Top stories: Drunk chimps, dinosaur blood, and irreproducible research

first_imgSigns of ancient cells and proteins found in dinosaur fossilsScientists studying a collection of dinosaur fossils have made an amazing discovery: They’ve uncovered what appear to be ancient dinosaur blood cells and protein fibers. The find suggests that this kind of soft tissue preservation may be more common than anyone had guessed, and it could help us figure out how ancient dinosaur proteins differ from their modern relatives.Study claims $28 billion a year spent on irreproducible biomedical researchSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)An eye-popping $28 billion is spent in the United States each year on preclinical research that can’t be reproduced by other researchers. That’s the conclusion of a provocative analysis published this week by economists and biologists who based their findings on past studies of error rates in biomedical studies. Some researchers have said that the figure may overstate the extent of any problem, but the lead author says it is meant to stimulate discussion.Nomadic herders left a strong genetic mark on Europeans and AsiansHow did the Bronze Age come to Europe and Asia 5000 years ago? Two of the largest studies of ancient DNA from Bronze Age and Iron Age people have now found that outsiders deserve the credit: Nomadic herders from today’s Russia and Ukraine brought their culture with them—and made a lasting imprint on the genetic makeup of Europeans and Asians.Chimps caught drinking after hoursA new study of chimps with easy access to palm wine shows that some drink it enthusiastically and may actually crave it as humans do. The discovery could help us figure out why humans evolved a craving for alcohol, with all its pleasures and pains.World’s heaviest dinosaur just lost tons of weightDreadnoughtus, supposedly the world’s heaviest dinosaur, just lost tons of weight—literally. The massive dino was originally thought to weigh 59 metric tons, as heavy as a herd of elephants. Now, scientists are putting its weight at somewhere between 28 and 38 metric tons. It’s a downsizing of dinosaurian proportions!last_img read more

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New BMW X3 xDrive30d M Sport launched for Rs 59 lakh

first_imgThe new BMW X3 xDrive30d M Sport was launched in India on Tuesday. The new model variant, BMW X3 30d is locally produced at the BMW Plant Chennai and is now available at BMW dealerships across India.The M Sport package reinforces the agile character and dynamic presence of the BMW X3 even more prominently. Exterior features include the M Aerodynamic package, a choice of six individual exterior colors including exclusive Carbon Black metallic, M light alloy wheels and BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line with design elements in high-gloss Black. The interior elements comprise sport seats for driver, M leather steering wheel and BMW Individual headliner anthracite for a sporty ambiance.Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “The BMW X3 is built for both the small and big challenges that each day brings. The new BMW X3 xDrive 30d M Sport with a perfect blend of sporting character, impressive performance and appealing design makes every journey an unforgettable experience. Whether on the way to work or on the weekend. With family or for some quality time alone. Live life to the fullest and look forward to adventures everyday with the new BMW X3 xDrive 30d M Sport.The BMW X3 is now available in two engine variants: BMW X3 xDrive 30d and BMW X3 xDrive 20d.The new BMW X3 xDrive30d M Sport is available at Delhi ex-showroom price of Rs 59,90,000.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli lauds lower order contributions after Mohali win

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday lauded the lower-order batsmen after India’s 8-wicket victory over England in the third Test match at Mohali. Powered by Parthiv Patel’s unbeaten 67, India chased down the victory total of 103 in the final session on Day 4 to clinch an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the five-match series. (SCORECARD)India were caught in a spot of bother after they were reduced to 204/6 in their first innings, trailing England’s 283 by a further 79 runs, when Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja got together and bailed the team out of trouble thanks to their 97-run partnership for the 7th-wicket. Ashwin departed for 72 but Jadeja carried on and added another 80 runs with Jayant Yadav for the 8-wicket, scoring a career-best 90 runs in the process. Jayant himself scored his maiden fifty and batted superbly with Umesh Yadav after Jadeja’s dismissal. (Mohali Test, Day 4: Key Highlights)Contributions from these three turned out to be invaluable for India as they posted 417 runs in the first innings and then bundled out England for 236 on Day 4. The three spinners also took four wickets each in the matchKohli, who himself scored a half-century in the first innings, said the lower-order chipped in at the right time with both bat and ball. (India vs England, 3rd Test: As It Happened)”It was amazing to see the lower order contribute. The lower-order contribution is a proud achievement. They’ve been standing out every game and that pushes the opposition back,” a very satisfied looking Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisement”It’s the first time in Indian history that Nos 7, 8, 9 have struck fifties. That’s a brilliant stat. We always thought we needed more resistance from the lower order.”Ashwin is a champion cricketer, No. 1 all-rounder in the world, Jadeja is in the top 10 as well, and for Jayant to show the maturity in his first Test. He asked me for the fields he wanted. He took their spinners on,” he added.Kohli also had a special word of mention for pacers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, who also chipped in with wickets at regular intervals in this match.”Umesh and Shami have rushed their batsmen. When you can bounce them out and intimidate them with the ball, it always pleases you as a captain. They can get you a couple of wickets in the middle when the situation is tough.”Shami feels the injury has been a blessing in disguise. He’s become more hard-working. He feels stronger. When the bowler is in that sort of a zone, you have to let him be. He’s been a champion for us in the past as well. No worries as such. Really happy with the way the guys have stood up, especially Jadeja with the bat and the fast bowlers.”Both teams will now get a much-deserved break before the fourth Test which will be played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai from December 8-12.#TeamIndia win the Mohali Test by 8 wickets to lead the 5-match series 2-0 @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/9TALweDFL4 BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 2016last_img read more

