The Rockets cruised through their two first round series with relative ease as did the Golden State Warriors. They are now on a collision course in the Western Conference Finals, a series basketball fans have been waiting for since November. Their clash has been so anticipated, some are calling it the "real" NBA Finals, owing to the strength of teams in the Western Conference.The Rockets took three of the four games the teams played this season including a gripping opening night game in Oakland. Remarkably, the four teams that played on opening night are the final four standing at the end of the season. But, how do the teams match up now that they are deep into the playoffs and the Warriors seem to be healthy again?Chris Paul vs. Stephon CurryOn paper, the former MVP versus Paul might seem to be advantage Warriors, but Paul has been terrific in the playoffs and Curry, as good as he was against the Pelicans, is still getting fully healthy. Curry is a solid defender, but not elite. He … [Read more...] about How Do the Rockets and Warriors Match Up Ahead of the Western Conference Finals?
How do stars form
Let your evolving corporate culture lead to greatness. Scott Schoeneberger Published 9:00 am, Saturday, March 31, 2018 Photo: Klaus Vedfelt | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Klaus Vedfelt | Getty Images You Built Great Culture, Now How Do You Leverage It for Great Work? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In early 2017, Automattic announced it was shedding a much-hyped skin layer; namely, its gorgeous 15,000-square-foot San Francisco office. The issue behind the “for sale” decision? Only a handful of people used the space, according to the corporation’s leader, Matt Mullenweg. Though the end days of its West Coast facility might have sounded dire, the decision made perfect sense in terms of the evolution of Automattic’s fundamental working principles. All … [Read more...] about You Built Great Culture, Now How Do You Leverage It for Great Work?
People who agree with the opinions in my columns often ask me about the email I get from critics, occasionally smiling and shaking their heads at the thought of the digital venom I must receive.Well, the emails from the most obnoxious of my repeat critics are automatically relegated to “junk,” but as a body of work, the negative messages take various forms.One genre is what you might describe as “ha-ha” trash talk, simple-minded rants about how their side won, my side lost, and to hell with me and everyone like me. Another genre arrives with a pretense of arguing that Republican policies under Donald Trump and Paul Ryan and Scott Walker are working just fine, thank you. One fellow repeatedly reminded me how my 401(k) was soaring under Trump, as if the bull market that began in March 2009 was the president’s doing. (Those emails stopped after recent market declines, especially the big drop following Trump’s misguided steel and aluminum tariffs.)A … [Read more...] about Hey, wealthy Republican, how do you abide Donald Trump?
Astronomers have found the smallest planet outside this solar system yet to be directly photographed by a telescope on Earth, a methane-shrouded gas giant much like a young Jupiter. This newfound alien planet, called 51 Eridani b, orbits a star about 96 light-years from Earth in a planetary system that may be much like Earth's own solar system. The discovery could shed light on how our solar system formed, scientists added. Over the last 20 years, astronomers have confirmed the existence of more than 1,800 exoplanets, or alien planets around other stars. Many of these worlds are quite unlike any planets in Earth's solar system. For example, so-called "hot Jupiters" are gas giants that orbit their host stars more closely than Mercury does the sun. [Take a video tour of the exoplanet 51 Eridani b] More than 1,000 of the exoplanets confirmed to date were discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Kepler indirectly finds planets by detecting a loss of starlight as a world … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Distant “young Jupiter” could shed light on how solar system formed
Ever since they were discovered about two decades ago, submillmetre galaxies or SMGs have fascinated astronomers. They are the brightest galaxies in the universe, forming about 2 billion years after the Big Bang. Their brightness has long sparked debate about how they formed. "Twenty years ago, people said, 'Oh wow, they are so much brighter than anything else. What are they?'" Haverford College's Desika Narayanan said. "The prevailing theory was that they are a collision of two galaxies. The reason is that galaxy merges form a lot of stars all at once and, when stars form, a galaxy get really bright." But there were problems with that theory, including the fact there just aren't enough of these mergers to make up this population of SMGs. "The numbers don't really work out," Narayanan said. Now, Narayanan and his colleagues have published a study in Nature that offers evidence that supports a competing theory known as smooth accretion hypotheses in explaining the formation of these … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo So how do the universe’s brightest galaxies form?
