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Walmart robot janitors will be moving through the aisles more at close to 2,000 stores.Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrWalmart (NYSE:WMT) notes that it is expanding its robotic helpers to more locations. This will have it bringing the Walmart robot janitors to another 1,500 stores across the country. These robots are already at work in 360 WMT locations.The Walmart robot janitor is the "Auto-C". This robot is capable of cleaning floors on its own. The company notes that an associate must prep the area first, though. However, once prepped, the bot can clean up instead of the associate.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAccording to the company, the advantage of the Walmart robot janitor is that it will free up more time for its associates. This will allow them to be more productive and not have to focus as much on mundane tasks."Our associates immediately understood the opportunity for the new technology to free them up from focusing on tasks that are repeatable, predictable and manual," John Crecelius, Senior Vice President of Central Operations for Walmart U.S., said in a statement. "It allows them time to focus more on selling merchandise and serving customers, which they tell us have always been the most exciting parts of working in retail." * 8 Risky Stocks to Watch as Earnings Season Kicks Off Walmart robot janitors aren't the only new tech coming to stores. The company also has plans to bring its shelf scanners, FAST Unloaders and Pickup Towers to more locations.WMT stock was down slightly as of Tuesday afternoon. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Medical Marijuana Stocks to Cure Your Portfolio * 8 Best Stocks to Buy for an April Rally * Top 20 Stocks to Buy for 20-Somethings! As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.Compare Brokers The post Walmart Robot Janitors Coming to Nearly 2,000 Stores appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars. Now Nikoloz Doborjginidze has co-founded a project to develop grape varieties that can be grown on Mars. After NASA called for the public to contribute ideas for a "sustained human presence" on the Red Planet, a group of Georgian researchers and entrepreneurs got together to propel the country's winemaking onto an interplanetary level.
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The city's largest measles outbreak since 1991 has mainly been confined to the Orthodox Jewish community in the borough of Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, with 285 cases confirmed since October, de Blasio said at a news conference. "This is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately," de Blasio said. All but 39 of the confirmed cases are in children.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Air Force General John Hyten, currently the head of U.S. Strategic Command, has been nominated to be the next vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Air Force secretary said on Tuesday. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, speaking at a space symposium in Colorado, said Hyten was nominated earlier on Tuesday. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; editing by Diane Craft)
Apple, and partner Goldman Sachs Group Inc., are relative newbies to consumer credit. Apple has dabbled through its mobile payments service Apple Pay. Now, both companies must learn quickly to master the messy process of payment disputes, customer service and statements.
With the clock ticking down to Brexit, a tiny German village is preparing to take center stage as it becomes the new geographical center of the European Union when Britain leaves the bloc. It takes about an hour to drive the 55 kilometers from the current midpoint, in the municipality of Westerngrund, in southern Germany, to Gadheim. A sign proudly reading the "future center of the EU" already greets visitors outside the hamlet.
NASA has spent an incredible amount of time and money searching for evidence of extraterrestrial life, but it was NASA itself that caused some in Norway to believe they were witnessing an actual alien invasion. A recent test of NASA's Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment (AZURE for short) created a brilliant and colorful could display in the skies above Norway, catching the eyes of locals who had absolutely no idea what they were looking at.One look at the images of the test, which was performed to help scientists better understand the mechanics of the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere, and it's easy to see why some eyewitnesses described the sighting as looking "like an alien attack."The bizarre display was created by a pair of sounding rockets which were launched from a space center in Norway. The colorful clouds definitely look cool, but they're actually providing incredibly valuable data for NASA scientists.NASA summarized the mission as follows:> The AZURE mission is designed to make measurements of the atmospheric density and temperature with instruments on the rockets and deploying visible gas tracers, trimethyl aluminum (TMA) and a barium/strontium mixture, which ionizes when exposed to sunlight.The towering clouds stretched between 70 and 150 miles into the sky, giving researchers a look at how particles in the upper reaches of the atmosphere move."The initial assessment from the field showed that the rockets were launched into a good science event and ground based photos/data of the vapor releases were obtained from at least two locations," NASA explained in a followup statement. "Preliminary reports state that the scientist for the mission were very pleased with the results."The eye-catching clouds definitely caused a stir, and this won't be the last time we see them. NASA is planning several more sounding rocket experiments over the next two years, giving scientists plenty of opportunity to study the mechanics at work in our planet's atmosphere.