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WATCH: Bike stunt goes horribly wrong, 2 die in Vijayawada

first_imgTwo students returning from a birthday party in Vijayawada died in a tragic accident last night.Hrithik Chowdhary (19) and PMV Yeswant (21) were riding their bikes at a high speed, which then crashed into the divider.According to the CCTV footage, the incident occurred around 3.37 am on Sunday morning, near Jammichettu Centre in Moghalrajapuram area. The impact of the collision was so high that the street light on top of the electric pole was displaced while the bike plunged 150 meter away from the accident spot.The bike completely mangled completely, the rider and pillion died on spot because of severe head injuries. The bike’s speedometer was stuck at 170kmph, hinting the speed at which they were zooming the bike. According to the police both parties reached friend’s birthday party at LIC Colony, and on early Sunday morning left the party on a 390CC KTM Duke Sports bike. The police has filed a case and investigating the matter. The deceased Hrithik was a native of Haryana and was pursuing MBA and staying with his uncle in the city, Yaswant was a native of Hyderabad and was studying 3rd year BTech in a private college.last_img read more

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2013 Defence Nationals

first_imgThe 2013 Defence Force Nationals will be played from Monday, 16 September until Thursday, 19 September in Newcastle. 21 teams from across Australia will take part in the event, with three divisions competing – Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Senior Men’s. Seven Constituent Bodies (CB) will take part in the championships – Northern Territory, South Queensland, Sydney Metros, Southern States, ACT/Country, North Queensland and Barbarians. Rounds games will be played on the first three days of competition, before finals are played on Thursday. For more information or to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, please visit the following website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6027-0-0-0&sID=83287 Related Links2013 Defence Nationalslast_img

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Les élèves obtiennent un bon rendement aux évaluations internationales en lecture en

