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Microsoft just did something with Xbox that Sony won't do with PlayStation (MSFT)

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Microsoft shared some pretty big news for Xbox One owners on Sunday: The company will let you play select games from the original Xbox — the one that launched in 2001 — on the current Xbox One console, with a software update coming later this year. 

The news was announced at Microsoft’s annual press briefing at the E3 video game mega-conference in Los Angeles.

Microsoft started down this path in June 2015, with the announcement that the Xbox One console would get the ability to play an ever-growing roster of Xbox 360 games. Now, Microsoft will be taking it a step further, adding compatibility with first-generation Xbox classics like 2003’s “Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge.” 

Furthermore, Xbox boss Phil Spencer promises that classic Xbox games will “look and play better” on Xbox One than they did on the original hardware. In other words, these games are likely to get graphical upgrades when they arrive on Xbox One.

This is a stark contrast with Sony’s strategy with the market-leading PlayStation 4. Sony has repeatedly downplayed the importance of so-called backwards compatibility, going so far as to question why anybody would want to play old-school PlayStation games on modern consoles.

From Microsoft’s perspective, however, this plays directly into Spencer’s Xbox strategy. Now, the Xbox One will support games from three different “generations” of Xbox — which dovetails nicely with Spencer’s idea that a new console shouldn’t mean that your old games and accessories are immediately obsolete and worthless. 

So while Sony’s position, with almost 60 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold, speaks for itself, there are a lot of gamers out there who welcome the notion of playing old games on new hardware. Now, we’ll see how much this moves the needle for Microsoft.

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E3 2017 Briefing recap: Introducing Xbox One X and an epic lineup of new games

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, discusses the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, at the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, discusses the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, at the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Xbox/AP Images)

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Today marked a milestone Xbox E3 Briefing as we unveiled the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X (formerly code-named “Project Scorpio”), and the largest and most diverse games lineup in E3 history. Broadcast for the first time in 4K UHD on Mixer, we showcased a record 42 games in the briefing including 22 with console exclusivity from creators large and small.

Xbox One X was designed to be the best console to create and play games on, putting the greatest graphic fidelity in the hands of the world’s best game creators to create true 4K games. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer underscored that every game will play great across the Xbox One family, and Xbox One X also makes your existing library even better, with better textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times. Xbox One X is coming to all Xbox One markets starting Nov. 7, 2017, and will retail for $499, 449 pounds, 499 euros, CA$599 and AU$649.1

“Xbox empowers game developers large and small to create different types of games for every type of player,” Spencer said. “Not only do we have the biggest cross-platform blockbusters on our platform, we’ve also scoured the world to bring our fans unique content from creative artists that capture the imagination.”

— Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox

Empowering the world’s creators

Xbox empowers game developers around the world to create different types of games for every type of player. Showcasing a record 42 titles on the E3 stage including 22 with console exclusivity, Xbox debuted a wide range of titles from game creators large and small, all of which play better on Xbox One X.

Here’s a closer look at just some of the great titles announced:

  • Crackdown 3” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive. Starring Terry Crews as Commander Jaxon, “Crackdown 3” brings the boom with its worldwide campaign gameplay reveal, where players will stop crime as a superpowered Agent in a sandbox of mayhem and destruction. Developed by Microsoft Studios in collaboration with Sumo Digital and Reagent Games, “Crackdown 3” delivers four-person campaign co-op, as well as an all-new multiplayer mode2 where destruction is your ultimate weapon, powered by the Microsoft Cloud. Available worldwide on Nov. 7 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title alongside the launch of Xbox One X.  

  • Cuphead” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive. Available beginning Sept. 29, 2017, as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, “Cuphead” is a classic run-and-gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e., traditional hand-drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds and original jazz recordings. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay back your debt to the devil!

  • Forza Motorsport 7” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive – World Premiere. The best-selling racing franchise of this console generation3 returns with “Forza Motorsport 7.” Experience the danger and beauty of competitive racing at its limits with the most comprehensive automotive game ever made. Drivers will experience gorgeous true 4K graphics at 60 fps and true resolution in HDR within 30 famous environments, with race conditions that change each time you return to the track. Whether you’re a new player or a pro, collect over 700 Forzavista™ cars, including the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS cover car and the largest assortment of Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis ever. The premier Xbox One X experience launches worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in October 2017.


