Arvind Kejriwal Manish Sisodia granted bail in defamation case filed by BJPs

first_imgGupta, who is leader of opposition in the Delhi Assembly, sought proceedings against the duo for “maligning” his image after they accused him of being part of an alleged “conspiracy” to assassinate Kejriwal. They had made the assertion after the AAP chief was slapped during a roadshow on May 4 while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections. By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Published: July 16, 2019 10:59:35 am A Delhi court granted bail to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia in a defamation suit filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta wherein he alleged that the CM tweeted that the BJP wants to get him killed after he was slapped during a road show @IndianExpress— Anand Mohan (@mohanreports) July 16, 2019 As per Gupta’s statement to the court, Kejriwal blamed the BJP for the attack. Gupta also submitted a tweet by Sisodia, which he said was in response to his own tweet. “Manish Sisodia tweeted that the complainant (Gupta) is involved in a conspiracy to kill Arvind Kejriwal,” Gupta submitted. He also told the court that the same day, “Kejriwal also made a tweet that BJP wants to get him killed…”The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, in his interim order on July 8, noted that “allegations of the respondents are prima facie defamatory and refer to complainant Vijender Gupta, making him an aggrieved person”.“Therefore, in view of the aforesaid discussion, there exists sufficient grounds to proceed against the respondents Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia under Section 500 IPC (punishment for defamation),” the order read. The court had summoned them today. Related News Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia granted bail in defamation case filed by BJP's Vijender Gupta Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with his deputy Manish Sisodia. (Express File Photo)Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia were granted bail by a Delhi court Tuesday in connection with a defamation case filed by BJP MLA Vijender Gupta. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal passed the order asked the duo to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 each. Visiting rape victim, CM Arvind Kejriwal stresses on need for death penalty Inside Delhi govt school with 210 CCTVs, principal hopes project will help, some students not so sure Advertising Delhi: Court summons CM Arvind Kejriwal in defamation case 3 Comment(s)last_img read more

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Mexicos crackdown at its southern border prompted by Trump scares migrants from

first_imgThe Aguilar family had been preparing since February to migrate north. They borrowed $2,600, made a down payment to a smuggler and set off from their home in northern Guatemala last week. But at Guatemala’s border with Mexico, their smuggler had some bad news: Crossing into Mexico was too risky. A June 7 deal between Mexican authorities and the United States to reduce migration had brought extra security forces to the border.Mexico’s mobilization of its security forces has been halting, and for most of the past two weeks, it seemed to fall short of the dramatic show of force that the government had promised. Still, the deployment has already disrupted the usual flow of people and commerce passing over this historically porous border and sown fear among migrants and their smugglers alike.“We don’t know anything, whether this is a definitive change, or just for some time,” said Juan Alberto Aguilar, 27, who was travelling with his wife and their 3-year-old daughter. The family sat dejectedly in the central square of Nentón, a village near the Guatemala-Mexico border, waiting for the van that would take them home. Advertising El Chapo’s life sentence ‘pyrrhic victory’ for Mexico as violence soars Three Nicaraguan friends who had also made it to Frontera Comalapa had already returned to Central America to wait for a better moment to try to reach the United States. But returning to Nicaragua, Jonathan said, was not an option for him. His goal was still to reach the United States, which promised a far better livelihood.“I’m going to fight,” he continued, requesting partial anonymity because of his legal status in Mexico. “I’m going to do everything possible to get there.”For now, however, he is weighing the possibility of applying for asylum in Mexico. Migrants’ advocates say many more Central Americans and others are opting to do this, as it is one of the few options left amid the crackdown. Elsewhere along the border, entrepreneurs who make their living offering services to migrants have seen a drop in demand.Guatemala, Guatemala border, Mexico, Mexico smuggling, smuggling, Smugglers, United States, migration, Border security forces, Deployment, World news, Indian Express news Soldiers working with Mexico’s National Guard at an immigration checkpoint. Increased enforcement along the border with Guatemala, has made crossing into Mexico harder. (The New York Times)“Before there were even entire families crossing,” said Israel López Ordoñez, 52, a veteran raftsman on the Suchiate River in Ciudad Hidalgo. “Now, no.”In the Guatemalan border town of La Mesilla, near Frontera Comalapa, Carmelo, 50, a money changer, said that several people he knows — including friends and family — have aborted plans to migrate north in the past two weeks. “It’s not good,” he said of the new measures. “If a Guatemalan travels to the States, a lot of people here can live from that Guatemalan.”Even migrant smugglers — responsible for ferrying many, if not most, migrants to the southwest border of the United States — are delaying or cancelling trips north.Like the Aguilar family, Ottoniel López, 19, a Guatemalan migrant, found himself just shy of the Mexican border when his smuggler told him to turn around and go home. He said he had set off on his trip, bound for the United States, knowing he might face a range of potential hazards, like fatigue, hunger and possible violence. But the Mexican government’s crackdown had not been part of his calculus.“You always know that it’s going to be difficult,” he said in Nentón, leaning out of the van that would take him part of the way to his home in southwestern Guatemala. “But now they said we could not pass because of all the blockades.”The agreement with the Trump administration gave López Obrador 45 days to prove that Mexico could reduce the number of migrants crossing into the United States. Mexican officials initially said they would send 6,000 members of a newly created national guard force to southern Mexico to impede the northbound flow of migrants in the country illegally. But the deployment has been uneven.Guatemala, Guatemala border, Mexico, Mexico smuggling, smuggling, Smugglers, United States, migration, Border security forces, Deployment, World news, Indian Express news Merchants cross the Guatemala-Mexico border at La Mesilla, Guatemala (The New York Times)First, it kept getting pushed back. Then, Mexican officials backed off their initial promise to mobilize 6,000 national guard members to the south and instead said that the force would also include members of the armed forces.Maximiliano Reyes Zúñiga, an assistant foreign secretary, said last week that only 40% of the total deployment would occur in the southern border states of Mexico. But on Monday, Gen. Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, Mexico’s defence minister, said that the government had mobilized some 6,500 security forces in the southern states, including about 2,000 national guard members. More than 14,000 additional security forces were deployed in Mexico’s north to help control migration, he said.Officials in Chiapas also acknowledged that curbing illegal migration through the state, which shares a long border with Guatemala, would be extremely hard, if not impossible.The mountainous region is crisscrossed by back roads and footpaths. And residents and others speculated that entrenched corruption among government officials who have abetted smugglers and migrants would not be eliminated anytime soon. But the number of government roadblocks along some main highways in southern Mexico has increased, local residents say, and the migration authorities and security forces working with them seem to be more thorough in checking passing vehicles for migrants in the country illegally.Guatemala, Guatemala border, Mexico, Mexico smuggling, smuggling, Smugglers, United States, migration, Border security forces, Deployment, World news, Indian Express news Guatemalan merchants rest by a border marker in La Mesilla, Guatemala,.Increased enforcement along the border with Guatemala has dissuaded migrants from travelling north. (The New York Times)Authorities have also started the more ambitious work of combating the smuggling operations that are responsible for escorting many, if not most, migrants north.Migrants’ advocates have warned that the crackdown could invite human rights violations, concerns that were underscored by the recent shooting death of a 19-year-old Salvadoran migrant who was riding in a truck bound for the U.S. border. Witnesses told investigators that men dressed in police uniforms and driving a police vehicle opened fire on the truck after it passed through a migration checkpoint in the state of Veracruz and sped away.While national guard members are still scarce in the southern border region, military forces, some of them outfitted with national guard armbands, have been newly mandated to conduct night patrols and to question the occupants of passing vehicles and inspect their cargo. Post Comment(s) Guatemala, Guatemala border, Mexico, Mexico smuggling, smuggling, Smugglers, United States, migration, Border security forces, Deployment, World news, Indian Express news People transport goods on rafts along the Suchiate River, the natural border between Guatemala and Mexico, near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. (The New York Times)Written By Maya Averbuch and Kirk Semple Advertising Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield By New York Times |Guatemala | Updated: June 25, 2019 9:14:04 am Advertising The deployment plan is part of a deal between the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico and the U.S. government to thwart President Donald Trump’s threats of potentially crippling tariffs.On Thursday, Trump praised the Mexican president for his early efforts.“The flow has very substantially slowed down,” Trump said. “It’s already had a big impact.”In Ciudad Hidalgo, a bustling market town in Mexico near the southwestern end of the border, vendors say they have seen a significant falloff in business in the past two weeks. Most of their clients are Guatemalans who avoid paying duty on their purchases by returning illegally to Guatemala on rafts that ply the Suchiate River, which demarcates that section of the border.“The people are scared to come because they fear that the government will come and take their merchandise,” said Mary, a vendor in Ciudad Hidalgo who asked that her last name be withheld for fear of government persecution. “We live from that commerce, eat from that commerce.” Immigrants’ advocates anticipated that the increasing presence of security forces would continue to drive down the number of people trying to migrate north, but they expected that in time, the flows would rebound, perhaps through more remote and dangerous migratory pathways. “It’s going to be like when Trump became president, and the rate of migration went down for several months, but then went back up again,” said David Tobasura, a Chiapas-based immigration consultant for the American Friends Service Committee. “This is not going to stop migration. Surely in a few weeks or months, it will go back up. It’ll be the same as it was before.” Guatemala, Guatemala border, Mexico, Mexico smuggling, smuggling, Smugglers, United States, migration, Border security forces, Deployment, World news, Indian Express news Soldiers working with Mexico’s National Guard at an immigration checkpoint in Comitán de Domínguez, Mexico(The New York Times)Across the border, in Nentón, Guatemala, Silvia Avaja, 30, owner of a general store, said she usually travelled to Mexico once every three months to buy products such as soap, deodorant and toothpaste. But the new security measures in Mexico had spooked her.She, too, had heard that Mexican authorities were seizing shoppers’ black market goods.“I’m thinking of not going over there anymore,” she said. But the effect of the deployment has been felt most significantly among migrants in the country illegally, who now see a more impenetrable Mexico.Jonathan, 28, a Nicaraguan seminary student, said he fled his home after being subjected to government persecution and death threats after his participation in anti-government protests last year. He first tried to settle in Costa Rica but, facing more death threats there, he flew to Guatemala and travelled by land to the border with Mexico.He made it to Frontera Comalapa, 25 miles into Mexico, before the new migration-control measures brought his trip to a grinding halt. “I never thought it would be like this,” he said, sitting in a soup kitchen one afternoon last week and considering the possibility that this was as far north as he was going to get. 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Dinosaur eggs came in many colors—just like birds

