Archery Hunter Missing UPDATEWild Beat ChilliwackDouglas County Shooting Suspect SoughtRoyal City Fatal

first_img11/23/15 11 AMThe Grant County sheriff’s office is asking for help finding a bow hunter missing near Crab Creek in Royal City.  Fifty-five-year-old Thomas Mark Stieg was last seen a few miles south of Highway 26, in the bluffs above Crab Creek.Sheriff’s spokesperson Kyle Forman says an intensive search is being done to locate the man.  He says ”We’ve had ground crews on foot, horseback and ATV, as well as the Spokane County Sheriff’s helicopter with their infrared camera.”Stieg left home early Friday morning for a one-day hunt. His vehicle was located after his family reported him missing Saturday.  Stieg’s an experienced mountaineer and survivalist, as well as a former marine.Posted 11/22/15 5:12 PMVolunteers requested for continued search of missing hunter Monday, November 23rd.Near Royal City, Wash (22NOV2015): The continued search for a missing North Bend hunter, Thomas Stieg, age 55, has been called off for the night and will resume tomorrow morning. He was last known to be above the bluffs of Crab Creek, west of Royal City.Thomas was reported missing yesterday when he didn’t return home after a one day hunt. Searchers today included Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Grant County Search and Rescue, Mounted Posse, Grant County Fire District 10 and 11, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Spokane Sheriff’s Office, and numerous civilian volunteers. Civilian aircraft volunteered for the search followed by a helicopter from Spokane Sheriff’s Office. Ground searchers were on foot, horseback, or ATV/ORV.Grant County Sheriff’s Office is now requesting the assistance of volunteers for tomorrow’s search. Available volunteers with knowledge of the area, and in good physical shape for the hiking conditions, are asked to show up tomorrow morning when the search resumes:Monday, 8:00am November 23, 2015 Meeting location: GPS N46* 54′ 52″ W119* 49′ 30″ Directions: State Route 26 west of Royal City, go south on Road J-SW for 1 mile, go east on Road 14 for 1/4 mile, then south on Road I.8 SW. Go 1/2 mile and curve to the right on Road 14.5. Go 3/4 mile to the traffic cones. The search area is south of there. Follow the power line road.Contact is Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo Phone: 509-750-7302 Email: dponozzo@grantcountywa.govPlease direct your questions to Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo via phone or email after 7am Monday morning. To ensure proper coordination of information with responders, please do not post questions on social media as they may be unable to reply.Thomas Mark Stieg is described as 6 feet tall and approximately 180 pounds. He was last known wearing camouflage clothing and would have had his archery equipment with him. Stieg reportedly left home at 3am on November 20th for a one day hunt. His last known whereabouts are in the bluffs above Crab Creek, approximately 2.5 miles south of Hwy 26, west of Royal City. Stieg was driving a black 2013 Ford F150, license plate number B58677Y.If anyone has any information on Mr. Stieg’s known whereabouts, please call MACC at 911 or (509) 762-1160.Posted 11/22/15 8:54 AMUpdate on search for missing archery hunter:Search has resumed this morning at the last known location of a North Bend man near Crab Creek, west of Royal City.On foot, ORV, or horseback, GCSO, GC Search and Rescue, representatives from other area law enforcement, volunteer fire fighters, Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with civilian volunteers on horseback and ORVs have started looking for Thomas Stieg.A plane will be joining the search shortly.Updates will be provided as new information arrives.GCSO would like to thank the outpouring of generous civilian neighbor support to help find Thomas. At this time, we’re hopeful that with the current resources deployed we have sufficient staffing to help cover the area.If you have any further information about his whereabouts, you’re asked to cal (509) 762-1160.Posted 11/22/15 From Grant County Sheriff’s department Facebook postingNorth Bend archery hunter missing near Crab Creek, Royal City. Public’s help needed.Near Royal City, Wash (21NOV2015): An archery hunter has been reported missing when he didn’t return or make contact with his family as of last night. His last known whereabouts are in the bluffs above Crab Creek, approximately 2.5 miles south of Hwy 26, west of Royal City.The missing man is identified as Thomas Mark Stieg, age 55. He is described as 6 feet tall and approximately 180 pounds. He was last known wearing camouflage clothing and would have had his archery equipment with him. Stieg reportedly left home at 3am on November 20th for a one day hunt.Stieg was driving a black 2013 Ford F150, license plate number B58677Y. While his vehicle has been located, he has not been found as of nightfall when the search had to be called off. The search will resume tomorrow morning.According to his family, Mr. Stieg is an experienced mountaineer and survivalist, as well as a former marine. However, with frigid temperatures expected again tonight, the assistance of other hunters that may have been in the area is very important to searchers right now.If anyone has any information on Mr. Stieg’s known whereabouts, please call MACC at 911 or (509) 762-1160.last_img read more

