Mercury Is Every Planet in the Solar System’s Closest Neighbor

Every picture of the solar system shows Venus as our closest neighbor. Sure, it comes closer to Earth than any planet, but on average Mercury is closer.

Well, Actually

You probably learned in school — or space camp — that Venus is Earth’s closest planetary neighbor.

Ready to get your mind blown? A new model of the planets’ orbit shuffles things around, calculating that Earth’s closest neighbor, on average, is actually Mercury. In fact, it says that every other planet in the solar system’s nearest neighbor is Mercury as well.

Averaging Out

Sure, Venus comes closer to Earth than Mercury, but it also spends a lot of time on the opposite side of the sun. Scientists from NASA, Los Alamos National Lab, and the U.S. Army put together a new model published Tuesday in Physics Today that breaks down the average distance among planets — and it turns out that they’re all, on average, closest to Mercury.

The team built an animation showing how even though Earth and Venus briefly pass each other, Mercury’s close proximity to the sun meant that its nearest and farthest distances from Earth weren’t that different. It’s that tight orbit around the sun which, when averaging out all the distances between the planets, keep Mercury from ever getting too far away from any given planet.


Sure, this doesn’t change much. The planets are still in the same order that they were in when you learned about them as a kid, in terms of orbits.

But if you want to blow someone’s mind — or maybe bore them with math — at Happy Hour, you can whip out some nifty new space trivia about the solar system.

READ MORE: Venus is not Earth’s closest neighbor [Physics Today]

More on space: Mercury is Alive: New Photos Show Evidence of Tectonic Activity

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New Google App Describes Objects to Blind People

Google has released a new app called Lookout that describes objects and reads text or currency for people with visual impairments.

Gift of Sight

An estimated 1.3 billion people across the globe live with some sort of vision impairment, and of those, 36 million are blind.

Now, Google has released an artificial intelligence-powered app designed to serve as a helpful pair of “eyes” for those people, providing them with a level of independence they may have previously lacked — and showing the world yet another way AI can help people with disabilities.

On the Lookout

Google named the app Lookout, and the way it works is simple: open the app on your phone, and listen while Lookout audibly describes whatever the phone’s camera is pointed at.

The app features three modes designed for specific situations.

Explore mode is useful for navigating a new setting. Google suggests in a blog post that people with severe visual impairments might choose to wear their phones around their necks, perhaps in a lanyard or in their shirt pocket, so that Explore can provide them with constant updates on their surroundings as they navigate the world.

Shopping mode is useful for scanning barcodes or reading currency — a person with a visual impairment might use this mode if they aren’t sure whether the bill they’re holding is worth $10 or $20.

Quick Read mode, meanwhile, is pretty self-explanatory. A person points their phone at text — anything from a sign in a grocery store to a piece of mail — and Lookout reads it to them.

It’s a Start

While Google points out in the blog post that the app “will not always be 100 percent perfect,” Lookout has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life for people with visual impairments.

That’ll be especially true if Google expands Lookout to include more languages, locations, and devices — it currently speaks only English and is only available for U.S. owners of Pixel devices — which the company claims in the blog post it plans to do soon.

READ MORE: With Lookout, discover your surroundings with the help of AI [Google]

More on AI: Instagram Will Use AI to Describe Images for Visually Impaired Users

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Facebook Had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Facebook and Instagram users across the globe experienced outages for most of Wednesday starting around 1 pm EST and ending late Wednesday night. But why?

You Had a Bad Day

Facebook just had a very bad day.

Facebook, including Messenger, and Instagram users across North America experienced outages for most of Wednesday, starting in the afternoon and ending late the same night. Third party outage sites suggested it affected users across the entire globe.

The media reported it was perhaps the longest interruption ever experienced by two of the largest social networks in the world. But nobody really knows what specifically caused the outage — beyond a tweet today blaming the outage on a “server configuration change.”

“We’ve now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering,” read the tweet. “We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience.”

Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services. We've now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience.

— Facebook (@facebook) March 14, 2019

“Server Configuration Change”

Theories swirled on Twitter about what could have caused the massive outage on Facebook, which didn’t respond to questions from Futurism.  Facebook quickly ruled out one of the most popular theories via a tweet: it wasn’t a denial-of-service attack (DDoS) — an attack that involves countless infected computers being leveraged to attack a single target system.

It was an outage that didn’t just enrage individual users: Facebook likely felt the pressure from countless ad partners and businesses that relied on the network.

Founder and CEO of free encrypted messaging app Telegram announced that the service signed up three million new users on the day of Facebook’s outage.

