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Christmas shopping? Know your rights

If you are planning to do some or all of your Christmas shopping online this year, your consumer rights will depend on where the business is based It’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you get scammed by rogue traders. With just five weeks to go until Christmas, it is important to know your consumer rights when it ...

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Structure from Silence: Learning Scene Structure from Ambient Sound

Humans can use ambient sounds like ventilation noise to ticking clocks to understand 3D scene structure. A recent paper on arXiv.org investigates whether these sounds can be used for multimodal self-supervised learning. Sound waves. Image credit: mtmmonline via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain The researchers collected a dataset of “in-the-wild” audio recordings from quiet, indoor scenes typical of what a robot ...

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Not Saying it was Aliens, but ‘Oumuamua Probably Wasn’t a Nitrogen Iceberg…

On October 19th, 2017, astronomers made the first-ever detection of an interstellar object (ISO) passing through our Solar System. Designated 1I/2017 U1′ Oumuamua, this object confounded astronomers who could not determine if it was an interstellar comet or an asteroid. After four years and many theories (including the controversial “ET solar sail” hypothesis), the astronomical community appeared to land on ...

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