Jaipur to have WIPO support centre

first_imgStating that India could occupy a prominent place in patenting, a senior official of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on Thursday said it would soon open a TISC in Jaipur to train people on accessing the patent database. WIPO Global Infrastructure Sector’s Innovation and Technology Support Section head Andrew Czajkowski told The Hindu that Technology Innovation Support Centres (TISCs), that teach startups, MSMES, research institutes and universities patent analytics, IP asset management and R&D operated in Visakhapatnam, Chandigarh and Chennai in association with the Centre for Intellectual Property and Management (CIPAM) of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. Patent check Stating that WIPO had a 24×7 database, Mr. Czajkowski said that before filing patent claims you should thoroughly peruse the database to avoid litigation and compensation claims. “Patent knowledge cannot be procured through an Internet search. It has to be acquired by accessing the database and a thorough research,” he remarked.Mr. Czajkowski said WIPO, through 638 TISCs in 71 countries, was keen on feeding innovators in developing countries with local, high quality technology-related information. TISCs fill the global knowledge gap and promote economic and social development by providing equal access to information, he said. ‘Government keen’Mr. Czajkowski claimed that the Indian government was keen on fostering innovation by strengthening the patent database that had over 90 million scientific and technical publications.WIPO, among the 15 special agencies of the United Nations, was set up in 1967 to protect intellectual property and encourage innovation.last_img read more

New Results Send Mars Rover on a Quest for Ancient Life

first_imgWhen the Curiosity rover landed in Gale crater 16 months ago, its goal was to find a place on Mars that was habitable 4 billion years ago. It has done that, and now a spate of new findings is driving the mission in a new direction: searching for traces of ancient life. Leaders of the 400-strong Curiosity science team say their latest discoveries, published online today in Science, are narrowing down how and where to look for “molecular fossils”—organic matter that might have come from ancient martian microbes.“Our mission is turning a corner,” says Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. “We are beginning to map a way forward, a way to explore deliberately for organic matter.”Curiosity’s new analyses of sediment from the bed of a long-vanished lake hint that Mars harbors substantial amounts of organic matter of some sort, although no one is yet willing to attribute it to ancient life. And in a martian first, Curiosity has determined how recently surface rocks have been exposed by erosion. That opens the way to more systematic searches for molecular fossils, by showing scientists how to maximize their chances of finding organic matter that was only recently exposed to the ravaging rain of cosmic rays that pours down on Mars.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(*)The last time Curiosity scientists reported on the hunt for organic matter, things were a bit of a mess. Perchlorate compounds—powerful oxidizers when heated—turned out to be ubiquitous on Mars. And because Curiosity’s onboard test for organic matter involves heating finely powdered rock by hundreds of degrees, any organic carbon compounds would be oxidized to carbon dioxide before the carbon’s original form could be determined. A few molecules did survive, but they seemed to come from a contaminant that leaks into Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument package.SAM team members now report that their contamination problem is behind them. The contamination “can’t explain it all,” says SAM team member Daniel Glavin of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. By analyzing empty sample containers, varying the amount of sample, and flushing out samples before analysis, the SAM team has concluded that the contaminant now accounts for only 1% to 3% of the carbon appearing as carbon dioxide.The remaining 97% may well have come from martian organic matter. The SAM authors reached that conclusion after Curiosity took its first look beneath the planet’s surface. At a site called Yellowknife Bay, which has a rock outcrop that seems to have been the bottom mud of an ancient lake, the probe drilled 5 centimeters into the rock. The team then compared samples of windblown dust scooped off the surface with samples of rock powder from the borehole. The dust had been exposed to organics-destroying solar ultraviolet, cosmic rays, and radiation-activated perchlorates for many millions of years. The lakebed had long been shielded by encasing rock.When SAM heated the samples, the lakebed samples emitted more carbon dioxide than equal-size dust samples did, and their carbon dioxide came off at lower temperatures. Those observations suggested that heating the dust had simply decomposed naturally occurring, inorganic carbonate minerals, but that heating the lakebed samples had burned organic matter. Most telling, as carbon dioxide from the lakebed surged, the level of oxygen gas from decomposing perchlorates dropped. On seeing those data, one SAM team member reportedly declared, “This is combustion of organic carbon, folks.”Curiosity’s Glavin says the results are “exciting,” but he and the rest of the SAM team are more cautious in print. So is organic geochemist Mark Sephton of Imperial College London, who is not on the Curiosity team. The results are “very consistent with organic carbon,” he says, but he adds that so far they are “tantalizing” rather than definitive.Tempering the excitement is Glavin’s ready admission that “we can’t say anything about the origin of this [organic] carbon.” That’s because a nonbiological source is close at hand: Tons of organic matter fall on Mars every year in meteorites and cosmic dust. Researchers estimate that these organic compounds, made not by living things but by chemical processes in space, could have supplied Mars’s surface with between about 10 parts per million (ppm) and several hundred ppm of carbon—enough at the high end to account for all of the roughly 500 ppm of carbon that Curiosity has detected in the lakebed samples.What’s more, the ancient environment around Gale crater does not appear to have been very hospitable to life, new analyses reported in the Science papers suggest. The lakebed deposits—which washed into the crater from surrounding high ground—show “very little evidence for chemical weathering” before arriving in the lake, says team member Scott McLennan of Stony Brook University in New York. That suggests that there was little liquid water around to alter the minerals and thus that “we’re dealing with very arid and/or cold environments,” McLennan says. The area may have resembled the hostile, hyperarid Atacama Desert of Chile, where water flows only during rare torrential rainstorms.The muddy lake bottom might have been more hospitable. In their paper, Grotzinger and his Curiosity colleagues describe the bottom mud there as a “strikingly Earth-like habitable environment.” But to survive in the mud of an oxygen-free planet, any microbes would have had to derive energy from the chemical imbalances between minerals in the sediment—“eating rock” in a process called chemolithotrophy.On Earth, “fully convincing” chemolithotrophy is known only in kilometers-deep rock exposed in South African gold mines, according to marine geochemist Steven D’Hondt of the University of Rhode Island in Narragansett. And levels of organic carbon there are minuscule compared with the 500 ppm of carbon reported on Mars. So if the martian carbon is indeed organic, the best guess now is that either Curiosity has stumbled across the remains of an unexpected subsurface oasis, or most of the carbon comes from meteorites.Another of the recent results may make it easier to search for martian carbon—and ultimately sort out its origins. For the moment, carbon-hunters face a serious obstacle: Cosmic rays penetrate the rock down a meter or so, far beyond the reach of Curiosity’s drill, and over millions of years utterly destroy any organic matter.In one paper, Kenneth Farley of Caltech and colleagues demonstrate an elegant solution: a way to identify rock that has been buried for eons beneath at least a couple meters of protective rock and only recently exposed by wind erosion. Using SAM’s mass spectrometer, they measured isotopes of helium, neon, and argon that cosmic rays generate as they pass through rock. The fewer of these isotopes they find, the more recently the rock has been exposed near the surface. Using the technique, they show that the 4-billion-year-old lakebed rock drilled by Curiosity was uncovered between 30 million and 110 million years ago as winds sandblasted away 2 meters of overlying rock. An ideal drill site would be tens of millions of years fresher, but it’s a start.“It gives us a rational way to look for organics on Mars,” Grotzinger says. So next time, Curiosity’s handlers will just look for a sign of recent wind erosion, such as a step up in the rock, nuzzle the rover up to the step, and see just how freshly exposed the rock is. Voilà: a whole new approach to prospecting for past life on the Red Planet.last_img read more

