Octopus supermom sets egg-brooding record

first_imgA female deep-sea octopus has smashed the record for egg brooding. The devoted mom, a Graneledone boreopacifica, held her eggs in her arms for 4.5 years, until they hatched—and she apparently died. Scientists first spotted her and her eggs in 2007 during one of their regular visits, via a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), to the deep-sea habitat of Monterey Submarine Canyon off the coast of California. She was perched on a rocky outcrop 1397 meters below the ocean’s surface, with her arms curled around her clutch (see video above). Over the next 53 months, the scientists returned to the outcrop 18 times—and each time, there was the female, still patiently guarding her eggs, they report today in PLOS ONE. During their visits, they noticed that she never ate; rather than hunting crabs and shrimp, she pushed them away anytime they got too close to her eggs. She even ignored a tempting bit of crabmeat the scientists extended to her by means of one of the ROV’s arms. They suspect that she may have ingested damaged or unfertilized eggs to stay alive, but the marathon egg brooding took its toll. When the scientists first saw her, she was a pale purple, but over time she turned a ghostly white, her mantle shrank, her skin slackened, and her eyes grew cloudy. The researchers last saw her in September 2011. On their next visit the following month, she was gone; female octopuses invariably die after brooding. Only the tattered remnants of her empty egg capsules remained, indicating a successful hatch.last_img read more

Eight genes that make us brainiacs

first_imgIn the animal kingdom, humans are known for our big brains. But not all brains are created equal, and now we have new clues as to why that is. Researchers have uncovered eight genetic variations that help determine the size of key brain regions. These variants may represent “the genetic essence of humanity,” says Stephan Sanders, a geneticist and pediatrician at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved in the study.These results are among the first to come out of the ENIGMA (Enhancing Neuro Imaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis) collaboration, involving some 300 scientists from 33 countries. They contributed MRI scans of more than 30,000 people, along with genetic and other information, most of which had been collected for other reasons. “This paper represents a herculean effort,” Sanders says.Only by pooling their efforts could the researchers track down subtle genetic influences on brain size that would have eluded discovery in smaller studies. “We were surprised we found anything at all,” says Paul Thompson, a neuroscientist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. But in the end, “we were able to identify hot points in the genome that help build the brain.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For the analyses, Thompson and his colleagues looked for single-letter (nucleotide base) changes in DNA that correspond to the sizes of key brain regions. One region, the hippocampus, stores memories and helps one learn. Another, called the caudate nucleus, makes it possible to ride a bike, play an instrument, or drive a car without really thinking about it. A third is the putamen, which is involved in running, walking, and moving the body as well as in motivation. The researchers did not try to examine the neocortex, the part of the brain that helps us think and is proportionally much bigger in humans than in other animals. The neocortex has crevices on its surface that look so different from one individual to the next that it’s really hard to measure consistently across labs.There’s a strong link between the sizes of many of these parts of the brain and overall cognitive ability, Thompson says. “Having more brain tissue is better.” Diseases such as Alzheimer’s damage the hippocampus, while Parkinson’s, for example, impairs the putamen.The team discovered eight “letter” differences that can shrink brain tissue by about 1.5%, depending on the letter inherited, Thompson and his colleagues report online today in Nature. Some of the letter variants were inside a gene, while others were near key genes.The most influential gene pinned down, KTN1, helps tell brain cells where to go in the putamen. Two additional variants in the putamen are associated with genes that can cause colon or immune system cancers and seem to regulate the number of cells in that brain region. The remaining five genes do various things, including inhibit programmed cell death, a natural process that can cause brain regions to shrink if it goes unchecked.Many of the eight genes are active during brain development and may play a role in neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, Sanders says. He hopes ENIGMA researchers will next look to see if there are links between a particular brain region’s size and one of these disorders. At this point, a genetic test for these variants won’t be much help in the clinic, says Faraneh Vargha-Khadem, a developmental cognitive neuroscientist at University College London who was not involved with the work. To diagnose patients, “you go not by what’s inside the brain or what’s inside the gene, but by what symptoms the patient is showing,” she says. Still, “it’s good to know that these structures have genetic variation,” she says. “It alerts physicians to the relationship between genes, brain structure, and behavior,” a relationship that may one day become useful to clinicians.last_img read more

Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal

first_imgMOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in uneven bars category of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur. / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Kaitlin de Guzman nailed the gold medal in gymnastics women’s artistic uneven bars Tuesday for the Philippines’ second triumph of the day in the Southeast Asian Games.The 17-year-old De Guzman, daughter of former SEA Games champion Cintamoni Dela Cruz, garnered 12.875 points in her routine to bag the top honors.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding She bested Malaysia’s Tracie Ang who had 12.550 and Indonesia’s Rifda Iranalithfi who scored 12.075.De Guzman is competing in two more events including her favorite floor exercise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Switzerland Review (Video Highlights)

