Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, winner of the Heisman Trophy, kisses the trophy Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK — Baker Mayfield took a unique road to the Heisman Trophy, a long and winding climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players to ever play college football.The brash, flag-planting Oklahoma quarterback became the sixth Sooner to the win Heisman on Saturday night in one of the most lopsided votes in the 83-year history of the award.ADVERTISEMENT View comments There is at least one more game to play for Mayfield, and maybe two. He and the Sooners will go into the playoff as a slight underdog against Georgia, which seems only appropriate for a player who has built his career on exceeding expectations.Asked what has been his best moment, Mayfield predictably answered: “It hasn’t happened yet.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James has 58th career triple-double; Cavs rally past 76ers Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Stanford running back Bryce Love was the runner-up, making it five second-place finishes for the Cardinal since 2009. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year’s Heisman winner, was third, the best finish by a returning winner since Tim Tebow of Florida in 2008.Mayfield received 732 first-place votes and 2,398 points. Love had 75 first-place votes and 1,300 points and Jackson received 47 and 793. Mayfield received 86 percent of the total points available, the third-highest percentage in Heisman history behind Ohio State’s Troy Smith (91.63 percent) in 2006 and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (90.92) in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseMayfield is the third player to win the Heisman heading to the College Football Playoff. The second-ranked Sooners meet No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. He is the first senior to win the award since Smith and the first Heisman winner to begin his career as a walk-on since athletic scholarships started in the 1950s.“It’s been a tough journey,” Mayfield said during his acceptance speech. He choked back tears, thanking his parents and first-year Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley. LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Pretty good for a scrawny kid who grew up in Austin, Texas, rooting for Oklahoma, but did not receive a scholarship offer out of high school from either the hometown Longhorns or his beloved Sooners.At Lake Travis High School, Mayfield won a state championship at a school that regularly pumps out Division I quarterbacks. He received one offer from a Power Five program — Washington State.“There’s something to be said for having just good ol’ confidence in yourself,” Mayfield said. “Just true belief. My journey, like I said earlier is not over, but it’s about facing adversity. If there’s mistakes, being up front about it and then moving forward and being better in the future.”He walked-on at Texas Tech and started eight games as a freshman in 2013. With a glut of quarterbacks in Lubbock, Mayfield left and had only one school in mind. He walked-on again at Oklahoma.Mayfield thanked former Sooners coach Bob Stoops, who also was at the Best Buy Theater in midtown Manhattan, for welcoming a “chubby, unathletic kid into the program with open arms.” That was also Riley’s first season as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator. The two have been a perfect match.“For any coach to have a chance for your guy to be standing here, to win the Heisman Trophy, and just to do it kind of at the end of such a long journey we’ve had together, it’s very special,” Riley said.Mayfield’s departure from Texas Tech was contentious. At first, he lost a year of eligibility, despite not being on scholarship. He eventually got that year back when the Big 12 tweaked its rules, but he never did let it go. For his last game against Texas Tech this season, he wore the “Traitor” T-shirt that some Red Raiders fans wore when he first returned to Lubbock with Oklahoma.Later in the year, it was Kansas — of all teams — that tried to get the volatile Mayfield off his game. Jayhawks captains refused to shake his hand during the pregame coin flip. They trash-talked Mayfield and even took a late hit at him. He responded by screaming profanities and making a lewd gesture that television cameras caught. That led to a public apology from Mayfield, his third this year.The first came after he was arrested in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in February for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing. He pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors and paid a $300 fine. The second came after that flag planting in Columbus, Ohio, after the Sooners beat the Buckeyes.Mayfield is an old-school Heisman winner. For decades, seniors dominated the Heisman, but over the last 10 years four juniors, four sophomores and two redshirt freshmen have won. By comparison, Mayfield has been around forever. He has played 47 college games. Only USC’s Carson Palmer with 50 had played more when he won his Heisman in 2002. “Tried to play it cool,” Mayfield said later. “That’s not my thing though. I’m a guy that wears his emotions on his sleeve.”Mayfield finished fourth in the Heisman voting two years ago and third last year. “It’s motivating for me to be the best in the country,” he said.Mayfield entered this season as one of the Heisman favorites and jumped toward the front of the pack when he led the Sooners to an early victory at Ohio State that he celebrated by planting the OU flag in the Horseshoe turf.He later apologized for that, but that has been Mayfield’s career. Spectacular play fueled by grudges, slights and trying to prove doubters wrong. Moxie is the word that gets attached to Mayfield often, but at times poor judgment has gotten him in trouble on and off the field.Those were really the only marks on Mayfield’s Heisman resume because his play has been consistently stellar. He has thrown for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns this season for the Big 12 champion Sooners (12-1). 