first_img By John PickrellOct. 31, 2018 , 2:00 PM Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Dinosaur eggs came in many colors—just like birds’ Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Bird eggs have been admired since ancient times for their many hues and patterns, from the vivid blue of American robin eggs to the deep green-black of emu eggs. Now, a study shows these colors and markings are even older than we thought—they may have graced dinosaur eggs some 150 million years ago or more.“[This] is a true discovery,” says Mark Hauber, an ornithologist who studies the evolution of bird eggs and brooding behaviors at the University of Illinois in Urbana and was not involved in the research. Until now, most experts thought colored eggs evolved more recently, in various groups of modern birds, and that the earliest birds laid pure white eggs like crocodiles, he says.Research in the past few decades has shown many traits once thought to define modern birds, including feathers, wishbones, brooding behaviors, avian-style lungs, and hollow skeletons, evolved first in their dinosaur forebears. And last year, molecular paleobiologist Jasmina Wiemann of Yale University published the first evidence of dinosaur egg coloration, using chemical analysis to detect two pigments—blue-green biliverdin and red-brown protoporphyrin—in the eggs of a 70-million-year-old parrot-beaked oviraptorosaur called Heyuannia from China.center_img Can you pick out the dinosaur egg? It’s the textured gray fossil on the far right, surrounded by (clockwise from bottom right) a green cassowary egg, a blue-gray emu egg, and a white alligator egg. Small corvid eggs surround the larger eggs. Email Jasmina Wiemann To find out whether colored dinosaur eggs shared an evolutionary origin with those of birds, Wiemann and her colleagues amassed well-preserved fragments of fossil eggshell from 15 Cretaceous era dinosaurs and extinct birds, as well as eggshell from living chickens, terns, emus, and alligators. Instead of using the chemical analysis they developed for the 2017 study, which required grinding up fossil specimens, they turned to an innovative technique for studying fossils: something called Raman microspectroscopy. The method requires no destruction of fossils, instead bouncing a laser off the surface of the eggshells to betray their molecular makeup, including whether they carried traces of the two pigments known to color modern eggshells.The team found fossil eggs of many colors and speckling patterns. A relative of Velociraptor called Deinonychus laid eggs with blue-green color; the lightly built carnivorous troodontids had eggshells of blue-green, beige, or white; and the eggs of the Chinese oviraptorosaur Heyuannia previously tested were deep blue-green. Maps of protoporphyrin accumulation across the surface of many of the eggs, including Deinonychus and some troodontids revealed darker speckling patterns on top of the background color.As the researchers write today in Nature, the fact that they found colored eggs in so many carnivorous theropod dinosaurs that are closely related to birds—and exactly the same method of eggshell pigmentation—means colored eggs evolved “deep within the dinosaur tree and long before the spectacular radiation of modern birds,” likely more than 150 million years ago.Tinted shells probably camouflaged dinosaur eggs from predators, as do the shells of today’s birds, whereas distinctive speckling patterns may have helped parents distinguish their own eggs from those of cuckoolike dinosaurian nest parasites, Wiemann says. Birds with white eggs today, such as ostriches, parrots, and some domestic chickens, must have later lost the trait of coloring their eggs through evolution, she says.Traditionally, dinosaurs were thought of as reptilian-style breeders that dumped their eggs and left. But because egg color in birds is associated with complex nesting behaviors, this—along with existing fossil evidence—signals such advanced parental care may have also taken place among dinosaurs. Egg coloration as camouflage likely evolved soon after dinosaurs switched from burying their eggs to building open nests, Weimann adds, because from that point on, they needed to hide them from predators.No hint of pigment was detected in the eggs of several herbivorous long-necked sauropods or a duck-billed dinosaur Maiasaura, suggesting these species—which are on more distant branches of the dinosaur family tree—had white eggs that they buried in the ground like modern-day turtles.David Varricchio, who studies dinosaur reproduction and brooding at Montana State University in Bozeman, says that because the authors used a novel technique, others will want to test its veracity. But, he says, the fact that we are even beginning to discuss the color of eggs more than 66 million years old is “pretty dang amazing.”Wiemann plans to increase the dinosaur sample size to see whether she can pin down exactly where and when within the carnivorous theropod group of dinosaurs (which also includes birds) colored eggshells first evolved, and what color came first. Given the analytical methods from other scientific disciplines now available for work on fossils, “It’s an amazing time to be a paleontologist,” she says.last_img read more

