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Famous Ronaldo sculptor reveals stars request

first_imgThe sculptor Emanuel Jorge da Silva Santos has recreated his iconic Cristiano Ronaldo sculpture that caught the attention of the whole world last yearIn honour of their Real Madrid star, Madeira’s Fuchal Airport was renamed the Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport with a bust having been made for the legendary forward, who captained Portugal to the Euro 2016 trophy.Ronaldo, who attended the opening ceremony of this special event, was presented with a bronze bust of his face, that quickly went viral on the internet with British comedian James Corden famously saying: “It looks like his face was bended like Beckham!”But Bleacher Report has now recently tracked down Silva Santos and convinced the now-famous sculptor to give it another try.29.03.2017 vs. 29.03.2018Emmanuel Santos’ shot at redemption. pic.twitter.com/A91RjDJCOF— B/R Football (@brfootball) 29 March 2018Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The new version certainly looks to be an improvement, but Ronaldo did make one last request for the sculptor before unveiling to the world.“[Ronaldo’s] smile is ripped to the left side.” the sculptor told Bleacher Report“As we know, Ronaldo is vain. He likes to be all groomed up!“When they tried it they—instead of thinning them out slightly—added a few strokes so [as] to conceal the wrinkles. It wasn’t a detail of great relevance and it didn’t change much of the wrinkles it had.”Following a difficult start to the season, Ronaldo has had a resurgence of his own at Real this season with the Portuguese star having scored 21 goals in his last 11 appearances for the club.last_img read more

Desailly on World Cup France will now surprise everyone

first_imgMarcel Desailly has backed the inexperienced France squad to cause a surprise in the upcoming World Cup in RussiaLes Bleus somewhat struggled in the qualifying stages of the World Cup and have been drawn against the likes of  Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C for this summer’s tournament.But Desailly, who himself won the 1998 World Cup with France, is convinced that they have the quality to do well in the tournament and believes that their opponents in Group C will be relatively easy compared to the rest of the competition.“They have quality but not the experience, so we hope that the group stage, which is apparently not that difficult, will allow them to build up the confidence that they need,” said the 49-year-old, according to Gulf News.“When you top up confidence plus talent you hope that yes, France will now surprise everyone.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“They surprised us during the Euros when we were not sure they were capable of reaching the final, and they almost won, so maybe they can do the same with the World Cup.“We need a win, it’s been too long. It’s the 20th anniversary of us winning the World Cup, so it would be good if they could win it this year.”France previously finished as the runners-up in Euro 2016, but Desailly warned that a lot has changed since then and fears that team boss Didier Deschamps is yet to find a system to properly utilise the new players in the squad.“We’ve lost all confidence built up during the Euros, we’ve lost our left and right backs in defence (Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna have retired from international football), and we have new players who have to adapt to each other. Didier Deschamps doesn’t really know about his tactical set-up or his philosophy, so there’s quite a lot of work to do.” said the former Chelsea defender.“The Euros are gone and now you are starting a new movement. You can say they are ready for the next Euros hoping maybe that they are going to surprise everybody at the World Cup — that is the position of France.”last_img read more

Sunday Noon Update Hot Dry Weather Continues To Challenge Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire is currently estimated at 95,047 acres with roughly 409 crew members and remains at 14% containment. Hot, dry weather is challenging fire personnel in all areas of the fire, according to a release from the Incident Management team. For the AM update and additional details click here. Campfires are restricted to enclosed fire rings/grates within designated campgrounds/cabins within the Kenai NWR, Kenai Fjords NP, Kenai Peninsula State Parks and Chugach NF lands on the Kenai Peninsula. The release states, the east flank continues to move up slope and into higher elevations along the mountain ridge line. As elevation changes, so does the vegetation available to burn. This change is expected to reduce opportunities for fire to move above ground level resulting in slower fire spread and lower intensity burning. Crews are working to improve the Skyline Trail to create a fuel break along the southeast corner of the fire to prevent fire spread along the highway. Helicopters will continue to utilize water drops to cool the fire areas producing heat north of Upper Jean Lake.The containment line north of the Homer Electric transmission line is holding well as small areas of interior vegetation burn, further increasing the depth of the fuel break created to protect the community of Sterling and the Sterling Highway.last_img read more

Scientists pulverize phones to discover whats inside

first_img Tags $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sprint See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice $999 • See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple University of Plymouth/YouTube Generally when someone says smoothie, I think banana. But two scientists at the University of Plymouth in the UK think a little differently. They think “iPhone”.To encourage greater recycling rates to better appreciate exactly what materials go in to producing the handheld supercomputers we slip into our pockets every day, two geologists at the University of Plymouth have stuck an iPhone into a blender, pulverized it to dust and then chemically analyzed its composition.Smartphones have become so ubiquitous it’s kind of hard to imagine a world without them. We take them for granted. They’re just there. But of course, it takes a whole lot of energy to build one — and plenty of mining.By blending up the iPhone (without the battery!) and mixing it with an oxidizer at around 500 degrees Celsius (approx. 932 degrees Fahrenheit), the researchers were able to find exactly what the iPhone was composed of. They noted a wide range of elements, including the usual suspects of iron, nickel and silicon, but surprisingly they also found around 90 milligrams of silver, 900mg of tungsten and 36mg of gold.”This means that concentration-wise, a phone has 100 times more gold – or 10 times more tungsten – than a mineral resource geologists would call ‘high-grade’,” wrote Alan Williams, the media and communications officer at the University of Plymouth.The team also produced a video of their exploits, where you can see the iPhone getting destroyed by spinning blades. Hooray! See All Comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy Boost Mobile reading • Scientists pulverize phones to discover what’s inside $999 See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See it $999 1 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 “We are now in a climate where people are becoming more socially responsible and interested in the contents of what they are purchasing,” said Colin Wilkins, one of the project’s two geologists, in a press release. “Partly on the back of this, several of the major mobile phone companies have committed to upping their recycling rates.”The two major smartphone manufacturers have certainly begun making their production and recycling processes more eco-friendly. In September 2018, Apple committed to using more recyclables in their iPhones, in addition to moving to renewable energy sources to power their manufacturing. In January, Samsung committed to replacing its plastic packaging with sustainable materials and in its US, Chinese and European facilities it has pledged it will switch to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Of course, this is not the first time the iPhone has met death by blender. The popular YouTube channel “Will It Blend?” first threw an iPhone into a blender some 12 years ago, racking up an impressive 12 million views. That video, below, grinds the original iPhone down to a fine dust. Notably, the researchers used the same blender to pulverize their own test smartphone, except this time the analysis was a little more refined. Apple iPhone XS If watching a perfectly usable smartphone being smashed to pieces isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll enjoy seeing Jar Jar Binks gets obliterated instead. And if all of this has you wondering about sorting yourself out with a shiny new blender, well CNET has you covered there, too. You can check out our best blender recommendations for 2019. Phones Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone Xlast_img read more