Design For Aging The Real Reason Designing For Elders is Hard

first_imgby, Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.orgTweet16Share101Share6Email123 SharesEnliveningDesingforAgingLogo_2Next week on September 16 I’ll be participating in the Seattle Design Festival (#sdfaging) moderating a panel discussion “Enlivening Design For Aging” with some of the most pro-aging designers and elder-advocates I’ve ever met.Our panelists include Carina Ngai of Inflection and formerly Samsung exploring how designing for our future selves can help us think about aging differently; Eric Baczuk of the vaunted frog Design team sharing incredible new insights from recent concept development to empower aging-in-place; and Cara Lauer of Seattle Senior Services on tapping into the paradox of aging — the fact that elders are happier and more fulfilled than younger people despite living in the context of physical decline.In Part 1 of my blog post on Design For Aging I took a humorous approach to ageism inspired by Craig Ferguson’s monologue explaining Why Everything Sucks. In short, widespread ageism fueled by our obsession with youth distorts our mass media, popular culture, fashion and just about all aspects of design.Now I’d like to explore what that means on a practical level for designers and what we need to do about it.I’m not a designer by training or background but through years of work in marketing and in collaboration with designers I’ve gained a fair understanding of the principles and power of good design thinking. Taken straight from the wiki, design thinking requires the designer to put themselves in the user’s shoes and combine empathy for their particular need with creativity and rationality to develop the best solution to fit their need.Obviously, one of the consequences of ageism is that older adults get left out of the design process because designers are focused overwhelmingly on developing products for younger demographics. But the problem is actually much more complicated than merely neglecting to take elder’s needs into consideration. The fact is older people are quite a bit more challenging to design for than younger people.And I’m not talking about physical decline or other negative stereotypes we associate with aging. Guess what — people of all ages live with “special needs” such as vision or hearing impairment or limited mobility and dexterity.No — I’m talking about the overall immense diversity, richness and complexity that is only gained by a lifetime of experience — and our culture’s refusal to recognize and honor this. It is not harder to design for older adults just because they have special needs — it is harder to design for them because we refuse to acknowledge they are vastly more complex, nuanced and interesting than younger people.Now, I don’t want to bash youth any more than necessary. Like Craig Ferguson said it’s not their fault they’re stupid — that’s what being young and inexperienced is all about! The reality is, if you take a room full of 20-year-olds, their tastes, interests and needs are going to be VASTLY more homogenous and conforming than the tastes, interests and needs of a room full of 80-year-olds.This does not mean we need more “senior-friendly” products designed specially for older adults. It means we need to raise the design bar for all products. Some people call this universal design or inclusive design. Whatever you call it, it is the defining characteristic of the technologies and products that are most successful among all age groups, like the Nintendo Wii and iPad. The Wii is not so successful among older adults because Nintendo designed it specifically for them  — it’s successful because it has a universal design focused on people’s strengths (imagination, playfulness), not their weaknesses (physical decline).ChangingAging gets pitched by developers of new “senior-friendly” products on almost a daily basis. My simple, non-expert advice to these designers is — DO NOT DESIGN BASED ON DECLINE. Even if you’re trying to solve an urgent problem, focus on the users’ strengths, not their weakness. There’s a huge race right now to create products and services that meet the unique demands of older adults. One example is remote home monitoring devices like Lively, Amulyte and Be-Close, intended to help people stay independent in their homes longer. These are all nice products designed with great intentions (as I said in my review of Lively). But I can guarantee that the device that breaks through all the competition and emerges as the consumer choice in this market will not come from one of those companies — it will be a product with a universal design. My hunch is it will be some kind of next generation fitness monitoring device, like the Jawbone UP, FitBit or Nike Fuel Band.And the irony will be that none of those companies even had older people in mind when they designed these products. Related PostsDesign for Aging: Why Everything SucksIn September ChangingAging is supporting the 3rd annual Seattle Design Festival (#sdf13) where I’ll be moderating a panel discussion on Enlivening Design For Aging.Aging in CommunityWe are all familiar with and likely share in the near universal dream of “aging in place.” Growing old in and spending our last years within the warm and comforting embrace of one’s own home is a sweet sweet dream. This is especially true when we look at and try…The Fixes for AgeismAge discrimination affects our country’s business, economy, values, and human dignity. It’s time we transform our perceptions of aging, from dependency and weakness to one of proficiency and resourcefulness.Tweet16Share101Share6Email123 SharesTags: Ageism Aging Design Innovation Questions: Caregivinglast_img read more

5 Telltale Signs It May Be Time For New Tires

first_img5 Telltale Signs It May Be Time For New TiresJanuary 10, 2019 By Administrator When it comes to vehicle safety, few things are as important as your tires and you should regularly inspect them to ensure they’re in good shape before taking your car out on the road. Tire safety is much more than just tire pressure. Familiarize yourself with these 5 signs that your tires may need to be replaced.They’re Bald – This is the most obvious, but often time the most overlooked safety hazard. Bald tires can cause hydroplaning, decreased stopping ability and are much more susceptible to flats from road hazards. Any tire shop will happily measure your tread depth. Additionally, your tires are equipped with a Tread Wear indicator that you can easily see yourself. This is a piece of tire that runs perpendicular to your tire tread. If you’ve reached this depth, you’re tires are not safe to drive on.Cracks – Aged tires, or tires that sit for long periods of times like on travel trailers or utility trailers can develop cracks in the tread. Look carefully in between your tire tread to see if your tires have cracks. If they do, they’re more susceptible to a blow out and should be replaced.Gouge in Sidewall – We’ve all hit a curb or a big pothole. If you’re inspecting your tires and find a gouge in your sidewall, the tire should be replaced. Sidewalls are thinner than the tread area of your tire and cannot be repaired.Uneven wear – A vehicle this isn’t properly aligned can cause the tires to wear unevenly which can cause your vehicle to pull in one direction or another. When inspecting your tires, be sure that they are wearing evenly. Additionally, you should align your vehicle every 30,000 miles or so.You’re driving on a spare – Never drive on a spare tire longer than it takes to get to a safe location. Spare tires are meant to be used for short periods of time and are not intended to be used for regular driving. If you’re driving on a spare tire, get to a tire shop to get a real replacement tire.Driving can be dangerous, but even more so if you’re driving on tires that are not fit for the road. By inspecting your vehicles tires regularly, you can avoid an accident, hydroplane or another potentially dangerous situation.Your safety is our top priority and getting you the right insurance is part of that. If you have questions about your auto or other vehicle insurance, contact our agency. We can review your current policy or provide an insurance quote.Filed Under: Bloglast_img read more

NucleoBios new test kit could accurately reveal results of prostate cancer screening

first_img Source:http://www.nucleobio.net/ May 4 2018Recognizing that prostate cancer in men is misdiagnosed, NucleoBio Inc.™ is developing a new product, Prostac©, that will accurately reveal results of a prostate cancer screening. Currently, there is no test that differentiates between indolent and aggressive prostate cancer, and Prostac is the first assay of its kind that utilizes new and advanced technology to distinguish these two types of prostate cancer that differ vastly.NucleoBio Inc. is developing and commercializing prostate cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, with the support of the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. The company’s product Prostac is a test kit that will significantly change the way medical professionals administer prostate cancer testing. “Prostac is a non-invasive, urine-based test that will resolve numerous flaws in existing prostate cancer screening methods,” said Charles Oyesile, M.D., Ph.D., NucleoBio Inc. CEO and co-founder. “Up to 75 percent of prostate-specific antigen tests given today return a false positive; the tests suggest there is prostate cancer when it’s actually not. As a result, patients are being misdiagnosed, overtreated and overcharged. These situations cause patients heightened anxiety and undue stress. Prostac is going to drastically improve health care for men and dramatically disrupt the health care industry.”Prostac harnesses genetics for the detection of cancer. Being a multiplex test, it will be more accurate than existing prostate cancer tests, such as PCA3 and PHI. It’s a molecular biomarker-based test that is non-invasive and urine-based. Prostac may eliminate the need for expensive and potentially harmful prostate biopsies. The lowered cost is encouraging for men who get annual exams. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men and 164,690 new cases are forecasted in 2018. Men 65 or older and African-American men are considered a high-risk population.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsThe United States Patent and Trademark Office has already issued one of three patent applications for NucleoBio Inc. Developed at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), the university has been working with NucleoBio since the beginning. “We have a strong IP protection of the background technology and optioned the portfolio exclusively to NucleoBio,” said Neeti Mitra, senior manager-industrial liaison and licensing for CUNY’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO). “We are confident that partnering with NucleoBio will help us commercialize this portfolio, which is our main goal at CUNY TCO.”Prostac is significant because of its ability to detect new genetic elements in biological samples. “Prostac will reveal cancer-specific information from patients’ biological samples,” said Olorunseun Ogunwobi, M.D., Ph.D., NucleoBio Inc. co-founder and head of the Ogunwobi laboratory at Hunter College, CUNY. “Consequently, this product will be highly sought by hospitals and laboratories interested in non-invasive biomarker assays for the diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer.”The complete test kit is currently in development and corporate executives plan to market it globally. The molecular biomarker test, which is a quantitative polymerase chain reaction-based test, can be performed with the patient’s urine or blood. The test kit will contain several components and will be available to physicians and health care professionals at medical facilities that offer prostate cancer screening and men’s health care. Processing for Prostac will occur at CLIA-certified laboratories and other specialized laboratories.last_img read more

