ScienceShot: Termites Do the Wave

first_imgLike guards on duty, soldier termites stand watch at the center of their mound to protect the nest. Long passageways extend outwards from this central nest to foraging sites where worker termites collect food for the colony. If an aardvark or other predator creates a hole in the mound, these commandoes repeatedly ram their heads into the ground to create drumming alarms that alert worker termites in the corridors to quickly retreat to the nest. This vibrational communication has been observed in several species of termites, but scientists wanted to see how these alarm signals were communicated across mounds with a diameter up to 30 meters in length. So researchers opened up the mounds of Macrotermes natalensis termites in a South African mountain range and filmed the soldiers’ drumming signals using a high-speed video camera. They also implanted devices in the ground at various locations to measure the vibrational speed of the head-banging. M. natalensis termites pound their heads into the ground at a speed of about 0.6 m/s, researchers report online today in The Journal of Experimental Biology. But when the team recreated the vibrations produced by a single termite using a computer and device that produces low-frequency pulses through the mound passageways, they found that after just 40 cm, the signals were no longer strong enough to be picked up by other termites. Because worker termites can register drumming alarms meters away, the researchers suggest that the soldiers use social reamplification to extend the life of the signal. Like how the wave spreads through a crowd, soldier termites respond to the drumming of nearby nestmates by drumming themselves until every worker is alerted of the attack.last_img read more

West Bengal assembly to hold special sessions to mark Constitution Day

first_imgThe West Bengal assembly will hold special sessions on November 26 and 27 to mark 70 years of the adoption of the Constitution, Speaker Biman Banerjee said on Monday. The sessions will be addressed by Biman Banerjee and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. This will be for the first time that the governor and the chief minister share a dais amid the tussle between them. The sessions will be addressed by several eminent dignitaries including former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, former West Bengal governor and national security advisor M K Narayanan. The winter session of the state assembly will start from November 29. Constitution Day will also be celebrated at the Raj Bhavan on Noavember 26, and Mamata Banerjee has been invited for the programme. Dhankhar, who took oath as the governor on July 30, has been locked in a war of words with the state government over a host of issues — ranging from seating arrangement at the Durga Puja carnival to his unscheduled visit to Singur. To mark 70 years of the adoption of the Indian Constitution, a joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament will be held on November 26 and is likely to be addressed by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Besides, members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, former presidents and prime ministers are also expected to attend the event, which will be held in the Central Hall of Parliament.last_img read more

Roger Federer wins Wimbledon opener in return to Slams

first_imgRoger Federer is back in Grand Slam action – and back to his winning ways. (Also read: Milos Raonic up and running as Big Mac watches on) The owner of seven Wimbledon titles and 17 major championships overall did not exactly have an easy time of things but did beat 52nd-ranked Guido Pella of Argentina 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Monday in the first round at the All England Club. (Also read: Novak Djokovic thumps James Ward in first round) Federer missed the previous Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, withdrawing before it began last month because of a lingering back injury. That ended the 34-year-old Swiss star’s record streak of 65 consecutive appearances at majors.In the second round, Federer will face 772nd-ranked British qualifier Marcus Willis.last_img

Neymar’s value = Mumbai Indians + Kolkata Knight Riders + Royal Challengers Bangalore + Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgNeymar completed his world record move to PSG that cost the French side a whopping 263 million US Dollars (USD). That is way more than Paul Pogba’s deal for which Manchester United paid around 124 million Dollars.Well, the figure is a monstrous one and it is technically more than the combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Tuvalu (34 million USD) and Nauru (102 million USD).Tuvalu is in the South Pacific and an independent island nation within the British Commonwealth while Nauru is a tiny island country in Micronesia, northeast of Australia.Not only that, the deal is also bigger than the GDP of Kiribati (166 million USD) and Marshall Islands (183 million USD).Since we are in India, the biggest extravaganza related to any sport is the Indian Premier League. The whole value of the tournament according to brand value research in 2016 was 4.16 billion USD. Narrowing down to the teams, Neymar’s fee can buy the Qatari PSG owners four IPL teams — the three time champions Mumbai Indians (78 million USD), two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders (77 million USD), the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (67 million USD) and 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (41 million USD).So, what else can PSG buy for that amount?HIGH-END CARSIt can buy 54 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita cars. Each unit costs 4.8 million USD. This is the costliest car available in the market. Plus, 58 Lamborghini Veneno’s costing 4.5 million USD each will also come. One can also buy 77 Limited Edition Bugatti Veyron by Mansory Vivere, which costs 3.4 million USD each.ISLANDSNeymar’s fee can also get PSG the Rangyai Island, the second costliest island in the world. It costs a whopping $160 million. Rangyai is around 20 minutes away from the Phuket International Airport and is as beautiful as its more famous neighbors like Phi Phi Islands and Phuket. Along with that, they can also own Ronde Island, which costs around a 100 million USD. Ronde Island is a private island located in the Caribbean This island has an area of around 2,000-acre and is on sale for $100 million.advertisementPLANESThe Brazilian’s fee can get one a Boeing 787 Dreamliner (150 million USD) and a Boeing 767-200 (118 million USD) — just add a few millions there. These are the second and third costliest private jets available in the market.POGBA + BALEFor 222 million Euros, a team can get Paul Pogba (105 million Euro), a Gareth Bale (100 million Euro) in their side. If they look for a complete team, they can go for Cristiano Ronaldo (94 million Euro), Gianluigi Buffon (52 million Euro), Benjamin Mendy (58 million Euro) and with a little more, add Nemanja Matic for 45 million Euro. And you have one for each position.Rendez-vous dans les boutiques du Paris Saint-Germain  #BemvindoNeymarJR ???? pic.twitter.com/EvKVzQWC05- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 4, 2017Le Mgastore du Parc des Princes est prt ! ???? #BemvindoNeymarJR pic.twitter.com/W4agFvrWtL- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 4, 2017Paris Saint-Germain is very happy to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr ? https://t.co/lKFj4qPDYA #BemvindoNeymarJR ???? pic.twitter.com/rSvlBiKX6D- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 3, 2017last_img read more

