Maserati commits to building electrified sports car at Modena in 2020

first_img 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Enlarge ImageEven though it’s a few years old, the Alfieri concept remains a stunner. Here’s hoping the production version looks even half this good. Maserati Maserati’s GranTurismo and GranCabrio are on the way out, and their replacement — based on the Alfieri concepts we’ve seen in the past — will be built starting next year in a modernized version of the automaker’s historic home.Maserati this week announced its intent to modernize its factory in Modena, Italy, reaffirming the FCA Industrial Plan that was unveiled last year. According to Maserati’s press release, it will “be dedicated to the manufacturing of special high performance, high technology sports cars.” Maserati has had a presence in Modena since 1939.The plant will be upgraded starting in the fall. The hope is to have it ready to start cranking out preproduction prototypes of the Alfieri in the first half of 2020. Production models will likely follow in 2021, according to Autocar’s estimates.FCA keyed us into the Alfieri’s aspirations last year. It’ll run on a lightweight aluminum chassis, adopting the curvy good looks of its concept predecessors. While a plug-in hybrid is rumored to be on offer, the real attention will be on the fully electric variant. It’ll have three electric motors, granting all-wheel drive, and it’s estimated to reach 62 mph in about 2 seconds, with a top speed above 186 mph. Yikes.That’s not all Maserati has in store for the near future. It intends to completely revamp its line by 2022, adding new plug-in hybrid variants of the Quattroporte, Levante and Ghibli. At the same time, the Quattroporte and Levante are also slated to get EV variants. There’s also a new midsize SUV on the way, slotting beneath the Levante. Maserati, much like Dutch Van der Linde, clearly has a plan. 20 Photos More about 2018 Maserati Ghibli Maserati previews new century design with Alfieri concept (pictures) Maserati Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Post a comment 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 71 Photos Review • 2018 Maserati Ghibli: A good car among greats 81 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Future Cars Hybrids Luxury cars Electric Cars Sports Cars 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice Maserati,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec modelcenter_img 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  68 Photos 4 Car Industry Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 49 Photos 52 Photos 26 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. More From Roadshow GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 12 Photos 10 Photos Share your voice 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 69 Photos Comments More From Roadshow Tags 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Ravi Shastri confirmed as Indian coach Sourav Ganguly supports Virat Kohlis opinion

first_imgFormer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Virat Kohli has all the right to make his choice clear as far as the next Indian head coach is concerned. This comes after Anshuman Gaekwad said that the selection committee might not take into account what the captain has to say when it comes to picking the next Indian coach.”He is the captain so, he has got the right to say,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of the prize distribution ceremony for Zee Bangla Football League.Kohli backed Ravi Shastri for the role Virat Kohli (L) and Ravi Shastri (R)BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesIn his pre-departure press conference, India skipper Kohli said that personally, he would be happy if Ravi Shastri continued as the head coach as he shared a great rapport with the players in the Indian team. He, however, conceded that he had not been contacted by the selection panel.”The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Kohli had said in Mumbai.Following this statement, the newly formed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) co-member Anshuman Gaekwad said that they will go in with an open mind when they sit down to interview the short-listed candidates and what Kohli says will not be a diktat. Sourav GangulySUJIT JAISWAL/AFP/Getty”The captain can say anything. It doesn’t bother us. We are a committee. That’s his opinion and the BCCI takes a note of it, not us. We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things,” Gaekwad said.Responding to this statement, Ganguly said that since he was his personal assessment, he would not comment. The existing coaching staff has got an extension till the West Indies series following which a new management team would be in place.High-profile names which include Tom Moody, Mike Hesson and Mahela Jayawardene has reportedly applied for the post. Also, former Indian manager Lalchand Rajput has thrown his hat.Pravin Amre has applied for the role of a batting coach while South African legend Jonty Rhodes has sent in his application for the role of fielding coach.last_img read more

It is high time for Bollywood New Producers like Ayush Sabat are

first_imgProducing something doesn’t mean you are just investing money, Producer covers every part of the movie. He should be creative than his team. He is the person who should have more vision than others in his project.When a project comes it comes to Producer-only, he/she think beyond others, whether song or movie will work or not if he is not that much capable than he might be losing some significant amount in a single project.Ayush Sabat, a renowned name which has produced many events and concerts in recent times and he has been part of many events recently in various part of India. He is very much popular in the B-town. Ayush Sabat is a well-known person who is involved in many businesses also if he joins B-town and makes his production house then it will benefit B-town for sure.Ayush Sabat is an incredible guy very down to earth easy-going personality. Once he likes anything, he never things twice in investing in it. Whether it works or not, he feels if you are not taking the risk for your dreams than you can never achieve anything in life and Music and Movies are dream projects you have to take a chance, and for that, you need belief to go forward.Ayush’s understanding has helped him get this much success till now in his life, and we can expect the same if he joins B-town as a Producer. He might be the top Producer for sure as he has that extra factor in him, and his risk-taking capability will take him long.Ayush is very close to many superstars of Bollywood; he is always busy with managing events and concerts for B-town celebs. What is good about Ayush is that he does everything with ease, and he knows how to work under pressure. Trying new things in work is his nature.Well, if things go to his plan, he is definitely ready to start his new inning in B-town as a Producer. He becomes a producer or not he will be close to all the top stars as he is a remaining part of Bollywood with his events and concert.Here’s wishing Ayush Sabat all the best for his future projects and we hope that he motivates more young talents to become like him in life.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Padma Jamuna Surma to swell further

first_imgFlood ForecastWater levels of Padma, Jamuna, Brahmaputra and Surma rivers continue to rise, thanks to the onrush of waters from the upstream coupled with heavy rainfall.The swelling of the major rivers is causing occurrence of flood, for second time this year, in the country’s northern and north-eastern parts.Even the waters in the tributaries of Padma, Jamuna, and Brahmaputra are spilling over the adjacent areas, aggravating the situation.The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre has forecast that the water levels of these rivers will continue to go up in the next three days.The centre said on Monday that as many as 20 rivers of the country, including Padma, Jamuna, and Brahmaputra will, were flowing over the danger levels in the morning.Kangsha river in Netrokona was flowing the maximum 181cm above the danger mark.Among the major rivers, Jamuna was flowing 118cm above danger level at Bahadurabad ghat, and 100cm at Kazipara in Sirajganj; Brahmaputra was flowing 118cm above danger level at Chilmari of Kurigram; and Padma was flowing 16cm above danger level at Goalunda.Dharla river was flowing 131cm above danger level in Kurigram, Surma 97cm above danger at Kanaighat and Kushiara 82cm above danger mark at Omalshid in Sylhet.last_img read more