Polio-afflicted braveheart scales Patna’s tallest building

first_imgForty one-year-old physically challenged Suman Kumar Ranjit recently climbed down from an 18-storey building in Patna to prove that disability was no handicap for him. The braveheart from Patna descended down the 71-metre-high Biscomaun Towers, the tallest building in the state capital, with the help of ropes under a programme called Mission Impossible, which was organised by the Disabled Sports and Welfare Academy.Suman, who has been afflicted with polio since birth, has dysfunctional legs and a right hand. Nevertheless, within an hour he came down to the ground from the topmost floor of the highrise. Hundreds of people lined up along the road near Gandhi Maidan in front of Biscomaun Towers holding their breath as Suman, secured with safety belts, slid down on the rope successfully.”I wanted to help generate confidence in differently abled people that nothing is impossible to achieve if one has the determination,” he said, “After all, where there is will there is a way.”Suman had earlier succeeded in performing similar feats from the 29-metre-high Golghar, a historic granary, twice in 1994 and 2006.last_img read more

Pilot says BJP designing Lalit Modis return through IPL

first_imgJaipur, Apr 27 (PTI) Rajasthan Congress President Sachin Pilot today accused the ruling BJP of trying to re-establish former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi in the corridors of power in the state on the pretext of IPL.”Enforcement Directorate and other agencies have issued notices of financial irregularities and demanded arrest of people like Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi.But on the other hand, BJP-led government in Rajasthan is making efforts to bring Modi back in state power corridors in the name of cricket,” Pilot said.Pilot has alleged that in the last two years, nothing has been done for sports and sportsmen but as cricket matches have been sanctioned to the state, BJP government has become hyperactive for its preparations.”The move of the government is not out of love for the game, but to re-establish Lalit Modi in state politics through cricket,” he said.Three IPL matches will be played at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur following the verdict of the Bombay High Court to shift IPL matches out of the drought-hit Maharashtra after April 30.Modi, who is Rajasthan Cricket Association president, is facing money laundering charges and is currently in self-imposed exile in the UK. PTI SDA MNG SK MNGlast_img read more