No 8 Louisville Set to Host Brown for Weekend Series

first_imgStory Links GAME DAY INFORMATION #8 Louisville vs. Brown Location: Louisville, Ky. Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Brown     Florida State 556 LOUISVILLE TABBED AS PRESEASON ACC FAVORITEThe Louisville baseball team was voted as the 2019 ACC preseason favorite by the league’s 14 head coaches. The Cardinals were selected as the favorite in both the Atlantic Division and the conference.Louisville received seven first place votes in the Atlantic Division and tallied 90 points to narrowly edge out Florida State, which picked up six votes for the top spot and 86 points. Clemson was third with 71 points followed by NC State (53), Wake Forest (49), Notre Dame (24) and Boston College (19).North Carolina was a near unanimous selection to win the Coastal Division, as 13 coaches voted the Tar Heels in the top spot. Virginia received the other first place tally and is tied with Duke for the second position with 64 points. Miami (61), Georgia Tech (59), Pitt (24) and Virginia Tech (23) round out the rest of the division.LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history.Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America.BENNETT AND WYATT RECEIVE 2019 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA RECOGNITIONA pair of Louisville players were named preseason All-Americans in 2019 by various organizations. Junior first baseman Logan Wyatt garnered preseason All-America honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. Additionally, junior lefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett was a preseason All-America selection by the NCBWA and Perfect Game.A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed 2018 ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts.WYATT NAMED TO USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LISTJunior first baseman Logan Wyatt was named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The list features 55 of the nation’s top amateur players across high school and college baseball.Wyatt is the 11th Cardinal to appear on the preseason watch list since 2009, including Brendan McKay who won the Golden Spikes Award in 2017.An All-American in 2018, Wyatt has garnered preseason All-America honors in 2019 from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. The Louisville native was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After opening the 2019 home season with a win over Eastern Kentucky, the eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team will play a three-game series against Brown at Jim Patterson Stadium starting with a doubleheader on Friday at 2 p.m., ET. The series is scheduled to wrap up on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., ET. All three games can be seen on ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on 1450 WXVW on Friday and will transition over to 93.9 The Ville beginning at 6:00 p.m., ET. Saturday’s game can be heard on 93.9 The Ville. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com.ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSThe Cardinals bounced back from a series loss against Connecticut with a 5-1 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday. Junior Luke Smith made his first start on the mound as a Cardinal and picked up the win after six strong innings. Smith allowed just one unearned run on two hits while striking out six.Junior shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald had two of Louisville’s five hits on the day. Fitzgerald had a hand in four of the five runs, driving in a pair with a double in the first inning and scoring twice.Louisville is in the midst of a 14-game homestand after three games in Florida to start the season. The Cardinals will not hit the road again until a three-game set at Duke beginning on March 15.The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season.ABOUT BROWNFriday’s series opener will be the season opener for Brown. The Bears were 11-26 in 2018 and finished last in the Ivy League. Brown was picked to finish at the bottom of the conference again in 2019.SERIES HISTORYLouisville and Brown have only met two times previously, with Brown sweeping a doubleheader against the Cardinals on April 8, 1972 in Louisville. The Cardinals are 3-2 all-time against current members of the Ivy League, with the three wins coming in a weekend sweep of Princeton in March of 2016.TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS 5. Vanderbilt 540 Louisville has had at least one baserunner in 32 of 35 offensive innings this season. The Cardinals have left at least nine runners on base in all four games in 2019, and 42 total for the season. Louisville has scored first in all four games this season and in the first inning in three of four. In three of Louisville’s first four games, the starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed. Eleven different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts in the first four games (Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 10 of the 11. Louisville has 24 games on its schedule against teams ranked inside the top 25 in at least one of the six major preseason polls (Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, NC State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest). Seven pitchers made weekend series starts in 2018 but the Cardinals used the same trio in the final seven weeks of the regular season — Adam Wolf, Nick Bennett and Bobby Miller. Five different Louisville pitchers earned saves last season, including three in the series sweep at Pittsburgh (Shay Smiddy, Michael McAvene and Adam Elliott) on May 11-13. The Cardinals were 39-4 in 2018 when entering the ninth inning with a lead. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. On the mound, Louisville was 5th in the nation in 2018 in hits allowed per 9 IP (7.40), 19th in strikeouts per 9 IP (9.5) and 27th in ERA (3.53). UofL led the ACC in ERA and hits allowed per 9 IP.  Louisville was ranked 5th in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC in stolen bases in 2018 with 125 in 149 attempts after ranking 17th in 2017 (98-of-123). The Cardinals were 12th in the NCAA in 2016 with 101 stolen bases, fourth nationally with 127 stolen bases in 2015, second in the nation in 2014 with 133 and second in 2013 with 150. Offensively in 2018, the Cardinals were 8th in the NCAA in sacrifice flies (36) 10th in walks (333), 11th in on-base percentage (.400) and 12th in doubles (131). Louisville led the ACC in doubles.  UofL has won 31 of its 40 ACC series since joining the league and is 33-6 in its series finales during that span, including an 11-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 16 of their 20 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. 1. Louisville 556 4. North Carolina 553center_img Friday, Feb. 22 | 6:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Jr. LHP Nick Bennett (1-0, 0.00 ERA) BU: Jr. RHP Will Tomlinson Saturday, Feb. 23 | 2:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Sr. RHP Bryan Hoeing (0-1, 11.25 ERA) BU: Jr. RHP Garett Delano 3. LSU 555 LOUISVILLE 2018 RECRUITING CLASS AMONG BEST IN COUNTRYThe University of Louisville baseball program received its highest recruiting ranking in program history after D1Baseball tabbed the 2018 class at No. 3 in the nation. Louisville’s 2018 class was also ranked fourth nationally by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.The 2018 class ranking marked the ninth time in the last 11 years Louisville has earned a top 25 national recruiting ranking under the guidance of head coach Dan McDonnell. The Cardinals had the top class in the ACC according to D1Baseball and was among five ACC programs in the top 25 classes – No. 6 Florida State, No. 8 Miami, No. 12 Clemson and No. 17 Virginia.FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUMSince opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 372-107 record (.777 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons.BENNETT, FITZGERALD, PINKHAM, WYATT NAMED TEAM CAPTAINSLefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett, infielder Tyler Fitzgerald, catcher Zeke Pinkham and first baseman Logan Wyatt have been selected by University of Louisville players and coaches as team captains for the Cardinals baseball team in 2019.Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts.A junior from Rochester, Illinois, Fitzgerald had a .264 batting average with three home runs, 17 doubles, 24 RBIs, 57 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in 24 attempts while playing in all 64 games in 2018, including 63 starts. Fitzgerald was named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Team.Hailing from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Pinkham has made 58 appearances with 26 starts behind the plate during his three seasons with the Cardinals. After missing the 41 games of 2018 recovering from off-season injury, Pinkham closed his junior season with 17 appearances and 11 starts.A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed the 2018 season ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.ALL LOUISVILLE BASEBALL GAMES SLATED FOR RADIO COVERAGEEach of Louisville’s 56 regular season games as well as all postseason games can be heard on radio locally in Louisville and online via TuneIn.com.Sean Moth will once again be on the call of Louisville baseball games this spring, while 93.9 The Ville will serve as the flagship station for the fifth consecutive season. Selected games during the regular season will be broadcast on 1450 WXVW. Friday, Feb. 22 | 2:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 1450 WXVW LOU: So. LHP Reid Detmers (0-0, 1.80 ERA) BU: So. RHP Collin Garner Most Wins Since 2007 ESPN Louisville, the group behind local stations ESPN 680 and 105.7 FM, launched 93.9 The Ville, powered by ESPN, on Jan. 29, 2015. The station provides coverage of the Cardinals through an official partnership with Louisville Sports Properties, which represents UofL athletics.LOUISVILLE TO PLAY 52 GAMES ON ESPN NETWORKSLouisville’s 2019 television schedule features 52 of 56 regular season games set for ESPN platforms. The 52 regular season games scheduled for television coverage matches the 2018 season for most in program history.The television schedule is headlined by a pair of games slated for ESPNU. The Cardinals will host Vanderbilt on May 7 in the annual Battle of the Barrel and will later appear on ESPNU May 14 at Indiana.Forty-eight of the 52 games will be televised exclusively on ACC Network Extra, available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The Cardinals will also appear on SEC Network+ on the road at Kentucky on April 16 and on ESPN+ at Eastern Kentucky March 19. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Researchers unravel the elusive source of sulfur in an antibiotic

first_imgBall-and-stick model of lincomycin. Credit: Jynto/Wikipedia Journal information: Nature Scientists study how marine bacteria release cloud-making compound Citation: Researchers unravel the elusive source of sulfur in an antibiotic (2015, January 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-unravel-elusive-source-sulfur-antibiotic.html Explore further More information: Metabolic coupling of two small-molecule thiols programs the biosynthesis of lincomycin A, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14137AbstractLow-molecular-mass thiols in organisms are well known for their redox-relevant role in protection against various endogenous and exogenous stresses1, 2, 3. In eukaryotes and Gram-negative bacteria, the primary thiol is glutathione (GSH), a cysteinyl-containing tripeptide. In contrast, mycothiol (MSH), a cysteinyl pseudo-disaccharide, is dominant in Gram-positive actinobacteria, including antibiotic-producing actinomycetes and pathogenic mycobacteria. MSH is equivalent to GSH, either as a cofactor or as a substrate, in numerous biochemical processes4, most of which have not been characterized, largely due to the dearth of information concerning MSH-dependent proteins. Actinomycetes are able to produce another thiol, ergothioneine (EGT), a histidine betaine derivative that is widely assimilated by plants and animals for variable physiological activities5. The involvement of EGT in enzymatic reactions, however, lacks any precedent. Here we report that the unprecedented coupling of two bacterial thiols, MSH and EGT, has a constructive role in the biosynthesis of lincomycin A, a sulfur-containing lincosamide (C8 sugar) antibiotic that has been widely used for half a century to treat Gram-positive bacterial infections6, 7, 8, 9. EGT acts as a carrier to template the molecular assembly, and MSH is the sulfur donor for lincomycin maturation after thiol exchange. These thiols function through two unusual S-glycosylations that program lincosamide transfer, activation and modification, providing the first paradigm for EGT-associated biochemical processes and for the poorly understood MSH-dependent biotransformations, a newly described model that is potentially common in the incorporation of sulfur, an element essential for life and ubiquitous in living systems.center_img As Melancon notes, there are a host of molecules vital for biological processes that have sulfur as a component—their metabolic origins can be predicted as a matter of course. Sulfur atoms on the other hand have been much more difficult to predict. Overcoming such obstacles for some molecules could have benefits such as helping to develop new medicines. In this new effort the researchers set their sights on lincomycin A, an antibacterial agent that has been used to treat Gram-positive bacterial infections for many years.To find the sulfur source, the researchers used modern whole genome sequencing techniques to work backwards through likely pathways looking to isolate intermediaries that tended to build up as genes were disrupted. Doing so led to the discovery that disruption of lmbE led to intermediates that looked a lot like lincomycin—that led them to study lambV, a gene that also shows up in lincomycin, which led to the discovery of another intermediary. The team also tested other enzymes and found a way to prove that there were at least three of them that incorporated sulfur into parts of the antibiotic, which was the original goal, of course. More specifically, they found that two bacterial thiols played a constructive role in the biosynthesis of lincomycin A. The team then went further, isolating the materials that were produced due to the genes involved, along with the functions of enzymes that were part of the process.Work done by the team should help provide a pathway for other researchers attempting to find the source of sulfur atoms in other molecules, perhaps leading to new types of materials for use in a variety of medical purposes, from antibiotics to cancer fighting agents. © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai has for the first time found the source of sulfur atoms in lincomycin A, a lincosamide widely used as an antibiotic agent. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their research efforts and results. Charles Melancon with the University of New Mexico outlines and comments on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Katrina is very passionate about her work Saif

first_imgAfter working with her in 2008 film Race, actor Saif Ali Khan has teamed up with Katrina Kaif for upcoming political thriller Phantom. He says not much has changed about her, especially her commitment to work. Asked about Katrina’s performance in the film, Saif said, “It was very good. We are working together after Race (2008). She is still the same… very passionate about her work and committed.” “In the film she is performing some daring stunts and she really worked hard for them. I am happy that she chose Phantom,” he added. Directed by Kabir Khan, the film is about the post 26/11 attacks in Mumbai and global terrorism. It will release on August 28.last_img read more

