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WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Treat Mom This Mothers Day With A Trip From

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This year, why not celebrate your mom and/or grandmother with a fun day (or two) together? Consider a trip with the Wilmington Recreation Department as we will take care of all the details so you can enjoy your day!For the adventurous mom! How about spending a day in the Big Apple? We’re headed to NYC on Saturday, May 5. Plan to see a show, tour the 9/11 museum, visit the Statue of Liberty, or just take in all the sights of the city at your leisure. The time is yours to explore at your own pace. Cost is $65.For the game-loving mom! On Thursday, May 17 we’re off to Wright’s Farm Restaurant for our ‘Bingo Bonanza’ trip. This exciting day trip includes an all-you-can-eat chicken dinner and some Bingo action complete with prizes in the form of gift cards. Not only will you have a great afternoon complete with a delicious meal, you may even win something to take home with you! Cost is $62.For the musical mom! On Thursday, June 7, join us for a day trip to the acclaimed Venus de Milo Restaurant for a performance of “The King Returns”, an Elvis tribute by the popular Mark Shelton and his band. Our residents have raved about Mark’s performance on the Town Common and at the Beacon and Indian Head Resorts. A plated luncheon is included. Cost is $88.All of the above trips include roundtrip transportation, a tour escort, taxes and service charges.To register, visit https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Get Discounted Admission Tickets To 8 AttractionsIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football & Rec BasketballIn “Community”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Suzanne Sullivan For Selectwoman

first_imgDear Editor,I write this letter to ask you, the citizens of Wilmington, to cast one of your two votes for Selectman Candidate Suzanne Sullivan. I’ve known Suzanne for over 20 years. I’m just going to name a few things Suzanne has done in the time I’ve known her:Served on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen from 2003-2007Served on the original Master Plan Advisory CommitteeWorked on the Affordable Housing CommitteeServed on the Comprehensive Water Resource Management PlanOpen Space CommitteeCommunity Advisory Panel (charged with hiring the town environmental consultant GEO Insight)Currently serving on the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Advisory CommitteeThe Wilmington Environmental Restoration Committee (Olin Superfund Site)Currently co-vice president for the Ipswich River Watershed AssociationCurrently co-chair of the Head Waters Stream TeamIn 2014, for the 15thyear anniversary of getting no answers from the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Study, Suzanne has participated in the Buzz for Cure, and they raised close to $2,000. Suzanne intends doing so again this year to mark and bring awareness to the 20thyear of the study with still no answersCoached Wilmington Youth Soccer for nearly 20 yearsSuzanne’s spirit of volunteerism is second to none. For those of you who know Suzanne, you already know she is a go-getter and she is never afraid to ask the tough questions.  For those of you who don’t know Suzanne, she is someone who truly cares, she will take the time to listen to you, and will do her utmost best to succeed in any request a citizen makes here in the Town of Wilmington.  If Suzanne Sullivan were to be paid for everything she’s done for Wilmington and the people who live here, she could retire a millionaire. She is truly one of the most kindhearted, generous and devoted people I’ve ever known.I ask you to consider giving Suzanne Sullivan one of your two votes on Election Day, Saturday, April 27, 2019.Thank you,Michael V. McCoy30-year incumbentWilmington Board of SelectmenLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedELECTION UPDATE: Suzanne Sullivan, Rob Fasulo, Daryn Marsh Join Selectmen RacesIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Appointments To Town’s New Economic Development Committee Gets ComplicatedIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectwoman Candidate Suzanne SullivanIn “Government”last_img read more

Hulu tops 25 million subscribers but still trails Netflix by miles

first_img Share your voice Post a comment 0 Tags TV and Movies Digital Media Hulu has been adding subscribers but remains much smaller than rival Netflix.   Sarah Tew/CNET Hulu surpassed 25 million total subscribers across all products in 2018, the company said Tuesday, an increase of 8 million from a year earlier. Like all other subscription streaming video services, Hulu is still far behind global leader Netflix, which had 137 million members worldwide at the end of September. But Hulu noted its milestone means it has more video customers than even the biggest cable and satellite TV companies in the US, which includes Comcast. The cable giant, which incidentally is one of Hulu’s parents, had 21 million residential TV customers at the end of September. (Awkward… )Although smaller than Netflix, Hulu was one of the vanguards of streaming television. As Netflix has secured its dominance, Hulu has grappled with a crowd of rivals to be one of the other services most consumers sign up for. That competition is set to only grow. Traditional Hollywood giants like Disney, Time Warner and others plan to launch their own versions of Netflix this year.In its end-of-year recap, Hulu said it’s the only service of its kind that has full seasons of 80 percent of the shows nominated for Emmys last year. And people are binge-watching there, too. For Hulu’s top 100 shows, more than half of all viewing sessions were for three or more episodes of the same series.Among other stats, Hulu said average time spent per subscriber each month increased 20 percent last year, and it said viewers who subscribe to both its on-demand service and its live-TV offering spend half of their time watching that on-demand or recorded programming. Hulu said it leaned in to that behavior by investing “significantly” in exclusive programming and improving its streaming technology. It reduced buffering by 90 percent, it said. Its advertising revenue hit a new high of $1.5 billion in 2018, up more than 45 percent. The median age of a Hulu viewer is 32, and the average annual household income was $93,000.Correction, 12:11 p.m. PT: This story initially misstated the year that Hulu’s advertising revenue hit a new high. It was in 2018. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution. Hulu Netflixlast_img read more

PNB Housing Finance cheers investors on listing

first_imgPNB Housing Finance shares listed at Rs 860 on stock exchanges on Monday, marking a premium of 11 percent to the issue price of Rs 775 per share. At around 10.53 am., the share was trading at Rs 882.55, a gain of 13.88 percent over the issue price. Punjab National Bank (PNB), which holds a substantial stake in the company, was up 4.48 percent to Rs 137.50.The Rs 3,000-crore initial public offering (IPO) of the home loan company was oversubscribed 30 times, though the response to the retail portion was lukewarm at 1.30 times.The IPO comprised 3.9 crore (39 million) shares to prospective investors at a price band of Rs 750-775 per equity share, between October 25 and 27, 2016.Read: PNB Housing Finance IPO: Angel Broking recommends ‘subscribe’ to Rs 3,000-crore issueShares of other home loan companies were also trading with gains. LIC Housing Finance was up 2.47 percent at Rs 546.90 and Gruh Housing was up 3.59 percent at Rs 329.30, while Indiabulls Housing Finance was trading at Rs 808.70, up 2.48 percent.The BSE Sensex was up 237 points at 27,511. Top index gainers included Lupin, ITC, State Bank of India and Dr Reddy’s Labs.PNB Housing Finance raised Rs 894 crore from anchor investors by issuing shares at the upper end (Rs 775) of the price band.For the financial year ended March 31 2016, PNB Housing Finance reported net profit of Rs 326 crore, up 66 percent from Rs 196 crore in the preceding fiscal, while revenues rose 52 percent to Rs 2,697 crore. Assets under management stood at Rs 27,555 crore as of March 31 2016.Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 0.22 percent and 0.14 percent, respectively, at the end of financial year 2015-16.The global coordinators and book running managers for the public issue were Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited, DSP Merrill Lynch Limited, J.P. Morgan India Private Limited and Morgan Stanley India Company Private Limited.last_img read more