High-flyer | Baijayant Panda Q+A

first_imgQ. What have you been doing on your sabbatical from politics?It’s a misconception that I took a sabbatical. I have been touring Odisha extensively for seven months and have had a series of public meetings and interactions, dubbed #Heijau (Odia for ‘ho jaye’) by some. The attendance for it has,Q. What have you been doing on your sabbatical from politics?It’s a misconception that I took a sabbatical. I have been touring Odisha extensively for seven months and have had a series of public meetings and interactions, dubbed #Heijau (Odia for ‘ho jaye’) by some. The attendance for it has grown from several hundreds to several thousands. I’m touched by the public outpouring of support.Q. What are your plans for the future?I left the BJD with a heavy heart because of its transformation in the last five years into the violent and corrupt organisation it had been founded to counter. I want to continue doing my bit to tackle Odisha’s crises of crime, corruption and massive joblessness. My decision to align with other political forces or to create a new entity will be based on who else is now willing to get serious about political change in Odisha.Q. How did you hit upon your book’s title? Do you see yourself as a maverick?My resignation last year from the party and Parliament without a safety net reflects the independent streak which has always been evident in the positions I’ve taken. But, most importantly, all through my 18 years in Parliament, while I have had one foot in the policy-making environs of Lutyens’ Delhi, I have also always resolutely had the other foot back in my constituency and other parts of real India.Q. What’s on your reading list right now?I’m currently reading Robert Greene’s The 33 Strategies of War, which draws upon texts like Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Machiavelli’s The Prince, among others. Per­haps it is an appropriate read for me at this stage.advertisementQ. Tell us a few of your favourite things.Besides reading, my other passion is flying. As a licensed pilot for both aircraft and helicopters, I have flown many rescue and relief missions during natural disasters in Odisha. I also love adventure sports, like bungee jumping and skydiving.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Raves About Trace McSorley, Has Advice For Sean Clifford

first_imgTrace McSorley drops back to pass against Kentucky.ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 01: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first quarter of the VRBO Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 1, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It’s been a pretty good week for Penn State quarterbacks and former quarterbacks. Former Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley made the Baltimore Ravens’ final roster, while his successor Sean Clifford had an overwhelmingly successful debut against Idaho.As if that wasn’t good enough, the two Penn State quarterback stars now have a brand new fan in their corner: Urban Meyer.At a recent media event, in which he was asked about the Ravens rookie, Meyer stated point blank, “I love Trace McSorley.”In his seven years at Ohio State, Urban Meyer lost only once to Penn State. With McSorley at quarterback, the Nittany Lions upset the Buckeyes in 2016. Unfortunately for Meyer, that one loss ultimately cost the Buckeyes a Big Ten title that year. Meyer went on to gush over McSorley, stating that he possesses all of the characteristics of a great quarterback. Via Lions247:“The No. 1 characteristic of all great quarterbacks is they’re elite competitors. They win at all costs, in everything… No. 2 — are they tough? … To win a big game, a national championship-type game (you have to be tough). No. 3 — Are you intelligent? Do you have leadership skills? No. 4 and No. 5 — Can you escape and make something out of nothing?”“Trace McSorley is five-for-five. He had big games against us and I just think he’s an elite competitor.”As for Clifford, who had 280 passing yards and two touchdowns, Meyer advised him to take lessons from McSorley’s time in Happy Valley, and demonstrate leadership on the field.“It’s a tough duty… You have to be yourself, but you’ve gotta learn from the great leadership and great skill set the guy had before you. You’re taking over for one of the best quarterbacks in Penn State history. You need to be yourself, however learn from the great qualities the guy had before you… Learn from that, but you’ve gotta be yourself.”It appears that despite the grief Penn State once gave him, Meyer still has a lot of respect for the Nittany Lions and their quarterbacks.[Lions247]last_img read more

Goodman School offers CFA exam prep course

Are you interested in taking the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exam? Let the Goodman School of Business at Brock University and Financial Pro Training help you prepare.The Goodman School of Business has partnered with leading study materials provider Schweser to offer the most comprehensive, value-added CFA exam preparation program in the industry.Prepare for the December 2013 exam with our weekly review program on Thursday nights from Aug. 29 until Dec. 5.Learn more about exam review program or get the registration form to sign up.

Record engine production for Cummins in UK

The annual production rate of engines at Cummins’ UK plant in Darlington rose by more than 35 per cent in 2007, to 79,000 units. This equates to a record-breaking 360 engines a day. The firm’s latest financial results due out on 1 February are expected to break more records, further evidence of the robust condition of manufacturing in the UK.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The factory supplies 226 customers in 40 countries around the globe, for many applications. As a consequence of widening its customer base, less than 60 per cent of the UK-produced Cummins engines are used for automotive power units. This strategy has also resulted in commercial success, with more profit being made between 2004 and 2006 than in the previous 80 years in total. Although heavy duty truck engines exported to the United States now account for less than 20 per cent of its turnover, overall business has more than doubled recently. read more