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Main Surface Pro Improvements Are Beneath the Surface

first_imgMicrosoft on Tuesday announced a refresh of its Surface Pro tablet-laptop computer.Although Microsoft said the fifth generation of the unit has been redesigned from the inside out with more than 800 new custom parts, the Surface Pro looks similar to its predecessor.”If you were looking for a major redesign of Surface, this isn’t it,” said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research.Nevertheless, Microsoft has made some significant improvements in the tablet cum laptop.”Overall, the new Microsoft Surface Pro is a significant, even substantial, improvement over the Surface 4,” said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. Refresh Needed Badly John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John. The new Surface Pro remains light and thin at 1.7 pounds and 8.5mm, and it’s going to support LTE later this year, Microsoft said.”If you preorder a unit, you will not have the option to use 4G connections,” explained Jeff Orr, senior practice director for mobile devices at ABI Research. “You can only use WiFi or Bluetooth connections.”The addition of cellular connectivity rounds out the capabilities of the Surface Pro.”If you’re talking about a truly mobile product, you should be able to connect anywhere,” Orr told TechNewsWorld.Despite its many improvements, the new Surface Pro still doesn’t support USB-C connections.”It would have been nice to have at least one USB-C port,” Pund-IT’s King told TechNewsWorld.Microsoft also has dropped numbering with this latest model, which may confuse the market in the long run.”It’s more difficult for buyers to know what is new and what is old in the channel,” Moorhead told TechNewsWorld.”Buying peripherals are more difficult, too,” he continued. “We have seen these issues with the Apple iPad, and we will see them with Surface Pro.” Better Battery Life Battery life has been boosted to 13.5 hours, which is 50 percent greater than the new Surface Pro’s predecessor, and 35 percent greater than its Apple rival, the iPad Pro.Microsoft has upgraded the processors in the line, too, giving the new unit 2.5 times more computational performance than the Surface Pro 3, and 1.7 times the performance of the iPad Pro.The Surface Pro models that use Intel’s 7th-generation Core m3 and i5 chips are fanless, so they’re quiet as well as powerful. The i7 model of the unit with a fan is relatively quiet, too, with a noise level of 18db.”The fanless 7th-gen Core i5 capabilities are unique in a tablet, and it’s apparent Microsoft did some serious thermal work,” said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy.The new Surface Pro also has a high-resolution screen — 2736 x 1824 — with 267 pixels per inch, which is 50 percent more than a 12-inch MacBook.The display is enhanced by Microsoft’s PixelSense Accelerator technology, which is designed to make colors vibrant and precise.center_img Future LTE Support A new version of the Surface Pro was overdue.”The product line definitely needed a refresh. This brings the Surface Pro products up to spec with other Surface products,” ABI’s Orr said.”This will help Microsoft continue the momentum it’s had with Surface and help establish it in more organizations,” he added.Before the refresh, that momentum might have begun to stall.”The current Surface Pro has been around for a year and half now, so its sales began to slip because it’s old technology,” said Jack E. Gold, principal analyst at J.Gold Associates.”They really needed to update it,” he told TechNewsWorld.Microsoft began taking advance orders for the new Surface Pro Tuesday, and will start shipping units June 15. Base price is US$799 for a model with an Intel Core m3 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128-GB solid state drive. Keyboards are $159.99. Pricing for the Surface Pen was not announced. Improvements also have been made to the Surface Pen, which is sold separately and is offered in four colors — platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue and black. With 4,096 pressure points, the pen is four times more sensitive than the original Surface Pen, Microsoft said, and with a latency of 21 milliseconds, it’s close to capturing the experience of an analog pen to paper.”The long battery life and the fanless design will be the greatest draws for this Surface Pro,” Reticle’s Rubin told TechNewsWorld.Meanwhile, “the new pen technology should resonate with those using their Surface for nuanced drawings,” he added.Drawing on the new Surface Pro is easier, too, thanks to an improved hinge that gives the unit 165 degrees of motion.Microsoft also has spruced up the keyboards for the new Surface Pro. They’re covered with Alcantara fabric, which is treated with a high-performance polyurethane coating to resist spills. Keyboard colors match those of the Surface Pen. More Sensitive Penlast_img read more

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Diabetes patients with poor blood sugar control face highest risk of serious

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 26 2018A new study has shown that diabetes patients with the poorest control of their blood sugars face the highest risks of hospitalization and death due to infections.The study, conducted by researchers at St George’s, University of London, analyzed the electronic GP and hospital records of more than 85,000 English adults aged 40 to 89 years with a diabetes diagnosis and a measurement of glycated hemoglobin, or long-term blood sugar, which is a marker of diabetes control. The researchers compared diabetes patients with poor control to those with good control, and to people without diabetes.They found that for most types of infection, particularly those caused by bacteria, the risk of having an infection rose for those with the worst diabetes control.Related StoriesMothers with gestational diabetes transferring harmful ‘forever chemicals’ to their fetusNew biomaterial could encapsulate and protect implanted insulin-producing cellsSome people treated for type 1 diabetes may have monogenic diabetes, study findsProfessor Julia Critchley, of the Population Health Research Institute, at St George’s, University of London, said: “Diabetes patients with the worst control were almost three times as likely to need hospital treatment for an infection compared to those with good control. This was especially high for people with type 1 diabetes and very poor control, who had about 8.5 times higher risk of needing such treatment compared to those without diabetes.””Across England as a whole, we found that poor diabetes control accounted for about 20-46% of some of the most serious types of infections (sepsis, bone and joint infections, tuberculosis and endocarditis) seen in diabetes patients.”The researchers also found that poor diabetes control accounted for 15% of pneumonia infections and 16% of all deaths related to infections. Professor Critchley added: “Pneumonia is very common and often causes death in older people, and we demonstrated a clear link to blood sugar control.”People with diabetes can control their blood sugar levels better through exercise, diet and weight management, and taking medication when needed. GPs and others involved in their care can also help by carefully increasing dose of any medicines or adding new medications as required.The large size of the study enabled the researchers to show that it is rare but serious infections that seem to be increased the most by having poor control of diabetes. It also showed the particularly high risks for people with type 1 diabetes and poor control. Patients with good diabetes control remained at higher risk of getting an infection compared to patients without diabetes, but for this group the risk is lower. Source:https://www.sgul.ac.uk/news/news-archive/poor-diabetes-control-can-lead-to-increased-risk-of-serious-infections-study-showslast_img read more