Fake Indian rupee factory busted in Keraniganj

first_imgA team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) unearthed a counterfeit Indian banknote factory in Shubhadya Uttarpara of South Keraniganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka early on Thursday.The RAB men also arrested two—Liakat Ali, 35 and Md Jahangir Alam, 40 — along with counterfeit Indian currency worth Rs 1 million during a drive in the area.“Being tipped off, a team of RAB arrested Liakat from Shubhadya Uttarpara  and seized fake rupees worth Rs 1 million, a printing machine and other materials from his house around 3:00am,” said RAB-3 commander lieutenant colonel Imranul Hasan at a press briefing at RAB media centre in Dhaka in the afternoon.Based on information from Liakat, RAB team arrested Jahangir Alam, who used to supply high quality ink to him, from another house in the area, he said.RAB-3 detained Liakot Ali and his associate at Dakkhin Keraniganj. Photo: CollectedLiakat has been involved with the production of counterfeit banknotes for the last 10 years, said Imranul.“Liakat used to produce counterfeit Bangladeshi currency notes earlier but he started producing Indian rupees when it became too risky to print local currency,” the RAB-3 commander said.They would sell the fake banknotes to suppliers who, in turn, sold those in the border areas and to several money exchange centres, Imranul told the newsmen.The RAB-3 commander Imranul also said they were investigating the names of the money exchange centres that bought fake currency.last_img read more

Marion Barrys Son Dead of Apparent Drug Overdose

first_imgMarion Christopher Barry, son of Washington, D.C.’s late “mayor for life,” has died from an apparent drug overdose, according to news reports. He was 36.Marion Christopher Barry (Twitter Photo)According to the Washington Post, Barry’s girlfriend found him and he was taken to George Washington University Hospital Aug. 13.Cora Masters Barry, widow of the late Mayor Marion Barry, confirmed Barry son’s death to Washington’s NBC affiliate.Barry was the son of the late mayor and Effi Barry, who previously died of leukemia in 2007.Marion Barry served as mayor of the District from 1979 to 1991 and 1995 to 1999. He also served on the Council of the District of Columbia for three terms. He died in 2014.The younger Barry attempted to fill his father’s shoes, mounting an unsuccessful bid for his father’s former Ward 8 seat on the D.C. Council in 2015 that saw him coming in at sixth place in the contest.Barry also struggled with drug abuse—somewhat mirroring his father, who was infamously videotaped using crack cocaine by the FBI and arrested back in 1990.The younger Barry also had his problems with the law, including charges related to misdemeanor assault for resisting arrest, driving with a revoked license and several for drug possession.Tributes to the younger Barry have begun to pour in on social media, including one from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who posted smiling photo of herself with Barry and tweeted, “Let’s remember the brightest days! Rest in peace dear Christopher!”last_img read more

Have you seen these parking spaces taped off This is why

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA number of parking spaces are currently cordoned off in the city centre. Several Sentinel readers contacted us to say the spaces, on Broad Street in Hanley, were coned off and bags had been put over the ticket machines. Now the council have revealed the parking spaces have been cordoned off so coaches and take children to and from the pantomimes at the city centre’s theatres. Read MoreCCTV appeal after doctor assaulted at railway station A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “Parking is suspended on the street so that the coaches can pick up and drop off children attending the pantomimes at the theatres over the next couple of days. “Signs installed on street and cones and the machines are bagged off.”last_img read more

Ondemand content aggregator Vubiquity has signed

first_imgOn-demand content aggregator Vubiquity has signed a deal with DreamWorks and Hearst-backed Animation-backed multichannel network AwesomenessTV to secure youth-focused content for subscription video-on-demand distribution in the Middle East, Africa, South Eastern Europe and Latin America excluding Brazil.According to Vubiquity, the deal significantly extends its content portfolio to include more next-generation and genre-specific programmes for a millennial and teenage audience, enabling its distribution partners to appeal to “younger, digital-first audiences”.The deal includes content such as fifth Harmony Takeover, DIY or DI-Don’t!, Hey Guys, It’s Meg!, Makeup Mythbusters, Amanda Steele’s The Social Life, Cheerhab, My Dream Quinceañera, and IMO. Approximately 130 hours of content will be accessible via Vubiquity-powered SVoD platforms in many of the countries covered by the deal.Rob Jacobson, chief content officer at Vubiquity, said: “We’re excited to bring a fantastic brand to some of the largest territories in the world. Non-traditional programming is extremely popular in emerging markets amongst young audiences and AwesomenessTV has created terrific, popular shows and is shaping the type of content that the next generation expects. This deal gives our clients the opportunity not only to meet customer demands but also to get ahead of their competition. We’re delighted to be partnering with them in this SVoD initiative.”last_img read more

Vivendi could strike a deal in the next few days t

first_imgVivendi could strike a deal in the next few days to end its legal dispute with Mediaset and forge a new content partnership involving Telecom Italia, according to press reports.According to Agefi-Dow Jones, citing an unnamed source, a three-way agreement involving Mediaset, Telecom Italia and either Vivendi or Canal+ is on the cards.A deal is expected before the next court hearing on Mediaset’s suit against Vivendi, which is scheduled for December 19.In an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Mediaset CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi said that Telecom Italia had need of his company’s content, adding that it remained to be seen if “common interests” would overcome the “difficulties” between the pair.Berlusconi said that in any case Mediaset would continue to support its Mediaset Premium pay TV service, including an offer of Serie A Italian football. He said that Mediaset would participate in the next Serie A auction in a rational way, and added that the company was committed to continue to invest in series and movies.Telecom Italia recently confirmed that it was n talks with Mediaset about a new deal that would see it acquire Mediaset content to provide to subscribers of its Timvision subscribers.The TIM board approved by majority vote moves by the company’s management to finalise a “new and comprehensive multi-year agreement” with Mediaset to bring the latter’s linear channels, movies, TV series and sports news content to its platform. The agreement is envisaged coming into force from next year.last_img read more