PAOK Adds Fire to Title Race Beating Olympiacos

first_imgTHESSALONIKI – PAOK inflicted a third successive SuperLeague defeat on leaders Olympiacos on Sunday with an impressive 2-0 victory over the reigning champions in a highly entertaining North vs. South derby clash. The result brings PAOK within 8 points of Olympiacos while Panionios can cut the leader’s margin atop the table to four points with a win tomorrow.After a closely contested first-half amid a typically electric atmosphere inside the Toumba stadium with both sides having chances to score, second half goals from Yevhen Shakhov and Aleksandar Prijović proved enough for Vladan Ivic’s men to claim a famous victory for their fanatical supporters.Paul Bento’s Olympiacos, who have qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League, arrived in Thessaloniki on the back of two defeats to AEK and Panionios, and their season threatens to unravel dangerously following this latest setback.The result saw Olympiacos’ lead at the summit cut to just seven points ahead of Panionios (host AEK tomorrow) with seven matches remaining, after the Erythrolefki had previously enjoyed an advantage of a 13-point cushion before their recent dip in form.PAOK, meanwhile, leapfrog Panathinaikos into third spot and are a single point behind Panionios and now eight adrift of Olympiacos.Things may have been different had Iran striker Karim Ansarifard not wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring for Olympiacos after just seven minutes when sent clean through one-on-one with Panagiotis Glykos, who made a vital save.PAOK had some decent chances to score before the opening goal, with Brazilian forward Pedro Henrique shooting wide with only visiting keeper Nicola Leali to beat two minutes before half-time.It was the hosts who looked more likely to score as the match wore on, and a goal duly arrived in the 53rd minute when Stelios Malezas headed Amr Warda’s corner goalwards. Leali save a great save only for Shakhov to convert the rebound and spark wild scenes of celebration among both PAOK players and fans.And the home fans didn’t have to wait long for another goal, which came on the hour mark and with a measure of style. Neat interplay between Gokjo Cimirot and Henrique ended with the latter picking out the run of Swiss striker Prijović, who made no mistake with a clinical finish.Try as they might, the visitors just could not find a way past the home defence and PAOK almost made it 3-0 in added time when Warda’s curler hit the post as PAOK claimed a victory which gives themselves, Panionios, and Panathinaikos real hope of catching the leaders in the run-in to the end of the season.Bento will now have to lift his Olympiacos players for the visit of Turkish giants Besiktas to the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium for the first leg of their Round of 16 Europa League clash this coming Thursday.Source: AGONAsport.com http://bit.ly/2n3AGca  Facebook,   Instagram,  Twitter  TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to sign Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches?

first_imgReuse this content Share on WhatsApp Read more features Premier League Rumour mill Share on LinkedIn Topics Read more Share via Email West Ham confident of signing William Carvalho from Sporting Lisboncenter_img Share on Pinterest Indeed, French sports daily L’Equipe say Barcelona have already agreed a five-year deal to bring Dembélé to Camp Nou for up to £110m, but will not make any announcement until the 20-year-old has put pen to paper. Barcelona have also announced that midfielder Arda Turan is free to leave, having failed to cement a first team place since moving from Atlético Madrid in 2015. Manchester United manager José Mourinho is believed to be ardent Arda admirer.In the market for a central defender after Leonardo Bonucci left for AC Milan, Juventus have enquired about the possibility of luring Gary Cahill to Turin from Chelsea, but the Mirror reports that any deal would be dependent on Virgil van Dijk joining the Premier League champions from Southampton. Juventus are more keen on Schalke defender Benedikt Höwedes, who is also wanted by Liverpool. Meanwhile at Arsenal, the future of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains as up in the air as a light airplane trailing a “Wenger out” banner. Out of contract next summer, Chamberlain could spend the rest of this season at the Emirates before leaving on a free transfer, but his current employers may be tempted to cash in on interest from Liverpool and Chelsea.Nacer Chadli’s mooted move from West Brom to Swansea City as a replacement for Gylfi Sigurdsson has hit a £25m-sized snag that the Welsh club seem reluctant to overcome, while Sky Sports say RB Leipzig’s young Scottish winger, Oliver Burke, has been at the Hawthorns to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.Reports elsewhere have Crystal Palace readying a bid for Tottenham Hotspur reserve goalkeeper Michel Vorm. Palace have previously been linked with Roma goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski and West Ham’s Adrian, but Vorm is believed to be Frank De Boer’s preferred target and would almost certainly be amenable to a move after being restricted to just 11 appearances for Spurs last season. Having signed Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton as back-up to Hugo Lloris between the sticks earlier this week, Tottenham might well be happy to let Vorm team up with his Dutch compatriot at Selhurst Park. Tottenham are also about to send their double-barrelled young American centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers to Sheffield United on loan. Share on Twitter To Germany, where glossy magazine reports suggest that Liverpool are preparing a late bid to take Renato Sanches on a season-long loan. The 20-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder had a fairly underwhelming maiden season with the German champions after joining from Benfica and had been linked with moves to Chelsea, Manchester United or AC Milan earlier this summer, only for his manager Carlo Ancelotti to announce he’d be staying put. According to yesterday’s edition of Kicker, it seems Sanches could be bound for Anfield in his quest to secure regular first team opportunities.Having convened in Monaco for yesterday’s Champions League draw, assorted bigwigs from Europe’s biggest clubs will have no better opportunity to meet up and discuss last-minute transfers ahead of next week’s window-unfriendly international break. Under pressure Barcelona officials are expected to talk turkey with their counterparts from Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in their last-ditch attempts to get their hands on Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembélé and in the purely selfish interests of fatigued pedlars of transfer tittle-tattle everywhere, we wish all three delegations every success in their endeavours. Share on Facebook Liverpool Share on Messenger Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues Having been dumped out of the Champions League qualifiers by Rosenburg, Ajax will have one less inducement with which to entice Siem de Jong as they try to wrap up a deal to bring the Dutch midfielder home from Newcastle. Already down to the bare bones at Birmingham City, Harry Redknapp still thinks Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing is “triffic” and is hoping to get him in at St Andrew’s so he can roll down his car window down and announce the good news to anyone who happens to be passing.And finally, a tweet comprising two “zipped mouth” emojis from Celtic’s supporter liaison officer hinted that the Scottish champions could unveil Patrick Roberts as a permanent signing later today. The 20-year-old Manchester City winger spent last season on loan at Celtic, scoring for them against his parent club in the Champions League and becoming a firm fan favourite as Brendan Rodgers’ side cantered to their sixth consecutive title. Talking in Monaco, where his club were drawn in a group with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Anderlecht, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said “we are making progress with Patrick Roberts” before adding “there is nothing certain and we are respecting Manchester City’s position.”last_img read more