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Credits: SportsEon)Brazil finally continued the trend of World Cup favorites underperforming after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their Group E opener at the Rostov Arena.With 20 minutes gone on Sunday, some quick counters and tough pressing initiated the break, where Neymar’s shot was blocked off by a defender of Switzerland. A header off a Brazilian was then rebounded by a Swiss player, which went straight to Coutinho who without wasting time, struck a half-volley which straight away hit the right post and went in.Number of shots since Zuber’s equaliser:#BRA: 12#SUI: 0One-way traffic but the Swiss bus is parked. 🚌 pic.twitter.com/2FSfJhekk9— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 17, 2018Complacency then set in and Brazil gifted Switzerland an equalizer five minutes into the second half after Zuber rose unmarked to head home a corner kick. Football is beautiful because things change quickly and that was quite visible when Brazil took on Switzerland. Brazil quickly went from nervous to desperate, and it didn’t help the fact that Gabriel Jesus was denied a clear penalty and VAR once again did not intervene in their favor.Brazil did start showing more urgency as time passed away and almost stole the three points with a hat-trick of chances in the final minutes but was denied by Sommer who made strong saves from Neymar and Roberto Firmino headers. Brazil’s last chance then felt to Miranda who saw himself packed with Swiss players and hence couldn’t make the most of that chance.Brazil plays Costa Rica next Friday, while Switzerland must gather themselves for Serbia on the same day. Brazil and Serbia are favorites to qualify from Group E. However tonight’s draw is a cracking result for Switzerland and that will surely motivate them to qualify for the knockout stages.Also Read: Lionel Messi Takes Full Responsibility For Missing The Penalty And Letting His Team Down.Advertisementlast_img read more

LG V50 ThinQ image leaked online ahead of the MWC 2019 launch

first_imgLG is scheduled to host a special event in Barcelona on February 24 ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 where it is expected to launch a slew of devices. LG has already confirmed that it will unveil its G-series flagship device – the LG G8 ThinQ – at the event. The Korean electronics giant has also confirmed that it would unveil its first 5G-enabled phone – the LG V50 ThinQ — on the sidelines of the mobile mega-fest. And now days ahead of the launch images of the LG V50 ThinQ have leaked online.The leaked image comes as a courtesy of serial leakster Evan Blass, who took to Twitter to give us a glimpse of LG’s first 5G enabled phone. As per the image shared by Blass, the LG V50 ThinQ comes with a glass body and it sports a curved edge display with a notch on top. The notch in the front would house a dual-camera setup along with an earpiece.The LG V50 ThinQ would come with a triple camera setup with an LED flash at the back, a feature that it shares with its predecessor – the LG V40 ThinQ – that went on sale in India last month. It also sports a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that is placed directly under the rear camera setup. Additionally, there is a 5G logo at the back on top of the camera setup which highlights how the upcoming smartphone is different from its predecessors.Notably, LG has already confirmed some of the feature that will coming to the LG V50 ThinQ. LG’s upcoming V-series flagship device would run on Qualcomm’s fastest chipset, Snapdragon 855, and it would sport a gigantic 4,000mAh battery, which the company said is 20 per cent larger than the LG V40 ThinQ.advertisementLG G8 ThinQHowever, the LG V50 ThinQ is not the only smartphone that the company is expected to launch at the event. As mentioned before, LG will also unveil the LG G8 ThinQ at the event. And now just days ahead of the launch, the LG G8 ThinQ has received FCC certification.According to a report by My Smart Price, FCC has certified three variants — LM-G820UM, LM-G820TM, and LM-G820QM – of the phone. While the FCC certification does not tell us much about the phone except for the fact that it will come with Wi-Fi 802.11 standard, however, LG has already confirmed that the LG G8 ThinQ will come with the Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) technology that will turn the phone’s display into an audio amplifier. The company has also confirmed that the phone would come with time-of-flight sensors that would improve the quality of its selfies and efficiency of its 3D face recognition system.The company has also given us a list of audio technologies that are coming to the LG G8 ThinQ. The list includes — DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Boombox Speaker and Master Quality Authenticated.Apart from this, the phone is expected to come with Snapdragon 855 processor and run on Android 9.0 Pie. The phone is expected to sport 6GB RAM with an internal memory that can be expanded further using a 2TB microSD card. It is also likely to come with a secondary attachable screen. However, it remains uncertain how the secondary screen would attach itself to the phone. And so, we will have to wait untill February 24 to find out what the company has in store for us.ALSO READ: | LG to unveil its first 5G smartphone with Snapdragon 855 at MWC 2019ALSO READ: | LG G8 rumour roundup: Attachable screen, sound on display and everything else we know so farALSO READ: | LG G8 ThinQ will come with an OLED screen that will act as an audio amplifierlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma fined for breach of conduct in MI’s defeat to KKR