Fiction returned to the fore in 2017

first_imgFiction was almost lost from Indian publishing at about this time last year. With about three non-fiction titles releasing for every novel, it was clear who ruled the roost in 2016 – just as it did in 2015. In 2017, however, book lovers had a lot to chew upon as some really strong novels made their mark both in the market and among readers. Their numbers again may have been fewer than non-fiction, but it was the utter magic of some strong novels that stole the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCall it the return of Arundhati Roy or the magic of Jeet Thayil, but most readers would agree that 2017 has been a fantastic year for Indian publishing when one looks at the fiction space.Poulomi Chatterjee, the dynamic Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at Hachette India, agreed that 2017 was a good year for fiction in Indian publishing but also highlighted that non-fiction continued to rule the market. Subroto Bagchi’s “Sell”, Muhammad Yunus’ “A World of Three Zeros”, Alan Rosling’s “Boom Country” and Ankit Lal’s “India Social” were among the better-selling books from Hachette India this year. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The year 2017 has seen a good mix of releases across genres from all publishers in India. While non-fiction categories have remained the better-selling ones, there have certainly been strong fiction titles that have found their readership and made their mark. Publishers will always strive to publish strong fiction because this, after all, is the soul of a publishing list,” Chatterjee told in an interview.She elaborated that on the “great fiction list across a range of genres” that Hachette published this year are Pradeep Sebastian’s dream of a book on books, “The Book Hunters of Katpadi”; Arunava Sinha’s excellent translation of Moti Nandy’s short stories “Kick-Off”; Sanjay Bahadur’s kick-ass military thriller “Bite of the Black Dog”; Komal Bhanver’s “The Mauryan”, featuring the story of a young Ashoka; and Swati Kaushal’s delightful year-end read, “A Few Good Friends”. “And that’s just a few – there’s much more fiction to come next year, all of it exciting,” Chatterjee added.Having published some of the most talked-about literary novels in 2017 like “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy, “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid, “The Golden House” by Salman Rushdie, “A State of Freedom” by Neel Mukherjee, “A Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma and “We That Are Young” by Preti Taneja, Penguin Random House India Editor-in-Chief, Meru Gokhale, said that 2017 was “the year of literary fiction” for his company.”Each of these books won critical acclaim and pretty much all of them were seen on award listings and bestseller charts. Above and beyond all of these quantifiable measures, what these books did was to capture the imagination in a year that saw tumultuous political change across the globe.””I think every publisher in India will agree that, in times like these, of alternative truths and cultural shifts, fiction – at least good fiction – grants us insight and escape, a way of understanding our dark new age, and an unapologetically provocative worldview,” Gokhale told.While most publishers agreed that 2017 was a good year for Indian fiction, Udayan Mitra, Publisher – Literary, Harper Collins India, pointed out that Indian fiction has been really strong over the past few years. He, however, agreed that there were some strong novels in 2017.”I think it’s been a great year for literary publishing – we’ve seen some very good books being published, and more are on their way. I wouldn’t say there was any need to reclaim fiction as such, since Indian literary fiction has been really strong over the past several years. But yes, we have had some very strong novels coming out, and some great new voices making their presence felt too.””What is particularly interesting to me is the way in which fiction writers in India are reacting and responding to the environment that they live and write in – it has brought a sharp edge to many of the books that have come out this year. Another notable trend is the re-emergence of short fiction – the ability of a novelist to tell a good story well in a space of 200 pages or less – which I believe has something to do with the sensibilities of both readers and writers being shaped by the age of social media,” Mitra told in an interview.Other publishing houses that published strong fiction during 2017 include Aleph (“The Book of Chocolate Saints”); Juggernaut (“When I Hit You”; and Niyogi Books (“Without Prejudice”).last_img read more

The New Era of IM

first_img This story appears in the May 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » April 10, 2009 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Instant messaging has come a long way since the days of in-network AIM chatting. Check out these new features that make IM a fully featured business tool. Enroll Now for Free IM-to-textSkype isn’t the only big player in computer-to-phone communications anymore–and it isn’t always the cheapest, either. AIM, Google, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo have added SMS support, so you can text your colleagues for free.Multimedia messagingPlenty of IM apps now offer multimedia voice and video chat, like AIM, Google Chat and Yahoo Messenger. Many more offer instant file sharing, and some even let you do a screen share, like Apple’s iChat and Skype 2.8, which is great for troubleshooting.Embedded conversationsInstead of downloading a desktop app, a lot of IM clients let you chat right in the web page you’re using. Google Chat works across many of your Google pages, from Gmail to iGoogle. And Facebook and MySpace’s IM apps work anywhere within their respective sites.IM aggregatorsIf you have multiple IM accounts, you can use an app that’ll get your contacts in one place. Top players are web app Meebo, desktop apps Adium and Digsby, and mobile and multiplatform apps Palringo and eBuddy. The only problem is you may not get the full video, audio or texting functions available on your individual accounts.center_img 1.  The situation: A client asks you to write a LinkedIn recommendation, but you have nothing nice to say.What to do: Hit the “Archive” button. Don’t write a referral you can’t stand by. 2.  The situation: Your intern adds you on Facebook.What to do: Use your privacy settings–if you don’t want him seeing all your activity, give him a limited view.3. The situation: A colleague confronts you for dropping her as a “friend.”What to do: Pre-empt the situation by “un-friending” sparingly-you don’t want to lose business over pruning your network.4.  The situation: You get an uncouth comment.What to do: Delete! If it’s a minor offense, call the person out on it. If it’s major, cut him out of your network. 5. The situation: An employee is annoying you with inane updates on Facebook.What to do: No need to un-friend–just set your newsfeed options to see less about that employee.6. The situation: An associate posts and tags a less-than-classy photo of you.What to do: “Un-tag,” if possible, then ask the associate to take the photo down. 3 min read Read the writing on the wall Handle these sticky social networking situations with a careful click of your mouse. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

JFrog acquires DevOps startup Shippable for an endtoend DevOps solution

first_imgJFrog, a leading company in DevOps has acquired Shippable– a cloud-based startup that focuses on Kubernetes-ready continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), helping developers to ship code and deliver app and microservices updates. This strategic acquisition- JFrog’s fifth-  aims at providing customers with a “complete, integrated DevOps pipeline solution”.The collaboration between JFrog and Shippable will allow users to automate their development processes right from the time the code is committed all the way to production. Shlomi Ben Haim, Co-founder, and CEO of JFrog, says in the official press release that “The modern DevOps landscape requires ever-faster delivery with more and more automation. Shippable’s outstanding hybrid and cloud native technologies will incorporate yet another best-of-breed solution into the JFrog platform. Coupled with our commitments to universality and freedom of choice, developers can expect a superior out-of-the-box DevOps platform with the greatest flexibility to meet their DevOps needs.”According to an email sent to Packt Hub, JFrog, will now allow developers to have a completely integrated DevOps pipeline with JFrog, while still retaining the full freedom to choose their own solutions in JFrog’s universal DevOps model. The plan is to release the first technology integrations with JFrog Enterprise+ this coming summer, and a full integration by Q3 of this year. According to JFrog, this acquisition will result in a more automated, complete, open and secure DevOps solution in the market. This is just another victory for JFrog. JFrog has previously announced a $165 million Series D funding. Last year, the company also launched JFrog Xray, a binary analysis tool that performs recursive security scans and dependency analyses on all standard software package and container types. Avi Cavale, founder and CEO of Shippable, says that Shippable users and customers will now “have access to leading security, binary management and other high-powered enterprise tools in the end-to-end JFrog Platform”, and that the combined forces of JFrog and Shippable can make full DevOps automation from code to production a reality. Read Next Spotify acquires Gimlet and Anchor to expand its podcast servicesMicrosoft acquires Citus Data with plans to create a ‘Best Postgres Experience’Adobe Acquires Allegorithmic, a popular 3D editing and authoring companylast_img read more