Galaxy send Zardes to Columbus for Kamara

first_imgTransfers LA Galaxy send Zardes to Columbus for Kamara Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 00:21 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gyasi Zardes MLS LA Galaxy 08292016 Jennifer Buchanan Transfers LA Galaxy Columbus Crew MLS Sigi Schmid’s side has acquired the Norway international in exchange for the U.S. national team forward and $400,000 in allocation money The Columbus Crew have acquired U.S. national team forward Gyasi Zardes and $400,000 in targeted allocation money from the LA Galaxy in exchange for Norway international Ola Kamara, the MLS clubs announced Saturday.Kamara has scored 35 goals in 64 MLS matches since joining the Crew from Austria Vienna in 2016. Last season, the 28-year-old finished fifth in MLS with 18 regular season goals.Zardes, 26, has recorded 36 goals and 18 assists over 139 MLS matches since signing with the Galaxy as a homegrown player in 2013. He also has scored six goals in 37 appearances for the U.S., representing his country at the 2016 Copa America Centenario and the Gold Cup in 2015 and 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We are excited to welcome Gyasi to Columbus,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said in a news release. “Gyasi is a talented forward that has been successful in this league and with the U.S. men’s national team. He is a high character individual and has a bright future in Major League Soccer and with our club.”In addition to what we know Gyasi will bring to our playing system, we have received significant additional resources to help the club as we build our roster for the 2018 campaign. We want to thank Ola for his two successful seasons with our club and we wish him the best in the next chapter of his career.”Capped nine times by Norway, Kamara gives the Galaxy the true striker the club has lacked since Robbie Keane exited following the 2016 season.More often used as a winger in recent years, Zardes struggled to fill that void last season while scoring just two goals in 24 matches as the Galaxy finished with a league-worst 8-18-8 record.”We are very excited to bring Ola to Los Angeles,” Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said. “He has been one of the league’s most productive forwards during his two seasons in MLS and we believe he will be a great fit in our attack. We look forward to him joining our squad.”Speaking to the Galaxy’s official website, Kamara said: “I’m super excited about the move. I wanted a new chapter and to get to a club that everybody knows in the whole world is cool. Being from Europe, everyone knows Galaxy. It’s a big challenge for me, and I’m very excited.”last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd midfielder Matty Willock cuts short St Mirren loan

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Matty Willock cuts short St Mirren loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Matty Willock has cut short his loan at St Mirren.Willock had joined St Mirren on a season-long loan.The 22-year-old made 14 appearances for the Ladbrokes Premiership club. A statement from the Paisley club read:“St Mirren Football Club can confirm that Matty Willock has left the Buddies and will return to his parent club, Manchester United.“The club would like to thank Matty for his contributions and wish him well for his future career.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoMarcelino in stunning Batshuayi attack: Not to Valencia nor Primera standards

first_imgMarcelino in stunning Batshuayi attack: Not to Valencia nor Primera standardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino launched a furious attack on Michy Batshuayi after their Copa del Rey defeat to Sporting Gijon.Marcelino blasted the on-loan Chelsea striker in an amazing personal attack.”I think we have to bring players in for up front. It is clear that patience in some cases has already run out. In the first minute we could have put ourselves ahead. It’s the clearest chance I’ve seen in six months of competition and we did not even shoot at the goal, this is not like a player from the Primera nor Valencia,” the coach fumed in reference to Batshuayi, who was hauled off at halftime.He added that “I do not make the changes to point to anyone. I make the changes depending on the performance I see. Of the effort, of the intention, of what I see. I try to be fair and from there I modify.”Interestingly, on-loan Derby striker Nick Blackman featured for victors Sporting Gijon. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