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20 October 2010The Pretoria, Hatfield and Centurion stations for the Gautrain rapid rail link between Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport are due to be ready and operational by June 2011.South Africa’s first high-speed train cruises at between 160 and 180 kilometres per hour, which will enable commuters to travel between Johannesburg and Pretoria in well under 40 minutes.There will be six trains per hour in both directions, with the train operating approximately 18 hours per day.The Gautrain’s airport to Sandton link has been operating since the 2010 Fifa World Cup in June.Hatfield was selected as a Gautrain station for a number of reasons, including its accessibility from the N1 and N4 freeways. The two other Pretoria stations are Centurion (at Centurion Lake) and Pretoria (adjacent to the historic Pretoria main station).“The ticket offices, station control rooms and payment stations are standard components, but each station has its own brief and accommodation schedule,” Bombela spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka said during a media tour of the three stations last week.The offices and guard house located between the Rissik and Hartbeesspruit stations are complete but still need floor and wall tiling, Machaka said. The multi-storey parking garage for park-and-ride passengers is also complete. Only the floor tiling needs to be done.The railway line and platforms will be below ground level. Work is under way to ensure they are accessible by stairs and escalators from ground level, and also by lifts to accommodate passengers with disabilities.Construction for vehicle and bus parking is still at an early stage at the Pretoria station, but the closed-circuit television has been fitted. The offices and toilets are also complete.Rails have been laid at the 200 metre long station, but the automated machines are not yet fitted. Tiling at the platforms has not yet commenced.Source: BuaNews
Members of the Borolelo community with barrels of water distributed by Brand South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Operation Hydrate in North West on Saturday 12 March.Swartruggens, Monday 14 March 2016 – Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Operation Hydrate hosted an open dialogue at Swartruggens Combined School on Saturday 12 March 2016. Discussions looked at the culture of human rights in South Africa, before participants distributed hundreds of litres of water to the community of Borolelo, who are currently experiencing the effects of a severe drought.The dialogue kicked off with a call by Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba to all South Africans to stop criticising each other, the environment and the government for the challenges we face as a nation. “Instead, we all need to take action.”This was echoed by social advocate Yusuf Abramjee who said: “This is exactly what the Play Your Part initiative is about – active citizenry, South Africans using their skills, time and resources to help each other. As citizens we need to see what we can do to tackle some of South Africa’s issues.”The dialogue looked at, among others, issues around service delivery, education, equality and infrastructure challenges. Panellists included Mr Sean Moodley from the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Mr Sello Hatang, CEO of Nelson Mandela Foundation, Ms Tshegofatso Ramokopeloa from North West University, Councillor Victor Kgari, Ms Lerato Motaung from Civics Academy, Mr Yaseen Theba of Operation Hydrate, and Ms Jeanette Dibetso-Nyathi, a political advisor to the Premier of the North West.In the 2016 State of the Nation Address President Jacob Zuma declared Human Rights Day, 21 March, to be the national day against racism.It is against this background that the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation launched the Anti-Racism Network South Africa movement (ARNSA) which calls on all South Africans to pledge towards eradicating the scourge of racism in South Africa.At the close of the dialogue all present took ARNSA’s pledge against racism. The CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mr Sello Hatang, echoed the words of former President Nelson Mandela who said: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” This is the spirit that South Africans must draw on.Ms Lerato Motaung, project director of Civics Academy, said: “All sectors of society need to be committed to building a South Africa that the youth would be proud to inherit. To do so, we need to change the narrative. At present there is a focus on problems and problem-solving. This needs to shift to a discourse of building.”Discussing the Constitution, Ms Tshegofatso Ramokopeloa, supervising attorney at North West University’s Community Law centre, said: “We need practice Ubuntu within ourselves … negativity starts and ends with us, as individuals …We need to use our skills, talents, time and resources to help each other – being selfish takes us away from democracy.”Operation Hydrate describes their initiative as Ubuntu in action, as all the activities rely on volunteers who are committed to helping their fellow South Africans in need. Mr Theba said: “Water is a basic need as human beings. It is remarkable to see how many South Africans answered the call to help those worst affected by the drought.” Mr Theba also used the platform to announce that Operation Hydrate will be installing its first borehole in North West in the next month. “This is a more sustainable solution to help the community access water.”Following the dialogue, all panellists accompanied the volunteers of Operation Hydrate to distribute 100 000 litres of water to residents of Borolelo in the North West.Swartruggens is one of the towns most severely affected by the current drought, the worst in South Africa for 100 years. The town has been without water for eight months. Representatives from the Premier’s office and the Municipality committed to improving service delivery in the province, and outlined some of the measures currently being explored to provide a permanent solution to the water crisis the province faces.Follow the conversation on #UniteSA #OperationHydrate
Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#AI#ANN#Deep Learning#Facebook#featured#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#M2M#neural networks#top Sandeep Raut Related Posts Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Remember how you started recognizing fruits, animals, cars and for that matter any other object by looking at them from our childhood?Our brain gets trained over the years to recognize these images and then further classify them as apple, orange, banana, cat, dog, horse. then it gets even more interesting — aside from figuring out what to eat and what to avoid, we learn brands and their differences: Toyota, Honda, BMW and so on.See also: How to use machine learning in today’s enterprise environmentInspired by these biological processes of the human brain, artificial neural networks (ANN) were developed. “Deep learning” refers to these artificial neural networks that are composed of many layers. It is the fastest-growing field in machine learning. It uses many-layered Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) to learn levels of representation and abstraction that make sense of data such as images, sound, and textSo what makes it deep?Why is deep learning called deep? It is because of the structure of those ANNs. Four decades back, neural networks were only two layers deep as it was not computationally feasible to build larger networks. Now, it is common to have neural networks with 10+ layers and even 100+ layer ANNs are being tried upon.Using multiple levels of neural networks in deep learning, computers now have the capacity to see, learn, and react to complex situations as well or better than humans.Normally data scientists spend a lot of time in data preparation – feature extraction or selecting variables which are actually useful to predictive analytics. Deep learning does this job automatically and makes life easier.To spur this development, many technology companies have made their deep learning libraries as open source, like Google’s Tensorflow and Facebook’s open source modules for Torch. Amazon released DSSTNE on GitHub, while Microsoft also released CNTK — its open source deep learning toolkit — on GitHub.And so, today we see a lot of examples of deep learning around, including:Google Translate is using deep learning and image recognition to translate not only voice but written languages as well.With CamFind app, simply take a picture of any object and it uses mobile visual search technology to tell you what it is. It provides fast, accurate results with no typing necessary. Snap a picture, learn more. That’s it.All digital assistants like Siri, Cortana, Alexa & Google Now are using deep learning for natural language processing and speech recognition.Amazon, Netflix & Spotify are using recommendation engines using deep learning for the next best offers, movies or music.Google PlaNet can look at the photo and tell where it was taken.DCGAN is used for enhancing and completing the human faces.DeepStereo: Turns images from Street View into a 3D space that shows unseen views from different angles by figuring out the depth and color of each pixel.DeepMind’s WaveNet is able to generate speech which mimics any human voice that sounds more natural than the best existing Text-to-Speech systems.Paypal is using deep learning to prevent fraud in payments.Until now, deep learning has aided image classification, language translation, speech recognition and it can be used to solve any pattern recognition problem, and all of it is happening without human intervention.This is without a doubt a disruptive digital technology that is being used by more and more companies to create new business models. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…
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Having won laurels for the country during her illustrious sports career, Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari is pained by the current state of Indian weightlifting which has witnessed umpteen dope flunks in the recent past and felt that the custodians of the sport have failed to arrest the menace.The executive committee of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) stepped down en-masse almost a year ago in the wake of dope flunks of Indian lifters at international meets in the same year.However, the positive dope cases of Indian lifters continue unabated despite the change of regime in the IWLF. The federation has still not learnt its lessons even after paying a hefty fine of $ 5000,000 which had almost robbed Indian lifters of their participation at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October.Malleswari, who is one of the vice-presidents of the federation, is hurt by the fact that the sport, which used be India’s stronghold till a few years ago, has now become synonymous with dope shame.”Something needs to be done to save weightlifting in India before a final blow is delivered, and irrevocable damage is done.While other sports that have given Olympic medals to India have soared spectacularly both in popularity and medals won at other events, weightlifting seems like a solitary sore point,” Malleswari