Rohingyas going nowhere as cash crunch looms

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 23 November, 2017 a Rohingya refugee woman walks with a child in the Balukhali refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia. Photo: AFPWith a repatriation plan in tatters and funding evaporating for a million refugees with ever-growing needs, Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar to Bangladesh face a grim future one year after the latest eruption of a decades-old conflict.Raids by Rohingya militants on 25 August last year across Myanmar’s Rakhine state spurred an army crackdown which the United Nations has likened to “ethnic cleansing”.Around 700,000 of the Muslim minority fled by foot or boat to Bangladesh, their villages ablaze behind them, in an exodus unprecedented in speed and scale.The crisis has heaped enormous pressure on Bangladesh’s impoverished Cox’s Bazar district, which already hosted around 300,000 of the stateless group.Myanmar says it is ready to take those who fled back.But it refuses to recognise the Rohingya as citizens, falsely labelling them “Bengali” illegal immigrants.A deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh to start sending them back has also gone nowhere, caught up in bureaucracy and mistrust, with fewer than 200 having been repatriated so far.Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week said it was up to Bangladesh “to decide how quickly” repatriation can be done, while insisting the “terrorist threat” posed by Rohingya militants remains “real and present”.Without safety, citizenship and compensation for homes and land torched or commandeered by the army since they fled, the Rohingya do not want to go back.- Funding crunch -But life in the camps, among the most densely populated places on earth, looks set to get harder.A UN-led appeal for around $1 billion to fund the refugees until March has yielded only a third of that sum.The slow response has alarmed experts.”Giving generally peaks in that first year (of a crisis)… then it’s much harder to fund,” Peter Salama, the emergency response chief of the World Health Organization (WHO), told AFP.Myanmar border guard police patrol the fence in the `no man`s land` zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh border as seen from Maungdaw, Rakhine state during a government-organized visit for journalists on 24 August, 2018. Photo: AFPWithout a major cash injection, “remarkable” success in controlling outbreaks of diphtheria, cholera and other diseases could be undone, he said, and provision of non-life saving help — such as family planning and mental health — will likely evaporate.”Bangladesh’s government really deserves more regional and international solidarity and support,” he added.The World Bank has pledged $500 million to help with infrastructure, health and education of the Cox’s region.But Bangladesh is tiring of its role as host and insists it will soon relocate around 100,000 Rohingya from Cox’s to a remote, flood-prone island.- ‘History of darkness’ -Myanmar has driven out its Rohingya since the late 1970s.”Our history is of darkness,” said Mohammed Kashim, 27, one of thousands of Rohingya refugees born in Bangladesh, but denied citizenship by both countries.”I have never stepped on Myanmar soil.”And he probably never will.First he must be “verified” as someone who belongs in Myanmar — near impossible given he was born outside the country.Refugees who are verified are required to take a ‘NVC’ card that does not grant them full citizenship or rights.Myanmar is unrepentant about last year’s crackdown and denies widespread human rights violations, murders, rapes and mass arson of Rohingya villages despite reams of evidence.But international pressure for accountability is mounting.Last week Washington hit four Myanmar military commanders and two infantry divisions with punitive financial sanctions over rights abuses and “ethnic cleansing”.The UN Security Council is set to meet next week to discuss the issue, while testimony is being gathered across the camps to press the International Criminal Court (ICC) into launching proceedings against Mynamar.”There is finally a recognition (in Myanmar) that they cannot merely outlast the opprobrium,” Aaron Connelly from the Lowy Institute think tank told AFP.But Myanmar is shielded at the UN by ally China, a permanent member of the Security Council. Meanwhile state media reported that the Myanmar military’s Commander-in-Chief was in Russia — another permanent member — on the eve of the anniversary of a crackdown he ordered.- Security high in Rakhine -Myanmar has remade northern Rakhine state without the Rohingya, redistributing land and building new security posts.It has built massive “transit” camps — some with room for 30,000 — for any returnees.Rohingya refugees fear without citizenship those camps will become permanent, like the ones holding 129,000 Rohingya since 2012.”We are citizens by birth,” said Nay Lin Aung, 35, among hundreds of Rohingya living on a patch of no-man’s land between the two countries.”We won’t go back as they (Myanmar) are not calling us with a sincere mind.”Inside Rakhine fear, tension and hatred are razor sharp.”Both communities (of remaining Rohinya and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists) have their worries now… so the government has reinforced security,” ahead of the anniversary said Ye Htoo, deputy administrator of Maungdaw district on a government-steered trip to Rakhine this week.last_img

