of young Blacks active in Virginia politics, said Northam should immediately allocate at least $20 million to the state’s historically Black colleges and universities, which have been underfunded. Dillard also suggested an African-American liaison in the governor’s office, to establish a pipeline for young Blacks to rise to meaningful positions in government. Wise is already looking ahead to future cycles, where she feels more Black women in leadership would help restore her confidence in the party.Jim Scurlock, a longtime elections supervisor in Richmond who went to segregated high schools in Roanoke before experiencing the sting of Jim Crow as a young soldier in the Army in 1960, was withholding judgment on Fairfax. And he said given the national political climate and the country’s racist legacy, everyone deserves a second chance.“Probably many, many more in the General Assembly wore Blackface,” Scurlock, 82, said.“Virginia is still a racist state. It hasn’t changed much. And look at the president and all he has done . I haven’t forgiven the president, but he’s still in office, so why should they resign?”
Journal information: Science (Phys.org) — Creating energy from wood waste has progressed from novel idea to renewable energy work in development. Researchers from Poland and Sweden are using a waste product from the paper making process to develop a battery. That material is lignin. Olle Inganäs, professor of biomolecular and organic electronics at Linköping University in Sweden and Grzegorz Milczarek, a researcher at Poznań University of Technology in Poland, have completed a study that shows how it is done. They maintain that the insulating qualities of lignin derivatives can be combined with the conductivity of the polymer polypyrrole to create a composite material that effectively holds an electric charge. Lignin acts as the insulator and polypyrrole as a conductor, holding an electric charge. Lignin is the substance found in plants, and it is stripped out of wood as a waste product during the paper-making process. In the researchers’ paper, “Renewable Cathode Materials from Biopolymer/Conjugated Polymer Interpenetrating Networks” published in Science, the authors provide more details on lignin and their methods.”Brown liquor, the waste product from paper processing, contains lignin derivatives. Polymer cathodes can be prepared by electrochemical oxidation of pyrrole to polypyrrole in solutions of lignin derivatives. The quinone group in lignin is used for electron and proton storage and exchange during redox cycling, thus combining charge storage in lignin and polypyrrole in an interpenetrating polypyrrole/lignin composite.”A clear advantage of their discovery would be in the ready availability of a natural material such as lignin as opposed to dependence on metal oxides such as those used in lithium-ion batteries. The researchers themselves, however, emphasize that their work needs further and extensive study; they recognize this is not at a stage for industrial-style development.These rechargeable batteries are still limited, according to the researchers, because they slowly lose their electric charge as they sit idly. Milczarek and Inganäs also found that various lignin derivatives perform differently in the cathode, depending on how they are processed. With continued investigations, it may be possible to optimize the batteries. Another implication to a “wood” battery may be in cost, versus existing batteries, as there would not be a reliance on precious metals. “The advantage of using a renewable material for charge storage is the enormous amount of this material that is already being produced on Earth by growing plants, which contain about 20 to 30 percent lignin,” according to Inganas. “It is also a low-value material, currently being used for combustion. Lithium-ion batteries, on the other hand, require metal oxides and some of those materials, such as cobalt, are rather rare.”According to the International Lignin Institute, after cellulose, it is the most abundant renewable carbon source on Earth. Between 40 and 50 million tons per annum are produced worldwide as a mostly non-commercialized waste product. Lignin. Image: Wikipedia © 2012 Phys.org Battery cathode made of waste byproducts from paper industry promises sustainable energy storage Explore further Citation: Battery team gets a charge out of lignin (2012, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-battery-team-lignin.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
BSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement with Agama, using the latter’s monitoring solution to now also cover OTT service playout for Sky’s Now TV and Sky Go offerings.Sky has expanded its existing monitoring solution from Agama, allowing it to ensure that its adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming services are available with the right quality, improving the end-user experience.“At Sky we are committed to offering our customers high-quality content and the best quality TV experience possible. The Agama solution provides crucial insights to improve and ensure our OTT service delivery platform, which supports us in delivering a high-quality experience and service to our customers,” said Sky’s senior design engineer for emerging technologies, Vlad Korotkov.