The sun's corona constantly breathes wispy strings of hot, charged particles into space -- a phenomenon we call the solar wind. Every now and then, however, those breaths become full-blown burps.Perhaps as often as once every hour or two, according to a study in the February issue of the journal JGR: Space Physics, the plasma underlying the solar wind grows significantly hotter, becomes noticeably denser, and it pops out of the sun in rapid-fire orbs of goo capable of engulfing entire planets for minutes or hours at a time. Officially, these solar burps are called periodic density structures, but astronomers have nicknamed them "the blobs." Take a look at images of them streaming off of the sun's atmosphere, and you'll see why. [The 12 Strangest Objects in the Universe]"They look like the blobs in a lava lamp," Nicholeen Viall, a research astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and co-author of the recent study, told Live Science. "Only they are hundreds of times larger than the Earth."While astronomers have known about the blobs for nearly two decades, the origin and impact of these regular solar weather events remain largely mysterious. Until recently, the only observations of the blobs have come from Earth-bound satellites, which can detect when a train of blobs bears down on Earth's magnetic field; however, these satellites can't account for the myriad ways the blobs have changed during their 4-day, 93-million-mile (150 million kilometers) journey from the sun.Now, for the first time, Viall and her colleagues have observed the blobs as they appear in their own neighborhood. In their new study, the astronomers found evidence of the blobs in 40-year-old data. Those observations confirmed that the blobs are incredibly hot when they leave the sun -- sometimes twice as hot as the average solar wind around them -- and might bubble out of the corona every 90 minutes or less."Even when it's a quiet space weather day, in terms of explosive solar storms, there's this base level of weather always happening on the sun," Viall said. "And those little dynamics are driving dynamics on Earth, too." The blobs that swallow the worldSince the solar blobs were first studied in the early 2000s, scientists have known that they are big -- initially measuring between 50 and 500 times the size of Earth, and growing ever larger as they propagate into space, Viall said -- and they are dense, potentially packed with twice as many charged particles as ordinary solar wind.This corrected-color image shows yellow 'blobs' (marked with white arrows) ejecting from the sun over the course of 5 and a half hours. NASA researcher Nicholeen Viall says these structures look similar to 'lava lamp blobs,' but enormous. Viall and VourlidasMagnetic field readings show that when these gargantuan blobs of plasma ooze over Earth, they can actually compress the planet's magnetic field and interfere with communication signals for minutes or hours at a time. Still, those readings leave a lot of open questions, Viall said, because the blobs almost certainly evolve and cool as they wobble through space for the 4 days it takes solar wind to reach Earth. So, Viall and her colleagues decided to study the blobs much closer to their source.In the new study, the researchers took a fresh look at historical data from Helios 1 and Helios 2, a pair of solar probes launched by NASA and the German Aerospace Center in 1974 and 1976, respectively. The twin probes orbited the sun for nearly a decade, making a closest approach of 27 million miles, or 43 million km (closer than the orbit of Mercury) while studying the temperature and magnetism of the solar wind that gushed past.If either of the probes had been engulfed by a train of gargantuan lava-lamp blobs, the encounter should be reflected in these readings, Viall said. The researchers looked for one data pattern in particular -- sudden bursts of hot, dense plasma punctuated by periods of cooler, flimsier wind -- and found five instances that fit the bill.The data from these events showed that the blobs bubbled out of the sun every 90 minutes or so, supporting visible light observations of the blobs made decades later. The results also provided the first real, space-based evidence that the blobs are indeed much hotter and denser than normal solar wind, Viall said. Burning questionsAs to why the blobs form in the first place, the jury is still out. But, based on magnetic field readings taken near Earth, it's likely that the blobs form in the same sort of explosions that create solar storms -- massive blasts of plasma that launch forth when the sun's magnetic field lines tangle, break and recombine."We think a similar process is creating the blobs on a much smaller scale -- ambient little bursts as opposed to giant explosions," Viall said.Results from NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which launched in August 2018 and is now about 15 million miles from the sun (24 million km), could soon confirm these suspicions. In addition to the 40-odd years of technological advancement that Parker has over the Helios probes, the Parker mission also ranges far closer to the sun -- coming within just 4 million miles (6.4 million km) of our local star at its closest approach. From this sizzling vantage point, the probe should be able to observe the blobs "right after they're born," Viall said. * Spaced Out! 101 Astronomy Images That Will Blow Your Mind * 15 Amazing Images of Stars * Satellites Gallery: Science From AboveOriginally published on Live Science.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a summary released last month that Mueller had found no evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia in the election. Putin, speaking at an Arctic forum in the Russian city of St Petersburg, said on Friday that Mueller's findings were predictable for Moscow. "That it (Mueller's inquiry) would finish in that way - like a mountain giving birth to a mouse as they say - was clear to us in advance.
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