Scientists reveal role of lung scavenger cells in liver cancer spread to

first_img Source:https://www.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/ Jun 4 2018Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer, and the third biggest cause of death from cancer worldwide. Although HCC patients have benefited from recent improvements in diagnoses and various therapies, their average survival time is still only 16.2 months, falling to just under 6 months in those whose cancer has spread to their lungs.Lung metastasis occurs when tumor cells from the liver enter the bloodstream. This process involves a range of tumor-host cell interactions, but the exact details have not been known. Now, a Japanese team of researchers led by Kanazawa University has undertaken a detailed investigation of the role of two different scavenger white blood cells (macrophages) of the lung, and a myriad of molecules associated with inflammation in a mouse model of metastasis. The study was reported in the Journal of Immunology.Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskThe animal model was produced by injecting a mouse HCC cell line into the veins of mice, which resulted in the growth of small metastatic lung nodules that resembled HCC lung metastasis in humans. By monitoring the metastasis, the team detected an accumulation of two types of macrophages in the lungs: interstitial macrophages (IMs) and alveolar macrophages (AMs).”IMs derive from the circulation, and were already known to aid the survival and growth of lung tumors,” study first author Takuto Nosaka says. “Conversely, AMs come from tissue lining the inside of air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs, and were only recently shown to be involved in metastasis. Their function in lung metastasis was unclear, but their observed increase in this model is the first evidence that they must play an important role.”Indeed, AMs around the mouse lung nodules produced more of the inflammatory lipid leukotriene B4 (LTB4) than IMs. LTB4 activates immune cells, and directly boosts the proliferation and invasiveness of both human and mouse cancer cells, including HCC cells. AMs were also shown to directly promote tumor cell growth at metastatic lung nodules through LTB4 secretion.”We next focused on AM recruitment from the bloodstream into the lungs, and showed that this was controlled by IMs which express the signaling molecule CCL2,” corresponding author Naofumi Mukaida explains. “The CCL2 receptor, CCR2, is expressed by AMs, and binding of the two molecules controls AM accumulation.”This AM-IM interaction contributes to the progression of lung metastasis through the production of LTB4, suggesting the potential for developing a novel treatment approach that targets these molecules.last_img read more

Podcast KHNs What the Health Health policy goes to court

first_imgRovner also interviews Chad Terhune, who wrote the latest “Bill of the Month” feature for Kaiser Health News and NPR. It’s about a Texas high school teacher with very good insurance who still got a six-figure hospital bill after treatment for a heart attack. You can read the story here.Related StoriesComputers, games, crafting keep the aging brain sharpAI-enabled device detects if targeted chemotherapy is workingAntibiotic combination effective against drug-resistant PseudomonasIf you have a medical bill you would like NPR and KHN to investigate, you can submit it here.Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too:Julie Rovner: The New York Times’ “The Last Company You Would Expect Is Reinventing Health Benefits,” by Reed AbelsonMargot Sanger-Katz: MedPage Today’s “’Death Certificate Project’ Terrifies California Doctors,” by Cheryl ClarkAnd: The New York Times’ “How a Supreme Court Shaped by Trump Could Restrict Access to Abortion,” by Adam LiptakAlice Ollstein: Health Affairs’ “Medicaid Recipients’ Early Experience With the Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement,” by Jessica GreeneMary Agnes Carey: Kaiser Health News’ “Giuliani’s Consulting Firm Helped Halt Purdue Opioid Investigation In Florida,” by Fred SchulteTo hear all our podcasts, click here.And subscribe to What the Health? on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Sep 6 2018A federal judge in Texas seemed sympathetic to the argument by GOP state officials that the Affordable Care Act soon will no longer be  constitutional,  since Congress eliminated the penalty for not having insurance. The case was filed by 18 state attorneys general and two governors. ​ This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Sixteen Democratic attorneys general are defending the health law because the plaintiff in the case — the Trump administration — agrees in part with the Republican officials. The administration argues that while the elimination of the tax penalty might not render the entire law moot, it should result in striking down the part of the law that protects people with preexisting conditions.The case could eventually wind up at the Supreme Court, a fact not lost on Senate Democrats questioning nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearings this week.  Kavanaugh was also grilled on how he might vote on such an ACA case and on his stance on abortion — but he revealed little. If he wins confirmation, he may have a number of abortion-related cases to consider before long.Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast: The case being argued in federal court in Texas is putting pressure on GOP candidates in the midterm elections because Democrats are arguing that Republicans’ arguments will destroy the ACA’s protections for people with preexisting conditions. Ten Republican senators say a bill they are pushing will help people with preexisting health problems if the federal court in Texas strikes down the ACA. But while the bill requires insurers to sell coverage to these people, it does not require the companies to cover treatment for those medical conditions. A bill sent to California Gov. Jerry Brown would require state colleges to stock drugs for medical abortions at their health centers to make them more accessible to students. The effort points up how even after these drugs became available, their use has been widely curtailed by abortion opponents. The Trump administration finally made grant awards to family planning groups that provide services under the federal family planning program. But the grants were for only seven months rather than the usual three years. Some reproductive health advocates argue that short time frame was designed to give the administration time to finalize regulations aimed at evicting Planned Parenthood from the program.last_img read more

