Stuffed sharks and toy soldiers: the strangest things British eccentrics have tried to insure

Wine, whisky and stamp collections, fine artwork, Beatles memorabilia and antique golf clubs are other curios successfully insured by Direct Line.

Full-sized replicas of Chinese Terracotta Army soldiers, stuffed sharks and a toy soldier collection worth more than £10,000 are some of the trickiest treasures insurers have been asked to cover.

Other odd items that their owners want covered include dead tigers, artwork from anonymous artist Banksy and a collection of teddy bears from the German designer Richard Steiff, who invented the cuddly toys.

Wine, whisky and stamp collections, fine artwork, Beatles memorabilia and antique golf clubs are other curios successfully insured by Direct Line.

The firm estimates that we own almost £222bn of collectibles worth more than £500 each. Two-thirds of the population own such items, around a quarter…

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Mattel (MAT) Stock Price Declined While Parnassus Investments Lowered Its Holding; Greenwood …

… Announces the Availability of Microsoft Genomics on L7 Enterprise Science Platform; 10/04/2018 – C3 IOT & MICROSOFT REPORT PARTNERSHIP …

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Greenwood Capital Associates Llc increased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 9.23% based on its latest 2019Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Greenwood Capital Associates Llc bought 9,389 shares as the company’s stock rose 17.99% with the market. The institutional investor held 111,134 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2019Q1, valued at $13.11 million, up from 101,745 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Greenwood Capital Associates Llc who had been investing in Microsoft Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $ market cap company. The stock decreased 0.38% or $0.53 during the last trading session, reaching $140.19. About 18.36 million shares traded. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has risen 28.55% since July 26, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 24.12% the S&P500. Some Historical MSFT News: 16/05/2018 – L7 Informatics Announces the Availability of Microsoft Genomics on L7 Enterprise Science Platform; 10/04/2018 – C3 IOT & MICROSOFT REPORT PARTNERSHIP TO ON AI IN ENTERPRISE; 06/03/2018 – Microsoft announces first renewable energy deal in India; 07/05/2018 – Biogen Celebrates 40 Years as a Pioneer in Neuroscience; 02/05/2018 – Even multibillionaires like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates have their regrets:; 07/05/2018 – The Verge: Exclusive: The future of Microsoft with Satya Nadella; 02/05/2018 – Savvius Appoints Former Microsoft Executive Colin Boone to Lead Sales in the Americas; 27/03/2018 – ShotSpotter Adds Two Key Executives to Drive Business Expansion; 26/03/2018 – Adobe and Microsoft Extend Global Partnership Into China; 19/04/2018 – lntelex Technologies Selects Microsoft Azure to Help Change Business For Good

Parnassus Investments decreased its stake in Mattel Inc. (MAT) by 2.58% based on its latest 2019Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Parnassus Investments sold 555,104 shares as the company’s stock declined 33.51% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 20.93 million shares of the consumer non-durables company at the end of 2019Q1, valued at $272.09 million, down from 21.49 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Parnassus Investments who had been investing in Mattel Inc. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $4.32B market cap company. The stock increased 0.16% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $12.51. About 5.10M shares traded. Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) has declined 20.01% since July 26, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 24.44% the S&P500. Some Historical MAT News: 19/04/2018 – Mattel named Ynon Kreiz as its new CEO; 26/04/2018 – Mattel’s Best Barbie Growth on Record Dulls Toys `R’ Us Impact; 20/04/2018 – Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s family says judge blocks improper use of brand; 14/03/2018 – Mattel Nominates New Bd Members; 22/05/2018 – Mattel Shareholders Vote Against Executive Compensation Plans, With 156.5M Votes Against and 132.1M For; 19/04/2018 – MAT: Mattel CEO in talks to leave a bit over a year after joinin; 19/04/2018 – Mattel chief Georgiadis exits for top job at Ancestry.com; 03/04/2018 – MATTEL: YNON KREIZ NAMED EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN; 22/05/2018 – MATTEL SAYS 199.8 MLN VOTES AGAINST PROPOSAL REGARDING INDEPENDENT BOARD CHAIRMAN VS 83.1 MLN “FOR” VOTES AT ANNUAL MEETING – SEC FILING; 19/04/2018 – Mattel Names New CEO as It Seeks Answer to Sales Slump — 3rd Update

Parnassus Investments, which manages about $10.39B and $25.36 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Mccormick & Co. (NYSE:MKC) by 11,039 shares to 515,253 shares, valued at $77.61M in 2019Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) by 26,743 shares in the quarter, for a total of 6.27 million shares, and has risen its stake in Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF).