The bull also made a comeback in 20092010 fighti

first_img The bull also made a comeback in 2009-2010, fighting its way up out of what seemed at the time to be the deepest hole (1.04) in October, 2008. Stocks have been on a long slide since the ratio last peaked at 3.24 in October, 2010, with the downturn in 2013 pushing multiples to previously unseen lows. No one—us included—has a crystal ball, and so it’s impossible to tell if the bottom is behind us. We can, however, gauge with certainty when an asset is cheap—and cash-generating companies selling for little more than book value are extraordinary values for big-picture investors. Now let’s see how these valuations look against the S&P 500. Gold stocks staged spring and summer rallies this year, but haven’t able to sustain the momentum. Many have sold off sharply in recent weeks, along with gold. That makes this a good time to examine the book value of gold equities; are they objectively cheap now, or not? By way of reminder, a price-to-book-value ratio (P/BV) shows the stock price in relation to the company’s book value, which is the theoretical value of a company’s assets minus liabilities. A stock is considered cheap when it’s trading at a historically low P/BV, and undervalued when it’s trading below book value. From the perspective of an investor, low price-to-book multiples imply opportunity and a margin of safety from potential declines in price. We analyzed the book values of all publicly traded primary gold producers with a market cap of $1 billion or more. The final list comprised 32 companies. We then charted book values from January 2, 2007 through last Thursday, October 15. Here’s what we found. At the current 1.20 times book value, gold stocks aren’t as cheap as they were when we ran the numbers in June, 2013, successfully pinpointing the all-time low of 0.91 (the turning point before the period in gray). Of course, that P/BV is hard to beat: it was one of the lowest values ever. And while the stocks not quite as cheap now, the valuation multiple still lingers close to its historical bottom. Remember, we’re talking about senior mining companies here—producers with real assets and cash flow selling for close to their book values. In short, yes, gold stocks are objectively selling cheaply. The juniors, of course, have been hit harder. It’s hard to put a meaningful book value on many of these “burning matches” with little more than hopes and geologists’ dreams, but valuations on many are scraping the bottom, making them even better bargains, albeit substantially riskier ones. What does this mean for us investors? It’s no surprise to see that every contraction in the ratio was followed by a major rally. In other words, the cure for low prices is low prices: The August, 2007 bottom (2.2) and the momentary downtrend that preceded it were quickly erased by a swift price rally leading to a January, 2008 peak (3.8).center_img Stocks listed in the S&P500 are currently more than twice as expensive as the gold producers. That’s not surprising given how volatile metals prices can be and how unloved mining is—but is it rational? Note that despite the downtrend in the last month, the multiple for the S&P500 remains close to a multiyear high. In other words, yes, the S&P 500 is expensive. This contrast points to an obvious opportunity in our sector. So is now the time to buy gold stocks? Answer: our stocks are good values now, and, if there is a larger correction ahead, they may well become fantastic values, briefly. Either way, value is value, on sale. As the most successful resource speculators have repeatedly said: you have to be a contrarian in this sector to be successful, buying low and selling high, and that takes courage based on solid convictions. Yes, it’s possible that valuations could fall further. However: The difference between prices and clear-cut value argue for going long and staying that way until multiples return to lofty levels again—which they’ve done every time, as the historical record shows. With a long-term time frame in mind, whatever happens in the short term is less of a concern. Building substantial positions at good prices in great companies in advance of what must transpire sooner or later is what successful speculation is all about. This is how Doug Casey, Rick Rule, and others have made their fortunes, and it’s why they’re buying in the market now, seeing market capitulation as one of the prime opportunities of the decade. That’s worth remembering, especially during a downturn that has even die-hard gold bugs giving up. Bottom line: “Blood in the streets” isn’t pretty, but it’s a good thing for those with the liquidity and courage to act. What to buy? That’s what we cover in BIG GOLD and the International Speculator. Thanks to our 3-month full money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose and the potential for gains that only a true contrarian can expect.last_img read more

We are throwing good money after bad here as the

first_imgWe are throwing good money after bad here, as the The Washington Times reports: Roughly 6.5 million people with active Social Security numbers are age 112 and older, according to an audit by the Social Security Administration’s inspector general. The March 4 audit concluded that the administration “did not have controls in place to annotate death information” on the main electronic file… The inspector general said the questionable identification numbers put the government at risk of fraud and waste. Some of the numbers assigned to long-dead people were used fraudulently to open bank accounts, and thousands of numbers were apparently used by illegal immigrants to apply for work, CNS News reported. For all of its many shortcomings, the IRS does a darn good job of tracking who’s alive and who’s dead. Maybe it should send an intern over to the SSA to teach ’em how to cross out a name and number with a red pen. Until then, we’ll continue to lose money to people receiving benefits fraudulently and waste money tracking and prosecuting preventable identity-theft crimes. This is just one more example of why people protect their own money far better than any government agency ever will. After all, we all own red pens.last_img read more