Updated NIH announces first wave of BRAIN grants

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country 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 Emailcenter_img The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Tuesday announced the recipients of the agency’s first wave of funding for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a $110 million U.S. effort to develop tools for studying how networks of neurons produce thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.After receiving more than 600 applications in response to a call for proposals issued last fall, NIH reviewers selected 58 projects for funding in fiscal year 2014. The grants will fund more than 100 investigators both in the United States and abroad, many of them early in their careers, says neuroscientist Cornelia Bargmann of Rockefeller University in New York City, who led the advisory group to NIH’s portion of BRAIN. “Some are just a couple of years out of their Ph.D.s,” while others are distinguished leaders of the field, she says. See the full list of grantees.The list of proposals for exploring new technologies “reads like a mashup” by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, says Meryl Comer, president of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative. Researchers at West Virginia University in Morgantown, for example, have received a $538,996 grant to develop a portable PET scanner that humans can wear as they go about their day. Another group at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, has received $497,799 to track the real-time movement of important neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine throughout the human brain. In June, a working group of prominent neuroscientists laid out an ambitious vision for BRAIN, including seven hig-priority research areas. They included classifying different cell types in the brain, recording and manipulating the activity of thousands of neurons at a time, and developing new human brain imaging technologies that can measure brain activity down to the neuronal level. (Current techniques such as functional MRI can only measure changes in blood flow, a proxy for neuronal firing.)As the applications poured in, NIH reconsidered some of those priorities, says Story Landis, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Although BRAIN was originally envisioned as a collaboration between neuroscientists and nanoscientists, nanotechnology turned out to be less ripe for application in the brain than many had thought, she says. The applications yielded many other promising directions that hadn’t been considered in early discussions, however, such as using targeted ultrasound to manipulate human brain circuits in vivo. Several new rounds of funding opportunities this fall will incorporate what NIH learned in the process of reviewing proposals, she says.Long term, NIH expects that achieving the BRAIN mission will cost at least $4.5 billion over 12 years. Although NIH hopes that the grants will soon yield insights about the brain that can help cure psychiatric and neurological disorders, the strength of these grants is that they are focused on basic neuroscience, said Tom Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Unlike organs such as the heart or lungs, scientists are still grasping to understand many fundamental aspects of how the brain works. At present, “we don’t even have a parts list,” he said.NIH belongs to a growing consortium of federal agencies and private partners committed to the project. In tandem with the NIH announcement, the National Science Foundation announced $12 million in new money neuroengineering research aligned with BRAIN. And, in a separate event at the White House on Tuesday, John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, announced that the Food and Drug Administration and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity are also joining the initiative.The agencies’ involvement, combined with more than $270 million in research and development funds from companies, foundations, and universities such as Google, General Electric, and the Simons Foundation, bring the total funding aligned with BRAIN’s research objectives to over $300 million, Holdren said. The public-private partnerships and interdisciplinary focus of BRAIN is “very different from other science initiatives that we’ve seen previously,” said nanoscientist Paul Alivisatos of the University of California, Berkeley, during a panel discussion at the White House event. “BRAIN may turn out to be a model of what a new science initiative is.”*Update, 1 October, 1:17 p.m.: This article has been updated with more information.last_img read more

Mysterious snow carrots observed at meteorite impact sites

first_imgIn February 2013, the Chelyabinsk meteorite streaked across the early morning sky over western Russia. The bulk of the body exploded high in the atmosphere, but many smaller fragments survived and rained down onto the snow-covered ground. This week, at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, researchers report that some of the impacts carved out strange funnel-shaped “carrots” in the snow. The scientists were able to recreate the impact conditions in computer models in order to learn more about the Chelyabinsk meteorite as well as how meteorites penetrate porous targets in general. Initially, researchers had speculated that the carrot shapes may have been caused by hot fragments that melted the snow during the impact, but the simulations showed that the fragments would have had ample time to cool to atmospheric temperatures before reaching the ground. Instead, the strange funnels appear to be formed mostly by mechanical forces. In the first phase of the impact, a rounded crater is formed, and the snow beneath the rock is compressed, causing its density to increase. Over the next 10 milliseconds, the denser snow gradually slows the meteorite and the walls of the funnel narrow accordingly. The shapes seen both in the models and in reality are similar to other funnel-shaped impact craters, such as those seen on NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, which collected space dust particles in aerogel. That leads researchers to conclude that the physics of such impacts are applicable to many highly porous materials.  (PDF data credit: Robert Luther)last_img read more

Twitter Has Questions About Kanyes Sunday Service

first_img2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 3Source: Rich Fury / GettyKanye West has found himself the subject of countless controversies that range from the uninformed comments he made about slavery to his unapologetic support of Donald Trump, but recently the rapper has been trying his hand at ministering to the elite. One viral Twitter thread questioned whether the Yeezy’s latest ascension into the divine is merely a way to sell the Black church experience to his devoted, wealthy, non-white fans. Since the very first Sunday of 2019, West and his social media mogul wife, Kim Kardashian, have given up snippets of what West has called his Sunday Service. What we know so far about the service is that it is invite-only and it is definitely not an invitation that is easy to come by as the likes of pop singers Katy Perry and Courtney Love have attended. It’s been held both indoors and outside and described as musical worship. A Black choir performs mostly West’s own songs and in a lot of the videos, you can see mostly white attendees looking on.2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 3Source: Rich Fury / GettyKardashian and her family have boasted in interviews that the service is “about feeling” and less about sermons. And though there are people who have watched short videos of the exclusive service, the whole idea of it has not sat right with some.“Does anyone else find it idk….f**ing weird….that kanye and kim are making the black church experience into some exclusive thing where ~white~ people go and stand around & record bc it’s like *fascinating* or something….this feels weird,” one user wrote. Does anyone else find it idk….fucking weird….that kanye and kim are making the black church experience into some exclusive thing where ~white~ people go and stand around & record bc it’s like *fascinating* or something….this feels weird https://t.co/0GMtykzEx9— bonnaroo (@kilIacourt) May 20, 2019Countless other users began to comment under the tweet debating on the topic with some defending the rapper and others agreeing that West was more concerned with profit than with praising God. The point of being a Christian is to spread the word of God, and his message, which is about love and repentence, to the masses. I think they are achieving their point through music and fellowship.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) May 21, 2019Another user did not agree. More By Megan Sims My point is Kanye does everything for aesthetic. And this is one of them. Theyre even wearing the same wig. His reasons for making this ‘church’ are not genuine.— 𝒞𝒽𝑜𝒸𝑜𝓁𝒶𝓉𝑒 (@QUEENMARYKING) May 20, 2019Though many people had a lot to say about the West’s makeshift church, no one can deny that he has made headlines for charging astronomical prices for merchandise related to his service. “Church Merch,” the line of clothing items West was selling online and sold at a booth at Coachella caused serious backlash during Easter Sunday as it has been reported that mere t-shirts were going for $70, sweatshirts were $125 and socks were $50. West was forced to shut down his booth after people complained about the prices. There were even reports that West, who has expressed wanting to become an ordained minister, is working on a CD and documentary about his “church.” Black Churches , Kanye West , Sunday Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMoreShare to EmailEmailEmailcenter_img Jamaican Republican Who Is Running Against AOC Supported Her A Year Ago Morehouse Students Take To Social Media And Claim Sexual Harassment Complaints Were Ignored Something else that was noticed by people who have been keeping up with his services is the fact that West himself seemed to be the point of worship and the whole thing seemed to be more about self-promotion.“He is the church… he is the text of the sermon. It’s his songs. He is the worship. He is creating a church in himself and selling it, really,” Jia Tolentino of The New Yorker said. “It comes down to this complicated relationship between, you know, being a prophet or a supplicant.”No matter what we may think of West and his service, there definitely seems to be no stopping what is quickly becoming a must-have invite for the elite.SEE ALSO:14-Year-Old Sydney Wilson Becomes Youngest Student Accepted Into SpelmanCollege Dropout Candace Owens Says It’s ‘A Fact’ That Maxine Waters Has A Low IQ 5 Things We Learned From Kanye’s Easter Sunday Service 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 3 White Tears! Former Meteorologist Files Lawsuit Claiming He Was Fired Because Of Diversitylast_img read more