Trumps second travel ban also put on hold as judge grants preliminary

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: America, Donald Trump << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Trump’s second travel ban also put on hold as judge grants preliminary injunction nationwide GREENBELT, Md. — President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban has suffered another federal court setback after a judge in Maryland rejected a revised measure that bans travel targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.Judge Theodore Chuang ruled Thursday in a case brought near the nation’s capital by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups representing immigrants, refugees and their families. The groups argued that the underlying rationale of the ban was to discriminate against Muslims, making it unconstitutional. Chuang granted a preliminary injunction nationwide basis.It was the latest ruling against Trump’s revised travel ban. On Wednesday, a judge in Hawaii rejected the ban.Government lawyers argued that the ban was substantially revised from an earlier version signed in January that was later blocked by a federal judge in Washington state. They said the ban was ordered in the interest of national security to protect the U.S. from “radical Islamic terrorism.”The Maryland plaintiffs also argued the ban illegally reduces the number of refugees authorized to enter the U.S. this year. Chuang granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the travel ban nationwide pending further orders from the court. He declined to stay the ruling should an emergency appeal be filed.The White House did not immediately respond to the Maryland ruling.The Wednesday ruling came from U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu, who rejected the government’s claims that the travel ban is about national security, not discrimination. Watson also said Hawaii would suffer financially if the executive order constricted the flow of students and tourists to the state, and that Hawaii was likely to succeed on a claim that the ban violates First Amendment protections against religious discrimination.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsWatson criticized what he called the “illogic” of the government’s arguments and cited “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the travel ban. He also noted that while courts should not examine the “veiled psyche” and “secret motives” of government decision-makers, “the remarkable facts at issue here require no such impermissible inquiry.”“For instance, there is nothing ‘veiled’ about this press release: ‘Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,”’ Watson wrote, referring to a statement Trump issued as a candidate.Trump called the ruling an example of “unprecedented judicial overreach” and said his administration would appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also called his new travel ban a watered-down version of the first one, which he said he wished he could implement.“We’re going to win. We’re going to keep our citizens safe,” the president said at a rally in Nashville. “The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear.”If the administration seeks an emergency stay of Watson’s decision at the 9th Circuit, the matter would be heard by different judges from the three who ruled on the case last month. That’s because the panel of judges assigned to such cases rotates every month, said court spokesman David Madden.The 9th Circuit on Wednesday declined to reconsider the 3-0 decision not to reinstate the original ban. In a dissent, five judges said they considered that decision incorrect and wanted it vacated.“Whatever we, as individuals, may feel about the president or the executive order, the president’s decision was well within the powers of the presidency,” Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the five.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyWatson issued his 43-page ruling less than two hours after hearing Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the ban from being put into practice.The hearing was one of three held Wednesday in federal courts around the country. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle, who blocked the initial travel ban last month, did not immediately rule on a request from an immigrant-rights group to block the revised version.In all, more than half a dozen states are trying to stop the ban. A case brought by Washington state argues that the new order harms residents, universities and businesses, especially tech companies such as Washington state-based Microsoft and Amazon, which rely on foreign workers. California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon have joined the claim.Trump’s initial travel ban, issued on a Friday in late January, brought chaos and protests to airports around the country as travellers from seven nations – Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen – were barred from entering even if they had prior permission to come to the U.S. The State Department cancelled up to 60,000 visas, but later reversed that decision.Robart ordered the government to stop enforcing the ban, which also suspended the nation’s acceptance of refugees from around the world, and a three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declined to reinstate the ban. Thursday, March 16, 2017 last_img read more

I dont have all that many stories for you today—a

first_img I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and I hope there are at least a couple in here that interest you. When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set. — Lin Yutang Well, I’m sad to say that the Wednesday trading session turned out exactly as I expected it would, although I was hoping beyond hope that it might be different this time—but it wasn’t. But what should not be lost in this is the continuing engineered price declines in both gold and silver—and after ‘da boyz’ and their algorithms got through with both metals yesterday, there’s only 20 or so dollars to go to get back to the October 6 low in gold. But, as Ted Butler always points out, it’s not the price, rather it’s the number of long gold contracts that JPMorgan et al can get the Managed Money traders to puke up—and how deeply they can guide these same technical funds onto the short side of the gold market.  So how ‘low’ the price goes, will be a direction function of that process. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver. As usual, silver got hit the moment that trading began at 6 p.m. EDT in New York on Tuesday evening—and it didn’t do a thing until the 8:20 a.m. Comex open.  The subsequent rally attempt—and there were a number of them leading up until 2 p.m. EDT—all got dealt with in the usual manner.  Then at that point, the HFT traders and their algorithms showed up—and “Bob’s your uncle!“ The high and lows were reported as $17.315 and $17.015 in the December contract. Silver closed yesterday at $17.09 spot, down 10.5 cents from Tuesday.  Net volume was the same as Tuesday’s at 28,000 contracts. Ted says that with silver, the Managed Money is all ‘locked and loaded’ with a record short position.  It’s possible they may have added to their short position yesterday, but there’s no way of knowing, because Wednesday’s price action occurred a day after the cut-off for tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report.  So we’ll have to wait until the COT Report on November 7, which is a lifetime away at the moment. And as I type this paragraph, the London open is about 50 minutes away.  I note that the two tiny rally attempts that occurred in gold—one shortly after trading began in New York yesterday evening—and the one that came shortly after 9 a.m. Hong Kong time, were both sold down.  But the real sell-off began around 1 p.m. Hong Kong time as the HFT boyz leaned on the price—and gold is now at a new low for this move down, and it probably won’t be the low of the day.  Gold volume is already north of 32,000 contracts, which is very heavy for this time of morning—and 99 percent of it is in the current front month, which is December, so it’s not normal trading volume. Silver’s tiny rally attempt in morning trading in the Far East on their Thursday met with the same fate as gold—and ‘da boyz’ really put the boots to the price shortly before 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  The silver price is now knocking on the door of its old low set back on Friday, October 3.  Gold volume is just north of 12,000 contracts at the moment, which is also pretty big for this time of day. After trading flat for most of the Far East session, platinum also met the same fate starting shortly before 1 p.m. Hong Kong time.  Palladium got hit shortly after trading began at 6 p.m. in New York last night—and has been allowed to trade flat since then. The dollar index has been in rally mode almost since the open yesterday evening—and at the moment it’s up 25 basis points.  But if you believe that these engineered price declines are a result of the ‘strength’ in the dollar index, do I have a bridge for you!  However, that’s what the so-called experts will use as a reason for the decline in all precious metals. I’d like to think that this is the last swing for the fences by JPMorgan et al, but it’s just not possible to tell at the moment.  I think some comfort should be drawn from Greenspan’s use of the world “measurable” because it confirms that there is an end game which, as I’ve said many times over the years, will certainly result in a re-pricing of not just the precious metals, but all commodities in general.  The only thing we don’t know is the timing.  But looking at the current set-up in the Comex futures market, never have the stars been so favourably aligned—and that was Ted’s opinion in his mid-week commentary yesterday, which was headlined “Resolution is Dead Ahead“. So we wait some more. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EDT, London has been open just over an hour—and as the charts below show, JPMorgan et al—along with their HFT buddies—are still at it.  Gold hit another new low—and is trading just above the $1,200 mark at the moment.  Silver was down almost 40 cents at its low tick that came about 8:30 a.m. GMT.  Platinum is barely off its low—and palladium is still trading flat after its sell-off in early Far East trading. Gold volume is north of 48,000 contracts at the moment—and silver’s volume is way up there as well at 17,000 contracts.  The dollar index is now up 38 basis points. The powers-that-be certainly aren’t wasting any time in this leg down of the current engineered price decline—and based on what I see at the moment, it could be a wild and woolly day once Comex trading begins at 8:20 a.m. EDT this morning—if not sooner. So hang onto your hats—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The Wednesday trading session turned out exactly as I expected The gold price developed a slight positive bias early in Far East trading, topping out shortly after London opened on their Wednesday morning.  From that point it drifted quietly lower, before getting sold down five bucks beginning at the Comex open in New York.  Minutes before 2 p.m. EDT, the price was up about three bucks off its interim 8:50 a.m. EDT low—and at 2 p.m. on the dot, the “Buy the dollar index/hit the precious metals” button was pushed—and that was it for the day in all four precious metals, with gold [not surprisingly] getting hit the hardest.  The gold price finished about three bucks and change off its 3:35 p.m. EDT low tick. The high and low were reported by the CME Group as $1,230.40 and $1,208.20 in the December contract. Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,211.60 spot, down $16.20 from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was 122,000 contracts, but considering the price action, that wasn’t a lot—at least in my opinion. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project. The gold stocks opened down—and were in the hole to the tune of a bit more than 2 percent by around 11 a.m. in New York.  From there they rallied back to unchanged by around 1:20 p.m.  Then they got clubbed on the Fed news—and barely recovered off their lows going into the close.  The HUI got creamed for 4.05%. Platinum didn’t do a lot during the Wednesday session, but met the same fate at 2 p.m. EDT as both gold and silver—and was closed down 8 bucks.center_img That’s the third or fourth time this month that the shares have been hammered to the downside out of all proportion to the declines in the underlying metals themselves—and it’s becoming obvious that these dramatic sell-offs don’t involve free-market forces. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that there were no deliveries to report, which is not surprising since I mentioned in this space yesterday that the October deliveries for both gold and silver were done. And barring any surprise deliveries in the next 48 hours, the October deliveries in gold were reported as 1,268 contracts—and in silver it was 774 contracts, which is very decent for what is not a ‘normal’ delivery month for silver. The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that there were zero contracts in either gold or silver still open in the October delivery month—and just eye-balling the remaining open interest for November in these two metals, it’s apparent that the November will be pretty quiet on the delivery front as well.  November, like October, is not normally a big delivery month for either gold or silver, but there’s always room for a surprise. First Notice Day for the November deliveries is Friday—and whatever they show, I’ll have them in Saturday’s column. There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time an authorized participant took out 38,450 troy ounces.  And as of 10:06 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. There was very big in/out movement in both gold and silver at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  In gold, there was 22,505 troy ounces reported received—and 89,183 troy ounces shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was 934,767 troy ounces received—and 343,435 ounces shipped out the door for parts unknown.  The link to that action is here. Here’s a nifty chart that Nick Laird sent our way last night—along with his comment that stated—“Support has now become resistance.”  That’s precisely right of course dear reader, but only if the Plunge Protection Team allows this chart pattern to stand.  The ‘click to enlarge’ feature works wonders here. Palladium made numerous attempts to break above the $800 spot mark, but a willing seller was always at the ready to make sure it didn’t happen.  The metal also got hit at 2 p.m.—and was only allowed to close up 2 dollars.  It would have obviously finished the trading session materially higher if allowed to do so. Here are two of the latest photos from yesterday of the lava flow encroaching on Pāhoa Village on Hawai’i’s ‘Big Island’.  The ‘click to enlarge’ feature really helps here. Sponsor Advertisement Ditto for the silver equities.  The managed to rally into positive territory off their 11 a.m. New York low, but really got hammered starting at 2 p.m., although they did recover off their absolute lows.  Not that it mattered much, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index got bombed for a 4.21% loss. The dollar index closed late Tuesday afternoon in New York at 85.41.  It traded virtually ruler flat until 9:15 a.m. EDT on Wednesday morning, before getting sold down to its 85.20 low at 10:30 a.m. EDT.  Then shortly before 2 p.m. the index blasted higher as ‘The Button’ got pushed, with its 86.03 high tick coming about 2:45 p.m. in New York.  It traded sideways after that, closing at 85.99, which was up 58 basis points on the day.last_img read more

