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Sultan Al Neyadi Becomes The First Ever Arab To Spacewalk

The astronaut is on a 6-month mission aboard the International Space Station, orbiting 400 km above Earth.

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At 17:41 GST on April 28, Sultan Al Neyadi entered the record books as the first Arab to walk in space. Al Neyadi, who arrived at the International Space Station on March 3 as part of a six-month mission, conducted a 6.5-hour spacewalk with American astronaut Stephen Bowen to carry out maintenance tasks and prepare for a solar array installation.

UAE President and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid, was quick to tweet about Al Neyadi’s achievement: “With this week’s discoveries by the Hope probe, the achievements of the Rashid rover mission, and Sultan Al Neyadi’s first-ever spacewalk by an Arab astronaut, the UAE continues to make a meaningful contribution to space exploration and advancements in science”.

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid noted that the astronaut was both the first Arab and first Muslim to walk in space before tweeting some inspiring words to his followers: “Arabs are capable… Arabs are coming… Arabs are creative if we decide to focus on science and invest in youth”.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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