The NFL playoffs are set to kick off on Saturday, but for teams that didn't make the postseason, a new season got underway Monday. Dubbed "Black Monday," the day following the end of the NFL regular season is traditionally when a number of head coaches are fired—and this year is no different.
By early Monday afternoon, four coaches were fired and another retired, to go along with former Giants coach Ben McAdoo, who was fired in the middle of the season. This could be just the beginning, as some experts have predicted a record number of head coach openings going into the offseason.
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Ben McAdoo (New York Giants)—McAdoo was UMTS router fired following Week 13, with the Giants off to a 2-10 start and the team in d Industrial VPN router ire straits. The week prior to his dismissal, McAdoo opted to bench Eli Manning—the team's franchise quarterback—and end his consecutive starts streak at 210. McAdoo was replaced by interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo, who was the team's defensive coordinator. Spagnuolo is expected to get an interview, but it is unlikely he will get the job.
Last summer, scientists spotted colliding super-dense neutron stars for the first time ever. One of the most exciting consequences of that discovery was confirming that su iiot ch mergers create many of the heavy metal elements we use here on Earth—elements like gold, uranium and platinum.
That realization could have far-reaching implications. Just as those elements have shaped our own civilizations, they may shape the civilizations of any extraterrestrial lifeforms in the universe as well, Harvard University astronomer Avi Loeb suggests in a new essay.
"These mergers are rare," Loeb told Newsweek. "It occurred to me that being close or far from such a merger would have dramatic implications for the extraterrestrial civilization."
Here's what happened on August 17: Gravitational wave detectors picked up tiny ripples in the fabric of space. The ripples matched a burst of light astronomers quickly spotted in the same area of the sky. That explosion, called a kilonova, confirmed a long-standi remote secure networking ng theory: that the heaviest natural elements are created during these celestial fireworks.
Both Liverpool and Chelsea are looking to pounce on the news that Javier Pastore looks set to leave Paris Saint-Germain in January after falling out of favor, according to reports.
The arrival of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to PSG in the summer for what will be a combined total of £360 million (about $476 million)–Mbappe is on loan with a fee agreed for next summer–has seen Pastore’s playing time become limited.
Since the arrival of Neymar, the Argentine has started just one game, a 3-0 win over St-Etienne on August 25, and since then he hasn’t even featured for Unai Emery’s team.
So there is a belief that he will be available to buy in January for a bargain price of £26 million, with Chelsea and Liverpool joined by Inter Milan in the race to sign him, according to TalkSport.
Related: Jose Mourinho’s top January target to choose Inter Milan instead
The 28-year-old has been in the French capital since 2011, when he signed from Palermo. Pastore has scored 27 goals in 131 appearances, including two this season that showed the quality he has to any potential suitors.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool have fallen behind in the Premier League title race early on. With defeats to Burnley and Manchester City, Antonio Conte’s team is fourth and six points behind leaders City and Manchester United.
Conte, whose future at Stamford Bridge is less than certain, was unhappy with Chelsea’s failure to make more signings in the summer; this may be an opportunity to remedy that.
Liverpool, meanwhile, is only seventh in the table after a slow start to the season. Defensive failures have seen Jurgen Klopp’s side draw three times in seven games and lose once, now seven points behind the leaders.
Both teams will be looking to January, and possibly to Paris.
Stephen Hawking Says 'Future of Human Race' Depends on Moving to New Planets in Charming Video to Chinese Pop Star
Stephen Hawking might just be the newest fan of the Chinese boy band TFBOYS. Or, at the very least, he’s a fan of the questions its lead singer, Wang Junkai (also known as Karry Wang), posed to him in a video he posted to the Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo on Friday.
“Dear Professor Hawking, I’m Karry Wang from China. It’s my great honor to raise questions about the future to you,” Wang said in the video. “You have always been concerned about humanity’s future development. In your speeches, you have presented recommendations many times about the necessity of exploring alien immigrants to continue our earth civilization,” he continued, likely referring to Hawking’s remarks about searching for habitable planets humans could colonize. “Like many young people in China, I am very curious about exploring the universe and the future. What shall we do to prepare for this?”
Wang, who just recently turned 18, added in the text of his post in English: “Thank you so much for this opportunity! Looking forward to hearing your incisive insights!”
Physicist Stephen Hawking sits on stage during an announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative with investor Yuri Milner in New York April 12, 2016. Hawking recently responded to a video from Chinese boy band singer Wang Junkai with a video of his own, discussing why humans should search for a habitable planet to which they can immigrate. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Hawking responded in a video he posted to his own Weibo page, thanking Wang for his questions. The British theoretical physicist joined the Chinese site, which has similarities to Twitter, to great fanfare in April 2016, garnering more than two million followers within hours. As of Monday, he had doubled that initial show of excitement and amassed a total of more than 4.3 million fans. Though impressive, the number pales in comparison with Wang’s more than 32.4 million fans.
“I have recently said that the future of the human race is compromised by the damage that we are doing to our small, overcrowded planet and that we should think about exploring planets that may have the potential to sustain human life,” Hawking explained. “Having to make the move will have taught us to behave more wisely. I am not suggesting that the whole population moves to a new planet, just a select few to ensure the survival of the human race.”
In his minute-and-a-half-long message, the physicist told the singer that humans need to think about where to go first and how to plan for life on other planets. “We are explorers and thinkers. We are motivated to elevate humanity, but first we need the imagination to do so,” he said. “We need to imagine how we will live in the future, to see in our mind’s eyes what might be done to alleviate today’s problems and better imagine a future for all.”
Though Wang’s first questions had to do with major issues confronting humanity and reflected his curiosity about the universe and the future, he ended his entreaty to Hawking on another topic, one that surely hits close to home for a professional singer as well as for his two bandmates and his millions of fans. He wondered “how we should protect our traditional culture while exploring the future and developing science and technology at the same time.”