DUCSU VP Nurul among 20 injured in BCL attack

first_imgAt least 20 people, including VP of Dhaka University Central Students` Union (DUCSU) Nurul Haque, were injured in an attack reportedly by BCL men in the Bogura town on Sunday afternoon.At least 20 people, including vice president (VP) of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) Nurul Haque Nur, were injured in an attack allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in Bogura on Sunday, reports UNB.BCL is the student wing of ruling Awami League.Witnesses said Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council organised an iftar party at Woodburn Public Library auditorium where Nurul was supposed to speak as the chief guest.In their apparent bid to foil the iftar party, around 40-50 BCL men, led by Govt Azizul Haque College unit general secretary Abdur Rauf, reportedly took position at the venue and asked for shutting down the programme, alleged convener of the district unit of the council Rakibul Hasan Rakib.DUCSU VP Nurul and his companions reached the venue in a microbus around 5:00pm, he said, adding that as soon as they got down from the vehicle, the BCL activists swooped on them.The attackers punched them and beat them with sticks, Rakib said.They also beat the cameraperson of Jamuna Television Shahnewaz as he was taking footage of the attack, he added.Of the injured, Nurul and several others were sent to Dhaka after providing primary treatment.Rakib said they arranged the iftar party after taking permission from the local administration.Meanwhile, in-charge of Stadium police outpost inspector Mostafiz Hasan said a group of miscreants suddenly launched the attack.Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council joint convener Faruque Hasan said their several leaders and activists were injured in the attack. “Of them, Nurul’s injuries are severe,” he said, adding that they took primary treatment in Bogura but started for the capital in an ambulance fearing more attacks.No version of local BCL was available immediately in this regard.Nurul, who came under BCL attack several times previously, is a student of English department of Dhaka University and a joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, which led the protests for reforms in the quota system in government jobs in 2018.He was elected DUCSU VP on 11 March last.last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday August 3

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uNational politics with political commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze, including a New York Times report that suggests Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering a run for the White House in 2016. And interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced a major reorganization of the Baltimore City Police Department, in the midst of record violence and homicides. We’ll talk about law enforcement in Baltimore with our experts.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Best of Last Week – Dark matter acting like pions changes to

first_img 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. (Phys.org)—It was an interesting week for physics as a team made up of international researchers came up with a new theory that says dark matter acts like a well-known particle—they suggest it has similarities to pions, which bind atomic nuclei together. Also, a macroscopic quantum phenomena was discovered in ice by a team of researchers in China—at very cold temperatures the ice behaved in a way that could only be explained by quantum tunneling, a rare example of quantum phenomena emerging on a macroscopic scale. In other technology news, a team with Escape Dynamics conducted tests with a thruster that showed that using microwaves to propel a craft into space might work, which could mean the end of multi-stage rockets that use propellants. Also a young scientist discovered that magnetic material is unnecessary to create spin current—postdoce researcher Stephen Wu made the discovery while working at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Also, interestingly, a team of researches looking into reports of astronauts’ skin changing before and after missions, discovered that for at least two men, their epidermis grew thinner during their mission by 20 percent—though it is still unclear why that happens.In other news, a team of scientists proposed 3D graphene-like ‘hyper-honeycomb’ structures—the group with the University of Oklahoma believes they could make up a new family of 3D based graphene materials. Also, another team at the University of St Andrews in Scotland fed white blood cells micro-lasers causing them to produce light—the hope is that it will allow for tracking cells as they move through living organisms. Another team looked into how music alters the teenage brain and found that training, even as late as high school, can improve teen response to sound and improved hearing and language skills. And another international team of researchers asked, why do mitochondria retain their own genome? They still cannot say for sure, but they conducted tests looking to see if the mitochondrial genome encodes membrane proteins that are hydrophobic—if encoded in the nucleus, they would be filtered by a signal recognition particle and misdirected into the endoplasmic reticulum. And finally, if you are an expert in your field, you might be more susceptible to alleging knowledge of information that was completely made-up—a team with members from Cornell and Tulane Universities found that self-proclaimed experts are more vulnerable to the illusion of knowledge. Something to keep in mind, perhaps before offering opinions that could come back to haunt you. Explore further Typically when referring to electrical current, an image of electrons moving through a metallic wire is conjured. Using the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), it is possible to create a current of pure spin (a quantum property of electrons related to its magnetic moment) in magnetic insulators. However, this work demonstrates that the SSE is not limited to magnetic insulators but also occurs in a class of materials known as paramagnets. Since magnetic moments within paramagnets do not interact with each other like in conventional ferromagnets, and thus do not hold their magnetization when an external magnetic field is removed, this discovery is unexpected and challenges current theories for the SSE. New ways of generating spin currents may be important for low-power high-speed spin based computing (spintronics), and is also an area of great fundamental interest. The paramagnetic SSE changes the way we think about thermally driven spintronics, allowing for the creation of new devices and architectures where spin currents are generated without ferromagnetic materials, which have been the centerpiece of all spin-based electronic devices up until this point.center_img Why do mitochondria retain their own genome? © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Best of Last Week – Dark matter acting like pions, changes to astronaut skin and illusion of knowledge by experts (2015, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-week-dark-pions-astronaut-skin.htmllast_img read more

Showcasing the culinary treasures of Italy

first_imgCuisines evolve with time and to keep a track of latest experimentation, evolving food habits and other things, it is important to include certain changes in the menu. The restaurant La Piazza, Hyatt Regency has radically changed the menu where there will be more options for vegetarians. During the visit to the restaurant, the décor and usage of space is the first thing that catches the eye. The whole arrangement is typically Italian and well maintained.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’After settling down, I was offered sparkling wine and soon the exquisite delicacies from the newly curated menu were dished out one after the other. The first dish served was a salad with vegetables and fruits procured from the hotel’s own farm. The salad, called Insalata di rucola e parmigiana with lettuce, vegetables and strawberry balsamic dressing, was crunchy and flavourful. The freshness of the salad was sufficient to create more room for what was about to follow.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCarpaccio di tonno cetrioli pomodori finocchi cipolloto which is basically Tuna carpaccio with cucumber, tomato, spring onion, extra virgin olive oil and lemon was soft and it melted in the mouth with the meat giving its own distinct flavour. Gorging onto it was simply delightful. Next dish was Tortelloni ripieni di ricotta e tartufo nero serviti con crema, which is truffle and ricotta tortelloni with potato, parmesan cream sauce which vanished as soon as it came on to the table. The delicious gravy gave a unique texture to the dish and the drizzled olive oil gave the whole dish a new dimension.  After I was done admiring the culinary marvel, the next dish to satiate my taste buds arrived which was Trancio di salmon alla griglia peperonata con patate olio al basilica which is basically grilled salmon fillet with capsicum potato stew and basil oil. The softness of the perfectly cooked salmon made the taste buds quiver with joy. The stew was delectable but the fish clearly stole the show. I was joined by the two Chefs, the newly appointed Ivan Chieregatti, Executive Chef at Hyatt Regency, Delhi and Alessandro Sandrolini, Executive Sous Chef. In between the meal, we shared the intricacies of Italian cooking. The Chefs said: “We’ve curated the menu keeping in mind the meat preference, people’s choices and availability. The change is radical and people love the new dishes. We’re happy to receive a positive response.”They assured that they will not overfeed me and we laughed heartily. The next dish was asparagus and artichokes lasagna which seemed difficult to finish as the portions were large but I took out a generous helping and devoured it slowly. The sourness of the asparagus gave a lovely tinge to the lasagna and it merely took 3-4 minutes to consume the entire helping. Now it was time for dessert and I couldn’t wait to gorge on some exquisite Dolci. The chefs told me that they are ready to surprise me and when the dish arrived, I was astonished to see a beautiful choco lava cake along with Banana flavoured Gelato and egg white meringue. Delighted as I was after a joyous lunch, this new menu is bound to tingle your senses.last_img read more