Break ‘Em Up

The outage came days after senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren announced a bold plan Friday to break up tech giants Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

“Unwinding these mergers will promote healthy competition in the market — which will put pressure on big tech companies to be more responsive to user concerns, including about privacy,” Warren wrote in a Medium post.

To make Facebook’s terrible day even worse, the company was hit with a criminal investigation by New York prosecutors about data deals Facebook struck with other tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Sony.

A grand jury in New York requested records from two device makers who had active partnerships with Facebook, the New York Times reported yesterday. The exact focus of the investigation isn’t yet clear.

READ MORE: Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation [The New York Times]

More on Facebook: Elizabeth Warren Shares Plan to Break up Facebook, Google, Amazon

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This Guy is Hacking Printers to Warn About Job-Stealing AI

Beware of Bots is a new marketing campaign that hacked printers to send out a warning about automation, urging people to switch careers.

Viral Marketing

If you work in finance, your printer may have recently spewed out a bizarre warning about the future of your industry.

The warning, which took the form of a glitchy-looking letter conveyed the warning that 94 percent of finance professionals could be replaced by AI by 2024. It’s been sent to over 623,000 printers with publicly-accessible ports, according to its creators — an ambitious piece of futuristic protest art for the era of automation.

“It’s 94% likely that by 2024 I will replace millions of accountants, auditors and financial analysts, no matter how experienced or talented ‘they’ may be,” the letter reads, maintaining the voice of an AI narrator. “The same fate will befall all professions based on structured and algorithmic processes.”


The project, called Beware of Bots, is the brainchild of Vlad Sitnikov, the same guy who told Futurism he wanted to launch giant billboards into space.

This time, his advertising has gone hyperlocal — in the philosophical opposite of that annoying “learn to code” movement, he urges people to pivot to graphic design and other creative fields that artificial intelligence is less likely to automate.

“I will not be able to replace creative professions in the near future,” the letter reads, still in the voice of the AI. “Only 8% of graphic designwork will be replaced by bots by 2024.”

Sitnikov could stand to profit from the hack: the letter he sent to thousands of hacked printers contains a coupon for a design course by author Michael Janda, with whom Sitnikov collaborated, and he was working on behalf of Skillbox, the online learning platform hosting Janda’s courses.

Singles In Your Area

To reach the finance bros’ printers, Sitnikov built a bot that accessed what’s called port 9100, through which many printers send and receive data. It’s not uncommon for hackers to exploit these publicly-accessible ports, so the hack itself isn’t all that revolutionary.

Accessing internet-connected printers by exploiting port 9100 is technically illegal, though most exploits tend to be harmless pranks. However,others have previously exploited port 9100 to commit hate crimes or send spam.

What is new, however, is using the vulnerability for a viral marketing campaign. While this ad comes under the guise of benevolence, Sitnikov’s campaign could open the doors to all sorts of advertisements churning out of your printer.

READ MORE: Bot Hacks Printers Worldwide to Warn Humans That Their Jobs Are at Risk from AI [Little Black Book]

More on viral marketing: The British Army Has an Official Viral Content Division

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DARPA Is Building an Open Source Voting Machine

DARPA is developing technology that could finally lead to secure voting machines. It plans to have experts from professors to hackers kick the tires.

Cracking Down

Voting booths are notoriously buggy. Whether they’ve been actively hacked or just improperly calibrated, every election season is rife with complaints that machines misrecorded ballots or that an election has been compromised by hackers.

To prevent us from having to take a technological step backwards to paper ballots, U.S. Department of Defense’s research division DARPA is working with cybersecurity firm Galois to develop open source voting machine technology that would let people verify that their votes were tallied correctly, according to Motherboard.

Open Source

The ultimate goal isn’t to sell machines, but to develop tech that would beef up existing voting machine vendors’ security.

“We will not have a voting system that we can deploy. That’s not what we do,” Linton Salmon, the DARPA scientist managing the project, told Motherboard. “We will show a methodology that could be used by others to build a voting system that is completely secure.”

Kicking The Tires

To make sure that any new voting machines built with DARPA software are actually better than today’s, the plan is to invite experts ranging from academic computer scientists to hackers to test it out and search for vulnerabilities, according to Motherboard.

One way that the new system might improve upon others is by printing out a sheet showing a voter’s selections so that they can look it over before feeding it into a separate machine that will actually record the vote.

“That receipt does not permit you to prove anything about how you voted, but does permit you to prove that the system accurately captured your intent and your vote is in the final tally,” Galois principal scientist Joe Kiniry told Motherboard.