Womens Basketball No 12 Ohio State ends threegame skid with 7862 win

Ohio State senior guard Asia Doss defends Michigan State guard sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon during the Buckeyes’ 78-62 win against the Spartans on Jan. 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 12 Ohio State women’s basketball team ended its three-game losing streak by defeating Michigan State 78-62 Saturday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center. A strong fourth quarter propelled the Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) to victory behind 12-of-14 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Ohio State limited Michigan State (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten) to just 7-for-21 shooting in the fourth and forced three turnovers. Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell entered the game averaging 24.9 points per game and needing just 18 points to become the all-time leading Big Ten scorer. Mitchell surpassed that mark with 2:41 left in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer from the left corner. Mitchell finished the game with a team-high 23 points.Although Mitchell reached an incredible milestone, she said stopping the losing streak was more important.“Honestly, it’s like a lift off your shoulders when you know you went 0-3,” Mitchell said. “As a basketball player, even as a player no matter the sport, you just feel like crap. Only because you go as hard as you can. But on the flip side of things, I got a chance to lace up, get it right, and that’s where our team’s mindset was.”The Buckeyes could not manage a basket over the last 2:31 of the first quarter, but they held a 16-15 lead due to solid defense that limited the Spartans to 33 percent shooting in the opening quarter. The second quarter began slow, but Ohio State went on a 7-0 run midway through the quarter that helped the home team take a 26-20 lead. The run did not last long, however. Ohio State allowed Michigan State to get back into the game, scoring just two points in the next four minutes. But senior guard Asia Doss hit a 3-pointer to give the Buckeyes a 32-29 lead entering halftime.The Buckeyes created separation due in part to dominant play from Mitchell, redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga and senior guard Linnae Harper in the fourth. Harper scored 22 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds, while Mavunga added 20 points and nine rebounds.Harper extended Ohio State’s 53-51 lead with 8:28 to go in the game by scoring two buckets and igniting a 15-1 run during a three minute stretch to gain a 68-52 advantage with 5:04 remaining.Ohio State pushed its lead even further with back-to-back 3-pointers from Mitchell which extended their lead by 20 and ending the Spartans’ comeback hopes. Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said he kept his advice prior to the fourth quarter beginning simple.“Keep playing defense. I thought we were getting good shots, but we just had to make sure we kept playing defense,” McGuff said. “We also got more baskets in transitions which is easier to do when you’re getting stops and steals. I just think it was the ability, sustained effort and execution on the defensive end which ultimately put us in position to win the game.”The Spartans were held under 20 points in each quarter, and only three players on the team scored double digits. Junior center Jenna Allen finished with a team-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. read more

Beciri to replace Blagotinsek at RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko

The best team of Slovenia, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko had to react quickly after departure of talented line-player Blaz Blagotinsek to Telekom Veszprem. The 22-years old member of Slovenian national team got replacement in Kristijan Beciri, the player which is born in same year – 1994.Beciri was a member of Croatian Kozala and two Slovenian teams – RK Gorenje Velenje and RK Maribor.He signed a four years contract with team from Celje.RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko will play at VELUX EHF Champions League, but also SEHA GAZPROM league in upcoming season. Kristijan BeciriRK Celje Pivovarna Lasko ← Previous Story Generation 1996 starts on Thursday at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 Next Story → Croatia with 15 players to Rio – Cindric is the last one!

Republican Democrat run against incumbent Herrera Beutler

first_imgJaime Herrera BeutlerAge: 35.Residence: Camas.Party: Republican.Past elected positions: Current U.S. Rep. 3rd Congressional District, State Representative for the 18th Legislative District.Current occupation: U.S. Rep. 3rd Congressional District.Education: University of Washington.Top endorsements: “I’m humbled to have the support of Republicans, Democrats and Independents from across Southwest Washington in my campaign for Congress. There are too many individuals to name here.”Cash on hand: $763,915.Bob DingethalAge: 58.Residence: Ridgefield.Party: Democrat.Past elected positions: None.Current occupation: On leave from post as executive director of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, an environmental nonprofit.Education: San Jose State University; master’s in public affairs from Washington State University, Vancouver.Top endorsements: Former U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, Washington State Labor Council, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters, Vancouver Fire Fighters IAFF 452.Cash on hand: $12,070.Michael DelavarAge: 40.Residence: Washougal.Party: Republican.Past elected positions: Washougal City Council, 2009 to 2011.Current occupation: Airline pilot.Education: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.Top endorsements: “Average citizens concerned about the trampling of our Constitution.”Cash on hand: $5,390.U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, is facing a challenger on both the right, Michael Delavar, and the left, Bob Dingethal, in the race to represent the 3rd Congressional District. Herrera Beutler, first elected in 2010, has said she’s running for a third term in part because she doesn’t believe anyone will work harder to represent Southwest Washington.Delavar, a Republican who was once a supporter of Herrera Beutler, blasted her as a liberal and said she should have backed her party rather than calling for the end of the government shutdown in 2013. The Democratic candidate, Dingethal, said it’s time to work to bolster the middle class, properly fund the nation’s public schools and move past partisan gridlock that has paralyzed Congress.last_img read more

Twenty One Pilots Release New Music Announce Tour Dates

first_imgNews After a brief hiatus, the duo is back with the release of two new tracks from their upcoming album ‘Trench’ Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jul 11, 2018 – 4:57 pm Twenty One Pilots are back. After a year of going silent on social media and three years since releasing their last full-length album, the GRAMMY-winning band have released two new tracks and announced an album release date and tour dates.Titled “Nico And The Niners” and “Jumpsuit,” the two new songs each show the different sides of Twenty One Pilots. “Jumpsuit” shows more of the alt-rock edge we have come to expect from the band while “Nico And The Niners” recalls the duo’s a rap and reggae influences. The songs are from their forthcoming album, titled Trench, which will arrive Oct. 5.The group’s highly anticipated album will be their fifth. Their single, “Stressed Out,” from their last album Blurryface, won for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the  59th GRAMMY Awards. Blurryface was the first-ever album to have every single go Gold in the digital era.Could their upcoming album be another winner? We’ll have to wait and see. For now, check out their tour dates here.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twenty One Pilots Release New Music, Announce Tour Dates Twitter Facebook Email Twenty One Pilots Return With New Music & Tour twenty-one-pilots-release-new-music-announce-tour-dateslast_img read more