Podcast The limits on human endurance and a new type of LED

first_imgN. Zhou et al., Science Advances 2019 Cheap and easy to make, perovskite minerals have become the wonder material of solar energy. Now, scientists are turning from using perovskites to capture light to using them to emit it. Staff Writer Robert Service joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about using these minerals in all kinds of light-emitting diodes, from cellphones to flat screen TVs.Read the related paper in Science Advances.Also this week, Sarah talks with Caitlin Thurber, a biologist at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, about a hard limit on human endurance. Her group used data from transcontinental racers—who ran 957 kilometers over the course of 20 weeks—and found that after about 100 days, their metabolism settled in at about 2.5 times the baseline rate, suggesting a hard limit on human endurance at long timescales. Earlier studies based on the 23-day Tour de France found much higher levels of energy expenditure, in the four- to five-times-baseline range.Download a transcript (PDF)This week’s episode was edited by Podigy.Ads on the show: KiwiCo.comListen to previous podcasts.About the Science Podcast[Image: N. Zhou et al., Science Advances 2019; Music: Jeffrey Cook]last_img read more

Rocket Man Fantastic Elton John Memorabilia to be Auctioned

first_imgBernie Taupin and Elton John formed one of pop music’s greatest partnerships in the late 1960s. Taupin wrote the lyrics, and Elton John composed the melodies and sang the songs, from “Your Song” to “Candle in the Wind” to “Rocket Man” to “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”This year, to mark the 50th anniversary of that partnership, Taupin is auctioning off his personal collection: awards, handwritten lyrics, and other memorabilia. It will take place on Friday, November 9th, and Saturday, November 10th in New York City.Bernie Taupin attending the premiere of The Union at the Tribeca Film Festival. Photo by David Shankbone CC BY 3.0The two created more than 30 gold and platinum albums together.Highlights from the collection on offer include Taupin’s original, annotated lyrics to the “Candle in The Wind 1997” tribute to Princess Diana, typed sheets with alternate last verse lines handwritten; Taupin’s original notes for “Philadelphia Freedom,” written by Taupin and John for tennis star Billie Jean King; original lyrics to “I’m Still Standing” from 1983’s Too Low For Zero; original lyrics to Starship’s 1985 hit “We Built This City,”and other artifacts of musical history.Taupin with Elton John, 1971.According to Julien’s Auctions, the sale will also feature “platinum and gold record awards, clothing, photographs, jewelry, western ephemera, music memorabilia, decorative arts and more.”A highlight of the event will be Taupin’s leather desk chair in which he wrote many of his hits over the last several decades.A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.Elton John attending the premiere of The Union at the Tribeca Film Festival. Photo by David Shankbone CC BY 3.0At the outset of Elton John’s latest and, Elton says his last, tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Taupin released a statement on how he feels about his career: “I am often asked how I feel about our biggest hits – how do I interpret them today as I reflect on the last 50 years of my professional life? As the tour has begun, I am more overwhelmed than ever before by the sell-out crowds singing along to every song.”Publicity photo of Elton John from the Cher Show.“Fans share often that my lyrics and Elton’s melodies have shaped and changed their lives in dramatic, everlasting ways. How can I possibly express my gratitude to the millions of fans who have impacted my life? Your love and loyalty has meant everything…”According to CBS, Taupin said parting with his collection wasn’t emotionally difficult.The 1910 piano on which Elton John composed his first five albums, including his first hit single, “Your Song.” Photo by CantosMusic CC BY SA 3.0“I decided that I wanted to move the stuff here and put it all together and let somebody else enjoy it,” Taupin said.The two of them have continued to make records through the years without much of a break. Most of the time, Taupin wrote the lyrics on his own and John then put them to music, and sang the songs.The fondness for some of their biggest hits of the 1970s and 1980s can be overpowering, they admit.Elton John on stage in 1971. Photo by yabosid CC BY SA 2.0Taupin told Rolling Stone two years ago, “Yeah, there is a nostalgia about our work that can be very debilitating at times. You can run into somebody who will be effusive about your older work and not even mention your new work.”Taupin continued: “That can be extremely frustrating. But it’s what we have to live with. You can be Billy Joel and just give up making records. But the thing is, if you really have the drive and the passion for music and writing, you’re going to do it whether it sells or not, because it’s there inside you. If you don’t get it out, you’re going to explode.”The singer, composer, and piano player, Elton John, and the lyricist, Bernie Taupin, originally met in London in 1967 through an ad posted in the New Musical Express weekly music magazine by a publisher looking for new talent.Read another story  from us: Dazzling Poster for 1932’s ‘The Mummy’ Set to Break Records at AuctionBeginning with their 1970 hit single, “Your Song,” a ballad that eloquently channeled the feelings of someone being tongue-tied in love, John and Taupin joined songwriting teams like John Lennon-Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger-Keith Richards as the most successful in music history.last_img read more