first_img – 2017: The Wildest Year on Record? Donald Trump will enter the White House with the country massively divided, wars on all corners of the world, the bond bubble on the verge of collapse, a stock market overdue for a correction… 2017 could be one of the wildest years on record, and it’s urgent that you prepare… That’s why, until New Year’s Day, we’re giving you the chance to access ALL our analysts’ research for a tiny fraction of what you’d normally pay… So you can get expert macro overviews, and specific action items, to help protect and grow your wealth in 2017 and beyond… Click here to learn more… Editor’s note: Today, we’re sharing part two of Casey Research founder Doug Casey’s popular essay on the next industrial revolution. Yesterday, Doug shared the 10 big trends that are rapidly advancing. Below, he explains how to set yourself up to benefit as directly and immediately as possible. WHERE THIS IS GOING You may think I’m pulling your leg and that I’ve gone too far in these projections. But this isn’t just a titillating compilation of cover stories from Popular Science magazine. Our brains are accustomed to thinking arithmetically—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc. But technology is compounding geometrically—1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc. You’ve seen this happen in the realm of computing and electronics just in our lifetimes. But—partially enabled by those things—it’s happening in many areas. You might analogize this to what happens to water as it gets colder. There’s not much difference between water at, say, 45 and 33 degrees Fahrenheit. But once it gets to 32, it has a change of state, a transformation in what it is, its very nature. And it happens very, very quickly. The advances being made are the stuff of science fiction. In fact, sci-fi has long been a much better predictor of the future than think tanks, futurists, or even the best scientists. I’ve often wondered why this is the case. As someone with solipsist tendencies, I’m partial to believing that anything you can conceive of can probably be done. And anything that can be done will be done. The transformation of reality itself is just a matter of having sufficient matter, energy, space, and time added to technology. When you see it that way, you have to be intensely optimistic. And I am. In fact, for the first time, advances in the real world are starting to outrun the imaginings of sci-fi. Skeptics might counter: “Sure. Given enough time, everything happens eventually. Including the heat death of the universe.” And they’re right. But because of the exponential rate of improvement in the things I’ve mentioned and some others I haven’t, I suspect we’re about to have a change in the state of existence. This is what Ray Kurzweil, Google’s chief technology officer, has dubbed “The Singularity.” Go back to the things I listed. The really important things—computers, AI, robotics, nanotech, and bioscience—are all advancing according to Moore’s Law. Doubling every 18 months, with costs dropping 50%. Things move very quickly when they move at an exponential rate. Extrapolating them only 10 years into the future, which implies only eight doublings. And eight doublings result in 256 times the starting point. There’s a good chance they’re all going to come together at once. Exactly when might that be? This is the tricky part, predicting the time as well as the event. Kurzweil thinks about 20 years from now. If he’s right, this is not only good news. It is, by orders of magnitude, the best news of any type in human history. Recommended Links The Best Place to Hide Your Money It’s tax-free. Pays up to 37 times more than bank accounts. And you DON’T NEED TO REPORT IT TO THE IRS. No wonder the government doesn’t want you to know about this secret account. Click here. — NOW FOR SOME BAD NEWS What might the bad news be? You may (quite logically) be thinking about some unsavory implications of these advances. The evolution of Skynet and Terminators. People failing to reproduce. Grey goo from runaway nanotech covering the planet. Humanity destroying itself in all manner of ways. I agree that bad things can happen. It’s not just a question of misfeasance, some unforeseen accident happening. But actual malfeasance isn’t out of the question. Why? Technology is advancing exponentially, but human ethics don’t seem to be advancing at all. In fact, maybe the general moral tone of humanity is actually degrading. If that’s true, then you can argue it’s a bad idea for large-brained chimpanzees to have the magic technologies we’ve been discussing. So, of course, some people will say: “We have to slow down this mad rush to the future! We have to at least regulate these scary things!” Sound reasonable? Actually, no; the concept is incredibly stupid. You might also ask who the “we” is that wants to make those decisions. Of course, it’s the same professional busybodies who are naturally drawn to government, NGOs, media, and the like. They’re not the best and brightest, as they like to believe. They’re actually the worst and most dangerous of mankind, and they’re always fearful of progress. Why? Because although the leaders always get new technologies first (e.g., horses, gunpowder, computers), the cat always gets out of the bag, and these things act to further liberate the average man after a while. Notwithstanding various drags on our progress, mankind has been expanding its powers exponentially since about the time it learned to make fire. But the nature of the math is that the real growth doesn’t come until the end, at which point it seems instantaneous. We can see what’s happening intellectually, but very few can picture it in reality. Recall the fable about the mathematician who invented chess and got a king to reward him by giving him double the amount of wheat for each of the 64 squares of a chessboard, starting with one grain. How much grain might that be? The answer is over 18 quintillion grains, which is around 1,000 times the world’s annual production of wheat. It’s counterintuitive because intuition can’t deal with geometric increases beyond a low level. It’s idiocy to try to curtail the rewards of a process—and here we’re talking about the Ascent of Man itself—at the very moment of triumph. Maybe humanity is now (wild guess) at around the 50th chessboard square. Exactly where things start getting interesting. It’s been said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. But there’s a big problem for you and me as individuals. At the moment, we all have very finite lifetimes. What if (even though medical advances are extending our life expectancies radically) we die before magic happens? That’s why there’s absolutely nothing to be lost by going for the brass ring. Let’s consider mundane life the way it’s always been and still is. Unless things change very quickly for the better, you’re going to be dead sometime in between tomorrow morning and, if you’re both young and lucky, 50 years from now. Considering the (current) absolute and total certainty of death, taking any risk to avoid it, even with long-shot odds, doesn’t just make excellent sense. It’s imperative. So I’m not particularly concerned with the possible ultimate consequences of runaway technological advance. In fact, I think they’re almost all good, even if they’re a little scary. And now, for the first time in history, the inevitable is imminent. We can deal with potential problems when the time comes. Right now, I’m only concerned with things that might stop us from getting there in a reasonable (i.e., a fraction of a lifetime) time frame. But it’s entirely possible that humanity could blow it. How might we blow it? In decreasing order of probability, you can worry about a lot of things. You can worry about a bus hitting you tomorrow morning. Or a pandemic. Or a super volcano. Or an asteroid strike, for that matter. I’m most concerned about human-caused (anthropogenic, if you will) possibilities. Like World War 3, recalling that Einstein said he didn’t know what weapons would be used in it, but he was confident that sticks and stones would be used in WW4. That would put a stop to the advance of technology for a while, in addition to its other unpleasantness and inconvenience. I’m also concerned about the consequences of the next phase of the Greater Depression. We entered the leading edge of the economic hurricane in 2007. We’ve been in the eye of the storm since 2010. And now, we’re going into the trailing edge. No one can tell you exactly what it will be like. Very possibly, both catastrophic deflation and hyperinflation in sequence (in any order). Or in different parts of the economy at the same time (basic foodstuffs skyrocketing; the value of McMansions and BMWs collapsing). People with their life savings in dollars losing most everything. The State raising taxes hugely. All kinds of police-state measures being enforced in a vain attempt to restore stability. And a lot more things of this nature. It’s likely to last at least as long, be much worse, and much different even than what the world went through from 1914–1946. This is extremely important because, you’ll recall, science and technology are only two legs to the tripod. Capital is equally necessary. And the Greater Depression, and its knock-on effects, could destroy a lot of capital. One consequence of the Greater Depression might be that the tech trends I listed above will slow down radically. Less capital may be created and much less put aside for investment. Much could be misallocated. And the government always puts itself first; it may use what capital there is for its own purposes. Technology and science need as much capital as possible to advance as quickly as possible. Vested interests, typically shortsighted, always use politics to fight innovation. Taxi drivers stupidly lobby against Uber; hoteliers lobby against Airbnb. They don’t see themselves as modern Luddites, but they are. Even worse, people may see some bad effects of technology and react against it. Under certain conditions, you could find scientists hunted down like witches for violating God’s will. Stranger things have happened in times of stress. To be clear, I don’t think there’s such a thing as bad technology; people confuse the concept with its use by people with bad intentions. This is why I’m concerned about government using, or even financing, technology. I often talk about how the State is dangerous and destructive. But now, on the cusp of The Singularity, it’s true on a cosmic level. If, for instance, they delay a medical advance that may save you by a year, they may not be costing you a year. They may be costing you 500 years. And it’s not just technology, but science itself that is in jeopardy. If it turns out that anthropogenic global warming is a gigantic hoax (I believe it is), even though it’s said that 97% of scientists believe in it (a lie), and that the science is settled (it’s not), that may discredit the idea of science to the average person. Anything is possible. After all, something like 40% of Americans think the world is about 6,000 years old and cavemen lived with dinosaurs. SO? Let me sum up. It’s likely we’re only 10, 20, or 30 years from what will turn out to be the biggest change in human history. I understand that sounds unbelievable to 99% of people. But I urge you to consider it seriously. What does that mean? In fact, you might ask why investment results even matter if we move into an economy of total abundance. Almost everyone will benefit from these changes, at least indirectly and eventually, if they live long enough. But you want to benefit as directly and immediately as possible. Having capital will put you first in line. Having capital allows you to be an early adopter, and that could be critical. Furthermore, earning capital makes you deserving of that place. Are the useless mouths on welfare deserving of these benefits? It may become a huge, and currently unanticipated, political issue over the next decade. There are huge numbers of hoi polloi out there—you’ll see them rioting this summer—who absolutely believe they deserve everything from free food, to free education, to a guaranteed income. Editor’s note: As you know, Doug is among the most respected investors in the world. Since 1979, he’s called some of the biggest financial events of our time. And now, for a limited time only, you can get all of Doug’s future moneymaking research—as well as everything we publish here at Casey Research—as part of our exclusive Casey Platinum Membership. To learn more about this incredible opportunity, click here.last_img read more