  • Minecraft” Unification, Better Together Update, Super Duper Graphics Pack, coming to Xbox One and Windows 10. Mojang and Microsoft announced a new version of “Minecraft” that will bring the complete “Minecraft” experience to everyone on gaming consoles, mobile, VR and Windows 10 PCs this summer. The unification of “Minecraft” across platforms will transform the “Minecraft” experience everywhere from a game to a platform, providing simple access to massive community servers, community creations from the Minecraft Marketplace, Realms, dedicated servers and more. The team also announced the Super Duper Graphics Pack, a new optional upgrade for in-game visuals in stunning true 4K HDR.

  • “Ori and the Will of the Wisps” Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive- world premiere. From the creators of the multi-award-winning “Ori and the Blind Forest” comes the highly anticipated sequel, “Ori and the Will of the Wisps.” Embark on an all-new adventure to discover the mysteries beyond the forest of Nibel, uncover the hidden truths of those lost and unravel Ori’s true destiny.

  • Sea of Thieves” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive. Developed by Rare, the legendary creators of “Perfect Dark” and “Banjo-Kazooie,” “Sea of Thieves” is an immersive, shared-world adventure game filled with pirates, unexpected dangers and loot for the taking. Explore, fight and live the pirate life together in a unique co-op experience that combines the thrill of adventuring together with friends with the unpredictability of a shared ocean and its threats, both from other players and the world itself. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in early 2018.

  • State of Decay 2” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive. “State of Decay 2” is the ultimate zombie survival fantasy game, where you build a lasting community in an open world filled with hostile zombies, human enemies and the valuable gear necessary to keep your community alive. Play solo or invite up to three friends in multiplayer co-op to overcome challenges and survive as a group while defining your own unique story. Your choices shape the identity of your community, ensuring that no two stories are alike — and remember, once you lose a survivor, they’re gone forever thanks to the return of permadeath in “State of Decay 2.” Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in spring 2018.

  • “Super Lucky’s Tale” Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive – world premiere. Developed by Playful Corp., “Super Lucky’s Tale” is a delightful, playground platformer for all ages that follows Lucky, the ever-optimistic, energetic and lovable hero, on his quest to find his inner strength and help his sister rescue the Book of Ages. Along the way, encounter a hilarious supporting cast of friends and adversaries. Available worldwide on Nov. 7 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title alongside the launch of Xbox One X.

  • Tacoma” Console launch exclusive and coming to Windows 10. The second game from Fullbright, creators of the critically acclaimed “Gone Home,” “Tacoma” puts you in control of Amy Ferrier, an independent contractor sent to Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma to recover sensitive data. As she explores the station, she unearths why the previous crew of six have been evacuated, gathering clues to what exactly went wrong. Like “Gone Home,” it’s a game where you pull details of the narrative from the environment, both physical and digital. “Tacoma” is a story about people and relationships, even in the isolation of outer space. Available Aug. 2 on Xbox One and Windows 10.

To catch up on all the news, highlights, exclusive reveals and a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite games throughout the week of E3, visit Xbox Wire at news.xbox.com and tune in to Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 on mixer.com/xbox starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Monday, June 12; 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT Tuesday through Wednesday, June 13–14; and 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on Thursday, June 15.

1 Prices are estimated retail prices; actual retail prices may vary.
2 Xbox Live Gold membership required for online multiplayer on Xbox consoles.
3 Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service (U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand), November 2012–January 2017.

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A new show features ‘Biggest Loser’ winners who regained weight — and reveals a deeper truth about weight loss

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The truth hit Ryan Benson when he couldn’t fit into a seat on his son’s favorite roller coaster: He’d regained the weight he’d fought so hard to lose as a contestant on “The Biggest Loser.”

In 2005, Benson was crowned the first winner of the popular TV show, which ran for 12 years and has since ballooned into a multi-million-dollar franchise. Benson lost 122 pounds and won $250,000, but he’s since returned to his pre-show weight.

That problem wasn’t unique to Benson — a 2016 study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) followed more than a dozen former “Biggest Losers” and  found that of the 14 people studied, 13 regained a significant portion of the weight they lost on the show. Four were heavier in 2016 than they were before they set foot on the set.

Experts have various takes on why this happened, blaming everything from inevitable biological factors to the show’s shaming approach to weight loss. But the show’s producer, JD Roth, argues that anyone can push themselves to slim down by breaking what he calls “bad behaviors.”