first_imgMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has been fined 15 per cent of his match fees for breach of code of conduct during a match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), here.Rohit, after being adjudged LBW during the second innings on Sunday when his side was chasing a massive 233 against KKR at the Eden Gardens, broke the stumps with his bat.The incident happened in the fourth over of the second innings when Rohit, who had given his side a good start smashing three boundaries early on, was given out to an attempted hoick that he missed off Harry Gurney.Replays showed that the ball was just clipping leg stump as the Mumbai Indians skipper reviewed the decision. Rohit was displeased with the decision and after having a couple of words with the umpire, he broke the stumps with his bat.During the hearing with the match referee after the game, Rohit accepted the sanction.In the end, Mumbai lost the match by 34 runs, despite a blistering knock from Hardik Pandya who scored 91 off just 34 deliveries. The Mumbai-based franchise have 14 points from 12 games and are sitting at the third spot.Also Read | Royal Challengers Bangalore only 3rd team to lose 100 T20 matchesAlso Read | Virat Kohli promises expressive cricket from RCB in their final two gamesAlso See:last_img read more

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Explains Why He Needs A Girlfriend

first_img From Sports Illustrated:“You need a girlfriend,” Tua says, “to make her go get stuff and bring it back.”This is simply a playful joke from Tagovailoa, who is poised for another strong season at Alabama.His parents have clearly prioritized strict dieting and training over the course of his career.All that hard work could pay dividends for Tagovailoa, as many scouts see him as one of the top prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft.[Sports Illustrated] Tua Tagovailoa looks to throw a pass for Alabama.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)While there’s no question that Tua Tagovailoa wants to be the next great quarterback, the lefty gunslinger also wants to find himself a girlfriend. However, the reason behind why he wants a significant other is quite unusual.Tagovailoa has gone through a strenuous workout program to prepare for this upcoming season. His father, Galu Tagovailoa, has also put a strict diet into effect for his sons.Although Tagovailoa follows his father’s plan, the dual-threat quarterback wouldn’t mind breaking the rules from time to time.In order to sneak junk food past his parents, Tagovailoa believes he needs a girlfriend that can go out and get the food. After all, the family confiscates the car keys during summer workouts to avoid anyone going to a fast-food chain.last_img read more

Feel Good Fridays – Soles4Souls

first_img Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Wondering what to do with those shoes you bought on a whim that have been sitting in your closet for two years? Soles4Souls is here for ya.Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is a non-profit institution that collects new and used shoes and clothes from everyone from ordinary people like us to civic and faith based organizations and corporate partners. We heard about them through our friends over at Cole Haan who are big fans (and donors) to the charity. Other big brands that donate overstock, returns  and/or discontinued models include Puma, Vans, Converse, Clarks and Adidas.Not only does the organization donate shoes and clothes around America and the world; they also focus on ‘micro-enterprise’, which is helping the poor and their communities by providing sustainable jobs to locals through the creation of small (micro) businesses. This could translate into selling items at a marketplace or as a street vendor.Just last week Soles4Souls held ‘Barefoot Week’. Each summer they dedicate one week to distributing shoes and awareness of the organization by traveling to five different cities in America and distributing shoes, as well as partnering with local nonprofits to raise awareness. Be sure to check out their blog to read all about their experiences.They are always looking for donations, but if you are looking for a little life changing experience sign up for some international travel with the charity! Ambassadors for Soles 4Souls travel to places like Haiti, Costa Rica, Honduras, India and Africa to of course deliver shoes, but also to sustain relationships and work on their micro-enterprise campaigns. A team just left for Africa this week.Instead of another vacation to the same ole same ole, consider going somewhere a little more exotic and helping someone out along the way. Editors’ Recommendations Oliver Cabell’s New Phoenix Sneakers Are 3D-Printed With Recycled Plastic Bottles A Quick Overview of the Sustainable Adidas Outdoor and Five Ten Line Essentials How to Support the Teachers in Your Lifelast_img read more

ICTSI Takes Over Mexican Port Operator

first_imgzoom Manila-based port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has acquired Mexican port operator Terminal Maritima de Tuxpan (TMT).The deal purports the 100% acquisition of TMT from Mexico’s logistics and transportation firm Grupo TMM SAB (TMM) and its subsidiary Inmobiliaria TMM SA de CV (ITMM).The acquisition has a price tag of USD 54.5 million, ICTSI said in a stock exchange filing.TMT has obtained a concession to construct and operate a maritime container terminal in the Port of Tuxpan, Mexico and is the owner of the real estate where the maritime container terminal will be constructed.ICTSI said that the main reason behind the move was geographic expansion as the company pushes forward with diversification of its business portfolio and tapping into the positive growth potential in Mexico.“The project is expected to increase ICTSI’s consolidated throughput and revenue and positively contribute to the financial performance of the company,” ICTSI added.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive Northwest Arm Drive at Walter Havill Drive and the Albert Walker Connector intersection will be reduced to one lane for signal upgrades until Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive, from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge, Highway 104, will be reduced to one lane for repairs from Monday, Feb. 11 to Friday, Feb. 15. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CONTINUING WORK NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049last_img read more