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Highly Sensitive Encrypted Email at Risk of Exposure

first_imgAdding to the severity of the attack is its ability to access past emails.”The victim’s mail client can be used as a tool to decrypt old emails that have been sent or received,” Cardozo said. “That’s pretty severe.”For users concerned about the security of their PGP or S/MIME email clients, Eset’s Dorais-Joncas offered these recommendations:Stop using vulnerable email clients to decrypt emails. Use a standalone application.Disable HTML rendering and automatic remote content in your email client. This will block the backchannel communication mechanism used by the flaw to exfiltrate cleartext data.Look for updates. It is expected that vendors will issue patches to correct some of the flaws exposed by the researchers. Since only a small percentage of email users employ a PGP or S/MIME client, the threat the flaw poses to all users isn’t as severe as it could be, said Alexis Dorais-Joncas, security intelligence team lead at Eset.”However, it is extremely severe for the vulnerable users and their correspondents, as this threat offers a way for an attacker to access clear-text content of communications meant to be secure,” he told TechNewsWorld.Of the more than 3 billion email users in the world, only tens of millions use PGP mail, EFF’s Cardozo estimated.”Those that use it, however, are people like journalists, system administrators and folks that run vulnerability reporting programs at big companies,” he said, “so the type of information that is sent via PGP is usually the most sensitive of sensitive.” Sensitive Info Threatened Although the issue is serious, it has more to do with buggy clients at the host than with OpenPGP, Exabeam Chief Security Strategist Stephen Moore he told TechNewsWorld.Some email clients fail to use the encryption protocol’s native features to stymie the kind of attack described by the researchers, noted Phil Zimmermann, author of PGP and an associate professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.”There’s some checking that goes on in PGP. If the email client reacts to the news delivered by PGP that something has been tampered with, then everything will be OK,” he told TechNewsWorld. “But if the client ignores that information, then you get this vulnerability.”Fixing the flaw in an email client that uses PGP isn’t an onerous task, Zimmermann added.”I saw someone patch it pretty quickly, within a few hours,” he said.A patch to address the flaw already has been made for the Thunderbird email client, but not yet for Apple Mail, said Nate Cardozo, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”The patch doesn’t close the vulnerability — it just makes it impossible to exploit on a client,” he told TechNewsWorld.”Emails that are sent from the client are still exploitable,” Cardozo pointed out. “It fixes the receiving end of the vul, but it doesn’t fix the underlying vulnerability in the protocol, which remains.”When that underlying problem is fixed, it likely won’t be backward-compatible, he added. Client Ignores Bad Newscenter_img A newfound flaw in email clients that use PGP and S/MIME to encrypt messages can be exploited to expose the plain text of the missives, according to a paper published Monday.By injecting malicious snippets of text into encrypted messages, attackers can use the flaw to make the email client exfiltrate decrypted copies of the emails, explained the authors, a team of researchers from three European universities.Malicious action is triggered as soon as a recipient opens a single crafted email from an attacker, they wrote. The team is comprised of researchers from the Munster University of Applied Sciences and Ruhr University Bochum, both in Germany, and KU Leuven in the Netherlands.The software defect was found in 23 of 35 S/MIME clients and in 10 of 28 PGP clients tested.”While it is necessary to change the OpenPGP and S/MIME standards to fix these vulnerabilities, some clients had even more severe implementation flaws allowing straightforward exfiltration of the plaintext,” the researchers wrote. Past Messages Endangered John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John.last_img read more

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Researchers find pesticide residues lurking in rural NYS homes

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 23 2018Despite the existence of chemical-free methods to eradicate pests, Americans use more than a billion pounds of pesticides per year. These chemicals are mostly out of sight and out of mind to unsuspecting homeowners, who are typically unaware of how to prevent potential harm – something new Cornell University research is addressing.In a study recently published in JSM Health Education & Primary Health Care, College of Human Ecology researchers Joseph Laquatra, Mark Pierce, Alan Hedge and Ann Lemley examined the extent of indoor pesticide pollution in New York state rural homes.Conducting pesticide analyses as part of a larger effort that studied pollutants in homes and child care facilities, the researchers sampled 350 homes in Chenango, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Wyoming and Hamilton counties, looking for 15 potentially toxic pesticides commonly used in those areas’ agricultural practices, with a likelihood of accumulation in the interiors of nearby homes.”We found that pesticide residues are ubiquitous in rural homes in New York state,” said Laquatra, professor of design and environmental analysis, who noted that positive results for such chemicals were found in every house tested.Particularly concerning to Laquatra and his fellow researchers is what is known about these chemicals and their potential harmfulness to humans, especially infants.”Numerous health problems occur from exposure to pesticides, such as cancer, birth defects, leukemia and ocular [vision-related] toxicity, among a number of other health issues,” Laquatra said. “Households with crawling toddlers should be concerned, as toddlers will accumulate pesticide residues on their hands and then ingest them due to hand-to-mouth behaviors.”Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTGender biases are extremely common among health care professionalsPrevious studies of pesticide residues in homes have highlighted entry routes for chemicals that include tracking with shoes, bare feet, clothing or animal fur; airborne entry; and soil gas entry. Adjacency and proximity to agricultural operations have also been cited as factors responsible for residential pesticide residues because of spray drift. Further, pesticides applied to gardens and lawns can follow these same transport routes into a home.Once inside a home, according to research, pesticide residues accumulate in dust and degrade at a lower rate than they do outdoors because they are shielded from the effects of rain, sun and soil microbial activity.According to the study, “Common Pesticide Residues in Rural Homes of New York State,” pesticide education programs could include home maintenance guidelines for prevention – and safe eradication – of accumulated pesticide residues, of which consumers may not be aware.Emphasis, said Laquatra, should be placed on the importance of keeping the home clean.”When building new homes or remodeling existing homes, install hard surface, easy-to-clean floors, such as hardwood, tile or resilient flooring. Keep floors clean,” he said. “Have a home entry system that captures soil and pollutants at the door. This entry system should consist of a hard-surfaced walkway, such as a paved sidewalk, a grate-like scraper mat outside the entry door, and a highly absorbent doormat that will trap pollutants.”These best practices, according to Laquatra, can have vast education and public policy implications to help minimize exposure to residents, not only in New York state but across the country. Source:http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/10/new-study-finds-harmful-pesticides-lurking-ny-homeslast_img read more