To that end, Roth has produced a new show called “The Big Fat Truth,” which is set to premiere June 11. The program seeks to highlight “bad” behaviors and mentalities that it suggests are responsible for participants’ weight gain. In one episode, six former “Biggest Losers” — including Benson— return and try to lose some of the weight they’ve regained.

“They all say the same thing,” Roth says of the contestants. “They say ‘I went back to my old behavior and made bad decisions.’”

But nutritionists and dietitians counter that Roth’s new show is another version of what they see as a dangerous approach to weight loss that favors quick results over science. As with many things in the world of health and nutrition, the truth falls somewhere in between.

From 300 to 175 to 325

After spending five grueling months exercising and dieting as a “Biggest Loser” contestant, the first thing Benson did to celebrate his accomplishment was order a burger and fries.

“In my mind I just thought I’ve been training so hard I want to eat something I craved for a few months — a burger, fries, some ribs,” Benson tells Business Insider. “That was one of the things that propelled me to the finish line. I thought, when I’m done I’m going to get this. It was a reward.”

Within weeks of returning home, the clothes Benson had worn during the show’s season finale seemed to shrink. He caught himself stopping by his favorite fast-food chain more and more on the way home from work to appease his appetite for the foods he missed.

“It was real easy to slip back into old habits,” he says. “The cameras aren’t on 24/7 so no one’s going to see you pick up four donuts on the way to work.”

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The NIH study of “Biggest Losers” — along with a New York Times feature story on the research — suggested that slimming down for good is virtually a biological impossibility for people who have been significantly overweight. Despite forcing their bodies to shed pounds in an intense 3-month boot camp, most of the show’s participants seemed to succumb to powerful hormonal and metabolic forces that were out of their control.

“The key point is that you can be on TV, you can lose enormous amounts of weight, you can go on for six years, but you can’t get away from a basic biological reality,” Michael Schwartz, an obesity and diabetes researcher at the University of Washington, told the Times last year. “As long as you are below your initial weight, your body is going to try to get you back.”

Studies suggest that people who’ve lost significant amounts of weight produce fewer of the hormones that make human bodies feel full and more of the hormones that make us feel hungry. There’s evidence that the metabolism also slows down, perhaps because strict dieting convinces the body that it is starving, leading it to run as efficiently as it can and burn the fewest calories possible.

Roth has spent the past 15 years working on reality TV shows about weight loss, but rejects this idea. 

“I just don’t believe that that’s true,” he says of the Times’ suggestion that it might be biologically impossible for some people to keep weight off. “It’s different behavioral things. A lot of times emotional reasons are why you gain the weight back. There are so many factors that go with it.”

Heart hunger 

Roth blames Benson’s weight gain on the fact that he fell prey to old habits.

“People start to get comfortable, sort of like how you might get a job you’ve really been working hard towards, and then after you get it you say to yourself, ‘Oh I knew I’d get that job.’ And they start accepting over and over again.”

Biggest LoserThe new show is in part a response to criticisms from some registered dietitians and nutritionists, who suggested the restrictive regimen imposed by “The Biggest Loser” failed to address what may be potential emotional and psychological issues connected to weight gain.

“If someone is using food as escapism or as comfort from emotional trauma, you have to deal with that,” says Andy Bellatti, a registered dietitian and the cofounder of Dietitians for Professional Integrity. “That takes time and that takes a very qualified professional to help you get to the bottom of that. That has nothing to do with weight loss tips or Bob Harper telling you to run an extra mile.”

Nichola Whitehead, a nutritionist and registered dietitian with a private practice in the United Kingdom, calls emotional eating “heart hunger.”

“Food won’t satisfy heart hunger in the long-term,” she says. “It can’t solve the underlying problem.”

Whitehead advises her clients to take a closer look at when and why they eat certain foods to see if certain feelings drive specific eating behaviors.

“So being aware of what you’re craving — are you craving chocolate because you’ve just seen it?” Whitehead says. “Do you just need to relocate or move the chocolate inside a cupboard? Are you feeling emotional? Is something else going on? Is it a good time to call a friend to talk or maybe take a walk?”

Safe, sustainable weight loss

When Roth got involved with “The Biggest Loser,” he says he assumed he could get contestants to lose about 100 pounds over the 5-month window of the show. When he talked to doctors, however, they told him that participants should only be losing one to two pounds per week. That figure, which exercise physiologists and registered dietitians agree is a good ballpark number for safe, sustainable weight loss, would mean that contestants could only lose about 30 pounds by the show’s end.