Settlement Agreement Approved for Former Dealing Representative

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission has approved a settlement agreement with Glenn Francis Dunbar, a former dealing representative with Quadrus Investment Services. Mr. Dunbar violated Nova Scotia securities laws by failing to deal fairly, honestly and in good faith with his clients, which included making untrue or misleading statements. He also failed to notify the commission of various business dealings. “It’s important for investors to receive true and accurate information about their accounts activities and potential investment opportunities from their advisers,” said Heidi Schedler, senior enforcement counsel for the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. “When investors are misled, it jeopardizes their financial stability and hinders them from making an informed investment decision.” Mr. Dunbar has accepted responsibility for his conduct. The commission approved the settlement agreement and ordered Mr. Dunbar to: comply and cease contravening with Nova Scotia securities laws cease trading permanently in securities on his own behalf or on behalf of others, except through a person or company duty registered with the commission be banned permanently from the use of exemptions contained Nova Scotia Securities laws be prohibited permanently from becoming or acting as a director or officer of any issuer, registrant or investment fund manager cancel his registration and be banned permanently from becoming registered with the commission be reprimanded pay an administrative penalty of $350,000 pay costs in connection with the commission proceedings of $6500 The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order please visit http://nssc.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

US Army Pacific Commanding General holds talks in Sri Lanka

The Commanding General of the US Army Pacific (USARPAC) General Robert Brown met the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimewan Ranasinghe at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo today (23rd July).The Director General Operations, Rear Admiral NIraja Attygalle warmly welcomed the visiting US General to the Naval Headquarters before he was accorded a Guard of Honour in accordance with naval traditions. Subsequently, General Brown held cordial discussions with the Commander of the Navy and they shared a couple of views on matters of professional interest.Mementoes were also exchanged to mark the significance of this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Housing prices on the rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sydney and Melbourne led the country in house price rises in September, hitting highs not seen since 2010. Sydney’s home values rose 2.5 per cent during the month and were up 5.2 per cent over the September quarter, while Melbourne’s values also rose substantially by 2.4 per cent, up by 5.0 per cent over the quarter. Figures released today by RP Data Rismark described the growth as a ”technical” recovery in the housing market, prompting further speculation that the country is in a property bubble. Historic low interest rates have prompted people to borrow and return to the market. By the end of September, capital city values were 0.7 per cent higher than their previous record high set in October 2010. Perth showed weakening signs coming off the mining boom, just rising 1.3 per cent over the September quarter. Brisbane didn’t fare so well either, showing just a 1.1 per cent rise over the past year. Canberra’s home values fell during September by 0.7 per cent, Hobart’s were also down 2 per cent and Darwin’s dropped 2.5 per cent. Adelaide’s rose 1.1 per cent during the month. Source: The Agelast_img read more

India’s Chandrayaan-2 Space Mission Launches to Moon’s Surface

first_img India is going to the moon again: The nation just launched its Chandrayaan-2 mission, which aims to land on the lunar surface and explore the moon’s mysterious south pole region.On July 22, the robotic Chandrayaan-2 mission blasted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India, lifting off the pad on a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) rocket at 5:13 a.m. EDT, Space.com reported.The Chandrayaan-2 launch, which was originally scheduled for July 15, was initially delayed due to a “technical snag,” however, officials were able to fix the issue before today’s launch attempt.“My dear friends, today is a historical day for space and science technology in India,” K. Sivan, chairman of the India Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said in a statement to Space.com. “It is the beginning of a historical journey of India towards the moon and to land at the place near the south pole, to carry out scientific experiments, [and] to explore the unexplored.”भारत के लिए यह एक ऐतिहासिक क्षण है।चंद्रयान-2 के सफल प्रक्षेपण से आज पूरा देश गौरवान्वित है।मैंने थोड़ी देर पहले ही इसके लॉन्च में निरंतर तन-मन से जुटे रहे वैज्ञानिकों से बात की और उन्हें पूरे देश की ओर से बधाई दी। #Chandrayaan2 https://t.co/50UodlbH0y— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 22, 2019Chandrayaan-2’s launch is the beginning of a long deep-space journey: The spacecraft, which carries 13 payloads and has three elements (an orbiter, a lander, and a rover), is expected to reach lunar orbit on Sept. 6 and place a lander-rover duo near the moon’s south pole area a couple of days later. Then Pragyan, a robotic rover, will spend one lunar day (14 Earth days), obtaining chemical and mineral samples from the moon’s surface, CNN noted. Over the next 12 months, the orbiter will trace the moon’s surface and study its outer atmosphere.#ISROHere’s a view of the majestic lift-off of #GSLVMkIII-M1 carrying #Chandrayaan2 pic.twitter.com/z1ZTrSnAfH— ISRO (@isro) July 22, 2019If the Chandrayaan-2 mission goes according to plan, India will be the fourth nation, in addition to China, the former Soviet Union, and the U.S., to make a soft landing on the moon’s surface. Previously, India’s Chandrayaan-1 mission spotted water molecules on the lunar surface and involved an impact probe that was carefully crashed into the moon’s south polar region. Following the Chandrayaan-2 mission, the Chandrayaan-3 is expected to return to the moon from 2023 to 2024.More on Geek.com:‘Technical Snag’ Grounds India’s Chandrayaan-2 Space Mission India Unveils Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft for Moon Landing MissionApollo 11 at 50: Houston (And the World) Celebrate Historic Moon Landing Stay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface last_img read more