READ MORE: DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System [Motherboard]

More on election security: Could Digital Voting Create a Society That Is Truly Governed by the People?

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New Research: People Who Get Defeated By AI Feel Horrible

According to a new experiment, people find losing to robots and AI particularly demoralizing, which could have implications for our automated workplaces.

Rigged Game

Whether it’s chess, Go, or Starcraft II, computer scientists are getting pretty good at building artificial intelligence that excels at games once dominated by people.

For the hapless humans who are left eating the pro-gamer AI’s dust, coming second to the bots again and again has a noticeable demoralizing effect, according to a study presented at a recent conference on human-robot interaction. While the psychological effects of playing games against a robot may not be groundbreaking, the study has dire implications for people who see more and more of their co-workers replaced by robots and AI — in other words, as we all start to lose at the game of work.

On Your Mark

In the study, human participants competed against an algorithm in a letter-counting task. Presented with a random string of letters, people had to count the amount of times the letter “G” appeared and drag a block on a computer screen to a space corresponding with the right answer. A correct answer earned them a point, while an incorrect answer froze their screen for ten seconds.

Earning more points than the AI competitor within a two-minute span would earn the participant the chance to win a cash prize, which the experimenters tweaked every now and then to see how it affected people’s motivation.

Throwing in The Towel

It turns out that people weren’t motivated by a higher pot on its own, but the extent to which they were discouraged by a superior AI increased when the prize value grew.

“I felt very stressed competing with the robot,” one participant is quoted in the research paper. “In some rounds, I kept seeing the robot’s score increasing out of the corner of my eye, which was extremely nerve-racking.”

READ MORE: Here’s what robots destroy when they compete with humans [MarketWatch]

More on automation: North America Put More Robots to Work in 2018 Than Ever Before

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Mayor Announces $10 Billion Plan to Save NYC From Rising Seas

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a plan to

Climate Proof

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has a plan to “climate-proof” his city.

In an op-ed published in New York Magazine on Wednesday, de Blasio detailed his $10 billion plan to protect Manhattan from the coming rising sea levels and powerful storms that seem almost inevitable in the face of climate change.

“It will be one of the most complex environmental and engineering challenges our city has ever undertaken,” de Blasio wrote, “and it will, literally, alter the shape of the island of Manhattan.”

$10 Billion Buffer

To fortify most of Lower Manhattan, de Blasio’s plan allocates $500 million toward the creation of grassy stationary barriers in parks and removable barriers that the city can deploy just prior to a storm.

But those types of barriers won’t work to protect the eastern edge of Lower Manhattan, which de Blasio noted is just 8 feet above sea level — and tightly packed with vulnerable utilities, sewer systems, and subway lines.

The only option then, according to de Blasio, is to build more land — by pushing the coastline of Lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Battery up to 500 feet into the East River.

“When we complete the coastal extension, which could cost $10 billion, Lower Manhattan will be secure from rising seas through 2100,” de Blasio wrote.

National Security

Ninety thousand people call Lower Manhattan home, but the need to protect the area is about far more than the local population. Lower Manhattan is also home to New York’s Financial District, which includes the United States’ — and, arguably, the world’s — economic center: Wall Street.

According to de Blasio, climate-proofing this area “should be as much a national priority as a local one — protecting the global center of commerce, the Federal Reserve, the home to a sector of our economy that touches every town and region in America.”

But the threat of climate change isn’t limited to New York — as de Blasio noted, other coastal cities, including Miami, Houston, and Charleston, are also staring down the same alarming fate.

“Preparing for climate change has to be a national priority, backed by tens of billions in federal investment,” de Blasio wrote. “Lives are on the line.”

READ MORE: My New Plan to Climate-Proof Lower Manhattan [New York Magazine]

More on climate change: Why Sea Levels Along the US East Coast Are Rising at Different Rates

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See the Most Breathtaking Views of the Martian Surface Yet

Mars in Stereo

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, which launched in 2016, just sent back some spectacular images of the Martian surface.

The orbiter is equipped to take images of the Martian surface in glorious 3D. The picture below shows the Columbus Crater on Mars’ southern hemisphere — which NASA discovered that sulfate particles contain hydrated minerals.

Peekaboo, InSight

Another amazing shot: a pic of NASA’s InSight lander hammering away at the Martian surface earlier this month. It’s the first time a European orbiter has taken a picture of InSight — though NASA’s own Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted InSight from orbit in December.

InSight’s heat shield, landing parachutes protective shell can also be seen as small dots.