first_img— 5:07: Wall Street Gets BLINDSIDED The 5:07 mark of this video is VERY CONTROVERSIAL. It’s no wonder Wall Street has sent out diversionary tactics on this strategy. They’ve been beaten at their own game! Click here to discover the shocking reveal at the 5:07 mark… and why it could help regular people collect $103K in the next 12 months. Bonner & Partners’ Exclusive One Week Only: Major Predictions Regarding Impending iPhone Launch Until midnight Wednesday, September 6th, the publishers at Bonner & Partners have organized a rare opportunity for you to get the behind-the-scenes story on what the new iPhone means for investors, before the official launch. They’ve arranged a top-level Silicon Valley insider – a former vice president at a key Apple supplier – to reveal four targeted iPhone plays that could make you between 414% and 2,100% over time, starting from September 6th. Hurry here to get the full scoop. Recommended Link Here’s why I’m telling you about this trend… Later this year, Apple will release the latest and most technologically advanced version of its most popular product: the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 will almost certainly include wireless charging capabilities when it’s launched sometime this fall. Wireless power involves transmitting energy over radio frequency waves. It’s similar to wireless communications technology we use in our mobile devices. Behind the complex technology of wireless charging is something quite simple… The ability to charge your electronic devices without power cables. Imagine being able to come home after being out all day and placing your smartphone on your computer desk. That’s it. Nothing to plug in, no cables to worry about… Just set down the device, and it charges “magically.” This will be a game changer for Apple… and will likely boost iPhone sales. But I’m not writing today to tell you to buy Apple. You see, there’s a unique way to profit from Apple’s wireless trend… buying the companies that make the microchips Apple uses in its wireless devices. Following a Tech Giant Historically, Apple has used third-party chip providers for its wireless technology. Qualcomm has made chips for Apple’s cellular modems. And Broadcom has made Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips for Apple. Broadcom is a good example of how profitable making chips for Apple can be. — Justin’s note: Today’s essay comes from my colleague Jeff Brown, editor of Exponential Tech Investor. Jeff has been working in the tech field for over two decades. He’s seeded over 70 private, early-stage tech companies… And he’s a formal advisor to eight tech startups.Right now, Apple’s iPhone 8 launch is on his radar… and he says you can profit from this big event. Read on to learn how (hint: It’s not by buying Apple)… By Jeff Brown, editor, Exponential Tech Investor In 2003, Apple introduced its first wireless mouse and keyboard. In 2010, Apple released its first external wireless computer trackpad. And in 2016, Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. If you want to listen to music on the smartphone, you need wireless AirPods. As you can see in the graphic above, Apple is moving toward completely wireless technology. Recommended Link Apple released the iPhone 7 in September 2016. And Broadcom’s stock climbed 41% less than a year after the launch. Broadcom revenue from wireless chips sales came in at $1 billion in the third quarter of 2016. That was up 27% from the previous quarter. And the stock is up 50% since the iPhone 7 launch in September 2016. As you can see from the chart above, making chips for Apple’s signature phone can really boost business. Now, Apple is looking for chipmakers for its wireless charging feature. The company that lands this contract should see its stock push much higher. Tip of the Iceberg Some forecasts for Apple’s fourth-quarter 2017 iPhone shipments are coming in at around 90 million units. And each of them will likely carry a wireless charging chip. But Apple is just the tip of the iceberg. Since Apple released its very first iPhone in 2007, it’s been a trendsetter for other smartphone makers. Whatever new features Apple adds, others follow. And the rest of the mobile phone market is much larger than Apple’s shipment volumes. Samsung alone shipped 309 million smartphones in 2016… And Chinese company Huawei shipped 139 million. In 2016, Apple’s rivals shipped 1.27 billion smartphones. That’s a massive market for wireless charging chips. And wireless charging won’t be confined to just your mobile phone. Any electronic device will be a target for this technology. Wireless headphones, iPads, smartphones, health tracking devices like heart monitors, and even “smart clothes” will one day charge wirelessly… no power cables at all. You could even use this technology to continuously heat your morning cup of coffee so that it never gets cold. Companies I’m Watching Companies that make wireless charging chips will be big winners as this technology becomes the new reality. Here are a few on my radar: Analog Devices, Dialog Semiconductor, and Texas Instruments. If wireless charging is anywhere as successful as I think it will be, companies in this sector have the potential to see outsized returns. Regards, Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech Investor P.S. As I mentioned, when Apple unveils its iPhone 8, I believe it will include wireless charging capabilities. But to pull this off, Apple will need the help of one company—a company that I’ve recently identified… That’s right—I’m confident that I have found the one company that will make Apple’s wireless charging feature a reality. And when Apple makes its announcement in the next few weeks, the price for this little-known, small-cap stock will skyrocket. Get all the details right here. In Case You Missed It… Doug Casey just released his newest novel. Drug Lord—Book 2 of the High Ground Novels—is now available on Amazon. In this riveting tale, Charles Knight returns to the United States after seven years traveling the world. He embarks on two concurrent professions: one as a major investor in a small pharmaceutical company, and the other as the head of a black market drug smuggling and distribution operation. Charles has to sort through the legal and illegal, moral and immoral, and right and wrong as he navigates the War on Drugs and the crony pharmaceutical industry. They all want him dead. But Charles intends to start a revolution. To get the whole story, you can order your copy of Drug Lord right here.last_img read more

Opposition MPs have failed in their latest attempt

first_imgOpposition MPs have failed in their latest attempt to defeat government plans to cut out-of-work disability benefits.The government is using its welfare reform and work bill to reduce support for new claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance (ESA) by nearly £30 a week from April 2017.But Labour and SNP attempts to introduce a string of changes to the bill including scrapping the WRAG cut, were defeated by Conservative MPs.Their failed attempt came after members of the House of Lords succeeded in delaying government plans to cut tax credits.Among the changes suggested by Labour and SNP MPs was a measure that would have forced the government to ensure an independent review of the benefits sanctions regime.Debbie Abrahams (pictured), Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, speaking in the main chamber for the first time in that role, said the welfare reform and work bill was “wicked” and the proposed cut to WRAG payments was “a disgrace”.And she questioned why the government had not yet carried out a cumulative impact assessment of the changes in the bill on disabled people, as it should have done under the Equality Act.She said: “There is no analysis of the impact that this will have on the disabled people who will be pushed into poverty.“Half a million disabled people will be affected and lose £30 a week – nearly a third of their weekly income.”Abrahams pointed to the government’s refusal to publish 49 internal reviews of benefit-related deaths – whose existence was first revealed by Disability News Service – and said the government’s failure to order an independent review of its sanctions regime was “a slap in the face of everyone affected by sanctions, including family members of those who have died”.And she said it had been estimated that further planned reductions in the benefit cap “risk pushing tens of thousands of children, families and disabled people into poverty”.She said: “We are the sixth wealthiest country in the world. It is not right that the government are seeking to secure the recovery on the backs of the working poor, their children and disabled people.”Natalie McGarry, the SNP’s shadow disability spokeswoman, said: “We already know that the UK government’s austerity programme is impacting disproportionately on those living with disabilities and sicknesses and that it impairs their ability to work.“We also know that there is absolutely no evidence that these policies of cuts will have a positive impact on moving those in the WRAG group into work.“There is no evidence from the government, despite repeated requests for it to be produced.“It is therefore absolutely shameful that, without any evidence, the Conservatives should have disabled people in their sights yet again, promising to cut nearly a third of ESA support for new claimants in the work-related activity group.”But Priti Patel, the employment minister, said: “In 2008, when the then Labour government introduced ESA as a ‘radical reform package’, the work-related activity component was originally intended to act as an incentive to help people into work and to return quickly to work.“However, the original estimates were incorrect and only one per cent of people in the work-related activity group left the benefit each month.“It is clear, therefore, that the existing policy is not working and that it is failing claimants.”She said that £100 million a year (by 2020) of the £640 million annual savings from the WRAG cut would be spent on helping “claimants with limited work capability but who have potential, because they want to move into work, to get closer to the labour market”.Patel said the government kept the operation of its sanctions regime “under constant review”.Opposition attempts to amend the bill, including the withdrawal of the WRAG cut, were defeated, and the bill was passed at both the report stage and third reading, and will now be debated by the House of Lords.last_img read more