How was Stonehenge so Precisely Built These Cylinders Might Have the Key

first_imgIn Salisbury, South West England lies a circular monument that dates from the Neolithic period and is probably one of Britain’s most easily recognizable symbols. It is presumed that the iconic Stonehenge, as we today know it, was constructed between roughly 5,000 and 4,000 years ago, although the plain was used for ritual gatherings over a course of 10,000 years, and was once part of a greater shrine landscape which held mystical significance to ancient natives of England.StonehengeBesides a number of mysteries that still puzzle archaeologists regarding this place, among the most striking is how Stonehenge was built with such geometric precision.Thankfully, this historical mystery isn’t left without clues.A number of cylinder-shaped objects, today known as the Folkton and Lavant Drums, are believed to have been key in marking out the exact measurements for the placement the massive stones of the pre-historic shrine.Folkton Drums. Photo by Jononmac46 CC BY-SA 3.0The first three drums were first excavated in 1889 near the village of Folkton (hence the name) in northern England as part of a child’s grave goods.For a long time they were considered unique, until some 100 years later a similar object was discovered in West Sussex, in the vicinity of yet another idyllic village called Lavant.Church of St. Nicholas at Lavant, West Sussex, England.Modern dating processes confirmed that the drums were carved between the years 3,000 and 2,000 BC and that their main role was to serve as instruments for measurement.These instruments were most probably used to establish the size of the concentric circles of standing stones and timber posts, giving them such precise shape.Rare and beautifully executed engraved illustration: Druids Worship at Stonehenge, England, in Ancient Times. Engraving from The Popular Pictorial Bible.Although the chalk cylinders from Folkton and Lavant are unique finds, archaeologists are certain that these examples are most probably ancient replicas the original measuring instruments which existed much earlier and were most probably made from wood.They are believed to represent the medieval measurement of one long foot, which is the equivalent of 12.7 inches (32.2 cm).Folkton Drums: Detail of the schematic face on one of the drums. Photo by Johnbod CC BY-SA 4.0The measurements were made by wrapping a thin rope around the drum a number of times, each of them representing a different length corresponding with the girth of the cylinder.The smallest of the three Folkton Drums is 4.09 inches (10.4 cm) across, while the next is 4.88 inches (12.4 cm). The largest one is 5.75 inches (14.6 cm).View of another face with prominent features. Photo by Johnbod CC BY-SA 4.0According to experts from the University of Manchester, the string would be wound around the smallest drum ten times, in order to measure 10 long feet.The middle and largest drums would also provide a measurement of 10 long feet, by wrapping the string around eight and seven times respectively.The three Folkton Drums on display at the British Museum. Photo by Johnbod CC BY-SA 4.0As for the Lavant Drum, its measurements proved to be somewhat different. It is necessary to wind a string nine times around it, in order to get this universal length of 10 long feet.Apart from Stonehenge, it is strongly believed that the drums were used for the construction of what is today known as the Durrington Walls, an earthwork henge enclosure located around 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Salisbury, that was built some 4,500 years ago.However, scholars still argue over why three different sized drums were needed in order to establish the same length of 10 long feet.Stonehenge Sunset LandscapeAnne Teather, an archaeologist from the University of Manchester and one of the authors of the most recent study regarding the Folkton Drums, provided some possible explanations to this mystery in an interview for Live Science in January 2019:“We have suggested that the different-size drums all give 10 long feet, but a different subdivision of that measure, so they may have been useful when fractions of the measure were required. Another explanation is that the drums were instructional teaching aids that would have been used to demonstrate some of the principles of mathematics and geometry.”While the drums clearly had been used as a measurement instrument, another thing strikes the scientists working on this case. The fact that they were discovered in a child’s grave implies that the Folkton Drums held some sort of ritual significance.Photograph of Stonehenge at the sunsetMike Parker Pearson of the University of London argues that the measurements were perhaps related to childhood and coming of age. He gave a statement as part of an article published by the University College London:“The Folkton Drums were found in the grave of a child, so does this mean that standard measures were somehow associated with children, or growth, or the human life-cycle including learning and the inter-generational transmission of knowledge? These items were almost certainly prestigious although how, or to what extent they held social power, is unknown. This work opens up the field of material culture studies to exciting new possibilities.”Whatever the case, there are still many secrets regarding these objects, as the Neolithic period in Britain remains covered in a veil of mystery.However, everyone agrees that the Folkton and Lavant Drums provide an exquisite insight into how advanced the level of understanding mathematics and geometry was in such ancient times.Read another story from us: Stonehenge – a Michigan man demonstrated it might have been a one-man showTherefore it comes as no surprise that such knowledge was transferred to children at an early age and that it was probably believed that it held mystical and magic power.last_img read more

US House resolution would make it easier to enforce subpoenas

first_img Subpoenas,General William Barr, Resolution voting,Donald Trump, House resolution, world news, Indian Express Barr and McGahn defied the subpoenas to testify on orders from President Donald Trump. (AP)A resolution being voted on in the House would make it easier for Democrats to sue members of President Donald Trump’s administration and other potential witnesses who refuse to comply with subpoenas. By AP |Washington | Published: June 11, 2019 1:33:30 pm Post Comment(s) Related News Advertising US President confirms no withdrawal from security pact: Japan The House resolution being considered Tuesday would authorize lawsuits against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn for defying subpoenas pertaining to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.It would also empower committee chairmen to take legal action to enforce subpoenas in the future without a vote of the full House, so long as they have approval from a bipartisan group of House leaders.The votes aren’t technically necessary, as Democrats already can go to court. But a House vote will give them increased standing if they do decide to file lawsuits. US Senate backs massive defense bill, targets China, sets Iran vote China says Xi urged Trump to ease North Korea sanctions ‘in due course’ last_img read more

Official accuses JK ADGPs wife of land grab makes Uturn

first_img LiveKarnataka floor test: Will Kumaraswamy’s 14-month-old govt survive? Advertising Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach PDP founding member resigns from party, says it has ‘upended’ after Mufti’s death Advertising Best Of Express Congress’ Vikramaditya Singh lands in trouble for tweets on 1931 Kashmir agitation Post Comment(s) Amid tight security, 14th batch of 5,210 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath center_img Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published: July 8, 2019 2:17:16 am Related News On Sunday however, Mir claimed that the land in question was in fact proprietary land that Khan had bought, and not custodian land.“Actually, it is a big chunk of land of about 20-30 kanals. There are some kanals of proprietary land also in it. They (ADGP Khan) have shown papers. It is proprietary land. The revenue department has concluded that it is proprietary land,” he said.“I had written to Tehsildar for re-verification of the status and also forwarded a copy to police”. When asked about the letter addressed to the police seeking action, he did not comment.ADGP Khan said he purchased a kanal of land after selling five ancestral land in Srinagar. After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan  Jammu and kashmir, J&K land scam, J&K ADGP wife, J&K ADGP wife land scam, indian express Officials told The Indian Express that the letter was received by the department on Saturday.A senior official of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government first accused the wife of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Muneer Khan of grabbing evacuee land in Srinagar’s posh Gupkar neighbourhood and then, on Sunday, retracted his claim. “We have all the revenue documents for the said land,” he said while sharing them with The Indian Express.“When we were purchasing the land, we wrote to the revenue department to verify the title and demarcate it. The government formed a committee that gave a joint report and said that the land is proprietary. The joint report has the signatures of all the officials including the Custodian, Kashmir,” he added. In a letter dated June 26 and addressed to the Station House Officer (SHO) of Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, Bashir Ahmad Mir, the Custodian of Kashmir — the senior-most official of the department entrusted to safeguard property left behind by those who crossed over to Pakistan or Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK) in 1947— had asked the police to have the “illegal constructional activity stopped” on the plot of land.Officials told The Indian Express that the letter was received by the department on Saturday. “…I am to request that this department owns a big chunk of land belonging to evacuee situated at Gupkar road, Srinagar, which is under the direct management of department. However, as per a report of the Dy Custodial HQ, as well as an Assistant engineer of this department, one Ms Gulshereen W/O Muneer Ahmad Khan, R/O Gupkar Sonwar has purchased the land from owners (which was exchanged by the evacuee property department) has been delivered the possession of EP (evacuee property) land instead of proprietary land and has started some construction,” the letter reads. “It is as such requested to kindly get the said illegal constructional activity stopped on spot…”Evacuee property — more than 14 lakh kanals across J&K — are administered by the Custodian department. These assets cannot be sold by the government, and can only be leased out or put up for rent.last_img read more