told Mail Today. The latest case of eight lifters, who failed the dope tests during the all-India inter-railway weightlifting competition in Kolkata this month, has further dented the IWLF’s tall claims about their efforts to make the sport dope-free.advertisementMalleswari believes the current administration is following the same path that its predecessors took and has done little to keep the sport clean. “It was exactly a year ago that the executive committee of the weightliftingfederation was forced to resign over the doping menace confronting the game and a fine of Rs 3 crore was slapped on the federation.”But the recent reports in which eight lifters from Railways were found positive in dope tests, shows the ineffectiveness of the new executive committee in taking corrective action.”The question is not about who but about why? Why do our lifters take prohibited performance enhancers? Why the execu-tive committee, which was elected in similar circumstances one year ago, has failed to arrest the disgraceful trend?” Malleswari asked.Not only have the young and inexperienced lifters been found guilty for dope offences over the years but the veterans too have added to the shame. Sanamacha Chanu, the Manchester Commonwealth Games gold medallist, is one prominent name who tested positive for banned substances not once but twice, which clearly indicates the lack of education on drugs for the lifters in the country.The second dope offence virtually brought curtains to the 31-year-old lifter’s career as she was handed an eight- year ban by the anti-doping disciplinary panel in November this year.Malleswari also mooted the inclusion of more former weightlifters in the federation rather than having those at the helm who have little knowledge about the sport and the sportspersons.”What stops the federation from asking former weightlifters to share their experience and expertise with the new talent? I hope action is initiated to take the game forward and people from weightlifting should come forward,” noted the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games silver medallist.
Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) intercepts a pass intended for an Indiana wide receiver during the 2017 season opener. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Ohio State’s first two games of the year, its passing defense performed poorly, allowing more than 380 passing yards in each game. The inexperienced defensive backfield, which lost three players early to the NFL draft, looked incompetent at times.But in the Buckeyes’ next four games, all of which came against lowly regarded, run-heavy teams, no opposing quarterback passed for more than 88 yards. In Saturday’s game against Nebraska, their secondary might be tested for the first time in more than a month.When redshirt junior quarterback Tanner Lee transferred to Nebraska from Tulane, the Cornhuskers thought they might have just landed a stud signal-caller. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 220 pounds, Lee looks the part. And when he throws the ball, his cannon arm is readily apparent. But the early on-field results were not pretty to open the year. He combined for five touchdowns and nine interceptions in consecutive games against Oregon, Northern Illinois and Rutgers. Despite the struggles, Ohio State still sees the talent.“We definitely respect him,” sophomore safety Jordan Fuller said. “We see the talent. We see the arm. We see his confidence in the pocket. So we have to be ready for that.”Through six games, Lee has completed 109-of-202 passes for an average of 243.3 yards per game, and tacked on 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The one trait Lee does not possess is an ability to run or escape the pocket. He has not rushed for more than five yards in a game this season. Lee often uses five-step drops and waits for plays to develop which will give Ohio State’s defensive line more opportunities than usual to rush the quarterback.“I think it’ll be a good game for us just because he’s a pro-style guy who wants to sit back there and scan the field a little bit, which we haven’t seen very much of,” sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said. “So, we’re excited for that, to get after him.”The Buckeyes have not faced a team whose primary offensive strategy was to have its immobile quarterback drop back since Lagow tore their defensive backfield up in Week 1. Even when Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield racked up yards against Ohio State, he used his mobility as a threat.If Bosa and the Buckeyes’ fearsome defensive front, which combined for six sacks and 12 tackles for loss against Maryland Saturday, can pressure Lee, he could be forced to make poor passing decisions. Lee will be dropping back with a less-experienced offensive line, which includes a true freshman protecting him at right tackle.Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he believes Lee had difficulties early in the season because he struggled to get over bad plays, especially when he threw two pick-6s against Northern Illinois. He said improving quarterbacks’ ability to rebound from interceptions is the hardest thing to coach, but he believes Lee is constantly improving in the area.“We’re going to have to really work hard to affect the passer,” Schiano said. “Because if we don’t, he’s a very fundamentally sound quarterback and he’s got a good arm.”Given the Buckeyes’ early-season secondary issues, not allowing Lee to have time in the pocket could help negate the concern of Lee picking on inexperienced cornerbacks. That will be even more important due to the smaller-than-normal cornerback rotation.Ohio State will be without starting cornerback Damon Arnette for the first half of the game due to a suspension as he was flagged for targeting in the second half of the game against the Terrapins. Head coach Urban Meyer said cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kendall Sheffield will start and freshman Jeffrey Okudah “will work in.