US Supreme Court will hear Montana arsenic cleanup case

BUTTE, Mont. — The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether residents of two Montana communities can continue their decade-long effort to get the Atlantic Richfield Co. to pay for a more thorough cleanup of arsenic left on properties after a century of copper smelting.The Montana Supreme Court ruled in December 2017 for the residents of Opportunity and Crackerville.They sued in 2008 seeking to force Arco to reduce arsenic levels to the area’s normal level, 25 parts per million.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said cleanup was required when arsenic levels were above an “acceptable” level of 250 parts per million.Arco appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing federal law prohibited state lawsuits from interfering with an ongoing cleanup.The Montana Standard reports the justices agreed Monday to hear Arco’s appeal.___This version corrects that cleanup was ordered when contamination was above 250 parts per million, not that cleanup was ordered to level of 250 parts per million.___Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.comThe Associated Press read more

International Criminal Court officials meet delegation from Ugandan rebel group

10 March 2008Officials from the International Criminal Court (ICC) met today with a delegation from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Ugandan rebel group whose leadership is under indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during its protracted conflict with Government forces in the African country. Officials from the International Criminal Court (ICC) met today with a delegation from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Ugandan rebel group whose leadership is under indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during its protracted conflict with Government forces in the African country. The LRA delegation and the officials with the ICC registry discussed procedural issues related to the legal representation of the four men from the rebel group who face arrest warrants, according to a media statement issued by the court in The Hague, where it is based. They also discussed standards for the filing of documents and materials with the court’s registry, a neutral organ which is responsible for providing support, assistance and information to defence counsel. In October 2005 the ICC’s pre-trial chamber unsealed arrest warrants against Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo, Dominic Ongwen and Raska Lukwiya for alleged crimes committed since July 2002 in Uganda. Mr. Lukwiya has since been confirmed dead and the proceedings against him discontinued. Last week ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo declined to meet with the same delegation of the LRA. Ugandan Government forces have been fighting the LRA in the north of the country since the mid-1980s and during that conflict the rebels have been notorious for their human rights abuses. Last month representatives of both Kampala and the LRA signed a series of agreements, including a ceasefire, that could lead to a permanent accord ending the deadly war. read more

Cyprus still requires comprehensive settlement Annan says

In a new report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan says the rejection of a settlement plan put to referenda on the island represents “another missed opportunity” to resolve the Cyprus problem.While noting that the decision of the Greek Cypriots to vote no on the plan must be respected, he calls it “a major setback.”The decision of the Turkish Cypriots, who voted yes, is to be welcomed, the Secretary-General says. “The Turkish Cypriot vote has undone any rationale for pressuring and isolating them,” he observes.Mr. Annan expresses hope that Council members can lead the effort to eliminate unnecessary barriers against Turkish Cypriots “not for the purposes of affording recognition or assisting secession, but as a positive contribution to the goal of reunification.”A lasting solution, he asserts, requires more than a comprehensive and carefully balanced peace plan. “It also needs bold and determined political leadership on both sides in the island, as well as in Greece and Turkey, all in place at the same time, ready to negotiate with determination and to convince their people of the need to compromise.”Although the plan, having been rejected by the Greek Cypriots, is legally null and void, its acceptance by the Turkish Cypriot electorate “means that the shape of any final settlement to reunify Cyprus would appear to be set,” he says.Cypriots from all walks of life who worked with courage and determination to achieve a settlement must continue their efforts, he emphasizes. “The prospects for the reunification of their country now rest primarily in their hands.”In New York today, Mr. Annan conveyed these views to Tassos Papadopoulos, the President of Cyprus, a UN spokesman said after their meeting.”The Secretary-General said that after the decisive rejection of the plan by the Greek Cypriots, it would be for that side to explain fully to the Turkish Cypriots, the UN and the rest of the world how they see the way forward,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.Mr. Annan also appealed to Mr. Papadopoulos to seize the initiative in responding positively to his appeal for States to eliminate unnecessary barriers to the development of the Turkish Cypriots. “This will signal that the Greek Cypriots wish to reach out to their Turkish Cypriot compatriots in the north, and assist them and help facilitate the eventual goal of reunification,” Mr. Eckhard said. read more

