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College Football Stars Putting Up Absurd Numbers in 2020 | Bleacher Report

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    Several weeks into the college football season, the stars of 2020 are separating themselves from the rest of the pack, just like the championship contenders.

    With the Big Ten and Pac-12 set to join the fray soon, other big names will begin to surge to the top of the stat sheets. But for now, it’s an early season dominated by SEC, Big 12 and ACC playmakers.

    In some cases, like for Clemson quarterback and Heisman Trophy front-runner Trevor Lawrence, it’s expected. Other surprises are playing their way into superstardom, and some elite players are still having big seasons for teams off to subpar starts.

    A few sets of teammates are on here, too, but that’s just the way the stats are shaking out so far this season.

    With eligibility essentially out the door this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s going to be exciting to see which guys play their way into the top end of the conversation for the NFL draft. For others, it’s about building their reputation on the college gridiron. Plenty of guys on this list have national championship hopes remaining this year, as well.

    Let’s take a look at some college football stars putting up ridiculous numbers in the early season.

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    Georgia is the nation’s top defensive unit, full of difference-making playmakers who don’t pile up the stats but just embarrass opponents in the box scores. Alabama has a slew of former elite prospects all over its defense. LSU and Florida are off to awful starts but are known as mass producers of defensive talent.

    But the best defensive player in the SEC hails from unheralded Missouri.

    That would be hard-hitting linebacker Nick Bolton, who was a first-team All-SEC selection a year ago

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AI Created a Detailed 3D Map of Stars, Galaxies, and Quasars

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Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawai’i

Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawai’i
Image: University of Hawai’i

A team of astronomers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA) has produced the most comprehensive astronomical imaging catalog of stars, galaxies, and quasars ever created with help from an artificially intelligent neural network.

The group of astronomers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA) released a catalog containing 3 billion celestial objects in 2016, including stars, galaxies, and quasars (the active cores of supermassive black holes). Needless to say, the parsing of this extensive database—packed with 2 petabytes of data—was a task unfit for puny humans, and even grad students. A major goal coming out of the 2016 catalog release was to better characterize these distant specks of light, and to also map the arrangement of galaxies in all three dimensions. The Pan-STARRS team can now check these items off their to-do list, owing to the powers of machine learning. The results of their work have been published to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Their PS1 telescope, located on the summit of Haleakalā on Hawaii’s Big Island, is capable of scanning 75% of the sky, and it currently hosts the world’s largest deep multicolor optical survey, according to a press release put out by the University of Hawaiʻi. By contrast, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) covers just 25% of the sky.

Density map of the universe, for galaxies between 1.5 and 3 billion light years away.

Density map of the universe, for galaxies between 1.5 and 3 billion light years away.
Image: University of Hawai’i

To provide the computer with a frame of reference, and to teach it how to discern celestial classes of objects from one another, the team turned to publicly available spectroscopic measurements. These measures of colors and sizes of objects numbered in the millions, as Robert

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2020’s rising stars of Wall Street share their best career advice

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Jay Lipman and Doug of Ethic: Find aspirational characters and pay if forward.

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Ethic president Jay Lipman said his best career advice boils down to one crucial act: find mentors who will inspire you. That may not be someone you have worked with directly, but someone who strikes you as an “aspirational character.”

“People that you believe have led the path that you would like to live, and then try to understand how they achieve that — that may be a mentorship or relationship that you have with that individual, where you can ask them and get that relationship,” or they could be through books and admiring great leaders from afar and learning about their lives, he said.

Doug Scott, the chief executive of Ethic, said he’s tried to instill a culture of “paying it forward” at the company, where employees have a sense of helping others as they take on big challenges within the investing community.

“I think that’s something that we did in the early innings of Ethic, and tried to continue that spirit throughout, because I think it does create that bond as well — beyond the sort of traditional business interactions with folks,” he said.

Lipman and Scott formed Ethic, a New York-based asset-management technology startup that builds values-based investment products for firms and financial advisers, in 2015.

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Why Some Stars Never Form Planets

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The planetary paradigm has shifted so quickly and so radically in the last quarter century that is easy to forget that only a few decades ago, one would be hard-pressed to find any professional astronomer who would stake their careers on the idea that most stars harbor planets. But although the overwhelming majority of stars may harbor some form of planet, not all stars are capable of forming planets.

During the first two decades of looking for planets that circle stars outside our solar system, detections came in dribs and drabs. But NASA’s Kepler telescope changed the paradigm completely when based on Kepler data, astronomers made the statistical case that at least half of all stars in our own Milky Way galaxy must harbor planets.

But what about stars that will forever remain barren of planets?   The cosmos appears to have more than a few of those. 

Thus, here’s a quick survey of which stellar spectral types are best suited to form planets over the range of O, B, A, F, G, K and M stars.

O- and B-type stars —- the most massive, hottest and short lived stars in the cosmos.

We know essentially nothing about the planet population orbiting these stars because their large size, brightness, and spectral properties make the detection of exoplanets using current techniques nearly impossible, Benjamin Fulton, an astronomer at the NASA Exoplanet Science

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LeBron James has had great teammates. Ranking Lakers star’s top ones

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SportsPulse: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver responded to a question about the lack of Black head coaches in the league and if he’d consider implementing a ‘Rooney Rule’ for minority head coach candidates.

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LeBron James’ quest for his fourth NBA title began Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Finals. Over the course of his 17-year career, which has featured 10 Finals appearances, James has had a number of great sidekicks, several who were key in helping him hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy. 

Here’s a ranking of his most complimentary teammates, excluding those he played with just in All-Star Games and with Team USA. 

1. Anthony Davis. While James has been on teams with dominant backcourt players in his career, Davis is his first dominant, MVP-caliber big man. Davis’ numbers for 2019-20 were 26.1 points and 9.3 rebounds a game, and his game-winner in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals is evidence of James not needing to be the end-of-game hero he’s been on other teams.  

Lakers forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis celebrate after a play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)

2. Dwyane Wade. When James first signed with the Heat in 2010 following “The Decision,” among the criticisms of his move from the Cavaliers was that the Heat would be Wade’s team. That was quickly put to rest as James used his four-year tenure in Miami to solidify himself as the best player in the league. He won two titles and was MVP two times with the Heat largely thanks to his chemistry with Wade in the open court and Wade’s complementary style as a combo guard/scorer. 

3. Kyrie Irving. When James returned to Cleveland a

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