3 Ways Drone Startups Are Making Dangerous Workplaces Safer

first_img –shares Potential hazards such as loose scaffolding or fuel tank leaks are identified earlier. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 3 Ways Drone Startups Are Making Dangerous Workplaces Safer Add to Queue Image credit: Hinterhaus Productions | Getty Images Technology Next Article Guest Writer Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Startup mentor, CEO and tech blogger If you look at the numbers on job-related accidents, something disturbing becomes clear — going to work can be unsafe.The International Labour Organization estimates that 2.3 million people worldwide die due to work-related reasons each year. It’s a figure that comprises both job-site accidents and deaths due to illness or exposure to hazardous materials. To put it in perspective, that is a million more deaths every year than the 1.25 million deaths, worldwide, attributed to road traffic.In high-risk industries such as construction the risk of death over a 45-year career is 1 in 200. Add to that the 340 million non-fatal workplace injuries that take place each year and it’s easy to see that we must find ways to reduce risks in work environments .Related: Amazon and Tesla Listed Among the Most Dangerous U.S. WorkplacesThe human toll should be enough to leave us motivated to effect change. But in every business, you also have to look at the bottom line, and workplace injuries and illnesses are costing employers more than $3 billion a year.As always, in technology we trust, and drones are part of the process of treating some of those problems. Whether at an oil refinery or a power plant, here are some of the ways drones are improving working conditions and respective drone startups that are part of the advancement.Inspection and collection.Keeping workers safe is a priority for all employers, and regular site inspections are an important component of this. But when it comes to inspecting hard-to-reach places, such as industrial chimneys, rooftops, fluid barrels, or even just a high scaffolding, often times it’s the inspection itself that causes injury. Some startups are aimed towards improving inspections, such as the Sparrow drone by Percepto. It’s an autonomous drone with day and night (thermal) vision capabilities, which treats safety at site inspections with its ability to access areas that would pose a danger to human inspectors. Without the risk to human life, the pre-programmed drone inspections can be performed more frequently. The result is that site inspectors are exposed to less harm, while potential hazards such as loose scaffolding or fuel tank leaks are identified earlier. Once the site is inspected, data needs to be collected. Drones are also able to collect, transmit and analyze site data more efficiently than humans can, giving employers a more accurate picture of what’s happening on their site.Related: 5 Ways Drones Are Changing the WorldEmergency situations.From fires to gas leaks to hazardous waste spills, disasters strike, even at the most diligently inspected work sites. Drones are minimizing the odds of a chemical disaster occurring, and they’re also acting as first-responders when the unimaginable happens. After all, there’s no reason to put human lives on the line, when you can send a drone in first to assess the situation.For the sake of evaluating an entire disaster site, drone company PrecisionHawk teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency in 2014 to map out an industrial landfill in South Carolina that was releasing toxic particles into the air. The result was a full assessment of the area in under an hour, a job that would take human surveyors days or even weeks to complete, exposing them to unnecessary hazards.Security breaches.Whether industrial, military, or personal, perhaps one of the biggest uses for drones is in the area of security. While drones can’t replace their human counterparts or eliminate the need for manpower, there’s no question that a drone can cover more ground in less time than the combination of humans and stationary cameras.Aptonomy is a drone company which equips its UAVs with a night-vision camera. The low-flying drones can hone in on an intruder and capture a mugshot — something a stationary camera can do with less accuracy. But while it may seem that the benefits of security drones are mostly for employers, they also keep employees out of potentially dangerous situations. Because drones provide such an accurate picture in real time, they significantly reduce the risk posed to security guards and emergency responders.Related: The Drone Industry: Thoughts From an OutsiderWe still have a long way to go when it comes to keeping workers safe on the job. And while employers will never be able to achieve zero-risk on their sites, autonomous drones located on-site, conducting dozens of daily missions, are a huge step in the right direction to reducing exposure to hazardous materials, accidents and death. In the meantime, I’m grateful to be working from home today. 4 min read July 13, 2018 Yoav Vilner Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Italy Claims Google Dodged 248 Million in Taxes

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Legal Image credit: GongTo | Shutterstock.com Italy Claims Google Dodged $248 Million in Taxes 2 min read Next Article –shares This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img Reuters Add to Queue Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The Italian finance police believe Google evaded 227 million euros ($247.5 million) in taxes in Italy between 2009 and 2013, investigative sources said on Thursday.The finance police report was due to be delivered to the Internet giant later in the day and comes amid an increasingly angry debate across Europe over taxation of multinationals who park earnings in low-tax nations.Asked about the Italian report, a Google spokesperson said: “Google complies with the tax laws in every country where we operate. We are continuing to work with the relevant authorities.”Google’s latest figures show it paid 2.2 million euros of tax in Italy in 2014 on revenues of 54.4 million euros generated in the country. Italy’s Communications Authority estimates Google’s Italian revenues at around 10 times higher.Last week Google agreed to pay 130 million pounds ($185 million) in back taxes to the British authorities, though the opposition Labour Party and others said this was too small compared with the profits the company earned in Britain.In December, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) agreed to pay Italy’s tax office 318 million euros to settle a dispute over allegations it failed to pay taxes for six years, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.On Thursday the European Commission weighed into the row over taxation of multinationals with a proposal that would allow EU countries to tax corporate profits at home in some cases, even if the money has been transferred elsewhere to avoid such payments.($1 = 0.9170 euros)(Reporting by Sara Rossi and Manuela D’Alessandro, Writing by Crispian Balmer, Editing by Gareth Jones) January 28, 2016last_img read more