Roth says the network told him that number simply wouldn’t work for TV. So season after season, the show’s contestants lost one to two pounds per day — essentially seven times what doctors had said was healthy.

Experts say such rapid weight loss doesn’t give people enough time to create new healthy eating and exercise patterns.

“You’ve got to give yourself two, three, four years of consistent behavioral changes. That is hard work. You’re building new habits. And that takes time,” Bellatti says.

Roth’s new show seems to accept this logic — to some degree. In one scene, he visits Benson at home and sends him out to pick up a fast food dinner in the time Roth says it’ll take to prepare a vegan meal. When Benson returns with a bag of fried chicken sandwiches for his family, Roth has a fresh pasta and vegetable dish ready for them to eat.

Roth believes that showing Benson how easy it is to cook a healthy meal will spur him to change his behavior.

“I’m not a doctor or an exercise physiologist, but that said I have more experience in this area than most people have,” Roth says. “I live it.”

This one-off example may be enough to prompt some people to change their behavior. But for many of those who struggle with weight, long-term behavioral changes are grueling. Results don’t come quickly, and many people simply give up.

“I’ve seen it a lot with people I work with,” says Bellatti. “I’d say nine times out of 10 the people who change slowly and do manageable goals are the people who three years out still have success. I know many people who’ve gone on some kind of crash diet for a week and lose a bunch of weight and a few months later they’re back to square one.”

Building new habits

biggest loserA recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association illustrates just how hard sticking to a diet can be. For the study, 160 adults spent two years on one of four popular diets. For the first two months, they had to adhere to the diet fairly strictly; for the rest of the time, they were told they could be as strict or lenient as they wanted.

At the end, everyone who’d kept up with the eating plans had lost some weight and seen moderate improvements in their heart health. But a lot of people didn’t make it to the end — in one group, more than half of the participants dropped out.

“A variety of popular diets can reduce weight and several cardiac risk factors under realistic clinical conditions, but only for the minority of individuals who can sustain a high dietary adherence level,” the study authors write. “No single diet produced satisfactory adherence rates.”

In other words, as registered dietitian nutritionist Kara Lydon likes to say, “Diets don’t work.”

It’s a finding that squares with what many dietitians recommend — that the best eating plan is simply the one you can stick with.

“If you don’t take the time to help somebody set up realistic, sustainable behaviors that they can keep up over time, gaining weight and going back into old habits is inevitable,” says Bellatti.

For many people, losing weight means committing to a different lifestyle — one that in large part is not supported by the dietary options made available to us.

“We live in a society where making healthy choices and being at a healthy weight, it’s not defaulted toward that,” says Bellatti. “Unhealthy foods are cheaper and they’re everywhere; if you go to any store, you can buy a candy bar at the checkout but not a piece of fruit.” 

Nevertheless, he maintains that losing weight and keeping it off is possible.

“It can be very challenging, and you need to stay on top of a lot of things, but I know a good number of people who’ve lost a significant amount of weight over a long time.”

Ryan Benson says his experience on Roth’s new show did encourage him to make changes to his diet and lifestyle. But he’s also made use of several tools outside of the show’s guidelines, such as learning how to prepare healthy food and becoming involved in the healthy food scene in his Los Angeles neighborhood.

“I think [“The Big Fat Truth”] set me on the right path,” says Benson, though he adds, “it’s a lifetime struggle.”

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A crazy new game dares you and a friend to escape prison together

Ever wondered what it’s like to break out of prison with your best friend? A new game called “A Way Out” offers just such an opportunity, and it looks fascinating.

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The game — planned for release in early 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC — stars two men named Vincent and Leo. They each have their own backstories and goals, but they must work together to escape prison.

The way that applies to gameplay is what’s so interesting: You and a friend control one of each character, either in a room together on one TV or online. There is no other way to play it.

That’s a risky move, no doubt, but it allows for some really unique gameplay elements.

In one instance demonstrated in the first gameplay trailer, each character is being controlled independently: While one character is in a cutscene (unable to move), the other player above is able to watch and move around the area with full autonomy. It’s simple, but effective; having that subtlety of perspective difference looks like it will be used in surprising and clever ways.

A Way Out

Beyond playing with perspective, co-operative in “A Way Out” also means a variety of instances where you’re dependent on your partner. Whether it’s making a long jump or being helped up from a dangling ledge, there are dozens of ways this co-dependency could play out.