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about how former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson developed his game while he was still playing for United.The current Balon d’Or holder arrived at Old Trafford back in 2003 as a relatively unknown, raw talent and has now revealed the impact of Ferguson on his football career. The Juventus star was always pulled up by the former United great manager for doing too many tricks and flicks, and he now recalls how his mentality changed when he swapped Sporting Lisbon for Manchester United.Working with Ferguson helped hone Ronaldo’s skills into the player he is today and he’s quick to remind himself of how important those years at United were to his development.“Of course, in the beginning of my career he was so important to me because I moved from Sporting to Manchester and had that Portuguese mentality – too many stepovers, decision making was not the best,” Ronaldo told DAZN, as quoted by Daily Mail.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“So he taught me how to do it. In the Premier League they don’t fall over so easy, they are tough.”“As I’ve said many times, he taught me everything. He was like a father to me. He helped me a lot at Manchester United.”Ronaldo spent six years at Old Trafford before leaving to sign for Real Madrid in 2009 where he scored 450 goals in nine seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The AC Milan coach believes his team has to beat Dudelange on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Europa League competitionAC Milan and Dudelange will face off tomorrow night as part of Matchday 5 of Group F in the UEFA Europa League.And for manager Gennaro Gattuso, his team has only one objective: to win.“We all have to keep in my mind how much we struggled in the reverse fixture in Luxembourg,” he told the club’s official website.“On paper, we are the better team but we have to be wary of Dudelange without underestimating them.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We’ll make a few changes to the line-up but we must win this game. We can’t afford any false-step,” he explained.“Should the stadium be half empty it won’t be a problem, we must win at all costs, else we would be in trouble.”“There’s a lot at stake: we are aware of the importance of this match, also on the psychological aspect,” he commented.“Europa League is an important competition for us, AC Milan always have to play and star in European competitions.”
Jayanne English, University of Manitoba/NRAO/F. Schinzel et al., DRAO/Canadian Galactic Plane Survey and NASA/IRAS NASA astronomers have discovered a pulsar zipping though space like a hyperspeed cosmic cannonball, travelling at 2.5 million miles per hour — five times faster than your average pulsar.At that speed, it’s travelling at a startling 694 miles per second. If you could somehow build a cannon capable of firing this pulsar from the starboard side of your pirate ship in the Atlantic Ocean, it would speed around the Earth and hit your port side 35 seconds later. Arrrr!Pirate ships aside, a pulsar is the rapidly rotating, dense star left behind in the wake of a massive supernova explosion. Astronomers believe that the explosion can send the pulsar hurtling through space like a cannonball. This one, named PSR J0002+6216, was discovered using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, which originally launched to space in 2008, and a suite of Earth-based radio telescopes known as the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array.PSR J0002+6216 — or “J0002″ — is not like most of those other, standard, boring, pulsars we’ve seen before. No, J0002, is like the Sonic the Hedgehog version of a pulsar — faster than 99 percent of those we’ve measured in the past. Thanks to Fermi, which launched in 2008, there is a decade of data with which to analyze J0002, meaning the research team could provide an accurate measurement of its movements.”The longer the data set, the more powerful the pulsar timing technique is,” said Matthew Kerr, a researcher with the US Naval Research Laboratory. “Fermi’s lovely 10-year data set is essentially what made this measurement possible.” Tags Share your voice 13 Photos Sci-Tech 0 NASA J0002 currently lies about 6,500 light-years away in a constellation known as Cassiopeia, and 53 light-years away from the remnants of a huge stellar explosion known as CTB 1. That explosion took place around 10,000 years ago and resulted in a rapidly expanding bubble of gas that engulfed the pulsar.But around 5,000 years ago, the incredibly fast pulsar would have burst though the ghostly gas cloud, and continued speeding away, resulting in the fabulous image at the top of this article showing a streaky, fiery yellow tail. That tail looks small in the image, but it extends 13 light-years behind the speeding cosmic cannonball.The tail also allows astronomers to trace the origin of the pulsar, giving them a better chance to understand how it formed and how it was ejected from the supernova explosion.”Further study of this object will help us better understand how these explosions are able to ‘kick’ neutron stars to such high speed,” said Frank Schinzel, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.The pulsar was first discovered in 2017 as part of a citizen-science project known as Einstein@Home. That project uses the processing power of idling computers to search Fermi’s mountain of data for hints of a pulsar and, to date, has enabled the discovery of 23.The work will be published in an upcoming edition of Astrophysical Journal Letters. NASA’s Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures Post a comment