Arizona wildfire near biggest in states history

first_imgLUNA, N.M. (AP) — An enormous wildfire in eastern Arizona is poised to become the largest in state history, as firefighters Tuesday tried to keep it from devouring a small New Mexico mountain town and authorities questioned two people about an abandoned campfire that may have started the blaze.Fires also grew elsewhere in New Mexico and at the state’s border with Colorado, where flames forced the closure of a busy interstate highway.Kelly Wood, a spokesman for the multiple agencies battling the massive Arizona fire, said late Tuesday that two people of interest were being questioned but he couldn’t provide any further details. The U.S. Forest Service might release more information about the investigation Wednesday, Wood said.In Luna, N.M., just across the Arizona state line, evacuation plans were in place for the roughly 200 residents. Crews have been working to protect the town for days, hacking down brush, using chain saws to cut trees and setting small fires to burn anything that the approaching flames could use as fuel.“That’s what’s saved the town,” fire incident command spokesman Sean Johnson said. “The line is holding.”Fires have devoured hundreds of square miles in the Southwest and Texas since the wildfire season began several weeks ago. Scant winter precipitation in Arizona, New Mexico, part of west Texas and southern Colorado is blamed on La Nina, a term describing cooler waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that keep the jet stream from dipping down and bringing storms to the region.last_img read more