Hawking reassured the Chinese star. “I do not believe that traditional culture will disappear,” he said. “I think our art and music are human oriented and would be meaningless to an alien species. I do not think we need to worry.”
Phew, what a year, am I right? Every day a new nightmare.
So you're ringing in 2018 with a party. That's awesome! Have you got the champagne? The chips and dip? The soda? Cool, cool.
Oh, no! You forgot the music!
Don't fret. Newsweek has your back. We've collected 30 prime party songs. Most are from 2017, to honor the year gone by. Some are not because I wanted to include them.
Find your groove in 2018, beginning now. Embedded below is the playlist on Spotify, but we've also embedded a YouTube video for each song, in case you're stream-phobic. Enjoy!
"Unforgettable" -French Montana
Sure the lyrics are actually "I've had enough convo, for 24" but I hear "I've had enough gumbo, for 24" and I prefer it that way.
"HUMBLE" - Kendrick Lamar
One of the best, if not the best song of the year.
"Slide" - Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean and Migos
For one reason or another there aren't any videos for "Passionfruit" on YouTube that aren't weird covers, but I had to put it on the list because the song is great.
"Oh Baby" -LCD Soundsystem
A hell of a fun song off their new album.
Yeah, I don't really know why this song is on here either, but it'll be a weird change of pace at your party and a conversation starter.
"Bad Liar" -Selena Gomez
This song rules, man.
"Bodak Yellow" -Cardi B
Imagine making a 2017 playlist without "Bodak Yellow." I can't either.
"Despacito" -Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
Imagine making a 2017 playlist without "Despacito." I can't either.
"Bad and Boujee" -Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert
Imagine making a 2017 playlist without "Bad and Boujee." I can't either. (Last time I use that description, I promise.)
"Die Young" -Sylvan Esso
A bit of a change of pace, but I love the beat on this cheeky love song.
"XO Tour Llif3" -Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert's most popular song gave us the darkest hook of the year.
"Dance Yrself Clean" -LCD Soundsystem
The beat drop is worth the build-up.
"Redbone" -Childish Gambino
Donald Glover's album was released last December, so this is technically a 2016 song, but it hit the airwaves for much of 2017.
"Something Just Like This" -Chainsmokers and Coldplay
I mean, congrats to Coldplay for still making hits, somehow, in 2017.
"Congratulations" -Post Malone ft. Quavo
The popular song is incredibly catchy.
"Mask Off" -Future
I am all the way HERE for the flute revival in rap.
"Wild Thoughts" -DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
Every playlist has to include Rihanna in some manner. Those are the rules.
"This Must Be the Place" -Talking Heads
Consider this throwing a bone to the older dudes at your party. Get their backs up off the wall for a minute.
Khalid had a breakthrough 2017. It'll be interesting to see what happens in 2018.
"Waves" -Kanye West
If you're trying to get people psyched for the new year, the "TURN ME UP" at the beginning of "Waves" is a great start.
"Slow Hands" -Niall Horan
Try as you might to ignore, this song will win you over.
"Runaway" -Kanye West
Listen, I know this song is old. But it'll also be fun as all hell to sing after you've had a couple drinks.
"Obvs" -Jamie XX
Another old song, but it's good and a bit slower than most of the other songs on the playlist.
"What's My Age Again" -Blink 182
Yes, this song is from 1999. Yes, it appears to make no sense on this playlist. But it's fun to sing with friends And TOM DELONGE PRETTY MUCH DISCOVERED ALIENS THIS YEAR.
"I'm the One" -DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne, Quavo
Another one from Khaled.
"Closer" -Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
Remember when this was the only song on the radio for like a month?
"Rock Your Body" -Justin Timberlake
If this doesn't get your party dancing your friends are trash.
"Changes" -Juelz Santana ft. Razah
This is an old Dipset classic but I had to include it because it features my favorite line about New Year's Eve: "Happy New Year people, the ball done dropped, guess you could say the new year's legal / Shit, my resolution was: Do everything I been doing, better than I usually does."
"Auld Lang Syne" - Mariah Carey
No New Year's Eve is complete without the classic.
An orbiting NASA observatory spotted a rare phenomenon that scientists have only witnessed a limited number of times: an “encircling filament” near the Earth’s sun, according to Space.com.
Sometime between October 29 and 31, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spotted the filament, which is a cloud containing many particles that hang above the sun. Although filaments aren’t rare, this one stood out to scientists because of its shape.
“Only a handful of times before have we seen one shaped like a circle,” NASA officials wrote in a statement.
The rare encircling filament spotted by NASA. NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory
Typically, solar filaments are long and uneven. The image of the rare sight—which was released by NASA on October 8—was “taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light,” according to the space agency.
In the photo, a black region is also visible and is identified as a coronal hole, which is found in areas where the sun’s corona is dark. Coronal holes—first discovered by X-ray telescopes above Earth’s atmosphere—are known to produce high-speed solar wind.
The latest findings are part of NASA’s SDO mission, which aims to learn more about the sun, particularly its energy and atmosphere.
“By better understanding the sun and how it works, we will be able to better predict and better forecast the 'weather out in space' providing earlier warnings to protect our astronauts and satellites floating around out there,” NASA explained.
SDO is unique because it captures enormous amounts of data each and everyday. “In fact SDO will produce enough data to fill a single CD every 36 seconds,” NASA said.
In addition to capturing the latest rare oddity, SDO captured two powerful flares in early September, one of which was one of the most powerful in more than a decade, CTV News reported.
As a whole, September was an exciting month for NASA solar research. Other satellites operated by the agency captured exciting activity, including “31 sizable solar flares and several coronal mass ejections in just five days,” according to a tweet by NASA.