Why You Cant Afford to Ignore Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Anymore

first_img 5 min read Though cryptocurrency and its underpinnings — blockchain technology — have gone through tough times over the last eight years, they have evolved to the point where they pose a serious threat, not only to banks, but also to other centralized control systems, such as payment systems, insurance companies, law firms, and even governments.We cannot blame top bank officials for ignoring this technology for so many years. With the massive amounts of money passing through their hands on a daily basis, they could not realistically envision that, one day, they would face competition from an unstable, digital currency that relies on some “geeky,” distributed ledger technology.Unfortunately for banks and other centralized control systems, cryptocurrencies are here to stay. While early adopters of Bitcoin and blockchain enthusiasts raise millions of dollars, those who have shown up late to the party can only talk about the shortcomings of cryptocurrency and how blockchain jeopardizes the system. Yet, even they cannot overlook the obvious benefits.Perhaps the biggest threat blockchain-powered digital currencies pose for governments and traditional financial systems is the undermining of their authority and deprivation of their long-entrenched “control and enforce” mentality. Fiat money remains valuable largely because it is backed by the state and is controlled in terms of price and availability by the central banks. Meanwhile, cryptocurrency rides on the shoulders of the supposedly impregnable blockchain to circumvent the traditional banking process in its entirety.Seen in that light, it seems counterproductive to ignore cryptocurrencies and all that they entail and promise. Governments and communities should be looking for new ways of adopting cryptocurrencies and blockchain to benefit the global economy and humanity as a whole. Here’s why.Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your Business1. Most governments do not care about cryptotechnology.Many countries are still averse to the idea of using at least some elements of blockchain technology. Obviously, they are not interested in supporting cryptocurrencies, either. However, China, Russia and the Netherlands appear to be approaching the new technology more proactively.For instance, China’s Central Bank, the People’s Bank Of China, is testing out a prototype cryptocurrency. While the results of their efforts are pretty much unknown, China could become the world’s first country with a full scale, government-approved cryptocurrency on board. Given all of China’s digital currency efforts, this does not sound entirely unrealistic.The Netherlands, meanwhile, have created their own cryptocurrency for internal circulation, for the purpose of critically studying the technology and how it functions in the real world. Russia has launched an Ethereum-based blockchain pilot program. The Central Banks of Europe and Japan are following the same path, but seem to be more interested in the potential benefits of blockchain technology as a means of bettering their market infrastructure.We do not yet know how governments will utilize the power of blockchain and reform their policies to address the dangers of cryptocurrencies, but one thing is sure: If they continue to ignore these cutting-edge technologies instead of putting well-defined rules of their usage in place, they will lose control over the world’s money supply.Related: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile App2. Cryptocurrencies may suffer from policy-related issues . . . for a while.Central banks still often doubt the overall stability of digital money and in the areas of value, privacy, susceptibility to cyber attacks and fraud. In March, Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell voiced these policy concerns and called for them to be exhaustively reviewed.Yet, cryptocurrencies do not cease to develop. According to Coinmarketcap, cryptocurrencies account for up to $150 billion worth of digital money, with Bitcoin alone having risen more than 380 percent since the turn of the year. The exceptional growth of Initial Coin Offering (ICO) investments in 2017 have only helped to bolster this explosion.There is no doubt that, at some point, governments will have to come up with clear policies to address the use of cryptocurrencies and blockchain.Related: 25 Creative Ways to Promote Your App For Free3. Blockchain is good news for small business.Although cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are pretty much in their infancy, they have the potential to become the greatest technological advances since the internet. This is good news for small and medium-sized companies who suffer intense competition from corporations.Blockchain favors small businesses by fostering a fair-field climate for every player on the market. Specifically, these benefits come into play with Ethereum blockchain. By introducing the so-called Digital Autonomous Organization (DAO), blockchain allows for smart contracts that are drawn up and executed by decentralized, self-governed communities of small-business owners. Blockchain technology cuts middlemen (e.g. courts, lawyers, insurance agents) out of the picture and allows for a considerable reduction in operational and frictional costs, dramatically simplifying business processes.While this may seem unrealistic to some, small businesses can already start using blockchain for their benefit. Startups like Opporty, Snov.io and BlockCAT have already made inroads into the technology.Opporty, for instance, is a service marketplace on the blockchain that implements strong smart contracts and the world’s first decentralized Escrow. By binding Ethereum blockchain and its own cryptocurrency, OPP token, to the on-demand business model, it allows businesses, service providers and ordinary users to enjoy the benefits of a fair-field-and-no-favor environment, wherein independent communities of experts standardize and establish rules of doing business, draw up smart contracts and protect all parties through decentralized escrow procedure.Blockchain and cryptocurrency technology can be of immense benefit to the global economy. A prime example is the trajectory on which Japan, the world’s third largest economy, has travelled since the spectacular financial tragedy of Mt. Gox back in 2014. Bitcoin is now accepted as a legal method of payment in Japan. Its largest banks have also put down money on Bitcoin exchanges and Bitcoin and blockchain related small-cap stocks, as the currency begins to garner favor among retailers within the country and globally. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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Can you guess which destination is at the top of boomers bucket