Nearby Barnards Star hosts an icy planet with new hope for alien

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Best places in space to search for alien life Tags The team’s findings are based on over 15 years worth of high-precision observations of Barnard’s Star that’ll be included in an upcoming report in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Guinan hopes it might be possible to get a better look at Barnard b with the coming generation of very large telescopes. “Such observations will shed light on the nature of the planet’s atmosphere, surface, and potential habitability.” While the exoplanet Proxima b is closer, at only four light-years, it orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri that appears to have a rather rude habit of blasting it with sterilizing solar flares. Barnard’s Star, by contrast, is an older red dwarf and the good news for potential life in its orbit is that powerful flares from the old sun are believed to be a rarity. The bad news, though, is that just such a rare flare was observed from Barnard’s Star only 20 years ago. Hopefully any primitive aliens on Barnard b were able to survive in their geothermal hot tubs under a thick shield of ice. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. 0 Newfound frigid super-Earth found is the second-closest… Space Post a commentcenter_img 26 Photos 1:31 This doesn’t necessarily curse Barnard b to a lifeless existence, though, according to astrophysicists from Pennsylvania’s Villanova University who say the planet might have a hot liquid iron core producing geothermal energy.”Geothermal heating could support ‘life zones’ under its surface, akin to subsurface lakes found in Antarctica,” Edward Guinan, one of the researchers, said in a statement. The news coincided with the team’s presentation Thursday at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle.Any life in such heat pockets would likely be pretty primitive. Scientists are also keen to check for evidence of life in subsurface oceans hidden beneath the frozen shells of Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn moon Enceladus.”We note that the surface temperature on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is similar to Barnard b,” Guinan adds, “but, because of tidal heating, Europa probably has liquid oceans under its icy surface.”    Share your voice Sci-Tech Last year we learned Barnard’s Star, the second closest star system, is circled by a frozen super-Earth. But new research offers hope that at least primitive life might have a warm enough place to survive on the otherwise chilly world. The super-Earth Barnard b (or GJ 699 b) is also the second closest planet discovered beyond our solar system so far, at just six light-years away. Although it orbits Barnard’s Star at about the same distance Mercury orbits our sun, the surface of the planet is likely very cold (-274 Fahrenheit, or -170 Celsius) because the star is a relatively dim red dwarf providing the planet with only about 2 percent of the solar energy we get from our sun.last_img read more

Musher Drops Out of Iditarod Race After Dogs Decide to Quit on

first_img Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in FloridaBaby Dugong That Became Internet Star Dies After Ingesting Plastic Stay on target Doggy strike? Musher Nicolas Petit dropped out of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska on Monday, after losing a huge lead when his dog team refused to keep going after he yelled at one of the animals.Petit and his 10-dog team had been leading this year’s Iditarod when they stopped more than three-quarters of the way into the 1,000-mile race, roughly 14 miles out of Shaktoolik on Sunday night, according to the Anchorage Daily News.One of the dogs, Joey, had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped it during the break.“I yelled at Joey, and everybody heard the yelling, and that doesn’t happen,” Petit told the Iditarod Insider website. “And then they wouldn’t go anymore. Anywhere. So we camped here.”Musher Nicolas Petit blew a five-hour lead in the Iditarod after he yelled at one of his dogs and the rest of the team then refused to keep going.“They wouldn’t go anymore. Anywhere.”https://t.co/Uoh3kfgQ65— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) March 11, 2019Several mushers passed Petit’s team on the trail, erasing his five-hour lead in the race, the Associated Press reported. Pete Kaiser of Alaska was the first musher into Koyuk, followed about an hour later by defending champion Joar Ulsom of Norway. Kaiser rested for more than five hours hours before getting back on the trail.Petit, who was born in France but now calls Girdwood, Alaska, home, said that his dogs were eating and had no orthopedic or medical issues. “It was just a head thing.”BREAKING: Nicolas Petit has scratched in Shaktoolik. He said it was in the best interest of his race team’s mental well-being. https://t.co/u69ItHZWqV pic.twitter.com/2h13ZjcSP7— Iditarod on KTVA (@IditarodKTVA) March 12, 2019In a statement, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took issue with Petit’s reasoning.“It’s not the dogs who need to have their heads examined — it’s anyone who supports this merciless race,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said. “Illness, injury, or fatigue likely prompted Nicolas Petit to drop four dogs from his team, forcing the remaining 10 to work even harder before they gave up altogether, which he blamed on ‘just a head thing.’Petit officially called it quits at 7 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from race officials.Breaking: Nicolas Petit has dropped out of the 2019 #Iditarod.Here’s the statement from the race. pic.twitter.com/ljVqzIuRzV— Tegan Hanlon (@teganhanlon) March 12, 2019“Petit scratched in the best interest of his race team’s mental well-being,” the statement said. “Petit and his race team were brought back to Shaktoolik by snowmachine and trail sled for transport through Unalakleet and then on to Anchorage.”#Iditarod2019 in Photos: Nicolas Petit arrives in Unalakleet pic.twitter.com/WeLSdbpJI1— Iditarod on KTVA (@IditarodKTVA) March 10, 2019Last year, Petit lost the trail and his race lead in bad weather out of Shaktoolik, according to Anchorage Daily News. Norwegian musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom passed Petit on the trail and went on to win the race. Petit got to Nome in second place.More on Geek.com:‘Dog’ Rescued From Frozen River Turns Out to Be a Wild WolfWatch: Puppy Born With Upside-Down Paws Recovering After SurgeryEnormous Wolfdog at Florida Sanctuary Goes Viral on Instagramlast_img read more