Over 300 adolescents involved in 99 Dhaka murders

first_img.Over 300 adolescents have been involved in 99 murder incidents over the past 16 years, according to records of different courts in Dhaka.“Young children are becoming more and more involved in murder in Dhaka,” said state prosecutor Shahabuddin Miah who has been conducting cases for over three years at the Dhaka juvenile court.Speaking to Prothom Alo, he said they are killed in clashes between seniors and juniors. Adolescents are involved in these incidents, Shahabuddin Miah added. Prothom Alo investigations reveal that over the past one and a half years, at least 120 adolescents have been involved in 13 murders, and cases have been filed in their names. Of them, 27 have been arrested and detained at the juvenile development centre in Gazipur.Previously juvenile crimes were tried at the Dhaka juvenile court. From 19 January this year, such cases are being tried at the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal. Till 31 December 2018, there were 1,381 cases under trial at the juvenile court, 86 of these being murder cases. These incidents took place over the past 15 years.Police have even issued charge sheets against over 150 young boys.The children arrested in such crimes are sent to the juvenile development centre in Tongi, Gazipur. Supervisor of the centre, Jahangir Hossain Chowdhury, told Prothom Alo, till 30 April this year, there were 724 young boys at the centre, who had been involved in crimes related to drugs, murder, assaulting women and children and such.A senior official of the juvenile development centre, on condition of anonymity, said that 277 of the 723 child inmates were accused in drug-related cases. After drugs, the most cases against these young ones were related to rape and killing.According to Prothom Alo’s findings, most of the arrested children were involved in narcotics. Records of Dhaka’s juvenile court show that police had issued charge sheets in 146 narcotic cases against the young ones. There were 68 cases against adolescents accused of theft. Then there were 61 cases against over 150 adolescents accused of rape, attempted rape and sexual abuse.The social welfare department deals with child ‘criminals’ who have been brought under the law. An official of the department, Suman Madhu, told Prothom Alo, these young ones are being involved in drugs, killing, rape, mugging and all sorts of crime. Such cases are on the rise.Why are the young ones turning to murder?Documents relating to 30 murder cases against adolescents reveal that most of the murders among these young boys are a result of clashes between juniors and seniors. Of the 30 murders, 14 were because of these conflicts. Both sides in the clashes were acquainted with each other. The young boys were also involved in clashes over rivalry related to love affairs. Six of the 30 murders were the result of such love-related rivalry.These young gangs were also involved in spreading their power in various areas of Dhaka city. Six of the 30 murders were related to these power tussles.The murder cases against adolescents indicate that the young victims of such murders are mostly between 12 and 17 years of age. And most of the killers are between 15 and 18 years of age.Shaon, a 15-year-old student of Gandaria High School in the capital city, was seriously injured during a gang fight near his school at 10:30 on Saturday night. He succumbed to his injuries and died the next day. Eight days before this incident, 15-year-old Yasin Arafat was killed in Hazaribagh of the city. Police say both Shaon and Yasin were killed as a result of conflict between seniors and juniors.Fifteen-year-old Arif would work in a factory of Old Dhaka. He was stabbed to death on 15 March this year in front of Dhaka University’s Curzon Hall. Police say six members of an adolescent criminal gang killed him. They would regularly carry out snatching and mugging in the High Court mazar area.Professor of criminal science at Dhaka University, Zia Rahman, spoke to Prothom Alo about the reasons why these young boys were getting involved in crime. He said, the relationship which the adolescents are supposed to have with society is missing. Social and family control has broken down. A large section of the adolescents are obsessed with the Internet and video games. They turn to pornography. Overall, there has been a change in the psychological mindset of adolescents. That is why they become involved in all sorts of serious crime.Senior-junior clashesEighteen-year-old Shakil was killed on 1 November 2012 in Bhatara. Police told the court that before Eid, Shakil had become involved in senior-junior clashes with fugitive criminal Sher Khan in Bhatara. He was killed in these clashes.On 12 April last year, SSC candidate Russel Rony was killed. One of the accused in the case revealed in court that Russel used to study in Khilgaon Government Quarter High School. On the day of the incident he had gone to play cricket in the local playing ground and his team won. This resulted in clashes with the defeated team and Russel was stabbed and killed in the clashes.Lawyer Faruk Ahmad has fought cases on behalf of many adolescents and has interacted with their families. He told Prothom Alo, family ties are not like before. Many parents in Dhaka cannot give their children time. Many young ones are turning to drugs. There is a strange propensity among these young boys to display their ‘heroism’.Gangs and power playShezan, a 15-year-old boy, was killed on 7 March this year next to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. A juvenile criminal gang of Chawk Bazar and Bangshal was involved in the killing. Three of the gang members were arrested. The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) told the court in March that there were several senior-junior groups in Suritola, Chankarpool and Malitola of Chawk Bazar and Bangshal. There was a power struggle between these groups over gaining control of the localities.Deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Lalbagh zone, Ibrahim Khan, told Prothom Alo, gangs cannot grow in Old Dhaka in the same manner that the gang culture has grown in Uttara because Old Dhaka is too congested. However, Shaon Hossain, uncle of the killed Shezan, said there are adolescent groups in Chawk Bazar and Bangshal. They are involved in all sorts of crime in the area.Love conflictsRounak Hossain, an HSC student, was killed on 1 March last year in Old Dhaka’s judge court area. Police told the court that he was killed as a result of conflict over a love affair.About four years ago on 19 October 2014, a businessman was killed in Mirpur. Police investigations revealed that the businessman’s wife was involved in a love affair with a young boy. The boy, along with three of his associates, killed the businessman.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