Japans Nikkei surges past 13000 mark after BOJ announces massive monetary easing

Japan’s Nikkei surges past 13,000 mark after BOJ announces massive monetary easing BANGKOK – Japan’s benchmark stock index surged to its highest level in more than four years Friday, its second straight day of big gains after the central bank announced aggressive action to lift the economy out of a prolonged slump. European stocks fell in early trading.The Bank of Japan unveiled plans Thursday to pump huge amounts of money into the financial system in order to spur price rises, spending and borrowing in an economy that has stagnated for years. The central bank said it wanted to double the money supply and achieve a 2 per cent inflation target within about two years.The sweeping shift in monetary policy came as a surprise to analysts, even though the BOJ’s new governor Haruhiko Kuroda had vowed to do whatever necessary to break Japan’s economy out of its deflationary malaise. Falling prices have stunted growth in the world’s No. 3 economy for the past two decades.“The size of monetary easing announced yesterday far exceeded expectations,” said analysts at DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore in a commentary.The BOJ’s plans include buying $530 billion a year in government bonds. Kuroda described the scale of monetary stimulus as “large beyond reason,” but said the inflation target would remain out of reach if the central bank stuck to incremental steps.Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics, said that the BOJ’s credibility rests on the success of the new direction the bank is taking.“Markets are giving it the benefit of the doubt for now. But if the broad monetary aggregates and inflation don’t show signs of a shift, the new-found trust in the capacities of the BoJ will rapidly fade,” Williams said in a written commentary.The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo closed 1.6 per cent higher at 12,833.64, its highest finish since Sept. 1, 2008. Earlier in the day it surged more than 3 per cent, breaking the 13,000 level.The benchmark has soared 25 per cent this year, rejuvenated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s election in December and enthusiasm for his economic and monetary program that calls for a massive expansion of the money supply to create inflation and jolt Japan out of its slump.The central bank’s announcement dragged down the yen, giving a boost to shares of Japan’s powerhouse manufacturers. A cheaper currency makes Japanese goods less costly overseas and raises the value of repatriated profits. Nissan Motor Co. jumped 6 per cent. Ricoh Co. advanced 6.1 per cent. Heavy-equipment maker Komatsu soared 7.6 per cent. Japanese banks also benefited. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group gained 5.9 per cent.The dollar rose to 96.20 yen from 96.13 yen late Thursday. The dollar was at about 92.80 before the BOJ’s two-day policy meeting ended with its dramatic announcements Thursday and before Abe’s Dec. 16 election was trading around 80 yen.In early European trading, Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 0.8 per cent to 6,296.60. Germany’s DAX slipped 0.2 per cent to 7,804.95. France’s CAC lost 0.2 per cent to 3,719.40.Wall Street also appeared headed for a lower opening ahead of the release of the U.S. government’s employment report for March. Dow Jones industrial futures fell 0.1 per cent to 14,510. S&P 500 futures lost 0.2 per cent to 1,551.30.Stock markets in Asia outside of Japan sagged.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng tumbled 2.7 per cent to 21,726.90. Analysts said the fall reflected some nervousness about a recent outbreak of deadly bird flu in China. Six people have died and authorities have ordered the slaughter of all poultry at a Shanghai market where the virus was detected. The news hurt tourism and travel-related shares. Hong Kong-listed Air China plunged 9.8 per cent and China Southern Airlines sank 8.5 per cent.South Korea’s Kospi dropped 1.6 per cent to 1,927.23, dragged down by political jitters over the latest tensions with Pyongyang. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.5 per cent to 4,891.40 as investors took profits after recent rallies.Benchmark oil for May delivery was down 7 cents to $93.19 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.19 to finish at $93.26 per barrel on the Nymex on Thursday.The euro fell to $1.2925 from $1.2939 late Thursday in New York.___Follow Pamela Sampson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pamelasampson by Pamela Sampson, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2013 1:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

DEM Solutions releases EDEM 251 software

first_imgDEM Solutions released EDEM 2.5.1 software with a new programmable interface to enable bi-directional coupling with Multibody Dynamics (MBD) simulation. The enhanced interfacing capability extends the EDEM simulation environment for customers using other computer-aided-engineering (CAE) tools, particularly those using structural mechanics simulation software such as structural finite element analysis (FEA) and MBD in the design of heavy equipment and machinery critical to industries such as mining, off-road construction, forestry and agriculture.“The Multibody Dynamics Coupling Interface is important to customers who design machinery that handles or processes bulk materials, particularly where the dynamic loading from bulk materials is important in the design of the equipment components and/or the hydraulic control system,” stated Dr John Favier, CEO of DEM Solutions. “The use of structural mechanics software such as FEA and MBD is essential for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for effective design of their equipment. Simulation of the interaction of equipment with the material it is designed to handle in real world conditions significantly enhances the capability of these CAE tools  and enables engineers to design equipment with higher performance over the equipment service life. Employing coupled DEM-MDB simulation can also significantly reduce development costs and time-to-market by reducing reliance on field testing and use of empirical design rules when simulating transient loads from bulk materials.”EDEM already allows coupling to structural FEA software through sharing of common surface meshes, enabling simulation of the structural dynamics of equipment subject to transient loading from bulk materials. These coupled models are implemented using EDEM APIs and enable the structural response to transient surface loads to be computed using both static or dynamic FEA models.As well as enabling the development of couplings between EDEM and 3rd party MBD software, the Multibody Dynamics Coupling Interface also provides a dedicated, programmable interface that can be used to implement user-defined equipment kinematics or rigid-body dynamics models of equipment responding to dynamic loading from contacting bulk material.Favier continued to say “We see demand for this enhanced capability from OEMs designing capital intensive machinery, including Mining equipment such as long-wall shearers, continuous miners, and drag line excavators, Off-road Construction, Forestry and Agricultural equipment such as back-hoes, graders, diggers, bucket loaders and grain harvesters and comminution equipment such as crushers and HPGR mills used in Cement and Mineral Processing as well as attrition and media mills used in size reduction and processing of particulates.”“With the addition of the Multibody Dynamics Coupling Interface, EDEM now has the interfaces and functionality to couple with all of the major CAE technologies, such as Structural FEA, MBD, CFD and EMAG – enabling a more integrated and seamless multi-physics simulation capability for engineering design and analysis in equipment manufacturing. Essentially, DEM Solutions can provide EDEM software for use on its own and for co-simulation with the majority of other commonly used CAE tools,” added Favier.last_img read more