And that’s cool! Too few games cater to people playing games together on a couch; “A Way Out” is a rare game made with co-op as the focus.

Check out the full gameplay trailer right here:

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If a nuclear bomb goes off, this is the most important thing you can do to survive

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  • A small nuclear bomb set off by a terrorist is one of 15 disaster scenarios the US government plans for.
  • Such a blast would create radioactive fallout, which can kill or hurt people many miles away.
  • If you survive a nuclear attack, take shelter indoors, stay put, and listen to a radio for instructions.
  • Sheltering from fallout could save hundreds of thousands of lives in a city.

The Cold War may have ended in 1991, but the looming threat of nuclear attack lives on with more than 14,900 nuclear weapons wielded by nine nations.

A terrorist-caused nuclear detonation is one of 15 disasters scenarios that the federal government continues to plan for with state and city governments — just in case.

“National planning scenario number-one is a 10-kiloton nuclear detonation in a modern US city,” Brooke Buddemeier, a health physicist and radiation expert at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), told Business Insider. “A 10-kiloton nuclear detonation is equivalent to 5,000 Oklahoma City bombings. Though we call it ‘low-yield,’ it’s a pretty darn big explosion.”

nuclear bomb explosion blast city shutterstock_528910063Buddemeier could not estimate the likelihood of such a terrorist attack, stating “it’s one of these things that changes with time.”

However, it’s not an unfounded concern with the proliferation of fissile nuclear material and kiloton-class weapons in stockpiles.

If a nuclear detonation were to occur, and you somehow avoided the searing-bright flash, crushing blast wave, and incendiary fireball, Buddemeier says there is one simple thing that could increase your odds of survival.

“Shelter, shelter, shelter,” he says. “The same place you would go to protect yourself from a tornado is a great place to go.”

What you’d be hiding from is sandy, deadly, and arrives just minutes.

The threat of radioactive fallout

A fearsome after-effect of nuclear blasts is called fallout, which is a complex mixture of fission products (or radioisotopes) created by splitting atoms.

Many of these fission products decay rapidly and emit gamma radiation — an invisible yet highly energetic form of light. Exposure to too much of this radiation in a short time can damage the body’s cells and its ability to fix itself, which is a condition called acute radiation sickness.

“It also affects the immune system and your ability to fight infections,” Buddemeier says.

Only very dense and thick materials, like many feet of dirt or inches of lead, can reliably stop the gamma radiation emitted by fallout.

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“The fireball from a 10-kiloton explosion is so hot, it actually shoots up into the atmosphere at over 100 miles per hour,” Buddemeier says. “These fission products mix in with the dirt and debris that’s drawn up into the atmosphere from the fireball. … What we’re talking about is 8,000 tons of dirt and debris being drawn up into this cloud.”

The gamma-shooting fallout can loft more than five miles into the air. Larger chunks and pieces quickly rain back down, but the lighter particles can be sprinkled over distant areas.

“Close into the [blast] site, they may be a bit larger than golf-ball-size, but really what we’re talking about are things like salt- or sand-size particles,” Buddemeier says, adding that fallout doesn’t really resemble “snow” or dust, as movies often depict. “It’s the penetrating gamma radiation coming off of those particles that’s the hazard.”

A car is the least-ideal place to shelter for a variety of reasons, says Buddemeier. For one, “your ability to know where the fallout’s gonna go, and outrun it, are — well, it’s very unlikely,” he says. Fallout is carried by high-altitude winds that are “often booking along at 100 miles per hour,” he adds, so you’d be very unlikely to out-run or out-drive the fallout.

Plus, streets would probably be full of erratic drivers, accidents, and debris. Some vehicles may also not work due a strange effect called electromagnetic pulse, or EMP.

But most importantly, you shouldn’t “assume that the glass and metal of a vehicle can protect you” from fallout, says Buddemeier. “Modern vehicles are made of glass and very light metals, and they offer almost no protection. You’re just going to sit on a road someplace” and be exposed.

A much better shelter is likely within a quick walk or run of wherever you may be, Buddemeier says, and “the timing is important.”

Where you should shelter from fallout

Your best shot at survival after a nuclear disaster is to immediately get into a “robust structure” and stay there. Buddemeier is a fan of the mantra “go in, stay in, tune in.”