Martian Dust Devils

A stereoscopic image shows dust devil streaks, in blue, on the edge of a massive crater. Throw on a pair of basic 3D glasses to appreciate the full effect.

The following images shows the edge of the Burroughs crater roughly 120 miles northwest of Mars’ northern polar ice cap. Some of the northernmost mounds are thought to be completely made up of “nearly pure water ice.”

READ MORE: InSight lander among latest ExoMars image bounty [ESA]

More on InSight: NASA’s InSight Mars Rover Runs Into Trouble Digging a Hole

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This Autonomous Robot Arm Feeds People Who Can’t Feed Themselves

Mealtime Tech

An estimated one million Americans can’t feed themselves. That leaves them little choice but to rely on another person at mealtime, which can be both awkward and time-consuming.

But now, researchers from the University of Washington have built Assistive Dexterous Arm (ADA), an artificially intelligent robot arm capable of using a fork to move food from a person’s plate to their mouth — another encouraging example of how AI and robotics can help people with disabilities live more independent lives.

Food for Bot

In a pair of recently published papers, the UW team describes how a pair of algorithms give ADA the ability to feed a person.

The first algorithm, RetinaNet, is an object-detection system. It scans a plate to determine the types of food on it, placing a “frame” around each item.

The second algorithm, SPNet, analyzes the food in a frame and sends instructions to the robot arm that let it know how to skewer the food in a way that’ll be easy for a person to eat — it might instruct the bot to stab a piece of banana in its center, for example, but a carrot near one end.

Giving the system the contextual knowledge that not all food should be treated the same way was a key part of ADA’s development process, according to researcher Siddhartha Srinivasa.

“If we don’t take into account how easy it is for a person to take a bite, then people might not be able to use our system,” he said in a press release. “There’s a universe of types of food out there, so our biggest challenge is to develop strategies that can deal with all of them.”

Team Effort

Once the robotic arm, which attaches to a wheelchair, receives its instructions from the algorithm, it relies on a system of sensors and cameras to skewer each piece of food with a 3D-printed fork and move it to a person’s mouth so they can eat it.

While Srinivasa is hopeful that ADA will provide people who have trouble feeding themselves with a new level of independence, he doesn’t see envision the system eliminating the need for human help altogether.

“Ultimately our goal is for our robot to help people have their lunch or dinner on their own,” he said in the press release. “But the point is not to replace caregivers: We want to empower them. With a robot to help, the caregiver can set up the plate, and then do something else while the person eats.”

READ MORE: Food-Focused Autonomous Robot Arm Knows How to Use the Forks [New Atlas]

More on AI: New Google App Describes Objects to Blind People

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Scientists Create Material That Blocks Sound, but Not Air or Light

A new

Listen Up

By combining math with 3D printing, researchers from Boston University have created a new material that seemingly defies logic: light and air have no trouble passing through it — but sound cannot.

“The idea is that we can now mathematically design an object that can block the sounds of anything,” researcher Xin Zhang said in a press release — meaning the future could be far quieter than the present.

Silent Treatment

In a paper published in the journal Physical Review B , the researchers describe the work that went into creating what they call their “acoustic metamaterial.”

They started by calculating the dimensions and specification a material would need to have to be able to reflect incoming sound waves back to their source without blocking air or light. Then they 3D printed the material into a donut shape and attached it to one end of a PVC pipe, the other end of which they attached to a loudspeaker.

When they blasted a high-pitched note from the loudspeaker, they found that the shape blocked 94 percent of the sound coming through the pipe.

“The moment we first placed and removed the silencer…was literally night and day,” researcher Jacob Nikolajczyk said in the press release. “We had been seeing these sorts of results in our computer modeling for months — but it is one thing to see modeled sound pressure levels on a computer, and another to hear its impact yourself.”

A Quiet Place

The researchers envision many applications for their acoustic metamaterial, which they claim isn’t limited to the donut shape demonstrated by their research.

“Our structure is super lightweight, open, and beautiful,” Zhang and her fellow researcher Reza Ghaffarivardavagh said in the press release. “Each piece could be used as a tile or brick to scale up and build a sound-canceling, permeable wall.”

They also note the potential to use the material to dampen the sound of drones, HVAC systems, or even MRI machines — seemingly anything that makes noise could make less noise with the addition of this new material.

READ MORE: Scientists have discovered a shape that blocks all sound – even your co-workers [Fast Company]

More on acoustics: MIT Used a Laser to Transmit Audio Directly Into a Person’s Ear

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Beaches (1988) – IMDb

It has got to be said that there are not many movies these days that will make you laugh and cry the way Beaches does…… from the hilarious ‘Otto Titsling’ song (which had me in creases!) to the powerful and emotional ending to the film, in which ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ is immortalised.