Care for your hair dear brides

first_imgFor women, the preparations towards perfecting the bridal look starts way in advance. Give your hair the care it deserves before your D-day and afterwards too, say experts. Pre-wedding hair care routine:-Best is to start a regime at the onset itself from the very day you say “yes”.-A deep conditioning treatment, recommended by your hair expert, should be an obligatory pre-wedding must-do to prep your hair. Also remember to stay hydrated and drink lots and lots of water. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Most importantly, make sure you arm yourself with the right products to protect and prep your hair for your big day. The right product regime – a shampoo and conditioner combination with repairing properties will work to improve the texture and condition of your hair over time. Post-wedding hair care routine:-Regular moisture-infusing conditioning treatments and anti-breakage treatments are a must follow-up after all the wedding day shenanigans. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Here are few more tips:-The foundation of haircare for a bride-to-be is to shampoo, conditioner and apply hair serum or hair potion on her hair, way in advance. This three-step approach is the most important and goes a long way in ensuring healthy, frizz-free and lustrous hair on the D-Day.-Another very important haircare hack is regular deep conditioning treatments and hair spas at your nearest salon. This is not only a luxury, but a necessity designed to strengthen hair follicles, stimulate blood circulation, nourish the roots and revitalise the scalp.-The third most important step is to avoid harsh chemicals and products that can damage your hair before your wedding. Read the label on haircare products before you buy them. Couple these tips with healthy sleeping habits, a fitness regime and nutritious eating.-The morning-after-hair tends to feel frizzy, dull and dry due to the exposure to hairstyling products and the flashlights. Make sure you wash your hair properly with a mild cleansing agent to remove all the hair product and styling mousse that was used the previous evening.-Once you complete the routine hair care and conditioning, detangle by combing your hair carefully to remove all knots. Divide your hair into sections and use a wide-toothed comb to avoid breakage.-Use products that contain argan oil, and moisturising agents that can bring back lost luster. Hair potions come in handy for a quick fix when you step out for the post-wedding functions.last_img read more

Cold weather predicted for Ladysmith this weekend

first_imgThe South African Weather Service has predicted cold and possibly rainy conditions in Ladysmith this weekend.Man nearly burnt alive after adding a bucket of firelighters to his braai (VIDEO)A high of 25 degrees and a low of 15 is predicted for Saturday.Also read: 3 meals to warm you up in Ladysmith’s cold weatherSunday will reach a high of only 22 degrees, with a low of 14. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite So make sure your kitchen cupboards are stocked with tea, coffee and hot chocolate to warm your insides.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

Google and Waze share their best practices for canary deployment using Spinnaker

first_imgOn Monday, Eran Davidovich, a System Operations Engineer at Waze and Théo Chamley, Solutions Architect at Google Cloud shared their experience on using Spinnaker for canary deployments. Waze estimated that canary deployment helped them prevent a quarter of all incidents on their services. What is Spinnaker? Developed at Netflix, Spinnaker, is an open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform that helps developers to manage app deployments on different computing platforms including Google App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, AWS, Azure, and more. This platform also enables you to implement advanced deployment methods like canary deployment. In this type of deployment, developers roll out the changes to a subset of users to analyze whether or not the code release provides the desired outcome. If this new code poses any risks, you can mitigate it before releasing the update to all users. In April 2018, Google and Netflix introduced a new feature for Spinnaker called Kayenta using which you can create an automated canary analysis for your project. Though you can build your own canary deployment or other advanced deployment patterns, Spinnaker and Kayenta together are aimed at making it much easier and reliable. The tasks that Kayenta automates includes fetching user-configured metrics from their sources, running statistical tests, and providing an aggregating score for the canary. On the basis of the aggregated score and set limits for success, Kayenta automatically promotes or fails the canary, or triggers a human approval path. Canary best practices Check out the following best practices to ensure that your canary analyses are reliable and relevant: Instead of comparing the canary against the production, compare it against a baseline. This is because many differences can skew the results of the analysis such as cache warmup time, heap size, load-balancing algorithms, and so on. The canary should be run for enough time, at least 50 pieces of time-series data per metric, to ensure that the statistical analysis is relevant. Choose metrics that represent different aspects of your applications’ health. Three aspects are very critical as per the SRE book, which includes latency, errors, and saturation. You must put a standard set of reusable canary configs in place. This will come in handy for anyone in your team as a starting point and will also keep the canary configurations maintainable. Read Next Thunderbird welcomes the new year with better UI, Gmail support and more Introducing Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 with better UI, Azure SQL support and more! AIOps – Trick or Treat?last_img read more