Investors sentiment increased to 0.99 in Q1 2019. Its up 0.15, from 0.84 in 2018Q4. It increased, as 30 investors sold MAT shares while 105 reduced holdings. 46 funds opened positions while 87 raised stakes. 427.58 million shares or 0.15% less from 428.24 million shares in 2018Q4 were reported. Hanson And Doremus Inv Management has invested 0.17% of its portfolio in Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT). Prudential Financial Incorporated reported 304,389 shares. Oakworth holds 977 shares. Benjamin F Edwards invested 0% of its portfolio in Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT). Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) reported 74,336 shares stake. 241,807 were accumulated by Voloridge Invest Mgmt Limited Liability. Cap Glob Invsts accumulated 0.13% or 32.13 million shares. 86,424 were accumulated by State Of Tennessee Treasury Department. Robeco Institutional Asset Bv stated it has 13,163 shares. Teachers Retirement System Of The State Of Kentucky holds 32,766 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Parnassus Ca owns 20.93M shares. Ameriprise Financial stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT). Moreover, Bnp Paribas Asset Mngmt Holdg Sa has 0.04% invested in Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT). Hoertkorn Richard Charles holds 0% of its portfolio in Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) for 36 shares. Cambridge Advsrs Inc stated it has 10,850 shares.

Since February 11, 2019, it had 4 insider purchases, and 1 insider sale for $1.64 million activity. 20,000 shares were bought by EUTENEUER JOSEPH J, worth $279,000. $107,968 worth of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) was bought by Lynch Roger on Tuesday, February 19. $171,356 worth of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) shares were sold by Eilola Michael J.. 71,425 shares were bought by Kreiz Ynon, worth $1.00M on Thursday, February 21.

More notable recent Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) news were published by: Benzinga.com which released: “Analyst Previews Funko, Hasbro And Mattel Earnings: Will We See A Pop? – Benzinga” on July 15, 2019, also Bizjournals.com with their article: “Greta Gerwig to co-write Mattel’s live-action Barbie film – Bizwomen – The Business Journals” published on July 16, 2019, Nasdaq.com published: “Thursday’s Vital Data: Baidu, Netflix and Bank of America – Nasdaq” on July 18, 2019. More interesting news about Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Why Mattel’s Failed Merger Talks Could Be a Good Thing – Nasdaq” published on June 26, 2019 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Mattel (MAT) Launches Hot Wheels id, Eyes Sales Growth – Nasdaq” with publication date: June 17, 2019.

More notable recent Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Dow Jones Today: More Fed Fun, but Healthcare Weakness Caps Gains – Nasdaq” on July 11, 2019, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Crash Protection For Microsoft – Seeking Alpha” published on July 22, 2019, 247Wallst.com published: “How Analysts View Microsoft Ahead of Earnings (NASDAQ: MSFT) – 24/7 Wall St.” on July 16, 2019. More interesting news about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “After-Hours Earnings Report for July 18, 2019 : MSFT, ISRG, COF, ETFC, PBCT, SKX, WAL, OZK, GBCI, EXPO, INDB, FFBC – Nasdaq” published on July 18, 2019 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Microsoft: Great Growth, Great Positioning, Fully Valued – Seeking Alpha” with publication date: July 22, 2019.

Since February 6, 2019, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 sale for $28.35 million activity.

Greenwood Capital Associates Llc, which manages about $970.61 million and $389.11 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Invesco Act Mng Etf by 92,575 shares to 114,655 shares, valued at $2.85M in 2019Q1, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) by 9,181 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 60,933 shares, and cut its stake in Celgene Corp (NASDAQ:CELG).