There was no red carpet but there were drums dan

first_imgThere was no red carpet, but there were drums, dancing, and general mayhem.The premiere of Black Panther on Thursday night was definitely the wildest event in the history of the movie theater at the central mall in Accra, Ghana, says Joshua Nyamekye, who works as a ticket collector there. Before the night was over, fans trying to crowd into the theater left Nyamekye, 23, looking like he’d been roughed up by the titular clawed hero himself.But Nyamekye doesn’t resent his wounds; he was just as enthusiastic to see the movie himself.”Marvel [Studios] movies are always crazy like this,” he says. But this time, “we almost needed to call the police.”The movie, which builds off the popular “Avengers” superhero franchise, stars Chadwick Boseman as the butt-kicking King T’Challa of Wakanda, a mythical African nation that faces internal strife over whether to share its super-advanced technology with the outside world. Needless to say, the nearly all-black cast and African setting are a significant departure from typical Hollywood action-flick fare, and it has had a rapturous reception across the continent, starting with its global premiere in Kisumu, Kenya, co-star Lupita Nyong’o’s hometown.On the film’s second night in Accra, the drums had died down, but the house was still packed, including a large contingent of self-avowed comic book nerds who say the movie held a special resonance for African audiences.”There hasn’t been a mainstream black hero, so we’re really holding up this character,” says Kofi Ofori-Amanfo, a 24-year-old software developer and lifelong Marvel fan who grew up following a Spiderman strip that occasionally appeared in the local newspaper. He was there with his friend David Kumi, who confessed to be more a fan of rival DC comics (Superman, Batman, etc.) but was willing to make an exception for Black Panther. The two had eagerly awaited this premiere since catching a short appearance of Black Panther in last year’s Captain America: Civil War.”I’m really glad about the way everyone is embracing it,” Ofori-Amanfo said. “I believe in one way or another it could help people see Africa in a different light.”The audience in Accra was boisterous and found plenty of moments to cheer. Particular audience favorites included a mention of Ghanaian traditional masks in a scene set in a museum gallery, and a joke about vegetarianism that comes at the expense of one of the movie’s few white characters (a CIA agent played by Martin Freeman), which audience members took as a lighthearted jab at the ridiculous ways of obroni, the local Twi language word for “foreigner.”Less popular was the “African” accent affected by many of the characters, which several audience members here found forced, vague and unconvincing, with heavily articulated consonants and a grab-bag of speech patterns from Nigeria, South Africa, and the Swahili-speaking countries of East Africa.Apart from the accent issue, the movie’s representation of pan-African culture was well-received. The movie’s costume designer, Ruth Carter, told NPR that her team pulled color, geometry and other design elements from a variety of African cultures into the distinctive vision of “Afrofuturism” on display in Wakanda. It’s a difficult balance to strike: How to show off the continent’s cultural diversity without mashing things together so much that the movie plays into the Africa-is-a-country stereotypes that frequently afflict mainstream Western representations of the continent. Here, flying vehicles whiz past a vendor hawking woven baskets, and King T’Challa’s space-age black robes are trimmed in kente, a brightly colored traditional Ghanaian textile.”African culture is represented very well,” Ofori-Amanfo says. “They integrated the whole African touch in a way that was intriguing and exciting.”Beyond the design, audience members pointed to other elements that seemed familiar here (don’t worry, no spoilers ahead). Wakanda struggles with the simultaneous blessing and curse of highly valuable natural resources, which has been the root of many African nations’ troubles from colonialism to modern-day corruption and conflict. Despite a strong nationalist tradition, Wakandans are prone to be torn apart from within by tribalism, a familiar crisis across the continent, including in Ghana, which has recently experienced an uptick in violent clashes between cattle herders of the Fulani ethnic minority and farmers of other groups.Characters in Wakanda have a significant debate about how to relate with the global African diaspora, which as the Washington Post’s Karen Attiah notes, mirrors a similarly complex real-life relationship between Africans and black Americans about why they haven’t been more mutually supportive on issues from colonial occupation to police brutality.And although Wakanda is ultimately a paternalistic society, it relies on powerful women, like Nyong’o’s warrior princess Nakia and Letitia Wright’s saucy engineer Shuri, who are valued for their brains and brawn as much as for their beauty.Ultimately, the movie’s representation of Africa is one of resilience, progressivism, compromise, fierce dignity and cooperation.”They are portraying the African sense of being there for each other,” Ofori-Amanfo says. “They’re showing that Africans as a whole can stand up.”But as Amartey Amarteifio, 25, puts it, Ghanaians don’t need Hollywood to tell them that.”I already know how amazing Africa is,” he said. “I’m just happy that America will get to see this side.”Tim McDonnell is a journalist covering the environment, conflict and related issues in sub-Saharan Africa. 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Obamacare — as the Affordable Care Act is commonly