Wednesday October 10 • Bills sign offensive line

first_imgWednesday, October 10• Bills sign offensive lineman Wells (Buffalo News) The Bills placed Colin Brown on injured reserve and signed free agent Reggie Wells to make sure they have enough O-linemen for Sunday’s game with the Arizona Cardinals.• Nix says ‘D’ must step it up (Buffalo News) • Bills notebook: Tashard offers Choice words to teammates (Buffalo News)“Just our mind-set, it felt like we were lacking our energy. The seriousness, the importance of every game, every snap. I wanted them to realize that. We’ve got to continue to feel that, continue to be the aggressor. How we played, I was really disappointed because I know how hard we work during the week. I know what kind of good players we’ve got.” • Bryan Scott: We’re sick of this (BuffaloBills.com)“I thought we came out and I thought we played well in the first half,” said Scott. “In the second half, we just didn’t go, and it’s embarrassing to see. We’re sick of this. This is terrible.” • 17 facts about Bills D stats that resemble the debt clock (Buffalo News)1) The Bills allowed a team-record 621 yards of total offense and have posted two of their three worst defensive performances in franchise history the past two weeks. • What it’ll take to turn it around (BuffaloBills.com)Everybody in Buffalo’s locker room is trying to come up with a way to improve individual performance in the hopes in helps to make a difference in the final score on the board on Sundays. Here’s what Eric Wood thinks it will take to turn it around.• Buffalo Bills Could Promote Nigel Bradham To Rookie Starter (Buffalo Rumblings)After two consecutive historically bad weeks on the defensive side of the football, the Buffalo Bills appear set to make at least one change, and it’s a minor one: you can safely expect Nigel Bradham to be the team’s starting strong-side linebacker from this point forward. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires • Bills vs. Cardinals matchup: Stoppable force, meet movable object (Buffalo Rumblings) Over the last two weeks, the Arizona Cardinals’ run game (32 carries, 73 yards, 0 TD) and the Buffalo Bills’ run defense (78 carries, 558 yards, 7 TD) have been pitiful. What happens when a stoppable force meets a movable object?• Bills vs. Cardinals practice report: Kyle Williams, Eric Wood banged up (Buffalo Rumblings)We’ve been talking all week about how banged up the Buffalo Bills are, and you can add two more names to the growing list of players with ailments: defensive tackle Kyle Williams and center Eric Wood.• The next Bills GM is…Kevin Costner? (Democrat and Chronicle)New York Magazine is reporting that the NFL is considering endorsing and possibly investing league money in Draft Day, an upcoming feature film starring Kevin Costner as a fictional general manager of the Buffalo Bills. Asked to assess the problem with his defense’s collapse against both New England and San Francisco, Nix said: “To be completely honest with you, what I see is not enough intensity and urgency. … And that could be on any segment or as far as any part of our group.• McKelvin’s returns are bright spots for Bills (Buffalo News)The Bills’ cornerback had an 80-yard touchdown on a punt return called back in the first quarter because of a holding penalty on Jairus Byrd, then followed that up with a 59-yard kick return to set up the offense in San Francisco territory.• O-line plugging holes (BuffaloBills.com)Buffalo tried to improve their current situation signing veteran G/OT Reggie Wells, while placing G/C Colin Brown on injured reserve. That makes Buffalo one lineman healthier, but with Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik out for this Sunday’s game and Rinehart questionable at best Chan Gailey isn’t happy about not having all his horses.• Arizona isolation just what Bills need (BuffaloBills.com)“I think that being out here in Arizona is really going to make us come together as a team,” said C.J. Spiller. “Not saying that we were not close, I just think this will draw us closer here. Guys get to know guys more now, closer on-and-off the field. Once you do that, once you have guys come out here and they’re treated like a family that will translate over to the game field.” Monday, October 8• Gailey perplexed after Bills get run over by Niners (Buffalo News)“There’s obviously something I’m not doing correctly with this football team in the second half,” Gailey said. “Because we’ve been in two games in a row at halftime and have played extremely poorly and that’s as nice as you can put it.”“I have no answer,” Gailey said. “I have no answer. I have no excuse. But I have to find the answer. That’s my job.” Tuesday, October 9• Gailey and Co. work to build up Bills’ psyche (Buffalo News)The Bills are reeling after two straight historic blowout losses, and the players acknowledged it as they convened in Phoenix for a week of practices in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.• Bills notebook: Injuries force offensive line to play short-handed (Buffalo News)Two O-line starters and two backups are injured, and a third-stringer who was pressed into duty Sunday in San Francisco might start at a position for the first time in his career.• Fitz: We have to repay Chan (BuffaloBills.com)“The one thing I love about Chan and it’s not just me, but he’s given a lot of guys opportunities and most of us have taken advantage of those opportunities,” said Fitzpatrick. “Now for us we’ve got to repay him for the confidence he’s shown in us and get the job done.” After tasting defeat for the first time in 2012, the Arizona Cardinals return to the friendly confines of University of Phoenix Stadium to host the Buffalo Bills Sunday.The game will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2008 when the Cardinals roughed up the Bills 41-17 in Glendale. Arizona, of course, would go on to Super Bowl XLIII while the Bills finished 7-9.Chan Gailey’s team will stay in Phoenix after getting destroyed by the 49ers in San Francisco in Week 5 by the tune of 45-3. In their last two games, Buffalo has been outscored 97-31. • Buffalo Bills’ defense vows to play better (Democrat and Chronicle)The 621 yards Sunday and the 1,201 yards in back-to-back games, are franchise records, and the Bills now lay claim to one of the most ignominious records in NFL history — the first team to allow an opponent to rush for 300yards and pass for 300 yards in the same game.center_img Friday, October 12• Bills’ Jackson tries to make the most of splitting carries with Spiller (Buffalo News)“I don’t know how to solve that problem when you have two great players at the same position,” Gailey said. “If one all of a sudden gets a hot hand, it’s easy to figure that out but when you go into a game and have two great players, you want to play them as equal as possible.”• Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix Approval Poll: October 2012 (Buffalo Rumblings)Buffalo Bills fans state their pleasure, or lack thereof, with the latest efforts from GM Buddy Nix.• Bills searching for answers on offense, too (Yahoo! Sports)“Last week, just three points wasn’t us,” said Fitzpatrick. “We have put up some points, in the first four weeks. We also have had a lot of turnovers. There has been a lot of inconsistency. Trying to find that consistency, that balance, whether it is running the ball, throwing the ball. We need to continue to do that.”• Buffalo Bills’ Kyle Williams Misses Practice Thursday (Buffalo Rumblings)For a second straight day, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams did not participate in practice as the team prepares for their Week 6 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. Though head coach Chan Gailey remains optimistic that Williams will be okay to play on Sunday, it’s never a good sign when a player misses two days of practice. Thursday, October 11• Bills defenders ready to draw a line in the desert (Buffalo News)“A lot of people in their business or their lives don’t have another opportunity to go out there and turn it around or go redeem themselves,” Bills linebacker Nick Barnett said after Wednesday’s practice on the Arizona State campus.“I’m excited about this week. I think we’ll do very well with the game plan. We’ll see what happens.”• Bills DE Mark Anderson needs knee surgery, out ‘indefinitely’ (Buffalo News)When asked what ligament Anderson hurt Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, Gailey said, “I don’t know. But he’ll be back. It’s not like he’s going to miss the rest of the season.” All week, we’ll keep you abreast about what’s going on with the next opponent for the Arizona Cardinals. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories • Bills Notebook: Mario says players failed, not coaches (Buffalo News)“No, no, no, no,” Williams said at his locker stall. “You don’t get beat like that from your head coach. I don’t care what you say. He’s not out there, going to get sacks. He’s not out there, covering receivers. He’s not out there, getting turnovers. From No. 1 to No. 11 on defense, this is all on us. … This is no head coach, no position coach.”• Report Card: Difference between marks of Niners, Bills is pass-fail (Buffalo News)COACHING: FChan Gailey said a week ago his team wasn’t “mentally tough.” Time to bring in Deepak Chopra to be defensive coordinator. Dave Wannstedt’s game plan was ravaged again. The Bills looked pathetic, allowing 621 yards a week after the New England Patriots amassed 580 yards. For the first time in NFL history, a team had a 300-yard passer and 300 yards rushing. The offensive strategy was almost as flaccid.• Buffalo Bills’ historically bad defense by the numbers (Buffalo Rumblings)The last team to allow more than 97 points in consecutive weeks was the 1980 49ers team that allowed 107 points in Weeks 5 and 6. 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Go back to the enewsletter