New CAH Director Claps Back

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comWhat About Wards 4, 7 and 8?In the wake of the #DontMute movement happening in the District, which fights against the silencing of D.C. culture such as GoGo music, another agency important to maintaining and sustaining D.C. culture is now being threatened.  The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), under the Office of the Mayor, was one of the agencies mentioned in the District Council’s FY-2020 Budget proposal that would see some serious changes, and its new Executive Director Terrie Rouse- Rosario, is passionately pushing back on how some leaders are seeking to tamper with the CAH and its funds.About six months ago, Rouse-Rosario took the helm as executive director of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities after a storied career leading organizations around the country. With 15 grant programs and work with the Office of the Mayor, the CAH provides funds, programs and educational outlets which promote the arts for residents and visitors alike to experience D.C.’s rich culture. Some of CAH’s initiatives include SummerSet D.C., Chuck Brown Day, The Mayor’s Arts Awards and programs like the National Endowment for the Arts, annual competition “Poetry Out Loud.”  Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Terrie Rouse-Rosario is pushing back against the Council’s proposal to allocate one-third of its funds to specific organizations and to be removed from mayoral control. (Courtesy Photo)Under Rouse-Rosario’s tutelage and with the Mayor’s excitement and approval a new Cultural Arts Plan was unveiled last month.  Rouse-Rosario explained part of her reasoning for joining CAH was because of the mayor’s immense support of the arts and ensuring that residents across all eight wards have access and support to continuing artistic endeavors.“The mayor over the last three years has literally over doubled the amount of money going to the arts. For an administration to have that kind of foresight and to be able to get it done is unprecedented” Director Rouse-Rosario told the AFRO, in an exclusive interview. “At the same time we find ourselves going into the FY- 2020 budget where it appears that there are 21 organizations that have organized and are trying to ensure that they get 33 percent of that money,” Rouse-Rosario told the AFRO, and here lies one of the first reasons the director is fighting back.In the FY-2020 budget proposal, the Council and Chairman Mendelson included a subtitle called, “Commission on the Arts and Humanities Independence and Funding Restructuring.” In that “restructuring,” the 21 organizations would receive 33 percent of CAH’s total annual budget.  Chairman Mendelson’s office sent the AFRO a statement explaining the decision to allocate funds for certain arts organizations.  “The Council is making more dollars available for arts organizations and adopting a funding formula that arts groups requested and endorsed, in order to ensure a more uniform and equitable process for funding.”Executive Director of the D.C. Commision of the Arts and Humanities does a private tour of their large local art collection.Rouse-Rosario argues with 486 grantees receiving funding from CAH in 2019, allocating funds for a little over 20 organizations to receive about one- third of the budget is greedy and unfair.  “We’re arriving at a point where the Council wants just 21 little organizations to get one-third of the budget which is not acceptable from my standpoint- and it’s not equitable,” she said.Making matters more unequal, Rouse-Rosario and her team noted that the organizations chosen to receive further funding are concentrated to certain parts of the city.“And of course, none of them happen to be in Wards 4,7 and 8, and these are groups that in the past have also received a good portion of the budget, particularly in this last year of earmarking,” Rouse-Rosario told the AFRO.  “So that group should not be determining how they get money and then how everyone else gets money.”With only certain wards reflected in this allocation of funding, Rouse-Rosario argues that this proposition also jeopardizes the full scope of D.C. culture.“That’s their way of defining the culture.  A number of them happen to be the performing arts organizations, most of them are in Ward 2,” she told the AFRO.As the city’s artistic fabric is far more elaborate than traditional performing arts spaces on certain sides of the city, Rouse-Rosario is concerned with exclusivity of the funds allocation; yet inequitable granting of money is not the only issue the director is fighting in the proposed budget. In the Council’s attempted restructuring of CAH, there is a plan  to make the organization an independent entity. “The most devastating part of all these factors, has been on the part of the Council and Council member Mendelson to take the entire CAH out from under the executive- in other words take it away from the mayor,” Rouse-Rosario told the AFRO. “They’re reasoning is that the Commissioners need to have more involvement with the agencies. Rouse-Rosario argues that removing CAH from the mayor’s office would be detrimental to, not only the organization, but the District’s work and fight towards statehood.“The way they were setting us up was going to set us back 50 years, and put us out of compliance with almost every other state arts agency in the United States and the territories,” she told the {AFRO}.“This move would insulate CAH from the oversight of the government, which would be in conflict with the federal-state partnership requirements set by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), “ Rouse-Rosario wrote in a letter sent to the Council.In response, Chairman Mendelson’s office sent the AFRO the following statement:  “The Council ensures that an independent Arts & Humanities Commission will continue as intended under the law established in 1979.”  At press time it was not apparent which mandate Chairman Mendelson is referring to  as CAH responded saying, “The Commission on the Arts and Humanities was established under D.C. Law 1-22, effective 1975; not 1979.”So how can the Council propose a budget and restructuring for a long-running mayoral appointed commission? The Council proposes an annual budget and creates or amends legislation to ensure that their financial propositions correlate with law and is upheld by leaders and lawmakers.According to Rouse-Rosario, certain commissioners were aware of the impending budget work done by the Council and met with the Chairman to express their concerns.“It’s sort of their way of responding to a number of Commissioners, who are part of this move that they want to be in control and a few of them were also finding their term- because there are 3-year terms- ending and they want to be appointed back,” Rouse-Rosario told the {AFRO}. “It’s almost like a revolt.  It’s a like a coup… and they [the commissioners] actually got in front of it,” she told the AFRO.However, Rouse-Rosario said that the Council is not being completely transparent or honest in justifying their proposal for CAH and hopes to collaborate with the Members in order to find a way to further perpetuate the goals of equity.  “A great deal of misinformation, misunderstanding and personal bias framed the rationales for this legislation, and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss these matters in greater depth in the hopes of finding a more appropriate path forward for this agency.”last_img read more

Microsoft taps the Halo franchise for next Windows codename

first_imgMicrosoft’s unified user experience across their operating systems is being taken one step further with an internal branding decision aligned with the Halo franchise.One of the more positive things about the Microsoft user experience is that it looks the same no matter what you are using. The tile experience is incredibly similar across the Xbox, Windows, and Windows Phone platforms, and Microsoft is the only company so far to have been able to visually unite their operating systems in such a way.It looks like Microsoft is now planning to update these platforms in a unified fashion as well, and the plan for the next major OS update in Spring 2015 has been internally dubbed “Threshold.”Hardcore Halo fans may find that name oddly familiar, and that’s because Threshold is the name of the planet that sat beside the first ring in the game. This isn’t the first time Microsoft has dipped into the Halo honeypot for internal names either. Remember Cortana, the name for the Google Now-esque personal assistant that Microsoft has been working on? These are far from the only instances.As the owner of the Halo franchise now, Microsoft has been far from shy about using content from that universe in the rest of its products. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does cause you to ask how long it will before these little Easter eggs stop putting smiles on the faces of fans.The impressive thing to take away from this announcement is the update window Microsoft seems to have established. With the Xbox One UI and Windows 8.1 freshly available for users to kick the tires, a spring 2015 launch launch for their products continues the shorter iteration periods that Microsoft has been working towards. Microsoft will surely have smaller, interim updates for all three platforms in the mean time, but a planned point for each platform like that is a great move on their part.last_img read more