Researchers uncover new brain mechanisms regulating body weight

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 2 2019Researchers at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, clarify the link between the molecule interleukine-6 (IL-6) in the brain and obesity. In experiments on rats and mice they show that the molecule does affect the risk of obesity, and also where this effect occurs in the brain.Interleukine-6 (IL-6) is a well-known pro- inflammatory molecule, and an integral element of body’s first line of defense during infection. Intriguingly, the brain may govern and utilize IL-6 differently from the rest of the body.Researchers led by the laboratory of Karolina Skibicka at the Sahlgrenska Academy,Sweden (Mishra et al Cell Reports, 2019: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30865890), asked: what happens to IL-6 levels in the brain following a diet that leads to obesity?Rats and mice were offered a high-calorie palatable food – a mix of fat and sugar, in addition to their regular low-calorie diet – like many humans, rodents choose to overeat when presented with calorie dense foods.”What we found was that the rats and mice that became obese, had reduced IL-6, but only in one brain region, called Lateral Parabrachial Nucleus (lPBN)”, says Devesh Mishra, postdoctoral fellow leading the study.”To understand whether this reduction of IL-6 is a good or bad thing for the metabolic health of the rodents, we viro-genetically reduced IL-6 levels very selectively in the lPBN; this led to increased body weight and body fat, even in rodents fed a healthy diet”.Therefore, the researchers conclude that the reduced levels of lPBN IL-6 in obesity are problematic, and likely contribute to metabolic dysfunction and weight gain.Related StoriesNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injurySince body weight is a result of how much we eat i.e. energy intake and how much energy we use i.e. energy expenditure, weight gain can follow dysfunction of either one of these branches of energy balance.What makes local parabrachial nucleus-produced IL-6 extra important, the study found, is that it affects both branches simultaneously: it decreases food intake and increases energy expenditure, the latter by increasing brown fat activity, so body’s energy is utilized for heat generation or fat burning. Hence reduced levels of lPBN IL-6 disrupt the entire energy balance equation.These findings may be relevant not only for mice but also men, since an earlier study from University of Gothenburg, revealed that blood serum IL-6 levels in obese and overweight men are increased, yet brain IL-6 levels, measured in cerebrospinal fluid, are reduced.There is one unsolved piece of the puzzle in these new findings – researchers found that the obesity-associated reduction in IL-6 was only present in males. Female rats and mice had normal IL-6 levels. The Sahlgrenska team is now investigating why females are protected from the obesity-associated IL-6-driven dysfunction.Given that obesity is a major global disorder with 1.9 billion overweight individuals out of which 650 million are obese, new effective anti-obesity treatment are desperately needed to minimize the amount of personal and medical burden on individuals and overall our societies. On the scientific end, we think that IL-6 as a satiety mediating substance with a brain region specificity is an important discovery and can open new directions in the quest for more effective anti-obesity strategies. Source:https://sahlgrenska.gu.se/english/research/news-events/news-article//new-brain-mechanisms-regulating-body-weight-.cid1627241last_img read more

Researchers develop optical tools to detect metabolic changes linked to disease

Graphic abstract of study. Credit: I. Georgakoudi, Z. Liu, and D. Pouli PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: “Mapping metabolic changes by noninvasive, multiparametric, high-resolution imaging using endogenous contrast” Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aap9302 , http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/3/eaap9302 Play Credit: I. Georgakoudi, Z. Liu, and D. Pouli Metabolic changes in cells can occur at the earliest stages of disease. In most cases, knowledge of those signals is limited, since we usually detect disease only after it has done significant damage. Now, a team led by engineers at Tufts University School of Engineering has opened a window into the cell by developing an optical tool that can read metabolism at subcellular resolution, without having to perturb cells with contrast agents, or destroy them to conduct assays. As reported today in Science Advances, the researchers were able to use the method to identify specific metabolic signatures that could arise in diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. The method is based on the fluorescence of two important coenzymes (biomolecules that work in concert with enzymes) when excited by a laser beam. The coenzymes—nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) – are involved in a large number of metabolic pathways in every cell. To find out the specific metabolic pathways affected by disease or stress, the Tufts scientists looked at three parameters: the ratio of FAD to NADH, the fluorescence “fade” of NADH, and the organization of the mitochondria as revealed by the spatial distribution of NADH within a cell (the energy producing “batteries” of the cell).The first parameter—the relative amounts of FAD to NADH—can reveal how well the cell is consuming oxygen, metabolizing sugars, or producing or breaking down fat molecules. The second parameter—the fluorescence “fade” of NADH—reveals details about the local environment of the NADH. The third parameter—the spatial distribution of NADH in the cells—shows how the mitochondria split and fuse in response to cellular growth and stress. A novel method for designing fluorescent probes improves imaging of complex molecules in live cells Play Credit: I. Georgakoudi, Z. Liu, and D. Pouli That is not necessarily a limitation. Many diseases can be detected at the surface of tissues, including cancer, while many pre-clinical studies are performed with animal models and engineered three-dimensional tissues that can benefit from being monitored non-destructively. The method developed by Georgakoudi and colleagues may prove to be a powerful research tool for understanding their metabolic signatures. “Taken together, these three parameters begin to provide more specific, and unique metabolic signatures of cellular health or dysfunction,” said Irene Georgakoudi, Ph.D., corresponding author of the study and a professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering at Tufts. “The power of this method is the ability to get the information on live cells, without the use of contrast agents or attached labels that could interfere with results.”Other methods exist for non-invasively tracking the metabolic signatures of disease, such as the PET scan, which is often used in research. But while PET scans provide low resolution information with excellent depth penetration into living tissues, the optical method introduced by the Tufts researchers detects metabolic activity at the resolution of single cells, although mostly near the surface. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Optical readouts of HL-1 cardiomyocytes in response to chemical uncoupling by CCCP. Redox ratio map for control (left), and CCCP exposed cardiomyocytes (right). Credit: Irene Georgakoudi, Tufts University Citation: Researchers develop optical tools to detect metabolic changes linked to disease (2018, March 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-optical-tools-metabolic-linked-disease.html Provided by Tufts University Journal information: Science Advances 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. read more