first_imgObamacare — as the Affordable Care Act is commonly known — won’t be on the ballot next month. But the fate of the eight-year old health care law could be decided by which party wins control of Congress in November. “Medicare for All” — the progressive alternative to Obamacare — also stands to gain or lose ground. And the Trump administration will be looking for a green light to keep making health care changes of its own.Republican strategist Karl Rove wrote about what’s at stake in a recent Wall Street Journal column. The headline described health care as the “sleeper issue” of the 2018 midterm elections.Republican Lou Hendricks agrees. The Kansas City retiree told pollsters health care is at the top of his list as he ponders his midterm vote.”One of the big concerns that we have as as a family is making sure that there continues to be coverage for previous conditions,” Hendricks said. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who’s in a tough battle for re-election, is trying to tap into that concern. McCaskill describes her own struggle with breast cancer in a new campaign ad. “I don’t talk about it much,” she says, over video that shows the senator meeting with other women. “Those who faced cancer and many other illnesses have a pre-existing condition when it comes to health coverage.”McCaskill blasts her Republican opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, for joining a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Obamacare and its requirement that insurance companies offer coverage regardless of a person’s medical history. Republicans insist they will also protect patients with pre-existing medical conditions, though they’ve been vague in saying how.Democrats around the country have seized on this issue. Health care dominates congressional campaign ads, outpacing jobs, taxes, and immigration.”Democrats have been laser-focused on health care this year,” said Erika Franklin Fowler, who tracks campaign ads for the Wesleyan Media Project. It’s the mirror image of past election cycles, when Republicans ran a blitzkrieg of ads attacking Obamacare while Democrats stayed largely quiet. “Regardless of how Americans feel about the Affordable Care Act, there are provisions of it that are very popular,” Franklin said. “Once it became clear that those provisions are in trouble, I think that has sort of changed the landscape of how politicians will talk about it this cycle.”Democrats are determined to protect those popular provisions if they win one or both houses of Congress in November. On the other hand, if Republicans keep control, they could take another run at repealing Obamacare.”Many Republicans want the ability to finish the job,” said Jessica Anderson, vice president of the conservative group Heritage Action. “They’ve campaigned on this for over eight years.”Anderson said even if Republicans lose in November, they could mount a last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare during the lame-duck session. The late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who helped torpedo the last repeal effort, has now been replaced by Jon Kyl, a more reliable GOP vote.No matter which party controls Congress next year, the Trump administration will likely keep trying to chip away at Obamacare. For example, the administration has already relaxed regulations to allow stripped-down insurance policies with reduced coverage. “The president will still be in office, and his administration will still be active,” Anderson said.But if Democrats win control of either chamber, they might be able to put the brakes on those efforts.”What you’re likely to see is much greater and even fierce oversight of the administration’s efforts to change — and many would say undermine” the Affordable Care Act, said Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care research organization.In Kansas City, Hendricks described himself as a fan of the Affordable Care Act. But more and more he’s leaning towards a single-payer insurance system, which progressive advocates like to describe as “Medicare for All.” “It makes it easier and simpler for everybody,” Hendricks said, “with he exception of Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, enter the medical insurance company here.”President Trump has gone on the offensive, claiming without evidence that any expansion of Medicare will come at the expense of today’s seniors.Even if they win a sweeping victory in the midterms, Democrats won’t have the power to pass “Medicare for All” over a presidential veto. But they might jump start the conversation ahead of the next election in two years. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Appalled disabled activists have warned the Britis

first_imgAppalled disabled activists have warned the British Medical Association (BMA) that it will be “complicit” in the future deaths of patients, after the doctors’ union refused to speak out about “very dangerous” new benefit rules affecting severely-ill claimants.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how the rules can force people applying for the government’s new universal credit to look for jobs and take part in training, even if their GPs have said they are not fit for work.Dr Stephen Carty, medical adviser to the Scottish grassroots campaign group Black Triangle, who works as a GP in Leith, on the edge of Edinburgh, said last week that the “substantial risks” were “incalculable”, and that GPs had not been told about the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules.BMA has previously been reluctant to involve itself in safety concerns around DWP’s fitness for work tests, although its public position has been that the work capability assessment (WCA) “should be scrapped with immediate effect and replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to the weakest and most vulnerable people in society”.Despite that position, it took more than two-and-a-half years for Carty, Black Triangle and other campaigners to persuade the union to agree to tell every GP in the country about two regulations that protect many disabled people facing the WCA.Yesterday – five days after DNS asked whether it was aware of the new universal credit rules and if it was concerned about their potential impact – a BMA spokeswoman said: “The assessments of benefits has been independent of GPs for years, so whilst I am sure many will have strong opinions on this, it is not something as an organisation we have anything new to say on it.”Black Triangle is now working with supportive doctors to develop a campaign on the universal credit rules, and is preparing itself for another battle with BMA.John McArdle (pictured), Black Triangle’s co-founder, said: “BMA’s silence will make them complicit in the destruction of disabled people’s lives and in the deaths of innocent disabled people, their patients.”He said he had been reminded of how, at the height of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, the AIDS community had adopted the slogan “silence equals death” to “mobilise the medical profession and the wider community into action to save lives”.McArdle said the BMA’s silence on the universal credit rules would “go down as a day of infamy for an organisation which has betrayed its sacred duty to protect and defend human life”.He said the organisation had also betrayed its duty to represent doctors “who we believe will be as appalled as us at this shameful act of complicity”, which was happening “at a time when disabled people are looking at another five years of Conservative rule”.The rules – which have never been announced or publicised by DWP – apply to new universal credit claimants who are waiting for a WCA.They mean that they could have their benefits sanctioned for up to three months if they fail to follow strict instructions from a job coach with no medical training, even if they have a “fit note” from their GP stating that they are not fit for work.They are forced to attend a “health and work conversation” and could be forced into further work-related activity, such as training or employment programmes, and could also face sanctions if they fail to show they have searched for a job for up to 35 hours a week, and have not made themselves available for paid work.Potential sanctions will continue to hang over their heads until their fitness for work is eventually tested through a WCA, which could take months.The new rules – uncovered by Black Triangle’s sister organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – apply to sick and disabled people who would previously have been eligible for income-based employment and support allowance (ESA), which is gradually being phased out in the move to universal credit, but not to those eligible for the contribution-based form of ESA, which will continue alongside universal credit.Under ESA, claimants with a fit note from their GP are not expected to carry out any work-related activity and continue to receive a lower assessment rate of the benefit until they have had their WCA and a decision is reached on their eligibility.DWP has insisted that universal credit claimants with a fit note will only be forced to carry out “reasonable” work-related activity that is “tailored to the individual’s circumstances”, while work coaches will demand no work-related activity “if appropriate”.But activists believe the potential harm caused to severely-ill people could be catastrophic and potentially fatal.Anita Bellows, a DPAC researcher, said: “It is very disappointing to see that the BMA has refused to comment on the DWP policy, which will force people assessed as unfit for work by their GP to attend a mandatory health and work conversation, whatever the severity of their health condition.“GPs have the duty of making the care of their patients their first concern and their refusal to speak up on their behalf will be seen rightly as a dereliction of duty.”last_img read more

Metabolism in reverse Making biofuels at fullthrottle pace

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduMetabolism in reverse: Making biofuels at full-throttle paceRice University engineers reverse E. coli metabolism for speedy production of fuels, chemicalsIn a biotechnological tour de force, Rice University engineering researchers this week unveiled a new method for rapidly converting simple glucose into biofuels and petrochemical substitutes. In a paper published online in Nature, Rice’s team described how it reversed one of the most efficient of all metabolic pathways — the beta oxidation cycle — to engineer bacteria that produce biofuel at a breakneck pace.Just how fast are Rice’s single-celled chemical factories? On a cell-per-cell basis, the bacteria produced the butanol, a biofuel that can be substituted for gasoline in most engines, about 10 times faster than any previously reported organism. “That’s really not even a fair comparison because the other organisms used an expensive, enriched feedstock, and we used the cheapest thing you can imagine, just glucose and mineral salts,” said Ramon Gonzalez, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Rice and lead co-author of the Nature study.Gonzalez’s laboratory is in a race with hundreds of labs around the world to find green methods for producing chemicals like butanol that have historically come from petroleum.“We call these ‘drop-in’ fuels and chemicals, because their structure and properties are very similar, sometimes identical, to petroleum-based products,” he said. “That means they can be ‘dropped in,’ or substituted, for products that are produced today by the petrochemical industry.”Butanol is a relatively short molecule, with a backbone of just four carbon atoms. Molecules with longer carbon chains have been even more troublesome for biotech producers to make, particularly molecules with chains of 10 or more carbon atoms. Gonzalez said that’s partly because researchers have focused on ramping up the natural metabolic processes that cells use to build long-chain fatty acids. Gonzalez and students Clementina Dellomonaco, James Clomburg and Elliot Miller took a completely different approach.“Rather than going with the process nature uses to build fatty acids, we reversed the process that it uses to break them apart,” Gonzalez said. “It’s definitely unconventional, but it makes sense because the routes nature has selected to build fatty acids are very inefficient compared with the reversal of the route it uses to break them apart.”The beta oxidation process is one of biology’s most fundamental, Gonzalez said. Species ranging from single-celled bacteria to human beings use beta oxidation to break down fatty acids and generate energy.In the Nature study, Gonzalez’s team reversed the beta oxidation cycle by selectively manipulating about a dozen genes in the bacteria Escherichia coli. They also showed that selective manipulations of particular genes could be used to produce fatty acids of particular lengths, including long-chain molecules like stearic acid and palmitic acid, which have chains of more than a dozen carbon atoms.“This is not a one-trick pony,” Gonzalez said. “We can make many kinds of specialized molecules for many different markets. We can also do this in any organism. Some producers prefer to use industrial organisms other than E. coli, like algae or yeast. That’s another advantage of using reverse-beta oxidation, because the pathway is present in almost every organism.”The research was funded by Rice University.###High-resolution images are available for download at:http://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/0809_BIOFUEL_1.jpgCAPTION: Rice University researchers Ramon Gonzalez (left) and Clementina Dellomonaco created a new method for converting simple glucose into biofuels and petrochemical substitutes.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/0809_BIOFUEL_2.jpgCAPTION: Rice University graduate students Clementina Dellomonaco (left) and James Clomburg.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityA copy of Nature abstract is available at:http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature10333.html AddThislast_img read more