first_imgCan you guess which destination is at the top of boomers’ bucket lists? Tags: Hawaii, Trend Watch Here’s something that comes as no surprise: Hawaii has topped all other U.S. destinations as the top bucket list destination among boomers.According to a new study by AARP, about 18% of boomers listed the island chain as their top domestic destination, above Alaska (12%), California (8%) and Nevada (7%).Couple this with the news that Hawaii was named the happiest state in the United States by a Gallup poll and you’ve got the makings of the perfect travel destination! After interviewing 177,000 adults across the country, Gallup determined a “well-being score” based on respondents’ views on their social lives, finances, community, motivation and physicality. Hawaii ranked #, ahead of Alaska, Colorado, West Virginia and Kentucky, for the sixth time. Travelweek Group Monday, March 27, 2017 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Sharelast_img read more

Agents and clients benefit from AmaWaterways new holiday promo

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Monday, July 15, 2019 Share Agents and clients benefit from AmaWaterways’ new holiday promocenter_img Posted by Tags: AmaWaterways, Promo CALABASAS, CA — AmaWaterways is offering triple the holiday offers with a new promotion that also include bonus commission for travel agents.When guests book select November and December river cruises between June 25 and Aug. 31, 2019, they’ll receive savings of $1,200 per person, a complimentary stateroom upgrade, and a $50 onboard credit per person.This offer applies to 38 holiday sailings along the Rhine and Danube rivers departing between Nov. 22 and Dec. 30, 2019 onboard a selection of ships, including the newly launched AmaMagna and AmaMora. Itineraries include the ‘Iconic Christmas Markets’, ‘Christmas Markets on the Rhine’, ‘Christmas Markets on the Danube’, ‘Magical Christmas Markets’ and New Year departures of ‘Melodies of the Danube’, ‘Romantic Danube’ and Enchanting Rhine’.Guests can also add to the festivities with a pre- or post-cruise land program in Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lucerne or Zurich.Plus, AmaWaterways is also extending Yuletide cheer to travel agents with up to 5% bonus commission on eligible FIT bookings.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“Travel advisors play a vital role in our success so we’re thrilled to have a special offer for them and their clients for the end of year celebrations,” said Kristin Karst, co-owner and executive vice president. “The holiday season in Europe is one of my favourite times to travel, and I’m excited to have these offers that encourage others to experience this special time of year.”last_img read more

As a specialist in Alzheimers prevention Jessica

first_imgAs a specialist in Alzheimer’s prevention, Jessica Langbaum knows that exercising her mental muscles can help keep her brain sharp.But Langbaum, who holds a doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology, has no formal mental fitness program. She doesn’t do crossword puzzles or play computer brain games.”Just sitting down and doing Sudoku isn’t probably going to be the one key thing that’s going to prevent you from developing Alzheimer’s disease,” she says.Instead of using a formal brain training program, she simply goes to work.”My job is my daily cognitive training,” says Langbaum, the associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix.And that’s true of most working people. “While you’re still in the work force you are getting that daily challenge of multitasking, of remembering things, of processing information,” she says.Langbaum offers that perspective as someone who has spent years studying the effects of brain training programs, and as someone who has seen Alzheimer’s up close.”My grandfather was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment when I was in graduate school getting my Ph.D.,” she says. “That transitioned into full-blown Alzheimer’s dementia.”So Langbaum began to ask herself a question: “How can I in my career help ensure that we aren’t suffering from the disease when we reach that age?”And she realized early on that puzzles and games weren’t the answer because they tend to focus on one very narrow task. The result is like exercising just one muscle in your body, Langbaum says. That muscle will get stronger, but your overall fitness isn’t going to change.The brain training programs used in research studies are more promising and much more demanding. “They’re hard,” says Langbaum, who tried them herself while she was part of a groundbreaking study on the effects of brain training.In the study of about 2,800 people age 65 and older, most spent more than five weeks doing exercises that tested memory, reasoning or speed. Two of the interventions, reasoning and processing speed, helped a bit even 10 years later, Langbaum says.”They delay the onset of cognitive impairment,” she says. “They keep your brain working at the same level longer, compared to people who did not receive those same cognitive training interventions.”But it remains unclear whether brain training can also prevent or delay Alzheimer’s. And more recent research suggests that social interaction may be a better form of mental exercise than brain training.”People who have a lot of social interactions, particularly in mid-life, have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s dementia in later life,” Langbaum says. “There’s something about being around people that’s helpful for our brains.”Langbaum’s in good shape on the social front. Between her family, her two kids, her colleagues at work, and her friends, she says, the social areas of her brain get a vigorous daily workout.So brain training isn’t for Langbaum. But it may be useful for people who are out of the workforce and more isolated, she says.And she has some advice for anyone looking for a way to keep their brain healthy.”If you like crossword puzzles, do them,” she says. “But try something new. And trying something new that brings you enjoyment is key. Don’t do it if you don’t like it.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