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.91 in Q1 2019. Its down 0.03, from 0.94 in 2018Q4. It dropped, as 64 investors sold MSFT shares while 922 reduced holdings. 159 funds opened positions while 742 raised stakes. 5.41 billion shares or 1.21% less from 5.48 billion shares in 2018Q4 were reported. Indexiq Limited Liability owns 0.13% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 38,032 shares. Moreover, West Coast Ltd has 0.34% invested in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Lyon Street Capital Limited Liability Company has invested 2.75% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Monetta Financial Inc owns 55,000 shares. Ims Cap Mgmt invested in 1.58% or 16,424 shares. Wms Prns Ltd Liability Corp has invested 4.05% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo & Limited Company holds 4.85M shares or 4.12% of its portfolio. Cubic Asset Mgmt Ltd holds 3.31% or 94,849 shares in its portfolio. Btc Cap holds 2.32% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for 123,515 shares. Martin Ltd Liability Com, Illinois-based fund reported 1,971 shares. Fincl Advantage Inc invested in 0.07% or 800 shares. Alps Advsrs reported 80,097 shares. Cohen Klingenstein stated it has 47,907 shares or 0.39% of all its holdings. Wisconsin-based Dana Advisors has invested 2.33% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). First Citizens Bancshares Trust owns 143,065 shares.

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How quickly can AI solve a Rubik’s Cube? In less time than it took to you read this headline.

This week, the University of California Irvine announced that an artificially intelligent system solved the puzzle in just over a second, besting the current …

July 16 at 3:20 PM

Few things reveal the limits of someone’s problem-solving skills faster than a Rubik’s Cube, the multicolored, three-dimensional puzzle that has befuddled so many since the 1970s.

Though the cube has furrowed countless human brows over the years, it’s not much of a challenge for an emerging group of hyper-intelligent machines, as it turns out.

This week, the University of California at Irvine announced that an artificial intelligence system solved the puzzle in just over a second, besting the current human world record by more than two seconds.

The system, known as DeepCubeA — a reinforcement-learning algorithm programmed by UCI computer scientists and mathematicians — solved the puzzle without prior knowledge of the game or coaching from its human handlers, according to the university.

The feat is even more impressive considering that there are billions of potential moves available to a Rubik’s Cube player, with the puzzle’s six sides and nine sections, but only one goal: each of the cube’s six sides displaying a solid color.

“Artificial intelligence can defeat the world’s best human chess and Go players, but some of the more difficult puzzles, such as the Rubik’s Cube, had not been solved by computers, so we thought they were open for AI approaches,” senior author Pierre Baldi, a professor of computer science, said in a statement released by the university. “The solution to the Rubik’s Cube involves more symbolic, mathematical and abstract thinking, so a deep learning machine that can crack such a puzzle is getting closer to becoming a system that can think, reason, plan and make decisions.”

[They asked artificial intelligence to create a game. One of its first ideas involved exploding Frisbees.]

Researchers published their findings in Nature Machine Intelligence, noting that their system’s algorithm was given 10 billion combinations of the puzzle. The goal, researchers wrote, was to solve each combination within 30 moves.

DeepCubeA solved 100 percent of test configurations, researchers wrote, and located the shortest path to solving the puzzle more than 60 percent of the time. Researchers said the algorithm also works on similar games, such as the sliding-tile puzzles Lights Out and Sokoban.

Highly skilled humans are able to tackle a Rubik’s Cube in about 50 moves, but the AI system is able to solve the cube in about 20 moves, usually in the minimum number of steps possible, the researchers said.

The UCI algorithm relies on a neural network — a set of algorithms designed to find underlying relationships by mimicking how the human brain processes information. The algorithm also relied on machine learning techniques, a system that allows AI to learn by identifying patterns and using inference with minimal human intervention.

[Watch a robot solve a Rubik’s Cube in the time it takes for you to say ‘world record’]

But since the algorithm was programmed merely to solve the puzzle, researchers were left with a limited understanding of how it did so. To perfect its abilities, DeepCube trained in isolation for two days, refining its skill as it unpacked the Rubik’s Cube.

“It learned on its own,” Baldi told the BBC. “My best guess is that the AI’s form of reasoning is completely different from a human’s.”

Human world records for solving the Rubik’s Cube are down to about 3.5 seconds, more than 15 seconds less than record times in the early 1980s, according to the World Cube Association.

The UCI algorithm is impressive, but it’s not the fastest nonhuman conqueror of the Rubik’s Cube. In Germany, researchers built a robot in 2016 named Sub1 Reloaded that solved the puzzle in 0.637 seconds.

Last year, that record was broken by a pair of American researchers who built a robot that solved the puzzle in 0.38 seconds.

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Digital TV Box Market Size | Key Players are: Broadcom , ADM , Intel

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