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3D mapping technology can monitor and track the behavior of engineered cells

first_imgMy hope is to help millions of people in need. Tissue engineering already provides new hope for hard-to-treat disorders, and our technology brings even more possibilities.”Chi Hwan Lee, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering in Purdue’s College of Engineering, who leads the research team Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 28 2019Medical advancements can come at a physical cost. Often following diagnosis and treatment for cancer and other diseases, patients’ organs and cells can remain healed but damaged from the medical condition.In fact, one of the fastest growing medical markets is healing and/or replacing organs and cells already treated, yet remain damaged by cancer, cardiovascular disease and other medical issues. The global tissue engineering market is expected to reach $11.5 billion by 2022. That market involves researchers and medical scientists working to repair tissues damaged by some of the world’s most debilitating cancers and diseases.One big challenge remains for the market – how to monitor and continuously test the performance of engineered tissues and cells to replace damaged ones. Purdue University researchers have come up with a 3D mapping technology to monitor and track the behavior of the engineered cells and tissues and improve the success rate for patients who have already faced a debilitating disease. The technology is published in the June 19 edition of ACS Nano. Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellSubclinical cardiovascular disease linked to higher risk of falling in older adultsStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskThe Purdue team created a tissue scaffold with sensor arrays in a stackable design that can monitor electrophysiological activities of cells and tissues. The technology uses the information to produce 3D maps to track activity.”This device offers an expanded set of potential options to monitor cell and tissue function after surgical transplants in diseased or damaged bodies,” Lee said. “Our technology offers diverse options for sensing and works in moist internal body environments that are typically unfavorable for electronic instruments.”Lee said the Purdue device is an ultra-buoyant scaffold that allows the entire structure to remain afloat on the cell culture medium, providing complete isolation of the entire electronic instrument from the wet conditions inside the body.Lee and his team have been working with Sherry Harbin, a professor in Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, to test the device in stem cell therapies with potential applications in the regenerative treatment of diseases.Their works align with Purdue’s Giant Leaps celebration, celebrating the global advancements in health as part of Purdue’s 150th anniversary. Health, including disease monitoring and treatment, is one of the four themes of the yearlong celebration’s Ideas Festival, designed to showcase Purdue as an intellectual center solving real-world issues.Lee and the other researchers worked with the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization to patent the new device. Source:Purdue UniversityJournal reference:Lee, C.H. et al. (2019) Sensor-Instrumented Scaffold Integrated with Microporous Spongelike Ultrabuoy for Long-Term 3D Mapping of Cellular Behaviors and Functions.ACS Nano. doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.9b02291.last_img read more

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Boeing issues advice over sensors after Indonesia crash

first_imgLion Air JT610 plunged into the Java Sea less than half an hour after taking off from Jakarta on a routine flight to Pangkal Pinang city Citation: Boeing issues advice over sensors after Indonesia crash (2018, November 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-boeing-issues-advice-sensors-indonesia.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The planemaker said local aviation officials believed pilots may have been given wrong information by the plane’s automated systems before the fatal crash.”The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has indicated that Lion Air flight 610 experienced erroneous input from one of its AOA (Angle of Attack) sensors,” Boeing said.”Boeing issued an Operations Manual Bulletin (OMB) directing operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an AOA sensor.”An AOA sensor provides data about the angle at which wind is passing over the wings and tells pilots how much lift a plane is getting. The information can be critical in preventing the plane from stalling.Lion Air JT610 plunged into the Java Sea less than half an hour after taking off from Jakarta on a routine flight to Pangkal Pinang city. There were no survivors.The doomed jet was a Boeing 737-Max 8, one of the world’s newest and most advanced commercial passenger planes, and there is still no answer as to what caused the crash. A preliminary report is expected at the end of the month.Indonesian investigators said Wednesday the plane had experienced instrument failures on four flights, including on one journey where both the AOA sensor and the airspeed indicator were affected.Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee told reporters that after one flight from Bali to Jakarta—the last flight before the crash—the left and right AOA sensors were found to disagree by 20 degrees.He said the pilot had landed the plane safely on that occasion.”The pilot’s success became our reference to give a recommendation to Boeing so they could issue an advice for other airlines to follow the same procedures if the same situation occurs,” Soerjanto said.He added that the broken sensor from the Bali-Jakarta flight would be sent to the manufacturer in Chicago for further examination.”We also plan to conduct a flight reconstruction to see the impact of the AOA sensor damage in the engineering simulator at the Boeing facility in Seattle.”Search teams combing the wreckage of JT610 have filled 186 body bags with remains, but only 44 victims have been identified so far.Indonesian officials said on Wednesday they would extend the search by three days.Divers have recovered one of the two “black boxes”—the flight data recorder—but are still looking for the cockpit voice recorder, in the hope it will shed more light on the cause of the accident.The accident has resurrected concerns about Indonesia’s poor air safety record, which until recently saw its carriers facing years-long bans from entering European Union and US airspace. Boeing issued a special bulletin Wednesday addressing a sensor problem flagged by Indonesian safety officials investigating the crash of a Lion Air 737 that killed 189 people last week.center_img Explore further © 2018 AFP Black boxes: crucial to air crash probeslast_img read more

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Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp

first_img Researchers last week used the drone from the Switzerland-based company senseFly as part of a mapping project to help future restoration work at Camp Amache in Granada, Colorado.From 1942 to 1945, more than 7,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants were forcibly relocated to Camp Amache. They were among the 110,000 Japanese-Americans ordered to camps throughout the U.S.The Amache effort is part of a growing movement to identify and preserve U.S. historical sites connected to people of color.For example, a digital project headed up by Brown University professor Monica Martinez seeks to locate sites connected to racial violence along the Texas border with Mexico. A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This Jan. 18, 2015, file photo shows a rebuilt watchtower at Camp Amache, the site of a former World War II-era Japanese-American internment camp in Granada, Colo. A University of Denver team is using a drone to create a 3D reconstruction of the camp in southern Colorado. The Amache effort is part of a growing movement to identify and preserve historical sites connected to people of color in the U.S. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File) Explore further This Jan. 18, 2015, file photo, shows a sign denoting the site of the police station of Camp Amache, a former World War II-era Japanese-American internment camp in Granada, Colo. A University of Denver team is using a drone to create a 3D reconstruction of the camp in southern Colorado. The Amache effort is part of a growing movement to identify and preserve historical sites connected to people of color in the U.S. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File) In this Nov. 16, 2007, file photo, Bob Fuchigami looks through one of the albums of photographs that he has collected on Camp Amache during an interview at his home near Evergreen, Colo. Fuchigami was 12-year-old when he and his family were forced to leave their 20-acre farm in Northern California for the Japanese-American internment camp in Granada, Colo. A University of Denver team is using a drone to create a 3D reconstruction of the camp in southern Colorado. The Amache effort is part of a growing movement to identify and preserve historical sites connected to people of color in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File) In this Nov. 16, 2007, file photo, Bob Fuchigami looks through one of the albums of photographs that he has collected on Camp Amache during an interview at his home near Evergreen, Colo. Fuchigami was 12-year-old when he and his family were forced to leave their 20-acre farm in Northern California for the Japanese-American internment camp in Granada, Colo. A University of Denver team is using a drone to create a 3D reconstruction of the camp in southern Colorado. The Amache effort is part of a growing movement to identify and preserve historical sites connected to people of color in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File) This Jan. 18, 2015, file photo shows a sign at the entrance to Camp Amache, the site of a former World War II-era Japanese-American internment camp in Granada, Colo. A University of Denver team is using a drone to create a 3D reconstruction of the camp in southern Colorado. The Amache effort is part of a growing movement to identify and preserve historical sites connected to people of color in the U.S. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File) Location of WWII internment camp linked to long-term economic inequality This Jan. 18, 2015, file photo shows a rebuilt watchtower at Camp Amache, the site of a former World War II-era Japanese-American internment camp in Granada, Colo. A University of Denver team is using a drone to create a 3D reconstruction of the camp in southern Colorado. The Amache effort is part of a growing movement to identify and preserve historical sites connected to people of color in the U.S. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File) Citation: Drone used to aid 3-D remake of Japanese internment camp (2019, April 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-drone-aid-3d-remake-japanese.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Amazon Prime Day Best Deals for Science Lovers