first_img La publication des résultats du PISA suit la publication des résultats du programme de baccalauréat international, qui démontrent que les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont un rendement supérieur aux autres élèves au niveau international dans 21 des 27 sujets, notamment les mathématiques, l’anglais, la biologie et la physique. Le PISA de 2009 a été effectué auprès de 2 133 élèves de 72 écoles néo-écossaises en avril et mai 2009. Le programme est géré par l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économique, et des renseignements à ce sujet sont offerts à l’adresse http://www.cmec.ca/Programs/assessment/interstudent/Pages/pisa2009_fr.aspx . que les filles ont un rendement considérablement plus élevé que les garçons en lecture, alors que les garçons ont un meilleur rendement en mathématiques; qu’il n’existe aucune différence considérable dans le rendement des filles et des garçons en sciences; que les élèves francophones ont un rendement moyen inférieur aux élèves anglophones en lecture et en sciences, ce qui correspond aux résultats des autres élèves en situation linguistique minoritaire à l’échelle du pays; que les élèves francophones ont un rendement moyen au même niveau que les élèves anglophones en mathématiques; que la Nouvelle-Écosse présente le plus faible écart entre le rendement moyen des filles et des garçons au pays, et le deuxième plus faible écart entre le rendement des différents groupes linguistiques. Les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse continuent d’obtenir un rendement supérieur à la moyenne internationale en lecture, en mathématiques et en sciences, selon les résultats des plus récentes évaluations. Les résultats de 2009 du Programme international pour le suivi des acquis des élèves (PISA), publiés aujourd’hui 7 décembre, présentent le rendement des élèves de 15 ans dans 65 pays, y compris le Canada et chacune des 10 provinces. La Nouvelle-Écosse a obtenu son meilleur résultat en lecture, catégorie où elle se classe au 13e rang à l’échelle internationale. Les élèves néo-écossais se sont également améliorés au niveau national, passant au cinquième rang parmi toutes les provinces dans chacun des trois domaines. « Nos élèves démontrent encore une fois qu’ils sont parmi les meilleurs au monde en obtenant de bons résultats comparativement aux élèves des États-Unis, du Royaume-Uni et d’une grande partie de l’Europe, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Je félicite les élèves et les enseignants et je les encourage, ainsi que les conseils scolaires, à continuer ce bon travail. » Le rapport démontre que les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont obtenu un rendement correspondant à la moyenne nationale en sciences, mais inférieur à la moyenne nationale en lecture et en mathématiques. « Bien que cette évaluation offre de bonnes nouvelles pour la Nouvelle-Écosse, nous devons tout de même faire mieux, a dit Mme More. Notre défi, comme toujours, est de continuer de s’améliorer au niveau national. Les défis liés aux finances et aux inscriptions que notre province doit relever mettent également en évidence le fait que nous devons travailler étroitement avec les conseils scolaires et d’autres partenaires pour nous assurer de concentrer nos efforts et nos investissements dans l’éducation publique sur l’obtention de meilleurs résultats pour nos élèves. » La lecture était le principal élément évalué par le PISA l’année dernière. « Il y a très peu de différence du point de vue statistique entre les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse et ceux d’autres provinces en matière de lecture, a dit Vince Warner, directeur des services d’évaluation au ministère de l’Éducation. Seules deux provinces, c’est-à-dire l’Alberta et l’Ontario, ont obtenu des résultats considérablement plus élevés que la Nouvelle-Écosse. » En Nouvelle-Écosse, les résultats démontrent également :last_img read more

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UP Harassed by govt official businessman commits suicide

first_imgMuzaffarnagar (UP): Alleging harassment by a state government official, a flour-mill owner committed suicide here, police said on Wednesday. Niraj Kumar consumed poison in the compound of Bijnor Collectorate on Tuesday. In a suicide note recovered from the spot, he claimed that he was being harassed by Vineet Saini, a junior engineer of the state power corporation. According to police, Saini had booked Kumar in a power theft case. The flour-mill is situated in Miranpur town in the district and the case is being probed by the official of that district, District Magistrate Bijnor Sujit Kumar said. According to the officials, the deceased in a press conference on July 6 had sought permission for euthanasia from the President of India fed up by the alleged harassment. Meanwhile, the engineer has been suspended by the power corporation department and an inquiry has been ordered in the incident, the official said.last_img read more

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SAG Awards Ceremony Auction To Benefit Charity

first_imgThe SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, the final auction in the online series benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, begins today, January 16 at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT) at sagawards.org/auction.The SAG Awards Ceremony Auction offers movie and television fans the chance to bid on autographed collectibles signed by many of this year’s nominated actors and casts, including an original costume worn by Jared Leto and the cowboy hat worn by Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” a script of “Saving Mr. Banks” signed by the cast, a “Prize Winner” hat signed by the cast of “Nebraska,” signed “Breaking Bad” and Netflix swag packages and more.Also up for bid are set visits to “Extra” “E! News,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider”; one-of-a-kind experiences including lunch with Oliver Stone and “Access Hollywood’s” Shaun Robinson; and premium items and unique experiences provided by the networks, studios, and SAG Awards sponsors. The auction ends on January 26 at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT) at sagawards.org/auction.Proceeds from the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction benefit the SAG Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, reaching an average of 2.2 million global views each month.The auction also supports the SAG Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs, which aid performers struggling with medical and economic hardships.The SAG Foundation also provides free career-building seminars, casting workshops and professional resources to union members. To learn more about the SAG Foundation, visit sagfoundation.org. The following is a complete list of items up for bid at the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction:Autographed Memorabilia & Collectibles • Champagne Taittinger 6 Liter Bottle Signed by 20th Annual SAG Awards Recipients • “Dallas Buyers Club” Cowboy Hat as Worn by Matthew McConaughey, Signed by McConaughey • “Dallas Buyers Club” Dress and Fur Jacket as Worn by Jared Leto • “Dallas Buyers Club” Poster Signed by Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner • “12 Years a Slave” Script and Poster Signed by Cast • “Saving Mr. Banks” Script Signed by Cast • “Nebraska” ‘Prize Winner’ Hat Signed by Cast • “Nebraska” Poster Signed by Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, June Squibb and Bob Nelson • “Gravity” Poster Signed by Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuaron • “Captain Phillips” Poster Signed by Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi and Paul Greengrass • Marc Jacobs Sunglasses and “Blue Jasmine” Poster Signed by Cate Blanchett • “Breaking Bad” Package Signed by Cast • “Modern Family” Script and Photo Signed by Cast • HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Poster Signed by Cast • HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Script Signed by Cast • TNT’s “Mob City” Photo Book Signed by Cast • “American Horror Story: Coven” Script Signed by the Writers and Producers • “Rita Moreno: A Memoir” Signed by Rita Moreno • “Hawaii Five-0” Police Badge and Signed Script • Screaming Eagles Mini Helmet Signed by Shelley Fabares • Netflix Package – “Arrested Development” Poster Signed by Cast, 1-Year Membership and More • Showtime Package – Items from “Dexter,” “Masters of Sex,” “Homeland” and More • “Boardwalk Empire” Season 5 Premiere and After-Party for Two • Lunch with Director Oliver Stone and “Access Hollywood’s” Shaun Robinson for Two • Beringer Vineyards VIP Experience including Private Tour, Tasting and Dinner for Six • “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider” Set Visit for Two • “E! News” Live Taping for Two • “Extra” Set Visit for Two • A 4-night getaway at a Onefinestay luxury property on the Venice Canals for 4 peoplelast_img read more