Les alligators nhésitent pas à se manger entre eux

first_imgLes alligators n’hésitent pas à se manger entre euxUne étude menée par des chercheurs américains en Floride estime que 6 à 7% des jeunes alligators sont victimes de cannibalisme. Un destin cruel qui aiderait leur population à rester stable.Des chercheurs de la Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission se sont penchés sur le cannibalisme chez les alligators. Après avoir constaté cette tendance, ils ont voulu savoir combien d’entre eux avaient été dévorés par leurs semblables dans le lac Orange de Floride, peu profond et marécageux. À lire aussiUlcère gastroduodénal : définition, symptômes, causes, traitements, de quoi s’agit-il ?Ainsi, entre 1981 et 1987, 267 estomacs d’alligators adultes, tués par des chasseurs, ont été examinés. Les chercheurs étaient à la recherche de marqueurs ou balises (tags), qui avaient été placés sur chaque alligator, pour savoir combien avaient fini leurs jours dans les estomacs de ces carnivores.Il se trouve que 33 des estomacs contenaient des balises, pour un total de 56 balises. Un alligator affamé en particulier avait mangé au moins 14 alligators. Les autres alligators, eux, avaient une ou deux balises tout au plus dans leur estomac.En examinant les données associées à chaque balise, il est apparu que 91% des victimes de cannibalisme avaient moins de trois ans.L’étape suivante a consisté à comprendre comment ce petit échantillon se traduirait sur toute la population d’alligators du lac Orange. Pour ce faire, les chercheurs ont eu besoin de savoir combien de temps les balises restaient fixées dans les estomacs des alligators avant d’être excrétées. Ils ont alors nourri 10 alligators avec cinq balises chacun, et pour simuler la digestion naturelle, celles-ci étaient attachées à des pieds d’alligators déjà morts.Au cours des 588 jours suivants, les 10 alligators ont été examinés aux rayons X, pour savoir si les balises étaient toujours dans leur estomac. Il s’est avéré que celles-ci étaient restées collées : à la fin de l’expérience, 76% des tags étaient toujours présents.En prenant en compte la taille de la population des alligators du lac Orange et la probabilité de trouver des preuves de cannibalisme (sous la forme de balises) dans leurs estomacs, les chercheurs ont estimé que 6 à 7% des jeunes alligators finissaient dévorés.Ce taux peut varier pour d’autres lacs et marécages, selon les chercheurs, car la prévalence de cannibalisme dépend de l’abondance d’autres aliments dans l’environnement.Avoir ces données est quelque chose d’important pour ces chercheurs, qui ont publié leur article dans la revue Herpetologica. Cela permet aux responsables de la faune de comprendre la dynamique des populations en vue de fixer des objectifs pour la protection et la chasse des alligators.Le 4 juin 2011 à 20:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Windows Phone 8 sortie de la première mise à jour Apollo Plus

first_imgWindows Phone 8 : sortie de la première mise à jour Apollo Plus pour début 2013On le savait, les mises à jour pour Windows Phone 7,5 et 8 devraient arriver rapidement. Pour les premiers, c’est une histoire de semaines, pour les seconds, encore beaucoup d’incertitudes planaient, surtout concernant le contenu de cette première mise à niveau. Et bien grâce au site The Verge, une partie du brouillard vient de se lever.Lancé en grande pompe par Microsoft le 29 octobre dernier, Windows Phone 8 se préparerait à accueillir prochainement sa première mise à jour, d’après le site The Verge.Elle devrait se situé au premier trimestre 2013, et serait Appelée Apollo Plus (ou +), Apollo étant le nom de code interne de la plateforme accueillant le système d’exploitation mobile de Microsoft.D’après la même source, elle ne devrait être que mineure, et comporterait que très peu de nouveautés, dont la première serait la possibilité d’effectuer une mise à jour en OTA (Over The Air) sur son smartphone, sans avoir à le relier à un ordinateur.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le second apport concernerait le fait de pouvoir utiliser son smartphone en VPN, utile pour connecter un parc de smartphones au sein d’une entreprise, par exemple.Enfin, cette mise à jour devrait apporter son lot de correctifs vis à vis de la connectivité Wifi ou de la qualité audio, par exemple.On en sait donc un peu plus sur cette prochaine étape que graviront les Windows Phone 8, mais encore beaucoup de ces surprises restent encore cachés. Pour tout découvrir, la source révélant ces informations précise que Microsoft devrait faire une présentation détaillée de cette mise à jour lors du prochain MWC 2013 de Barcelone, qui aura lieu entre le 25 et le 28 février 2013.Le 27 novembre 2012 à 13:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rockstar Announces Red Dead Redemption 2 Special and Ultimate Editions