On January 15 2016, Japanese mining conglomerate Tagruato received a flurry of emails. The banal, “thank you for your correspondence” replies the company issued in response were signed “Employee of the Month 2016”. This was a surprise, as the Tagruato homepage had lain dormant since January 2008. A visit to the site confirmed that was no longer the case. There, an image revealed the employee of the month, at subsidiary operation Bold Futura, to be “Telemetry Analyst” Howard Stambler. “Howard will celebrate his seven-year anniversary with Bold Futura in the fall,” went the entry. “Howard’s drive, commitment and refusal to accept easy answers resulted in a significant breakthrough diagnosing transmission complications with two of our governmental clients’ orbiting satellites.” In his grainy company photo, Stambler was a dead ringer for the actor John Goodman. It really was Goodman, of course. His presence … [Read more...] about Making sense of the Cloverfield universe: how do the films connect?
Black holes that form due to the collapse of massive stars typically have masses 5-20 times that of the sun, but supermassive black holes — found in the centers of nearly all known sizeable galaxies — are far bigger, at about hundreds of thousands, or even billions, of solar masses. Given the 13.8 billion years that have passed since the Big Bang, it may be enough time for supermassive black holes to grow to their gigantic sizes, but how then do we explain that some of them formed less than 800 million years after the universe came into existence? Astronomers have struggled to answer that question since these oldest supermassive black holes, in the last decade or so, were determined to be over 13 billion years old. An associate professor from University of Helsinki, Peter Johansson, proposes a new theory to solve this enigma in a paper published Monday in the journal "Nature Astronomy". “The observations of extremely massive black holes in the very early Universe are … [Read more...] about Supermassive Black Holes: How Did They Form In The Very Early Universe?
By Mark Medina | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group February 22, 2018 at 10:09 pm OAKLAND – After dribbling the ball behind his back, Warriors guard Stephen Curry lofted a 38-foot jump shot into the net. After running the fast break, Warriors guard Klay Thompson threw down a one-handed dunk. After performing a simple crossover, Warriors forward Kevin Durant drove from the top of the key and finished with a dunk at the rim. Those plays represented many highlight reels, all to explain how the Warriors’ dominance led to a 134-127 victory over the Clippers on Thursday at Oracle Arena after struggling with complacency leading into All-Star weekend. The Warriors (45-14) relied on a simple antibiotic to cure their relative woes after going losing five of their last 12 games before the All-Star break, and it did not center on X’s and O’s, increased film study and intense practices. It entailed the Warriors recharging entirely. Warriors coach … [Read more...] about How All-Star break fueled Warriors’ win over Clippers
No longer ‘misunderstood’ by Spurs, now-happy Aldridge back in All-Star form By Tom Orsborn February 17, 2018 Updated: February 18, 2018 10:24am Photo: Ross D. Franklin, STF / Associated Press San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) grabs a rebound in front of Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Phoenix. The Spurs defeated the Suns 129-81. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) grabs a rebound in... LOS ANGELES — The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be played against a Hollywood backdrop, so naturally one media figure made the rounds Saturday asking players for their choice of a title should their life story ever be filmed. “Misunderstood,” LaMarcus Aldridge said, “because I don’t think people really understand me.” Fortunately for Aldridge, his current … [Read more...] about No longer ‘misunderstood’ by Spurs, now-happy Aldridge back in All-Star form
By Logan Murdock | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 26, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: January 26, 2018 at 7:20 am It’s a humid East Coast night in August of 2011 and Kevin Durant is ready to spit his verse. The seven-foot forward is crunched inside a makeshift studio buried in his uncle’s basement in Fort Washington, Maryland. As he begins to read the lyrics on the tiny screen of his iPhone 4, Durant’s alternative occupation is beginning to crystallize. Sitting just off in the distance is an up-and-coming rapper named Dave East, whom Durant has known since the two met at an all-state photoshoot when Durant was a senior at Montrose Christian and East was a sharpshooter at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Durant’s music moonlighting showcases a growing trend among athletes: Helping young musicians on the rise. There’s even an official music industry term for the role these athletes take on: … [Read more...] about How NBA stars like Durant, Draymond and LeBron are helping create hip hop stars