3 Trends That Are Redefining Social Networking

first_img The appeal of behemoth social networks like Facebook is slowly declining. Many social media users are growing tired of scrolling through feeds only to see what friends and family are eating or to read political debates. Younger social media users, especially, are turning to niche social networks to express their creativity and connect with friends or other people with similar interests. As a result, a number of new social apps are cropping up to fulfill this need for more interest-based social networking. Many of these platforms also allow users to hide their identities, giving users a sense of security and permitting them to share their thoughts or express themselves without judgment.Related: The Future of Social Media Platforms and Ways in Which Businesses Can Utilize ThemMarketers who are aware of how social networking is evolving and how these new social channels are gaining popularity can discover ways to connect with their target audiences more effectively. Here are some of the emerging social apps to watch in 2019.1. Virtual avatars turned influencers.Businesses of all sizes are putting money behind influencer marketing campaigns in an effort to expand their reach and boost brand awareness. According to research from the World Federation of Advertisers, 65 percent of multinational brands are planning to increase their spending on influencer marketing in 2019.The demand for quality, credible influencers continues to rise and nano influencers (someone with around 5,000 followers), micro influencers (someone with approximately 50,000 followers) and now virtual influencers, are saturating the market. With so many choices, brands can now be more selective in choosing which influencers they want to work with and in which way they want to work with them. As the influencer marketing world continues to develop, some fascinating social networks are emerging around it.A popular new 3D avatar, or “virtual influencer,” app called Zepeto recently shot to the number one spot in the iOS app store. Zepeto allows users to customize their own avatars with virtual outfits, hairstyles and accessories. It became an overnight sensation in China. The app is now picking up steam in the U.S.Virtual avatars are nothing new, however, upgraded technology such as facial recognition is helping take the concept to the next level. Many brands quickly realized the marketing potential for user-generated content on Zepeto. A quick search for Zepeto-related hashtags on Instagram reveals thousands of Zepeto avatars, many sporting their favorite brands. Social features– such as private chats, games and virtual selfies with other users — also make Zepeto an app to watch as social media users increasingly turn to secondary accounts to express other versions of themselves.Other virtual avatar social apps to watch include:Coey. An avatar-based networking app that allows users to ask questions, share knowledge, meet people and more.Genies. A social app to create highly-customized, lifelike avatars to chat with friends. Soon users will be able to use their avatars in games.Related: 10 Influencer Marketing Trends to Keep Your Eye On2. Private messaging.In 2018, the total number of monthly active users of the top four messaging apps reached 4.1 billion. What’s more, users are spending more time on messaging apps, up to 12 minutes per day, and it’s estimated that more than 70 percent of all social sharing now takes place on messaging apps.For marketers who rely heavily on social networking to get in front of their target audiences, messaging apps provide numerous opportunities. A Twilio study revealed that 66 percent of consumers now prefer to reach brands, or be reached by brands, through messaging apps.Many brands have already introduced chat bots as a way to provide customer support. Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger are the undisputed leaders in this space; however, new messaging apps like Kik are presenting brands with more promising features to engage with their audiences more intimately.With well over 300 million users and 6,000 bots, Kik is now a top 10 app among teenagers and young adults based in the U.S. On Kik, users can access public chats on any topic or interest, or they can search for bots. Kik bots can be educational, funny, games or brand-based. Big brands such as Sephora and H&M are leveraging the private social app to share products, offer personalized styling services and help customers build style profiles.Other private messaging social apps to watch include:Imo. A private messaging and video app that reached the no. 1 spot in September 2018.Slack. A popular app for workplace communication, Slack is also becoming a place for brands — primarily B2B — to help existing customers share feedback, solve issues or participate in research.3. Hey there, neighbor.Neighborhood social networking apps are appealing to the $130 billion local advertising industry. These apps offer private feeds for neighbors to share local stories, recommendations and advice.Arguably the most popular social app in this space is Nextdoor, which currently has a presence in more than 175,000 neighborhoods, or approximately 85 percent of the U.S. Nextdoor users send more than four million private messages a day on the app, and businesses can join the conversation by setting up a Nextdoor business page.With a Nextdoor business page, businesses can add basic information about their services, contact information, a link to their website and view the number of recommendations received from neighbors. Statistics on how many neighborhoods can view the business page and the ability to thank neighbors for their recommendations are simple but powerful ways to understand and get in front of local audiences. As Nextdoor rises in popularity, more competing neighborhood social apps are likely to emerge. Marketers should watch these networks closely as they can be great places to deliver hyper-local content.Other hyper-local, neighborhood social apps to watch include:Hoodi. A private neighborhood app that allows users to connect with their neighbors.Neighbourly. Google’s latest hyper-local app that allows users to crowdsource answers to their questions from people in their community.Related: 5 Simple, Science-Backed Ways Entrepreneurs Can Connect With Gen ZWhat’s next.The social apps mentioned above should be on every marketer’s radar in 2019. Video apps like Tik Tok (short, mobile videos) and Houseparty (group video chats) are also grabbing the attention of younger audiences — and worth watching. Though these platforms are primarily built for existing friendships or relationships, making it difficult for marketers to squeeze their way in, partnering with influencers on these apps could be a good start. There’s no way of knowing what will be the next Facebook or Instagram, but marketers should always be on the lookout for the next big thing. 6 min read Guest Writer 3 Trends That Are Redefining Social Networking Social networking is evolving and providing ways for brands to connect with their target audiences. Albizu Garcia Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Social Media Image credit: d3sign | Getty Images February 22, 2019 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Co-Founder and CEO of Gain Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

Mt Gox Bails on Bitcoin Foundation Mysteriously Kills Off All Tweets

first_img Mark Karpelès Mt. Gox could be on the verge of vanishing into thin air, much like all of the troubled exchange’s tweets suddenly did just hours ago. The company’s tweets mysteriously went extinct just after Mark Karpelès, CEO of the now chronically crippled trading post, resigned from the Bitcoin Foundation’s board of directors over the weekend.The Tokyo-based Bitcoin Foundation, a trade organization that “standardizes, protects and promotes” the use of the digital currency, unceremoniously went public with Karpelès’ resignation on its blog on Sunday, shortly after The Wall Street Journal broke the news.The foundation’s short, straight-to-the-point statement reads:“Effective immediately, Mt. Gox has submitted their resignation from the board of directors. We are grateful for their early and valuable contributions as a founding member in launching the Bitcoin Foundation. MtGox Co. Ltd. (Japan) held one of the three elected industry member seats. Further details, including election procedures, will be forthcoming.”Related: JPMorgan Slams Bitcoin as Exchanges Halt Withdrawals Mt. Gox Bails on Bitcoin Foundation, Mysteriously Kills Off All Tweets Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business February 24, 2014 Register Now » 3 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Mt. Gox did not immediately respond to Entrepreneur.com’s request for comment regarding the resignation of Karpelès, whose own Twitter feed appears to be going, if not somewhat sparingly, despite his company’s now empty one.  Karpelès’ withdrawal of his board seat comes on the heels of Mt. Gox’s recent falling out with the foundation over how Bitcoin wallet transactions are handled. The Tokyo-headquartered exchange claims its recent transaction malleability woes are due to a “fundamental flaw” in the Bitcoin protocol that it reportedly put pressure on the foundation to confront. The foundation fired back, saying that Mt. Gox’s issues stem from its own “wallet, lack of flexibility and customer support,” according to ZDNet.Just last week Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, issued an apology for the freeze of external Bitcoin transfers due to what it called a “massive and concerted” denial-of-service attack. It has since attempted to assuage growing customer frustration, stating that withdrawals would resume again soon, though at a slower, somewhat limited pace to safeguard against future threats.Related: First U.S. Bitcoin ATMs Set to Debut in Seattle, AustinAnother prominent Bitcoin Foundation member, Charles Shrem, CEO of BitInstant, stepped down from the organization’s board last month after being arrested on money laundering charges involving allegedly plotting to hawk some $1 million in Bitcoins to users of Silk Road, an online black market.As of 12:24 a.m. EST, Bitcoin was trading at a $176.01 on Mt. Gox. Meanwhile, on the the new Winklevoss twins’ brand new global Bitcoin pricing index, Winkdex, the volatile virtual currency is riding high at nearly $572.98.center_img Kim Lachance Shandrow Add to Queue Image credit: Launch Festival 2014 via Twitter Former West Coast Editor Bitcoin –shares Next Article last_img read more

No artificial intelligence wont steal your childrens jobs—it will make them more creative