This is a film that has touched everyone I know that has seen it, and is a timeless classic that really illustrates the true meaning of friendship.

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While nude beaches remain largely taboo, there are a number of strands, from North and South America to the Caribbean and Europe, that cater to naturists and those who want to feel sun and air on completely bare skin. Here’s a list of the best beaches where these sun worshippers can shed their skivvies and work on an all-over tan.

1. Little Beach

2. Haulover Beach

Just north of Miami lies one of the few county-run and government-sanctioned clothing-optional beaches in the United States. For years Haulover Beach has been a haven for naturists from South Florida as well as snowbirds from Canada and Europe. Thanks to the efforts of the South Florida Free Beach Association, this beach has certified lifeguards and organized group activities, such as swimming and volleyball.

3. Red Beach

4. Praia do Pinho

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5. Hedonism II

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6. Samurai Beach

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7. Wreck Beach

Named for a hulking, wrecked vessel that once sat on the sand, Wreck Beach was Canada’s first government-sanctioned, clothing-optional beach. The 3-mile-long beach is also a wildlife and nesting area for bald eagles. Still, some sections of the beach assume carnival-like atmosphere thanks to its proximity to the University of British Columbia and its popularity with students. One stretch of sand known as Vendors’ Row is a 1-stop shop for souvenirs, refreshments and ever-important sunscreen.

8. Ocho Rios

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9. Montalivet Beach

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10. Cap s’Agde

11. Plakias Beach

12. Baker Beach

13. Black’s Beach

14. Club Orient

15. Hidden Beach Resort

16. Moshup Beach

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Beaches (1988) – Rotten Tomatoes

Based on a novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches traces the 30-year oil-and-water friendship between free-spirited Bronx Jew CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and uptight San Francisco WASP Hillary Essex (Barbara Hershey). The two meet as children in Atlantic City (played by Mayim Bialik and Marcie Leeds) and are reunited in the 1960s, when CC is a struggling singer and Hillary is trying to break free from her staid upbringing by becoming an activist. The two ladies room together, then fall out when both are attracted to off-Broadway producer John Pierce (John Heard). CC wins John, but she quickly outgrows him as she matriculates into a bawdy performer. The recently patched-up friendship between CC and Hillary is torn asunder again when Hillary and her new husband express distaste for CC’s performing style. Comes the 1970s, and CC and Hillary are reunited after shedding their respective spouses. Broke again, they once more become Manhattan roommates. Their bond strengthens, but there is tragedy in store for the duo.

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Cryptocurrency News: This Week on Bitfinex, Tether, Coinbase, & More

Cryptocurrency News
On the whole, cryptocurrency prices are down from our previous report on cryptos, with the market slipping on news of an exchange being hacked and a report about Bitcoin manipulation.

However, there have been two bright spots: 1) an official from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that Ethereum is not a security, and 2) Coinbase is expanding its selection of tokens.

Let’s start with the good news.
SEC Says ETH Is Not a Security
Investors have some reason to cheer this week. A high-ranking SEC official told attendees of the Yahoo! All Markets Summit: Crypto that Ethereum and Bitcoin are not.

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Ripple Price Forecast: XRP vs SWIFT, SEC Updates, and More

Ripple vs SWIFT: The War Begins
While most criticisms of XRP do nothing to curb my bullish Ripple price forecast, there is one obstacle that nags at my conscience. Its name is SWIFT.

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is the king of international payments.

It coordinates wire transfers across 11,000 banks in more than 200 countries and territories, meaning that in order for XRP prices to ascend to $10.00, Ripple needs to launch a successful coup. That is, and always has been, an unwritten part of Ripple’s story.

We’ve seen a lot of progress on that score. In the last three years, Ripple wooed more than 100 financial firms onto its.

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Cryptocurrency Price Forecast: Trust Is Growing, But Prices Are Falling

Trust Is Growing…
Before we get to this week’s cryptocurrency news, analysis, and our cryptocurrency price forecast, I want to share an experience from this past week. I was at home watching the NBA playoffs, trying to ignore the commercials, when a strange advertisement caught my eye.

It followed a tomato from its birth on the vine to its end on the dinner table (where it was served as a bolognese sauce), and a diamond from its dusty beginnings to when it sparkled atop an engagement ring.

The voiceover said: “This is a shipment passed 200 times, transparently tracked from port to port. This is the IBM blockchain.”

Let that sink in—IBM.

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