2018 Gift Guide Ideas for cordcutters and wannabes

first_img Holiday gift ideas: Cord-cutting choices to please even hard-core TV enthusiasts The Fire TV Stick 4K has a voice remote and it has Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on board so you can ask Alexa to pause the video or tell you whether it’s going to rain tomorrow.Who is it for? Cord-cutters and streamers who want an inexpensive option for streaming 4K video to their TVs.What does it cost? $49.99, but watch for sales around Black Friday and closer to Christmas.Where can I get it? Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. – TiVo Bolt OTAWhat is it? A digital video recorder that receives and records over-the-air signals from your digital antenna. The Bolt OTA also connects to the internet so you can stream from services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and others all from the same box. The Bolt OTA also works with Amazon’s Alexa for voice control. It has a 1 TB hard drive and can record up to four shows at once.Who is it for? Cord-cutters who want to record their OTA broadcast shows.What does it cost? $249.99 plus a monthly fee for TiVo guide service at $6.99 per month, $69.99 per year or lifetime service for $249.99.Where can I get it? Tivo.com or Best Buy. – HDHomeRun Connect QuatroWhat is it? An over-the-air tuner and DVR that doesn’t connect directly to your TV. You place the HDHomeRun in your home wherever you can get a good antenna signal, then you connect your home’s network through Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Then you can watch up to four OTA shows at once on streaming devices and computers in your home or on the road. You can add a DVR option for $35 per year.Who is it for? Cord-cutters who need to record and want to be able to access their shows from wherever they are.What does it cost? $149.99. You’ll need to provide your own storage for the DVR. There is also a two-tuner version for $99.Where can I get it? Amazon and Best Buy. – ClearStream Eclipse AmplifiedWhat is it? A very highly rated over-the-air antenna designed to stick to a wall or window inside your home to receive free broadcast channels. You can use it with or without the included amplifier. Try it without first, but try the amp if you have signal strength issues. Moving it up or down or closer to a window can help.Who is it for? Cord-cutters who need an indoor antenna.What does it cost? $59.99 or less. Shop around.Where can I get it? Antennasdirect.com, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart. – Winegard Elite 7550 Long Range Outdoor VHF/UHF AntennaWhat is it? A directional antenna for outdoor use. Point it toward the broadcast towers and it’ll bring in channels from up to 70 miles away. Also good for attic installations.The 7550 has a built-in digital amplifier to help lock in those distant signals.Who is it for? Cord-cutters who need more than an indoor antenna.What does it cost? $149.99.Where can I get it? Winegard.com, Amazon, and Home Depot. Explore further The response to my cord-cutting articles is always big. It seems that readers either want to cut the cord or they’ve cut the cord or they’ve tried and failed and need some advice.Telling the cable or satellite company you’re leaving is a big step, but hopefully you’ve done your homework.If you have a cord-cutter in your home, or you know someone who’s considering it, here are a few items that will help make things go smoothly. – TCL 6-Series 55-inch Roku TVWhat is it? The 6-Series is an LCD TV that is powered by the Roku operating system. It does a great job of bringing over-the-air signals, set-top boxes and Roku streaming apps together in one easy-to-use interface. TCL is an up-and-coming TV brand that’s garnering great reviews. The 6-Series Roku TV from TCL is the best I’ve found for under $1,000.Who is it for? Cord-cutters, or anyone, in the market for a new 4K TV who’s not ready to spend a whole lot.What does it cost? $649 for the 55-inch and $999 for the 65-inch TVWhere can I get it? Amazon and Best Buy; the Best Buy version lacks voice search on the remote control.Note: If you have a non-smart TV, you can buy a Roku box or stick and add the same streaming functionality. – Apple TV 4KWhat is it? Apple’s latest streaming box. It connects your TV to the internet so you can stream from services like iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and others. If you have a 4K TV, make sure you have the latest version of the Apple TV so you get the most resolution from your TV set.Who is it for? Anyone who wants to stream video from the internet, especially those who buy movies and TV series in iTunes. Apple TV is the only streaming box that lets you watch that content on your TV.What does it cost? $179 for 32 GB of storage; $199 for 64 GB. Do yourself a favor and double your storage for $20 extra. You can also find the fourth-generation Apple TV for sale that displays 1080p HD content for $149.Where can I get it? Apple stores, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. – Amazon Fire TV Stick 4KWhat is it? Amazon’s streaming device takes a smaller form with the Fire TV Stick 4K. It looks like a large flash drive that plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port. Connect it to your home Wi-Fi network, and you’ll be ready to stream the latest content from Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and live streaming services like Sling TV. Citation: 2018 Gift Guide: Ideas for cord-cutters and wannabes (2018, November 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-gift-ideas-cord-cutters-wannabes.htmlcenter_img ©2018 The Dallas Morning NewsDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. If there’s one topic that people can’t get enough of, it’s cord-cutting. 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

Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

first_img Explore further YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30 minutes into the hearing because of what it called “hateful comments.”The incident came as executives from Google and Facebook appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the companies’ role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. They were joined by leaders of such human rights organizations as the Anti-Defamation League and the Equal Justice Society, along with conservative commentator Candace Owens.Neil Potts, Facebook director of public policy, and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, defended policies at the two companies that prohibit material that incites violence or hate. Google owns YouTube.”There is no place for terrorism or hate on Facebook,” Potts testified. “We remove any content that incites violence.”The hearing broke down into partisan disagreement among the lawmakers and among some of the witnesses, with Republican members of Congress denouncing as hate speech Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s criticism of American supporters of Israel.As the bickering went on, committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., was handed a news report that included the hateful comments about the hearing on YouTube. He read them aloud, along with the users’ screen names, as the room quieted.”This just illustrates part of the problem we’re dealing with,” Nadler said.The hearing comes as the U.S. is experiencing an increase in hate crimes and hate groups.There were 1,020 known hate groups in the country in 2018, the fourth straight year of growth, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremism in the U.S. Hate crimes, meanwhile, rose 30 percent in the three-year period ending in 2017, the organization said, citing FBI figures.Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island grilled the Facebook and Google executives about their companies’ responsibility for the spread of white supremacist views, pushing them to acknowledge they have played a role, even if it was unintentional. Potts and Walden conceded the companies have a duty to try to curb hate. In this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo, a man using a mobile phone walks past Google offices in New York. Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday, April 8, 2019, to answer questions about their role in the hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, media and guests mingle before a tour of Facebook’s new 130,000-square-foot offices, which occupy the top three floors of a 10-story Cambridge, Mass., building. Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday, April 8, to answer questions about their role in the hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) Citation: Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand (2019, April 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-capitol-hill-online-firsthand.html Goldy, who has asked her viewers to help “stop the white race from vanishing,” was not removed until Monday.”What specific proactive steps is Facebook taking to identify other leaders like Faith Goldy and preemptively remove them from the platform?” Cicilline asked.Potts reiterated that the company works to identify people with links to hate and violence and banishes them from Facebook.The hearing was prompted by the mosque shootings last month in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead. The gunman livestreamed the attacks on Facebook and published a long post online that espoused white supremacist views.But controversy over white nationalism and hate speech has dogged online platforms such as Facebook and Google’s YouTube for years.In 2017, following the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, tech giants began banishing extremist groups and individuals espousing white supremacist views and support for violence. Facebook extended the ban to white nationalists.Despite the ban, accounts such as one with the name Aryan Pride were still visible as of late Monday. The account read: “IF YOUR NOT WHITE friend ur own kind cause Im not ur friend.”On Wednesday, a Senate subcommittee will hold a hearing on allegations that companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter are biased against conservatives, an allegation leveled by political figures from President Donald Trump on down.The companies have denied any such bias. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments from internet users. But the challenges became clear as Cicilline pushed Potts to answer why Facebook did not immediately remove far-right commentator Faith Goldy last week, after announcing a ban on white nationalism on the social network. Facebook, Google face House hearing on white nationalism 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