This week weve been reporting on the aftermath o

first_imgThis week, we’ve been reporting on the aftermath of a tragic fire that spread through a low-rent Greensboro apartment earlier this year, killing five young refugee siblings. Their family was placed there by a resettlement agency tasked with finding safe, affordable housing for new North Carolinians. But as the number of low-cost rentals has dwindled here, safe and affordable is becoming increasingly rare.For this chapter of our series “Unsafe Haven,” WFDD’s David Ford surveys the Gate City’s response to a housing crisis that’s been years in the making.“We Can’t Afford To Be Biased”Code enforcement officer for the city of Greensboro Terri Buchanan is following up on repairs that she requested a landlord make to a small, two-bedroom rental house. That’s how it works: a tenant files a complaint with the city, and if warranted, they send out people like Buchanan to inspect.Even though this property owner lives out of town, Buchanan says he’s been extremely responsive. He’s gone above and beyond in resolving the roughly dozen or so code violations that needed to be addressed, the only conflicts arising when contractors he’s hired have cut corners, and they’re easily resolved.City code enforcement officer Terri Buchanan inspects recently installed replacement siding used to cover an entry point for rodents. DAVID FORD/WFDDOther landlords, she says, consistently fail to meet even minimum standards. “We have to be so careful, and we can’t afford to be biased with someone. We can’t afford to let our emotions or our opinions enter in and we don’t,” says Buchanan. “That’s one of our strong points as a team. We may grumble amongst ourselves, but we cannot let those opinions enter into the inspection and the process.”Buchanan acknowledges that this even-handed approach can be frustrating, particularly for the affordable housing advocates, and thousands of low-income renters throughout the city of Greensboro who want bad actors held accountable. But Buchanan contends that the city’s reasoning is sound. “I think that’s been an asset to everybody and eventually helps get landlords back on track if they’ve lost their way, without really pointing fingers at anybody,” she says.But there are many who argue it doesn’t work. Case in point? The Summit-Cone apartment complex near the intersection of Summit Avenue and Cone Boulevard.City inspectors came to investigate living conditions in the sprawling 42-unit complex following the deadly fire there, and after several tenant complaints surfaced in a petition. While there, code enforcement officers discovered 466 code violations.It’s the second time in five years this property has been condemned, so how does it keep happening?”A Tool In Our Toolbox” To find out about one contributing factor, we have to rewind the clock, when state laws changed that made it more difficult for the city to prevent the abuses from happening in the first place. Specifically, the Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy (RUCO). Mayor Nancy Vaughan says RUCO was groundbreaking in holding more landlords accountable, and it served as a model for other cities.“We were able to go in and do proactive inspections of units before people rented them,” says Vaughan. “And then the legislature took that away not only from Greensboro, who pioneered that legislation, but from the entire state which took away one of the tools in our toolbox.”So, by 2012 RUCO was no more.Brett Byerly with the Greensboro Housing Coalition laments the loss as well, but admits the program also ruffled feathers.City nuisance contractor Bruce Glass (far) boards up a missing window on a condemned rental in East Greensboro. DAVID FORD/WFDD “Philosophically, a lot of it had to do with real estate lobbies feeling like they were being pushed on too hard and overregulated,” says Byerly. “And I get it. Maybe one of the weaknesses of RUCO was that it was an across-the-board inspection program.”So, we’re spending a lot of time inspecting what investors refer to as A and B Class properties. And A and B class properties by definition don’t generally need to be inspected, because the people living in A and B Class properties, if their owner landlord is not taking care of the property, they leave.”Byerly says that, meanwhile, people in C Class properties, without $1,500 in their pocket for a deposit plus the first month’s rent, have no ability to vote with their feet. They’re stuck.With RUCO gone, city code inspectors were invited to investigate properties only after receiving complaints from residents, or petitions—as was the case at Summit-Cone. After inspections, problems are identified to the owners who are then given two months or more to correct them. If no action is taken, the building can be condemned as a last resort, followed by civil penalties and fines levied to further entice them to comply. If the owners still don’t make repairs, it can be pricey, with escalating reinspection fees eventually totaling $400 per unit, per month. And the last resort: demolition.“Are We Doing Enough?”When buildings are condemned, people can’t live in them. That just makes the dearth of affordable housing even worse, says City Councilman Justin Outling.“The fact is there are 26,000 households in our community where people are not able to afford the price they pay for housing.”With regard to making up the affordable housing gap, City Councilman Justin Outling says, “We have to go really far, really fast.” DAVID FORD/WFDD That’s why, after negotiations with housing advocates and real estate officials, the city passed a $25 million bond referendum to support more affordable housing.That’s helping to fund a 176-unit apartment community in East Greensboro called Cottage Grove. It’s being refurbished with a $400,000 investment from the city for energy efficient upgrades.Then in October, the City Council passed a new housing ordinance. Outling says it will target substandard properties, like the Summit-Cone apartments. “That property was in compliance as of 2016,” says Outling. “We know now, 2018, a mere two years later, it’s woefully out of compliance. This revision to the housing ordinance will help address situations like that one to ensure that properties stay in compliance for a longer period of time.”Outling says, that unlike RUCO, this ordinance allows the city to inspect all units of an apartment complex where just one serious threat to safety was found. It also gives them permission to follow up with multiple, rollover inspections there over the course of one year without having to start back at the beginning: scheduling, notifications, hearings, and demolitions. “Are we doing enough?” asks Outling. “The answer is, ‘No, but we’re making tremendous progress.’ If you want to go fast, you go alone. If you want to go far, you go together. On this topic, we have to go really far, really fast.”Construction at Cottage Grove seems to be moving along at a good clip, with a move-in date scheduled for some time this spring.,It was just over six months ago when a tragedy amplified deep issues within the Greensboro community. Our series, “Unsafe Haven,” looks at what happened and the remaining unanswered questions.,In May, a kitchen fire at a low-rent apartment in Greensboro claimed the lives of five refugee children—siblings from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.,Earlier this year, a tragic kitchen fire at the Summit-Cone apartments in Greensboro killed five young refugee children.,On an early morning in May, a kitchen fire swept through a low-income apartment in Greensboro. Inside, a refugee family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—five young siblings and their father—slept.last_img read more