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik asks Centre to include two of five proposed

first_imgWritten by Sampad Patnaik | Bhubaneswar | Published: July 11, 2019 5:22:04 am Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, Odisha tourism, places to visit in Odisha has, Odisha tourism sites, indian tourism, Indian express Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik. (File photo)Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to the Union Tourism Ministry proposing that it select two of five tourism site options based in the state and include them in the Centre’s proposed iconic tourism sites. Advertising Presenting the budget, Sitharaman had said, “The government is developing 17 iconic tourism sites into world-class destinations which will serve as a model for other tourism sites. The iconic tourism sites would enhance the visitor experience, which would lead to an increase of visits of both domestic and international tourists.”As per a written reply given to Rajya Sabha by then Tourism Minister K J Alphons last year, the 17 sites identified were the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh); Ajanta and Ellora (Maharashtra); Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar (New Delhi); Colva Beach (Goa); Amer Fort (Rajasthan); Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat); Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh); Hampi (Karnataka); Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu); Assam- Kaziranga (Assam); Kumarakom (Kerala) and Mahabodhi (Bihar). Odisha: BJD deploys top guns in Patkura bypoll Related News Odisha: BJD, BJP propose former Atal aide for Rajya Sabha, Congress calls it secret deal Advertising Explained: How Odisha can become a $1-trillion economy Earlier this week, the reference to the development of 17 iconic tourism sites across the country in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget speech had garnered strong criticism from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), as no monument from Odisha had made it to the list.In the letter, Patnaik said the Centre’s omission of Odisha from the list was a “surprise”. Listing five options – the Sun Temple at Konark, Chilika Lake, Bhitarkanika National Park, Simlipal National Park and Diamond Triangle Buddhist Circuit – Patnaik asked the Centre to “consider inclusion of at least two of the above mentioned tourist places. in the list”.“The tourism sector contributes 13% to the state’s GDP and needs a strategic boost,” Patnaik wrote. Post Comment(s)last_img read more

Iran says US sanctions imposed on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy

first_img Iran says US sanctions imposed on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting at his residence in Tehran, Iran. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP/File)Iran said on Tuesday that US sanctions imposed on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials in the country permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week. Related News Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Washington said it would also impose sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif later this week.“Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Twitter.“Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,” Mousavi tweeted. Advertising By Reuters |Dubai | Updated: June 25, 2019 10:39:02 am UK says seized Iranian oil tanker could be released Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Also read | Persian Gulf oil shipments now cost more than $500,000 to insureIran says the US drone was flying over southern Iran. Washington said it was downed in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf.Trump said that the sanctions were in part a response to the shooting down of the drone, but would have happened anyway.The latest sanctions are aimed at denying Iran’s leadership access to financial resources, blocking them from using the United States financial system or having access to any assets in the United States.center_img Advertising 1 Comment(s) Iran and the United States have been at odds since last year when Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers and reimposed sanctions on it.Khamenei is Iran’s utmost authority who has the last say on all state matters.Iran would not accept talks with the United States while it is under the threat of sanctions, Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, told reporters in New York. Best Of Express After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan With Iran deal teetering on brink, Europeans assess next steps Hassan Rouhani says Iran ready to talk to US if sanctions lifted last_img read more

Ethiopia says coup attempt thwarted military chief killed

first_imgThe violent attack in Bahir Dar, capital of Amhara, was linked to the subsequent assassination of army chief Gen. Seare Mekonnen, who was shot dead by a bodyguard at his residence in Addis Ababa. A retired army general visiting the army chief at the time was also killed in the same attack, said the spokesman.“There is a link between the two attacks,” Nigussu said.The attack in Bahir Dar was allegedly led by a renegade brigadier who had recently been pardoned by Ethiopia’s prime minister after being jailed for some offenses. Most of the perpetrators of the attack in Bahir Dar have been apprehended and others are being hunted down, said the spokesman.The U.S. Embassy reported gunfire in the capital Saturday and urged people to be careful. Ethiopia’s chief of staff killed in a coup attempt in Amhara state More Explained Ethiopian leader Abiy arrives in Sudan to meet head of ruling military council in mediation bid By AP |Addis Ababa | Published: June 25, 2019 1:40:03 pm Post Comment(s) Advertising After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Ethiopia: World Press Freedom Day events raise alarm on fake news Related News Ethiopia says coup attempt thwarted, military chief killed Security forces stand guard in Meskel Square in central Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday. Ethiopia’s government foiled a coup attempt in a region north of the capital and the country’s military chief was shot dead. (AP)Ethiopia’s government foiled a coup attempt in a region north of the capital, Addis Ababa, and the country’s military chief was shot dead, the prime minister said Sunday. Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield In October rebellious Ethiopian soldiers protested over pay, causing a security incident in the capital. Ethiopia’s army is one of the largest in Africa.The country is a key regional security ally for the United States and others in the restive Horn of Africa region. Best Of Express Advertising Taking stock of monsoon rain In Bahir Dar residents told The Associated Press they could still hear gunshots late Saturday. Ethiopia’s internet appeared to be shut down on Sunday.The attempted coup in Amhara is the latest challenge to Abiy, who was elected last year as a reform-minded young leader.Abiy has captured the imagination of many with his political and economic reforms, including the surprise acceptance of a peace agreement with bitter rival Eritrea, the opening of major state-owned sectors to private investment and the release of thousands of prisoners including opposition figures once sentenced to death.Along the way he has faced some challenges. In June 2018, only months in office, an attempt to hurl a grenade at Abiy caused a deadly explosion at a massive rally in support of the sweeping changes in Ethiopia. Nine police officials were arrested over that incident, state media reported. The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military officer and others within the military on Saturday, said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who made an address on the state broadcaster, wearing military fatigues, early Sunday.In a related development, the head of Ethiopia’s military was shot dead in the capital also on Saturday, not long after the attack in Amhara.In Amhara, soldiers attacked a building in which a meeting of regional officials was taking place, Nigussu Tilahun, spokesman for the prime minister, told a news conference Sunday. The regional president and at least two other officials were among the victims of that attack, he said. Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach last_img read more

