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Tuesday August 27th, 2019 day edition

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At least one camera in the hallway outside the cell where authorities say registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein killed himself earlier this month had footage that is unusable, although other, clearer footage was captured in the area, according to three people briefed on the evidence gathered earlier this month.

It was not immediately clear why some video footage outside Epstein's cell is too flawed for investigators to use or what is visible in the other, usable footage.

It's unclear whether the flaw in the taping affected a limited duration of the footage or whether it was a chronic problem in the beleaguered facility.

The people who spoke about the footage requested anonymity, citing the ongoing probe.

Jeffrey Epstein had been charged in early July with sexually abusing dozens of young girls in the early 2000s and ordered held without bond.

Razor wire fencing at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York where financier Jeffrey Epstein died while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

Lawyers for Epstein and his family had questioned Sampson's ruling of suicide and the thoroughness of the investigation into Epstein's death. »

Disney+ Offers 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos at No Extra Charge in Latest One-Up of Netflix and Apple

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These premium streaming formats are sure to appeal to movie lovers, with content available for no extra charge in resolutions up to 4K, with Dolby Atmos object-based sound and high dynamic range (HDR) support.

Netflix and Apple TV both also support 4K, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, but Netflix charges extra for these streaming quality boosts.

Netflix currently charges $16 a month for its 4K, multi-screen service, while Apple hasn’t currently announced its pricing tiers. »

Poll: Bernie, Warren surge to tie Biden atop Democratic field

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The Monmouth University poll, released Monday, shows Sanders and Warren deadlocked among Democratic voters at 20 percent, with Biden a point behind, at 19 percent.

Compared with the Monmouth poll in June, Sanders has ticked up 6 points, and Warren 5 points.

Ten candidates have already qualified: Biden, Warren, Sanders, Harris, Buttigieg, Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Castro, Yang and O’Rourke. »

Solar power could replace all US hydro dams using ‘just 13% of the space’

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Banks of solar panels would be able to replace every electricity-producing dam in the US using just 13% of the space, according to a new study.

This means many free-flowing rivers could be restored without addressing the country’s large, important hydropower dams:.

Waldman, J. et al. (2019) Solar-power replacement as a solution for hydropower foregone in US dam removals, Nature Sustainability, »

A tribute to one of Silicon Valley's most influential and forgotten researchers at Xerox Parc event

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Mr Markoff uncovered some interesting experimentation initiated by a maverick CEO of electronics company Ampex, who in the early 60s wanted his engineers to take LSD to improve their creativity.

The board of directors said no, and then had to fire him after they discovered he'd snuck off anyway on a mountain hike with seven or eight engineers and given them LSD.

Lee Felsenstein ran the Homebrew Computer Club, and designed the Sol and Osborne 1, two of the original personal computers. »