The underthreat Human Rights Act could be used to

first_imgThe under-threat Human Rights Act could be used to halt the scandal of disabled people who have died after being put through the government’s much-criticised “fitness for work” test regime, according to Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people.Debbie Abrahams spoke out on the importance of the act as she pledged to fight Conservative attempts to scrap the legislation and replace it with a new bill of rights.She told activists attending a Disability Labour fringe meeting that the act, introduced by a Labour government in 1998, was “definitely something we got right”.She said: “It has managed to hold the state to account, supported peaceful protests, helped rape victims, guarded against slavery, protected people in care and much more.“We should be proud of that impact and that it was a Labour government that brought that in.”She suggested that article two of the Human Rights Act – the right to life – could be used to fight the “ineffective and dehumanising” work capability assessment (WCA).Abrahams said the apparent increased death rates caused by the WCA system in the last five years were “one of the biggest scandals that we have seen”, and that a case taken under article two could be used to stop further loss of life.Two weeks ago, Disability News Service revealed how a coroner had demanded that the government take action after concluding that a disabled man from north London killed himself as a direct result of being found “fit for work”.Labour’s new shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, mentioned the case in his main conference speech, and told delegates that a Labour government would “end this brutal treatment of disabled people”.Victoria Desmond, co-founder of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health, told the fringe meeting that she was concerned that if the Human Rights Act was scrapped, the civil liberties of people with mental health conditions who are sectioned could be even more at risk, because of the “very frightening” Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.Reema Patel, treasurer of Disability Labour, pointed to the act’s “ability to empower people, to show that this is an issue, this is an infringement”.She added: “I can hold you as a policy-maker and decision-maker to account. It is such an important tool if understood in this way.”Emily Brothers, an executive member of Disability Labour, who chaired the fringe meeting, said the group would work with those Labour shadow ministers addressing the bill of rights issue.She said: “We will not be deflected by the Tory agenda of undermining the framework of human rights and safeguarding people’s liberty and civil rights.”Kate Egerton, a discrimination and human rights solicitor with lawyers Leigh Day, told the meeting that a strategy paper published by the Conservatives last year showed that a new bill of rights would provide a “watered down version” of the rights currently offered by the Human Rights Act.Richard Howitt, Labour MEP and co-president of the European parliament’s all-party disability rights group, said the Conservatives wanted to “make it much harder to enforce any rights”.And he praised “the utterly fantastic” work of Disabled People Against Cuts, which has persuaded the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities to investigate “grave and systematic violations” of the UN disability convention in the UK, over issues such as the closure of the Independent Living Fund and deaths caused by the WCA.He said this was an example of the importance of “fighting for something in international law”.Picture: Delegates at this week’s Labour conference in Brightonlast_img read more

Can You See Me Now

first_img Can You See Me Now? Video calling over the internet with the Asus Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T Magazine Contributor 1 min read –shares Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals December 14, 2009 Add to Queue Technology Dan O’Shea Videophones might seem the stuff of myth, like unicorns and flights that take off and land on time. But they’ve been around for many years (videophones, that is, not mythical one-horned horses and efficient airlines), and video calling over the Internet is more common than you might think. Still, we never saw a device truly designed for video calling on the go until recently. The Asus Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T, certified to work over Internet calling service Skype, has a long name for such a compact, easy-to-use device. It’s ideal if you’re a mobile small-business owner on the go and prefer to see whom you’re talking to. The AiGuru uses Wi-Fi to enable Skype video calls on its 7-inch screen to anywhere in the world that cost next to nothing (and literally nothing for Skype-on-Skype action). The device itself costs about $235, but that seems a pittance for the ability to use Skype sans PC–and for the right to scold your mobile-phone provider for not thinking of this first. This story appears in the January 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Why Googles Move to Alphabet Just Changed This Mans Life

first_imgNews and Trends Why Google’s Move to Alphabet Just Changed This Man’s Life Image credit: Shutterstock This story originally appeared on CNBC –shares Ari Levy 3 min read Next Article center_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List August 11, 2015 Here’s one giant winner in Google’s rebranding announcement: Daniel Negari.Negari is the founder and CEO of XYZ.com, an Internet domain registry that owns alternative suffixes like .rent and .college. His 10-person company also owns .xyz.Abc.xyz is the web address for Google’s new parent entity, Alphabet Inc.”Our registry is lighting up right now,” said Negari, in an interview Monday afternoon following Google’s announcement. “I’m seeing all kinds of names being registered. I just got 250 names registered in the last 60 seconds. It’s crazy.”In a full day, Negari said about 3,000 addresses are typically registered under .xyz. Domains with that extension can be purchased from services such as GoDaddy for $10 a year and Namecheap for a first-year fee of $1.Negari is cashing in thanks to a 2011 decision by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) designed to expand access to extensions beyond .com, .org and .edu. The market opened up to those websites in 2014.Of the more than 350 new extensions that are now available, .xyz is by far the most popular, with 1.14 million domains having been registered, according to nTLDstats. The next most active is .science with over 326,000, followed by .club with over 278,000.Negari, who turned on .xyz to the public in June 2014, declined to say how much Google paid for abc.xyz, citing a confidentiality agreement. To acquire the .xyz extension, Negari paid a mere $185,000 application fee. There were no other applicants, so Negari didn’t have to bid in an auction.A spokesperson from Mountain View, California-based Google said “we have nothing to add here.”Google announced on Monday a dramatic restructuring that breaks out the Web giant’s core business into a separate company under a new umbrella called Alphabet. Other companies that will be part of Alphabet are the life sciences unit and Calico, which is focused on longevity.Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google, will assume the CEO role of Alphabet, with Google co-founder Sergey Brin serving as president. Sundar Pichai, head of product and engineering, is now CEO of Google. Alphabet is replacing Google as the publicly-traded entity.Currently, abc.xyz is just a landing page, with a letter from Page explaining the changes and some blocks with letters. That’s providing plenty of attention for Negari.”It’s a big deal for new top-level domains as a whole,” said Negari, who has operations in Santa Monica, California, and Las Vegas. “It’s a big signal that Google, which is the largest search engine in the world, believes in it enough to switch to one.” Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

UT Austin researcher receives 25 million CZI grant for neurodegenerative disease research