“Get inside … and get to the center of that building. If you happen to have access to below-ground areas, getting below ground is great,” he says.

Besides cars, the poorest shelters are made of wood, plaster, and other materials that don’t shield much radiation (about 20% of houses fall into this category). Better shelters, such as schools and offices, are made of bricks or concrete and have few or no windows.

Soil is a great shield from radiation, says Buddemeier, so ducking into a home with a half basement is better than going into a place with no basement at all.

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Next, “stay in 12 to 24 hours,” he says.

The reason to wait is that levels of gamma and other radiation fall off exponentially after a nuclear blast as “hot” radioisotopes decay into more stable atoms. This slowly shrinks the dangerous fallout zone — the area where high-altitude winds have dropped the most radioactive fission products.

nuclear explosion fallout radiation danger zones decay bruce buddemeier llnlA recent study by Michael B. Dillon, a colleague of Buddemeier’s at LLNL, suggests that moving to a stronger shelter or basement may not be a bad idea if you initially ducked into a flimsy one. But whatever structure you’re moving to should be less than five minutes away. (Though if you’re very close to the blast site, stay put in whatever you can find.)

Finally, tune in.

“Try to use whatever communication tools you have,” Buddemeier says, adding that a hand-cranked radio is a good object to keep at work and home, since emergency providers would be broadcasting instructions, tracking the fallout cloud, and identifying where any safe corridors for escape could be.

Despite the fearsome power of a nuclear EMP, which has the potential to damage electronics, Buddemeier says “there is a good chance that there will be plenty of functioning radios even within a few miles of the event” that can provide “information on the safest strategy to keep you and your family safe.”

Buddemeier says he hopes no one will ever have to act on his advice. But if people can find good shelters, he says the blow of an unthinkable catastrophe could be softened.

“We may not be able to do much about the blast casualties, because where you were were is where you were, and you can’t really change that. But fallout casualties are entirely preventable,” he says. “In a large city … knowing what to after an event like this can literally save hundreds of thousands of people from radiation illness or fatalities.”

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Report: Uber's long-time chief business officer to resign Monday amid investigation into company's culture

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Uber’s long-time head of business, Emil Michael, is planning to resign as early as Monday, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal’s Greg Bensinger.

Michael played a pivotal but oftentimes controversial role in building Uber into the $69 billion ride-hailing giant it is today. 

As one of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s closest confidants, Michael oversaw Uber’s broader business strategy, including partnerships and fundraising. He has been with Uber since 2013 and currently holds the title of chief business officer. 

Michael’s rumored resignation comes amid an investigation into Uber’s work culture, including several scandals in which Michael was known to have a direct role in. 

In 2014, Michael had threatened to dig up dirt on a journalist who covered the company. He was also one of the Uber executives who went to a karaoke bar in Seoul on a business trip that same year, where executives reportedly picked out women with numbers around their necks to be with them for the night. On Friday, Recode reported that Michael had also allegedly seen the medical reports of a rape victim that had been obtained by another Uber executive, who was subsequently fired after journalists started investigating the story. 

The results of the months-long investigation into Uber’s workplace, being led by former attorney general Eric Holder, are being discussed by Uber’s board members in an emergency meeting on Sunday morning in Los Angeles. As part of the meeting, Reuters reported that there will be a discussion on whether or not Uber’s CEO should consider a temporary leave of absence from the company as well. 

Uber declined to comment. 

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A look at the demanding schedule of Elon Musk, who works in 5-minute slots, skips breakfast, and avoids emails

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Elon Musk is one busy guy.

The Tesla and SpaceX founder generally spends a full workweek at each of his two companies, wolfing down lunch in five minutes and skipping phone calls for productivity’s sake.

So it’s not surprising that his daily life is pretty jam-packed.

Based on previous interviews, Business Insider pieced together an estimation of what an average day looks like for this real-life Tony Stark.

Take a look at a day in the life of Elon Musk:

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Musk kicks off his day bright and early, rising around 7 a.m. In a Reddit AMA, he said that he usually gets six hours of shut-eye.

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Musk usually skips breakfast. Occasionally, he will slow down long enough to grab a quick coffee and an omelette.

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One thing he always makes time for, no matter what? Showering. He once told Reddit that it was his most important daily habit.

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Google's Eric Schmidt shares his best advice for managers

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Eric Schmidt is the executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google and one of the most influential conglomerates in the world.