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Brookfield profit rises on higher revenue cash flow

TORONTO — Brookfield Asset Management Inc. had $872-million of net income in the third quarter, of which $334-million is attributable to common shareholders.The diversified Toronto-based company said its earnings per share rose to 48 cents from 36 cents a year earlier when Brookfield’s revenue totalled $4.7-billion.A year earlier, Brookfield had $4.4-billion of revenue and net income was $716-million, including $253-million or 36 cents per share attributable to shareholders.Funds from operations totalled $282-million or 40 cents per share, compared with $241-million or 35 cents a share in the third quarter of 2011.[np-related]“Acquisitions made in the last three years are beginning to generate significant cash flows,” said Bruce Flatt, Brookfield’s chief executive officer.Brookfield has more than $150-billion of assets under management. It invests primarily in property, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity.Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc., one of its publicly traded subsidiaries, announced separately that it had a $2.5-million loss, or 26 cents per share, during the quarter.That compared with a profit of $8.1-million or 85 cents per share in the third quarter of 2011.Brookfield Real Estate Services operates several brokerage brands, including Royal LePage, Via Capitale and Johnston & Daniel. As of the end of September, it had 15,238 Realtors in its network. read more

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Nike Philip Morris rise while Dean Foods Worthington fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday.Nike Inc., up $3.63 to $90.81The footwear and athletic apparel maker handily beat analysts’ fiscal first quarter profit forecasts thanks to strong sales in China.HD Supply Holdings Inc., up $1.32 to $39.24The industrial products distributor will split into two independent publicly traded companies.Cintas Corp., up $14.48 to $266.62The uniform rental company reported surprisingly strong fiscal first quarter profit and raised its forecast for the year.Synnex Corp., up $16.84 to $112.59The high-tech contractor’s fiscal third quarter profit soared beyond Wall Street expectations and it made a solid forecast for the current quarter.Dean Foods Co., down 12 cents to $1.21The milk company said it is abandoning plans to find a buyer and will instead continue as an independent company under CEO Eric Beringause.Philip Morris International Inc., up $3.72 to $75.28The tobacco company abandoned merger talks with Altria.Worthington Industries Inc., down $1.27 to $35.63The metal manufacturer’s fiscal first quarter results fell short of Wall Street forecasts.Comtech Telecommunications Corp., up $5.15 to $34.97The communications company beat Wall Street’s fiscal fourth quarter financial forecasts.The Associated Press read more