New soft motor more closely resembles real muscles w video

first_img More information: — Iain A. Anderson, Tony Chun Hin Tse, Tokushu Inamura, Benjamin M. O’Brien, Thomas McKay, and Todd Gisby, “A soft and dexterous motor,” Applied Physics Letters (2011). Available online: link.aip.org/link/doi/10.1063/1.3565195– www.abi.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/hom … projects/biomimetics Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — “When you pick up a spoon with your fingers, you are able to move it from side to side and rotate it too by moving thumb and forefinger in opposition,” Iain Anderson tells PhysOrg.com. Your hand is a soft machine. To be able to mimic the hand, we need soft technology.” Citation: New soft motor more closely resembles real muscles (w/ video) (2011, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-soft-motor-resembles-real-muscles.html Replacing batteries may become a thing of the past, thanks to ‘soft generators’ PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Play The first motor is a single membrane orbiting gear motor. Electrical activation of the membrane causes the central gear to orbit and the orbital motion of the gear turns the shaft. The second motor has the flexible rubbery gear. Electrical activation of the membrane can make the flexible gear assume an elliptical shape and grip the shaft. We can then move the electrical activation around the membrane so that the major axis of the ellipse rotates. When this happens the shaft is turned. The flexible gear motor has no rigid bearings and so it is possible to tilt the shaft up and down and side to side. Video credit: Iain Anderson Taking the idea further, Anderson had the idea of making the gear flexible so it could grip the shaft, like a thumb and forefinger grips a spoon. “This breakthrough made the bearings redundant, opening the door to multi-degree-of-freedom motion.” These degrees of motion include the abilities to tilt and rotate, in addition to simply moving the shaft up and down or side to side.In order to make the motor, Anderson and his group take a special polymer material and stretch it so it becomes a really thin membrane. They create a rubbery gear from the same material and then place the gear at the center of the membrane. Then, sections of the membrane are painted with carbon grease. This grease, when conducting electricity, forces the membrane to change shape and this causes the gear to deform, moving the shaft. “We use selective actuation to turn the shaft.” Anderson is a scientist at the Biomimetics Laboratory at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in New Zealand. Anderson’s lab works with dielectric elastomer artificial muscles, developing technology designed to more closely mimic the movements of muscles. “We’ve been researching artificial muscles for a few years now, and we wanted to see if we could create a machine without any hard bits – a machine that mimics the same degree of freedom you see when you move your hand.”With the creation of a bearing-free motor, Anderson worked with others from the Biomimetics Laboratory, including Tony Chun Hin Tse, Tokushu Inamura, Benjamin O’Brien, Thomas McKay, and Todd Gisby. Their work can be seen in Applied Physics Letters: “A soft and dexterous motor.” Anderson says that the idea for an artificial muscle membrane motor came from his students a few years ago. They showed him an interesting motor. “They were working on this quietly amongst themselves. When they got it running they showed me. This had a rigid central orbiting bearing that was pushed side to side by one membrane and up and down by another,” Anderson explains. The motor consisted of two different membranes pushing on the same gear, with a shaft supported by rigid bearings. Anderson continues: “So we could get the gear to orbit by combining motion from both membranes and when the orbiting gear supported by the membranes came into contact with a gear on the shaft, the shaft rotated.” Artificial muscles are not new, Anderson points out. He says that SRI pioneered much of the technology used in artificial muscles today. SRI also produced an artificial muscle rotary motor. This first artificial muscle rotary motor, though, “had a lot of hard bits in it. But by using the membrane approach we have been able to make a rotary motor with fewer hard bits.”The ultimate goal is to create soft machines that are completely free of hard bits. There are advantages to soft motors, Anderson says. “They are lightweight and have the advantage of reduced mass. Their flexibility makes them less likely to break. Additionally, living things are mostly soft. If we want them to interface with living things, it makes sense to have them soft.”Anderson says that the next step is improve the control they have over the motor, as well as create a mechanism that allows the motor to automatically adjust to a heavier load – in much the way that your arm adjusts to keep your hand from lowering a glass of water as you fill it. “We’re into soft generators as well,” he continues. “We’re trying to make the world soft.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more