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Perseid meteor shower 2017: Spectacular images of shooting stars that thrill stargazers

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said yesterday that this year's shower would be "decent". The display peaked in the United Kingdom on Saturday and into Sunday, but can be seen all around the world. In general, the Perseid meteor showers have 80 meteors an hour. "The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular", said Mr Scagell. STARGAZERS had their eyes and lenses pointed skywards last night as meteors rained down over Dorset.

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A bot just defeated one of the world's best video gamers

The Artificial Intelligence, as created by OpenAI, learned the gameplay all by itself, from the scratch. Was he indirectly comparing the OpenAI bot with AlphaGo? The OpenAI bot appears to run off a modified version of a genetic machine learning algorithm, meaning it evolves and learns as it plays and discards inferior versions of its code (the company wasn't specific with its language, but a programmer friend of mine who also plays Dota said it sounded like a genetic algorithm).

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'Overwatch' Deathmatch: Two new Arcade modes released on PTR

One of Overwatch's most requested modes is finally making its way into the game. In that Arcade, players can participate in variant game modes that don't really fit in with the standard modes that Blizzard considers the core Overwatch experience.

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Benchmark Capital Files Suit Against Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Kalanick is also accused of hiding a tool to deceive local authorities called Greyball from the board. Benchmark further says that in moving to add the three board seats a year ago, Kalanick "intentionally concealed and failed to disclose his gross mismanagement and other misconduct at Uber " which they say included " pervasive gender discrimination and sexual harassment ".

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Stargazers to witness Perseids meteor shower this weekend

The Perseid meteor shower is associated with the Swift-Tuttle comet. The annual Perseids is predicted to be one of the most spectacular shows in years - with up to 100 shooting stars every hour. Rising at around 11 p.m. on Friday night, and around midnight on Saturday night, the Moon will present a source of light pollution in the sky, that will washed out numerous fainter meteors.

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Fake eclipse glasses could be unsafe

Millions of people are expected to see The Great American Eclipse on August 21. Here's what you need to know to enjoy the eclipse! If you'd like to enjoy the eclipse at the library, chairs will be set up outside and complimentary coffee will be available.