first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterTrump International Hotel & Tower New York in Manhattan, overlooking Central Park, is expecting to complete the renovation of its guest rooms, suites and common spaces in coming weeks.“We are very proud of what the hotel has achieved and provided for travellers around the world since its opening 20 years ago. This renovation further affirms our commitment to maintaining our status as one of the elite luxury hotels in the city and around the world,” says Prince A. Sanders, General Manager of the hotel.The refurbishment aspires to create “a first class, ultra-sophisticated ambience reflecting the hotel’s vibrant New York City location.”The renovation includes a total transformation of the hallways, including carpeting, a new colour palette and lighting; guest rooms and suites, including sparkling LED crystal chandeliers and custom wall sconces, deep wood crown molding and base, carpeting, fixtures and fittings, upholstery and bedding; and guest room and suite bathrooms, featuring polished chrome Kohler fixtures, glass-enclosed shower partitions, new comfort-height toilets and custom wood vanities with marble tops.The new finishes and materials have been designed to infuse every aspect of the guest experience with the refined aesthetic that envelops guests when they arrive at the luxury hotel in Manhattan.last_img read more

Doctor collaboration helps save boys life

first_imgA collaboration between academic clinicians from the University of Cyprus (UCy) and the Makarios hospital in Nicosia helped save the life of an 11-year-old boy, who is now on the way to recovery.In early April, the boy was admitted to the Makarios hospital with abdominal pain. It was determined that he was suffering from gastrointestinal perforation – a hole in the wall of part of the gastrointestinal tract.Despite two operations, the boy’s clinical condition deteriorated, and the patient had to be kept on life support in the intensive care unit.His parents then reached out to UCy for help. At the same time, Dr Andreas Neofytou, head of Makarios hospital’s paediatric surgery, invited Dr Zacharias Zachariou, professor of paediatric surgery at UCy’s medical school, to attend a medical council to discuss the case.Neofytou requested permission from the ministry of health for Zachariou to perform another operation on the boy.Permission was granted, and Zachariou performed the surgery with Neofytou and other Makarios hospital surgeons assisting.After the complex operation, lasting several hours, the patient was again transferred to the ICU and placed on life support.His condition began to stabilise 10 days later.The boy was discharged from the hospital a few days ago, and is now recovering at home.In a statement, Athanasios Gagatsis, Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs at UCy, congratulated both doctors for their collaboration. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more