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. “Whatever your job is the chances are that one of these machines can do it faster or better than you can.” Explore further Artificial intelligence is growing up fast—what’s next for thinking machines? Hype cycle for emerging technologies. Credit: Gartner Research Human-machine cognitive partnerships can amplify what each partner does best: humans are great at making intuitive and creative decisions based on knowledge while computers are good at sifting through large amounts of data to produce information that will feed into human knowledge and decision making. We use this combination of narrow AI and human unique cognitive and motor skills every day, often without realising it. A few examples:Using Internet search engines to find content (videos, images, articles) that will be helpful in preparing for a school assignment. Then combining them in creative ways in a multimedia slide presentation. Using a translation algorithm to produce a first draft of a document in a different language, then manually improving the style and grammar of the final document.Driving a car to an unknown destination using a smartphone GPS application to navigate through alternative routes based on real-time traffic information;Relying on a movie-streaming platform to shortlist films you are going to appreciate based on your recent history; making the final choice based on mood, social context, serendipity.Netflix is a great example of this collaboration at its best. By using machine-learning algorithms to analyse how often and how long people watch their content, they can determine how engaging each story component is to certain audiences. This information is used by screenwriters, producers and directors to better understand what and how to create new content. Virtual-reality technology allows content creators to experiment with different storytelling perspectives before they ever shoot a single scene. Likewise, architects can rely on computers to adjust the functional aspects of their work. Software engineers can focus on the overall systems structure while machines provide ready-to-use code snippets and libraries to speed up the process. Marketers rely on big data and visualisation tools to determine how to better understand customer needs and develop better products and services. None of these tasks could be accomplished by AI without human guidance. Conversely, human creativity and productivity have been enormously leveraged by this AI support, allowing to achieve better quality solutions at lower costs.Losses and gainsAs innovation accelerates, thousands of jobs will disappear, just as it has happened in the previous cycles of industrial revolutions. Machines powered by narrow AI algorithms can already perform certain 3-D tasks (“dull, dirty and dangerous”) much better than humans. This may create enormous pain for those who are losing their jobs over the next few years, particularly if they don’t acquire the computer-related skills that would enable them to find more creative opportunities. We must learn from the previous waves of creative destruction if we are to mitigate human suffering and increasing inequality. For example, some statistics indicate that as much as 3% of the population in developed countries work as drivers. When automated cars become a reality in the next 15 to 25 years, we must offer people who will be “structurally unemployed” some sort of compensation income, training and re-positioning opportunities.Fortunately, the Schumpeterian waves of destructive innovation also create jobs. History has shown that disruptive innovations are not always a zero-sum game. On the long run, the loss of low-added-value jobs to machines can have a positive impact in the overall quality of life of most workers. The ATM paradox is a good example of this. As the use of automatic teller machines spread in the 1980s and ’90s, many predicted massive unemployment in the banking sector. Instead, ATMs created more jobs as the cost of opening new agencies decreased. The number of agencies multiplied, as did the portfolio of banking products. Thanks to automation, going to the bank offers a much better customer experience than in previous decades. And the jobs in the industry became better paid and were of better quality. A similar phenomenon happened with the textile industry in the 19th century. Better human-machine coordination leveraged productivity and created customer value, increasing the overall market size and creating new employment opportunities. Likewise, we may predict that as low-quality jobs continue to disappear, AI-assisted jobs will emerge to fulfil the increasing demand for more productive, ecological and creative products. More productivity may mean shorter work weeks and more time for family and entertainment, which may lead to more sustainable forms of value creation and, ultimately, more jobs. Adapting to the futureThis optimist scenario assumes, however, that education systems will do a better job of preparing our children to become good at what humans do best: creative and critical thinking. Less learning-by-heart (after all, most information is one Google search away) and more learning-by-doing. Fewer clerical skills and more philosophical insights about human nature and how to cater to its infinite needs for art and culture. As Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs famously said, “What made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.” To become creative and critical thinkers, our children will need knowledge and wisdom more than raw data points. They need to ask “why?”, “how?” and “what if?” more often than “what?”, who?” and “when?” And they must construct this knowledge by relying on databases as cognitive partners as soon as they learn how to read and write. Constructivist methods such as the “flipped classroom” approach are a good step in that direction. In flipped classrooms, students are told to search for specific contents on the web at home and to come to class ready to apply what they learned in a collaborative project supervised by the teacher. Thus they do their “homework” (exercise) in class and they have web “lectures” at home, optimising class time to do what computers cannot help them to do: create, develop and apply complex ideas collaboratively with their peers.Thus, the future of human-machine collaboration looks less like the scenario in the Terminator movies and more like a Minority Report-style of “augmented intelligence”. There will be jobs if we adapt the education system to equip our children to do what humans are good at: to think critically and creatively, to develop knowledge and wisdom, to appreciate and create beautiful works of art. That does not mean it will be a painless transition. Machines and automation will likely take away millions of low-quality jobs as it has happened in the past. But better-quality jobs will likely replace them, requiring less physical effort and shorter hours to deliver better results. At least until artificial general intelligence becomes a reality – then all bets are off. But this will likely be our great-grandchildren’s problem. Provided by The Conversation Citation: No, artificial intelligence won’t steal your children’s jobs—it will make them more creative and productive (2018, February 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-artificial-intelligence-wont-children-jobsitwill.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. No, this is not a 2018 headline about self-driving cars or one of IBM’s new supercomputers. Instead, it was published by the Daily Mirror in 1955, when a computer took as much space as a large kitchen and had less power than a pocket calculator. They were called “electronic brains” back then, and evoked both hope and fear. And more than 20 years later, little had changed: In a 1978 BBC documentary about silicon chips, one commentator argued that “They are the reason why Japan is abandoning its shipbuilding and why our children will grow up without jobs to go to”.Artificial intelligence hype is not newIf one types “artificial intelligence” (AI) on Google Books’ Ngram Viewer – a tool that allows us to check how often a term was printed in a book between 1800 and 2008 – we can clearly see that our modern-day hype, optimism and deep concern about AI are by no means a novelty.The history of AI is a long series of booms and busts. The first “AI spring” took place between 1956 and 1974, with pioneers such as the young Marvin Minsky. This was followed by the “first AI winter” (1974-1980), when disillusion with the gap between machine learning and human cognitive capacities first led to disinvestment and disinterest in the topic. A second boom (1980-1987) was followed by another “winter” (1987-2001). Since the 2000s we’ve been surfing the third “AI spring”.There’s plenty of reasons to believe this latest wave of interest for AI is going to be more durable. According to Gartner Research, technologies typically go from a “peak of inflated expectations” through a “trough of disillusionment” until they finally reach a “plateau of productivity”. AI-intensive technologies such as virtual assistants, the Internet of Things, smart robots and augmented data discovery are about to reach the peak. Deep learning, machine learning and cognitive expert advisors are expected to reach the plateau of mainstream applications in two to five years. We finally seem to have enough computing power to credibly develop what is called “narrow AI”, of which all the aforementioned technologies are an example. These are not to be confused with “artificial general intelligence” (AGI), which scientist and futurologist Ray Kurzweil called “strong AI”. Some of the most advanced AI systems to date, such as IBM’s Watson supercomputer or Google’s AlphaGo, are examples of narrow AI. They can be trained to perform complex tasks such as identifying cancerous skin patterns or playing the ancient Chinese strategy game of Go. They are very far, however, from being capable to do everyday general intelligence tasks such as gardening, arguing or inventing a children’s story. The cautionary prophecies of visionaries like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking against AI really are meant as an early warning against the dangers of AGI, but that is not something our children will be confronted with. Their immediate partners will be of the narrow AI kind. The future of labour depends on how well we equip them to use computers as cognitive partners .Better togetherGarry Kasparov – the chess grandmaster who was defeated by IBM’s Deep Blue computer in 1997 – calls this human-machine cooperation “augmented intelligence”. He compares this “augmentation” to the mythic image of a centaur: combine a quadruped’s horsepower with the intuition of a human mind. To illustrate the potential of centaurs, he describes a freestyle chess tournament in 2005 in which any combination of human-machine teams was possible. In his words:”The winner was revealed to be not a grandmaster with a state-of-the-art PC but a pair of amateur American chess players using three computers at the same time. Their skill at manipulating and ‘coaching’ their computers to look very deeply into positions effectively counteracted the superior chess understanding of their grand-master opponents and the greater computational power of other participants. Weak human + machine + better process was superior to a strong computer alone and, more remarkably, superior to a strong human + machine + inferior process. 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Peek at the future Electric plane cruises skies over Norway

first_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Norway’s transportation minister and the head of the Scandinavian country’s airport operator took off Monday for a short flight … aboard a Slovenian-made two-seater electric airplane. Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, sat at the commands of the white Pipistrel Alpha Electro G2 while Ketil Solvik-Olsen sat in the passenger seat. They took off from a remote corner of Oslo Airport for a brief journey in the gray skies.Norway aims to be 100 percent electric by 2040 for all short-haul flights. Avinor, which is responsible for the country’s 44 airports, has bought the electric aircraft used Monday.The operator plans to launch a tender offer to test a commercial route flown with a small electric plane with 19 seats, starting in 2025. Explore further Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040center_img A view of the first flight by an electric aircraft, at Olso Airport, in Gardermoen, Norway, Monday, June 18, 2018. Norway’s transportation minister and the head of the Scandinavian country’s airport operator took off Monday for a short flight … aboard a small, Slovenian-made two-seater electric airplane. Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, sat at the commands of the white Pipistrel Alpha Electro G2 while Ketil Solvik-Olsen sat in the passenger seat when they took off from a remote corner of the Oslo airport for a brief journey in the grey skies. (Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix via AP) Citation: Peek at the future: Electric plane cruises skies over Norway (2018, June 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-peek-future-electric-plane-cruises.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more