But when he joined Google in 2001, it was a search engine company with a few hundred employees that was still three years away from an IPO.

By the end of Schmidt’s decade-long tenure as CEO, Google grew to around 32,000 employees and $38 billion in revenue.

It was his first few years as CEO, when annual employee growth nearly quadrupled and revenue more than doubled, that taught him the foundation of both his and all of Google’s management philosophy, he explained to LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman for an episode of Hoffman’s “Masters of Scale” podcast.

One aspect of this approach was to give employees an unusual level of freedom, allowing them to experiment and bring fresh ideas to leadership. The other aspect was training that leadership to act quickly, determining whether those ideas were worth acting on.

“The most important thing to do is to have quick decisions,” Schmidt told Hoffman. “And you’ll make some mistakes, but you need decision-making.”

Schmidt and Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, formalized their various teams’ meeting agendas, so that every employee knew they would get a weekly chance to present a plan that Google’s leadership team could choose to act on or not. Emphasis was placed on efficiency.

“I cannot tell you how many people have told me that at Google decisions are made today quickly in almost every case, even at our current scale,” Schmidt said. “And that’s a legacy of that decision. Most large corporations have too many lawyers, too many decision-makers, unclear owners, and things congeal, they occur very slowly.”

Schmidt noted that even when Google chose to acquire YouTube in a $1.6 billion deal in 2006, the decision process took only 10 days.

At Google, Schmidt explained, it’s clear whose responsibilities are what, and decisions don’t get caught in bureaucratic limbo.

“Even if it’s the wrong decision, a quick decision is better than almost every case,” he said.

You can listen to the full episode of “Masters of Scale” on Stitcher or wherever you get podcasts.

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Check out the exclusive Apple merchandise you can only buy once a year (AAPL)

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Official Apple t-shirts are hard to find.

For people who aren’t employees, there’s usually only one place to buy them or other official Apple swag: the company’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop. 

But once a year there’s an exception to that rule. Every year at WWDC, the company’s conference for software developers, Apple sets up a company store where attendees can buy Apple merchandise.

On the first two days of this year’s WWDC, the pop-up outlet did brisk business as Apple fans and developers waited in line to buy exclusive Apple swag. 

I went by and checked it out. Here’s some of the Apple merchandise you could snag.

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Last week, 5,300 developers descended on San Jose to attend Apple’s annual conference for software makers.

On Monday, CEO Tim Cook gave a keynote at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

After that, the Apple Company Store opened in an adjacent ballroom.

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The election is an opportunity for Theresa May to finally tax US tech giants properly

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LONDON — The new UK minority government has a big opportunity to bring in more tax revenue without cutting welfare or ditching national infrastructure projects like HS2.

It needs to address tax loopholes that allow flourishing multibillion dollar US tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook to pay very little tax on their insanely low declared UK “profits” instead of UK their much larger UK revenues.

US tech firms have long used offshore offices in countries such as Ireland, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands to process their UK sales, dodging HMRC in the process.

Google paid just £36.4 million in UK taxes this year despite taking over £1.03 billion in UK sales. Elsewhere, a Reuters investigation this week found that Uber is exploiting UK tax laws to avoid paying £40 million in tax every year. Then there’s Apple, the world’s largest tech company, which owes €18 billion (£16 million) in back taxes.

Following the Uber tax revelation this week, Margaret Hodge, the former chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, said: “[This is] yet another example of how large companies find loopholes and use the law for a purpose for which it was never intended.

“There is a failure to pay tax that should be due. That reduces the money available for public services and is unfair on Uber’s competitors.”

Google's new London HQAs US tech giants continue to use clever tax avoidance tactics, small business owners in the UK are facing soaring tax rates, with some of them struggling to survive. It’s worth noting that some companies from the UK and other jurisdictions employ similar tax avoidance tactics, but US tech firms are under particular scrutiny due to the size of the sums involved. 

If things continue as they are then London, the UK’s economic powerhouse, could soon become a soulless city full of megacorporations in tall glass buildings that can be accessed by a tiny handful of people. There are concerns that this is already starting to happen in Shoreditch — a neighbourhood that has experienced rapid gentrification in recent years.

If the UK does start asking US tech giants to pay their fair share of tax then there’s a chance they’d look to scale back their business operations in the country. To mitigate the risk of this happening, the next UK government could look to offset taxes against R&D spend — something that would incentivise companies like Google and Facebook to hire more engineers in the UK.

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