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'Siri, call mom': How one woman found a Las Vegas victim's family after he died in her arms

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To reach his loved ones, she turned to Siri and Facebook, she told CNN. Heather Gooze describes what it was like aiding a victim of the Las Vegas shooting pic.twitter.com/9bLwxtwCRV While Gooze was reaching out to McIldoon's Facebook friends, the 23-year-old's mom happened to call his phone.


Charles W. Bachman

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Charles William "Charlie" Bachman, the "father of databases" who received the ACM A.M. Turing Award for 1973 for creating the first database management system, died June 13 at the age of 92. Born in Manhattan, KS, in 1924, Bachman earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1948, as well as an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He went to work for Dow Chemical in 1950, using mechanical punched-card computing devices to solve networks of simultaneous equations representing data from Dow plants. In 1957, Bachman became head of Dow's Data Processing Department, through which he became a member of Share Inc., and a founding member of the Share Data Processing Committee. In 1960, Bachman joined the General Electric (GE) Production Control Services Group in New York City, using a factory in Philadelphia to test designs for a system to automate factory planning, scheduling, operational control, and inventory control. The resulting MIACS was based on the ...


British Science Fiction Writer Brian Aldiss Dies at 92

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Born in 1925, Aldiss had a huge influence on sci-fi, as both a writer and an editor. His work includes "Greybeard," set in a world without young people, and the "Helliconia" trilogy, centered on a planet in which the seasons last for centuries.


Order of Canada marks 50 years of honouring Canadian contributions - The Globe and Mail

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The Order of Canada marks its 50th anniversary this year with 99 new appointments on its Canada Day honours list, including renowned figures from the fields of law, government, entertainment and sport, as well as Canadians whose contributions are less widely known. Dionne Brand is a former Toronto poet laureate, Governor-General's award winner, novelist and political activist. A former Toronto poet laureate, Governor-General's award winner, novelist and political activist, Dionne Brand has built her life and career around thinking and writing about Canada's relationship with race and immigration. Joyce Churchill's son, Stephen, was 21 years old when the province of Newfoundland agreed to provide money for an early intervention program for children with autism.


In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017

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Alain Colmerauer, a French computer scientist and a father of the logic programming language Prolog, passed away on May 15 at the age of 76. He earned a degree in computer science from the Institut polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble Institute of Technology) in 1963, and a doctorate in the discipline in 1967 from the École nationale supérieure d'informatique et de mathématiques appliquées de Grenoble, which is part of the Institut. He was promoted in 1979 to Professeur 1ère classe (Full Professor), and in 1988 to Professeur classe exceptionnelle (University Professor). From 1993 to 1995, he was Head of the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Marseille (LIM), a joint laboratory of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the University de Provence and the University de la Mediterranee.


Tesla employee bus crashes into car, killing off-duty officer in California

The Guardian

A bus carrying Tesla employees crashed into a vehicle on a California highway Friday morning, killing an off-duty law enforcement officer, police said. The bus, which was carrying more than 50 employees of the electric car company, was driving on a freeway east of the Tesla factory in Fremont when it rear-ended a Volkswagen Beetle around 7am, crushing the car and killing the driver, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The bus was contracted by Tesla and was driving to Stockton, a city 50 miles east of the company's main facility in Fremont. "We are aware of an accident this morning involving an independently-operated shuttle carrying Tesla employees and another vehicle," the company said in a statement.


Mystery 911 'ghost' calls blamed for deaths in the US

The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


George A. Miller dies at 92; psychologist helped lead cognitive science revolution - The Washington Post

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UPDATE 4-Science fiction author Ray Bradbury dead at 91

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NEW YORK, June 6 Ray Bradbury, a giant of American literature who helped popularize science fiction with poetic, cerebral works such as "The Martian Chronicles," died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Bradbury brought not only futuristic vision but literary sensibilities to his more than 500 works published including "Fahrenheit 451," a classic dystopian novel about book censorship in a future society, and other favorites such as "The Illustrated Man" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes." As a science fiction writer, Bradbury said he did not want to predict the future -- but sometimes wanted to prevent it. He did not go to college, instead educating himself by spending hours reading in libraries, and began writing for pulp magazines.


Robotics pioneer Victor Scheinman of Woodside is dead at 73

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Mr. Scheinman, starting as a graduate student at Stanford University, developed a robotic arm that allowed the use of robotics in industry to leap forward. He received a bachelor's degree in Course 16 aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, a master's and engineer degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a certificate from the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Scheinman married his first wife, Bonnie Sabrina Scheinman Pospisil, in 1978, and they had two children, Tenaya and David. Mr. Scheinman is survived by his wife, Sandra Jean Auerback, whom he married in 2006; former wife Bonnie Sabrina Scheinman Pospisil of Woodside; children David Scheinman of Menlo Park and Tenaya Scheinman of Seattle; and brother, Dr.