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Facebook steals 3 largest website crown from Yahoo

first_imgYahoo’s downward spiral continues. As an early Christmas present to some of its employees, the company laid off 650-700 employees in an effort to rightsize the company in the wake of disappointing financial results. Most of the layoffs were targeted at the company’s product division as a part of a strategy to shut down websites which are not profitable for Yahoo!Many people would assume that Yahoo’s chief rival would be Google. Though Google is indeed a target that Yahoo! needs to keep its eyes on, it seems that the company’s most immediate threat is coming from Facebook as backed up by comments from Yahoo’s CEO and the latest numbers from comScore. comScore’s November results show that Facebook has now taken the title as the world’s third largest website from Yahoo! Facebook has been slowly creeping up into the number three spot as demonstrated by previously published results for October.AdChoices广告For November, Facebook posted 648 million unique visitors compared to Yahoo’s 630 million. Remaining in the top two spots are #2 Microsoft with 869 million unique visitors and #1 Google with with 970 million. That’s not the only lump Facebook would give Yahoo! in November, though.During the same month, Facebook also supplanted Yahoo! to become the second largest video website in the U.S., but don’t expect a fight from Yahoo! anytime soon to take back its video website title. The company has already decided to kill its Yahoo! Video website and point users to its Flickr property.To be fair though, it’s not all doom and gloom for Yahoo! The company is still #1 in total U.S. monthly visitors with 181 million compared to Facebook which sits in the #4 spot with 152 million.Read more at TechCrunchlast_img read more

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Microsoft launches new website to try to kill IE6 off once and

first_imgOver ten years ago, Microsoft gave Internet Explorer 6 to the world… and now they’re doing their damnedest to kill it off once and for good, having just launched a new website that is dedicated to tracking IE6’s dwindling market share and encouraging users to upgrade to a more modern browser.For those of us who have railed against IE6’s ubiquity for years, it’s all a bit rich. Microsoft fought hard to make Internet Explorer 6 — a notoriously insecure, buggy browser even at launch, and one with a frank and callous disregard for web standards — as predominant as it is.AdChoices广告That strategy was to Microsoft’s benefit back in the browser wars of the earlier part of last decade, but now, IE6’s dominance has proven to be a nightmare for Microsoft. Microsoft spends millions per year trying to address IE6 security vulnerabilities: the legacy browser, to this day, is responsible for a shocking amount of malware and exploits. What was once IE6’s greatest strength — total market dominance — is now its greatest curse, as Microsoft struggles to leave the browser behind.Right now, IE6 is still the browser used by 12 percent of all users worldwide. In the US, that number’s under 3 percent, but in China, for example, IE6 runs on almost 35% of all machines. Microsoft’s attempt to raise awareness and get people to upgrade is certainly welcome. Almost everyone wants to see IE6 die at this point. The problem is that a lot of users still using IE6 have no choice but to use it: a shocking number of intranet sites still won’t run on any other browser but IE6. Also curious is the fact that Microsoft’s new site, IE6Countdown.com, is encouraging users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8… a two year old browser with security vulnerabilities of its own. Internet Explorer 9 will soon be here, but it doesn’t support Windows XP… meaning that Microsoft is endorsing users to upgrade from one buggy, insecure, out-of-date browser to another buggy, insecure, out-of-date browser. Yeesh.Read more at IE6Countdownlast_img read more

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Initiative 502 raises issue of driving on pot

first_imgSEATTLE — Under a clear blue Southern California sky, four editors of Car and Driver magazine stepped on a closed driving course and got, as they later wrote, “stoned back to the bomb age.”It was all for a good purpose. There was little convincing science showing how — or how much — marijuana impaired driving ability. So they did a field test.The editors found that they could physically operate a car even while very high, and fared well on driving tests. But their attention spans got so fragmented that they agreed getting behind the wheel was a lousy idea.That was 1980. Thirty-two years later, scientific consensus about marijuana’s effect on driving remains as foggy as the editors’ brains were.But it is now a big political issue as voters consider whether to make Washington one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana sales. For the first time in our state, Initiative 502 would set a legal impairment level for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.Based on some studies, that level — 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of whole blood — may be equivalent in effect to about 0.05 milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood, less than the state limit for booze. But even the experts emphasize that establishing the cutoff point when crash risk rises is “preliminary” and could change, in part because marijuana research in the U.S. is hindered by the federal ban on the substance.last_img read more