first_imgAmazon’s annual Prime Day will deliver savings on thousands of products for Prime members today (July 16). Live Science is wading through these products so you don’t have to, bringing you the nerdiest picks: from microscope slide collections to DIY robots; from chemistry sets to molecule jewelry. For all you science geeks out there, here’s a look at what we’re watching right now. We will be updating this page throughout the day with our favorite science-y deals. Dinosaur PuppetsHeadbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/59741-amazon-prime-day-science-deals.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Rawr! Stage epic Jurassic battles with three colorful dinosaur head puppets. Though real dinosaurs were feathered, these heads of extinct carnivorous dinosaurs such at T. rex and Velociraptor are made of soft, painted silicon. Prime Day price: $18.95, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Dinosaur Puppets on Amazon.com Anatomy Apron Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, why not wear it on an apron — along with your lungs, liver, intestines and other organs? Soft sculptures in polyester and cotton offer an external view of the organs in the human body, assembled in their correct positions. Prime Day price: $17.99, a savings of 40% for Prime members Buy Anatomy Apron on Amazon.com Newton’s Cradle Enjoy a mesmerizing desktop display of physics in action, with a device known as Newton’s Cradle. The swinging motion of the stainless steel balls demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy as the balls at the end of the row transmit force through the rest of the spheres. Prime Day price: $12.79, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Newton’s Cradle on Amazon.com Shark Night Light Sharks usually cruise unseen in the dark ocean depths, but this 3D illuminated shark lamp will light up the darkness of your room. The LED light cycles through seven colors and is powered by USB or 3 AA batteries (not included). Prime Day price: $13.19, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy 3D Shark Night Light on Amazon.com Prepared Human Pathology Slide Set These 12 research-quality slides are a superb educational tool for introducing students to the effects of disease on the human body. They contain tissue samples representing a range of human pathologies, including anaemia, tuberculosis, cancer, fibroma and tumors. Prime Day price: $40.00, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Human Pathology Slide Set on Amazon.com Inflatable Stegosaurus Costume This inflatable costume will transform you into the stegosaurus you’ve always wanted to be. The costume is 100% polyester and is best suited for people of heights between 4 feet 9 inches (1.5 meters) and six feet two inches (1.9 m) tall. Included with the costume is fan for inflation, which requires 4 AA batteries (not included). Prime Day price: $35.19, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Dinosaur Costume on Amazon.com Over-Glasses Safety Goggles Just because you wear prescriptions glasses doesn’t mean you have to compromise safety during your experiments. These durable, scratch-resistant safety goggles will fit comfortably over your glasses, offering protection against splattering liquids or airborne particles. They also filter out 99% of UV light. Prime Day price: $8.52, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Safety Goggles on Amazon.com National Geographic Birds Field Guide Get to know your feathered neighbors with the “National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America,” the most up-to-date guide available. Beautifully illustrated and packed with information to thrill and delight birdwatchers of all levels, the book describes more than 1,000 species of birds. Prime Day price: $16.32, a savings of 46% for Prime members. Take an additional $5 off the price with promo code PRIMEBOOK19 when spending $15 or more on books offered by Amazon.com. Buy Nat Geo Bird Guide on Amazon.com Caffeine Necklace Show the world how much you love coffee on a molecular level, with this metal alloy necklace that shows coffee’s chemical structure. Also available in silver, gold and rose gold tones. Prime Day price: $11.85, a savings of 25% for Prime members Buy Caffeine Necklace on Amazon.com Nicola Tesla Patents Art Prints Celebrate the genius of pioneering engineer and thinker Nicola Tesla with a set of six art prints depicting some of his most celebrated inventions, including an electromagnet motor, an electric incandescent lamp and an alternative electric current generator. Prime Day price: $11.24, a savings of 25% for Prime members Buy Tesla Patents Prints on Amazon.com Hummingbird Feeder If hummingbirds are native to the region where you live, you can attract them to your backyard with this easy-to-assemble hummingbird feeder. It can hold 12 ounces (0.4 liters) of nectar and has four feeding stations, and it can be suspended from a pole, pillar or branch. Prime Day price: $10.87, a savings of 36% for Prime members Buy Hummingbird Feeder on Amazon.com Math Formula Wall Clock Math nerds will delight in keeping time with this silent, battery-operated wall clock, which displays math equations to mark the hours. It measures 12 inches (31 centimeters) in diameter and requires one AA battery (not included). Prime Day price: $19.74, a savings of 21% for Prime members Buy Math Formula Wall Clock on Amazon.com Moon Lamp Now you can experience the full moon whenever you like, with a spherical lamp modeled to resemble the lunar surface. The lamp features 16 colors and 4 display modes, which can be adjusted by touch or by remote control, and it will remain illuminated for 6 to 12 hours at a time, depending on the brightness setting. Prime Day price: $18.49, a savings of 26% for Prime members Buy Moon Lamp on Amazon.com Microscope Slide Collection A diverse array of microscopic tissue samples representing plants and animals are at your fingertips, in this 48-pack microscope slide collection. These high-transparency prepared plastic slides are clearly labeled and will provide hours of fascination and discovery for curious minds with a microscope. Prime Day price: $9.80, a 51% savings for Prime members Buy Microscope Slides on Amazon.com Serotonin Molecule Sterling Silver Necklace Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with the regulation of mood, sleep patterns and appetite, and is thought to contribute to feelings of happiness. With this serotonin molecule necklace, you can carry a little happiness with you wherever you go. Prime Day price: $18.39, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Serotonin Necklace on Amazon.com Boom! Combustion Chemistry Kit Who could resist the chance to make something go boom? This kit includes everything an aspiring chemist will need to make colorful expanding liquids; to launch rockets and geysers; and to generate explosive sounds and sparkle effects. Recommended for ages 8 (with adult supervision) and up. Prime Day price: $36.58, Prime members save an additional 20% at checkout Buy Boom! Chemistry Kit on Amazon.com Men’s Science Socks Put your best foot forward (and by “best” we mean “nerdiest”) with these colorful socks, decorated with atoms, beakers, microscopes, and other science symbols. Prime Day price: $8.79, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Men’s Science Socks on Amazon.com Assorted Science Decals Declare your nerdiness to the world by plastering these science decals on everything you own. Each pack contains 50 unique designs that are fade-resistant and waterproof, each measuring around 2 to 3 inches (6 to 8 centimeters) wide. Prime Day price: $5.59, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Assorted Science Decals on Amazon.com Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoCNETMeet the US Navy’s new $13 billion aircraftCNETUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndolast_img read more