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 7 2018Ning “Jenny” Jiang, an associate professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Dell Medical School’s Department of Oncology, has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to participate in the philanthropic organization’s inaugural Neurodegeneration Challenge Network.The CZI, founded by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and medical doctor Priscilla Chan, will give $51.95 million in research funding to mark the launch of an ambitious collaborative project aimed at improving our understanding of the underlying causes of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.Jiang, who is the sole researcher from The University of Texas at Austin to receive a CZI grant, will study the “high-throughput 3D profiling of single T cells in neurodegenerative diseases” — a novel approach to understanding our immune system response.Although it is understood immune cells play a part in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, we know relatively little about the specific composition of the so-called T cells involved and how they react to the corresponding antigens specific to neurodegeneration.Jiang’s primary goal for the CZI grant will be to advance understanding of the function of infiltrating immune cells, especially T cells, in neurodegenerative diseases.”I am extremely grateful for this opportunity,” Jiang said. “It is a true honor for such a forward-thinking organization to recognize the merit in my research, given how many other worthy candidates were also in the running.”Jiang has developed systems immunology tools in her lab at UT that profile single T cells known to infiltrate the brain during neurodegeneration. The technology provides greater understanding of the role of the immune system, thereby potentially offering new immune-based diagnostic approaches and more effective treatments.Related StoriesTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairThrough the CZI program, top early-career engineers, physicians and scientists with expertise in neuroscience, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology and genomics will use the funding to conduct collaborative research into neurodegeneration in an effort to learn more about diseases where many questions remain unanswered.More than 500 applications were submitted to the CZI to participate in the Neurodegeneration Challenge Network, and Jiang was one of only 17 individuals to receive an award, along with nine collaborative science teams from research institutions nationwide.”To fill gaps in our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, we need to support new approaches, explore new ideas and help experts connect across disciplines,” said Cori Bargmann, the head of science for CZI. “We’re excited to welcome the first group of CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network grantees. Together, their work will increase our knowledge of the basic biology of these diseases — and we need that knowledge to develop better treatments.”Jiang has devoted her career to learning more about how the human immune system works. Her research has already earned her international recognition as a thought leader in her field, with numerous publications in major academic journals, including related research in a recent issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology.”We are still learning how and why immune cells behave the way they do in the human body,” she said. “But my long-term goal is to advance new methods for earlier diagnoses of neurodegenerative diseases and, by extension, the development of more effective treatments.” Source:https://news.utexas.edu/2018/12/05/neurodegenerative-disease-research-at-ut-gets-financial-boost-thanks-to-facebook-founder/last_img read more

EU to curb phone costs set up emergency alert system

first_img 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. © 2018 AFP Explore further The price limits follow the EU move last year to end roaming charges for Europeans using mobile phones within the bloc—a public relations coup Citation: EU to curb phone costs, set up emergency alert system (2018, November 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-eu-curb-emergency.htmlcenter_img The European Parliament voted Wednesday to limit prices for phone calls and text messages between EU countries and to set up an alert system during natural disasters or terror attacks. Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide Under the new law, which still needs formal approval from member countries, telecom firms will be barred from charging more than 19 eurocents per minute for calls and six cents per text message.Adopted by 584 votes to 42, the price ceilings are set to take effect on May 15, 2019, after the member states informally agreed to it back in June.”There will be no more excessive fees on intra-EU calls and text messages,” said Lambert van Nistelrooij, a Dutch member of parliament from the centre-right EPP group. He said the price limits complement the EU move last year to end roaming charges for Europeans using mobile phones within the bloc—a public relations coup.It meant Europeans calling, texting or using the internet when travelling in other EU nations will be charged the same as they are at home.The measure adopted Wednesday also calls for member countries to introduce within 42 months an emergency system to send alerts by text message or mobile app to people near a natural disaster or terror attack.”If there is an emergency situation, a warning message with instructions will be sent to all mobile phones in the geographic area of the emergency situation,” van Nistelrooij said in a statement. He said MEPs persuaded member states to introduce the system, which will contribute to saving lives in floods, forest fires and terror attacks.A spokesman for van Nistelrooij said the legislation is partly modelled on the Dutch example NL-Alert.Under the system introduced in 2012, authorities can alert mobile phone users in the area of an emergency via nearby cell towers.The spokesman said Romania and Lithuania have implemented a similar system, but many other countries rely on television or radio to disseminate alerts.The European Emergency Number Association, a non-government organisation based in Brussels, hailed the vote.”Take any of the large emergencies in Europe and you will realise that in most cases modern public warning was not in place,” EENA’s Benoit Vivier said.”We have the means and the technology but we have largely failed to put them to good use. The new legislation ensures that from now on we do.”The legislation also paved the way for investments in next generation mobile networks (5G) and very fast internet.last_img read more

Naxal wanted in killings of BJP MLA 4 cops gunned down in

first_img Next Press Trust of India DantewadaJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:55 IST Hurra, the Naxal, was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head. (File Photo)A Naxal, allegedly involved in the killings of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and four policemen in April, was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Friday, police said.He was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, they said.The encounter broke out around 10 am in the forest of Misse Dabba in the Tongpal police station area in Sukma when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) from Dantewada was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI.Security forces had launched the operation two days ago along the border of Dantewada and Sukma districts.When the DRG team was cordoning off Misse Dabba, located around 450km from the state capital Raipur, an encounter broke out with Naxals, he said.After a brief exchange of fire, the Left-wing extremists escaped, Pallava added.During a search at the site, the body of an ultra, identified as Hurra, a member of the Katekalyan Area Committee of Maoists, was recovered, along with a .303 rifle, Pallava said.”Blood stains were found at the spot indicating some more ultras might have been injured or killed in the gun-battle,” he said.Further details are awaited as the search operation was still underway in the area, Pallava added.Hurra, carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, was wanted for the killings of Mandavi and four security personnel, the SP said.All five were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling was blown up by Naxals using an improvised explosive device near Shyamgiri village in Dantewada district on April 9 this year.ALSO READ | Jharkhand: Maoists set 16 vehicles ablaze, assault six labourersALSO WATCH | Brigadier Basant Ponwar reveals how commandos are trained to take on NaxalsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Naxal wanted in killings of BJP MLA, 4 cops gunned down in ChhattisgarhHurra, a member of the Katekalyan Area Committee of Maoists, was gunned down during an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.advertisementlast_img read more