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Couple plead not guilty to kidnapping man for marijuana

first_imgA Yacolt couple pleaded not guilty Friday to kidnapping a man June 15 near Orchards Park in a ploy to recover stolen marijuana.Frank E. Brown, 28, and his wife, Valentine Robbins, who are free on bail, were charged with second-degree kidnapping. Brown and Robbins also were appointed attorneys Friday: David Kurtz and Brandy Jeffers. Brown said the couple’s assets were unavailable to them at this time.Their trial is scheduled Sept. 3.Brown and Robbins are accused of kidnapping Freddie Johnson after a friend of Johnson’s allegedly stole 2 pounds of marijuana instead of buying it.Johnson and his friend met with Brown and Robbins in Orchards Park to buy the marijuana for $4,000, according to a probable cause affidavit.Instead, the friend allegedly ran off with the goods without paying, leaving Johnson, court records say. Brown allegedly grabbed Johnson and ordered him into the couple’s vehicle. The couple told Johnson that they would drive him to a nearby waterfall and shoot him in the head if he didn’t convince his friend to return the marijuana, according to the court documents.Johnson was released after Brown saw a police vehicle nearby, court documents say.Brown told police that Johnson had hatched the plan and agreed to play along to convince his friend to return the marijuana, court documents say.last_img read more

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The New Dynamics of Ad Campaigns

first_imgWhen your brand is everywhere, your ad campaigns need to be everywhere, plain and simple. As magazines evolve from a single printed entity produced monthly or weekly to a 24/7 media experience, advertisers expect to go along for that multi-channel ride. Engaging cross-platform ad buys are quickly becoming the new normal—even as content publishers still figure these new models out.“We are a content company and whether we’re serving readers on a phone, on a tablet or in print, it’s all the same thing—communication with a valued consumer,” says Laura Frerer-Schmidt, publisher of Rodale’s Women’s Health. “We want that communication as interactive as possible. We’re so excited about how things are evolving because we can now communicate with our consumer eight times a day—and she likes it.”Rodale’s Women’s Health and Men’s Health are just the latest brands to offer advertisers a high level of engagement through a fully integrated ad campaign. To deliver value to advertisers in this new media environment, the brands have developed a campaign for Xbox-Kinect that will be rolled out over two months through five social platforms, on its website, in print magazines and across tablet computers. Over the last six months, Rodale has worked with Xbox to develop this fully integrated campaign to promote its new video game, Nike+ Kinect Training, which is an interactive virtual fitness game featuring personal trainers. The final ad-buy from the company with these Rodale brands included several components:• Print: Multi-page Xbox Kinect-Nike Training ads run in both issues of the magazines.• Online: Both MensHealth.com and WomensHealthMag.com websites have dedicated “Train for Life” centers that feature videos and how-to’s on staying fit—all integrated with promotions from Xbox.• Social Media: Through these brands, Xbox has sponsored eight weekend challenges—at home workout routines—that were created specifically for social channels. Each week the challenges, which are posted across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+, see about 1,500-2,000-plus like, 500-plus shares and 700-plus comments throughout the weekend. Sponsored Twitter parties are also held every Friday in January for readers to discuss fitness challenges, goals and routines using the hashtag #TrainForLife.• Tablet: 45-second video advertisements will run through Rodale’s tablet editions of Men’s Health and Women’s Health.Pricing & Execution“We wanted to create as many touch points as we could with our audience across as many different platforms as possible,” says Ronan Gardiner, publisher of Men’s Health. “Five years ago, I think we and pretty much everyone else in our space would assume the idea would begin in print and we would build the digital extension. Today, we realize the idea can really start anywhere and we build a program around an idea. The question we ask ourselves whenever we’re developing an idea for any of our partners is will this work across all of our platforms—will it translate to social or in a three-dimensional form with an event? If the answer to any of these is ‘No,’ we ask ourselves if the idea is really a good enough idea. The market has changed in the way we approach creating strategic and smart ideas for clients.”Since these brands have large social followings, the publishers say, Xbox came to these publications to capitalize on this active audience. Deliverables for the client come in the form of not only page views, unique visitors or the number magazines sold at retail but through the social engagement levels of this campaign. Brands look for social measurability metrics around things like the large number of shares—whether on Facbeook or through re-tweets, since a reader’s whole community of personal followers can then digest this promotional content as well. “We go all in with a big proposal,” adds Frerer-Schmidt. “We do tweak things based on what a client’s needs are or what they can afford but we go in with a paging level because there is in-book that needs to be supported here and that’s where we’ve got big numbers. We go in with an online number and for social, there might be a fee here or there for execution but it is an added value element to a degree. It all works together and frankly, we wouldn’t recommend any of it alone. We know from experience that we need each element—our print drives our Twitter and Facebook interaction and those things drive our online. Without that circle, one of the connections get missed and you don’t have the ROI.” Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