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Misophonia Why Do Some Sounds Drive People Crazy

first_img Why Does the Sound of Water Help You Sleep? What Is White Noise? What’s That Noise? 11 Strange and Mysterious Sounds on Earth & Beyond Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoComparisons.orgRowland Heights Pays Homeowners to Install Solar. See if your zip code qualifiesComparisons.org Could a seemingly innocent sound like someone chewing potato chips shoot up your heart rate and send your brain into a frenzy as if you were caught in a life-and-death situation? For people who suffer from misophonia, it can. Misophonia is a mysterious condition characterized by the experience of strong negative emotions, often anger and anxiety, in response to some everyday sounds other people make, such as humming, chewing, typing and even breathing. Although at first glance it may sound like an unfortunate but trivial annoyance, studies so far paint a more serious picture. “Some people doubt whether it’s really a disorder. They say, ‘Well, I get annoyed as well when I go to the movies and someone is eating crisps,'” said Damiaan Denys, professor of psychiatry at the University of Amsterdam. “There’s one important difference: These patients really suffer. We have seen divorces, we’ve seen people quitting their jobs.” Lack of awareness about the condition has even led to children with misophonia being diagnosed with much more severe disorders like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism, Denys told Live Science. [What is the Taos Hum?]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65669-what-is-misophonia.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Misophonia has been scarcely researched and is not yet formally recognized as a psychiatric or neurological condition. But some psychologists who have seen the intense distress it causes in their patients are convinced it should be taken seriously. “I completely believe it exists, based on the research and based on my interactions with patients,” said Ali Mattu, an assistant professor in medical psychology at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City. “I’m just not quite sure what it is.” A brain that’s slightly different The underlying mechanism of misophonia is not fully known, but scientists suspect it’s caused by the way some people’s brains process particular sounds and react to them. In a new study published May 17 in the journal Scientific Reports, Denys and his colleagues monitored the brains of 21 people with misophonia and 23 healthy participants as they watched video clips of the following actions: triggering sounds, like lip smacking; neutral events, such as a person meditating; or gross scenes from movies. Only the misophonic clips caused a different response between the two groups. When watching a video of lip smacking or heavy breathing, people with misophonia felt intense anger and disgust, and their heart rates spiked. Their brain scans showed hyperactivation of the salience network, a group of brain areas that direct our attention to noticeable things in our surroundings. The study’s findings matched those from a study last year by another team, published in the journal Current Biology. That study found that in people with misophonia, trigger sounds send the salience network into an overdrive and activate brain areas responsible for regulating fear and emotions, as well as forming long-term memories. Using different brain-imaging techniques, the researchers found the connections between these brain areas are different and sometimes structurally more robust in people with misophonia than they are in the general public. These findings have led scientists to suspect misophonia is caused by a different wiring of the brain, causing the brain to perceive particular sounds as highly salient and respond with intense anxiety and distress. In other words, this brain reacts to a chewing sound in a way that’s more appropriate for responding to a lion’s roar. [Exploding Head Syndrome: A Mind-Blowing Sleep Disorder] Can a misophonic brain be calmed? Research into misophonia is so new, the condition is not well-defined and there are no standard guidelines for detecting and treating it. “The biggest challenge I have in treating it is that we just don’t have good criteria for what misophonia is,” Mattu told Live Science. “There isn’t an agreed upon psychiatric definition for it yet. There’s a lot of similarity between people who experience misophonia, but also a lot of diversity, which complicates our understanding of the condition. “Some of my patients experience anxiety in response to sounds. Some report disgust and others report rage,” Mattu said. To help patients with misophonia, therapists use a variety of techniques, often based on the type of symptoms. “What emotions are experienced and the thoughts that come up with those are key to treating this problem,” Mattu said. Those who experience fear and anxiety may respond to exposure-based treatments, in which therapists help them learn to manage their symptoms while exposing them to trigger sounds. In contrast, patients who experience anger learn to manage their distress through, for example, distraction or relaxation techniques. The most effective therapy so far appears to be cognitive behavioral therapy, in which therapists help people change the way they think about these situations and learn to shift their attention, Denys said.last_img read more

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TN to announce startup policy soon

first_imgentrepreneurship COMMENT September 20, 2018 SHARE The new start-up policy of Tamil Nadu, to be announced soon, will focus on grooming an entrepreneur and dealing with major issues during the early stage of entrepreneurship, said Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, State Secretary for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. “In the start-up policy, we will first talk about start steps and then about start-up. Start steps are about grooming a person to become an entrepreneur,” he said. Awareness creationTamil Nadu ranks No.2 in terms of the number of start-ups being registered. There is a good ecosystem in the State with facilities such as IIT-Research Park. However, there is lack of awareness among youngsters on various facilities and incentives available to become entrepreneurs, Creating awareness among ‘potential’ entrepreneurs and college students is one of the major focus areas in the start-up policy, Yadav said at a CII Startup Conclave ‘Startups – The next wave of Indian Economy’.The plan is to reach out to the maximum number of educational institutions, including engineering, arts and science, and expose students to the vistas of entrepreneurship and opportunities available to become entrepreneurs. The policy also talks about establishing incubation centres, providing support for co-working spaces, capital seed grant, venture capital fund, close association with educational and research institutes. The draft start-up policy is under circulation among various stakeholders, including industry and academia. On getting their feedback, the policy will be submitted to the State Cabinet for approval. “I cannot give a timeframe. It could be announced in a month or two months,” Yadav later told BusinessLine. IncentivesThere are many incentives available for a person to become an entrepreneur.For instance, credit guarantee funds of up to ₹2 crore loan is available wherein there is no need to mortgage any property. Providing support to first generation is nothing new for Tamil Nadu. The Anna Marumalarchi Scheme support first generation entrepreneurs, Yadav said at the conclave.The State government has supported 10 incubators in various educational institutions by providing ₹10 crore each. The Centre is also providing support for incubation centres. The Entrepreneurship Development Institute has reached out over 400 educational institutions across the State where entrepreneurship development cells have been created. Tamil Nadu SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