NSF NASA NIST would get funding boosts under House spending bill

first_img NSF, NASA, NIST would get funding boosts under House spending bill The bill now goes to the full House appropriations panel for a vote. The Senate has yet to release its version of the funding bill, and it is not clear whether Congress and the White House will be able to reach agreement on 2020 spending before the fiscal year begins this fall. If no agreement is reached, 2019 spending levels could be extended into the new fiscal year, or the government could shut down. By Science News StaffMay. 17, 2019 , 3:25 PM The National Science Foundation (NSF) would get a 7% budget increase, and NASA a 3.8% bump, under a 2020 spending bill approved today by an appropriations panel of the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill rejects cuts to those and other federal research agencies proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration.The bill includes $73.9 billion in funding for the departments of commerce and justice, as well as independent agencies such as NSF, for the 2020 fiscal year that begins 1 October. It includes “robust funding to address climate change and support scientific research,” said Representative José Serrano (D–NY), chair of the House appropriations subcommittee handling the bill.Some highlights:center_img NSF would receive $8.64 billion, $561 million above its current budget. The Trump administration had requested a cut of 12.5%, or $1 billion, to $7.1 billion. NSF’s research and related activities get an increase of 8.9%, or $586 million, to $7.1 billion. The White House had proposed a 13% cut to $5.6 billion. NASA receives an $815 million increase to $22.3 billion. The Trump administration requested a cut of 2%, or $480 million, to $21 billion. NASA’s science programs receive a $256 million boost to $7.2 billion, a 3.7% increase. The administration requested a cut of 8.7%, or $600 million, to $6.3 billion. Research programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology get an increase of 3.7%, or $27 million, to $751 million. The administration asked for a cut of 15.5%, or $112 million, to $612 million. The budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would stay roughly flat at about $5.4 billion, nearly $1 billion above the president’s request of $4.5 billion. iStock.com/uschools last_img read more

When green monkeys spy a drone they use their cousins cry for

first_img When green monkeys spy a drone, they use their cousins’ cry for ‘eagle’ Julia Fischer Humans have long looked for the origins of language in our primate cousins. But now, researchers recording the calls of West African green monkeys have underscored how different monkey communication can be from human language. A never-before-heard call the monkeys made when researchers flew a drone overhead is nearly identical to another monkey species’s cry for “eagle.” That similarity bolsters the idea that the alarms are part of a fixed repertoire of hardwired calls, very different from the creative, open-ended vocalizations of humans.East African vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) have three distinct alarm calls—one for snakes, one for leopards, and one for eagles. The West African Green monkey (C. sabaeus), the vervet’s evolutionary cousin, has alarm calls for leopards and snakes that sound nearly the same as the vervet calls. But researchers had never heard green monkeys raising the eagle alarm.To test the green monkey’s response to a new aerial threat, researchers flew a drone over a troop of the monkeys in Niokolo-Koba National Park in Senegal. Once the drone came into view, some of the monkeys produced an alarm call that the researchers had not heard in their prior 8 years of study in the park. The team recorded the calls and repeated the experiment with two other troops of green monkeys. They all produced the same unique alarm call. Days after the drone flights, the researchers played an audio recording of the drone, which caused the monkeys to sound the alarm and scan the sky. By Alex FoxMay. 27, 2019 , 11:00 AM But when the researchers compared their recordings with the eagle alarm calls used by vervet monkeys (above), they found the two calls matched up almost perfectly, the researchers report today in Nature Ecology & Evolution. This uncanny similarity suggests the call’s biological underpinnings first evolved in an ancestor common to both species, researchers say. The results could lay the foundation for correlating the alarm calls with structures in the brain or segments of the monkey’s genome in future studies.last_img read more

More acrimony in JapanSouth Korea row as Tokyo lodges protest

first_img Japan government to pay damages to kin over leprosy isolation Advertising Related News S.Korea minister warns of possible countermeasures to Japan’s export curbs South Korea seeks US help in bitter trade spat with Japan By Reuters |Tokyo | Updated: July 13, 2019 4:32:16 pm Japan-South Korea relations, Tokyo protests, Japan South Korea export, High tech equipment export, Japan S Korea high tech equipment export, World news, Indian Express news Tokyo lodged a protest against Seoul, said it had broken an agreement on what the two sides would disclose from the Friday discussions on Japan’s curbs of exports to Korea of some materials used to make high-tech equipment. (AP)But the dispute also appears to be rooted in a decades-old wartime disagreement. It comes amid deep frustration in Japan over what is seen as Seoul’s failure to act in response to a South Korean court ruling ordering a Japanese company to compensate former forced labourers.A Korean official, as he was leaving Japan on Saturday, said the Korean side had asked Japan to withdraw the export curbs in the Friday talks, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported, without naming the official.In response, Jun Iwamatsu, director of METI’s trade control policy division, told a hastily arranged news conference: “We’ve checked the record of the meeting … We found no clear comment asking for the withdrawal.”Iwamatsu said the two sides had agreed on what they would disclose from the talks but that the Korean official went beyond the agreement. “We believe this is something that affects our relationship of trust,” he said. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka Editing by William Mallard and Jacqueline Wong. Japan-South Korea relations, Tokyo protests, Japan South Korea export, High tech equipment export, Japan S Korea high tech equipment export, World news, Indian Express news College students stage a rally denouncing the Japanese government’s export decision to South Korea in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. (AP)Japan and South Korea traded further acrimony on Saturday, with Tokyo accusing Seoul of mischaracterising talks the day before that did not mend a dispute that could threaten global supplies of microchips and smartphone displays. Post Comment(s) Tokyo lodged a protest against Seoul, said it had broken an agreement on what the two sides would disclose from the Friday discussions on Japan’s curbs of exports to Korea of some materials used to make high-tech equipment, said a Japanese trade ministry official.The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) also disputed a reported remark by a Korean official, saying in a statement that South Korea had not asked Japan on Friday to withdraw the restrictions.Japan has tightened restrictions on the export of three materials used in high-tech equipment, officially citing what it has called “inadequate management” of sensitive items exported to South Korea, as well as a lack of consultations about export controls. Advertisinglast_img read more