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Ready… Set… Net Bristol Bay Setnet Fishery Opens

first_imgSockeye on ice. (Credit Mike Mason/KDLG)Setnetters in the Nushagak Section had their first opportunity to put their nets in the water Sunday night. KDLG checked out the first hour or so of fishing, and we didn’t see many fish. But Dee Barker, who pulled up to Rebel, a Peter Pan tender, about 30 minutes into the first setnet opening in the Nushagak Section on Sunday night, says he had a couple fish in his net.“We got four fish in nets so far. That I could see. And yeah, looking for a good season. Get the bugs worked out, this is a good time to do it. Early. Yeah. See what works, what you need to change. I thought we’d go out, maybe Tuesday. But we were ready, pretty much. I’d had, I got a new motor in the boat, and I brought it out, run it in the water, but we didn’t have this, first time we set the gear out. We still have some gear to put up on the beach.”Barker was about the eleventh boat to get ice and water at the Rebel on Sunday.Onboard the Rebel, Kris Straub says the tender gave out about 4 tons of ice in the first 20 minutes of the opener.“Pretty much everybody that’s fishing is coming to get ice and taking care of their fish this year, and so it’s good with this extra heat. Yeah, it makes a way better quality and that’s what it’s all about this year.”District Manager Tim Sands says that when the first drift opener in the district occurs will depend on the numbers from those first two setnet openings plus sonar and tower counts, and an aerial survey.We’ll have more numbers and info from the opener later today.last_img read more

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Netflix Booms in Q1 to Hit 125 Million Streaming Subscribers Again Beating

first_imgMeanwhile, Netflix addressed it decision to pull out of the Cannes Film Festival, as first reported last week by Variety. “The festival adopted a new rule that means if a film is in competition at Cannes, it can not be watched on Netflix in France for the following three years. We would never want to do that to our French members,” the company said in the shareholder letter.Netflix shed more light on its strategy to boost distribution through pay-TV providers and telcos. Last week it announced a pact with Comcast, which is bundling Netflix with some TV packages, and inked a similar with with U.K. satcaster Sky. Those came after Netflix launched bundle offers with T-Mobile in the U.S., Proximus in Belgium, SFR Altice in France.Those deals let Netflix benefit “from more reach, awareness and often, less friction in the signup and payment process,” the company said in the investor letter, with lower churn offsetting the lower per-subscriber fees it gets through partners. “We remain primarily a direct-to-consumer business, but we see our bundling initiative as an attractive supplemental channel,” Netflix said.Also in its shareholder letter, Netflix called out the recent addition of Susan Rice, a former top aide to President Obama, to its board of directors. Rice is the controversial former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who served during the Obama administration. “As a global company operating in over 190 countries, Susan’s expertise in international affairs will be valuable,” Netflix said.Pictured above: “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” season 2 on Netflix, which premiered March 8 Wall Street analysts had expected Netflix to report U.S. net adds of 1.48 million subs and 4.84 million international subs (in line with the company’s previous guidance) and had pegged Q1 revenue at $3.69 billion and earnings per share of 63 cents.Netflix noted in its letter to investors that quarterly revenue grew 43% year over year in Q1, “the fastest pace in the history of our streaming business.” That was due to a 25% increase in average paid streaming memberships plus a 14% rise in the average subscription price, coming after Netflix raised rates on its plans in the U.S. and other territories in Q4 of 2017.For Q2, Netflix said it expects 6.2 million global net additions (1.2 million in the U.S. and 5.0 million for the international segment) — up from 5.2 million in the year-earlier quarter, and higher than Wall Street analysts expected for Q2.The company said it expects content spending of $7.5 billion to $8 billion for 2018, in line with its previous estimates. Netflix also said it will “continue to raise debt as needed to fund our increase in original content.” Netflix reported $6.54 billion in long-term debt and $3.44 billion in long-term content payment obligations as of March 31, 2018.The cash burn will continue: The company continues to forecast negative free cash flow of $3 billion to $4 billion in 2018, “and to be free cash flow negative for several more years as our original content spend rapidly grows.”During Q1, Netflix scripted original series that premiered included “The End of the F***ing World,” sci-fi thriller “Altered Carbon,” and returning seasons of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Santa Clarita Diet” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”On the unscripted front, after expanding into the category last year, Netflix claimed that its “output in this area is now comparable to similarly focused U.S. domestic cable networks.” The company cited shows like “Queer Eye” and “Nailed It” as “great examples of our ambitions in this area: engaging, buzz-worthy shows that drive lots of enjoyment around the world.”Netflix’s marketing spending was up a whopping 77% in the first quarter, to $479 million. The company had previously told investors it would increase its investment in marketing for 2018. Netflix once again beat expectations on subscriber growth, packing on 7.4 million net streaming customers worldwide for the first quarter of 2018.The streaming giant added 1.96 million net U.S. streaming subscribers and 5.46 million internationally for the quarter ended March 31. The company’s total net gain of 7.4 million subs in Q1 — a new record for the first quarter — topped its previous guidance of 6.35 million by more than a million. The company counted 125 million subscribers worldwide as of the end of March.Netflix reported $3.7 billion in revenue for Q1 and a net profit of $290 million (64 cents per diluted share).On the results, Netflix shares jumped more than 6% in after-hours trading Tuesday. The stock had closed down 1.2% for the day in regular trading, to $307.78 per share. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Higher precision measurements show proton mass less than thought