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BSNL Kerala launches solar rooftop power plant on its building

first_imgFebruary 04, 2019 solar Kerala RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published oncenter_img BSNL will have the right to ‘open access’ to wheel the excess electricity to the grid   –  the hindu Airtel steals a march over rivals, reaches remote parts of Arunachal SHARE BSNL Kerala is setting up solar rooftop power plants of 505 kWp capacity on its buildings in the state, with the first one being commissioned on the administrative building in Manacaud here. P.T. Mathew, Chief General Manager, BSNL Kerala, inaugurated the first grid interactive solar power plant of 65 kWp capacity at Manacaud on Saturday, an official spokesman said here. Also present on the occasion were S.S. Thampi, Principal General Manager, and S.H. Govindraddi, Senior Chief Engineer (Electrical). Similar plants will be commissioned on 12 more BSNL buildings this month. Ultimately, this will be scaled up to a project involving 2,000 kWp capacity, extending all over the state, utilising the shadow-free rooftops of all telephone exchange buildings, a BSNL spokesman said here.According to him, the solar project initiative has been conceptualised on the RESCO (Renewable Energy Service Company) model, with zero investment from BSNL. According to the model requirements, the capital investment is made by the solar developer and the solar power generated will be made available to BSNL at a fixed rate for the next 25 years. BSNL will have the right to ‘open access’ to wheel the excess electricity to the grid, and this could alos be used by another BSNL building.This endeavour would not only save on BSNL’s electricity charges, but would also contribute towards ensuring a green and clean atmosphere by reducing carbon emissions.The total capacity of the current array of 505 kWp solar power plants is approximately 7.4 lakh units of pollution-free electricity annually. This will, in turn, reduce about 600 tonnes of carbon emission. BSNL is committed to implementing more solar projects in Kerala, the spokesman said, extending its green initiative and discharging part of its corporate social responsibility as well. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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No spring in Syafiqs step on first day of World Aquatics Cships

first_imgPETALING JAYA: It was a disappointing opening day for the Malaysian diving team at the World Aquatics Championship in Gwangju, South Korea.Diver Muhd Syafiq Puteh (pic) could only finish in 33rd place after accumulating a total score of 283.20 points during the preliminary round of the men’s 1m springboard event yesterday, thus missing out on the top-12 final round scheduled for Sunday.China’s duo of Wang Zongyuan and Peng Jianfeng were in a class of their own as they took the top two spots with scores of 429.40 and 410.80 points respectively.Their scores were miles ahead of South Korea’s Haram Woo who was third with 396.10 points. AdChoices广告For the second day at the world meet, Chew Yiwei and Ooi Tze Liang will compete in the preliminary rounds of the 3m springboard synchro event today.The duo are unlikely to make an impression but Yiwei’s main focus will be on securing Olympic qualification points in the 10m platform event by making it past the preliminary round and semi-finals next Friday. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Diving 11 May 2019 No fear of nosedive Related News Diving 04 Jul 2019 Diver Chew Yiwei out to emulate Bryan’s 2007 feat at World Aquatics Championships Diving 29 May 2019 Junior diver Kimberly Bong likely to partner Pandelela at world meetlast_img read more

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Ktaka crisis 5 more MLAs approach SC allege Speaker not accepting resignations

first_img Aneesha Mathur New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 20:15 IST Karnataka assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar had earlier denied the allegations, saying he was only following rules. (Photo: IANS)Five more rebel MLAs from Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka on Saturday approached the Supreme Court, alleging that the assembly Speaker, KR Ramesh Kumar did not accept their resignations.In their plea to the Supreme Court, the five MLAs — Anand Singh, Munirathna, K Sudhakar, MTB Nagaraju and Roshan Baig — have sought impleadment in the already pending application filed by the 10 other rebel MLAs on which the hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.The five MLAs who moved the Supreme Court on Saturday said that the legislators, who have submitted their resignations, have the “fundamental right to resign in consultation with their conscience or other attendant circumstances”.They also allege that the actions and the delay caused by the Speaker are in violation of the fundamental rights of the MLAs.”The right to resign from their office is their fundamental right as a citizen and as a public representative. It is humbly submitted that the actions of the Hon’ble Speaker are in violation of the fundamental rights of the Applicants,” the plea stated.It should be noted that the Speaker had earlier denied the allegations, saying that he is only following the Constitution and the rules. Justifying his actions, Speaker KR Ramesh said, “I am delaying the matter because I love this land. I only the Constitution. I am not acting in haste because of my love for the people.”The MLAs have said they are “identically placed” with the 10 MLAs who were granted status quo orders on Friday by the bench headed by the Chief justice of India.The rebel MLAs also argued that unlike the other 10 lawmakers, they had submitted their resignations in person to the Speaker and had followed the procedure of resignation. Hence, the MLAs said, no objections were raised by the Speaker regarding the format like he [the Speaker] happened in case of the other 10 other lawmakers.”Therefore, no objections were raised by the Speaker regarding the format, but the Speaker has still failed to accept their resignations so far. Further, there were no pending disqualification proceedings against them at the time of resignation. The act of submitting in person itself shows the voluntary nature and genuineness of the resignation,” the plea stated.The plea also added that “there is no scope for inquiry” into their resignations.They have also opposed the Karnataka government’s move to initiate disqualification proceedings against the MLAs who skipped the legislature party meeting on July 9. “The non-attendance of the legislature party meeting outside the House does not amount to a ground for disqualification,” the MLAs argued.The MLAs have also expressed their “apprehension” regarding their “safety” after MLA K Sudhakar was allegedly “held up” in a room where the embattled party leaders tried to convince him not to quit.”Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has announced on July 12 on the floor of the House that they would be seeking a floor test. It is submitted that despite the applicants’ resignations, they are being threatened to support the government on the threat of disqualification,” the plea read.These 10 rebel MLAs of Congress- JD(S) coalition who moved the apex court earlier alleging that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations were Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, BC Patil, S T Somashekhar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, A H Vishwanath and Narayana Gowda.Hearing their plea, the Supreme Court had on Friday restrained Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of these 10 MLAs.Citing “weighty issues that have arisen”, the apex court had said it will consider the matter on July 16 and ordered that the status quo as of Friday should be maintained.The resignation of these MLAs has plunged the HD Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka into a crisis as it faces the risk of losing majority in the Assembly.Also Read | MLAs have given resignation in right format now: Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh clarifiesAlso Read | Karnataka crisis: Speaker asked us to go to hell, rebel MLAs tell Supreme CourtAlso Watch | Kumaraswamy trust vote offer a googly or full toss?For 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 byChanchal Chauhan Karnataka crisis broadens as 5 more rebel MLAs approach SC, allege Speaker not accepting resignationsThe five MLAs have argued that unlike the other 10 lawmakers, they had submitted their resignations in person to the Speaker and had followed the procedure. Hence, the MLAs said, no objections were raised by the Speaker regarding the format like he [the Speaker] happened in case of the other 10 other lawmakers.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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