first_img Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 is sure to be one of 2018’s biggest games. As such, it is getting a wide range of special edition variants, each with exclusive content. Today’s announcement lists what gamers can expect to find in each version.Everyone who pre-orders Red Dead Redemption 2 will get the War Horse and The Outlaw Survival Kit. Folks may remember the War Horse from the first game. The survival kit has items that replenish health, Dead Eye, and more. Those who pre-order digitally from the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live get the two aforementioned items plus a Cash Bonus and Treasure Map. The extra cash is enough to buy a weapon, food, a handful of ammo, and more. The treasure map helps you locate in-game treasure early in the game. Both of these digital bonuses are for the story mode. The standard edition of the game costs $59.99.The Special Edition contains a great deal of content for story mode. This includes a Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout, the Dappled Black Thoroughbred, Talisman and Medallion gameplay bonuses, gameplay boosts, cash bonuses and discounts, The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit, and free access to additional weapons like the Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun, and Lancaster Varmint Rifle. The Special Edition costs $79.99.The Ultimate Edition has all of the story mode content from the Special Edition and extra bonuses for online. These include bonus outfits, the Black Chestnut Thoroughbred, free access to the survivor camp theme, free access to additional weapons, and rank bonuses which help players level up faster (up to rank 25). Expect the Ultimate Edition to run for $99.99.Then we have the Red Dead Redemption 2: Collector’s Box set. This edition is only available from select retailers and the Rockstar Warehouse. Featuring a thick gauged metal tithing box (with a lock and key), this edition contains a collectible Challenge Coin featuring the American Buffalo on one side and a scenic landscape on the other side, a 100-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle featuring a illustrated view of the port of Saint Denis on one side, and a Rockstar Games logo on the other, the “six shooter” bandana, a printed treasure map featuring some of the in-game hidden treasures, a pin set, playing cards, the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue, and a physical version of one of the 12 in-game Cigarette Cards. The Collector’s Box set costs $99.99. Oddly enough, it does not come with a copy of the game.Grand Theft Auto V players get some love too. All digital pre-orders of Red Dead Redemption 2 on PSN and XBL will instantly get extra GTA$ to their Maze Bank accounts in GTA Online. The Standard Edition Digital Pre-Order gets players $500,000, the Special Edition Digital nets $1,000,000, and the Ultimate Edition Digital Pre-Order nets $2,000,000.For more information, head on over to Rockstar’s website. Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on targetlast_img read more

Wilmington CARES Shawsheen Tech Rob Surette Partner To Create Ellen DeGeneres 14716Crayon Masterpiece

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Be kind.That’s the simple, yet powerful message artist Rob Surette was trying to convey with his latest project, which involved students from Wilmington Public Schools and Shawsheen Tech.“I spent three joy-filled days with over 100 super kids from grades 4-12 in Wilmington from the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Wilmington West CARES program, and the Wilmington Middle School,” said artist Rob Surette. “They were among my favorite kids ever…. They all has so much enthusiasm and respect for this project and they soaked up my positive messages like sponges.”Wilmington students were able to participate in Surette’s artist-in-residence program thanks to the efforts of Shawsheen Tech Guidance Counselor Angela Caira and West CARES Site Coordinator Kerin Osgood. The two formed a partnership six years ago where Shawsheen Tech Orientation Leaders help educate Wilmington’s youth on bullying prevention and mental health.“The project’s mission was to create a super eye-catching masterpiece together, which would stop people in their tracks and deliver the powerful message — “Be Kind,” which Ellen Degeneres is known for saying all the time,” explained Surette.“Ellen exemplifies the significance of being kind,” added Angela Caira. “She closes out her show every afternoon by reminding viewers to be kind to everyone… What better person to incorporate into our message of being kind?”The masterpiece, which will soon be on display at Wilmington Middle School, consists of 14,768 crayons and weights nearly 200 pounds. Surette spent more than 100 hours completing the project after students began working on it. Students were unaware of what the finish product looked like until the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday, May 28.Watch the unveiling, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——(NOTE: The cover photo is from the Wilmington CARES Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Welcomes 11 New Staff MembersIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Parents Recommend School As Community Open House ApproachesIn “Education”PHOTOS: Shawsheen Tech Students Honored At State House For Suicide Prevention Efforts In WilmingtonIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

Your Mac could be hijacked through major security flaw in Zoom conferencing

first_img 14 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The top 3 upgrades in MacOS Catalina 0 4:39 Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? In a statement, Zoom said the local web server is a workaround for Apple’s Safari 12 web browser, introduced last September.”Zoom installs a local web server on Mac devices running the Zoom client,” the statement reads. “This is a workaround to an architecture change introduced in Safari 12 that requires a user to accept launching Zoom before every meeting. The local web server automatically accepts the peripheral access on behalf of the user to avoid this extra click before joining a meeting. We feel that this is a legitimate solution to a poor user experience, enabling our users to have seamless, one-click-to-join meetings, which is our key product differentiator.”In regard to a potential denial of service attack, Zoom says it has no record of such a weakness being exploited, and says it fixed that security flaw in May. Along with the likes of Slack, Uber and Pinterest, Zoom is one of many tech companies to go public in 2019. It raised $356 million upon its April 18 IPO, with its shares trading as high as $66 on that day. The stock has risen since, currently sitting at around $90.70. Post a comment Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Enlarge ImageZoom says the flaw was born out of a workaround for Safari 12. Sarah Tew/CNET Your computer’s webcam has always been a gateway for potential security intrusion, which is why people like Mark Zuckerberg and ex-FBI head James Comey put tape over theirs. On Monday, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh gave Mac users another reason to fret over their webcams — there’s a security flaw in the Zoom video-conferencing app.Zoom is most notable for its click-to-join feature, through which clicking on a browser link takes you directly to a video meeting in Zoom’s app. But Leitschuh in a Medium post explained that he months ago discovered Zoom achieves this in insecure ways, allowing websites to join you to a call as well as activating your webcam without your permission.He added that this would allow any webpage to denial-of-service a Mac by repeatedly joining you to an invalid call. Uninstalling the Zoom app from your Mac isn’t enough to fix the problem, either. Zoom achieves its click-to-join function by installing a web server on your computer — which can reinstall Zoom without your permission.”If you’ve ever installed the Zoom client and then uninstalled it, you still have a localhost web server on your machine that will happily re-install the Zoom client for you,” Leitschuh writes, “without requiring any user interaction on your behalf besides visiting a webpage. This re-install ‘feature’ continues to work to this day.”1-mrgy9jojkkjsrp-xjsyomwHere’s the first setting you should change in Zoom. Jonathan Leitschuh/Medium For those of you who have the Zoom app installed on your Mac, Leitschuh, in his Medium post, lists directions to neutralize the local server in his Medium post. You should also activate the Turn off my video setting when joining a meeting, as seen above.The researcher said he contacted Zoom on March 26, giving the company a public disclosure deadline of 90 days. He said Zoom patched the issue, disabling the ability of a webpage to automatically turn on your webcam, but still this partial fix regressed on July 7, allowing webcams to once again be turned on without permission. reading • Your Mac could be hijacked through major security flaw in Zoom conferencing app Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier • See All Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Tags Computers Security Apple Mac Pro: Expensive, sleek and definitely not for grating cheeselast_img read more