first_img More information: High-precision measurement of the proton’s atomic mass, arXiv:1706.06780 [physics.atom-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1706.06780AbstractWe report on the precise measurement of the atomic mass of a single proton with a purpose-built Penning-trap system. With a precision of 32 parts-per-trillion our result not only improves on the current CODATA literature value by a factor of three, but also disagrees with it at a level of about 3 standard deviations. (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has developed a new way to measure the mass of a proton and found the particle to be approximately 30 billionths of a percent less than previously thought. The group has written a paper describing their process and results and have uploaded it to the prepress server arXiv. Explore further Improved measurements of antiproton’s magnetic moment deepen mystery of baryonic asymmetry Sketch of the trap setup. The trap tower includes two separate storage traps (ST-I, ST-II), the measurement trap (MT) and a reference trap (RT) for magnetic field monitoring, which is presently not used. Ions are created in-situ using a mini-EBIT. By shuttling the ions between the storage traps and the MT, the time between successive measurements is minimized. Individual superconducting detection circuits for the proton (blue) and for the carbon ion (red), allow measurements at the identical electrostatic field configurations and thus guarantee the identical position and magnetic field. Credit: arXiv:1706.06780 [physics.atom-ph] Citation: Higher precision measurements show proton mass less than thought (2017, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-higher-precision-proton-mass-thought.htmlcenter_img Journal information: arXiv © 2017 Phys.org For some time now, the atomic mass of a proton has been an accepted standard measurement used to calculate other physics properties. Now, it appears researchers may have to revisit some of those entities as the most accurate ever measurement of the mass of a proton shows less mass than has been believed.In this new effort, the researchers fired an electron beam at a selected target atom held in a chilled vacuum chamber, releasing a proton. The group was then able to isolate the proton in a Penning trap, which is a device that creates both an electronic and magnetic field. Inside the trap, the proton moved in circles—measuring its velocity allowed the researchers to calculate its mass, which was 1.007 276 466 583(15)(29) atomic mass units. The 15 in parentheses represented the statistical uncertainty and the 29 that followed represented the systematic uncertainty.The group reports that their technique was three times more precise than any other technique used to date.Others have noted that making more precise measurements of protons and other particles could explain some of the big mysteries in physics—such as why the radius of a proton has been found to be smaller than theory has suggested, or why there is more matter than antimatter. It could also help research efforts exploring apparent discrepancies between protons and antiprotons.The research group has made clear its plans to continue refining its measuring technique—their goal is to improve the measurement for a proton by a factor of six. Meanwhile, if others are able to reproduce the work by the team, the new measurement could be included in the newest CODATA, which is scheduled for publishing in just a few months. 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

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Exploring divinity

first_imgCelebrating the festive season, Uchaan group is taking a giant leap forward and showcasing great work of arts at Gurgaon’s ‘Gold Souk’ The Jewellery Mall. The exhibition, Divine Connection- Lets Connect to divinity, is going on till 5 November. This group exhibition of painting sculpture and photography presents artworks from renowned artist like Anil Rawat, Anil Kohli, Rohit Kaushik, Prince Chand,  Geetika Sangwan, Shubra Jain, Poonam Saini, Shilpi Malik, Shikha Jamwal, Simran Kaur, Shubha Bansal and Monica Wadhwa. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Uchaan group is a collaboration of established and experienced artists and upcoming artists having a great potential ahead. It is curated by Jyoti Kalra. Uchaan is always in pursuance of social initiative and to fulfill the same is supporting endowed and promising artist Neelesh Ganesh who is Autistic with high functioning disorder known as Asperger Syndrome. He believes in expressing himself with power of artworks. ‘Art from the heart’ is philosophy of his life.last_img read more

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