Report To Army Finds Blast From Some Weapons May Put Shooters Brain

first_img Share Sgt. Aaron Patterson/3rd Marine Division/DVIDSU.S. Marines fire the Carl Gustav rocket system during live-fire training last October. With each firing, the shooter’s brain is exposed to pulses of high pressure air emanating from the explosion that travel faster than the speed of sound.Military personnel may be endangering their own brains when they operate certain shoulder-fired weapons, according to an Army-commissioned report released Monday.The report, from the Center for a New American Security, says these bazooka-like weapons pose a hazard because they are powered by an explosion just inches from the operator’s head.“When you fire it, the pressure wave feels like getting hit in the face,” says Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger who directs the technology and national security program at the center. Scharre is a co-author of the center’s report: Protecting Warfighters from Blast Injury.The report looks at a range of injuries caused by blast waves — pulses of high pressure air that emanate from an explosion and travel faster than the speed of sound.During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military officials recognized that the blast wave from a roadside bomb could damage a person’s brain without leaving any visible sign of injury. And in 2010, the Pentagon issued a memo outlining steps to improve care of troops exposed to these explosions.Since then, there’s been growing evidence that blasts from weapons like the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle and the AT4 anti-tank weapon can also affect the brain.Cpl. Devon Tindle/III Marine Expeditionary Force/DVIDSSgt. John Wagley fires an AT4 anti-tank missile during a training session at Camp Fuji in Japan. Studies find that some who fire these weapons repeatedly have short-term problems with memory and thinking. It’s still not clear, scientists say, whether those temporary changes can lead to permanent deficits.“If you’re looking at a large anti-tank rocket that a soldier would carry on his or her shoulder, that’s now a pretty large explosion — and it’s happening right next to your head,” Scharre says.Studies show that some service members who fire these weapons repeatedly have short-term problems with memory and thinking. What’s not clear is whether those temporary changes can lead to permanent deficits.“If you’re exposed to these weapons throughout the course of your military career, this might have some subtle and insidious long-term effect that doesn’t materialize until later,” Scharre says.The military is studying that possibility, and the new report is a part of that effort. But a definitive answer about the risks from firing weapons is probably many years off.The report says the military should make changes now, despite the uncertainty.One recommendation is much wider use of devices known as blast gauges, which measure the intensity of blast waves. The gauges are typically about the size of a wristwatch and service members attach them to their shoulders and helmet.“Every service member who is in a position where he or she might be exposed to blast waves should be wearing these devices,” Scharre says. “And we need to be recording that data, putting it in their record and then putting it in a database for medical studies.”Authors of the report also recommend steps to reduce service members’ exposure to blast waves during training exercises. For example, they say, the military should reduce the maximum number of times a person can fire certain weapons in a single day, and over several days.The military should also look into a new type of helmet that’s designed to protect the brain from blast waves, the report says.The findings of the analysis are no surprise to Kyle Sims, a former Special Forces medic who helped deploy blast gauges in Afghanistan.Sims realized something disturbing when he started looking into research on brain damage among football players who’d taken repeated blows to the head.“It’s not that one time that the guy got knocked unconscious,” Sims says. “It’s the 500 times that the guy got hit prior to that.”Sims is especially worried about service members involved in training others to fire heavy weapons. These people often spend entire days on a range where the weapons are being fired.One retired officer told Sims about a day of training when he’d been exposed to more than 100 blasts from anti-tank weapons.“When he got done talking, I said, ‘Well, don’t tell me — let me guess. At the end of the day you felt nauseous, you had a headache, you felt tired [and] all you wanted to do was take a Motrin, lay down and go to bed.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah.’ And I was like, ‘Well, that’s typical post-concussive symptoms there, buddy.’ “The military should start treating personnel exposed to blast waves the way it treats people who work around hazardous radiation, Sims says. In other words, set a limit to how much blast exposure a person can receive during their military career.“If there was a hazard in the civilian world for workers to be exposed to blast overpressure, we would have had a standard in place decades ago,” he says.An Army spokesperson tells NPR the military is reviewing the report and will offer a response and recommendations.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more